Big Bear, Little Bear!
So colour me surprised when I saw Lorna's version of a quilt with the Bear Paw Block and I instantly loved it! Lorna has a real talent for making fun and cute animal blocks and very generously gives the instructions away for free on Quilt-A-Longs. I have to admit Dog Gone Cute is still my favourite but there is something about the bear climbing in and out of the grid below that appeals to me!
What doesn't appeal to me though is the 20+ Bear Paw blocks I'd have to make. It took me 2 years to finish up Swoon and it has only 9 blocks! Knowing me and my temperament, I decided to have a good look at Lorna's design and see what bits about it really resonated with me.
The bear for starters! So I took out all the blocks not touching the bear and tried to fill in the space with a woodland print by Westfalenstoffe, I previously bought from LoveFabric.ie. In the larger bed quilt, Lorna's use of the paw print border is really clever and fun! So I added it in the middle to break the fabric join up a bit. Looking back on Lorna's bigger quilt, I really like how she frames the bear with the borders and thought to be truer to her design to add some of that back in so came up with these in the end!
"Yeah it's nice but it clashes a bit!"
"What do you mean clashes?"
"The colours, the blue and the brown."
"But that's a classic colour combination."
"No it's not."
"Yes it is!"
"On what planet?"
"This one! Blue sea, brown sand."
"I prefer the pink, it goes better."
So this is as far as I've gotten, I'm not sure I want to make a pink bear quilt! Still I really like that fabric which is Enchanted Forest by Natrual Wonder also at LoveFabric.ie
I'm planning on this going on the single bed in the boxroom and am still gravitating towards the blue and brown! The key to making this work for me will be the fabric above the bear. I think the Westfallenstoffe might be too small a scale so I'm hunting for a medium to large scale woodland scene in blue (or pink!) that might work with a brown bear! If you guys comes across anything that might work I'd be very grateful!
Lorna kindly gives lots of colour options on her blog post so I put in blue and black just to see. I love the impact of the black but I find him kind of scary! So I'm holding out for a brown bear still. A grizzly bear, I think! What do you think? Clasic or clashing colour combo?
So this will be QAL number 3 on the go at the same time. I just can't resist. What about you guys - are you tempted?