Monday, January 5, 2015

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Yesterday we said goodbye to the last of our family visitors and another magical holiday season. It was so good & special, and I hope yours was too! After saying adieu I probably should have dove right into the decoration removal duties & New Year's cleaning, but instead I felt called to the sewing room. Finally, my chance to sew!

I had shared my hopeful post several weeks back to attempt, again this year, to make a holiday themed quilt for my family. I pulled my fabrics, sketched out my idea, began cutting, but just never found the time. Then I humbled my plan to a pillow sized project and still, all I had to show days before Christmas was a stack of red HST's.

Red!

HST's in Red

At first I considered creating a quick & simple zigzag pillow, thinking ahead to Valentine's Day, but after a little shuffling and rearranging I decided on a classic but scrappy Bear Paw block!

Scrappy Red Bear Paw

Made with my very first cuts from my own rolls of Wild & Free, combined with shades of reds & pinks paired with creamy low volume fabrics, and a little pop of my Folk Plaid blue. I do love this first block!

Bear Paw in Red!

It finishes at a large 25" square and is made up of 4" squares and half square triangle units, in case you're interested in making your own. My plan is to make a large quilt, I'm thinking three rows of three blocks with sashing!

Scrappy Red Bear Paw

Photographing my finished red block this morning to share here felt a little symbolic. It's not a color I ever wear or often use, but it's such a happy color, so joyful. A perfect first project for the New Year!

♡ Maureen      

27 comments:

  1. I love it too and feel inspired! Happy New Year!!!

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  2. Love this to pieces! I have my pile of Wild and Free waiting for an idea. This could be it! I love the block size, too. It adds a modern element. I think I will make each block a different scrappy color with W & F as the inspiration palette. Jerilynn

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    1. Ooh! I love this idea! I'm going to see how many blocks I can get from the HSTs I've already made. But for the center or a corner block I'm already thinking of either creating a blue block with a Floral Keepsake center in honey yellow or a yellow block with the same Folk Plaid blue center as this first one. We'll see!! For now I am loving this red!! ♡

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  3. Maureen, I agree. Those are very happy colors, and I love your fabrics.

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  4. Love the Block my Wild and Free fat quarters arrive today from Southern fabric Eeeeeh can not wait Happy dance.

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  5. Love the way the red pops and the bear claw really works!

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  6. It's beautiful! How nice to have a big quilt from 9 blocks! :) I'm a new follower, another Maureen! It's always a treat to "meet" someone with my name since it is unusual.

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  7. beautiful start - thanks for the inspiration Maureen

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  8. Beautiful. I love red, but rarely use it. Can hardly wait to see what you put with this and what the final outcome will be.

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  9. this is such a gorgeous block - love the reds and your fabrics of course - I really like your use of a variety of lights for the background (instead of one solid) - I also like the four patch for the bear palm instead of one bigger square - is one square traditional? I don't know. I like the 4 patch method that you have used and the way you have set the paws that creates movement for the eye to travel round the block. terrific start to the New Year and wishing you a happy and healthy New Year 2015.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  10. Very nice! Love your choices in colors and the layout!

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  11. ADORE :) Glad to see you stitching something up for yourself :)

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  12. Gorgeous, it almost seems like a Russian country style fabric (if that makes sense!)

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  13. I don't normally like Bear Paw blocks, but this one looks great. Glad you had a lovely holiday. Happy New Year.

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  14. Happy New Year Maureen!! Love your red Bear Paws!

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  15. What a gorgeous block! I absolutely love it.

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  16. Love the red color combinations. Love the block too. Nice job.

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  17. I just finished mt frist two quilts for two of my grandkids. Only three more to go. My oldest grandson loves red and a scrappy bearclaw is a great inspiration! All the quilts my grandmother made were scrappy so I just love this idea. Thanks so much.

    Patti

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  18. I love the scrappy happy loveliness of this block and I am being more and more drawn to the bear paw block each time I see it being used! Great start!

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  19. Hi Maureen- I see the answer to questions I ask yesterday right here on pinterest...that was size of your bear paw patch and how you were going to set it up...3 patches across with sashing...for your quilt. Have a wonderful 2016!!! S. Hemmelgarn.

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