MOD Bear Paw QAL Progress

The borders are on!

Bear Paw QAL

I love it!

Bear Paw QAL

Bear Paw QAL

I wish I could show you the entire quilt, but I have no where to spread it out and take a good photo for you. 

When you click on a photo, it will take you to a larger view of it.

Bear Paw QAL

I am linking up at Sew Fresh Quilts.

MOD Bear Paw QAL Part One

MOD Bear Paw QAL Part Two

 

MOD Bear Paw QAL Progress

Progress is happening!

Bear Paw QAL

I am really loving how my bear paw quilt is looking!

It is difficult to tell from the photos, but the background is a soft grey print, not white.

It has been a challenge for sure.  A bit of unsewing has happened.  And, apparently, I have an ultra scant 1/4″ seam allowance.  “Personal Private Measurement”, as one of my all-time favorite quilt teachers would say.  I still cherish Mary Ellen Hopkins book…‘The It’s Okay If You Sit On My Quilt’.

My blocks are a bit larger than Lorna’s pattern says they should be.  No biggie…I am making adjustments for that.

Bear Paw QAL

I still have the borders to sew.  Slow and steady; I’ll get there.

I am linking up at Sew Fresh Quilts.

MOD Bear Paw QAL Part One

MOD Bear Paw QAL

When Lorna, at Sew Fresh Quilts, generously offered her bear pattern as a quilt a-long, I had to drop all other projects and make this quilt!

I live in bear country, as you can see from the posts here and here.

My progress will be slow, as it is on all my projects.  That’s just the way it is.

(Ohhhhh…retirement.  Wherefore art thou, retirement?)

Here is my progress so far:

Bear Paw QAL

Siggy Doll

I have wanted to make the Siggy doll since I received the premiere issue of Soft Dolls and Animals in 1997.

Umm…yes…1997.  I was going to make the doll for my daughter.  Somehow, time has gotten away from me.

So, I have made two dolls…one for each granddaughter.

Siggy Doll

I think I lost my mind!  I thought that it would be fun to alter the simple pattern a bit.

I have a new respect for doll makers!

Siggy Doll

I tried making bendable fingers…that was tough.

Siggy Doll

I tried making toes.  That was tough.

Siggy Doll

Worst of all was the hair.  Whatever was I thinking?!  Hot glueing a bunch of tangled, curly hair was tremendously boring and tedious for me! 

Oh nooooo…I couldn’t just buy a wig…or make one.  I had to glue this stuff by individual strands.

Sometimes, I am an idiot.

These dolls have more hair than Cousin Itt!

Siggy Doll

I shall be making a dress outfit for each doll.

Should be a piece of cake.

Country Roads Quilt Block Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I showed the Country Roads Quilt Block in straight set quilt designs.

Country Roads Quilt Block

Today, let’s look at the block set on point.

Here it is set side by side and on point:

Country Roads On Point Set

The next sets are also on point, but the Country Roads block has been set with simplified versions of it as well.

Country Roads On Point Set

Country Roads On Point Set

Country Roads On Point Set

I think my border choice needs work, but that is just personal preference (as are many, if not most, aspects of art).

Country Road Quilt Block

I played a little bit with the Country Road Quilt Block:

Country Roads Quilt Block

I drew the block with a 7 x 7 grid.

It is a terrific chain block!  Here is Country Roads set side by side in a straight set:

Country Roads Straight Set

Rather than look for alternate blocks to pair with it, I experimented with deleting some of the lines in the block to create an alternate block.

The following quilt designs are all created from the Country Roads block and simple variations of it.  All are straight sets.

Country Roads Straight Set

Country Roads Straight Set

Country Roads Straight Set

I am sure that there are lots and lots of variations to this block.  Take some time to play and see what you can come up with!

Happy quilting!

Tech Bag

Quite a few years ago, I printed out a tutorial for a tech bag.  The creator called it a tech bag because she wanted a bag for her charger cords.

I wish I could find the tutorial for you, but it is an extinct website.

I have, however, finally gotten around to making the bag.

Tech Bag

I am going to use it for the same purpose…to hold the phone and the charger cord.

And it is roomy enough to add a wallet and keys, too.