Thursday, June 7, 2018

Bjorn Bear

Hi All! I guess I took a little break from blogging. Didn't mean to, but time flies. And I have been sewing as usual, so I have a few new quilts to share over the next couple of weeks.

First up today is Bjorn Bear, a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. You've probably seen tons of these as the pattern's been out for quite some time. I have a husband who is a bit obsessed with bears for some reason and I've been thinking about making this one for a while. What stopped me was all those pieces! Each block has many different sized pieces and I thought it would be a tedious, slow quilt to make. So I finally decided to make a small version and was so surprised at how quickly it came together.


I actually loved making each of these blocks! I'm not sure why, but each bear seems to have some sort of "personality" that was fun to see emerge. Gotta love this guy with the glasses.



I had a quarter yard of Cotton + Steel's bear fabric and had to find a way to add it to the back. I framed it in black and set it into a solid aqua fabric.


It took me a while to figure out how to quilt it. I ended up stippling the gray background, wavy quilting each bear with matching-colored thread, and doing some back and forth quilting on the white muzzle. I didn't do any quilting over the black as I was afraid it would be distracting.


Needless to say, my husband loves this quilt, but it is much too small for him! I plan on giving it to the grandkids this Summer, but I may have a fight on my hands :)


12 comments:

  1. I love all the bears! They each do have their own personalities.

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  2. I LOVE this quilt. Great fabrics and colors. I especially LOVE how you picked the different ear colors. You are right, each bear has a personality. Great job on the quilting.

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  3. What a FUN quilt! Great colors, great quilting -- it's darling.

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  4. Great quilt. I've been looking at a couple of Elizabeth's patterns but am also put off by lots of little pieces. I made something last year that was a ton of tiny pieces and I think I'll need a break for a year or two. lol Love the bear fabric for the back of your quilt - perfect!

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  5. I love how each bear has a personality and I really like the detail of the fabrics in each ear. :)

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  6. Elizabeth's patterns are so cute! Her idea of adding glasses to her animals was so brilliant. It makes them extra fun! Your version is adorable!!

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  7. I like your idea of framing the backing surprise fabric! I need to highlight my special odd pieces this way too.

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  8. So cute! I love all your bright, fun bears :)
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  9. Oh, I can definitely see that fight going on if you don't make him a man-ly and big version :) The quilt looks fun and the glasses are always such a personality boost. Looking forward to all the other quilts we missed so far xo

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  10. Adorable quilt, and I love the bear wearing the glasses. So cool.

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