Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Christmas Bear

Isn't he adorable? I found this pattern in Quiltmaker Nov/Dec '12. It's actually called "You Got Cookies?". I just couldn't resist. I had to make him. It uses paper piecing which I love since it's so accurate. I printed the pattern on regular multipurpose paper used in printers. I find there's so much recycled content that it's easy to rip off your fabric as long as your stitch is shortened. There were 5 sections that made up the actual bear's face.

You can see the 5 sections in this picture. I find every time I paper piece I have to think about what I'm doing. It's sort of backwards since the lines you sew on are on the back of the actual piecing. Once I get that orientation in my head, I'm good to go.

After the bear's head was done, I had to add the window panes and the rest of the background. These two pieces were quite easy since most pieces were large.

Here's the finished piece without borders or the bear's pompom! The finished wall  hanging should measure 15" by 18".

I used mostly fabrics I had in my stash. However, I did buy the gray solid fabric for the windowsill as well as the light fabric for his hat. His hat fabric is white with gold glitter. I bought both of these fabrics on the mystery ride. The pattern called for flannel but I thought the gold would add more of a holiday look.

I'm going to layer it and pin the layers together today. There is even suggested machine quilting as part of the pattern instruction. One of the suggestions is to make swirls in the blue sky. I'm working on swirls as part of the Free Motion Quilting Challenge so I'll get to actually use what I'm practicing this month! I'll post his picture when he's all done! I have so much machine quilting to do! I'll get there eventually!!




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    1. Silvana, I couldn't resist making this project!

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    1. I had to make him! He'll be cute to have at the holidays1

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! Hope my quilting keeps it looking good!

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  4. Oh he's gorgeous. Don't you just love paper piecing? I'm doing a butterfly right. I find that each time I start a new paper piecing project I get it wrong for a few pieces until I get in the flow of it again and then it's so easy - why can't I ever remember how to do it straight off?! :)

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    1. Haha! Glad to hear I'm not the only one who does that! Paper piecing is so much fun!

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  5. Love "Cookies" Bear--so cute--I have never done any paper piecing--it looks complicated...Julierose

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    1. The bear is cute and easy to make! You should give paper piecing a try. I always have to get used to it and then it becomes easy!

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  6. He is so cute! I usually buy Quiltmaker, but haven't bought this one. I think that I'm going to have to go pick it up.

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    1. I usually don't buy it but so glad I did! It was a fun project. I found the magazine had a lot of good stuff in it. I would definitely buy it again.

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  7. He's too cute! Can't wait to see him done!

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    1. Thanks, Astrid! I hope to quilt him very soon!

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  8. Super sweet!!! Love your little polar bear!!! Hugs

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  9. Oh..he is so adorable!!! And can't wait to see this quilted! It'll be gorgeous for sure!

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    1. I started quilting it but just outlining. I'll show you when I'm done!!

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  10. Your bear is cute. Good job. Have fun finishing him.

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    1. Thanks! I started quilting him today!!

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  11. Your bear is adorable. I have great admiration for anyone who can paper piece since I can't (and I've tried many times).

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    1. Thanks, Kate! You have to definitely change your outlook on sewing. It's like you're sewing backwards! It takes a little while to catch on!

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  12. Dear Rosemary, I've sent you an email, hoping I sent it to the correct address.

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    1. Anne? I did get your email! You'll be hearing from me very soon!

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