Another month for the do.good stitches project!
This month we were asked to make Bear Paw blocks from a free pattern through the Fat Quarter Shop.
The colorway was a beautiful palette from design seeds I think? I love the programs where you can upload a photo & they give you the color scheme- it’s a great way to put together ideas for a quilt & it helps give specific guidelines when working in a group project like this one- much better than saying “yellow & gray.”
For as traditional as the Bear’s Paw block is, I think it was the first time I’ve made one! It went well & I was able to use scraps. The only thing I changed was the pattern called for you to cut 2 7/8″ squares for the Half Square Triangle “Claws” & I cut 3″ squares, then trimmed them down to a finished 2 1/2″. This is actually a huge pet peeve of mine- HST’s cut exactly at the 7/8″ line need to be sewn with a very precise scant 1/4″ seam allowance to come out perfectly- there’s no room for any error. However, if you just cut your squares 1/8″ larger to the next “whole number,” you can trim down your HSTs & pretty much ensure the HST will come out exact. Basically, cut it a little larger & give yourself space rather than stress.
Aside from that it was fun to make, but sheesh there are lots of HST’s in one block! Very glad I only had to make one!