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July Do.Good Stitches Block

Another month for the do.good stitches project!

July do.good stitches for the Believe Circle

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!

Chugach Mtns & Bear’s Paw Pillow

Alaskan pic of the day- these are the Chugach Mountains from Elmendorf Air Force Base. One of these in particular is Flat Top- which I will hike before we leave. I will.

Here’s the Bear Paw Pillow! I had some leftover pink & white yarn from a baby present, & saw this pattern as an afghan in an issue of Interweave Knits from sometime in 2005. It’s been sitting in my design/creative room ever since Johnathan & I got married. Thought it was fitting to finally finish it on the weekend of our 1 year anniversary. Also, anyone having a baby girl that would like this, please let me know, as it will just sit in the closet for a long time.