Bear Paw and Nine Patch

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Have now completed hand-sewing together nine mini blocks for my quilt.  (If a quilt has to have a name then “My Quilt” will be the name for this one as it is the first one I have made for me)

I’m really pleased with how they are coming along, and put next to each other the colours all look so bright and cheery.  I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to finally sew them together like this or whether or not I’ll use sashing in between the blocks.  If I don’t use sashing then I’m going to need to make a minimum of 144 blocks as I want a good sized quilt, and a friend once told me “…..if you’re going to have one, then have a big one…” and I think this is good advice whether it is applied to quilts or portion of cake size.


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Block number eight is called Nine Patch.  It is lovely and simple to sew, and if you want to hand sew some patchwork rather than use a sewing machine, then it is a good place to start.  Also  the squares show off the pattern of the fabric really well so ideal if you have a fabric with particular pictures or motifs on.


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Finally one of my favourite blocks, Old Bear’s Paw.  I love the name of this particular block, it makes me think of bear prints in the snow, which I would love to find in the garden  but I can imagine the reality of that is a bit scary.  Once I’d sewn it together I was also reminded of the Princess Monoke film, when the Forest Spirit steps on the grass, flowers bloom in his wake.


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