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Bloggers’ Quilt Festival – Yellow Bear Quilt

My entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival would certainly not qualify as the most beautiful or most intricately pieced or the most original.  Its design is a simple one; flannel blocks from a bear print that I fussy cut alternating with a coordinating yellow flannel.

Yellow Bear Quilt

Those blocks are framed with a single border cut from that same yellow flannel with a fussy cut rocking horse in each corner.

Yellow Bear Quilt Corner

I used a coordinating yellow plaid flannel for the binding.  You can’t get much simpler than that.

What makes this quilt special, to me at least, is that it’s the second quilt I’d ever made; there being a twenty plus year gap between it and the first.   Also, this is the first baby quilt I’ve ever made.  Can you imagine… I have three adult children and even though I sewed a lot of their clothes when they were little, I never made them a quilt.

This quilt was made for Dave’s second grandchild.  I started it a few months before she was born, but she didn’t receive it until her second birthday.   Oh… I got the top finished before she was born, but then I got stuck because I wasn’t sure how to finish it.   It took almost two more years of reading quilt blogs and seeing how other people did things before I decided that ready or not, that quilt needed to be finished so that said grandchild could use it before she outgrew it.

There were so many things I learned over the process of making this quilt, starting with some basic quilting terms.  At the time I was cutting out the blocks for the top, I didn’t even know the term “fussy cut.”  I just knew I wanted a bear in the middle of each block and cut them out that way.  It wasn’t until later that I learned that fussy cutting was the term used to describe cutting out blocks to feature a certain print.

I learned about ¼” seams.  But it wasn’t until later that I figured out that a ¼” seam isn’t really a ¼” seam, it’s an almost ¼” seam.

I learned how to piece a backing.

I learned how to sew on a binding using a tutorial by Sharon Schamber.

I learned that I hate pin basting; which is one of the reasons why up until a month ago this quilt was only the second I’d ever completed.  Now that I’ve discovered hand-basting (again through another Sharon Schamber video tutorial) I’m hoping to get this top and this top turned into finished quilts.

Oh… and one more thing I learned is that quilts can be incredibly difficult to photograph.

But finally and perhaps most importantly, I learned that the quilting and crafting community contains some of the most interesting, generous and fun-loving people I’ve ever encountered.

Amy's Creative Side
Be sure to check out all the other quilts entered into the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival being held over at Amy’s Creative Side.

9 Comments

  • Rachaeldaisy
    May 14, 2011 4:18 am

    What a heart warming post. I think this is a lovely quilt and being flannel i know it would be so soft and cosy. The little girl this was made for will love and treasure this precious gift.

  • baukje
    May 14, 2011 10:15 am

    Love your story. I feel the same about my experience of the last year. Idid not know anything about quilting and the terms they use. I learned a lot this year!!!!

  • Canuckquilter
    May 14, 2011 11:36 pm

    This quilt looks perfectly “snuggable” which is just what a baby quilt should be. And isn’t it nice to look back and see how much we’ve learned?

  • Penny G
    May 16, 2011 4:29 pm

    The quilt is lovely and I hope that it is only one of many that you will enjoy making.

  • Molly
    May 17, 2011 12:31 am

    Very sweet quilt. It looks very snuggly 🙂

  • eileen
    May 17, 2011 6:21 am

    such a sweet quilt and your story is just wonderful. fun that you ended up fussy cutting. it looks totally comfy and that’s really what is important for a little child–or some of way older children. thanks for sharing this precious piece and have a great day

  • Karen
    May 17, 2011 10:08 pm

    It is wonderful to look back at what we made at the start and be reminded of how special everything is. I think your quilt is delightful!

  • Becky
    May 18, 2011 8:38 pm

    I love your quilt and even though it took a while to finish, I’ll bet said grandchild loves it also.

  • Beth
    August 10, 2011 2:38 pm

    I love the quilt, and your story behind it’s creation. I had a baby quilt I started, and just finally got it done for the baby’s second birthday, so I can really understand.

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