For my block, I am requesting a bear paw block. It's a traditional block, made up of squares and HSTs (half square triangles), so all techniques that we have done before, but in a new format! I had seen this block made in quite a few different variations and the reason it became a winner is because it doesn't need to "join" up with another block and can really stand alone. I preferred that so I can add sashing or solid blocks (or patchwork!) in between to make the quilt larger without sewing up too many more blocks.
I chose a jeweled tone color palette of golden yellows, deep, rich navys, emerald greens and a very warm reddish-purple plum. It was inspired by a combination of fabrics from my stash that I've been dying to work with - a few from Field Study, Tsuru and Indie. You won't have these specific fabrics of course, but can use these as inspiration (for color especially) to pull fabrics from your own stash. The background can be any off white/ white fabric.
I just love how the color palette is modern (in my opinion) and the block is such a traditional one. I really am so excited to begin work on this quilt.
I do want each paw to be the same - so if you use a specific fabric for the paw, use the same fabric on all four paws. I've seen scrappier versions where each paw is different but that's not the look I'm going for.
6/19/13 - Updated with photos of blocks received.
7/26/13 - Updated with photos of blocks received. I am planning to add sashing (white) between each block and then possibly do a patchwork border to connect the paws in the corners. I really can't thank my bee mates enough for the lovely blocks they sent. I think it's going to be so cute!
With these colors as inspiration it will be a gorgeous quilt! Cannot wait to see blocks as they roll in!
I have a deep navy and golden yellow pulled to live with for a few days. I like the fabric combination but may have to try out others :) I made some blue/brown bear paw block pillows about 30 years ago, but have not made the block since. I will be fun with modern fabric and color combinations.
I love the colours you picked! I look forward to seeing all the blocks everyone makes for you as they get posted; and then to see them altogether!!
Stunning colour choice and will certainly make a traditional block modern. Looking forward to seeing the end result.
those fabrics look great together!
This is going to be a joy to make! Can't wait to audition my stash!
I love seeing these blocks! This is going to be a very pretty quilt.
I love how simple blocks can be so wonderful together. It's like magic to me.
Love the colors combo as well
Wow, I agree. These simple blocks are a treat to look at with all the wonderful colors. "Happy Bear Claw" is what it should be called.
I am with True and Terryt, this is going to be a wonderful quilt. The blocks are just beautiful.
Gorgeous blocks so far! This is going to be one awesome quilt!
Great Bear-Paw Blocks! Love the colors!
Oh wow this quilt is going to be gorgeous.
WOW WOW WOW I love this...
The bear paw block is my fav! Really colorful and cute!
Looking great Your choices and everyone's contribution are making a stunning beautiful quilt.
This is really pretty. All the blocks and colors go so well together. Great choice!
It's looking awesome. I love the corner blocks you added!
This is looking great! I also love how you made the cornerstones using a larger scale of the bear claw. Can't wait to see what you do with the pieced border.
I really love this!