A Quilt is Born

Last fall I started hand piecing a bear’s paw quilt. I wanted something that I could work on block-by-block and take with me in a small ziplock bag. I love scrappy quilts, and found some yummy greens and maroons for the borders and inside the blocks. I gathered green fat quarters, mostly from the 2005 FQ Birthday swap I participated in through the Quilting Arts Forum. I took a weekend to cut all the pieces for the quilt, bagged them up into a multitude of “sets,” and began piecing.

My mom was really ill (still is) and I spent quite a bit of time with her in the hospital and at home. It was wonderful having something to work on while she slept or while we talked.

I love hand quilting… I find it very peaceful and relaxing. I used 100% cotton batting in this quilt – it was my first attempt at quilting this kind of batting. I enjoy how it looks, but it is definately harder on the hands when you quilt with it. The binding was put on in late June, and I’m thrilled with the final results!

Close-up of quilting (green sashing strips are 1.5 inches wide)

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