All the time I've been messing around with stitching and living life, I have managed time in my sewing room, my current project being a quilt for Dave and me. It's about time. Dave wanted a bear claw, and I wanted a bear claw with a bit of a twist to it.
I chose this quilt while browsing online:
This picture was of the quilt for sale, and I was unable to find a pattern. No problem, my dear quilting instructor Rhonda has been working with me, coming by the house here and there to get me rolling on each step. First was the making of many paws.
Finally this week I had enough paws made to move onto the next step, the building of the block.
I love it and I'm glad to be to the "fun" part of making this quilt, I was tired of paws.
A bit of a tutorial is to show you the back of the block.
In making a quilt block, it always helps if you have OCD. But, there's more to it than that. Very early on, Rhonda taught me the importance of (1) accurate cutting (2) the direction in which you press your seams (3) stretch is always horizontal and (3) be consistent. Those lessons have me at a point in my quilt making where I do believe I can tackle just about any block and have it come out accurately. Every one of these paws and blocks have their seams flipped the same exact way, and every one of them is flipped opposite of the one it is going to match to.
Now Rhonda would take that a step further, and she would assemble this block without using one pin because she'd know that her measurements were spot on accurate and consistent and that the flip of her seams would make them mate up into perfect junctions, and if by some chance they didn't, she'd have stretch working for her. She is the quilt guru, I am the student and I pin, pin, pin.