Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bear Pa

I'm thinking of my father today and happy to see his Bear Paw quilt fully pieced.  It's king-sized, the largest quilt top I have ever made!

bear paw

The bear paw blocks are made of select prints from Sandi Henderson's "Secret Garden," plus one of the very simple and graphic green prints from Denyse Schmidt's "Greenfield Hill" (I'm feeling too lazy to go look at the selvedge, and I don't have the print names memorized...!).  The background/sashing fabric is Painters Canvas, which is a non-solid solid that I really loved working with here.

This is a very big quilt...and tricky to photograph. I gave it a try on our queen-sized bed, but you don't really get a good sense of it.

king-sized bear paw, pieced

My dad and I decided that to show to full advantage this quilt needs two tall men on stilts, or at least step ladders. And a nice old barn would serve as a good backdrop. But none of this is in its future. Instead it will soon take over my living room floor (to be basted), and then the entire dining room (to be quilted), and finally it will live with my parents on a beautifully big but cosy bed where I hope it will provide lots of comfort and many peaceful sleeps.

I love you Pop.


Tong said...

Yay you finished the top! And it looks amazing!!! How are you going to quilt it?

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Great job! And a BIG job to quilt this baby!

Ronny said...

Hey! You keep making the quilt tops "I" want to make ;). I have the fabrics and patterns for a bear paw all stacked in a bag ready to start cutting. Great to see one in "modern" fabrics!!

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

Such a good question, Tong...I don't want to interfere with the prints and the subtle patterns in the Painters Canvas, so maybe some invisible thread (never tried it) or maybe some fairly minimal and unobtrusive quilting in a colour that blends???? Any ideas or suggestions are welcome!

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

Thank you :) And oh yes, I have my work cut out for me!

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

Great minds think alike :)

Still a Brooklyn Kid said...

I love it! Showed it to T & T -- they love it, too!

aksherry said...

I love it! Your fabric choses are just perfect!