Vintage Inspired Bear Paw Quilt


I was inspired by this Bear Paw quilt made by my great-grandmother to make my own version of this very special quilt.  You can even see by the worn spots how much this quilt is loved. I didn't know my great-grandmother very well, but I know she was a very special lady by the way my mom talks about her and the fact that she taught my mom how to quilt when she was young.  I love this quilt! I am thankful to be able to share this tutorial with all of you, so you too could make a very special heirloom piece for you and your family.  Enjoy!


Fabric featured in tutorial is Glace by 3 Sisters
2 Charm Packs
1 Turnover
1 Basic Jelly Roll in Snow #9900JR-11
1 yard Bella Solid in Snow #9900-11
5 yards coordinating fabric for backing and binding
Coordinating Thread
Luna Batting by Moda


Cutting the Pieces...
1. Select 12 Charm Squares and 12 Turnover slices from 4 different color ways.  You will need a total of 48 Charm Squares and 48 Turnover slices.

2. You will need to trim your 48 charm squares down to 4 1/2" square.
3. From the Turnover slice, cut the triangle down the center creating 2 triangles.
4. From the two smaller triangles, cut them in half creating two more smaller triangles.
5. You should now have 4 little triangles from your 1 original Turnover slice.
Repeat these steps for all 12 of your triangles selected.
6. From the 1 yard of Bella Solid cut 96 - 3" x 3" squares. 
7. Cut them in half diagonally creating two triangles.  Do this to all 96 squares.
8.  From the Solid Jelly Roll...
Cut 48 - 14 1/2" strips for borders.
Cut 48 - 6 1/2" strips for sashing.
Cut 96 - 2 1/2" squares.  48 of these squares will be used for each bear paw.  The other 48 squares will be used on the borders.
Sewing the bear paw...

All seam allowances are 1/4"

9. Lay out your triangles and squares as shown below to create a bear paw.  I used all the same print for each individual bear paw.
10. Begin by sewing all the triangles RST (right sides together)
11. You should now have four squares that look like the picture below.
12. Lay out all your pieces again for your bear paw to get proper placement. 1 trimmed Charm square (4 1/2"), 4 sewn triangle squares and 1 - 2 1/2" square from your solid jelly roll.
13. First sew two of the triangle blocks together on one side of the charm square as shown.  Press all pieces as you go.
14. Next sew the other two triangle blocks and the plain solid block together in a row as shown. press.
15. Sew the row of the two triangle blocks RST to one side of the charm square. press.
16. Align your seams and sew the other row of the three blocks to the other side of the block as shown. press. Trim your bear paw to 6 1/2" square.
17.  Repeat steps 9-16 for all 48 bear paws. You should now have 12 bear paws of 4 different color ways.

18. From your left over charm squares and/or turnover slices, cut a total of 12 - 2 1/2" squares.  3 squares for each of the 4 color ways.

On a charm square, simply slice in half in both directions.
On a turnover slice, cut 2 1/2" from one one of the shorter sides as shown.
Then turn and cut 2 1/2" from the other short side of the triangle.

Constructing the Bear Paw Clusters...

19. Lay out 4 bear paws of the same color way, 4 - 6 1/2" sashing strips, and 1 - 2 1/2" middle square that coordinates with your bear paws as shown below.
20. Sew the rows together as shown below and press your seams opposite from another as shown to reduce the bulk when sewing.
21. Sew the three rows together RST creating a bear paw cluster. press.
22. Lay out your bear paw cluster block and 4 - 2 1/2" squares and 4 - 14 1/2" squares as shown below.
23. Sew the pieces together creating three rows as shown. press.
24. Sew the three rows RST as shown. press.
25. Repeat steps 19-24 for all the other bear paw blocks. You should now have 12 bear paw cluster blocks, 3 of each of the 4 color ways.

Assembling the Quilt...

26. Lay out all your blocks as you see fit.
27. Sew the blocks together in rows.
 28. Sew the rows together to complete your quilt top.
29. Quilt, bind, ENJOY!

Quilt top measures 54" x 72"

Angela Yosten
http://modahomemom.blogspot.com/

40 comments:

V and Co. said...

love it. now if i just had some time...

Carol T said...

Oh my gosh!!! I love your quilt!!! I want to make it so I think I will. Thank you so much for this tutorial.

jaybird said...

so cute! & i love the inspiration!!

Patty said...

Thank you very much it's fantastic

Frauke said...

the bears paw are very good an it is an Inspiration too
Frauke

Caroline said...

Love, Love, LOVE this quilt! Thank you so much for this tutorial!

Gudi said...

Its great, I love your quilt. Thank you so much for this tutorial.

Jackie said...

Bear paw, such a classic! Love it!

karenfae said...

I've made that block before in a sampler quilt, it is a nice and easy one to do. Beginners will love it or others who want a sampler or style a whole quilt like you did.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Jenny Garland said...

I love this!!

Melissa Stramel said...

This is really nice, Angela. That pattern always makes me think of log cabins and bears. I don't know why. Your version is so simple -- Thank you!

Sheri Howard said...

So darling Angela...love those colors, and love your grandmother's quilt! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Carol said...

Can you add a pdf for easy printing? I would appreciate it. Love this quilt.

Anji Settles said...

That is really pretty. Thank you for sharing that.

Scattered Threads said...

Beautiful! Will add to my must do list.

Natalia said...

Great tutorial Angela! I love the inspiration.

lissa said...

GRRR ....great

PamKittyMorning said...

I love a nice traditional quilt! Good work.

Jennifer said...

what's the size of each individual block?

kimmie's quilt's said...

verry pretty!i have been wanting to do this quilt for a while now, i just need to kick myself to get going haha.

Angela said...

Thanks so much everyone for the lovely comments!
To answer Jennifer's question...
The individual bear paws measure 6 1/2" square
The bear paw cluster with borders is 18 3/4" square

Jennifer said...

Very lovely quilt!

Cheryl said...

thanks so much for taking time to post how to make this quilt. I have seen one done in navy blue and white in a country sampler magazine years ago. I have always wanted to learn how to make it and now I can since you shared. Thanks so much.
By the way, I love the Glace line you used.

Lisa said...

love the pattern and have the perfect fabric for it. thanks so much!

Ariane said...

It is beautiful. I love it!!

AmyHooper said...

Stunning!! Thank you for the clear directions and photos. This is now in my queue!!!

Tam @ Sew Dang Cute said...

I think I may have to take up quilting! This is beautiful!!

Kim Walus said...

Another great recipe for another great quilt. Love it!

Sara said...

wonderful!

madrekarin said...

That is just lovely and you made it look so easy! Thansk so much for sharing. :)

amandajean said...

it's beautiful!!!

Magicaldamselfly said...

This quilt is awesome and very inspiring.

Nicky said...

Have always loved Bear's Paw but your beautiful quilt and some recycled red flannel plaid fabric are just the push I need to get me going. Thank you so much!

Betty said...

Angela,
This quilt is beautiful! I'm working on it in Glace, and have found that I don't have enough brown or red leftover to make the center 2&1/2 inch squares for each of the 3 red and brown squares. Any hints?

Thanks.

DATE: May 12, 2009, 5pm-8pm said...

I think the ingredient list is incorrect. You list in the ingredients: two Charm Packs and two Turnovers, and you then say, "You will need a total of 48 Charm Squares and 48 Turnover slices. Well, there are only 40 to 42 Turnover slices per Turnover (just as with the Charm Squares, but you listed --correctly-- that TWO charm packs are required). Am I missing something? It look to me like TWO Turnover packs are required...

Angela said...

There are actually 80 turnover slices in 1 Turnover Pack. So, you will only need 1 Turnover pack. You can get what is contained in each type of precut from the Bakery section of the website... http://www.modabakeshop.com/p/bakery.html

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Mary said...

Angela, how will you quilt it? Finished a queen sized scrappy Bear's Paw in August, my son's wedding quilt. Have some ideas, wondered what you would choose for quilting. I'm thinking a feather arc in the square of the paws, curved outline quilting in the HST claws; a motif in the sashings, possibly repeated in the border; or a feathered border like the feather in the paw; or even simple parallel lines in the border. Just wondering :^)

Pamhartgerink said...

Very generous of you to share this with us and teach us how. Thank you for a precious story and May God Bless you!

Debbie said...

Made it and love it. Thanks for the tut. Did a few tweaks to make it my own.