Thursday, March 7, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Week 13 - Bear Hug Block!!

Hello and welcome to the 
Vintage Block Along:)

I'm sharing another vintage block 
from my grandma's pattern basket 
with you in the form of 
another fun and easy tutorial:)

I'm using Farm Girl Vintage fabric...

And Bee Backgrounds fabric:)

When choosing fabric for today's block
 I first chose the floral 
and then pulled 3 more colors that were
 in the floral ....then chose the
 yellow printed background because
 there was yellow in the floral as well:)

This vintage block has been very popular
 for many years and of course grandma
 and her sisters made several quilts
 with this block.

It has "woodsy" origins and is
 traditionally called Bears Paw.

I'm calling mine "Bear Hug" because ...
well you know...
we are talking about grandma's.

Grandma's give the very best
 bear hugs ever!
(and grandpa's too)

You know...
I sure wish that I could 
give both my grandma's and 
grandpa's a big bear hug right now.

I love how all of these fabrics go together...
I'm all ready to sew but 
first let's talk about cutting:)

From the background cut:
20 - 2 1/2" squares

From this print cut:
4 - 4 1/2" squares

From this print cut:
4 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

From this print cut:
16 - 2 1/2" squares

And finally from this one cut:
1 - 2 1/2" square

Take 16 each of these squares 
to make half square triangles.

Mark a line on the back 
or use the 

for instructions on adding 
it to your machine

Trim off the excess and press open.

You should now have 
16 half square triangles that
 measure 2 1/2" square at this point.

Split them up evenly and 
sew them together like this.
Take note that each set is
 going opposite directions
 so pay attention when 
sewing them together....
ask me how I know lol

You should have 2 sets of 4 
that each measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
 at this point.

Now lay the 4 coral squares 
and the 4 remaining 
background squares out...
along with the segments 
that you have just sewn...

And sew them together like this.

You should have 4 segments...

That measure 6 1/2" square at this point.

Now lay the remaining pieces of
 the block out just like a nine patch...

And sew it together...
easy peasy!!!

Your Bear Hug Block should measure
 14 1/2" square at this point.

I love the addition of this vintage block 
to the blocks that we have made so far.

Our vintage quilt wouldn't be 
complete without it:)

Thanks for sewing vintage 
with me again this week...
I'll be here next Thursday 
with another really fun
 vintage block for you!

 If you are just joining us 
and want to sew vintage blocks with us...
click on each block 
that we have already sewn
 for the tutorial:

8. Humble


RhoniAnn said...

Loving This !!!

RhoniAnn said...

I am thoroughly enjoying this Vintage Block Along

Regina said...

So pretty Lori! Can't wait to make this one, and can't wait to give my granddaughters a big bear hug like my grandparents used to give me! Thanks again for sharing. Blessings to you.

Margie said...

I am having so much fun with this! My grandmas were both such a huge and special part of my life, I miss them both so much. I'm excited you posted this block.. My husband's grandmother (who I also love dearly.. she is the one who got me into quilting ) just gave me a set of bear paw blocks she stitched together, and said I could finish it however I want. It was meant to be for you to post this block this week! ��

Pam L said...

Lori I can't tell you how much I am enjoying this Vintage sew along you are gifting to us. All of the stories and memories of your grandmother remind me so much of my own. I am thinking of both of my grandmother's through the making of this quilt. It will end up being a very special one to me. I plan on adding fabric photos of each of them somewhere on the back with a little dedication to them.
Thank you so very much for your time and talent! I could make quilts the rest of my life with just using your patterns!

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