Some Piecing Tips
Careful When Chain Piecing: It does make the sewing go faster because you're doing the same thing over and over, but it can be easy to mix things up.
Below you can see where I sewed all the bear claws the same, which worked fine for the top part of the paw. When you flip them to attach to the side of the paw, they go in the wrong direction - boo!
Because I am geometrically challenged I often have a problem with this. By the way, there are several wrong ways to sew the claws together!
Use the presser foot that works the best: I normally use the 1/4 inch presser foot when I'm piecing, but all the angled seams were causing me problems, so I switched to the standard presser foot.
Verify needle position before sewing: I have broken needles when I switched to the 1/4 inch foot and didn't move the needle - a shocking experience!
When using a standard presser foot, your needle should be over to the right at a position that gives you 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Be Flexible with Fabric Choices
I originally wanted all the paws to be like the block on the right, but didn't have enough fabric so had to incorporate some other blues. I'm really happy I didn't, because I like the variety of the different blocks much better.
This block has a lot of seams and little pieces so it can be a pain to get it pieced properly. I'd definitely call this an intermediate skill level. If you're just starting out making quilts, check out the jelly roll race quilt and my tablerunner tutorial.
I haven't decided on a name for this quilt yet. Maybe 'Little Blue Bear' or 'Bonnie Blue'. Naming them helps me remember them. What do you think I should name it? firstname.lastname@example.org
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