Colourful bear claws

This is another UFO which I put aside having becoming unmotivated when the cats knocked all my carefully sorted half-square triangles onto the floor. However, when I picked it up again a few months later I really enjoyed finishing it.

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The quilt is from a pattern designed for the Bread ‘n’ Butter range of American Jane fabrics. I love the bright colours and the quilt makes me smile every time I look at it.

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I started this quilt after a frustrating attempt to make a mariner’s compass block. I started off very excited with visions of a glorious quilt full of curves. On the third attempt, I did eventually end up with a finished block which I was fairly happy with; but I had to do a lot of unpicking and resewing to get there. The picture below is my second attempt.

After grappling with the curves, all I wanted to do was cut and sew some straight lines: hence this quilt.

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Hibiscus quilt

I’ve spent the last few weeks revisiting some UFOs and this is the first of them I’ve finished. I made all the blocks a year ago, over Christmas, but never got round to sewing them together. I’m glad I’ve finished such a cosy quilt while we still have cold weather.

The pattern is Hibiscus by It’s Sew Emma and the top is made from one layer cake of thick Primitive Gatherings flannel. Each 10″ square of the layer cake makes one 7.5″ block. I’ve used the same fabric to make two other quilts: a kaleidoscope quilt and a scrap quilt.