I enjoyed hand quilting each block in a different colour of Perle 8 - my preferred method of hand quilting.
I started this quilt earlier this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Capital Quilters Guild in Wellington, New Zealand.
You can read the background to it in this post from March, and see close ups of all my individual blocks in this post from May.
As some people pointed out on those earlier posts, we don't have bears in New Zealand, but the block was chosen by the founding members of the guild because of it's meaning as the hand of friendship. They wanted the guild to be a friendly place for quilters to meet, and they certainly achieved that.
The amount of low volume fabrics in this quilt is quite a departure from my usual style, but making this quilt forced me buy some low volume fabrics and start experimenting with them. I've discovered that I like black and white, and grey and white low volumes, but I won't be crossing over into cream and white, they're just not for me.
Of course you'll see that I compensated for all that low volume by using plenty of bright Kaffe Fassett fabrics in this quilt. When the idea was floated of making each block a different colour my first thought was my Kaffe Fassett stash.
I used a bright Art Gallery fabric for the back. You'll see that I had to add a strip to make it wide enough. That's what happens when you buy the end of the bolt, and then decide to add sashing to quilt top and it becomes too wide for the backing. I don't mind though - it adds interest and colour.
Block size: 20.5" square finished
Quilt size: 67" square
This was one of four things on my Finish A Long list for Q3 2015.