|76" x 89"|
My inspiration, once again, came from a vintage quilt. I saw this one in the Utah state book. They call it "The Hand". It was made in Utah by Harriett Ambrosine Hacking in the late 1800's.
It's a bear paw variation that I find interesting. The addition of that tiny triangle square at the inner corner of each 'hand' gives it a little spark, I think.
|Working it up on graph paper|
When using a vintage quilt for inspiration I don't have a pattern so I must draft the design first. I look at the size of the original quilt to estimate the size of the blocks. (one reason I hate it when a photo of a quilt does not include the size!)
Of course, one can make them smaller or bigger than the original but I like to get a feel for the scale of the original and then make my decision.
Here are some of the blocks I've completed. I am not sure if I will follow the original setting exactly or not, nor am I sure what final size I will make but with 10.5" blocks, I know it will be bed size.
In comparing my blocks to the original, I see that I need to make more 'low-contrast' blocks. And I love the two blocks with yellow in them in the original quilt, don't you?
Now that I think of it, I started another Bear's Paw years ago - many years ago! I dug it out of my UFO bin so you can compare the blocks.
When I started this one I was thinking of a bed quilt for the cabin but now I think I may be happy with a smaller piece for the wall. Sometimes letting projects 'rest' partway through gives you an opportunity to go in a different direction!
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