I don’t know how it happened really, but yesterday I started a new quilt I had no intention of making yet!  When I’m working at my computer I always have a scrapbook or graph pad next to me so I can doodle or sketch ideas as they pop in my head.  Sometimes I look at previous ideas which makes me jump up and go over to my fabrics.  I’m wholly at the mercy of both the doodle and my fabric.

image of bearclaw working

About 5-6 years ago I had a thing for those style of blocks as you can see

The plain red fabric I’m using I’ve had for maybe 17 years.  It’s very stiff, just like when you pick up a really old piece of Marcus Bros or Concord fabric out of your stash.  I had about a metre and a half left from an earlier project and have really designed the quilt around what I could cut from it.  I had to be able to get the setting squares and claws out of it.

image of bearclaw quilt

20 blocks done in one night! Only 28 left to go.

I’m one of those unfortunates that doesn’t have EQ anything so I draft up patterns the old-fashioned way, or use Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop and then utilise various online calculators to help me such as:

Quilt Yardage Calculatorhttp://vrya.net/quilt/classic.php

and another is from

Quilters Paradisehttp://www.quiltersparadiseesc.com/Calculators.php

The quilt will be on point as you can see, and I’ve decide it will be 7 x 7.  I really didn’t need another half done project cluttering up my studio/office.  Now if only the weather would cool down again I could get it finished.  Today was 35C with a hot northerly wind which where we live is bushfire weather.  I’m really envying those of you in the northern hemisphere right now.  Here’s looking forward to Tuesday.