Hello Bear Wedding Quilt // Finished Modern Quilts

 

Hello Bear Quilt Top

My cousin got married last weekend, and it was a beautiful ceremony. I’m so happy for her and her new husband, and making a quilt just seemed to be the right thing to do. They both *love* the great outdoors, camping, hiking, etc., and when I found this out, I decided the Hello Bear fabric line by Bonnie Christine would be just perfect. The quilt measures ~ 72” x 77”.

Hello Bear Fabrics

Luckily, this fabric is still easy to find. I bought a fat quarter bundle (plus a little extra of some of the prints, and fabric from my stash). I knew I wanted something simple (I didn’t want to cut the prints up too small). I was inspired by some of the rectangle patchwork quilts Rita from Red Pepper Quilts has made.

Hello Bear Quilt detail

Rita’s rectangles are tiny; I cut these at 6” x 9”, each fat quarter yields 6 rectangles. I used 117 rectangles, 13 across x 9 down. I cut too many and sold the rest, along with my scraps, on Instagram (@swimbikequiltdestash). Win, win.

Hello Bear Quilt 2

I used Dream Puff batting, by Quilter’s Dream. I really love the extra poof it gives this quilt. I wanted to tie it, but didn’t know anyone who lives nearby with quilting frames. I have since found out my sister in law has some. Ha!

Hello Bear Quilt Back

I really like the back. A mix of a buttery yellow crosshatch, the deer print from Hello Bear, and an older print from Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt. I bound it in one of the Cotton and Steel Sprinkle prints (it is navy, but looks almost black, which works well with this quilt I think!)

Hello Bear Quilt baby

And if I ever take photos of a quilt, there is surely to be a baby who wants to test its “cuddle factor.” I think this one passed with flying colors!

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5 Comments

  1. Karen
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    What a perfect gift for an adventurous couple! It might even get to go on a camping trip some cool night.

  2. Posted August 31, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Love your quilt. Congratulations on your finish. A perfect wedding gift!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted September 11, 2016 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      thank you so much, and thanks for saying hi.

  3. Posted August 31, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    What a great gift for an outdoorsy couple. I am sure they would love it. I think it is super that you have enthusiastic quilt models – that is a great way to record the time you made it. That phase didn’t last very long in my household.

  4. kaholly
    Posted September 12, 2016 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    Too perfect!

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