I finished a fun wallhanging this summer — “Paisley Bear” by Laura Heine. My friend, Cathy, and I attended a workshop with Laura at her shop in Billings, MT — Fiberworks. It was a lot of fun and I don’t think I could’ve figured out how to make this collage quilt without being in the workshop.
Basically, you begin with random pieces of flowers, leaves and other designs ironed onto “Steam a Seam 2.” I knew I wanted to use bright Kaffe Fassett fabrics that I had left over from other projects.
Then you trace Laura’s bear pattern onto voile fabric and start placing the pieces onto the shape in any creative way that works for you.
I left mine on the kitchen table for several weeks, messing with it more and more each day. You can see (below) that I tried a flower for the eye, but changed my mind about it later. I was also trying to figure out how to make a bouquet of flowers for the bear to sniff.
I’d come across this fish fabric and wanted to incorporate it in some way.
It finally dawned on me that I should put the fish in the bear’s mouth!
The rest of the pieces took a lot of adjusting to get just right. When you finally realize you have it in place you iron it down onto the voile and then cut out the shape to put on your final background piece.
Then I started to audition various fabrics for the border.
That fabric didn’t work for the border but I did use it for the backing. I chose other Kaffe Fassett fabrics for the border. It was beautifully quilted by my friend, Virginia Ohr. I love the way it turned out! It got “Honorable Mention” in a recent quilt show!