Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Tiny Tuesday: Bear's Bow-Tie
First, let's talk fabric. Obviously, I went with orange because that is the color of the month at the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge, hosted by Angela at SoScrappy along with Tiny Tuesdays. But you also want to choose a fabric that a bear would like...a food theme is a safe bet. Bears are known to tolerate plaids, but only in the Northwest.
As with all Tiny Tuesday blocks, we will end up with a 5 inch unfinished block (4.5 inches square finished).
You will want three fabrics: a background, a claw fabric, and a jaunty knot fabric that we are going to refer to as dark.
Cut four 1.25 inch squares of the dark fabric.
Cut two 2 inch squares of the claw fabric, plus enough for eight half-square triangles. (I told you this was a dangerous block!)
Cut two 2.75 inch squares and two 1.25 inch squares of the background, plus enough for eight half-square triangles.
I made mine from 1.25 inch strips of the claw fabric and the background fabric, and used the Easy Angle triangle to cut eight sets of triangles. (Bonnie Hunter has a video demonstrating this method.)
because I happen to know first hand that bears like peaches.
On a historical note, I made up the bear's bow-tie block back in the ancient times of the early 1980s before I knew I would share my peach tree with black bears. Mary Ellen Hopkins put it in her book "It's Okay If You Sit On My Quilt." It's block 199, in the six patch section.