Postitive – Negative Paws

A while ago my friend, Eileen, wanted to make a quilt for her husband’s “man-cave”. She purchased black and tan fabrics and chose the Bear’s Paw pattern. During my Open Lab class we discussed different ways to make the Bear’s Paw block. Eileen found a great tutorial from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilts on a new way to make the paws without having to make a lot of half-square triangles.

You can watch that video at:

Eileen enjoyed using Jenny’s techniques and her finished quilt is beautiful!

I just loved the unexpected use of the black as the background and the tan as the paws. The border is a print with black bison on a tan background. Very striking!

Another student in my Open Lab, Judy, admired it so much she decided to make one too. She watched Jenny’s video and chose the same color scheme, but this time in flannel. Judy reversed the fabrics. WOW!

What fun to see positive and negative versions of this stunning pattern. I don’t think I could make a choice as to which fabric placement I like better. Both of these quilters did a marvelous job!

Here’s a close-up of the quilting on Judy’s quilt. It was done by MaryJo Busch – lovely!

Thank you ladies, for allowing me to share your great quilts!

I made a Bear’s Paw quilt years ago for the “New Quilt From an Old Favorite” contest held at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. We were to do something innovative with the pattern and I called my version “Bear’s Pause” because the bears stopped at a campsite, paused for a snack and then continued off the quilt in the upper right.

The tiny paws all over the campground and up the tree were pieced and reverse, raw-edged appliquéd in place. The tumbling chairs and torn open food packages were photo-transferred onto fabric and appliquéd in place. The background was started in a landscape class with Natalie Sewell. My first landscape quilt!

Do you have photos of a bears paw quilt you’d like to share? Please email them to me at: .

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  • Barb said:

    Ladies your quilts are so pretty. I am just starting to cut out a MIssouri Star pattern and I find them easy and fun because they go faster.
    Love seeing the positive and negative together.

  • Debbie H said:

    Love these quilts, ladies! Very striking and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!


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