Sunday, 20 July 2014

Grrrrrrowl! Today is the Day!

I know that a few of you are hanging out for my new bear pattern and so I am really pleased to tell you that I released the first of two versions today.

I'll be honest, the main difference between the two versions is the size, but the 12 inch version has been simplified to make it work as a small block.

I'm also pretty sure that I am not the only person wanting to sew this as a big block and as enlarging a pattern up to 30 inch is a bit of a drag, I've also sent the bigger (more complicated) version to my pattern testers. All going well (I've had more than my fair share of technical difficulties with this pattern!) I will release it when its ready.

The pattern is a black bear, but if you want to call it as a brown bear or even a polar bear (a low volume version would be pretty cool don't you think?!), I won't be offended.

As I have said before, I don't regard this as a pattern suitable for beginners. Its not because of the small pieces - many of my other patterns have smaller pieces- no, its to do with fabric choices and keeping your place when sewing the subtle shading on the bear.That said, the pieces can't be too small as one of my crazy pattern testers is even talking about reducing the block down to 6 inch- I wonder if she really dares!

Here's Jeifner's awesome version of little bear.

The good news is that Growl, Little Bear Paper Pieced Pattern is available via my Craftsy Store, so if this is the size that you want, hop over get yourself a copy.

If you are game for a challenge and fancy giving the big bear a go, then you will have to hang in there just a little bit longer. I promise I'll let you know when its ready.


  1. I've wishlisted it, have just overspent on fabric for a project so can't buy it quite yet. He's very cute though!

  2. its a pretty awesome bear Juliette! My heart is longing to see the big version in patchwork style!

  3. Clever results once again! The last bear looks scary!!

  4. love all the colours on the first image - you know that's my style of bear!! :o) x great work - AGAIN!

  5. Love the bear. Guess over spending on patterns and fabric isn't just my problem. It is in my cart and I will get it on the 25th. Your bear is just wonderful. Can't wait to make it and put it in a quilt with my little cub up a tree...they will make a cute quilt. Now to add other wildlife to the project. Thanks for all your work.

  6. Loving this bear so much!!


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