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Quilting Design Suggestions for Brown Bear

So, I'm back to quilting my Brown Bear, Brown Bear quilt top. I've traced the bear and plan to quilt the large border (people) with a row of bears. Now, what would you do inside the small blue border? Then what would you do for the small striped border?

I've gotten together a great little grouping of the animals to use in the middle, so I'm good there (I hope), just need some ideas for the smaller borders. I really wish I had some confidence in my choices...someday???

Thanks for any suggestions.



  1. Hi.

    I have a similar dilema... how to quilt my Brown Bear quilt.

    I wonder if you could use some type of 'animal track' in the narrow blue border, and a 'duck track' in the striped border. Or the other way around.

    On mine I am planning to do a biggish stipple in the coloured areas, and shadow quilt around the animals. Boring, I know ;-)

    I'll be interested to see how yours turns out.

    Good luck with it.

  2. Hi, thanks for your thoughts! Here's what I've done. I actually learned a bit more about Quilt Cad which is the software that came with the HQ16. I've traced all the animals and made a pattern of them to use for the overall quilt. I ended up doing just continuous bears on the larger "people" border. I did a row of the fish on the blue border. I did a row of the bird on the striped border. I haven't started the overall quilt part yet. However, I used beige thread throughout because of the light backing and I'm not sure I'm loving the beige thread on the blue border...if you'd like I'll take a close up of what I did so far.



  3. I was thrilled to find the brown bear fabric- I want to make a larger wall hanging with it. I teach kindergarten and they will really enjoy having a quilt that has fabric from the story.
    I will look forward to seeing your finished project.

  4. Hi Gloria.
    More pics?
    Yes please!
    I love that you can trace the animals and up or downsize them.
    An upgrade to a long-arm quilter and frame is on my list!
    I've only got an ordinary domestic machine, and limited time to finish the quilt, so I've started quilting in straight lines. Not quite stitch-in-the-ditch.
    Even more boring, but at least it will be finished on time. A first!
    What backing fabric did you use?
    I've used the large animal print from the range, and am quilting with a dark orange cotton thread.
    So far it looks ok.
    I was toying with the idea of using white thread, but I'm not unpicking it now.
    Have to be finished by the 13th May, along with two other quilts.
    Why do I do this, I ask myself?


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