Back in September I started piecing a Bjorn Bear quilt for a little boy. It took me a while - not helped by forgetting to cut some pieces to take on retreat with me, but once I'd finished, I really didn't like it. And because of who it was for, I knew it had to be special. It was definitely not special.
I sat on it for a month, hoping it would grow on me but it never did. I couldn't even think of a way to salvage what I had done and improve it...So in the end I resigned myself to starting again. The little boy who will get the quilt is half Japanese, so I wanted to be careful that I didn't pick colours or items that would be inappropriate - I'd already sussed out the bears, so stuck with them. Research on number told me that nine was unlucky, so I'd already planned 12 bears, and so I stuck with that. Further research told me red was lucky and white wasn't, so I give you 12 red bears!
And I couldn't be happier with it - I love it so much more than the first version. The grey is Gotham Grey from Kona, and the reds are a Makower Linen texture (?); Makower Dimples, Moda Grunge and Moda Grunge spots. Kona White and Black Dimples complete the collection. The backing is a duvet cover from Dunelm. It's quilted in a cross hatch done with my walking foot. And then machine bound in more red!
The original blocks will sit in disgrace in my cupboard for a little while longer, but intrest has been shown in them from another party, so I think one day they will become a quilt of their own. So whilst this is a finish from my Finish Along list - I have completed a Bjorn Bear Quilt, sadly, it's had the result of adding another quilt to my list - don't tell the committee. You can find my original FAL list here.