Tuesday, January 25, 2022

My Day on The Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop!

 


It's Wednesday and it's the middle of The Polar Bear Plunge Bog Hop!

We've got a good 8 or 9 inches of the white stuff here in NE Iowa. 
Some folks hate it. Some tolerate it. Some love it. 
There are times that I can say each of the above. 
It's Iowa and it's January....so there will be snow!

We have a grand-nephew on the way in March, so his big sister will need a gift to keep her busy as she will no longer be center ring. Marie is almost 3 years old and I've always wanted to make a sleeping bag for a doll or...or.. bear!!

I chose to use the Sleeping Bag tutorial 
by Connie Kresin Campbell at Freemotion By The River. 

Connie writes super clear instructions, so it was fun and easy!
I made just a few adjustments to add my own details, like the ricrac and trim.

I sure didn't keep in mind that using a directional fabric would give me an issue.
I added a strip to go over the upside-down animal heads (near the top)
 and then sewed on the ricrac trim so the heads would all show up the same way.


Every sleeping bag should be personalized for the owner, right?
M is for Marie!



Of course, the sleeping bag needs an occupant!
I used the tutorial for a stuffed bear from Mindy Makes.


Here is lil' bear resting in his sleeping bag waiting for spring!

Another project I got a very good start on for this blog hop is a quilt top!
Sadly, (imagine a pouty bear face here), it didn't get finished in time. 

I had all of the fabric together as it was purchased as a kit many years ago. 
I bought the kit at an estate sale, thinking that someday 
there may be a blog hop to encourage me!
Woohoo!

This is the pattern it was intended for...all from Timeless Treasures. 
The pattern design did not make me roar like a bear.
Sorry, Timeless Treasures.

So, instead, I started cutting up the fabric and did my own thing!



That black furry mass is not a bear, just a black furry dog named Jax.
Why do they always want to lay on fabric???



2 different sized Bear Paw blocks were used and placed sorta randomly.
My husband is a bear NUT, so he is looking forward to this project being completed. 
It measures 46" x 64" currently. Not sure if I'll add a border or not. 

Fingers crossed it gets finished before the bears awake from hibernation!

Please enjoy browsing around the other creative bloggers this week!



















34 comments:

  1. I am sure Marie will love her new beaer and sleeping bag. Your bear's paw quilt turned out nice. I love the colors.

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  2. Love the sleeping bag. That is one of the first patterns my daughter and I sewed together when I was showing her how to sew. The bear quilt is great! I love the large blocks that show off the bear fabric.

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  3. I like the sleeping bag and tha addition of the bear, I'm sure Marie will love it!

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  4. Cute gift for the niece and I agree every sleeping bag should be monogrammed. Neat quilt....I can so relate to a kit sitting for a few years, it would make me unbearable too.

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  5. That’s a great idea, Kathy, to make a new treasured friend for Marie. The bear and sleeping bag are adorable. One direction prints can be a tricky situation at times. Nice fix for your upside down bears at the top. Also your bears quilt looks great. I like the idea of bear paw blocks mixed in.

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  6. What a sweet little bear and sleeping bag. You know Marie is going to LOVE it!! Love your bear quilt, what a score at the estate sale. The bear fabric you choose to use is perfect for the project. It looks awesome in your quilt. Thanks for playing in the Polar Bear Hop with us. Oh....and I have to completely agree with Ms Bear, at the bottom of your post! LOL!!!!

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  7. Cute project. Marie will love it. We have 9 inches today too.

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  8. Wonderful projects! Your stuffed bear is adorable.

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  9. That will be a very loved bear and sleeping bag.

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  10. cute projects, ha ha on the meme at the end

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  11. Lol - the poster at the end was adorable! I liked both of your projects. I'm sure Marie is going to love hers. Stay warm. We live in CR so I understand cold and Iowa. :)

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  12. Cute projects and the little bear is adorable! Mickey likes to do the same that as your Jax! Glad you liked the sleeping bag tutorial!

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  13. Great projects, love the sleeping bag and bear that goes in it. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Hi! Those are really cute bear projects. I hope that your gran-niece likes her new bear with sleeping bag!

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  15. I love this! Such a great present for M to keep her busy when the new baby arrives. I love your quilt top, too. The mix of sizes of blocks is nice touch!

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  16. Two great projects. I can imagine how much joy you will give to a little girl.

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  17. Agreed, two great projects & for both ends of the age spectrum. Certain they will both be cherished! Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us.
    Dix

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  18. The little sleeping bag and bear are adorable! I love all the bears in your fabric and making them into bear paw quilt is a great idea. It looks so cold where you are...brrr. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Love the bear sleeping bag and the quilt!! Your hubby is going to love the quilt!

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  20. What a sweet and thoughtful gift for Marie, she will love him and his sleeping bag. Love where you went with that great bear fabric. I guess border no border will depend on how much snuggling your hubbie will need it for.

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  21. I adore that bear with the sleeping bag. What a sweet gift for a new big sister. The bear paw quilt is stunning. Thank you for sharing your wonderful bear projects. I just love both of them.

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  22. I love both the little bear and the quilt I love bear paw quilts

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  23. What a darling little bear, Kathy! Hope your hubby enjoys his new quilt (once it's done.)

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  24. What a sweet little bear! I'm sure that your husband will love his cozy new bear quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Very good ideas for this Hop!

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  26. Great projects! The bear and sleeping bag are a great gift for the big sister! How special!

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  27. Your projects are wonderful. How sweet is the bear with his sleeping bag. Love it!

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  28. Love Bears also! What a great Quilt
    Carol O

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  29. Such great projects! Thank you for sharing your photos and the links to the tutorials. 😄

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  30. Fun projects! Love the little bear sleeping bag!

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  31. Super cute little bear in a sleeping bag.

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  32. Awww the bear and sleeping bag are so cute! And your quilt is lovely - so is the snow!!! xx

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  33. You just outright amaze me with all the work you get done. The Polar Bear project is a cutie. Love how the "M" applique turned out.

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