Spring Fling Blog Hop – Bear Cub

Spring Fling Paper Piecing Blog Hop

I hope you are enjoying the Spring Fling Blog hop so far.   A spring leaf blew in my direction, I am presenting my block today.

I read about Yosemite National Park in a science fiction book just after I graduated from high school.  I fell in love with the area even before setting eyes on it.  Shortly thereafter, my husband and I moved here to California with new jobs.  This state has been home to us for the last 13 years and I fall in love with her more with every passing day.

I knew I was going to make something that would represent Spring in California.  Wildflower season here is brilliant but brief. My first idea was to make a California Poppy.

Then I remembered how we have to be ever so careful while driving when we go to the Sierra Mountains in Spring because of the little bear cubs.  They suddenly dash out in front of the car from the mountainside and run across the road toward the river.  Sometimes you can see them sitting on the mountainside like big teddy bears.  So cute!  Of course you don’t approach them, but it is wonderful to see them in their habitat.  I had to make a little bear cub!

Bear Cub Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

Download Bear Cub on Craftsy

Download Bear Cub on Etsy

For the black bear you will need –

black fabric
3 shades of gray fabric
taupe fabric
brown fabric for the tree branch
fabric for the background

You can also make a brown bear from this pattern.  I hope you enjoy making this block as much as I did!

Don’t forget, there are two giveaways going on here, one for this Spring Fling Blog Hop and another one for the My Favorite Block Quilt Along.  Have a wonderful weekend of sewing!



Aside from creating a pattern for this blog hop, Jennifer is also offering this great prize package for this weeks’ prize! It includes a couple of fun fat quarters, one of her own patterns a hand-crafted pendant and four buttons.


Jennifer is also a fantastic paper piecing designer. She has her patterns available on her website at sewhooked.com as well as on her Craftsy and Etsy stores.

Spring Theme Fat Quarters

I am also adding three flowers-and-leaves fat quarters to this week’s prize.

The next drawing will be on the 23rd of April. Remember to upload your blocks to this flickr group for a chance to win. I will draw a winner randomly on Tuesday. I am really looking forward to seeing your blocks!

Blog Hop Posts So Far -

1. 04/01 Teri Emerson, handiwerxSpring Showers

2. 04/02 Barbara Cain, B’s Modern QuiltingSpring Bee

3. 04/03 Ruth Davis, Ruthie quilts! And quilts…Bunny In Spring

4. 04/05 Marissa Nichols, MKissa CreationsThe White Rabbit

5. 04/08 Cyrille, Bubblestitch QuiltsRockrose

6. 04/09 Gaya, Le borse di GayaSpring In The Pond

7. 04/10 Vicki Ruebel, Quilting LodgeLittle Birdhouse

8. 04/11 Lilja Björk, liljabs.comHeiðlóa

9. 04/12 Cindy, Quilt Doodle DesignsBaby Birdie

10. 04/15 Jennifer Ofenstein, SewhookedPeeps Bunnies

11. 04/16 Caroline, Trillium DesignRainbow

12. 04/17 Sandy in Buenos Aires, Peek a Boo !Spring Night

13. 04/18 Lynn Provencher, Thimblemouse & SpouseMarvin In Spring


A few of our blog hop designers are also contributing toward the weekly prizes in the coming weeks. Please visit their shops for some fabulous paper piecing and applique patterns. Check back in the coming weeks to see what they are offering for their giveaways :)

Quilt Doodle Designs

Bubblestitch Etsy Shop

Alongside celebrating Spring, on our first-day designer Teri’s request, we are also going to support a cause that is very near and dear to a lot of us women quilters – breast cancer. Teri made this banner herself for this blog hop. Please take a moment from your busy life every month to take the precautionary steps and pass this message along to other women in your life.

Breast Cancer Awareness - Fight Like A Girl


33 Responses to Spring Fling Blog Hop – Bear Cub

  1. Anna says:

    Just finished this block… It looks pretty good! I’m hindsight I would have used a more coordinating thread since the seams get thick and it shows a little. Also I would not have scaled it down… And I would have chosen an easier design to try for the first time! Haha talk about a crash course!

  2. Kelli says:

    I wanted to make the Bear Cub block, but I can’t find the directions. I have downloaded the pattern. I am new to paper piecing, so I defiantly need directions. Could you help me? Love this cute cub!

    Thanks, Kelli

  3. […] Since I live in the forest, I have a thing for the furry residents around here.  I wonder if the bears would appreciate this Bear Cub from Whims and Fancies. […]

  4. marnie says:

    This is adorable and perfect for something I’m planning for my mum and dad. I am desperately looking for a koala bear similar to this for a baby quilt I’m trying to design.

    I’ve only ever made one quilt before (just finished Jennifer’s Project of Doom Potter quilt) so I’m not quite there yet on designing the pieces myself. Getting there, but struggling still.

    Have you seen or want to design a koala bear? (happy to pay)

    • Soma Acharya says:

      Hi Marnie,

      Thank you so much! I just sent you an email with all the information. Have fun with the little bear cub :)

      Happy Sewing,

  5. Way to cute and sweet………thank you

  6. Janine says:

    This is SO adorable!

  7. Rosalee says:

    Such a cutie, adorable! Thank you!

  8. Connie says:

    This is so precious, thanks for sharing!

  9. LJ says:

    Wow. I continue to be amazed at the pp blocks being created. I never, ever realized how much detail could be obtained with paper piecing. What an adorable bear.

    • Soma Acharya says:

      I love paper piecing for that exact reason!! Thank you so much for liking my little one :)


  10. Ack! This has to be the sweetest little pattern ever! It reminds me of Yellowstone!!! I have to make this one!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern with us Soma! You’re fantastic!!!

    • Soma Acharya says:

      Ruth, you are ever so sweet!! Yellowstone reminds me of bears too! I hope to see him on your blog one of these days – a bitty block, perhaps?? LOL!!


  11. Kathy A says:

    Absolutely adorable!

  12. Nancy Angerer says:

    I have seen bear cubs that looked just like this one. These blocks have been so much fun.

    • Soma Acharya says:

      So have I, aren’t they the cutest?! Thank you, Nancy!! I am glad you are enjoying the blog hop!


  13. Margaret Andrews says:

    What a wonderful bear cub. Was just going for a walk, now I am thinking about the bears that might be out there…hope if I meet any they are as cute as this cub.

    • Soma Acharya says:

      Oh no!! I hope you got to go for that walk and didn’t meet the mommy. The bear cubs are so sweet though!


  14. Lynn says:

    Wow!!! What a super SUPER block…such detail!!!! Great job Soma…and he (or maybe it’s a she…I didn’t want to look THAT close-lol)…reminds me a little of my MUCH younger days when my sweet Mom and Dad and me would take a little Sunday drive to the NH White Mtns…there was a place that had “little” black bears (long before the days of PETA).

    • Soma Acharya says:

      Thank you Lynn! I am not sure about him/her either, I better not go too close either! LOL!! That is so sweet this little one reminded you of your childhood! Touched my heart :)


  15. Lori Morton says:

    Looooooove this lil bear!!!! Awesome job!!!!

  16. Beulah says:

    That is the cutest bear cub I’ve ever seen! So precious!!! :)

  17. Marian Pena says:

    Very Very cute, thank you. love that bear. just awesome.

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