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