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Thread: Rhondas Bear's Paw Class - Bookmark

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    Power Poster Rhonda's Avatar
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    I sold alot of bookmarks when I was selling to a local gift shop and this is one of the bookmarks that was popular.

    You will need to make 3 Bear's paws. The 1 1/4" HST is cut to 1". Then your paw should be about 2 - 2 1/8" square. Make sure all 3 of your paws are reasonably the same size.

    Finished Bookmark
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    3 Paws with sashings - ready to sew
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    I trimmed the two center sashings to 1/2" from the seam
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    I sewed on the two center sashings and the top one but not the bottom yet.
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    Trim all the sashings except the top one. Sew the paws together, Leave the bottom to last. Don't trim the bottom one yet.
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    Sew on the bottom sashing but don't trim it yet. trim the sides to make sure they are straight and measure to make sure your center is the same size from bottom to top. Add the borders on the sides.
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    Here's where the center is trimmed
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    Ok all the sashings are added. Now you can stop here and trim the light blue for a border and skip on to the finishing steps. But I like to add 2 borders and I like to end with a dark border.
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    So I trimmed the lt blue to 1/2" and added dark blue borders.
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    I trimmed the dark blue to 1/2" from the seam
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    I don't like to do any more math than I have to so I turn the top face down on the backing fabric and cut out just a bit bigger than the top.
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    Pin the top to the back and trim
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    I start on the side and sew around the edge til you get back to where you started. I use a 1/8" seam here but you can use 1/4" I iron all my seams open so when I get to this point I usually hold the seam fabric back out of the way while I sew the sides. If you don't the bulk of the seam can throw your needle out of a straight line.
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    Leave an opening about 2" wide so you can turn the bookmark MAKE SURE YOU BACKSTITCH WHEN YOU START AND WHEN YOU STOP
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    Turn your bookmark right side out through the opening you left.
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    You can see the finish seam around the edge. I also use 1/8" here but you can use 1/4" I usually try to stay close to the edge or at least to center the seam on the borders. I usually spray with Magic Sizing and iron thoroughly. Not press but Iron! I let it dry overnight to get some stiffness.
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    Thanks!

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    Great tute! And what a cute bookmark! Thanks!

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    These are very cute and thanks for the great tute!

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    Cute. I just cross stitch mine.

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    Thank you Rhonda for all you give to the group, love the bookmark.

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    Do u need batting or felt to make it sturdier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    Do u need batting or felt to make it sturdier?
    No I don't use anything. I thoroughly douse it in spray sizing and let it dry. It will bend some but it is pretty stiff. Batting would make it harder to work with and thicker. I want my bookmarks to be thin so they fit in a book better.

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    Will have to start on this on later today or tomorrow, we are getting the inside decorated today. I didn't do any quilting yesterday, decorated the outside, and I'm going thru withdrawals already. Thanks Rhonda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klgreene
    Will have to start on this on later today or tomorrow, we are getting the inside decorated today. I didn't do any quilting yesterday, decorated the outside, and I'm going thru withdrawals already. Thanks Rhonda.
    I want to work on my decorating too. I tend to get involved in my quilting and don't really think about decorating til it is almost too late to bother. this year I want to get everything out and up. We don't do any outside decorating. Too much climbing that none of us can do. (Mom Glen or me!) Plus I don't do the cold real well!!

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    Love it !!! Do you mind if I copy your idea for Christmas presents next year (no time this year)? I belong to a small quilting group even though two of the ladies have no idea how to quilt, and I think they would love these & they look like fun to make. Did you have to quilt them or are they small enough not to bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by judykay
    Love it !!! Do you mind if I copy your idea for Christmas presents next year (no time this year)? I belong to a small quilting group even though two of the ladies have no idea how to quilt, and I think they would love these & they look like fun to make. Did you have to quilt them or are they small enough not to bother?
    I don't quilt the small stuff. It has to be a hotpad size at least for me to quilt it.

    My tutorials are there for anyone to use as they like. So feel free to copy and make as many as you want to!

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    Great tutorial. Love your sewing machine.

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    Wow what an awesome book mark. Thanks for sharing. It is just adorable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Quote Originally Posted by klgreene
    Will have to start on this on later today or tomorrow, we are getting the inside decorated today. I didn't do any quilting yesterday, decorated the outside, and I'm going thru withdrawals already. Thanks Rhonda.
    I want to work on my decorating too. I tend to get involved in my quilting and don't really think about decorating til it is almost too late to bother. this year I want to get everything out and up. We don't do any outside decorating. Too much climbing that none of us can do. (Mom Glen or me!) Plus I don't do the cold real well!!
    Outside is what I really like to get decorated. My DH loves Halloween, and decorates way to much. And I love Christmas, so I'm sure if people just drive my, they think we have kids home. Nope just two big kids. This year my DH has to work Christmas day, and the kids are not coming home, so I'll be alone, just enjoying my decorations, and probably quilting. I've outgrown the presents and stuff like that, but not the real spirit of Christmas.

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    Thanks, I know the ladies will love them as all of us are readers and this would be something personally made. We all have bookmarks but nothing like this one.

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    Thanks again Rhonda, your tuts are always great.

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    Ok, decorating is done, yesterday I just crashed, so today I worked on this. I know, I know, it is larger than it is supposed to be, but I didn't really want a bookmark, I'm starting on my miniature wall. It's small enough that it could still be used for a large book, but I want to look at it.
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    You did great Katie! The size is up to you. I just offer the technique and you can make of it whatever you want.

    Love it! Are you going to show all the stuff you are hanging on your wall?

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    I haven't started hanging yet. I have to figure out a plan that won't drive DH up a wall. LOL And before I start making your blocks really little, I have to finish my sampler. I don't want it to be a UFO. But when I do it, I'll let you know.

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    Thanks!

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    Lovely Rhonda - i was wanting to make my co worker a bookmark for Christmas and have not got around to it. Must confess i did forget what it was i wanted to make and seeing this has reminded me. So guess what i will be doing this weekend :wink:

    They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your work AGAIN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuddly Quilter
    Lovely Rhonda - i was wanting to make my co worker a bookmark for Christmas and have not got around to it. Must confess i did forget what it was i wanted to make and seeing this has reminded me. So guess what i will be doing this weekend :wink:

    They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your work AGAIN.
    Are we going to see pictures of what you make? Hope so!!

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