Sunday, September 7, 2014

"lyon(s)" and (tiger) stripes and BEAR, oh my!



I'm sure most of you have seen at least one version of Juliet of Tartan Kiwi's 30-inch "Big Bear" pattern. (I know I was blown away when I saw Adrianne's polar bear, Michelle's umbrella prints friend, and Juliet's eclectic grizzly pop up in my IG feed over the past few weeks.)  

Though the eyes look like two different blues head on, they're cut from one and the same oakshott swatch.  Whoops!

So much so, that I jumped at the opportunity to pick up the pattern as soon as it was released.  Straight away I printed it on ledger-sized paper (mine finishes at 40"), but I was pretty ambivalent when it came to fabric choice.  Until, of course, the Oakshott summer clearance rolled out, soon after which this stack of fabric showed up on my doorstep.

Okay, technically not *my doorstep* because FedEx takes that signature-required policy quite seriously.
The failed delivery attempt slip, on the other hand, was on our front door.  ;o)

Within no time, their calling became clear:  one big (big) lyon bear for our toddler's bed.  To be honest, I initially thought that my big-paper strategy would yield a 60" bear (evidently my printing math is not quite up to par), so I'm going to add some neutral borders on the sides to match the background before elongating the design with some aztec-inspired rows on each end as originally planned.


By the time all is said and done, someone's going to have a very fun, still-pretty-big new furry friend for her big girl bedroom.  ...Which will hopefully make up for the fact that we will not—in spite of multiple requests—be painting said room pink.  ;o)

17 comments:

  1. It's really fun, love the colours and the mixed background. Also love your stance on not painting the room pink. Our nursery will have a teal wall but I'm sure we'll have to fight the pink bug in a couple of years, too.

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  2. You are a-freaking-mazing. I love these fabrics laid out this way! Haha I'm sure the girl will love it!

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  3. I love your version. I really want to make this bear too!

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  4. Great job.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. It's awesome! My mum let me chose my paint colour when I was little and I chose the brightest hot pink! I will never forget it, like growing up in bubblegum ;)

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  6. This looks great, love the background fabrics you used too.

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  7. Yummy rainbow bear!!! You are so good using your oakshotts. I need to stop petting mine and start actually using them. It's getting a bit ridiculous. ;)

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  8. Your value placement and color choices were very effective to make the separate parts of this bear distinguishable from each other. He looks great!

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  9. I LOVE it! Such a clever use of those gorgeous fabrics.

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  10. I LOVE your bear! Love it hanging on that gorgeous fireplace. I want to make one now along with all the other projects I want to do.

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  11. Love your bear and all the great colors! Not sure your little one will see it as a substitute for painting the room pink tho! ;)

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  12. I just love seeing people enjoying my patterns! Your bear is beautiful and your choice of fabrics placement is perfect!

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  13. Your bear quilt is wonderful and the colours and fabrics are terrific - if your little girl does not want it then you can send it to me!!! hee hee
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  14. Your bear is gorgeous...I, too, quickly snagged the pattern up but haven't settled on the right fabrics yet. Your choices are outstanding!

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  15. Great colors for such an awesome patterns! Love how you laid out the colors :) Best, Kate

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