Friday, April 24, 2015

lyon bear {on marsala mountain}

As some of you may recall, last fall I set to work on the lyon bear.  It was supposed to be a big girl bed quilt for our three-year old's transition to her new room before the arrival of her new sibling.  Now that baby sister is almost three months old, I'd say it's high time for a finish ;o)

And who knew that marsala would be so hot right now?

(...I mean really, aside from Pantone, who?  Anyone?)  Truth be told, I had my heart set on indigo.  But this new furry friend has me all heart eyes over marsala.  Marsala marsala marsala!  I suppose I can get used to having you around.

The geese, like the bear, are all pieced from oakshott cottons ::  elements and lyon.

May our little firecracker sleep soundly as the moon rises over marsala mountain...

This mini 5.25" block is called "Moon Over the Mountain," BB #948.

And greet each morning with joy as "the sun wakes up."

The "crown" over the bear's head is a traditional block named "The Sunrise," BB #4098. 

The top is twin-sized (~60" x 80", give or take).  The bear block ("big bear") was designed by my talented friend Juliet of Tartan Kiwi.  (I blew up her already blown-up block, so my extra big bear is about 40" square.)  The two mini blocks (Moon Over the Mountain and The Sunrise) will be available as free downloads in my craftsy shop (as part of the INDEX) sometime soon, in case anyone's interested in those ;o)

Linking up with finish it up friday and Anne and Adrianne's 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge!

2015 Pantone Challenge

Be sure to hop on over to Anne's or Adrianne's to see what the rest of this community has been brewing up with this luscious new reddish-brown hue :o)



  1. This is a truly stunning quilt!
    It makes me ridiculously happy when talented people like yourself blow my mind with their amazing interpretations of my patterns and put them in such a stunning context to make a magnificent quilt.
    I hope your little girl loves it and sleeps soundly under it (my 4 year old loves his big bear quilt to bits!)

  2. Awesome quilt! I love all the symbolism with the geese and the sun/moon blocks. Gorgeous colors, too!

  3. Beautiful! I love Juliet's bear and your borders are just a fantastic addition!

  4. Your bear is very very cool! Well done!

  5. It's absolutely amazing! The fabrics you used to piece the bear and all the details around it are just fabulous!

  6. I saw this on IG and was amazed! Its just gorgeous and I'm sure your 3 year old will love it to death!

  7. Wow! What wonderful borders! Love the sun and moon, and of course the bear, too.

  8. Great use of Marsala :-)
    This top has again a close connection with American Nature and their Natives. You are so talented!

  9. Wow! This is so cool. I love how you have designed around your bear... and using the Marsala tones! It's gorgeous!

  10. Love love love Sarah!!! Those mountain and sun blocks are so fabulous.

  11. Hi! This is amazing quilt! You are so talented and make always most exciting and beautiful quilts! You have always unique ideas and fantastic eye for colours and the layout! Moon and sun block are perfect 'cherry on the cake'! x Teje

  12. How is my comment not here? Did I comment somewhere else? I know I nutted about this somewhere because omfg it's amazeballs and I couldn't have possibly just nutted to myself, right?? Cuz omfg this is AMAZEBALLS. The colors are fabulous of course, the use of low volume amazing as always, and all those little piecing details make this as always. I don't even know why I'm surprised anymore since you're always pulling out this crazy good stuff.

  13. As I already told you on IG you play with color like no other! Fabulous piece!

  14. This is one amazing quilt! The amount of detail is stunning.

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