In last year’s block of the month quilt I designed for Dabble and Stitch, I created a foundation paper pieced polar bear block to represent the Columbus Zoo. I liked the block so much that I made a cushion with it, and many people who came into the shop loved the design. This design is now available as a stand alone block pattern!
I made a few adjustments to change the block from a rectangle to an 18″ square block, and I made it up in a new color way that is available as a kit with Painters Palette Solids by Paintbrush Studios. (shown above) For this version I used Aurifil Monofilament so the thread would blend with the fabric color. The straight line quilting was done with a walking foot on my domestic machine.
It was good timing to release this pattern last month, because the Columbus Zoo welcomed a new polar bear cub on Thanksgiving, and this design was based on a photo I took of another cub at the zoo. You can read more about the development of the original block in the original post.
The pattern is available online or in store at Dabble and Stitch in Columbus, Ohio. You can choose between the print pattern, a PDF, and a kit with a print pattern included.