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Hi, SewTimeless readers! I’m Nan at Purrfect Spots and I am so happy to be guest blogging here again (remember my Kennel Quilt Tutorial from January?).

I have a new grand-niece, and I am so excited! Having a little girl is so much fun for someone who sews, as I can make her lots of pretty dresses as she grows. But until she is ready for those dresses (she is 10 months) I will make her a quilt.

Her name is Ella Ann, but she is affectionately known as “Ella Bear”. Now you know where I am going with this. Anything with bears will be my fabric of choice. And wouldn’t you know that Timeless Treasures has that “purrfect” fabric with the Corduroy & Co. collection!

This fabric is so much fun with all the Corduroy Bears. There are other characters as well – all Corduroy’s friends! I love the bright colors, which are great for kids. I really enjoyed making this quilt and hope you will too. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed
Tossed Corduroy Bears (Corduroy-C1170-Blue):   1 3/4 yds
Buttons on Blue (Corduroy-C1174-Blue):   1 2/3 yds
Friends (Corduroy-C1171-Yellow):   1 yd

Backing: Buttons on White (Corduroy-C1174-White)   3 yds

Batting of your choice: 56″ x 56″
The finished Ella Bear Quilt measures 52″ x 52″.

Cutting the Fabrics
Before cutting the squares and rectangles, cut 4 strips 2 1/2″ x length of the blue buttons fabric for the non-pieced borders.

Cut out all the pieces before stitching. (I know, a bit time consuming, but then everything is all ready to go and you can move along quickly with your quilt!)

Note: Measurements include a 1/4″ seam allowance.

From the Tossed Corduroy Bears fabric, cut:
Eight 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ squares
Eight 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ squares
Thirty-two 2″ x 2″ squares
Sixty-four 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ squares

From the Buttons on Blue fabric, cut:
Sixteen 2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles
Sixteen 2″ x 9 1/2″ rectangles
Thirty-two 2″ x 2″ squares
Sixty-four 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ squares

From the Friends fabric:
One hundred twenty-eight 2” x 2” squares
One hundred twenty-eight 2 3/8” x 2 3/8” squares

Making the Blocks
There are two blocks in this quilt, Block A and Block B, and they are used alternately in each row.



To begin making Block A, take one of the small bear squares (6 1/2” x 6 1/2”) and add a button rectangle (2″ x 6 1/2”) to the top and bottom as shown.

step 4

Then add a button rectangle (2″ x 9 1/2”) to each side.
step 5

Finish making the rest of the Block A squares in this manner. You will have 8 Block A squares when you finish.

For Block B, the bear square that measures 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” is all you need for the square center.

Now all the blocks are ready for their half-square triangle borders!

On the wrong side of the 2 3/8” x 2 3/8” bear squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Draw the lines in such a way as to compliment the bears.
step 6 Astep 6 b

Place the 2 3/8” x 2 3/8” bear square on top of the 2 3/8” x 2 3/8” friends square, right sides together. Sew two seams, each one 1/4″ from the marked center line (if you don’t have a 1/4″ foot, simply draw guide lines on either side of the diagonal line, 1/4″ away from it, on each side before sewing).

Cut on the original diagonal line using a rotary cutter and a ruler. Open and press seam. There will be two half square triangles. Continue making the Bear/Friends half-square triangles until all 64 of the bear squares are used.
step 7 step 7 a

Step 7b

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Now do the same thing with the 2 3/8” x 2 3/8” Button Squares and the rest of the 2 3/8” x 2 3/8” Friends Squares. Draw the diagonal line on the Friends squares to compliment the figures on the fabric just like you did with the bears.

It is now time to add the half-square borders to the blocks! For Block A, line up the halfsquare triangles as shown below and stitch. The row consists of three Button/Friends half-square triangles, two 2” x 2” Friends squares and a 2” x 2” Button square for a total of six squares.
step 8

All of the Button/Friends half-square triangle rows will be made exactly like this one.
Now add the rows to the top and bottom of the button/bear square.
step 9

The block sides will all be stitched like the example below. There are eight squares: five Button/Friends half-square triangles, Two 2” x 2” Friends Squares and one 2” x 2” Button square.
step 10 rotated

Once these are made, add them to each side of the block.
Step 11

When all of these are made, you should have eight Block A’s that look like this:
step 3 A

Block B will be stitched in the same manner as Block A, using the Friends and Tossed Corduroy Bears fabric. Make eight.
step 3 B

Assembling the quilt top and adding the borders

Starting with Block B, line up the row in the following manner and stitch. Make one more row just like this.
step 12f

Starting with Block A, line up the row in the following manner and stitch. Make one more row just like this.
step 12e

Stitch the rows together to form the quilt top, alternating the rows. To add the borders, measure the quilt top width across the center for an accurate measurement. From two of the Button fabric strips, trim the length of the strip to match the width of the quilt top and sew to the top and bottom.

For the side borders, measure the height from top to bottom, including the measurements of the borders you just added. From the remaining two Button fabric strips, trim the strips to your measurement for the height of the quilt and sew one on either side.

Step 14

Backing and Binding

Cut the White Button backing fabric into two 1 1/2 yard pieces (each will measure approximately 40” x 54”). Sew the two backing pieces together along one long side to produce a backing piece approximately 54” x 80”. Press seam to one side.

Trim the backing and batting to measure 3” larger than the quilt top on all sides.

With the wrong side up, place the backing fabric on a table. Then place the batting on top of the backing fabric and add the quilt top right side up. Baste all three layers together. Quilt as desired. I did a stitch in the ditch around the Friends fabric and around each bear block. I then quilted the center bear in each block.

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For the binding, cut 2 1/4” strips by length of the fabric. Stitch the segments together to form a continuous strip for the binding. Apply the binding using your favorite method. Your Corduroy & Co. “Ella Bear” quilt is finished!

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