Bear Boston Commons Quilt

The Bear Flag displays seven colors: Black, Gray, White, and four shades of Brown.

Bear Flag
Bear Flag

I propose a Boston Commons quilt using this color palette. Let’s expand it a bit, though.

Expanded Bear flag palette
Expanded Bear flag palette

Two Blacks, three Grays, two Whites, and eight Browns should do it.

I joined my baby sister for a weekend quilting workshop some time back. We made a pair of Boston Commons quilts. I want to repeat the process, with improvements.

First, I cut the fabric into 3.5 inch strips and arranged them in order.

3.5-inch strips, arranged in order
3.5-inch strips, arranged in order

Next, I stitched the strips into a blanket.

Strip-pieced blanket
Strip-pieced blanket

When we made this quilt before, we used fat quarters cut into strips. The strips were stitched into a blanket, end to end. There was a fair bit of waste at the end of the blankets because the bottom edge was uneven. This time around, I left the strips unstitched for a couple inches at the bottom, and added new strips to the ends before stitching the strips together, creating one continuous blanket.

Uneven ends
Uneven ends
Continuous blanket
Continuous blanket

I picked up the second innovation somewhere on the Internet when I was first studying this pattern and different construction methods. I alternated the direction I pressed the seam allowances (in toward one strip, out on the next).

Seam allowances pressed in alternating directions
Seam allowances pressed in alternating directions

The blanket is cut into 3.5-inch strips. The strips will be offset before stitching. The alternating seam allowances allow for nesting them together neatly to stitch.

3.5-inch strips
3.5-inch strips
Work-in-progress
Work-in-progress

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