The Polar Bear Stacking quilt is a bit of a fun for the end of the year – it’s really a quilted wall hanging and you could make it with different appliqued animals for the central area. The idea is that you have a pile of animals piled on top of each other. The animals often decrease in size as they go up the stack. Quilters more clever than I am can manage to change the expression on the animals so that they bottom one looks hard done by and the top one looks triumphant. I’m afraid that I can’t manage that.
The wall hanging measures 22″ by 26″ and I have used 3/4 yard of black fabric with 1/2 yard of white. Actually the colour is nearer indigo than black, but the main point is to have a strong contrast between the two colours.
Cutting requirements for the polar bear stacking quilt
White fabric: one rectangle 8″ by 15″, four 1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric
Black fabric: four 4.1/2″ squares, one rectangle 12.1/2″ by 16.1/2″, seven 1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric.
Making the polar bear stacking quilt
You can download the polar bear templates here: large polar bear, small polar bear. Print them and cut the outlines of the bears. Press a fusible interfacing to the back of the white fabric rectangle. Draw the polar bears on to the right side of the fabric. You could trace these, or just fill in the face and other lines by looking at the template.
Cut the polar bears out and place them on the black rectangle with the smaller one on top and a slight overlap so that the chin of the top bear rests on the back of the lower bear. Press to fuse these in place.
Using a small satin stich (I used stitch width 2 on my machine), sew the outline of the bears, the markings for the backs and legs and the outline of the faces. I chose to leave the details of the faces until last.
For the border of the polar bear stacking quilt I have used a piano keys border – quite striking but simple to make.
Sew together four 1.1/2″ strips of fabric – two black and two white alternating. Press and then cut at 4.1/2″ intervals to make squares.
Sew together two pairs of these squares and sew them to the top and bottom of the wall hanging.
For the sides you will need a 4.1/2″ black square at either end of a strip of three of the piano keys squares. Sew these together to make two columns and sew one to each side of the wall hanging.
For the final border I have used 1.1/2″ strips of black. You’ll need two lengths of 20.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 26.1/2″ for the sides.
Applique the polar bear faces
For the faces of the polar bears, I used white and black fabric backed with fusible interfacing.
Cut two circles for the noses, four shapes that are roughly eye shaped and two roughly triangular shapes for the ears.
Now add smaller white shapes to the eyes and ears to complete the faces. Press these in place. They will need sewing in place at some stage (when time allows!).
That completes the polar bear stacking quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
It just remains to wish you and your family a wonderful and joyous Christmas. I have closed the fabric shop temporarily but rest assured that it will be back soon after Christmas.