Bear in Water Applique Block

The other day when I posted the Swimming Turtle Coloring Page, one of our readers asked if we could do a bear. Well, as it turns out, bears are a perfect companion to Winter Wonderland Curriculum. So, it didn’t take much encouragement to agree to make a bear coloring page. And, since I was making a coloring page, it only made sense to make a bear applique block.

So, here is our Bear In Water Applique Block. As with all blocks, it was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Wouldn’t it look adorable appliqued to a little man’s hoodie? The pattern for the Bear In Water Applique Block can be found HERE. I’ll have a coloring page up in the next few days. Enjoy!

NOTES: Add the pieces in the following manner:

Using a running stitch and 2 strands of floss, sew on water. You will only need to sew the two sides and the bottom. You do not need to sew the section that will be under the dirt. 

Next you will sew on the two bushes. The edges of the bushes go under the dirt. Start by positioning the dirt on the block. Note how the dirt overlaps the the water. Pin in place. Position the bushes, following the guide lines on the pattern, so the bush edges are under the dirt. Pin in place. Remove the dirt.

Using a running stitch and 2 strands of floss, sew the outside edges of the bushes. Using a blanket stitch and 3 strands of floss sew the scalloped edges of the bushes. You do not need to sew the section that will be under the dirt.

Following the pattern sew on the dirt, bear, then muzzle.

Add embroidered detail.
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  1. I belong to a quilting group and I can’t tell you how many of your appliques have been incorporated into different projects. My grandson loves bears. I am going to enlarge the design and add the more to the bushes to make a rectangle and make reverse image pillows. Thanks again for making my day!

  2. I have often looked at your appliques and said “Oh, I really need to make that one!” But this one makes me want to put aside everything else I was supposed to do today and just get to work, so cute!

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