Beach Bum Bear

Beach Bum Bear

Hello Little Bears Fans

Spending a day at the beach is one of my favorite things to do. So I love this month's theme!

Each month the Quilt Block Mania participating designers share a block pattern inspired by the month's theme. The pattern is free for the month. I'll be designing and giving away a block each month reflecting the Quilt Block Mania monthly theme, however, my block designs will also follow my Year of Bears theme. Collect all the blocks and make a quilt at the end of the year. If you missed any of the previous blocks, you can read about them on the blog HERE and visit my online shop to purchase.

➡️Year of Bears Quilt Block Pattern Series


The QBM theme for April is "Beach".

Sitting under a beach umbrella, Little Bear has his cool heart shaped sunglasses on and his favorite beach toys. 

Beach Bum Bear is the free 12" block pattern I'm giving this month. Details on how to get your free block pattern is at the bottom of this post. You will also find the links to all the other QBM participating designers. This block pattern will only be free to download for the month of April. After that time, you'll be able to purchase the pattern in my online shop.

I love bears' heart shaped sunglasses! Making them seemed a bit challenging at first, but it turned out to be fairly simple. I started by cutting out the templates of the outside heart shapes as one solid piece (the rims of the glasses). Using my starch method, I prepared my appliqué patches with the red fabric, again as one solid patch. Then using a fine tip, permanent black ink marker, I marked the inner heart shape (the glass portion) onto the red heart appliqué patches. Using a brush tip permanent black marker, I filled in the heart shapes covering the red fabric. I prefer to use Sakura Pigma Micron markers. After using any permanent marker, always press with a hot iron to heat set the dye. After the hearts were appliqued in place, I used a matching red embroidery floss to embroider the nose bridge on the glasses. Done! So cute! 

Bonus Block

Spring is in the air! I couldn't resist putting Little Bear out in the garden on a beautiful Spring day watering his flowers. 

I love the embroidery details on this block. 
Garden Bear is available now in my online shop. ➡️BUY HERE

Get Free Pattern

To get your free Beach Bum Bear pattern, all I ask is for your email address for my newsletter subscription. My emails go out no more than once per week. This is where I share free patterns, tips, pattern releases and exclusive offers only available to my email subscribers. The link below will take you to my web site's home page where you can subscribe to my newsletter. After subscribing you will receive a welcome email with a link for the free PDF download. If you don't see it, be sure to check your spam folder. And remember, this block is only free through April 30. 

If you're already a subscriber, you don't have to do anything. You should have already received my email newsletter with a link to the free pattern. Make sure to download it as this link will expire April 30. 

Be sure to use the links below to visit all the participating designers to get their free block too.

I do hope you enjoy these block patterns as much as I enjoy designing them for you. I would love to hear from you! Drop a comment below or message me➡️Here

You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook. If you make a block and post pictures, please use #yearofbearsapplique and tag @colettebeltdesigns.

Happy Stitching,


April Quilt Block Mania - Beach Theme (Links listed below)


Sun Block Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Beach Ball by Patchwork Breeze
Ocean Sunset
Beach Reading by Inquiring Quilter
Follow Me Fish
Sand Castle by Appliques Quilts and More
Beach Umbrella by Inflorescence Designs
Beach Hut by QuiltFabrication
Scooping Sand by Patti's Patchwork
Snowy Owl
Scrappy Starfish by Sewistry
Seashell by Slightly Biased Quilts
Crab by Tourmaline Thyme Quilts
Sea Lion by Emerald Falls Quilts
Seaside Horizon by Cristy Fincher
Sunshiny Days Block by Craftapalooza Designs
Buoy by Oh Kaye Quilting
Surf Shop FPP Pattern
Eyes on your Fries

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1 comment

so adorable. thank you.

Lori Smanski

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