Desert Bear

Desert Bear

Welcome Little Bear Fans!

Little Bear is doing a bit of exploring with this month's QBM 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 "Desert".

No, we're not talking the sweet "dessert" you get at the end of a meal. Nope, we're talking the dry, baren land where it's often very hot and cactus thrive. But the desert can be quite interesting and Little Bear is off to explore. He's got a nice wide brimmed hat to protect him from the sun and water bottle to keep him hydrated. 

Desert 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 May. After that time, you'll be able to purchase the pattern in my online shop.

Not much in extra tips to give this time. Follow the pattern for suggested embroidery stitches.

Bonus Block

The weather is so fickle in Spring. One day it's sunny, the next it's rainy. What do you do when it's raining? If you're little bear, you grab your umbrella, take a walk and whistle or sing out loud. Rainy Day Bear is the bonus block this month! 

Make the block your own by choosing to embellish the umbrella and rain boots with embroidery like I did or choose a fun multi-colored print. 
Rainy Day Bear is available now in my online shop. ➡️BUY HERE

Get Free Pattern

To get your free Desert 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 May 31. 



Already a subscriber? 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 May 31. Please note: existing subscribers can not re-subscribe to get the free pattern. You must use the link given in the email newsletter. If you have not received or have "lost" the email, please send an email to:

Thanks for visiting!

Be sure to use the links below to visit all the participating QBM designers to get their free blocks 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,

May Quilt Block Mania - Desert Theme (Links listed below)

Coiled Snake by Carolina Moore
Pyramids by Patchwork Breeze
Bison Skull by Crafty Staci
Renewal (snake) by Eudaimonia Studio
Gecko by Inquiring Quilter
Cactus Rose by Scrapdash
Oasis by Appliques Quilts and More
Adobe House by QuiltFabrication
Sand in my Toes by Patti's Patchwork
Diamondback Quilt Block by Brown Bird Designs
Yucca by Tourmaline & Thyme Quilts
Arizona Poppy by Cristy Fincher
Palm Tree by Slightly Biased Quilts
Desert Cactus
A Prickly Pear in the Garden
Goldenhead Flower by Emerald Falls Quilts
Blooming in the Desert
Tucson Too Late by Orange Blossom

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