Reading Bear

Reading Bear

Welcome Little Bear Fans!

Little Bear is relaxing and doing one of his favorite things in 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 July is "Books".

With his comfy slippers on and laying back on his big fluffy pillow, Little Bear is reading his favorite book. And to help him see clearly, he's wearing his reading glasses too.

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

What will your Little Bear be reading? The pattern gives you "The 3 Bears", but feel free to change it. 

I love Little Bears reading glasses. Adding the little details is so much fun!

Bonus Block

To commemorate the holiday, Little Bear is celebrating Fourth of July. He has his Uncle Sam hat and is waving sparklers! Patriotic Bear is the bonus block this month. 

A red stripe works perfect for his hat. A blue fabric with tiny white stars would be ideal for the brim. Unfortunately, I didn't have one, but this works too. 

Patriotic Bear is available now in my online shop. ➡️BUY HERE


Get Free Pattern

To get your free Reading 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 July 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 July  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 your 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,
July Quilt Block Mania - Book Theme (Links listed below)

Audio Book Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
EAT Cookbook by Patchwork Breeze
Tea and Books by Crafty Staci
Hedwig by Inquiring Quilter
The Library Quilt
Book Shelf by QuiltFabrication
Readers block by brown bird designs
Reading Bear by Colette Belt Designs
By the Book by Happy Hour Stitches
Garden Books
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Spruce Up Your Reading with a Free Bookmark Quilt Block
Retro Bookcase by Amanda Harris
Adventures of a Burlgar by Sondrasa of Art Quilts by Design
The English Patient by Flowerodg+Co
Under the Apple Tree by Epida Studio
Stack of Books by Oh Kaye Quilting
Read Banned Books by Beth Clifton
Open Book by Manderley Makes
Adventure Awaits
Book Lover by Cristy Fincher

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Hoping to get a start on your bear BOM patterns, as I’d love to do the bears. Looking forward to getting Reading Bear!

Janet Ward

this is so sweet. thank you. cant wait for it to come my way.

Lori Smanski

I love your designs. Wish I had the confidence to make one

Love reading your emails.

Tracy Cook

All of your little bear blocks are wonderful but I especially love this one! Thanks so much for sharing these blocks for free, it is greatly appreciated.

Joan Hinchcliff

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