Here’s another adaptation of a quilt pattern. You can see the Bear Paw clustered in the center of the coaster, one paw per square. This is another 3 inch coaster so it’s a good way to use up some of your stash. I prefer to use overdyes for the four box borders, ThreadWorx or Watercolors, and then solid colors for the bear paw and the background. This particular coaster was done with a Needle Necessities overdye for the boxes. A dark green would be a good choice for the paw, but I went with a golden brown. Fill in the background with any stitch you choose. Since the interior of each square is an odd number, I wasn’t able to continue to fill in the background using the Scotch Stitch, so I used a Byzantine stitch. I’ve used this pattern in some of my boxes as well. With the boxes, the design is a little larger and the Scotch Stitch works for the entire background.
You can use any threads you have in your stash – cottons, silks, wools, metallics, or any combination. The background doesn’t have to be white either. In this version, I used a colored background and it still looks great! Use your imagination and create color combinations that fit your style and color scheme. This is another pattern where you could make a set of coasters with thread left over from another larger project you have completed to reinforce the color scheme you have established.