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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

This quilt was made for two BEARS -- not for bear lovers (they actually love their three cats) but for BEARS. If any of you think imagination is just for the very young, think again. See this quilt and more at McBookwords - Quilts.

The step was creating a pattern for the center image. Good thing a "drawer" was available in the house. Since the literary allusion was to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Illustrated by Eric Carle we choose many browns to make our fabric collage.

Then we picked out blues and greens -- one of the "bears" favorite colors.  We cut and sewed and cut some more. Soon we had a stitched together topsy turvy quilt.

We found some bear paw material for the back of the quilt - so the front would be wacky patterns with a brown bear center piece and the back would be paw prints from the bears.  Suzanne was not the "drawer" but she was a "planner" and strategic organizer.  I was the "sewer."

So here we are with the finished quilt.  It is plenty big for a king sized bed and for the two bears who will hibernate with Brown Bear, Brown Bear this winter.

The "Bears" also have these wonderful bear paw slippers. 

Find out more about these slippers.

And for those of you who want to figure out what Brown Bear really did see read this New York Times Article which scientifically examines some of the unanswered mysteries in children's books.  All in fun -- and in the imagination.

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