I may be a little obsessed with bears. It started as a mild interest a while back as a way to use some leftover Minkee fabric from my quilt backs and I looked at a pattern or two … but my sewing is mostly limited to quilts and lots of the ideas/patterns looked too complicated.
Then a few weeks ago I saw a Facebook post by Evelyn Bowen showing a group of doll quilts with stuffed animals ready to donate. This is her photo.
So I got a little more active looking for bear patterns and as you saw, when Mo was here, she insisted we try to make a bear … or two.
The Facebook post also shared that Dollar Tree sells dolls and stuffed animals in bulk for $1.50 which seems kind of unbelievable but I decided to take a look and give it a try – I ordered 24 bears (which were actually $1.25 each) knowing that the quality might be completely unacceptable. They arrived today and I was pleasantly surprised. These will work great for donating to kids in need with the doll quilts I make.
I will also continue to play around with making some of my own and found another simple, free memory bear pattern today at this link.
And no, I’m not slowing down on the quilting front … just adding another obsession to go with the quilting, crochet, and knitting!!