Learn about our bear visit and the quilt  and punch needle embroidery it inspired!

Ever wonder why you can see a certain quilt or pattern over and over and it just does nothing for you? Then, all of a sudden, something happens and you’re thinking, “I’ve got to make that quilt!”.

Our neighborhood has suddenly become a flurry of excitement. We don’t live in the country, really. We certainly don’t live in bear country! I didn’t think so, anyway. But after pondering a these odd markings on our cedar play set, we aren’t so sure anymore.

Bear markings?

Now the neighbors and I are sharing our experiences and findings each day, visiting each other’s yards to look at “evidence”, learning the lingo (did not know what “scat” was before this) and getting to know each other a little better through the clues left by our new guest. The experts won’t say for certain it’s a black bear but they did say it’s either a black bear or a large dog, but they “wouldn’t know why a dog would make these markings”.  So my husband commandeered a GameCam from deer camp and we are just waiting for our friend to return so we can snap his or her picture. The markings are near our crabapple tree so we “experts” are waiting for the fruit to ripen and our bear to be caught–well, red-pawed?


More scratches!

I’ve always wanted to paint a barn quilt. What does this have to do with a possible bear in our yard? Well, my neighbor across the street, Merle, is a quilter, too. After visiting with her, we looked out from her porch and I remarked that a barn quilt would go real well out there on our old shed (which my husband thought we were going to tear down). She agreed. Sometimes it takes my brain a while to fully wrap around an idea. By the next morning, I got it: I should paint a Bear Paw quilt pattern for that shed! Of course, that has me thumbing through my quilt books (which was a task because I had to get past my 7 currents projects to get to the bookshelf). So now, in addition to painting a barn quilt, I MUST make a bear paw quilt, I’ve admired the pattern before-all the rustic, cabin styles with pine trees and all, but I’ve never related to them before. I rarely make a quilt that doesn’t have some special meaning for me or the person getting it.

So here is my first partial block. Of course, my bear likes Kaffe!

Bear Paw by the Pool

While I’m at it, I might as well make a little punch needle bear paw.

Bear Paw Mini Punch Needle

It’s going to take me a bit longer to make that barn quilt—maybe we should get a picture of the guy to make sure he’s not a giant raccoon or something!

You know it makes sense, really. Creative Bee…quilting bee…bees make honey…in a Kevin Bacon kind of way, we really should have a bear living here!

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