It's amazing how you meet people and what a delight some of them turn out to be. Such was the case with a lady I met at the Houston Quilt Show. After we had returned home from the show, I got an e-mail from her asking if I would be interested in some fabric she had purchased for some bear projects. She realized that she wouldn't get to it, and rather than hang on to it, like I would have, she offered it to me. She refused payment of any kind, so I offered to make her a bear in exchange. Done deal. The box of fabrics arrived, and I immediately could "see" all kinds of bears being made from it. I wanted to make something for her that she would enjoy. Not knowing her preference of style, or if she kept a mish-mash house like I do, or had a very formal lifestyle, I decided to make something that would hopefully fit in any decor.
This is the end result - Taffy - a cream colored bear, with subtle, light colored foot and paw pads, and a matching neck bow. I packed him up, sent him off, and hoped for the best. At least, if she didn't like it when it arrived, I would be able to find out what changes she would like for a replacement. She was totally delighted with the bear, and sent me the nicest e-mail about it. This is what bear-making is all about. Then again, who doesn't love bears!