I'm thinking of my father today and happy to see his Bear Paw quilt fully pieced. It's king-sized, the largest quilt top I have ever made!
The bear paw blocks are made of select prints from Sandi Henderson's "Secret Garden," plus one of the very simple and graphic green prints from Denyse Schmidt's "Greenfield Hill" (I'm feeling too lazy to go look at the selvedge, and I don't have the print names memorized...!). The background/sashing fabric is Painters Canvas, which is a non-solid solid that I really loved working with here.
This is a very big quilt...and tricky to photograph. I gave it a try on our queen-sized bed, but you don't really get a good sense of it.
My dad and I decided that to show to full advantage this quilt needs two tall men on stilts, or at least step ladders. And a nice old barn would serve as a good backdrop. But none of this is in its future. Instead it will soon take over my living room floor (to be basted), and then the entire dining room (to be quilted), and finally it will live with my parents on a beautifully big but cosy bed where I hope it will provide lots of comfort and many peaceful sleeps.
I love you Pop.