Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Not So Wordless Wednesday (La Conner, WA)

We saw our first juvenile Bald Eagle!  He was sitting in the tree on Lone Tree Beach.  A popular spot for Eagles hunting for fish.  Except for his feathers and beak, he looks full grown.
Caught plucking out his white feathers.
And like most typical teenagers, he is in a hurry to grow up and be an adult.  I watched him pluck quite a few of his white feathers out.
Practicing his Regal pose
And to prove he was an adult, he did several regal poses just to impress his viewers.
Lone Tree Beach
California Poppies

On The Cutting Board
Introducing Bear Lee an Angel

Bear Lee is not perfect as you can tell from his crooked halo and droopy wings tied on with twine,....

I used high quality muslin of 200 count
....but that doesn’t keep him from trying with all his heart to put a smile on everyone’s face.

His heart is filled with his favorites: berries and flowers.  A friend visiting Alaska told me about her experience of watching a black bear grazing on dandelion heads.  It had me wondering how many dandelion heads does it take to fill a black bear?
all hand-stitched embroidery
Of course, my flower doesn't look like a dandelion, but I would like to think that Bear Lee would enjoy a variety of flowers to munch.
I used coffee to stain the muslin
Twine is used to keep Bear Lee's wings on his back and his halo upright
Batik backing on the wings for a nice finished look
    • Body ~ 16 inches long (doesn't include halo)
    • Sitting ~ 12 inches tall  (doesn't include halo)
    • Wing span ~ 14 inches
    • Heart ~ 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches
Bear Lee's arms and legs have minimal movement.
He can stand or sit.
So, what do you think?  Would you pay $35 for him?  Too much?  Too little?  I plan to post Bear Lee in Etsy soon.  I need to work on his photos.  They are not the best.  My light box is too small for him.  Maybe an outdoor photo shoot would be better.

Once Bear Lee has sold I plan to make another one.  I think I'm going to try a different bear pattern.  In the meantime, I'm also thinking of creating some more crazy quilt items.  I had a lot of fun creating Bear Lee's wings and heart.
Happy Quilting!


  1. Wow, I love all the pictures: the eagle, the poppies and the crazy quilt bear. So lovely!! I love crazy quilting so much and this bear is very very AMAZING!!!

    hugs... sandra

    1. Thanks Sandra! For me, the best part about crazy quilting is being surprised when it is finished. There is no way to imagine how it will look since I never have a plan. How about for you? Do you plan your stitches or just go with the flow of the moment?

  2. I cannot wait to see the other crazy quiltings works... :)

    1. As soon as I finish two wall hanging UFOs, I will be back to crazy quilting!

  3. BEAR LEE IS ADORABLE!!! Did I say he is adorable? Well, he is :o)

  4. Amazing pics of the! And BearLee is definitely worth 35.00..have you seen the price of handmade stuffed animals?...he's worth35 and so very cute!

  5. Your photography is beautiful! I love Lone Tree Beach! It looks like a postcard.

    The bear is awful cute too!

  6. Love the photos. Wonder why it's called Lone Tree Beach ;) heehee.

    The bear is so sweet! Cute little nose and mouth :)


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