A few weeks ago another torn-from-a-magazine pattern came to the top of the stack. It had been a while since I made a mostly black and white quilt. Cutting the strips was the easy part. I didn't have enough of any one black/white and white/black print for the borders and made a point of buying those at the Wisconsin quilt show.
The sewing wasn't difficult but I had to cut more strips and more strips. I arranged and rearranged to get the print density balanced. (And now that I look at it, more balancing might be in order but I'm not going to.)
Blocks are 12" finished. Flimsy is 72 x 84 and used 7 yards by weight.
Pattern is "Geese and Goslings" by Bev Getschel, published in McCall's Quilting.
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Humans have feared, venerated, and exploited bears for millennia. Because they can walk on their hind legs they have a resemblance to humans which adds to the mythology. Bears were eradicated from western Europe centuries ago.
Science writer Gloria Dickie travels to the habitats of the eight ursine species around the world and learned about the ways that climate change and human encroachment are affecting them. The elusive spectacled bear of the cloud forests of the Andes is the model for Paddington. The sun and moon bears of southeast Asia are cruelly "farmed" for the healing properties of their bile. (She saw horrible practices.) The sloth bears of India are vicious and readily attack humans. Of course we all know pandas, China's diplomatic pawns. North American black bears are the most successful in their adaptation to humans. Grizzlies are actually North American brown bears. Climate change is changing their range to farther north and east. Polar bears, as we are well aware, are threatened by the loss of sea ice in the Arctic. (Interesting fact: polar bears evolved from grizzly bears and as their territories overlap they can, and do, interbreed.)
Dickie's account is well-written and very informative.
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Purple false foxglove, Monday afternoon.