The set of 5 memory bears is finished and will soon be off to their new owners - well before the mid-November deadline!
I sent a photo of the first bear to the buyer, and got this in response: "I can't wait to give these out!!! I think there will definitely be some tears shed."
When I started this project, I was a little hesitant -- the bright colors, the vivid prints, the slippery fabrics -- but as I went on, I began to enjoy them more and more.
I started with what I thought of as the "easiest" fabric - the colorful blocks with animal print, and worked my way to the most difficult, through the turquoise peacock print with its swirling magenta, red and blue feathers, and in the end, the blue, green and gold "cherub" print. This one stumped me for a bit, since the caftan was wide bands of green and blue, with strips of black in between. There was no real way to use both colors/prints in the same piece, because of the black, so I settled on a green body and head, with blue arms, legs, ears and central forehead piece.
All 5 bears have black faceted button eyes. These really add something in my view, because I look at these bears and think of jewelry strewn on a bed, magically turned into shiny, special memory bears.
These are so much more than they started out being. I hope their new owners will love them as much as I enjoyed making them.