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These Bear Paw blocks were made for me by members of one of my online quilting guilds. I discovered--or maybe rediscovered--quilting about the same time I discovered the Internet. The Internet is a huge resource for modern quilters. Just try putting the word "quilt" into a search engine. You will get nearly 3o million hits.
Fourteen different early sources had a form of this block available. Most of the names had something to do with bear's paws/feet/claws. It was also known as Duck's Foot in the Mud, Cat's Paw, and Illinois Turkey Track. Non-animal names included Hand of Friendship and The Best Friend. Quilting is a great activity for generating friends. Just like blogging.
The blocks in this small quilt are a variation of a block known as Birds in the Air. Think of the dark triangles as birds flying into a central point, and the light triangles as sky.
If you let those birds fly in a circle, you get a kind of a star.
I designed these blocks last year to illustrate Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbons. It is quilted with names of women affected by Breast Cancer. Other quilters made some of the blocks for me to use in some of my fundraising for my 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk.
This post is pre-scheduled, as we may not be back yet from our trip. I will try to visit as soon as I can.