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Dec. 6, 2009
This is the bear I've been waiting to make since last spring. Helen Jones was the mother of my dear friend, Terry. I met Helen several times
The back of Helen
After she passed, Terry heard about the Memory Bears and sent fabric to have bears made for her own daughter and her niece. Once Terry saw them she knew she wanted one too, so she sent me fabric to get a third bear. Terry sent a pillow sham, one that she and her mom had shopped for together. As soon as I opened the box and held the sham I knew I was supposed to make this bear. I needed to make it as a gift to Terry and as a way of honoring Helen.
All I had to do was learn how to make one! They hold classes for making the bears a few times a year and I signed up for an April class. Sadly, I got very sick just before the class and had to cancel. I had to wait until November to take that class! After I took the class I wanted to make a couple of bears before I started this one. Boy, am I glad I did.
The fabric turned out to be very difficult to work with. It had a backing on it and I couldn't apply interfacing to it. I thought it would still hold together, but it frayed at every little touch. The good news is that I kept hearing Helen encourage me and assure me that her bear did not have to be perfect. To show what it was like, here is a picture of the head from the outside and it was like inside that same head!
Helen Bear was not easy to make but she was an enjoyable challenge. Since I knew Helen and I know Terry, I also know that neither of them care all that much about perfection. They care about love and forgiveness and accept that we are all human. Once I got the bear sewn up I had to smile at her slightly crooked head and her uneven belly. She already has little stitches to repair a couple of places that came apart while she was being stuffed. She is a well-loved bear and I know she will be loved in her new home.
Helen (left) and Leonor
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