Flora the Crazy Quilt Bear
Flora is made of 22 individual pieces. Each pattern piece was traced onto white cotton, and then pieced with a selection of velvet, silk, satin, brocade, even some fabric from recycled ties. In fact, most of the fabric, as well as the lace and appliqués are recycled from thrift store purchases of five fashion styles as well as a few wedding gowns. After piecing the crazy patchwork, each bear pattern piece was hand basted around the seam line to mark the limits of the embroidery. It took 3½ months of stitching lace onto seams, adding lace appliqués, embroidering, and beading seams. Most of the lace and appliqués are also embroidered and beaded.