Teddy Bears have been ubiquitous in our culture since the days of Teddy Roosevelt. Here is a link to how Roosevelt became connected with the bear. We in this day and age would find appaling what his friends did. Thank goodness, Roosevelt did, too, and refused to shoot the poor bear, though he insisted that his friends put the poor bear out of its misery.
The incident became widely known as a result of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902.
Like our Beanie Babies of a decade ago, the Teddy Bear was such an outrageous pop-culture item of its day, according to one source, that even grown women were known to carry them around in public. (I am certain no quilter ever carried a Beanie Bay around in her purse, right?)
Bear lore in human culture and myth long pre-dates the famous Teddy Bear phenomena of Roosevelt's day. As always, humans and their myths are a fascinating study. You might enjoy exploring this site that writes on the bear lore of Europe or this one that writes of the bear lore of Native Americans.
So, yes, my "strangest" quilt is a Teddy Bear!
Because real teddy bears surely had to have been sacrificed to make this very three-demensional quilt!
Seems a bit macabre to me. But this quilt has been well used, as the photos far below show, and possibly, therefore, well loved.
So why did I add the quilt to my collection? Because it is so outrageously unusual I think Julie Silber would be willing to add it to her collection of Maverick Quilts!