What up with that?

Dead teddys

Last fall, there was a quilt challenge I participated in using the Habitat line of fabric by Jay McCarroll. You can see that finished quilt and post here. I love my final outcome, but during the process work when I was trying to come up with an idea of what to do, I had dead teddys on the brain. I’m not sure why, but I think it mostly has to do with Jay’s paint splotch fabric.

Habitat fabric
Habitat fabric

It just looked like a crime scene with multi-colored blood to me. All I could think was, “what happened there? who died and bled pink and blue??” And dead teddy popped right in my brain and refused to leave.


I know Grateful Dead pops into most people’s heads when I say dead teddys, but this is not at all what I was looking for.

Instead, I was trying to recall some sketch I saw back in high school (or thereabouts), that had a teddy bear in the corner of a room, with a knife in its heart or something like that. The memory is so vague, I cannot place where I saw it or even when I saw it. So eventually I gave up the dead teddy hunt and moved on to a new idea, which metamorphosed into the final design (again, seen here).


However, ever since I gave up my search, dead teddys have been appearing everywhere! Theres this sketch:

found at http://www.594apparel.com

This one:

found at http://www.deviantart.net

and this one:

from http://www.photobucket.com


There are dead teddys crawling out of the woodwork!


Finally, today, Smashing Magazine made my day:

Heartbroken. Designed by Danae Botha from South Africa.

This is going to live on my desktop for the whole month of February. Hope the boss doesn’t mind. You can find other February wallpapers here.


Unfortunately, none of these are that darn sketch I have stuck in my head from way back when. They resemble it really closely, but just aren’t quite “it.” So, do you know of a dead teddy sketch that looks like the above? Do share!

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