Winnie-the-Pooh was one of my favorite characters as a kid, and my children enjoyed the stories and characters as they were growing up, too.
After all, there is something charming about little stuffed bears, especially when they have names and adventures to enjoy.
A.A. Milne wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh stories for his young son whose name was Christopher Robin Milne.
The stories were inspired by Christopher Robin’s collection of stuffed animals, starring Edward, the bear.
“Edward” was renamed Winnie when a WW I mascot bear from Winnipeg was relocated to the London zoo close to where the Milne family lived.
(The “Pooh” came from a swan called Pooh – go figure!)
The fictional Hundred Acre Wood of the stories is derived from the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex where Milne and his young son, Christopher Robin, took walks.
Milne was a playwright and novelist who successfully translated the events and stories of his family into books that folks throughout the world have enjoyed for generations.
In many ways, quilters do the same thing with their quilts, although quilts are much more personal.
To celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh Day, we’re sharing the Bears Paw Quilt block, and you’ll also see a cover I made for quilting daughter, Stephanie, and engineer son, Bubba, when they were very young: