In Little House on the Prarie, quilt-making was a common project for girls to add to their hope chests. Mary made a simple nine-patch quilt, while Laura made a bear's paw quilt. She regretted her choice, since sewing all those diagonal seams by hand was a real pain.
My oldest son was born six weeks prematurely, looking like his Apache great-grandmother, with straight black hair to his shoulders. His baby-name was Little Bear. I always wanted to make a Bear's Paw (sometimes known as Bear Tracks) quilt for him, but it never happened. So now I have this one planned for his son - thus the name Generations.
The pattern for this variation comes from Glad Creations. The fabrics I ordered, three sets of fat quarters, should arrive in a couple of weeks. Of course I'll be using a much easier method of creating several of the half-square triangle blocks at the same time.