Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The times, they are a-changin'. Our going-out-of-business plan

To the Friends of Bear Patch,
Just writing that title in the subject line feels really strange.  Announcing that we will close was kind of a scary thing.  We have gained so many friends through Bear Patch, many of you feel just like family.  In the last couple of weeks, we have been blessed and humbled by the notes and comments from so many of you.  Thank you for all the support.  This is a completely new situation for us with many unknowns.

Many of you have asked if we have tried to sell the business.  We have talked with one or two individuals who have inquired about purchasing, but we have no solid discussions going forward.  So we are moving forward with our plans for closing.  We have no definite date set for the final day, it all depends on the progression of liquidating our stock. 

In the midst of all of these happenings, we take great pride in the fact that Jordan Frayne is assuming ownership of the Bernina dealership!  It's great to realize that someone that we know and can vouch for will be taking care of our special machines and customers.  At this time, he plans to remain in the same space.  Bernina sales, service and education will continue to be available to you. 

We will keep you up to date on any changes that come along.  As of now, this is what we are planning:

We are no longer selling any gift certificates.  Any gift certificates that you possess must be redeemed by 11/20/18

We are closed 11/21 and 22 for Thanksgiving.

We have discontinued our monthly Blue Bag reward drawing.  Of course, you should still use those blue bags and any other color you have, being kind to Mother Nature!

Many of you purchased the 2018 Coupon Pack last December and January.  In order for you to get the best benefit from the coupon packs, you can redeem the coupons for October, November and December at any time now.

Some customers received a reward card for a free yard of fabric each month.  You can redeem the remaining months at any time before 11/20.

We will stop taking requests and special orders 10/15.  In the meantime, we will continue to fulfill the requests we have as we are able.

Any items currently on hold need to be claimed 11/20.
Beginning Friday, September 28, we will be giving a 15% discount on nearly all items bought in the Quilt Shop and Bernina Sewing Center.  The discount exclusions are:  Aurifil thread, Cosmo floss, Cotton and Steel thread, consignment items, Dream Cotton batting, cork, Isacord thread, stabilizers for machine embroidery and Bernina machines.  Please ask if you are not sure.
Please stay tuned for more changes and updates!  We are working this out as we go.  The one thing we can all count on is change itself.  We embrace it or we stagnate.  Right now, the season is changing once again, and the world keeps on rotating.  That full moon we have tonight is beautiful, and even as I write this, it's changing. 

Thank you for sticking with us through the changes!
The crew at Bear Patch

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Great Fall Class Line Up

Bear Patch is such a classy place!  That doesn't have anything to do with society, but it means we love to present classes for our customers.  It's such a great way for like-minded people to sit down and hopefully learn a thing or 2!  We have always tried for a variety of projects:  big, small, handwork, machine techniques, beginner, advanced, morning, afternoon, night and weekends, too!  We try to keep our classes small and friendly for everyone.  Even though our days are numbered, we can't resist the chance to offer a few more learning opportunities.  And sometimes it's just plain nice to get some inspiration from each other!

Our fall classes are almost entirely posted up on the website now.  There still will be a few things added, but not much is left to add.  On our main page, hover over the Class tab at the top of the page, then choose Bear Patch Classes from the drop down.  You will also find a choice there to send us an email registration.  We are taking registrations in the order we receive them.  We can also help you over the phone (651-429-1039) and, of course, in person in the store.  Your place in class is not secure until we receive payment from you.  Many times we have people waiting to take any cancelled spots, so please make sure you let us know if you can't come.  If you cancel at least one week or sooner from the class date, you will receive store credit for the class fee, minus the pattern if that was included and you choose to keep it.

We want to highlight some of the classes that are coming up soon.  Next Tuesday (9/18) Joy is having an open sew for hand applique and quilting.  She has taught classes to many of you, and this is your chance to ask questions about finishing your project.  Joy also has a Beginner's Hand Applique class starting 9/19.
Continuing with the handwork, Sharon has scheduled a Hand Embroidery Basics evening class on 10/3.  If you want to learn from a master stitcher, this is last call.
Laurel has modified the Beginning Quilting class to 2 all-day sessions, starting 10/6.  She has also added a new Machine Quilting class, Beautiful Borders, for using your specialty foot and rulers.

Sew much to do, sew little time!  We hope you can work something into your schedule, and we look forward to seeing you at Bear Patch!

Bear Patch Quilting Co.
2199 4th St.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
bearpatchquilting.comMon-Tues-Wed  9am-9pm
Thu-Fri-Sat  9am-5pm
Sunday 12noon-4pm

Friday, May 11, 2018

Rain or Shine, It's Class Time!

We open at 8AM tomorrow with hot coffee and cinnamon rolls!  Please join us, these pictures aren't nearly as good as seeing the real thing!  If you want to register but can't make it to the store, please call 651-429-1039.  We can help you over the phone if you would like.  You can find more information about each class over on our website.  There is also a full page calendar of each month if you are looking for something on a specific date.

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Friday, March 16, 2018


 Are you in a playful mood?  
Do you have need of a cute kids' quilt?

Charming little kid-friendly motifs are scattered across the yardage.  Who wouldn't love a frog, 
or a herd of frogs, leaping around?!
The colors are good strong shades, and the artwork was inspired by the drawings of Heather's own kindergartner daughter.  
So this is "kid approved"!

This is the Rainbow quilt, a free download on Windham's website.

Here's something else the kids love--a drawstring backpack!  Pattern is free on the Windham website.  Personalize it if you wish, using the cut-out letters from the alphabet prints.
Easy raw edge applique can spell out the child's name, a favorite expression, or something funny.

Shop with us any day of the week!
We know that many of you have a lot of other things going on 
day-to-day.  That's why our business hours are perfect for you!  
In addition to daytime hours, we are open 3 nights a week 
(till 9 on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday) and even 
Sunday afternoon (12-4).  
There must be a chance for you to stop in the store sometime during the 64 hours each week that we are open!  
Looking forward to your visit!

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Quilt Minnesota Retrospective

Today I'm sharing our new window display at the store.
We'll call it the Quilt Minnesota Retrospective.
And it's all about me, Pam Hansen, your friendly blogger!

Way back in 2008, I began a little journey into the land of designing and writing patterns.  I have learned so many things along the way!  Even if everything is proofread 3 times there can still be typos!  And math is really important!  I've learned ways to improve the formatting, and learned to create diagrams.  I've also been using photos in some patterns, so I've worked on making those as clear as I can without being a pro!
I've gotten pretty good at shooting the pictures for the pattern covers, with tips and ideas picked up along the way.  My son, Dan, is responsible for the template on the front and back of the pattern.  I send him pictures and text and he makes it work!

Debbie (store owner and therefore the boss) encouraged me to try writing some quilt patterns specifically using the exclusive fabrics designed each year for the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop.  I thought sure, I'll give it a whirl!  And so the story goes.....!

I searched high and low in my house to find each year's special quilt.  The first year I only made a tablerunner, I didn't have time for anything large.  But from then on, I designed something different each year, and sometimes more than one!  When I got all of these displayed, I had to step back and take a deep breath!  That's a lot of work!

Slug Bug, Wound Around and Pie In The Sky
 Each year there is usually some sort of panel or border print or decorative scenes.  So I usually incorporated that whenever I could to just give customers ideas of how they could turn those into something more than they started with.

16 In Between, Star Light and Wild Child up above.

Pie In The Sky and Explore More
 I've used the row quilt layout more than once.  There are 2 examples in the picture below, although the quilt on the upper left isn't very visible.  The quilt on the lower left was made with fabrics originally designed by James Meger, a noted nature/outdoor artist.

Ten and Sweet Treat on the left, MN Mixer on the right.

MN Mixer, Connections and Stix Mix pillow below.
 The quilt on the right above is called Connections, and it is one pattern that I have made in multiple sizes.  The baby quilt is cute and just the right size!

Below are 2 patterns that are small items that were part of the collection - a tablerunner and a pair of tablemats for centerpieces.  
I've used that round tablemat design for making some Christmas gifts, too.
Ring A Ding and Winner Spinner

So that's the saga of my Minnesota quilts!  It's been an interesting endeavor, and it's been fun to see many patterns come to life in fabric.  We always make up some kits for the quilts, and I've taught some as classes.  The 2018 fabrics can be viewed online but we haven't received any bolts yet.  I'm wondering what I will come up with this time?

Monday, January 8, 2018

So Many Things To Love

We are very excited to share lots of wonderfully inspiring ideas through our many new class offerings!  We have classes for all levels of experience with sewing and quilting and machine embroidery.  Visit our website for complete descriptions and information on any of our classes.  Or, you can give us a call (651-429-1039) and we'll do our best to answer your questions.  Or, best of all, come into the store!  Our slideshow covers many of the class samples, but there are more in addition to these.

We're going to do everything we can to keep you happy this winter!  Just think, by the time this "term" ends, it will be May and springtime!  There's light at the end of the tunnel!

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas To You!

It's almost Christmas and we hope you are going to enjoy family, friends and food!  

Are you ready for something peppy today?  I want you to meet a young woman who clearly loves what she's doing with sewing and machine embroidery!  I met Sue (of Sue O'Very Designs) at Quilt Market in Houston last fall.  She has an outgoing and captivating personality that just pulls you right in to a discussion about her products and brand.  Our Sewing Center now carries some of her designs for In The Hoop embroidery.  (I also learned from her website that ITH stands for In The Hoop!).  Our experts in the Sewing Center have trialed several with great success.  She does make use of some specialty fabrics, including cork. So if that's something you have been tempted by, her use of machine embroidery on cork might be the little nudge that you need to get started.  And, by the way, we have a good supply of beautiful colored and patterned cork.  In addition to larger pieces and cork by the yard, we have small pieces (18" x 28" for $26) from Fabric Funhouse.

Many more colors and designs in the basket!

Sue O'Very has been making and sharing sewing related YouTube videos on the Sue O'Very Youtube channel.  She has quite a list of videos covering a variety of topics, but what I especially wanted to bring to your attention is her list "Does This Notion Really Work?".  If you use the link above, you will find Sue's YouTube homepage.  Scroll down just a bit to find her group of videos (playlist) of her review of notions.  I think there are 21 different videos right now, each featuring a different notion or tool.  There's bound to be one in there that interests you!  Just last week, at my Ham Lake Piecemaker's guild Christmas party, there was a discussion about what that Purple Thang is really all about.  Well, Sue has a video about the Purple Thang!

I've included a little introductory video about Sue O'Very here.  If you like her videos, now you have something else to watch besides football over the next week or so!

Merry Christmas from your friends at Bear Patch!
Holiday hours:
Closed December 24-25-26
Sale December 27-28-29-30
Closed for Inventory Dec. 31-Jan.1-2
Open again at 9am January 3 with new samples and displays!