2199 4th St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It's Almost the 20th of March!

Here we are, creepin' up on the 20th again!  
Remember, the 20th of each month is a special day at Bear Patch.  
Because we are turning 20 this year!  

Were you around the store 20 years ago?!  There's a few folks who have been true blue fabric friends since Day 1, back in 1997, and still love to pop back in to Bear Patch for a good fabric and friend fix. 

I, personally, shopped at Bear Patch when it was still very new.  I had occasionally been to Reed's Drug Store in White Bear Lake, where the basement was a fabric shop, and I even remember taking a class to make a doll of some kind.  That was a pretty popular idea back then, and it carried over to the new Bear Patch Quilting Co.  Some of the people working at Reed's when it closed decided to join forces for a new quilt shop.

Yes, we had dolls and "Folke Painting" in 1997!
I apologize for the quality of the snapshots from 1997, but we have to work with what we have!  The oh-so-popular glossy prints make it hard to get a digital picture without glare!  But the impression is still the same--starting from ground zero!  Lots of open space, working on card tables and folding chairs to order the first bolts of fabric!  The faces are tiny, but you might recognize some of them--
from the left:  Laurel, JoAnne, Jerry (standing), Debbie and Terry
Gradually, the space started filling up--

You might remember when it looked like this.  

That was then, this is now, a few thousand bolts later--

But back to the ongoing anniversary party!  
If you can make it to the store on Monday, March 20, you will be rewarded with a "gem" of a gift!  Sorry, not handing out precious jewels!  But we are handing out one of our favorite things--
Best Press Gems-- a 2 oz. sample size.

If you aren't familiar with Best Press, here's what the good people over at Mary Ellen's Products have to say about it:

Best Press Spray Starch and Sizing Alternative --There hadn’t been a new product for ironing in years - and I got sick and tired of using that spray starch in an aerosol can! So now I bring to you Best Press, a clear, crisp spray starch with a lovely scent that makes ironing more enjoyable. It’s in a non-aerosol bottle, so it’s environmentally friendly and you can see how much is left, too.
With Best Press, there’s no flaking, clogging, or white residue on dark fabrics! And more! A special stain shield protects fabrics, and the product helps resist wrinkles. Best of all, it’s more effective than any starch you’ve ever used. Try Best Press today - you will never go back to ironing with ordinary spray starch!
Try all of my wonderful scents! Lavender Fields •Citrus Grove •Linen Fresh Caribbean Beach •Cherry Blossom •Tea Rose Garden •Peaches & Cream •Mint Splash and, for those who prefer no scent, try my •Scent Free!  

Mary Ellen's is a local company, and we like to shop local!  There's a story behind the company about the woman who started on a shoestring and built a successful business.  
Click on this link to learn more about it!

We love our Best Press, and we keep it handy to use at the store for our classes and projects.  It has become a staple in our inventory, and we are happy to be sharing a little bit of that love with you!

So don't be late, come to Bear Patch on Monday from 9am - 9pm.
No purchase necessary, just show up for the gift!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Quilting Inspiration Is All Around You!

We have a special event planned for you!  We know how enjoyable it can be to sit down with others who like learning about the same things that you like, too.  We have invited a special guest to join us for a chance to explore inspirational ideas that transform our quilting lives.  Where do you get your quilting inspiration?

Nina McVeigh, Bernina Educator, Quilting and Longarm Specialist, is spending time with us on Tuesday, April 11.  You can choose to attend either the 1PM - 4PM session OR the 6PM - 9PM session at Bear Patch.  

Nina turned Swiss inspiration into quilted art.  Let her guide you through the techniques for creating six inspired quilt projects.  Celebrate the best in quilting technology and Bernina accessories.  Discover how easily you can execute your own ideas.  Every quilt tells a story, and you will be inspired to tell yours!  Topics covered will include:  Bernina cutwork techniques, machine applique, double needle stitching techniques, Bernina stitch regulator, binding techniques, simple piecing with Bernina dual feed, and the Q20 sit down longarm machine.

We will have prizes and goodie bags ready for you, as well as refreshments.  There is a class fee of just $25, payable with registration.  This is not exclusively for Bernina owners -- inspiration can strike anyone, no matter your machine of choice!  
Our class size is limited, so make sure you sign up as soon as you know you want to attend!  We hope that you can join us! 
  • call: 651-429-1039 OR 651-429-6500
  • email: bearpqc@aol.com
  • register in-person at the store during regular business hours

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday and Celebration!

Please make a note that we will be 
closed on Sunday, February 19.  
We are using that time for our employees to work together 
and boost our creativity and have some fun!

On Monday, February 20, we will again be celebrating 20 years of Bear Patch fun!
All year, the 20th of the month means Party Time at the store! 

Back in grade school, we always looked forward to bringing cupcakes to school for our birthday.
So Bear Patch will have cupcakes for you on Monday (while they last)!
In addition, we will have another treat for you!  
This is for anyone who visits the store on Monday, no purchase required.

We will be handing out a cute little "KeeZee" for everyone!  This is a great little gadget that will help anytime you are sliding keys on or off your split-ring keyring!  
No longer a struggle with pinches and broken nails to change those keys!

And since Monday is an official holiday for so many of you, we hope to see many familiar faces!  We want to celebrate the holiday with you and pass along some rewards, too.  President Debbie has added a chance for you to get some reduced prices!  You can draw for a discount of 15% up to 40% off your purchase of fabric, patterns and books!  

Are you feeling lucky?!

We're open all day Monday, 2/20, from 9 AM to 9 PM!
Call us at 651-429-1039 if you have any questions!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

3 Yards Is Plenty!

We are loving the convenience of the 3 Yard Quilts by Fabric Cafe!
Take 1 yard each of 3 fabrics and any of the many assorted patterns we have, and voila!
A nice lap size or kid size quilt!
We have bundled up some of our favorite coordinates to help you get started.  They range from cute little kid theme prints, to cozy up-north flannel, to pretty florals that would make a great comfort quilt.  Or, we can help you pick your own style!

 We have 4 booklets full of 3-yard designs, plus about a dozen individual patterns.  There are probably 2 or 3 that will catch your interest!

And we have samples of some of the quilts on display.
Any of the 3 yard bundles will work with any of the patterns, so the possibilities are endless!

You can try to choose just one, but chances are good that there are several 3-yard quilts in your future!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Let's Get The Party Started!

We are kicking off our 20th Anniversary celebration on 
Friday, January 20!

It's time for little celebration of our years of business and our wonderful customers.
This is going to last all year long!  
Mark the 20th of each month on your calendar and 
plan to visit Bear Patch on those days.
Remember the saying "Measure twice, cut once"?
Wise advice, and now it will be easier 
with your new little blue Bear Patch ruler!

Everyone who comes to Bear Patch on 
Friday, January 20th, from 9am-5pm
can pick up a pretty new blue ruler.  
This is 1" x 6", the size of the ruler that 
I probably use more than any other.
So we hope to see you Friday!

One ruler per person, no purchase necessary!
Just show up and pick it up!
And stay tuned for our February surprise!

Call 651-429-1039 if you have any questions.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Our Fancy Forest Saga

Once upon a time, a year or so ago, I saw the Fancy Forest quilt by Elizabeth Hartman on display at Quilt Market.  It drew me in like a magnet.  A really strong magnet, like you might find if you have an MRI!  The pattern book came home with me, and taunted me from my collection of "Things I would make if only I had more than 24 hours in the day!". 

But, we all know that there are only 24 hours in a day.  Many more pressing things take priority over whimsical quilts that have lots and lots of pieces in them.  But I knew that if only I could make it, my little grandsons would think I was the most fabulous grandma ever!  I even tried to coax my own mom into taking on the project, just so it would get done and I would have a little part in it!  She didn't bite.

Then, along came the kits from Robert Kaufman Fabric!  This was really, really hard to resist!  The fact that I could have all the right colors in all the right places was such a temptation.  I'm generally not a person who goes with a kit, although since I've been working at Bear Patch and picking and choosing for kits, my thoughts on buying a kit have changed.  In this particular case, a big part of the attraction of this quilt is the range and shading of color groups.  Having all of that worked out by the designer was very compelling!

Then, along came Laurel, who was determined to make this quilt for a Bear Patch class!  I could maybe even use the class as motivation to make my own!
But, fate intervened, and Laurel had a great fall.  Unlike the nursery rhyme, Laurel will eventually be put all together again.  But it will be awhile before Laurel can put the Fancy Forest all together!  
So, we put on our thinking caps and came up with an alternative plan--it takes a village to pick up the pieces for Laurel!  Now, 3 more people have been sewing little forest animals from Laurel's beginnings, and our Fancy Forest Family is making a quilt!

Laurel made the Fancy Foxes before she had her great fall!

I stitched the Frances Fireflies--not butterflies, because these have a little white light on the tail!

Marlene finished up the Bunnies that Laurel had started.

Linda put together Hazel Hedgehog blocks.

I worked on the Allie the Owl blocks.

And Marlene made the Thistles!
We are so happy to now have all the blocks sewn, and ready to be finished next week when I have some serious sewing time!  We are starting our class in a couple of weeks, and we have a few spots open in either the 1PM or 6:30PM sessions.  And, we have kits!  So, whether or not you are in the class, this kit is available for purchase.  It includes the pattern ($24), and is $230.  This includes all of the coordinated colored fabrics for the blocks, the black and white used for accents, the Robert Kaufman's Essex yarn-dyed linen blend for the background, and fabric for binding.  That's a total of 17 3/8 yards of goodness!  The number of kits available does have a limit, so don't procrastinate too long on this one!  Call 651-429-1039 or email info@bearpatchquilting.com for more information!

Update: 1/20/17
All of the animals have come together! Yay!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Winter Classes 2017

We have another full round of classes ready for our great customers!  We have been busy bees in the store since Christmas, with our clearance sale for 3 days, and then 3 days of inventory, changing displays, cleaning, new products, etc.  We are very happy to show our latest listing of classes, for complete information visit our website.  Here's a little sampling!
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