2199 4th St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110
651-429-1039

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Greetings!


Our stockings are hung by the quilt rack with care.
Looking forward to 2012--see you there!

Happy Happy Holidays from your friends at Bear Patch!

Check our class listing frequently for all the new entries that are popping up there.

Remember our holiday hours:
Friday 12/23 open 9-5
Saturday 12/24 closed
Sunday 12/25 closed
Monday 12/26 closed
Tuesday 12/27 open 9-9 Sale!
Wednesday 12/28 open 9-9 Sale!
Thursday 12/29 open 9-9 Sale!
Friday 12/30 open 9-5 Sale!
Saturday 12/31 closed for inventory
Sunday 1/1/12 closed for inventory
Monday 1/2/12 closed for inventory
Tuesday 1/3 back to regular hours (9-9) with all new class samples on display!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Stuff My Stocking - Day 12 - Book


Our final day of the Stuff My Stocking event is a good one! It takes me back to my beginning days of quilting when I made this--
This is the Star Log Cabin and was made in the late 80's (or maybe early 90's) while on a retreat at Camp Lebanon. I had never heard of the concept of "Quilt in a Day", but was intrigued enough to try it out. It was more like "most of a quilt in a weekend", but I wasn't put off by that because I really liked the thorough directions and process written by Eleanor Burns. From her many TV shows and patterns and books, I think she has helped shape most of the quilters I know. She is an interesting woman with a great sense of humor.

Today's deal is awesome! We have one of Eleanor's recent books on a huge discount for you.
Normally, this book would cost you $27.99, and would be worth every penny. Today we can stuff this into your stocking for only $12.99!
I have been checking out this book and found plenty of projects in there for a quilter of any experience level. There are 20 individual blocks, each broken down into very easy instructions with loads of step-by-step illustrations. They are categorized by style and difficulty, so you can choose for yourself which ones are best for you. Those blocks are combined in several settings and projects from small to large. There is going to be something inside these covers that you will find helpful.

So, once and for all, tell us to "Stuff My Stocking" via email (info@bearpatchquilting.com) or telephone (651-429-1039) or do it the old fashioned way and walk into the store! No matter which way you contact us, you will not get an automated reply, we have real people to talk to! Remember that we need your full name and phone number in order to make this work. If you want to leave your credit card number that is fine, we will total up the cost of your stocking contents and process the charge.

Your goodies will be all ready to pick up after Thursday the 15th. We will be spending Thursday sorting and organizing and packaging everything for over 160 people! We are amazed at the response to this event, Debbie and I went into this without the experience of doing something like this before using only internet advertising. Honestly, we just started talking about and planning this Nov. 1, and thought we would be happy with a couple dozen participants. Well, our wonderful customers had a different plan, and have kept Debbie busy ordering enough of the products to meet the demand, while I have tried to keep up with logging in everyone's requests. It has been fun hearing from so many of you near and far. Some people wanted only 1 item, others have shopped daily for multiples. We even have a special customer who emails us a little rhyme with her orders! All of this has prompted us to start planning for the future and similar projects, so make sure you are on our email list and check the website and this blog often. You just never know what will pop up!

Pam

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Stuff My Stocking - Day 11 - Lotion

Does this picture remind you of anything? Like maybe your delicate hands and fingers?

We have just the thing for you and your dry skin that snags those delicate fabrics and threads. Gloves In A Bottle! This is a wonderful lotion with only a faint scent. We sell it at any time of the year, but it is especially needed during these dark winter months. Mrs. Claus highly recommends it not only for herself but for dear old Mr. Claus. Ever wonder why you alway see him wearing gloves? That's because he forgot to pack his Gloves In A Bottle in the sleigh! I think he needs to get a dispenser installed!

One of the perks of working at Bear Patch is always having a sample dispenser on the counter. Our customers love to apply a little dab while we are tabulating their purchase. And now that we are entering that season of the dreaded cuticle crack, it is more important than ever to use your Gloves In A Bottle.
If you aren't already using Gloves In A Bottle year round, looking at these before and after pictures should convince you!

The website for Gloves In A Bottle will explain all about what is in the lotion, how it works, and why you should use it.
Our special offer for you today is a free 2 ounce travel size bottle (reg $5.50) when you purchase the 8 ounce bottle for $15.95.

Remember, to get in on this deal do one of the following:
Call Bear Patch at 651-429-1039
OR
email us at info@bearpatchquilting.com
OR
walk into the store and announce
"Stuff My Stocking"!

Make sure we have your name, phone number and payment info. All of your choices of our 12 Days event will be packaged for you to pick up after the 15th of the month. Tell your loved one that you have done the shopping already, all they have to do is show up at the store with the plastic card! A nice little bundle under the tree!

Only 1 day left! What will it be??

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stuff My Stocking - Day 10 - Needles

Got needles?
Of course we do! Just look at what I found around the house!

A whole bundle of knitting needles that someone could inherit, or more likely discard when they have to clean out my stash room(s)!



I found these really old needles from Grandma's sewing box. A scrap of old newspaper made the perfect needle holder. I can still smell her when I open the box, and feel transported back to sitting on her lap.


We have some surgical suture just in case I have to close any incisions.



We have big old needles that are really useful for basting a turkey! Injected turkey is the best!


But these are our favorites--
Wonderful high quality machine needles from Schmetz, ready to go into your stocking! Did you know that changing your needle regularly can make a huge difference in the quality of your stitches? So often we get questions on the phone or in person from other quilters and sewers who wonder why their machine is skipping stitches or just isn't working right. The first thing we always recommend is a new needle and re-threading. Very often that is all that is needed to correct the problem. The days of using a needle until it breaks are past! It really is a relatively small expense that helps make a happy machine.

There are several types of needles, and each has its own ideal use. Visit the Schmetz Learning Center to find out more about needle details. You can learn all about the numbering system and why the needles are shaped differently for different purposes.

Our special Stuff Your Stocking deal is 2 packs of the Quilting needles, one each of size 75/11 for piecing and 90/14 for quilting.

Our regular price is $4.99 per pack of 5 needles. Today you can save 25% when you purchase both packs for $7.50.

I think you know the drill, but here's the details:
Call Bear Patch at 651-429-1039
OR
email us at info@bearpatchquilting.com
OR
walk into the store and announce
"Stuff My Stocking"!

Make sure we have your name, phone number and payment info. All of your choices of our 12 Days event will be packaged for you to pick up after the 15th of the month. Tell your loved one that you have done the shopping already, all they have to do is show up at the store with the plastic card! A nice little bundle under the tree!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Day of Rest


We pause for a moment, but the fun is not done.
We're checking our lists, a present for each one.

Gifts to be wrapped, cookies to bake,
Not much time for those gifts I should make!

Parties and laughter, family and friends,
I wish for you that good times never end!

Check back tomorrow for Day Number 10!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Stuff My Stocking - Day 9 - Rulers

It's Tool Time! Remember that classic bit?

Ahh, the good old days, with Tim Allen and his Home Improvement gang.


Some days at Bear Patch would make a perfect plot for a situation comedy, and we always take our tools seriously! Today we have something to add to your tool belt--


Some great Creative Grids Basic Range rulers! We chose 2 of our most popular sizes. The 6" x 12" is such a handy go-to tool for your ruler collection. And I especially like it when I am packing up to go places like classes, guild meetings, retreats, etc., because I don't worry about breaking it like my longer ruler that pokes out of my bag.

The 6" x 6" size is so practical for squaring up common sizes of blocks as we are constructing the next masterpiece. It can be used for all those half-square triangle or quarter-square triangle blocks, flying geese blocks, etc. And fussy cuts!



Regular price for both is $31.90
Day 9 "Stuff my Stocking" price
$23.93That's 25% off!
As is standard with Creative Grids rulers, they have the non-slip underside to make your cuts more accurate. Nothing worse than a slippery ruler!
The "Basic Range" of rulers has all the essential markings, but they have eliminated the 1/8" marks to make things a little clearer. They are printed in black and white, making them useful on most shades of fabric.
Notice how well the dark lines show on the lighter section, but the white lines really show up on the dark purple? So it's time to upgrade to these new rulers, and start out the new year right with excellent tools.

I think you know the drill, but here's the details:
Call Bear Patch at 651-429-1039
OR
email us at info@bearpatchquilting.com
OR
walk into the store and announce
"Stuff My Stocking"!

Make sure we have your name, phone number and payment info. All of your choices of our 12 Days event will be packaged for you to pick up after the 15th of the month. Tell your loved one that you have done the shopping already, all they have to do is show up at the store with the plastic card! A nice little bundle under the tree!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Stuff My Stocking - Day 8 - Bobbin Saver

Did you hear the news? It's all over the TV and internet--Santa is tired of cookies!

He's making a switch to donuts!

Those do look scrumptious, but a little messy for my sewing room. Plus I would be forced to think about using that treadmill for something other than a place to drape fabric! Since we are always thinking of ways to help our customers, we are going to save you some calories today, and offer this kind of donut instead--


Bobbin Saver by Blue Feather Products
$6.22
(reg. $8.29)

The BobbinSaver holds metal or plastic bobbins of all different sizes. It is made of flexible rubbery plastic that expands to hold the bobbin and snugs up around it. Thread ends won't tangle or unwind and it holds over 20 bobbins. This is a perfect way to sort your bobbins by purpose and/or type of thread. Use a little label or marker to designate what each bobbin donut is for: embroidery, cotton, aurifil, quilting, piecing, etc. A fine tip Sharpie works perfectly.

I think you know the drill by now about how to stuff your stocking (not yourself!), but here's the details:

Call Bear Patch at 651-429-1039
OR
email us at info@bearpatchquilting.com
OR
walk into the store and announce
"Stuff My Stocking"!

Make sure we have your name, phone number and payment info. All of your choices of our 12 Days event will be packaged for you to pick up on the 15th of the month. Tell your loved one that you have done the shopping already, all they have to do is show up at the store with the plastic card! A nice little bundle under the tree!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Stuff My Stocking - Day 7 - Chalk Pencil

Santa's checking his list, are you on his list of naughty or nice?

I did not know that he was a coca-cola man! I think he wishes that he had something other than that quill pen to write with. I think I have just the thing!



Bohin Mechanical Chalk Pencil
0.9 mm extra fine white lead
Both you and Santa can get this wonderful marking pencil today for $8.04.
That's 30% off the regular price of $11.49.

This pencil comes with 6 replacement white leads. It is perfect for marking on darker colored fabrics. Kristina does a lot of wool applique, and she says it is her preferred marking tool for the wool. There are other colors of replacement leads available, too. Depending on your uses, you might need a whole collection!

So call, email or come to the store and tell us to "Stuff My Stocking"! Make sure we have your name, phone number and payment information. All products will be ready to pick up December 15.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Stuff My Stocking - Day 6 - Best Press

Look what Santa has in his sleigh today! He has been hanging out with Mary Ellen (sorry Mrs. Claus!) and decided that you need to perk up your dreary ironing with this:
Yup, our favorite "Starch Alternative" is the deal for the day! If you purchase the 32 ounce refill size for $14.95, we will stuff your stocking with the handy little 6 ounce bottle for free! That bottle is regularly $3.95, and is the perfect size for portability. I know a lot of you go on retreats and sew-ins, so don't leave home without your little bottle of Best Press! There are several scents of Best Press and we know what our best sellers are. When we Stuff Your Stocking you can choose from these 4 top choices:

Unscented
Caribbean
Fresh Linen
Lavender

Or leave the pickin' to us and be surprised!

Why do you need Best Press? One clear advantage is that it doesn't accumulate and gunk up your iron's sole plate like the usual starch products. If you choose a scented bottle, you can dream your ironing board is on a Caribbean beach or a field of lavender in Southern France. Who doesn't want to do that?! Whether you pre-wash your fabric or not, this product will help you get the wrinkles out, and we all know we want a nice smooth piece of fabric to cut into.

But here's something that I'll bet you don't know about Best Press. I am a longarm quilter, and I love to get a quilt from a customer who has used Best Press. For one thing, it does have a very soft, pleasant scent. But most importantly, the blocks and borders are flat and square and neat. Plus, and this is a biggie, there are far fewer stray raveled threads on both sides of the quilt top. I love it!

Of course, Best Press can also be used on your everyday ironing, if you do such a thing! I learned to iron on pillowcases, tablecloths and handkerchiefs, but I haven't done one of those in many years. However, I do occasionally find a shirt that needs a good hot iron for myself or the Mr., so Best Press helps me with that, too. The guy in this house usually does his own ironing, and prefers the unscented so he doesn't smell like a bouquet.

So, don't delay--stock up on Best Press today!

E-mail us at info@bearpatchquilting.com with your order and phone number so we can call you back for credit card info.
OR
Call us at 651-429-1039 to place your order and leave your credit card information.
OR
Walk in the store and march up to the counter and proclaim "Stuff My Stocking"! Remember, we are open from 9 - 9 today!