Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Barri Sue from Bareroots at Bear Patch

Barri Sue and Deb with the brand new Bareroot's Stitcherie book

Sharon and Barri just stitching away!

Barri and our new friends from New Zealand. They came on the bus tour Wednesday and then came back Monday on a very expensive taxi ride to see us again!

Sharon, Barri, Gigi, and Sharon posing for a picture

We had lots of mini cupcakes and pink lemonade!

Final Day of Quilt Market 2010

This is Jerry- one of our fabric reps hurrying down the aisle.

Our final day of Quilt Market! How many miles will we walk today to make sure we see everything there is to see and to order all the fun new things! Don't you just love BQ3 from Maple Island?

Pam and Laurel watch a demo of a new ruler. I am sure Laurel will teach it on one of the next schedules.

We ordered this new stitcherie from Connie of Crow River- the vases are appliqued and the flowers are stitched. I think she may teach it for us!

Marilyn from Quilt Moments and Pam. How does she keep coming up with new ideas?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

3rd Day of Quilt Market

Had a wonderful day today greeting friends of old and meeting new pattern designers. We can't wait until Monday! Make sure you join us from 1 - 4pm or 6 - 9 pm for a chance to meet Barri Sue from Bareroots. We will be serving yummy mini cupcakes from Keys

Debbie and Laurel with Terry Atkinson- ask us about "Groovy Girls!:

Getting to know a new friend- Katherine of hemma patterns. She's right from St. Paul!

Debbie with Jerry- one of our fantastic fabric reps!

Aren't these fun? A whole book of holiday designs from GE Designs- Fast and Furious Holiday

Laurel with Mary from MH Designs. Her "Just Another Bag" is a huge hit! Good job, Mary.

Jeanne made us so proud with her fantastic sample and demos while she represented our Bernina Sewing Center at the Kreinik booth!

Fun, new pattern from the Wooden Spool

We have one last day to find new patterns and products to bring home to Bear Patch! The 15 hour days are long but we are having a wonderful time! Bear Patch has had so many people visiting from all over the world. Many have stopped to say how much they enjoyed visiting our store.

Friday, May 21, 2010

2nd Day of Quilt Market

Here we are with Lorrie Franz of Bean Counter Quilts

Debbie with Darlene Zimmerman

We love Meg of Crabapple Hill Studio. Left to right is Sharon, Meg, Kelle, Anne and Kristina. Oh to have more time to stitch!

A quilt with pretty fabrics. We ordered this collection from Free Spirit.

What a group! Sharing all their ideas with Debbie and Laurel. You can see the remnants of our hot dog lunch. Love the convention fine dining!

Linda of Brandywine Design along with Laurel, Linda's husband Jack, Pam and her husband Bob! Love your booth Linda!

Day 1 of Quilt Market

Finally, Minneapolis Quilt Market 2010 is here! Pam and Laurel are patiently waiting at the door of the show room. This market has the 3rd highest number of attendees on record. We were able to take classes from well known intructors and designers as well as from new. Can't wait to share what we learned!

I enjoyed a class with Reiko Kato. What a lovely Japanese designer. Soft music played while her interpreter shared her words with us. I learned that taupe is more than a color- it is a Japanese lifestyle. Reiko's fabrics are incredible to work with. We have quite a collection of them at Bear Patch. I love the soft tones and textures.

Sample Spree was crazy busy! Do you see Terry Atkinson at her booth on the right hand side?
Jeanne, Laurel and Pam taking a much needed break! Started our day at 8:30 am and got in bed at 1 am so I can get up at 5:30 am to begin again! Can't wait!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bernina Sew and Save for Summer Sale

It's the perfect time to buy the machine you've been waiting for! Not only are all our machines on sale, you will get an instant savings bonus on top of the sale price. Come in for a demo May 13-17 and see why we all sew on a Bernina. If you have been thinking of the new 820 or 830 machines, you can still get the quilt frame or cabinet at an incredible savings until the end of May. Summer class sign up is in full swing- sign up for your favorites now! We will be blogging our trip to International Quilt Market in Minneapolis next week. Can't wait to share with you all our fabulous finds! See you soon!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2010 Shop Hop Winners

Last night the shop owners got together for a wrap up meeting for this year's shop hop and, believe it or not, begin talking about next year's hop! The best part of the meeting (Next to the delicious meal) was drawing names for the winners. Here's a list of the lucky quilters who won some great prizes. If your name's not here, there's always next year!!

2010 Twin Cities Shop Hop Winners
Janome Magnolia from A-1 Sewing
Bernice Musech, Maple Grove
Janome from Valley West Sewing
Martha Ann Sloboden, Eagan
Bernetter from Bear Patch Quilting and The Sampler
Candy Liesch, Winona
Julie Griffin, Savage
$50 Gift Certificates from each shop
Victoria Gibbons, Richfield
Moda Gift Bag for Returning Hopper
Marlene Doll, Mpls
$200 Gift Baskets
Bear Patch Quilting Co--Diana Lee, Blaine
Blue Bamboo--Sue Wickert, St Paul
Calla Lily--Lynda Ericcson, Blaine
Fabric Town--Gwynn Koch, Brooklyn Park
Glad Creations--Susan Schwartz, St Paul
Quilt Cove--Tammie Volkman, Dover
Rosebud's Cottage--Julie Sauser-Johnson, Stacy
Silver Lane--Carol Olson, Apple Valley
The Sampler--Jill Krohn, Maple Grove
Treadle Yard Goods--Pat Schroeder, Savage

Cosmo Floss is at Bear Patch

We have been waiting patiently and it is finally here! Cosmo Floss by Lecien is imported from Japan and feels like silk. It is 100% cotton and color fast. Meg from Crabapple Hill Studio uses this floss in her patterns. There are conversion charts from DMC to Cosmo available. At $1.00 per skein, you will want to have them all.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Final Day of Shop Hop 2010 and Bouquet Day

It's hard to believe that Shop Hop 2010 has come and gone. What a fun-filled 3 days. Besides being a busy Shop Hop day, Saturday was also Bouquet Day for all of the White Bear Merchants. To make a beautiful bouquet all you needed to do was stop into 1 of the 28 participating shops to receive a flower for your bouquet. Best of all, it was actually May Day! Mary Herschleb was our invited guest- her new "Just Another Bag" was her biggest hit. We even had a Prom mini fashion show as Sue S's. son and date and Debbie's niece stopped in for what has become a family tradition during Shop Hop. (You really don't have to get that dressed up to Hop!) Monday evening will be the drawing for winners of Shop Hop as the shop owners join together for dinner Monday night. Will you be the lucky winner? Next's years Shop Hop is already in the works. Don't forget to stop in to see class samples. Sign up begins Saturday, May 8th. Thanks for a great Hop!