Friday, April 29, 2011

It's a Beautiful Day for a Wedding!

We have the cake, the tiara, the rings and the Queen Bee!

What could possibly be more Royal?

Sharon in her wedding hat and Debbie in her tiara
(we dare not call her the Queen Mum!)

Wish you were here!

The teapot is on!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Hopping!

Today marked the start of the annual Twin Cities' Shop Hop, a joint effort of 11 metro quilt shops that traditionally kicks off our early summer season. We thoroughly enjoy the chance to see many familiar faces and newcomers walk through our doors. It always seem like everyone is in such a good mood!

Today we had the privilege of hosting Linda Hohag (Brandywine Designs) with her cute, cute, cute quilts combining her love of applique, little critters, and Halloween! This is her newest book, just completed in time for the Spring International Quilt Market. Sorry I have no picture to show, you just have to take my word for it that it is a must-have for your quilt book library.

This afternoon we also enjoyed the company of Terry Atkinson (Atkinson Designs), sharing her newest patterns for bags, quilts, pillows and a great little e-reader cover. I also learned a great tip from her on how to get a pillow into a pillow cover that has an overlapped back without ripping the seams as I just recently did! Her pillow cover pattern has quite a deep overlap, which I really prefer for a neater finished look. But it really is impossible to get the pillowform into that cover, unless you use Terry's magic maneuver. When the cover is all sewn, turn only half of it right side out (the half that has the overlap layer that will be the underneath layer when finished). Insert the pillowform, tucking 2 corners into place in the cover. Then smush the pillowform as you are maneuvering the other half of the pillow cover right side out and over the form. Hard to explain, would be good to get on a video!

Still to come--

Two more special days to join in the fun--
PS--we have cookies!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Therapy For All Things Wrong

If you are wishing for some new ideas and inspiration,
there is nothing better than some new eye candy. In spite of the pros
of all things digital, there is something about the feel of
opening the glossy colorful pages of a new magazine
that cannot be matched by a computer screen.
This publication is a new addition to our usual assortment
of magazines at Bear Patch. It is definitely worth a look
because it is not your ordinary magazine.
It is European, so has some different perspectives
on our American world of quilting. Some things are the same,
but you will find some things done differently, and
that might be just the nudge you need to try a new skill, technique,
color or style. The cover price is $11.99 and our supply
is limited. Yes, more expensive than many other magazines,
but cheaper than therapy!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fun with Fabric

Let's Dilly Dally!

Just in! Lots of potential here for a day brightener, just in
case you need a lift! These bolts are designed by
This is not the first fabric from these 2 great designers, and their
previous groups have been eagerly purchased by shoppers at
Bear Patch. I am thinking that this group is not going
to hang around for long!
Charm square packs and jelly rolls, too, while they last!
So don't dilly dally if you want to get some
Dilly Dally!