Wednesday, September 2, 2020

September and Plaid!

Finally, September arrived!  I thought we would never get out of April with what seemed to have 45 days.  Even though we’ve all experienced the oddest things these past few months, there is always September!
I’m working on a new project with plaid flannel.  I purchased what I think is the most beautiful bundles of fat quarters of Mammoth Flannel by Studio RK.  Cliffsbear will look mighty dapper in this fabric. More about this later.  Here one of my favorite plaid.....

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fall Quilt Festival in Houston 2018

Finally, I went as a shopper to the Quilt Festival with my two friends Cindee and Cindy.  We had a wonderful day wandering and shuffling through the isles searching for just the right gadget to be added to our extensive collections of sewing notions.   Cindy is fairly new to Quilting.  This being her first Festival, it was a joy to watch as she slightly overwhelmed, discovered the treasures that make the Houston Fall Festival a legend to Houston.  Cindee, a seasoned long-arm quilter, headed to the APQS Booth to see the new items that will soon appear in her Long Arm Quilting Studio.  If you are looking for a Long Arm Quilter, I believe you will be quite happy with her quilting.  We have an 18 year friendship and I try to get Cindee to quilt my personal quilts and the ones for Boulder Creek Designs.  Her contact info: Cindee Ferris of The Artful Loft,


Monday, November 21, 2016

Finally Fall

My last post was in July.  How can one person actually be that busy.  No Excuses, Diane!  I want to post a photo of our new quilt, 'Cliffsbear Goes Mod'.  Cliffsbear wanted to star on a Quilt that was modern and bright.  He is a fun type of guy that always plays within the written rules he makes for himself.  So I was a bit surprise at how well he looks in his new suit of clothes on this quilt.

Yes, we were at Fall Quilt Market in Houston this year.  We took a break from markets and shows for a while, but we are back.  Fun time was had by all.  I especially like the people you meet at Market.  On one side of our booth was "Plum Easy Patterns",  and on the other side was "Bouncing Bobbins"  You may want to look at their products.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What you see is what you get!

So I realized it has been a very long time since I last posted and news about Bears and Moose.  The beginning of the year didn't go exactly how we had planned.  My husband, the namesake for the Bears, got very ill and had emergency surgery to correct a hyatel hernia.  He was in the hospital for 3 weeks and has recovered rather nicely since.

To all of our Template fans, I want to say THANK YOU for loving them as much as we do.  The whole reasoning behind creating the Templates was to help your quilting experience with our beloved Bears, Moose and Trees, a fun and pleasurable one.  As you know most all of our patterns have a story about Cliffsbear or Matty Moose in the forest with Trees.  I'm thankful for many who experienced the journey with me and my crazy imagination.  When Matty Moose got Married in 'Matty Takes a Wife', you could almost hear the forest animals singing to the newlyweds: By the Light of the Silvery Moose!

A few things have come to my attention and I want to take this time to respond openly to the issues.  I want to make it clear about our templates, that they were not designed as Long Arm quilting rulers. Although our acrylic is high quality, our thickness is not the thickness needed to be a Long Arm Quilting Rulers.  Many have asked.  To get the design on you quilt with a long arm, it is advised to trace the shape onto the Quilt top.

When you purchase one of our Templates, the header tells you what you are purchasing.  We include a 'Basic Template Instructions' with all our Templates.  Four of our templates are constructed in the same manner.  So you will find on the Large Matty Moose Template, the instruction says for the Regular and Large Matty Moose.  The same is true for our Big Bear and Medium Bear Templates.  Those 2 bears are the only ones that can be made with the paper pieced option.  So the Little Bear instruction sheet tell you haw to construct this bear without the paper pieced option.  The instruction sheet has nothing to do with the size of template you are purchasing.  If you purchase a Large Moose, he will be a Large Moose on you quilt.  For the Regular Moose size (as shown above) please purchase a Regular size Moose, etc.  A Regular sized Moose cannot be made from a Large Moose Template, also true for the Bears.  Remember, What you see is what you get!      

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Angels and Bears

Recently I ran across this picture of my 'Please Don't Feed the Bears' quilt hanging on the wall of my friends quilt shop Quilted Treasures.  She gave me the opportunity to teach my first class at her shop. It was really fun and scary at the same time.  Alas, the shop is no any longer open but, Cindee is still one of my bestest friends.
You can also see in the picture a stocking with an angel on it.  If you look on our website you will see a familiar stocking.
Thanks to Cindee for giving me copy rights to the pattern she designed and allowing me to make it my own.  Oh, by the way, you may still be able to get one of her original pattern 'Positively Angelic'.  E-mail her for the info:

Monday, April 6, 2015

There is a new Quilt shop in Big Bear Lake, California.  If you live near the area or plan to be there, drop in and see Belinda at Bear Country Quilts & Gifts.  42139 big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.  Here are a few photos of what you will see:

Yes, those Quilts should look familiar!  Belinda has a Trunk show from us beautifully displayed in this awesome Quilt shop.  Love the rafters.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Quilt Market!

So, this the 3rd year we did not have a booth at Quilt Market.  Last year I attended Market and purchased fabric...of course.  If fabric was food, I could live on my stash for approximately 5 years 8 1/2 months and 2 days.  

I am working a Bear Table Runner that I will post for all to see when finished. Apparently, it's true about the not enough hours in the day to complete all the projects and ideas floating around in my head.  So sad!!  In the meantime, I'm going back to the sewing room.  Happy last day of Quilt Market everyone!