Hello, and welcome to my very first blog post. Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Daphne, residing in the small village of New Denver, British Columbia, Canada. I own a charming quilting fabric and yarn store called Laurel Tree Fabric and Fibre, where crafting enthusiasts come together.
In my quest for ideas to kick off this introductory blog, I turned to my husband for suggestions. His response? "Bears." At first, I thought, “Huh, not helpful”, but as it turns out, it was quite the opposite.
As the weather gradually cools and the trees grow heavy with fruits and nuts, bears descend upon our town, filling their bellies before hibernation calls. Humans, too, prepare for the cold season. We think about sweaters, hats, mittens, and scarves. We want to snuggle into quilts, just like the bears who prepare for winter. So, I decided it was time to create a quilt.
We all plan out quilt tops differently. Some follow carefully chosen patterns, replicating colors and fabrics from the pictures and their quilts turn out beautifully. Others, like myself, start with beloved fabrics, waiting for that perfect pattern to inspire them. Those quilts also turn out beautifully. Thanks to my husband's suggestion, I am now making a quilt about celebrating bears.
At Laurel Tree, we have a "Call of the Wild" bear panel named "Forest" by Hoffman. I've chosen the "Bears and Paws" pattern by Kari Nichols and found exquisite fabrics for the 'paws,' background, and borders.
In the end, quilt-making is all about creation, and creativity always results in something beautiful. This time, my 'beautiful' just happens to include bears.
Until next time,