Recent News

Meet Angela Walters at ThreadBear

We are excited to have Angela Walters--author, blogger, fabric designer, and perhaps the most famous free-motion quilter in the world--coming to ThreadBear for a lecture on Friday, August 25th. She will be talking about "Dot-to-Dot Quilting," which is a useful framework for thinking about what many quilters regard as the biggest stumbling block to finishing their own project: how to come up with and execute a quilting pattern that is appropriate to the quilt. Angela is a great teacher and a delightful person...we hope you will join us for this rare opportunity to learn from a master quilter. Tickets are $25--you can click here to reserve your spot!

Our Row is "On the Go," So Grab It While You Can!
Row by Row Begins June 21st

ThreadBear's Row this year, created by Jane Ann Bode, is an invitation to explore the Santa Fe Trail, the route that was largely responsible for the early growth of Las Vegas and the Southwest. The row features a clear and simple map of the Plains--traversed by oso-drawn covered wagons moving toward Las Vegas, that oasis in the Great American Desert and gives you plenty of opportunities to practice your applique and the decorative stitches on your sewing machine. The regional scale of Jane Ann's block would make it a great centerpiece for your Row by Row quilt, or just a stand-alone memento of your travels across the Plains and into the Southwest. The pattern is free and our kit, done up in Rand McNally colors, is only $15 to anyone who comes into the shop this summer. We hope to see YOU here soon!

ThreadBear is "On the Go" this summer--see us at shows in New Mexico and Colorado

You'll be able to get a taste of ThreadBear at two of this summer's best quilt guild shows. On June 22nd and 23rd, the Bear will be at the Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts in Alamogordo, where renowned quilters Pam Holland and Sue Rasmussen will offer their usual great array of classes. Then on July 21st-23rd, the Bear will make its first-ever appearance at one of the West's very best small shows, the Black Canyon Quilt Guild show in beautiful Montrose, Colorado. We'll have a great assortment of fabric on hand, plus kits for some great quilts. Come see us!

Sew Together Bag class

Please join ThreadBear and the Chicken River Modern Quilt Guild next Saturday for a very fun class day with our good friend from Albuquerque, Becky Welch.  The Sew Together Bag features three zippered interior pockets and has loads of space for organizing all your sewing doo-dads.  Or cosmetics.  Or travel toiletries.  This class is guaranteed to tame any zipper fears! The class is only $45 (pattern included) and we'll even feed you lunch! You can sign up here or call us at (505) 425-6263.


Cowboy Quilt Challenge Winners Announced

Yup, you read that right--"winners" plural! The judges of the Cowboy Quilt Challenge, sponsored by ThreadBear and the Chicken River Modern Quilt Guild, selected two very different quilts to share the top prize.
Challenged to create a quilt that reflected "the history, life, landscape, or culture of the Southwestern cowboy," Sharen Arelliano of Albuquerque offered a well-composed and -executed quilt using new fabrics in blues, cream, and burgundy.


Betty Dunbar of Las Vegas took a different approach, creating a delightfully homey and rustic log cabin quilt that could come right out of some cowpoke's saddlebags through the use of old shirtings and vintage prints.

Congratulations to both Sharen and Betty, each of whom will receive a $100 gift certificate from ThreadBear. We hope you will take the opportunity to come to the Bear and see the quilts in person while they are on display this month.

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