The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest, Maryland Shops, Part 1: Bear’s Paw Fabrics in Towson MD

Bear’s Paw Fabrics in Towson MD is located just inside the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) off Loch Raven Blvd and Joppa Rd. You’ll drive down into a shop/industrial park complex on Orchard Tree Lane and hang a left, and Bear’s Paw will be on your left a few doors down.

Lynnie Entering Bear's Paw Fabrics

When you walk in the door, you’ll be welcomed by the Official Greeter:

The Official Greeter at Bear's Paw FabricsAnd another member of the Welcoming Committee:

Another Member of the Bear's Paw Welcoming Committee

Bear’s Paw Fabrics is spacious, expansive, HUGE. One of the first things that catches your eye when you enter is a large gazebo which forms a backdrop of an amazing display of quilt ideas and projects.

The Gazebo inside Bear's Paw FabricsAnd there’s more inspiration tucked inside:

Inside the Bear's Paw Gazebo

Don’t you just love that purple floral jacket?

Another Peek Inside the Gazebo

We soon met Bear’s Paw’s gracious owner, Judy, who invited me to sit with her in their Bernina showroom for a chat. Judy and her husband purchased the shop over 17 years ago. At the time, it was primarily a Bernina shop and general fabric store. It seemed the perfect spot for Judy, who was an enthusiastic garment seamstress. As time went on, quilting and machine embroidery won an ever-expanding place in Judy’s heart (and the shop). They still offer an occasional class on making clothing, but Judy says she finds the amazing capabilities of the new Bernina machines fascinating, and the wonderful quilting fabrics that are available now “addicting”.

Judy and Lynnie Chat at Bear's Paw
Meanwhile, around us, the shop was buzzing.

The Busy Cutting Counter at Bear's Paw FabricsBear’s Paw Fabrics offers a wide array of styles in quilting fabrics and notions.

Patterns at Bear's Paw Fabrics

Everywhere you look, you’ll find something colorful, exciting, and fun.

Pretty Flower Inspiration at Bear's Paw Fabrics

One of Judy’s favorites is their collection of beachy seafood fabrics.

Maryland Seafood is a Specialty at Bear's Paw FabricsThey have their own little die-cut crab appliques, ready to be fused to beach cottage guest towels, picnic linens, and beach totes.

Crab Applique at Bear's Paw FabricHere’s a quick little project featuring those famous Maryland crabs:

A Quick Project with Maryland Flair at Bear's PawElsewhere in the shop, Frank spied this beautiful seascape quilt. Doesn’t it just capture the soft sea breezes? I love the visual texture in the water and the sky.

Sea Scape Quilt at Bear's Paw

But inspiration at Bear’s Paw Fabrics goes far beyond seafood and the summer shore.  Judy says that many of their customers are intrigued by modern and contemporary quilt fabrics and patterns.

Sample Quilts and Sergers at Bear's PawStill others are drawn in by the exciting world of wool applique and penny rugs. Bear’s Paw is offering a Block of the Month program from WoolyLady.

Penny Rugs at Bear's PawThere is inspiration for more traditional quilters, too. I thought the borders on this quilt were the perfect touch.

Homey Sampler Quilt at Bear's PawJudy’s staff are friendly and knowledgeable and always eager to help. When I asked her what made Bear’s Paw Fabrics special, her quick reply was, “It’s the staff.” Some of them have been with the shop for ten years or more.  They go the extra mile to make customers feel confident that no matter what their quilting project is, they can make it and it will be beautiful.

Christmas Bunny Quilt at Bear's PawAnd, surrounded by such beautiful inspiration and such cheerful people, how could you not believe it?

Holiday Applique at Bear's PawThis Tree of Life panel whispered, “Let me go home with you. You know you need me.” So, of course, I did.

Tree of Life Panel at Bear's Paw

Things to Know about Bear’s Paw Fabrics and Towson MD:

Website: www.bearspawfabrics.com

Facebook: Bears Paw Fabrics of Towson, MD

What to see in Towson:  Towson is just inside the Baltimore Beltway and a convenient drive from the many attractions in Baltimore. Explore the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor. Or visit Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner.

Where to eat lunch: Judy told us not to miss Maryland’s seafood, especially the crabcakes. So try Mo’s Seafood (1528 E Joppa Rd) or The Corner Carry-Out (5401 York Rd). Mo’s does delicious seafood with a traditional Baltimore flair. The Corner Carry-Out is a homestyle deli with a reputation for amazing fried fish.

Our Next Stop: Patches in Mt. Airy MD





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