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.
When you walk in the door, you’ll be welcomed by the Official Greeter:
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.
Don’t you just love that purple floral jacket?
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”.
Everywhere you look, you’ll find something colorful, exciting, and fun.
One of Judy’s favorites is their collection of beachy seafood fabrics.
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.
Judy’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.
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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.
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