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After almost 20 years of designing, I’m slowing things down just a little. I started this business just before the birth of my second son, Caleb. He will be graduating from high school this year. My other son, Zach, just graduated from college and is starting his own career. With all of these changes, Brian and I will be moving just a little south and starting our “empty nest” home.

After much praying and thinking and planning, it seems like the right time to slow things down with my business, enjoy family, and live a more active and healthier lifestyle beyond 12-hour days at my computer desk.  As many quilt shop owners know, running your own business is wonderful and fulfilling, and often difficult and exhausting. But, I wouldn’t change a minute of any of it. It allowed me to stay home with my children, be creative, and meet some wonderful friends in the quilting industry.



AS FOR THE CHANGES, HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING:

  • We will continue filling and shipping orders through April 30th.  All products, excluding e-patterns, are on clearance until April 30th.  Beginning May 1st, all products, except for e-patterns, will no longer be available on our website.

  • Beginning May 1st, The Wooden Bear is strictly an e-pattern business. This allows me to continue to design and offer my patterns, but won’t require a large warehouse or skipping vacations so I can be home to ship orders! I plan to keep the cost around $3-$5 retail, making my designs inexpensive and easily-accessible.

  • Beginning May 1st, our phone service will be discontinued. I can always be reached at info@thewoodenbear.com, and also service@thewoodenbear.com.



I WANT TO DO WHAT I CAN FOR QUILT SHOPS:

An email with full details about changes and opportunities for our wholesale customers was sent.  If you are not on our email list, or did not receive the email, please contact me at info@thewoodenbear.com, and I will be glad to send it.  You can also log into the wholesale gateway (click here) to see all the details.

A special thanks to those who have worked with me here at The Wooden Bear over the years.  Besides Brian and my boys, I received daily help from my mother-in-law Karol, friend and neighbor Megan, and my friend and current shipper Cathy.  I couldn’t have done it all without the help of these generous and hard-working women. I will forever be grateful.

Thank you so much for your business and support over the years.  The quilting industry is hands-down the best community of customers and people out there!  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. 

I look forward to continuing to be creative… between long hikes and time with family.



God Bless,


Kelly Mueller
Owner and Designer



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CONTACT INFO:
PHONE: 866-927-8458
EMAIL: SERVICE@THEWOODENBEAR.COM

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