RARE Science works directly with patient families and foundations to find more immediate therapeutic solutions for children with rare diseases. 

This year RARE Science is partnering with TQS (and a number of other great organizations) to bring you... the FIRST Ever Celebrity RARE Bear Auction!  This is your opportunity to own a signed bear made by the quilt world's most talented artists while helping a great cause.

Meet "Yosemite Bear" by Nancy Brown

Nancy writes,

"One night when I was a child I met a bear as I was walking back from the bathroom in Camp Curry in Yosemite.  He was looking for food and fortunately I didn’t look very tasty so we both went on our way and I was left with an exciting story to tell.

This RARE Bear is a tribute to my Yosemite bear.  He is wearing a vest with scenes from Yosemite.  On the back he is walking in a meadow in front of Half Dome, and on the front he is in front of one of the waterfalls.  Also on the front is a Steller's jay - a very vocal bird found in Yosemite.

The bear is foundation pieced in a crazy quilt style.  The vest is hand appliqued and hand quilted."

Star Members can watch Nancy in Show 701: Animal Magnetism.



Click here for links to see more Celebrity RARE Bears.

Nancy started making quilts over 20 years ago after her mother took a quilting class and taught her what she had learned. Nancy has always loved animals, and found that by using applique she could create realistic animal portraits. She feels that animals are important parts of this world and should be celebrated and preserved. She has made many animal quilts, but with the wide variety of subjects available, she feels there are many more animal quilts waiting to be made.

Nancy has exhibited her quilts in a variety shows, museums, and galleries and has won many awards. They have been featured in several books and magazines and many are in private and corporate collections. She also teaches classes in hand applique and animal portraiture.

#6 Kristin Ray 2016-10-19 10:18
Cutest bear ever! You are so talented!
#5 Peggy Dishner 2016-10-10 11:21
Love your bear ! Great Story too. Yours is my favorite. Nancy , continued success with All your quilting !
#4 Nancy hole 2016-10-09 02:18
This is my very favorite so far also! Beautiful work and choice of colors!
#3 Jan Parker 2016-10-07 12:38
LOVE it! My favorite so far, Nancy! :-)
#2 Rosemary 2016-10-07 12:31
Very cute-a great idea with the celebration of the birthday of the National Parks still in our memory.
#1 Frances Bolte 2016-10-06 11:26
I love Nancy's bear! Actually, I love All of Nancy's work. Nancy, when will you be teaching at a show (such as PIQF or Houston)?
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