Blue Bar Quilts
Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Welcome 2020!

We are here for another year of creativity in our Modern Quilting Community. Join us for a class or event, we add new things to our calendar often.

We just confirmed classes with Gudrun Erla, the designer and owner of GE Designs who was born and raised in Iceland. She started quilting at the age of 23. After owning and running quilt shops in her home country and designing patterns alongside it, quilting brought her to Minnesota in 2003. Since then Gudrun has been designing full time, publishing patterns and books from her home office in Chaska, MN.

Gudrun will be teaching her new Lucy Quilt Sunday, March 1, and the choice of either Aurora or Lupine from her Quilts in Iceland book, on Monday, March 2.

Scroll for more in this newsletter:

❄️New featured classes for Jan./Feb.
❄️Lisa Binkley Art Quilts & Embroideries Exhibit
❄️Pre-order your Tula Pink HomeMade fabrics!
❄️Reduce. Reuse. Or Just Don't Use. Dec. winner!
❄️Shop online, anytime, anywhere!

Featured Classes

Weave Your Jacket With Wefty

Instructor: Tara Curtis

January 11

A hand-me-down jean jacket, some strips of fabric, and a WEFTY Needle are all you need to create a wearable masterpiece! Students will learn how to upcycle a jacket by adding triaxial weaving. Previous weaving experience will be a huge asset in this class but is not required in order to take the class.
Register for Weave Your Jacket

Skill Seminar Series: Cutting

Instructor: Trish Frankland

January 14

Brush up on your quilt-making skills (or learn the basics if you're a beginner) in a fun, informative skill-building series. Whether you've been sewing for a while or you're just getting started, any 2-hour session will give you vital info to become a better sewist. Plus, we promise you'll laugh. Each topic is a stand-alone session: pick and choose the topics you need!
Register for SSS: Cutting

Mental Block Quilt

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

2 Sessions: January 16 & January 30

This versatile quilt is easier to put together than it looks! The large squares invite creative quilting or can highlight a big print. If you choose a range of values or colors, you'll get a strong 3D effect. This class is great for newer quilters who have taken a beginning quiltmaking class or have similar experience.
Register for Mental Block Quilt

English Paper Piecing 101

Instructor: Elizabeth Oner

January 16

Learn the basics techniques of English paper piecing (EPP) by learning to make the classic Grandmother's flower garden unit! This class will cover the basics of EPP fabric and template preparation and use glue basting and stitching options to make a hexagon flower.
Register for EPP 101

Ice & Snow Dyeing

Instructors: Tess Imobersteg

2 Sessions: January 18 & 19

Ice/Snow Dyeing is a fun technique resulting in fabric that has a lot of depth and beauty. The randomness of the result is part of the intrigue. If you like color and surprises, come join Tess for a dye studio class in Ice/Snow Dyeing (in winter we would use snow). The results are serendipitous and gorgeous.
Register for Ice & Snow Dyeing

Beginning Quiltmaking

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

7 Sessions: January 21 - March 3

Learn every step of the quiltmaking process in this class designed for beginning sewists. You will learn fabric selection, cutting, piecing, pressing, borders, basting, quilting, trimming and binding. After taking this class you'll be ready to make any number of quilt projects. There's nothing like a handmade quilt - now you can make your own! Don't have a sewing machine? Ask about using one of our shop machines.
Register for Beginning Quiltmaking

Accordion Sewn HST Method

Instructor: Trisha Frankland

2 choices: January 23 & February 23

This technique will blow your mind! Learn a new half square triangle method that allows you to make it super scrappy but in a controlled way. Use it with the Carpenter's Apprentice pattern and anytime you need HST's. Also, tons of tips and tricks from Trish for trimming.
Register for Accordion Sewn HST Method

Lucky the Labrador

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

January 25

Make your own adorable stuffed Labrador Retriever using your favorite fabrics! This is a multi-step, detailed project and can be tricky, so this class is intended for sewists with some experience.
Register for Lucky the Labrador

Hem Your Jeans

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

January 26

Say goodbye to worn hems! With this technique, you will learn to shorten your jeans while keeping the existing hem. This technique works best with straight leg jeans, not flared.
Register for Hem Your Jeans

Lisa Binkley Art Quilts & Embroideries Exhibit

Lisa Binkley Art Quilts & Embroideries Exhibit is on display through January 2020. Lisa’s work incorporates layers of created color and texture from her own hand-dyed fabrics and fibers, hand stitching and bead work. Lisa is a member of Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists and Memory Cloth Circle.

Pre-order your Tula Pink HomeMade fabrics now!

We are excited to have Tula Pink’s new collection, HomeMade, arriving at the shop in March 2020! Since the last collection sold so quickly, we want to give all of you the opportunity to reserve your favorite designer’s collection so you don’t miss out!

Pre-order a fat quarter bundle and save $6, a half yard bundle and save $12 or a full yard bundle and save $23.75! We ordered 24 prints from the collection in all 3 colorways; Morning, Noon & Night (and one wildcard print with the color name Bruch!)

This offer is also available in-store if you would like to reserve in person.

Here are the fine print details: Fabrics will ship in March 2020 and pre-sale customers will be informed of delivery ASAP after they are received at the shop.

24 SKU's included:

Reduce. Reuse. Or Just Don't Use.

THANK YOU to all our dedicated customers who continue to reduce single-use plastic shopping bag consumption not only here at Blue Bar Quilts, but wherever you shop. Together we can make a difference.

The December winner of our monthly drawing to promote reduction of plastic bag waste is Amanda Strominger. Congrats Amanda, you’ve won a 4-Fat Quarter Gift Card!

Bags not used in December = 419

Total bags refused = 8,400!


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Of course, we love our customers and we love to see you and all your creative projects. We set up our online store for your shopping convenience so you’re never too far from your local quilt shop, Blue Bar Quilts!
See you in the shop!
-Gael 🐦
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Tues & Thurs 10am-8pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday Noon-4pm


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