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Panel Project Pandemonium!

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In this week's video, we’re talking about panel projects! Many of you like the look of panels but ask, what the heck do I do with it?

We have several patterns right now that are great for panels and we’ve tested out some of them. Three are from Swirly Girls Design, and two tops are made up already! Vicky made the one you see in the video background with the Alphabet panel and the Panel Pizzazz pattern, and Trisha made this really cool Dino Punk panel quilt top and made with the Panel Frames pattern (which has three different framing options in one pattern). And we have a really cool Periodic Table panel. Tip: If you’re purchasing a panel, look on the manufacturer website, quite often they have patterns and great ideas for their panels!

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New Fabrics

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New Speckled Colors
designed by Rashida Coleman Hale
for Ruby Star Society
Speckled 1
Speckled 2
Speckled 3
Riptide
designed by Citrus & Mint Designs
for Riley Blake
Riptide Main Sharks Denim
Riptide Hunt Lime
Riptide Stripes Denim
Riptide Waves Blue
Riptide Shadows Taupe
Aerial
designed by Tamara Kate
for Windham Fabrics
Aerial 1
Aerial 2
Aerial 3
Red Alert
designed by Color Pop Studio
for Blank Quilting
Red Alert Floral Allover Black
Red Alert Daisies White
Red Alert Berries Black
Red Alert Flowers & Leaf Allover Red
Red Alert Abstract Lines Black

My Favorite Color is Moda Sew-Along with Nancy

My Favorite Color is Moda - Block 2
Every month, Nancy will show you how to successfully sew your blocks with helpful tips, tricks, tool and notion suggestions for the My Favorite Color is Moda Block of the Month. This month Nancy shows you Block 2!

As Nancy sews the blocks each month they will be displayed in the shop above our Bella Solids Fabric shelves.



Purchase the pattern and choose your own color palette or contact us at the shop to kit one up for you. See the four options above, we are also happy to make a custom color palette in solids or prints for you.

For more information and ideas, please visit Moda's website and read their monthly post.

Japanese 3D Masks for Sale

Japanese 3D Masks for sale!
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These Japanese 3D style masks are in sizes XL, which fits most faces and XXL which fits larger faces and heads.

They're reusable, washable 100% cotton 2-layer masks with adjustable soft ear loops, good for everyday use. Coordinated linings and loop colors may vary. They can be used to double mask, as this style fits well over a pleated, disposable mask. Masks should be washed before wearing.

Washing Instructions: Wash by hand or machine using the detergent of your choice, hot water recommended, machine or line dry.

Please note that our masks are not a direct substitute for N95, surgical, or medical masks, and are not certified by any government agency. As with any mask, proper use will not guarantee protection against COVID-19 or other diseases. Further, the use of these masks should not replace other recommended measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 or other diseases. Please continue to follow all CDC and other public health guidelines including practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and refraining from touching your face.

COVID-19 Mask FAQ

5 Hacks and Tips to Make Your Face Mask More Protective
New Research Highlights the Best Style and Fabrics for COVID-19 Face Masks

Please refer to our COVID-19 Mask FAQ for more articles, patterns, and information about mask making.

Mask Supplies

30% off Mask Panels!

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I'm Actually Smiling Mask Panel
Ruby Star Mask Panel
Masquerade Mask Panel
Safety First Mask Panel
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A Challenge to Move Forward and Mend

Whether we like it or not, pursue it, or avoid it, there have always been quilts and quilters that express political views and ideals. Jacquie Gering made her “Veer” quilt in 2016 to express her concerns over the direction the country was moving and her disappointment in its leadership. It also reaffirmed her commitment to political and community action and to be part of the solution.

Jacquie’s quilt inspired her “Mend” fabric collection from Michael Miller Fabrics. The quilt design is featured as the foundation of the collection with supplementary prints derived from the design of the flag’s starfield and its red and white stripes.

Jacquie’s original quilt speaks to the impact that citizens have on the direction of our country, the responsibilities and obligations of citizenship, and the ability of our country to grow and change for the better. Jacquie added the word MEND to the original design of the veering stripe to encourage all of us to work together to foster the values of compromise, collaboration, and problem-solving. We are sewists and quilters and mending is our superpower. Jacquie wants the collection to provide an opportunity for our community to show the pride we have in our country and the power of its citizenry to work together.

Blue Bar Quilts would like to offer a challenge to our quilting friends to create in the spirit of the Mend message.

Rules:

  • Your quilted piece must incorporate one of the small Mend panels designed by Jacquie Gering, available at the shop or online here. The panel may be used whole or partially, but must be identifiable in some form. Use any other fabrics, threads, and embellishments that you would like.
  • Must be a quilt with 3 layers (top, batting, backing), using any machine or hand techniques that you would like.
  • Your piece must measure no larger than 30” square. Smaller and non-square pieces are allowed.
  • Each entry must include a short artist statement including inspiration, sources, materials and techniques.
  • Please label the piece with your name, city, email address, and any social media handles (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) if applicable.
  • One entry per person.
  • Deadline for submission is April 30, 2021. Entries can be dropped off at the shop or mailed but must be received by 4/30/2021.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, June 14 - Flag Day
  • All entries will be returned to participants after June 14, 2021. Those that were dropped off at the shop may be picked up during regular business hours. If your entry was mailed, please contact the shop via email or phone to pay and arrange for return shipment.

Prizes:

  1. First Prize Winner to be chosen by Jacquie Gering: $50 Blue Bar Quilts Gift Certificate & 30 minute personal ZOOM chat about walking foot quilting with Jacquie, author of Walk & Walk 2.0!
  2. Viewers Choice: $30 Gift Certificate & Shot Cotton 12 Fat Quarter Bundle
  3. Staff Pick: $20 Gift Certificate & In the Navy 6 Fat Quarter Bundle

Let's Shop!

Safety precautions will remain intact, masks covering nose & mouth required, limit of 5 customers in store at a time. As always, Online Ordering and Curbside Pick-Up will continue.

Hours:

In-Store Shopping Hours:

Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed Sunday

Curbside Pick-Up Hours:

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wed  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sat    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Appointment Shopping

Need an appointment for personal shopping or a group of 10 or less? Email bluebarquilts@gmail.com for availability and scheduling.

Online ordering open 24/7

Please visit our website for all shop updates and current hours of operation.

ZOOM Classes

Register for the Graphic Jam BOM class

Graphic Jam designed by Sassafras Designs
Only 4 Spots Available!!!

Featuring a foundation paper pieced quilt by Sassafras Lane Designs, this 10-month class will be instructed by Trisha Urben via ZOOM and will hopefully transition to in person later in the year. The class begins in March.

The class fee includes the pattern booklet and 10 monthly classes.

Kits for the featured quilt are sold separately and will be available after mid-February.
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Register for Beginning Quiltmaking Series classes

January, 2021 – June, 2021

  • Class 1: Buying a Sewing Machine - register
  • Class 2: Sewing Machine Care & Maintenance - register
  • Class 3: Quilting Tools of the Trade - register
  • Class 4: Understanding Sewing Machine Feet - register
  • Class 5: Choosing Fabric for Your Quilt - register
  • Class 6: How to Use Rotary Cutters & Rulers - register
  • Class 7: Perfecting Your Seams - register
  • Class 8: Assembling Your Quilt Top & Back - register
  • Class 9: Basting the Quilt Layers - register
  • Class 10: Preparing to Machine Quilt - register
  • Class 11: Basic Free Motion Machine Quilting - register
  • Class 12: Trimming & Binding Your Quilt - register
Choose your classes

Catch our Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Live Stream Videos!

In case you missed the fun, our collection of The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Virtual Vendor live stream videos is up on our new videos page! Grab your favorite beverage and watch today!
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Social Justice Sewing Academy

I am looking with hope to the future and believe that following the lead of our youth will bring progress.

Have you heard about Social Justice Sewing Academy? Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program that bridges artistic expression with activism to advocate for social justice. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change. Many of their young artists make art that explores issues such as gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence and gentrification. The powerful imagery they create in cloth tells their stories, and these quilt blocks are then sent to volunteers around the world to embellish and embroider before being sewn together into quilts to be displayed in museums, galleries and quilt shows across the country. This visual dialogue bridges differences in race, age and socioeconomics and sparks conversations and action in households across the country.

This year the SJS Academy is excited to launch their 2020 Block of the Month Pattern Series! On the first of each month, they share a FREE pattern or two of a finished block that is inspired by art that youth made in SJSA workshops. Each pattern is designed by a unique quilter, adding their own personal style to each pattern while still encompassing the original youth art ideas or theme for the month. At the end of the year, participants will have the chance to piece these 20 blocks together and make a quilt representing a snapshot of youth inspired SJSA artwork!

For more information on the SJSA and how you can participate in their mission please visit their website: sjsacademy.com.
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These Amazing Quilters Will Inspire You To Take Up A New Pandemic Hobby

Making a quilt to hide under at night is an excellent use of your time when the world outside feels scary. It doesn’t only keep you busy ― research shows the rhythmic whirr of the sewing machine, the uplifting colours and the tactile aspect of the craft can calm the mind and can improve your mood. Read the article on The Huffington Post.

A Note of Thanks

I am so thankful for your continued business. This international health crisis is going to be a rough patch for so many small businesses and that worries me for all of us in that boat. On the other hand, it has heartened me to see how local communities have rallied in support of their friends and neighbors. May we all remain united in the face of adversity and come through this healthy and happy.


Take care my friends!
💙💛❤️Gael

Hours of Operation

We are open for in-store shopping once again. Safety precautions will remain intact, masks covering nose & mouth required, limit of 5 customers in store at a time. As always, Online Ordering and Curbside Pick-Up will continue.

In-store shopping:


Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Sunday
 

Curbside Pick-up:


Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

For prompt replies to your questions, please call (608-284-9299) or email us at bluebarquilts@gmail.com. These methods are preferred over social media messaging. Thank you!

 

Appointment Shopping:

Need an appointment for personal shopping for you or a group of 10 or less? Please email bluebarquilts@gmail.com for availability and scheduling.

Phone:

(608) 284-9299

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