Blue Bar Quilts
Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Ruby Star Society is here!!!

The first collections from designers Melody Miller and Rashida Coleman-Hale have arrived! These long-awaited fabrics are better than we imagined.

To celebrate, this weekend only we are having a drawing for this exclusive black & gold Ruby Star Society logo tote. (Fabric not included.)

Come in, check out the collection and enter the drawing at the checkout counter. Purchase not required to enter. Winner will be selected on Sunday, 7/28, after 4:00 PM.
Social & Spark designed by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society
Pop & Zip designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale

It's Logo Discount Weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, July 27-28

*Sale items, Makers Gallery items, classes and logo panels are excluded from this discount.

Quilt Expo Tickets Available!

Quilt Expo time is coming up September 5-7, 2019! We are already busy making plans and preparing for vending there.

You will find us again this year at Booth 321/322.

We have discounted advance tickets for sale at the shop now through September 4.

Ticket sales are cash or check only.

  • One-day – $8 in advance; $10 at door
  • Two-day – $13 in advance; $15 at door
  • Three-day – $16 in advance; $18 at door
Parking is paid separately at the Alliant Energy Center entrance gate ($7) and children 12 and under are free (must be accompanied by an adult).

For class registration and scheduled events please visit the Quilt Expo website:

Row by Row 2019:
Taste the Experience

Row by Row is sizzling this summer

This year’s theme is food and our free pattern, designed by Trish Frankland aka Quilt Chicken, is titled BBQ Grill.

Our row takes a graphic approach to this year's food theme with the design inspired by the classic kettle grill and the simple shapes of modern quilting. We think it works well both in color and grayscale.

Row by Row Experience is for quilters and sewists who love to travel and love to add the next new quilt to their collection. Anyone can participate.

Collect free patterns for themed rows from participating shops all over the US, Canada & Europe. Shops will be distributing their free patterns until September 4, 2019.
We hope you will join in the fun!

Our fabric license plates are on sale now for $5.99!

BBQ fabric license plate

Featured Classes

Nuno Felted Scarf

Instructor: Jennifer Angelo

Thursday, August 15

In this 5-hour workshop, you will complete a scarf with merino wool and silk, about 50 inches by 10 inches in size, using the nuno wet felting technique. We will discuss the history and uses of felt, explain the types of felting and complete a hands-on wet felting project.
Register for Nuno Felted Scarf

Color Mixing with Procion MX Dyes

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

Wednesday, August 14

Learn how to develop your personal color choices by mixing procion dyes. Students will work with liquid or thickened dyes and make their own color charts.
Register for Color Mixing

Paint Pouring 101

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Tuesday, July 30

Pouring paint is really popular right now, and with good reason. It's fast, fun, easy and no experience is necessary! In this class you can try two different pour techniques - the swipe and the dirty pour. You'll go home with two 8"x 10" unique paintings.
Register for Paint Pouring 101

Surface Design with Thickened Dyes

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

Thursday, August 8

We will start this class with pure play, exploring the dyes and tools by experimenting on cloth prepared by the instructor. There are many ways to apply thickened dye and we will probably discover new ones. We will use tools such as scrapers, brushes, stamps, mono-print plates, rollers and some household items. After the introductory play session, each student will get additional prepared fabric to either continue experimentation or may work with your own specific plan.
Register for Surface Design

Beginning Free Motion Quilting

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Saturday, August 3

Step into the world of free motion quilting! In this class you'll learn to baste your quilt and use a walking foot, but the focus will be on free motion quilting. Learn several different patterns suitable for beginners. With a little practice, you'll be quilting those unfinished projects in no time. Let's start turning those tops into quilts!
Register for Free Motion Quilting

A Study In Big Stitch Quilting: Machine-Pieced, Hand-Quilted

Instructor: Maday Delgado

Saturday, August 3

This Big Stitch workshop will incorporate machine-piecing and Sashiko style hand-stitching. We will improvise to create a machine-pieced panel with assorted fabrics. This panel will be adorned with the rich textured running stitches of Sashiko using colorful threads to give your work dimension and charisma. In addition, our pieced panel will benefit from the unique, spontaneous cuts made with scissors instead of a rotary cutter. These techniques can be a wonderful addition to your current sewing projects ranging from quilts to garments and facilitated in part by the speed of our sewing machines.
Register for Big Stitch Quilting

Beyond Beginner Quilting

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Monday, August 12 & 26

If you have finished your first quilt and are ready for your next challenge, this class is for you. Using the Twinkle pattern by Swirly Girls Designs you will build your piecing skill set by learning how to make half square triangle blocks and combine a color palette that will make your star quilt sparkle.
Register for Beyond Beginner Quilting
See you in the shop this weekend!
-Gael 🐦
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