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March 22, 2021

Want to see what you could make with mask panels?

Check out this amazing quilt that staffer Trisha just finished using the fantastic Don’t Stand So Close to me pattern by Miss Winnie Designs! The pattern features the I’m Actually Smiling and Masquerade panels that we have in stock, but Trisha made hers out of two Ruby Star panels!

The pattern uses 20 mask blocks and 20 arrow blocks, and we made ours with Bella Solids and speckled metallic, which we are loving. I was so inspired that I’m taking the Safety First panel and making a kid quilt called “Pandemic Baby”! Watch for that soon, I'm going to try to get it pieced in the next couple of days.

If you’re interested in making a Mend quilt with the Mend panel there is still plenty of time - quilts are due by April 30th. All the details, rules, and prizes are on our homepage. We have also replenished our bolts of Mend Stars Cobalt and Mend Stripes Cherry. Get quilting!

Worldwide Quilting Day Prize Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Worldwide Quilting Day drawing! If you shopped in-store or online on Saturday, March 20 you were automatically entered to win one of 7 prizes! The winners were:
  • Celestine Gannon
  • Jane Hallingstad
  • Heather Harbach
  • Joanna Hollenback
  • Arielle Martin
  • Chloe O’Hara
  • Sue Shaw

20% 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

Mend Challenge panels still available, submit your entry by April 30th!

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. Read the rules and prize details on our homepage.

New Fabrics

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Soften the Volume
designed by AGF Studio Capsules
for Art Gallery Fabrics
Soften The Volume Windblooms, Flying Seeds, Sashiko Mending and Wild Stems
Soften The Volume Natural Bouquet, Petal Trellis, Brushed Fibers, and Sunbleached Leaves
Soften The Volume Poetic Manuscripts and Moment of Zen
Birds on the Move
from Stof Fabrics
Birds Move Migration Smoke, Samara Ecru, Samara Ochre, and Wire Sky
Birds Move Wire Smoke, Fungi Sienna, Migration Sky, Umbel Ecru
Birds Move Umbel Ochre and Fungi Ecru
Nordic Friends Forever
Nordic Friends Penguins Multi, Animals Teal, and Bears Brown
Wabi Sabi Polka Dot
designed by Marcia Derse
for Windham Fabrics
Wabi Sabi Polka Dot Multi

Quilts for a Cause!

Interested in donating a quilt?
We will take your donations at the shop!

Project Linus

Project Linus quilts for children in crisis and the hospital - cute snuggle quilts and fun piecing for all ages - from infants to teens 18 years old. The Madison chapter is super active. The requirements and size needs are listed on their website.


Wrap Yourself in a Rainbow Quilt - GSAFE Auction 2021 will be happening at the end of November into December again this year - the first one was last year, and it was very successful. It doesn’t have to be a rainbow quilt, but it can be! Shown behind me in the video is a quilt made by one of our staff members, Trisha Urben, and she will donate this to GSAFE for LGBTQ students in Wisconsin.

Charity Quilts for Border Camps

Quilts for Migrants was started by our friend Judy Gauthier at Bungalow Quilting and Yarn, and she collects large strip pieced simple quilts for migrants waiting at the border for asylum.

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

50% of proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank

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.


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

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

Mask Supplies

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Let's Shop!

Curbside pickup at Blue Bar Quilts


In-Store Shopping & Curbside Pickup Hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs & Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wed 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed Sunday

Safety precautions remain intact, masks covering nose & mouth required, limit of 10 customers in store at a time.

As always, Online Ordering and Curbside Pick-Up will continue.

Appointment Shopping

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

Online ordering open 24/7

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

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ZOOM Classes

Register for the Graphic Jam BOM class

Graphic Jam designed by Sassafras Designs
Only 2 Spots Left!!!

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 available for participants only - contact shop for details (608) 284-9299 or

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

Welcome to your retreat from home!

Make it Modern April 23-25, 2021 Online Virtual Retreat
Bringing you the most fun & interactive experiences you can have at a sewing retreat without leaving your home. We are putting the community back in sewing!

You can work on your own projects, one of the mini-projects offered by our instructors, or all of the above. Games, prizes, lots of sewing, new friends, and a whole new retreat experience done from the comfort of your own home.

No packing, no forgetting supplies, and shoes are optional! Info at:

New Quilts in the Shop!

Ombre Pineapple pattern pieced by staffer Trisha Urben and quilted by Heather Matanock of Blue Turtle Quilting

Ombre Pineapple pattern pieced by Trisha Urben and quilted by Heather Matanock of Blue Turtle Quilting

Fourteen on Point Pattern by Hunters Design Studio made with Lucky Charms fabrics by staffer Trisha Urben

Fourteen on Point Pattern by Hunters Design Studio made with Lucky Charms fabrics by staff Trisha Urben.

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:
Learn more

5 Contemporary Textile Artists to Celebrate During Women's History Month

Many artists who create groundbreaking textile work are women. It should come as no surprise; textiles are often relegated as crafts, and crafts are often seen as “women’s work.” But because these artworks tend to skew heavily female, amazing artists don’t get the recognition they deserve. Read the article on My Modern Met.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives Major Gift of Extraordinary Amish Quilts from the Collectors Faith and Stephen Brown

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received an extraordinary gift of masterpiece Amish quilts from the collection of Faith and Stephen Brown. The group of quilts is the largest and most significant collection of Amish quilts to enter any major art museum’s permanent collection. Textile Masterpieces Will Be Featured in an Exhibition in 2024. Read more here.

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!

Hours of Operation

We are open for in-store shopping! Safety precautions will remain intact, masks covering nose & mouth required, limit of 10 customers in store at a time. As always, Online Ordering and Curbside Pick-Up will continue.

In-Store Shopping & Curbside Pickup:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Sunday

For prompt replies to your questions, please call (608-284-9299) or email us at 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 for availability and scheduling.


(608) 284-9299

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