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We're on the Mend!

Monday Minutes with Gael - Vol. 1 Number 50 - We're on the Mend! This week on Gael's Monday Minutes, Gael tells us about the Blue Bar Quilts "Mend Challenge" (details below!), Manager Julie's fabulous Joyful Stars Quilt (as seen in the background), and reminding you that mask panels are still 30% off to help you keep up the 100 Day Mask Challenge!

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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.


  • 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


  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

New Fabrics

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My Favorite Color is Moda
Panel (36"x44")
My Favorite Color is Modas Panel Multi
My Favorite Color is Moda
Yardage (no FQ available, pattern repeat of the yardage is 39")
My Favorite Color is Moda Dot Multi
Marvellous Metallics
from Lewis & Irene
Marvellous Metallics
designed by Melody Miller
for Ruby Star Society
Rise - Ruby Star Society collection 1
Rise - Ruby Star Society collection 2
Rise Shine Double Border Peony & Peacock
designed by Libs Elliot
for Andover Fabrics
Stealth collection 1
Stealth collection 2
Stealth collection 3
Stealth collection 4

Register for the Graphic Jam Block of the Month

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 in February.

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 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

Appointment Shopping

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

Online ordering open 24/7

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

Mask Supplies

30% off Mask Panels!

I'm Actually Smiling Mask Panel
Ruby Star Mask Panel
Masquerade Mask Panel
Safety First Mask Panel
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Refer to our COVID-19 Mask FAQ for patterns, articles and information about mask making.

Japanese 3D Face Mask Pattern & Video Tutorial

ZOOM Classes

Beginning Quiltmaking Series with Cheryl Schenck

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

Pre-Felt Techniques with Jennifer Angelo

February 6, 2021

Ever wanted to know how felters make those crisp lines and corners in a felt design? In this course, you will learn how to do just that! This course will teach you the difference between machine-made and handmade pre felts, how to make your own pre felts, and how to use your pre felts in your felting projects. Come learn how to make striking design effects and expand your felting skill repertoire. The kit is included in the class fee and can be picked up at the shop or shipped. Did you see this class too late to get supplies? Take the class anyway and pick up or have the supplies sent to you the day after the class.
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Block of the Month with Trisha Urben

Graphic Jam designed by Sassafras Designs
March-December, 2021

Join Trisha for this skill-building, foundation paper pieced modern design by Sassafras Lane Designs. The class fee includes the pattern booklet and 10 monthly classes. Choose your own fabrics or purchase full kits or monthly block subscriptions for the pictured quilts.

Kits or monthly block subscriptions will be available for purchase starting in February 2021, watch this newsletter for updates. Kits will be available with a choice of light or dark backgrounds.
Register for BOM
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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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Shop by Color or Theme!

You can shop for all cottons by color or theme on our website. Try it out today!
Shop by Color - Blue Bar Quilts
Shop by Theme - Blue Bar Quilts

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:
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Donate a Processional Cover Quilt to Agrace

Agrace Processional Cover Quilt
Text from Agrace:
"We’d like to extend a special thank you to Betty Boche (left) for donating her time and talents to make this beautiful and dignified processional covering for us. We are so grateful.

Processions are a time-honored tradition at Agrace. When someone we care for dies at one of our inpatient units, they leave the building through the front doors. A processional cover is a blanket that’s placed over the body as they leave, and we need more.

If you’d like to make or donate a covering that is 74” x 86,” in excellent condition, machine-washable/dryable and gender-neutral, please email Jenn at for more information."

Make a Zoo Bear for Henry Vilas Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo Bear
From Henry Vilas Zoo:
"Are you looking for something to keep you busy during these cold winter days? Why not pull out your sewing machine and make a few Zoo Bears?

We're looking for volunteers to help us make keepsake bears for our upcoming International Polar Bear Day. (Saturday, Feb. 27)

This is a one-time project for experienced sewers. If you are interested in learning more, please email"

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 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 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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