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Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Memory Cloth Circle
Dyeing to Stitch

New Hallway Gallery Exhibit Highlighting Blue Bar Quilts Classes and Open Dye Studio

We are pleased to present our new gallery show featuring a collection of work by 22 artist members of local hand-stitching group, Memory Cloth Circle. By incorporating threads, linens and fabrics hand-dyed by circle members, each unique piece highlights techniques learned at Blue Bar Quilts in our open dye studio and classroom. Founded in 2013 and facilitated by Leslee Nelson, Memory Cloth Circle meets weekly to stitch, commune and commiserate.Their unique stitched works are often vignettes representing real-life experiences.

Members of Memory Cloth Circle will be hosting two stitch-in sessions here at Blue Bar Quilts on Tuesday, October 8, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM and Wednesday, October 23 from 10:00 AM - Noon. Each session includes a free kit and instruction on hand-stitching and embroidery.

Plan to attend an artist reception on Friday, October 15, from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Stitch-in sessions and the artist reception are free and open to the public. Just show up, no registration necessary!

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🧵Reduce, reuse or just don't use
🧵Featured classes for October
🧵New fabrics
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Reduce. Reuse. Or Just Don't Use.

In September, 509 bags were refused at checkout and that’s pretty great!

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 September winner of our monthly drawing to promote reduction of plastic bag waste is Ellen Cameron. Congrats Ellen, you’ve won a 4-Fat Quarter Gift Card!

Featured Classes

Intro to Foundation Paper Piecing

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

October 29

Foundation paper piecing is a technique that will open up your patchwork world. If you've ever looked at a complicated or tiny pieced quilt and wondered how they did that, it was probably with paper piecing! Once you learn this technique, you can use it for any number of projects. Choose from two designs from Flying Parrot Quilts, either Gossamer Wings dragonfly or Tiny Jewel hummingbird and you'll be hooked in no time!
Register for Intro to FPP

Electric Quilt Classes

Instructor: Barb Gardner

October 11 & 12

Electric Quilt - How Does It Work & Should I Invest?

This introductory demonstration gives a student who owns the Electric Quilt program the confidence to go home and play with it. It's also good for someone who just wants to see how Electric Quilt works before making the decision to purchase it. Take your quilting into the computer age. Play with color, design and pattern ideas. Rotate or mirror blocks, recolor, add sashing, figure yardage, generate accurate patterns and more with the click of a mouse. Take a tour to see if this design tool is for you. Many of the commands are what you are already familiar with from use of computers, phones, and tablets. No computer or EQ software is required for this class, it is lecture and demonstration. Visit to see an overview on how this computer program can change your quilting life.


Electric Quilt 7 & 8 - Introduction To Hands On Quilt Design

Bring your computer with EQ7 or EQ8 loaded and spend time exploring the program. Design blocks, quilts, and borders from scratch and from the EQ library. Learn about libraries, block design, quilt layouts, printing, yardage estimates, and other tools. Learn to adapt patterns from magazines, add fabrics to the program and more. This hands-on intensive tour of the program will give you the confidence to explore and create more on your own and make it work for you. There will be project introductions for beginners to advanced students.


Surface Design with Thickened Dyes

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

October 13

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

Pour Your Heart Out!

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

October 26

Can't get enough of poured paint? Come to this all day workshop and pour your heart out! Cheryl will teach you lots of different techniques including flip cup, tree ring, iris, swipe, paint manipulation, and more. Previous paint pouring experience not needed. Included in the class fee are: paint, pouring media, tools, boxes for taking your work home, and canvases. You can make a combination of eight 8"x10" canvases or you can "trade in" two 8"x10" canvases for an 11"x 14" or four 8"x10" canvases for a 16"x 20". The fee is the same no matter the combination of sizes you make. Please bring a lunch or take a break and go out. If you finish painting before 5:00 there is flexibility to leave early.
Register for Pour Your Heart Out!

Felted Vessel

Instructor: Jennifer Angelo

October 11

Have a space in your home that needs a little something but can't find the perfect object? Make it yourself! In this class you will learn how to make a felted vessel using wool fiber suitable to catch your keys, pot petunias or beautify your abode.
Register for Felted Vessel

Dyeing Floss, Thread Lace & Linens

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

October 27

Have fun in a new way with your embroidery and fiber art materials. We'll use fiber reactive dyes to color embroidery floss, lace, ribbon, threads and linens in a variety of ways. Bring in your new and vintage materials and leave with transformed items to use in your stitching and other fiber projects.
Register for Dyeing Floss, Thread, Lace & Linens

Leaf Printed Silk Scarf

Instructor: Kipp Inglis

October 12

Real leaves from plants can make their mark on fabric! Using available leaves, rich in tannin and colors near the end of their autumnal cycle, participants will learn to treat a silk scarf to transfer the leaf imprint to the fabric with bundling, pressure and heat techniques. While not all colors will transfer, outlines, vein lines, natural imperfections (bug chomps, disease spots, missing leaf lobes) will come out as interesting prints on silk. Mother Nature provides our medium to make your own fabric design!
Register for Leaf Printed Silk Scarf

The Weaving Connection with Maday

Instructor: Maday Delgado

October 19

Weaving as a sustainable practice can be rewarding and fun; meditation in the act of making. The woven cloth can be used in practical or decorative application and you can always count on weaving becoming a part of your artistic self-expression. In this workshop, we explore weaving with typical and atypical fibers to create textures and interest in your work. My hope is that you will want to include bits of denim which will be provided by Maday. You will be rewarded with a fabric swatch completed entirely by you using a high quality loom by Purl & Loop that you will take home to use again & again. All supplies are included but feel free to bring bits of fiber; yarn, etc. from your own stash to include if you desire.
Register for The Weaving Connection

English Paper Piecing 101

Instructor: Elizabeth Oner

October 27 or November 12

Learn the basics of English paper piecing (EPP) and make a fun little project! This class will cover the basics of EPP including different options available to make a hexagon flower.
Register for EPP 101

New Fabrics


designed by Jane Sassaman for Free Spirit Fabrics

Wild Orchid - Summer
Love in the Mist - Summer
Carnations - Summer
Favrile Flow - Summer
Indispensible Dots - Summer

Quilting Illusions

Black tone on tone fabrics

Musical Notes
Paw Prints
Circle Dots


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See you in the shop this weekend!
-Gael 🐦
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