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Looking forward to BOM 2021!

Watch Gael's latest Monday Minutes video! We've got two Block of the Month (BOM) programs to get excited about in 2021!

First up is Moda's My Favorite Color is Moda. We've got a Pre-Sale on this kit, which has 6 colorway options using Moda Bella solid fabrics and all traditional piecing. If you'd like to use your own fabric, the standalone pattern is $12 and requires 10 solid fabrics. This will be 12 months of BOM fun for 2021, with supporting tutorials on the Moda website. Check out the options below and pre-order your kit today.
Moda "My Favorite Color is Moda" BOM Kit
Our second Block of the Month program is Graphic Jam by Sassafras Lane Designs. It has 2 colorway options (light or dark) using foundation paper piecing as the base. Trisha Urban of G&T fame will be instructing this class! This 10-month program will begin in March as a zoom class which we hope eventually turns into an in-person class later in the year. Register today!
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Bonus: Exclusive Merry Go Strong Baskets

Merry-Go-Strong is a nonprofit that nurtures sustainable grassroots development through community initiatives that foster social and economic well-being. MGS and the Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program (TWWP) work with rural women in Tharaka Nithi Kenya. These women are part of adult literacy groups and support their daughters by choosing to not send them through female genital mutilation (FGM). MGS provides the acrylic yarn to help the women get started and then buys the baskets when they are completed.



Proceeds from the resale of the baskets go to initiatives like illuminating homes, providing water collection systems, and building a makerspace for workshops and skill-building opportunities. Each basket is hand crocheted by the women, it takes about a month to produce one. All proceeds of baskets sold through Blue Bar Quilts are paid in entirety to Merry-Go-Strong.
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New Fabrics

Star Wars
Star Wars Cotton Navy/Multi
Star Wars Toss Black/Multi
Star Wars Vader Trooper Navy/Multi
Star Wars Darth Vader Multi
Star Wars Storm Troopers White/Black
Star Wars Troopers Tossed White/Black/Red
Cat Tales
designed by Rachel Hauer
for Free Spirit Fabrics
Cat Tales Cat Nap Natural
Cat Tales Bicycle Race Aquifer
Cat Tales Cat Tails Aquifer
Cat Tales Pennants Charcoal
Cat Tales Magnolia Garden Natural
Cat Tales Yarn Crawl Aquifer
Cat Tales Yarn Crawl Green
Cat Tales Fishing Trip Toile Sepia
Cat Tales Essential Supplies Rust
Cat Tales On the Prowl Nectar

Shop Our Guest Holiday Makers!

Looking for something special for that someone special on your gift list? In addition to our incredible Blue Bar inventory we’ve added some wonderful items from local women entrepreneurs to our offerings! Items from our Holiday Guest Makers (East Side Bags, Merry Go Strong, QB's Magnetic Creations & Perfect Imperfections) are now available on our website!
Shop Holiday Makers
QB's Magnetic Creations
Judy McNeal created QB's Magnetic Creations in memory of her mother, Qubie. Her goal is to build a company that will flourish and enable her to give back to the community in memory of her mother.

Visit QB's website and shop a selection of her creations on our website today.

East Side Bags & Accessories

Jane Miller designs and makes one of a kind hand bags and accessories in Madison, WI. Shop a selection of her creations on our website today.
Merry-Go-Strong baskets
Merry-Go-Strong is a nonprofit that nurtures sustainable grassroots development through community initiatives that foster social and economic well-being. MGS and the Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program (TWWP) work with rural women in Tharaka Nithi Kenya. These women are part of adult literacy groups and support their daughters by choosing to not send them through female genital mutilation (FGM). MGS provides the acrylic yarn to help the women get started and then buys the baskets when they are completed. Proceeds from the resale of the baskets go to initiatives like illuminating homes, providing water collection systems, and building a makerspace for workshops and skill-building opportunities. Each basket is hand crocheted by the women, it takes about a month to produce one. All proceeds of baskets sold through Blue Bar Quilts are paid in entirety to Merry-Go-Strong.

Shop Merry-Go-Strong baskets on our website today.
Perfect Imperfections
Jasmine Banks, whose family has been in Madison, WI for five generations, is the mother of one and grandmother of two, who happens to live in the house she was born and raised in. As the CEO and Founder of Perfect Imperfections, Jasmine can now add entrepreneur to her list of accomplishments.

Following the passing of her mom, Shirley, on November 20, 2012 after a six month battle with cancer, Jasmine made the decision to begin researching ingredients in her toiletries and decided to begin making her own natural body products based on her findings. As she documented her journey to a healthier lifestyle on social media, her friends began to inquire about purchasing her products and from there, Perfect Imperfections was born.

As the CEO & Founder of Perfect Imperfections her natural body care line, Jasmine strives to remind her customers through quality chemical-free products, that self-care is a divine responsibility and the importance to take time out for oneself.

Visit Perfect Imperfections for a full selection of products and buy a Comfort Gift Box on our website.
Shop Holiday Makers

GSAFE Quilt Auction

The auction closed today at noon - thanks for donating and bidding! Watch a GSAFE interview with Mr. Domestic: 
GSAFE Interview with Mr. Domestic

Due to high COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, we are temporarily closed for in-store shopping.

Online ordering open 24/7

 

Telephone Customer Service & Curbside Pick-Up:

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

Closed Sunday
 

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!

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

Mask Supplies

Fun Mask Panels from Moda & Ruby Star:

Fun Mask Panels from Moda
Mask panel from Ruby Star
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New Drawstring Mask Elastics with Adjusters:

Shop Drawstrings - Mask Supplies

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

ZOOM Classes

Beginning Quiltmaking Series with Cheryl Schenck


December, 2020 – 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

Block of the Month with Trisha Urban

Graphic Jam designed by Sassafras Designs
March-December, 2021

Join Trisha for this skill-building, foundation paper pieced modern design by Sassafras Lane. 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

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!

Now 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

Sewing Masks Series: The 3D Mask

MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation wants to keep you safe and teach you how to make one that fits just right! Learn how to sew a variety of masks for yourself, family and the community. Register at: https://bit.ly/2IgWGkl

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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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

Due to high COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, we are temporarily closed for in-store shopping.


Telephone Customer Service & Curbside Pick-Up


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

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!

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(608) 284-9299

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