Blue Bar Quilts
Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Sherri Lynn Wood

Improvise! Join us for a presentation by Sherri Lynn Wood, author of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, on Friday, August 9 at 6:30 PM.

Improvisation is at the heart of living creatively. Music, dance, theater, drawing, cooking, conversation, play, child rearing, and even science benefit from the flexibility of mind that improvisational process engenders. Leave with mind tools, tips and a fresh perspective on how to apply improv skills learned in life to your patchwork – and vice versa!

Event fee is $18, register for this event here:
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Reduce. Reuse. Or Just Don't Use.

Our First Annual Report

We launched our effort to reduce single-use plastic bag pollution on August 1, 2018, and we are happy to report that in one year, our Blue Bar Quilts community said “no thanks” to 5788 bags at checkout! When we started this effort last year we really didn’t know what to expect, but you quickly demonstrated your commitment to reducing plastic waste pollution and its environmental impact.

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, 100,000 marine animals die each year caused by plastic bag pollution; one in three leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs. Our plastic shopping bag reduction effort is part of a worldwide movement to curb these heartbreaking losses of vital marine life.

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 July winner of our monthly drawing to promote reduction of plastic bag waste is Kathy Stroshane. Congrats Kathy, you’ve won a 4-Fat Quarter Gift Card.

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

Bag of the Month with Sew Hungry Hippie: Trina Backpack

Instructor: Natalie Santini

Saturday, August 17

Join Natalie of Sew Hungry Hippie to make her Trina backpack. Three size options are available: Small 12" x 13" x 3" Med 15" x 16" x 4" Full 16.5" x 18.5" x 5". Make it with any woven fabric, or soft vinyl such as metallic crackle, PU leather, and a mixture of corks and quilting cotton. Trina has two zipper security pockets, one vinyl (or cotton) slip-in pocket, two expanding side pockets for water bottles, adjustable straps, a loop hanging section, and optional key fob holder inside. Natalie likes the bag made with foam interfacing best, but fusible fleece and/or quilt batting work too - and have been tested, they will make for a "squishier" bag. Cutting chart inside pattern for easy reference. Tested by sewists of varying skill, full-color photos and diagrams throughout.
Register for BotM: Trina Backpack

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

Pour Your Heart Out!

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Saturday, August 17

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!

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

Schoolhouse Tunic

Instructor: Susan Fortney

Sunday, August 18

Using the Schoolhouse Tunic pattern from Sew Liberated you will build your garment construction skills: measurements, pattern layout, pinning, cutting & sewing. A great second project for beginning garment sewists.
Register for Schoolhouse Tunic

Boro Book

Instructor: Kipp Inglis

Saturday, August 24 & 31

Learn Boro stitching, its history and link to traditional Japanese sashiko while making a small, sampler book for future reference. Using pre-stressed fabrics of different weights and weaves as pages for a book, students will "mend" the pages using various fabric scraps and stitches commonly seen in boro work. We will finish the book during the second session by learning a traditional book binding technique applied to the fabric pages. The class involves homework stitching between sessions and discussion of creative and practical ways to apply boro work.
Register for Boro Book

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

Surface Design Techniques with Maday

Instructor: Maday Delgado

Saturday, August 24

This workshop is designed to teach a variety of techniques to include in all your fiber art projects. We will focus on using acrylic fabric paints, reverse applique, fusible applique and sashiko stitching designs to create a layered composition.
Register for Beyond Beginner Quilting

New Fabrics

Artsy Brights digitally printed fabrics designed by EttaVee for 3 Wishes Fabric
See you in the shop this weekend!
-Gael 🐦
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