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Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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🍫 Chocolatier 2019 🍫
BOM Quilt Show

We haven’t had a hallway gallery show since March and it’s so great to have creativity and color on the walls again. I filmed a video gallery show so everyone has the opportunity to see this wonderful collection of quilts made in the Chocolatier Block of the Month class in 2019. The pattern was designed by AnneMarie Chany and the class was led by Vickie Arnold (@sewpositivelyvickie). If you happen to visit the shop in person feel free to take a look at the show. We aren’t sure how long the quilts will be on display as the makers may come to pick up their quilts at any time but certainly take the chance to see any of these beauties. Enjoy the show!
If you are inspired by this quilt design, purchase the Chocolatier pattern!
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💙💛❤️ We're Open ❤️💛💙


The store is open again for in-store shopping. Our hours for in-store shopping, telephone customer service and curbside pickup are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

We believe the safest place during this pandemic is at home. If you know exactly what you want or need, we encourage you to order online or over the phone and pick-up curbside or have your order shipped.

Please do not come to the shop if you are not feeling well and have symptoms. Please come to the store with a shopping list or specific requests you need help with so we can focus on the task at hand in order to reduce the time you need to spend at the shop.

Please read and be aware of all signage at the door and in shop in order to keep yourself and everyone else around you safe and comfortable. Until there is a proven vaccine or cure for COVID-19 we are still in the midst of a pandemic and we will be operating accordingly.

Our priority is everyone’s safety. This is what you can expect when you come to shop: 
  • Masks covering nose and mouth will be required for all customers and staff while in the shop.
  • Social distancing will be observed, please always be aware of your proximity to others in the shop.
  • Surfaces will be disinfected frequently and hand sanitizer will be available to all.
  • Class & event offerings and group sew days will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.
  • Shop hours for the time being will be limited to Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Closed Sunday

New Fabrics

Forest Friends

designed by Mia Charro
Forest Friends Focus
Forest Friends Floral Mix Ivory
Forest Friends Floral Mix Plum
Forest Friends Sweet Leaves Olive
Forest Friends Sweet Leaves Turquoise
Forest Friends Wood Rings Navy
Forest Friends Wood Rings Ivory
FOrest Friends Delicate Watercolor Seafoam
Forest Friends Delicate Watercolor Pink
Forest Friends Delicate Watercolor Blue

Flight of Fancy WI State Shop Hop

designed by Diane Neukirch
Flight of Fancy Bird Scenes Gold
Flight of Fancy Bird Scenes Light Butter
Flight of Fancy Bird Scenes Light Teal
Flight of Fancy Mini Berries Light Gold
Flight of Fancy Mini Berries Dark Gray
Flight of Fancy WI Tonal Toile Light Butter
Flight of Fancy WI Tonal Toile Light Teal

Ballerina Fusion

Low Volume Collection
Ballerina Fusion Laced
Ballerina Fusion Dotted Veil
Ballerina Fusion Playful Seaweed
Ballerina Fusion Interrupted Signal
Ballerina Fusion Coming Home

Her & History

designed by Bonnie Christine
Her & History Margaret's Letters
Her & History Elsie's Sunshine
Her & History's Evelyn's Green Thumb
Her & History's Lillian's Secret Garden
Her & History's Lila's Pressed Flowers

Spooky N' Sweet

Halloween Collection
Spooky N' Sweet Sweet Tooth
Spooky N' Sweet Wicked Broomsticks
Spooky N' Sweet Stars Aligned Treat
Spooky N' Sweet Stars Aligned Trick
Spooky N' Sweet Cast A Spell
Spooky N' Sweet Batty Over You
Spooky N' Sweet Through The Pumpkin Patch

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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The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show hosts a 10-category juried and judged Quilt Contest. Quilters of all levels have the opportunity to enter a maximum of four quilts into this exciting contest.

Prizes will be awarded in each category, as well as to the best of show and viewers' choice quilts.

View rules and fill out your entry form here.
 
Deadline for entry is June 30!
Learn more

Update on sewing and using fabric face masks

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

A Note on Classes

We are suspending all class and event registrations at this time.

Please watch for updated information on whether classes & events for the rest of the year will be happening.

If you are registered for something and haven’t been contacted about a refund or credit please email bluebarquilts@gmail.com or call the shop (608) 284-9299 and we will help you.

Tula Pink HomeMade Challenge!

The Tula Pink HomeMade Challenge is a juried and judged quilt challenge sponsored by FreeSpirit Fabrics and Aurifil.

What Is The Purpose?

The challenge encourages quilters to pay tribute to what drives the quilter/sewist/maker to create with their hands, through the creation of a 60” x 60” quilt featuring 80% of the new Tula Pink HomeMade fabrics and using Aurifil threads. The jury, including Tula Pink, will select 12 quilts that speak to the glory, attitude and beauty that comes from the privilege of saying “Hey, I made that.” The 12 selected quilts will have the chance to be part of the HomeMade Challenge exhibit at the Fall International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, TX in October 2020, and the opportunity to win over $10,000 in prizes!

How Does It Work?

Quilters can submit up to two pieces to their local US or Canada quilt shop. The quilt shop will then select one entrant/quilter to submit to the jury.

For complete contest rules, click here.

To view the online entry form and submit your entrant/quilter*, click here.
Entry deadline: All completed and signed entry forms and images must be sent to arrive no later than SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 to FreeSpirit Fabrics. (Note that this is a receive-by deadline.)
Tula Pink explains HomeMade designs

#GrungeContest2020

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

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We are open for in-store shopping; please note these requirements for entry:
  • Limit 5 customers in the shop at a time
  • Masks are required for all, no exceptions
  • Social distancing of 6', please be aware
  • Please, only stay as long as needed to make your purchase
You can shop online, 24/7, or if you'd rather order by phone, we'll be here Monday-Saturday, 10am-3pm to take your call. Orders can be picked up curbside or shipped via USPS. Just specify your preference at checkout.

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