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Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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New in the Hallway Gallery!

Leah Evans Textiles Solo Show

Leah Evans’ thematic focus is the ways in which people impact their environment and, in turn, how the environment affects people. The pieces are influenced by aerial photography, maps, and satellite imagery, but are not always based on specific places. Mining, agriculture, water use and treatment, nuclear power, residential development and oil extraction are frequent subjects of her work, and are meant as visual reminders of changes humans create in the land. Similarly, components of her work demonstrate the influence of nature on human constructs, such as a river changing its course, thereby causing a shift in property divisions, and shifting coastlines due to climate change.

There is an overall balance between hand and machine work. Tools she most often employs include a household-use Kenmore sewing machine, chalk, needles, rulers, compass, staple gun, and scissors. She does not use a computer or any imaging software in her work and she tries to use hand processes and tools as opposed to electric. By incorporating vintage kimonos, upholstery remnants, and many other secondhand materials, the works are in keeping with the quilt tradition of recycling.

Her quilted wall hangings consist of layers of the following techniques: appliqué, reverse appliqué, piecing, natural and synthetic dyeing, needle-felting, hand printing, and a variety of embroidery stitches.

Leah’s work will be on display through February 29. There will be an artist’s reception on Saturday, February 22 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

South Central WI Shop Leap Continues through Feb. 29

This year’s South-Central Wisconsin February shop hop is actually a leap that will run from 2/1 through Leap Day 2/29!

Join us for the fun and community service opportunities for the benefit of American Family Children’s Hospital Patient & Family Services Program. Visit all 14 shops to receive a passport stamp, contribute a gift card, join in a sew day, find scavenger hunt items at each shop, or bid on or donate online auction items. Opportunities to win prizes with a completed passport, scavenger hunt or donation.For complete details visit the website or pick up a free passport at BBQ or any of the participating shops and start your leap at any time during February.

Blue Bar Quilts will be hosting a Project Linus Make A Quilt Day on Saturday, February 22 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM as part of the month-long events.

Join us for the comradery and enter a drawing to win a fat quarter collection!

Scroll for more in this newsletter:

❄️New featured classes for Feb./Mar.
❄️New fabrics! Order online! 🤩
❄️Reduce, reuse or just don't use winner!
❄️Pre-order your Tula Pink HomeMade fabrics!
❄️Shop online, anytime, anywhere!

Featured Classes

Skill Seminar Series: Binding

Brush up on your quilt-making skills (or learn the basics if you're a beginner) in a fun, informative skill-building series. Whether you've been sewing for a while or you're just getting started, any 2-hour session will give you vital info to become a better sewist. Plus, we promise you'll laugh. Each topic is a stand-alone session: pick and choose the topics you need!

Instructor: Trish Frankland

Two choices: February 11 or March 26
Register for SSS: Binding

Intro to Foundation Paper Piecing

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. The pattern and printed foundations are included in the class fee.

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

February 20
Register for Intro to FPP

Accordian Sewn HST Method

This technique will blow your mind! Learn a new half square triangle method that allows you to make it super scrappy but in a controlled way. Use it with the Carpenter's Apprentice pattern and anytime you need HST's. Also, tons of tips and tricks from Trish for trimming.

Instructor: Trish Frankland

February 23
Register for Accordion Sewn HST Method

Skill Seminar Series: Piecing

Brush up on your quilt-making skills (or learn the basics if you're a beginner) in a fun, informative skill-building series. Whether you've been sewing for a while or you're just getting started, any 2-hour session will give you vital info to become a better sewist. Plus, we promise you'll laugh. Each topic is a stand-alone session: pick and choose the topics you need!

Instructor: Trish Frankland

February 27
Register for SSS: Piecing

Make & Go Pouch

This unique & versatile "zipper pouch" pattern can be customized in many different ways. It can be used for hand-stitching supplies, travel sewing, cosmetics or jewelry organization, school or office supplies or even as a clutch or wallet. Use your imagination for custom hacks for yourself, friends or family - makes a wonderful gift. This project is fat quarter friendly and a great introduction to installing zippers and sewing with vinyl.

Instructor: Amie Borgelt & Trisha Urben

February 29
Register for Make & Go Pouch

New Fabrics


Ghastlie Love Snapdragon
Buy online
Ghastlie Bulb Chartreuse
Buy online
Golden Lady Black/Multi
Buy online
Wish You Were Here Blush
Buy online
Big Bites Turquoise
Buy online
Frozen Natural
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Head Trip Black/Multi
Buy online
Very Strawberry Natural
Buy online

Farm Charm

designed by Gingiber
for Moda

Farm Charm Panel Multi 5/8 yd
Buy online
Farm Charm Motifs Multi
Buy online
Farm Charm Chickens Pond
Buy online
Farm Charm Sheep Kettle
Buy online
Farm Charm Horses Rooster Red
Buy online
Farm Charm Horses Kettle
Buy online

Reduce. Reuse. Or Just Don't Use.

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

Bags not used in January = 459

Total bags refused = 8,397 since Aug. 2018!

Pre-order your Tula Pink HomeMade fabrics now!

We are excited to have Tula Pink’s new collection, HomeMade, arriving at the shop in March 2020! Since the last collection sold so quickly, we want to give all of you the opportunity to reserve your favorite designer’s collection so you don’t miss out!

Pre-order a fat quarter bundle and save $6, a half yard bundle and save $12 or a full yard bundle and save $23.75! We ordered 24 prints from the collection in all 3 colorways; Morning, Noon & Night (and one wildcard print with the color name Brunch!)

This offer is also available in-store if you would like to reserve in person.

Here are the fine print details: Fabrics will ship in March 2020 and pre-sale customers will be informed of delivery ASAP after they are received at the shop.

24 SKU's included:


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Of course, we love our customers and we love to see you and all your creative projects. We set up our online store for your shopping convenience so you’re never too far from your local quilt shop, Blue Bar Quilts!
See you in the shop!
-Gael 🐦
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