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Solids Make A Modern Statement

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Solid fabrics really make a modern statement, and that was definitely witnessed this weekend at QuiltCon, the annual quilt show by the Modern Quilt Guild. The majority of the winners were composed of solid color fabrics. Solids really are the painter’s palette for quilters, and we have plenty in stock!

We’ve got Moda Bella Solids which is our solid basic that we stock all the time, we have four different manufacturers of Shot Cottons which are yarn-dyed wovens, and we also have velvety Hand-Crafted Cottons from Jane Sassaman and Free Spirit Fabrics that come in 16 different colors. So check out our solids online and in the store, we have plenty for you and your quilt design needs.

A reminder about our Mend Challenge (we got our first submission this Saturday!) We have the Mend panel in stock for $3.99 - see the rules below and on our homepage to join us!



Also, a reminder about our classes - our Graphic Jam BOM has a few spots left - it starts March 18 with Trisha Urben - it's a great class to take if you want to learn how to do foundational paper piecing; and this Saturday at 1pm, we have our Cuddle pillowcase class with Jackie Hillman from Shannon Fabrics! We still have kits available for that. We hope you’ll join us!

Check out the QuiltCon Winners

Best in Show at QuiltCon is Blooming, a 52"x63" quilt by Émilie Trahan.

Featured Fabrics

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Bella Solids
over 90 fabrics
from Moda Fabrics
Moda Bella Solids
My Favorite Color is Moda
Print yardage, panel and sampler pattern
from Moda Fabrics
My Favorite Color is Moda Dot Multi
My Favorite Color is Moda Panel Multi
My Favorite Color is Moda Sampler Pattern
Shot Cottons
over 80 fabrics from
Kaffe Fassett, Studio E, Alison Glass and Windham Fabrics
Shot Cottons: Kaleidoscope 1
Shot Cottons: Kaleidoscope
KF Shot Cottons: Stripes Wide and Narrow
Hand Crafted Cottons
by Jane Sassaman
for Free Spirit Fabrics
Hand Crafted Cottons: Cancun, Charcoal, Kelly, and Monarch
Hand Crafted Cottons Lobelia, Peony, Adonis and Lapis
Hand Crafted Cottons Dandelion, Jet, Khaki, and Tomato
Hand Crafted Cottons Wasabi, Pansy, Violet, Peridot

Sew with Irresistibly Soft Cuddle

 Join our ZOOM class, this Saturday, February 27 

Join Shannon Brand Ambassador, Jackie Hillman, for a virtual pillowcase workshop, this Saturday, Feb. 27!

Learn all the tips and tricks on how to sew with Shannon Cuddle.

You will get a chance to win a kit during the class, ask questions, and much more.

Check out the kits and get a 10% off discount code on kits after you register. 
Cuddle Pillowcase Kits at Blue Bar Quilts
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Japanese 3D Masks for Sale

Japanese 3D Masks for sale!
Shop masks

These Japanese 3D style masks are in sizes XL, which fits most faces and XXL which fits larger faces and heads.

They're reusable, washable 100% cotton 2-layer masks with adjustable soft ear loops, good for everyday use. Coordinated linings and loop colors may vary. They can be used to double mask, as this style fits well over a pleated, disposable mask. Masks should be washed before wearing.

Washing Instructions: Wash by hand or machine using the detergent of your choice, hot water recommended, machine or line dry.

Please note that our masks are not a direct substitute for N95, surgical, or medical masks, and are not certified by any government agency. As with any mask, proper use will not guarantee protection against COVID-19 or other diseases. Further, the use of these masks should not replace other recommended measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 or other diseases. Please continue to follow all CDC and other public health guidelines including practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and refraining from touching your face.

COVID-19 Mask FAQ

5 Hacks and Tips to Make Your Face Mask More Protective
New Research Highlights the Best Style and Fabrics for COVID-19 Face Masks

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

Mask Supplies

30% off Mask Panels!

Shop Mask Supplies
I'm Actually Smiling Mask Panel
Ruby Star Mask Panel
Masquerade Mask Panel
Safety First Mask Panel
Shop Drawstrings - Mask Supplies

A Challenge to Move Forward and Mend

Whether we like it or not, pursue it, or avoid it, there have always been quilts and quilters that express political views and ideals. Jacquie Gering made her “Veer” quilt in 2016 to express her concerns over the direction the country was moving and her disappointment in its leadership. It also reaffirmed her commitment to political and community action and to be part of the solution.

Jacquie’s quilt inspired her “Mend” fabric collection from Michael Miller Fabrics. The quilt design is featured as the foundation of the collection with supplementary prints derived from the design of the flag’s starfield and its red and white stripes.

Jacquie’s original quilt speaks to the impact that citizens have on the direction of our country, the responsibilities and obligations of citizenship, and the ability of our country to grow and change for the better. Jacquie added the word MEND to the original design of the veering stripe to encourage all of us to work together to foster the values of compromise, collaboration, and problem-solving. We are sewists and quilters and mending is our superpower. Jacquie wants the collection to provide an opportunity for our community to show the pride we have in our country and the power of its citizenry to work together.

Blue Bar Quilts would like to offer a challenge to our quilting friends to create in the spirit of the Mend message.

Rules:

  • Your quilted piece must incorporate one of the small Mend panels designed by Jacquie Gering, available at the shop or online here. The panel may be used whole or partially, but must be identifiable in some form. Use any other fabrics, threads, and embellishments that you would like.
  • Must be a quilt with 3 layers (top, batting, backing), using any machine or hand techniques that you would like.
  • Your piece must measure no larger than 30” square. Smaller and non-square pieces are allowed.
  • Each entry must include a short artist statement including inspiration, sources, materials and techniques.
  • Please label the piece with your name, city, email address, and any social media handles (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) if applicable.
  • One entry per person.
  • Deadline for submission is April 30, 2021. Entries can be dropped off at the shop or mailed but must be received by 4/30/2021.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, June 14 - Flag Day
  • All entries will be returned to participants after June 14, 2021. Those that were dropped off at the shop may be picked up during regular business hours. If your entry was mailed, please contact the shop via email or phone to pay and arrange for return shipment.

Prizes:

  1. First Prize Winner to be chosen by Jacquie Gering: $50 Blue Bar Quilts Gift Certificate & 30 minute personal ZOOM chat about walking foot quilting with Jacquie, author of Walk & Walk 2.0!
  2. Viewers Choice: $30 Gift Certificate & Shot Cotton 12 Fat Quarter Bundle
  3. Staff Pick: $20 Gift Certificate & In the Navy 6 Fat Quarter Bundle

Let's Shop!

Safety precautions will remain intact, masks covering nose & mouth required, limit of 5 customers in store at a time. As always, Online Ordering and Curbside Pick-Up will continue.

Hours:

In-Store Shopping Hours:

Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed Sunday

Curbside Pick-Up Hours:

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wed  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sat    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Shop online

Appointment Shopping

Need an appointment for personal shopping or a group of 10 or less? Email bluebarquilts@gmail.com for availability and scheduling.

Online ordering open 24/7

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

ZOOM Classes

Register for the Graphic Jam BOM class

Graphic Jam designed by Sassafras Designs
Only 4 Spots Available!!!

Featuring a foundation paper pieced quilt by Sassafras Lane Designs, this 10-month class will be instructed by Trisha Urben via ZOOM and will hopefully transition to in person later in the year. The class begins in March.

The class fee includes the pattern booklet and 10 monthly classes.

Kits for the featured quilt are sold separately and will be available after mid-February.
Register

Register for the Cuddle Pillow Case class

This Saturday! February 27, 2021

Join Shannon Brand Ambassador, Jackie Hillman, for a virtual pillowcase workshop! Learn all the tips and tricks on how to sew with Shannon Cuddle. You will get a chance to win a kit during the class, ask questions, and much more.

Using Cuddle or Cuddle Luxe, we'll make a simple, cute pillowcase. You will finish a pillow project during the class. Don't miss out, it'll be lots of FUN!

Check out the kits and get a 10% off discount code for kits after you register. 

Cuddle Pillowcase Kit Combos

Register

Register for Beginning Quiltmaking Series classes

January, 2021 – 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

Nominate Blue Bar Quilts for Best of Madison 2021!

The first round of nominations is open from now until February 28th! You can nominate Blue Bar Quilts in the Gift Shop/Specialty Store category!
https://www.channel3000.com/best-of-madison-2021/

Best of Madison 2021

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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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.
Learn more

Gee’s Bend Black-Made (Museum-Quality) Quilts Are Now Sold on Etsy

As of February 1, in honor of Black History Month, Gee’s Bend quilters are offering their handmade quilts for sale on Etsy in partnership with Nest, a nonprofit that empowers makers, and Souls Grown Deep Foundation, a foundation that promotes the work of African American artists in the South. Read the article at nymag.com.

These Amazing Quilters Will Inspire You To Take Up A New Pandemic Hobby

Making a quilt to hide under at night is an excellent use of your time when the world outside feels scary. It doesn’t only keep you busy ― research shows the rhythmic whirr of the sewing machine, the uplifting colours and the tactile aspect of the craft can calm the mind and can improve your mood. Read the article on The Huffington Post.

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

We are open for in-store shopping once again. Safety precautions will remain intact, masks covering nose & mouth required, limit of 5 customers in store at a time. As always, Online Ordering and Curbside Pick-Up will continue.

In-store shopping:


Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Sunday
 

Curbside Pick-up:


Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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!

 

Appointment Shopping:

Need an appointment for personal shopping for you or a group of 10 or less? Please email bluebarquilts@gmail.com for availability and scheduling.

Phone:

(608) 284-9299

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