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Sam Hunter is coming!

Sam Hunter is coming with Big Star Braid & Dingbats!

Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio will be at the shop on Saturday, June 1, with her Big Star Braid Modern workshop and on Sunday, June 2, with her new Dingbats Redux! workshop!

If you’re not familiar with Sam, she is a quilt pattern designer that likes to create projects for you that are easy and fun to make. Join us for one or both of these classes and learn directly from Sam all the tips and techniques to make these cool quilts.

Vote Viewer's Choice!

Please come into the shop and vote for Viewer’s Choice in our Power of 2 Anniversary Quilt Challenge. All 20 quilts are on display in our hallway gallery through May 31. Stop by, check them out, and vote for your favorite!

Reduce. Reuse. Or Just Don't Use.

Our ongoing effort to reduce single-use plastic shopping bag consumption continues and your enthusiasm for this project is strong.

We started this project last August and since then you’ve helped reduce plastic use by refusing 4,239 bags at checkout. That’s fantastic!

Together our Blue Bar Quilts community continues to play a role in reducing plastic waste pollution and its environmental impact. Thank you to all customers who elect to use their own shopping bag or who refuse a new one at checkout.

The April winner of our monthly drawing to promote reduction of plastic bag waste is Alice Galassi! Alice has won a 4-Fat Quarter Gift Card.
Please join us again this year in supporting the Alzheimer’s Association’s THE LONGEST DAY

Now through June 21 (the longest day of the year), we are participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s THE LONGEST DAY fundraising event. We hope you will help us reach our goal of $500!

So many of us are touched in one way or another by Alzheimer’s. We want to contribute to the fight to end this debilitating disease. When you make a purchase in the shop, May 4-June 21, 2019, you will be given the opportunity to add a donation of $1 or more to your total purchase.

More information about the Alzheimer’s Association and THE LONGEST DAY can be found at the South Central Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation: https://alz.org/scwisc/

We’re turning the longest day of the year into a day that’s all about love. Love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Featured Classes

Skill Seminar Series: Binding

Instructor: Trish Frankland

Tuesday, May 14

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!
Register for Binding

More Free Motion Quilting: Mixing Motifs & More

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Sunday, May 19

Ready to take on more challenges with your free motion quilting?

In this class, you'll learn how to mix free motion patterns as well as learning some more advanced techniques such as McTavishing and feathers. Students should have taken the Intro to Free Motion Quilting class or have similar experience.
Register for More Free Motion

Creating & Using Thermofax Screens

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

Tuesday, May 21

Learn how to design and use your own custom thermofax screens. We will discuss the best uses and designs for thermofax screens. Then each student will have the chance to create 4 screens and print with them.
Register for Thermofax Screens

Quilt As Desired

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Thursday, May 23

Three of the most ambiguous words in a quilt pattern can be "quilt as desired." Even though you may feel confident in your machine quilting ability, how can you determine the best way to quilt a particular quilt? No need to bring your machine to this class, but bring a quilt top that you're not sure how to quilt. You will learn from each other's projects as well as come away with some ideas for your own quilt.
Register for Quilt As Desired

The Memory of Stitches Retreat

Instructor: Maday Delgado

Saturday, June 1

Every stitch has a memory attached to it; its own space in time, intention and frame of reference just like the stroke of a brush on canvas. "Art becomes meaningful because it has the power to express important things that would in all likelihood remain unstated." (Modern Art, Preface by Sam Hunter/Daniel Wheeler 2004).

Hand-Stitching is the perfect tool for bridging the gap between fine and textile Art. Textile Art moves us in a way that connects us to our ancestors to reveal their struggles and triumphs in cloth through generations. In this workshop we will explore intuitive composition guided by diverse textile substrates and organic geometric forms to create an intricately textured work of Art. You may apply rich layers of straight-line stitches that invoke years of traditions and pays tribute to a surface design form, often viewed as utilitarian (the straight stitch) but no less powerful than brush strokes.
Register for Memory of Stitches

English Paper Piecing 101

Instructor: Elizabeth Oner

Tuesday, May 7

Learn the basics of English paper piecing (EPP) and make a fun little project!

This class will cover the basics of EPP including different options available to make a hexagon flower.
Register for English Paper Piecing

New Fabrics


Brittania from Lewis & Irene Fabrics
5 bolts
Royal Britannia on grey
Metallic Silver Crowns on red
Union Jack Hearts on cream
Clock Face on grey
London Double Border in black/white/red

Whatever the Weather from Lewis & Irene Fabrics
4 bolts
Winter on red
Autumn on yellow
Summer on zingy green
Spring on duck egg blue
See you in the shop this weekend!

-Gael 🌸
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