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Memory Cloth Circle presents Treasured Memories Show

Many of us had a special box as a child that we used to hold treasured objects—found feathers and bones, shells and special beach pebbles, poems, old jewelry from a grandmother, and other gems. As our group considered possibilities for our 2020 exhibition at Blue Bar Quilts, we decided to tap into treasured memories and the idea of boxes to contain them. The boxes that are the foundation of works in this exhibition are cigar boxes from Lisa Binkley’s dad and a few other sources, wine boxes from his wine cellar, and a world of fabrics, threads, beads, photographs, jewelry, lots of hand stitches, and messages and memories. Enjoy.
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New Fabrics

Mosaic Masterpiece Digital Prints

from Hoffman Fabrics
Mosaic Masterpiece Digital Blacklight
Mosaic Masterpiece Digital Navy
Mosaic Masterpiece Digital Aqua
Mosaic Masterpiece Digital Charcoal
Mosaic Masterpiece Digital Lime
Mosaic Masterpiece Digital Amethyst
Mosaic Masterpiece Digital Red Velvet

Cue the Confetti Digital Prints

from Hoffman Fabrics
Cue The Confetti Digital Rainbow
Cue the Confetti Digital Ombre Rainbow
Cue the Confetti Digital Multi
Cue the Confetti Digital Beads Rainbow

Mask Supplies

Shop mask supplies at Blue Bar Quilts
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Fun Mask Panels from Moda:

Fun Mask Panels from Moda

New Drawstring Mask Elastics with Adjusters:

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ZOOM Classes

Beginning Paper Piecing 101 with Elizabeth Oner

October 24 2020

2pm-4:30pm
Learn the basic techniques of English paper piecing (EPP) by learning to make the classic Grandmother's flower garden unit! This class will cover the basics of EPP fabric and template preparation and use, glue basting, and stitching options to make a hexagon flower.
Register for this class

Beginning Quiltmaking Series with Cheryl Schenck

October – December, 2020

Coming Up:
  • Class 5: Understanding Sewing Machine Feet - register
  • Class 6: Choosing Fabric for Your Quilt - 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
Completed classes:
  • Class 1: Buying a Sewing Machine
  • Class 2: How to Use Your Sewing Machine
  • Class 3: Sewing Machine Care & Maintenance
  • Class 4: Quilting Tools of the Trade

Our Vote is Essential

Blue Bar Quilts believes our vote is essential
when we all vote
gsafe
Calling all Quilters!

As the days get shorter and temperatures start to dip, GSAFE wants to help you get cozy while supporting our LGBTQ+ youth. We are inviting quilters (along with crocheters, knitters, and other crafty artists) to donate to our “Wrap Yourself in a Rainbow” online quilt and craft auction to be held in late November and early December. We appreciate your time, talent, and generosity in advance!

Here’s what you need to know

Theme: “Wrap Yourself in a Rainbow” (Items don’t have to be all rainbow colors, however!)

Size: Lap size and larger. Could be a table runner, wall-hanging, and other styles.

How to donate items: Please complete this quilt auction donation form (PDF or Word ) and return by email or by mail. Please email quilts@gsafewi.org to make arrangements for mail or drop off. Depending on where you live we might be able to arrange for a pick up.

Deadline: End of October is strongly preferred. Drop us an email at quilts@gsafewi.org if you’re working on something and need a little longer.

More Info & Donation Form

Current Blue Bar Quilts Hours


Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

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

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Do you have champagne taste and caviar dreams? Then the Blue Bar Quilts private shopping hours are right up your red carpet!

Take advantage of our 45-minute private shopping sessions by appointment and indulge in a shopping experience that makes it feel like it's 2019 again. 🤩
Shop by appointment at Blue Bar Quilts Saturday mornings! Contact us to schedule an appointment at 10am or 11am.

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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Shop by Color or Theme!

Now you can shop for all cottons by color or theme on our website. Try it out today!
Shop by Color - Blue Bar Quilts
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Quilt Museum Digital

The National Quilt Museum
The National Quilt Museum is offering online subscriptions! The subscription-based service starts out at $8 a month and includes videos of new exhibits as well as supplemental and exclusive materials, such as interviews with artists and curators.
Check it out

Local Quilt Exhibition!

The Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum will mount a limited-time Signature Quilt Exhibition from Oct. 14-31.
The museum will also display winners of the 2019 Georgia O’Keeffe Block Challenge inspired by the art of Sun Prairie’s most famous resident.
More info

Tula Pink Nebula Kit Pre-Sale!

This kit has limited availability, when they’re gone they are GONE! (only 2 left!!!)

Journey to Nebula: Skill Builder Series

This is a skill builder series to prepare you to tackle the super epic #NebulaQuilt by @jaybirdquilts! 🥰

Something you and your friends want to participate in?
More info
Gee's Bend & American Giant Quilt Auction

GOOD CAUSE ALERT!


American Giant has partnered with the legendary quilters of Gee's Bend to auction off these one of a kind quilts as a celebration of art, spirit and heritage.

No gimmicks - 100% of proceeds goes to the quilters! 🙌🏿
Bid here

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

Updates on sewing and using fabric face masks

Refer to our COVID-19 Mask FAQ for patterns, articles and information about mask making.
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How to Wash and Care for your Quilts

How to Wash and Care for your Quilts
Learn to care for and clean your quilts so they can be enjoyed for generations to come!

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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