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April 5, 2021

Hi Friends,

Now that the weather is nice and we all want to be outdoors and going places (cautiously with our masks on), let's talk about handwork! 

Check out our English Paper Piecing supplies here, our Sashiko supplies here, and our Embroidery supplies here.

In store only, we have a selection of wool pieces and hand-dyed Valdani and Creative Art Textiles perle cotton threads plus Ito Gima stitching yarn. Stop by soon for the best selection.

So come on in and get your suppiles for a new handwork project. We hope to see you soon - in the sunshine!

-Gael 💙💛❤️

New Fabrics

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designed by Chez Moi
for Moda
Lulu Stripe Navy
Lulu Stripe Linen
Lulu Flights of Fancy Linen
Lulu Packed Floral Geranium
Lulu Flowers Linen
Lulu Flower Garden Clementine
Lulu Confetti Navy
Lulu Flying Hi Geranium
designed by Adrienne Leban
for Free Spirit Fabrics
BioGeo-1 Stone Flip Black
BioGeo-1 Swimmingly Multi
BioGeo-1 Kaleido Multi
BioGeo-1 Grande Multi
BioGeo-1 Blue Algae Blue
BioGeo-1 Snail Garden Multi
BioGeo-1 Red Rapture Red
White Out
from Windham Fabrics
White Out Honeycomb, Paws, Arrows, and Dots
White Out Alphabet Script, Like Rain, Mini Cubes, and Wavey Grid
If you missed these fabulous fabrics last week, check out Earth Made Paradise by Kathy Doughty for Free Spirit Fabrics!

A Challenge to Move Forward and Mend

Mend Challenge panels still available, submit your entry by April 30th!

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. Read the rules and prize details on our homepage.

Save the Dates!

After consulting with public health experts and event stakeholders about health, safety and logistics concerns for an indoor event of this size, The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show has made the necessary decision to again hold their 2021 show as an immersive online experience Sept. 9-11. Read more here
The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Sept. 9-11, 2021

Quilts for a Cause!

Interested in donating a quilt?
We will take your donations at the shop!

Project Linus

Project Linus quilts for children in crisis and the hospital - cute snuggle quilts and fun piecing for all ages - from infants to teens 18 years old. The Madison chapter is super active. The requirements and size needs are listed on their website.


Wrap Yourself in a Rainbow Quilt - GSAFE Auction 2021 will be happening at the end of November into December again this year - the first one was last year, and it was very successful. It doesn’t have to be a rainbow quilt, but it can be!

Charity Quilts for Border Camps

Quilts for Migrants was started by our friend Judy Gauthier at Bungalow Quilting and Yarn, and she collects large strip pieced simple quilts for migrants waiting at the border for asylum.

My Favorite Color is Moda Sew-Along with Nancy

Every month, Nancy will show you how to successfully sew your blocks with helpful tips, tricks, tool and notion suggestions for the My Favorite Color is Moda Block of the Month. This month Nancy shows you Block 4 & 5!

As Nancy sews the blocks each month they will be displayed in the shop above our Bella Solids Fabric shelves.

Purchase the pattern and choose your own color palette or contact us at the shop to kit one up for you. See the four options above, we are also happy to make a custom color palette in solids or prints for you.

For more information and ideas, please visit Moda's website and read their monthly post.

Japanese 3D Masks for Sale

More one-of-a-kind masks for sale in the shop - fresh prints for spring & summer! Even with vaccines, COVID-19 still persists and variants make mask-wearing essential. If you are tired of making masks, purchase ready-to-wear masks from us.

50% of proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank

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.


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

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

Mask Supplies

Mask panels 20% off!

I'm Actually Smiling Mask Panel
Ruby Star Mask Panel
Masquerade Mask Panel
Safety First Mask Panel
Shop mask supplies

Let's Shop!

Curbside pickup at Blue Bar Quilts


In-Store Shopping & Curbside Pickup Hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs & Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wed 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed Sunday

Safety precautions remain intact, masks covering nose & mouth required, limit of 10 customers in store at a time.

As always, Online Ordering and Curbside Pick-Up will continue.

Appointment Shopping

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

Online ordering open 24/7

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

Shop online

ZOOM Classes

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

Welcome to your retreat from home!

Make it Modern April 23-25, 2021 Online Virtual Retreat
Bringing you the most fun & interactive experiences you can have at a sewing retreat without leaving your home. We are putting the community back in sewing!

You can work on your own projects, one of the mini-projects offered by our instructors, or all of the above. Games, prizes, lots of sewing, new friends, and a whole new retreat experience done from the comfort of your own home.

No packing, no forgetting supplies, and shoes are optional! Info at:

New Quilts in the Shop!

Ombre Pineapple pattern pieced by staffer Trisha Urben and quilted by Heather Matanock of Blue Turtle Quilting

Ombre Pineapple pattern pieced by Trisha Urben and quilted by Heather Matanock of Blue Turtle Quilting

Fourteen on Point Pattern by Hunters Design Studio made with Lucky Charms fabrics by staffer Trisha Urben

Fourteen on Point Pattern by Hunters Design Studio made with Lucky Charms fabrics by staff Trisha Urben.

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!
Watch now

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:
Learn more

Patchwork Quilts You Can Wear

Everybody’s getting on the quilting bandwagon these days! It seems like all of a sudden everybody wants to play with us... ☺️ ✂️ 🪡 🧵 Read the article on Wallflower
10 patchwork quilts you can wear

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!

Hours of Operation

We are open for in-store shopping! Safety precautions will remain intact, masks covering nose & mouth required, limit of 10 customers in store at a time. As always, Online Ordering and Curbside Pick-Up will continue.

In-Store Shopping & Curbside Pickup:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Sunday

For prompt replies to your questions, please call (608-284-9299) or email us at 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 for availability and scheduling.


(608) 284-9299

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