Blue Bar Quilts
Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Wisconsin Quilt Shop Hop 2019!

Blue Bar Quilts is participating in the Wisconsin Quilt Shop Hop this year!

The WI Quilt Shop Hop starts on June 7 and Blue Bar Quilts is part of Section 2. Our section project is an exclusive Creek Side Stitches pattern designed by Patti Hellenbrand of Village Creek Quilts.

When you get your passport stamped at each of the 10 shops in Section 2 you may ask for a strip of Moda Grunge fabric to use in the section project. After you get all 10 Section 2 passport stamps you will receive the pattern for free!

The shop hop fabric this year is especially appealing for UW Badger fans!

Here’s a sneak peak of our shop project quilt:
There are opportunities to win prizes from each shop, section, and statewide by visiting participating shops and collecting passport stamps. Stop by Blue Bar to pick up a free Shop Hop guide with all the details. We hope to meet & greet many hoppers and look forward to seeing all of you!

It's Logo Discount Weekend!

*Sale items, Makers Gallery items, classes and logo panels are excluded from this discount.
Just a reminder that we will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

Sam Hunter is coming!

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!

Sam 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!

There is one week left to 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!

Featured Classes

Skill Seminar Series: Rows & Borders

Instructor: Trish Frankland

Thursday, June 6

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 Rows & Borders

Bag of the Month
with Sew Hungry Hippie:

Iris Messenger Bag

Instructor: Natalie Santini

Saturday, June 8

The Iris Messenger Bag is designed for confident beginners to advanced level sewing. This bag has customization options to pick and choose from including zipper pockets, slip-in pockets, adjustable strap, cross body styling, and a recessed zipper closure. Approximate finished size is 16"w x 17"h x 5"d. YES this is a large bag! The feedback has been really positive that it's a useful bag for many purposes: roomy purse, diaper bag, library, electronics, market, etc...
Register for Bag of the Month

Wicked Hex EPP Mini Quilt

Instructor: Elizabeth Oner

Sunday, June 9 & Sunday, June 16

The Wicked Hex is an English Paper Piecing project designed by Libs Elliott. It's versatile in that you can fussy-cut certain pieces to add focus to the quilt. Because the pieces are larger, it's a good starting point for anyone who hasn't tried English Paper Piecing before. It's portable, great for mini quilt swaps and it's not just's fun. Pattern required and it includes all paper templates to complete the quilt.
Register for Wicked Hex

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 cloth in a way that connects to our ancestors to reveal their struggles and triumphs 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 pay 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

Intro to Foundation Paper Piecing

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Tuesday, June 4

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.

Choose from two designs from Flying Parrot Quilts, either Gossamer Wings dragonfly or Tiny Jewel hummingbird and you'll be hooked in no time!
Register for FPP

Surface Design with Thickened Dyes

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

Saturday, June 8

We will start this class with pure play, exploring the dyes and tools by experimenting on cloth prepared by the instructor. There are many ways to apply thickened dye and we will probably discover new ones. We will use tools such as scrapers, brushes, stamps, mono-print plates, rollers and some household items. After the introductory play session, each student will get additional prepared fabric to either continue experimentation or may work with your own specific plan.
Register for Surface Design

New Fabrics

by Alison Glass

Yarn dyed woven shot cottons from Andover Fabrics.

Fifty Shades of Hay
from Dear Stella Designs
Reap What You Sow in Eclipse
Cluck in Cyber
Cow Patch in Eclipse
Moonscape in Vermillion
Fifty Shades of Hay in Eclipse
Sheep Frolic in Misty
See you in the shop this weekend!
-Gael 🌸
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