Blue Bar Quilts
Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Quilt Expo starts tomorrow!

We’ve been preparing for weeks and have a booth bursting with exciting new projects just waiting for you to discover and take home to sew. As you map out your Expo days, be sure to plan a stop in our booth even if it’s just to say hello. You will find us at Booth 321/322.
While in our booth, don’t forget to pick up a 15%-off coupon to use in the shop now through 9/21/19. Coupons are only available at Expo and must be presented in the shop to receive the discount.

Expo tickets are now only available at the door at the Alliant Center:
  • One-day – $10
  • Two-day – $15
  • Three-day – $18
Children 12 and under are admitted free (must be accompanied by an adult). Parking at the Alliant Energy Center entrance gate is $7.

For class registration and scheduled events please visit the Quilt Expo website: you there!

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🧵New gallery hall exhibition
🧵Featured classes for Sept. & Oct.
🧵New fabrics

The Blue Bar Quilts Gallery Hall presents

An Exhibit by Cindy Anderson.
Cindy Anderson Gallery
In this one-woman quilt show, Janesville quilt artist, Cindy Anderson, shares with us her exquisite original designs borne of the healing powers of art.
“The world of art, with its many forms, has always brought me joy. From my childhood explorations with chalk and paint to my recent creations using fabric and thread, I have utilized art as my vehicle to stretch my wings, break free from my emotional bondage and heal my wounded spirit.” - artist statement excerpt
Meet Cindy Anderson at her artist reception here at Blue Bar Quilts, Saturday, September 14, 1:00PM-4:00PM.

Reduce. Reuse. Or Just Don't Use.

In August, 603 bags were refused at checkout and that’s pretty great!

THANK YOU to all our dedicated customers who continue to reduce single-use plastic shopping bag consumption not only here at Blue Bar Quilts, but wherever you shop.Together we can make a difference.

The August winner of our monthly drawing to promote reduction of plastic bag waste is Sherri Cyra. Congrats Sherri, you’ve won a 4-Fat Quarter Gift Card.

Featured Classes

Tuffet Making

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

September 29 & October 6

Tuffet (noun) - A low upholstered seat or footstool, hassock, ottoman. While you'll want one for yourself, tuffets make wonderful gifts for special occasions including weddings, new babies, anniversaries and special birthdays. These heirloom creations will bring a touch of charm to any room! Join Cheryl, a certified TuffetSource affiliate, and create your own masterpiece in a two-part workshop. You will have fun and walk out of the second class with a completed tuffet!
Register for Tuffet Making

Indigo & Shibori For Quilters

Instructor: Kipp Inglis

Saturday, September 14 & 28

Learn to make and care for your own personal organic indigo vat and learn resist patterning techniques. Use these skills in combination to create beautiful indigo dyed pieces to incorporate into your quilting and sewing projects.
Register for Indigo & Shibori

Perfect Pillow

Instructor: Nancy Horns

Sunday, September 15

Learn to make a perfect knife-edge, corded, 16" decorator pillow. Full color, comprehensive instruction booklet is included. Most students complete their pillow project during class.
Register for Perfect Pillow

Design Essentials 1

Instructor: Lorraine Torrence

Saturdays, Sept. 2019 - Mar. 2020

Join this in-depth Design Series to learn all about the most essential Design Principles and Elements! You will be doing an exercise at home each month to learn about one or more principles and elements which will give you an enlightening insight into the tools to make your quilts sing. Bring your exercise to the next class where the class will engage in a critique session that will help unravel the understanding of design..and yes, you will learn how to critique each other's exercises! We will have exercises on value, balance, color, the illusion of depth, scale and more. You will have an edge on making your quilts better if you take this class!
Register for Design Essentials 1

Design Essentials 2 & 3

Instructor: Lorraine Torrence

Sundays, Sept. 2019 - Mar. 2020

This is a combined Design 2 and 3 class, in which the Design 2 students will be doing exercises from assignments in Sources and Inspiration. As in Design 1, the exercises will be given at the end of each class for the next class which will be critique sessions of the last month's assignment. You will be sent the first assignment a month before the class begins, so register early! Design 3 students will work in a series of their own making and use the classes for the critique of ongoing work. In all exercises and work for both Design 2 and Design 3 students, encouragement in being mindful of past learning from previous exercises is stressed. These two classes both have a prerequisite of the Design Series class before.
Register for Design Essentials 2 & 3

Low Water Immersion Dyeing

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

Sunday, September 22

Create fabric to use in quilting and other sewing projects while learning the basics of low water immersion dyeing. This dyeing technique uses a small amount of water in shallow containers. Different ways of manipulating fabric and applying dyes produce a variety of effects including textured fabric using a single color, relaxed shibori (with one or more colors), and wonderful multi-colored pieces.
Register for Immersion Dyeing

Beginning Quiltmaking

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Mondays, Sept. & Oct. 2019

Learn every step of the quiltmaking process in this class designed for beginning sewists. You will learn fabric selection, cutting, piecing, pressing, borders, basting, quilting, trimming and binding. After taking this class you'll be ready to make any number of quilt projects. There's nothing like a handmade quilt - now you can make your own! Don't have a sewing machine? Ask about using one of our shop machines.
Register for Beginning Quiltmaking

Paint Pouring 101

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

September 26

Pouring paint is really popular right now, and with good reason. It's fast, fun, easy and no experience is necessary! In this class you can try two different pour techniques - the swipe and the dirty pour. You'll go home with two 8"x 10" unique paintings.
Register for Paint Pouring

New Fabrics

Crescent & Brushed
designed by Sarah Watts
for Ruby Star Society

Add It Up
designed by Alexia Abegg
for Ruby Star Society
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See you at the shop and Quilt Expo!
-Gael 🐦
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