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Monday Minutes with Gael, Volume 1 Number 45 - It's the Solstice!Solstice Greetings to you! The light is coming and we can't wait for better things to come.

A reminder that our 20% off sale continues until Dec. 31st, and that includes patterns like the Star Storm patterns by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

Please also check out our holiday guest makers! We have Perfect Imperfections, Jasmine Banks's comfort gift boxes, East Side Bags & Accessories by Jane Miller, and QB's Magnetic Creations, Judy McNeal's gorgeous magnetic jewelry, perfect for you or for a gift.

We'll see you next week after the festivities!

Shop our Star Storm Pattern & Holiday Guest Makers!

Buy the Star Storm pattern
Shop Perfect Imperfections
Shop East Side Bags & Accessories
Shop QB's Magnetic Creations
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Latest Fabrics

Sale prices in effect through 12/31!

Abandoned & Provisions
designed by Tim Holtz
for Free Spirit Fabrics
CoCo
from Michael Miller Fabrics
Blenders in 50 colors
Violet Craft Modern Classics
from Robert Kaufman
19 new colors!
Search VCMC to see all 40 colors in stock.
Florida
designed by Sarah Watts
for Ruby Star Society
Florida Rock Springs Black
Florida Wild Wings Shell
Florida Wild Wings Slate Gray
Florida Orange Blossoms Black
Florida Cosmos Black
Florida Cosmos Slate Gray
Florida Egrets Slate Gray
Florida Manatees Steel
Florida Shade Palms Slate Gray
Les Chats Noirs
from Dear Stella Designs
Les Chats Noirs Having a Meowment Black
Les Chats Noirs Chillin White
Les Chats Noirs Cat Heads White
Les Chats Noirs Feature White
Masquerade Mask Panel
from Dear Stella Designs
PDF Instructions
Masquerade Mask Panel 36
Painted Petals
by Artwerks
for Clothworks
Painted Petals Digital Floral Navy
Painted Petals Digital Floral Cream
Painted Petals Acrylic Floral Turquoise
Painted Petals Acrylic Floral Dark Orange
Painted Petals Doodle Floral Dark Turquoise
Painted Petals Doodle Floral Purple
Painted Petals Doodle Floral Fuchsia
Painted Petals Doodle Floral Dark Orange
Whatnot
desgined by Rashida Coleman-Hale
for Ruby Star Society

Choices! Block of the Month 2021

We've got two Block of the Month (BOM) programs to get excited about in 2021!

First up is Moda's My Favorite Color is Moda. We've got a Pre-Sale on this kit, which has 6 colorway options using Moda Bella solid fabrics and all traditional piecing. If you'd like to use your own fabric, the standalone pattern is $12 and requires 10 solid fabrics. (Available for purchase in January 2021.)

This will be 12 months of BOM fun for 2021, with supporting tutorials on the Moda website. Check out the options below and pre-order your kit today.
Moda "My Favorite Color is Moda" BOM Kit
Our second Block of the Month program is Graphic Jam by Sassafras Lane Designs. It has 2 colorway options (light or dark) using foundation paper piecing as the base. Trisha Urben of G&T fame will be instructing this class! This 10-month program will begin in March as a zoom class which we hope eventually turns into an in-person class later in the year. Register today! (Kits for the featured quilt are sold separately and will be available in late January.)
Register

Due to high COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, we are temporarily closed for in-store shopping.

Online ordering open 24/7

 

Telephone Customer Service & Curbside Pick-Up:

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 10 AM - 5 PM
Wed 10 AM - 3 PM

Closed Sunday
Closed Christmas Day & New Year's Day
 

For prompt replies to your questions, please call (608-284-9299) or email us at bluebarquilts@gmail.com. These methods are preferred over social media messaging. Thank you!

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

Mask Supplies

Explore mask panels and supplies on our website!
Masquerade Mask Panel 36
Fun Mask Panels from Moda
Mask panel from Ruby Star
Shop Mask Supplies

New Drawstring Mask Elastics with Adjusters:

Shop Drawstrings - Mask Supplies

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

ZOOM Classes

Beginning Quiltmaking Series with Cheryl Schenck


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

Pre-Felt Techniques with Jennifer Angelo

February 6, 2021

Ever wanted to know how felters make those crisp lines and corners in a felt design? In this course, you will learn how to do just that! This course will teach you the difference between machine-made and handmade pre felts, how to make your own pre felts, and how to use your pre felts in your felting projects. Come learn how to make striking design effects and expand your felting skill repertoire. The kit is included in the class fee and can be picked up at the shop or shipped. Did you see this class too late to get supplies? Take the class anyway and pick up or have the supplies sent to you the day after the class.
Register for Pre-Felt Techniques

Block of the Month with Trisha Urban

Graphic Jam designed by Sassafras Designs
March-December, 2021

Join Trisha for this skill-building, foundation paper pieced modern design by Sassafras Lane. The class fee includes the pattern booklet and 10 monthly classes. Choose your own fabrics or purchase full kits or monthly block subscriptions for the pictured quilts.

Kits or monthly block subscriptions will be available for purchase starting in February 2021, watch this newsletter for updates. Kits will be available with a choice of light or dark backgrounds.
Register for BOM

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
Shop by Theme - Blue Bar Quilts

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

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!
💙💛❤️Gael

Hours of Operation

Due to high COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, we are temporarily closed for in-store shopping.


Telephone Customer Service & Curbside Pick-Up


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

Holiday Hours:
Open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
Closed: Christmas & New Year's Day

For prompt replies to your questions, please call (608-284-9299) or email us at bluebarquilts@gmail.com. These methods are preferred over social media messaging. Thank you!

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