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Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Anticipating Autumn

It's almost back to school time! If you're looking for something extracurricular for your children to do, it may be time to learn to sew!

We have Sewing School books in stock and Quilt Cadets patterns! Your children can sign up online to be a quilt cadet and earn badges with the patterns they create.

We're going to be a part of The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Virtual Experience, Sept. 10-12, live streaming all 3 days from 10a-12p along with all the other virtual vendors in the show so we hope you'll join us! We'll have some special surprises for you, plus we'll be doing another curated gallery show!

Quilt Cadets Patterns

Quilt Cadet Patterns
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Sewing School Books

Sewing School Books
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Have you registered for the The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show free virtual experience?

Read more about the development of this unique immersive event, register for the free event now at quiltshow.com and share with your friends and family who would like to be part of the fun. We'll see you online Sept. 10-12!
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New Fabrics

All Lined Up designed by Judy Gauthier for Studio E
All Lined Up Bead Stripe Blue
All Lined Up Chevron Red/Orange
All Lined Up Chevron Blue/Purple
All Lined Up Diamond Stripe Yellow
All Lined Up Diamond Stripe Teal
All Lined Up Wide Stripe Blue/Green
All Lined Up Wide Stripe Red/Purple
All Lined Up Narrow Stripe Blue/Green
All Lined Up Narrow Stripe Red/Yellow
All Lined Up Bead Stripe Red/Pink
All Lined Up Irregular Blocks Stripe Green/Yellow
All Lined Up Diagonal Blocks Stripe Red/Purple
Miniature Minis from RJR Fabrics
Miniature Minis Links Gray
Miniature Minis Springs Violet
Miniature Minis Links White
Miniature Minis Springs Lime
Miniature Minis Flower Burst Red
Miniature Minis Flower Burst Blue
Miniature MInis Shaken Shapes Blue
Miniature Minis Shaken Shapes Green
Miniature Minis Shaken Shapes Multi
Miniature Minis Dot Dot Yellow
Miniature Minis Dot Dot Teal
Kraken designed by Julia Green for RJR Fabrics
Kraken X Marks The Spot Tropics
Kraken Jolly Roger Wine
Kraken Jolly Roger Tropical
Kraken Beware The Kraken Bering Sea
Kraken Ship In A Bottle Sea Glass
Lil' Bit Country by RJR Studios
Lil' Bit Country Barnyard Storybook
Lil' Bit Country Sunflower Field
Lil' Bit Country Sunny Days Morning
Lil' Bit Country Rockin' Rooster Red
Lil' Bit Country Any Way The Wind Blows Flame

Shop by Color!

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

Online Classes

Design Essentials 1 via Zoom with Lorraine Torrence

7 Sessions: Sept 19, 2020 - Mar 20, 2021


Join this in-depth Design Series to learn all about the most essential Design Principles and Elements!

You will be doing an exercise 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. Share your exercise during the next month's class where fellow classmates 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!

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Design Essentials 2 & 3 via Zoom with Lorraine Torrence

7 Sessions: Sept 20, 2020 - Mar 21, 2021

 

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.

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Remember our new Saturday hours!

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

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Current Blue Bar Quilts Hours


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

Tula Pink Nebula Kit Pre-Sale!

This kit has limited availability, when they’re gone they are GONE! (only 3 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?
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#GrungeContest2020 Entry in the Shop! Blue Bar Quilts

We have an entry for the Moda Grunge Contest!

Hanging in the shop now, designed, pieced and quilted by Jill Dow of JD’s Custom Quilts.

Jill Dow #GrungeContest2020 Entry - Front
Jill Dow #GrungeContest2020 Entry - Back

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.
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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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Tula Pink HomeMade Challenge!

The Tula Pink HomeMade Challenge is a juried and judged quilt challenge sponsored by FreeSpirit Fabrics and Aurifil.

What Is The Purpose?

The challenge encourages quilters to pay tribute to what drives the quilter/sewist/maker to create with their hands, through the creation of a 60” x 60” quilt featuring 80% of the new Tula Pink HomeMade fabrics and using Aurifil threads. The jury, including Tula Pink, will select 12 quilts that speak to the glory, attitude and beauty that comes from the privilege of saying “Hey, I made that.” The 12 selected quilts will have the chance to be part of the HomeMade Challenge exhibit at the Fall International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, TX in October 2020, and the opportunity to win over $10,000 in prizes!

How Does It Work?

Quilters can submit up to two pieces to their local US or Canada quilt shop. The quilt shop will then select one entrant/quilter to submit to the jury.

For complete contest rules, click here.

To view the online entry form and submit your entrant/quilter*, click here.
Entry deadline: All completed and signed entry forms and images must be sent to arrive no later than SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 to FreeSpirit Fabrics. (Note that this is a receive-by deadline.)
Tula Pink explains HomeMade designs

Quilt Fever

Olivia Loomis Merion’s South by Southwest-selected short documentary “Quilt Fever” is a Christopher Guest film come to life.



Like Best In Show, the film includes absurd yet lovable characters who are deeply committed to a somewhat obscure hobby and travel to a hyper-specific locale—this time Paducah, Kentucky—to gather with their people and compete in their craft.

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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We are open for in-store shopping Monday – Friday, 10AM – 3PM, Saturday, Noon – 5PM; and Appointment Shopping Mondays & Fridays, with 45 minute appointments @ 3PM, 4PM and 5PM. Must email or call ahead to reserve.

Please note these requirements for entry:
  • Limit 5 customers in the shop at a time
  • Masks are required for all, no exceptions
  • Social distancing of 6', please be aware
  • Please, only stay as long as needed to make your purchase
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