Blue Bar Quilts
Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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15% Off Fabric Notions Patterns & Books Dec 15-23
The holiday treats continue this week through next Sunday with 15% off all full-price fabrics, notions, patterns and books in the shop!

Plus, we’ve just added bolts to our sale shelves now discounted at 50% off. Just in time for all your last-minute gift projects.

Blue Bar Quilts Gift Certificates now available online!

Do you have a Blue Bar Quilts gift certificate on your holiday wish list or have someone in mind who’d love to receive one? Our gift certificates are available for purchase online anytime, anywhere. Just go to and click on Purchase a Gift Certificate in the navigation bar and you’ll go straight to our gift certificate page where you can purchase then print out a gift certificate.

No printer? No problem. Just bring in your gift certificate on your mobile device and we’ll be able to access it from there. Gift certificates purchased online will be stored in the customer history associated with the email address of the purchaser.

Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve 🎅🏻10AM-3PM
Christmas Day 🎄Closed
Sunday, December 30 🗂Closed for Inventory
New Year’s Eve 🍾10AM-3PM
New Year’s Day ❄️Closed

100 Quilts for Children and Families in Memory of
Anne Smith

Blue Bar Quilts is pleased to have participated in a project honoring South Central Wisconsin quilter and teacher, Anne Smith, that resulted in the creation of 100 quilts for children and cancer patients.

Anne was a well-known Madison-area quilting teacher, a long-arm quilting business owner and artist. Tragically, Anne and her husband of 42 years, Rusty, were killed last April in an automobile accident in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, while visiting their daughter and newborn grandchild.

To honor her memory, Anne’s friends set out to turn her extensive stash of fabric, patterns and notions into quilts to benefit area charities. To achieve this goal, her friends created 30 quilt kits then held a Sew Day & Sale at Blue Bar Quilts to place Anne’s fabrics and supplies in the capable hands of quilters from around the region.
What started out as 30 kits snowballed into over 100 completed quilts that were donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities and SSM Dean Oncology. Blue Bar Quilts was pleased to host countless sew-in events and serve as a transfer point for quilts as they went through the stages of completion. This project was truly a labor of love by many people working many hours in Anne’s memory. Anne’s devoted circle of friends, area quilters and Blue Bar Quilts are pleased that her memory lives on in the many quilts her extensive stash created that now bring much needed warmth and comfort to children and cancer patients in the Madison area.

New Fabrics

Unique Alexander Henry fabrics always make us smile. Great focus prints to feature in a quilt, bag, home decor or garment project!
Outer Space in Black
Bathing Beauties
Cat-finity Spiral Cats in Black/White
Cat-finity Spiral Cats in Natural/Multi
El Tiempo de Mariposa in Black
Plie Dot in Black/Multi
Plie Dot in Natural/Multi
Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Picture Me ABC in Gray
A Ghastlie Orchard in Gold
Garden at Coyoacan in Aqua - Folklorico Collection
Cactus Flower Frida Kahlo in Natural - Folklorico Collection
Viva Frida - Folklorico Collection
Acapulco in Black/Brite - Folklorico Collection

Featured Classes

Notan: The Light/Dark Relationship

Instructor: Lorraine Torrence

Saturday, January 26

The Japanese study of Notan, meaning light/dark balance, involves learning the relationship of dark and light, positive and negative and how important this is in your quilts.

We'll work with paper cut exercises, including a traditional black and white Notan paper cut, and move on to some other paper exercises. This class will strengthen your use of backgrounds in your quilts and make the darks and lights work together in a mutually supportive way.
Register for Notan

Kid's Beginning Sewing 1 (Ages 8-12)

Instructor: Susan Fortney

Monday, January 14
Monday February 11
Monday February 25

Learn to use a sewing machine and make a burrito pillowcase in this introductory class.
Register for Kid's Beginning Sewing 1

Perfect Pillow

Instructor: Nancy Horns

Sunday, January 13

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

Beginning Botanical Dyes - Build a Color Wheel

Instructor: Kipp Inglis

Saturday, January 5
Sunday, January 6
Saturday, January 12
Saturday January 19

Botanical dyes are ancient and making a decided comeback as a way to help create a safer, more sustainable environment for dyeing cloth. Learn to dye the three primary colors and then combine them to obtain secondary colors. Learn what natural dyes yield what colors and the steps necessary to obtain the best results.
Register for Botanical Dyes

English Paper Piecing 101

Instructor: Elizabeth Oner

Tuesday, January 8
Sunday, March 17

Learn the basics of English paper piecing (EPP) and make a fun little project! This class will cover the basics of EPP including different options available to make a hexagon flower.
Register for English Paper Piecing

Dye & Sew - A Bag Class

Instructor: Pam Niebauer & Nancy Horns

Tuesday, January 15
Tuesday, January 22

Pam will walk you through hand dyeing fabric using surface design techniques and thickened dyes for your custom bag project. The following session Nancy will guide you through creating your one of a kind bag to showcase your fabric. The bag pattern features an adjustable strap and hardware to quick change from a larger tote to a fold over handbag.
Register for Dye & Sew

Dancing Diamonds Gem Bag

Instructor: Tara Curtis

Saturday, January 12

This class takes you through the steps to make the Gem Bag pattern, which uses the Dancing Diamonds Art quilt and turns it into a stunning, sophisticated tote bag. Becoming an art quilter is within reach for any sewist with this new technique by Plum Easy Patterns. Use your stash and create something gorgeous from seemingly useless little scraps. Finished size: 15.5"w x 13.5"h x 6.5"d
Register for Dancing Diamonds

Wefty Weaving with Tara Curtis

Instructor: Tara Curtis

Saturday, January 19

Learn triaxial fabric weaving using the weavolutionary WEFTY needle from inventor, Tara J. Curtis. Students will master the madweave design of their choice: star variations, diamond, tumbling blocks or tumbling triplets, to create a panel to use as they would any other textile. Great for a custom bag, clothing embellishment, wallhanging or any other project that needs graphic pizzazz. Students bring prepared fabric strips ready to weave, homework instructions will be sent via email prior to class for strip preparation.
Register for Wefty Weaving
See you in the shop this weekend!

-Gael 🌸
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Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday Noon-4pm

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