Blue Bar Quilts
Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Blue Bar Quilts
partners with Janome!

Blue Bar Quilts is now a Janome satellite dealer and service drop-off location!

Blue Bar Quilts is partnering with Ardyth’s Sew-n-Vac Shoppe in Baraboo to be your metro Madison Janome connection. We are starting our machine sales with a solid entry level model, the Magnolia 7330. This machine will be available to test in shop or to use during a class or open sew in our classroom. The Magnolia 7330 has great features such as 30 stitches, memorized needle up/down, one step buttonholes, snap-on presser feet and more. We are selling the machine for the same price as online retailers. Call or come into the shop for more details.

We will also be a service drop-off site for all Janome and other sewing machine brands that are 20 years or older (beyond manufacturers’ factory warranty). Drop off your machine at Blue Bar Quilts for transport to Ardyth’s where their factory authorized Janome technician will clean and repair your machine. Within four weeks, your machine will be returned to Blue Bar Quilts for pick up. We look forward to providing our community with local Janome sales and service!

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!

Please come into the shop and 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

More Free Motion Quilting: Mixing Motifs & More

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Sunday, May 19

Ready to take on more challenges with your free motion quilting?

In this class, you'll learn how to mix free motion patterns as well as learning some more advanced techniques such as McTavishing and feathers. Students should have taken the Intro to Free Motion Quilting class or have similar experience.
Register for More Free Motion

Creating & Using Thermofax Screens

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

Tuesday, May 21

Learn how to design and use your own custom thermofax screens. We will discuss the best uses and designs for thermofax screens. Then each student will have the chance to create 4 screens and print with them.
Register for Thermofax Screens

Quilt As Desired

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Thursday, May 23

Three of the most ambiguous words in a quilt pattern can be "quilt as desired." Even though you may feel confident in your machine quilting ability, how can you determine the best way to quilt a particular quilt? No need to bring your machine to this class, but bring a quilt top that you're not sure how to quilt. You will learn from each other's projects as well as come away with some ideas for your own quilt.
Register for Quilt As Desired

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

New Fabrics

A Day in Paris
designed by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics

from Stof Fabrics Denmark
Groovy, retro inspired red, greys and pinks!
See you in the shop Saturday, we will be closed Sunday for Mother's Day. Enjoy!

-Gael 🌸
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