Blue Bar Quilts
Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Service is the Heart of our Community

Our Modern Quilting Community has a lot of love to give and this was made very apparent with our recent completed project. Judy Gauthier of Bungalow Quilting & Yarn in Ripon asked us to help her make some utility quilts that she will personally deliver to the Mexican border to be taken across to Matamoros by some Catholic sisters who will distribute them to migrants living in a camp there. Judy decided to deliver quilts after reading a Washington Post article that reported many children in the camps were suffering from frostbite and this spurred her to action. We were happy to help with her effort, along with other quilting groups within Wisconsin. Judy’s goal was to have 40 quilts to deliver. The Blue Bar Quilts community effort produced 28! Most of the quilts were made during sew days at the shop, some were made by individuals and brought in and others donated quilts from their own stash. Thank you to all the wonderful friends & staff who took the reins of this project and threw their heart and soul into the effort. Thanks for the call to action and inspiration, Judy!

As always, we continue to host the Days for Girls Middleton Team on the second Tuesday of every month and the shop is a drop off location for donations for Project Linus and Hope 2 Others.

Scroll for more in this newsletter:

❄️New featured classes for Jan./Feb./Mar.
❄️Lisa Binkley Art Quilts & Embroideries Exhibit
❄️Pre-order your Tula Pink HomeMade fabrics!
❄️Shop online, anytime, anywhere!

Featured Classes

Accordion Sewn HST Method

Instructor: Trisha Frankland

2 choices: January 23 & February 23

This technique will blow your mind! Learn a new half square triangle method that allows you to make it super scrappy but in a controlled way. Use it with the Carpenter's Apprentice pattern and anytime you need HST's. Also, tons of tips and tricks from Trish for trimming.

Register for Accordion Sewn HST Method

Lucky the Labrador

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

January 25

Make your own adorable stuffed Labrador Retriever using your favorite fabrics! This is a multi-step, detailed project and can be tricky, so this class is intended for sewists with some experience.

Register for Lucky the Labrador

Hem Your Jeans

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

January 26

Say goodbye to worn hems! With this technique, you will learn to shorten your jeans while keeping the existing hem. This technique works best with straight leg jeans, not flared.

Register for Hem Your Jeans

Diva Frame Wallet

Instructor: Dayna Marinelli

February 2

This is a perfect class for anyone who is: 1. New to sewing 2. New to bags and clutches 3. Loves the look and functionality of the Diva wallet. It really is a functional wallet that is easy to make. And once you do one, they can be addictive!

Register for Diva Frame Wallet

Hand Quilting 101

Instructor: Elizabeth Oner

2 Sessions: February 8 and 22

Learn the basics of hand quilting; supplies, marking, basting and stitching techniques. A whole cloth one block design approximately 18" square will be the class project and several stencil designs will be available for students to use in class. Both the poke/pull and rocking stitch methods will be covered.

Register for Hand Quilting 101

Patch the Pussycat

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

February 8

Make your own adorable stuffed Pussycat using your favorite fabrics! This is a multi-step, detailed project and can be tricky , so this class is intended for sewists with some experience.

Register for Patch the Pussycat

Skill Seminar Series: Binding

Instructor: Trish Frankland

Two choices: February 11 or March 26

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 SSS: Binding

Quilt as Desired

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

February 9

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

Lisa Binkley Art Quilts & Embroideries Exhibit

Lisa Binkley Art Quilts & Embroideries Exhibit is on display through January 2020. Lisa’s work incorporates layers of created color and texture from her own hand-dyed fabrics and fibers, hand stitching and bead work. Lisa is a member of Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists and Memory Cloth Circle.

Pre-order your Tula Pink HomeMade fabrics now!

We are excited to have Tula Pink’s new collection, HomeMade, arriving at the shop in March 2020! Since the last collection sold so quickly, we want to give all of you the opportunity to reserve your favorite designer’s collection so you don’t miss out!

Pre-order a fat quarter bundle and save $6, a half yard bundle and save $12 or a full yard bundle and save $23.75! We ordered 24 prints from the collection in all 3 colorways; Morning, Noon & Night (and one wildcard print with the color name Bruch!)

This offer is also available in-store if you would like to reserve in person.

Here are the fine print details: Fabrics will ship in March 2020 and pre-sale customers will be informed of delivery ASAP after they are received at the shop.

24 SKU's included:


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Of course, we love our customers and we love to see you and all your creative projects. We set up our online store for your shopping convenience so you’re never too far from your local quilt shop, Blue Bar Quilts!
See you in the shop!
-Gael 🐦
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Tues & Thurs 10am-8pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday Noon-4pm


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