Blue Bar Quilts
Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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Dog Days of Summer


Dog Days of Summer Sale continues
through Sunday 8/18

This week, save 20% on your entire purchase of full-priced fabric, notions, books, patterns, and supplies in the shop!* 

*Classes, Makers Gallery, sale & promo items excluded from discount.

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🧵We've got Quilt Expo tickets!
🧵Row by Row 2019: Taste the Experience
🧵Featured Classes for September
🧵New Fabrics - check them out!

Quilt Expo Tickets Available!

It’s less than a month ‘til Quilt Expo, September 5-7, 2019! We are busy preparing for our booth and getting excited for another great three days of Expo activities.

You will find us again this year at Booth 321/322.

You can purchase discounted advance tickets at the shop now through September 4.

Ticket sales are cash or check only.

  • One-day – $8 in advance; $10 at door
  • Two-day – $13 in advance; $15 at door
  • Three-day – $16 in advance; $18 at door
Parking is paid separately at the Alliant Energy Center entrance gate ($7) and children 12 and under are admitted free (must be accompanied by an adult).

For class registration and scheduled events please visit the Quilt Expo website:

Row by Row 2019:
Taste the Experience

Row by Row is sizzling this summer

This year’s theme is food and our free pattern, designed by Trish Frankland aka Quilt Chicken, is titled BBQ Grill.

Free patterns for our BBQ Grill Pattern are only available through September 3, after that they will sell for $8.00.

We still haven’t been visited by a winner so if you have a quilt in the works we are available as a place to bring your finished Row by Row 2019 quilt. The winner will receive an exclusive 25 fat quarter bundle, and if our row pattern is included in the quilt, an additional prize of a $25 shop gift certificate!

Deadline to bring in your winning quilt is October 31, 2019. We hope you will join in the fun!

Our fabric license plates are on sale now for $5.99!

BBQ fabric license plate

Featured Classes

Surface Design Techniques with Maday

Instructor: Maday Delgado

Saturday, August 24

This workshop is designed to teach a variety of techniques to include in all your fiber art projects. We will focus on using acrylic fabric paints, reverse applique, fusible applique and sashiko stitching designs to create a layered composition.
Register for Surface Design Techniques

Indigo & Shibori For Quilters

Instructor: Kipp Inglis

Saturday, September 14 & 28

Learn to make and care for your own personal organic indigo vat and learn resist patterning techniques. Use these skills in combination to create beautiful indigo dyed pieces to incorporate into your quilting and sewing projects.
Register for Indigo & Shibori

Perfect Pillow

Instructor: Nancy Horns

Sunday, September 15

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

Design Essentials 1

Instructor: Lorraine Torrence

Saturdays, Sept. 2019 - Mar. 2020

Join this in-depth Design Series to learn all about the most essential Design Principles and Elements! You will be doing an exercise at home 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. Bring your exercise to the next class where the class 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!
Register for Design Essentials 1

Design Essentials 2 & 3

Instructor: Lorraine Torrence

Sundays, Sept. 2019 - Mar. 2020

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.
Register for Design Essentials 2 & 3

Low Water Immersion Dyeing

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

Sunday, September 22

Create fabric to use in quilting and other sewing projects while learning the basics of low water immersion dyeing. This dyeing technique uses a small amount of water in shallow containers. Different ways of manipulating fabric and applying dyes produce a variety of effects including textured fabric using a single color, relaxed shibori (with one or more colors), and wonderful multi-colored pieces.
Register for Immersion Dyeing

Beginning Quiltmaking

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Mondays, Sept. & Oct. 2019

Learn every step of the quiltmaking process in this class designed for beginning sewists. You will learn fabric selection, cutting, piecing, pressing, borders, basting, quilting, trimming and binding. After taking this class you'll be ready to make any number of quilt projects. There's nothing like a handmade quilt - now you can make your own! Don't have a sewing machine? Ask about using one of our shop machines.
Register for Beginning Quiltmaking

New Fabrics

Step by Step

designed by Keiko Goke
for Free Spirit Fabrics
A Long Way in Red
A Long Way in Aqua
Ladder to Happiness in Red
Ladder to Happiness in Black
I Love Roses in Aqua
I Love Roses in Red
Zinnia in Black
Zinnia in Blue

Kaffe Fassett Collective

Spring 2019
for Free Spirit Fabrics
Turkish Delight in Gold
Turkish Delight in Black
Cactus Flower in Multi
Primulas in Blue
Onion Rings in Black
Onion Rings in Cocoa
Rose & Hydrangea in Navy
Rose & Hydrangea in Blue
See you in the shop this weekend!
-Gael 🐦
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