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Blue Beer Can

Why is the shop called Blue Bar Quilts?

When Gael was trying to come up with names she wanted something simple and generic that didn’t start with the word quilt, sew or stitch, wasn’t a pun or too cutesy. Several one word names were rejected when shared with friends and family. Gael’s friend Diana came up with the name Blue Bar in homage to the generic beer cans from the 70’s that had a blue stripe and that fit the criteria. Blue Bar Quilts it was! Many find it humorous that the initials are BBQ and occasionally the business, because of its name, gets mistaken for a drinking establishment.

Blue Bar Quilts is a Modern Quilting Community located in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Our focus is on modern quilters and makers and the fabrics they love. We stock designer fabric collections and fabric basics from  Alexander HenryAndover FabricsArt Gallery Fabrics, Blank QuiltingCharley HarperCamelot,  Clothworks, Dashwood Studio, Fableism, FIGOFree Spirit, Island Batik, Michael Miller, Moda Fabrics, M&S Textiles, P&B Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Ruby Star Society, Shannon FabricsStof Fabrics, Studio E, TildaWindham Fabrics, and more.
We are a JUKI QVP dealer and stock a full line of JUKI sewing machines, sergers and long arm quilting machines, the Tajima Sai embroidery machine, and the Ricoh Ri 100 direct to fabric digital printer. Come into the shop to see our selection or call to schedule a demo.

Our quilt shop offers classes in quilting and sewing projects and techniques, both hand sewing and sewing machine, and often including other fiber arts crafts and surface design techniques.  Our shop takes pride in featuring local Wisconsin pattern designers. Some of our favorites are Abby Maed, Indie Hipster QuiltsJD’s Custom Quilts, Persimon DreamsPurple Pineapple Studio, Sew Hungry Hippie, and Studio R Quilts.

We believe in giving back to our community through service. Blue Bar Quilts is a donation drop-off location for Project Linusfor finished quilts and blankets, and Ryan's Case for Smiles pillowcase donations. We host a monthly sew day for Boomerang Bags Dane County and Mad City Quilt Guild Community Service Committee. We are an in-kind sponsor of the annual online GSAFE Quilts & Fiber Arts Auction that takes place in late November. Check our online calendar for other community events and sew days.

Two Madison-area guilds meet at our shop, Madison Modern Quilt Guild and Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists. For more information on these groups please visit their websites or social media profiles.

Blue Bar Quilts is a welcoming Modern Quilting Community – We invite anyone with an interest in quilting, sewing, and creating to join us!

(608) 284-9299
6333 University Avenue
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562
In-Store & Curbside Pickup Shopping Hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri 10 AM - 5 PM
Tue, Thu 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday Noon - 4 PM;
Online ordering open 24/7