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 Art Gallery Fabrics, Blank Quilting, Camelot, Clothworks, Dashwood Studio, Free Spirit, Island Batik, Michael Miller, Moda Fabrics, M&S Textiles, P&B Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Ruby Star Society, Stof Fabrics, Studio E, Windham 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, hand quilting, embroidery, sashiko, applique, patchwork, fabric dyeing, textile surface design, color theory, and design essentials. Our shop takes pride in featuring local Wisconsin pattern designers. Some of our favorites are JD’s Custom Quilts, Purple Pineapple Studio, Sew Hungry Hippie, Studio R Quilts, and Wefty.
We believe in giving back to our community through service. Our shop is home to the Days for Girls Middleton Team which meets for a workday in our classroom on the second Tuesday of every month from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Days for Girls is an organization that makes and distributes reusable menstrual kits to girls and women all over the world. Blue Bar Quilts is also a Project Linus donation drop-off location for finished quilts and blankets.
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.