Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I 've finished my Snowbound quilt!  I tried to talk myself out of those embroidered snowflakes around the border but they really do add just the right touch!  We are so happy to have this designer, Pat Wys, with us to be teaching for our 18th annual Buggy Barn Quilt Show!  See the rest of the great line up of guest teachers HERE!  So make your plans, and schedule a class or two, and we'll see you in August if not before!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crazy Monkey See Monkey Do

I've finished another crazy pattern, a single this time!  These goofy monkeys remind me of playing endless games of “Barrel of Monkeys” with my Aunt Mable…I believe the slogan for the game was “it’s a barrel full of laughs!”  so these guys make me smile!  Because of all the curves, this  pattern has a lot of pieces: way more than most crazies, so if you are new to this technique, this may not be the pattern you want to learn with.  But all the rest of you Buggy Barn Crazies out there: monkey see, monkey do, but remember, no more jumping on the bed!  Patterns retail for $12.00 and are available on our website.

Our newest Buggy Barn Basic Yarn Dyes are finally here!!  It's been a LONG wait but I think they are worth it!  I love the way the colors have all turned out!  This is the first time our yarn dyes will have a brushed finish on one side-it too is just as I'd hoped.  Thanks to Henry Glass for their work on this one because there was lots of back and forth to get it right!  Here are some pictures, although I just realized that I forgot the purples!  Sorry!  Enjoy!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Down to Earth

It's finally arrived! The Down to Earth fabric is now in the shop and the girls worked hard cutting all of your pre-orders!  The panel can be used as is, or you can embroider over the top of the design for added dimension.  We hope you agree, it's been worth the wait!

Gloria just finished her Hampton Ridge block of the month quilt, and as everyone always says, it's so much prettier in person! 

Kathy is ready for her class "Practice What I Preach",  so won't you come join her?  You will learn to use a variety of specialty rulers using Pam Buda's techniques. The class is March 15 from 10-4 pm in the Big Barn.  Cost is $25 and Pam Buda's book is required.

There's lots going on at the Barn!  We hope to see you all soon!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Can this be Love?

They say that "Love is in the air", but our "air" has been bitter, bone chillingly cold, with wind chills well below zero, just like around most of the country, but we have our love to keep us warm, right? LOL!  As long as we stay tucked up tight in our sewing rooms and keep our fingers busy this may be true, especially if our fingers are tucked down in this adorable wool project, "I Heart", from Helen Stubbings, one of our favorite  designers from the land down under!  

Helen's sample is originally made from cotton, but I made mine out of wool, so it is also slightly smaller than suggested due to the yardage width of hand dyed wool, but I had no problem fitting the design on.  It might be fun to throw in some of the hand dyed velvet, too that you can see in the foreground in the photo.  We have lots of great wools to select from as well as rolls quilter's candy for $2.50 that gives you just a nibble of a few colors.  To get the design just right, I actually traced the heart with the letter "edges" onto freezer paper and cut out the inside of the heart, and then ironed that template onto the wool so I knew all the letters had to fit inside my heart template.  This seemed to work really well for me.  
I don't know what I'd do without my freezer paper!  I go through a ton of it, as you can see from my giant size roll, especially now when I'm working on a new crazy design.  I have the design done and have started piecing the blocks for a new monkey block but still haven't quite figured out the setting....hope I've guessed correctly on the number of blocks so I don't have to go back and make more!

And speaking of crazies, here's some crazies that are perfect if you're "feeling the Love" this time of year! 

Love quilt
Our "Love" quilt is made from the letters out of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" out of our "Crazy Among Friends" book. 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

"Hearts" is out of our "Crazy Fun N Games" book.

And there's the ever popular single pattern "Heart Crazies"

And in case you are still looking for your "Prince Charming", we have one of those too!  Whatever you do, make your day happy, and here's hoping your love will keep you warm!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Winter Quilt

I've finished my first block of the "Winter Quilt" block of the month and it's looking quite cute!  As you can see, it's still frosty as can be here!  There have been intermitent power outages with all the frost on the power lines and the trees continue to shed branches.  We went out today and tried knocking frost off what branches we could reach, but just ended up with ice down our necks! 

This coming Tuesday, January 28th brings the end of an era at the Buggy Barn-Donna Booth is retiring!  She has been with us since the beginning and it will be so hard to see her go!  If she wasn't being a "little cut up" then she was being a "little sew and so" and she has brought boundless fun, laughter, and friendship along in her wake.  
Along with Roxie and Lynda, Donna has always been our Tuesday "charge nurse", so please, if you can, stop by on this coming Tuesday, enjoy a piece of cake and wish Donna well.  She will be missed!  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Watch for this!

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Our project is featured in the Aril 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine!  See my project as well as other featured projects from this issue, here:

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And, yes, we have kits!  This quilt features a garden themed panel designed by one of our fellow Henry Glass designers, Annie Downs.  It's such a cute panel, as I hope you can see from this close up of a block!  This is just the project we need to pull us out of our winter-time blues and have some baskets of sunshine coming our way!

And while I'm on the subject of Annie, I thought I'd share one of her current fabric lines that we have in the shop, Button Tree Lane.  She very cleverly has designed button dots and I love that needle stripe, and the paisley is very cute!

    So let us know if need fat quarter packs or yardage
    of any of her Button Tree Lane fabrics to go along
    with your kit purchase!  

Monday, January 20, 2014


Can't say it's been snowing' and blown' but it sure has been frosty!  It's sure beautiful when the trees are all covered with frost, but then we spend a morning picking up broken branches that can't withstand all that extra weight!  We've been having short little power outages because of all the frost on the power lines, and on Saturday evening we had a bit of excitement when there was a transformer fire just down from our house.  That was quite a light show!  Except for a bit longer power outage, no harm done!

So there still isn't much sledding and or snowboarding going on around here, so if we want to "Live Loud", we'll need to do it in our sewing rooms!  That's probably the safest place for me anyway haha!  I'm not so good trying to stand up on a piece of wood and sliding downhill, fun as that sounds!
And as far as building a snowman, we'll just have to peek out this "Winter Window" that Denise has just finished!  It's pretty darn cute!  (And so's Denise!)  Eveybody keep stitching and keep warm!