Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Put Your Heart In It!

Put Your Heart in It: Crazy pieced
Our newest fabric line, "Put Your Heart in It" has arrived in the shop! And  it looks beautiful in the cupboard all together!!  We developed this line in conjunction with our crazy pieced "Put Your Heart in It" quilt.  The quilt was inspired by a friend, a breast cancer survivor, who's cancer had reoccurred.  We wanted her to believe, to have hope, and to be strong in her journey to come.  I'm happy to report that she's done all three and is doing well! We don't always know what to do for a friend with a serious illness, and making this quilt helped me to cope.  It's stitched with love and countless prayers!

Put Your Heart in It: Traditionally pieced
And just to complicate things, we have a second quilt with the same name, but it's traditionally pieced "Put Your Heart in It" quilt, designed by Sue Falkowski for Henry Glass Fabrics, who so generously agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale of this fabric to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research.  Thank you to our friends at Henry Glass and to each of you who purchases this fabric!  Let us all pray that there may one day be a cure.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Have You Been Good All Year?

Have you hung your stockings with care?  We surely want Santa to stop here because we've been good all year! Here's hoping you find health and good cheer in your stocking this year and may each of us keep the spirit of Christmas alive all throughout the coming year!  May you have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry N Bright

Merry & Bright

 Is everything "Merry & Bright" at your house?  Are your packages all wrapped and under the tree?   Tom & I had a marathon of wrapping to get the gifts wrapped before the kids got home....Zack arrived today and he's the worst snooper!  He knows he doesn't want to spoil his Christmas morning but he can hardly stand it...he wouldn't even look under the tree, I think because it's way too much temptation and he wants to wait for his brother to get here so they can shake all the packages together and try to guess what's in each!  They are quite a pair and I go to great lengths to try and fool them by putting boxes inside of boxes.  Some years, I don't even put name tags on them-one of them gets red ribbon and one gets green and they don't know whose are whose until Christmas morning-it makes them crazy and keeps them guessing which is most of the fun!  At least now that they are older we no longer have to stay up all night on Christmas Eve waiting for them to go to sleep before "Santa" can come and put them under the tree!   But I'm so glad I still have them home for the holidays.  Hope yours are home with you too! Have a great holiday!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Churndash

Look what Gloria just finished for us!  Although this "Circa 1934"quilt is not traditionally Christmas, I think it would be fabulous on my couch this season!  I really want one of these quilts so I guess I'll be stashing another kit in my cupboard!  You, too, can stash one of these quilts or maybe have Santa wrap it up for under the tree!

The Barn Chicks
We had a cookie exchange at the barn yesterday with the usual, the cookies are just as delicious as last year.....I know since I've sampled them all!  So now in an effort to be able to fit into my jeans, they are now  safely stashed in the freezer!  Good thing for my waistline that my freezer is out in my detached least I get my exercise when I walk out for a snack!!  From each of us at the Buggy Barn, Pam, Kallie, Jan, Gloria, Mary Ellen, Nikki, Kathy A., Lynda, Kathy W., Donna, and me behind the camera, have a very Merry Christmas!  But not to still have LOTS of time left to get everything ready!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Crazy Stars

Crazy Eights
Pam & I have always loved star quilts!  The thing we haven't loved, are the templates for making them!  I think that's the best thing about our "Crazy" method is that you can get these great stars without the mess and stress of templates.  Plus, you're done cutting in about 2 minutes!

And even though I love to applique, I don't really like to applique 50, 60 or 100 stars, especially if I can piece them!  This is where our "crazy" star method comes in!  When I made Blackbird Design's Halloween 1904, I didn't applique-I substituted our crazy stars.  So, for your convenience, here's a listing of our finished star sizes and which book or pattern they can be found in so that you'll be able to substitute into your favorite patterns!  Happy piecing!

For a video demonstration of our "crazy" piecing technique, visit our YouTube videos at

           Crazy Star Sizes (finished sizes)
3”:      Olde Glory” from Celebrated Craziness

4”:     "Crazy Bears" from  Star Crossing     OR
          “Going in Circles” from Certifiably Crazy  OR
          Crazy Eights" from Crazy Fun-N- Games OR
           "Churning Stars" from  CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe

5”: "Fly the Coop" from CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe

5-3/4” (Halloween 1904):        Use “Twice as Crazy Star” from Gone Crazy centered on about 8-   1/2” to 9” square so you can get four stars per fat quarter

6”:      “Crazy Goose Chase” from Certifiably Crazy    OR:     
           Use “Twice as Crazy Star” from Gone Crazy centered on about 8-1/2” to 9” square so you can get four stars per fat quarter

7”:      Use sections A, B, & C only of “Big Dipper” from Stir Crazy   OR
          Use “Twice as Crazy Star” from Gone Crazy

8”:      "Zack's Freedom Flags" from Star crossing OR
          “Checkers” from Crazy Fun-N- Games

8-1/2”:  “Reelin’ “ from Positively Crazy

9”      "Barn Raising" from  Gone Crazy OR 
            "Quilt Show" from CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe

10”:     Single Crazy Mexican Hat Dance
12”:    "Ross's Star" from Star Crossing

 8”:        "Churning Stars" from  CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe                                              

4-1/2” x 10-1/2”:   "Quilter's Village" from  CRaZy 'Til the Cows Come HoMe

 8-1/2” x 13-1/2”:   single Star Crazies

12-1/2” x 15-1/2” “Harvest Stars” from Frightfully Crazy

Range 10” x 14” to 16” x 22” “Breath of Spring”  from Stir Crazy  (the smaller the block, the closer the star points are to the edge of the block; for larger sizes, the star has more “float”.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Our Gift to You....

Just finished stuffing and stitching my pincushion closed.  This kit will be our gift to you as I explained in my last post.  I think it turned out pretty cute; hope you think so too!  It's made from cotton velvet with wool appliques and hand-dyed floss, all included in each kit.  We had so much fun playing with flower colors, that I couldn't choose which color I wanted.....the pink ones are going to be really cute too!

A hand painted mug could also be your gift!
In case you missed the details, here they are again!  Every holiday season, Pam & I like to say "Thanks" to all of our customers!  We so appreciate each and every one of you!  So, from December 1st through December 25th, we will include a thank you gift with a purchase made either at the Buggy Barn retail store or on our website at  

December 1st -25th 
with a $20-$75 purchase, receive a Buggy Barn stationery set
with a $76-$200 purchase, receive a pincushion kit designed by us
with a $201-$250 purchase, receive a handmade necklace with Buggy Barn logo
with a $251-$300 purchase, receive a canvas tote bag with Buggy Barn logo
with a $301-$400 purchase, receive a hand painted Buggy Barn mug
Purchases over $400 will receive both the hand painted mug & necklace.

Happy shopping, and thanks so much for your continued friendship and support!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Cheer!

Every holiday season, Pam & I like to say "Thanks" to all of our customers!  We so appreciate each and every one of you!  So, from December 1st through December 25th, we will include a thank you gift with a purchase made either at the Buggy Barn retail store or on our website at  

December 1st -25th 
with a $20-$75 purchase, receive a Buggy Barn stationery set
with a $76-$200 purchase, receive a pincushion kit designed by us
with a $201-$250 purchase, receive a handmade necklace with Buggy Barn logo
with a $251-$300 purchase, receive a canvas tote bag with Buggy Barn logo
with a $301-$400 purchase, receive a hand painted Buggy Barn mug
Purchases over $400 will receive both the hand painted mug & necklace.

Happy shopping, and thanks so much for your continued friendship and support!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Baby Quilt for Ella

It Takes a Village
I hope everyone had a festive Thanksgiving! Our sister has been slowly remodeling our mom's house and this was our first Thanksgiving back home gathered around Mom's old dining room table. We had a big crowd with lots of kids and grand-kids-it's the best kind when family is all gathered back home together! While my niece was home, she and her mom, my sister Kathy, came to the Barn to pick out a baby quilt for Ella, who will be the newest addition to the family.  Now we like to use Kathy as our example of a non-quilter who is quite accomplished at piecing our crazies- if she can do it, so can anyone!

Baby N Me
During the quilt show, Kathy decided she'd make our "Baby N Me" quilt, using Leann Anderson's cute baby fabric. It uses one of our "Crazy" Stars around Leann's panel.   Then she could also whip up this cute book, also made from another of Leann's fabric lines (keep watching the website: will be added soon!).

"A Boy's Story
But Sara wanted to choose fabric like she has with the two previous babies so we headed to the Barn where I had to show her one of my personal favorites that I have stashed away, Annie Down's "A Boy's Story".  I just love the comic strips- they remind me so much of what it's like to have little boys. But, no, we needed more of a girl quilt.

Life is Beautiful

I also love "Life is Beautiful" and thought they could pick out their favorite sayings and/or designs.  This is not only a great quilt but clever in how the designer has made it a quilt as you go and uses the circles that you cut out from behind the applique motifs to applique down in other blocks. We continued the hunt, and after much deliberation, we finally decided on "It Takes a Village" which I think will be perfect! And it's one of our "crazies" so for Kathy, that makes it even better!  It sure was great having everyone home: family, food, and we even managed to sneak in some quilting!  Hope your's was happy too!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you!  Know that Pam and I are thankful for each and every one of you that we've come to know through the Buggy Barn!  What fun it's been meeting all of you and what great friends we've made!  Thanks so much!
p.s.  Just wanted to show you what Jeanne Pahl did with her Tom Turkey blocks....what a great idea!  I'm so jealous-I need some of those!  Thanks for sharing, Jeanne!  I've always wanted to do the same thing with the Believe blocks....just in case anyone needs any gift ideas for me for Christmas haha!  

Don't forget our Black Friday Event for Big Savings at the Barn!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black Friday Event

Pam & I decided we all needed to have some fun on Black Friday....So come early for big discounts!  If you arrive between the hours of 5:00 am and 7:00 am, you will receive a 20% discount off of any and all purchases!  Arrive at the barn between the hours of 7:01 am and 9:00 am and receive a 15% discount off of any and all purchases!  And, if you come in your pj's between the hours of 5-9, you will earn an additional 5% off!  Can't get up quite so early?  That's okay, too- arrive after 9:00am and take a 10% discount throughout the rest of the day (sorry, no pj discount after 9).  We'll have coffee brewing, and goodies, and of course, Pam and I will join you in our pj's.
For our faithful internet customers, you too can receive a discount but you must do you shopping between the hours stated above, in whatever time zone you are in  (if you live in New York, to get the biggest discount, you need to purchase between 5 & 7 am Eastern Standard Time). The discount will be deducted when your credit card is processed.  So we'll see you Friday!

Monday, November 21, 2011

And the winner is.....

Merry Christmas
Congratulation to Sue!
Sue said...
Thanks so much for a chance to win your give away
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Honeymoon in Vegas, Baby

Who says "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" anyway?  I'm gonna go ahead and tell you what really happened in Vegas!  Pam and Ron celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct 9 so they decided to renew their vows with Elvis in Las Vegas!  And, they unwittingly picked Tom & my anniversary to do it on, so no we all have the same anniversary along with APQ editor Jennifer Keltner!!  It was something of a family reunion plus family friends.  We all had a great time!  I made her a tie-on train from a plastic backed tablecloth fabric so I wouldn't have to finish the edges then added ribbons that everyone could sign with good wishes!  And as part of the package, Ron got that handsome, sparkly tie!!  All three of Pam's girls and their husbands were in the bridal party and my 21 year old son was the ring bearer!  Elvis did a great job and even made us all cry as he was singing "I can't help falling in love with you" as he walked her down the aisle.  It was great fun!

It was my kid's first time in Vegas and the only thing they wanted to do was jump off the Stratosphere....oh my goodness....but after I watched a few people jump, and after I'd checked out the cables and their safety record, I thought that even I might have fun!  But I wasn't feeling well.  I know everyone thinks the Vegas trip is what did me in, and maybe it was but that was when our nurse/practitioner sister saw me in action and said enough!  You're coming to see me and we're gonna figure out what's wrong with you (medically speaking:  there's lots that's wrong with me in general!  How could she possibly choose?)  Anyway, here's a video of Ross's jump.  They even supply lounge chairs so you can lay back and watch and/or video.  I started with Tom lounging in his chair: it's a family joke, since he's known to pass out in certain situations, like when I was having babies or the kids were getting stitches!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Final Day: Henry Glass Jolly Holiday Party

Four All Seasons Winter
It's beginning to look a whole lot like Christmas!  And a white one at that!  We might all get to play in the snow on Thanksgiving Day and maybe even build a snowman!  I just had to share this quilt with you:  I think the snowmen on this "ForAll Seasons Winter"  are adorable and the stars are fun too because they are dimensional.

prize pack: your comment enters you to win!
I wanted to thank all of you who commented on yesterday's post.  So glad you are all having fun and liked our coasters!  I intended to thank Kari Ramsey in yesterday's post because without her step by step instructions, I wouldn't have been able to get my pattern to download for all of you.  So thanks a bunch Kari!  I will pick a winner on Monday morning, the 21st so you can still post to "Today is Our Day" and get entered to win our prize pack.  There's a book of Annie's, my favorite punch-needle kit of Jacquelyn's, that very cute Santa kit of Leann's, Jill's Citrus Salad pattern that's perfect for her fabric pack she's giving away, a couple of patterns of Carrie's (Miss Rosie) just because I'm missing having her on the hop this year, Our new 2012 calendar and one of our books..."Positively Crazy" has "Santa Baby" in it and everyone loves it but duh! I forgot that "Still Crazy" has both "Tom Turkey" and "We've Been Good All Year" in it so I may change....that will be a little surprise as to which one you'll get!  Oh and tucked over there is a  very cute Advent tree pattern of Annie's.  Hope everyone has had a terrific time on the hop! But wait!  You're not done yet!!  This final day brings us to Linda and Chelsea.     And remember, I do link titles and the names.  Any time text is a different color, that means it's got a link attached,  so just click and go!  Have fun with these ladies; I can't wait to see what they have in store!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Today is our Day!

Christmas Poinsettias Wool Mat
Goodness, it's my turn , and as usual, I'm running a bit late, but in our family, we're always ready for a party.  This time, it's the Henry Glass Jolly Holiday Party, and what a party it's been!  I know you've all been having as much fun as I have hopping to everyone's site. But today it's my turn!  I'm Janet, and together with my sister Pam, we own and operate our quilt store, Buggy Barn, in Reardan, WA. Because we live and operate our store out on the edge of nowhere (in God's country!), we developed our trademark "crazy" patterns to try to get you all to stop by for a visit, but everyone just wanted the know-how and so our pattern business began!  Then Alice, from Little Quilts, introduced us to Larry at Henry Glass and we've been designing fabric with them since 2003.  We've got some questions we're suppose to answer so I'd best get to it!

Crazy Tom Turkey
1.   What is your favorite holiday food? Well since we usually only eat it twice a year, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have to go with turkey.  I have fond memories of snitching the juiciest bites as Dad was carving!  I must admit, I also have a terrible weakness for Christmas cookies.....
2.  Does your family have a favorite holiday tradition?  Really, family has always been the tradition.  The more the merrier!
3.  Did you like or hate sitting on Santa's lap?  I was always scared of Santa.  I remember one year, I finally decided I was old enough and that this was my year to finally sit on Santa's lap. Mom and I waited in a very, very, long line until it was finally my turn.....and guess what?  I never have sat on Santa's lap!  
4.  Was there a gift that I really desperately wanted and did I get it?  Oh sisters would ALL say absolutely since they think I've always been spoiled.  I still have a gift box from my favorite clothing store when I was in high school.  In the bottom of the the box is writtern in my mom's handwriting: "Merry Christmas Janet- Christmas for you wouldn't be complete without something from La Chapina so here's a box."  
5.  What's your favorite holiday movie?  It's "White Christmas" because I was always dreaming & hoping for a white Christmas; I still do, but now I'm showing my age and I'd just rather it didn't stick around quite so long!  
6.  Favorite holiday song?  We'll, you'd think it might be "White Christmas" but I have this " Home Alone 2" CD that I love to listen to as I cook.  It's also good for blasting when it's way past time for the kids to get up on Christmas morning....since we go to church on Christmas Eve, that's become a bit a tradition for them....being awakened to the soundtrack of "Home Alone 2".....  Blasting Silent Night just doesn't get the same results!!   My very very  favorite, though, is "O Holy Night" 
7.  Do you make many holiday presents?  What do you like to give?  Well, it sounds all well and good to make my holiday presents but when would I fit that in?  I do love to give and enjoy discovering that perfect something when I'm least expecting it.  We also like to give back and try and volunteer together as a family around Christmas when the kids have school break.
8.  Would you prefer a large fully decorated tree or one like Charlie Brown's tree?  It's probably more like Charlie Brown's since I like decorating with all the ornaments my kids have made over the years.
9.  If you could go back in time, when would you say was your most favorite holiday memory? I know you've all heard it before but it's my favorite! If there's snow, we like to play in the snow.  One year, when Pam's girls were little, we'd lay down on the sleds and let the little ones ride down on our backs.  Well, my Uncle Jess made the mistake of heading down the hill by himself, and we just couldn't allow that!  So as we're walking back up the hill and Jess came by, we all hopped on, one after the other.  Now we've never been petite, and when that poor man had three of us piled on his back, he couldn't even hold his feet up off the ground and ended up wearing holes in the toes of both of his brand new Christmas boots!
10.  Do you like a big family gathering at the holidays or.....we can just stop right there as I'm sure you've gathered we like big family gatherings!  However, we have been known to enjoy a HOT BUTTERED RUM (my secret word) at the end of the day. 

Now we can't forget the free project.   I was thinking gift giving when I was deciding on a project..Hope you all enjoy our "Christmas Coasters".  Don't forget to collect all the secret words, one for each of our postings.  Go to the Henry Glass blog between November 20026, 2011 and post the complete list to be entered to win the grand prize fabric give-away.  We will be including a fat quarter bundle of our newest, not yet in stores, fabric line, "Put Your Heart in It". Henry Glass has generously agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds of sales from "Put Your Heart in It" to breast cancer research  

We've Been Good All Year!
This holiday season, be sure to put your heart in it and give a gift of time and love.  May you all have fun filled holidays, full of laughter and good cheer!  And let's hope, you've all been good this year!  And because I know each every one of you have been exceptionally good all year, Pam & I will be giving away a prize package of goodies from some of your favorite Henry Glass Designers.  Just comment on this post and you will be entered to win!

Hope everyone is having fun!  Be sure to continue the party and hop over and visit:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 5: Henry Glass Jolly Holiday Party

Baby & Me fabric by Leanne Anderson, Pattern by Buggy Barn
Today on the blog hop, you have two more wonderful designers to visit!  You may be familiar with Leanne.  She does all those wonderful Caboodles in a Box and her fabric is distinctive, seen here in Baby & Me.  Brenda, too, is very talented and you're gonna have a great time hopping today!  Have fun!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 4: Henry Glass Jolly Holiday Party

On the fourth day of blog hop, my true love gave to me...don't you just love this wonderful stitchery for the 12 days of Christmas?  If so, your in for a special treat today because you'll be visiting with it's designer, Annie Downs.  Also you'll be seeing Barbara Jones; I still have Barbara's project from last year sitting on my work table to make!  Can't wait to see what she has in store this year!  Hope you all are having a great time gettting to know all these great designers from Henry Glass and getting losts of fun ideas!  Talk to you soon!

12 Days of Christmas