Monday, August 26, 2013

The Buggy Barn


Excited was hardly the word for how I felt having my first experience visiting and teaching at The Buggy Barn Quilt Shop!!  



In case you don't know, the shop really is housed in the 96 year old buggy barn found on the farm property of co-shop owner Janet Nesbit.  Janet's sister, Pam Soliday, lives nearby.  These sisters have been working together for more than 15 years now, have designed quilts, wrote about 20 books, and design fabric for Henry Glass.  Oh, and yes...they help out on their farms, too!  



The shop just got a new addition which doubled the size of the shop, and as you can see, there's fabric and inspiration everywhere.....



...even on the ceiling!





In addition to a beautiful array of cottons and homespuns, The Buggy Barn has a luscious selection of wool too. 


I have to admit that I spent a lot of time lingering over these pincushions.  I love collecting pincushions, and a kit for one or two made their way home with me.  



There are lots of classes to choose from for this special event, and they are held in several facilities near the shop.  Sue Spargo and I shared this spacious building for our classes.  

We had loads of room and it was light and bright.
Once again, I was blessed to spend two fun-filled days with quilters from all round the US and Canada.  We shared lots of stories, tips, hints, gadgets and other sewing paraphernalia.  I love seeing what everyone brings to class!  I have the best job being able to share what I know with them, and they with me, and meet such wonderful and talented people!  


Each year, Pam & Janet make new T-shirts for the Quilt Show.  Here is this year's pretty T.  I bought one, size XL, for someone special.  That someone could be YOU!

Leave a comment for me about a favorite retreat destination and where you went.  
Comment before Thursday morning for a chance to win this T-Shirt!!  

In my next post, I'll introduce you to a group of quilters who travel anywhere and everywhere to sew together!  Don't miss it and don't forget to comment!!


43 comments:

  1. Years ago there was a similar outdoor quilt event held in Bozeman Montana. I was fortunate to attend once before it was discontinued - so fun!

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  2. My only quilt retreat was in Pickens, SC. Loved it!

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  3. My only retreat was the one in Brigham City, UT earlier this year with Lisa Bongean--the one you will be coming to next year. Can't wait!!

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  4. Oh, I wanted to go to the Buggy Barn, it's the best - and I live within driving distance too. Oh well, maybe next year, but the kiddos needed mom so that's first.

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  5. I've never been on a over night retreat, but have been to major quilts show both on the east and west coast.

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  6. Long ago...in the mid 1980's...our quilt group had a retreat in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I've never had so much fun, and I made forever friends!

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  7. A fellow quilter offers weekend quilting retreats here in my home town at a wonderful building with fantastic lighting for quilting. It is so much fun and I try to go twice a year when she has it. I am hoping to go to the Buggy Barn for classes soon as it is one of my favourite quilt shops!

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  8. Now that is one shop I would LOVE to visit! But it a little ways from me here in New Zealand.....still a girl can dream!
    It is so similar to the wonderful shop I work at "The Country Yard".
    I go to a retreat every year, I look forward to it all year long, it is held in a large round barn, set up for school camps etc, set on the beach. The views, when you can pull yourself away from the machine are breath taking.

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  9. I have never gotten to go on a quilting retreat :( I would so love to but it's just never happened.

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  10. My favorite quilt camp is at my lake cabin in Minnesota with my friends. With a quilt shop near by. ;-)

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  11. Buggy Barn is a very inspiring quilt shop to visit. A great place to stop on ur road trips from home to Visit our grand daughter in college in Spokane. I never left empty handed!

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  12. I would also like to attend a quilt retreat... I believe your buddy at Kansas Troubles has a great looking place to plan a retreat. Many of us who quilt do so after work and on week-ends...not much time to plan that type of get away. For many years even great fabric shops were scarce in my area - especially the kind that had the primitive looks I love. But, we live and sew and enjoy your trips to places that we may visit one day! Thanks for telling your stories and showing us the fabrics and quilts. Jan Dudley

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  13. I have never gone on a retreat BUT if I did..Buggy Barn would be my first pick!! Thanks for the chance to win a BB t-shirt...I can wear it and dream!!
    Paulette

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  14. RETREAT-I think it would be fun but my darling hubby is 81. I don't leave him for overnights and so I settle for day trips to visit quilt shops or shows. The AQS show in Rosemont, Illinois is always a fun one to go to get away for the day and see what is new. I really love the pink T-shirt and it is just my size! Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

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  15. A few years ago, the Quilters Who Care group went to The Compass Centre Quilt Retreat in Mt. Calm,
    Texas. It was so great to finally meet the ladies that had become such a big part of my life since 2007.
    We had so much fun together, we are, actually, looking for another. Maybe next time, it will be the Buggy
    Barn

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  16. I have never been to an over night quilt retreat. I do enjoy going to the AQS
    quilt show in Paducah, Ky. I live about 110 miles from there. I love the T shirt. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. My favorite retreat location is in the northern woods of Minnesota. For the past 9 years the ladies of the Threads quilt group have travelled to this location for 5-7 days of shopping, laughing, eating, boat riding, napping, and quilting! We have a gift exchange, mini workshops, and we play BINGO for sewing/quilting related prizes. Each year is more fun than the last!
    I will probably never make it to The Buggy Barn, so I appreciate all of the great pictures you shared. I was drooling...
    Thank you for the chance to win the cute t-shirt!

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  18. Wow--I hope to be able to shop at the Buggy Barn--it looks like my kind of shopping haven! I do two retreats(spring and fall) at the Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer MN. It's on a beautiful lake, the weather is usually great and I'm surrounded by awesomely inspiring quilters--what more could I want?!

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  19. I have never been to a quilt retreat but Buggy Barn looks like a great place to start.

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  20. My favorite spot for a quilting retreat is in Hillpoint, WI at the Homestead. It is a lovely log cabin and with an addition for a large spacious sewing area. We love staying upstairs in the log cabin with the beautiful quilts on each and every bed. Of course we shop on our way up with favorite stops at JJ Stitches, Life a Stitch and Country Sampler. A hard trip to beat!

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  21. Years ago I went to a weekend fall quilt retreat sponsored by a quilt shop in Johnson City, TN. The retreat was at a church campground high on a mountain and the scenery and weather were both gorgeous. The shop owner's husband did all the cooking for us ladies and we had an inhouse instructor for 2 classes along with our own sewing project time. One night after everyone was in their pj's, the shop owner announced that if we loaded up and went to her shop (in our pj's) that she would give us a one time discount of 30% on our entire purchase! Needless to say we all went-shopped lots and even took a picture on the outside steps to remember what a fun time we had!

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  22. I go with the same group every year to a place called Edenvale, they have the best home made meals and desserts. I've been to Buggy Barn three times for classes and to see the outdoor show. I'm so sad I had to miss it this year.

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  23. HOW FUN! I would love to go there someday!
    I look forward to my annual winter quilt retreat with my guild friends.
    It's not far from home but we just love to be together ;)

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  24. I was busy setting up Quilts at our County Fair. I wish I could have been there to meet you. Two of my friends were there. I'd love a T-shirt so I can dream of being there. Thanks!

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  25. What a wonderful place! I wish I could be there.....
    Greetings from Holland

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  26. Oh how enjoied your beautifuly pitures.

    Ria ;0)) from the Netherlands

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  27. Buggy Barn looks great! I have gone on many retreats but my all time favorite was to Bennington, KS to the Kansas Troubles retreat center. From sewing with all of her inspiring quilts hanging on the walls to sleeping on the antique beds w/antique quilts to the fabulous food and meeting new friends it was awesome.

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  28. I've always wanted to go on a quilt retreat. Maybe now that I am retired I will be able to do it. The Buggy Barn looks like a delightful shop. From Sue in MI

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  29. I love the Buggy Barn and I am so lucky to live close enough (Coeur d'Alene) to drive there whenever I want! The quilt show was wonderful (as usual). I'm heading to our guild retreat on Flathead Lake in Montana right after Labor Day weekend. It's a beautiful facility and so much fun. I'd love to win the t-shirt, I've never bought one since I spend all my money on fabric and patterns!

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  30. Anywhere my friends and I can gather to quilt together is my favorite destination. Beautiful surroundings are nice but the company is what makes it special.

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  31. I love to gather with friends and quilt, sitting around the table, sipping coffee or tea and sharing ideas is a great place to be.

    I've done a few road trips to retreats in eastern Washington and stopping in at the Buggy Barn on my way east is always a great time. I love the new addition to the shop and hope to go to the show next year. Thanks for the great pictures of the store and where you taught your class. I may have to sign up for a class when I come next year.

    Thanks for a chance to win the t-shirt. Pink is one of my favourite colours!

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  32. I'm one of those who has never attended a quilt retreat overnight, but I would surely enjoy going to see Buggy Barn's shop. I've made their patterns, and since it is in my home state (though I live on the west coast!), it would be a great field trip! Love your blog and site, Pam. Thanks so much!

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  33. My favorite retreat location is wherever my friends are! I've retreated at a B&B in kansas, cabins in the Ozarks, hotel in Northern Iowa and wonderful Lied Lodge in Nebraska. Nothing better than a group of women sharing what they love to do!
    Thanks for all the inspiration you bring to the quilting table.

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  34. I have only attended two retreats , one at the Pictou lodge and the other at Liscombe lodge both in rural Nova Scotia . It would be wonderful to go to a place like the Buggy Barn. Thanks for the chance .

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  35. I met up with a bunch of online friends at a retreat in Branson MO last year and had a blast! I would love to go to the Buggy Barn one year. Thanks for the wonderful photo's! I think I might be just a tad green right now. LOL

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  36. I love going to Roanoke VA to retreat at my niece's. We sew, sew, sew and road trip to all the quilt shops in her area.

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  37. my guild puts on a retreat at Vina De Lestonnac in Temecula CA. We are in the middle of wine country with a wonderful quilt shop down the road. Heaven!

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  38. Forgot to mention in my earlier post, my new favorite retreat location would have to be on the Kitsap Peninsula in Wa. Heading there for 4 days later on in Sept.

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  39. I've been to the Sisters Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon - I guess it wasn't really a retreat since we didn't do any sewing but we did see some amazing, wonderful quilts!!

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  40. One of my favorites was a sewing retreat at our sons cabin this spring on lake Coeur d Alene in Idaho. Three sisters and our friends was heavenly and loads of fun. I too love the Buggy Barn and have sewn their crazy patterns. I would be a happy camper wearing that t shirt!

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