Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Travelin' Quilters

In my last post, I hinted about meeting a very fun and determined group of ladies.  

Kristi M, Jean, Patty and Linda from California  Union Blues quilt by Heartspun Quilts
They call themselves The Barn Chicks!  These ladies live in the Bay area of California.  Kristi, Jean, Patty and Linda were accompanied by a few other chicks (not in the photo) on their annual retreat to The Buggy Barn.  It doesn't take long before their enthusiasm for quilting and having fun pulls you in.  I was eager to learn more about them!  

Over the years, the Barn Chicks have made many quilty gifts for each other to commemorate their time together and destination to a new far-away retreat or class.   How fun is that??

From full size machines to Featherweights, the Barn Chicks bring their own sewing machines wherever they go!  I was intrigued.  The chicks told me they take their machines as carry-on luggage everywhere!  

Over many years, to many destinations, they've never had one problem tucking their sewing machine in the overhead bin on the airplane!!  I asked to see the totes and carrying cases they used, pictured above.  I've seen the lime green roller tote available in shops and quilt shows, the Bernina roller cart (with telescopic handle) is new to me.  The beige bag also has a telescopic handle and wheels and was actually sold as a tool box!!  Another chick simply uses the hard case cover of her machine.  All totes and machines in the photo fit in the overhead bin on the plane!

Tucked inside all of those rolling carts and hand-made sewing needfuls are lots of memories of good times they've enjoyed together!  As girlfriends, they make it a point to get-away to sew, visit new destinations, and make new memories.  Thanks, ladies, for sharing your ideas and inspiring us all!!

I hope they serve as inspiration for you to gather a few friends, pack up and sew some memories for yourselves.  As you can see, it's very do-able!  And.....have I got a fun destination for you!!

Don't forget about our next Great Girlfriend Get-Away to 
St. Augustine, Florida!!!

Join Lynne Hagmeier (Kansas Troubles Quilters) and me on our next retreat to St. Augustine coming this January 20-24, 2014.  St. Augustine is a charming, historical town full of wonderful restaurants and quaint shops all along the Atlantic ocean within walking distance of our hotel.  Ride the free trolley all over town right from our hotel!  

Now that you know how to bring your sewing machine.....what's stopping you??  You know you want to join the fun and escape the doldrums of winter!  Click here to read all about the accommodations, the included meals, and see the four projects we're offering!  

And...don't forget!  

The classes and kits are included in the price!!!

Comment before Thursday morning about your favorite retreat destinations or where you'd love to go for a chance to win a Buggy Barn T-shirt!  


  1. Twice a year My group of friends go to Highlands Retreat Center outside of Lyons, Colorado. We spend 3 days sewing, laughing, talking and of course eating. We are surrounded by the beautiful Rocky mountains and love the view. Always restful and lots of projects are down. You would love it.

  2. I know where I want to go for a girlfriend retreat...and I am! My family surprised me for my birthday with your St Augustine Retreat and I can't wait. My daughter-in-law and I will be driving down and making a vacation out of it. Couldn't ask for anything more fun and relaxing during a cold January than a great retreat with my DIL!

  3. Well, since this is a dream, I'd like to go to the Pour l'Amour du Fil in France--see the show, shop, and take some classes. Or, if that doesn't work out, how about a retreat in Australia?