Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Quilt Classes at the Buggy Barn . . . .

I added a little more information to yesterday's connector post based on some questions I got.  Mainly, how to make a ruler wider and where to go to get more helpful information.  The Guidelines 4 Quilting website is a wonderful resource on how to connect  and use the tool.

Also, the Possibilities pineapple ruler for the most part got good reviews, so I'll give it a try.  Several of you are wanting to make a pineapple quilt too.  Joanna at Fig Tree is hosting a sew along for her new Pineapple and Figs quilt, check it out if you've not seen it. It has a different look to it.

Now, on to today's topic, Nicole and I signed up for two quilt classes at the Buggy Barn retreat, both classes were taught by Paula Barnes who designed the patterns.

One class was Victory Stars.    Here's the one block I made in class.

I think it's a great block!

The other class was Hill Country Baskets.

Here are the two basket blocks that I made in class.

I love them too!

So while I love the patterns, and the blocks that make up the pattens, I'm not 100% sold on the fabric provided in the kits.  I've usually looked at, drooled over, and fondled the fabric for a pattern several months, if not longer, before I start a project.   I've just not had a chance to warm up to the kits, so until I'm very comfortable with the fabric provided I'm going to sit on these two projects.

But meeting Paula Barnes and seeing all her lovely quilts on display got me in the mood to work on a Bonnie Blue quilt.  I've had this pattern for ages and figured this would be a great time to get it out and work on it.  I'm especially eager to work on this pattern after enjoying my neutral Northern Lights quilt.

I have a nice stack of neutrals just waiting to be used.

For the print fabric I've decided to use Civil War Reunion by Barbara Brackman for Moda.

I had a fat quarter bundle that I cut up for a project over a year ago,  then I decided it didn't work as well as I thought it would.  But the strips and pieces that I cut will work fine for this pattern.  I'm hoping the 37 different prints will give me enough variety, when I go scrappy, I usually go super duper scrappy.  But I like these prints and they go well with the honey beiges that I have, so we'll see how it goes.


I'm already going to town on my 9 patches.


  1. You have the perfect neutrals stash for this Thelma! Having the coloured strips hanging ready is a great idea. I'm sure this will be another beauty x

  2. I love your idea of hanging your strips and this quilt is going to be spectacular...I just know it:-D Happy Piecing!

  3. I love how clean your work surface is. Makes me realize that I desperately need to clear off my surfaces to work in a clutter free zone!

  4. Love your neutrals - this is going to be another great quilt. You will have it finished in no time!

  5. I love your color choices and think that it's going to turn out beautiful!

  6. This quilt is going to be a BEAUTY! Your fabric choices are just perfect ! I just love how organized you are

  7. I've had this pattern for a long time also. Still love it ....I have so many other projects in the works but I'm hoping you will inspire me to start on mine. Love your fabrics!

  8. Hi Thelma! The fabrics you chose for Long Road Home look perfect! I can't wait to see it finished. I really love the black/tan/red block for Victory Stars, too, so will be anxious to see what you do with that some day but I understand it when the feeling "just isn't quite right." Thanks for sharing your Buggy Barn pictures and experience. I have been there once and hope to get there again some day!

  9. i have had 2 layer cakes of civil war reunion for my going in circles i might need 1 more i love them i finished my bounce and really like the way it turned out i wasnt sure about the colors but they look fine together if youd like a peek

  10. I tend to look at pattern for awhile before I make it too. Your color choices are beautiful! Enjoy making it :-)

  11. You are too funny! I know your new fabrics for your quilt kits will be perfect, just like Northern Lights...and man are you organized!


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