Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Well Christmas 2012 is just about over. It has been a wonderful Christmas with lots of time spent with family and friends...We didn't have any retreats at the Barn in December....I was trying to finish Christmas quilts and still have time to do some shopping.
Well Rick & I did finish that shopping on Saturday. Can't believe we had 2 days to spare. That left Sunday to do the dreaded Grocery shopping!
Even though we didn't have retreats the Barn was put to good use this month....My sisters Regina & Lori hosted a cookie swap while I was having a "Premier Jewelry" show...Now that was a lot of fun...Then my family gathered to do some holiday baking... Lauren & Linnie were home from Martin Methodist and had friends over to play games and music. Those kids are so talented.
Then today (CHRISTmas day) we gathered once again for family,food, and fun times...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Our First Retreats

WOW!  September has been a busy month at the BARN....
               Here are a few photos of  some of our barn guests.
How Cute

Looks like "Yoga" quilting
7 Hot Chicks & 1 Old Rooster

Could they be playing "Strip Poker"

Barn Buddies

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Swap Strips with Friends Again

Strip Basket Block

August 31, 10 AM - 4 PM

Instructor - Becky Stowers        Class Fee - $30

This month's quilt class at the Barn is a Table Runner made using strip pieced Basket blocks. The Basket block was inspired by a block in  Edyta Sitar's book, "Friendship Strips and Squares".  Instructions given out in class will cover how to make the Table Runner, but you will have enough strips to make blocks for a quilt if you prefer.

What you will need to bring:

Sewing machine

Rotary cutter and ruler


Fusible Web - for applique, if you will be doing raw edge applique. Becky likes to use Steam a Seam 2.


For strips:

Please bring four fabrics, 1/4 yd  x width of fabric, cut into 1.5"strips.  We will be doing a fabric exchange, and this will provide lots of variety for your basket blocks.

For Basket Background:

You will need 1/2 yd of fabric for the Table Runner.

For the Basket Bases

A selection of browns, 6" squares

For Stems and Leaves

Scraps of various greens

For the Setting Blocks:

You will need 1/2 yd contrasting fabric.

Sandwich - If you'd like to bring one (some snacks and drinks will be provided)

Reserve a spot in this class by email - click here to email Becky

Reserve by phone - 931-863-8362

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Here are some of the blocks we made in the Y Seams Class!  Such a fun day, and so interesting to see all the variations.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Conquer That Pesky Y Seam!

Strip Pieced Lily Block
July 27, 10 AM - 4PM

Instructor - Becky Stowers

The next quilt class at the Barn is a strip pieced lily block, with an appliqued stem and leaf.  Block construction includes diamond shaped pieces, with Y seams, a great technique to learn.

Make the pieced version, or make the block using plain fabric, or make both versions and combine in your quilt.

 Inspired by a block from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.

Class Fee $40

Class fee includes 1 yd. background fabric.  Additional fabric will be available for 
                         purchase if you desire.

What you will need to bring:

Sewing machine

Rotary cutter and ruler


Fusible Web - bring it if you have it, or you may purchase it in class

You will need  fabrics  for the petals and the leaves and stem.
If you want to make the strip pieced version, you will need 1" strips in in a variety of colors.  You can also use unpieced fabric for the petals.  Stripes can work well for this. Bring a variety of greens for stems and leaves. We will not be exchanging fabric this time. 

Sandwich - If you'd like to bring one (some snacks and drinks will be provided)

Reserve a spot in this class by email - click to email

Reserve by phone - 931-863-8362

Class space is limited, so reserve early.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Around the House Class

This class was held June 29, 2012

Class members worked on strip pieced house blocks, and could choose to make a small Medallion quilt, or make more blocks for a bed size quilt. The block was inspired by a block from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.

It was a great class, with lots of fun and lots of learning.  Always inspiring to sew with a group of of other dedicated quilters!