All About Barns

May 12th, 2016

I’m excited to give you all news about Barns this week. If you think I’ve gone Barn Crazy you might be right! The coming weekend is our 4th Annual Barn Weekend at the Gallatin History Museum. Most of us must have memories of a barn in our life story. Growing up on an Iowa Farm I don’t have to reach far for thoughts of barns. I love them!


Starting at 6:30pm, Friday, May 13th a Pie Social and Lecture by MSU Professor Maire O’Neill will kick off the weekend. This year we are celebrating Barns—Horse Properties. Our barn is on the tour which is this Saturday, May 14. We’re honored to have our Patterson Homestead Barn as part of the tour experience. The guided  barn tour leaves the Gallatin History Museum at 10:30, traveling by school bus to 5 wonderful locations. Sack lunches are provided and a really great time is had by all. Even if you think Barns aren’t your thing, I promise you’ll enjoy a fun and educational day. Please consider joining us! We’ll return to the Museum before 4pm.

Pictures around the Patterson (Quinn) Homestead

All my thoughts have been on barns this week— I want to show you the Barn Quilt I made for Gallatin History Museum as a fund raiser for them. Sometimes it is a challenge to give away quilts that I make for gifts. Do you feel that way? I really hate to part with this quilt. I love it! Raffle tickets will be on sale.

We have one set of the prints available that were used in this quilt. You can order by following this link.


We have the Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement books available. Order by following this link. $29.95 for the inspirational book.    

I’ve been waiting for the news that Suzy Parron’s new book is available. Suzy gave me the word! I am very anxious to see it and read it. We’re pretty excited that our barn is featured in Suzy’s newest book. I’m sure that I’ll be reporting more on that after I’ve seen it! You can pre-order by following this link.

Another new book hot off the presses is Build-A-Barn - No Pattern Construction by Julie Sefton. When I saw this book review I knew I had to order it for YOU AND ME! I can imagine getting together with friends, sharing scraps and having a barn raising with fabric instead of boards!!! You can order by following this link. $24.95

Consider buying the kit for the RJR Barn Quilt with the Barn Quilts Designs from actual Midwestern Barns. The price is reduced- now 40% OFF! Somehow I think of this quilt as a summer project. You can order by following this link.

There is still time for those of you who are nearby attend the weekend events – lecture, pie, and tour. For more information follow this link. You can also call the Museum at  406-522-8122 or visit the Museum, 317 W. Main Street, Bozeman. Once you attend you’ll want to attend year after year! And if you don’t live nearby thanks for bearing with me on the Barn obsession and treasuring the Barns of your area. 


Look at these great goodies! We have leather thimbles, silk ribbon, hand and machine needles, buttons and patterns galore to name a few. We'd love to send you a special "Grab Basket" of 20 items for $10! How fun to have this arrive in your mail. Order by following this link.

Jane found these fun card collections in the midst of her cleaning/organizing. There are five different sets and each have the patterns to make the 8 block patterns seen on the top card.

Five Sets of 8. $6/piece or you can email Jane to make an offer for all 5 sets at once. What a fun sampler quilt they would make with 40 different blocks or you can give the sets out as gifts. Order by following this link.



June 12-14 and September 15-18. Please consider the Spring or Fall Quilting In The Country Retreats at the remarkable Nine Quarter Circle Ranch. Outside of Bozeman on your way to Yellowstone National Park, the ranch is one of Big Sky's oldest dude ranches.

The June Retreat is 2 nights, the September retreat is 3! FSeptember is longer and will give you time to finish the theme project and work on your own projects. Rest, read, hike and just generally relax with your old and new friends. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? Too bad it isn’t next week! If you’ve been planning to attend one of my retreats—now might just be the perfect time. Please don’t procrastinate. Join me! You'll love the project (pictures to come soon!) -- the Montana Star with needle felted flowers.   

June 12-14, ONLY 2 nights,  $399.
September 15-18, ONLY 3 nights, $525.