Monday, January 10, 2011

Buggy Barn Adventure!

Last week Mr. Squash and I braved the snowy weather and traveled 3 hours north to the "Big City" for a few days.  This was the trip we were supposed to take right after Thanksgiving but the snow was just too deep so we had to re-schedule.  While we left the Squash House with several inches of snow still on the ground, the roads were clear, and the forecast wasn't too outrageous, so we decided it was safe to venture out!

 
Our destination wasn't too far from the Buggy Barn, and I have always wanted to go there, so we decided to make it our first stop!
As we traveled farther north, we noticed there was much more snow.  The roads were still clear, however, so we pushed on.  Then came the turn to the Buggy Barn!  See all that snow?  It was on the road, too! 

Getting closer here!

This is not the shop, but it was a darling outbuilding, and with the wagon in front - picture-perfect! I'll show you the outside of the shop later in the post.

We could not believe how small the shop was!  If ten people had been inside at the same time, you would have had very little elbow room!  Every single space was used - including the ceiling which was covered in quilts! I did my best to get photos, but it wasn't easy in such a tiny space!

All the walls were 3 stacks high in fabric bolts and nicely color coordinated.  There were bolts on the floor as well, sometimes 3 rows deep!

Here are just some of the many patterns for sale!  I came away with a few!

There was another very tiny room on one side of the shop with more fabric and patterns and these cute flowers on the wall!

I believe this was on the wall opposite from the flowers.

Off that tiny little room, was a very tiny little bathroom - and hey...there were fabric, patterns and quilts in there, too!!  I loved this appliqued quilt above the sink!

Another wall in the bathroom.

This fun pineapple quilt was next to the door heading out of the bathroom.

The wonderful quilt was above the entrance to the Buggy Barn.  I was tempted to get the pattern, but my "cart" was already full at that point!

Here is Mr. Squash in front of the shop holding our bag of purchases...and he's still smiling!  He was a real trooper...there is even a purchase inside the bag for him.

Here are his supplies....a needle punch lap stand, tools and a starter pattern with floss.  He's going to give this a try and if he likes it, the two of us might just move on to rug hooking together!  What did I get, you ask? Well, I was on a stash-building mission this trip so I purchased some neutrals, more wool, and a few patterns, plus a few gifts.  All in all it was a very fun day, and a successful getaway!

27 comments:

Linda said...

Holy eye candy, Candace!!!! :-) I had to go over the photos several times to catch everything. How awesome!!! There is so much in such a small space. I hope I can get there some day! Was this your first trip? Looks like Mr. Squash is going to busy too. That's really nice that he wants to make projects too!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Someday I hope to see it for myself. Your pictures were fantastic and I'd heard the same thing that it is small but packed with great selection! Mr. Squash just might want to work with your wool after needle punching!

Barb said...

What a fun little place...thanks so much for the amazing pictures and inspiration.

Nicole said...

It has been a couple of years since I visited Buggy Barn. I must agree with you that it is one of the most unique shops in existence! The approach to the shop, the shock of how tiny it is inside, and how stuffed it is with quilts and fabric and patterns and notions....It is a fabulous place.

Staci said...

I enjoyed your photos so much! You were certainly in a winter wonderland, and the quilt shop looks like a great place to stop and get inspired.

AnnieO said...

How fun! Thanks for the tour--and the peek at Mr. Squash's new hobby! Looking forward to seeing those purchases in use :)

Quiltingranny said...

Thank you for always sharing your adventures!

Cheryl said...

Fascinating. Always thought it was a big place! Barn size. Thanks for venturing in the snow to give us a tour! Put that one on my list of places to visit in my lifetime.

Orcsmom said...

Thank you for sharing. To visit that store is on my "bucket" list! Can't wait to see how your husband likes to hook. Hugs!!

Pam

Marj said...

Thank you for taking us along on your trip to the Buggy Barn. I love their patterns. Someday I'll have to visit Washington and see the shop in person, but maybe in the summer when it's warmer...

Anne said...

I'm so jealous. Have been wanting to go there for a long time. Maybe I'll show the pics to Mr CnW and show him there might be something for him too. Sounds like the perfect outing!

Darlene said...

Oh what a fun trip. I'd love to visit the Buggy Barn - someday!

Lots of great eye candy everywhere!

Love your purchases.

Stephanie said...

First, I love the bright red barn against the snow and the signs. Second, oh my gosh my brain would be on overload. I love the flowers on the wall. There is no quilt shop too far to travel to, is there? Mr. Squash is a really nice hubby. Looking forward to seeing his creations too.

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh you guys will love rug hooking!I'd skip the needle punch and go straight there!

Conni said...

I, too, was shocked at the incredibly small size of this store!! But, boy, do they make use of every nook and cranny. So much eye candy. We went in mid summer, and the fields were tall with wheat. It was such a beautiful drive!

Ulla said...

Amazing little shop! How nice that Mr. Squash will start a new hobby. Rug hooking sounds very interesting too. The snow looks nice and wintery.

Jackie said...

Their use of space makes me think about how I could better use the space in my sewing room.

My favorite picture is the picture of the sign and wagon wheel covered in snow.

Mary said...

Being a born and raised Southern California girl, I can't imagine venturing forth is so much snow. How lucky for you that Mr.Squash was game for your trip and your soon to be new hobby! The shop looks like the trip was well worth it.

Cindy said...

Never knew it was so small...but oh so delightful !! Oh, however small it may have been, I do believe I could have gotten lost in there....LOL

I see some wonderful things on the walls and ceiling....

Cindy

pratima said...

Wow, sooo much snow, everywhere! Glad you had a really good tie on this trip and the snow didn't pose any problems. Can't believe how packed the little shop is with wonderful handcrafted items! Thank you for sharing the pics :)

QuiltSue said...

That looks like a wonderful shop. Maybe, one day, I'll get to see it for real.

Libby said...

Wowza - what a treat! Buggy Barn is on my 'someday' list *s* I think it's just fab that Mr. Squash is going to take on punchneedle. You two are going to have great fun creating together

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Candace... What a wonderful fine... The shop had so much to look at, I am suprised you found time to shop after looking at all the wonderful quilts all around you....I just think small shops are so wonderful.. Thanks for sharring all the lovely pictures with us... :)

Quilter Kathy said...

That was a fun tour of a place I'd love to visit but will never get the chance to do so. Thanks for showing us!

Carrie P. said...

Wow, that store sure does pack a wallop for being so small.
That was a lot of snow too.
Hey, that is cool that Mr. S might find him a hobby. I think he will enjoy the Punch Needle.

Louise said...

I am so glad you were able to make it to Buggy Barn. Snow and all! You must return someday when there is lovely sunshine on all of the wheat fields. What a wonderfully fun shop. My husband treats me to a stop there each time we venture over to Spokane. Twice a year at least. It is always a difficult time deciding on which quilt kit I am going to purchase. I have put that new ruler down as a wish list item from Joanns.

Wendy said...

Isn't that shop wonderful? I was there when 20 or more people were in that little shop. They have so much great fabric. If you need any advise on needle punch, just shout. I've done a lots of them. Keep your fabric tight like a drum and the puncher straight up or you'll pull out stitches. Good luck.