Quilting Basics: Budgies on a Twig

  • Sunday, October 09, 2022
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022
  • 4 sessions
  • Sunday, October 09, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, October 23, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, November 20, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI100922KM
  • 7


  • $114 Tuition + $10 Materials Fee
  • $114 Tuition + $110 Optional Kit
  • $88 Tuition + $10 Materials Fee
  • $88 Tuition + $110 Optional Kit

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Join us to make a small version of this charming modern pieced quilt. Beginners, experienced quilters, and everyone in between are welcome! If you’re new to quilting, you’ll learn basic quilting including two piecing techniques, preparing the quilt sandwich, and finishing. Experienced quilters will enjoy the clever piecing.

The pattern makes 6 birds. So we can complete a quilt in the time available, however, we’ve reduced the project to 3 birds, resulting in a 32” x 36” quilt that you can use for a wall hanging or a lap or crib quilt, or whatever you like.

This pattern can be “scrappy," (you can make it with leftovers from other projects) and it’s very “fat-quarter-friendly,” (for many of the various colors you need only 18”x22,” a “fat quarter,” of fabric).

You will be able to work on the quilt during the class sessions and on your own in the Fiber Arts Studio or at home. Class sessions are spread out over several weeks so that you have time to work on your own if needed—quicker quilters may be able to complete the quilt during the class sessions without working outside class.

The session on November 20 will be an optional work session. You’re welcome to come to the session if you need support or want the camaraderie. The first class session will include more details about the schedule.

Thanks to Esther’s Fabrics in Winslow for providing support for our kits!

Materials options (choose your option when registering):

Option 1 ($110.00): A coordinated kit to complete a 3-bird version of the quilt shown in the photo above. All kit fabrics are gorgeous premium fabrics sourced from our local store Esther’s Fabrics in Winslow on Bainbridge Island (esthersfabrics.com), and Esther’s is providing a 15% discount. The kit includes fabric, thread, a pattern with annotations, and batting—everything your need to complete a 3-bird version of the quilt.

Option 2 ($10.00): For only the pattern with annotations. Bring your own fabric, thread, and batting as shown on the attached document. If you buy any of your own materials from Esther’s Fabrics (esthersfabrics.com), mention this class (“Budgie Quilt, taught by Kelly MacDonald, at BARN”) to receive a 15% discount. Here are the requirements: Budgie Fabric Requirements.pdf

Supplies Needed:

Sewing Tools: rotary cutter, ruler, pins/clips, etc., or borrow some from the Fiber Studio.

• Your sewing machine, or sign up to reserve one of BARN’s machines.


  • Skill Level: Beginners, experienced quilters, and everyone in between are welcome

  • Prerequisites: If you are going to use a BARN sewing machine-certification on BARN’s Presto 2 sewing machines by taking Learn How to Use the Fiber Studio Sewing Machines

  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.


Kelly MacDonald is an enthusiastic Bainbridge Island quilter who has recently become active in BARN’s Fiber Studio. Kelly learned to sew as a child in 4H, and her sewing mentor has always been her mother. As often as she can get away from her day job, which is running her business, MacDonald and Associates, Kelly attends quilting workshops to build skills and be inspired.

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