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21
Jan
15

Road to California quilt show

Tomorrow is opening day of one of the biggest and best quilting shows in the country…

We have a wonderful booth filled with all your favorite primitive wooly and quilting projects.

I also want to announce a new partnership with Tin Lizzie, the long arm quilt company…, we will be a dealer for them in our new CA quilt shop…come visit our booth at the show… We are in the same 900 row!…see what kind of a deal you can make with Luke!
I also want to show you the 2 quilts we have sponsored in the show…

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Congratulations to both winners!

I also want to thank all 36 of my students in my 2 day wool flower crazy mat class… You were a delightful bunch!

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All for now…LB

15
Jan
15

Teaching in CA

I have spent the last two days with a wonderful group of ladies from the Surfside Quilt Guild in San Clemente….yesterday’s workshop was held in beautiful Capistrano Beach..we had 24 eager students ready to learn more about wool applique! Our project was Tulip Baskets. Everyone of my ladies were a joy to be to spend the day with, especially 90 year old Betty who was so grateful she was still able to participate in class and so thankful to her “younger” quilting friends who take her to and from all the quilting events.

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I also stopped in to the Temecula Quilt Guild meeting on Wednesday night to say hello and talk about the shop opening! They seemed to be pretty excited!
Today we are on a mission to find tables for our classroom for the store…wish us luck as I am pretty picky…Luke will be working on entering more fabrics into our system he has 300 bolts in already and lots more to go….will keep you updated.
All for now…LB

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13
Jan
15

Let’s talk about Anchor Point…

Lakeside Gatherings has hit my quilt shop as well as all the other quilt shops who have purchased it from MODA Fabrics. We will be showing the quilts from this line for the first time at the AQS show in Albuquerque NM and Ontario CA this week and next respectively…we will also carry pre-cuts and kits…. The half yards and fat quarters will be at a special show prices for both shows…but I really would like to share a little about this line…

Lakeside Gatherings was designed in honor of my son Lance…his love of water, our Lakehouse and his Jet ski….so you know it is VERY special for me… In memory of Lance we placed a VERY large anchor at the point of the entrance to our channel. This was no small miracle how we got this….over a 1000lb anchor to rest on a perfectly flat spot on the point…
Nick went to pick it up and realized it was way too huge to lift on a trailer and came home to inform me it wasn’t going to happen….this was not acceptable for me…so I thought about it for a few minutes and the answer was clear as day…We had scheduled a jet ski lift to be installed in a couple of weeks so I asked him to call them and see if they could go pick it up…place it on their barge and bring it along and place it for us when they did the lift… Nick was a little leary about what they were going to say…but they said sure “no problem”…they actually thought it was “very cool” and were glad to help and wanted nothing extra for doing it! It was craned in and sat exactly level, like it was meant to be…
Why the anchor?…To me…the anchor represents HOPE, the hope that I will someday be reunited with Lance, my first born…..here is a photo of Lance’s anchor at sundown…

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Now back to the quilts…
I designed three sizes of Anchor Point…104″,60″ & 24″… I wanted the big quilt for my bed at the Lakehouse …eventually…after it is no longer needed to sell kits, patterns. The piecing of the base star of the quilt is super easy…just like making one big block. For the big quilt I used the grey primitive muslin in the line for the appliquéd by machine anchor. Thanks to Carole who prepped and invisible machine appliquéd the anchor while I worked on piecing the borders. The 60″ and 24″ quilts have wool appliqués for the anchors in my quilts but they could easily be cotton as well.

I sent the 104 to Linda, http://www.thequiltedpineapple.com for quilting. Linda especially likes wide open spaces, which AP does have lots of. Words cannot describe what Linda did with this simple quilt and is no short of amazing. My only request was for her to put our names “in the quilting”. I will let the pictures speak…in the center of the anchor there is something very unexpected, but very special and I am so glad for this women’s creativity, which no doubt is a gift from God himself.

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Linda also quilted the mini version….

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IMG_4101.JPG this little quilt is also perfect for me to hang in my studio, a reminder again of a special place and person now gone, but never forgotten and dearly missed.

The lap quilt 60″… Can hang on a wall, or be a recliner snuggly for any fisherman who knows how important an anchor really is! The AP60 was quilted by Vegas Val Krueger…. Val’s quilting is perfect for this quilt, she is the fastest draw (quilter)in the west. I can send her two quilts on Tuesday…she gets them on Wednesday and she has them to me by Friday with overnight shipping???? Don’t know how she does it…I would just have it loaded and she would be taking it off! Look at the mariners compass in the four corners, a wonderfully executed quilt…I am so lucky to have both these quilters! I hope you are inspired and ready to piece your own anchor point!lisabongean.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/img_4575.jpg”>2015/01/img_4575.jpg

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The boys in the channel…obviously before the anchor was placed.

10
Jan
15

Hope you are staying warm?

I’ve been home for a couple of days and its sooooo cold…but I leave today to work in CA, so hopefully they won’t be getting any more snow in Cali…

12 Days of Needful Things Update

I just want to let everyone know that we are awaiting shipments from our suppliers for a few more items from the 12 days to ship out to you…We have ordered the Juki machines and we have ordered 53!!! So the winner of the Juki sewing machine for 2014 is…….drum roll……Janet Glover from Buford, Georgia!!!! Congratulations…This is an awesome thing to WIN!…We expect to get them in sometime late next week and then we will be shipping them out as fast as they come in!!!! Thanks to all of you who participated and commentated on the 12 Days of Needful Things…we appreciate you all hanging out with us!

Just a minder if you want to watch the setting up of the CA store, Friend us on Face book…Primitive Gatherings CA and/or Lisa Bongean…you also can join Instagram and follow us there too….I can’t write a post without a picture so here is another quilt sample of Snomwan Gatherings 2 coming in April/May…this is two halves soon to be a whole!!!  “Feel’in Frosty” is its name…I hope not for much longer!!!brrrrr

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25
Dec
14

Merry Christmas!!!

securedownload-4Has Santa been extra nice to you?  If you find your name on this list please email us with your mailing address AND all info to: primitivegatheringsquiltshop@yahoo.com   PLEASE make sure this is YOUR comment.  I know most of these have last names…some do not…we can double check comments with email address if needed:

Please allow about 10 business days as some of these items may have to be ordered due to the volume of sales…we have no way of knowing how many we are going to sell and some of these numbers are more than the distributors carry at one time.  The winners have been randomly selected and I have not payed any attention to their content…I asked several people for numbers and then picked the corresponding comments with that number…Some I added more prizes too and did it in a group…like the 1st three comments of the day…Some of you are pretty clever and I would have loved to have picked my favorites but I don’t think it is quite as fair.

Also…you have until Dec. 31 to order any of the items on the 12 Days of NEEDFUL THINGS…at their special prices.

DAY 12 WINNER OF TRIANGLE PAPERS- SET OF CHARMS

Carol Schallock
December 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Awesome triangle papers!!

WINNER OF TRIANGLE PAPER-SET OF REGULAR HST PAPERS

Cheryl Baker
December 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm
I love to paper-piece half-square triangles. Am anxious to use your papers for those perfect squares!

DAY 11 WINNERS-PRECUTS–JELLY ROLLS,LAYER CAKE, CHARMS, MINI CHARMS, FT8 & FQ BUNDLES…WHAT WILL YOU RECEIVE, DEPENDS OF WHO RESPONDS IN WHAT ORDER?

Trish
December 14, 2014 at 6:14 am
I usually buy the fat quarter or fat eighth bundles when I buy pretty cuts. I just started quilting about 3 years ago & that is how I built my stash. Now I’m getting into woolies & need to build a wool stash :)

CHERYL RUDNYTSKY
December 14, 2014 at 9:34 am
I just finished making an adorable runner for my antique vanity. I used 2″ pre-cuts from Floral Gatherings in a checkerboard pattern.

stacey larson
December 14, 2014 at 10:14 am
Oh so much to say…….1st. Love the 12 days of Christmas picture. Would love to stitch it. 2. You know I love my precuts- needleminders out of the mini charms; “Paul Bunyon” quilt out of the jelly rolls (did the jelly roll race quilt and got carried away) and foremost they make such an great easier way to make anything! off to order…………….

Karen in Breezy Point
December 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Are we supposed to make stuff out of precuts? I thought they were to be used on our shelves to look cute!
I have to admit that I love using charms and your method to make 9 patches from the Nine Patch Gatherings book.

Judi Urbanek
December 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm
My first experience with pre-cuts occurred several years ago. I was enroute to an annual retreat with my sister & I stopped at Merry’s Stitchins (just to say “HI”) since my car was already packed with more projects than I could possibly finish in a weekend! Of course I wasn’t in the store very long before Merry had convinced me that I would ‘hate’ myself if I didn’t buy her twister quilt kit. She explained that I would have to mark my ruler for the special cuts (before the templates were introduced). I got to the retreat, ate dinner & had the quilt top DONE before bed time!!!!

Next day, several of the ladies at the retreat were headed to the LQS to buy a charm pack!! I think we had 10 ‘little twister’ quilts by end of that retreat.

Since that weekend, I’ve become a huge fan of precuts!! Have made several mini quilts with the little packets you sell in your booth at AQS shows.

DAY 10 

WINNER-WONDER CLIPS

Mary Jo Jones
December 15, 2014 at 7:11 am
I really look forward to your needful blog…it gives me insight on products that I may not have noticed. Thank you for bringing these to my attention…just might need to buy some!

DAY 9 WINNER STEAM-A-SEAM-2

Holly M
December 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Hi Lisa! I want to thank you so much for doing Needful Things for us. This is my first year participating and I’ve been following your blog most of the year. I think its awesome how much you do to serve your customers, to anticipate our needs and to try and keep things as simple and unstressful as possible for us. Truly, its customer service at its finest and something many of us don’t see much of anymore. Just wanted you to know that we see all the efforts you make to go the extra mile for us and I want to personally thank you so much!! I know this has been a hard year for you and want you to know that you and your family are in our prayers.

Regarding the SAS2, I have had a chance to try the new version and think its waaaayyyyy better than the old (and yes, I did get it from your shop! : ) Appreciate all the helpful hints and tips about using STEAM with our wool applique! S2S2 is working just super for me and I’m not having any issues needling through it. Best thing is it leaves my applique piece nice, flexible and natural feeling . . . not a hint of stiffness like some other products I have used in the past.

Ok, I’m off to the store to buy some more! Best wishes on the California project. Don’t work too hard . . . remember to stop and smell the roses and those awesome sea breezes!

DAY 8 WINNER-STRIPOLOGY RULER

treadlemusic
December 17, 2014 at 7:00 am
Just watched the video……..awesome! Am not in love with the June Taylor version. “Paper Bag”…….love!!!!!

THER WILL BE A 2ND WINNER TO THIS ONE AS WELL…SOMEONE WHO PURCHASED IT WILL GET IT FREE, BUT I HAVE NOT BEEN TRAINED ON OUR NEW WEBSITE TO SEE WHO BOUGHT WHAT AND WHAT IS BEING SOLD…SO I WILL GET WITH SOME WHO CAN AND WE WILL POST THIS WINNER ASAP…SORRY…

DAY 7 WINNER-NUMBERED PINS

Debbie G
December 18, 2014 at 6:49 am
I enjoy buying kid gifts and donating to toys for tots. I also adopt a child from our local county head start program and fill their wish list. Gives me a great feeling knowing I helped to make a child’s Christmas happy. This year I even made doll clothes for a doll I bought on clearance in July for the Head start program. On Christmas Day I try to imagine the joy of the children who are receiving the gifts who wouldn’t have otherwise received them. By the what, congrats on becoming a grandma. There is nothing like it!

 

DAY 6 WINNER- FINGER STILETTO

Robbi Buckles
December 19, 2014 at 6:08 am
Mine are already sent! In the past, I sent them out the day after Thanksgiving… That was before I got bit by the quilting bug! Now I am lucky to get them out before the big day!

DAY 5 WINNER-BEAM N READ

Mary
December 20, 2014 at 4:08 am
If I’m not thinking of quilting things, I’d choose to be celebrating the holidays with my family back east. Quilting wise – and this is waving a magic wand – I’d have an assistant who would take my ideas and then organize all the fabrics and supplies I’d need for each project in one place so all I’d have to do was cut, sew, and quilt. If she/he wanted to cook, that would be fine, too. Thanks for asking. It’s always fun to imagine and dream.

DAY 4-WINNERS-TWEEZERS…I PICKED 3…THE FIRST THREE OF THE DAY…EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORMS…

1Christine S.
December 21, 2014 at 4:14 am
Ha! Am I the first to comment? Designer number 1: You! of course!! My daughter and I are making a beautiful winterquilt right now with your snowman gatherings line. She is only 12, but she’s made some lovely stitchery;s for the quilt. I was just ordering new fabric, when this post came online ;-)
I pay attention to designers; it’s always great what you all come up with!!
We also like Joanna Figuarera (fig tree quilts); australian designers like Susan Smith and many more.
Love your ‘ugly ornament’ LOL
2ckcowl
December 21, 2014 at 4:19 am
My 3 favorite designers– heck ya I pay attention! How else would I find more from them? :). You! Since my Backyard Gathering quilt I’ve been an avid fan. Missie Carpenter, another one doing fun stuff with wool. And Karen K. Stone. I love paper piecing so, Karen is a favorite. Over the years I have ( fallen in love) with many…. It is hard to only name 3 . right off the top of my head I can probably add at least a dozen more to the list of Favorites. But, I do check You & Missie first when looking for inspiration and a new project.
Those tweezers would definitely be handy!
3Mary Ann
December 21, 2014 at 4:29 am
Yes, I definitely pay attention to designers. You would be on the top of the list. There isn’t anything I don’t like! Because I love repros, I would put Judie Rothermel on the list, along with patterns by Carol Hopkins. Love many of the Australian designers. Currently have Mrs. Billings Coverlet as a WIP. There are so many talented designers today, but I always go back to my favorites.

DAY 3 BOBBIN HOLDERS…ANOTHER THREE IN A ROW..

Beth
December 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm
I learned to sew at an early age from my mother on her Singer Featherweight, which she recently gave to me. I made my first quilt when I was pregnant 36 years ago. It was a Lamoyne Star, cut out with templates and scissors from scraps. What a project for a first time. There were practically no long arm quilters at that time. I tried to hand quilt it but thought I would never finish, so my wonderful mother-in-law had quilted it for me. I am now on my 3rd Bernina and love the bobbin holder! I will be ordering it!

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Ann
December 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm
I have asked the question before, if UFO’s of other people have to be added to my UFO list if I inherited them…the answer has always been a resounding YES. I have about 6 or 7 UFO’s from my Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother that I have been developing my sewing skills to feel confident to finish. I have had them appraised, and all agree that my foremothers were skilled sewers, and I have sewed with them, from the time I was about 4. I have collected the fabrics and done the design work and will begin to finish them in the new year. Yes, it is an inherited disease!

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Jakey
December 24, 2014 at 1:23 am
Lol, I missed this post, now the PS from today makes sense to me. I was taught to hand sew by my Grandmother and my Mother at a young age. My garndmother quilted in a quilting bee thru church. My Mother used to make us clothes. I was fascinated with it all, especially the creativity. I knew by 12 that it was part of me. You are not alone, it is my passion too. I love it. Thank you for making it so much more fun!!!

DAY 2-T-SHIRT…GOTTA LOVE A RULER BREAKER…

Beth Esser
December 23, 2014 at 8:03 am
My soul is fed with my needle and thread! Purple , like you, ladies 2xl! Thanks Lisa! I’m sneaking this comment in at work so gotta run!

DAY 1…JUKI…AS OF RIGHT NOW WE CAN’T PICK A WINNER…BUT IN THE FIRST FULL WEEK OF 2015 THERE WILL BE A POST IF WE SELL 50 MACHINES! IF WE GET CLOSE I’LL LET IT SLIDE…SO HOPEFULLY ONE OF YOU WHO ORDERS A MACHINE WILL GET IT FREE!!

Nick and I are going on a much needed vacation right after Christmas and through the New Year…We will start 2015 on a much different note than 2014 and have faith that it will be an awesome year!  We wish YOU the the best for 2015 as well, and THANK all of YOU for being supportive, wonderful customers who appreciate all of our hard work.

My Staff also appreciates your continued support of our little piece of the quilting world.  They work very hard to get your quilting NEEDS dyed, patterned, cut, assembled, organized, packaged and shipped into your creative hands…with the addition of the California store will probably employ more than 40 people by the end of 2015, most being full time with benefits like health insurance and IRAs…You are all apart of making this possible for us and them and we truly care about our products and our service to you our customers…again…many blessing to you also for 2015!

Lisa, Nick & the entire Staff at Primitive Gatherings

 

 

 

24
Dec
14

Link for machine…and the correct price..

Good thing we are not Walmart and I would have had to give you the machine for $8.99…lol…It’s been a hectic season for all of us…(don’t worry Judi) we all make boo boos…none of us are perfect!!!..Thanks Stacey for letting us know about it…and here is the link for the machine  click HERE...its not showing up in the 12 days category…now that I woke Judi up she is trying to figure that out too.  Hope you are all ready for the festivities! I still have a few small things to do…

12 Days of Christmas 1

24
Dec
14

Day 1…Needful Things…

12 Days of Christmas 1

Every year so far people ask…Will you please do the Juki again this year?…. so here it is AGAIN!…..by popular demand…and read for something we have never been able offer before at the end of this post!th1

 

Now I know we pretty much all have a sewing machine…or two or three or even more…But I just have to talk about the sewing machine I use 99% of the time…It is my #1 Needful thing…Most of you probably have never heard of Juki…so let me just say they are not new to the market…Juki is well known in the garment industry and are mostly industrial machines. I think I have had a Juki for about 9 years now…I also own 2 Berninas, 1060 and a 1530, and a couple of featherweights…one black and one white. I confess this to you so you also know what I am comparing to and you all know I teach all across the country and have stitched on many machines.

I bought the Juki with the intention to use it as a second machine to have set up for machine quilting my little quilts, and also so I didn’t have to change the walking foot from my regular foot on my Bernina…that would have been nice, right?…Juki has entered the quilt world with a semi-industrial machine for quilters. Here are a few of the features that the Juki machines have…all metal…no plastic bobbins, no plastic feet, comes with all sorts of feet including 2 free motion feet and a walking foot, a larger 9″ opening between the body and the arm, so machine quilting would be easier to handle. It has a nice extension table, this is nice for retreats, I have it embedded in my table usually. The machine ONLY stitches straight. Now this might be an issue for some, but I was only going to use this for machine quilting…The fact that it only stitches straight is actually a plus…nice tension all the time, single hole throat plate . It holds large cones as well as regular thread…It has an automatic thread cutter, automatic needle threader , knee lift and stitches 1500 stitches per minute or something like that, in other words it is FAST.

After stitching on this machine and using it. I did not want to stitch on anything else. It “pieces” beautifully…I didn’t have to hang on to my threads at the start, the feed dogs are nice and close together and fed my little pieces in nicely. Having the single hole meant my piecing wasn’t sucked down into that oblong hole… and again…I could stitch, cut my thread with my foot(or there is a button, but I like my hands free to hold on to my patches) knee lift my presser foot and be on to the next thing…I especially love piecing triangle paper on the Juki for all the reasons I just stated…Now I know being fast really should not be an issue, right? We want to be accurate! But let me tell you, if I am stitching strips, borders or you name it…fast is handy…I tried going back to my “regular” machine to piece on…it was almost painful!!! Just shoot me…I loan this machine at The Gathering, but it comes with a warning…if you stitch with it you WILL be going home with it! I think only one person didn’t buy one after she stitched on it for a weekend…lol…They also have updated the Juki recently…I have a TL98Q, now they make a TL2010 Q1, they have updated to an LED light…they have added a Turtle and a Hare button, if you want to control how fast it can go…and they changed the foot pedal, a bit…I love my 98 and the features they added do not make a difference to me…so I am keeping my 98.

Here is the only con to my Juki…it is heavy…but it is all metal! You can’t have metal parts and it be light!…I think of it like today’s featherweight-but it is not light. Anyone can work on a Juki…it is a basic machine, it has no computer…it just needs to be oiled and used and it is happy!

So if you are ever in the market for a machine, please check out the Juki’s and you can read all the technical words I should have used to explain it. They now have a presence at the larger quilt shows and will soon come out with a long arm, that will be most reasonably priced. I do sell the Juki 2010Q1 at my store…I could sell other machines but remember what I said, I only sell what I use…therefore I sell the Juki’s. I am placing the Juki 2010Qi on sale now until the end of the year at a special of $899-(yes…not a typo) including shipping. This is a great deal. We will order more for this same price as long as you order before the end of the year. JUKI In 2014 they will go back to $999.00 still a great price when you think about what you all get with this machine! Please allow a few weeks for delivery…we will not charge your card until we are shipping it. Click HERE to order a machine

Last year we sold almost…50 machines…If we make it to 50 this year…one of you who purchases will get theirs FREE!!! Those odds are pretty good!!!

I will update you with numbers at the end of the year…I hope we sell 50 and I hope you WIN yours!!!  Tomorrow Santa will post ALL the WINNERS for all the posts but this one unless we make it to 50 in one day!  but otherwise I will post the winner of the sewing machine on NEW YEARS DAY!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season…Lisa and the Staff of Primitive Gatherings

 




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