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Here is the   Holz you want to friend to be part of the SBOW group… Sorry there were a few of them out there…



New! Face Book Page for Somewhere In Time SBOW…



I hope everyone is ready for the Holiday weekend! I know I am!!! Just in case you do not subscribe to the PG blog I want to repost Jessica’s blog post about our Facebook group that will be starting with the SBOW…If you get both blog posts…press DELETE NOW….and go get ready for the long weekend…if not…I have been working on the content for this group and I am excited to share with you via video and little tips that just might help you do things better when working with wool appliqué…Here is the post… LHBlisabongean

We are going to putting together a Facebook Group devoted to the Wool Summer Block of the Week this year. This group will ONLY be for those that are participating in the Wool Block of the Week. We will use this Group for you to share your pictures of your blocks, questions about the Program, or any questions in general that you have that pertains to the SBOW and we are SUPER EXCITED about it!!!

We will be doing some videos and sharing some helpful hints for working with wool. For those of you who would love to take a class from Lisa this will be the next best thing for you to do! And possibly a give away or two might be happening! We also ask that if you are part of this group, that you do not repost or share any of the info given as these will be some Lisa’s teaching methods and they are for your benefit because you signed on to receive the SBOW… Anyone who is part of the SBOW will get this awesome information. If you are joining in but do not have a Facebook…maybe nows the time! Its not hard at all…someone can show you…all you need to do is ask them.

Also please keep in mind…this Group will NOT be about when your SBOW shipped, if it has shipped, or that your credit card was hacked and that you need to give us a new one. This Group is going to be monitored by someone who does not do the Shipping, and therefor ask that you email or call the Shop with any concerns that you might have about your SBOW.

In order for you to participate in the Group we ask that you Facebook Friend: Jessica Holz. Jessica takes care of our Facebook Page for Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop in Menasha and will be the Monitor of the Summer Block of the Week. Due to Facebook Policies, you will need to be a friend of hers in order for her to include you in this Group.

Please make sure that you sign up for the SBOW if you have not done so yet I think some of you might be on-the-fence but maybe this added bonus will push you over! It will be starting the first week of June! I know Lisa is going to be working on the Freebies that are given away each week, and you will want to make sure you get the first ones!

If you would like more information on the Summer Block of the Week please see either the link above or our Blog post about the Summer Block of the Week in earlier posts.

Please let us know if you have any other questions, thank you Jessica

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Summer BOW sign ups!!!

Hey Everyone!!…I hope you are all doing well…

First of all I want to say I am sorry for not getting this out to you sooner…but I think I am “super woman” and can make a bunch of mini quilts for market in two weeks or so…well you know if that is all that had to be done, that might be doable…but when you are teaching/traveling, and running a couple of shops and so on…it’s killer… we leave for Spring Quilt Market today in Minneapolis…and whatever is done is done…and the rest will be overnighted to hotels…for bindings to be added!!! It will all turn out fine and then we can relax…well sort of…but that is how my life goes…
Here is a peek at the wool on cotton version…Somewhere In Time…It will be 16 blocks with appliquéd sashing and the row sashings will be appliquéd as well…and then there is a border too!  This can all be coming to you in the 15 weeks of summer.  The finishing part is built right in and you will be getting a block and a sashing for the first 12 weeks and then..just two blocks for two weeks and then the 15th week the long sashing and borders will complete the kit…The only piecing is the blocks and the sashings together and then the borders…so super simple piecing…but…LOTS of WOOL APPLIQUE!!! The fabrics are from my Miniature Gatherings backgrounds…the wools are beautiful hand dyes…including a new red…Grand Hotel red that was specifically dyed to match THE  red used in all the decorating at the famous Grand Hotel on Mackinack Island MI…This SBOW will cost considerably less than last years…If you need all the specifics they are in Jess’s shop post here….DETAILS  I can’t even think about trying to list all those numbers and things now…but Jess has everything here you will need…she’s thought of everything for you.

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Now here is the pieced version…and again I apologize…only one block is pieced…(I know…I let you down…) BUT this is going to be an AWESOME quilt! img_1490

The fabrics will be amazing!!! and it will be big..90 some by 106 ish(sorry can’t remember)…or you can make 2 lap sized quilts…each week you will make 10 blocks for a total of 156…18 or so HST’s for the inner border and see those little square in a squares you will make 9…those are sashing cornerstones!!! Scrappy heaven!!! Again…here are ALL the details…DETAILS

and all of the signups can be found HERE…on our site under NEW..

There are going to be lots of things coming up…Grand Opening in June at the CA store…details soon…(PS Linda from The Quilted Pineapple will be teaching her wicked amazing machine quilting skills!)

Some new Spring Market items are now on our site for pre-order in September….and a HUGE announcement regarding shipping costs on both our websites CA and WI..

This is what I finished up… quilted…sleeved and machine applied binding to…now let the hand binding on the way to MN begin!!! These cuties are going to Mini-apolis for a Mini Quilt Show in our booth…they will all be in a spiral bound booklet called Little Gatherings!!! with at least 12 minis…maybe more..depending on how many pages we have to fill up!!! These quilts are real miniature quilts…The tree block is 6″…so you can tell that everything else is small..But you can do it with my new Creative Grid rulers and our Triangle Papers and this new book! You can pre order HERE!!!  for an August delivery…Fabric ships in September… Until next time…LBFullSizeRender-3



Day 4 at the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island MI 

Today was another glorious teaching day here at the GH….,14 lovely quilters making 4″ wool appliqué blocks for the sweet little Summer Blooms quilt. 


It’s such a wonderful place to relax and learn some new techniques to add to our love of quilting… 


This event is held the same time every year.. It is called the Needle Art Seminar and the Grand Hotel puts it on, treating all of us quilters like Queens!  Each of the ladies in class today got between 2-6 blocks put down and then we learned all the stitches necessary to complete this quilt. 


Tonight I’m skipping the formal meal and instead I’m stitching into the wee hours of the night… It is quilt market time next week… I’ll show you my progress tomorrow… Wish you all could enjoy this place…,well there’s always next year! 



I’m taking over….

(Singing)Last night in Paducah… tonight in Mackinaw City… tomorrow I’ll be miles from here, ain’t nothin for nothin for me…. Sweet gypsy highway, won’t you let me chase my dream, cause she has a sewing machine to take her there and it’s something to see something to see…..Lord she was born with a needle and thread in her hand, livin a life few could understand, sometimes it gets so confusin that I don’t know where I am, but I always know who I am…… I’m the husband of a Moda designer!!!!( Taken and modified from… I’m with the band…Little Big Town)
Hello everyone, my name is Nick and I’m the husband(lover) of Moda designer Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings and I’m taking over her Blog so sit back and enjoy a little story of what it’s like to be married to Lisa prior to Market time!!!
If you enjoy eating alone, going to bed by yourself, watching TV with just the dogs, then this is the life for you, all the while you have to understand that it’s Market time. Lisa and I have been married for 17 years, which means 34 markets so trust me, I get it. For Lisa, market starts the day after the last market ends. She is constantly designing new things which is awesome, however……… HAS ANYONE SEEN MY WIFE???????
Every once in awhile I will make dinner for my wife, ya know, try to be nice cause she is busy. Well, I call Lisa at 5 and tell her that dinner will be ready in 20 minutes……. At 5:20 I will call her again…….At 5:40 once more….. At 6, screw it, I’m eating by myself.
Have you ever gotten ” The Look “???? Well let me tell ya, it’s a common occurrence for this guy. Sometimes I bug Lisa just to get a little laugh out of it but shhhhh, please don’t tell her that…. We will just keep that between us.
Design,design,design…… Sew,sew,sew…… ” HOLY BALLS, MODA JUST SHIPPED MY NEW FABRIC LINE AND IT JUST CAME IN!!!!!!!! photo-3Hey Moda, thanks for that, now I’m never gonna see my wife. Looks like peanut butter and jelly again this month. I must really love my wife. Now don’t get me wrong, I love being part of the Moda family, but there are times that everyone sees her more than I do.  I help out in weird ways…like setting up a clothes line in her studio to dry all that fabric once it has been starched!photo-2
Hashtag show me the Moda……. How bout Hashtag show me my wife!!!!! Spring market is two weeks away, how ever will my wife handle these weeks? Well, first she has to go to workshop/event in Michigan, then come home and finish all of her new samples that she’s been working on constantly, after that she will have to decide how our booth will be displayed, then hair and nails, answer the thousands of emails she receives, pack her clothes and we will head to Market. Oh yeah, kiss me on the cheek goodnight.
All kidding aside, my wife Lisa loves what she does. She is an amazing mom and new grandmother. photo-4She handles the two shops and all the employees all the while putting up with me. Lisa works her ass- off there’s no doubt about that. She’s an inspiration to many, but a hero to just one…… Me. ( please don’t tell her that either!)
Yeah it’s a crazy life we have, one filled with many ups and downs. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Yeah we work together, but we are never together. So……. If any of you have seen my wife, let her know dinner will be ready in 20 minutes….Nick Bongean



Big Announcement!!! 2 New Creative Grid Rulers!!!

Winter Star Lisa Bongean/Primitive GatheringsI am so super excited to announce what I have been working on since Fall Market!!! This Spring Market is going to be in Minneapolis…we are going to be re-naming it “Mini”-apolis“!!!! Its all about the MINI!!! Little quilts will be busting out in the PG booth…but also 2 new Creative Grid Rulers to work with all those mini blocks!!!

CGRPRG2 (1)-550x550Here is the official write up on the 6″ruler…

This 6 inch Itty Bitty Eights Square Ruler designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings features easy to read 1/8 inch markings. The black and white dashed eighth inch markings show on both light and dark fabrics. The dashed 1in grid lines ensure accuracy when cutting pieces for miniature quilts. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8” strips; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4″ inch increments. The Creative Grids exclusive grip holds the fabric while cutting. $14.95

I don’t know if you can see.. but all the black and white diamonds have the actual markings like 1/8, 3/8, 5/8, 7/8″ and the white 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4…But the best part is every line is a dashed line!  You can see your fabrics at every point! IMG_2459No more wondering…am I on this edge of the line or that side of the line…now we can see!   Also do you notice the ruler is not 6 1/2″?  Now that is bad if we want to square up a 6 1/2″ block, but we already have a ruler for that!!! No mis-cutting because of that 1/2″ -you know what I am talking about here?  Now…on to my favorite of the two…CGRPRG1-550x550

The 3″x 7″…this is the one I use the most…I like how it fits in my hand…easier to wield around those mini pieces…with all the same features as the 6″.  We still need the 6″ because sometimes we have to cut a 4 1/4″ square and then sub cut it twice for our minis…But the most shocking thing that happened to me is…when I didn’t have the rulers with me… like when left it at the lakehouse…and I had to use my other Creative Grids…I missed them!…I actually was bummed I didn’t have them…like…how am I going to survive this without those dashes!!! Cutting is CRITICAL with minis because just a thread can make a huge difference in a 1/2″ finished square or a 1/4″ inner border like Winter Star has…I also use them when NOT making minis, as I still want to cut as accurately as possible!  So even if you don’t make quilts with tiny, tiny pieces…these two rulers are still VERY useful and I promise you these will become your GO TO rulers when cutting minis or sub cutting larger pieces in your normal sized quilts…Here is the Official write-up on this one…

This 3 inch by 7 inch Itty Bitty Eights Rectangle Ruler designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings features easy to read 1/8 inch markings. The black and white dashed eighth inch markings show on both light and dark fabrics. The dashed 1in grid lines ensure accuracy when cutting pieces for miniature quilts. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8” units; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4″ inch units. The Creative Grids exclusive grip holds the fabric while cutting. $15.95IMG_2450 (1)-550x550

Now I WANT you to BUY these rulers from me…as I designed them and I am telling you about them!!! There is a strict pricing policy on them so there are no “deals”  or discounts by anyone, anywhere! So my offer to you-if you purchase BOTH rulers from me there will be a designer special “gift” to you and HEY! did I mention my new Winter Star pattern…shown here under both rulers…If you really love it order the KIT too…but you will not need the pattern if you are buying both rulers…HINT, HINT… ORDER HERE!!! 

As you can tell I am over the top excited about these two rulers and will be working on a couple more sizes too! Creative Grids are the absolute best RULERS in the quilting world and it was a pleasure to work with them!!! Thanks Cam and Penny!  I want to ROCK Creative Grids and show them how much we needed MINI rulers!!!!IMG_2194



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