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27
May
14

10th Anniversary Stitch Along-Part 1

I hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend! I know we sure did! We spent the entire weekend at the Lakehouse…and I have to admit…I did not stitch once….I was jet skiing, paddle boarding, boating and cooking lots of meals…and a BIG thank you to those who have served in our military so we are allowed to have the privilege to celebrate with our families and friends.

I did however get the first part of the 10th Anniversary Stitch-Along ready for you all today…Click the link below, or on the side button will hold the most current Part of the Stitch-Along…Some of you I know are interested in kits…so we will have them on the site for each part. Part 1 will be a whole $4. They will not include the pattern…you will print them from this PDF here. They will be ready to ship the 2nd week in June, if you want all the remaining parts and don’t want to bother purchasing them each time, in your comment sections write that you want ALL parts…We’ll collect orders for about a week after each post and then cut the kits so we don’t cut too many as, I don’t want to be left with excess parts.…..I will probably be posting parts for the SAL (Stitch Along) about every 2 weeks…and will keep the price of the kits very reasonable for what you are getting…after all this is our Anniversary present to you…Like for instance…I could have charged $5 for the center block for a nice round number, but when I did all my figures it came out to only $4…so $4 it is…This cannot be combined with the SBOW. It will be fun and will hopefully challenge you a little too! Please don’t ask me too many questions about the SAL as the answer will probably be “I don’t know yet”…lol…I don’t have it all done…I will be designing each part as I go…

Stitch-Along Part 1 PDF

Here are a few pics from out weekend…Hope you enjoyed your too!

LB

 

 

Jake…on his Jet Skii

Jake…on his Jet Skii

Nick and the boys…fishing not too far from the dock

Nick and the boys…fishing not too far from the dock

Luke and Brooke

Luke and Brooke

My Niece Kaity and BF Colton

My Niece Kaity and BF Colton

Romeo…checking out the situation

Romeo…checking out the situation

Brooke's new Wisconsin ride...

Brooke’s new Wisconsin ride…

Piece of cake!!!

Piece of cake!!!

Jake and Lauren on the sit down ski...

Jake and Lauren on the sit down ski…

Lauren and Jake, trying out the paddle boards down the channel

Lauren and Jake, trying out the paddle boards down the channel

What do we have to do to get some alone time?

What do we have to do to get some alone time?

 

 

21
May
14

Thanks…here’s some quilting…

Thanks for the support everyone…I do not like it when my girls are treated badly and you always come through for us…saying just the right things to let them think about how much better they might have it cause they can walk in our door….I know we are not perfect and sometimes we do not think of everything, but we try hard at whatever we do and the last thing we want to do is lose a customer or have unhappy ones.  So hopefully they can admit to themselves that this is kind of stupid…and understand our reasons.

Here is some of Linda’s work from her magical needle…I want to see more!!!

Good night my friends…LB

 

 

Lisa Bongean/Linda Hrcka 2014

Lisa Bongean/Linda Hrcka 2014

21
May
14

Summer BOW update…please read all of this…comment if you wish

As long as I had to talk to you about the SBOW I thought I would give you another tease…Linda is actually quilting it and she says its her favorite quilt that she has done for me so far…so with that said…here is the peek…

lisa bongean/primitivegatheirngs 2014 SBOW

lisa bongean/primitivegatheirngs 2014 SBOW

I just love these blocks…now here is what I wanted to say…We are getting some of our very loyal walk in customers MAD at us about not being able to prepay for their the SBOW. Some of them to the point of calling my girls Bitches! Really???? These girls are anything but Bitches!!!  They try to explain and reason with the people who don’t understand how it works…just because they may not like the fact that they can not manipulate it to how they want it to work does not make my girls bitches!  By the way..this was not everyone who was upset but just two of them and they call themselves quilters??? Remember girls…this is supposed to be FUN!  I know I personally could not take this from customers…I guess that is why I am stitching and designing.  But remember we are all just trying to do our jobs the best we can…and they are just following the rules of the program.

Now we have set up the PREPAY OPTION for those being shipped  for the following reasons…

If we have to enter the cc numbers for all those SBOW going out each week it costs a lot of time/which is labor…this is eliminated with a prepay….we have no one working up in the store for hours on end running people through who walk in the door…we have time for you…we are there to help you with anything you wish..

The discount we have given is NOT on the SBOW it is on their shipping costs.They have to pay at the minim $56 more than the girls who can walk in our door, so we have taken off about $15 for this…and because the volume of our shipping goes up so much during the summer, we get bigger shipping discounts and we are just passing this on to those who have to use the shipping method and cannot walk through the door.

I am sure they would gladly give up a shipping discount to be able to walk in our door each week…now don’t take that as I have a big head…but I just hear it all the time at shows that they wish they could come to the shop just even once…

We do not have the room or want the pressure of trying to keep track of blocks if you do not come in to pick them up each week…we give out the FREEBIE each week so you do come in and don’t miss it…you have the options to prepay for the following week if you know you are on vacation or something and cannot come in…We want you in the shop each week…we want to see you, visit with you, help you with what you are working on and hopefully you may purchase a little more than just the SBOW…that really is why I do this…it is not a secret…our business slows down dramatically during the summer…I still have the same bills and the same payroll as the rest of the year and 8 years ago started the SBOW to make sure I didn’t fall short…and so far it has worked.  FYI.. we cut 1800 freebies each week we have the material cost and the labor costs for this…everyone who purchases each week in the shop gets one as well if you order online.  Now 1800 freebies…think about that…they are free to you for being a great customer, they are not only for those who are in the SBOW’s.

I also know that I have upped the price this year on the wool appliqué one…but really it is the much more reasonable than previous years…you will be finishing your quilt each week.  At the end you will not only have 12 blocks…you will have 25 and an optional reasonably priced wool appliqué border which I have discounted for everyone.…which by the way just contains scrappiness of the quilt and harmonizes everything for a wonderful quilt.  You will love this quilt!  I can see it entered in shows winning prizes!!!

We try so hard to run a great program…we never want anyone upset with us or think we are not being fair…We work with a lot of people who lose jobs, and other situations which come up…We love our customers…Try to put yourself in our shoes…we are talking about 1000 customers for this event.  This is kind of a nightmare that we somehow figure out how to work it…we have hired extra college girls to help us and this gives them a good job instead of bar tending until wee hours of the night…or flipping whammies at McD’s…

Hopefully this will reach those who are not happy with us and they will understand a little better and maybe apologize to my girls…but to those of you who continue to spend your hard earned bucks and totally understand that we are here for you… know that  we appreciate you!

One more thing…I will be posting a little more about the pieced SBOW…some think it is patriotic…but it has blacks, pinks, browns, grays, dull greens all the colors as well as reds and blues, so please don’t judge it from the 1st weeks blocks…its fun and awesome to piece it…plus their will be a bonus with the leftovers!

Now just because you read all of this…I am going to show you another block…sorry can’t help myself…Stitch On my friends….LB

PS…I am trying to get the 10th Anniversary Stitch-Along done now that Quilt Market is over…so that will be coming soon too…free online patterns for all!IMG_1204

08
May
14

Summer Newsletter

Hey All…For some reason our Newsletter is not on our site yet…Some of you are looking for it…We will also be sending it on our shops email as well…so if you get 2 emails with this information, not everyone is subscribed to both…so bear with me on this …I usually don’t bother you all too much!

Click here for our Newsletter..2014 Summer Newsletter

Also we are getting some phone calls about the SBOW, and we don’t mind this…but please read the info supplied, we think we have all possible questions in there now…and if the math doesn’t add up for you…like why the threads in three parts are more than if you purchase them all at once it is because we give you a discount if we only have to do things once instead of three times…if we have to do less, then it costs less….and remember the shipping is added in also…we do not get that money…the post office does?  So that is why I say the SBOW IS $16…THANKS!!!

See the previous post for Summer Block of the Week Info!

 

07
May
14

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary and a sneak peak!!!

PG Stitch-Along

In honor of our 10th Anniversary I would like to do a FREE 10 part quilt pattern and run a Stitch-Along here on my blog…Now I have to admit…I have it designed, but not stitched…I am going to STITCH-ALONG with you on this one…I will post them twice a month or so…and we will be done in November to avoid all the Holiday stuff…

Some of the details…It will be a little quilt, medallion styled…and scrappy!  I will do two versions…one with a wool applique on cotton center and the other a pieced center for those of you who do not appliqué or you may want to do both!!!… (I did not even think about offering kits for it but before I could even post this we have had calls about it…so since I did not start yet…I can pick fabrics and kit them…then I will post again when I have kit details)…The center of the quilt will be 6″…and have 9 more borders added to it.  The patterns will be a free pdf posted here on my blog…hope you want to join in and share your version with us!!!

Also…I know some of you are anxiously waiting for our 2014 Summer Blocks of the Week to be announced…They will go on our site today!  AND…I am very happy…over the top happy that I can say….I am stitching the wool on the appliquéd border!!! So we have all the information for you on pricing, shipping, threads lists…finishing kits and know everything before it starts!  This is what I have been up to instead of blogging…lol… but I can say that everyone in Paducah who saw me stitching L-O-V-E-D IT!  Which is really cool, because… do you know how hard it is to design a project that you can kit 1000 kits for and have everyone like it?  It is always hard to compete with the last years SBOW that I stress over all of these issues to the point where I drive myself crazy….The Crows and I were talking and we figured this is the 8th summer of the block of the week…and it took us a bit but we figured them all out and in order!…without cheating…We were wondering…has anyone done all 8??? and the freebies too?…I would love to know if you have or if you are close to doing all 8…like maybe you did 6?…ok..back on topic here…. I don’t think I’m going to show the FREEBIE, which by the way is all stitched and even quilted!!!…because I am showing you more of the SBOW than I usually do…But you can tell from the pic here that you will be doing 25 blocks?, right?  can you see you have an alternating pieced block??  13/applique,12/pieced

2014 SBOW Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings

2014 SBOW
Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings

2014 SBOW Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings

2014 SBOW
Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings

….for the wool version…and that is why the price is $16 this summer and the finishing kit is only $65…I have shown a little of the border here as well…see no stitching on the border yet…that is because I stayed up till 3am as I did not want to stop until I had the borders designed and cut and pressed down….I was very happy when it was done…I couldn’t stop staring at it!!!!  Quilt is 68″x 68″,  Also you can see a pic of another one of the blocks on our shop NEWSLETTER that has just been placed on the site…Please see our website here Primitive Gatherings for all the details…and don’t forget about the Pieced(no wool appliqué) SBOW called Opposites Attract…14 weeks, 12 blocks each week for a total of 168 blocks…plus you will be piecing the border as well each week!  The blocks finish at 6″…and will finish 76×88, with 168 blocks and a little pieced border…you then can add big borders to make it bigger if you wish…So much fun…this will also give you a chance to try out our new Triangle Papers from Primitive Gatherings that will be included each week!  This is a really great chance to “collect” repro fabrics if you do not want to “piece” these blocks…but these blocks are so much fun…and you know…fast too…

Opposites Attract 2014 SBOW Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings

Opposites Attract 2014 SBOW Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings

 

Thank you for following my blog and supporting our shop all these years…we appreciate you all so much and hopefully I will be blogging a lot more now that the SBOW stuff in out of the way!…It’s like a mega load has been lifted and I can actually say that both projects just maybe quilted and finished before the first block is sent out…This is a first!… and will probably never happen again, unless…I start next years now?

Stitch on…

Lisa

 

 

15
Apr
14

If you are going to Paducah…read this post!!!

Have you ever done something just because???  My Friend David is part owner of this BBQ boutique at 321 Broadway, Paducah KY (270-534-5951 phone)…Now I met David while he visited our booth many times over the years…and he has purchased many of my quilt kits from me.. for the last two years he has taken orders from all the vendors in the Finkel Building during the show and has delivered bbq nachos, pulled pork sandwiches.  In other words he has taken good care of us.  I think a year ago they actually opened a store/boutique…Now I have not been to the boutique where….. there is stuff that make women go WOW and stuff to cook your cow/pig…lol..that is  a quote from their Facebook page from a person who has been there..so….

If you are going to Paducah…I have something for you to do Thursday Night April 24th…Meet & Greet Dessert Social with ME!

I will be giving demos on a couple of things and bringing door prizes and will have a special surprise for everyone while supplies last..

Come 7-9pm and lets meet and eat!!!

Help us spread the word….if you know people that are going…tell them…

Also remember the Finkel Building is open on TUESDAY…a day earlier than the rest of the AQS events!

See you there!  LB

 

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31
Mar
14

Tiny Treasures Club…featuring Tara Lynn Darr’s book…Small Treasures from Scraps

I just wanted to send everyone an email and talk about this new club we are so excited about!!!

I was watching the “Crows” all last week work  gathering fabrics, cutting, stitching and figuring all the details for this club…They tenderly selected every single bolt with loving care…as they raced to the shop to raid it before I do for my SBOW’s…..I want you all to see how sweet the first few treasures are turning out….autumn berriesautumn berriesautumn berriesgirls retreatgirls retreat playdateThese little kits will make awesome weekend projects…you can piece, quilt and bind them and  show them off at work on Monday or your weekly stitching group!!!..I am signing up as well because every quilt in this book is awesome…no duds….My mini wall will be full by the end of this club!      You also will receive 20% off the book when you sign up for the club….All the info to join the club is here on our site…Small Treasures




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