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Weekend projects…SBOW block 7 update…

Quilters….I want to share my finished APQ Quilt Along quilt….It was a little frustrating quilting it as I broke a tension spring on my long arm at the beginning of a row and didn’t notice it until it was time to advance the quilt….the stitches on the top were fine…but it was all funky on the back starting from where the spring broke….so black on black was fun to rip out almost an entire row…yuck!…and it was the second to last row…so it was kind of tricky…part of the problem was not to pick out the good row…I basted stitches around the perimeter of the row that had to come out with bright pink perle cotton so I would not rip out any good ones… once I figured that out it only took about 21/2 hours to rip…this is why I have someone else quilt my quilts!!! lol…..The quilting design is Royal Plumes from Golden Threads…it was a great design.  I will definitely stitch it again.

If you wanted a kit for this quilt I believe they are ready…hopefully we called you if you were on the list…sorry it took a bit to get them…we had to wait to get 20 good blacks in the store…The sashing is solid black…the border is from my new line Homestead Gathering.

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings


Then after reading Tim Latimer’s blog….He inspired me to get back to hand quilting…so I brought my big frame up to the lakehouse to stitch…got a whole row of fans done yesterday in no time at all…a little each day and it could be done by the end of summer…

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

Now for the block #7  update…Randy who is doing the SBOW sent me an email while I was in MI last week stating the stem was not reversed on the pattern, he works on them as soon as they are delivered to keep up…which is good for all of us…I couldn’t do anything about it being gone so today…I pulled it out to figure it out…the wool is only 2 x 9 1/2″ so what I did was cut fusible web 1/2″ x 9 and then cut the stem with the rotary cutter, like stems in any of the previous blocks…Teri the graphic designer added the stem to the traced shapes and I did not catch this while proofing…so do not trace the stem in block 7.  Cut it at 1/4″ and then taper it down to 3/16….


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Then in about 100 kits, the the gray wool for the watering can was substituted and was actually darker than the dark wool for the handle spout and top…so what we are going to do is send everyone a new 5×5 grey wool piece in block 9 it will be stapled to the out side of the package…this way you should have plenty of wool to choose from and we don’t have to worry about missing anyone…if your kit was right…you get a bonus…its just easier to do all then try to have everyone email who’s is wrong… We need to adjust the size of the cement (handle, spout and top) wool a little bigger also as it is a little tight.  If you find that things are not fitting, there is a problem…please email as you are my testers you are not bothering us!!! If you tried to get the stem on or need a little more green wool send you a small scrap if you email us…or some have said they used leftover wool from a previous block.

We are so sorry for this inconvenience…if you have any issues contact us and we will work everything out…

also need to let some of you know…

Your shipping for these blocks or anything that is shipped from our shop is a little more than just basic USPS shipping…our shipping has delivery conformation, so we can track all of our shipments…it is a little more expensive but worth it when things go wrong…and they do…we are not making money on shipping and we charge no handling.

If you signed up late for the SBOW and missed out on those weeks freebies…you can call and get the back ones…but I’d advise you to just use to your scraps because the pattern is the same in all of them….

Also the cut off for ordering Wool SBOW Finishing and Freebie kits is August 8…look at your labels….does it say Finishing kits?  If not, we don’t have you signed up…If yes…you are good no need to contact us..

If you sign up this week and next week’s doesn’t say it…it might take another week or two…we print labels once a week….So by week 12 they all should have them on if you order by the August 8th date…

Thanks again…for being part of this SBOW!!! and for subscribing to my blog…I had a blast teaching in MI last week…met a bunch of nice ladies…and they rocked their crazy stitches and wool appliqués!!!!


Block 6 Correction for wing




Block 6 Correction    Sorry about the pdf…I guess they look the same tiny on my computer screen…proof I need to wear my glasses ALL the time!



Summer Block of the Week #6 Update…also Stitch Along

Hey all…just a little info here…I appreciate if you find any errors in this summer pattern as you are my pattern testers….so please email if you think there is a problem or a typo or whatever, like the missing wing in block 6.  We forgot to add a wing to the bird on Block 6 Wool SBOW…we have the wool in the kit but the drawing is missing the wing…we will also add it to Block 9’s direction off to the side so you have a hard copy. Those of you who are keeping up and need this wing now this is for you!!!  Click on it to print the PDF Click here for Block 6 Correction 

We have been getting a few calls about there not being enough fabric in the block kits…The appliqué block kit consists ONLY of the tans and the 4 patches like here….all the other stuff around this is in the pieced blocks.  I also would suggest to only maResizedImage951405011654393ke blocks for now…and finish the appliqués that travel into the pieced blocks when you put the whole quilt together.  This is only  my suggestion…as it will spread the fabrics out…I also did not arrange my blocks in the order you are getting them….but if you do you own thing by piecing rows together…I am sure it can somehow work…but it is not how I have done this quilt and written the directions…

Speaking of directions…PLEASE…PLEASE…PLEASE  read ALL of my directions! We get calls that are unnecessary if only they would have read the directions.  Also, please remember the girls at the shop have not done this quilt I have…so if you have questions…please email me…you can send it to attn Lisa B and i will answer you…but only if the answer is NOT in my directions….lol..

The Stitch Along Part 2 will be shipping tomorrow and next week…in case you are looking for them…they are starting to ship…

I hope you are all enjoying your summer and taking time to stitch!!! Someone told me once only I am in charge of my time…so if you don’t have time to stitch who’s fault is that?

all for now…LB


Pattern missing border instructions…HOSPITALITY




HOPITALITY… made with my newest line…Homestead Gatherings…..I managed to do it again……I hate having pattern corrections…I forgot to tell you what to cut for the black border….and we found  2 typos in the cutting directions….the piecing directions have the correct measurements…I’m just glad we have ways to let you know about it….A big THANK YOU  to Jane Lay for discovering this for us…. so if you have purchased this quilt pattern they are:Hospitality Corrections for Website















If your quilt shop carries this pattern please let them know to contact us…


10th anniversary stitch along….Pieced version & Part 2

I do not want to confuse anyone so please read everything…

Good Morning…first of all..I want you to know I didn’t forget about a PIECED version instead of the wool version I promised to do…I will be making  the 2 versions…this way I can use whatever I have, (including some fabrics that were never made??? I get 100’s of sample strike-off that are so cool…but can only pick 40 fabrics for a next new line of MODA)…I am sorry to announce we are NOT going to kit this version in parts…BUT we will offer a fabric bundle or two, to those who NEED them so they can use similar fabrics to my sample….The fabric bundle will be 18 fat 1/8ths…6-red,tan and blacks….for a total of 2 1/4 yards…just please understand while there is lots of fabric here and I will use all these  fabrics in future parts, there may be more fabrics and some parts may require more than a fat 1/8 once we get bigger…so you kind of get what I’m saying here….you may add your own fabrics (and it is encouraged)to this bundle and of course use only fabrics from your own collection…

So just to get this straight…this is not another block to go with the first…this is in place of the center wool appliqué block that was posted earlier.  Some people are allergic to wool…some don’t do wool appliqué?  What’s wrong with that?…lol…so this is their center  OR  you can make 2 Stitch Along quilts!!!!!

If you look close  at the pic below…I made half square triangles…but in my instructions I wrote them for flying geese…so either way will work…I was going to do something else but changed my mind and was too lazy to make the flying geese…

Click here to print the PDF…Pieced Stitch Along  Click here for Fabric Bundle  


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Stitch Along Pieced center


fabric bundle for pieced stitch along

fabric bundle for pieced stitch along

Now for PART 2–remember the deal…If I have to write the directions…You have to read them….all the information on the piecing of the block is in these PDF directions…example…What to cut your appliqué block to?  It is in the PDF!

Here is the PDF.. click to print  Stitch Along Part 2 

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10th Anniversary Stitch Along…Parts 1&2

Here is the actual wool block.


Pieced Version Parts 1 & 2 10th Anniversary Stitch Along

Now here is the pieced version with Part 2- The piecing will be the same for each version unless I specify in separate directions for the blocks.

Do you like them??? If am super excited and want to start stitching the next round!!!

Please remember to be patient with this Stitch Along stuff… I didn’t expect this to be what it has become and our girls have a lot on their plate with our normal orders and our block of the week event…We are a little company and cannot compete with Amazon and their shipping times…. so what I am saying is please be nice when calling or emailing…we want you to get your stuff, we purposely are not holding yours hostage to make you mad…we want to please you and we appreciate all of our customers…if something isn’t right we will figure it out and get your your quilting goodies!!!

Now I wish you all a Happy 4th of July and hope you make it FUN!

PS…send me some of your photos I will do a post of everyones I get!!n  Some have sent them…I am holding on to them…



We will ship part 2 at the end of next week…after seeing how many orders we have accumulated


SBOW Pieced…Week 4

Week 4 already…Where does the time go? Are you keeping up? After this week you will have 48 blocks already!!!IMG_9681


back home…

You probably have figured out that I am home from 5 days of teaching in MN (because I am blogging)…I have met some wonderful ladies and had the pleasure of sharing my knowledge of wool appliqué and embroidery stitches with them…I love MN because they all talk the same way I do…no one comments on “my accent”…Its just like being home…I taught at the Minnesota State Guild and then at Sew Seeds Quilt Co in New Ulm MN…The shop is owned by these 3 lovely ladies pictured here…3-150x150If you live in MN, or near there this is a must stop quilt shop!!! Cindy, Jacking and Ann are the best…the new, just over 1 year shop was gorgeous and if you attend one of their events the food was to die for, its always about the food!  Visit their shop online here: Sewing Seeds Quilt Shop

Here are a few pics from my workshops.  I will be in DesMoines next week…so not a lot of HOME time this time…take care
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