Block 12 & 13 Magic of Christmas…

Good Evening Everyone…

Just want you all to know we all just finished a H-E double toothpick of- week!  That’s I why I have not posted any new MOC blocks…now remember… I told you early on there were going to be gaps and times when they come day after day and then not so much…but rest assured…we will get them all done by the end of November!!!

I did not mention this but I am going to now…sooooo I have to go to CA after Houston to teach a bunch of wonderful ladies coming all the way from New Zeeland…they are coming to our CA shop and we are so excited to have them!!! But that means I will be gone for over two weeks, coming home NOV 11…then what happens in November?  Right our biggest event!!!! Primitive Christmas…when you get patterns and pincushion kits and those cute mugs!!! So my point here is I have designed/stitched all(4 this year)the projects for this AND about 5 extra ones…that I am saving for this event!!! So really it was fun, but at the same time…very brutal….this was A LOT to do plus all the new designs from Liberty Gatherings my newest Moda line that will come out in FEB/2017 ….I will be posting about these soon too…now that they are all back from the quilters and much prettier now… and will be hanging in Houston for all the shop owners to see and buy for their shops…so…to keep you busy for the next week…while the graphic designer is gone to Mexico this whole next week..(thanks Teri for working late today…I know you wanted to be gone by three….we appreciate all you do for us!!! Make sure you have a margarita and enjoy the sun!!!)  But she managed to sneak these two blocks in today! I’ve double-triple, checked them for printing errors and can’t find any…so fingers crossed there are none…

Two easy ones…this time…LB






Oh…almost forgot…some Fall decorating…some of you wanted to see…I just did a little this year….we had some nice Fall days….

Here is the back of the house that does not face the water…

Planting Spring bulbs!!! Can’t wait to show you next Spring…I don’t remember them being this hard to plant!!!!!! Still waiting for more to arrive they better hurry!!!
img_8360Jeter my helper…img_8361

Our dining table…
img_8366Behind the sofa table…
img_8341Jeter… all tuckered out from being outside for a couple hours….He’s got it pretty good I would say…LB…Will post more MOC blocks from Houston once Teri gets back from her Vay-Cay!!!  I’ll be looking for your posts on IG, FB!!!


Daurmont…I love this quilt

This is for anyone or any shop that has purchased our Daurmont pattern…We thought we were going to be awesome and include transparency in your pattern for easier layout…but there is an issue with it, it was printed at 120%, all the shapes in the pattern are the correct size.. the transparency is wrong, so you can get started on tracing and cutting out wools……If you are a shop and purchased it from Moda with your shipment of Little Gatherings II fabrics we have notified them and are waiting to know who to proceed with getting your patterns to you…If you cannot wait and need the corrected asap please email me and I can help you….lisa.bongean@yahoo.com    If you are a PG retail customer please email us as we will be going through our orders and double checking and sending them out… the shop email is primitivegatheringsquiltshop@yahoo.com   Just to confirm…if you are shop and need it asap email ME…if you are a retail customer email the SHOP.

We SINCERLY apologize for this inconvenience…but are really happy that it’s the transparency and not a bazillion wool kits with the stems too short!!!

img_8393Close-up of quilting…Linda Hrcka, thequiltedpineapple.com

We are frantically getting ready for  Fall Market/ Festival I’ve stitched 4 bindings in 3 days, all at night after work!!!….the truck is leaving and we have to get it all done before it does!!!  Anyone going to Houston?


the magic of christmas blocks 10 & 11

I am happily stitching-away at home…I will not be traveling for over two weeks yet…this is very nice not having to be thinking about where I am going next week…but there is Fall Market/Festival in Houston…but being home makes it much more pleasant!  So here is another 2 blocks…Like I said before I love stitching these in-between the other projects…I keep looking at block 11 and thinking I stitched this one already…but it is different.




I do have a confession about block 10…I cut and pieced it like the directions…but…I was not happy with it…those 32- 1″ triangles are too hard to cut and stitch perfectly 32 times.  So I ripped my little 2″ block from the middle grabbed my 1″ triangle paper and made them in about half the time it took me to do it without them…and…if you notice this photo…I had to do it twice…because somehow I decided I should put the country red with the white bella!!!!But after I stitched them all again…it was heaven to put them together…they were perfect…If you do not have our triangle paper for any triangles less than 1″ you need to get them for your sanity…so much less fustration and a big timesaver 40 HST in about 10 min. ….and I do not cut off the 1 mini dog ear the triangles have…Look at the photo closely…see the piles of HSTs..the lowest red one have the little dog ear…the pile above are the boo boo triangles…and the ones up top and the ripped out block are the old ones…they don’t look bad from far away, but I had tucks and they were not lining up nicely…I was having to compensate way too much…           1″Triangle Paper                         Assorted Triangle Paper-small sizesimg_8282



I’ve also been trying to decorate our house for Fall…little by little, going through all the decorations from the old house and seeing what goes in the new house…how about you? Do you decorate for all the seasons?  Which is your favorite…LB



November Retreat in Wisconsin…Red Crinoline, Old Green Cupboard & Primitive Gatherings

Yes…that”s right…due to some unfortunate circumstances some of our fellow quilters  had to cancel their retreat means….that there are 5-7 opening for this 40 person retreat!!! All info on where to sign up is in the following email…PG does not take the reservations for this event.

Its going to be fabulous…and it the same time as our Primitive Christmas at Primitive Gatherings!!! The Old Green Cupboard Gals have planned an almost week long retreat in WI…with classes, kits, traveling to other great WI quilt shops, Country Sampler & JJ Stitches and lots of stitching time. Here are all the particulars!!!peace-on-earth-flat-web-350x350

Primitive Gatherings, Red Crinoline Quilts & OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD DESIGNS

November 13 – 19, 2016

Ok… here we go… it’s time for a triple adventure this time… with instructors – Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison from Red Crinoline Quilts(TX & FL) – Gloria Parsons, Vicky Iannucci & Heather Lynn from Olde Green Cupboard Designs(FL) and myself, Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings

$375 (check, cash or money order) to include 5 full days of:

* One day of Quilting with Paula – NEW design – kit included

* One day of Stitching with Lisa – Kit included

* Multiple projects taught by Vicky & Gloria – Kit/s included

* Demo Day – Paula & Mary Ellen – Lucy Boston blocks, English paper piecing, “mini” hexagons, stars, more! Supplies/kits available to purchase.

* A one day deluxe motor coach bus tour to JJ Stitches & Country Sampler Quilt Shops with lunch & FUN * Christmas open house at Primitive Gatherings (Yippee!)
* Free time for stitching and shopping
* Welcome package

* Door prizes, goodies, and surprises….

Lodging – will be on your own. Menasha and Appleton have tons of great hotels and VERY reasonably priced – many of them serving breakfast. If you have double occupancy, your cost will be approximately the same amount as staying in the retreat house. The hotel list below has rooms blocked for you… until October 13, 2016.

Some meals and transportation are on your own. You can fly into Milwaukee (approximately 2 hour drive time to Appleton/Menasha) or Appleton (APX) airport (only 10 – 15 minutes to retreat house – if you need to be picked up…. We can do that for you!).

Nov. 13-19, 2016 – Lodging Options Fairfield Inn

132 N Mall Dr Appleton, WI 54913 (920) 954-0202 Rate: $149.00/night


I have “blocked” 10 double queen rooms at each of these hotels. When
“Olde Green Cupboard”. The rooms will be held until October 13, 2016. After that, rooms will be on a first come, first serve basis, and the daily rate will increase.

Country Inn and Suites 355 N Fox River Dr. Appleton, WI 54913 (920) 830-3240

Rate: $105.00/night http://www.countryinns.com

the girls call to make their reservation, the party name is

November 13

November 14 November 15 November 16

November 17 November 18 November 19

Agenda (draft only)
Sunday – arrive at Primitive Gatherings Warehouse/Studio by 4:00 pm Welcome Get Together/Lisa’s Studio – Tour the studio and warehouse

Welcome Bags – Agenda/Schedule/phone numbers, Show project samples Have dinner out together (our own expense)

Monday – 1st day of class – 20 at Lisa’s work studio for her wool project for the entire day. 20 at retreat house for Paula’s quilt class (You will need to bring a sewing machine). Provide lunch both locations?

Tuesday – 2nd day of class – each group of 20 changes locations for their classes. Provide lunch both locations?

Wednesday – Demos (Lucy Boston blocks, mini Dresden Plates, hexies, mini pointed stars +) and Project Day along with some Make-it-Take-it sessions at both the Retreat House and the Studio. Provide lunch both locations?

Thursday – Primitive Gatherings Christmas Open House + Free afternoon for shopping (sounds like a great time for antiquing)

Friday – FULL Day deluxe motor coach tour bus trip from Menasha to JJ Stitches and Country Sampler quilt shops(with lunch, fun & games)…. they will be all “decked” out for the holidays!

Saturday – Travel Home



Love Mini Quilts?…

I want to tell you about another great compilation from Lissa Alexander for Martingale books!  This book is the third in a series of books by a bunch of Moda designers!  I think this might be my favorite yet so far…you know I love me some mini quilts…but there are lots of mini quilts in this book…Here is my contribution to the book, Midnight Garden…a lovely little wool appliqué quilt..which I love the way they stylized it here!  Shown with my favorite perle cotton appliqué Valdani thread for wool appliqué.


Here is the cover of the book! A beautiful cover…


If you are a fan of Primitive Gatherings you are probably into more traditional look than the quilts on the cover…we all know a great design is all we need to “switch” the colors and make it to our own tastes…and there are lots of great designs in the book…but…don’t worry…my friends…my quilt is NOT the only “dark”(as some refer to them) quilt the book this time…Here is Betsy’s quilt..so awesome!!!b1402_14

and then there is Lynne’s quilt…


Which I love this one too because I know we can make this one in a couple of hours no problem…

Here is Martingales intro for the book…

Join 15 of Moda’s all-star designers as they explore creative small quilt patterns that you’ll love to stitch. These mini-quilts are tailor-made for scraps. With designs ranging from easy to intricate–plus many make-in-a-day designs–these fun little quilts are showcased in photos that will inspire you to display your mini creations as artful accents to your decor.

This collection features patterns by your favorite Moda designers: Pat Sloan, Carrie Nelson, Brigitte Heitland, Camille Roskelley, Me and My Sister Designs, Sherri McConnell, Sandy Gervais, Edyta Sitar, Lynne Hagmeier, Vanessa Christenson, Anne Sutton, Laurie Simpson, Jen Kingwell, Lisa Bongean, and Betsy Chutchian.
Many of the quilts are quick to finish; all are fun to make
Each mini project offers an opportunity to try a different technique–traditional piecing, applique, paper piecing, and even embroidery.

ORDER BOOK AND/OR KIT FOR MIDNIGHT GARDEN…that’s my project in the book in case you have forgotten with how long this post is…

Here are the other titles from our Moda Girls!  Do you have them all?

If not get your soon as they may not be around forever…and I know a little secret about the next one that is in the works…so make sure your collection will be complete!

Get your Stitch On Today! (aka…take time to stitch today)   LB




The magic of christmas blocks 8 & 9

How about another block or two?

I know some of you have had some questions…please read previous post but here is the skinny…

Starch- a must…saturate completely wet…let air dry…iron and cut. I use faultless heavy starch in the can…its very reasonable…I do not use my Best Press..I’d go broke buying starch then.

Steam…you bet..I always press my blocks with lots of steam…

Washing…I do not…I starch on a white towel…if my red is going to run, I’ll see it when I starch

What size is this going to be?  I know this bother some of you that I do not know this…but…its 25- 6″ blocks it will not be a king size…it is going to be a wall or couch throw..a decoration probably not a snuggle quilt.

How do I get perfect points, this is a big question, but a good one..

I try hard…every step is important…first STARCH, see above..then CUTTING is very important…see Creative Grid Itty bitty rulers by PG.  Every line is  dashed..you can always see your fabric…its not hiding under a solid inch line on the ruler. Test your SEAM ALLOWANCE and make sure it is spot on…I do not use a 1/4″ foot…fabrics differ, thread matters…test to make sure your project is coming out to the right size when starting…I stitch up again a tape bumper that gets moved occasional depending on if I’m stitching flannel, or whatever..I also test regularly….PINNING…yes a must…so do I pin every seam? no…but most the necessary ones…when you use starch the fabrics are stiffer and butt/match up a lot better…so I guess I really pin a lot less than I used to before I starched so heavily….STEAM..I press my blocks into submission, I open bulky seams..not every seam, but usually long seams when piecing the last seams together…JUKI…I stitch on a sewing machine where the feed dogs are nice and close together…so my tiny pieces are being nicely fed through the machine..see my JUKI post…search for it in the search button on the right….then FINALLY…they are not all perfect…I don’t really care if one seam is slightly off a smidge or if my point got dulled a little in the seam allowance…most of the time the layering and quilting will make that magically disappear…it takes a lot of enjoyment out of what we are doing if they all have to be exactly perfect…I wouldn’t get much done if I ripped our everything that was not exact.  I believe what make a good quilter into a great quilter is the art of compensation!!!   so…other than stitching everyday or as much as you can…this my advice!







I love seeing your blocks on Instagram and FB!!! Keep posting!

It’s all about Market right now!!!! More later…This should keep you busy for a day or two!!! LB


the magic of christmas-block 7

I hope you all are doing well…I’m trying to get back in the swing of things here after being gone over 10 days!!! Caught up on Laundry, house stuff, organize work stuff, Dr’s appointments..and deadlines…yes I seem to live by the deadline…I am currently working on patterns and stitching quilts for our upcoming Fall Market and Festival in Houston…I need to start making a list..as our Primitive Christmas event will have to be done before I leave for Houston too!!! It will get done…but I thought I should post one of these babies because we are going to see a lot of them in a row…because I am home now until Oct 27th..thats a whole month!!! Also got my “little man” fix today…just what MeMe needed! Yes…thats what he calls me and it soooo sweet coming out of his mouth the way He says it..

Happy Friday Night…remember to post on Instagram and FB #themagicofchristmasquiltfullsizerender-3 img_8073magic-of-christmas-block-7-bw


Leanne…I found your pic on instagram…email me your address…I’m sending you a present for your hard work and for spreading the love!   email me at:   lisa.bongean@yahoo.comimg_8153

October 2016

Our newest book! 20 projects!

Thread book!

A new little book filled with info on Wool Appliqué and finally a method to keep track of your Valdani Threads!

Coming soon: May 3- Click to see our quilt in book!

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