Moda Charm Week 4!


Here is a peek at this week’s Charm swap pattern…Me and My Sisters using Lauries Minick & Simpsons’s fabrics….This would make a great baby quilt!!! Hop on over to Mary & Barb’s  BLOG to get the pattern!image

Check back each Wednesday thru July for a new charm quilt each week. Watch next Wednesday, July 17th, for those two crazy ladies from Me and My Sister Designs…it is there week to feature their charm swap challenge reveal. We all can’t wait!

Here’s the Summer Schedule …
June 26 ~ Kansas Troubles
July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell   
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

Next week is my week…can you guess who’s fabric I got to create with?  Well, I won’t be letting out the secret until next Wednesday. So you have to wait for that one…I hope you are all enjoying Summer…did you know Summer is my favorite season. Primitive Gatherings

Every summer we stitch a block of the week…this is one of this summer’s …I love it!!!

Have a great summer day!



summer fun…

It’s time to post some pictures of family fun…the 4th of July week and this last weekend have been my scheduled vacation since January…I love summer…I love the heat…the summer nights especially the sunsets on Anchor Point…for those of you who are new here we named our home we build 3 years ago Anchor Point.  I have not been able to spend lots of time here so when I get 5 weeks home…I truly try to make the best of it…

I love the wild life of living on the lake…there is always something to watch…

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We live near an old railroad bed that has been converted into a recreational trail…Jake and Lauren and the boys joined Jeter and I for a midmorning walk…


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Baby O is 7 months old and is finally somewhat liking people other than Mama…so it was nice to spend some quality time with him as well…He is a happy baby…and his Papa loves to make him smile as much as he can.


Mimi (that’s me) tried to get a photo of the two of them together…not an easy task..


I try to keep Jace busy with activities…so I am alway looking for something different…these were sidewalk paints…they were different but didn’t go very far…they ran out of chalk paint way to soon…IMG_4086

We also visited out old neighbors and what had once been adult only parties has now turned into very kid friendly…Jace had a ball on their water slide, we need to up our game in that department.  Our slip & slide I bought was pretty lame….Larry & Diane had a regular playground of things to do for our combined 4 grandchildren along with a house full of food.  It was nice to see them and our old house…(shown here in the background)


The kids couldn’t wait for the fireworks…but the weather did not hold up for us…we shot a few of leftover fireworks we had found from last year…and then watched them over the lake instead of being in Winneconne on the water.   I didn’t realize how close and good you could see them from the house because we are always there…but we knew we were going to see them on Saturday so it was not too disappointing…


Lauren was all prepared for Baby O…to watch the fireworks…see next photo.


Here are some pic of our fireworks on Saturday when Scott & Jody invited us to Royal Vista for fireworks…Nick & I took the motorcycle there for an evening ride which was a nice bonus as well.


Baby O slept through them all….IMG_4238

Waiting to see the show…


Little Man and his Daddy…..Jake is such a good Dad…even when Little Man is a handful…he gets tired and cranky sometimes…but Jake has lots of patience…more than Papa for sure…

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We sat on a beach with a ton of others but it was really awesome!


Then it was time to get ready for our weekend for my family to come and stay…I put the finishing touches on the cleaning of our converted boathouse for my brother Brad & Tina and the boys to stay in…It was nice to see it all cleaned up instead of a storage spot for all the “stuff” we have.  I don’t remember scrubbing a floor on my hand and knees to be such a chore…but the results were worth the effort…I do not think I showed the boat house before so I included some pics here…



The Thursday before everyone arrived was just amazingly beautiful, the work and prepping all done…hoping for great weekend weather as well…


imageI gave mugs as a keepsake for all who came and shared the weekend with us.  White for girls navy for boys…


Papa blew up all the floating creatures and Jace had to try one out right away on Friday!


Romey…loves the water and is waiting his turn to jump in!


My niece Kaity spent lots of time in the water with the kids….Jace and  (niece) Addie…IMG_5491.JPG

A content Baby…not missing a thing…


Tina (who is the Master wool- dyer for PG) and her son Tyler and Rudy (the Corgie) playing cornhole…


GG…Great Grandma…taking a nap on the Crock-agator…IMG_4405

Jake made wood fish for everyone to paint…I can’t wait to show you what I am going to do with them….


Saturday was boat ride day on Lake Winneconne/ Lake Poygan…Baby O slept through the whole thing…again.


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We all helped with the chores…Brad…grilling the corn.

imageLittle man eating the corn… of my favorite things is photographing this little man…


can you tell?  Jace painted lots of fish…IMG_4408 2


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and night-time poker…which I won $7 in case you were wondering…IMG_4433

Ok…I love to photograph Baby O as well!!!


Jace and Papa fishing…sorry Papa…but look I got your new tattoo!

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There was lots of food and treats…


GG and Baby O..(Owen if I didn’t mention that yet…but he is finally enjoying being held by someone other than his Mama…


GG-and both her boys…


Some of the floating critters…on the last day.


IMG_4462Slow down Sunday as I like to call it…my sister Lisa came with her daughter Jenni…for a visit and some sun…


As you can see Jace welcomed her right into the family with an octopus tentacle hug!

IMG_4465I had a great time…it went very well…my only regret??? I missed some photos ..I missed a group shot…but everyone was not here for all of it or at the same time…I missed a photo of the 5 dogs that were here…keeping Nick on his dog, Romey..had to go stay the weekend with he, the littlest one…does not always like lots of dog company.  We had 16 people guests total…and a lot of fun!

Thanks for a great time for those who came…I guess there is no reason not to do it again next year!

As for my quilting friends…this is a look into why I work so hard…so I can enjoy what we have with my family and friends…hope you loved seeing more of Baby O…all for now…

I need to get back to my work!  The summer weeks fly by so fast!  Lisa

Moda Charm Week 3!


Here is a peek at this week’s Charm swap pattern…Laurie from Minick & Simpson using Sherri’s fabrics….This would made a super cute little girl quilt!!! Hop on over to Lauries BLOG to get the pattern!IMG_4324

Check back each Wednesday thru July for a new charm quilt each week. Watch next Wednesday, July 17th, for those two crazy ladies from Me and My Sister Designs…it is there week to feature their charm swap challenge reveal. We all can’t wait!

Here’s the Summer Schedule …
June 26 ~ Kansas Troubles
July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell   
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique

This quilt reminds me of the strawberries we got from the Allens Farm…they were the most perfect berries I have ever seen…Mom made Jam…I froze some whole and some with sugar and of course we ate a bunch too!IMG_4027IMG_4028

Have a great summer day!


Farmhouse Gatherings Book & Kits

The flannel fabric is coming this month!!!! We are super excited!  

Farmhouse Gatherings Wool & Needle Flannel

Here is a link to see all the prints up close...CLICK HERE  Shades of grey, cream and tans…and the softest, highest quality flannel you will ever stitch with.  Flannel that looks like WOOL!

For one week we are going to put the ALL the kits on Sale from Farmhouse Gatherings Book….All the projects below are in the Farmhouse Gatherings Book which is $28.                                                      Some of you may have pre purchased this already when we ran it on PRE ORDER.Primitive Gatherings

All the pillow kits below are flannel with flannel appliqués. All the brown underlined titles are direct links to our website to order if you wish….

I used the flannel the same way I would have used wool with a light weight fusible web.  They turned out wonderful!  See for yourself…

Love Pillow-Paw Print Kit Finished size: 18×18″  regular price $15.00 Sale price$12.75 ** kit includes zipper  Thread also available (#8 P4) $5.50. Pillow form $10.Lisa Bongean/PrimitiveGatherings

Love Pillow-Chicken Kit Finished size: 18×18  regular price $15.00  Sale price$12.75     ** kit includes zipper      Thread also available (#8 O196 & #8 P4) $11.00Lisa Bongean/PrimitiveGatherings

I Love Naps Pillow Kit Finished size18 x 18 $15.00 Sale price $12.75**includes zipper  Pillow Form 20″ x 20″ $10.00  Thread Kit (#12-5) $5.50Lisa Bongean/PrimitiveGatherings

Let’s Stay Home Pillow Kit- Finished size 15″x 24″ reg. $17.50 Sale price $14.87 **includes zipper also available Thread Kits (#12-2)$5.50   Pillow form 16″x24″ $13.00

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Coffee Pillow KitFinished size18″x 18″reg. $12.00 Sale price $10.20 **includes zipper   Pillow form 20″x 20″$10.00  

Thread Kit(#12-1645, 5, 196  and #5-1)$22.00Lisa Bongean/PrimitiveGatherings

Patchwork Star 12×12 (block) 18×18 (pillow) reg. $17.00  Sale price $14.50 Pillow form 20″x 20″ $10.00 Options: Brown or Black block          Frame $60.00 plus $25.00 shippingPrimitiveGatherings_PatchworkStarPillow&Framed

Let’s Snuggle Pillow Kit Finished size14″x 22″reg. $17.50 Sale price $14.87 **includes zipper  Pillow form 16″x 24″ $13.00   Thread Kit (#12-4)$5.50Lisa Bongean/PrimitiveGatherings

All Of Me Pillow KitFinished size18″x 18″reg  $15.00 Sale price $12.75 **includes zipper   Pillow form 20″x 20″ $10.00   Thread Kit (#12-118 and #5-1) $11.00 Lisa Bongean/PrimitiveGatherings


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Quilt Kits from Farmhouse Gatherings

Reflections Quilt kit-Finished size 65″x 75″ reg. $225.00 Sale price  $191.25               Backing 4-yards  $41.60
This is the cover quilt…and it is a beauty!!! Remember phots don’t alway do the quilts justice…Lisa Bongean/PrimitiveGatherings

Dreams Make Life Possible Kit Finished size 100″x 108″ reg. $200.00 Sale price $170.00     Backing 9-yards$93.60

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Shown on a king sized bed.  Could be made to fit a smaller bed.  Appliqued words are cotton. I had the long arm quilter stitch them down on the edges.

Covered With Love Kit Finished size 94″x 112″ reg. $175.00 Sale price $148.75 **Includes the 2 balls of threads for the lettering   Backing 10-yards backing $104.00Lisa Bongean/PrimitiveGatherings

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Shown on a king size bed…could be made smaller by eliminating one block or side squares..  I am assuming this quilt will shrink when washed. So it will fit just perfect when that happens.

Double Reverse Kit-Finished size 68″ x 78″ reg. $225.00 Sale price $191.25 **this is for the front and BACK of the quilt    Lisa Bongean/PrimitiveGatherings

This quilt got a little dirty during construction…washed it up and it’s even better/softer now that it is washed!

On the Farm Kit-Finished size 62″x 62″                                                                                       Fabric Appliques reg. $115.00 Sale price $97.75                                                                       Wool Appliques  reg.$165.00 (includes threads) Sale price $140.25                           Backing$41.60

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This quilt was so much fun to make!!!

Timeless KitFinished size 88″x 88″ reg. $175.00 Sale price $148.75   Backing 7-yards $72.80  Lisa Bongean

Also we are adding this fabulous thread collection for a special price and ruler box. Click HERE for details on these as well.image.png

Remember this sale is only on for one week…til next Monday the 15th of July.                 Order yours great kits now! Just a reminder…remember $100 is free shipping.

Thanks for hanging around this long….that was a loooong post!

We really appreciate you following and supporting our business!


Potluck or picnic time!!!

I have a big family party coming up this weekend….We are busy planning and preparing and I thought this is the perfect time to post these as they will be in use and I don’t want to keep this all to myself any longer!!!

I am super excited to be able to share this awesome product with you!  As you all know I love to cook in my beautiful kitchen and create new soups, salads, cookies and so on…It’s summertime and this couldn’t be a better time to to show you these awesome new foil pan carriers for bringing your dish to the picnic or especially the quilter’s potluck…they come with a serving spoon and tray shelf insert for short pans as well as the large deep ones too, but I usually put ice insert under my pan in the summer…can be used for hot or cold items…and the best part…when you are ready to leave you take out the foil pan and leave it…take your carrier and off you go…no mess to clean up or another dish to wash…IMG_3663

They come in seven colors…green, orange, teal, smoke, red , navy and white….IMG_3662We have tried to show all the color decals and pans, but remember colors will vary on phones and computer screens…There are also 15 different decals to choose from….I have a  blue and white pan…and now that red one is mine as well!!!!  But that smoke/grey color is going to be my next one!  You al

Click HERE to get your pan now!  They are $25 and we are including a personalization with each pan…you can choose the type of decal and the color (red, blue, white, silver, gold and black) of the decal along with your name…remember these make very nice gifts for wedding and hostesses.  Your quilting friends will love them as well.  The red pan with the star quilt block is what we came up with for a pieced block for you awesome Quilters! IMG_3043-1

Here is mine in action…You pop off that clear lid place it under your pan and you are ready to serve…

IMG_0605Remember we have free shipping on $100 orders…so get your friends together for an order or…order 4 of them for your self!!!  Please share this with your non quilting friends as well!

We do not know what the demand will be so please be sure to give us 2 weeks to ship your order just  in case we are swamped with orders and have to order more pans and also time to do the personalization on the pans…



and the rest of the Moda Block Heads 2…blocks 34, 47 & 48- the appliqué blocks…

Good news…My quilt is done and off to the quilter..bad news…I forgot to photograph the last three appliqué blocks of Jan’s and Lauries…so… will have to see them from these shots from when Amy was stitching them together for me…

This is block 47 from Jan  

I used wool appliqués and hand stitched them using perle cottons.

IMG_4294This is block is block 34  I added a little more to Jan’s block to date and put my initials on the the quilt…IMG_4295

and then I replaced block 48 with an anchor…I could not find a closer picture but you can see it in the quilt with all the sashing near the middle top here…Amy and I had a few days of tag-teaming to get this done last week…while we were supposed to be on vacation!  Thanks Amy…you know I appreciate all you do for me…even though you do not read my blog…everyone else will know I do.IMG_4297 2

I will post a new picture and the sashing/finishing directions when Maggie is done quilting it and we bind it….I also will have our sashing fabric available to purchase if you need a small cream/blue print to go with your blocks like ours shown here.

We did our best to finish this quilt and I hope that the one person who scolded me about not finishing the blocks each week and leaving her “blowing in the wind” (her words) can now finish her’s exactly like mine or has already completed it using the examples that have been posted in the facebook group from everyone else’s blocks…I do not like disappointing anyone….I knew we would get this quilt  done but sometimes we live with too many deadlines and can only commit to what we can do at the time and that was my 6 blocks…but its all done now and I hope you all finish your quilt or are still happily stitching/plugging away on it…

Oh…I almost forgot…Jace has picked the winner of the bag of scraps/leftovers from making this quilt is…he can’t read yet, but he scrolled and landed on one and the winner is…

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I have loved your color choices from the beginning. I would love to have your scraps as I have not finished the quilt either. I can incorporate your scraps into my quilt.


If this is you…please contact Amy at  and she will get them in the mail to you!IMG_4064 2.jpg

This is a huge bag…it doesn’t look like it here but….trust me…she is going to love it!

Happy Monday morning…let’s get a lot done today!   Lisa