Quilts from Christmas Gatherings…

Sorry about that 6 month thing…why do we celebrate Christmas in July if it is not half way??? I just assumed that was why…so I didn’t even count them…but that might be just what I really need is an extra month!!!

I want to share the quilts in the book tonight….

First up…Boxes of Candy…

Simple quilt that looks hard…on point…make a bunch of blocks using all squares, turn them on point and make it look like you pieced a lot of triangles…quilted by the a-mazing Linda Hrcka….More info on all the quilts can be found HERElisa bongeanlisa bongean

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Christmas Reel…

I love this quilt…you don’t see many green/cream quilts…this quilt was made by about 20 quilters….I will always cherish it!  5o plus blocks…all hand appliquéd…quilted with mega straight lines from another a-mazing machine quilter, Val Krueger.IMG_6200 (1)

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Christmas Rose and Christmas Rose Mini..

What can I say…red, green and cheddar!!!! Again quilted with those awesome curvy ruler from Linda-thequiltedpineapple.com The mini is so cute!!!IMG_4579IMG_4578IMG_4710IMG_6213Christmas Rose Mini Web-550x550IMG_6212IMG_6209 IMG_6211 (1)IMG_6211 (1)

All wrapped up…

Just a simple scrappy quilt using all the reds, greens and creams from the line…and some volunteer help from “little man”IMG_4590 IMG_4613Stars of Bethlehem…Stars over Bethleham Photo web-550x550

I don’t have any “in progress” pics of this quilt…cause I didn’t make it at all…Amy made it while I was away!!! I love this quilt…wish I did make it…but I will make one…maybe just regular scrappy scrappy…quilted by Val…like ribbon candy…I do not have a pic up close of the quilting…but if you see this quilt…EVERYONE loves the quilting….maybe Val has some she can send me….

Silent Night…this little quilt is 22″….again….this quilt would also be nice done normal scrappy….perfect HST’s done with PG triangle papers…and here you can see some of the prints up close…IMG_5479

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I know I’m not supposed to tell you that I didn’t really like this runner…but see how much better it got because of the flowers..and a little instant antique spray?

IMG_6084I think I got them all…PrintHere’s the back cover….and again….I know this book is a “Christmas” book…but the quilts with a few color changes can be everyday quilts….none of my fabrics or quilts scream Christmas, and therefore can be used at other times not just for Christmas….

and same offer applies for today as well…buy a kit and book and get Primitive Christmas book free…have new book already…buy two kits get older book free…have it all…oh well we’ll still give you the book to gift or donate to a new quilter, guild…

all for now…I am so tired…really enjoying Maine…looking forward to the show this weekend and meeting my new students…LB

a couple of pics from our Lobster dinner…IMG_7261IMG_7258IMG_7259



Christmas in July…

Today is July 25th…6 (Edit-5months sorry) months til Christmas 2016…So if we start now…we can get some hand made gifts done…as we know they are the best!!! I have been so busy I never did a post on my Christmas Gatherings Moda Fabric and book of the same name..So if you don’t mind… I want to say a little bit about each project in the book…today I will do the “little projects” this is everything but the quilts.  Tomorrow I will talk about all the quilts  and the fabrics in the book..CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS BOOK Christmas Gatherings Covers LR-350x350 (1)

Peace on earth…a nice mat for your table…for primitive or any decor this mat is a stunner on a nicely decorated table.  See more info HEREPeace On Earth Flat Web-550x550 Sheep…wool ornament…

I love this little wool sheep who is all decorated for the Christmas celebration…this is a nice ornament to make as a gift for your favorite woolie friend…Click HERE for more details.sheep ornament-550x550 Perfect little tree skirt…or see my up coming post on making a full sized one for your next holiday tree….For more info click HERE

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Everyone needs a Christmas Journal to keep track of what gifts they bought who…what you made for that special Christmas dinner and who visited each year during the holidays….Has pocket for pictures, pencil and recipes…For more information click HERE.Christmas Journal Photo Web-550x550

The reason for the season….another great idea for ornaments…shepard and his sheep and the manger…perfect gifts and easy stitching…Click HERE for more details.oh holy night-550x550


Poinsettia table mat…You’ll have this stunning mat stitched in no time…the middle poinsettia is big easy stitching and then the 16 tongues will be done before you know it…Click HERE for more details.
Poinsettia flat Web-550x550Joy stocking…..updated wool stocking in todays more contemporary look….who wouldn’t love this stocking!  This stocking looks way more complicated then it really is…anyone can make this!!!  Click HERE for more info.Joy Stocking Photo Web-550x550Light bulb ornies anyone…how cute? These are just irresistable..you’ll want to stitch many of these one for everyone…your hair dresser, the mailman…the ups guy/gal, your neighbors and your family…also would make nice addition as a tag on a gift…light up someones Christmas with these ornies!  Click HERE for more info.
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This Christmas picture will decorate the walls…a great quote from Hugh Downs…the famous broadcaster from an earlier time…this quote lines the salvage on each of the fabrics in Christmas Gatherings….Click HERE to for more details.Old Fashioned Christmas Web-550x550 Did I save the best for last….no!  I have to admit…I did not like this runner while I was making it…it was just blah….but then I got the great idea to add the wool flowers to the basket blocks…and then it was like Christmas magic!!! Click HERE if you need a runner to decorate your Christmas table!Basket Runner-550x550

Now how cute is this guy?  He is on two simple table mat/tree skirts…now these both stitch up pretty fast and then add a candle and it make the perfect center piece….or add you little tree and it adds just a simple touch to the little tree!  Click HERE for more details.
Holiday Table Mat Web1 (1)-550x550You can never have enough ornaments….these simple, simple stacked wool squares are fun and the whole family can make one, even Dad!!!! Click HERE to order lots of different colorsStacked Tree Ornament-550x550

ALL the above projects are in the book…BUT I also want to let you know about another
GREAT deal…we are running our previous 27 project Chistmas book…” Primitive Christmas” at almost HALF OFF…a great deal! Click HERE to order our first Christmas book before they are all gone!!! This book has recipes too!primitive_christmas_big-550x550

I better get this posted before it is July 26th!!! Everyone who orders a kit with a new book from this post will get the Primitive Christmas book free while supplies last!!! If you already have the new book- you have to order two kits from this post to get the Primitive Christmas free!!!!  FREE shipping on orders over $100! If you already have the new book and the old book…then you just need to get some kits and give the book to a friend as a gift! Offer good through July 31st.

My best…



Harvest Mystery time….

Hey tomorrow is my day to introduce my block for the Farmhouse Threads Harvest Mystery blog hop!  I hope you like it! It is set to be in the bottom center of the quilt Rhonda has designed…but I’m posting early just in case something happens as I will be enjoying the Holiday tomorrow…I’m sure none of you will care that I’m early?HarvestHere is the free PATTERN   I want to point out that with this big block (12 1/2″x 24″) we have given you the layout however it is not perfectly complete…but you still will be able to layout your block perfectly on your light box…the pattern is 6- 8 1/2″ x 11 sheets and it will look like this…(IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE PRINTING THIS PATTERN MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER’S ADOBE ACROBAT IS UP TO DATE…  I WILL MAKE SURE THE LINK WORKS BEFORE POSTING…IF IT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU, YOU WILL HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT…SORRY)IMG_6973Do you see where some of the appliqués are cut off…no big deal right?  I though so…I love how this turned out!  It would be fabulous framed if you didn’t want to make the whole quilt too!  We have kits ready to send out to you if you love how ours turned out, they are $25…and also there is a beautiful Valdani thread kit that we have at a special price of $55 for 12 threads…(it’s like getting two free) click here for your kit and/or threads- HARVEST KIT    I am also planning on giving away a few kits to those who purchase…who know you may be getting your kit for FREE!


Here are the first two blocks from the blog hop…visit their sites below to get there patterns if you have not already done so…both are very nice!!  I’ll try to remember to post next week to remind you to visit Joan’s blog on the 8th…

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Week 1, June 17 – Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads


Week 2, June 24Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs


Week 3, July 1 Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings


Week 4, July 8 – Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan


Week 5, July 15 – Joyce Weeks, Geoff’s Mom Pattern Co.


Week 6, July 22 – Kathi and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms


Week 7 July 29 – Kathy Campbell, Heart to Hand


Week 8, August 5 – Shawn York, Rusty Crow Quilt Shop


Week 9, August 12 – Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs


Week 10, August 19 – Gloria Parsons, Olde Green Cupboard Designs


Week 11, August 26 – Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs


Week 12, September 2 – Finishing Instructions from Farmhouse Threads




Randy’s Songbirds quilt…free quilt pattern!

Hope everyone is enjoying this summer…we all in WI love-love-love summer…I especially love walking the dog and listening to the sounds of summer…the loons and the songbirds…which brings me to a great quilt made by Randy McCarty…He purchased a FQ tower of Songbirds and made this wonderful quilt.
Randy's Songbirds/primitive gatherings
YES all from ONE FQ tower!!!…If you didn’t notice I try and put even light/dark prints in my fabric lines…this is why…you can make a quilt with just the FQ tower and do not have to add any extra fabric, except a border of course…Randy is so talented…not only can he execute a perfect quilt…he quilts them too!!! Take a look at this quilting!randy's songbirds/primitivegatherings

I know he is using Linda’s Quilted Pineapple Rulers and is just making fabulous quilting designs with them…I’m in awe of the quilting that Linda and her rulers have inspired all over the world…if you are a person who quilts your own quilts, or let your longarmer know about these tools for awesome quilting.  Linda also teaches classes at AQS shows.

Ok…I got sidetracked there for a minute…lets get back to Randy..IMG_2607Here he is standing in front of another of his gorgeous creations…He is also helping me proof the SBOW and is helping us host a Facebook group for these projects, where he shares his tips and techniques to help all level of stitchers with our summer projects!  So…what can I say…the guy ROCKS! Find him on FB and request to be his friend…he’s also a great gardener!

songbird gathhering fat quarter bundlle-550x550The Songbird line was released in Feb/2016 and we only have a few FQ towers left..so if this quilt sings to you, you can purchase your Songbird FQ tower here …SONGBIRD FQ TOWER  or if you are interested in a kit with the brown border fabric for binding.  We also have a discounted backing option. Click HERE.   Here is the FREE to all Pattern for Randy’s Songbirds quilt…just click and print.  We appreciate all of you for supporting/buying from Primitive Gatherings and we hope to continue to bring you more free patterns…

Kali from the warehouse is giving out a quote of the week…

Here is this weeks…

“Everyday may not be good but…There is something good in Everyday…”

Stitch on…peeps!  Maybe stitching can be the something good today…

PS…Shop Owners you may print out this pattern to sell with your Songbird Gatherings Fat Quarter Bundles.  You may also use them if you have the Songbird Gatherings line and wish to cut quilt kits, the kits can only contain PG Songbird fabrics.)  You CANNOT however sell this pattern.  It must be given FREE with the purchase of the bundle/kit.  Please respect and honor our rules so we can continue to work together and sell fabric to the world.  Remember it’s a small world let’s support each other!



Bow tie finish…

I have been meaning to post this for a while and kind of forgot about it…but…here is my finished bow tie from the CA’s stores pieced SBOW from last summer…

I got it back from Val while I was in Salt Lake…it took awhile for me to bind it as this years SBOW was more of a priority so it did not get completed until I got home from Texas…

I just LOVE this quilt…I’m so glad I took the time to do it…pieced SBOW are always awesome when finished…but they take a bit of perseverance to keep on stitching!  This year is no exception!


I had to throw it over the couch as everything outside is too dirty to hang a quilt over and I was too lazy to remake and throw it on a bed…but you get the idea here with only half of it showing… As you can see I ended up putting the light fabric binding on…I wanted those bow ties to not be stopped in their tracks by a colored binding…I wanted them to float across the quilt….also here is the backing I used…IMG_6773

Val’s straight line quilting is amazing…she used a light thread going through all the light background and a dark grey to go through the bow ties….I think traditional quilting is best for this quilt…something that would have been done on an antique if there were one like this… In the second pic it shows were Val had to backtrack over…this is extremely hard on a long arm and you cannot tell it from the front of the quilt…but the back shows everything cause the print I used was not very busy….I like what I chose and could possible use this quilt both ways…front or back.

It was at the Shipshewana Quilt show in Indiana this weekend…did anyone get to see it in person?  If you missed out on this quilt last year we have made more kits and it can be purchased as a BOM or you can buy the full kit… Click here to sign up for BOM   Call the shop if you want the whole kit all at once…920-722-7233.IMG_6779Tonight I stitched triangle papers for week 4 pieced 2016 SBOW…I feel I need to get a little more ahead than I am and will be able to do so now as my wool SBOW blocks and blog hop commitment are finished…So I am working on finishing for the freebie and the wool SBOW… and getting excited about the upcoming holiday…It was a weekend of work as the wind was too strong to take the boat out…but we are getting closer to completion on our projects…this is the lower patio in front of the boathouse with a fire pit being added too…and see that to the right…it’s grass!!!…the first grass of the year!!! the dogs were in heaven for a little bit…now it has to be soaked for two weeks with no one walking on it!IMG_6933

Nick is prepping the boat for painting…it will house our outdoor shower??? Can’t wait for this…

Have a great week coming up…and make some time for stitching!



Sit & Sew!

I just want to brag about the wonderful time I had today with Vicky & Lana from NE, Vicky from Janesville, WI,  Lori from Winneconne, WI an Terri from Oshkosh, WI…We had a wonderful 4 hours of stitching, food and discussions on quilting and lots of other things…one of the things we did today was trim off Terri’s quilt after it came back from the quilter… made a sleeve and I demonstrated how to apply a perfect mitered binding, without a lot of fuss. Here is Terri’s quilt…how awesome is this!!! makes me want to do more EPP! Check out that quilting!!! Way to go Norma Van Elzen!  (the flouresent lighting in my studio throws off the color a bit…these projects were much prettier in person than my photos)IMG_6898

I actually cooked lunch for us…Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas…so simple but very yum! click here for RECIPEIMG_6891

We had some show and share!! Here are Lori’s projects she has completed since out last Sit & Sew…IMG_6900

Vicky & Lana came all the way from Nebraska to take a wool class the day before and stayed at the retreat house and came back again today!!!  I think I gave them proper demonstration/instruction on their “feather stitch” and hopefully many more tips to help them with their love of wool appliqué…

I helped Vicky (also) how to stitch her pennies…and then how to attach them to the main body…I hope she bring it back finished!!!IMG_6894

I was working on the Farmhouse Threads-Harvest Mystery quilt block for July 1st….here is a sneak at that…sorry you’ll have to wait til July to get the free pattern on the blog!  Everyone loved it!!! So I hope you will too…IMG_6903

I also shared my next fabric line with Moda…that will be sold at Fall Market and released in Feb/2017…they got to see the final 40 prints and 32 wovens…now I am just designing the projects and waiting for the sample yardage to come!!!

I think everyone had fun today!!! Do yo want to join our group?  The next one is in September 13th in the WI store…treat yourself to some stitching time…and maybe learn a few things you didn’t know…all for today…

Stitch some Stitches today!!


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Teaching tomorrow and Wednesday…

Happy first day of Summer!!!

We have a few spots left in my Scrappy Penny Flower Basket class tomorrow at the shop from 10-3pm.  Come join us in making this runner!  Bring your scissors…we have kits and all the supplies needed…treat yourself!

Call the shop and get one of the last spots!





This Wednesday I’m holding a Sit & Sew at my work studio from 8:30 to 1:30pm…Come join me for some stitching time and lunch….Bring your wool, quilt or any stitching project for advice, or help with a certain stitch, or inspiration…whatever you need!

920-722-7233 shop phone number

I know this is the last minute for these two workshops but if you can’t make this one but are interested here is my “teaching” schedule for the rest of the year…I would love to have you join in on the fun and hang out!

July 12th (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30

(California)Punch Needle Embroidery- 3pm-5pm

July 13th  (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30- new class…no more waiting lists

(California)Poinsettia Table mat -from Christmas Gatherings book-5-9pm

July 14th (California)Peace on Earth-from Christmas Gatherings book-10am-4pm

July 15th (California) Quilt Madness-4-10pm…open sewing…pot luck….with Ice cream social

July 19-20th (Wisconsin) Everyday Crazy Class…two days of fun with wool, threads and crazy stitches! 9:3–4pm both days

July 29-31 (Maine-Pine Tree Quilters Augusta ME) four workshops…contact Callie 207-216-7358 or info@mainquilts.org

September 12th (Wisconsin) Big Stitch quilting 12pm-3pm

Punch Needle Embroidery 6-8pm

September 13th (Wisconsin) Sit & Sew 8:30-1:30pm

September 15-17th (Alabama) Heritage Quilter’s Guild Huntsville AL – 2 workshops-contact http://www.hsvquilters.org

Sept 20th (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30

(California)Punch Needle Embroidery- 3pm-5pm

September 21 (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30-

September 22 (California)Old Crow & Company table runner -5-9pm

September 23 (California) Quilt Madness-4-10pm…open sewing…pot luck….with Ice cream social

September 29th (Wisconsin) Old Crow & Company table runner 10am-3pm

November14 & 15(Wisconsin) Old Green Cupboard Workshop

November 16th(Wisconsin) Snowman for Hire table mat 10-3pm

November 22nd (Wisconsin) Sit & Sew 8:30-1:30

November 27-30 California Retreat in Temecula Wine Country…see CA store for details


here are the phone numbers for the two store locations…call for pricing and availability.

Menasha, Wisconsin phone 920-722-7233

Murrieta California phone…951-304-9787

Happy first day of Summer!

Make sure you take the time to stitch everyday!!






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