It’s time to reveal…Primitive Christmas 2018

Warning…this is a LONG post..so grab your 2017 candy cane mug and fill it with your favorite beverage…It’s pretty cold in a lot of places right now…except CA where those devastating fires are raging…my prayers go to all and to those brave firefighters doing all they can to save what they can…

Well, it is finally here…our Primitive Christmas Event starts tomorrow…we have been working on this event since August…that is when we make the final decision on the “theme” and then get our mug design finalized and into the potter so they can start making them…This is the first year I am going to trust my customers and order what we have sold in the past…I am sometimes leary thinking…you will not want “another” mug…but I am having “faith” that you will all come through and order at least one of the 1200 mugs we have in our warehouse right now! This means no one will be waiting for mugs…The girls were working yesterday at packing them for shipping to be ahead of the game and can start as soon as the orders come in…

We all have worked so hard to make this event fun and memorable…the Warehouse girls have been kitting the projects ahead and hopefully we can guess as how many we may sell and which ones will be the most popular…it’s alway a crap shoot…but we still try to have a bunch cut ahead so we can be as efficient as possible…So…here they are…

IMG_5884This years 2018 mug is adorable….we are so happy how he turned out…now you may have already guessed our theme is the gingerbread man for 2018…

The three FREE patterns this year with a $30 purchase are as follows…

Four towel patterns…I am thinking some of them could be used as other things as well…like framed or wool?IMG_1732LIMG_1748LIMG_1741LIMG_1743L

Gingerbread Kitchen Towels LNow I probably do not have to tell you that a stitched towel and one of those cute “jar” of cookies for them to bake is a perfect gift for teachers, mail carriers, neighbors, quilting friends and so on…We do have these beautiful towels for sale individually or in a pack of 4 for a special price…I want to point out that these towels are very high quality and also have a hanging loop.  I have used these towels in my kitchen for years…and they wash up beautifully and last a long time…look for lots of stitchery towel pattern in the future for every season…I am having so much fun stitching and designing them…

I couldn’t resist seeing them hung in my kitchen…lisa's kitchen.JPG

 

IMG_5897 2Next up…Tis the season…pillow

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This pillow is nice sized at 14″x 20″, simple and easy with pennies and just 2 threads…all featured on this beautiful green hand dyed wool…wool kits will be available on our website on Thursday as well.

Then the last free pattern is…the Gingerbread family

IMG_1727LA pattern for all three sizes of these adorable gingerbread people…make a bowl full, make one for an ornie, or make one to represent each member of your family or you son’s/daughter’s family and personalize them as a great memory for them to last for years to come..

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We will have kits for all three and individual sizes…our kits are random brown wools…mostly left over from cutting all those baskets from our Moon Garden Stitch Along…(lol…I have to laugh..I am just noticing I did not stitch all the buttons on the ones with the green and cream ties)  I  have a fun and easy way to make these and you can really make a bunch of them fast…I also have used some wool stuffing leftover from our felting the wools in our dying process…so that was really another nice option.

now for the FREE pincushion KIT for 2018!!!primitive gatheirngs pincusion 2018

We have three color versions this year…Dark, light and Medium backgrounds (how creative right?) and then the darks will always have a red flowers, the lights will be various colored flowers and then the medium will always have light flowers…….You will get a random pincusion in your order…however if you wish to order a specific color(s) you can do so for $6 each.  The pincushions are 4″x 8″

Our make and take for the event if you are able to come to the stores Menasha, WI and Murrieta CA…is this fun gingerbread man, sewn in a wood slice ornie! Scott our in house carpenter has been busy cutting and drilling gingerbread men for us…This ornie is easily stitched by anyone- even if they “don’t sew”.  The ornies can be purchased if you cannot attend our event in store…the drilled wood slice and threads are available for $8 each…IMG_1689L

I plan on having these for our Thanksgiving get together again…remember the candy canes?  They were such a big hit last year that I wanted to do something that everyone can make this year as well…IMG_2449

Then I had to do some extra projects for you to purchase to make as gifts or a gift for yourself or your home for Christmas…

Reindeer Games is an 18″ wool mat that has a clean sort of modern feel to it that can be displayed all winter long….Pattern and Kits will be on our site…

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Like Father, Like Son…is a 16″ pillow stitched on my beautiful red plaid flannels…this again stitches up easily and will look adorable on the couch…

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas….is a stitchery simply framed…pattern and flannel FQ and threads available…

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Gingerbread Recipe…This little quilt was framed or could be bound like a little quilt…I plan on hanging this in my kitchen during the month of Christmas someday when it is no longer needed in the shop…we offer kits and the frame is also available.

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then last but not least…is my Baker’s Dozen Christmas Ornies…

I could not stop making these fun little guys, thus 13…I took a class from Kathy Schmitz this summer in Dallas and she made stitcheries on the 2 1/2″ button covers….shown here.IMG_1885I was totally hooked on making the cording and wanted to make a few…13 ornies later and we have these…Baker's Dozen (tray II).jpgI will be doing a video on making the cording with the Kreinik tool for all of you who want to make these super cool ornies!!!!  Kits and supply kits are available on our site as well as the tool…order yours and get them done for Christmas or next year if you have already picked your stitched ornie for the year!!!!baker's dzn Lisa bongean

This is what I have worked on before going to market this year…(that is why no Block Heads)…Market/Festival was late this year so I had to make everything before I went…I STITCH all my wool/stitchery designs…I have some helpers who stitch a 2nd sample and check the patterns…so I am proud to have a bunch of things for you for our Primitive Christmas to choose from…AND the shop girls have made a bunch of samples as well of other designers projects that Jess will feature on the Primitive Gatherings shop blog and website…

I know you cannot order right now…but you can start making your list and be ready when it time…the event runs from Thrusday through Sunday…

all my best…Lisa

My husband and many others will be gun hunting in the next week or so…let’s all pray they have a safe hunt…while we all shop or stitch our brains out…maybe we need the prayers as well…

 

Good Morning…from Houston…Block Head link…

I am up early due to three fire alarms gong off in our room this morning!!! Good thing it was 5am and not 2 or I would be in trouble!!! Not much sleep happening after that…but we are gong to finish setting up the booth today…after getting a great start on it last night…

But it is Block Head Wednesday and I want to give you the link to where to go for this weeks block…I can’t wait to get back in my sewing room to catch up on my Block Heads blocks…it was so inspiring to see all the quilts from Block Heads 1 this past weekend…

This week is BLOCK 30 from Brigette from ZEN CHIC…https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/quilt-along-blockheads-2018-block-30

I was able to have lunch at the “Lakehouse” one day at Quilt Market with Brigette…she is so interesting and fun!

I know some of you are disappointed (I got a little hate mail) that I am behind in posting the other designers blocks in my fabrics I have picked out to do…I assure you I will get to them…and I refuse to give these to someone else to piece…I want to piece them and pick them out. So that is why I am not always caught up…my plate(s) are full and I fulfill my commitments first then I can do extra…and my commitments was for 6 Blockhead blocks…but I will catch up with everything as there are no travel commitments in December… just running two shops, designing fabrics, working on Needful things, coming out with new products…oh…yeah and maybe celebrating Jesus’s birthday with my family!!!!

Back on track here…sorry about that…

We had a sort of reunion at QM for Moda Blockheads 1, because….our book is coming out soon! Please go to this Instagram link I have inserted here below this photo to view them on Martingale’s Instagram feed…I have this shot of mine in my booth at QM but visit the link to see all 6.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpr1PFZFyQS/

If you would like to preorder the Blockheads book from Primitive Gatherings click HERE

This is all I have for you today…but soon I will be sharing some NEW things that are being introduced here in Houston in our booth and on our website!!!

My best,

Lisa

Houston bound…

Hello…I am back…for me it was a long separation…but now that I am en route to Houston that means that all for work is done…or all that is going to get done…

I can’t begin to explain all the things I have done in the last couple of months…so much that one it was impossible for me to do it all by myself and my assistant Amy has most of the fun while stitching up a lot of the quilts for our next fabric line Star & Stripe Gatherings…and I wish to publicly thank her for all of her hard work…

So…I am a couple weeks removed from this quilt…Twilight Garden which was the summer block of the week and will be a block of the month starting in February 2019. But I can say to those of you who were with me on this journey…it was worth it…the quilt is amazing but we (the quilt and I) definable need some time away from each other… It is safely in the hand of the very capable Linda Hrcka-thequiltedpineapple.com to be made into a masterpiece…..I promise NEVER to do something of this caliber as a summer block of the week again….I think it almost did me in…

I finished the quilt the night before the crew from Martingale arrival to shoot the beginning of my next book with them…Yet to be named…but it is All about WOOL a HOW to book….revealing all my “secrets” that I teach in class…and then some…it is going to be a TELL ALL book and we are so excited with what we have accomplished so far…lots of step by step photos of methods and stitching…3 whole days worth…

Here is a photo of the photographer Adam in action…all I can say is he is magical…he makes everything look sooooo good, me included…I can’t wait for you to see this book.

Meanwhile this little cutie made it’s way home for a binding…

All Things Grow with Love…is the result of the 12 free blocks given out when they took part in a summer block of the week…the full kit and pattern will be available in Houston and will be on our website soon as well…

Oh…and just a little before I finished Twilight Garden I finished Star Studded Event..the pieced summer block of the week…It is 90×96 and will look fabulous on my bed (shown folded) after we sell the remaking kits…

Then after the book shooting it was time to concentrate on getting the projects done for our Primitive Christmas Event….because…we return from Houston 4 days before it kicks off…that leaves no time, to design, execute, pattern, kit, website work, and then decorate the store, for it all to happen…I usually wait until I get home for Houston to do it…but because we moved it up before Thanksgiving and Houston being a week later…made it impossible to wait…but…sometimes when under the gun…I seem to produce a lot…I was able to do 10 new projects for you that we will showcase the week of the 12th of November…

This towel is just a tiny “peek” into what will be happening!!!!!

After the Christmas projects which was about 4 days left…I set out to make some “other than quilt projects ” to accompany our 10 Star & Stripe Gatherings quilts to round out the Star & Stripe Gatherings Book…and to tell you the truth I will be making a few more while sitting in the booth in Houston…the book does not come out until January when the fabric is scheduled for release…the book will be full of great things…it will be up on our site soon as we get an image for the cover….I quick took a pic of some of the items before packing them into the suitcase…

So please forgive me for being absent…there really was no time…for you, for Blockheads for Jeter and the rest of the family and for for me…I need to get home from Houston and get back to having a life…

I just needed to do this post to let you all know that I AM still here…and will be back soon to just the normal crazy…instead of the “sew your brain out” crazy that have been going on way too long…

My best

Lisa

I know this post has no links…for you to sign up or to buy…I will post those when they are ready…I promise…

Moon Garden Block 7

Update….see I told you I am maxed out… I posted pics of block 8… which is shipping next week so I will not take it down…the pattern is for block seven so I got that part right… I will post blog 8 early so I promise to not keep you waiting this long again….

Hey All…first off…I need to apologize for how long it has taken me to get this out…I have been through two book projects…one..a wool “how to” book for Martingale that we snuck in my schedule so the book can come out next fall instead of spring 2020…and I am working on a book for market for our Star & Stripe Gatherings…and THEN….I have to create and pattern all the projects for our Primitive Christmas Event that happens right after market…so that means there is really no time for any kind of real “life”…so that’s my story and until after I leave for Market November 1st you will not be hearing much from me….my present to me for my birthday was actually taking time to “do” my hair that day…so you see its a sad life and I am not taking very good care of much…unless it involves a sewing machine or needle and thread….but I promise our Christmas Event is going to be awesome!!!

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thumbnail-1thumbnail-2thumbnail-3I miss being on Facebook and can’t wait to get back to somewhat of a normal life as I know it….hold tight for the videos….  Click Here to print your pattern Moon Garden Block 7 blog

Remember these need to print on 11×17 so take your pattern to your office supply store OR just order the pattern from us for $5…Click HERE  to order the pattern.

I can’t wait to see all your blocks… keep up the good work stitching… and when I return from quilt market I will be working on setting my block so we will be ready when it’s time…

REPOSTED WITH UPDATE…WOOLY BLOCK ADVENTURE 2018

We have made some changes to our Free Wooly Block Adventure block…we neglected to mention the stem cutting and the bird and his tail are two parts instead of one…so please download this pattern and delete the previous one…img_7189

Click the following link for the PDF pattern.

This link has been removed…please see our website to purchase HERE

Sorry for this omission and please accept our apology if this has caused any inconvience…

THIS POST WILL BE UP FOR TWO DAYS….

Moda Block Heads…Block 25

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I had just enough time to make only one block last night before bed….This is block 25-Oshkosh Star, shown with the other blocks I have yet to complete… Here is the link to print BlOCK 25IMG_5373I have to aplogize for not getting Corey’s block done…Click HERE to visit her blog and see the block  26, for this week….maybe I will wake up extra early today and I’ll have time to whip it up before the crew comes back to my house for day 3 of a photo shoot for my next book…IMG_5382There is magic in this gear…the Martingale crew makes everything look amazing…I have finished my summer project stitching way into the morning yesterday…I need to “celebrate” there is a lot of stitching in this beauty…now I will be able to catch up on my Moda blocks and everything else!!!! IMG_5379 This is Twighlight Star…soon to be a BOM!!!!

I hope you all have a great day…make sure you stitch on something today…even if its for 15 min!  I will chat with you soon about all the market stuff we are working on and much much more….LB