20
Aug
16

Splendid sampler-block 55

 

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The Splendid Sampler
click the link for this pattern and all the patterns up to this date….
My block is called the Dedication Rose in honor of all of those who are dedicated like me to keep this great art of Quilting going strong for many many many years…

As you can see my needle turn appliqué skills need a little more practice…in which I used to be really good at…there are so many ways now to appliqué…like the starch method…and after making this block and noticing how my skills have diminished over the years from not doing needle turn appliqué. I tried the starch method for a quilt in one of my current books which yielded much better results.

I am currently on a retreat with a great bunch of Moda designers, Moda employees and sewers for Moda and Moda designers… A creative and talented group to spend almost a week with.  Anne, from Bunny Hill, just happened to be working on my block….how is that for timing…



Anne’s appliqué is amazing and I am glad she allowed me to share her block with you as well…

As said earlier I am at the Sunset retreat with 20 “dedicated” quilters who happen to be amazing people as well…we laugh so hard our bellies ache and most of us don’t even know each other that well…but it’s very easy to make new quilting friends… My hope is that WE all make new quilting friends by spreading the joy of quilting with everyone you meet!!! We need to keep our quilting industry strong and viable in today’s weird world.  This Splendid Sampler is another way for you to connect with quilters across the world… and we all need to “Thank” Pat and Jane for starting this group for all of us to connect.

Here are some of the design walls at retreat… Some of these are up and coming designs you will see soon…some are just projects we are workin on from our collections of kits… Whatever the case we are creating beautiful things…

I bet you can tell by some of these projects who I am with…but there are some who are working on gifts and personal stuff as well…again I am so lucky to be able to spend time with these ladies….it truly is a  treat!img_5498-2img_5497-1img_5499-1img_5496-2

Have great day!!!!

20
Aug
16

Sorry…not ready to post yet!!! Pressed the wrong button!!!

15
Aug
16

The magic of christmas update…

I hope you are all enjoying our last month of summer!!! We are getting our driveway put in today!!! Yay!!! It’s winding down…almost finished and then I can blog more about Anchor Point!!!IMG_7435

 

 

But I wanted to let you know of this amazing problem I have…we have lots and lots of people who ordered fabric kits for the Magic of Christmas which we so appreciate!!!…and we can fill them all with one little adjustment…

I picked the background fabric for the country version because we had the most of it in our warehouse and was unsure of the brown…but…the one I originally picked and wanted to use Moda had a bunch in their warehouse..so it has all arrived…most of you will get the original version…but we will have to sub some with the tan/red shown here  to make sure everyone gets a kit…Here are the two fabrics side by side…they are both from Miniature Gatherings..some of you may prefer the sub as it really was my first choice but knew we didn’t have enough at the time I chose the fabrics.IMG_7432

So if you absolutely are going to not like your kit if it comes with this fabric instead please let us know before we start shipping which will be really soon…

Also for you “City” versions….we are putting the fabric color numbers in your kits we have sent you in case you need to order more if you are going to adapt yours and need more…just in case!!! Don’t lose them!!!

Also I know some of you are asking when is BLOCK 2 coming…as I stated in the Block 1 post I was going to wait until we shipped all the kits so you weren’t way behind before you got yours…I asked for two weeks…so when I get back next week I will post another blocks or two?

Thank you so much again for joining our SAL…we are going to have a blast!!!

I am going to Dallas tomorrow!!! That means a visit to MODA and a retreat with a bunch of the designers and Moda staff members!!! So its going to fun, fun, fun!!!

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06
Aug
16

The magic of Christmas…Stitch Along Block 1

Ahh…theres nothing like a red and white quilt…img_5445After seeing this photograph taken of my guest bedroom from the American Patchwork & Quilting photoshoot, I want to make my own red/white sampler quilt.  To make sure I really do it I decided to do it as a Stitch Along…I am calling it “The Magic of Christmas”…and I want to do it two ways…City and Country versions….or Modern and Primitive  or Traditional and Vintage….all of these names would all work…but we are going with City and Country versions.

What I know for sure about the SAL (Stitch Along)…25 blocks..6” blocks…before Christmas…instead of doing them the 25 days to Christmas Dec.1 -25…. I decided to spread it out a bit so we ALL can get it done by Christmas!!!

The patterns will be a Free downloadable until Christmas here on my blog.

If you appreciate our time and effort of maintaining this SAL you can reward us by purchasing your fabrics from us. Here are our offerings for fabric kits.  City version, bella solids…you can order the 3 yds of red and 3 yds of white as a special price kit for only $35 for both fabrics  OR  you can order them separately for $21 with no discount.  Order HereCity/Lisa Bongean

Country version…will be 12 FQs of reds and one 3yd light tan country background as shown here in the block. Country/LisaBongean The kit will be $55 for the kit…You can also order just the red FQs for $33 and the tan background for $33.  There is also a discounted backing option too.  Order Here

I am not totally sure about the setting yet…but for what I do have in mind there may be a possibility we can get the whole quilt out of these fabrics… you never know….but I promise to try and get it out of the fabrics here…I love a challenge.

We have some of this fabric in our warehouse…however, we do not know if we are going to have 5 or 500 people sign up…kits are first come until we run out…the city version we will not run out of…we can reorder that…but the country version will be limited if you want these exact fabrics.   I will NOT send out a 2nd block until all of the kits have been shipped…the block took me less than an hour from starch to finish…ha..did you get that?  So you will not be several blocks behind if you order our kits…we will not get another block for almost 2 weeks.

I have to get 24 blocks in in less than 15 weeks so some weeks there will be 2 or 3 who knows…my postings will be random…like my life…It will be fun and we can also have that red/white quilt of our own just like my cupboard of antique red/white…. This quilt cupboard photo was used with permission form American Patchwork & Quilting. If you want to see more photos from the photo shoot not in the magazine click HERE…like this closeup of the quilt on the bed…img_5446-1

Again Thank You for following me on this blog and I hope you join us for the SAL!!! We appreciate your continued support!!!

Click HERE for a printable PDF of block 1 of “The Magic of Christmas”.  We will probably make this into a pattern so be sure to print them right away as they will not be on the blog forever!!!  If you have trouble printing the PDF. I have tested it and it is working…So please update or find a young person to help you figure out why you cannot print the PDF.  Here is a picture of the pattern, in case you are having difficulty, but will to do this for all the blocks…

For those of you who love to go above and beyond…maybe we can publish a few different finishing options for these blocks, and publish your quilts along with ours.  So lets see what develops here! I’m also thinking we should do some giveaway at Christmas time ,for those of you who finish their quilt tops can enter into…so it doesn’t have to be quilted, yet.

TMOC 1

Copyirght 2016 Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings/The Magic of Christmas-Block 1               This pattern is only for personal use.

Quilt shops cannot print and use this in their shops. HOWEVER!!!!… If you want to sell Primitive Gatherings fabrics (like the above red FQ bundle and a light print) and guide them to sign up for our blog to get the FREE patterns THAT the right thing to do AND is much appreciated.  We please ask that you do not abuse our FREE pattern intended for our loyal customers and that your fabric bundles be only PG fabrics.  I am sure you can understand our reasons and support our hard work by honoring it.

Now after all that…whew..

Today I am going on a Pub crawl/scavenger hunt/on a bicycle to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes…should make for an interesting day!  But for now I must stitch on my BOW Among Friends…I may be a little behind…need to catch up!!!

Happy Saturday!!!

Lisa

 

 

 

 

31
Jul
16

Today was the day…

Today was the day I finally got my OWN copy of the American Patchwork & Quilting October issue! Featuring Primitive Gatherings with ME on the cover!!!

I wasn’t going to believe it until I really saw it in person!! Which was yesterday…but today Beth a student in my workshop brought me a copy!!!!APQOCT-COVER_DIGITAL

I admit…I was told about it, about a month ago in an email from editor Linda…that night after receiving the email that I was going to be on the cover…I could not sleep, I was in disbelief???? Was there ever a person on the cover of APQ?  I could not remember…I started looking at all my magazines…no…always quilts!!! What were they thinking???

The APQ crew visited  in January 2016…it was a blast working with them to shoot our workplace and my home…it was about a day and a half of “shooting”, a quick dinner after and then poof they were gone…later an interveiw with Judy Friedman…and then half a year later…Editor Linda Augsburg calls me…it was a Sunday near the end of June I believe…Lisa?  Yes? This is Linda from APQ…do you remember that antique quilt you were holding when we photographed you?  ummm Yes…Do you have it?  Ahhh Yes…Can I come and pick it up?  Ahhh Yes…aren’t you in DesMoines?  Yes…but I’m on my way to Manitowoc WI for a graduation……OK?….  I think we should include the pattern in the issue as well…Ok, sounds great!!!   Linda later admitted she had a good idea it was going to be the cover, so she thought it would best if they patterned it as well!!!  Then about a week or two after she picked it up she broke the news to me… I really never told anyone, Nick of course, but until I got the email from the office with how to promote the magazine did I really believe it was true, there it was..the jpeg of the cover with me with some of my collection !!! It was CRAZY!!!

This really is a big honor for all of us at Primitive Gatherings and we cannot thank APQ enough…we all are still in disbelief that we were featured in our favorite magazine and they really captured some wonderful pictures of what Primitive Gatherings is like…they also have more pics HERE on their website allpeopleequilt.com.  Like this one of the bedrooms in the our Northridge House that they shot that day…img_5445-1

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting.

You need to go and get this issue if you do not subscribe to it…Available at PG on our website OR see if you can find it anywhere you can get quilting magazines!!!  This is a great issue about antique quilts…and it also has lots of advice and quilts from my fellow designers…then Barbara Brackman tell little histories about the lots of the quilt featured in this issue!!!

all too much….gotta go now…I’m going to read the magazine AGAIN!

my best…Lisa

 

29
Jul
16

today’s workshop in Augusta, ME

What a fun bunch of ladies today in class…it was a little warm…room packed to the gills but still lots of fun…great bunch of blocks made to make this quilt Bud Garden…Met lots of new ladies and some “old” FB friends…nice to meet them in person…right Denise G?  I attended Pam Buda’s lecture for lunch which was also very good…so chalk up another great day in ME. bud_garden-550x550 (1) IMG_7290 IMG_7288 IMG_7289 IMG_7287 IMG_7291 IMG_7286 IMG_7285 IMG_7284

29
Jul
16

Christmas in July…Stitching words onto our wool projects…

I want to share with you a couple of ways to “transfer” lettering/wording to our wool projects…To be honest I can draw the words/lettering on with my dependable Clover white liquid chalk marker on most anything…but sometimes you want something just perfect…In the case of this Angel Tree Skirt I wanted the FONT to turn out exactly like the computer prints it out….so I’ve heard Glad Press’n Seal was the answer…So I gave it a try…Angel Tree Skirt Web-550x550-1With a medium tipped Sharpie marker I traced the design from the book, along with the bottom edge of the mat for accurate placement.
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I then “pressed” the Press’n Seal onto my wool mat.IMG_6041With a #8wt. perle cotton and a#22 Chenille needle I started stem stitching my letters right through the press’n seal…as you can see I didn’t want to stitch too much before I knew if this was going to come off…I took my small extra sharp Dovo scissors and cut away the PnS as close as I could to the stitching.  I then proceeded to take my extra sharp tweezers and pull away the PnS from the outside of the letters and  insides.  Awesome!….It was going to come off…was it easy? It was kind of picky and sticky coming away from the stitching, but the results were beautiful.
IMG_6042 IMG_6044Now I thing the biggest reason it worked is because my stem-stitching was nice and close together…a little smaller than I usually stitch…mostly because these were tiny lettering…and to make it pretty it had to be tiny….

Now..for the next step…I am stitching this same Angel Tree Skirt as FULL sized tree skirt!!!

I blew up the pattern as stated in the directions…it comes out to 42″.  The perfect size for a full size tree…The wool for the background had to be specially dyed because I needed more than 1 yard…I think we dyed a 50″x 6o” piece of wool to get the 42″ after it was dyed.  Wool shrinks/felts in they dyeing process to you have to account for that shink-age.

For the full sized tree skirt I stitched the much larger letters/words in a chain stitch…and then went back in and did a running stitch inside of the chain stitch…lisa bongeanI am done with all the stitching now its time to pull all that PnS away…

So my final summary is this…If I need something to be perfect, I will use the PnS…If it doesn’t matter and I want to do it in my own hand I will skip the PnS because it isn’t really that fun to pull all that stuff out from the words/lettering…but it does work for those who do not care for their own lettering…and for those “perfectionists” out there.  So it’s a very accurate means of transferring the word/lettering on to our wool projects.

A couple other methods I have used in the past have been tissue paper…you would baste the traced tissue paper onto the design and then stitch on it…then wet it when compete and put it away…this comes off easier, but it is a little more awkward to stitch through.

Then the final way has been to use “tulle”.  You would trace the words onto the tulle with a marker.  Then place the tulle onto the wool and trace the words again using the liquid chalk market or the fixion pens that are now available.

I hope this helps when determining how to get those words onto your dark wool backgrounds that you cannot use a lightbox for.  I can’t wait to show you how this large tree skirt turns out…it’s a monster but will be so beautiful under a tree!

If you would like a kit for the large tree skirt we can get that info to you…I have not figured it out yet as I usually don’t until the project is finished…but I wanted to share this with you while I was stitching.  Email us or comment on this post and we will get the kit info to you when it is ready.

I will be posting soon about…The Magic of Christmas…a 25 block  red/white (city) or reds/cream (country) stitch along….

Time to get ready or today’s workshop and meet some Maine quilters!!! LB

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