So Exciting!!! A HOG for a HERO

One Bike at a Time. One Hero at a Time.
And it’s Time…
To Return One More to The Road.
Meet #17: Our Next Veteran Recipient
and The First of 2021:
Navy Veteran Shannon Flynn
of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
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Reconnecting A Veteran With A Life Passion
Since the sixth grade, Shannon Flynn, a lifelong Wisconsinite, has wanted to serve his Country. After retiring with 23 years in the Navy as a Construction Mechanic First Class, including three deployments to war zones and service within his community, he can truly say he’s done just that. And, as a result, he lives every single day with the painful toll it took, still pushing forward without regrets.
Shannon joined the Navy as a sophomore at Suring High School and headed to boot camp upon graduating in 1993. He chose a path as a Machinist and spent most of his four years stationed in Japan on the USS Dubuque. While he enjoyed the experience, he yearned for life back in his beloved hometown and returned after fulfilling his contract. He quickly reunited with friends, many of whom learned to ride while he was gone. On a bet he won, he bought his first bike–an “85 Sportster, learned to ride and discovered a passion that shaped the rest of his life. He rode all the time and then, completely enthralled with the bike world, used his GI Bill to attend the Motorcycle Mechanics Institution (MMI) in Florida. Certification in hand, he landed his first H-D service job, moved back to Wisconsin, and began building his mechanic’s career.
Looking for extra “beer money” and missing the camaraderie of his military family, he joined the Navy Reserves in May 2001, figuring one weekend a month and two weeks a year would be easily managed. Three months later, September 11 changed life as we knew it and turned Shannon’s extra job into a lifetime commitment to our Country.
Given the skills amassed, he moved into the Navy’s Construction Battalion, a longtime dream, and as a SeaBee would aid Marines on the ground. In 2003 he said his goodbyes, sold his bike “just in case”, and deployed to Iraq. There, under the angst and demands of impending invasion, he built camps in Kuwait and ran convoys moving gear. He returned home exhausted, tense, and seemingly unscathed. Without transition time, he resumed work and planned for a future he didn’t know he’d have. With money tight, he delayed buying a bike to marry his love, build a home for his young family, and change dealerships. And while life was good, Shannon knew something was off about him and missing: his bike. He ached for the therapy his bike once provided, and borrowing bikes from friends just didn’t do it anymore. They scraped and bought an 18-year-old Electra Glide for him to fix and ride, and he immediately found his release…just in time to deploy again.
In 2009, Shannon headed to Afghanistan during the most lethal year of the US-led war. There he spent two years in convoy security: sighting and clearing mines from the front seat of his Mine Resistant Ambush Protection (MRAP) lead vehicle, while safely moving troops and equipment. While placing tire chains on his MRAP to navigate the snowy mountainous area, Shannon fell 15 feet off his MRAP vehicle and landed flat on his back with chains atop him. His Kevlar vest likely minimized their impact and he painfully continued his mission until he could be evaluated. Though initial X-rays on base were surprisingly clear, they masked the underlying damage done. He pushed through his missions and injury to complete another pain-filled year with grit and narcotics, then sought care upon returning stateside.
Through the VA he was diagnosed with significant neuromuscular damage to his back with three inwardly herniated lumbar discs that pinch his spinal cord, causing sciatic pain to ripple through his lower back, hips, and legs. Through treatments and therapy, he continued to work and support his family…and jumped on his bike to sort through the pain and inner turmoil. He rode until a deer totaled his bike, found another to fix, and started a course of repairing, rebuilding, and selling old bikes–making it hard to keep one for himself. Finding comfort and pride in his technical efforts, in 2012 he opened a small shop in his garage, Shannon’s Cycle Service, and slowly began servicing friend’s bikes while barely breaking even.
In 2014 he deployed a third time to Afghanistan’s combat zone for another year in convoy security, again moving through unknown threats and trying life conditions. On top of this, he hurt most days; and yet, he pushed through his Reserve’s commitment. After running convoys to build a water well 18 hours a day for 49 days straight, he knew his body and mind couldn’t physically handle it anymore. He returned home to permanently settle into the comforts of family and work-life and retired in 2016.
He found joy in his family time and solace in work, riding, and his deer stand. He coaches his children’s sports and supports the needs of his community and Veteran’s alike. Along the way, he joined the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) and rekindled the brotherhood he had in service. Shannon has his share of struggles and demons, and he’s lined up family and friends to help him deal with his pains from war.  Years of injections and nerve-burning procedures to help him function take their toll, yet, as a form of self-preservation, he pushes forward and through the pain every single day, staying active and involved to keep his struggles at bay.
After six years of realizing the unfortunate financial, time, and stress a small business demands, Shannon closed his shop in 2018. He sold his bike to support his family and began full-time work as a Welder at Northport Marine to help get out of debt. Sitting in his garage is a box of parts and a blown engine he hopes to transform into his next bike, but the pressures of money and time keep him from building it. So when he wants to ride or lead his charitable runs for others, he, again, asks friends to borrow a bike. And while he has amazing friends who do that for him, that’s a hard ask…one that Hogs For Heroes thought he shouldn’t have to make anymore. Choosing to connect this Veteran with his passion not only soothes his soul and changes his life, but it also keeps “Snowdog” surrounded by his supportive CVMA family, and it permanently keeps a bike in his deserving life.
Finding bikes on a showroom floor is a little challenging right now. We took Shannon shopping to find the beauty that fits his needs and captured his heart. “I love it. I love it. I love it.” were his exact words when he found the black 2017 Electra Glide Ultra Limited with custom blue pinstripes and only 10,000 miles. Our friends at Open Road Harley-Davidson stretched our dollars a little more to make this pairing happen, and we can’t wait to return him to the road he loves.  Unique to this bike, it has been generously paid for by the stunning 2020 fundraising efforts of the Wisconsin International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139! We couldn’t be more honored by the beautiful support the IUOE Local 139 continues to lend our mission and our injured Veterans.
We will be bringing that bike back to Shannon’s hometown where his Legion family jumped at the chance to host his gifting on Saturday, May 8, 2021. We will be hanging at the American Legion Post #283 in Suring, Wisconsin from 11 am – 2 pm. Come learn more about our unique mission, meet some of our prior recipients and welcome Shannon back to The Road! We will begin our Presentation of Keys Ceremony at 12:00 pm with a Color Guard from Post #283– and trust us, you don’t want to miss this emotional and special moment. The Legion will have their bar open and offer lunch to benefit Hogs For Heroes…so ride on out, make a day of it and toast our Veterans with us!

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS!!!

Hey…Great news…our Moda Our Flag Stands for Freedom kits are at your local quilt stores!!!  

Bad news there is a correction to the pattern…and not the original one we found!!! Just shoot me right? We left a piece off cutting for the red stars…it’s easy enough to figure out because it there for the blue…but we want it right…

But good news we know about it now and can add it back again…Our Flag Stands for Freedom Correct 1     Shop owners please add this to your kits…I have  also posted it on my corrections  page in my  blog here.

We are so sorry…and we have hired a professional editor in January…so this hopefully is going to happen a lot less.  Sample makers don’t alway catch things and when a pattern is touched graphically things happen was well..so take care and enjoy this quilt…and again…,my sincere apologies..Lisa

 

 

 

Moving Sale in Progress…

Hey Everyone…You all know we have exciting things coming up…WE ARE MOVING!  This new location will be big, beautiful, and be a place where your creativity can soar!   But, the only downside to this is we have to move the stuff!  So we are offering you to HELP us MOVE, but in a way where your back is not going to hurt afterward. 

Each Monday we will be adding new items to our LIVE with LISA button under the NEW ITEMS category.  Look for the description that says LAST CHANCE.  Now some of the items will be on sale because we have lots…and some just your last chance to grab it because we only have very few left…

This week’s projects are shown here…I will be showing them LIVE this week, but they may already be sold out…so don’t wait if you LOVE it!

SUMMERTIME- only 1 left…wool kit with cotton background…no sale, but grab it!

Did you ever want to make a Baltimore Album quilt, but you knew never in your life would you finish it?  Summertime is our folk art version of a Baltimore Album-style quilt. Its beauty is in its simplicity. The quilt only uses 5 colors, red, black, green, gold, and brown. We have used wool applique because it is so wonderful to work with. It is addicting. So enjoy making these wonderful blocks and finishing the quilt is actually very slick at how perfect it goes together. The finished size of the whole quilt is approximately 34″ x 42″. The pattern has full-sized reversed and right size layouts of each block plus a 6″ color picture of each block.

Veteran’s Star-On sale for only $20….We have a bunch of these…The little quilting finishing 20×20!

 

Sue’s Stars-  This is one of our most popular small quilt kits!…It’s many vintage fabrics and wool applique pair up in the making of a great little quilt. The quilt measures 30 “x 30”. 1″ triangles papers were used in the making of this quilt. Don’t make it without them!   On sale from $60 to $48!

Summer Getaway!

This is a great small table or baby quilt for the summer months! Summer Getaway was re-designed from a full-size antique quilt. This quilt will finish at 27″ x 31 1/2″. 1-yard of fabric is needed for the backing of this quilt.  Quilt is made from Old Glory Gatherings my first patriotic fabric line!  On Sale for only $36!

We still have a few items left from last week…

Star Studded Event-This quilt is a deal…even if you don’t want to do the quilt…the fabrics are amazing to build your stash!

This was our 2018 Pieced Summer Block of the Week quilt.  If you missed out on doing it now is your chance to make this splendid quilt!  Once completed Star-Studded Event will measure approximately 90″x96″, make one large quilt or 2 smaller sized quilts from all of your blocks.  One Picture shows the quilt folded in half.  It will measure 90″ x 96″.  ON sale for $120!
 
 

Sewing Box-This quilt was designed with Lisa’s fabric line Needle & Thread Gatherings. It will measure 51″ x 57 1/4″. You will need 3 1/2 yards for the backing. We also recommend the use 1 /12″ Half square triangle paper available through Primitive Gatherings.  On sale for $80!

Four Dozen-Now, maybe you haven’t gone by the way of making minis yet……this is the perfect quilt for you to experience the thrill of “little quilts”….very easy but still cool! The pattern will include the triangle papers. The quilt is 14 1/2″ x 17”. You will need a fat quarter for the backing fabric.  Only $15 for kit and pattern!

 

Click HERE for Last Chance OFFERS!

The above link is a shortcut to the website where all of these projects are located!!  Thanks for helping out with our move!  WE appreciate it!

Lisa

Moda Block Heads 3 Finish!

 

Thank you all for visiting today….Today I am revealing my Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt!  

 The patterns and the layout are located at the end of this post…

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Join us in MAY 2021 to kick off the summer giving back to our veterans…

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Also we be hosting video for this SAL as well on my YouTube Channel

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My best…

Lisa

 

Let it Snow! Farmhouse Friends Mystery -FREE Patterns

Hey Everyone I am Lisa Bongean from Primtiive Gatherings…I am so glad you are here. Today is my day to post my block…I love how this stitch-along is coming along!!  My block is block 5…It is 121/2″x 12 1/2″ and features Moda grunge background and our wintery-looking wools from Primitive Gatherings….Let It Snow- playtime

Click HERE for FREE pattern

If the pattern doesn’t open for …it may go directly to your download folder. 
Check there…In some browsers it goes there directly…and if you keep pressing the link it downloads lots of times!  Also…we know some of you do not have printers or color ones and you want us to print it for you…all those options are below.

Click HERE to get yourself a KIT!

If this is all NEW to you…here are the previous blocks

BLOCK 1 is from our leader Rhonda who had designed the quilt and I love the layout!  All we have to do insert blocks…some of us have 12 x 12  some 12 x 18  some  6×42  or something like that… Farmhouse Friends BLK1

Click HERE to go to Rhonda’s site.

BLOCK 2 Is from Rita from Reets to Rags…These girls are so talented!Reets to Rags BLK3 Click HERE to go to REETS RAGS TO STITCHES

BLOCK 3 is from Kathy-Heart to Hand…How Fun!Kathy-Heart to Hand BLK2 Click HERE to go to HEART to HAND

BLOCK 4 is from Bits & Pieces by Joan…a nice winter night….

Block 4 Let it snow!

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BLOCK 5 is from Gloria at OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD   Even snowman must do laundry!OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD BLK4 Click HERE to go to OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD

There is so much going on…I hope you take advantage of the FREE downloads and also support the designers by purchasing their kits before they’re all sold out!  Or before we have to sub background fabrics!! LOL, good problems!

Please feel free to  join this blog  subscription and my YouTUBE &Facebook groupS STITCH with Lisa Bongean…we have lots of fun sharing quits and wool projects!  Last week we did a Spring bed turning…check it out here below!

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Two Quilting Retreats- Can you come to one? Join the fun!

It’s time to go on with our retreats!  We have two special retreats with my Moda sisters! (who I miss very much)  Now the one in Kansas has very limited space….and the other in WI has more but still over half full.

Please read all of Lynne’s details below…get your shot and let’s start getting back to normal…June/August is still a ways away, but I am definitely ready to see all your smiling faces!  I love this quilt that I am teaching!!!  I canoe…can you?

I think it may stay here in this spot until it has to go to Kansas!

KT & Friends Retreat

Bennington, Kansas – June 22-25, 2021

It’s time to kick into high gear preparing for our June KT & Friends Retreat in Bennington this year. After missing last summer’s gathering, we’re so excited to see our returning quilters and all the new faces who are joining us.

Robert and Joy have been fielding questions at the store, so I thought I would answer them here for everyone.

What you need to know:

In April, you will receive an email from KTQ with questions about who you’re attending with, where you’re from, are you open to rooming with another quilter coming alone, etc. Please make sure Robert has your email address. We will also send a supply list of basic supplies needed for all workshops in May.

Covid-19 – We recommend each quilter receive a Covid vaccine before attending our retreat. Please bring a mask. Mask and social distancing requirements will be determined based on CDC recommendations at the time.

Hotel/Transportation – Please make your own travel/hotel reservations. Airports are in Wichita, Kansas and Kansas City, Kansas.

Sewing Machines – We are unable to provide sewing machines for rent. Please make arrangements with the KT Quilt Shop if you wish to ship your sewing machine to the store to arrive before the retreat.

Payments – Robert will be available for you to make credit card payments for the retreats beginning April 1st. You may call the store 785-488-2120 Tuesday thru Friday 10am-5pm CST, Saturday 10am-3pm to work out the details. We are happy to split the payment into two charges, if you prefer  – 1/2 in April, 1/2 in May.

Registration – June 22 – 11-12:30pm – Each classroom group will be assigned a color. You will register/unload during specific times based on your color group. Don’t worry, everyone will be in their places before the workshops begin at 1:00pm.

Workshops – Workshops begin at 8:30am each morning Wed, Thur, Fri. Doors open at 8am. You will be in two workshops with each instructor over the 3 days of the retreat for a total of 6 workshops plus project kits. We will each teach a lap size quilt project and a small Make ‘n Take project. We hope you’ll have three things finished before you leave. So fun!

Sewing Time – Each color group will have free time one afternoon (Wed, Thur or Fri) to sew or shop as they wish. We are allowed to be in the school until 9pm each day Tues-Thurs.

Food/Drinks – Food/drinks will be available in the kitchen only. We will have coffee, tea and water available all day beginning at 8am. You must use the travel mugs provided for drinks to avoid spills in the classrooms/halls. No food is allowed outside the cafeteria. Please eat breakfast, if desired, before arriving each morning. Lunch & dinner will be served.

Shopping – Each designer will take a turn sharing their quilts in a trunk show before dinner each evening. The KT Quilt Shop will be open throughout the day except during meals. Lisa and Debbie will have items for sale after their trunk shows and during classes.

Unloading/Loading – We will have at least one teen to help unload/load your sewing machines & supplies.  Aleece did a great job at the first retreat and is looking forward to seeing you all again this year. Tips are appreciated.

Shipping – If you need to ship any goodies home, we are happy to provide a box at the KT Quilt Shop. Robert  will send your items and charge your credit card for actual shipping costs.

 

Okay, now that all the business is taken care of, let’s see what you’ll be making at the retreat!

Lisa Bongean will share tips on making her Canoe Trip quilt (66″ x 66″). Perfect for summer picnics and the man in your life.

 

 

Debbie Maddy will introduce her lovely Shibori prints to make this beautiful quilt (63″ x 63″) that will bring a bright and cheery note to your home.

 

Lynne features a Prairie Dreams Layer Cake to make large blocks in Prairie Stars (68″ x 68″). Cuddle up with someone you love under your Prairie Stars quilt.

If you’re signed up for our retreat, THANK YOU! We can’t wait to meet you. If you haven’t signed up yet, grab and friend and don’t delay. There are only a few spots available. You don’t want to miss all the fun!

KT & Friends Retreat II

 Appleton, Wisconsin – August 10-13

It’s time to kick preparations into high gear for our August KT & Friends Retreat in Appleton, Wisconsin this year. After missing last summer’s gathering, we’re so excited to see our returning quilters and all the new faces who are joining us.

The teachers for our WI retreat are Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, Barb Groves of Me & My Sister Designs, and Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters (Hosts).

Robert and Joy have been fielding questions at the store, so I thought I would answer them here for everyone.

What you need to know:

In May, you will receive an email from KTQ with questions about who you’re attending with, where you’re from, etc. Please make sure Robert has your email address. We will also send a supply list of basic supplies needed for all workshops in June.

Covid-19 – We recommend each quilter receive a Covid vaccine before attending our retreat. Please bring a mask. Mask and social distancing requirements will be determined based on CDC recommendations at the time.

Hotel/Transportation – Our retreat is at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, Appleton, Wisconsin. Please make your own hotel/travel reservations. A shuttle is available from the Green Bay airport to the hotel. Parking for those driving to the retreat is in city-owned parking garages conveniently located across the street from the hotel. $5/day maximum parking fee.

Sewing Machines – We are unable to provide sewing machines for rent. Please make arrangements with the hotel if you decide to ship your sewing machine before the retreat.

Payments – Robert will be available for you to make credit card payments for the retreats beginning April 15th. You may call the store 785-488-2120 Tuesday thru Friday 10am-5pm CST, Saturday 10am-3pm to work out the details. We are happy to split the payment into two charges, if you prefer  – 1/2 in April, 1/2 in June.

Registration – August 10 – 11-12:30pm – Each classroom group will be assigned a color. You will register/unload during specific times based on your color group. Don’t worry, everyone will be in their places before the workshops begin at 1:00pm.

Workshops – Workshops begin at 9am each morning Wed, Thur, Fri. You will be in 2 workshops with each instructor over the 3 days of the retreat for a total of 6 workshops plus 6 kits. Each designer will teach a lap size quilt project (see below) and a small Make ‘n Take project. We hope you’ll have three things finished before you leave. What fun!

Sewing Time – Classrooms will open at 8am each morning and remain open until midnight.

Food/Drinks – Coffee, tea and water will be available all day beginning at 8am. You must use the travel mugs provided for drinks to avoid spills in the classrooms. Breakfast is served in several of the on-site restaurants (not included). Lunch will be served.

Shopping – Each designer will take a turn sharing their quilts in a trunk show before dinner each evening. Lisa, Barb and Lynne will have items for sale after their trunk shows and during classes.

Unloading/Loading – We will have at least one teen to help unload/load your sewing machines & supplies.  Aleece did a great job at the first retreat and is looking forward to seeing you all again this year. Tips are appreciated.

Lisa and I are teaching the same projects for both the Bennington and Appleton retreats. I can’t wait to try Lisa’s large blocks with her expert tips for making the canoe units. Barb is sharing one of her most popular quilts, Love Shack. What a great way to get a head start on your holiday stitching. My Prairie Stars quilt features my latest fabric collection, Prairie Dreams, in big, easy blocks. I’ll share my Layered Patchwork technique as an option, too.

Lisa’s Canoe Trip (66″sq.)
Lynne’s Prairie Stars (68″sq.)
Barb’s Love Shack

Don’t delay, sign up today! 785-488-2120