winter break…on the last weekend of the year…

lots to go...but will be done today...remember I have a
lots to go…but will be done today…remember I have a JUKI…lol

I just received my year-end 2012 blog results from WordPress…I am so busy quilting I pay no attention to some of the techy stuff….but found this pretty report very informational…

Here goes…my blog was viewed 750,000 times in 2012!  I posted 99 times…not counting today…so 100 times….The busiest day on my blog was December 19…A Primitive Christmas post…was viewed 44,360 times….My blog was visited by 122 countries…all I can say is WOW! I had no idea..My  most commented on post in 2012 was My home town…Moda Designer Blog Post..

These are my  5 most active commenters:

  •  Cincy 28 COMMENTS
  •  Teri LaVoy 22 COMMENTS
  •  Sue Schultz 21 COMMENTS
  •  Ann 21 COMMENTS
  •  Denise W 21 COMMENTS

Thank you all for commenting, but if you are one of the top 5 send me your address, your Gravatar should match the one in front of your name here…I might have something for you…just a little something!!!  Amy is going to kill me…she is keeping track of all of my giveaways….I will post who we are still waiting to hear from…I do not think we sent any 12 Needful prizes out yet…so thanks for being patient while we enjoy our holiday season….

Here is what my weekend consisted of…if was perfect…

Stitching away...I have a great view...
Stitching away…I have a great view…
out my window...
out my window…
one of two squirrels raiding the feeder...
one of two squirrels raiding the feeder…
the birds waiting to get a "turn" are the feeder...
the birds waiting to get a “turn” are the feeder…




I made this recipe from Pinterest this weekend…Nick said I can make it again…lots of good stuff in it.Recipe here: Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce






























Presley and Jeter taking a nap...while I stitch...
Presley and Jeter taking a nap…while I stitch…
the boys playing in the snow...
the boys playing in the snow…

































time to come's cold out here but it sure is fun!
time to come in…it’s cold out here but it sure is fun!


penny  blocks all stitched...
penny blocks all stitched…
assembly line construction...
assembly line construction…
this is so good...
this is so good…
This avacado cream sauce is "to die for" all I'm saying...
This avocado cream sauce is “to die for”…is all I’m saying…
All ready before it enters the oven...
All ready before it enters the oven…

42 responses to “winter break…on the last weekend of the year…”

  1. Amélie Vasconcelos Avatar
    Amélie Vasconcelos

    bonne et heureuse année 2013 et merci pour toutes les belles choses vues sur votre site.amicalement.Amélie

  2. Rosemary Redhead Avatar
    Rosemary Redhead

    Cheers to happiness and health!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hey redhead…what is the temp in Canada…we are in the teens..Lb

  3. Sharon Avatar

    Happy New Year!

  4. Amy Avatar

    Hi Lisa
    Thanks for such and inspirational and fun blog!! I enjoy every time you post – always some great eye candy!! Could I get you to share the recipe for the chicken enchiladas? They look sooooo yummy! Also, I just LOOOOVVEE your last picture with the wool pennies. What pattern is that? I just have to make it! See you in 2013!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      The recipe on on the post…look for the colored link…also…It is a new pattern you are asking about…so soon I can post of what I have been doing!!! Hint…lots of stitching!!!

  5. Diana Avatar

    How cool it is to know your blog is reaching so many of us. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us. Mine was great too. Love my garden BOM. I Solent lots of time on the sunflower pitcher. Everyone thinks the blocks are so beautiful! Happy New Year!

  6. Elaine S. Avatar
    Elaine S.

    Looks like a wonderful weekend. I, too, love the pennies…..cant wait to see the pattern. Happy New Year!

  7. Marcia Olson Avatar
    Marcia Olson

    Hi Lisa…I don’t know if I’ll every get a chance to visit your shop live and in person, but it’s so much fun to live through your pictures and blog! It seems that I have the same interests and ideas that you do, so I love everything I see in your shop and home! I wish I got as much accomplished as you do—you’re definitely inspirational!! I had big plans to do so much in 2012, but God blessed us with 2 new grandbabies, so I spent all summer making baby quilts! Now that Christmas is over, and my handmade gifts are behind me, I’m really excited to start working on some “me” projects. Your blog and pictures are just what I needed to get motivated again! Thanks so much for allowing all of us a glimpse of your life, and I hope you have a blessed New Year!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      I appreciate your comments they “make my day”…I am getting one son married this year, 2013, so next will be the babies for me too…got to say I can’t wait!!!!!!! Happy New Year…and be sure to make time for what is important to you!

  8. CJ Reed Avatar
    CJ Reed

    Oh my the photo of the boys playing should be used in a print ad — it is wonderful ! Guess i better get back to stitchen — especially since I have not finished your poinsettia table runner pattern.

  9. Kathy Avatar

    “Sew” Happy New Year to you and yours! I’m going to go put my long underwear on now. I’m freezing!

  10. Pattywacks Avatar

    It truly is a global world these days with the Internet – worldwide communication about what we love and what inspires us is at our finger tips. Lisa you should be so proud to have inspired, taught, and shared your love of fabric, wool, and quilting with the world. Thank you for all you do! Continued success in the New Year.

  11. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    I don’t know if I most jealous of the meal, the wool work and sewing time or the view. But it’s definitely not the romp in the snow! Brrr!

  12. Mary Marge Avatar
    Mary Marge

    The weather looks fab! And those boys … what great pics. Happy New Year to ya … see ya in 2013.

  13. Kathy Avatar

    Happy New Year, Lisa!! Thank you so much for the “slide show” It was fun to view.

  14. Patricia D. Roberts Avatar
    Patricia D. Roberts

    Presley and Jeter must be the best, except for my three dogs. Hitchcock, Birks and Brubeck–hound,white dog and a Dalmatian. All shelter dogs and greatly loved very much. Brubeck likes to eat my projects so I have to keep them safe. The other two are pretty good about leaving my stuff alone. I have greatly appreciated all your blogs, advice and projects during the past year. I always look forward to visiting your booth at the Cincinnati show in April Thanks for coming to Ohio. You have dozens for fans from Warren and Clinton counties.. Right now I am working on a penny rug. Love Valdani threads and lots of wool. They are yummy. Brubeck thinks so to sometimes. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Look forward to the arrival of my next order. Patricia D. Roberts of
    Waynesville, Ohio

  15. Kay Avatar

    Hey Lisa, I just have to ask… is that one of those magnet seam guides on your juki? I have a Juki TL-98E that I use on a mid size quilting frame. I got it out after your needful things # 1 post and have been giving it a try for piecing. I’ve tried everything under the sun for marking my 1/4″ (not crazy about the compensating foot that comes with it) never thought about the magnet thingie from years ago. We were told not to use them on our fancy computerized machines. What do you use to line it up with?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      yes it is…magnetic from Dritz… i know right where to place it…you will need to test it out…when you got it right, stitch on a business card…then when you need to replace the guide you can use the card to know where your perfect scant 1/4″ seam is

  16. Cheryl Rudnytsky Avatar
    Cheryl Rudnytsky

    Love the snow. Here in Florida we don’t see it very often! Also love the dogs, their coats are so beautiful. I have a Schnauzer so I’m partial to gray and white. They really seem to enjoy the snow. I really admire your buttons with the PERFECT blanket stitch. I so want to have mine look that good! Practice, practice…

  17. Kitty Avatar

    Lisa, it’s a winter wonderland where you are and I know where that is! Lucky girl! The photos are great and what perfect food for such cold weather! I’m making homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner, it’s cold and rainy here in my part of Texas. Happy New Year!!!!!! Can’t wait for the penny pattern and I’ll try the enchiladas….

    1. LORI Avatar

      Lisa, What are you using as a guide on the Juki…..I have a Grand quilter and also need a 1/4″ guide beside the mark on bed….Thank you also for all the great tips and inspiration. When will the UTUBE videos be posted?? Happy New Year!!

      1. lisabongean Avatar

        a magnetic seam guide from Dritz….works awesome…

  18. Teri LaVoy Avatar
    Teri LaVoy

    Hi Lisa: Wow, I know I like your site, but was surprised to see I was number two on the list. I just love your blog and working on wool projects. Hope to finish my favorite things one soon…still need to get a hand print from my grandson so I can put it on there. So, my address is: 38348 Miller Road, Sandy, OR 97055. Maybe someday I can meet you in person and even at your shop. I love field trips and although I live in Oregon, I get to the Midwest often. Will put your shop on my bucket list for sure. Thanks again for your blog and your wonderful talent that you so willingly share with us. Happy 2013!!

  19. Sandi H. Avatar

    Your enchilada recipe looks great, I love them but make mine with a white sauce.

    Congratulations to the winners, we are in the mid thirties here on the west coast of Canada, aka the banana belt.

    Happy New Year and all the best to your family, have fun at the wedding this year. I look forward to pictures.

  20. Pam McLellan Avatar

    Hi Lisa That looks like an awesome way to spend the week-end. I spent my week-end reorganising my quilt shop . My husband had finished building me a new cutting table and some more fabric shelves so it was time for a major shuffles. I love reading your posts and seeing what you are working on. I carry some of your fabrics in my store and I am hoping that this year I get to time to use some of them myself. Take care and as I always end my newsletters….Peace, Love, Joy and Happy Quilting Pam

  21. Karen in Breezy Point Avatar

    Congrats on the great blog traffic! I love reading your posts and finding out the latest tool or pattern that I “need”! My friends and I are planning a trip to the shop this coming spring or summer–can’t wait!

  22. Denise Cabral Avatar
    Denise Cabral

    Hi, this must sound stupid, but my name is Denise Cabral and I was wondering how people get the Gravatar. I doubt it is me but I just thought I would check. Thank you!

    Sent from my iPad

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      It magic…i really don’t know…and does my blog server know we are quilters??? How cool is that….some things we have to just wonder about I guess…LB Good questions though!

  23. Maddy McCaslin Avatar
    Maddy McCaslin

    I just your blog. I’m kinda of new , but have love every one
    God Bless for a Happy New Year

  24. Denise Avatar

    Happy New Years!!!

    1. Janice Avatar

      Looks like a heavenly weekend. Thanks for sharing with us. Funny story for you. At the Grand Rapids show I asked Nick what the heck was in the antique spray because my dog at my FINISHED 1st 5 freebies with your summer BOW. He replied he didn’t know but that was nothing because his dog ate his couch. I chuckled and walked away feeling lucky, I still have a couch.
      Happy New Year and thanks for all you do.

  25. Sherry Bedolla Avatar
    Sherry Bedolla

    Lisa, I LOVE all your projects. Just received the kit ” my favorite things”. Can’t wait to get started. Your shop is on my list of places to get to. Hopefully in 2013. Happy New Year.

  26. Janice Avatar

    Love your blog!!! You’ve helped me try wool projects, which before this year, was too afraid. Love all your projects, wish I could afford them all!!! Keep up the good work!!

  27. Ann Avatar

    Hi Lisa. Happy New Year! Sounds like you’ve had some great stitchin time. Can’t wait to see the new patterns.

  28. sharon h Avatar
    sharon h

    Lisa, I have recently become acquainted with your blog and look forward to the posts. Loved the 12 days posts and actually ordered the iron and the hera marker, purchased the spray nozzle and love, love, love it! Thanks so much and I look forward to each new post!

  29. Ann Avatar

    I see that I am one of the lucky winners. You are so good to everyone. My address is 4992 Rockville Rd., Potosi, WI 53820

  30. The Hawks Avatar
    The Hawks

    Great job Lisa. And thanks for my little sheep kit. I can’t wait for me new machine to arrive. I’ve been wanting one every since trying it at your crazy quilt retreat. Best to you in 2013!

    Mary Hawk


  31. suejean1 Avatar

    Well how cool is that! I am one of the top 5 to comment on your wonderful blog posts. My address is –
    Sue Schultz
    117 Lexington Pass
    Peachtree City, GA 30269
    I love the photos of Presly and Jeter playing in the snow. Beautiful pups. I am in Wisconsin right now enjoying your winter wonderland. Came up to spend NewYears with my sister and friends.
    Congratulations on all your blog followers.

  32. Julie K. Green Avatar
    Julie K. Green

    Always, always enjoy the photo’s you post !!! Getting excited about using my online coupons !!! Keep stitching ,Julie

  33. Hannah Holzmann (@hnanners) Avatar

    so glad you liked the enchiladas! yum!!

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