April…is here!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter…We had a wonderful meal with family and then watched TV the rest of the day and night…so really kind of relaxing….I have been teaching a lot lately…and have had wonderful students in ALL of my classes, this week…I was in Racine on Monday, Tuesday we had 2 classes with 30 new wool appliquers and then this is my “big stitch” quilting class from Saturday…We leaned proper basting and then worked on our rocking big stitches…here are some photos from class…There is nothing like hand quilting your quilts…

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Then is was back to the Lakehouse…where the local Drive Inn opened this week….They have doggie sundaes….here is Jeter enjoying his…We are done with 10 out of our 12 quilts for our new book…2 more to go…so that is what I will be working on this week…can’t wait to show you them!!!

Have a good day…LB







20 responses to “April…is here!!!”

  1. Brenda Avatar

    Happy Easter. Looks like the students did a wonderful job in the big stitch class. What a great way to learn. I think I will dig out my stencils and learn.

  2. rosa Avatar

    Happy Easter.Love the feathers.I use stencils to quilting too because I hanquilting my quilts projects.

  3. Sue Avatar

    Looks like your class is doing well with their big stitch quilting. I agree that there is nothing like hand quilting our quilts. That stitch is just so lovely!

  4. Mary Marge Avatar

    How flipping cute is that doggie sundae!!! I’d love to learn to hand quilt … maybe I can convince you to show me how!

  5. Janet O. Avatar

    Big stitch class looks like great. My problem is, after decades of having teeny tiny stitches drilled into my head, when I start a project thinking I will do “big stitch” I start out fine, but somewhere along the line I switch into auto pilot and the tiny stitches kick in. Do you have a class to “unlearn” that? : )
    Oh, the doggie sundae–how fun! *LOL*

  6. 8machines Avatar

    Wow, that big quilt is amazing. It is gorgeous. I love that pattern.

  7. Cindy Avatar

    Will we see this on your u tube line up? Hint Hint!! I like how the dogs are involved with everything, your part of their life…lol

  8. Suzanne Avatar

    Any chance of you posting a youtube video on how to do that big stitch quilting? Pretty please 😉

  9. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    Maybe sometime a YouTube on the big stitch rockin’ for those too far away to attend your classes? An tempted to retire to your area! Nothing in my area compares to what you offer in your shop! Ever think if opening Primitive Gatherings East??!!

  10. Sharon Bennett Avatar
    Sharon Bennett

    Love the look of the big stitch quilting! Doggie sundaes… too cute! Nice manicure too! Hot pink says “I’m ready for Summer”! 🙂

  11. Barbara Avatar

    I love the big stitch projects and am getting ready to quilt a large quilt with this stitch. I bought #8 pearl cotton, is that what you use? I hope mine turns out good, it is a salute to the underground railroad. I made all the blocks from the code and then I also embroidered 10 or so pictures of black slaves in front of their slave quarters and many other scenes from their daily life. I will tie parts of it to show the way it would have been tied back in those days but it will be quilted with the big stich. I love your work, I first saw it in Paduka in 2007 when I was there to see my own quilt in the show.

  12. Jane Avatar

    Love the pictures. The big stitch quilting is beautiful. I actually might be able to accomplish this on some of my small quilts. Our dog loved going to the yogurt store with us and getting her own bowl. Great picture of him enjoying his doggie sundae. Thank you for sharing!

  13. rachelfriedrichs Avatar

    So glad to hear that you had a wonderful Easter! Doggie Sundaes, awesome! I love the pictures from everyone working on the quilt together and I can’t wait to see what you have created for your next book! Happy Spring 🙂

  14. Maddy McCaslin Avatar
    Maddy McCaslin

    Would love to take you class for Big Stitch Quilting. Will you be taaching this at Expo in Madison in September?
    Our Labs use to go to the Dairy Queen and get their sundaes, love spoiling them
    Happy spring! Maddy

  15. Janan Avatar

    Thank you for sharing the photos, the feather design looks great! Oh my goodness, looking forward to your new book, and can hardly wait to see the photos of the quilts you have created. Hope you post photos soon.
    Looks like you have one spoiled puppy!!

  16. Teri LaVoy Avatar
    Teri LaVoy

    Love the quilt. And am not a fan of hand quilting as I can’t seem to get that rocking motion. So, I am hand quilting My Favorite Things with the stabbing method. Thanks for the pics. Love looking at works in progress.

  17. brittany marie davis Avatar

    I love the look of a hand quilted quilt. It is definitely on my list one of these days.

  18. Vicky Avatar

    Lisa: what type of thread do you recommend for handwork with wool on flannel applique?
    I just know you will have the best idea!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Vicky…I use Valdani threads on all my wool appliqué…#12 wt…if the shapes are unusually large then I will use #8wt.
      The Valdani threads are really awesome and you will love them…if you cannot find them locally we have them on our site here:


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