crossing off the list…

Hey Everyone….

I am happy to report I only have 1 more thing to do before I leave for Market…and that is to design a little 18″ quilt for Moda School House and then a Blog Hop in September…but I have been, under the gun, so to say for some time…it feels pretty good to be almost caught up…but then there is that 300 yds of new fabric sitting on my table…so you kind of get the idea…but that doesn’t have much to do with this coming market….I will be posting my new wooly things starting on Monday so you can see what our new Spring Market designs are…and maybe order one or two if you really love them!!!

I also want to say that I find that when I teach some of my student are too stessed out about not doing it right, or not having the same thread I list…here’s the thing…some of the threads can be used on more than one color of my wools…if you have a wool piece you are going to stitch and you don’t have the same number I have stitched it with, look at what you do have and run a thread of it across your wool…if it looks good use it!!!  If you don’t have anything that will work…then order exactly what I used….

I also give you layouts and tell you to use a light table to get exact placement…I rarely have exact placement in my blocks…I lay my shapes down…if they look good I fuse them…If I am having trouble and things are not working I will use the light box to place them with a little more accuaracy…

Now our new SBOW will have a word “inked” in on it…we will need the light box for that if you want it to look like the fancy typed word….but what if you wanted to draw your own word in your own handwriting?  I say go for it!!! Handwriting is going to be a lost art soon…

Please leave a comment on this post, let me know your thoughts, what your are working on, what you might like to do in the future…just anything you want to say… and I will pick a winner for this pack of Frixion pensPIL31569_1132012114407…they are great for marking and they iron away…I used the green one in the SBOW freebie to mark my stems…I will also try and bring some goodies to give away from Spring Market…

In this post I want to share some of YOUR creations from our designs…thank you for sending me your projects…Please enjoy and remember quilting is supposed to be fun!!!!!!!     LB

PS…Cindy B…are you available for alterations on my Mother of the Groom dress?…I know I need to order one yet, but just want to make sure the offer still stands!  I know I only have less than 2 months but I have been busy!!!

SBOW 2012  Set in Cream Connie Spaulding
SBOW 2012
Set in Cream
Connie Spaulding
2012 SBOW with red centers... Alice Borge
2012 SBOW with red centers…click to see photo…do not know why this is viewing this way…
Alice Borge
Debbie Brandenburd... leftovers from Pieced SBOW...pieced with some left over Laundry Basket blocks
Debbie Brandenburg…
leftovers from Pieced SBOW…pieced with some left over Laundry Basket blocks
Liz Armstrong... her version of 2012 freebie..
Liz Armstrong…
her version of 2012 freebie..

143 responses to “crossing off the list…”

  1. Robyn B Avatar
    Robyn B

    You are really tempting me to join this SBOW! Everyting I see is so gorgeous.

  2. Cindi P Avatar
    Cindi P

    No matter how embarrassing it is I am working on the SBOW from 2011 🙂

  3. Sue Avatar

    I am working of my primitive Garden in wool. Then I am moving on to the snowman pattern.

  4. Carrie P. Avatar

    Have a great time at market. thanks for sharing the works of other quilters. fun to see.
    thanks for the giveaway. I have never used those pens before.

  5. Sandy Kipphut Avatar
    Sandy Kipphut

    I love everything that you do. Keep up the good work. I want it all!!!

    1. Angela Cruz-Garcia Avatar

      I just love your work and good luck at market. I wish I could go and see in person but that would be just a little too far. 🙂

  6. Angie Avatar

    Hey Lisa, I’m finishing my summer freebies quilt and summer block of the week from 2012. I got back into it when I signed up for this year’s. I’ve also signed up for the cruise in February. Can’t wait to see what you have planned for it.

  7. Judith Avatar

    Saw your Geranium pillow. Would love to try it!

  8. Connie R. Spalding Avatar
    Connie R. Spalding

    Lisa, all of your projects are “to die for.” Your blog is the first thing I open every morning when I get to my computer…I’m always hoping for some new ideas. I was especially surprised today when I saw my quilt on your blog…thank you. More so, however, thank you for all you do for quilters…and especially so, thank you for telling all of us that quilting is for fun and not necessarily for perfection! Every quilt has imperfections but it is always the “journey” getting to the final product. I can’t wait for June to get here to receive my first package with the SBOW!!

  9. Ann Wissbaum Avatar
    Ann Wissbaum

    I am so excited for this years SBOW. Love all your designs and I have made many of them. I am currently working on a lattice quilt for my granddaughter for her Big Girl bed and I am working on a quilt for my niece that is getting married June 8th (nothing like waiting to the last minute) I work well under pressure. I am sure you know the feeling!

  10. Amy Avatar

    I completely agree, quilting is fun! You help me make it fun!!! Thank you.

  11. Barb C Avatar
    Barb C

    I am a new and definitely big fan. I was lucky enough to get to visit the PG shop at Easter. What wonderful people! I was there for 4 hours!! And I wasn’t overwhelmed because I LIVE on the website.

    That said…excuse this wet blanket: I recently used the black frixon pen to mark a moda fabric (“grace” collection) for free-motion quilting and on the red and brown it did leave a white line. I believe it to be residue and there is no getting it out! Since I spent months hand appliquéing (“Noel” was the pattern) I am sure glad the quilt was for me and not a gift. I had tested when using to mark my applique but, the 2 fabrics that showed the residue were not involved. So…not only TEST but, every fabric!
    After taking a beginner’s “creating with wool” class at my local shop I was taught to mark with this pen also on a crazy quilt pattern. On a piece of “non-woven” white wool that I used as a background another problem…the black line did not completely go away. I was able to re-do but, i now steer clear of this pen. 🙁

    Keep up the good work and know we’re out here lapping it up. I now have a PG section in my sewing room!
    Barb C.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      I know what you mean with the pens…but I use it only on things I will stitch over…not for marking quilt lines…I also use it to mark my stitching lines for half sqaure triangles…so yes it is beware and alway test…good advice

    2. Jane lemley Avatar
      Jane lemley

      Barb, I have heard that the white residue will disappear when quilt is washed. That worked for me! If it is something that you don’t plan to wash, try spot cleaning. Good luck, I hope it works for you. Jane l

  12. bitsidoodl Avatar

    I NEED to be reminded time to time that quilting is supposed to be FUN. Thanks. Sometimes I get stressed out with making my piece “just perfect” or finishing it on deadline, that some of the fun is lost. When I can relax and just do it, things go fine.


  13. Dee Avatar

    I also look forward to your blogs. It makes me want to try working with wools. I also like your comment about quilting should be fun. I look forward to going into my quilt room everyday. Thanks for all your great tips. I have not seen those marking pens and I find them intriguing. Have fun at market. Will see you when you come to Raleigh this summer

  14. pdroberts Avatar

    I am so in love with all your projects. Right now I am working on the Snowmen Table runner. I love that fabric.
    I hope they reprint the Snowmen Gatherings soon. I made the mini thimble tumbler a while ago. It is really cute.
    Thank you for all your hard work.

  15. LauraB in GA Avatar

    Love it all. Sure would like Brass Stencils for the Inked words. Any chance?

  16. kathelmn Avatar

    Lisa, you are the best! And can’t wait to see what you are up to next……love the new BOW. Thanks for sharing pictures of projects. Have a great market!

  17. Rose Avatar

    You inspire me and gave me the confidence to try working with wool for the first time. I value your recommendations and opinions and because of you, I bought a Juki TL2010Q which I absolutely love!
    Thanks for being there for all of us.

  18. lovessummer Avatar

    I have done every SBOW that you have offered! It’s the thing I most look forward to as summer rolls around. Thanks for the wonderful creations!

  19. sharon h Avatar
    sharon h

    Lisa, thanks for being a constant inspiration to stitch more! I love all your work and when I go to different shows I see your patterns and think wow…Everyone loves her work like I do! Thanks for all your designs, just love making them.

    PS. Congratulations on becoming a Mother in law soon….you know what happens next? Best new chapter in your life, being a Grandparent!

  20. sandy Avatar

    Thanks for the notes on “slight” changes and the need to not be perfect. I too see people not wanting to do projects because they think they are too hard and it’s just their perception. Love your little wool projects and hope to see you at a show over the summer. P.S. Those Frixion pens are the greatest thing for marking. Wonder if you have seen any fabric damage where they have been.

  21. Rita Nichols Avatar
    Rita Nichols

    Right now I’m working on 2 queen size quilts with falling maple leaves. Sure hope to have the tops together and get them off to the quilter by fall. I love your helpful hints, can’t wait to see the new stuff.

  22. Babs Williams Avatar
    Babs Williams

    I love working with wools and trying different threads with each project!!!

  23. Sharrieboberry Avatar

    I’ve actually been doing some embroidery. It would be fun to tr;y the Frixion pens. Starting a new quilt project and finishing some binding is on my list. Maybe if I start now, those quilts will be finished in time to give away at Christmas….

  24. Carole T Avatar
    Carole T

    Thanks for posting the different settings for BOW and leftovers. Gave me some additional ideas for my projects. Love your wool projects.

  25. Nancy in Utah Avatar
    Nancy in Utah

    Hi LIsa! Like everyone else, I love your projects and right now I am working with some wool ‘scraps’ that my sis in law gave me (huge pieces in lovely earthy colors)..but I digress…I’m just practicing on these scraps before I order one of your wonderful projects. In the meantime, just had to put in my two cents worth and say that I am saddened that the schools are thinking, (some have decided) that children no longer need to learn penmanship. I understand we are in the “Electronic Age”, and I love it myself… BUT does that mean we should deprive our younger generations of this important communication skill??? If you stop to think about it, it is really pretty frightening how impersonal our interactions with others is becoming. I could get on my soap box and really get going, but I won’t, LOL. Still, I’d lot’s rather read a hand written note on a card, or better yet, hear my kids and grandkids voices say “happy Mother’s Day” than to read it on a text or an e-card. Okay, Nuff said…as for marking pens, I adore Frixion pens, but the two I’ve had forever are running dry and I haven’t been able to find them anywhere…not even my local office supply. Go figure!!! I do think they are the best marking pens I have ever used. Hugs….

  26. Christine S. Avatar
    Christine S.

    I’m finishing a quilt right now in wich I have my own handwriting in stitchery. I’d love to win your frixionpens!! Thanks for a chance to win!

  27. Sally Hurst Avatar
    Sally Hurst

    What a good reminder to “make do” when you don’t have exactly the proscribed color of something, and not get “uptight” about it. It takes all the enjoyment out of it. I’m trying to trust my creative instincts more, and see if it looks right and just keep going. I’m a long-time fan of yours; keep up the great work!

  28. Jean Avatar

    Love the SBOW in cream color and I want it So how does this come? Can it be kitted or is this somethiny by the week. And when does it start? Love it Love it Love it.

  29. Karen in Breezy Point Avatar

    I agree completely! Too many quilters seem to think their project should look exactly like the original. I say, make it your own–put a little spin on it so it is meaningful to you and your family and you will love the end result even more!

  30. Leanne Avatar

    Lisa, 300 yards of fabric sitting on your table…I would call that heaven! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with that.
    Right now I’m working on a wool table topper. I’m done with the folk art center and trying to figure out what to do with the edges.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Safe travels,

  31. Vicki Avatar

    I am working on Mini Warm Winter Blessings!!

  32. Rosemary Avatar

    Luv luv luv the frixion pens use the a lot great purchase
    Are the freebie available – I have missed some
    Keep posting & stitching

  33. Terry Avatar

    I’ve seen those pens and have heard both good and bad about them. I’d sure like to try them for myself! Thanks for the chance! And have fun at market! :0)

  34. suejean1 Avatar

    Have fun at market. I am looking forward to seeing your new designs. I am working hard on finishing Evelyn’s Album before this years SBOW ships. I am almost finished and it looks beautiful. Liz Armstrong’s version of my favorite things is great. Just the inspiration I needed to pull those finished blocks out and finish that quilt also.

  35. Sheila Plock Avatar
    Sheila Plock

    Lisa, love to see what the Market will bring and looking forward to meeting you in person at your class in Hershey, PA. Haven’t tried these pens yet but your tips are always the best.

  36. susan fisher Avatar
    susan fisher

    Thank you for the chance to win the pens. I am teaching a granddaughter handwriting because they don’t teach in her school….what a shame.

  37. Judy W Avatar
    Judy W

    I am hand quilting my new granddaughter’s quilt. She will arrive on Tuesday-I can hardly wait. Her quilt is red and white, just like the other 4 quilts that belong to my grandchildren. My daughter loves red and white quilts. This one is my favorite, I think I love those Frixion pens. I’ve used them for quilting designs and embroidery. They are wonderful!

  38. Karen Avatar

    Working on a penney wool table runner. Love everything of Primitive Gathering and want it all. Thank You for what you do.

  39. Cindy Avatar

    Happy Mothers Day to everyone!!! I have taken care of my grandsons since the day they were born while their parents work. A true labor of love! Now that they are 12 & 10 they pretty much occupy themselves with a little supervision so they don’t kill each other…lol So while they play video games or watch tv, etc. (not all day). I’ll ask them if they mind if I sew for awhile? Go ahead grandma, I’ll get your coffee. We are all in the tv room doing our own thing, but together. In between their games they’ll come and check out my sewing & tell me how pretty it looks. It is so nice to have my sewing time & my two buddies beside me while we enjoy the things we like to do. Our special day is everyday – it’s like a breath of fresh air when I’m with them! I’m sure many of you can relate. Thank you Lisa for providing small beautiful projects that you can work on wherever you are. Enjoy your day!

  40. Vicki H Avatar
    Vicki H

    I have a black frixion pen, I had no idea they came in other colors. I can’t imagine 300 yards of fabric, it would be overwhelming to me. Anxious to see what you are making.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      I have 5 yds of 40 skus….then I have 5 yards of 20 different white shirting with many georgeous colors on them…I can’t wait to show you all!!!

  41. Brenda Avatar

    I love looking at all of your wool projects. I am currently working on a small quilt and prepping a wool project by tracing the many shapes on to heat N Bond. It is autumn BOM. I have not tried the Frixion pens but have heard wonderful things about them. I love reading your blogs posts and seeing all the wonderful projects you show. They so inspire me.

  42. Nadia W. Avatar
    Nadia W.

    I’m working on finishing a few UFO’s and then will start on my snowman quilt! Sew excited!

  43. Melanie D Avatar
    Melanie D

    Am I the only one who lays awake at night thinking of all the quilt projects I would love to do?

  44. Marcy Peterson Avatar
    Marcy Peterson

    Just finishing the Back In Time mini quilt. Thanks for the great projects.

  45. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    Hi Lisa, I just received my first issue of Primitive Quilts And Projects and decided finally to start using my Wool Gatherers stash (too much fondling not enough working!) and have decided to do one project minimum per issue. So my virgin cuts of the wool were made to create Kim Diel’s Marlarky. I chose that because I could prepare the pennies prior to a plane trip and could do one or many on each leg of the journey. The prep is the work, the stitching is the vacation! It is going to be lovely and I will send a photo upon completion – but not this week as this is a family vacation – but soon!
    Trying to decide whether to do the summer bow … if I win the pens then it will be an omen! You are so generous with ideas and product – thanks!

  46. Gloria G Avatar
    Gloria G

    Happy Morther’s Day Lisa. Thanks for working so hard and offering us so many options to sew and quilt. Your inspiration is always greatly welcomed. I am finishing up on some pennies to make a table topper and still working on last years SBOW 🙁 I am one of those that always felt I needed to have the exact color of thread and achieve that perfection. It is refreshing to have a designer like yourself tell us to work with what we have and that no one is perfect. I also love that you share your tips and tricks, not everyone does that unless you attend one of their workshops. You truly are Energizer Bunny of the quilting world.

  47. Yvonne Avatar

    I like every thing you do. Right now I’m finishing up favorite things.

    1. edie gottschall Avatar
      edie gottschall

      Lisa, I just got my first LB project back from the quilter this week (it’s sigh worthy): Vintage Nine Patch from your class at Primitives of the Midwest. I learned so much from that class, and the quilt is gorgeous! I’m a fool for anything with words, alphabets, and/or the colors of the SBOW, so I am counting the hours until the first block is received! Keep up the good work, and take time to breathe!

  48. Barb B. Avatar
    Barb B.

    I took a class from you at Gruber’s in St. Cloud with the Christmas Time wool mat. Really enjoyed the class and your energy and positive attitude. I also try and do needle turn applique and I’m amazed at the students/shoppers that want to buy the exact fabric, thread, used in the original design. To me that’s part of the fun and creativity is putting in my choices and changes an exact replica is not nearly as exciting.

  49. Alice Borge Avatar
    Alice Borge

    Have a great market. I love Connie’s setting with cream. Just lovely! Turkey is done! Only half my Evelyn border to go, then done! Hogita says hi! I would be done stitching if she helped.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hey Alice it was nice seeing you in Paducah… I don’t know why your pic is not showing until you click on it…. Crazy stuff…maybe hogita needs a stitching class!

      1. Alice Borge Avatar
        Alice Borge

        She has already had the best teacher in the biz! Have a great market. If I knew you were going to post the picture, I would have sent a better one. Have a great day!

  50. stacy Avatar

    Thanks for continuing to inspire me with your creativity! I am a total wool snob thanks to your great wools.

  51. sandy Avatar

    Lisa, thanks for being such an inspiration for us all and reminding me to see what I have that I can use.

  52. Jane Avatar

    Just signed up for the wool SBOW. I think this will be my 7th one. Love them all. So much fun stopping at the shop & seeing what the next block is – then go home & get started. Thanks for all your great designs.

  53. lovessummer Avatar

    I have done all your SBOWs so far (OK, truth be told, I have PURCHASED all of them, and SOME are done…LOL) but I love all your designs! I’m currently finishing the last block from summer 2012. Got to hurry up before this year’s SBOW arrives.

  54. Debbie G Avatar
    Debbie G

    Lisa, Lisa, thanks for saying it’s okay to use something other than what the patternor directions say! I am new to the wool applique and I like it alot better than applique with fabric. NO needle turn for me!! I am working on my third wool project and have two more waiting in the wings. HOpefully one will be entered at our county fair this year. I find so much inspiration in your blog posts it’s unbelievable. Thanks for being so down to earth and helpful. Now, I would really like that set of pens!!!

  55. Diana Kiehl Avatar
    Diana Kiehl

    Lisa – I so love to get an email with a blog from you! it always cheers me up! I love to hear about what you are doing, creating and also interested in your work and others. I wish I lived near your shop but since I don’t this is the very best next thing! I love this summers BOW. I hope I’m not overcommitting..since i’m still working on the garden BOW, the snowman BOW, the civil war BOW! Yeah! I’m loving quilting! I got some one in my Monday night quilting group to try your wool pattern – she is having a great time with it! Thanks for doing what you do! I love those pens by the way. I’ve been using them since I started working on your wool projects last year in the summer at the Long Beach International Quilt Show!!!

  56. Tina Bussard Avatar

    Too many to count! But I did finish two quilts this week that will be hanging at MQS next week. ** sigh of relief**

  57. Steph M Avatar
    Steph M

    Love the pics….what an inspiration. I am working on the Round Robin (bits n pieces). It has been a long project but making progress. Thanks for your posts. I really enjoy following your blog!

  58. W. Waasdorp Avatar
    W. Waasdorp

    Lisa: your blogs are fun to get! I check your site routinely to see whats new. I am always looking for the small quilts for wall hanging, decorating or tucking into something. I would like to suggest a mini inspirational quilt with wool applique similar to the SBOW wool quilt perhaps. Waiting for the next pincushion designed by you.

  59. Diana Tatro Avatar
    Diana Tatro

    I love reading your blog and I would REALLY love to win the pack of pens !! thanks for the chance.

  60. Gill Avatar

    I’m hoping you’ll write lots of posts about Quilt Market – I’d love to go but it’s a long trip from England!!

    1. Mary C. Avatar
      Mary C.

      One of my goals for the year is to get better at wool applique and finally start on some of the kits I’ve accumulated, but am afraid to because I think I won’t be any good at it. My friends & I are taking your wool class next month & I can’t wait!!! I always enjoy your blog posts and seeing what’s under the NEW tab on the website, keeps me inspired.

  61. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi

    Hi Lisa and Everyone else….and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms and Grandmoms.

    I have a question about the words on this summers BOW. When you say the words are “inked” what exactly does that mean? Are the words already on the blocks? In the samples that you show, is that your handwriting because if it is, then I want you to write the words on all of mine because it’s beautiful!

    I’m so far behind on all my projects…dong the sashing strips on Flower Penny Garden from 2011 SBOW and working on block 7 from Evelyn’s Album, 2012 SBOW.

    I have never used the Frixion pens, but would be grateful for the chance to win them. Thanks for all the inspiration. Keep up the great work.


    1. lisabongean Avatar

      I will supply you with the word the way it appears on my block…you then will trace it with an untra fine tip black permanent pen…like the one I showed in a post or two before…you will trace it with a light box or some source…you will outline the word, then remove it and then darken/color in, the thicker parts of the word.

      1. Fran Bianchi Avatar
        Fran Bianchi

        Thanks for the clarification. I always appreciate your feedback.

  62. Vickie Adkins Avatar
    Vickie Adkins

    I am finishing up a quilt and pillows for my Mother for Mother’s Day. It looks as though I am going to be a little late but she will love it anyway. I’ll have to find something to take her tomorrow. Thanks, Lisa

  63. Kathy Avatar

    I so agree with you , LIsa, that handwriting is becoming a lost art. It is sad, I think. Loved when I saw the lovely scripted words on your SBOW.

    One of the things I like about quiltiing is the FUN! I think of the people I have met, the places I have been and the things I have done because of quilting

  64. Joanne O' Avatar
    Joanne O’

    I can’t wait to start the Wool Summer Block of the Week. I am very excited about the freebie too! Looks great! The Frixion pens look like fun!!!!

  65. Barb E Avatar
    Barb E

    I love piecing your designs and making it a little of my own with swapping fabrics or re-designing the borders… but the markers would add another element to make it special. I haven’t finished your 2012 Freebie (a little behind on my projects… aren’t we all…lol) but I decided to put little quotes that are special to me. I love your newest design for the 2013 WBOW ! Can’t wait until summer~

  66. Sandra Avatar

    Busily working to get my previous SBOW quilted on my new Juki 2010Q (love it). Thanks for posting about this great machine. Just found out that my only daughter is pregnant with my first grandchild. So excited!!!!!!!
    Would love for you to design something for a child. Thank you for all your hard work to keep our hands busy and our hearts happy.

  67. Jackie R. Avatar
    Jackie R.

    Thanks for all your tips, I’ve learned quite a lot from your blog, plus very inspiring.
    My sewing list: just finished a scrappy wall-size flimsy, will layer & quilt all together this weekend. My next fun project is your mini Warm Winter Blessings kit, love it just as it is, all folded together within the plastic bag; so I know I’ll love it made up. Thanks again on the reminder about thread colors, I know I don’t have every color used for this kit and can find something blendable.
    I’m looking forward to reading about your market trip when you return 🙂

  68. Mary Jean P Avatar
    Mary Jean P

    I love all your patterns and enjoy reading your blog.I am working on your penny flag and have it half cut.I love working with wool . I also agree with you about people who have to have the exact color of thread or wool as the pattern. Be creative…use what looks good to you. I LOVE Frixion pens…especially for marking embroidery lines. It’s so much easier on the eyes.I have been using them for at least a year and have had no problems.

  69. Julie Forslev Avatar
    Julie Forslev

    I am currently working on a “Scrappy Many Trips Around the World” quilt made with Civil War fabrics. I’m looking forward to the new BOW, and I’m planning to write the words in my own handwriting, and then stitching over it.

  70. Maddy McCaslin Avatar
    Maddy McCaslin

    I finishing a Batik BOM so I cna be ready for my WBOW comes in June. I can hardy wait.
    Have fune at market and can’t wait to see what is happening there
    Quilty Hugs

  71. Cathy Weatherford Avatar
    Cathy Weatherford

    I loved your post. Been working on a kit I bought a couple of years ago, called Autumns Glory. I am placing the pieces to fuse down, and I keep telling me, it’s ok if it’s not exactly like the placement sheet. It’s pretty, and it’s my way, and I am using what I have. So relax Cathy. Enjoy. So you were just a confirmation, and thanks a bunch. Have a Happy Mothers Day

  72. rosa Avatar

    Have an awesome market and enjoy!

  73. Debbie Avatar

    Love your designs. Can’t wait to see the new fabric. Liked the way Liz put the Kids and Grandkids on her favorite things quilt. Have a GREAT Mothers Day.

  74. Susan Suchower Avatar
    Susan Suchower

    I have never worked with wool before so I am very excited about the SBOW 2013. I am hoping that each week my skills will improve despite the arthritis. I refuse to let it stop me! I liked your comment about handwriting. I teach second grade and I teach my students cursive. Some of them have lovely penmanship.
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  75. Becky Avatar

    Meeting you and enjoying your booth at the APQS Quilt show in Lancaster PA in March was the highlight of the show for me. I love your products, and getting to stand in your booth was a joy that I never imagined. I am just getting back into quilting, and the love for your designs and fabrics has been an inspiration. I have not used the pens you mentioned here, but would love the opportunity. I’m totally in love with the Moda Snowman Gatherings fabric. Can’t wait to get started.

  76. sue singer Avatar
    sue singer

    I would love to win the pens. I have used them in the past and like them.

  77. Deborah Kuchta Avatar
    Deborah Kuchta

    I try to enjoy the process. I don’t live by a store that sell the threads so I have to order them on line which means I’m too inpatient to wait at times. Sometimes I find that with hand dyed wool, that a color may look different from one section to another so I do change colors or decide I want to contrast instead of blend. I’m working on a JLWC quilt. My cats are helping.

  78. Gayle Avatar

    I like to make quilts by starting with a pattern or a picture – then I tweak it a little to make it my own! Would love to give these pens a try – I’ve read about them and they sound GREAT!

  79. rachelfriedrichs Avatar

    Great post! I can’t wait to see what you bring back from market and all of the goodies that you have prepared for us. I just have to say, “Amen!” to what you had to say about making adjustments to pattern directions. I use directions more as suggestions. Flexibility and added creativity never hurt anyone.

    I am so far behind on all of my projects. I started a new job and all of my quilting got put on the back burner. I am contemplating doing the SBOW since I have summer break off and will have more time to work on projects. Those markers would be a great tool to add to my tool box as well. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  80. Cheryl Gaines. Avatar
    Cheryl Gaines.

    I would love to do a flower garden with alot of iris. I’m now on block 10 of SBOW 2012. Hope to have them done before I get 2013’s. lol

  81. Kim Avatar

    I always say there are no quilt police! And if it is not like yours, then it is truely mine. The pens sound great, hope I win 🙂

  82. Annette moore Avatar
    Annette moore

    Love seeing other interpretations of patterns and kits . I have never been a follow the rules exactly person. And like Kim says there are no quilt police. Well I’ve never met them and I’m always breaking the rules. Annette from omaha

  83. Nancy Pleimann Avatar

    I’m working on your bird pincushion. And looking forward to the SBOW. Thanks, Nancy P.

  84. Ann Avatar

    Happy Mother’s Day Lisa! If Spring Market was open to the public I would be going. My sob lives in Portland. I love going there. I could do two of my favorites things – one being with my son and the other going to see your beautiful quilts and wool projects. I am working on getting my quilt room set up in our new home. Once that is done then I want to work on your snowman table runner. Have a safe trip.

  85. Susan G. Avatar
    Susan G.

    Hi Lisa, My local quilt shop just got the snowman gatherings fabric in. I am going to buy enough of it to make 3 pillow cases. Two for me and one for my sister. And I am hoping to have extra to make a couple of your snowman projects. I’ll be going to my cottage soon and that is when I will work on the projects I bought from your shop and booth in Cincinnati . Can’t wait!! I first promised my son I would make him a team Canada hockey wall hanging though, so when thats done then I will do my wool projects. I can’t wait to see what you are doing next.
    Thanks for great projects. Susan G.

  86. Beth Farwell Avatar
    Beth Farwell

    I bought some pre-cuts from you in Lancaster, I’m getting anxious to make something from your nine-patch book. I love going to a quilt show, I come home with such wonderful inspiration. I have spent the month since that show finishing UFO’s and I’m on my last one, number five! I’m ready to start something new. Love your blog and your projects!
    Beth F.

  87. Robin Avatar

    I’m working on Camp Randall project that I purchased from your shop. I just love it! I have never tried those pens. I ‘m excited to see your flannel quilts that will be coming out in your book.

  88. Jackie Avatar

    Love all your designs. Can’t wait to see what’s new for spring. I’m working on too many different things right now that I need to regroup and at least finish something.

  89. Peggy Avatar

    I am still working on Lisa’s Flower Garden. My parent’s both passed away in the last quarter of 2012 and taking care of them was my main job for the last 3 or 4 years. Now I am cleaning out their house and deciding what is important to me and how to make their home my husband and my home. Loved this blog where you talked about how you just sort of lay the pieces down until it looks right. I do the same thing. I’m a designer at heart. My threads are what I already had, but I think my work would go faster if I was using pearl cotton instead of DMC floss.

  90. Jill Avatar

    I haven’t been working on much lately. I really need to finish some small projects that are all at different stages of completion. Maybe tomorrow (Mother’s Day) I can get some time to stitch.

  91. Zane Jacks Avatar
    Zane Jacks

    So excited to see your new wool patterns. I love your new snowman gatherings line. Have purchased fabric for three quilts! Can’t wait to get started on them!

  92. Pam Hintze Avatar
    Pam Hintze

    Working on the SBOW from last year. The one for this year looks gorgeous so far!

  93. Joyce Weeks Avatar

    Hi Lisa!

    I am working on finishing my new patterns for Spring Market. I think I would probably pass out if I had 300 yds of fabric to deal with right now! I will be ready and I am leaving on Tuesday to drive to Portland..Woo Hoo!
    Can’t wait to see the new fabric.. I love to use them!

    I have only used the frixion pens a little.

    See you soon!

    Joyce Weeks
    Geoff’s Mom Pattern Co.

  94. Cheryl Keown Avatar
    Cheryl Keown

    I am working on Warm Winter Blessing BOM. Love all your designs and I check your site daily to see what new and exciting creations you have in store for us. Happy Mother’s Day!

  95. timberlandsjs Avatar

    I love all of your designs! Thanks for offering the giveaway on the pens!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  96. Melissa Avatar

    I am new to the world of wool. I’m working on some small wool banners. Would love to win!

  97. proudspirit57 Avatar

    Oh I am so excited..I just decided to sign up for the block a week, yeah! Happy Mother’s Day and you have allot of designs that I love….don’t think I can pin point just one.

    1. proudspirit57 Avatar

      I use a different blog then what you have listed..can you change that or do I here is my blog that I use.

      1. lisabongean Avatar

        I do not know how or which blog gets listed… It must be how you entered something???
        Thanks for sending your blog!

  98. Fay Avatar

    Just found out I get to take a class with you the end of May, I am so excited!

  99. Bernadette Bird Avatar
    Bernadette Bird

    Finishing the Bride

  100. Cathy Cavagnaro Avatar
    Cathy Cavagnaro

    I am looking forward to both of the summer blocks of the week. I’m winding up a year of teaching high school math and have had to put quilting aside for the next month. I’m not whining. I’m fitting quilting into my life with comfort and joy and no guilt. Your SBOW is a reward for a job well done (by my standards anyway). Thank you for this unique program.
    The pens would be fun to play with, especially in an unfinished embroidery/quilt project that I would like to pick up once again.

  101. Kathleen morrison Avatar
    Kathleen morrison


    I sew enjoy your posts and web site. Also, thank you for helping me make choices in Houston last year. I have almost finished my project. My hubby and I are sitting outside this morning having coffee and enjoying the cool air before the day heats up. There are sew many birds out flying and making noises. Summer is definitely here in The San Joaqin Valley of California.

  102. Audrey Avatar

    I have over indulged on your class list this summer, so I can’t wait for the fun. I will be repeating the working with wool so my SIL can do it to! Loved that class!

  103. Loris Mills Avatar

    Love these quilts! Lovely work!
    I’m working on the quilting of the background frame piece and the crow and pumpkin quilt to put on it….from Primitive Quilts Fall 2011. It is so nice to work with homespuns and wool! Thanks for the sweet giveaway.

  104. Barb Gribble Avatar
    Barb Gribble

    I have just begun working with wool & am looking forward to doing the 2013 Summer Block of the Week. The pens sound like they would be another wonderful tool to use.

  105. Sue Avatar

    Hope Market is a success for you!

  106. Janan Avatar

    Thanks for sharing about the Frixion pens. I have a friend that mentioned these, but I did not know about them. I just bought some at Target and thought I might try them. Glad to hear that you like them!
    Can’t wait to see your new designs, have fun at Market!

  107. Debby Krzyston Avatar
    Debby Krzyston

    WOW!!! I didn’t know Frixion made so many colors. I bought mine in a 3 pack from Target. I wish they could figure out how make their ink in white. Can’t wait to see your new patterns.

  108. Lisa Avatar

    Love, love your patterns, etc. It was great mtg you guys in Paducah.

  109. Pam Uhan Avatar
    Pam Uhan

    I would love to try markers! You are very creative and can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!!!!

  110. Karen Qualls Avatar


    Thank you for all you do for us quilters! I have my SBOW 2011 Flower Garden out to the quilter and can’t wait for it to be done! BTW, my longarm quilter is also my husband!! Would love to win the Fusion Pens. I have so-o-o many things that I can use them on now that I am retired!!

    Karen in Fountain Valley CA

  111. lynnrodby Avatar

    Love all your hard work and designs!
    Happy Mothers Day!!!

  112. Kathleen LeMere Avatar
    Kathleen LeMere

    Your blog post is so inspiring. I love the lovely quilts you shared. I really want to do the blocks for summer this year. Hope I can find the stash money to join up soon. I have been doing lots of cross stitching so not to much wool work but I have a few projects from your summer book ready to go.


  113. Siobhan Avatar

    Signed up for a class in Atlanta with you…finally! Looking forward to it…

  114. De De B Avatar
    De De B

    I grew up in the home of a small business man, so I TOTALLY support shop local frame of mind. That being said, sometimes, the box stores have more convenient hours. I was working on a project and my pen ran out of ink, the one that disappears with water. On a late Saturday, I didn’t want to wait until Monday, so I did the unthinkable, I bought a pen from the open all night store in town. O M G, NEVER AGAIN. I wash away the ink, when the fabric dries, I have blue lines re-appearing, it took me most of the day to get it completely out. Primitive Gatherings, Monday morning will be my choice next time.

  115. Denise Chapel Avatar
    Denise Chapel

    I’m eagerly awaiting the summer block of the month and plan to work it and the freebie through the summer months.

  116. Janet D Avatar
    Janet D

    Hi Lisa

    Thank you for all your inspiration. Working on last summers wool BOW. I have never heard of the Frixion pens before, but would love to try them. Have fun at Market!

  117. Brenda Kowalski Avatar
    Brenda Kowalski

    Love your blog and can relate to the 3,000+ things you have to do. But I do think you need to find your dress soon. LOL

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Yes….I know…thanks for making me laugh…LB

  118. Jodi Avatar

    Loved seeing last sumers wool bow done in a cream setting. Mine is going on a dark red wall, so I can’t finish it like Lisa’s version.

  119. Babette Avatar

    Love all of your blog posts and projects you’ve shared. The option of ordering online through the store is great… but I can’t wait to visit the store too!

  120. Ann C. Avatar
    Ann C.

    Looking forward to the wool SBOW and taking one of your classes at the Hershey Show!

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    susan jankowski

    i too love it all! i’m so gald you are so close to me. i check your blog daily.
    For a future project , how about an all green queen size quilt?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      How do you do an all green quilt?

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