Archive for September, 2013


last weekend…

I thought I would post about last weekend before this weekend happened…Nick and I went to the Oshkosh farmers market and came home with lots of goodies…I made several new dishes off of Pinterest so we had gathered all the “supplies” and we were going to enjoy the weekend at the lakehouse…I cooked and stitched…cleaning up some things like quilting some little quilts…we finally have the twister Jack samples done from Need’l love using out Itty bitty twister tool…we have lots of kits so if you already have the Itty Bitty template…here is something really cool to make with ….I quilted one and Carole quilted the other…I just used a piece of flannel for batting because it has so many seams…this is a great little quilt to add a little more excitement in your holiday decorating

I also have quilted my little bonus quilt from last years pieced Rocky Mountain Puzzle….SBOW….This pattern will be available soon…so look for it on our site soon….

Famers Market Bounty...

Famers Market Bounty…

Itty bitty Twister Jack being machine quilted...
Itty bitty Twister Jack being machine quilted…Need’l Love..

bonus quilt rocky mountain summer...primitive gatherings

bonus quilt from leftovers from rocky mountain summer…primitive gatherings


Rocky Mountain Summer  made without cutting full blocks...for the setting triangles

Rocky Mountain Summer/Primitive Gatherings
directions written without cutting full blocks for the setting triangles





Fall decorating…

I am so excited…I have to share my Fall decorating…do you want to know why??? It hasn’t happened in years!!! Too busy in the Fall… and it just didn’t get done…but now I don’t care how busy I am, I am taking some time to do some of the things I miss…so please enjoy a couple of my pics…and I have labeled the items as to who designed them…the reason they are in my house is we no longer have them in the shop as kits, but the patterns may still be available…so please I am not trying to “sell” here…I just want to share my decorating…Do you have your house decorated and enjoying the start of fall?  Farmers markets…apple crisp…pumpkins…and our trees are just starting to turn…all for now…LB

There was a quilt on this door...someone must have needed it for a show??/

Well….there was a quilt on this door…someone must have needed it for a show??  Forrest Floor…I guess see the mystery quilt at a show near you.

another view from the Porch with the swing that has also been neglected

A view from the Porch with the swing that has also been neglected

A Linda Brannock designe from long ago...14 years...
A Linda Brannock designe from long ago…14 years…and you can’t miss Jeter…
The settee...with some Needle Love fall pillows

The settee…with some Needle Love fall pillows

Octobers of my designs...

Octobers Patch…one of my designs…

A little quilt...From Lori Smith...with a dark primitive gatherings touch...along with some spooky guys...

A little quilt…From Lori Smith…with a dark primitive gatherings touch…along with some spooky guys…

Gordy's Gang...Threads that Bind design...

Gordy’s Gang…Threads that Bind design…

Front porch...notice who had to get into the shot?  That would be Jeter...

the other view of the Front porch…notice who had to get into the shot? That would be Jeter…again…I also noticed he sneaked in the first photo also..this is way too funny..


Pieced summer blocks of the week…

How is everyone doing on their PIECED BOW!  As you can see mine is all pieced together…I thought I should show you how I put them together…and I am revealing the antique quilt top used for inspiration….In the first photo I am showing the two quilts side by side….the one on the left is the antique, the one on the right is the one from the BOW.  The new quilt is a little more colorful but I love how it turned out…I thought I would show you it before it was sent off to the machine quilter….the antique has some wonderful fabrics…it has a lot of pinks and reds and no blue…there are some very large scale prints that look like wall paper…  Click on the photos to make them larger.

I set my quilt 12 blocks wide,  in 14 rows, alternating light and dark blocks (see the centers)…I am not going to put a border on it as I don’t think it needs one.   My quilt finishes 72″x 84″…now the real questions….Should I have the antique quilted…It is only a top?  What do think?…I would love to know your opinions…

Also…if you would want us to re-kit this quilt let us know if you are interested in buying the whole kit…The kit will be $215.00 plus shipping.  It has 168 fabrics in it and there are some nice leftover pieces after cutting it out to make a couple smaller quilts…If we get enough names we will consider cutting this again. Leave us a reply with an email and we will contact you if we re-kit it.  Just in case you could kick yourself for not doing this one this summer!

This quilt was so much fun to piece…it took my less than 2 hours to cut and piece the 12 blocks each week…Ok…sometimes I had to do more than 12 to catch up!

My best…LB

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AQS Des Moines…Wool Classes…

It has recently come to my attention that we did not have the workshops listed on our website that I am teaching in Des Moines in the beginning of October the 2nd -5th.  If you are attending the show, know someone else who is going or if you want to take a Working with Wool class, Please look at joining in on this workshop or tell someone who may be going about it!!!  We appreciate your help in letting people know about this opportunity.  I promise even if you have worked with wool…I will be able to teach you many things to help you with your wool projects….

I have included all of the info here so please pass it around!

If you have taken one of my classes please leave a comment here if it was worth it!!!

Again…I appreciate any help we can get to fill these two classes.

My best…LB


DM3502              Working with Wool – Christmastime Table Mat
Member:  $48                   Retail:  $60
Lisa Bongean
Skill Level: Beginnerchristmas time tablematTime: Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Room 306

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pumpkin trio

DM3512              Fall Table Runner
Member:  $48                   Retail:  $60

Lisa Bongean
Skill Level: Beginner

Time: Saturday, 8:30 – 11:30am

Room 306

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our summer freebie…Summer Blooms…visuals

By now many of you have received your finishing kits for the Summer Freebie…Thank you so much for doing so…we love that we can give you all the blocks free during the summer

event and we appreciate that you like our finished quilt enough to purchase our finishing kit and again support my business.  Again… THANK YOU!

I thought I would share with you how simple it was to do this curved inner border.  I am not giving you specific directions in hope that you will have purchased or will now consider purchasing the finishing kit after you see how easy it was done.001

In the first photo I have stitched the setting triangles and the blocks together into rows, stitched the rows together and then added the borders…as you can see my borders did not have to be this big…but I have never done this before so I didn’t know…The finishing direction will tell you what size to cut your border to…I used a small plate to draw my curves….I have given you the curve in the pattern so no need to audition your plates like I had to do…Trace the curve with your Clover liquid chalk pen.


In the second photo I have cut away the excess border not needed.  I trimmed it right on the line…

In the third photo I placed the top onto a tan print square, folded the top back and added little dots of Roxanne’s Glue on the edges.  Then secured it flat onto the tan fabric.  Then the last picture shows the vine placed on the edge of the two fabrics along with some new appliquéd flowers and some from the blocks.  004 If you have changed your mind and now would like to order a finishing kit for your freebie blocks you can do so HERE  We will only take orders this week yet to ensure you get a kit.    Also this is your last reminder to order a finishing kit for the Words to Live by…quilt.  You can purchase that HERE  Hope you enjoyed this little peek at how this was stitched.

Tomorrow I will talk about the Pieced block of the week…LB


and the winners are….

Prizes for the Size Matters Blog Hop

Prizes for the Size Matters
Blog Hop

I want to thank everyone who stopped during the hop…You all are so very nice with your comments…

The winners for the Size Matters Moda blog hop are as follows:  Please send us your full name and address to:   You have 2 weeks to claim your prize!!!

Patti RosenbaumSeptember 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

I just think I am addicted to Primitive Gatherings in general! I love the quilts that you make and the fabric designs are out of this world. I just have to keep up collecting them all! I can’t wait to try this Whirlygig.

Kim TurnerSeptember 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

I have limited sewing space so I buy charm packs,jelly rolls and layer cakers. On occassion I pick up a fat quarter as well.

Diane GSeptember 11, 2013 at 9:14 am

I would love to be able to buy a fat quarter pack of every fabric line…however, my crafting budget couldn’t handle it. Maybe I should thing bigger…

KateSeptember 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

Love the quilts- they all are lovely. I like FQs and charm packs. They are small enough that I can buy and not feel guilty!

KristySeptember 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

I am telling you, you and Linda are a match made in Heaven. Your quilt design and her quilting design are fabulous!!!! I did find the renegade tulip block…loved it! I also, love that Moda reprints some of your fabrics so I can buy it in one yard pieces. Yes, I said one yard pieces…..can you really ever have too much? I don’t think so. Kristy

Cathy WeatherfordSeptember 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I like 1/2 yd cuts, and fat quarters. Haven’t got into charm packs. You are so inspiring. Thanks so much.

aimee74September 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I prefer buying fabric in at least 1 yard cuts, if I really like it I buy as much of it as I can. I can always cut it down myself

sunporchquiltsSeptember 15, 2013 at 8:00 am

I find myself buying half yards more often than not – a fat quarter just isn’t enough!


Here is a quilt you can make from all of the blocks collected from the HOP! Made by Tammy…PS…Tammy is letting us publish a quilt she made from Floral Gatherings….stop back to see it!

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Please re-visit my blog post for the Moda Hop…half my content was missing…sorry for the computer issues…  click size-matters_800x150

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