Welcome to the Moda Blog tour!!!…I am Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings…I’m glad you stopped by…I have been a moda designer for a couple of years now and I truly LOVE it!! I design under Primitive Gatherings which happens to be the name of our quilt shop in Menasha, WI…that is by Appleton. We have a beautiful shop, my studio is in our warehouse and we also have a retreat house right down the road, so come visit if you are ever in the area! Look for workshops and retreats coming in 2015! I LOVE being home…you should come see me!
For this blog tour the crew at Moda has prepared some questions for us…so you get to know us a little better…
When did you start quilting? I starting quilting in 1996…while I was at swimming lessons with the boys on a Saturday morning…a lady was hand quilting a baby quilt…I had never seen a patchwork quilt before…I asked her how she cut them all up and sewed them back together…she then proceeded to tell me about the “quilt shop” in town…
Tell us about your first quilt. My first real quilt is a blue and cream star quilt…It was from an American Patchwork & Quilting magazine… It is hand quilted…I really didn’t know what I was doing but It turned out and I didn’t give up on it…I have a 1/2″ binding…the quilting is a little quirky…but for my first completed real quilt…I LOVE it!
When did you fall in LOVE with quilting/ textiles? and Why? After I took my first quilting class…which felt like an eternity waiting to attend it…I was sooooo In LOVE…I could do it!…it was actually easy for me…my head was spinning…they were all talking about other shops….guilds and sewing groups…I was in heaven…
What fuels you to create? I just love to see what I can make with my hands..I can see it in my head and it is amazing that I actually can make it happen! I love math…but being creative, organized and keeping all those numbers straight sometimes can be very overwhelming! I LOVE what I do…and have a hard time know when to hang it up for the day…so I guess that means I am doing what I am supposed to!
What is the best part of your design process? The best part for me…is making all the choices…what fabrics to use….should I set them “on point” or straight…should I make big blocks or make them as tiny as I can…I LOVE being in control of any and all of those decisions!
I love the color……Right now my favorite color to work with is Moda…anything Moda…but seriously…I used to not care too much for the color white…you never saw me create with white…but somehow, maybe because I am older or should I should say mature, it has grown on me…I like being able to create homey warm projects with my normal “white” which is tan. But as of late…I am using some white… it is nice to be more versatile…more current or if I wish to or go back to a more vintage style I can…so I guess what I am trying to say is…it good to have more choices.
When I teach classes or workshops, I love…..Teaching my students all the tricks…I remember what it is like to be in quilt class and how exciting it was…My intent is to inject them with excitement and be confident with the skills I have taught when the class is over. I want them to LOVE this as much as I do!
This project features a layer cake, charm pack or mini charm, but what is your all time favorite moda precut? I would prefer the FQ tower! That is the best precut!!! This question is like saying do you want one scoop of ice cream or two? The more fabric the better…
Who would you like to spend a day with… I would love to spend the day with a bunch of Moda designers…just to see what we could come up with? Maybe a fabric line…we all could contribute one sku? Kind of a collaboration line…give the $$$ to a charity…
For my quilt project I chose the mini charms…partly because I did not have my fabric line to work with yet…so we had to use Homestead Gatherings…which is good…cause you can make this right now!!! It takes 2 mini charms and probably a yard of primitive muslin. We only used the reds, greens, blacks and browns…we saved the lights for the back…So if you are following the pattern use the Primitive Muslin as your light. We then bordered the 12″ block with a 4″ wide border. Piece the remaining light mini charms…add some primitive muslin squares also to make 64- 2 1/2″ squares needed for the back. You will also have to border this too. I would put a 6″ border on the back. If you need to order Homestead Gathering precuts you can do so here: PRECUTS If you need to order Primitive muslin…you can do that here: PRIMITIVE MUSLIN We used Paper Bag 1040-24. Our little quilt finished 19″x 19″ after quilting.
I wish I had the Lakeside Gatherings for this big star pattern to make a couch snuggling quilt with it for our Lakehouse. When we are done making all the samples for actual quilts in the line I will be making the charm version. Here are a few pictures of the quilts from Lakeside Gatherings being made in progress…The Lakeside Gatherings line is coming in December 2014…
If you wish to be entered in a drawing for this Fat 8th pack of Lakeside Gatherings please leave me a comment on this post, and make sure you go visit all the other designers to win there prizes as well, see below for links!
Well I hope you are all enjoying this tour of blogs…Good luck and I hope you win a prize!!!
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
Janet Clare Designs – http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/
Kate Spain – http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/
Thimbleblossoms – http://www.camilleroskelley.typepad.com/
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
Amy Ellis – http://amyscreativeside.com/
Eric +Julie Comstock- http://cosmocricket.typepad.com/
Stephanie Ryan Design Studio – http://www.stephanieryan.com/blog/
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
Malka Dubrawski – http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/
Blackbird Designs – http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.com/
Lauren + Jessi Jung – http://laurenandjessiblog.com/
Lella Boutique – http://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/
SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
Basic Grey – http://blog.basicgrey.com/
Fig Tree and Co. – http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Pat Sloan – http://blog.patsloan.com/
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
April Rosenthal – http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/
French General – http://frenchgeneral.blogspot.com/
Minick and Simpson – http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
Cotton Way – http://cottonway.blogspot.com/
Sandy Gervais – http://piecesfrommyheart-sgervais.blogspot.com/
Primitive Gatherings – http://lisabongean.com/
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Bunny Hill – http://bunnyhillblog.com/
Deb Strain – http://debstrain.blogspot.com/
Kansas Troubles – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
Kathy Schmitz – http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/
Laundry Basket Quilts – http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/blog/index.php
Zen Chic – http://www.farbstoff-bridge.blogspot.com
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
Me and My Sister Designs – http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
Jan Patek – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Sweetwater – http://sweetwater.typepad.com/makelifesweet/
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above
624 responses to “LOVE….MODA Blog Party”
Wow! Love the wide border and quilting. Gorgeous small quilt!
oohh love the lakeside fabric…had not seen it before but going to check it out….and beautiful quilts on the blog…
Your work always inspires me. Your booth is the first one I head too when you are at quilt shows
Lisa, I love your new fabric line!! Thanks for letting us get to know you better.
Love, love these new fabrics. Would like to make a quilt for my daughters new home with them. C
Love the pop of yellow thrown in with all the black and grey!
I love your new fabric line. Thanks you for all of your designing efforts. Just love your patterns.
Love, love, love all things Primitive Gatherings! Can’t wait for the new line. Thanks for being so creative.
Moda fabrics are so nice! I do like the whites to blacks with a pop of yellow in them. How fun it would be to win this.
That star quilt is just beautiful! I love all the handstitching. Thank you for a fun blog hop.
Love these fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win.
I like seeing you version of the quilt using the mini charms.
The new fabric line is wonderful. Can’t wait for it. The quilt with the anchor is wonderful.
I love FQ or F8 bundles too. Thanks for your inspiration.
The new line is just beautiful. I really like your star quilt. I just love the look of old style hand quilting.
Can not believe that star quilt was your first quilt, incredible. Love your little mini quilt. Thanks for the great giveaway.
As always, i really enjoy your blog posts! I loved seeing your first quilt….so beautiful! Thank you for entering me in the giveaway! 🙂
Fabulous post and love all these quilts and your new line is an eye candy!!
My first quilt was a small sampler quilt with six 12x12inch blocks.I usually buy FQs and charms.Thanks for the fun!
LOVE the Anchor quilt!!!!! Thanks
this is so pretty with the mini charm. Love your new fabric line – right up my alley. I’m seriously impressed with your first quilt! Thanks so much for the chance to win some of this lovely fabric.
Love the quilt made out of mini charms, I am starting to do some hand quilting and love the process.
Your new line has a really different look for you! And, yes, I would love to see how it works in the Moda pattern too. Love the anchor!
You definitely have found your calling!! A true natural of the art. Love your quilt designs and fabric lines. Thank You for all your inspiration!!!!
Love your new fabric line and thanks for showing you did with the blog hop block. Lovely!!
Love love love the new fabric!! Thanks for the chance to win !!!
I feel like such a “groupy”. Loved seeing you in New Ulm, and do appreciate your ability to teach and get your students excited. Lakehouse is beautiful – of course. Be sure to thank the employees for their wonderful customer service – can’t say enough about that
I took my first class with Lisa this summer in Michigan she is a great teacher and has a sense of humour !!!! Plus she is a fabulous designer!
Great fabric line!
I love your new fabrics, can’t wait to see them in real-time!
I’m impressed with how good your first quilt looks – especially that hand quilting! Obviously you are doing what you were meant to do! Love all of your fabric lines and can’t wait to play with this one!
Love your designs and creativity. Can hardly wait for the new fabric line to come out.
Love your fabrics. Have all of them!
Love your fabric. Thanks for the give away.
When l read about your excitement teaching and inspiring others, l could relate. l teach workshops and do demos for the 2 guilds l belong to. l LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being able to show a new pattern, technique , or trick to my cronies and have them get the “fire in the belly” as was once described to me by a wonderful teacher l had many years ago. lt is a blessing for all of us to have one another and a love of quilting to share forever.
I would love to win anything you design, thank you for a chance to win.
I tried hand quilting years ago on a quilt for my daughter. However I never got a chance to finish it and it still sits on the top shelf of my closet. 25 years later she still rminds me I need to finish it!!
Your fabrics are always beautiful, and so are your patterns!
I’m the “opposite” of you … I used to use white, but now my “white” is tan. 😉 Can’t wait for your new fabric line … love the plaids!
Love your fabrics and patterns. Just was at your booth in Madison. Always one of the best.
Can’t wait for the new line!
I would love to spend a day with YOU and get some tips on working with wool. I’ve done several of your kits but I’m sure you could teach me a lot!!! Looking forward to seeing you in Houston.
I loved reading your answers to the questions and think a brainstorming session with all the designers is a great idea! Would love to come to a retreat some day. Thank you for the opportunity to win some of the yummy grey and yellow in your new line.
Great new line
I love the new fabric line and the nautical quilts!
Your first quilt was inspiring-I am impressed!!! It sure doesn’t look like MY first quilt! 🙁 I also LOVE your little mini quilt. It would be so cute to make for X-mas. Thank you for the beautiful pattern and for sharing your quilting story.
Your fabrics are beautiful! would love to win some, thanks for the giveaway!
LOVE the grays and yellows!
I so enjoy your blog, projects, and store! Thanks for the chance to win!
Love the anchor in the star quilt, beautiful!
Always love your patterns and your fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway!
A beautiful bundle; love the fabric!
You are si inspiring! Cannot wait to see your new line of fabric!
Oops! Should read “so inspiring!”
Love your 1st quilt, we were all there at one time, it’s only up from there. I also love the new line can’t wait to get it.
What a sweet little quilt. Can’t wait till December for the Lakehouse fabric! Love it.
WOW! I can’t believe that blue and cream star quilt was your first quilt. It’s beautiful, perfect points and what fantastic hand quilting. I’d be thrilled to have made that now after 24 yrs of quilting, I still can’t hand quilt. You have my admiration, you are the “Queen of Quilting”! ;-> Toni Anne
I Love Love all Moda fabrics especially your lines. I am already planning to make several Lakeside quilts. Keep up the awesome work you are doing. Thanks Lisa B. in Indiana aka knitanmre
I just love the anchor quilt. It would fit right in at our lake house!
Morning Lisa! The mini quilt is sooooo cute…a great table topper. Your designs are amazing, I have unopened kits in my stash just waiting patiently! Your blogs always seem like they come from a friend…thanks for sharing with all of us. Anxious to visit your place one day!
I love the itty bitty scale of your collections’ designs. Your new collection looks gorgeous – I am loving the tranquil colours.
I LOVE your mini quilt with the beige background fabric. Thank you for a giveaway chance with your new fabric line. I love the soft yellow in with the blues/greys and other colors. What beautiful fabric.
I love reading your answers to all the questions! And I can’t wait for your new line to come out. I want to do my bedroom in gray and yellow so I am looking forward to making the quilts you are working on for your new line. It is perfect!
I like the quilt design/fabric. It would look nice on one of the walls of our cottage on the lake.
I love the mini charm version. I am trying to do more smaller projects in between the big ones. It feels so good to finish. The new line is so fresh and clean. Look forward to working with it!
Love your new fabric line. Your pattern are wonderful!!!!
I too love the fat quarter stack! Your Lakeside Gathering fabric colours look wonderful. It is nice to see some fabric colours other than Aqua and pink!
Love your mini quilt using the mini charms. Also a great idea using the remaining charms for the backing.
Love this fabric line, gorgeous colorway!! Thanks for a chance at a bundle 🙂
Wowsy! I was talking to your son at a quilt show earlier this year and he told me you were working on a nautical line. I have been waiting and waiting to see what you designed and I absolutely love it! Although, I love everything you do.
I would love to win
Love the colors and prints in Lakeside Gatherings! Looking forward to making a big enough quilt to snuggle in while enjoying a crisp autumn morning on the back porch.
I have purchased bundles of all your fabric lines. I can’t wait for this new one to be available.
Love the new fabric line !! Can’t wait !! Those light background fabrics are so versatile…
I’ve fallen in love with all your fabrics and designs. There are not enough hours in the day to do all the projects I would love to do. I’m trying though!
I love the fabrics you have. Love the wools as well!
Of course; we all love this!! It is Primitive Gatherings from Lisa.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the new line! The colors are amazing. Waiting is hard! In the meantime I just keep begging for you to come to Colorado!
Lisa I love the new fabric… can’t wait to make my hubby the quilt … he loves fishing and will love cuddling with that quilt… thank you for the wonderful designs.. once again you have amazed us
your first quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!! I’m currently working a a nested churn dash in a variety of your fabrics. the quilt is a gift for my mother.
Wow, love the mini quilt. The colors are perfect and the quilting is over the top. Can’t wait to see Lakeside Gatherings, perfect colors. Thanks.
Love your new fabrics and really wish I could visit your shop.
As always, i really enjoy your blog posts! I loved seeing your first quilt….so beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win the beautiful fabric giveaway!
Lisa I just love your designs! On my first quilt my teacher told me that if you use a tan or gold background the quilt looks older. I still love that look today. Keep on creating!
Love your new Lakeside Gatherings line! Your mini quilt is adorable and the quilting is just fantastic.
Love your first quilt and the fact that you hand quilted. Also love the new fabrics.
LOVE your new line of fabric – the whites look terrific with the rest of the line. 🙂 Reminds me of the colors in your “first quilt”. Thank you.
Thanks for sharing so we get to know you a little better. Love your fabric and designs.
Wow, great job on your first quilt! I love the looks of your new fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.
I love the pattern, especially the fact that you can get different sized quilts by using different pre-cuts. Thanks for sharing it.
Looking forward to your new line– love the colors. The mini quilt is very cute–it will look great in Lakeside gatherings too
I really like your nine patch blocks and this fabric line.
Thank you for sharing your first quilt with us. I enjoy reading your post and just love Moda fabrics. your new line is wonderful 🙂
Love the fabric lines from Primitive Gatherings and looking forward to the new ones.
I love the small quilt. The quilting is amazing! Primitive Gatherings is one of my Favorites!
Love your little charm quilt. And, the primitive muslin?! Who knew? I obviously don’t get out much.
Love your work and appreciate your inspiration to the quilting and stitching world.
Really love what you did with the pattern using the mini charm packs, even if it was not your newest fabric collection. It really is very nice to see projects made using that size as they are such an affordable way to get the fabrics we love, and more of them. I see so many of the fabric collections that I really would love to buy, but gosh, I certainly can’t afford to buy fat quarter bundles of them all, and even the regular sized charm packs can add up quickly if buying a lot of the different collections.
Your new line are colors I haven’t worked with. The gray is interesting. I love shopping your booth at the shows.
OOOH, I would love to take a quilting class with you! I’ve never been able to take a class or go to a retreat and the closest quilt shop is 1 1/2 hrs from me. I just plug along here at home, learning from blogs like yours! It was fun to hear how you got started quilting! I love the mini quilt!
Your first quilt is just amazing, I love all of the hand stitching you have done. I love new fabric and also hand stitching the binding on a quilt. Thanks for a gr
eat giveaway. x
I love, love, love your fabrics, and am just trying to decide what my next project with them will be!
Jeep the creativity flowing. You are an inspiration and keep me motivated to finish so I can start my next PG project!!
Love your work!!
I love your project. Thank you for sharing
Wow – your first quilt is amazing and the hand quilting is beautiful! I love how you used all the mini charms in your little quilt, especially on the back.
Your designs and fabrics are so inspiring! Thank you for your emails.
Your first quilt reminds me of my first quilt, all hand done. Love the new fabrics can’t wait to use them. You are amazing, you give classes, make and design quilts, do quilt shows, run a store and have a family and love doing them all.
I can’t wait to see your booth in Houston! Ane to hear more on the retreat house ! The little quilt is beautiful!!!
So pretty. I usually have trouble with a lot of triangles, but this looks good.
I thought hat your 1st quilt was beautiful. I love quilting
Like hearing how you got started on this journey. And can’t wait for Lakeside to come out. Love what I have seen of it
Love the lakeside gatherings. Modern with a touch of vintage. Love it.
I love your first quilt! What a treasure! Love your new fabric line! Thank you for the chance!
Thanks so much for sharing
Love your new collection,they are always beautiful.
I love your new Lakeside Gatherings line! The 9 patch quilt just reminds me of the quilt that was on the twin bed at my grandma’s house.
I love the anchor quilt! Your new collection is wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win some!
As the fall is coming it is exciting to see some new designs and inspiration…Thank you
I love your quilt with the big anchor. Perfect for your house on the lake!!
Lisa, you are such an inspiration to me!! I am addicted to your shop!! You create so many beautiful things! Can’t wait to visit with you again at the AQS in DSM,
Oh, how I would love that bundle of fat eighths !! Am planning a quilt for my grandson and some of these would work so well in there. BUt…..with the white, blues, and yellows; I just might decide to make a quilt for myself out of them. Decisions, decisions. Your small quilt is lovely and I enjoyed reading your responses to Moda’s questions.
The quilting on your design is absolutely gorgeous! I also really like the 1st and 3rd Lakeside Gatherings designs. Your colors are stunning.
Love your quilt shop and designs, and the fact you are now designing! I’m not from the area but your shop is right between my two daughter’s houses when I visit them from Michigan! 😉
Your stitching on the blue and white quilt is amazing for a new quilter. I think you are a natural! Thank you for the opportunity to win such beautiful fabric.
How on earth did you get your first lot of hand quilting so neat! I love the Lakeside Gatherings, so refreshing to see a more grown up masculine print collection.
Love your little table topper made with the Homestead Gathering Charms! So cute! Thanks for a chance to win your new line!
Love the new Lakehouse Gatherings fabric line!
Love the colors. Thanks for the chance to win.
Love the new Lakehouse Gatherings fabric line!