Day One Road to Cali….

Day one was busy busy busy, but the best thing about the first day was Roxanne who visited our booth and told me that Primitive Gatherings was on her bucket list…she was in tears because she finally was here….this was totally awesome…so I took her picture to document her visit to our mobile Primitive Gatherings she was a cutie!!!

Here is the crew from Primitive Gatherings Tin Lizzie… We are super excited to be working with them to bring long arm quilting to others with Luke taking on this adventure…

Well it’s late and we have to be in early to restock… Thanks for coming to the show today… Everyone was super pumped about our Murrieta store… And we were out of 500 address cards by 1 pm… I believe there were record attendance numbers today!!!
Hope to see you tomorrow as well…

Here are the names of the winning quilts from yesterday that were sponsored by PG… Quilts shown on previous post ….They are not commercial patterns for sale .



Road to California quilt show

Tomorrow is opening day of one of the biggest and best quilting shows in the country…

We have a wonderful booth filled with all your favorite primitive wooly and quilting projects.

I also want to announce a new partnership with Tin Lizzie, the long arm quilt company…, we will be a dealer for them in our new CA quilt shop…come visit our booth at the show… We are in the same 900 row!…see what kind of a deal you can make with Luke!
I also want to show you the 2 quilts we have sponsored in the show…



Congratulations to both winners!

I also want to thank all 36 of my students in my 2 day wool flower crazy mat class… You were a delightful bunch!





All for now…LB

Teaching in CA

I have spent the last two days with a wonderful group of ladies from the Surfside Quilt Guild in San Clemente….yesterday’s workshop was held in beautiful Capistrano Beach..we had 24 eager students ready to learn more about wool applique! Our project was Tulip Baskets. Everyone of my ladies were a joy to be to spend the day with, especially 90 year old Betty who was so grateful she was still able to participate in class and so thankful to her “younger” quilting friends who take her to and from all the quilting events.




I also stopped in to the Temecula Quilt Guild meeting on Wednesday night to say hello and talk about the shop opening! They seemed to be pretty excited!
Today we are on a mission to find tables for our classroom for the store…wish us luck as I am pretty picky…Luke will be working on entering more fabrics into our system he has 300 bolts in already and lots more to go….will keep you updated.
All for now…LB


Let’s talk about Anchor Point…

Lakeside Gatherings has hit my quilt shop as well as all the other quilt shops who have purchased it from MODA Fabrics. We will be showing the quilts from this line for the first time at the AQS show in Albuquerque NM and Ontario CA this week and next respectively…we will also carry pre-cuts and kits…. The half yards and fat quarters will be at a special show prices for both shows…but I really would like to share a little about this line…

Lakeside Gatherings was designed in honor of my son Lance…his love of water, our Lakehouse and his Jet ski….so you know it is VERY special for me… In memory of Lance we placed a VERY large anchor at the point of the entrance to our channel. This was no small miracle how we got this….over a 1000lb anchor to rest on a perfectly flat spot on the point…
Nick went to pick it up and realized it was way too huge to lift on a trailer and came home to inform me it wasn’t going to happen….this was not acceptable for me…so I thought about it for a few minutes and the answer was clear as day…We had scheduled a jet ski lift to be installed in a couple of weeks so I asked him to call them and see if they could go pick it up…place it on their barge and bring it along and place it for us when they did the lift… Nick was a little leary about what they were going to say…but they said sure “no problem”…they actually thought it was “very cool” and were glad to help and wanted nothing extra for doing it! It was craned in and sat exactly level, like it was meant to be…
Why the anchor?…To me…the anchor represents HOPE, the hope that I will someday be reunited with Lance, my first born… is a photo of Lance’s anchor at sundown…

Now back to the quilts…
I designed three sizes of Anchor Point…104″,60″ & 24″… I wanted the big quilt for my bed at the Lakehouse …eventually…after it is no longer needed to sell kits, patterns. The piecing of the base star of the quilt is super easy…just like making one big block. For the big quilt I used the grey primitive muslin in the line for the appliquéd by machine anchor. Thanks to Carole who prepped and invisible machine appliquéd the anchor while I worked on piecing the borders. The 60″ and 24″ quilts have wool appliqués for the anchors in my quilts but they could easily be cotton as well.

I sent the 104 to Linda, for quilting. Linda especially likes wide open spaces, which AP does have lots of. Words cannot describe what Linda did with this simple quilt and is no short of amazing. My only request was for her to put our names “in the quilting”. I will let the pictures speak…in the center of the anchor there is something very unexpected, but very special and I am so glad for this women’s creativity, which no doubt is a gift from God himself.






Linda also quilted the mini version….


IMG_4101.JPG this little quilt is also perfect for me to hang in my studio, a reminder again of a special place and person now gone, but never forgotten and dearly missed.

The lap quilt 60″… Can hang on a wall, or be a recliner snuggly for any fisherman who knows how important an anchor really is! The AP60 was quilted by Vegas Val Krueger…. Val’s quilting is perfect for this quilt, she is the fastest draw (quilter)in the west. I can send her two quilts on Tuesday…she gets them on Wednesday and she has them to me by Friday with overnight shipping???? Don’t know how she does it…I would just have it loaded and she would be taking it off! Look at the mariners compass in the four corners, a wonderfully executed quilt…I am so lucky to have both these quilters! I hope you are inspired and ready to piece your own anchor point!”>2015/01/img_4575.jpg


The boys in the channel…obviously before the anchor was placed.

Hope you are staying warm?

I’ve been home for a couple of days and its sooooo cold…but I leave today to work in CA, so hopefully they won’t be getting any more snow in Cali…

12 Days of Needful Things Update

I just want to let everyone know that we are awaiting shipments from our suppliers for a few more items from the 12 days to ship out to you…We have ordered the Juki machines and we have ordered 53!!! So the winner of the Juki sewing machine for 2014 is…….drum roll……Janet Glover from Buford, Georgia!!!! Congratulations…This is an awesome thing to WIN!…We expect to get them in sometime late next week and then we will be shipping them out as fast as they come in!!!! Thanks to all of you who participated and commentated on the 12 Days of Needful Things…we appreciate you all hanging out with us!

Just a minder if you want to watch the setting up of the CA store, Friend us on Face book…Primitive Gatherings CA and/or Lisa Bongean…you also can join Instagram and follow us there too….I can’t write a post without a picture so here is another quilt sample of Snomwan Gatherings 2 coming in April/May…this is two halves soon to be a whole!!!  “Feel’in Frosty” is its name…I hope not for much longer!!!brrrrr

Stay warm my friends!!!IMG_1643