and sew it began….

Hey…I’m in Texas hanging out and teaching for the Baytown Quilt Guild…what fun ladies…we all starting making Christmas time wool tablemat in class yesterday…and I was so busy and we had such a great class I forgot to take pictures of it!!! so bummed…but while I’m here I have been staying at a wonderful retreat house…Ronda, my host set me up well…hung out with me and we stitched when we were not eating, lecturing or teaching…What I do have pics of is Ronda’s retreat house…And sew it began…is the name of the retreat house…It sleeps 16 and is just so beautiful..the house was build in the early 1900s with lots of character, located in La Porte TX…IMG_6715Texas where I am is very soggy..this grass was very saturated and very squishy…very green too!!!Here are some more pics..3

IMG_6683Almost every room has it’s own bathroom and there is even a sleeping porch for one lucky person to sleep in…Aren’t this little crochet dresses so cute!IMG_6680IMG_6681IMG_6677
So if you are looking for a great place to hand out and stitch…here is the site for the retreat house…HERE is the link for the retreat house….here is the link to Ronda’s BLOG…and yes Ronda’s name is spelled without the “h”…lol Β She probably has much better photos on her site…Thanks Ronda for all you did for me during my stay.

Lisa Bongean

Tomorrow through Saturday I will be teaching at Quilter’s Emporium in Stafford, TX…I will be teaching a bunch of Stitching Essentials…The pillow has some secret hideaways for your needles, scissors and blocks…These are un-published designs and will be coming out sometime this year….RoseAnn has had some cancellations due to all the flooding here…so if you get this and want to come take a class give her a call and see if you can get in one! The phone number is 281-491-0016…the rivers here are so high…I can see how much higher it was and thats a whole lot of water! My heart goes out to those with flooded homes…I used to get a little water in the basement when the sump pump would fail…but i can’t imagine being flooded…I can’t wait to meet my students tomorrow…we are going to have a blast!!!


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I live on a lake in beautiful Butte Des Morts, WI. I have three sons: Lance (forever 29), Luke 33, Jake 32, and two grand-babies, Little Man and O-Bug. I've been married to the love of my life Nick, since 1998 when we started our crazy adventure together! I am a quilter, rugger, and gardener. I also love to cook when I get the chance. Thanks for visiting and supporting Primitive Gathering Quilt Shop where I try to bring you the best Moda fabrics and wool projects anywhere!

17 thoughts on “and sew it began….

  1. Wow! Makes me wish I lived in TX! I call dibs on the porch room!!

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  2. Oh my too bad I live so far away. Want to make those patterns right now, love them. How long do I have to wait???

  3. Love these beautiful little wool treasures. I am always forgetting to take pictures then wishing I had! Have a great class! God bless those suffering the horrible floods! J

  4. What a beautiful retreat center with fabulous quilts! I am impressed by the well manicured lawn. Looking forward to when your new designs are available! Have fun!

  5. Scroll down to see her new “not published yet” sewing essentials.

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  6. Looks like a wonderful place to stay. Loved the little crochet dresses and how she used them. Also, really would like to make the new designs. Be sure to let us know when they are available.

  7. It’s the travel pillow we learned about a while back only for the cruise she was on???? And yes I remembered another way to hang quilts, not bull clamps! Remind me again πŸ˜œπŸ‘

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  8. A very cool retreat house. Almost as cool as yours! Lots of ideas – I’d love to stay there!

  9. Lisa, the pillow class was enjoyed by we three “girls” from Spring. Thanks for visiting our
    wet city. We LOVE your designs! Patsye Knight

  10. What an inspiring place! I love your stitchin’ and wools are just so beautiful and they don’t fray. Makes me want to go sew some pennies right NOW!

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