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  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!!!


16 Responses to “and sew it began….”

  1. 1 Birdie
    June 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Wish I was there !

    Birdie Sandifer


  2. 2 Betty Koehler
    June 8, 2016 at 9:10 pm

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

    Sent from my iPad….Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud! Maya Angelou


  3. 4 Mary Andra
    June 8, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you for the fabulous show and tell

  4. 5 Sheila
    June 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    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???

  5. 6 Jane
    June 9, 2016 at 7:41 am

    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

  6. 7 Lona
    June 9, 2016 at 7:45 am

    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!

  7. 8 Sarah Stroede
    June 9, 2016 at 7:55 am

    What a beautiful welcoming home. Those quilts are fabulous.

  8. 9 Donna Tirpak
    June 9, 2016 at 7:59 am

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

    Sent from my iPad


  9. 10 Kim
    June 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

    beautiful retreat house. I can’t wait for the designs to come out, love them.

  10. 11 Kathy
    June 9, 2016 at 11:15 am

    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.

  11. 12 Sharon Crandall
    June 9, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    FYI interesting

    Sent from my iPhone


  12. 13 Sharon Crandall
    June 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    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 😜👍

    Sent from my iPhone


  13. 14 Patti Rosenbaum
    June 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

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

  14. 15 Patsye Knight
    June 10, 2016 at 5:51 pm

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

  15. 16 Rose
    June 11, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    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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