the magic of christmas-block 7

I hope you all are doing well…I’m trying to get back in the swing of things here after being gone over 10 days!!! Caught up on Laundry, house stuff, organize work stuff, Dr’s appointments..and deadlines…yes I seem to live by the deadline…I am currently working on patterns and stitching quilts for our upcoming Fall Market and Festival in Houston…I need to start making a our Primitive Christmas event will have to be done before I leave for Houston too!!! It will get done…but I thought I should post one of these babies because we are going to see a lot of them in a row…because I am home now until Oct 27th..thats a whole month!!! Also got my “little man” fix today…just what MeMe needed! Yes…thats what he calls me and it soooo sweet coming out of his mouth the way He says it..

Happy Friday Night…remember to post on Instagram and FB #themagicofchristmasquiltfullsizerender-3 img_8073magic-of-christmas-block-7-bw


Leanne…I found your pic on instagram…email me your address…I’m sending you a present for your hard work and for spreading the love!   email me at:   lisa.bongean@yahoo.comimg_8153

The Magic of Christmas block 6 and Alabama

Hi Everyone…

I have safely made my way to CA from AL…I loved teaching in AL…Had two great classes with lots of smart women…most of them were software engineers, scientists and more than one were pilots of blackhawk helicopters!  This would be an interesting group to spend more than a couple of days with…they are all from the Huntsville AL area where the NASA rockets are/were built…img_7865 img_7866

And some of them even brought show and tell from the last time I was in AL in 2011.

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One night after class June…took me to see the “old ” beautiful houses and then to the Lowell Mill…a closed but reopened old mill that is full of artists/craftmen’s spaces and food and entertainment…there was a band playing on the old loading dock…so much fun…thanks June for taking me!!!

img_7881 img_7885Now I don’t want you to go too long between blocks…did no. 6 the night before I left…but did not take a pic to post..but you’ll forgive me…I hope..



I know you don’t need to know this but….I watch way too many Netflix series when I am gone…this guy is way to easy on the eyes…even when he’s full of mud from building the Union Pacific RR!!  Cullen Bohannon-Hell on Wheels-I’m on season 5!!  Anyone else watch this one yet?   LBimg_8047

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I had so much fun today hanging out with my WI Sit & Sew girls today…It’s getting to be a nice bunch…we had two outta staters…Seattle and Iowa!!!! Yay!!! Lori made a fabulous pumpkin desert!!! Thanks Lori!…sorry Jean..only one block today…Jean wanted me to post two so she could print them back to back…Teri only sent me the colored version of 6!!! But at least you girls get sneak peeks and all my stuff going on, for what thats worth…lol!

Are you ready for another block???? Glad you are loving them!…

Glad to hear that some of you are going out of your box and making things your normally wouldn’t have…

Glad to hear some you are doing both blocks…I’m thinking it doesn’t take much extra time to do the 2nd version blocks because you can layer when you cut!!!



I am really loving these blocks…hmmm see any patterns forming?Lisa Bongean

I’m packing for Huntsville AL and Murrieta, CA going to be gone for 10 days!!! Enjoy!  LB



Old Fashioned Beef Barley Soup…

There’s nothing like home-made soup….I grew up with a mother who cooked great soups…I swear to god she could open up the fridge throw all the leftovers in and make creme-ala refrigerator soup and it would be amazing…So I made sure I knew how to make soup and gravy from her…and I can.  You will always be a star, or be remembered if you can fill someone’s belly with real good home cooking!

Someone begged pretty-please with all kinds of sugar on top for the recipe for the soup I posted on Instagram yesterday…here is a printable PDF of it.. old-fashioned-beef-barley-soup ..  You must let me know how it was if you make it…When I have it for lunch tomorrow I will take a pretty picture of it in the bowl and add it to this post…for now you get the soup in the pot on the stove…It’s the perfect soup to make after a day at the Farmer’s market!

Tomorrow I will post block 5 of MOC.  img_7827

The Magic of Christmas Block 4

Oh what the heck…let’s do another block already…since I already posted twice today in the last hour!!! Sorry to fill you email box!img_7731Here the story on this block…after it was finished…I thought it still wasn’t finished…so I added something else…directions are for the city version shown below here…if you like the top omit the 4 HST and add 4 more squares….img_7730The Magic of Christmas Block 4 B&W

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Now don’t get all stressed out!  Just make the one you want!!!

Just a couple of things that have come up in questions…Blocks should measure 6 1/2″ …until they are sewn into the quilt…now they are 6″ finished.

If you have ordered fabrics from us…and we have subbed a few…just use whatever.. as it honestly does not matter what fabric is used in what block.

Please encourage your friends to do this quilt with you…stitch with friends……and get on instagram and post your blocks…#themagicofchristmasquilt

Stitch a block today!!!