Good Morning…this is currently happening…

The Geese, are them welcoming me home?…I don’t know for sure but it does feel like it…the photo is deceiving…they are about 10 feet off our shoreline…

Wow…it was a jammed packed trip to CA…first off our Retreat in Temecula Valley (wine country, and yes…I did take a walk to the nearest winery for a couple of bottles, you have to support the local economy…and I took some pics of the roadside flowers….which I currently am missing in WI…

Our retreat was filled with projects with an emphasis on Stitchery…We made,                 Gingerbread Recipe…

This the season…

And Hilary the local Redwork expert helped teach our Gingerbread Towels

I also demo’d Bakers Dozen on how to make the cording and do the whole button thing….

baker's dzn Lisa bongean

We had almost 50 ladies and we had a blast…I love it when I get to know them a little better…some have been coming for a couple of years and even if it was their first time…I felt I had a little more time with them this time…

Our Next retreat is scheduled for June 2019…Do you want to come? Dru will be taking reservations…you will need to send $100 to hold your spot …Or we will be holding another retreat this time of year next year as well…75 degrees felt good…considering…this is what I came home to…yes…I had to brave the wet/snowy day at Lambeau Field yesterday…I should have take an after photo of how wet we were!!!lol…

With 50 ladies I did not have time for any pics during our classes…but I did get some nice pics during our Show and Share…those that brought a Primitive Gatherings project we especially rewarded, with a NEW Release Martingale Book!!!

Maureen is sharing Happy Home which was the freebie last year Click on the links and it will take you to the details in the following text. Maureen also shared, Garden Blooms Table mat and Scappy Flower Baskets

Deb Thomas shared her last year’s pieced Summer Block of the Week…Starlit Skiesimg_6265

img_6264Along with her center block of this years wool Summer Block of the Week…Twighlight Garden which will be a BOM starting in February…no link to signup for this one…but make a note in your calendar in January to sign up for it if you missed out on it!

Shelly shared Flower Garden Crazy…in her wools…img_6261img_6262

and then she shared her basket made in a class at the Primitive Gatherings California Store…made with PG flannels and wools…

Shelly’s sister Adrian shared a bright kids quilt that had to get done…I think the baby quilt wansn’t done or something like that…we’ve all been there…img_6267

Deb shared her finished project from the June2018 retreat…precut Star Penny Mat pattern and Summer Welcome Banner img_6260

Becky shared her Summer Welcome Basket as well…


And Home of the Braveimg_6272

Sandy shared…Along the Trail…from the Autumn Gatherings Book(no longer in print) but I think we should do a pattern for this one!


Then Karen showed off…Whirlwind Flight…this was so lovely!!!I watched her piece it at serveral retreats…so nice to see it all done and quilted by Karen herself too!img_6266

Mary Jane showed off here wool cover door stopper…aka a brick!


Carrie showed off her Snowman for Hire mat…look at that crochet edge!!!

img_6275After the retreat we had a meeting do discuss some new changes coming to our CA store…big NEWS…as soon as I can tell you I will…and then out for dinner at my favorite place…the Goat & Vine…a farm to table restaurant…a couple of meeting with fabrics sales reps and it was on to home again with  6:40 am flight from San Deigo to Appleton…thank GOD I was upgraded…made it so much more enjoyable, I am very caught up on my movie watching…Now into my sewing room to sort and start up again!!!

Hope you all enjoyed OUR show and share from our CA Retreat…if you want to join us email Dru at: she will forward you a registration form…I am also working on a 2019 schedule of Events to share…

Have a great Monday!! Lisa

10 responses to “Good Morning…this is currently happening…”

  1. lynn Avatar

    What a treat to see all of the beautiful share items at your recent retreat. Thanks so much.

  2. Suz Kuhns Avatar
    Suz Kuhns

    thanks for sharing the retreat photos! Love Along the Trail! Never thought of crocheting the edge of any of my mats – brilliant idea!

  3. Janet O. Avatar

    Looks like great fun.
    So many of these projects make me want to create one for me! Some lovely finishes from your retreaters.

  4. gijane279-Liz Avatar

    WOW that’s a lot of geese! Wish I could of joined the retreat again but will another time… lots of great finished projects which is always a wonderful feeling!

  5. Pat Spurgeon Avatar
    Pat Spurgeon

    Lisa, you really have my attention now … can’t wait to see the BIG things that will be happening in the California store. Merry Christmas to you, your family, and your staff.

  6. Marsha Avatar

    Wow, we were at Lambeau Field yesterday too! First time, great experience despite the loss….
    I’m looking forward to another first, and that will be to take a class taught by you, Lisa, can’t wait!!

  7. Holmes Mary Andra Avatar
    Holmes Mary Andra

    Looks like everyone had a fabulous time. Hoping to make it next year.

  8. Julia Avatar

    So many lovely projects participants showed. The Twighlight Garden is especially eye catching.
    I’ve started the Baker’s Dozen Holiday Ornies and finding the wrapping of the finished design on the button cover to be problematic. I tried side to side, then top to bottom but still has folds forming. Any helpful hints? I saw in the instructions you were doing a video on the cording so looking forward to seeing it.

  9. Betty Koehler Avatar
    Betty Koehler


    Sent from my iPad….Today is a good day to be a good day!


  10. Debbie Avatar

    Hope you will offer the pattern for “Along the Trail”! Thanks for sharing all the beautiful work of your students!!!!!!

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