What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Stitch!


I don’t know what to say, as I do not know what to do, or how to fix it!  But hopefully, the smarter people in this country will figure it out.  The only thing that seems logical to me during this Coronavirus quarantine is to stay home and/or stay in a protected environment with those who choose to not venture out.  We agree only to be  going to work and back.  We have closed the WI store, but are operating our quilting web/online site…We are here if you need anything, but if you don’t need anything at the moment, we understand that too.

Dru and the crew  in CA will decide when or if to close the CA store, if you want to call and pick something up they will have it ready, or if you need it shipped they can do that as well.  If you need a quilt quilted Luke will surely love to stay busy and will have your quilt done in no time. We also know there are more important things going on right now than buying quilting supplies online. Let’s pray we will be all able to bounce back from whatever this deals us.

It was all hands on deck today to get our Wool subscription boxes in the mail, yes I actually stuffed boxes!!!  We do not want them in postal limbo.  What if they decide to shut down our mail? So to be safe, rather than sorry, our crew got them ready and they will be going to the post office tomorrow.   Not to worry, your boxes are on the way!!!  We actually have only 30 boxes unsold for this round out of a 1000, so pretty soon our subscription will be closed.  If  you are looking for some nice little projects the wool subscription boxes are super fun and a great deal… over $100 worth of exclusive designs for only $60! You will have to call the shop in order to buy them at this time 920-722-7233, the subscription is $60. They are $82 after they have been revealed.


As Quilters, we should be relishing the fact that they are telling us to stay home.  There is so much to do.  We can stay in our sewing rooms for days/weeks and be just fine with it!  Let’s stitch to our hearts content and post our progress on our social media.  Flood it with our beautiful sewing accomplishments.  When times get tough, the tough keep stitching!!!!

Personally, I am taking this time to work on my deadlines to catch up and to be actually ahead for once. We almost have all our new quilts done for Quilt Market!!!!  Here is a peek at our Spring
Quilt Market release.   Redwork Gatherings, I promise a post or two to show you all the quilts on this later.

What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Thoughts shared by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Redwork Gatherings Coming in August 2020!

Yes, I’d be lying if I wasn’t worried about making our payroll with no sales coming in.  But worrying about it is not going to help, a lot of small businesses will be in the same position.  So I am just going to stitch away and hope it all works its way out.  We have invested in a big quilt show coming up and a beautiful retreat in the middle of April in North Carolina.

What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Thoughts shared by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Triumph Tulips designed for our Outer Banks Retreat in North Carolina

I hope we are all able to go by then…fingers crossed….if we stay home now maybe by then it will be over…


Good News!

we have a winner for last Friday’s Quilting GiveAway!

Robin Crittenden

I buy fat quarters or 1/2 yards unless the fabric really.takes my breath then I do yards.

has won a kit for our Be Kind/ Golden Rule quilt and a Two, Four Six, Eight Quilt book using Fat Quarters! Please contact Amy at–  ahoefler@new.rr.com and she will get your kit out to you!!!  Your book will be a download and will be sent in an email from Martingale!

What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Thoughts shared by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

This kit comes from this book…

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all for now….

Be smart and be safe my friends! xxx Lisa




31 responses to “What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Stitch!”

  1. Jackie Hicks Avatar
    Jackie Hicks

    OMG I love Redwork Gatherings. I can’t wait to see the quilts you have for this fabric.

  2. Nina Christman Avatar
    Nina Christman

    I saw the Redwork Gatherings on another site. How about we can sign up now for a bundle. If not the full price a deposit down. I know everyone is excited to get the wool box. It is needed now especially since a lot of us are older and stuck at home. We are luckier than others though in that our pensions keep coming unlike store owners. I am willing to take a chance on still be alive later to receive the new fabric and helping you by paying for it now.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      How sweet are you!!!

  3. Rita Nichols Avatar
    Rita Nichols

    I am just tickled to death over Redwork Gatherings. It’s beautiful and I’m saving my mad money now!

  4. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi

    Your Triumph Tulips table mat is gorgeous, wish I was going to North Carolina…I hope your retreat doesn’t get cancelled because of the virus 🦠 one of my friends was just talking about your new line, Redwork Gatherings,
    I can see why. Another beautiful collection Lisa.

  5. bambicats Avatar

    I love red and white and I particularly love the darker reds. I want to buy every one of your collections, but I know I will get Redwork Gatherings. Stunning!

  6. Beth N in AZ Avatar
    Beth N in AZ

    I love the look of the redwork gathering collection!!! I’m hoping you’ll tell us which red wool and which valdani has that same hue. I am enthused about wool applique on any background and really like adding embellishing stitching, redwork or surface embroidery with it.

  7. Constance Boulay Avatar
    Constance Boulay

    Love the Triumph Tulips! Won’t make it to North Carolina, but hope it will be available sometime later as a kit. And the Redwork Gatherings! Can’t wait.

  8. Carrie Cameron Avatar
    Carrie Cameron

    Thank you for your kind message and pisitive thoughts.

  9. Dana D Avatar
    Dana D

    I am so excited about the red & white! Love the tulips. Can’t wait to get my order in!

  10. murschel Avatar

    R the tulips pattern or kit for sale??

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Will be soon!

  11. Susan Rozmus Avatar
    Susan Rozmus

    Where is the quilt show

  12. Deb Belcourt Avatar
    Deb Belcourt

    Congratulations to Robin! Lisa, the Red Gatherings are gorgeous! Stay safe!

  13. Barbara Faber Avatar
    Barbara Faber

    Stay safe everyone! This is truly unprecedented times! Let’s make our quilts to reflect hope and kindness to all!

  14. Theresa W Avatar
    Theresa W

    I’m looking forward to your redwork gatherings. I have a definite weakness for red fabric!

  15. Sharon S Avatar
    Sharon S

    The Redwork Gatherings are beautiful as is the Triumph Tulips! Can’t wait to see it.
    Stay healthy everyone! Thank you, Lisa, for getting our boxes out.

  16. COLLEEN KOSKI Avatar

    Triumph Tulips are beautiful!

  17. Kathleen Matusek Avatar
    Kathleen Matusek

    Hi Lisa! Your new Redwork Gatherings looks awesome!! Can’t wait until August. I am planning on going to the quilt show you are planning to be at. I hope it will be a go. I very excited!! I will visit your booth as I always do. Thank you for your updates and all that you do.

  18. Mary Andra Avatar
    Mary Andra

    Ohmygosh I’m loving what I see of the red and green that I know I have to make it already. Hoping after the retreat you put it in kits.
    Praying you, Nick and your family get through this virus safely. Hugs

  19. Linda E Avatar
    Linda E

    Love those reds! The tulips are gorgeous! Love and prayers during this trying time.

  20. Athena Butler Avatar
    Athena Butler

    I said a small swear word.!! Can’t wait!!! I’m so excited. You go exactly where I want to go next in my hobbies. How do you stay one step ahead?? I better get busy because I don’t want to miss the next projects! Please, please, please can I have the tulips?? Can’t go to NC….still have kids in college- sort of- they’re home now. Athena

  21. Angela Avatar

    I called the shop to try a wool box and was told to get the $60. price I had to sign up for the next month as well or the price was $82. I am a new subscriber and I guess confused.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      It is a wool subscription box… that means you have to sign up to get one every other month… if you do not want to sign up they are $82.

  22. bobbie rumler Avatar
    bobbie rumler

    we’ll survive this mess, there were a lot of bad things before too. Polo, black plague, etc…I’m positive this will pass keep safe and happy I love everything you do it’s amazing

  23. Coreen Gore Avatar
    Coreen Gore

    Lisa, the Redwork Fabric is JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! I can’t wait!! I’ve loved redwork for a very long time and have always wanted to stitch redwork… seams like nows the time!!

  24. Robertina DownesRobertina Avatar

    Hi Lisa just battern down stay safe, we are doing this here in New Zealand. More time to catch up on some UFO and I might sort out the fabric for your Christmas quilt I’ve had sitting here to do for the last couple of years. Keep safe

  25. Helene Langan Avatar
    Helene Langan

    Lisa, I LOVE to do Redwork. Some call me the Redwork Queen. I am looking forward t buying the biggest pack of the Redwork Gatherings that I can find in August !!! Every Christmas for the past 21 years I have made 64 plus Redwork ornaments for family and a few friends. I think I will have decorated many family trees by the time I go to heaven. You are SO creative. My dream is to go to your shop in WI. and go bankrupt !!!

  26. Laurie Shain Avatar
    Laurie Shain

    I know many of us are sad that shows and retreats have been cancelled….so when things get better and the door are flung open for travel LOOK out! We can all head NORTH to see YOU!!!! I have always wanted to visit….and the preorder is a great idea. The red tulips are beautiful, too.

  27. kridthequilter Avatar

    Redwork Gatherings makes my heart go pitter-Pat!

  28. Wendy P Avatar
    Wendy P

    Love the new fabric line – wish it wasn’t so hard to your fabrics in Canada.

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