Hogs for Heroes – Official Check Presentation

Hey everyone! I hope the weekend treated you well. It was much sunnier around here than it was originally forecasted to be, but the air was chilly and the wind was strong, making being outside still not that great. I spent Saturday at The Gathering wrapping up the Tulip Festival Retreat which was a huge success! Everyone who attended left with some really neat projects and of course, more friends than they had when they arrived!

I did my best to stay home Sunday to catch up on a few random things around the house…and of course to get some much-needed rest. It’s always so nice to spend time at home – even if it’s just for a day! We all need time to recharge from time to time – even me… though my husband and my staff would tell you that I’m not great at “doing nothing” for very long. LOL!

As you all know we had another busy week last week here at Primitive Gatherings, and an especially exciting day on Thursday. If you were lucky enough to catch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean that day, you got to see Nick and I present Kevin and Audra from the Hogs for Heroes Organization with a check for over $43,000! You read that right. I am so proud of the fact that currently, we have raised now over $43,000 between private donations, our 2021 “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” fundraiser, and our latest online auction! This is truly an amazing accomplishment that would have been impossible to achieve without all of you. I know I’ve been saying it a lot but I simply can’t say thank you enough! …and to think – my original goal was only $25,000! I should have known we’d far surpass that. Like I told Kevin and Audra, there’s no better group of people to ask for help from when you want to get something done than my fellow quilters.

I was also hugely honored to give Kevin and Audra their own American Quilter’s Quilt that I personally stitched, as a symbol and reminder of everything they do for WI veterans. These two wonderful people not only have impacted my life in a positive and inspiring way, but they have dedicated their lives to helping the people who deserve it the most – our veterans. Kevin and Audra continue to selflessly give on a daily basis to the men and women who sacrifice themselves in order for the rest of us to live our lives freely. They may not realize it and probably don’t agree,  but Kevin and Audra are heroes too! If you’d like to watch the replay of this well deserved check presentation, you can do so by clicking HERE!

I still get goose bumps when I look at these photos! Such a phenomenal number makes me so proud and happy, but mostly it makes me want to do more! As many of you already know I came up with another way to add to our efforts in helping raise funds for Hogs for Heroes. My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag blocks as possible by June 15th, 2022, which will then be used collectively to create a future project that will generate even more funds for Hogs for Heroes! If you would like to participate in raising funds for Hogs for Heroes by making and donating blocks to this charitable mission, click the link below for the pattern and instructions to get started! One is great but if you feel like making more we’d love it!!! We only have about half of what we need for this project so far, so don’t wait – we need you! Please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on the final project, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal) that would be even better!

Once you’re ready to submit your donated pieces, please package and send your blocks to:

Don’t forget tomorrow is Tuesday, which means Shop Talk with Shelley will be LIVE at 9AM CST on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube Channel! Shelley will be talking about a few quilts she recommends for wall décor, hot tips on cleaning and organizing your sewing room, some of her favorite current wool projects, and Memorial Day hours (we will be CLOSED!), so set your reminder!

How are you liking Shop Talk with Shelley?” What are some of the things you’d like her to cover in the future? Do you have a favorite segment? Let me know in the comments! As always, leaving a comment both here on my blog and during LIVE shows earns you a chance to win a prize! Lucky winners this time around are: Cynthia R. and Jeanne B.! As always, I am not posting last names or email addresses for everyone’s privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received an email from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, keep trying – you could be next and I sure hope you are! ~Lisa

23 responses to “Hogs for Heroes – Official Check Presentation”

  1. Margaret Kanoy Avatar
    Margaret Kanoy

    The check presentation was really inspiring. As soon as it was over I hunted up some fabric for a flag block and starched it. My block will be on its way soon!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Thank you Margaret!

  2. Jeanne Giebe Avatar
    Jeanne Giebe

    I enjoy Shop Talk with Shelley. She’s very positive and energetic and I like seeing the quilts and projects she showcases.

  3. Karen Avatar

    Wow – wow to everyone, for generosity, donations, talent, giving, etc.

  4. Mary Hawk Avatar
    Mary Hawk

    That is so awesome, Lisa.

  5. Carrie DeCoster Avatar
    Carrie DeCoster

    I love “Shop talk with Shelly” as I just recently found it and now I feel thats what I look forward to each week!

  6. Jeanne Fuelling Brown Avatar
    Jeanne Fuelling Brown

    Thank you! What a pleasant surprise!! Loved watching you and Nick presenting your check to Hogs for Heroes.

  7. carinmik84 Avatar

    I love “Shop talk with Shelly” I just recently came upon it and look forward to it each week!

  8. MaryJane Price Avatar
    MaryJane Price

    Try to make sure I am back from walking the dog so I am able to watch Shop Talk (that would be 7:00pdt).
    Enjoy seeing the new products and her enthusiasm. Just finished flag block for Hogs for Hero’s. Thought I was too old to make the tiny star but realized there are probably older stitchers that took the challenge so jumped in. Thank you Lisa and everyone at Primitive Gatherings.

  9. Debi Whiffen Avatar

    The Tulip Retreat was so much fun and then we were present for the presentation of the check and the quilt for Hogs for Heroes…it was quite the week….Thank you very much Lisa for spending all the time with us….I feel that I have grown better. Debi Whiffen

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Thank you Debi! We loved having you here and hope you’ll be back! ~Lisa

  10. Pam Avatar

    Love shop talk. Since I’m too far to visit the store, Shelley gives mea peak of the store weekly

  11. Linda McKee Kau Avatar

    Lisa, I also watched the Live where you and Nick presented the Hogs for Heroes check and quilt. And yes, I had goosebumps, too!! I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to participate in this sew along, and hope you’ll do it again! Covering our veterans either with a Quilt of Valor (as my American Gatherings quilt will do) or giving them a motorcycle is a wonderful donation! If possible, I’ll be sending in more blocks for the current project. We’ll see if time will allow!

  12. Patricia Y Warthan Avatar
    Patricia Y Warthan

    So wonderful you were able to raise so much money for hogs for heroes! Oh and I love shop talk with Shelly! She always has some interesting topics and great projects to show.

  13. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    The segment with the check presentation just confirms the known fact that quilters are very generous and supportive people. It was wonderful to see.
    I enjoy the Shop Talk and Thursdays with Lisa in general because I don’t have a lot of social contact and I feel like I’m listening to friends sharing quilts and quilt topics and tips.
    As far as topics, maybe the shop talk would show a display quilt and the fabric line that was used to make the quilt. Or a specialty ruler used to make the quilt. Or use your shopping headers from the store website and one time concentrate on wooden items, another time PG patterns…etc. Doesn’t matter, I’ll tune in for the social time and hopefully a tip or idea I haven’t heard about before.

  14. Linda Nell Cates Avatar

    I’m loving Shop Talk with Shelly. She is delightful, funny and informative. Her notions moment is helpful. Sewing tips, Juki tips, a segment called the Wool Spotlight and continue with the notions love. So fun. I have started looking forward to Shop Talk. Keep up the good work PG team! Y’all are awesome and help so many to be successful in their craft.

  15. Lori T Avatar
    Lori T

    I think she is doin ga great job. She has some funny things that she comments on like eating Cheetos while sewing. I like that she highlights gadgets that you might not know about and like to try.

  16. Carol Keith Avatar
    Carol Keith

    Really enjoyed the presentation of ShopTalk last Tuesday. It just seemed more organized with Shelley standing and showing items that she is introducing us to. I’m sure she is more comfortable sitting BUT it just flowed better. Always so fun to see the new products you are sharing.

  17. Clara Chandler Avatar
    Clara Chandler

    Thank you, Lisa for the opportunity to join others in the Hogs for Heroes program. I enjoyed the details you provided about the presentation. Beautiful quilt!!

  18. Clara Chandler Avatar
    Clara Chandler

    Thank you, Lisa, for the opportunity to donate with others to a worthy cause. I enjoyed the article about the presentation. Beautiful quilt!!

  19. Deb WORTHMAN Avatar

    Oh what everyone can accomplish when we all work together.

  20. Jill A. Avatar
    Jill A.

    I like the easy, casual presentation of the Tuesday and Thursday talks!

  21. JennyM Avatar

    I just watched my first Shop Talk last week. It was enjoyable to have on while I pressing fabrics.

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