The Mission Continues…

What a beautiful day it’s been so far! The sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky. It’s the perfect day to take my little black convertible out for a spin – a sweet and sporty two-passenger roadster I have stashed away for just such occasions. Admittedly, I don’t bring it out much and think about selling it from time to time, but then I drive the darn thing and all the appeal comes rushing back! I have a feeling that if and when I do decide to re-home it, the space in the garage will quickly be filled with new and more appealing toys – like maybe another Harley Davidson??? Nick and I both already have one but as anyone who rides Harleys knows, once you get your first you just want to keep adding to your collection… Kind of like tattoos!

I love being part of the Harley family. It’s one of mine and Nick’s favorite things to do together in our free time. We are firm believers in the power of wind therapy! That’s why when I found out about the Hogs for Heroes Organization I knew I had to figure out a way to get on board and help. As most of you know we’ve been partnered with Hogs for Heroes for two summers in a row now, and have currently raised over $43,000 between private donations, our 2021 “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” fundraiser, and our recent online auction. Truly amazing! If you’re not familiar with the Hogs for Heroes Organization, let me tell you why I love them so much. This stellar group of people helps give back to injured WI veterans by raising funds, and using the proceeds to provide recipients with a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Seriously, this idea couldn’t be any more right up my alley! If you would like to learn more about Hogs for Heroes or want to make a donation directly, visit the Hogs for Heroes website by following the link below!

I’m proud to say that Primitive Gatherings continues to contribute toward Hogs for Heroes and their fundraising efforts by combining our love for stitching with an even greater love for these deserving heroes. Our current “Mystery Mission” is right on track, and quickly coming to fruition. With your help, we were able to collect enough donated red, white, and blue flag blocks to create over 30 quilts, which will be donated to Hogs for Heroes bike recipients in the near future. Last month, the amazing generosity of my quilting family continued as stitchers from near and far showed up to help at our volunteer assembly event.

Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to this mission. Whether you sent in blocks, or came in to help assemble the quilts – or both! –  we could never have achieved this massive goal without you! I can’t tell you how humbling it is to see these true works of art in their final stages on the longarms right now. If you tuned in to Stitch with Lisa Bongean on YouTube yesterday, we came to you LIVE from the quilting studio where you got a sneak peek of the progress the guys are making. Check it out!

Things are really coming along down there. In fact, Jake just told me that he suspects that they will be finished with all of the quilts by the end of the day today, which means we are that much closer to being ready to go when it comes time to present them to their new owners. While we don’t have the exact date of when that will be set in stone quite yet, you can catch the replay of yesterday’s episode of Stitch with Lisa Bongeanfor more details on when that miiiiight be by clicking the STITCH button below. Our plan for that day is to not only help Hogs for Heroes award this year’s chosen bike recipient with their new hog, but also to present each bike recipient – both past and present – with their own flag quilts as well. I can’t wait! It’s going to be an amazing day to say the least.

T.G.I.F.! I just about forgot it was Friday but don’t worry, Nick was quick to remind me with all of his fishing talk. As always, I hope you all have a great weekend and that the weather is a bit more cooperative than it has been. I know many of you have been dealing with some super hot temps lately, so I’m hoping we’ll see a little relief in that department by Sunday. In the mean time, if you’re stuck inside hiding from the fireball in the sky, now is the perfect time to do a little shopping both online and in our retail shop (we have great AC!). Don’t forget that we’ve extended our summer fabric SALE! Now through midnight this Sunday, July 24th, 2022 – take 25% OFF all fabric in stock (SALE includes pre-cuts and yardage – minimum of 1/2 yard cut. Sorry, offer does NOT include my Garden Gatherings line or any fabric that is already on sale).

Have you taken advantage of this great sale yet? If so, were you buying for a project already in the works or just for a bit of inspiration for your next one? Let me know in the comments! I’m always super curious about what everyone else is doing. I get a lot of comments thanking me for inspiring other people, but it really does go both ways! I find inspiration all around me, including from all of you! It’s one of my favorite things about being a stitcher – I couldn’t ask to rub elbows with a better group of people! Have a great weekend and I will see you all Tuesday during Shop Talk with Shelley.” This week she’ll be talking all about wool! We might even get lucky enough to welcome a special guest…or two! So don’t miss it. See you soon! ~Lisa

12 responses to “The Mission Continues…”

  1. Tom Tom Avatar

    Love Shop Talk with Shelly. One of my favorite YouTube personalities.

  2. Alice Avatar

    It is inspiring to see so many people come together to accomplish such a huge goal! I know your Dad would be so proud of all you have accomplished and inspired through the shop and The Gathering! I was so tickled to get backing for Somewhere in Time and of course, there were several fat quarter towers that called my name! I also got some yardage just because. I am just wishing I was closer to Erica’s fish fry, but for the sake of my clothes fitting, I guess there is an upside to being so far away!!!

  3. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    Oh dear, how bad is it that I actually had to go to my account to see what I ordered during this great sale? I just received my pattern and a few other goodies from PG, but I knew I ordered SOMETHING else, but what?

    Well, turns out, I ordered charms, lots and lots of charms and some 10” squares, all brights, florals, for a Carolyn Murfitt quilt I’m pretty excited about. Free Bird Quilts, Australia (I hope this is ok to mention), she’s seriously outside my comfort zone but I’m happy for the bright and cheery challenge.

    I have no Kaffe fabrics, maybe I’m the only quilter who didn’t ride the Kaffe train when it came rolling through the quilt world years ago, but it seems they’d be perfect for her style. Along with Tula and Anna Marie Horner.

    So now with Revel (new to grunge) and Meet Me in the Garden (thousands of pieces, what???), and the red, white and blue sew along (I’m doing reds, oranges, golds, black and have no idea how that’s going to look in the end) I am so outside my lane in all areas, why not brights and curves? It’s the challenges in life that keep us from stagnating.

    Sorry this is long, pretty excited!

  4. Brenda Barr Avatar
    Brenda Barr

    I have been wanting to make your Asteroid quilt since the Starlight Gatherings book came out, and I took advantage of the sale and finally ordered the fabric. Thank you for the discount, Lisa—I’m looking forward to making all those star blocks. (My favorite!)

  5. Nancy Black Avatar
    Nancy Black

    Thanks for all that you do! Your truly amazing & have inspired me & taught me many things.

  6. terrimulinixyahoocom Avatar

    As I leave with a Vet I’m so glad for all that you are doing for them. My flag quilt is next to be quilted. Hot summer here in Oklahoma but great time to stitch. Happy Stitching…

  7. Deb Magerkurth Avatar
    Deb Magerkurth

    Looking for fabric bundle to use w Modas Christmas project later this year but can’t find it! I certainly don’t need any more fabric but I sure don’t want to miss out!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Deb! They are on the website if you search for “Letters to Santa” they should come up. Here is a link!

  8. Julia Stavran Avatar
    Julia Stavran

    Stopped on Wednesday to take advantage of the great sale. Collecting fabric for a new project. I also needed to pick up more triangle papers!

  9. Pat D Bley Avatar
    Pat D Bley

    Why is it I never receive the news letter until after the sales are over or the video’s are done. Shoulds like you are doing them on Fri and I never get them until Mon morning.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Pat. I post to my blog pretty much every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week. We also go LIVE at least twice a week, starting with Shop Talk on Tuesdays at 9AM CST and then again with STITCH with Lisa Bongean every Thursday at 1:00PM CST. Sales are always announced prior to starting in multiple places. If you are getting notifications after the fact I suspect it is probably because you have your account preferences set to only receive notifications once a week. You might want to double-check that and change set it to notify you every time if that’s the case. You can always visit the blog at anytime to check for new postings if you’re not getting notified for any reason. Thanks!

  10. Delores Rast Avatar
    Delores Rast

    Your a great person Lisa for helping these veterans, it brings me joy to see what your doing to help them!!! God Bless you!!!

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