Back on WI Ground

Hey everyone! I’m finally back in WI after a nice week away with Darci and Val, just in time for the next big snowstorm to roll in. I’ve been told I was lucky enough to miss some serious rain over the last couple days… Blech! Needless to say, that little short-lived weather snafu turned everything into a muddy, sloppy mess. I can hear the skiers and snowmobilers crying from here! Rain in January is not something we “normally” see. In fact, we’re more used to sub-zero temps this time of year, which from what I hear, will be back in the next week and a half. Can’t wait. As for right now, we’re waiting on even more rain tonight and then four to eight inches of snow depending on where you’re at. I’ll be glad to get the snow cover because I will take snow over mud and slushy slop any day of the year. By the looks of the current radar, I’m going to get my wish.

I didn’t get back into town until late last night, so today has been a lot about getting back into the swing of normal things. I didn’t even try to get up early this morning. Instead, I decided to let nature take its course and wake up when I felt like it… Still, even with permission my mind had me up-and-at’em pretty much right away. After I got unpacking from my trip out of the way, I ran some errands and then stopped into Primitive Gatherings to take care of a few preparations for my LIVE show tomorrow. One of the things I needed to do was pick the winners for the Meet Me in the Garden prize drawing, which I will be announcing tomorrow during STITCH with Lisa Bongean. Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo of your finished quits! Val and I had a lot of fun with this sew-along, and we appreciate everyone who joined us along the way. It was a lot of work but the end results are truly worth it! Meet Me in the Garden is a stunning work of art that we can all be proud of. Easily an heirloom quilt by far!

I know you’re probably super anxious to know who our lucky winners are for the Meet Me in the Garden drawing, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out. Sorry! I’m a meanie, I know… In the meantime, I thought that since we’re already in the spirit of shining the spotlight on award-winning hard work and talent, it would be a good time to do another Primitive Gatherings Winner’s Circle post. So without further ado let’s turn our attention to the first quilt of the evening, brought to us by Pam Kearns. She entered her quilt, Warm Winter Blessings into the 2019 Northwestern Michigan Fair in Traverse City, Michigan and won the Sweepstakes Ribbon, which was the highest ranking award in its category.This was Pam’s first-ever entry into a state fair competition and she is super proud of it. As she should be – great work Pam! I love this quilt because it covers all the bases for winter decorating. You can put it out as soon as the snow starts flying and keep it on display until spring hits. Warm Winter Blessings makes the perfect gift for the snowman lover in your life, or to keep for your own collection. Easy enough to get done quickly, and fun enough to look at for months on end. Finished Warm Winter Blessings measures 54″ x 65″ – a nice size for a bed cover or draped over the back of your favorite arm chair.

Next up we have a quilt done by Marvi LeClair of Douglas, Wyoming. She entered her quilt Heirloom Rose in the 2021 Wyoming State Fair and received Best of Show for her hard work on this quilt, which she did during the lockdown in 2020.

Just wow Marvi! Everyone knows I’m a huge sucker for wool appliqué, and I can tell you that she absolutely earned every “stitch” of that Best of Show award the judges gave her. Heirloom Rose definitely requires not only skill, but a considerable time commitment. On the same hand, one of the reasons I love this quilt is because the amount of stitching you choose to do on each block is entirely up to you. I also love the depth the appliqué layers create. Each flower is uniquely done with expert accuracy. They almost look real! If you’d like to give Heirloom Rose a whirl, click the link above and we’ll hook you up! Bonus alert – there are both a scrappy version and an urban version to choose from!

Ahhh, that’s always so much fun! You have no idea how proud I feel to see other’s showing off their talent with my designs. It’s truly humbling and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. That’s why I want to continue to do a Primitive Gatherings Winner’s Circle post at least once a month, because I think you all deserve to be recognized for your hard work and talent! That being said, if you have an award winning PG quilt in your personal collection I would absolutely LOVE to see it! If you’d like your quilt shown here on the blog please email a photo of it along with your name and state your from to my trusty blog manager Heidi at: Please include the story behind the quilt you made, why you chose it, and any bumps in the road you may have encountered throughout the process. Please also include any information you have on the contest/show that it was in so we can make sure to give you proper and accurate credit. 

Sheesh, I just looked outside and it’s dark already. I guess that’s my que to go figure out what to make for dinner… Don’t forget to set your reminders for my LIVE show tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CST. I’ll tell you about my trip out west, plus announce our Meet Me in the Garden prize winners. Don’t miss it! Not entered in the Meet Me in the Garden contest but still want to be eligible for a nice little prize? Make sure to leave me a comment both here on the blog and during my show. That’s really all it takes for a chance to win! Have a great night and I will see you all LIVE tomorrow! ~Lisa

58 responses to “Back on WI Ground”

  1. Connie Avatar

    Thank you for all the new and wonderful pattern!

  2. Jan Avatar

    Pam & Marci’s quilts are beautiful. May need to put Warm Winter Blessings on my to do list. I’ll have to catch the replay of Live as I’ll be at a quilt guild meeting. So will Meet Everyone in the Garden later

  3. Lisa Marie Avatar
    Lisa Marie

    There have certainly been some beautiful quilts shown. Glad I don’t have to pick a winner!
    My parents love in Wild Rose, and Mom was just telling me about the snow on the way. Take care, and have fun!

  4. Kathy Bixby Avatar
    Kathy Bixby

    Not sure if my picture made it in time but will be watching tomorrow!

  5. Karen Addleman Avatar
    Karen Addleman

    I love that Heirloom Rose quilt. It is a stunner.

  6. Deb Worthman Avatar
    Deb Worthman

    I think we sending you our snow. We’ve probably had close to 15″ and it’s still snowing. Everything is shut down.

  7. lee Avatar

    Wow – lovely quilts!! I love seeing everyone’s talent!

  8. Jeanne Fuelling Brown Avatar
    Jeanne Fuelling Brown

    Will there be more kits avalable for the new upcoming 2023-2024 subscription box project?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Jeanne! Which subscription box are you asking about?

  9. Pat Widmaier Avatar
    Pat Widmaier

    Hi. Happy to hear you’re back safe and sound. Again, my area of Wisconsin will remain a brown dreary area. Looks like all the snow is North again. ☺️
    Hope you and Heidi will be able to get those new skis 🎿 out and tested. Have fun and stay safe. Looking forward to seeing what tricks you have up your sleeve for tomorrow’s ‘live’.


  10. Colleen Swesey Avatar
    Colleen Swesey

    Glad you are home safe and sound😊 Can’t wait for the show tomorrow.

  11. Mary Connelly Avatar
    Mary Connelly

    Warm Winter Blessings is hanging in my dining room. It goes up in January for the rest of the winter.

  12. Barbara H Avatar
    Barbara H

    I so enjoyed your post and loved seeing the award winning work of others and will look forward to watching for more winners on a monthly basis. Have fun in the snow.

  13. Tammy Avatar

    Welcome back to winter!!

  14. Beverly Avatar

    Love all the wonderful patterns, fabric and espically the wools!

  15. Debie Kasparek Avatar
    Debie Kasparek

    Glad you had some great time off! Looking forward to finishing dragonfly dreams and looking to the next long term project in the wool box coming up. Also working on heirloom rose along the way….along with twilight garden and live a thankful life. :-). Never enough time for your beautiful designs.

  16. Ginny Johnson Avatar
    Ginny Johnson

    Welcome back!

  17. An Cooper Avatar
    An Cooper

    Hope you enjoyed your time out. West, I think you said you were coming to spend a little time in Utah along with your time in Vegas. If you made it to Utah. Utah, I hope you enjoyed some of the new snow

  18. Melinda Rathmell Avatar
    Melinda Rathmell

    Glad to hear you made it back home safe and sound with all the weather out there! Looking forward to tomorrows live!!! ❤️

  19. Deb Veldhoen Avatar
    Deb Veldhoen

    I just started reading your posts. So much to learn and do. I love all your projects

  20. Melody Brown Avatar
    Melody Brown

    Love the quilts you showed! Gives me motivation to get my Warm Winter Blessings quilt done !

  21. Mary Beth Stevenson Avatar
    Mary Beth Stevenson

    Hi from Huntsville MO. Enjoy reading your post!

  22. Susan Burke Avatar
    Susan Burke

    Lisa, it’s comforting that you and Darci made it home before the next snow! It will be coming our way next in Buffalo, NY. Yikes!! We just had the Christmas Blizzard which raised our snow total to 101” so far. Perhaps Nick would do some plowing here. 😂😂With my stock of PG projects, I could be snowed in forever!! Anxious for your 2023 projects.Thanks to everyone at Primitive Gatherings!

  23. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    I have previously used each of the rulers that are used in Meet Me in the Garden. It is so much fun to revisit each one, knowing each of my blocks will come out perfect! A no worry quilt! I’m going to be demonstrating the star ruler at my quilt guild soon, so I’m really all set, I will not be soon forgetting how to use it, no rattled brain in front of peers. Practice really does make perfect.
    I’m also excited to know you have more projects planned using these rulers. How often do we buy a one use ruler? I know I have a few.

  24. Phyllis White Avatar
    Phyllis White

    Anxious to hear all about your trip. Excited to see everyone’s quilts!💜💜💜💜

  25. Debby Hillstead Avatar
    Debby Hillstead

    I hope you were able to take in some of “the greatest snow in earth” here in Utah! I have about 4 feet in my pasture. But where it has been piled from plowing are 8-9 feet high!!

  26. Tammy Avatar

    Thanks for the beautiful fabrics and patterns you design!!!!!

  27. Judy Donovan Avatar
    Judy Donovan

    Such lovely quilts! I made the smaller version of Warm Winter Blessings as a gift for my daughter a couple of years ago. Loved that little quilt!

  28. Mary H Avatar
    Mary H

    Congrats to the winners.
    I am with you, I’d take snow over rain in January.

  29. Phyllis Avatar

    I enjoy your blog Lisa. It’s fun to read about all the fun projects you are planning for me (us)! Thank you for all of your hard work.

  30. Rose Avatar

    I love reading your blog in the evening. It brings me so much joy and always puts a smile on my face!

  31. Pam in NC Avatar
    Pam in NC

    WOW! Those quilts are amazing! For someone who doesn’t appliqué, I can’t imagine the hours the second quilt took! Also, thanks for your fun live videos! I don’t always catch them live, but better late than never. Never do I miss an email though!

  32. Patti Koch Avatar
    Patti Koch

    Can’t wait for you to announce the winners of Meet Me in the Garden.

  33. Cindy Avatar

    Love seeing all the projects!!! How about some redwork in the future???

  34. smmothershead Avatar

    Love the winner’s circle quilts! It’s fun to see what others are doing.

  35. Renee Stapleton Avatar
    Renee Stapleton

    I am looking forward to seeing your Live show. It is always fun to learn about what’s happening at Primitive Gatherings!

  36. jmstavran55 Avatar

    Welcome back to Wisco, Lisa! Those prize winning quilts are beautiful. When you start with a great pattern and/or kit it’s almost no contest!

  37. Vicki Herbig Avatar
    Vicki Herbig

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip out west.

  38. usairdoll Avatar

    Such beautiful quilts !

  39. Marvi LeClair Avatar
    Marvi LeClair

    Thank you, Lisa, for all your kind words. Thank you also for the wonderful project, Heirloom Rose. I loved learning all the different embroidery stitches. The quilt hangs in a place of honor in our living room.
    Marvi LeClair

  40. Spencer Yvonne Avatar
    Spencer Yvonne

    I am enjoying your blog posts very much. I never thought that I would enjoy reading or following a blog. I think it is because it feels like I am having a conversation with you.
    I especially enjoyed seeing the two award winning quilts made by separate individuals from your patterns. Beautiful work! Lots of Talent! 🪡🧵

  41. Robin Tetef Avatar
    Robin Tetef

    I love seeing quilters receive ribbons for their lovely quilts ! Both are great. I love Marvi’s wool quilt, the wool colors and her stitches . . . WOW !!!

  42. Christine Kryjeski Avatar
    Christine Kryjeski

    It is so nice of you to showcase peoples talents. Everyone one should be proud of the work they do, ribbon or no ribbon. Hopefully getting to go to your shop this spring on my way to Minnesota from New York. Look forward to seeing you then.

  43. Carolyn K Shook Avatar
    Carolyn K Shook

    Glad you made it home safely Lisa. Looks like you have so much fun with Val and Darci. Looking forward to Rustic Gatherings and Joyful Gatherings. Pre-ordered both. Retiring in a year so I will lots of projects to keep me busy, as I also get your quilt box which I love love love. Stay safe out there.

  44. Louise Avatar

    Good to be home slide! Congrats to the 2 ladies of the winners circle! Beautiful quilts!

  45. Kathie Terek Avatar
    Kathie Terek

    Glad you made it home safe and sound. Vacations are fun but it is always good to be home again. I’m with you – I will take snow any day over mud and slush. I find that it’s very dreary and depressing. Have a great day and look forward to your live.

  46. Toni R. Avatar
    Toni R.

    I agree with how beautiful Meet Me In the Garden is – I have been assembling it this week and am loving it more with every round added – many thanks for the beautiful fabric and great pattern!

  47. Joyce Beenes Avatar
    Joyce Beenes

    Glad you had time away to refresh your batteries!
    Looking forward to hearing about your trip this afternoon.

  48. Lorraine Wieziolowski Avatar
    Lorraine Wieziolowski

    Wow! Beautiful quilts. There are so many talented quilters out there! Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a fun trip.

  49. Brenda Montei Avatar

    HI Lisa hoping to get on today at 1:00, still working on my cruise projects!!

  50. Susan Druschke Avatar
    Susan Druschke

    Welcome back to Wisconsin!

  51. Sue Hoover Avatar
    Sue Hoover

    Gorgeous quilts! Congratulations to the winners! Your designs are wonderful, Lisa, and always so fun to work up. Thank you.

  52. Gail Duval Avatar
    Gail Duval

    Cannot wait to see the winner of meet me on the garden, it will be a tough choice as all were beautiful

  53. Cathy C Avatar
    Cathy C

    Wow, these quilts are beautiful! I love snowmen and looking at Heirloom Rose just takes my breath away. Both are so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  54. sylvia3932 Avatar

    I love your patterns. You always make it all so fun. I can’t wait to make meet me in the garden quilt. My kit will be here tomorrow. Yeah!

  55. kpavski7243 Avatar

    Understand your lack of love for mud. I have horses and being in CA. we have been deluged with too much rain. The only good thing about the rain is I have been able to do a lot of quilting.

  56. sylvia3932 Avatar

    Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  57. Beverly Lawler Avatar
    Beverly Lawler

    It’s nice to get away but always nice to return home again ! Happy Quilting!

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