Good morning everyone from snowy WI! I woke up to about six inches of new snow with more falling as we speak. Unfortunately, not only did I wake up to the nasty weather but I also woke up UNDER it. 😮💨 In other words, I’m not feeling very well this morning and have decided to stay home for the day (I blame it on airplane air). Sadly, that means I will not be able to do my LIVE show today at 1:00 p.m. CST as scheduled. I know many of you are looking forward to the announcement of the Meet Me in the Garden winners, and I’m really sorry that I have to delay the reveal. The good news is, the winners have indeed been selected and as long as I am feeling up to it, we have rescheduled this week’s LIVE with Lisa for tomorrow – Friday, January 20th at 1:00 p.m. CST. Again, I’m sorry for the letdown but as we all know – things happen. People get sick! I know you understand and I thank you for it. Please tune in to watch tomorrow by clicking the STITCH button below. I’ll not only be announcing the Meet Me in the Garden winners, but also showing off the ribbon winners from our Red and White Quilt Challenge, and talking all about my trip out west as well. Have a great day everyone, and I hope to see you tomorrow! ……..🤧 ………..Ok…can I lay down now?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Hey again! As promised I’m back to tell you about the latest quilt challenge that’s been causing some buzz around the studio lately – The 2023 Moda Charm Pack Challenge! This challenge was designed by Moda to celebrate one of their most popular pre-cuts – the Charm Pack! All you have to do to join the Moda Charm Pack Challenge is start working on a Moda Charm Pack quilt and then share your progress on social media between January 14th and 16th, 2023 using the hashtags #CharmPackChallenge and #CharmPackChallenge2023 . Simple as that! Here’s what the project looks like…Finished, this quilt will be 32″ x 32″ and take one charm pack to complete (or 42 5″ squares). According to the folks at Moda, the “challenge” part of this is just to get you to push yourself to sew through the weekend while using your favorite charm packs to make this fun and easy quilt along side Moda, and all your online quilting buddies. They will not be voting on the “best” quilt, or picking a number one favorite – this is just for fun. It’s more about being creative and and virtually hanging out with other like-minded creative people for the weekend. Oh, and did I mention the pattern is FREE? Yeppo! The FREE pattern we will be using is the Moda Love Pattern in the CHARM pack size. All you have to do to download it is click the button below!Since I’m not at home right now I’ll have to miss this challenge, but I know Jess was in the middle of figuring her fabric out when I called the studio to check in. She decided to go with Nantucket Summer, the first solo collection by Camille Roskelley of Moda’s first mother-daughter design team Bonnie & Camille. As you can see, Nantucket Summer is a gorgeous collection of earthy greens, blues and whites. I think it’s a great choice for this challenge – what do you think?
Hey everyone, and welcome to the weekend! Friday is upon us yet again and you know what that means – it’s time for another Sewcialites 2 block release! This week’s block designer is one of my fellow Moda sisters and friends, Lissa Alexander of ModaLissa.com. Lissa is best known for being a talented quilt maker, savvy businesswoman, and Jill of many trades. One of her main roles is that of Marketing Manager for Moda Fabrics where she has not only worked behind the scenes with other talented Moda designers on their book projects, but has also written and co-written several excellent quilting and creative books herself. Her latest, Oh, Scrap! is available now in stores and online for purchase – I highly recommend it. Oh, Scrap! features a dozen unique scrap quilts bursting with colors, prints, and textures – all sure to dazzle your eye. I love a good scrap buster which is why I love this book! If you’d like to order a copy of Oh, Scrap! for your sewing room library I’d be happy to help – just hit the button below!
With over 40 years of quilting experience under her belt, Lissa describes herself as a lover of both scrappy and two-color quilts. She is a firm believer in the idea of including as many fabrics and designers into a project as she can. Her attitude is, “the more, the better” because that way she has a “good” reason to use more fabric, and then in-turn BUY more fabric to replenish her stash. LOL! Sounds reasonable to me…
Lissa’s block, “Nurture“ is fairly simple but may pose some challenges for newer quilters. The layout is basic, consisting of four 2-patch blocks and five square in a square blocks, all the same size. While the 2-patch blocks are beginner level, the square in a square blocks are mostly likely the reason “Nurture“ was given the “Intermediate” rating on the skills level scale.
As you know, there are a lot of things that can go wrong when making square in a square units, which often times means wonky looking blocks with inadequate seam allowance at your points as a result. During her tutorial on this block, Kim Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop recommends using square in a square papers to help keep things neat and tidy during this process. Feeling apprehensive? Don’t. For step-by-step help and guidance through it all you can watch Kim’s full tutorial on Block #11 by clicking HERE! For the full pattern and instructions for “Nurture“ click the link below.
If you’ve been following along with my progress so far, you know that I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line for this quilt-along, leaving out the five tans. For the background I’m using a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Want to do yours just like mine? Click the button below to shop Garden Gatherings fabric while it’s still in stock!
In case you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2, don’t worry about being behind. One of the best parts of this quilt-along is that you can do it on your time, however your schedule allows – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks are posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.
Newly released blocks can always be found on Kim’s blog The Jolly Jabber, along with a video tutorial on her YouTube Livestream the same day. Each designer will also post their own block to either their blog or their website on that day as well. I will also be posting each block release here on MY blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, which you can access by clicking the link below. If you’d like to get automatic updates on Sewcialites 2 you can subscribe to the blog by signing up in the Email subscription box by visiting the Landing Page, or by subscribing to the YouTube channel by clicking HERE.Are you having fun yet? I am! You know how I love my sew and quilt-alongs. In fact, I’m a little jealous of Jess right now… If you got a change to watch our LIVE show this week, she mentioned the 2023 Moda Charm Pack Challenge that she was getting ready to start. If you’re not familiar with it, Moda is hosting a virtual #CharmPackChallenge sew along over this weekend – January 14th and 15th – where participants will make the Moda Love Star block using charm packs. Fun right!? I would usually be joining Jess in this fun little game but since I’m still traveling out west, it’s going to have to be all her this year. Then again, coincidentally enough, the famous Lissa Alexander just so happens to also be doing this challenge and come to find out, she’s a full quilt version in my Red & White Gatherings line! I’m sure it looks stunning. She promised me a photo so I will post it later with the rest of the challenge details. If this fun challenge sounds like something you’d like to participate in hang tight. I am going to put together a post later on today explaining all the details, so keep an eye out for that.
Well everyone, I’m being paged by the girls to step away from the work and get back to all the play… I’m sure you’re surprised to hear that Val, Darcie, and I are having a blast doing all the things we do when we’re on the loose on a quilting rampage and away from our husbands. Yesterday after a pampering at the spa we kept the fun going when we visited a new “Sew Yeah” quilt shop location in Las Vegas. It was huge, and awesome and…. it only took me a matter of minutes to find something that felt awfully familiar out on display, so that was pretty cool (that’s Starlight Gatherings!).
We’re hoping to get some hiking and other adventures in before heading to UT to visit another friend so it should be great. Time to get back to it! I will see you all back here later this evening when I post the details on the Moda Charm Pack Challenge and announce this week’s comment prize winners. Don’t miss it – it could be you! See you then. ~Lisa
Happy hump day stitchers! Here we are in the middle of another week that will be over before we know it. If you watched me LIVE on YouTube last Thursday you know that I’m taking the next couple of days to get out of Dodge for a bit before we start to get busy again. I was glad to arrive at Val’s house (my home away from home) in Nevada yesterday afternoon after a long day of airports and flying. For whatever reason, no matter what I do traveling always seems to take a lot out of me both mentally and physically. I always feel like I need another week off to recover after it’s over… I’m sure you know the feeling! You’d think by now that I would be a seasoned pro at the whole travel game and that it should come easier for me than the average bear. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I find it difficult, it’s just such a long and drawn-out process that usually turns out to be more of a hassle than anything else. Bottom line – I would rather not deal with it at all. It’s 2023 for crying out loud. Can’t we just teleport? LOL! Needless to say, no matter how much fun we might have, it will be nice to get home to my own bed, my sweet pup, and my sweetheart Captain Crab Ass next week, who I’m sure will all be lovingly waiting for me with open arms. I am indeed a lucky girl.
I am also lucky to have my good friend, and fellow stitcher Darcie with me as my travel partner on this trip. Not only is she good company, but she always adds a huge element of fun into anything we’re doing – even if there’s work involved. Speaking of work, to our credit we did spend some time working last night and this morning on a few things before treating ourselves to a spa day this afternoon. We plugged away at finishing up a new project that will be making its debut during my Love is All You Need retreat coming up in February, plus a few other odds and ends that needed attention. As usual I have a lot of irons in the fire right now and many of them are starting to come to fruition, with only finishing touches and final details remaining. How exciting! These little jam sessions of ours are sometimes just the nudge I need to finalize a project or idea that’s been sitting in stasis for far too long. Obviously brainstorming is way more fun and productive with more that just one person involved!
Many of the projects that were discussed over the last couple of days are those included in either my Wool Box or Quilt Box subscription boxes, which I am super excited about this year. Many of you have commented that you’re on the fence about joining these subscriptions so I thought I might help bump you off by talking a little bit about what a fabulous opportunity they are. Let’s start with the Wool Box Subscription. Our Wool Boxes are released every other month and focus primarily on wool and stitchery. They contain as close as we can get to $100 worth of wool-based goodies, and are made up of all new projects that have not been previously released. Projects include at least one major project kit and pattern, a pattern for an ongoing project, novelties, and more! Our Wool Boxes consist mostly of Primitive Gatherings products and patterns, but we may also have guest designers and products as well in future boxes. Interested? Here are the details…
- Projects are 40% OFF retail value!
- PG Wool Boxes will be charged the 15th of the month and will be shipped after the billing cycle.
- The price of each box will be $72 which includes shipping (international orders are required by customs to have protective shipping materials and will be charged at $83 per box including the cost of shipping).
- Boxes will ship every other month starting in January. Subscriptions will continue until you email us and request to cancel.
- PLEASE NOTE: when canceling your subscription, you will still receive the next box in the line up. After that box your subscription will be canceled.
- Ready to sign up? It’s easy! All you have to do is click the link below to get started…
If wool isn’t your thing, no worries. Try my Quilt Box Subscriptinon instead! PG Quilt Boxes are themed boxes that re-create some of my antique quilts into similar smaller versions or mini quilts. They include small hand-piecing or EPP, quick and easy cross-stitch projects, a bit of hand appliqué and embroidery, pin cushions, pouches, totes, pillows, and an on-going block project that will grow into a larger quilt over time. Boxes also include projects by guest designers along with a variety of fabric types to bring you a wide range of fun and creative opportunities. My main focus in these boxes is smaller quilts, but I also want to stretch the possibilities to include other patchwork and sewing projects in the future. Details are as follows:
- Projects are 30% OFF retail value!
- The Subscription Quilt Box will ship 6 times a year, every other month starting in February.
- The price of each box will be $45.00 including shipping.
- Boxes are billed automatically on the 15th of each month.
- Boxes ship at the end of the month after all billing is cleared.
- You may join anytime as long as the subscription is not full to capacity. Subscriptions will continue until you email us and request to cancel.
- PLEASE NOTE: when canceling your subscription, you will still receive the next box in the line up. After that box your subscription will be canceled.
- Signing up is easy! All you have to do is click the link below…
These boxes really are a great deal when you consider how much you’re saving in the long run. If you’re still having doubts all you have to do is ask someone who’s taken the plunge before and they’ll tell you! In fact, let me know in the comments if you’re a current Wool or Quilt Box subscriber and if so, why you would recommend it. Let your fellow stitchers know what they’re missing out on – there might even be a prize in it for you!
Alright gang, enough with working for today. I’m getting the signal from the girls that it’s time to hang it up and go get dinner. Twist my arm! Tomorrow we hope to get some hiking in before heading to UT to visit with another friend of ours from the quilting world. It should be a great time! I’ll try and post some photos if I think of it. Don’t forget, even though I am out of the studio we will still be going LIVE tomorrow at 1:00 CST on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel! Jess will be starting the show out with details on how we’re handling BOM’s this year, along with a bunch of other important details and information, so you really don’t want miss that. Then I’ll be stealing the show for a minute as we patch in all the way from out west – as long as the internet Gods agree anyway! You can tune in for all the shenanigans by clicking the link below. See you there! ~Lisa
Hey there! How was your weekend? I’m happy to report that things are finally starting to feel more “normal” for me after the holidays, even though I’m definitely not all the way there yet. I don’t know about you, but last week everything felt totally off. I kept thinking it was Friday… up until it actually was. It didn’t help that Heidi and I took off early Friday afternoon so I could finally make the trip up to the shop in Wausau to get my ski equipment squared away. Nick was sweet enough to think of making the arrangements to buy me a whole new set of skis for Christmas, but I had to go make the final selections of boots, a new helmet, mitts, and goggles for myself. Let’s just say it wasn’t the cheapest afternoon, but it sure was fun! Plus, I should be all set on new equipment for the next several years now, so it was worth it.
Skipping out of work early is always fun in the moment, but also almost always proves stressful at the same time. In order to make it happen I either have to work a couple of days ahead, or scramble later to make up for it. I’m not sure which is better. Either way, I am glad to have that part of the process out of the way. Now I just have to wait for it all to be mounted and fitted to my new boots. We should be skiing by next week – I’ll keep you posted! After the ski shop we went to dinner at a cozy little 50’s style diner called, “The Mint“ that has been on North 3rd street in Wausau for as long as I can remember. It’s super cute and hasn’t changed a bit in many years. It’s definitely the place I’d send anyone looking for a good breakfast, lunch, or dinner – and homemade pie for dessert, of course. They have a full menu with a variety of choices. We kept it light and each had the Pesto Portabella sandwich. Devine! I highly recommend. We will definitely have to go there again soon.
Is it just me, or does it actually feel like we didn’t even have a weekend? That seems to happen to me a lot these days. People will ask me how my weekend was and I usually have to stop and think back like… wait – what DID I do??? – because it’s already a thing of the past. As you know, the answer is often times work, or stitch – or work and stitch – and this weekend proved to be no different. I spend a considerable amount of time locked away in my sewing room working on some things I’ve told you about, and some things that are yet to come. In fact, I had some fun goals set for myself like – I wasn’t allowed to take down Christmas decorations, do laundry, or pack for my Utah trip until I finished at least 24 blocks… You know, to make absolutely sure that I made some actual progress. Speaking of progress, this is what mine looked like half-way through that 24 block goal on Sunday… Not too shabby!
Not only did I have a lot of stitching to get done over the weekend, I also had – and still have – a lot of brainstorming to do. I have so many great ideas for upcoming projects, retreats, quilt-alongs – you name it! My brain never seems to want to shut off… which really isn’t the issue. It’s keeping everything organized and in order so that I don’t lose any of the details along the way that tends to be the challenge. But that’s ok! I love a good challenge, and you should too! After all, along with practice, challenging ourselves is what makes us better quilters in the long run.
If you can believe it, part of my prepping and brainstorming this weekend had a lot to do with next Christmas already. I know that seems crazy but it’s really not considering I’m anticipating not one, but two new fabric lines to come out this summer, both heavily geared toward the winter and Christmas seasons. The first line release that I anticipate seeing will be, “Joyful Gatherings,” scheduled to come out in June, 2023 – and man, I cannot wait! Not only is this line 1,000% yummy, I also have a quilt-along planned to go with it, so that’s always a bit of extra added excitement. After that I hope to see my latest flannel collection, “Lakeside Gatherings“ hit the warehouse shelves sometime in August. This line is soft flannels in an assemblage of blues and creams that are sure to be just the fabric you need for winter projects. If you don’t have any in mind quite yet, hang tight. I have several in the works and plan to release a book in the future as well, all designed with “Lakeside Gatherings“ in mind.
Have I piqued your interest yet? Whether you’ve already decided to join the upcoming “Joyful Gatherings” Quilt-Along or “Lakeside Gatherings” is more your style, now is the time to stock up on these hot new fabrics! Though neither line is available in stores at this time, they are now both available to PRE-ORDER by clicking the links below!If you watched me LIVE last Thursday you got to see a bit of a sneak peek of the “Lakeside Gatherings“ collection. While I was showing it, I mentioned another idea I have that I really hope to do a lot with this year. It has to do with our environment, planet awareness, and reducing our carbon footprint where we can. For instance, I think there are plenty of disposable products that could easily be made as reusable products. Things like makeup removal pads, paper towels, reusable dryer sheets, etc., could all easily be made from your scrap stash. I have a whole bunch of these types of projects in mind, so if that sounds like something you’d like to try I highly recommend stocking up on this light and airy flannel line while it’s still on sale.Don’t you just love new releases? I do… I love it once they’re actually here even more. But you know as well as I do that patience is a virtue – especially when waiting for fabric to arrive. You know what they say… Absence makes the heart grow fonder! Indeed. Indeed. Aright everyone, time for dinner! Have a great night and I will see you back here on the blog soon. Oh! And just a friendly reminder that due to scheduling conflicts and just a heck-of-a lot going on, we’ve decided to discontinue Shop Talk until further notice. You can still catch me LIVE every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. CST on my YouTube channel, STITCH with Lisa Bongean. Tune in by clicking the link below. See you there! ~Lisa