Farmhouse Friends “Just Flowers” Stitch-Along Block #12 – Hydrangeas

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m excited to say that it’s finally it’s my turn to post my block for this year’s Farmhouse Friends “Just Flowers” Stitch-Along. I saw all of the other blocks and knew these hydrangeas had to be BLUE! Just look at these hand-dyed appliquéd flowers. They almost look real with all the light and dark variations of color in the wool. I know there are a lot of flowers here, but look at the results! There’s also a lot of cutting, but trust me it’s worth it. Plus, this block is super easy to stitch so you’ll save yourself some time there!

As you can see I also added the date on my block, which is always a fun addition. Ready to make yours? We have several options available for this block! Download and print your own block for FREE by hitting the link below!

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I really had a lot of fun with this block – and I have to say I’m pretty proud of it, which is why I love sharing it with all of you! No printer? No problem! You can purchase a printed version of the pattern for a small charge of $5.00! Click the link below to order your printed pattern now!

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To add to the fun we’re also offering KITS for this gorgeous block! They are also available by hitting the link below. Not only do kits make life easier for you, but the profits also help us to continue to bring you these Stitch/Quilt-Alongs. Thank you for your purchase – we appreciate you all!

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If you need to find any of the prior blocks for this Stitch-Along you can visit the Farmhouse Friends facebook group or more information and links to each block!

CLICK HERE for Previous “JUST FLOWERS” Stitch-Along BLOCKS!

As always, you can catch me every Thursday at 1PM CST on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube Channel! And don’t forget to leave me a comment here on the blog for a chance to win a prize! Are you participating in this Stitch-Along? How are your blocks coming? What’s your favorite so far? Let me know in the comments! That’s all I have for now – I’ll be back soon! ~Lisa

Official Call out for Flag Blocks!

Oh hey, I’m back! As I mentioned earlier I have another great idea to add to our efforts in helping Hogs for Heroes. As of today, I am officially on what I’m calling a “secret mission!” My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag Blocks as possible, which will then be used collectively to create a future project that will generate even more happiness for Hogs for Heroes. Obviously, I can’t do this alone so I’m asking you for your help!

If you would like to participate by making and donating blocks to this mystery mission, please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on this, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal) that would be even better! All of us here at Primitive Gatherings will be helping to combine your creativity together into their final form. I can’t wait to see it all come together to make something great!

Ready to get started? You can find a printable PDF of the instructions and pattern for the Hogs for Heroes flag blocks by clicking the link below!

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

Everyone here at Primitive Gatherings would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the support and donations that you have provided over the past year for this cause. It is truly awe inspiring!  We hope to be able to continue doing things like this in the future for many great causes! If you’re not familiar with Hogs for Heroes and want to learn more, simply hit the link below!

Thanks again for keeping up with my blog and other social media outlets. Please remember to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize! Are you planning to participate in the H4H auction? What’s your favorite item up for grabs??? How many Flag Blocks are on your agenda? Let me know! And don’t forget, bidding on my first two quilts is officially OPEN! Don’t miss out, hit the link below to place your bid – Good luck and see you soon! ~Lisa

T-Shirt Quilt Tutorial with Kathy Decker and Lisa Bongean

Have you ever wondered what to do with those old t-shirts and sweatshirts that you just can’t seem to part with? I think we all have a few hoarded away – whether they be keepsakes of our kids growing up, or memories from our own wardrobes from back in the day. We stash them safely away in our closets, keeping them for years on end – but for what? I keep saying to myself I’m going to do something with these old things…someday… I swear! I’m happy to say I finally have a solution. My friend Kathy Decker has a great idea that gets those old keepsakes out of the basement and onto your wall or bed, with a simple and fun t-shirt quilt and pillow project!

If you know anything about my friend Kathy, it’s that she’s not only a great quilter but also an excellent teacher. She was gracious enough to spend some time with me last week in the studio where she shared a really cool way to honor a special person or time in your life – all while recycling old shirts into something new and creative. The example she brought was a piece she recently did for a childhood friend who’s mother passed away a few years ago. Kathy’s mother had been best friends with the woman who passed for 55 years, so of course she said yes to the project. She explained, “My friend’s career was in sports so she took her mom to a lot of district championships, the final four, and that sort of thing. These t-shirts were pretty special to her. My friend was a coach at Culver Stockton and this one says, ‘Coach’s Mom,’ so I’m sure it got a lot of use a long time ago back in the 90’s.” What a cool way to commemorate such an important aspect of their lives. The idea of giving these old shirts new life in such a creative way really warms my heart.

I’m super excited that Kathy is here to take the mystery out of expert t-shirt quilting and pillow making for us. I wanted to share her wisdom on the topic with you all, so we put together a great little step-by-step tutorial where she explains all her tips and tricks for you to get the perfect t-shirt quilt every time. You can check that out by visiting my, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” YouTube page or by hitting the link below! Lisa Bongean and Kathy Decker showing t-shirt pillow examples.

Another reason I like the idea of t-shirt quilts and pillows is that you really don’t need a lot of supplies to make one. Obviously, you’ll need a bunch of old t-shirts and sweatshirts to get started, but once you’ve selected which shirts you’ll be using the rest is pretty simple. If you’re already an avid quilter, you will probably have most of the supplies you’ll need already on hand for this project.Lisa Bongean watches Kathy Decker demo how to make a t-shirt quilt

I have a complete list of the supplies Kathy uses listed in the comments under the video. She does a great job thoroughly explaining each one and how to use it. If you don’t already have all of the recommended supplies, you can find them on our website by clicking the button below.

If you’re making a t-shirt memory project but don’t have a lot of shirts to use – or if you have shirts that are too large to fit into a quilt, don’t worry. Pillows are another way you can do this project without needing a ton of shirts to complete it. The technique for preparing t-shirts for pillows is basically the same as the quilt, but requires only one shirt to finish the project. Once your shirt is ready, you can watch my Covered Zipper Pillow Tutorial for instructions on how to complete your pillow. Do you have a lot of shirts but simply like the idea for pillows better? That’s ok too! Pillows are a great idea for someone with a lot of grandchildren or extended family members. This way, you have several pieces to pass out to each child or family member as a way to honor your loved one. In other words, many shirts can turned into one full quilt or multiple pillows to share with family and friends.

I hope you are as excited about t-shirt quilts and pillows as I am. I can’t tell you how many old t-shirts and other garments I’ve kept over the years simply because the nostalgia connected to them is just to great to let go. What a nice idea for something to snuggle and cuddle with when you’re missing the person it once belonged to.

Make sure you check-in with us tomorrow on 2-22-2022. Considering the date has so many, “2’s” in it we miiiight just have to come up with something clever and fun to go along with it… And don’t forget about, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean LIVE Thursday on YouTube! We have been getting a lot of questions regarding our Red & White Challenge, so I’ll be going over more specific details on that. We’ll also be discussing my quilt, Wildflower with my good friend and special guest Linda Hrcka from The Quilted Pineapple in MI. I’m really looking forward to it, I always love chatting it up with Linda! I hope to see you all there! ~Lisa

Love…and RETREAT is All You Need!

Hi friends! I just wanted to check in to let you all in on the fun we’re having at The Gathering during our, “Winter Wonderland” multi-day retreat! Yesterday we started out by spending some time in the shop where everyone was able to personally select fabrics for their retreat projects. I love seeing the different perspectives and color combinations that people put together. It’s one of the things that makes your projects unique to you! Watching the group shop was fun, they reminded me of kids in a candy shop! It’s definitely a challenge to be in that store and not want to buy one of everything you see…trust me, I can relate!

Once fabrics were selected we headed back over to The Gathering to get started. The projects today include hand-stitched, three-sided, wool trees (free-standing), a winter-themed wool mat called, “Cold Winter Days ” (for display on a table, clipboard, or wall), and a winter-themed lap quilt project called, “Flurry.”

So far everyone is doing a wonderful job and making great progress! We’re just about ready to sit down to lunch, which is beef, mushroom, and farro soup with a huge salad bar, and lemon/raspberry bread for dessert – all from scratch! After that I’ll be taking all the retreaters on their exclusive tour of Primitive Gatherings where they’ll be able to see how all the different departments work together to make PG tick. Then it’s down to the shop where something tells me that there will be some serious shopping going on….just a hunch! Then it’s back to the retreat house for some cookie decorating (and sampling) and of course, more stitching!

Carrie – a newly retired nurse from Milwaukee – wishes she had known about our retreats sooner! She told me she’s been waiting a very long while to have the necessary time available to dedicate toward quilting and stitching. She said, “This retreat is totally inspirational for me and I am really happy to be here. I feel as though I’m starting my quilting hobby completely over after having had to put it aside for about 28 years. I can’t believe I’m finally able to spend my time doing the things that I love!” She reports that she’ll be coming to as many retreats as she can, simply for the stimulation, inspiration and the chance to meet new people and make new friends. “None of my questions about quilting and stitching have gone unanswered while I’ve been here. Between the other ladies and having Lisa here all day, I have an endless supply of knowledge and resources. I love it and appreciate this opportunity so much!”

Our retreats here at The Gathering are so much fun! I mean, what’s better than spending time with talented friends – old and new – who share the same love for stitching as you do? During retreats quilters of all ages and ability levels are able to take advantage of our spacious activity room – complete with individual tables with power stations, adjustable chairs, ironing, and cutting stations, a common kitchenette and amazing lighting.

As if that’s not enough to get you here, wait until you see what Chef Erica has in store! She and her excellent culinary staff will delight you each day with a continental breakfast, homemade soups with a large salad bar for lunch, and gourmet dinners fit for a queen. I swear, everything they touch in that kitchen turns to gold! They do a great job to say the least.

I’m also very proud of how welcoming and home-like our retreat house is. As you walk through the front door you can’t help but notice the stunning collection of quilts hanging throughout the building on the walls and from the ceiling. It’s like a dose of awe and instant inspiration! The ceilings are intentionally designed to be high, so we’re able to do these beautiful works of art justice by displaying them in their full glory.

Thinking of getting a group together for a retreat? The Gathering can also accommodate up to 25 overnight guests! Rooms can be single bed, all the way up to four beds depending on your needs. Packages and rates vary per retreat. You can give Jenny a call at 920-778-8031 if you’d like to discuss upcoming retreats and which one (or all!) might be the best fit for you!

Speaking of future retreats, I’m really getting excited about our next one, “Love is All You Need” coming up in February. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so if you’re still contemplating on what to make that special someone, this retreat could be for you!

The sign-up fee for, “Love is All You Need” is $150 per person and includes mocha lattes and raspberry scones in the morning, a Valentine’s Day project, kit and class (your choice between the “LOVE” pillow or table runner) instructed by me, class favors, and a “red” inspired lunch and dessert. The class will run from 9AM – 4PM.

The date for, “Love is all You Need” is February 8th, 2022. We only have a few spots left open for this event, BUT if we get enough interest we are considering doing a second session on that following Saturday. So if the 8th doesn’t work for you, give us a call anyway! We’d love to fill up a second date!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. It looks like we might finally see a little bit of sunshine and warmer weather – at least for a couple of days – so I’m definitely going to try and get outside for a little bit of exercise and fresh air in between projects! There’s always a lot going on but making time for that is so important – kind of like how making time for a quilting retreat is important too! LOL

Staying in this weekend and looking for something to watch? If you missed my trunk show yesterday don’t worry, you can still watch it by hitting the link below to my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel. Take care everyone, I’ll see you next week!

Tune In to, “A Quilting Life” Podcast with special guest – Me!

Hi All! I’m back in WI safe and sound and already working on what seems like a zillion upcoming projects! One of the first things I managed to tackle since being back is my guest appearance on the podcast, “A Quilting Life Podcast – Episode 47” with Sherri and Chelsi.

In this podcast, we discuss how I first got into quilting and how that led me to eventually open up my own quilt shop and retreat center. I also talk about how I became interested in quilting as a young mom, the beginnings of my business and quilt shop shop Primitive Gatherings, my quilting retreat house, “The Gathering” and my family’s participation in starting the business. I also preview of some of my upcoming fabric lines and talk all about the Stitch-A-Long I plan to have this upcoming spring/summer, so don’t miss it!

If you would like to listen in just hit the link below! I will see you later this week with more photos from my trip, an update on my most favorite patient at Anchor Point, discussion on recent fabric releases and more! See you soon everyone!

Winter Wonderland Workshop

As many of you know we put on some really awesome workshops here at Primitive Gatherings, and this January is no exception! The Gathering at Primitive Gatherings is proud to present our 2022 Winter Wonderland Workshop! Come stay with us during this three-day workshop, or join us just for a single day. Classes will run from Thursday January 27th through Saturday January 29th, 9 AM until 4:30 PM (check-in is Wednesday January 26th at 3PM and check-out is Sunday January 30th by 11AM for those staying for the full session).

The workshop includes project kits and classes that I will be teaching, along with a couple of additional classes and projects! Oh, and let’s not forget an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Primitive Gatherings (this tour is only available to guests of The Gathering and not open to the general public)! Dinner will be provided to those checking in on Wednesday night, along with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch for retreaters attending the entire event! Lunch will be provided if you are attending a single day session.

The weather has been extra nasty out there lately and I’m sure many of you could use an excuse to get out of the house. Look no further, the Winter Wonderland retreat is (almost) here! Don’t wait, spots are limited and going fast so call Jenny at 920-778-8031 to claim your seat. You can also email us at thegathering@primitivegatherings.us to reserve your spot today!

I’m really hoping the sub zero temps will be gone by the time I get back from Vegas, but we all know that’s probably wishful thinking. All I can say is I’m having a great time so far and I am 100% NOT missing such cold weather! Stay tuned to my, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” Youtube channel for my live presentation this Thursday. Even though I’m not in the studio this week, Jess and the girls will be sharing our new and upcoming fabric releases that have officially arrived at the warehouse! Of course, Val and I will be “popping in” to join the fun all the way from Nevada as well, so don’t miss us! Hit the link below to watch! See you soon everyone!