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21
Oct
16

Block 12 & 13 Magic of Christmas…

Good Evening Everyone…

Just want you all to know we all just finished a H-E double toothpick of- week!  That’s I why I have not posted any new MOC blocks…now remember… I told you early on there were going to be gaps and times when they come day after day and then not so much…but rest assured…we will get them all done by the end of November!!!

I did not mention this but I am going to now…sooooo I have to go to CA after Houston to teach a bunch of wonderful ladies coming all the way from New Zeeland…they are coming to our CA shop and we are so excited to have them!!! But that means I will be gone for over two weeks, coming home NOV 11…then what happens in November?  Right our biggest event!!!! Primitive Christmas…when you get patterns and pincushion kits and those cute mugs!!! So my point here is I have designed/stitched all(4 this year)the projects for this AND about 5 extra ones…that I am saving for this event!!! So really it was fun, but at the same time…very brutal….this was A LOT to do plus all the new designs from Liberty Gatherings my newest Moda line that will come out in FEB/2017 ….I will be posting about these soon too…now that they are all back from the quilters and much prettier now… and will be hanging in Houston for all the shop owners to see and buy for their shops…so…to keep you busy for the next week…while the graphic designer is gone to Mexico this whole next week..(thanks Teri for working late today…I know you wanted to be gone by three….we appreciate all you do for us!!! Make sure you have a margarita and enjoy the sun!!!)  But she managed to sneak these two blocks in today! I’ve double-triple, checked them for printing errors and can’t find any…so fingers crossed there are none…

Two easy ones…this time…LB

 

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Oh…almost forgot…some Fall decorating…some of you wanted to see…I just did a little this year….we had some nice Fall days….

Here is the back of the house that does not face the water…
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Planting Spring bulbs!!! Can’t wait to show you next Spring…I don’t remember them being this hard to plant!!!!!! Still waiting for more to arrive they better hurry!!!
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Our dining table…
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img_8341Jeter… all tuckered out from being outside for a couple hours….He’s got it pretty good I would say…LB…Will post more MOC blocks from Houston once Teri gets back from her Vay-Cay!!!  I’ll be looking for your posts on IG, FB!!!

10
May
16

Summer Blocks of the Week…finally!!!

I’m just posting here just in case some of you are not signed up for the shop’s blog…Jessica did a fine job today posting about all THREE of our Summer Blocks of the Week…Please click HERE to read ALL the details that I may not mention in this post…

We all have been working very hard to get all the blocks done..and cutting sheets tested and all the details sorted to bring this to you…So I just want to briefly say a few things about each one…

Among Friends is a quilt I designed after Ardie, who teaches at the CA store…showed me her quilting basket that was made up into 3″ friendship stars…I thought…these are perfect for a “pieced” SBOW…so I came up with an interesting layout and started planning how we could make lots of yummy scrappy stars!  Here is what you will be getting…12 packages of 44 blocks…36 for the body of the quilt and 8 saved for the border…lisa bongeanIMG_6443I’m super excited to piece these weekly and collect little friendship stars each week! I’ll help you stay caught up!!!

Next is this adorable star quilt…I fell in”love” with this design…I usually don’t buy/collect 30’s quilts…but sometimes you have to make exceptions…img_2952LisaBongean/collectionThis amazing quilt HAS to be re-created…Jess named it Clara’s Stars after her grandmother…as she is in-charge of this one…primitivegatherings2016We are kitting it with civil war repos instead of the 30’s…with a choice of cream or tan backgrounds…I am going to try at least to make a runner…since I am in charge of the other two SBOW…I’m not THAT crazy to do all three…remember…we HAVE no choice we have to keep up and I know my limits!

Now the last SBOW…My Crazy Life..(how fitting)

I L-O-V-E how this one is going to turn out…It’s the finishing thats going to MAKE the quilt for me and I will be sharing in about a month after we start..but really if you just put these blocks together that would be fine to…but you know…it will be A-mazing for what I have planned for it …so keep that in mind…

This quilt is FUN…It is easy…the strips will be cut to size for you…as it is very forgiving and you will trim the blocks down, which will set them back straight again… You are looking at flannel backgrounds and wool appliqués…These blocks are so fun…after I finished these 8, they were so colorful and cheery I decided to get the rest of them ALL fused down..in about a day in a half…so this in not intense (like 2015’s was…lol) so if you are all about fun and simple this one is for you…but remember the setting it going to elevate it to awesome!!!lisa bongean 2016lisa bongean 2016

I am supposed to be stitching on a BOM I need to get done for Spring Market…but I got severely sidetracked with this…but now they are ready to stitch…I will bring them along to Market and maybe they will all be done by the time I return…

You will be doing 4 blocks in each package… very do-able!

Now last but NOT least…the FREEBIE!!! I’m not going to say anything but this…might be the best freebie yet…and you know we’ve had some great ones!!!lisa.bongean2016

If you cannot commit to the SBOW you can still get the FREEBIE each week with a $25 purchase from the shop…walk in or internet…but if you are in any of the SBOWs you automatically get them shipped with your weekly package of happy mail!!!

Again…lots of info here but if you want ALL the details you need to visit HERE . It will give you links to the shop’s website where you can sign up for these wonderful projects to keep us inspired and stitching all summer long…We will also have 2 Facebook groups…with exclusive memberships to help, share, encourage, give stuff away and just meet some wonderful people!!! If you were in the group last year comment and encourage those who “don’t do Facebook” to try it…

If you have any questions after reading Jess’s blog post with all the info please email or call the shop…but I think she covered it all…ps…if you already signed up for Among Friends…just make a note on your order if you are signing up for another…or email if you forget.

I have lots to post about coming up…so I will be bothering you more in the near future…all for now….what do you think about Presley choosing to relax on this super cool hexie floor??? A quilter must live here…and a doggie that loves hexies too!

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25
Jun
15

Summer Update

I hope you are all having a great summer….I am trying to do some fun stuff along with all the deadlines I have to make!!!

I have been to SeaWorld in SanDiego…IMG_2684I have been hanging out at the Lakehouse with my Family..and friends and trying to see as many Sunsets as I can..IMG_2768IMG_2761IMG_2749I have been teaching ALOT also…At the WI studio..IMG_2740IMG_2745IMG_2743IMG_2744I forgot to take pics of the 2 Day Crazy Mat class…sorry Ladies…

I also want to share some of the samples that were brought in to the CA shop over our Grand Opening!!!

Here is Linda’s Timeless Rose quilt…IMG_2665and then we have Marsha’s Dashing Through the Snow…IMG_2666then some wool pumpkins on Midnight Harvest made by Cindy…IMG_2670It is so awesome when I teach a class and then the next time I’m at the shop someone brings in their finished project..here is Trina and her sample from our Punchneedle class…IMG_2671Then Jo shared a couple of things…little Thimble quilt…see how she placed her colored thimbles?…along with a SEW pincushion..IMG_2664Again…so much going on…I’m stitching ALL the BOW’s.  Both from the WI shop and the Little Bow Ties from the CA shop..IMG_2797 IMG_2833IMG_2821

We also are planning a wedding for the end of summer for these two…I think they were enamored with ‘little man” and want one of their own even more now!!!IMG_2796also last but not least I finished the FREEBIE…I will show it as soon as they get it on the website…lol…so coming soon!  Enjoy the nice weather and get those BOW fused down or cut if you are doing the pieced one…and then when you have little moments of time you can use it well!  Make the best of everyday….and STITCH!  LB

oh…one more thing…I am seeing lots of cool wildlife at the Lake…like this huge toad…he was as big as Luke’s hand..IMG_2779and then this big beautiful Moth…IMG_2754Until next time!!

28
May
15

Is it Summer yet?

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Just thought I would send out a post and tell you all what going on…First…Its fun to see the college kids come back to work…JJ, Dominic and Abbey are helping the warehouse girls…Lynn, Sherrie, Rose, Rose(foxy) and Robin get all these SBOW’s ready…They all freak out that I don’t have it ready yet!!! Then magically in a couple of days I can have 12 blocks drawn, 2 stitched with sashings 3 more fused and all 15 of the FREEBIES fused and 2 stitched, the Freebie is called “To Plant a Flower…”all the threads picked out and now I can concentrate on stitching…oh wait…Row by Row?…Ok..got that drawn…Wisconsin Shop Hop, Amy pieced this for us…I just wrote directions and Val is quilting, can’t wait to show this off…all coming soon….its really non stop!!!!

I decided I would spend sometime in the evenings in my garden, which I have been neglecting for a couple of years, but not this year!…photos of gardens today and a photo bomber…I also have had a bad bad cough and sore throat that kicked my butt earlier this week…Much better today…thank GOD it is getting better…there is no time to not feel good.IMG_2527IMG_2525IMG_2520IMG_2523IMG_2519IMG_2510IMG_2524IMG_2522IMG_2517IMG_2509IMG_2518IMG_2513IMG_2507IMG_2516IMG_2512IMG_2511IMG_2505IMG_2504IMG_2503

26
Aug
14

Week 13 Block of the week..

Just a heads up…wIMG_0589e forgot to reverse the numbers and letters in this block on your tracing sheet…you can flip it over trace them in reverse and then trace to your fusible…I know you probably would figure this out, but I just want to give you a heads up so you are aware! Thanks Julie for noticing this!

Also I am done piecing Opposites Attract for our pieced version of this years SBOW! (That’s a lot of blocks)…But the quilt turned out awesome!!! Below is a peek at it and as you can tell Jeter loves it too…also I made something out of the leftovers, which made a nice 16″ little quilt or table mat….When I get to the studio I will post a full picture of the Opposites Attract quilt.opposites attract/ lisa bongean

Leftovers/Opposites Attract/lisa bongeanIf you want order the same tiny grey/navy star print I used in the inner and outer borders you can, but I need to know how much to order so I can guarantee that you will get it…it is from my new line coming out in December…Lakeside Gatherings…You will need 3 1/4 yds for borders and binding.  Pre Order Here  

Your card will not be processed until we ship.

I am posting this hoping you will order soon as I need to place my order with Moda by Labor Day. I don’t want to order 700 yards and hope you all would want it…lol…the joys of being a shop owner!

Piece or Stitch today…you deserve it!

LB

 

27
May
13

Memorial Day weekend…

Nick and his big walleye...

Nick and his big walleye…

It was a nice weekend….the weather wasn’t the greatest but we made do…Nick caught lots of walleyes off the dock…the boys got to ride a little bit and I did some cooking, picture taking and some stitching…nothing to intense…just nice to be by the water even if it was just 60 degrees…

Presley & Jeter...the two sidekicks...

Presley & Jeter…the two sidekicks…

Nick on the dock

the fisherman and the sunset

a family fishing and the sunset

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the 4 legged boys want to ride too!!!

the 4 legged boys want to ride too!!!

Hope you all had a nice weekend and spent time with your families….

Thanks to ALL who have served this country to make all we do possible…

LB

18
Feb
13

Fat Quarter Shop 2013 Designer’s Mystery Blog Hop…Welcome to Week 3

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Hey Everyone!

Welcome to this Mystery Blog Hop hosted by Fat Quarter Quilt Shop…This hop is featuring 12 Moda designers and their blocks using  the Avalon fabric line, from Joanna from Fig Tree and Company…This Mystery Quilt is actually a row quilt.  Remember it is a Mystery…we are not showing you our blocks…you can however sign up here for this BOM, click here:  2013 Designer Mystery BOM

The first row of blocks were baskets…View the posts here….

The second row of blocks were stars…View the posts here…

The third row are houses…the other two designers posting this week are:

Lynne of Kansas Troubles

Polly & Laurie from Minick & Simpson  

and then I am the third….now we were asked to talk about our DREAM HOME…hmmm this was a photo I pinned the day before I was asked to send in a photo of my dream home…so off it went to Chelsey at FQS…but then the more I thought about this I actually have a confession…

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Last Fall, Nick & I purchased what will become our Dream Home….it is a little rough right now…but it has some great possibilities…so lets visit a few of them…first…it is on a lake…Now if any of you know me…you know we have this wonderful floating cottage aka “our boat”.  I love our boat, but here is the kicker…If we have a really HOT summer…our lake gets so green and full of algae, we cannot allow the dogs in the water!  We have had a boat for 4 years…two of those years were HOT, no swimming…So our boat is now FOR SALE!  Why would we want to sell our boat if we now have a Lakehouse?  Well our boat is big…you can sleep on it…. no need for this big boat…it will have to be a fishing boat or PONTOON-Yeah, you know that song…On the pontoon..

Now…back to the Lakehouse…that is what we call it…I did not want a cottage…but my dear husband was not “letting it go” if you know what I mean…now I do not need another property to up keep….so when he said to me one Sunday…Hey …ya wanna go see this house on the lake? (you know how we talk up here)…  It is only 25 miles from here?  To get him off my back I said Yes, sure…and off we went…I knew I could find something wrong with it….Well…we arrived…and I took one look at the view and I was mesmerized….I did not want to leave…I was in love with that water!!! that sunset that was going to happen…those loons that were swimming by….I didn’t really care about the house as long as it wasn’t falling down…which it was not…

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It was built in the 1920’s… this is a picture of it back then…now what do you notice?  Yes…that is it! Its kind of secluded! we sit down at the end of a dead end and we are on a point…so water on two sides…Now there have been some updates, since then….some good…so not so good…Now here is the current pic as it sits in the wintertime….I am standing on the end of the dock…The house is now turd brown with turd brown trim….who paints a house brown with brown trim???? but look…see that by the edge of the water…on the left?  That is a guest house!  It is so cute…but again lots of brown and paneling (YUCK) and needs some love…

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Now a peek at the inside…since September we have done a few things…painted…the walls were completely white…we added new appliances, new kitchen and bath knobs,  and furnished it…that is it…we have been too busy to do anything else and I have decided we are not going to do anything until we know if it

IMG_8771IMG_8792major until we decide if it is going to be our lakehouse or our real house….We are going to spend this whole next summer enjoying it and the water before we dive into anything…

It is all open concept…my sewing room is out in the middle of the room…see my cutting table…the dining room, computer nook and kitchen is to the left.  Now I wanted to keep this house bright and sunny and “lakehouse” like..

It was painted a nice grey…with yellow accents…I found some cool furniture…see that plaid couch?  It looks like some wool I own!!! But as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it for the lakehouse…

The best thing about the kitchen is I can reach in every cupboard…It was designed for a shorty like me!IMG_8772

A few more things…a little reading/stitching nook in my stitchinIMG_8770g room…Then the upstairs is one open loft…It was painted a nice blue and my cousin Rick made me these “old looking” head boards with the industrial lights in them…I just love how these turned out…I need to find something better than those dust ruffles…but the antique quilts sure add a big impact to this room!!!

 

This is all I am going to show you for now…and now that my “secret” is out…you know why I have been “pinning” lakehouse stuff on Pinterest!!! I will let you all know how  my family and I are enjoying the  our lakehouse…and keep you all posted!  Hopefully it will become our DREAM house!

Thank you for visiting with me today…stop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop to sign in for their give-away today!  Fat Quarter Shop Blog…

all for now…LB

ps…Jeter says “HI”

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