Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Block-The Holly & the Ivy..


Welcome All to our Mystery Stitch-Along…Rhonda always throws a fabulous party!! I hear you are all buying kits like crazy!!!!  WE love that you are so supportive of our Mystery… This is block 2 in the series…there will be 12 total and then Rhonda will have a finishing layout for you as well…

Holly & Ivy

I chose to stitch the Christmas Carol…”The Holly & the Ivy”…and I had so much fun…designing and stitching this block…click the link below and after the ad, it will start in five seconds…

It is a British Carol… Click Here to Play it!

As you can see…I stitched this comfortably while Jace is playing with all his toys…h&I LB

For my block I used…the following…I have linked the products to our website for easy ordering if you need these items.

Heat & Bond Feather light fusible web…

White Clover Liquid Chalk marking pen

#22 & #24 Chenille needles

The following threads…#12- 5, O575, O775, O519 & M81

#8 wt. O775 and 3Strand floss in O775– using only one strand…I used this on the letters…so they #12 wt would not make the letters “chubbier”.  The one strand of 3SF covers the edge but doesn’t take over..

We do not have an endless supply of threads…we have picked out some subs that will work just as well…so if you do not get the exact thread listed know we picked a sub.  I

I will post a STEM STITCH video in our Facebook group…

To download the pattern click HERE

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If you missed the first block or need the schedule for the remaining blocks they are listed here…

It will be hard to top last year’s Crazy Quilt, but we think this year’s quilt is PRETTY SPECIAL TOO!

Beginning April 1st, we will share with you free patterns from some of our favorite designers to complete a Christmas quilt.  Each week, one designer will post the free pattern on their website.  All you need to do is go to the website on the date indicated below to download and print your free pattern and order kits to complete the block.  Printed patterns will be available to purchase for those of you that can’t download the free pattern.

SCHEDULE (Mark your calendar now):

April 1, Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads


April 8, Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

April 15, Shawn York, Rusty Crow

April 22, Gloria Parsons, Olde Green Cupboard

April 29, Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand

May 6, Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

May 13, Laurel Arestad, Simply Put Plus

May 20, Kathy and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

May 27, Dawn Shuck, Sew Cherished

June 3, Reets Carl, Reets Rags to Stitches

June 10, Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

June 17, Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

June 24, finishing instructions by Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

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Friday Quilting Giveaway- WOOL, NEEDLE & THREAD book and wool kits !


This week’s quilting giveaway….

I am running two give-away’s today…one here on the blog…

and one HERE in a Facebook Group called Mystery Quilt Sew A Long.

So… you have more than one chance to snag the prize…I know I need to post more about MY book Wool, Needle & Thread The go-to Guide for Wool Stitchery...I feel like you all have it already and that I should stop talking about it.  But the truth is I get new members here everyday and I should be educating them the best I can.  With this in mind if you already have my book you still can win something…read on.

Why this book again?  To celebrate… it’s getting reprinted…again!!

I have heard our book is still selling like crazy so we have to celebrate that!!!B1524-WoolNeedleThread-WEBOrder this book now!

For those of you who are new here…I have a book out (released-October 2019) telling all my secrets about Wool applique, that means, the right tools, the explanations, the tips, the stitches and STEP by STEP PHOTOS!  This is THE next best thing to having me right there by you guiding you through it all…Now…here is my disclaimer…this is MY way to do this…there are other ways…but I have been teaching for over 20 years and my work has won a few prizes…I will sign every book purchased too!

Here’s a peek into the book…

How to get started…B1524_06-1

How to put a homepsun back on and then stitch the edge without any knots showing…


Step by Step photos of how to do each stitch…12 of the most popular embroidery stitches..


You will always have it…it is a reference book..

We still added a few patterns for you to test your new skills and stitches!


Autumn Tablemat Kit Available

White Geraniums Tablemat kit

Posey Pincushion Kit

Geranium Sewing Essentials Kit


A signed book with a kit attached.- for those who do not have book…PS if you order it .. and then win it..we will add another kit. So don’t be afraid to order it!

A nice couple of nice wool bundles-for those who already have the book.

An Autumn Table mat kit or your choice..-for anyone

Now, make sure you also go to the FACEBOOK group…yes you have to join, or if you are already a member you good…but there are different prizes there as well.

If you do not have the book and would like to win it…please comment with what you are working on during our #isewlation…If you are not in #isewlation please tell us what you are doing, exampl…I know meany of you are nurses…and We all THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for what you do!

If you do already HAVE the book comment about what it is about the book you like best!

I can’t wait to read your comments…Winners picked on Monday….hugs and smooches to you all..


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Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean

Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats

Triumph Tulip Wool Applique Mats

Spring is coming! (I think it is anyways.)

I love tulips. I am part Dutch 1/4 to be exact and come from a little town that has a huge actual size windmill gracing it’s downtown.  This was not there when I was running the streets of Little Chute WI as a kid…but every other yard had a kissing Dutch Boy and Girl.  Some of you who have been following me know I planted a Moon Garden when we built our home.  Moon garden, meaning all my blooms are white or shades of white…I will be home the whole time this Spring to see my tulips in all their glory!  Social Isolation has some perks!

Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean
Tulips- Bongean Garden 2017
Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean
Spring 2017

Our “moon” garden was the inspiration for our Triumph Tulips Table Mat.  I designed this project for our North Carolina Retreat.  But that isn’t happening and we have over 100 kits of each version so I am putting them out here for everyone.  This will be the last new item we have for awhile as our Gov. had shut down our state of WI.  We will get our Bunny kits, tumblers and Tulip kits out and then shut it down until we can open.  Hopefully after Easter…like Pres. Trump wants..

I also have included a little video on how to stitch the Triple Alternating Blanket Stitch!


Here are the two options for the Tulip mats.

Dark Triumph Tulip Mat is 22″ x 22″…This color option is perfect for those new home owners where everything is a shades of grey.  This looks amazing in my home and hopefully someday it can live there after it has run it’s coarse at the shop, fingers crossed.  The embellishing stitch just adds a little extra zing and a few more hours of stitching but it is worth it!

This mat is a stunner for sure…

Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa BongeanTriumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa BongeanTriumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean

The traditional color way.

Growing up I only remember red and yellow tulips in our town.  This more traditional color way is still a stunner and the new red wool we used it super cool.

I am still working on stitching this version…because I wanted it to show in our workshop all the stitching options for this mat…so that is why it is not finished yet.  It is still  beautiful and fun and I will have plenty of time to get it done now…Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa BongeanTriumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean

If you wish to purchase our Tulip wool applique mats, click the button below.  We have all the optional notions you will need as well listed in related products.  Make sure you have everything you need to get started on this.  You need a piece of 24″ wide fusible web…just a reminder.

Triumph Tulip Table Mats

I hope you all can put a dent in your collection of sewing supplies!  This is why we have what we have…as long as I can stitch…I am HAPPY!  You agree?

NOTE: Please know we are working with a minimal crew…If you are calling to check on your order the girls cannot be shipping.  So please wait a reasonable time before calling to check on your order.  We promise to have the bunny pillows out before the end of this week for all orders placed by 3/25.

I have some fun new STICKERS. We will be putting one in every order for Bunnies, drink ware and Tulips and every order or until we run out!  Stickers are about 4″ and are very nice vinyl can be used outdoor and you will LOVE them!  If you wish to order more stickers they are $3 each. They are easy to apply, durable,  weather proof  & dishwasher safe. Click HERE for Stickers.


Things to do to keep yourself busy…during social Iso


Join our STITCH with Lisa Bongean Facebook group.

We have over 1400 people in less than a week.

Stitch masks for your family or people who need them.

Organize your sewing room, studio or bins.

This is very satisfying. You find lots of good things you forgot you had or at least this happens to me…

Cook and try new recipes.

I love Ashley…she is so inspirational.  Everything that she makes looks amazing!

Join & Stitch Moda Block Heads 3 Blocks post on Wednesdays

Learn something new!  I am going to practice lettering…

All for now my Stitchers!