My latest obsession?

This might surprise you a bit…but then again maybe not…As you know I have this beautiful kitchen and that makes be want everything in it to be awesome as well…

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I am obsessed  with Pyrex!

Not only because it is better/healthier way for storing your food than in plastic, it’s also so pretty!  I have included quick  links to go to Pyrex if you wish to purchase some of these as well…I do not make any money from pyrex…I just love it their product…Maybe  they will send me some to give away?

Here is some eye candy…and the first two are my current favorites!IMG_3325

Really…they are killing me with these new ones! Click HERE

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and then look at the patterns…are these kinda quilty or am I the only one who thinks so?IMG_3329

Can you say Aqua?  How sweet are these? To order these from Pyrex click HERE

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Sophisticated blue & white…Click HERE to purchase

IMG_3327and then…seasonal of course!  These are all sold individually on their site.

pumpkins, mummies and haunted houses…my pet peeve…where did my lid go?

Nick, what cabinet did you put it in?  I know I’ll have to check the highest ones in the kitchen, the ones where I have to get the stool out for…that’s where he puts them…do you think he does it on purpose or is he just trying to put things away as fast and he can and whatever…

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Christmas…where is the gingerbread house one…the third one to this set?  I found it…see next pic…IMG_6464

here is an action shot…in use…a look into the fridge…notice I didn’t show the whole thing?

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They also come in plain if plain and simple is your thing… and you can customize your lid colors or get replacement ones…uh-hem (see above)!! I just found this out…click HERE if you want to browse Amazon

If you want to start a collection of Pyrex… Click HERE for their whole website.  I did send them an email to say I was going to do a post about these and see if they would sponsor a give-away but …no reply…so I will do my own giveaway.

If you are an Amazon groupie they have some there but not the cool pretty ones shown above…and of course Walmart does have them and the decorated ones from the Pioneer Woman some of her patterns are shown here in the fridge..

I was not going to post this until tomorrow but…I guess there was a random post of my kitchen that got sent out into the inter-space…so now you see the whole post…I was uploading photos to my /computer  from my phone  to blog and somehow they published?????????

Leave me a comment to win the live, love, share set of containers…and have a great day…oh…make sure you stitch something today as well…after you clean your fridge while waiting for your new containers….LB

 

summer fun…

It’s time to post some pictures of family fun…the 4th of July week and this last weekend have been my scheduled vacation since January…I love summer…I love the heat…the summer nights especially the sunsets on Anchor Point…for those of you who are new here we named our home we build 3 years ago Anchor Point.  I have not been able to spend lots of time here so when I get 5 weeks home…I truly try to make the best of it…

I love the wild life of living on the lake…there is always something to watch…

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We live near an old railroad bed that has been converted into a recreational trail…Jake and Lauren and the boys joined Jeter and I for a midmorning walk…

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Baby O is 7 months old and is finally somewhat liking people other than Mama…so it was nice to spend some quality time with him as well…He is a happy baby…and his Papa loves to make him smile as much as he can.

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Mimi (that’s me) tried to get a photo of the two of them together…not an easy task..

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I try to keep Jace busy with activities…so I am alway looking for something different…these were sidewalk paints…they were different but didn’t go very far…they ran out of chalk paint way to soon…IMG_4086

We also visited out old neighbors and what had once been adult only parties has now turned into very kid friendly…Jace had a ball on their water slide, we need to up our game in that department.  Our slip & slide I bought was pretty lame….Larry & Diane had a regular playground of things to do for our combined 4 grandchildren along with a house full of food.  It was nice to see them and our old house…(shown here in the background)

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The kids couldn’t wait for the fireworks…but the weather did not hold up for us…we shot a few of leftover fireworks we had found from last year…and then watched them over the lake instead of being in Winneconne on the water.   I didn’t realize how close and good you could see them from the house because we are always there…but we knew we were going to see them on Saturday so it was not too disappointing…

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Lauren was all prepared for Baby O…to watch the fireworks…see next photo.

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Here are some pic of our fireworks on Saturday when Scott & Jody invited us to Royal Vista for fireworks…Nick & I took the motorcycle there for an evening ride which was a nice bonus as well.

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Baby O slept through them all….IMG_4238

Waiting to see the show…

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Little Man and his Daddy…..Jake is such a good Dad…even when Little Man is a handful…he gets tired and cranky sometimes…but Jake has lots of patience…more than Papa for sure…

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We sat on a beach with a ton of others but it was really awesome!

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Then it was time to get ready for our weekend for my family to come and stay…I put the finishing touches on the cleaning of our converted boathouse for my brother Brad & Tina and the boys to stay in…It was nice to see it all cleaned up instead of a storage spot for all the “stuff” we have.  I don’t remember scrubbing a floor on my hand and knees to be such a chore…but the results were worth the effort…I do not think I showed the boat house before so I included some pics here…

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The Thursday before everyone arrived was just amazingly beautiful, the work and prepping all done…hoping for great weekend weather as well…

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imageI gave mugs as a keepsake for all who came and shared the weekend with us.  White for girls navy for boys…

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Papa blew up all the floating creatures and Jace had to try one out right away on Friday!

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Romey…loves the water and is waiting his turn to jump in!

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My niece Kaity spent lots of time in the water with the kids….Jace and  (niece) Addie…IMG_5491.JPG

A content Baby…not missing a thing…

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Tina (who is the Master wool- dyer for PG) and her son Tyler and Rudy (the Corgie) playing cornhole…

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GG…Great Grandma…taking a nap on the Crock-agator…IMG_4405

Jake made wood fish for everyone to paint…I can’t wait to show you what I am going to do with them….

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Saturday was boat ride day on Lake Winneconne/ Lake Poygan…Baby O slept through the whole thing…again.

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We all helped with the chores…Brad…grilling the corn.

imageLittle man eating the corn…..one of my favorite things is photographing this little man…

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can you tell?  Jace painted lots of fish…IMG_4408 2

Cribbage?

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and night-time poker…which I won $7 in case you were wondering…IMG_4433

Ok…I love to photograph Baby O as well!!!

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Jace and Papa fishing…sorry Papa…but look I got your new tattoo!

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There was lots of food and treats…

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GG and Baby O..(Owen if I didn’t mention that yet…but he is finally enjoying being held by someone other than his Mama…

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GG-and both her boys…

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Some of the floating critters…on the last day.

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IMG_4462Slow down Sunday as I like to call it…my sister Lisa came with her daughter Jenni…for a visit and some sun…

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As you can see Jace welcomed her right into the family with an octopus tentacle hug!

IMG_4465I had a great time…it went very well…my only regret??? I missed some photos ..I missed a group shot…but everyone was not here for all of it or at the same time…I missed a photo of the 5 dogs that were here…keeping Nick on his toes..one dog, Romey..had to go stay the weekend with Amy..as he, the littlest one…does not always like lots of dog company.  We had 16 people guests total…and a lot of fun!

Thanks for a great time for those who came…I guess there is no reason not to do it again next year!

As for my quilting friends…this is a look into why I work so hard…so I can enjoy what we have with my family and friends…hope you loved seeing more of Baby O…all for now…

I need to get back to my work!  The summer weeks fly by so fast!  Lisa

Welcome to Spring Quilt Market 2019!

I would love to share with you all what we have been working on to get to this great event!  Lots of hours late night  & weekend stitching along with overnight shipping from our fabulous machine quilters to make this all possible…

Here is the Primitive Gatherings booth…Featuring the all Quilts & Pillows from Farmhouse Gatherings...which is a beautiful flannel line of fabrics…everyone who see this line…falls deeply in love with it…especially the men.

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all of the above quilt and pillow kits will be going on our website soon for you to order…everything is coming…book and fabric in July….so kits will be ready shortly after.

IMG_2799Then here are the quilts from Val’s new book we are publishing for her…Fun, Friends & Fat Quarters…12 quilts from 12 Fat quarters…plus an extra bonus quilt to make 13…I will post more in detail about this book and projects in another post…

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Twighlight Garden…in all it’s glory…I will be posting soon about this summer’s block of the month…IMG_2798

then..next…my Moda designer booth featuring Urban Farmhouse Gatherings…another book with 6 quilt and 6 pillows…featuring regular cotton fabrics vintage prints and colored for todays home decorating…Coming in October...I know..that’s a long time away…

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IMG_2824I am having a blast visiting and promoting our offerings but It is really quite easy this time…seeing these quilts in person just draws everyone in…this grey fabric line does not do justice with photos…but in person it is spectacular…and different…So it is really fun when they discover this is PRIMITIVE GATHERINGS.

I am having a little contest in the booth to test the designing skills of some of the QM attendees….here is the SOME of the fun from day one…more to come as I could load any more pics today…must have some kind of limit! Dumb computers…or operator error???IMG_2832IMG_2834IMG_2836IMG_2838IMG_2840IMG_2843IMG_2845IMG_2846IMG_2848IMG_2850IMG_2851IMG_2852

I am so glad you all loved the Pillow Tutorial yesterday…now you know why you will need it!  I think I can make that zipper back blind folded and with one arm tied behind my back after making ALL these pillows!!!

Thanks to all for taking time out of you day to read our posts…Lisa

covered zipper pillow tutorial

Hey Everyone!!!  I am not going to have a pillow and quilt combo for May, but instead I did a great tutorial for making an easy covered zipper for all the pillows you are going to make in the future…(Quilt Market is next week (no…it is going on right now!)…and it aint pretty here…at the moment at least.)

I decided to do a blog tutorial for a covered zipper instead of a video…because I think it is hard to go back and forth on a video…and I think you could print this tutorial…If you have a phone or iPad you can have it next to your sewing machine and scroll… other than starting and stopping and rewinding a video…but if you think a video is easier we can do one as well…

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Finished Pillow front (example-18″x 18″)

Pillow backing…4″ longer than (example 18″x 22″) Cut in half in the center. 2-11″x 18″ pieces.

Zipper foot- not necessary but it makes it easier.

Matching thread

Zipper- longer than pillow width- we used 24″ for this pillow

We have a bunch of colored long zippers on our site for VERY reasonable prices. See below for more info on long zippers.

Purple thang- or something to poke out corners of pillows

Pillow form…Use a bigger form than the pillow when you can…example…put a 20″ pillow form in an 18″ pillow

I suggest reading the whole tutorial first before you start…then go for it!

Finished pillow top, backing pieces and coordinating zipper.

On wrong side of backing fold under 1/2″ and press on one piece

On the remaining piece fold and press 1″ and then fold again another 1″

Now we are ready to stitch to the zipper.

Attach your zipper foot to your machine…and line up the hole on the right side of the foot…The zipper will hang over as shown….place the backing piece with the 1/2″ on top of the zipper with the fold next to the zipper teeth.

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Here it is shown all stitched…

Now unfold the other backing piece to only 1- 1inch

Place it right sides together on the other edge of the zipper and it will cover the first sewn side, lining up the widths exactly, like shown.

Move the zipper foot to the other side and stitch right up against the teeth of the zipper.  as shown in photo.

Now flip back the sewn side.

 

Push the fold forward so it covers the zipper. This is too far…if you see the zipper.

Sorry I had to insert a new photo here as we missed this shot…

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Like this and stitch over the edges of each side to lock the fold as it covers the zipper in place.

Then the other side…

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Move your zipper foot so the needle is on the right edge of the foot.

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Top Stitch the fold down on the outside, running the foot as close as you can next to the zipper.26-1

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Close the zipper and press the newly stitched fold.

Now Trim off excess zipper. I used plastic zippers so I can cut them with my rotary cutter.

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Back is done…Time to stitch the pillow together…Make sure you keep the zipper open.

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Now lay the right side of the front of the pillow to the right side of the pillow back…I like to match of any kind of stripes or plaids if I can…but I do not stress out if they do not line up…sometimes one side of the zipper does and then the other doesn’t…

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Trim the back the same size as the front.

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Place pins in the corners and in the middles…I admit I use pins very sparingly.

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Now stitch pillow edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance…do opposing sides first…sew edge to edge.

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Then stitch the remaining opposing sides. I find this eliminates getting tucks, or unevenness that happens sometimes.

Clip all four corners.

Now open up your zipper a little farther and turn the pillow right side out.

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Push the corners out with some kind of tool.

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Now stuff your pillow insert in…I use a bigger pillow form than my pillow…example…if my pillow is 18″ I will put a 20″ pillow form in it.

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Close your zipper and fluff your pillow…Don’t you just love the finished edge this makes…and I love that I do not have to store a bunch of pillows…I can just store the pillow covering and if it would ever need to be washed it is much easier to do so.

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I hope you love making these covered zippered pillows as much as I do…we have lots of designs for you to customize for your home…instead of just buying what the stores have available for us to purchase…

I have a new book coming out soon featuring a bunch of pillows including the one here….Click HERE to order the book .

I used flannel instead of wool on these pillows…they turned out beautiful!IMG_2440

I stitched words on the pillows using a #5 Valdani Thread…


If you need anything you see listed in this tutorial, we would very much appreciate you buying/supporting us for offering this great tutorial.   We have long zippers-click HERE,  in lots of colors for $2.50 each.  The following set goes with Farmhouse Gatherings  Flannels.

Then look at all the other colors they come in!!! …and pillow forms in bunches of sizes, beautiful flannels, wools, fusibles and kits for lots of pillow projects…on our WEBSITE.  I will let you know when the pillow kits will be ready to order…Fabric comes in July!

Leave a comment on here and I will pick a winner for a pillow kit with zipper and an advance pattern for the pillow!

…keep stitching everyday!     Lisa

 

 

It’s time…

It’s time to start blogging again…Since Quilt market and before I’ve been in a “funk” for lack of a good word…I think it is because my world had too much going on and that had to be done and my sewing room was a complete MESS!!!  When that happens I cannot function properly…so on Thursday I stayed home and sorted through the carnage of what was once my beautiful sewing studio..and have sifted, sorted, organized my way back to the calm that it should be…and now I can begin again…now I can start sewing again…Are you like this or can you stitch in the eye of the storm?Piecing 1/2″ x 1″ finished Flying Geese units…to these 20 2″ finishd star blocks…in just a short time…

Also…had some “little man” time…introduced him to his first “margarita”…I also found the time to get the garden planted with some annuals…flea market find…perfect old cart…

notice the new “barn quilt”

can’t wait to see them grow…

Inside I have a few things I have not ever shown you…my “anchor collection” in the lower outdoor living porch…the photo is taken through the window screen so it appears fuzzy…but I spend a lot of time in this room Spring through Fall…

then…I placed this tulip quilt near the front foyer…Theresa’s Tulips is the pattern…Next up…I’m on my way to CANADA to Lindsay ONT, which is 1 1/2 hours NE of Toronto.  This is my first time to Canada!!! I am super excited for these ladies love Primitive Gatherings and have supported me all through the years… I have met them at our WI store, our retreat house “The Gathering” where some of them have stayed, in CA at our store and at the Needle Arts seminar at the Grand Hotel in MI in May when I teach there and at quilt shows.  I especially love them because they are so similar to myself…we talk pretty much the same way and we live a life of lots of cold weather…the also means we get lots of quilting done!!! So if you live near Toronto…come see me next week…contact Chrissy Altelaar on FB messenger to see if you can come!

 

 

 

Quilt Hangers…

I have had so many requests about the quilt hangers I use to hang my quilts in my home.  I did not want to tell you about them unless I had a source…My cousin Scott who is the same age as I, and is probably my closest of cousins…came to work for me almost a month ago…

He has been a home builder for 30 years and has had enough of the cold and the climbing and wants to preserve what left of his beat up body…so now he is working on many many projects for us…the first being these quilt hangers…

Here is Scott putting the the “quilt room” shelving he made and installed for me at Anchor Point (home)…this turned so awesome…you may have seen it in an earlier post filled with quilts.IMG_9422here it is again…it is that glorious…right?

Here are the hangers in action in my home…shown with no quilt…this the the 3 foot wide one…

They really add a nice touch to any room…these two hangers are located on each side of this cased opening…

This is the 4 foot long hanger, this one is in my bedroom…you might want more of the quilt showing …or just have the option of a small quilt or a large one…this quilt could be spread out wider or it is nice as it is too!!
So here are your options…they come black, white, grey, stained brown (like the backdrop in the photo at the top of the post) or plain/no finish…I was thinking maybe you could want them the same color as the wall?? I also want to note that they come with a little sanded off edges…you cannot see it it the photo shown here…We also will have a limited number of them at the shows…but color options might be limited.

They are 23″ long(tall) and 36″ or 48″ wide…we have ordered special double walled boxes for shipping and this will be added to your shipping cost- the shipping will be calculated exactly…we will call you and to let you know what that charge will be…we do not want to guess- we do not want to make or lose any money on shipping so we will want to handle that after your order is placed and we are ready to ship.  All of this info will be on our website…you can order HERE.  They are $55 or the 3 foot aned $70 for the 4 foot.

I have recently arrived home from our quilting cruise to Haiti, Jamaica and Cozumel MX just in time to change out the quilts for Easter…Hope you enjoy these beautiful antiques.

Lisa

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