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AQS FALL Paducah Classes and a little more!!!

As promised I am letting you know you can now sign up for my classes in Paducah this Fall/September…Here are the projects I am teaching…Click HERE to get the full details…I only have a few teaching opportunities outside of Primitive Gatherings left to do until maybe 2019…so don’t put this off as I may just stay home from now on!!!

It is raining here today…and when that happens I seem to get a lot of more done…I have some quilters coming to the house as well as a photo shoot for a book publisher coming up….so I have been trying to “pick up”….The “fisherman” came in my sewing room and went…”whoa…you picked up???” so if he noticed… thats good right?…This area is where I alway dump bins, bags and whatever I am carrying…so I feel good about my “start”…I do a little something everyday….Oh…did anyone notice?  I got that thermostat moved…so I could “finish” my ruler hangers…all the way…

Yesterday I taught one of my favorite classes…”Big Stitch” quilting…Mary here was my star student…but all the ladies did well…no flunkies!

This quilt was brought in…now it’s all basted and ready to hand quilt!!!

Are any of you seeing our Summer Block of the Week projects?…If you are still on the fence and thinking about signing up we have an End date of June 25th before we quit taking any more signups… and if we have any left we run a block of the month…but the price and the freebie make doing the SBOW soooo worth doing it now..Join us and on our Facebook groups for each project!!!

One of twelve “free” house blocks…included with the Summer blocks of the week!!! Click HERE to see the other options…Hexi Haven and Starlit Skies… 

Well I think it’s time to go to the store and get a beef roast…get it in the oven…and then back to stitching…

my best…Lisa



Old Quilt Santa…

old-quilt-santa-lbSome of you were asking about my Santa made from an old quilt…I purchased it already made at the Houston Show this year, so I have no pattern…sorry…It was my big purchase as he was $350 but so very worth it…I love supporting those who work with their hands and will love this Santa for years to come…I usually purchase an antique quilt at every show, but this time Santa came home…I’m glad you love him!!!

I am doing really well!…thanks for all the good wishes as I recover and who knows what’s going to come of this “down time”….I might start stitching tonight on my snowball quilt binding…I made sure I has some hand projects to work on when I was ready or on a “netflix” binge…I think I’m ready to do more than just lay there!!!

hope you are getting those 6″ blocks finished up!!! LB Does anyone have them all done yet?



I have an Esty shop!!!


I already have a shop/website but… we may be able to reach a whole new set of shoppers on Etsy!…so with the help of Rose, who will be managing the Etsy store we hope you can help us find these projects a new home!

We are starting to get overloaded with quilts and other projects that we have made here at Primitive Gatherings…some will be my designs…some are others, but keep in mind…everything has been made from high quality materials that we sell at Primitive Gatherings and to clarify..these are not kits/patterns…these are finished projects!!! Here are a few…arent’ they Awesome!!!il_570xN.1001170595_px2i il_570xN.1001185067_chzn il_570xN.952995410_7ddw

Maybe you don’t have time to make a gift and want to just buy a hand made item here…we promise we won’t tell.  Or maybe you know people who would want to purchase finished goods instead of making it themselves?  I don’t know why but there are some out there who think they need to be “crafty” to quilt/stitch…we know that’s not true…you just need to know how to read and sew a straight line, right?…

Or maybe you are a shop owner and want to buy a sample for your shop…we have listed  the pattern designers if they are not from Primitive Gatherings line of patterns…

Also if you can click that we are a Favorite Shop, that would help us out!!!

Here is our Etsy site PrimGatheringsLB

Please keep in mind we are just starting to put things on, we have 19 so far…so check often if you are an Esty shopper!!!

All for now..back to stitching!!



Missing home…already

I know its been awhile since I’ve done a post and as promised I will post more…more about what I’m working on…more about our travels…more about classes, more about everything and yes…the Lakehouse too!

So while I’m here in CA I’m thinking about the house, I lived there almost a week…we are 75% moved in after the home was shown on our local builders, Parade of Homes event… what I am thinking about is…. not wanting to remove the Lakeside Gatherings quilts off from the beds…so what can I do to make that real?  Put the remaining kits we have for these quilts on sale while I show you the 3 bedrooms in the Lakehouse…business and fun at the same time…I will post again showing you more after we are 100% moved in…promise.

Here we go…Lisa Bongean1the master bedroom in the house…has the a great boarded ceiling with the large reclaimed barn beams.  The walls are 10 foot but then this room has the added vaulted ceiling, the white circles are speakers and lights. The curtains are light gold and cream with wide stripes, they really don’t cover the windows…they are just to soften all the hard edges of the room…Lisa Bongean2

I have a great morning view of the lake…this pic is of the staged house before we actually moved in…so it is partially furnished….see the quilt hanger?  Wonder what I will put there?

Here is one of the two guest rooms…Lisa Bongean5its grey walls were the perfect spot for Ladies on the Lake to live…It is not a queen sized quilt but this bed is…so just roll down the sheet a little further to make up for the smaller quilt.  Our bed and nightstands are from Uban Evolution...a made in America again store using reclaimed woods and materials to make cool stuff…Nick and I buy lots of our home furnishings from them…They are featured in catalogs like Sundance..but here in Appleton WI is there home/outlet where things are much more affordable. If you get a chance stop in there… say I sent you!!!

Ladies on the Lake info is HERE.  It’s beautiful grey and yellows are so loved by everyone…doesn’t matter if you make it for a guy or gal…they will LOVE it!


Then last but not least…Anchor Point…Lisa Bongean3which most of you are familiar with…and have read my posts about it…it has a predominant place in our home…You can have your own Anchor Point…it comes in 3 sizes…102″, 60″ and 24″square. Make it for your  home, your sailor, your cottage/lakehouse or your fisherman in your life.  It’s an easy but awesome quilt!!!

This is our stairs to the second level of our home…that is the 102″ quilt!  Its so amazing here…like it was made for it…my builder even hung it for me…they wanted it there for the home show…The stairs are 3/4 carpeted with 1/4 black stained where the iron railings are connected…the newel posts and the hand rail are stained wood…..a another view from the upper level…Lisa Bongean4how cool is our “chandelier”…nothing sparkly or shiny in my house…lol….love those Edison bulbs too!!! Here is a quilt made by my friend Randy, using this pattern, isn’t he clever!!! The star block is the mini size and he made 4 of them!!!4f1d59891ffdc4b8a3f558fcdfb8112e

Almost forgot the last bedroom…there are only a pair of antique quilts on the beds here…but I know you will still love this room…Lisa Bongean6I worked with Bellwether Interiors when building our house…I loved Leslie and Christa…they helped make sure things went smoothly and I didn’t make any foolish or out of date choices…it was amazing and our house we built is indescribable…when I came home from the cruise and seen it for the first time all done…I had to sit down…there were tears streaming down my face…I could not fathom that this was OUR home…even though I was there making all the final choices it just was overwhelming beautiful…I’m glad I got to come home and not see that week clean up and staging…even when they decided to use a different bed and they when to our Menasha home and disassembled that pencil post black bed…hmm it hadn’t been moved in many many years…so can you imagine?  But oh well…Leslie wanted that bed instead of the other we had and she got it!!! One thing Leslie taught me about painting a room a dark color, this is navy…use a FLAT finish, not even satin…looks amazing!!! These beds we made from a looking at a Pinterest photo and were in the old lakehouse, they still look lovely here.  I also love that the lights that we used on the beds are the same as the lights on the outside of the new house…easy to clean the bugs off when living at the lake.

Please help me get the kits for these sold…if you know someone who might be interested in one please let them know about it…They won’t go any cheaper..we will take the kits apart and cut into FQs or F8th’s or something…this fabric is getting hard to find.  We have only a few Ladies on the Lake kits and more of the others…

Thanks for letting me show you the house pics!!! I have some great ideas coming up for you to use in your house too!…until next time…keep stitching!!

my best




12 Days of Needful Things…Day 10!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 10DAY 10- VALDANI THREAD BOOK!Wool Needle & Thread Cover only

Now if you love to work with wools and the Valdani threads this next needful thing is for you!  This book is only available through Primitive Gatherings as we make them from start to finish in our own warehouse.

The book has a lot more than a place to record your threads.  lisabongean

In the first section I talk about the different weights of threads, what the letters mean in front of the numbers.

Which needles to use with what threads… Lots of pages to record your three stranded flosses, 5-8-and 12 wt threads.

A little section on wool appliqué and using steam-a-seam2 light.  Recommended tools for working with wool.

A section for future threads….Basic Stitch diagrams for all those embroidery stitches, with diagrams the way I stitch them.

A section to list your projects and threads you may need when you get to the quilt show or a shop…

A Note section for projects you want to buy next!!! So you can see this little book has lots of good things that you can keep in your purse for whenever you need it!

So many stitchers are in the booth trying to pick out threads and they don’t know what they already have at home…so now…a great needful thing…Valdani Thread Book!

Thread books are  $10. or 2 for $18!  We will manually adjust the price if you buy more than one…This would be a great present for your woolie friends! Order your book here VALDANI THREAD BOOK

REMEMBER TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO WIN A BOOK WE CAN GIVE A LOT OF THESE AWAY!!!   Tell me what the best part of your Christmas is…
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How are you doing on your Christmas prep?  I did a some decorating on Sunday and the tree last night…Here are a few pics of what the Bongean house looks like…sorry these are a little dark…but its been rainy and gloomy.  God…Please send us some snow!!! Wisconsin is not good in December without any snow!  The snow is very pretty…this rainy mess is not!

I’ve tried to mix it up and use some different quilts this year…I love the scrappy Christmas block quilt that the shop girls made me for Christmas one year…The Christmas Reel quilt is from one of my first fabric lines and is made extrordinary with Linda’s ( quilting. The Buggy Barn crazy tree quilt I bought at a benefit action because it was going to go for so little money that I bid a decent amount for it and took it home!  It was made by Nancy Dey, Kaukauna WI.

This is the first year I have not shopped for new Christmas decor…that might have something to do with moving in Feb.  I will miss this house…we have been here for almost 13 years…that is the longest I have ever lived in one place on my own…Nick & I purchased Northridge when we were still working in the paper mill and before we opened Primitive Gatherings.lisabongeanlisabongeanIMG_4649IMG_4653FullSizeRenderlisabongean


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


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…


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…


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…


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

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