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13
Jul
17

Sit & Stitch at Anchor Point

Those of you who follow me know what Anchor Point is. It was so awesome to see it filled with quilters, stitching, eating and visiting…Tuesday I had my Sit & Stitch Ladies out for a potluck cookout.  We are a fairly new group, we only have been getting together less than a year…and now that I will be staying home more we are meeting more and will eventually meet once a month…We had a lovely day and we are all getting to know each other more and we even had a few new ladies for a total of 15!  They all brought a dish to pass and they requested I cook “chicken brats”…so that was a great plan, not a lot of fuss…I did have fun shopping for a little goodie that they all took home with them…since they came to my home, I decided they were getting something different…”kitchen” goodies, as they always get a quilting goodie….I LOVE my new kitchen and it is so fun to fill it with “new” cool kitchen stuff…so this is what my Sit & Stitch ladies went home with…

A storage bowl from Pioneer Woman, a kitchen towel..a door hanger for their quilting room, an Anchor fat quarter and a colorful new tool for their kitchen…oh…and the bowl had chocolate in it!!! Can’t forget that…

Here are some pics from the morning…

Then in the evening Debbie’s Hexi group came with about 25 ladies.. They stitched, ate,  toured of the house and and then just like that it was over…That was a lot of people and I did not get many pics because of being the cook, host and tour guide….lol….but I did manage to get a pic of the food!!!

I loved seeing & visiting with these girls as most of them have been customers/friends since I started quilting and then opened the shop, they are the foundation of the building of Primitive Gatherings…so when Debbie asked if here group could visit Anchor Point I didn’t even hesitate…YES…Being on the road I am rarely at the shop these last couple of years so I missed them…I also managed to get them a Thank You goodie as well…

I wish you all could attend a get-together like this…but I know it is not possible for so many reasons…but what if life/travel was easier…maybe it will be in the future…after all..we now have the thing to communicate like they did on Star Trek (iPhone)…maybe the thing the teleports you is next????  We can dream…

I also have some goodies left over from the party..

We will be giving them to the shipping department…If you place an Website Order in the future and put “Anchor Point in the comment section we will include something until they are gone, there is not a lot of them but maybe you will be one the lucky ones…Have a GREAT day…I’m teaching a two day class today and tomorrow on wool crazy appliqué…my favorite class to teach!

My best…Lisa

09
Jul
17

staycation is almost over…

I have to admit…it was pretty hard not working…I had to even walkout of my room a couple of times because I promised myself and my family I would not work for a week…I might have woken up a little early some days and just visited my room…watched a little Netflix and stitched something that was not a work project…but during the day…it was real easy to ignore it…I had a blast!

We had people over, I got to spend time on the lake…kayaking, jet skiing, boating and swimming…we had an emergency room visit…”little man” received 4 stitches in his right eye last Saturday…and Nick and I went for a long 212 mile motorcycle ride, and we planted more things in the garden…what a great 10days…

Thanks to all who came out to spend time with us this week…it was awesome!!

motorcycle selfie…

You had to take a pic with the pink hog…

Late in the day…the sun is in the west…

Jeter enjoying the comfy chair at the party on the 4th…he’s showing us all how to relax and enjoy the party…

The water trampoline that never made it in the water…Jace and Aylee

I know one should never post a pic of of yourself in a bathing suit but…it’s really about “little man” and how much fun we had…and someday I will want this photo….

Papa…playing in the water too- being the “motor”boat!!!

broken bird bath…so why not plant some succulents in it and cover the manhole cover!!!

view from my kayak…real peaceful on the lake in the morning…

Mimi…washed all Daddy’s and his bothers’ legos and now they are ready to play with…on his little table.

Jace loves the boat…he always wants to drive…that’s real good because someday he will be driving Papa and Mimi around…

The best cupcake decorator EVER!!! he just giggled…

 

Griffin…eating some red, white and blue stuff….what a little stud…

The party…lots of food

every part of our outdoor living was used…so amazing…still can’t believe how cool it is…we had a fire…made s’mores…and then Nick & Beau shot off fireworks from the dock to end the night…perfect end to a great day…

“little man” and his Momma…

found some cool spheres for my table…

hydrangeas are starting to bloom…bought the blue one for the patio…but it did not like it there…had to hide it in the front…in almost full shade…

Meet Hootie…are newest pet…his wings move up and down and he swings forward and back with the wind!

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little part of my “staycation!!!

Now I bet we all have some blocks to stitch!!!  Happy Summer…LB

22
Jun
17

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

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07
Dec
16

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?

 

15
Apr
16

I have an Esty shop!!!

Esty…why???

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!!

LB

11
Mar
16

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

LB

 

15
Dec
15

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 (thequiltedpineapple.com) 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




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