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Happy Valentine’s Day….


My hope for you this Valentine’s Day… is LOVE…whatever form that it may come in…

I like to celebrate LOVE all month…not just one day…with my fisherman, with my grandbabies, with my staff…my girlfriends….my sewing group, on and on.

As promised on my LIVE yesterday… I have written that recipe for the cookies…Here it is…Dipped Cherry Cookies   just click the link and you may print it or download it to your files.  I had some leftover white chocolate from Christmas so it was the perfect recipe, not too many ingredients and I just had to add/ change a few things…after you have made as many cookies as I have you just know what to do…

I had an eager helper….and this recipe does did not disappoint!  Miss Evie only gave it a 5, but I think that had more to do with that “loose” tooth!  See video…

If you did not catch our LIVE yesterday you can watch it HERE.  I had some lovely helpers and we had a fun as usual and we thank everyone who was live with us as well…Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel as long as you are there!

Also, this is a reminder to place your order if you would like our FREE pattern and our special sweet treat for a $25 order that is/was placed yesterday or today…sorry the treats are not the cookies shown above…. a bummer…I know.

Our FREE pattern is a re-do of AN old one of mine….here is one block stitched.  Do not let those words intimidate you…we have a video for that as well.  Lisa Bongean/Be Mine We are offering two versions….grey/red and red/pink/cream both quilts will be awesome…I can’t wait to have mine done for next V-day!

I had a beautiful day today…we were invited to Disney on Ice in a  box suite.  Thank You Brandon!   The boys all loved it! We all loved the firebreathing dragon the best!

Also I thought I would share a little of the decorating at Ancor Point!  In less than an hour I can have a whole new color scheme up and ready for all to enjoy!  I hope you get some ideas for your own quilt decorating!Lisa Bongean's HomeThere is a lot of napping that goes on here…Lisa Bongean's HomeBucky…the best dog ever.Lisa Bongean's HomeLittle antique crib quiltsLisa Bongean's Home Lisa Bongean's HomeBig antique quilts on our three arm quilt hangers.Lisa Bongean's HomeI love this quilt…simple and easy…true lover’s knot?  I’m guessing here.Lisa Bongean's Homestar quilts are alway a favorite.Lisa Bongean's HomeOur 101Itty bitty stitch along will start in April!  Be ready…book, stand…wools…all can be ordred HERE

itty bitty celebrationsall for now….just know that all of us at Primitive Gatherings love YOU, our customer…and we will do everything we can to take care of you.  LISA

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Long Arm Quilting now at Primitive Gatherings…

We all need to get our quilts quilted.  Then they can be loved like this one is.  How happy does this little guy look, snuggled in his MiMi’s quilt…

I am super proud of all of my sons and when they want to be a part of you business and then find their niche, it’ a feeling of contentment,  and that all will be “ok”.

I can not  personally tell you why you should send Primitive Gatherings your quilts to be long- arm quilted, but if you take 10 minutes watch to watch this video, you will understand why I did not want to tell you.

Luke, Jake & Tyler (Jake’s childhood friend) let you know about themselves and about their quilting.

Click on this video below…

Most of you know these guys, they have worked the quilt show circuit for years, they’ve attended quilt markets, they’ve worked in the shop.  Hopefully, now they can help you get your quilt tops quilted!  They also will be selling long-arms and teaching classes on how to use them…They know all about them…They can set them up and take them down and make them do amazing stitching!this is another reason why I can’t wait to be in our new building…here’s some progress…Can you figure out what is what?   LB





12 Days of Needful Things…Day 8

DAY 8-Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns Book.

This book…hands down… is a MUST have for any quilter.  When you have this book in your quilt book library you will be “complete” as a quilter.  If the house was burning down and I could only grab one quilting book, this is what I would have chosen… I think, my book here is a first edition…the new book that is shown in the first picture is the third edition. This is a highly sought after book….look what it is going for on Ebay….

But now we can ALL own the newest and updated version from Barbara Brackman, who has teamed up with Electric Quilt Co. in the making of this book!

This book is such a treasured resource for any quilter, whether you design your own quilt blocks or you are just looking for the perfect one to go with your nine-patch alternating blocks.  If you are a beginning quilter, remember you will not always be a beginner.  The more you quilt, your skills will evolve, as well as your desire to make more challenging projects.  You will find yourself designing or re-arranging your patterns. You will start to add your changes to already designed patterns and then one day you will be picking blocks and coming up with your own setting for those blocks.  This is where a book like this comes in.  But more than that….the history of each of these blocks is fascinating.  My book is from 1993 and has the designer and the year their blocks came into the world and where they were published.  Maybe someday there will be a Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings block in the 10th edition!!! HA! A girl can hope! 

I do not have the new book in my hands…because it comes out on 12/24/2020…So I am impatiently waiting!!!!   My book has over 550 pages. So I did a little research on the new book.  As you can see it is much prettier and it still has over 500 pages. Also, this book would not be possible without the author…

Barbara BrackmanBarbara Brackman is a quilt historian and author from Lawrence, Kansas. She’s been fascinated by quilt patterns for forty years and could not rest until she’d indexed more than 4,000 pieced patterns for her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. BlockBase+ is that index for the computer age. She writes several blogs about quilt history and patterns including Material Culture. She was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame of Marion, Indiana in 2001 and is a founding member of the American Quilt Study Group.

We are giving you 12$ off the retail price of the book for this Needful Things promotion.

The giveaway for this day will be a purchase giveaway…For every 25 books we sell, one of you who purchases it, we are giving it to you free.  If you win we will contact you and ask if you want us to credit your purchase or we will give you a gift certificate in the amount of the book.  Good luck…and I am so excited for you and me, to get this book.  If you do own a first, or second edition, feel free to comment about your book and how you use it.

Click HERE to get your book!

 Thank you for taking the time out of your day to come here to our Needful Things,!!!    Lisa