Lisa Bongean

travel adventures- part 2


Hey…When you have a long weekend in St. George UT what can you do?  Stitch, Hike,  Spa, Netflix and stitch some more…

THURSDAY:On our way to Zion!  Up early, bundled up in warm clothes for our 42 degree, winter hike on my first trip to Zion National Park.

I had so much fun and want to go back to do more trails…look at this rock I was at a rock shop..

FRIDAY: We stitched in the morning and had massage appointments at Red Mountian Spa…I had the best massage ever!  Ask for Trevor…he helped with my TMJ, Arms, hands and neck…It felt so amazing!  I just may have to stay there sometime!

SATURDAY: We stitched and in the afternoon we went to this trail…it was an off-road adventure for sure.

Inside that hole in the above pic…

Some deep breaths…some meditation…and some mind-clearing for what lies ahead…I know I will visit this place, again and again, this next year…I will just close my eyes and I will be there.  This is priceless.

Simple is best!

After our hike we stitched into the night while watching Bridgerton on Netflix.

SUNDAY- Another day of stitching while watching my Green Bay Packers lose the NFC playoff game…But the best team won that day…we beat ourselves.  We finished up watching the last couple of episodes of Brigerton.  I completed almost all of my projects I  took along for the trip.  I can’t wait for you to see or receive them!

MONDAY-We packed up and headed back to Las Vegas where I jumped on a plane and now I am in Minneapolis waiting to catch my last flight home….

I also want to acknowlege we had much to celebrate during this weekend…I’m so proud of you Val…two new knee surgeries and 35lbs gone.   I so happy that you are my friend….

Thanks for hanging out with me here,  I know it’s mostly rocks…but it was amazing in person…if you want to see more of my trip I did post a video of Zion in my Facebook group Stitch With Lisa Bongean.

Have a great week….Look for more videos, quilts and wool projects coming soon!

Take care of yourselves. Lisa

Lisa Bongean

travel adventures- part 1-revised

Hey Everyone…just stopping in to write about my travels…I just decided it was time to get back to normal for me.  I know it’s not the time for everyone, but it is for me.  I started with going to Atlanta to the world market to look for furniture for our new build (check out the progress here) and for new home dec for our store for fall and Christmas …as it will be that time just when we are moving in!  This table and stools will be our conference table..Also thought you might want to see that companies are still decorating with antique quilts…

There was so much to choose from…three skyscrapers full of shop owners to buy for their stores.

I really loved these jingle bells!

I did manage to stitch one thing in Atlanta…This will be a pillow in my book in April, Farmhouse Urban Patchwork Gatherings.Lisa Bongean After Atlanta…it was off to see the California store…after 1 year of not coming to CA…it was time.  Dru picked me up from the airport, and we went straight to my favorite eating place.  The Goat & Vine…(I think we ate there a total of 3x out of the 5 days I was there.  Then I went to Big Bear Lake on Saturday and Sunday with my friend Roxanne.  We hiked and sewed…I make 960 HSTs.   This is the ski hill from our hiking trail.

We might have shopped and eaten a little too!  We are in the famous breakfast place in town?  Anybody know where?

Then back to the CA store to do two Social virtual sewing zoom gatherings with a combined total of 50 customers.  It was so fun to see everyone, stitch, talk about what was going on, and even saw some sewing rooms!  Thank you to all who joined it…it was a fun day, and I hope to do it again soon!

Next up was a flight to Vegas…yes, I know I thought we were going to drive, but the flight was too reasonable, and then I didn’t put anyone out too much by driving all day.  Val picked me up at the airport, and we started on our way to St. George, UT, but we had a side stop at…Sherrie McConnell’s house!!!  Sherrie is my Moda sister.  I miss all my Moda sisters, and it was fun to see one of them, at least!  Val machine quilts for Sherrie too!

Sherri showing us her sewing room!

All the quilts….in the vault.  Follow Sherri (A Quilting Life)  on Youtube, where she has a podcast with her beautiful daughter Chelsi and lots of videos on quilting!

And here we are in her podcast studio… It is part of the spare bedroom…who knew????

We set the timer for the photo. We got nicer ones…but I like this one!

Sherri made us a delicious lunch of potato soup and chicken salad croissants and then sent us back on the St. George…I’ll post more on St. George…in part 2.

Happy Saturday…Hiking again today!




A Mountain Quilt Fest & More!

I so wanted to go to this years Pigeon Forge Mountain Quilt Fest March 4-7th.…..but I will be staying home working on up coming books, wool boxes and quilts for my Spring Market fabric line…BUT…Primitive Gatherings will be there vending for the first time…and as I was looking for a logo for their show I came across the program…here is the PDF.

It looks like an awesome show…Jenny Doan will be there one night…it looks to have a lot of nice teachers…Buda, Sitar, McCarthy to name a few that I know personally…I would also have loved to meet one of our Veterans, Andrew Lee,who made the Iwo Jima quilt that helped him with PSTD from his service for our country…that is in the brochure as well..

And there looks to be a lot to do around the Pigeon Forge which is why I signed us up to do the show in the first place…I wanted a chance for Nick and I to go for a work get-away…but…that is not going to happen…maybe next year…but I think this show is one of those shows like…Road to California…or how Quilt Oddyssey was…those privately run shows seem to be a little more special and have a lot more going on…

So…if you are close to TN and Pigeon Forge…I think it would be a fun show to attend! Primitive Gatherings is only going to a few shows this year…(Road2 Cali, Pigeon Forge, Paducah & Houston) and this is one of them! I know we were not in Daytona and Virginia this past month…and trust me we would like to be at them all…but it is a business decision…and quilt shows are not what they once were for the vendor…The booth fees can be a little outrageous and with the travel all the way from WI, hotels and meals…it isn’t worth all the extra work…and trust me…it is a lot of work! So please go and enjoy your quilt shows that are in your area! So they do not go away!

California/ Teaching/ Wisconsin

I will also be at our store in California this month, March 23-25th teaching at the store on Tuesday and Wednesday…I would love to see you…bring your projects you need help on and I will bring a new project if you are interested in making something brand new.  We love hanging out with old friends and we welcome new ones in as well!


If you are in Wisconsin this month we will be getting together March 17th…Bring your stitching and I make lunch and I will have a project for you to work on if you wish to learn something new!  Contact Amy at to sign up.

Here are some pics from our last WI stitching…

Jodi has finished stitching her Heirloom Rose quilt…now on to the quilting!IMG_9470IMG_9471

She did her initials out of wool instead of stitching…IMG_9472

Kathy…She was in winter hibernation mode…aka…stay home and get it done!

I do not know the name of this one…Kathy maybe will let me know when/if she reads this and I will update it…IMG_9473IMG_9474 2

She also took some vintage linens and quilted them…then made them into pillows…how cool is this?  IMG_9475IMG_9476

She also finished one of Lori Holt’s Christmas quilts…also if you do not know we do have a Lori Holt club at our California store…call them if you wish to join in!IMG_9477IMG_9478IMG_9479

Kathy finished quilting this quilt…it was a collaboration of Buttermilk Basin’s monthly applique blocks and my spool alternating blocks and border…We love this quilt!!! I know we have a pattern for the finishing for this quilt…the appliques are from Buttermilk Basin.IMG_9480

Judy is sharing her tote made with our Wisconsin fabric…


Her little heart quilt from the Wool Subscription box.IMG_9483

And our Star Penny mat that came pre-cut!IMG_9485


Judy is sharing her sashiko….


and her machine quilting she designed…IMG_9491

This was pretty cool…she is making a quilt out of her grand daughters drawing I believe…IMG_9492Kay is sharing a few quilts…this one is from a Jelly roll she won from me!  Needle & Thread Gatherings…


I think she said this one was a Kim Diehl pattern…IMG_9490Marianne is showing off her wool box projects as well…Marianne’s moved and is building a new sewing studio…so her wool boxes have kept her busy while all her fabric is in storage!!!


Terry is showing a quilt made with Flower Garden Gatherings fabric…again…I do not know the pattern…but if Terry let’s me know I will update..


Terry loves making bags and unique items…this is a tall travel with lots of mess pockets…Sallie Tomato? I think? don’t shoot me…IMG_9498

and lastly…back from knee surgery a few weeks ago Lori is showing her finished table mat from the Christmas box and some of her mini ways to celebrate…also from the wool box.

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I hope you enjoy these monthly posts about our Sit & Stitch Gatherings  both in WI & CA…and maybe you can join in sometime…we would love to meet you!

All for now…I can’t wait to hear about the Pigeon Forge show…have any of you been there?…26 years is a long time!  Have a great week and see you on Block Head Day!




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2018 Adventure….who wants to come!!

I wanted to wait to announce this adventure with all the holidays and craziness of life but….now is the time…Check your calendar are you busy?  You’ll want to come to the Outer Banks of NC…in September!! We will be able to swim and enjoy the all the amenities…not just look at them!!!  We have gone in the past but in non peak season…the reason being the house is much more affordable then…but we are splurging because we deserve it!!!We work hard day in and day out…and deserve some me/girlfriend/fun times!!!  Life is short so…why not?

I could not say no to doing this…I’m supposed to be having a lot of time off this year…well this will be so much fun it will feel nothing like working!!!

Click HERE to print/see the registration form…

All this fun is brought to you by Primitive Gatherings & Olde Green Cupboard gals…where stitching and fun collide…I have met so many wonderful quilters from our previous adventures…this is a way to gather up a group of friends or come by yourself if you just want to get-away…you will go home with 40 new friends regardless…I promise…it’s really a lot of fun!  Lots of prizes…lessons and endless laughter…

Come join us…for an unforgettable end to summer!