Let’s Sail Away!!!…this one is a doozy…

Well you have been asking…and this opportunity came up and we had to jump at it……Miami to Rome….14 days!!! We will have lots of time on the ship…we decided it is going to be a UFO cruise…we will have lots of stitching time…and I will be there for “help” you with your projects…we have the whole conference room again!

But here are the details… and FYI I think it is half filled already-a lot of the cruisers from our last excursion have re-upped…so do not hesitate…call that “special” person and get them to take a trip of a lifetime with you!!!

Best thing….super reasonable rates for the cruise…the highest priced room is under $100 a day…all rates are double occupancy…..we are also working with a travel agent on flights back home or you can book your own…but you could easily spend another week in Rome if you wish and come back when you are ready…so seriously think about this…plus..its less than a year away!!! Yay!!!

Here are the big details…the stops….

more details…Making Waves Registration Form

So this is a good place to share some of the pics from our last adventure!!!As you can see we had a big number of ladies to have some fun with!!!

Leaving the port…at Cape Canaveral…Cocoa Beach FL

First off…some sewing on Monday..all our kits were  precut so we got the the stitching very fast…

then some adventures on Tuesday…Labadee, Haiti

then again on Wednesday…In Jamaica…we got off the ship and “hired” our own guide…He took us to where he would eat…to a fishing village…church…school…and then the beach to relax and have a message…

back to stitching fun on Thursday…

Friday…Cozumel…Mexico…where we again…got off the shipped looked around…I found a native WI working and asked him what we should do…rent a jeep was the answer…we had a blast…but first on all…the jeep was a manual transmission…no problem…we all could drive one…he said first time ever he rented a jeep to women and all of them could drive the “stick”…he says…”only Wisconsin girls…even thou one of us was from UT…we’ll just let that slide…but the JEEP had no gauges…didn’t know how fast i was going …didn’t know if there was any gas in it…so it was quite the adventure…plus side…we had an escort showing us where to go…we seen ruins..climbed up a lighthouse (Yay Joyce-you did it!), we ate, swam and found sea glass at the beach…then we went tequila tasting…and let’s just say it was not what I suspected…First they make you a margarita…(now I know why they do this… so you will buy everything)  then on to the tasting…BUT is was just not tequila …they had flavored tequila’s!!! Came home with 4 bottles…Tequila Cafe…which is like Baileys….Guanabana…which is some sort of awesome fruit…Pina Colada- pineapple flavored and then 14 yr aged tequila – this was not like the tequila i know of…but very smooth…this will be for a margarita on the rocks this summer…I am sure your supposed to sip this…but…

Those of you who know me know I am not a “big” drinker…so for me to buy 4 bottles…yeh it was good…but then after all that…you get in the jeep and drive home back to the ship…it was a very fun day to say the least…

Carlos is looking GOOD…I think they all were named Carlos!!! no joking…

So lets just say there is more to life than just staying home and stitching…Come on…Let’s GO!!! I promise we will stitch too!!

Saturday…sea day…more stitching…and finishing!!!

This is Karen…she might have been my star stitcher…just because this was here first time with wool…she finished the star mat and look how far she got on her Rose quilt???!!!! I hope she got off the ship at the ports!!!

then there was Barbara….whoa!!!! Look at this woman stitch!!! She was my SuperStar!!!

I had her show me a bullion knot…I think I made her very nervous…sorry, no need for that…but hopefully when I try it I will at least have a better idea of what to do then what the diagrams show!!! Thanks Barbara!!

So at the end of the trip it is sad…to have to say good bye to all the new friends…I loved just listening to SallieAnn and Samatha & Amanda talk….they are all from the UK…I had coffee with Steve (Liz’s Hubby”) one morning…after my ship walk- we talked about Harley’s…I tried very hard to see the sunrise every morning…

I also loved spending time with Lexie a lovely 11 yr old lady( Heather’s daughter)…we were buds…she was my mini golf teammate…and we ate dinner together every night…sometimes all fancied up…boy she could look much older and pretty…Keck (Dad) is going to have to beat them off of her….I look forward to watching her grow up!!! I am determined she is going to love to stitch if I can help it…

Then there were the canadian ladies…uh hum…you know who you are…they were so funny…I am quite quiet and shy (lol)…so it was fun just to be around all these ladies…

There were the FL girls…major belly laughs there too as well….and there were groups of women from NE almost as many as from WI…but they came from near and far…and I loved getting to know them more and more…some we will see again in NC in September…but there are lots of opportunities now and will be in the future as this is way too fun not to do again and again!!!

Have a great Saturday and get ahold of those girls from Olde Green Cupboard and sign up…you will not go with a better group. (double pinky swear).

time to stitch…LB

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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!

Lisa

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12 contests winners!! Mini Quilts!!!

I know you all have been patient in waiting to hear the results of this very special contest…and we are now ready to reveal…The voting was really close…I was surprised at how close…so I guess it is safe to say that they all were appreciated and it was fun to have this quilt show at our shop during our biggest event of the year…I am in awe of all the talented quilter’s there are…

So now here are the winners:

Triangle Category- Carol Jo Wood

Winner of #12 Contests for Primitive Gatherings-Triangles

Applique Category- Cherri Kincaid

Winner of #12Contests for Primitive Gatherings-Applique

Pieced Category-Kathy Decker

Winner of #12Contests for Primitive Gatherings-Pieced

Moda has provided the prizes for these winners…as you can see below…there are some AWESOME prizes for each of the above winners…Congratulations to the winners!!I was going to do a grand prize like a Best of Show, but there were so many good ones I decided to pick one in EACH category as well…Each winner shall receive a $100 Gift Card to Primitive Gatherings and a thank you prize for participating…

Triangle Category- Laura Lozier

Lisa’s Winner of #12Contests for Primitive Gatherings-Triangles

Applique Category- Liz Kodner

Lisa’s Winner of #12Contests for Primitive Gatherings

Pieced Category-Patty Erway

Lisa’s Winner of #12Contests for Primitive Gatherings

I still want to THANK ALL of you who sent in your quilts…they are all special!!!! You should ALL be receiving your quilts back soon as they were sent back last week…along with a thank you prize for entering our contest!!! Winners…can please show your quilt and prize on any social media (IG, FB…or maybe you blog)…you reside on…#primitivegatherings and #12contestspgmini #modafabrics #showmethemoda… are the #s.

I can’t wait to do another!! In fact…I just had a thought…which one of these is your favorite?  I know it’s hard to pick but…let’s see what happens???

 

 

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Summer Block of the Week 2017…

Today Spring Quilt Market opens!!!! This is a big deal for those of us in business in the quilting world…We get to talk to the shop owners and share our designs and products, we also get to find new and exciting stuff for our shops to keep our stores fresh and full of ideas when you come in or see us at a show…so it’s a big deal…and it all starts today!!!  I will take lots of pics in the next couple of days…for future posts…

and Wow…I have had a super busy first 6 months of the year and my schedule slows way down from here…I started the summer BOWs real early this year but somehow…I had just enough done to show you what my offerings are for the summer. Now I have a time to talk about them…they are all up on our website and I thank you for those of you who have already signed up and tested our new system…The Summer BOW is for our loyal customers who have to do a summer project for the fun, for the excitement of getting something in the weekly mail other than bills and for the FREEBIE…Not only is the SBOW at special price you also get an extra project for participating in our summer event!  It all starts June 5th!!!!

I’m super excited about the freebie this year…the “theme” will be HOUSES!!!  Who doesn’t love little houses…The freebies are made from the scraps leftover from making kits…so you may not always have the same background…but it will always be something nice…This block is 4″ finished..Now that I have seduced you with the freebie…here are our projects…We have 3 for you to choose from or you can do more than one…I am always amazed how much you can get done and share in our groups….some do all three and amazingly finish them in Olympic record time…

Wool AppliqueI am taking into consideration that most of you do NOT have all the SBOWs finished that you have….so why not do some easy piecing and a little appliqué???  That’s the plan this year…I myself need a bit of a break so it’s very simple appliqué….AND maybe you want to make some mini quilts?…these 12 blocks could all be quilted and bound to make a mini quilt in itself…hmmm thats cool too right?

I will be adding special stitches to the appliques and will be doing videos on our FB page, this first block has 5 different stitches on it!!…I’ll give you the FB group info at the end so you can  join after you sign up…They are closed groups only for those who do the SBOWs and they are still ongoing we do not stop them so it takes you a year to complete your project the group is still active…Randy is also on board to help us again in our FB groups- this is awesome as we all LOVE Randy, his quilts and his gardens…

 

All the details and the pricing is here on the Shop BLOG  I did not want to screw anything up so Jess has everything in detail there…there are also supply kits for everything that we discount at 25% off of everything you order.  When you are reading the shop blog…click the links leading you to the website to order.

Pieced Quilt…Starlit Skies...I LOVE this quilt and everyone who saw the blocks in person loved them too!!!  Also did you notice…NO Triangles!!! So keep making those Friendship stars while you make this as well…this is easy easy easy…my fast cutting and piecing directions will make this fun to piece…

You will get 4 blocks each week for a total of 48…I will have two ways to set the quilt, with star cornerstones & sashing and you can choose when we offer the finishing kits…Jess also has a supply kit for this as well..

Hexi Haven is our Hand Pieced or EPP project…

Debbie from the shop is making this…and it’s so gorgeous!!!  Again…all the details will be at the link above, too many to list here….

This is the hexi pattern from my floor at the Lakehouse!!!

I hope this interests you enough to go and see if you want to join in…I especially love the Facebook group…I love seeing everyone’s blocks each week and the help that’s available there…so I can’t wait to see some of you again and I hope we get some new people who this might be the first time they are doing the SBOW…(Summer Block of the Week)

And PLEASE,  if you have any questions after reading this or the website descriptions please call our shop…the girls will be ready to help you with anything you need.  We are a full service quilt shop and want to take care of you personally if you give us the chance…our phone number is… 920-722-7233.

Here is the info for the Facebook groups:

As we have done in previous years we will have a Facebook Group set up for those of you who join any of the 3 SBOW programs. This year we will have 3 separate Facebook Groups, one for each of the SBOWs. Please make sure that you are Friends with Jessica Holz on Facebook, and then PM her to tell her which group you are in, she will then put you into the group. You will need to be Friends with her on Facebook since this is a CLOSED Group and only those in the SBOW programs can join in. This is a great way to learn new techniques and to share with one another! Some of you are already friends with me, for those of you who are not please look for this profile picture for who to friend request.IMG_3072       Jessica Holz Facebook Profile Picture to Friend Request

Have a great weekend! Lisa

 

Block 19 & 20…The Magic of Christmas blocks…

Happy Black Friday…so…did you go to the mall today? No way…not me…I went to the antique mall and to the Ye Old Goat…bought some new things to decorate the new house with for Christmas…and Yes…I will post my Christmas decorating…I promise…now you know I promised to give you all 25 blocks before Dec. 1st…right? I finished stitching them all so it will be done deal…Teri just need to get me the last few patterns ready…and she will do it this week…Did anyone notice I updated the post for the b&w block 17…scroll back a few posts if you needed it…Ok…now here goes…block 19-please read extra info for using HST paper below…img_8690

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If you want to use the 1″ HST papers instead of cutting the 6- 1 7/8″for C…cut a 2 “x 12 1/4″ rectangle  for the 6 squares of triangle paper…and do the same size in the red for F, but you will still need to cut 4- 1 7/8” squares cut in half once for the FG units A/F… this will make the HST faster and more accurate.

 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 3 1/4″ SQAURE FOR E NEEDS TO BE CUT IN HALF TWICE DIAGONALLY….mark that on your pattern…I will switch the pattern  out when Teri can redo it…

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I just love making these blocks….someone asked if there was an easier way to cut these blocks out…like a die for die cutting all the shapes…the answer is no…the dies are time consuming as well and very expensive too…so don’t think that it these are laborious….because we could be using our scissors…cardboard templates and hand piecing…so believe me this IS the fastest way to do these blocks!!!

I want to do a give-a-way…so…I want to see your progress on FB or Instagram…post how far you are…I don’t care if your kit is in the bag…or if you only have 3 blocks done…don’t give up…I’ll think of something cool for the give-away…I did find some awesome ornaments today…maybe you could win one?  REMEMBER to use the #themagicofchristmasquilt  on instagram and if you are only on FB tag me so I see it!!!

HEY….I almost forgot!!! I finished the snowball quilt yesterday morning while MOM was cooking in the kitchen..I finished it about 11am just in time to dismantle the frame and set up another table in the kitchen so all 16 of us could sit down!!! Hmmm…now what will be next for the frame….I love to hand quilt…it really is relaxing and goes quite quickly if your heart is in it to get it done!!!img_8828 img_8827And….one more share….look at how messy my sewing room gets when I am making these blocks!!! Time to pick it up to start the next project!!!img_8813Have a good weekend!!! I’m flying to CA tomorrow to RETREAT with the CA girls!!! Oh what fun we will have!!! Do you wanna come to our next one?  Its in June…I’ll post the dates while I’m in CA and you can join in the fun!!!

PS…don’t forget about the give-a-way…I’ll give you a couple of days to post before I pick a winner…but I’d love to see all your blocks while traveling tomorrow!

Piece out….LB