Assessing my situation…

Is anyone like me?…All has to be sorted, put away…cleaned up…re-organized to I can peacefully do my work?  I think I am almost there again…It’s been 6 weeks since my hamstring injury…so time to get back to moving on a regular basis also, that has also been hanging over my head.  I tried to get out this morning with Jeter…but the rain drops were too large…the sun is supposed to come out later today so I switched gears and made my Moon Garden Vidieo this morning that was long over due..but it’s hard to nail down Nick to help…and then I need to be in a state of being videoed…since that was not happening I just got up…put on my work out clothes, scratched that (rain) and went up to the studio….Nick came to kiss me good-bye and I said…wait…let’s get this video done..so no- make up…didn’t even comb my hair and we shot a short little video…as I wait for it to be loaded into Facebook I am writing this…so here is what’s going on in my world..

Twilight Garden- 6 blocks finished

Summer Freebies- All done..need to think about finishing…

Star Studded Event- Working on Week 3…(this is what I need to work on and maybe do a tutorial on how I stitch my little flying geese…)

Row by Row starts tomorrow??? Need to finish up pattern TODAY!

BlockHeads II post needs to be done…

Block Heads edits for Martingale due June 26th

Finishing up projects for our September Outer Banks Retreat- everyone wants to know what we are making!!!!

Quilt Stock/ Re Store need some attention…what am I bringing to sell?…Each designer gets   10 things?

I am designing the WI Shop Hop Fabric!!! Just sent back strike-offs…I love it!!

Deadline for Star & Stripe Gatherings Fabric- Projects due July 14th…Fabric release is Jan/Feb

Working on a few ruler projects.

Triangle Gatherings finished quilts are starting to arrive for photography…

Launching Wool Mystery Box and Mini Quilt Mystery box…every other month/6 installments. Time to start designing and working on these projects ..

Now you are all up to date with what’s on my plate at the moment…along with some other new additonal products…like…

Primitive Gatheirng Wooly Mats!!!  That is what the photo on the top is really all about!!!

We must have purchased a ton of these so they contacted us and asked if we wanted to do custome sizes…they must have been reading my mind because….I was thinking I have a “big board” ironing board…and I wanted the whole thing covered!!  We also wanted to be able to give you great pricing on them!!!

For us Quilter’s these pads help us create perfectly press seams.  Heat is trapped in the pressing pad and then radiates back up to the underside of the fabric therefore, effectively ironing both sides at the same time. The wool fibers of this pad hold the fabric to minimize stretching while ironing. Stretching often happens with half-square triangles.

This dense wool pad is ideal for blocking your wool applique or embroidery or yarn projects as they can be pinned directly into the wool pad. Because there is some “give” to the wool surface, when ironing embroidery projects there is less chance of losing the dimension to the embroidery, while not flattening the threads or knots.

The main reason I wanted my whole “big board” ironing surface covered for when I was pressing quilt rows and whole quilts…I did not like the lumps and bumps of only having  a 17x 24 mat…and then…If you don’t have a big board ironing surface what the next best thing?  20×20 wool pad…so I can press my whole wool applique blocks and not have to move them…and then we also have the 12×12 travel or mini size if you doing some pressing by your machine…I did not spend the extra money to round the corners..I did not this mattered for the extra $$ it would have costed.

Our prices on these items are way more reasonalble then the others out there on the market…Our 20×58 is only $95!  20×20 is only $45 and then the mini 12×12 is $18…HERE is the link to our site to order!

I know some of you have orderd the wooly mats we sold at Christmas time and now maybe it’s time to another OR maybe you were on the fence…I can’t wait to be pressing, now!!!  Time to cut round 3 and starch round 4 of Star Studded Event!!!

Also Amy, my assistant is having some Oral surgery today and will be out for a time….Let’s send her some Facebook love today!!! Here FB is Amy Wichman Hoefler

Have a great day!!! Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

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Gathering of Stitches Retreat…CA

The best thing about retreats…. the people.

Getting the opportunity to hangout and get to really know a person is better than all the quilt fabric in the world… making friends is priceless and when you attend a retreat this happens…

I just spent a wonderful 4 days with a bunch of awesome women… whom I will miss until I come back in August and then November…here are some pics of our fun!

Betty had lots to share…finished PG designs … Tomorrow’s FlowersSomewhere in Time….Among Friends..Deb shared a finished Sue’s Stars…Deb is really a lot happier than what I captured here…loland Snow Dancethen Traci showed a fabulous Nancy Rink design… sorry I didn’t catch the name if it…she also had My Crazy Life almost done as well…Susan shared a few wool finishes… NEST is a single pattern now but was also in the out of print Summer Gatherings book which you may have already and then Geranium Baskets

Cindy finished a few projects she sent home with me to frame plus this Everday Crazy Mat that I helped her attach the bias binding to finish it up as well!!!

Here is another great PG quilt… Whirlwind Flight…with our signature HSTs…We only have the pattern listed right now for this but I bet we could make a kit if you wished…Karen is almost finished with it!!! …

Then we had some new projects we worked on especially for this retreat…

This is one of the new Welcome banners coming out in November…We will be putting up Pre Orders for them soon…here are the others that I showed in my Quilt Market booth in Portland OR…I do not try to show you things you can’t have but here is a peek!  Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter…these kits will come regular and Pre-cut/fused for those who love that and have some difficulties cutting and tracing…when you pre order on our site it charges your card on the spot…so I think it’s a little too soon to be holding your $$ that long…They will be $38 for the precut/fused kit/pattern, background and binding- and less for the non precut with pattern.

Then Star Penny Mat was super fun and easy as all the circles are precut/w/fusible!!!someone is working Moon Garden!!!  Look for those patterns here on the blog…search Moon Garden…this is our FREE stitch along going on right now…

We had about 30 women which made a nice cozy group.. if you want to join us in November 25-29th in sunny southern CA..please call the shop ask for Dru and she can send you the info… 951-304-9787 or email… primitivegatheringsca@gmail.com

Hope you enjoyed our “retreat”…LB

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Moon Garden Stitch Along…Block 1

Our wool Stitch-Along is finally here!!! I am hoping you by now you have received your kit if you have purchased it though Primitive Gatherings.  I can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate the overwhelming response to this Stitch Along.  I know most of you have more projects than one person needs but you are still willing to spend your hard earned bucks buying out products…THANK YOU!

For those of you who are using up what have on hand we are supplying the pattern.  The pattern is downloadable but it may be tricky to print on a home computer/printer.  I am telling you this in advance because I cannot help you with your printing because everyones equipment is different….and I am a quilter, not a computer guru…You will have to bring your PDF to an Office supply store and get them to print it for you…The pattern is large and is set up for 11×17 paper.  If you do not want bother with this…you can order JUST the pattern from us for $5 plus shipping.  We trying to make it easy for you  Click Here to order the pattern Only.  Also if you want it every month you will have to re order the next one…there is some reason you can’t do it automatically which again is beyond my knowledge…

I STRONGLY suggest joining our Facebook page for Moon Garden…I will be posting videos and all kinds of funny stuff…for our stitching pleasures….it is an easier platform to host videos and keep things in our group…

I will post the first video this weekend…and these are the Facebook video posts I’m planning—

getting started…tracing , cutting, fusible, Fray check…when to use it?

Laying out your appliqués onto the background

Threading your needle without a needle threader and making a quilter’s knot.

Cross stitching over stems

Blanket Stitch

Colonial knots

Does anyone see something I might have overlooked?…I know there are lots of beginners so I don’t want miss something obvious…so please leave me a comment of what you need to learn…

Click here to download Moon Garden Block 1 Update…this block is not longer FREE here…please go to our websit to purchace Block 1…the current block is always FREE until the next block posts…Please subscribe to this blog to not miss a FREE block.

The blanket stitch here includes a long one in the indents of the flower petals.
Close up of how I cross over (X) over my stems…these and more will be demonstrated on Facebook.

I want to talk about fusible web…I am in the process of launching a new fusible…it’s a dream to stitch with…I love the SAS2 lite, but I am tired of defending it…Some people actually hate “their” gummy needles…and I can see their point.  I do not have this “gummy” experience myself, maybe a little when I first adhere down and start stitching…but I use tons of steam and let the block rest a bit before I stitch…then no issues…BUT….the one thing I CANNOT live without is the tacky-ness of the SAS2L for my stems/vines…the ease of bending them into place before I steam them is such a benefit I will continue to use it for the stems and vines.  As you can see you do not stitch into the stems…you cross over…so those of you who hate and have that gummy needle…this will not be affected…

We are figuring out packaging for the “NEW” fusible…I will be blogging when it is ready…

So look for those Facebook posts starting soon and I will help you along on your wooly journey!!!  I am hoping more of you get your blocks soon!!  I know it’s hard waiting…

my best…Lisa

 

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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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Spring decorating…featuring antique quilts and hand made decor…

Just before I left for California I decorated the house for Spring…we had a few nice days and we all are anxious for it to stay….So I can think no better idea than to bring in March with some spring decor…

The first thing I did was change the quilts in the cupboard….I have never showcased my pastel/1930’s quilts before…I never knew I had this many….I do not “collect” 30’s quilts…not my era….well…for someone who doesn’t collect them I have at least 20!  How did this happen?  I collect 1800’s and /civil war era quilts…So why do I have 20- 1930’s quilts?  BECAUSE…as a quilt collector I am also drawn to the “pattern” of the quilt not just the fabrics…If I see a cool/unique pattern I don’t care how old the quilt is…it is coming home with me.  Some of these are in such great condition too…I will showcase a few of them this Spring…and tell you what I can about them…

So in March we all can be Irish for a little while….I did 23& me recently…I am 100% eastern european…I know…pretty boring right?…now I think Ireland is in eastern Europe..but I knew going in for the test I was Dutch/German and Polish…so who knows maybe I have a distant Irish cousin or something…so why not celebrate with the Irish…and when looking for a March quilt for decorating can you think of a better find…lucky shamrock leaves!!! 

Maybe you are on IG (Instagram)? and seen my table quilt…I love simple table decorations…and I throw a “seasonal” quilt on the table and the appropriate seasonal centerpiece…this satisfies my taste for simple decorating without too much fuss.  I love  two color quilts for home decorating…this quilt would even look great at Christmas time with red poinsettias…they are so versatile.

Now for a few pics of the rest of the “spring decor”…

Cute little egg holder…with some felted easter eggs…. I think the egg holder was from pottery barn…

How about a few “chocolate” eggs…I believe this pattern is from “Little Stitches” by Debbie Lofgren, the pattern had pastel eggs…well mine had to be chocolate…the bunny is again Pottery Barn.

I spend a lot of time at this spot…for some reason I like to do dishes by hand..I do not like what the dishwasher does to my pots and pans, and anything plastic so I’d much rather do them by hand… I just found this sweet little clock for my kitchen…do you believe I do not have one wall space appropriate for any type of clock??  So this works for now…I also store my Dawn dishwashing liquid in an old fashioned glass pitcher…

Behind the kitchen in the hall…3 little daffodils…simple.

Kitchen overview…taken from the lake side of the house.

closer…

View from the opposite corner…I have no idea what that black square is…it is not in my photo.

Living Room…

I need to work on a “spring” pillow for the couch… Give away PRIZE for the first one…who knows what the plaid on the couch pillows represents, comment on this post…you are disqualified if you are close enough to me to already know.  You know who you are so…let someone else win.

I need to make another one of these so I can have it at home!!!! I love my little Irish Blessing Clip board, or these can be hung on the wire stands that we have seen everywhere.

I will have a whole series of these…to get started with this one click HERE to order a pattern or Kit & pattern!  It is simple enough to make in a day for your Corned Beef & Cabbage party!!!

I will be posting soon again…all for now,

Lisa

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updated Garden Mystery Block Instructions…

Please RE-PRINT

I was sick the last couple of days…and that is my excuse for uploading the 1st/unedited version of the Garden block…I don’t get sick very often so it was just one of those things…the good thing is there were not may issues…the finished size was changed along with some thread numbers that needed to be added…those blank spaces???…yes..those…so nothing detrimental just annoying little things…but thank you for letting us know so we can get the right one loaded and out to you….here it is

Mystery Block Inst. 2018

I am in CA and yes, I am feeling better…Nick thought I should have called off my trip but I really do feel lots better…I have a coughing fit once and awhile but you can hardly notice it otherwise…I know many of you have been sick as well…I guess it’s been a tough year..

Have you noticed my lack of communication in FEB?  I sorta took off…intentionally…I was home the whole month…got organized..got caught up on my commitments, just concentrated on things and now I’m ready to go- to get back to business…and even more now that I am almost 80% unsick at this point…100% is just around the corner…by tuesday for sure…

Since it is Sunday…family day..I’ll share some of our FEB adventures…with “little man”… so if you here only for the quilting you can cut off here….

Feb started off with his birthday…we celebrated at the indoor waterpark in Green Bay…tundra lodge…just for the day…

This was Mimi and Papa’s first time…it was a blast!!!

The next day was his party…here are all his buddies..being silly with their ring pop colored tongues!!!

We got him a kids tablet since he has taken over mine when he is here at Anchor Point…he wanted to play games…like on Momma’s phone??? Oh well…I’d be holding him back if I didn’t let him in on technology…and it does occupy some of his time so I can do a few things while he is absorbed…
As you can see he enjoys it in many places as well….He stayed a lot with us in Feb…Momma was away on buying trips for their store…so we had lots of fun…

There was lots of baking…both real things…and then we did play dough…so he could practice rolling out his cookies…there was arts and crafts as well

The recipe I used for the Play- dough was found on Pinterest- pictured below…and it was awesome!!!… Click HERE to go to her site.

will be back soon….LB

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