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…

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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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Garden Mystery Block Blog Hop!!!

Today is my DAY!!!  The blocks will be posted on FRIDAYS..until you have collected them all…Have you been following along already or is this the first you have heard about it?   I did post awhile back saying it was happening…but no worries you can still go and capture those 3 previous blocks…Here is my block…GROW

I love being part of a blog hop!!! Yes, it is another thing I have to do…but when you see the finished quilts made from these events it makes it all worth while, I just helped someone (Kathy) with their setting for the Patriotic blog hop we did last year…her quilt is going to be amazing!!

I  truly loved Rhonda’s Potting Shed block and wanted to design something that would go along with her block…so GROW is what I have come up with..lots of flowers and a cute little lady bug enjoying them…the spouts on the bottom have not yet blossomed so thus the name…grow…not all gardening is about the bloom…it is the process and the excitement of watching it ALL happen…those first few sprouts are just as celebrated as the blooms! Even though the blooms get all the glory…kind of like quilt making right???  The finished quilt gets all the glory but for me it’s all about the whole process…

Click here for GROW-Mystery Block Instructions

Click here to order GROW KIT  Kits are $12.

Here are the Valdani Threads I used…Check which ones you have… the ones you don’t order them along with your block…

#12-  0775, 0575, 1 or 0511, 1641 or 0513, 0154, 180, 841, 86 or 086, M30, 0562, 0534, 8111, V3

#8-  0575, 1

 

Listed below are the other designers participating in the blog hop…make sure you go to each site…download their pattern and support them by buying their kit…if you cannot do this for everyone or you are doing your own wools/fabric…please try to support them in other ways…things like making sure you comment or LIKE/ Share their posts on social media platforms- buy from their websites- share with your sewing group/guild what you are working on… just by being excited is contagious and some of them will possibly buy from us as well..post in your FB groups what you are working on and who’s design it is….and so on…you get it…right?  Support doesn’t alway mean with your money …just make sure you follow the rules involved with copyrights and do not give anyone another designers work…show or tell them where they can get it themselves…

THANK YOU for Blog Hopping with us ALL…We sure APPRECIATE you as our customers!!!  Without you events like this would not be happening!!!

 

February 2nd, Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

www.farmhousethreads.com

February 9th, Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand

www.hearttohand.com

February 16th, Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs

www.myreddoordesigns.com

February 23rd, Kathy and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

www.thecottageatcardifffarms.com

March 2nd, Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

www.primitivegatherings.us

March 9th, Shawn York, The Rusty Crow

www.rustycrow.com

March 16th, Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

www.woolenwillowdesigns.com

March 23rd, Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

www.woodenspooldesigns.com

March 30th, Joyce Weeks, Geoff’s Mom Pattern Co.

www.geoffsmompatterns.com

April 6th, Gloria, Vicky and Heather, Olde Green Cupboard

www.oldegreencupboard.com

April 13th, Laurel Arestad, Simply Put Plus

www.simplyputplus.com

April 20th, Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

www.bitsandpiecesbyjoan.com

April 27th, finishing instructions by Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

www.farmhousethreads.com

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Moon Garden Mystery Stitch-A- Long!!!

 

 

It has been awhile since I have launched a wool appliqué stitch-a-long…I am sure excited to be doing so this year…I know we have done a lot of pieced Stitch-A-Longs but now it’s time to try a wool one, if you have never done wool appliqué before…now is the time to try.  We will be having a Facebook group for this SAL as well.  There will be lots of time for instruction and info…

A Moon Garden at night is a great way to enjoy white or light-colored, night-blooming plants, in addition to those that release their intoxicating aromas in the evening. White flowers and light-colored foliage reflect the moonlight…This is the concept that I have tried to follow here at Anchor Point when planning the flowers & trees..everything booms in white or shades of white.

We have wonderful full moons over the lake so why not stitch a Moon Garden as well….lots of light-colored blooms on a dark backgrounds.  The backgrounds I am using come from the Black prints of Little Gatherings I and II.   

Moon Garden is a 12 block basket BOM.  The blocks are nice and big for easy stitching…I believe they will finish somewhere between 16-17″…I want to leave that option open until I have decided on a final setting…Plan on using a FQ for each block to start with…I have been searching for/and hoarding beautiful light wools for these blooms for a while now, and we will have lots of fun stitching and embellishing these.

The patterns for Moon Garden will be Free on my blog for one month…until the next block is released.  We will be giving you the PDF patterns that will need to be printed on 11×17 paper…so you will have to bring them to a copy place to be printed unless you are able to tile the design and print on 4 -8 1/2″ x 11 sheets.  However we will be offering kits for those of you who love our fabric choices and want to support me/Primitive Gatherings for our hard work on this Stitch-A-long. Our block kits WILL INCLUDE the printed pattern full size, therefore no need to have to have it printed elsewhere…The pieces are big…you will need lots of large medium to light brown wools for baskets…and so on…we will have a couple of options for you to purchase…please read carefully as they are listed below. The green highlighted words when clicked on take you to our site so you can order if you wish to do so.  Again…we appreciate supporting our small family business, we can’t say that enough. 

If you are interested in buying the wool block kits with cotton background  from us as a BOM-we will be giving you the 12th block FREE as a Thank you for again supporting us to the fullest…These kits will be limited because of the cotton background limitations…first come, first serve…we will also throw in a surprise gift as well.  All the prices below include shipping- US=domestic, International is everywhere else…(you will pick your choice when clicking the green link above.)

The blocks will be:        $27 which includes shipping-Domestic                 $33- International shipping

 

If you are interested in the wool only for the blocks but NO cotton background we will still get you the 12th block FREE.  

The blocks will be:        $23 with domestic shipping                                      $29 for international shipping.

 

Also…If you wish to pay in full-wool & cotton backgrounds and do not want to deal with 11 payments you will be paying:

$297 for the full kit- surprise gift, and 12th month free…domestic                  $363 for the full kit-surprise gift, and 12th month free-international

Pay in full without cotton fabric background:

$249 for the full kit and 12th month free-domestic                                              $321 for the full kit and 12th month free-international

 

If you are interested in JUST buying the brown basket textures we have a bundle for that as well- you will have to have your patterns printed at the local print shop.

The bundles are $115 w/domestic shipping    $122- international shipping. The bundle shown is not the bundle you will receive, but just a picture so you get an idea.

I will also try and have starter thread kit available soon as well.  But without having all the blocks done you can see my dilemma…but maybe by the end of March I can have all the blocks stitched!!

We have tried to cover a bunch of options for you and soon it will be time to have some fun…We will be starting this is April…We want all of March to be able to make the kits and get them shipped out….but if we run our we run out…so don’t hesitate if you think you will want a kit!!!  We also will not post the pattern each month until all the kits have been shipped and a few days for you to receive them…

We obviously will be doing prizes as well if you get your blocks done each month as well as some other contests thrown in as well to keep it fun and interesting!!!

Take care all…and have a great weekend!! I can’t wait to get in my PJs and start stitching for the night…

Lisa

 

“Little Man” fun…

Since I have been home, I have spent lots of time with my “little man”…Here at home…just hanging out…

The first thing he says to me is…Mimi what are we going to bake today? We then pull out the book and look at all the recipes and pictures…When I was reading the names of the recipes…he recognized Dark Chocolate…as you know he loves my stash of dark chocolates in my sewing studio…

So we pulled all the ingredients…I have to line them up in order now…because…I easily get distracted or I just can’t remember.  But I sometimes have forgotten an ingredient…but now my newest method of lining them all up makes it easier…Then “little man” steps up and starts putting in the ingredients…and watches them mixWhen we are all done mixing- he can’t wait to lick the paddle…then he moves on to the spatula…Then it’s time to scoop them out..onto the baking sheetsand he doesn’t let me do it…HE has to do it…lol….He is using the large cookie scoop for this recipe…he also was in a hurry to put the dark chocolate chips in before I realized they should have been hand mixed in…the mixer kind of broke them up and you can’t see them…but you can when you eat them!!

we packaged some to freeze and bake later.

They came out so pretty!!!  Click Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies -for another great recipe..Taste testing in the car…and yes..I let him drive his car in the house…he can’t wreck my “real” distressed floor!!

Then we spent the rest of the day…building his new Lego Fire Truck...he has a birthday coming soon so…I might have had a gone a little overboard with his presents so why not play with one now!!!  This one is also easy for Grandma’s to help put together…lol!He was so proud of it after it was assembled!!! He is also starting to play very well by himself…This lego table I found at a flea market was the best $10 bucks I have spent on him…he also has his Daddy’s and Uncle’s legos to play with…I only saved the big duple legos…
I then had to “pack” him a lunch …after lunch we played hide and seek…then he played with Papa when he got home…all I heard was giggles…Nick also wanted me to Thank all of you who asked about him at Road to California…He is doing pretty well after both of his surgeries…the Doc just tells him it will take time to feel 100% and to get his hormone levels to where they need to be, they are watching and testing all the time…He currently is in “Man-0-pause”that was the Docs term…he’s having lots of hot flashes and other such things happening…it’s kind of funny…but not to him of course…He is planning on being in Paducah!!!

Time to start stitching for today!!! I am working on setting 98 blocks…and I know…I will show you soon when I have something substantial to show..I won’t wait til I’m done…I want you to see it in person…not just on paper…We are talking about Triangle Gatherings…of course.

Normal…

Things are starting to get back to a comfortable “normal” for me…not rushing to go here, there…do this…have to do that…So here are some of the things that have been going on…

Our WI Sit & Sew group…(we are working on a better name) Had our first of nine get togethers this year…Here are the show & shares….If I know the sources I will give them..if not..I’m sorry in advance.

Judy shared two of her quilts she made for her grandchildren…
Vickie comes from us all the way from Madison…she shared her finished  quilt and fabrics, this quilt/pattern is from years back…so I do not know if it is still available but if you click on Sandy’s name her site will come up…Jean shared two Heart trivets for Valentines Day…Kay shared two projects…a table runner kit was from Primitive Gatherings…Pattern is in a Kim Diehl book.I managed to finish this little binding on one of my class samples…Squash Blossom quilted my Karen Miller from Red Bird Co.   Karen quilts on her domestic sit down machine and is starting to teach professionally.Then I saved the best for last…

Remember the Wooly Block Adventure??? This was our block….remember???  Can still be purchased HEREI wish you could see this in person…We have also picked this as our WINNER for our Primitive Gatherings Shop…Kathy Decker from Fond du Lac WI…


This is the corner you cannot see behind her…Just STUNNING!!! I was hoping she would leave it here but…somehow she remembered it was up on my design wall..darn it!!!

She has used my black MODA FLANNELS , we have just received a new shipment…look for color…blackbird….The MODA flannels are the best look at how that quilting shows up!! They are super soft and by FAR the best out there!!!..thank you Kathy and thank you MODA for giving us such great fabrics!!!

Here are a few more close ups..Kathy has done all the stitching and the quilting…she has taken some classes from my famous quilter..Linda Hrcka..aka  thequiltedpineapple.com  Kathy said she loves Linda’s curved rulers…they helped her get this quilt to look amazing!!!  We think Kathy should win the Grand Prize Wooly Block Adventure…If and I hope there is one given!!!

Hope you enjoyed WI Sit and Sew Day!!

 

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