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06
Aug
16

The magic of Christmas…Stitch Along Block 1

Ahh…theres nothing like a red and white quilt…img_5445After seeing this photograph taken of my guest bedroom from the American Patchwork & Quilting photoshoot, I want to make my own red/white sampler quilt.  To make sure I really do it I decided to do it as a Stitch Along…I am calling it “The Magic of Christmas”…and I want to do it two ways…City and Country versions….or Modern and Primitive  or Traditional and Vintage….all of these names would all work…but we are going with City and Country versions.

What I know for sure about the SAL (Stitch Along)…25 blocks..6” blocks…before Christmas…instead of doing them the 25 days to Christmas Dec.1 -25…. I decided to spread it out a bit so we ALL can get it done by Christmas!!!

The patterns will be a Free downloadable until Christmas here on my blog.

If you appreciate our time and effort of maintaining this SAL you can reward us by purchasing your fabrics from us. Here are our offerings for fabric kits.  City version, bella solids…you can order the 3 yds of red and 3 yds of white as a special price kit for only $35 for both fabrics  OR  you can order them separately for $21 with no discount.  Order HereCity/Lisa Bongean

Country version…will be 12 FQs of reds and one 3yd light tan country background as shown here in the block. Country/LisaBongean The kit will be $55 for the kit…You can also order just the red FQs for $33 and the tan background for $33.  There is also a discounted backing option too.  Order Here

I am not totally sure about the setting yet…but for what I do have in mind there may be a possibility we can get the whole quilt out of these fabrics… you never know….but I promise to try and get it out of the fabrics here…I love a challenge.

We have some of this fabric in our warehouse…however, we do not know if we are going to have 5 or 500 people sign up…kits are first come until we run out…the city version we will not run out of…we can reorder that…but the country version will be limited if you want these exact fabrics.   I will NOT send out a 2nd block until all of the kits have been shipped…the block took me less than an hour from starch to finish…ha..did you get that?  So you will not be several blocks behind if you order our kits…we will not get another block for almost 2 weeks.

I have to get 24 blocks in in less than 15 weeks so some weeks there will be 2 or 3 who knows…my postings will be random…like my life…It will be fun and we can also have that red/white quilt of our own just like my cupboard of antique red/white…. This quilt cupboard photo was used with permission form American Patchwork & Quilting. If you want to see more photos from the photo shoot not in the magazine click HERE…like this closeup of the quilt on the bed…img_5446-1

Again Thank You for following me on this blog and I hope you join us for the SAL!!! We appreciate your continued support!!!

Click HERE for a printable PDF of block 1 of “The Magic of Christmas”.  We will probably make this into a pattern so be sure to print them right away as they will not be on the blog forever!!!  If you have trouble printing the PDF. I have tested it and it is working…So please update or find a young person to help you figure out why you cannot print the PDF.  Here is a picture of the pattern, in case you are having difficulty, but will to do this for all the blocks…

For those of you who love to go above and beyond…maybe we can publish a few different finishing options for these blocks, and publish your quilts along with ours.  So lets see what develops here! I’m also thinking we should do some giveaway at Christmas time ,for those of you who finish their quilt tops can enter into…so it doesn’t have to be quilted, yet.

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Copyirght 2016 Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings/The Magic of Christmas-Block 1               This pattern is only for personal use.

Quilt shops cannot print and use this in their shops. HOWEVER!!!!… If you want to sell Primitive Gatherings fabrics (like the above red FQ bundle and a light print) and guide them to sign up for our blog to get the FREE patterns THAT the right thing to do AND is much appreciated.  We please ask that you do not abuse our FREE pattern intended for our loyal customers and that your fabric bundles be only PG fabrics.  I am sure you can understand our reasons and support our hard work by honoring it.

Now after all that…whew..

Today I am going on a Pub crawl/scavenger hunt/on a bicycle to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes…should make for an interesting day!  But for now I must stitch on my BOW Among Friends…I may be a little behind…need to catch up!!!

Happy Saturday!!!

Lisa

 

 

 

 

31
Jul
16

Today was the day…

Today was the day I finally got my OWN copy of the American Patchwork & Quilting October issue! Featuring Primitive Gatherings with ME on the cover!!!

I wasn’t going to believe it until I really saw it in person!! Which was yesterday…but today Beth a student in my workshop brought me a copy!!!!APQOCT-COVER_DIGITAL

I admit…I was told about it, about a month ago in an email from editor Linda…that night after receiving the email that I was going to be on the cover…I could not sleep, I was in disbelief???? Was there ever a person on the cover of APQ?  I could not remember…I started looking at all my magazines…no…always quilts!!! What were they thinking???

The APQ crew visited  in January 2016…it was a blast working with them to shoot our workplace and my home…it was about a day and a half of “shooting”, a quick dinner after and then poof they were gone…later an interveiw with Judy Friedman…and then half a year later…Editor Linda Augsburg calls me…it was a Sunday near the end of June I believe…Lisa?  Yes? This is Linda from APQ…do you remember that antique quilt you were holding when we photographed you?  ummm Yes…Do you have it?  Ahhh Yes…Can I come and pick it up?  Ahhh Yes…aren’t you in DesMoines?  Yes…but I’m on my way to Manitowoc WI for a graduation……OK?….  I think we should include the pattern in the issue as well…Ok, sounds great!!!   Linda later admitted she had a good idea it was going to be the cover, so she thought it would best if they patterned it as well!!!  Then about a week or two after she picked it up she broke the news to me… I really never told anyone, Nick of course, but until I got the email from the office with how to promote the magazine did I really believe it was true, there it was..the jpeg of the cover with me with some of my collection !!! It was CRAZY!!!

This really is a big honor for all of us at Primitive Gatherings and we cannot thank APQ enough…we all are still in disbelief that we were featured in our favorite magazine and they really captured some wonderful pictures of what Primitive Gatherings is like…they also have more pics HERE on their website allpeopleequilt.com.  Like this one of the bedrooms in the our Northridge House that they shot that day…img_5445-1

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting.

You need to go and get this issue if you do not subscribe to it…Available at PG on our website OR see if you can find it anywhere you can get quilting magazines!!!  This is a great issue about antique quilts…and it also has lots of advice and quilts from my fellow designers…then Barbara Brackman tell little histories about the lots of the quilt featured in this issue!!!

all too much….gotta go now…I’m going to read the magazine AGAIN!

my best…Lisa

 

29
Jul
16

today’s workshop in Augusta, ME

What a fun bunch of ladies today in class…it was a little warm…room packed to the gills but still lots of fun…great bunch of blocks made to make this quilt Bud Garden…Met lots of new ladies and some “old” FB friends…nice to meet them in person…right Denise G?  I attended Pam Buda’s lecture for lunch which was also very good…so chalk up another great day in ME. bud_garden-550x550 (1) IMG_7290 IMG_7288 IMG_7289 IMG_7287 IMG_7291 IMG_7286 IMG_7285 IMG_7284

29
Jul
16

Christmas in July…Stitching words onto our wool projects…

I want to share with you a couple of ways to “transfer” lettering/wording to our wool projects…To be honest I can draw the words/lettering on with my dependable Clover white liquid chalk marker on most anything…but sometimes you want something just perfect…In the case of this Angel Tree Skirt I wanted the FONT to turn out exactly like the computer prints it out….so I’ve heard Glad Press’n Seal was the answer…So I gave it a try…Angel Tree Skirt Web-550x550-1With a medium tipped Sharpie marker I traced the design from the book, along with the bottom edge of the mat for accurate placement.
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I then “pressed” the Press’n Seal onto my wool mat.IMG_6041With a #8wt. perle cotton and a#22 Chenille needle I started stem stitching my letters right through the press’n seal…as you can see I didn’t want to stitch too much before I knew if this was going to come off…I took my small extra sharp Dovo scissors and cut away the PnS as close as I could to the stitching.  I then proceeded to take my extra sharp tweezers and pull away the PnS from the outside of the letters and  insides.  Awesome!….It was going to come off…was it easy? It was kind of picky and sticky coming away from the stitching, but the results were beautiful.
IMG_6042 IMG_6044Now I thing the biggest reason it worked is because my stem-stitching was nice and close together…a little smaller than I usually stitch…mostly because these were tiny lettering…and to make it pretty it had to be tiny….

Now..for the next step…I am stitching this same Angel Tree Skirt as FULL sized tree skirt!!!

I blew up the pattern as stated in the directions…it comes out to 42″.  The perfect size for a full size tree…The wool for the background had to be specially dyed because I needed more than 1 yard…I think we dyed a 50″x 6o” piece of wool to get the 42″ after it was dyed.  Wool shrinks/felts in they dyeing process to you have to account for that shink-age.

For the full sized tree skirt I stitched the much larger letters/words in a chain stitch…and then went back in and did a running stitch inside of the chain stitch…lisa bongeanI am done with all the stitching now its time to pull all that PnS away…

So my final summary is this…If I need something to be perfect, I will use the PnS…If it doesn’t matter and I want to do it in my own hand I will skip the PnS because it isn’t really that fun to pull all that stuff out from the words/lettering…but it does work for those who do not care for their own lettering…and for those “perfectionists” out there.  So it’s a very accurate means of transferring the word/lettering on to our wool projects.

A couple other methods I have used in the past have been tissue paper…you would baste the traced tissue paper onto the design and then stitch on it…then wet it when compete and put it away…this comes off easier, but it is a little more awkward to stitch through.

Then the final way has been to use “tulle”.  You would trace the words onto the tulle with a marker.  Then place the tulle onto the wool and trace the words again using the liquid chalk market or the fixion pens that are now available.

I hope this helps when determining how to get those words onto your dark wool backgrounds that you cannot use a lightbox for.  I can’t wait to show you how this large tree skirt turns out…it’s a monster but will be so beautiful under a tree!

If you would like a kit for the large tree skirt we can get that info to you…I have not figured it out yet as I usually don’t until the project is finished…but I wanted to share this with you while I was stitching.  Email us or comment on this post and we will get the kit info to you when it is ready.

I will be posting soon about…The Magic of Christmas…a 25 block  red/white (city) or reds/cream (country) stitch along….

Time to get ready or today’s workshop and meet some Maine quilters!!! LB

lisa bongean

26
Jul
16

Quilts from Christmas Gatherings…

Sorry about that 6 month thing…why do we celebrate Christmas in July if it is not half way??? I just assumed that was why…so I didn’t even count them…but that might be just what I really need is an extra month!!!

I want to share the quilts in the book tonight….

First up…Boxes of Candy…

Simple quilt that looks hard…on point…make a bunch of blocks using all squares, turn them on point and make it look like you pieced a lot of triangles…quilted by the a-mazing Linda Hrcka….More info on all the quilts can be found HERElisa bongeanlisa bongean


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Christmas Reel…

I love this quilt…you don’t see many green/cream quilts…this quilt was made by about 20 quilters….I will always cherish it!  5o plus blocks…all hand appliquéd…quilted with mega straight lines from another a-mazing machine quilter, Val Krueger.IMG_6200 (1)

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Christmas Rose and Christmas Rose Mini..

What can I say…red, green and cheddar!!!! Again quilted with those awesome curvy ruler from Linda-thequiltedpineapple.com The mini is so cute!!!IMG_4579IMG_4578IMG_4710IMG_6213Christmas Rose Mini Web-550x550IMG_6212IMG_6209 IMG_6211 (1)IMG_6211 (1)

All wrapped up…

Just a simple scrappy quilt using all the reds, greens and creams from the line…and some volunteer help from “little man”IMG_4590 IMG_4613Stars of Bethlehem…Stars over Bethleham Photo web-550x550

I don’t have any “in progress” pics of this quilt…cause I didn’t make it at all…Amy made it while I was away!!! I love this quilt…wish I did make it…but I will make one…maybe just regular scrappy scrappy…quilted by Val…like ribbon candy…I do not have a pic up close of the quilting…but if you see this quilt…EVERYONE loves the quilting….maybe Val has some she can send me….

Silent Night…this little quilt is 22″….again….this quilt would also be nice done normal scrappy….perfect HST’s done with PG triangle papers…and here you can see some of the prints up close…IMG_5479

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I know I’m not supposed to tell you that I didn’t really like this runner…but see how much better it got because of the flowers..and a little instant antique spray?

IMG_6084I think I got them all…PrintHere’s the back cover….and again….I know this book is a “Christmas” book…but the quilts with a few color changes can be everyday quilts….none of my fabrics or quilts scream Christmas, and therefore can be used at other times not just for Christmas….

and same offer applies for today as well…buy a kit and book and get Primitive Christmas book free…have new book already…buy two kits get older book free…have it all…oh well we’ll still give you the book to gift or donate to a new quilter, guild…

all for now…I am so tired…really enjoying Maine…looking forward to the show this weekend and meeting my new students…LB

a couple of pics from our Lobster dinner…IMG_7261IMG_7258IMG_7259

 

25
Jul
16

Christmas in July…

Today is July 25th…6 (Edit-5months sorry) months til Christmas 2016…So if we start now…we can get some hand made gifts done…as we know they are the best!!! I have been so busy I never did a post on my Christmas Gatherings Moda Fabric and book of the same name..So if you don’t mind… I want to say a little bit about each project in the book…today I will do the “little projects” this is everything but the quilts.  Tomorrow I will talk about all the quilts  and the fabrics in the book..CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS BOOK Christmas Gatherings Covers LR-350x350 (1)

Peace on earth…a nice mat for your table…for primitive or any decor this mat is a stunner on a nicely decorated table.  See more info HEREPeace On Earth Flat Web-550x550 Sheep…wool ornament…

I love this little wool sheep who is all decorated for the Christmas celebration…this is a nice ornament to make as a gift for your favorite woolie friend…Click HERE for more details.sheep ornament-550x550 Perfect little tree skirt…or see my up coming post on making a full sized one for your next holiday tree….For more info click HERE

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Everyone needs a Christmas Journal to keep track of what gifts they bought who…what you made for that special Christmas dinner and who visited each year during the holidays….Has pocket for pictures, pencil and recipes…For more information click HERE.Christmas Journal Photo Web-550x550

The reason for the season….another great idea for ornaments…shepard and his sheep and the manger…perfect gifts and easy stitching…Click HERE for more details.oh holy night-550x550

 

Poinsettia table mat…You’ll have this stunning mat stitched in no time…the middle poinsettia is big easy stitching and then the 16 tongues will be done before you know it…Click HERE for more details.
Poinsettia flat Web-550x550Joy stocking…..updated wool stocking in todays more contemporary look….who wouldn’t love this stocking!  This stocking looks way more complicated then it really is…anyone can make this!!!  Click HERE for more info.Joy Stocking Photo Web-550x550Light bulb ornies anyone…how cute? These are just irresistable..you’ll want to stitch many of these one for everyone…your hair dresser, the mailman…the ups guy/gal, your neighbors and your family…also would make nice addition as a tag on a gift…light up someones Christmas with these ornies!  Click HERE for more info.
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This Christmas picture will decorate the walls…a great quote from Hugh Downs…the famous broadcaster from an earlier time…this quote lines the salvage on each of the fabrics in Christmas Gatherings….Click HERE to for more details.Old Fashioned Christmas Web-550x550 Did I save the best for last….no!  I have to admit…I did not like this runner while I was making it…it was just blah….but then I got the great idea to add the wool flowers to the basket blocks…and then it was like Christmas magic!!! Click HERE if you need a runner to decorate your Christmas table!Basket Runner-550x550

Now how cute is this guy?  He is on two simple table mat/tree skirts…now these both stitch up pretty fast and then add a candle and it make the perfect center piece….or add you little tree and it adds just a simple touch to the little tree!  Click HERE for more details.
Holiday Table Mat Web1 (1)-550x550You can never have enough ornaments….these simple, simple stacked wool squares are fun and the whole family can make one, even Dad!!!! Click HERE to order lots of different colorsStacked Tree Ornament-550x550

ALL the above projects are in the book…BUT I also want to let you know about another
GREAT deal…we are running our previous 27 project Chistmas book…” Primitive Christmas” at almost HALF OFF…a great deal! Click HERE to order our first Christmas book before they are all gone!!! This book has recipes too!primitive_christmas_big-550x550

I better get this posted before it is July 26th!!! Everyone who orders a kit with a new book from this post will get the Primitive Christmas book free while supplies last!!! If you already have the new book- you have to order two kits from this post to get the Primitive Christmas free!!!!  FREE shipping on orders over $100! If you already have the new book and the old book…then you just need to get some kits and give the book to a friend as a gift! Offer good through July 31st.

My best…

Lisa

30
Jun
16

Harvest Mystery time….

Hey tomorrow is my day to introduce my block for the Farmhouse Threads Harvest Mystery blog hop!  I hope you like it! It is set to be in the bottom center of the quilt Rhonda has designed…but I’m posting early just in case something happens as I will be enjoying the Holiday tomorrow…I’m sure none of you will care that I’m early?HarvestHere is the free PATTERN   I want to point out that with this big block (12 1/2″x 24″) we have given you the layout however it is not perfectly complete…but you still will be able to layout your block perfectly on your light box…the pattern is 6- 8 1/2″ x 11 sheets and it will look like this…(IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE PRINTING THIS PATTERN MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER’S ADOBE ACROBAT IS UP TO DATE…  I WILL MAKE SURE THE LINK WORKS BEFORE POSTING…IF IT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU, YOU WILL HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT…SORRY)IMG_6973Do you see where some of the appliqués are cut off…no big deal right?  I though so…I love how this turned out!  It would be fabulous framed if you didn’t want to make the whole quilt too!  We have kits ready to send out to you if you love how ours turned out, they are $25…and also there is a beautiful Valdani thread kit that we have at a special price of $55 for 12 threads…(it’s like getting two free) click here for your kit and/or threads- HARVEST KIT    I am also planning on giving away a few kits to those who purchase…who know you may be getting your kit for FREE!

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Here are the first two blocks from the blog hop…visit their sites below to get there patterns if you have not already done so…both are very nice!!  I’ll try to remember to post next week to remind you to visit Joan’s blog on the 8th…


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Week 1, June 17 – Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

http://farmhousethreads.blogspot.com

Week 2, June 24Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

http://jenifromthewillow.blogspot.com

Week 3, July 1 Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

http://lisabongean.com

Week 4, July 8 – Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

http://bitsandpiecesbyjoan.com

Week 5, July 15 – Joyce Weeks, Geoff’s Mom Pattern Co.

http://geoffsmom.blogspot.com

Week 6, July 22 – Kathi and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

http://thecottageatcardifffarms.com/blog

Week 7 July 29 – Kathy Campbell, Heart to Hand

https://www.hearttohand.com

Week 8, August 5 – Shawn York, Rusty Crow Quilt Shop

http://shawn-rustycrow.blogspot.com

Week 9, August 12 – Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

http://woodenspooldesigns.blogspot.com

Week 10, August 19 – Gloria Parsons, Olde Green Cupboard Designs

http://oldegreencupboard.blogspot.com

Week 11, August 26 – Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs

http://myreddoordesignsblog.blogspot.com

Week 12, September 2 – Finishing Instructions from Farmhouse Threads

http://farmhousethreads.blogspot.com

 




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