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Sit & Sew!

I just want to brag about the wonderful time I had today with Vicky & Lana from NE, Vicky from Janesville, WI,  Lori from Winneconne, WI an Terri from Oshkosh, WI…We had a wonderful 4 hours of stitching, food and discussions on quilting and lots of other things…one of the things we did today was trim off Terri’s quilt after it came back from the quilter… made a sleeve and I demonstrated how to apply a perfect mitered binding, without a lot of fuss. Here is Terri’s quilt…how awesome is this!!! makes me want to do more EPP! Check out that quilting!!! Way to go Norma Van Elzen!  (the flouresent lighting in my studio throws off the color a bit…these projects were much prettier in person than my photos)IMG_6898

I actually cooked lunch for us…Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas…so simple but very yum! click here for RECIPEIMG_6891

We had some show and share!! Here are Lori’s projects she has completed since out last Sit & Sew…IMG_6900

Vicky & Lana came all the way from Nebraska to take a wool class the day before and stayed at the retreat house and came back again today!!!  I think I gave them proper demonstration/instruction on their “feather stitch” and hopefully many more tips to help them with their love of wool appliqué…

I helped Vicky (also) how to stitch her pennies…and then how to attach them to the main body…I hope she bring it back finished!!!IMG_6894

I was working on the Farmhouse Threads-Harvest Mystery quilt block for July 1st….here is a sneak at that…sorry you’ll have to wait til July to get the free pattern on the blog!  Everyone loved it!!! So I hope you will too…IMG_6903

I also shared my next fabric line with Moda…that will be sold at Fall Market and released in Feb/2017…they got to see the final 40 prints and 32 wovens…now I am just designing the projects and waiting for the sample yardage to come!!!

I think everyone had fun today!!! Do yo want to join our group?  The next one is in September 13th in the WI store…treat yourself to some stitching time…and maybe learn a few things you didn’t know…all for today…

Stitch some Stitches today!!


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Teaching tomorrow and Wednesday…

Happy first day of Summer!!!

We have a few spots left in my Scrappy Penny Flower Basket class tomorrow at the shop from 10-3pm.  Come join us in making this runner!  Bring your scissors…we have kits and all the supplies needed…treat yourself!

Call the shop and get one of the last spots!





This Wednesday I’m holding a Sit & Sew at my work studio from 8:30 to 1:30pm…Come join me for some stitching time and lunch….Bring your wool, quilt or any stitching project for advice, or help with a certain stitch, or inspiration…whatever you need!

920-722-7233 shop phone number

I know this is the last minute for these two workshops but if you can’t make this one but are interested here is my “teaching” schedule for the rest of the year…I would love to have you join in on the fun and hang out!

July 12th (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30

(California)Punch Needle Embroidery- 3pm-5pm

July 13th  (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30- new class…no more waiting lists

(California)Poinsettia Table mat -from Christmas Gatherings book-5-9pm

July 14th (California)Peace on Earth-from Christmas Gatherings book-10am-4pm

July 15th (California) Quilt Madness-4-10pm…open sewing…pot luck….with Ice cream social

July 19-20th (Wisconsin) Everyday Crazy Class…two days of fun with wool, threads and crazy stitches! 9:3–4pm both days

July 29-31 (Maine-Pine Tree Quilters Augusta ME) four workshops…contact Callie 207-216-7358 or

September 12th (Wisconsin) Big Stitch quilting 12pm-3pm

Punch Needle Embroidery 6-8pm

September 13th (Wisconsin) Sit & Sew 8:30-1:30pm

September 15-17th (Alabama) Heritage Quilter’s Guild Huntsville AL – 2 workshops-contact

Sept 20th (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30

(California)Punch Needle Embroidery- 3pm-5pm

September 21 (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30-

September 22 (California)Old Crow & Company table runner -5-9pm

September 23 (California) Quilt Madness-4-10pm…open sewing…pot luck….with Ice cream social

September 29th (Wisconsin) Old Crow & Company table runner 10am-3pm

November14 & 15(Wisconsin) Old Green Cupboard Workshop

November 16th(Wisconsin) Snowman for Hire table mat 10-3pm

November 22nd (Wisconsin) Sit & Sew 8:30-1:30

November 27-30 California Retreat in Temecula Wine Country…see CA store for details


here are the phone numbers for the two store locations…call for pricing and availability.

Menasha, Wisconsin phone 920-722-7233

Murrieta California phone…951-304-9787

Happy first day of Summer!

Make sure you take the time to stitch everyday!!







Pine Island Retreat on the Outer Banks in NC 2017?

Looking for something different and fun and doesn’t involve a ship and a passport? Come with us to North Carolina on a quilting retreat!!!

This lodge is Amazing..more photos on my Facebook!!


Flyer Pine Island Lodge



Here is the Registration Form see flyer for contact info

Join us we will have a ball!!!



found treasure…!

One of the best things about visiting other states is going to their antique shops and coming home with a prize or two…or so…Here are a few from my last visit to Texas…lisa bongeanI get this feeling that there is something out there just waiting for me to discover it…this tiny boat baby quilt must have been sending out the vibes and just about the last store we went into…there it was proudly displayed, just waiting for me to notice in in one of the many booths…also the tiny ironing board and the smallest little iron!  Then I’m always a sucker for letters in a box…what can I spell… with what’s here…lisa bongean

so speaking of treasures…I have to send a few of our Primitive Gatherings treasures off to new homes where they will bring joy and be loved…we have added quilts to the ETSY STORE…just click the link and you will be there to see some real booty…maybe ones quilted by a famous quilter or two!!!…see what treasures you can bring home!

Have a great Saturday…its beautiful here…lots of workers here at the lake…(that turd brown house color with more turn brown trim… may finally be out of my life…)they are working on the outside of “boathouse”…today I may swim like a kid again…86 degrees here today…Yay!IMG_6863


Quilting and quilting ….

In the last day I’ve been quilting… Machine quilting… This new quilt with “songbird gatherings”…that will be featured soon… 

And then hand quilting… It’s now warm enough for some morning stitching out on the back porch… But the back porch is 

getting a new floor…
So…my frame is in the kitchen… Maybe it should stay here… I’ve been makin some progress…this quilt ISvgoing to be done by the end of summer… A little bit at a time… 

Remember to visit Farmhouse Threads today to start the harvest mystery blog hop!

Going to pull weeds at the Northridge house that is for sale…there’s a showing today.. Yay!

Have a good day!



Harvest Mystery Quilt Blog Hop!!!…..Starts tomorrow!!!

I’m so happy to be home!!! Especially because I will not be leaving in a week to go somewhere else…I’ve been home almost a week from Texas and have things back in order in my world…time for some “home” time this summer…
imagesI’ve been asked to participate in another Mystery Blog Hop!! The Christmas hop last year was a lot of fun, so Rhonda has facilitated another one for you, here are the details…

Join us for

Farmhouse Threads and Friends

Harvest Mystery Quilt Blog Hop! 


Our Christmas Mystery Quilt Blog Hop was so popular last year – we are doing it again!! For 12 weeks, beginning June 17th we will share with you free patterns from some of our favorite designers to complete a Harvest Mystery Quilt just in time for the season.  Each week, one designer will post the pattern to make a Harvest block using wool appliqué on cotton fabric.  The patterns are free for you to download and print, and kits will be for sale individually by the designers. Week 12 will include the instructions to put all of these blocks together with some fun borders to complete your quilt.  Finishing kits will be available from Farmhouse Threads.  Make sure you sign up for each designer’s blog/website to receive the free patterns. Please share our blog hop with your friends and have them follow along!  Click HERE for a PDF print out of the following dates and designers.


Week 1, June 17 – Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

Week 2, June 24Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

Week 3, July 1 Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

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

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

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

Week 7 July 29 – Kathy Campbell, Heart to Hand

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

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

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

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

Week 12, September 2 – Finishing Instructions from Farmhouse Threads


I left work early today to get my hair done and come home to see how far the landscapers got on our project…progress is good..I have dreams of turning this …IMG_6803-2Into this…ok…not quite…but I want all white flowers…like this…talk to you tomorrow…after you visit Rhonda’s blog to get your harvest pattern and/or kit…


and sew it began….

Hey…I’m in Texas hanging out and teaching for the Baytown Quilt Guild…what fun ladies…we all starting making Christmas time wool tablemat in class yesterday…and I was so busy and we had such a great class I forgot to take pictures of it!!! so bummed…but while I’m here I have been staying at a wonderful retreat house…Ronda, my host set me up well…hung out with me and we stitched when we were not eating, lecturing or teaching…What I do have pics of is Ronda’s retreat house…And sew it began…is the name of the retreat house…It sleeps 16 and is just so beautiful..the house was build in the early 1900s with lots of character, located in La Porte TX…IMG_6715Texas where I am is very soggy..this grass was very saturated and very squishy…very green too!!!Here are some more pics..3

IMG_6683Almost every room has it’s own bathroom and there is even a sleeping porch for one lucky person to sleep in…Aren’t this little crochet dresses so cute!IMG_6680IMG_6681IMG_6677
So if you are looking for a great place to hand out and stitch…here is the site for the retreat house…HERE is the link for the retreat house….here is the link to Ronda’s BLOG…and yes Ronda’s name is spelled without the “h”…lol  She probably has much better photos on her site…Thanks Ronda for all you did for me during my stay.

Lisa Bongean






Tomorrow through Saturday I will be teaching at Quilter’s Emporium in Stafford, TX…I will be teaching a bunch of Stitching Essentials…The pillow has some secret hideaways for your needles, scissors and blocks…These are un-published designs and will be coming out sometime this year….RoseAnn has had some cancellations due to all the flooding here…so if you get this and want to come take a class give her a call and see if you can get in one! The phone number is 281-491-0016…the rivers here are so high…I can see how much higher it was and thats a whole lot of water! My heart goes out to those with flooded homes…I used to get a little water in the basement when the sump pump would fail…but i can’t imagine being flooded…I can’t wait to meet my students tomorrow…we are going to have a blast!!!


October 2016

Our newest book! 20 projects!

Thread book!

A new little book filled with info on Wool Appliqué and finally a method to keep track of your Valdani Threads!

Coming soon: May 3- Click to see our quilt in book!

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I have 2 FQ sets of 53 prints of "Little House on the Prairie" by Andover Fabrics...they are reg$159 Is anyone interested in them for $100 and free shipping in US?
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