happy september…

I am seriously not ready for summer to be over…I just thought I would share a few things with you…I am finishing up the quilts made with my new fabric line coming out in December…Lakeside Gatheringtackle box minis…Here is a close-up of the Mini Tackle box quilt…the nine patch is 1 1/2″…the quilting is 1/2″ apart!  It is so adorable…and so fun to make!

Here also is a little tip from Randy who is  doing the Summer Block of the Week…wool version…here is his comment…Lisa, I started setting my blocks together and everything is going great. But the last block #13 the 4 stems have to be centered exactly so that the flower is sitting in the center of the light tan block when you set the blocks together. I used my light box to place the wool appliques and one is off slightly but looks ok, but if someone is not using a box they might not get it right and if will be way off when they set everything together. I don’t know if this will matter but I thought it might stop some complaints down the road. All they will have to do is measure the 6 1/2 strip in block 13 and make sure it it sitting at 3 inch, dead center. I forgot to say that i love Lakeside Gathering can’t wait until it is out…IMG_0589

Here is the block he is talking about…I love that you guys are willing to help me and each other out!!! This is what this is all about!  Another comment was if we could add the other numbers besides the 2014 for those who might need it for something like a wedding date or birthday…I thought this was also a great idea!

At Primitive Gatherings there is a great coupon for books if you have the coupons for 2014…if you don’t have one there is an explanation in the comment section in the shop’s blog…

Did you notice Moda is having another Blog Tour….Here is the Schedule!  Lots of giveaways!!!  My day is the 9th…but it started this week!moda-love_sidebar

Janet Clare Designs – http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/

Kate Spain – http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/

Thimbleblossoms – http://www.camilleroskelley.typepad.com/


Amy Ellis – http://amyscreativeside.com/

Eric +Julie Comstock- http://cosmocricket.typepad.com/

Stephanie Ryan Design Studio – http://www.stephanieryan.com/blog/


Malka Dubrawski – http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/

Blackbird Designs – http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.com/

Lauren + Jessi Jung – http://laurenandjessiblog.com/

Lella Boutique – http://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/


Basic Grey – http://blog.basicgrey.com/

Fig Tree and Co. – http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Pat Sloan – http://blog.patsloan.com/


April Rosenthal – http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/

French General – http://frenchgeneral.blogspot.com/

Minick and Simpson – http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/


Cotton Way – http://cottonway.blogspot.com/

Sandy Gervais – http://piecesfrommyheart-sgervais.blogspot.com/

Primitive Gatherings – http://lisabongean.com/

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Bunny Hill – http://bunnyhillblog.com/

Deb Strain – http://debstrain.blogspot.com/

Kansas Troubles – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Kathy Schmitz – http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/

Laundry Basket Quilts – http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/blog/index.php

Zen Chic – http://www.farbstoff-bridge.blogspot.com

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Me and My Sister Designs – http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/

Jan Patek – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Sweetwater – http://sweetwater.typepad.com/makelifesweet/

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above



“Optional” Border Fabric for Opposites Attract…

I need to apologize for not saying I added an “EXTRA” border to this quilt.  In the description for when you sign up it states that the border fabric is included…the border fabric it is referring to are the 4-patch fabrics that I was going to just add right on to the churn dash blocks as a border…Here is the original from the website…The triangles and the border fabric for finishing this will be included. …..The quilt blocks are 6″ and the quilt will finish at 76″ x 88″

This is why I shouldn’t say anything about finishing until it is time…I pretty much ALWAYS change my mind…so I added the inner and outer borders this is the extra border you are signing up for to pre-order if you so desire…if not just make the quilt with the 4 patches for the 76″x 88″ quilt.

This is an option…for a 91 x 102″ quilt…which is shown below…sorry if this has created any confusion…blame it on the designer in me…and the fact that I want  more bed quilts for the Lakehouse!  Thanks Pam P for bringing this to my attention!

Here again is the link if you want to purchase the extra border…BORDERS

Have a great day! LB




Week 13 Block of the week..

Just a heads up…wIMG_0589e forgot to reverse the numbers and letters in this block on your tracing sheet…you can flip it over trace them in reverse and then trace to your fusible…I know you probably would figure this out, but I just want to give you a heads up so you are aware! Thanks Julie for noticing this!

Also I am done piecing Opposites Attract for our pieced version of this years SBOW! (That’s a lot of blocks)…But the quilt turned out awesome!!! Below is a peek at it and as you can tell Jeter loves it too…also I made something out of the leftovers, which made a nice 16″ little quilt or table mat….When I get to the studio I will post a full picture of the Opposites Attract quilt.opposites attract/ lisa bongean

Leftovers/Opposites Attract/lisa bongeanIf you want order the same tiny grey/navy star print I used in the inner and outer borders you can, but I need to know how much to order so I can guarantee that you will get it…it is from my new line coming out in December…Lakeside Gatherings…You will need 3 1/4 yds for borders and binding.  Pre Order Here  

Your card will not be processed until we ship.

I am posting this hoping you will order soon as I need to place my order with Moda by Labor Day. I don’t want to order 700 yards and hope you all would want it…lol…the joys of being a shop owner!

Piece or Stitch today…you deserve it!



Block 11 Wool Summer Block of the Week-Sunflower Gatherings

We have a new cutting diagram for the branch on Block 11.  This is what happens when I use my block drawing and Teri, the graphic genius,when she redraws everything nice and pretty makes the branch one whole piece and I didn’t…You have plenty of wool, so no panic here…. This is what I did with the pattern you have…I flipped it over, traced the three branches and then added a bit for to lie under the birds..See how it fits on the wool below.  Here is a new cutting sheet for this block. click PDF IMG_9775 Block 11 Cutting Sheet

I have been stitching up a storm…Part 3 Stitch Along will be posting soon!  Hope you are have a great summer…its going by way too fast for me!!!


Block 8 Wool SBOW…

Block 8 pattern states there should be 9 2×11 strips…your kits only have 8. Our block 8 cutting chart only had 8 on it? So I don’t know what happened to that 9th one…but we’ll fix it…

We will add the extra strip to Block 10.  So block 10 will have a total of 9 instead of 8. Then you will be able to make the extra 4 patch that you have 3 strips waiting to pair up with.

Thanks to Jennifer for noticing this so quick…Block 9’s are already packed with your 5×5 extra grey wool piece in it.

Thanks again for your understanding. You guys are great pattern and kit testers!!!  And this social media thing has some great benefits! Instant communication when necessary!


Weekend projects…SBOW block 7 update…

Quilters….I want to share my finished APQ Quilt Along quilt….It was a little frustrating quilting it as I broke a tension spring on my long arm at the beginning of a row and didn’t notice it until it was time to advance the quilt….the stitches on the top were fine…but it was all funky on the back starting from where the spring broke….so black on black was fun to rip out almost an entire row…yuck!…and it was the second to last row…so it was kind of tricky…part of the problem was not to pick out the good row…I basted stitches around the perimeter of the row that had to come out with bright pink perle cotton so I would not rip out any good ones… once I figured that out it only took about 21/2 hours to rip…this is why I have someone else quilt my quilts!!! lol…..The quilting design is Royal Plumes from Golden Threads…it was a great design.  I will definitely stitch it again.

If you wanted a kit for this quilt I believe they are ready…hopefully we called you if you were on the list…sorry it took a bit to get them…we had to wait to get 20 good blacks in the store…The sashing is solid black…the border is from my new line Homestead Gathering.

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings


Then after reading Tim Latimer’s blog….He inspired me to get back to hand quilting…so I brought my big frame up to the lakehouse to stitch…got a whole row of fans done yesterday in no time at all…a little each day and it could be done by the end of summer…

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

Now for the block #7  update…Randy who is doing the SBOW sent me an email while I was in MI last week stating the stem was not reversed on the pattern, he works on them as soon as they are delivered to keep up…which is good for all of us…I couldn’t do anything about it being gone so today…I pulled it out to figure it out…the wool is only 2 x 9 1/2″ so what I did was cut fusible web 1/2″ x 9 and then cut the stem with the rotary cutter, like stems in any of the previous blocks…Teri the graphic designer added the stem to the traced shapes and I did not catch this while proofing…so do not trace the stem in block 7.  Cut it at 1/4″ and then taper it down to 3/16….

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Then in about 100 kits, the the gray wool for the watering can was substituted and was actually darker than the dark wool for the handle spout and top…so what we are going to do is send everyone a new 5×5 grey wool piece in block 9 it will be stapled to the out side of the package…this way you should have plenty of wool to choose from and we don’t have to worry about missing anyone…if your kit was right…you get a bonus…its just easier to do all then try to have everyone email who’s is wrong… We need to adjust the size of the cement (handle, spout and top) wool a little bigger also as it is a little tight.  If you find that things are not fitting, there is a problem…please email as you are my testers you are not bothering us!!! If you tried to get the stem on or need a little more green wool send you a small scrap if you email us…or some have said they used leftover wool from a previous block.

We are so sorry for this inconvenience…if you have any issues contact us and we will work everything out…

also need to let some of you know…

Your shipping for these blocks or anything that is shipped from our shop is a little more than just basic USPS shipping…our shipping has delivery conformation, so we can track all of our shipments…it is a little more expensive but worth it when things go wrong…and they do…we are not making money on shipping and we charge no handling.

If you signed up late for the SBOW and missed out on those weeks freebies…you can call and get the back ones…but I’d advise you to just use to your scraps because the pattern is the same in all of them….

Also the cut off for ordering Wool SBOW Finishing and Freebie kits is August 8…look at your labels….does it say Finishing kits?  If not, we don’t have you signed up…If yes…you are good no need to contact us..

If you sign up this week and next week’s doesn’t say it…it might take another week or two…we print labels once a week….So by week 12 they all should have them on if you order by the August 8th date…

Thanks again…for being part of this SBOW!!! and for subscribing to my blog…I had a blast teaching in MI last week…met a bunch of nice ladies…and they rocked their crazy stitches and wool appliqués!!!!


Block 6 Correction for wing