Lisa Bongean/American Quilters SAL

American Quilter’s SAL-Block 2

Block 2 is ready for you!!!! 

Introduction & Mission Video

But first….Did you remember to send us a donation?  I am going to pester you all everytime until we reach the goal of $25K….We really really really…want to raise a bunch of money for Hogs for Heros!!!!  WE are off to a wonderful start!!

Here are a few that have come in!

20$ from Kristin- Houston TX- This donation is on behalf of my favorite veteran, my father, Ron. Even though he didn’t agree with the ideals of the Vietnam War, his love and commitment to our country was unwavering and so he served. He has instilled that commitment to patriotism in me through countless small moments every day of my life.

25$ Patricia- Maumelle, AR Honoring all veterans, my husband, my father and my uncles cousins and my husband’s mother and father for their military service. Thank you.

“If everyone donates a little there is no need for anyone to donate a lot!”  Thank YOU so much to those of you who have already donated!

There are three ways you can donate…

Primitive Gatherings-Hogs for Heroes  mail donation to:  Nicolet National Bank 550 S. Green Bay Rd Neenah, WI 54956

We have a PayPal account that drops directly into the same H4H account as well.  Our email is  hogsforheroes@primitivegatherings.us

If you wish to donate directly to Hogs to Heroes please note that it is from an American Quilter and hopefully it will be credited toward our campaign..

These quilt blocks are being offered FREE to you in an effort to raise money… Please read below how you can help support our fundraising efforts , we have three ways…I know you are are all Awesome and won’t let me down!

Click HERE for Directions for BLOCK 2

Here is the PDF for your Binder Cover 

New to this Stitch Along?  Here are some helpful links…

I hear you all have your fabrics starched up!    If not, here is a starching  video Tutorial 1…and way back in January when we thought it was almost time to start we did this post on getting ready.

 

Lisa Bongean/Block 1 American Quilter

Click here for YouTube Video Tutorial TWO-Cutting Red & White stripes what do you think happened when I might have made a slight cutting variation when cutting the stripes? 

YouTube Video Tutorial THREE-Block 1

You Tube Video Tutorial FOUR -Block 2

Or here is the Playlist for all the videos in one spot!

Hogs for Heroes- Please Help!

If you know me, you know I am a little adventurous …so when Hogs for Heroes crossed my path knew I had to do something to contribute!  Something a little unconventional, for a quilter…I know the obvious thing to do would have been to make a quilt…but I dream a little bigger than the average stitcher….let’s make a quilt and raise some money and buy a Harley Davidison motorcycle, which will change one deserving vet’s life forever!

The result….This American Quilter’s Stitch Along is a fundraiser for Hogs for Heroes…Please read all about them HERE.   All of our patterns and tutorials for American Quilters SAL will be FREE to you on my blog here with video tutorials on my YouTube Channel.  But we are hoping you can find it in your heart to donate something to this awesome cause….We want to raise enough money through Primitive Gatherings and it’s American Quilters to fund our own HOG for a deserving vet.

an American Quilter and hopefully it will be credited toward our campaign..

If you bought your FQ bundle from Primitive Gatherings we have already donated $10 for each FQ bundle…and rounded it up to $6000 in our Hogs for Heroes account!  For those of you who have purchased your FQ bundle from other shops, we hope you wish to donate as well using one of the methods above

Form your own group at your local quilt shop and start stitching together….together you all can make a donation as a group…share your progress with us while you gather together while making this fun quilt.  Fat Quarter Shop has graciously donated $750!!! So Awesome!

Send us a check and tell us who you are honoring with your donation, a son/daughter, a brother/sister, a dad/mother, grandfather/grandmother a friend..we will read/post your letter/pictures on one of our social media platforms!  I really look forward to this and hope some of you take this opportunity to talk about your favorite Vet!

Let’s help them recover any way that looks!

Sew let the fun begin and show me your blocks!   Please….Lisa

 

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American Quilter’s SAL-Block 1

 

Let’s Get Started!

These quilt blocks are being offered FREE to you in an effort to raise money… Please read below how you can help support our fundraising efforts , we have three ways…I know you are are all Awesome and won’t let me down!

    Finally, we can start, so let’s get to it!

I hear you all have your fabrics starched up!    If not, here is a starching video…and way back in January when we thought it was almost time to start we did this post on getting ready.

Lisa Bongean American Quilter’s Block 1

Click HERE to download BLOCK !

Lisa Bongean/Block 1 American Quilter

Click here for YouTube Video Tutorial TWO-Cutting Red & White stripes what do you think happened when I might have made a slight cutting variation when cutting the stripes? 

YouTube Video Tutorial THREE-Block 1

Hogs for Heroes- Please Help!

If you know me, you know I am a little adventurous …so when Hogs for Heroes crossed my path knew I had to do something to contribute!  Something a little unconventional, for a quilter…I know the obvious thing to do would have been to make a quilt…but I dream a little bigger than the average stitcher….let’s make a quilt and raise some money and buy a Harley Davidison motorcycle, which will change one deserving vet’s life forever!

The result….This American Quilter’s Stitch Along is a fundraiser for Hogs for Heroes…Please read all about them HERE.   All of our patterns and tutorials for American Quilters SAL will be FREE to you on my blog here with video tutorials on my YouTube Channel.  But we are hoping you can find it in your heart to donate something to this awesome cause….We want to raise enough money through Primitive Gatherings and it’s American Quilters to fund our own HOG for a deserving vet.

There are three ways you can donate…

We have set up a bank account at Nicolet National Bank and funds can only go “in” not out!  Brandon my banker is taking care of everything… so you can send a check to Primitive
Gatherings-Hogs for Heroes  mail to:  Nicolet National Bank 550 S. Green Bay Rd Neenah, WI 54956

We have a PayPal account that drops directly into the same H4H account as well.  Our email is  hogsforheroes@primitivegatherings.us

If you wish to donate directly to Hogs to Heroes please note that it is from an American Quilter and hopefully it will be credited toward our campaign..

Skip your coffee or that MDs diet coke today and give the money to one deserving veteran….we really don’t need a lot from anyone just a little from everyone.!   Thank you!

Here are some ways money can/is being raised…

If you bought your FQ bundle from Primitive Gatherings we have already donated $10 for each FQ bundle…and rounded it up to $6000 in our Hogs for Heroes account!  For those of you who have purchased your FQ bundle from other shops, we hope you wish to donate as well using one of the methods above

Form your own group at your local quilt shop and start stitching together….together you all can make a donation as a group…share your progress with us while you gather together while making this fun quilt.  Fat Quarter Shop has graciously donated $750!!! So Awesome!

Send us a check and tell us who you are honoring with your donation, a son/daughter, a brother/sister, a dad/mother, grandfather/grandmother a friend..we will read/post your letter/pictures on one of our social media platforms!  I really look forward to this and hope some of you take this opportunity to talk about your favorite Vet!

 

Let’s help them recover any way that looks!

Sew let the fun begin and show me your blocks!   Please….Lisa

 


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American Quilter’s SAL is starting!

Lisa Bongean's Stitch Along

Let’s Get Started!

As soon as you get those FQ bundles get them starched as fast as you can!   We need to get this Stitch Along going!!!!  They are arriving by the pallet at Primitive Gatherings!!!  Our staff has all the boxes labeled and waiting to toss in your fabric!  I filmed the first block today so It will be ready soon!  I’ll keep you posted!

I must say THANK YOU for your patience in waiting for these record-breaking fabric beauties!  You are the best for customers and we are so grateful for all the positive attitudes!  You will be getting an extra little bonus “thank you” with your FQ bundles.

Hogs for Heros

If you know me, you know I am a little unconventional…so when Hogs for Heros crossed my path I knew I had to do something to contribute!  Something a little unconventional, for a quilter…I know the obvious thing to do would have been to make a quilt…but I dream a little bigger than the average stitcher….let’s make a quilt and raise some money and buy a Harley Davidison motorcycle, (which if you didn’t know…is headquartered in Milwaukee WI..about an hour and a half ride from my house) which will change one deserving vet’s life forever!

This American Quilter’s Stitch Along is a fundraiser for Hogs for Heros…Please read all about them HERE.   All of our patterns and tutorials for American Quilters SAL will be FREE to you on my blog here or on my YouTube Channel.  But we are hoping you can find it in your heart to donate something to this awesome cause….

We want to raise enough money through Primitive Gatherings to fund our own HOG!  So I do not want to tell you to donate directly to Hogs to Heros because it will not go to our fund.  We have set up a bank account at Nicolet National Bank and funds can only go “in” not out!  Brandon my banker is taking care of everything… so you can send a check to Primitive
Gatherings-Hogs for Heros @ Nicolet National Bank 550 S. Green Bay Rd Neenah, WI 54956  or we have a Venmo account that drops directly into this H4H accounts as well.  We want to make it easy as possible so we will be announcing the Venmo info soon.

If you bought your FQ bundle from Primitive Gatherings we have already donated $10 for each FQ bundle…and rounded it up to $6000 in our Hogs for Heroes account!  For those of you who have purchased your FQ bundle from other shops, we hope you wish to donate as well and we will be giving you many options and plenty of opportunities!  Here are a few examples:

Form your own group at your local quilt shop and start stitching together….together you all can make a donation as a group…share your progress with us while you gather together while making this fun quilt.

Send us a check and tell us who you are honoring with your donation, a son/daughter, a brother/sister, a dad/mother, grandfather/grandmother a friend..we will read/post your letter/pictures on one of our social media platforms!

We will also have special sales promotions, auctions, and fun ways to help raise this money…so “us” quilter’s alone can “give” a bike to a deserving vet.  I know we can do it because I know you, my quilt buddies, will make that happen!

One Vet at a time….

Read HERE about veteran, Shannon Flynn, who received his bike on May 8th…We rode an hour and a half in 40-degree weather to get there to watch him receive his bike…his bike came from money raised from Local 139 Operating Engineers…shown here with him…

MEET 2021’S FIRST RECIPIENT: Navy Veteran, Shannon Flynn of Oconto Falls, WI, is our 17th Veteran to roll out! With 23 years of service and three combat deployments, the physical and mental toll taken will undoubtedly be supported by reuniting with his passion. A rider for over 28 years and an MMI certified mechanic, he’s been without his own wheels for three years as he put his family and financial needs first. Unique to this bike, it’s been fully paid for by the generous 2020 fundraising efforts of Wisconsin’s International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139! Shannon found his love on Open Road’s floor in Fond du Lac, and we gifted it in his hometown of Suring, WI on May 8, 2021.

Let’s help them recover any way that looks!

Let the fun begin! Lisa

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Hogs for Heros…American Quilter’s Stitch Along/Prep

HOGS FOR HEROES checking in here…and we are stunned, and honored, by this beautiful effort to support our healing mission! We only just learned of Lisa’s generous plan and can hardly believe quilters across the nation will unite to sew their hearts out to benefit veterans’ healing. Thank you!

A little bit about us, because knowing who benefits from your labors is important to your heart. Hogs For Heroes is a small, WI nonprofit created by four family members, none of whom served. We do this volunteer work simply out of gratitude for those who served and sacrificed much on our behalf, and from a desire to provide struggling, at-risk Veterans with a healing alternative: wind therapy, as we Bikers affectionately call it. We raise funds to buy Harley-Davidson motorcycles for Veteran riders who, injured in the course of active duty, find themselves hurting–mentally, physically, emotionally–and unable to have a Bike in their life. We help them heal by gifting them a Harley that allows them to regain peace on the road, control in their life, clarity, pride, and joy…and equally important, support from the rider community and Veteran brotherhoods.

We know motorcycling isn’t everyone’s cup of tea… but if it’s your blood its roots run deep and make up an identity, culture, and community for its riders–all things similar to the military, and deeply missed as Veterans separate from service. It is estimated that 22 Veterans a day commit suicide; another compelling reason to offer alternative therapy with a “tool” that is well established in the military community and will support them for years to come. We direct 100% of every donation straight toward the next Bike and Veteran pairing. And because we do this work voluntarily on the side of jobs, family, and life…we thought we would be successful if we could raise funds to gift one Harley a year. Instead, in just a little over 4 years of gifting bikes, we wrapped up our 2020 season by returning SIXTEEN injured Veteran riders back to the road they love on beautiful Harleys. Each Recipient will tell you that our gift has truly changed their life and, in several cases, literally saved their lives. And while our gift is only given to one individual, its positive ripple effect impacts the lives of their spouses, families, friends, employers, and community as they find new outlets, opportunities, and support systems.

Thank you for reading through our nutshell-version to learn about our unique work. And thank you, for participating in this amazing project to support our veterans’ healing needs.

Like what you heard? Be sure to LIKE US on Facebook to stay on top of our activity and announcements! You can learn more about our work and the Veterans we have supported at http://www.hogsforheroeswi.org. And, if you’re so inclined, you can donate there too, but I know Lisa is raising funds as well with this stitch along and you may want to contribute to the Quilters effort.

🙂 Peace to all…. and best wishes as you each make these beautiful quilts!  Audra Thompson

If this doesn’t touch you?  I don’t know what does, It has even more impact seeing it in person. May 2019 I watched Rob Thede receive his bike…and with tears streaming down my face that is when I decided I was going to “try” and do this for another vet.  Believing you can is 90% of completing a goal.  It is now time to make that happen.  With this American Quilters Stitch Along WE are going to accomplish it. I hope you’re along for this ride...because I need y’all to do it!  I’m counting on us Quilter’s to make this happen!  Audra left the above info as a comment on my blog but I wanted you all to read it.  She sent this to me after I called her and explained what I wished to do.  We have set up a separate bank account for our funds raised, you will be able to directly donate to it.  I will let you know when that time comes.  But while you are waiting you can start getting ready…

American Quilters SAL/Lisa Bongean

         Here is a PDF of the following info…You may want to print it and start a binder for this project!                                                                                  Click HERE to print SAL Prep

                                                                       

★    Hey Everyone…                                                                                                              

    I am so excited you are going to Stitch-Along with us on this wonderful pattern. This quilt is so much fun and everyone will want it! You now have to decide if you are only going to make one, or more than one! Hopefully, we will be starting on time, but if our fabric is delayed we will have to push it back and start when it is possible!                                       

  I do have an underlying reason for this SAL and that is to raise money for Hogs for Heroes.    

    I hope all of you can help me do this, and we can help change lives for our military veterans. I will be posting more information about this on my blog.                                     

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I THINK WILL BE HELPFUL WHEN MAKING THIS QUILT                                        

   The American Gatherings Fat Quarter fabric bundle. -Each FQ tower of American Gatherings bought at Primitive Gatherings is an automatic $10 donation for Hogs for Heros.                                                  

★    4 or 6 yards of fabric, for sashing, borders, and bindings. I made one quilt with blue and the other one with cream…I will be making several more with the blocks I will be making while doing the tutorials each week. I have two sizes here just in case you want to make your quilt bigger or add matching pillowcases. The four yards is enough to complete the quilt.                                                                                                                              

★    Starch – I strongly suggest you starch your fabrics prior to cutting them. I will be posting a video on How to Starch your fabrics.  Buy Heavy Duty Faultless starch in blue or purple cans, not gold.  You will need about 2 for this project.

★    ThreadsMy suggestions for threads are any of these three, Aurifil 2309 (cream) 2620            (light/med grey) and 2785 (navy). I personally do not like stitching dark fabrics with light thread…I used the navy for stitching the blue borders on the quilt blocks.                           

★    Small rulers like, 3×7, 6×6, 5×15 Itty Bitty Eights rulers. All of these rulers will be so helpful for cutting these blocks.                                                                                        

★    12½” x 12½’ Creative Grid rulers. This ruler is so helpful in squaring up your finished quilt blocks.                                                                                                                            ★

★    Simple Folded Corner ruler. This tool is awesome…especially if you like perfect blocks.         

★   Optional, but recommended…Single Hole throat plate on your machine. If you have an oblong hole on your machine where the needle goes up and down, you may want to put on a single hole throat plate. These are standard on machines that only stitch straight, but can be purchased for your machine if you do not have one. This prevents the little pieces of fabric from being sucked down into the oblong hole which is standard on machines         

 

I may share other ideas, tips, and thoughts along the way. I will be posting the block each week on here on my Blog along with weekly giveaways, auctions and other fun…do not miss out!            

 Here are all the places to join in-these are links and when clicked will take you there to sign up.

lisabongean.com-you are here…but are you signed up?               

If you are on a computer it is on the right-hand sidebar…if you are on a phone/tablet you will have to scroll to the bottom of this post to sign up…

You-tube channel- Stich with Lisa Bongean

Stitch with Lisa’s Facebook Group.                       

I encourage you to stitch along each week, share your blocks on my Stitch with Lisa’s           Facebook Group, and tag your blocks with #americanquilterssal on Instagram or other social platforms. I know lots of shops will also be hosting this as a Stitch-Along…I am hoping we can get some posts and comments from them as well as showing them all stitching together!                                                                                                           

★   ABBREVIATIONS: I like to use the following abbreviations in the pattern to help from repeating over and over.                                                                                                 

          SFC = Single Folded Corner                                                                                     

         SQ/SQ = Square in a Square                                                                                    

         FG = Flying Geese

         HST = Half Square Triangle                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

★ I will show a couple of different ways to make/stitch the blocks each week. However, you may have a preferred way and you are more than welcome to use your favorite method.           

★Cutting for Blocks: 

In the first week, I will give you the cutting for all the red and cream stripes. You can choose to cut one block each week OR stack and cut ALL of your blocks (20) for the whole quilt the first week.         

 When stacking your fabrics, pay attention to the direction of the stripes. You may want them to run the short way on some prints and/or the long way. This is certainly up to you. (But keep this in mind when you are stacking and cutting your strips.) These strips are also cut longer and will be trimmed down later. I find this much easier with this many strips involved.                                                                                                                        

 ★ Use a scant ¼” seam allowance and test it to make sure you are not too big or too small.                                                                      

 I just found out our FQ bundles will be delayed….there are so many on the order they need a little more time!.   This gives us a little extra time to gather our things and get ready….so no worries, we will start with the first block when the fabric is on it’s way to us from Dallas.   It’s a time of adaptability.  I will redo the 20 bock schedule so we have all the blocks by Memorial Day! Lisa     

Print this for the cover of your binder…there is a PDF  link button below.             

Lisa Bongean/American Quilters SAL           PDF Cover for American Quilters SAL                                                                                 

That is all for now…I hope you are as excited as I am to get this project started!     

I’ll be in touch….Lisa