Let the Ghoul Times Roll!

Hey gang. I hope you’re having a great day! I would usually say T.G.I.F., but this is one week I wish would last just a little bit longer! Life is good as I am definitely living proof that time flies when you’re having fun. As most of you know I’m still on my Hawaii cruise, but sadly the end is also fast approaching. Crazy to think that by this time next week, it will be a thing of the past and only in my memories. I know you’re thinking – if I’m busy living my best life on a cruise, what on earth am I doing wasting the last waning moments working? I know, I know – guilty as charged. I can’t help myself! You know how this brain of mine never seems to shut off. Always thinking…

A couple of days ago I made a post about some of my most favorite Halloween projects, which I’m sure you read and took meticulous notes on. 😀  The problem with picking my favorite of anything is that there is usually far more than one. I soon realized that narrowing it down to one post really didn’t cut it, so I decided to do round two of my favorite Halloween projects – just in case you’re still looking for just the right décor to spooky up your house with for the big night.

As I’ve mentioned so many times in the past, I find that one of the easiest ways to decorate for the holidays in a fast and easy way is pillows! It literally takes minutes to swap them out for the current season/holiday, and they’re super easy to store. Plus, you can mix and match and interchange them from room to room! If all of these factors appeal to you, perhaps my customizable Jack o’lantern pillows are just what you’re looking for this Halloween! Shown below, this pattern comes with a complete alphabet set so you’re able to customize the lettering however you please! Finished size can vary – choose either 15″ x 15″ or 15″ x 19″ – either way the sky is the limit on how many different things you can say with this pillow.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, nor does the…gourd? If you like my Customizable Jack o’Lantern Pillows but are looking for something a bit longer, try Happy Halloween Pillow! Basically a bigger version of the customizable Jack o’lantern pillows, Happy Halloween Pillow measures just a big larger at 15″ x 28″. Sounds like a set is in order! Longer yet at 16″ x 32″, “Boo Pumpkin fits the theme perfectly featuring the word BOO adorned by two mischievous jack o’lanterns. Even if he is only sporting a couple of random teeth, if you need a cuddle buddy this Halloween Boo Pumpkinis your guy! I mean hey, a genuine smile should count for something in this crazy world. I don’t know about you, but a happy and cheerful attitude goes a long way with this girl. LOL!

Sticking with the pillow theme, let’s talk about I Put a Spell On You! This charming little beauty flies hand in hand with the spirit of Hallows Eve. Featuring a wickity witch making her way through the chilly night sky, I Put a Spell On Youis sure to bewitch your heart! Fall in love, but not off your broom stick with this adorable pillow! I Put a Spell On Youtakes an 18″ – 20″ pillow form and measures either 16″ x 16″ or 18″ x 18″  when finished.

Table mats are another super fast and easy way to switch out holiday décor in a matter of no time. I talked about a bunch of super cute ones on Wednesday’s post, so if you’re a fan of table mats you may want to go back and take a look if you missed it. You can reread that post by clicking HERE! As my mind was chewing holes in itself Wednesday night I realized I forgot to mention a similar décor solution – table mats! Fitting right in with our other ghostly options, Old Crow & Company Table Mat doesn’t disappoint. Featuring jack o’lanterns and, you guessed it – old crows, this table mat has an eerie way of fitting right into any room of the nest!

Love panel projects? Last on my list is a splendid panel called Kitty Corn Panel by Urban Chiks for Moda Fabrics. This pretty kitty has a retro feel with a color palette reminiscent of one of the best decades known to man – the 70’s! Enjoy seasonal favorites like pumpkins, candy corn, a few funky florals, gingham, polka dots, and of course a big black cat. The possibilities are endless! Order one for you and one for a gift. Panel size is 54″ x 90″. Get yours now by clicking the link below!

Alright my little witches and warlocks! That’s your dose of spooktacular for the day! I hope you were able to find some Halloween décor inspiration in these last couple posts of mine. If you’re still banking on getting projects done before the 31st, the time is definitely now! I will see you all again sooner than later. Remember, Shop Talk with Shelley will be back in full swing starting this coming week on Tuesday at 9:30 AM CST on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel! Shelley will be covering any new PG news, announcements and even more Halloween fun! Tune in by hitting the Shop Talk button below. See you soon! ~Lisa

If You’ve Got It, Haunt It!

Hey everyone, happy hump day! Can you believe that this is our first official Wednesday without a Moda Blockhead block to cover in almost seven months??? Kind of sad… but no worries though, it’s nice to have a break between quilt-alongs to reorganize and prepare for the next round of projects on deck. Since it’s the beginning of not only fall but also October, I thought it would be a good time to talk about some of the super cute and adorable Halloween projects we have available here in the shop. I know how time can be scarce, and with less than a month to prepare for Halloween, you can’t go wrong with these quick and easy projects to get your home up to Halloween par with plenty of time before the big day arrives. Let me show you a few of my favorites!

First up, we have Cat and Hats! Do you like cats? How about hats? If you said yes, you’ll LOVE Cat and Hats Quilt! Part of my “Just One” series, this cutie goes together fast and easy, and displays beautifully as a bed covering or wall decoration! Isn’t it purrrrfect??? Finished, “Cat and Hats” measures 71″ x 76″ and would even look excellent as table décor at your next spooky get together. This frisky kitty is finally available to the general public after making its debut during our Witches Retreat earlier in September! Get it MEYOW by clicking the link below!

Hey Pumpkin! No, I’m not flirting with you… I’m saying take a look at my newly designed Hey Pumpkin!” quilt! Show off all your personalities this year with this fantastic jack o’lantern holiday quilt! Appliqué the night away on this darling Hallows Eve project. Measuring in at 43″ x 45,” this little gem makes a perfect wall hanging or table décor for the spookiest of nights! Let Jack hit the road straight to YOUR house by clicking the link!Are you a Halloween enthusiast who also loves a good gingham quilt? Prepare to go batty when you see my new Bat Gingham Quilt! Quick and simple, you can easily have this project done and on your wall in a matter of no time! Jess reports that even with a 2 and a half year old “helping” her, with a little ambition she had this quilt cranked out in just a couple of days. If you’ve got your heart set on getting Bat Gingham Quilt in your cave by Halloween, hit the link to order now! Finished size on this creepy favorite is 58.5″ x 67.5″. Remember, if you buy your backing at the same time as your kit, you’ll receive 20% OFF! Don’t let the sun come up on this offer – you’ll turn to dust! You’d be bat #@$&! crazy to let this deal fly away! Click below to order!I realize that despite the simplicity of the last couple of quilt projects, time is of the essence and smaller projects might be more suited for your schedule. With that in mind, take a look at these charming little guys! Fall Pumpkin Stands make decorating fun and easy for Halloween and all autumn long! Displayed as a set or on their own as individuals, they can be hung on a 5″ x 5″ clip stand or set out as table décor. Have a friend or three with an October birthday? These cuties also make great gift-bag stuffers for that special autumn baby in your life! Why not grab a set for yourself and a set to give away? You can’t go wrong with Fall Pumpkin Stands!Sticking with the, “fast and easy” theme, let’s talk pillows! I always say nothing makes switching up your seasonal decorating faster and easier that pillows! Gnome what I mean? Ha ha – I make this little joke in reference to one of my all-time favorite Halloween pillows, Frightful Gnomes.” With a reasonable size of 14″ x 16″ , “Frightful Gnomes is another speedy solution to your decorating needs! Let these little symbols of luck grant you good fortune during all your trick-or-treat ventures this year. Maybe you’ll even get a full-sized candy bar or two!Next up we have my buddy, Esmerelda. Nothing says Halloween like a toothy jack ‘o lantern! Dress up your favorite couch, loveseat, or patio furniture with this pretty little Halloween pillow! Measuring 22″ x 22″ this sassy gal would be great as a pillow or in a frame! Maybe one of each? I dare you!If you love the simplicity and ease of decorating with pillows, table mats are your new best friend! Just as quick as you can swap out a pillow, you can swap out a table mat to match! From spiders to witches, to good ol’ Frankenstein – my Halloween Table Mat has it all! This project is not only fast but it requires minimal sewing! Wool appliqué combined with fusible web and simple stitches make this project about as slick as it gets! Plus it’s flippin’ adorable – so there’s that too. This 24″ table mat is a great place to set your trick or treat candy bowl this Halloween. Even the big kids will love this spooky pattern!Last on my list of spooky décor is my Candy Corn Wishes Table Mat.” Talk about candy corn wishes and gummy worm dreams! Jazz up your candy bowl station this Halloween with this sweet sensation of a table mat, sure to spike your blood sugar! The only way to eat candy corn is to…well, NOT. Yuck! I personally think it’s best left as decoration. LOL! To add Candy Corn Wishes Table Mat.” to your Halloween décor menagerie, hit the button below! I hope these “frightful” suggestions are helping to get you in the mood for witches, and goblins, and jack ‘o lanterns galore! Crazy as it is, there are only 26 more days until October 31st. Are you ready? I mentioned above that candy corn is more of a decoration to me than something I consider a treat. I’m curious… What are your favorite Halloween treats to pass out? Do you stick with store-bought candy or do you make something extra special by hand? Or maybe you turn the porch light off and hide in the basement until November 1st… LOL! Let me know in the comments how you celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year! Who knows, you might just win a treat of your own! Have a great night everyone. I will see you all again here on the blog soon! Until then, remember to make time to stitch every day! I swear by it… After all, my soul is fed by needle and thread. Don’t starve yours – stitch a little! Take care everyone! ~Lisa

‘Tis The Season to RETREAT!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been noticing little things that are definitely early signs of autumn approaching. It’s getting dark a little earlier at night and the crickets are singing especially loud lately. Plus, we haven’t had a really hot day in a couple of weeks. I know, I know – you hate to hear these things, but I promise I have a good reason for bringing up the inevitable. As we all know, some of the best holidays come along with the cold seasons, which also means it’s about time to get started on some of the best fall-time holiday projects as well! I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE decorating my home for the autumn and winter seasons which is why I’m excited for the next bunch of classes and retreats that we have coming up on the calendar!

It’s hard to fathom that September is right around the corner but according to the calendar, my annual “Witches Retreat” is only a couple of short weeks away! If you’re looking for the perfect place to gather in peace with your fellow witches, this quilter’s coven was designed especially for you!

Enjoy this spooky four-day retreat just in time for Halloween, as we work on one quilt and two wool projects that are sure to give you the goosies! Join us September 12th through the 16th, 2022 at The Gathering as a daily student, or stay for the week in our state of the art quilter’s retreat house. Classes run from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM daily with lunch provided. Dinner is also included for lodging guests. I’d love to be able to give you a sneak peak on what the projects will be at this retreat, but I’m not quite done finalizing all the details yet. I will tell you that if you’re a fan of my, “Just One of These Things…” series, you’re going to really like the quilt project. I know you’re dying to know more but you simply must trust me – mwa, ha, ha (enter mischievous witch’s cackle HERE)!!! Space is limited, so if this enchanting gathering of quilters sounds like something you’d like to dance around the fire to, don’t wait! Sign up today by calling Judy at 920.778.8031.

Once all the witches have cleared out of the retreat house and the cauldrons are all put away, I’ll definitely be in the mood to welcome the official start to the autumn season with open arms. Pumpkin fanatics, take note! On Saturday September 17th, 2022 or October 17th, 2022, we will be hosting “All Things Pumpkin” – a pumpkin-infused, one day retreat that’s just what the doctor ordered to get you ready for fall!

As if your love for working with wool isn’t enough to make this one-day retreat a must-do, just add a heavy dose of pumpkin spice to the mix! We’ll start things off in the morning with pumpkin lattes and made-from-scratch pumpkin scones to get your creativity flowing. Once settled in, we’ll spend the day focusing on pumpkin-themed wool projects, complete with one-on-one instruction from yours truly. Class fee includes project kits and lunch! Class will be held from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Students will also receive exclusive “All Things Pumpkin” event favors for participating. To nail down your spot for this super popular workshop call Judy at 920.778.8031!

As long as we’re talking about things to come in the near future, I suppose we can’t really avoid the big “S” word… I know you think I mean snow, but I’m actually talking about SHOPPING! Every year I swear I’m going to get ahead of the game and start my Christmas shopping a bit earlier, but do you think that ever actually happens? Albert Einstein once said that the true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – LOL! Ok, so I might be slightly guilty in this department but I feel like that’s probably most of us. Not to worry though, our “Sip, Sew, SHOP, & Stay” event is here to give your holiday shopping a jump start!

Prepare to put a dent in your holiday gift shopping at The Gathering on December 2nd and 3rd, 2022 for a seasonal Sip, Sew, & Stay experience! Bring your hand or machine projects and take advantage of all-day open sew on both days. Check in as early as 9:00 AM on Friday and enjoy shopping in our exclusive boutique until 8:00 PM. As an added bonus, late night chocolate fondue will be provided on Friday night and snacks will be available throughout the entire duration of the retreat. Lunch and dinner is also included on Friday, along with brunch on Saturday morning. Who says the holidays have to be for everyone else? Treat yourself and join us for “Sip, Sew, SHOP, & Stay!” All you have to do to sign up is call Judy at The Gathering at 920.778.8031 and she’ll be happy to help you get registered!

Santa has a way of always knowing who’s been naughty or nice – where do you fall on his list in this year? Whether you wear a halo or…not so much… everyone is welcome at my “Naughty or Nice Christmas Retreat!” Take the week to get yourself into the Christmas spirit, December 5th through 11th, 2022 at The Gathering! This festive multi-day event will focus on one quilt, and two wool projects designed to fill your heart and soul with holiday cheer!Aside from hands-on instruction on some great holiday projects, you’ll also enjoy an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Primitive Gatherings and an off-site, local field trip (weather permitting)! This retreat is a couple months away and we’re still working out the final details so I can’t tell you everything yet. What I do know is that this popular event will fill up fast, so if you can see yourself stitching the week away with me, call Judy at 920.778.8031 for more details and to get registered today! I really can’t wait to see you here.

I know the thought of frigid temps and winter driving is nowhere near appealing at this point, but I will admit that a little part of me – somewhere deep down – is secretly excited for “the most wonderful time of the year” to be upon us. I also know that a lot of moms out there are also secretly anticipating the return of colder weather considering it’s just about time for the kiddos to be going back to school – a huge relief for a lot of busy parents to say the least. That being said, I want to give you a quick reminder about our after school Kid’s Sewing Camp being offered at The Gathering once a month. Starting Wednesday September 21st, boys and girls ages seven and up are invited to come learn the basics of hand sewing and how to complete projects from start to finish!

Class runs after school from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at The Gathering and is instructed by the wonderful Ms. Adrian – a former elementary school teacher and current fellow stitching fanatic. The class fee is only $20.00 for one session, or $70.00 for four! I don’t know about you, but I would have LOVED to have an opportunity to do something like this as a kid. Heck – I still want to stitch all day – everyday as an adult, so what does that tell you??? Don’t let your kids miss out on all the fun. Sign them up today to let them stitch off some of their school day steam later!

Have you gotten the retreat itch yet??? I can’t stress enough that if you have your heart set on participating any of these upcoming events at The Gathering book today! I can’t tell you how many times people have come to me with regret in their hearts because they didn’t act fast enough when the gettin’ was good. If you have any questions at all about a retreat or workshop at The Gathering please don’t hesitate to call 920.778.8031 for more information!

Before I go I just want to let you know that due to scheduling conflicts, tomorrow’s Shop Talk with Shelley will be airing a little bit later at 1:00 PM CST, so catch us if you can! If not, you can always watch the replay on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel! Either way, follow the link below to watch – and whatever you do, don’t forget to leave me a comment, both here on the blog and LIVE during the show! Let me know what you like about Shop Talkand what you’d like to see more of in the future. After all, your opinion matters to me! Ta ta for now, and I will see you soon. Take care! ~Lisa