Hogs for Heroes – Official Check Presentation

Hey everyone! I hope the weekend treated you well. It was much sunnier around here than it was originally forecasted to be, but the air was chilly and the wind was strong, making being outside still not that great. I spent Saturday at The Gathering wrapping up the Tulip Festival Retreat which was a huge success! Everyone who attended left with some really neat projects and of course, more friends than they had when they arrived!

I did my best to stay home Sunday to catch up on a few random things around the house…and of course to get some much-needed rest. It’s always so nice to spend time at home – even if it’s just for a day! We all need time to recharge from time to time – even me… though my husband and my staff would tell you that I’m not great at “doing nothing” for very long. LOL!

As you all know we had another busy week last week here at Primitive Gatherings, and an especially exciting day on Thursday. If you were lucky enough to catch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean that day, you got to see Nick and I present Kevin and Audra from the Hogs for Heroes Organization with a check for over $43,000! You read that right. I am so proud of the fact that currently, we have raised now over $43,000 between private donations, our 2021 “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” fundraiser, and our latest online auction! This is truly an amazing accomplishment that would have been impossible to achieve without all of you. I know I’ve been saying it a lot but I simply can’t say thank you enough! …and to think – my original goal was only $25,000! I should have known we’d far surpass that. Like I told Kevin and Audra, there’s no better group of people to ask for help from when you want to get something done than my fellow quilters.

I was also hugely honored to give Kevin and Audra their own American Quilter’s Quilt that I personally stitched, as a symbol and reminder of everything they do for WI veterans. These two wonderful people not only have impacted my life in a positive and inspiring way, but they have dedicated their lives to helping the people who deserve it the most – our veterans. Kevin and Audra continue to selflessly give on a daily basis to the men and women who sacrifice themselves in order for the rest of us to live our lives freely. They may not realize it and probably don’t agree,  but Kevin and Audra are heroes too! If you’d like to watch the replay of this well deserved check presentation, you can do so by clicking HERE!

I still get goose bumps when I look at these photos! Such a phenomenal number makes me so proud and happy, but mostly it makes me want to do more! As many of you already know I came up with another way to add to our efforts in helping raise funds for Hogs for Heroes. My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag blocks as possible by June 15th, 2022, which will then be used collectively to create a future project that will generate even more funds for Hogs for Heroes! If you would like to participate in raising funds for Hogs for Heroes by making and donating blocks to this charitable mission, click the link below for the pattern and instructions to get started! One is great but if you feel like making more we’d love it!!! We only have about half of what we need for this project so far, so don’t wait – we need you! Please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on the final project, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal) that would be even better!

Once you’re ready to submit your donated pieces, please package and send your blocks to:

Don’t forget tomorrow is Tuesday, which means Shop Talk with Shelley will be LIVE at 9AM CST on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube Channel! Shelley will be talking about a few quilts she recommends for wall décor, hot tips on cleaning and organizing your sewing room, some of her favorite current wool projects, and Memorial Day hours (we will be CLOSED!), so set your reminder!

How are you liking Shop Talk with Shelley?” What are some of the things you’d like her to cover in the future? Do you have a favorite segment? Let me know in the comments! As always, leaving a comment both here on my blog and during LIVE shows earns you a chance to win a prize! Lucky winners this time around are: Cynthia R. and Jeanne B.! As always, I am not posting last names or email addresses for everyone’s privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received an email from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, keep trying – you could be next and I sure hope you are! ~Lisa

Hogs For Heroes Fundraiser – Auction Winners

Great news everyone! Our Hogs for Heroes online auction fundraiser event was a huge success! In only a few short days we were able to raise over $9,200 that will be going straight to benefit the Hogs for Heroes Organization! For those of you who don’t know, Primitive Gatherings is proudly partnered with Hogs for Heroes as a fun and creative way to give back to our WI veterans. I am so proud of the fact that currently, we have raised now over $37,000 between private donations, our 2021 “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” fundraiser, and our latest online auction! I want to say thank you to everyone who contributed so far, we could never have done it without you!

Below is the official list of all the items that were auctioned off along with the winner’s name, and the amount donated for each item. If you have any questions about the auction, please feel free to call the shop at 920-722-7233!

If you are one of the lucky winners of an auction item and still have not made arrangements for payment and shipping, please call 920-722-7233 by May 19th, 2022 to confirm your item!

All I can say is WOW! Looking at that grand total gives me the goosies! If we were able to achieve that in less than two weeks, I can only imagine what we we’ll do with more time in the future! I am very humbled by our veteran’s service to us and our great country, and feel honored to be a part of this mission. The individuals who receive these gifted Harley’s are so deserving of our gratitude, that I feel like helping them heal with a little wind therapy is the least we could do. I want to give a special thanks to each and every one of you who participated. I know that if I need to accomplish something greater than I can achieve on my own, all I have to do is reach out to my fellow stitchers and we will get it will get done! You should all be super proud of yourselves – I couldn’t ask for a better bunch to have my back.

Speaking of great friends and teamwork, I also want to give a big shout-out to those of you who have mailed in Flag blocks for our Hogs for Heroes secret mission project! They all look beautiful! They are steadily coming in but we still need more! If you missed my original call-out for the blocks, let me explain the details. I came up with this idea to add to our efforts in helping Hogs for Heroes. My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag blocks as possible by June 15th, 2022, which will then be used collectively to create a future project that will generate even more funds for Hogs for Heroes! I am calling it my, “Mystery Mission” because the final purpose for the Flag blocks is a secret that I will reveal once we’re all finished. If you would like to participate by making and donating blocks to this mystery mission, please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on this, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal) that would be even better!

Once you’re ready to submit your donated pieces, please package and send your blocks to:

I really hope you all have a great weekend. Nick and I are traveling home to WI and will be back to work at Primitive Gatherings by Monday. It’s always bitter-sweet to say goodbye to Val, being at her place is kind of like being at my second home! We had a great time as we always do, catching up and getting lots of stitching done. Even though it was more of a working vacation, we always manage to have a lot of fun while cranking out some serious production. Val’s new pool is up and running so of course we had to make use of that as well – you know, for work purposes. It’s a rough life… We even ended up doing an impromptu Trunk Show of Val’s book, Fun, Friends & Fat Quarters via livestream on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel. If you didn’t already get to see it you can always catch the replay by hitting the STITCH button below. Remember to like and comment on both my blog and YouTube shows for a chance to win a prize! Tell me what you’re up to this weekend. All work and no play, or is there stitching on the horizon? Whatever it might be, enjoy yourself! I will see you all next week. Take care everyone. ~Lisa

 

Hogs for Heroes Online Auction Fundraiser Details

I am so excited to be able to say, “it’s that time of year again!” as we get ready to kick off our 2022 Hogs for Heroes fundraising event. I’m sure most of you know that we are partnered with the organization, Hogs for Heroes as a fun way to give back to our WI veterans. I am so proud of the fact that currently, we have raised over $32,000 between private donations and our 2021 “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” fundraiser event! I want to say thank you to everyone who contributed so far, we could never have done it without you!

The amount we’ve already raised in honor of Hogs for Heroes is truly amazing. Your generous donations and hard work makes me feel inspired to do even more, which is why I’m so ready to get this year’s event rolling! For 2022 we’re going to try something a little different. We had a lot of success back in January when we did our LIVE online Holiday Décor clearance sale auction, so I decided to try something similar for Hogs for Heroes. We have several awesome items we will be auctioning off online, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Hogs for Heroes. Sounds fun, right? Let me tell you how it works.

Starting today at 2PM CST, April 21st, 2022 through May 1st, 2022 we will be auctioning off an item or two per day on my “Stitch Lisa Bongean” YouTube channel to help raise funds for Hogs for Heroes. Auction items will be posted as a video on Stitch with Lisa Bongean” for 24 hours. Bidding opens once the item is posted. After 24 hours bidding will close and the highest bidder wins the item. Once the official winner is determined, we will alert them via YouTube chat feed under that particular item. Winners then need to contact the store to provide shipping and payment information (shipping fees will be applied). Once payment is received, we will ship out the item to the winner. We will be doing a complete wrap up tentatively May 19th, 2022 when we will present the check to Hogs for Heroes. Pretty simple!

HOW TO BID:

Bidding will be 100% online by commenting on YouTube. Each auction item will have a correlating video posted on my “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” YouTube channel. New items will post daily. You must place your bid in the comment section for the item you would like to win. Once bidding is closed after 24 hours, the highest bidder wins the item. Please keep in mind that bids posted anywhere else will not be considered!!!

Since today marks the first official day of this exciting event, I am going to start the bidding off with two special quilts that I personally designed for this great cause. As much as I love and will miss these quilts, I’m more than willing to let them go if it means contributing more to Hogs for Heroes. I am honored to do it! Because I’m hoping for a generous donation resulting from these precious works of art, I’m starting the bidding off at $100 for each. I am also making an exception to the rules and keeping bidding for these two quilts open for the entire auction week (bidding on all other items ends 24 hours after they are posted)! Bidding will end on these items at 8AM on May 2nd, 2022. That’s right! I want to drive those bids as high as we can get them, so I’m taking the week to make it happen!

The first quilt up for grabs is an awesome patriotic themed piece, American Quilter’s Quilt.” I used a seeing star grunge with a hand-sewn striped binding, and a red star print for the backing. Finished size is 67″ x 72″ making it a nice size to display on a rustic table or porch swing. Of course, it’s complete with a sleeve on the back for easy hanging if you want to go that route – and I also promise to add a label to the back before I send it out! I really hope this quilt brings in a chunk, so I’m starting bidding off at $100 on this one. Now it’s up to all of you to see how high we can get the bidding to go! C’mon everyone – let’s show em’ what we’ve got!

The second quilt I have for you today is one you might remember from last year as being a Block of the Month. Hexies for Heroesis an EPP quilt, which is all done tediously by hand and then machine quilted. This is a big quilt with a finished size of 88″ x 88″ which makes it perfect as a bed spread or as hanging décor. I want to give a shout out to a couple of  our great customers and friends, Lori T. and Terry S. for generously donating their time and skill to make this quilt for our auction. A ton of work went into making this intricate piece, so I’m starting bids at $100 on this one as well. Please be generous! It’s the least we can do. A pattern for this quilt will be available at the beginning of May if you would like to make one for yourself.

Remember, to bid on these quilts you need to post your bid offers in the comment section on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean” YouTube channel. BIDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED ANYWHERE ELSE. BIDS POSTED TO THE BLOG OR FACEBOOK PAGE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. To see current auction items and to place your bids each day, visit “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” by clicking the link below! I am really proud of the great job we did last year raising money for Hogs for Heroes, but I KNOW we can outdo ourselves in 2022. The ball is rolling everyone, now it’s up to all of you!

Make sure you don’t miss out on your opportunity to bid on new items by visiting me at Stitch with Lisa Bongean” every day to see what’s new and to place your bids! And just a heads up, I came up with another great idea to raise funds for Hogs for Heroes that I will be talking more about in a separate post later today, so keep an eye out for that! We are working on the details but I’ll have more information up for you soon! Until then, happy bidding everyone!

 

Official Call out for Flag Blocks!

Oh hey, I’m back! As I mentioned earlier I have another great idea to add to our efforts in helping Hogs for Heroes. As of today, I am officially on what I’m calling a “secret mission!” My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag Blocks as possible, which will then be used collectively to create a future project that will generate even more happiness for Hogs for Heroes. Obviously, I can’t do this alone so I’m asking you for your help!

If you would like to participate by making and donating blocks to this mystery mission, please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on this, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal) that would be even better! All of us here at Primitive Gatherings will be helping to combine your creativity together into their final form. I can’t wait to see it all come together to make something great!

Ready to get started? You can find a printable PDF of the instructions and pattern for the Hogs for Heroes flag blocks by clicking the link below!

Once you’re ready to submit your donated pieces, please package and send your blocks to:

Everyone here at Primitive Gatherings would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the support and donations that you have provided over the past year for this cause. It is truly awe inspiring!  We hope to be able to continue doing things like this in the future for many great causes! If you’re not familiar with Hogs for Heroes and want to learn more, simply hit the link below!

Thanks again for keeping up with my blog and other social media outlets. Please remember to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize! Are you planning to participate in the H4H auction? What’s your favorite item up for grabs??? How many Flag Blocks are on your agenda? Let me know! And don’t forget, bidding on my first two quilts is officially OPEN! Don’t miss out, hit the link below to place your bid – Good luck and see you soon! ~Lisa

Weekly Shop Talk with Shelley!

Hey gang! Welcome back to my blog. As usual, the week flew by faster than a speeding bullet. I have been busy finalizing details on a bunch of projects that I’ve been working on, including my 2022 summer blocks of the week, and tying up any loose ends on our upcoming Hogs for Heroes fundraising event. I’m really excited to be participating in Hogs for Heroes again this year. It’s such a fun and awesome way to help WI veterans, and I’m super proud to be involved. Last year we raised over $30K! I’ll be talking more about the details on how we’ll be raising money for Hogs for Heroes this year very soon, so stay tuned to the blog for that! In the meantime, if you would like to know more about Hogs for Heroes and what they’re all about, follow the link below for more information.

I sure hope you were able to join us on Tuesday for the first, Shop Talk with Shelley,” our new segment on my YouTube Channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Shelley and Jess went over a few shop announcements including new spring retail shop hours and some clarifications on my, O Say Can You Sew Quilt-Along. Speaking of that, Jess would like me to remind everyone that you can find the FREE downloadable PDF for each of the “O Say Can You Sew” Quilt-Along blocks here on my blog for one month after their original posting date. New clues post the first Monday of each month. After one month the block is no longer free. It will then be posted to the Primitive Gatherings website. Blocks will only be posted to the website AFTER the next month’s FREE block is posted to the blog. Again, once they are posted to the website, blocks are no longer free. There is a $5.00 charge for each block once it is posted to the website. CLICK the link below for CLUE #1!Remember, if you don’t have enough scraps to complete the project we have red, white, and blue fabric bundles perfect for the O Say Can You Sew Quilt-Along that are available on the website for purchase now. You can find those by clicking the link below!

If you have any questions about the O Say Can You Sew Quilt-Along, please revisit my blog post with all the details by clicking HERE. You can also feel free to give the shop a call at 920.722.7233!

Looking for a club to join? Jess is thrilled to announce that her monthly Wednesday Wool Club will be starting this May! If you love wool appliqué you’re going to want to get in on this club. Jess describes Wool Club as a sit & sew that focuses strictly on wool appliqué projects. If you’re participating in our subscription wool box, this is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in those projects! Whether you’re new to working with wool appliqué or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome at Wool Club!

Wednesday Wool Club will run all day from 9AM until 9PM and includes both lunch and dinner prepared by Chef Erica. The cost is $40.00 per person, per full-day session. If you are only able to attend a half-day session, that’s ok too! The morning session will be from 9AM until 4PM and includes lunch, and the evening session will run from 4PM until 9PM and includes dinner. The cost of half-day sessions is $25.00 per person, per session. The first Wool Club will meet May 18th, 2022 at The Gathering. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis so sign up today by calling 920.778.8031 to guarantee your seat! You can also email thegathering@primitivegatherings.us to register.

In other Primitive Gatherings club news, evening Hexi Club is also coming soon! I wish I could tell you more about it but we are still working out all the details on this one. What we can tell you is that it is definitely coming soon, so if you’re a fan or hexi quilts like I am keep watching the blog for more information! I’ll be posting it as soon as I have it.

Aside from news and updates, Shelley and Jess also have some super cute spring quilts in the shop to showcase this week. If you’re looking for a project that will be perfect for the spring and summer months, we have just the patterns for you. Let’s take a look at what they found! First up we have Sweet Strawberry,” from Martingale’s Piece & Love book. Traditional patchwork meets a more modern aesthetic on this little gem, with its large-scale, colorful motif. It combines reds, pinks, and greens to make this larger-than-life strawberry quilt.

Sweet Strawberry,” is done with quarter square triangles, and measures 41″ x 50 1/2″ when finished. Wouldn’t this sweet little quilt make a perfect lap or baby quilt? To make it even easier for you, Jess has put together kits for “Sweet Strawberry, which you can find along with the Piece & Love book by clicking the link below!

We keep saying spring is coming, but with the cold and dreary weather so far, I’m beginning to wonder. You really have to hand it to the wild birds that migrate each year. What a journey! It’s a marvel they can survive such harsh conditions. Along with the ducks, geese, and robins (just to name a few) we’re also currently seeing a lot of sparrows returning home from down south. They are such cute and tiny birds – and so tough! That’s why I love this next quilt. Sparrowsis done with large pieces and minimal triangles – which is great for those of you who aren’t the best with triangles but want to get some practice in.

With its patriotic color scheme and adorable design, Sparrowsis the perfect quilt to display in your home this summer. Can’t you just see it hanging on your porch swing this 4th of July? Finished, “Sparrows” measures at 65 1/2″ x 71″ making it a nice size for a bed or couch as well.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer season here in WI is go to the farmer’s market. There’s nothing better than local, home-grown veggies roasting away on the grill for dinner on a hot summer night. Tomato Pincushion Quilt reminds me of the giant, plump tomatoes I’m lucky enough to get all season long from a stand just down the road from me. I can’t wait for it to open for the year!

The Tomato Pincushionquilt kit comes in a keepsake box measuring 11″ x 11″ x 4″, which is perfect for storing your blocks as you go. The box kit includes the quilt pattern and all the fabric you’ll need for the quilt top and binding (backing fabric is not included).  This 58″ x 70″ quilt is done with larger blocks and a boarder, making it simple and fun to make! We only have a few of these box sets left in the shop, so if you have your heart set on it, don’t hesitate to get your order in!

Well folks, they tell me the weekend is finally upon us. It looks like another cold and rainy couple days are in store for us here, which I guess is going to have to be ok. I still have not figured out who to call and complain to on that one… Looking on the bright side, it’s perfect weather to get some shopping done at Primitive Gatherings! Don’t forget, we are now featuring the “Sticker of the Month.” Each month I will release a new custom, Primitive Gatherings collectible sticker. With every purchase of $30.00 or more you will receive one of these adorable stickers as a FREE GIFT while supplies last (order must total $30.00 before tax and shipping)! Once the month is finished, stickers left over from that month will be offered for sale. We only have a limited quantity, which means when they are gone, they are gone! Take a look at this cute design we came up with for April!

Shelley and Jess did such a good job with their first Shop Talk, don’t you think? I’m super proud of them! Way to represent girls! If you liked Shop Talk with Shelley remember to tune in weekly every Tuesday at 9AM CST! If you’d like to watch the replay from this week just hit the button below!

Alright, now that we’ve covered all the announcements and updates, let’s talk prize winners! I love all the comments we’ve been getting here on the blog, on our facebook pages, and during my LIVE show Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” It’s so much fun to hear what you all are up to, I really enjoy reading them every week! Without your online support we would never be where we are today, so thank you to everyone who continues to comment on and “like” our posts each week, you’re the best! Ok, on with the fun part… Sandie M. and Barbara F. – you are our lucky blog prize winners this week! As always, I don’t want to post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received an email from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, please keep trying. You can’t win if you don’t play!!! Have a great weekend everyone! ~Lisa

12 Days of Christmas – Day 3

I’m sure most of you know that we are partnered with the organization, “Hogs for Heroes” as a fun way to give back to our WI veterans. We’re proud to say that currently, we have raised over $33,000 between private donations and our 2021 “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” event! I want to say thank you to everyone who contributed so far, we could never have done it without you!

CLICK HERE to Learn More About Hogs for Heroes!

The amount we’ve already raised is truly amazing. Your generous donations and hard work makes me feel inspired to do even more! Some of my favorite things are definitely graphic tees so I thought, why not create one specifically for a Hogs for Heroes fundraiser! My team and I came up with an awesome design that I think you’re really going to love. On the front it features the Hogs for Heroes logo. On the back it shows one of my favorite quilt blocks from the, “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” series, along with the words, “I Stitched for a Hero.” Our Primitive Gatherings logo is also proudly displayed on the sleeve. The t-shirt itself is Biker Black…LOL… I had to do it!

If you’re not into t-shirts, no worries! We also have Hogs for Heroes patches available that combine both the Hogs for Heroes and Primitive Gatherings logos together. These patches make a stylish addition to pretty much anything you can think of. You could even sew it to the back of your quilt as a label! I love that idea.

Now here’s the best part! T-shirts are only $25.00, plus $5.00 for shipping (all proceeds go to benefit Hogs for Heroes). Creative Imprint is our local go-to shop that prints all of our custom t-shirts and bags. I’m so proud to say that they are very generously donating their time to produce and ship these items as a way of contributing to this great cause! All I can say is, WOW! We can’t thank them enough for their kind gesture. Please keep Creative Imprint in mind for any of your future custom apparel needs! Not only are they generous, but they also do a beautiful job! If you would like to order a t-shirt, please follow the link below. Please keep in mind that since they are coming from an off-site location, they are not available through the Primitive Gatherings website. 

Hogs for Heroes patches are currently already on-site here at Primitive Gatherings. If you would like to order patches, please follow the link below (please note that the link for ordering t-shirts is different than the link for ordering patches)!

If you would like to donate to help Hogs for Heroes in another way, please consider one of our other options:

CLICK HERE to DONATE to Hogs for Heroes!

As always, be sure to leave me a comment for a chance to win a prize! What’s your favorite – the t-shirt or the patch? If you plan to order a patch, how do you think you’ll use it? Let us know! We love to know what you think. Don’t forget to watch, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” on YouTube for more great content. See you soon with more of my favorite things!

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