Out With the Old…

Hey there! How was your weekend? I’m happy to report that things are finally starting to feel more “normal” for me after the holidays, even though I’m definitely not all the way there yet. I don’t know about you, but last week everything felt totally off. I kept thinking it was Friday… up until it actually was. It didn’t help that Heidi and I took off early Friday afternoon so I could finally make the trip up to the shop in Wausau to get my ski equipment squared away. Nick was sweet enough to think of making the arrangements to buy me a whole new set of skis for Christmas, but I had to go make the final selections of boots, a new helmet, mitts, and goggles for myself. Let’s just say it wasn’t the cheapest afternoon, but it sure was fun! Plus, I should be all set on new equipment for the next several years now, so it was worth it.

Skipping out of work early is always fun in the moment, but also almost always proves stressful at the same time. In order to make it happen I either have to work a couple of days ahead, or scramble later to make up for it. I’m not sure which is better. Either way, I am glad to have that part of the process out of the way. Now I just have to wait for it all to be mounted and fitted to my new boots. We should be skiing by next week – I’ll keep you posted! After the ski shop we went to dinner at a cozy little 50’s style diner called, The Mint that has been on North 3rd street in Wausau for as long as I can remember. It’s super cute and hasn’t changed a bit in many years. It’s definitely the place I’d send anyone looking for a good breakfast, lunch, or dinner – and homemade pie for dessert, of course. They have a full menu with a variety of choices. We kept it light and each had the Pesto Portabella sandwich. Devine! I highly recommend. We will definitely have to go there again soon.

Is it just me, or does it actually feel like we didn’t even have a weekend? That seems to happen to me a lot these days. People will ask me how my weekend was and I usually have to stop and think back like… wait – what DID I do??? – because it’s already a thing of the past. As you know, the answer is often times work, or stitch – or work and stitch – and this weekend proved to be no different. I spend a considerable amount of time locked away in my sewing room working on some things I’ve told you about, and some things that are yet to come. In fact, I had some fun goals set for myself like – I wasn’t allowed to take down Christmas decorations, do laundry, or pack for my Utah trip until I finished at least 24 blocks… You know, to make absolutely sure that I made some actual progress. Speaking of progress, this is what mine looked like half-way through that 24 block goal on Sunday… Not too shabby!

Not only did I have a lot of stitching to get done over the weekend, I also had – and still have – a lot of brainstorming to do. I have so many great ideas for upcoming projects, retreats, quilt-alongs – you name it! My brain never seems to want to shut off… which really isn’t the issue. It’s keeping everything organized and in order so that I don’t lose any of the details along the way that tends to be the challenge. But that’s ok! I love a good challenge, and you should too! After all, along with practice, challenging ourselves is what makes us better quilters in the long run.

If you can believe it, part of my prepping and brainstorming this weekend had a lot to do with next Christmas already. I know that seems crazy but it’s really not considering I’m anticipating not one, but two new fabric lines to come out this summer, both heavily geared toward the winter and Christmas seasons. The first line release that I anticipate seeing will be, Joyful Gatherings,” scheduled to come out in June, 2023 – and man, I cannot wait! Not only is this line 1,000% yummy, I also have a quilt-along planned to go with it, so that’s always a bit of extra added excitement. After that I hope to see my latest flannel collection, Lakeside Gatherings hit the warehouse shelves sometime in August. This line is soft flannels in an assemblage of blues and creams that are sure to be just the fabric you need for winter projects. If you don’t have any in mind quite yet, hang tight. I have several in the works and plan to release a book in the future as well, all designed with Lakeside Gatherings in mind.

Have I piqued your interest yet? Whether you’ve already decided to join the upcoming Joyful Gatherings” Quilt-Along or Lakeside Gatheringsis more your style, now is the time to stock up on these hot new fabrics! Though neither line is available in stores at this time, they are now both available to PRE-ORDER by clicking the links below!If you watched me LIVE last Thursday you got to see a bit of a sneak peek of the Lakeside Gatherings collection. While I was showing it, I mentioned another idea I have that I really hope to do a lot with this year. It has to do with our environment, planet awareness, and reducing our carbon footprint where we can. For instance, I think there are plenty of disposable products that could easily be made as reusable products. Things like makeup removal pads, paper towels, reusable dryer sheets, etc., could all easily be made from your scrap stash. I have a whole bunch of these types of projects in mind, so if that sounds like something you’d like to try I highly recommend stocking up on this light and airy flannel line while it’s still on sale.Don’t you just love new releases? I do… I love it once they’re actually here even more. But you know as well as I do that patience is a virtue – especially when waiting for fabric to arrive. You know what they say… Absence makes the heart grow fonder! Indeed. Indeed. Aright everyone, time for dinner! Have a great night and I will see you back here on the blog soon. Oh! And just a friendly reminder that due to scheduling conflicts and just a heck-of-a lot going on, we’ve decided to discontinue Shop Talk until further notice. You can still catch me LIVE every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. CST on my YouTube channel, STITCH with Lisa Bongean. Tune in by clicking the link below. See you there! ~Lisa

Let’s talk about Anchor Point…

Lakeside Gatherings has hit my quilt shop as well as all the other quilt shops who have purchased it from MODA Fabrics. We will be showing the quilts from this line for the first time at the AQS show in Albuquerque NM and Ontario CA this week and next respectively…we will also carry pre-cuts and kits…. The half yards and fat quarters will be at a special show prices for both shows…but I really would like to share a little about this line…

Lakeside Gatherings was designed in honor of my son Lance…his love of water, our Lakehouse and his Jet ski….so you know it is VERY special for me… In memory of Lance we placed a VERY large anchor at the point of the entrance to our channel. This was no small miracle how we got this….over a 1000lb anchor to rest on a perfectly flat spot on the point…
Nick went to pick it up and realized it was way too huge to lift on a trailer and came home to inform me it wasn’t going to happen….this was not acceptable for me…so I thought about it for a few minutes and the answer was clear as day…We had scheduled a jet ski lift to be installed in a couple of weeks so I asked him to call them and see if they could go pick it up…place it on their barge and bring it along and place it for us when they did the lift… Nick was a little leary about what they were going to say…but they said sure “no problem”…they actually thought it was “very cool” and were glad to help and wanted nothing extra for doing it! It was craned in and sat exactly level, like it was meant to be…
Why the anchor?…To me…the anchor represents HOPE, the hope that I will someday be reunited with Lance, my first born…..here is a photo of Lance’s anchor at sundown…

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Now back to the quilts…
I designed three sizes of Anchor Point…104″,60″ & 24″… I wanted the big quilt for my bed at the Lakehouse …eventually…after it is no longer needed to sell kits, patterns. The piecing of the base star of the quilt is super easy…just like making one big block. For the big quilt I used the grey primitive muslin in the line for the appliquéd by machine anchor. Thanks to Carole who prepped and invisible machine appliquéd the anchor while I worked on piecing the borders. The 60″ and 24″ quilts have wool appliqués for the anchors in my quilts but they could easily be cotton as well.

I sent the 104 to Linda, http://www.thequiltedpineapple.com for quilting. Linda especially likes wide open spaces, which AP does have lots of. Words cannot describe what Linda did with this simple quilt and is no short of amazing. My only request was for her to put our names “in the quilting”. I will let the pictures speak…in the center of the anchor there is something very unexpected, but very special and I am so glad for this women’s creativity, which no doubt is a gift from God himself.

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Linda also quilted the mini version….

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IMG_4101.JPG this little quilt is also perfect for me to hang in my studio, a reminder again of a special place and person now gone, but never forgotten and dearly missed.

The lap quilt 60″… Can hang on a wall, or be a recliner snuggly for any fisherman who knows how important an anchor really is! The AP60 was quilted by Vegas Val Krueger…. Val’s quilting is perfect for this quilt, she is the fastest draw (quilter)in the west. I can send her two quilts on Tuesday…she gets them on Wednesday and she has them to me by Friday with overnight shipping???? Don’t know how she does it…I would just have it loaded and she would be taking it off! Look at the mariners compass in the four corners, a wonderfully executed quilt…I am so lucky to have both these quilters! I hope you are inspired and ready to piece your own anchor point!lisabongean.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/img_4575.jpg”>2015/01/img_4575.jpg

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The boys in the channel…obviously before the anchor was placed.

Mini Charm Mix…with Fat Quarter Shop

Good Morning Everyone!…I have been asked to share something with you all on this busy 22nd of December…one of my NEEDFUL THINGS posts was about precuts…and Fat Quarter Shop has made a fun, easy runner out of my Lakeside Gatherings mini charms…You could get this runner done for a present still if you needed something super quick!  Fat Quarter Shop has made the runner in a few different fabric lines…and has given everyone the pattern for FREE…now if you don’t have 3 of the same fabric line…you could do 3 different ones!!! It would be really scrappy and fun! Click on the following links for all the important things that FQS has provided for you for this project!!

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Thanks Kimberly and all the FQS girls…for using Lakeside Gatherings for one of their promotions!!!  FQS and Primitive Gatherings have another collaboration coming soon in 2015!!!

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working with Lakeside Gatherings…

Did your local shop order this new line?…Better ask them…cause your going to want it!  I know I have many shop owners that follow this blog…you  have until Labor day to get that order in and order lots…cause I am going to design more cool stuff with it!!!

I think Lakeside is my favorite so far….I just want to keep creating quilts and other “things” with these fabrics!!!  It is timeless….my boys and everyone here has commented on it… how refreshing it is…it could even be termed “modern”, I prefer “current”….it is going to work great when we redo our lake home…with the warm woods…the galvanized accents, board and batten( I think that is what it is called (tall wainscoting)… I can’t wait!!!

Carole Crow is putting this top together on the design wall….wonder what Linda will quilt on these triangles?  Did I mention it has 24 wovens too!!!!  Size them up and they are no problem to piece with…I see so many woven fabrics in my antique quilts!

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