Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along Intro & Supply List

Can you believe it? After what feels like an eternity of waiting, the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along is finally ready to begin! This is a summer stitch-along that will feature a custom quilt project designed by my good friend, Val Krueger. Val based this intricate pattern on my new Garden Gatherings line, which after much anticipation arrived here earlier this month. Check out this beauty of a design. I can’t tell you how gorgeous it is in person – absolutely stunning!

Completed "Meet Me in the Garden" Quilt

Planning to join us for Meet Me in the Garden?” This post will take you through all the fabric and tools that you will need to participate in this stitch-along. This is the beginning of a six month long project, so having everything you need prior to starting is a great idea. It’s never a good thing to get half way through a quilt project, only to realize you’re out of something you can’t get anymore. We’re talking serious bummer there…so let’s try to avoid that by setting up for success! Fabric requirements for Meet Me in the Garden are as follows:

There are also several required rulers and tools that you will need. Ruler and tool requirements for Meet Me in the Garden are as follows:

Excited to get started yet? Video tutorials featuring explanations on the different rounds that make up this quilt will be released each month. Below you will find a list of rounds along with their video release dates, so you have an idea on how to plan for this stitch-along.

Alright! You only have a couple of short weeks to get your ducks in a row for Meet Me in the Garden.” Remember, you can find the video tutorials posted to my YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” each month on the listed release dates. You can watch the intro to Meet Me in the Garden now by clicking the STITCH button below! If you have any questions feel free to email the shop at store@primitivegatherings.us and we’ll be happy to help!

I hope you have a great week everyone! I’ll be back here on the blog on Wednesday for Moda Blockheads 4 Block #15 release, plus this week’s blog comment prize winners. Until then I know you have plenty to do so be sure to make time to stitch every day! Bye for now! ~Lisa

 

The Pokémon Quilt is Here!

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous day despite it being Monday. Amy and I made it home safe to WI from the 2022 Sauder Village Quilt Show in OH, just in time to enjoy a little bit of spring sunshine over the weekend. I really enjoy going to quilting events because not only do I usually get to teach (which I love to do), we also get the opportunity to meet and talk with a ton of new people and fellow stitchers from all over the country! Though attending big shows is definitely a lot of fun, it’s always nice to get back home after a long trip.

Today is another beautiful, but windy day as a warm front is pushing its way through the state. I hear it’s supposed to be 90 by mid-week but I won’t be around to see it since I’m headed out to NV with Nick to visit Val in Las Vegas. We’ll be out there for a week or so as Val and I wrap up the final details on our much anticipated Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along,which is a quilt Val designed based on my new Garden Gatherings fabric line. This online tutorial with Val and I will start sometime in June/July, 2022. Keep an eye on my blog for the actual date, which will depend on the arrival of Garden Gatherings to our warehouse. We will also be making a post about what you’ll need (patterns, rulers, etc) for the Stitch-A-Long in the near future. If you’d like more information on participating in Meet Me in the Garden, hit the link below!

If you’re already planning to join us for the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Alongyou can pre-order Garden Gatherings fabric now to put yourself ahead of the game. I highly recommend pre-ordering if you have your heart set on making this gorgeous quilt because there is a good chance we may already be sold out of the fabrics you will need for Meet Me in the Gardenby the by the time the Stitch-A-Long event starts. So in other words, if you’re able to pre-order now, please do to avoid running into potential availability issues!

With me being gone all last week, Jess and the girls stepped up and handled, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on Thursday for me. Jess started out by talking a little bit more about my O’ Say Can You Sew” Quilt-Along. For those of you who have been following along we are currently on Clue #2, which is available for FREE download by clicking the link below now through June 6th, 2022. Clues are FREE for one month after they are posted. When the next clue is posted, prior clues can be found by visiting the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive by clicking HERE. Once Clues are no longer free, they are $5.00 per download.

I have been getting a lot of questions on how many blocks you will actually need for Clue #2 so let me try to help clarify. Pretend that what is in the picture below are the pieces of ONE COMPLETE block that will be sewn together. ONE COMPLETE block is made up of 4 hourglass units that look the same. You need to make 31 COMPLETE blocks for this Clue, which means you are going to need 124 total hourglass units (31 x’s 4 = 124). Hopefully that makes sense! If you’re still having trouble, feel free to call the shop at 920-722-7233 for additional help.

Are you doing your quilt completely scrappy or are you sticking with the red, white, and blue theme I’m going with for mine? There are so many possible outcomes for this quilt, which is part of what makes it so much fun and a real scrap buster! If you’re running out of scraps and need of more fabric as we move along through this Quilt-Along, don’t worry! We still have red, white, blue, and cream/tan bundles available that are perfect for this project. You can find those along with past clues for purchase on our website!

Next up I want to thank all of you who have already mailed in your Hogs for Heroes Flag blocks already – you are amazing! To date we already have about 100 of these Flag blocks in the studio which means we still need about 500 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. I’m calling it my “secret mission!” 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 – a non-profit organization dedicated to healing the mental and physical wounds suffered by Wisconsin Veterans during the course of active duty. Obviously, I can’t do this alone so I’m asking for your help to reach my goal!

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. 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:

I know we’re going to hit our goal but we have a ways to go! Feel like making two, or three? Even better! I will take all the help I can get – anything for our veterans! If you would like to know more about Hogs for Heroes follow the link for more information!

And now… Let’s talk about something that many of you have been very anxiously waiting for – the famous Pokèmon quilt! If you have kids in your life, this quilt is simply a must have. For decades, people all over the world have been enchanted by the unique and colorful characters of this popular game. Imagine how cool it would be to have such an awesome tribute proudly displayed on a bed or as a wall-hanging in the playroom – easily making any child the coolest kid on the block!

My grandson Jace and I love to look at this quilt together while he tells me about each character and which ones are his favorites. With over 100 bright, bold colors popping against a mid-gray background, this quilt really gives you a lot to think about! You can choose between a Bella or flannel backing when ordering. For mine, I chose a flannel backing to make it nice and soft for cuddling up with – perfect for Saturday morning cartoons (remember, you will receive a 20% discount on the backing if you purchase it at the same time as the kit)! Finished, this quilt is a nice size, measuring 72″ x 84″.

I know you have just the kid in mind for this super cool quilt, so what are you waiting for? Jess has put together kits for this fun project, but unfortunately supplies are limited. As of today we still have a few left, but they’re definitely going fast. Don’t risk missing out, order while you can! Feeling like you want to do this project but like you might need a little guidance? You’re in luck! My video tutorial starring myself and my official Pokèmon consultant Jace released today and can be found on my, Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel – click below to watch!

Last but not least I wanted to share one more tidbit of great news – Starlight Gatherings pre-cuts are finally IN stock and ready to go to their new homes! If you haven’t already seen it you are really in for a real treat with this new line. Many of you know I live out in the country, which means that it gets pretty dark at night. The lack of city lights means much brighter stars and a dark, wide-open sky. The view of the night sky is absolutely amazing at my place, which is why it was the total inspiration behind these designs. Both the book and pre-cuts are available to purchase now in the shop or on the Primitive Gatherings website. You can also watch me go through each quilt featured in the book piece by piece, by watching the trunk show replay on Stitch with Lisa Bongean” by clicking HERE.

Well, folks I’m off for now. I am determined to not let this trip turn into all work and no play so I’m putting my computer away for the rest of the day! Don’t worry, I’ll be checking in periodically here on my blog throughout the week… and I may or may not pop in with Val during, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on Thursday at 1PM CST, so I hope you’ll be tuning in for that. Don’t forget to like and comment on both my blog and YouTube channel. I love to hand out prizes and you could be next just for telling me what you think! Do you have any special kids in your life that will be getting a Pokèmon quilt hot off the press? What other character themes would you like to see in upcoming projects? Let me know! I’m always curious about what you’d like to see more of. I will see you all soon but until then, do your best to stitch every day! It always makes everything better. ~Lisa

Check Out My Projects in Process!

Welcome back, everyone! With so much going on at Primitive Gatherings and The Gathering last week, time really flew by! Val and I had our noses to the grindstone, both stitching and filming for our upcoming Stitch-A-Long, Meet Me in the Garden. We can’t wait to see the finished product after Kali does her video magic and spins it all into Stitch-A-Long gold. This ongoing, online tutorial with Val and I will start sometime in June/July, 2022. Keep an eye on my blog for the actual date, which will depend on the much-anticipated delivery of my new fabric line, Garden Gatherings. If you haven’t heard, Garden Gatherings is scheduled to arrive here at Primitive Gatherings sometime in April/May, 2022. We will also be making a post about what you’ll need (patterns, rulers, etc) for the Stitch-A-Long in the near future. Can you wait? Didn’t think so. Neither can I!

Looking on the bright side, April/May will be here before we know it. It’s crazy to think that April 1st isn’t even a month away! Another positive is that you can pre-order Garden Gatherings to put yourself ahead of the game for Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-A-Long. I highly recommend pre-ordering now if you have your heart set on joining us for that. There is a good chance that we may already be sold out of the fabrics you will need for Meet Me in the Gardenby the by the time the Stitch-A-Long event starts. In other words, if you’re able to pre-order now, please do to avoid running into potential availability issues.

If you tuned in to, Stitch with Lisa Bongean last week you were lucky enough to catch Val one more time before I had to whisk her off to the airport for her trip home to Vegas. We discussed some of my current projects and talked about a few that I have on deck waiting to be started as well. While she was here, Val was gracious enough to pick up where I left off on a few random works in progress, which really helped move things along on my “to-do” pile. There is always plenty to work on around here, so when she asked me if I had anything for her to stitch, I was happy to oblige. I don’t like things being unfinished and do my best not to let things pile up. I had a bunch of blocks sitting in a drawer in my home studio that needed attention, so she got busy stitching on those. Even though our styles are slightly different, I really like working together with her on projects like this. Collaborating is fun, plus now every time I look at this quilt I will think of Val and her very first visit to The Gathering! Blocks to Stitch

There are a few other things hanging on my design wall at the moment that I’d also like to share with you. I’m currently working on a cute little sheep-themed mini quilt called, Create. I combined cozy flannel in browns, grays, creams and navy blues, with earth toned wools to make this mini not only adorable, but beautiful as well. Finished, this darling little “flock” measures at 14″ x 14″, making it the perfect size for a table mat or hanging décor.Mini quilt featuring multi colored sheep

All the fabric you need for for Create is available now our website to order. You will need our special-cut, 6×10 half-layer cake of flannel (it actually is a bit more than half a layer cake), three wool charm bundles (taupe, sheep, and raven), and 1/8 yard (appx 12″ x 15″) hand dyed black wool. As a way to say thanks for ordering, if you grab one of each items needed to complete Create,” I will gladly throw in the pattern for free! You can find these items on the website under, New Items and then under, Live with Lisa Featured Products, or by clicking the link below!

Next up on the design wall is my new quilt pattern, “Revel.” This awesome design was inspired by a vintage quilt from my personal collection that I really love. “Revel” is not available to the public at the moment because it is the ongoing, year-long project in our current Quilt Box. If you’re not a member of our Quilt Box subscription but love this quilt, don’t worry! I will be available to the public sometime next year after we’ve moved on to the next Quilt Box subscription year. Look for the “mini” instructions in your April Quilt Box!

2 Blocks - one purple based, one lime green based, from my quilt, "Revel."

I’ve also recently joined a Quilt-A-Long called, Heartfelt, This awesome project is a Make a Wish Foundation of America fundraising quilt sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. Heartfelt is currently a free download on the Fat Quarter Shop website! They do not require it, but highly encourage that a $5.00 donation be made for the pattern if you’re able to do so. Proceeds go to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation of America. In the spirit of being generous and giving, if you download this free pattern please make a donation!

The version of, Heartfelt that I am personally working on will be auctioned off in the future. Of course, all proceeds from the auction will go to the Make a Wish Foundation as well. I decided to do my quilt in a mix of Valentine’s day fabrics to go along with the heart theme. What do you think?

Want to be part of the fun ? Come join the Quilt-A-Long! Remember, Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich them with hope, strength and joy. What better way to contribute than with your own hard work, talent, and love for quilting!? Ready to sign up? Hit the link below for more information!

Val is especially excited about the next project on the board. “Dragonfly Dreams,” which is an ongoing quilt featured in our current Wool Box subscription. Dragonfly Dreams is another quilt design inspired by a vintage quilt in my collection (shown on the left below). I love the combination of wool appliqué combined with different types of hand embroidery and stitching. Just look at the intricate floral design work on this vintage beauty! My modern version uses more earth toned colors with a pallet including blacks, browns creams and grays. If you like this quilt and aren’t currently subscribed to the Wool Box, hang tight! It will be available as a Block of the Month in 2023.

Remember the American Quilter’s Stitch-A-Long Hogs for Heroes fundraising event from last summer? We are proud to say we raised over $30K in 2021 for a WI veteran in need! I am currently finishing my last set of blocks on another one of these awesome quilts that I plan to donate to a local vet. You might have noticed that these blocks were previously free downloads, but have recently been removed from the blog. We want to keep this fundraising even going, so we plan to sell this as a full quilt pattern in the near future with proceeds going to Hogs for Heroes.

If you haven’t heard of this great fundraiser let me tell you a little bit about it. Hogs for Heroes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to healing the mental and physical wounds suffered by Wisconsin Veterans during the course of active duty. They do this through the therapeutic benefits of owning and riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Each year they raise funds, purchase a motorcycle and gift it to a deserving Wisconsin Veteran Hero! How cool is that!? I absolutely love being part of such a fun event to let WI veterans know how much we appreciate them! Want to make a contribution to Hogs for Heroes? Click the link below!

Last but not least on the design board is a sneak peek of what the ongoing, 1-year project in our current Wool Box looks like. Going back to my primitive roots, this is a cute wool penny mat project is sure to delight. I’m ready to tell you what the end project will be – you’ll just have to delve in, follow along and find out! I will forever love penny mats! Stitching pennies will never get old for me.Hexagon Wool Penny Mats

Heads up! I don’t know if you’re aware, but Moda Blockheads 4 is just about here! I have the first 20 patterns in my hands already, so be aware that MBH4 is coming March 24th. Of course we will be posting all about it next week so make sure to check back for that! Also, as I mentioned on, Stitch with Lisa Bongean last week, starting in April my plan is to have a free, “mystery” pattern for you to download. I thought it would be a fun way to use the scraps I know we all have laying around from past projects. I really hate to waste fabric so I think it will be fun to come up with something we can do with the scraps. I haven’t named this mystery project yet, but I will be talking more about it in future blog posts. Exciting stuff!

I hope you all have a great week. Temperatures are finally starting to warm up and the sunshine is out. Get out there and enjoy it! Don’t forget to go to Stitch with Lisa Bongean on YouTube LIVE, Thursday at 1PM CST. We’ve been having a lot of fun picking out prizes each week so like and share, and keep those comments coming for your chance to win! Take care and remember to make time to…

Save the Date For Sit & Stitch!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I spent mine cozied up indoors since Mother Nature decided to go nuts and ruin any chance of doing anything fun or enjoyable outside. Temps were unseasonably warm and it rained like crazy! Huge fat drops, and flowing rivers of rainwater everywhere… And now yesterday we just got two inches of snow. There’s an old saying about March in WI. “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” We’ve definitely got the first half right so far… I hate to say it but, a lot of years it’s more like, “In like a lion, out like a lion.” We’ll just have to wait and see what happens this time around!

The one advantage I can think of to all this sloppy weather is having the perfect excuse to stay inside and – what else – stitch! My dear friend Val Krueger is here visiting me from NV and needless to say, she’s not exactly impressed with our indecisive weather. When I asked her how she was feeling about it yesterday morning she very seriously said, “I feel glad that I live in Nevada!” LOL! She’s here visiting for the next few days, which is awesome. This is her first time visiting Primitive Gatherings since we put up the new buildings last summer, so it’s been a lot of fun showing her around.Val and Lisa

Part of the reason for Val’s visit is to prepare for the release of Moda’s new Garden Gatherings fabric line (scheduled to release this April/May)! We’ve spent a lot of time filming for our future, Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-A-Long, which is coming up in June/July, 2022. There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into these online tutorials, and getting the footage is half the battle! Since Val is only here until Thursday, we have a lot to do and not a whole lot of time to do it, but that’s ok. It’ll all be worth it in the long run!

Val Kreuger and Lisa Bongean Filming Stitch A Long

You might remember back in January when I was out in Las Vegas visiting Val at her place. She had a pretty good start going on her gorgeous quilt, Meet Me in the Garden, which is designed with my new Garden Gatherings fabric line in mind. I’m excited to say she’s not only finished, but she brought it with her to WI so we could see it in person. Finally being able to see this masterpiece in its full glory has me simply in awe! Meet Me in the Garden is a pretty good sized quilt. Val says, “It’s a real monster!” I really love the feel of a heavy quilt – just like a weighted blanket! Finished, this quilt measures at 104″ x 104″.Completed "Meet Me in the Garden" Quilt

If you would like to participate in our, Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-A-Long, we’d love to have you! We will post more information on how to join once we have a better idea of when the collection is going to arrive here at Primitive Gatherings. We will also be doing a post on what you’ll need for the Stitch-A-Long closer to the event that includes pattern & ruler details, so keep an eye on my blog for that. 

Remember, the Garden Gatherings line doesn’t release until April/May, 2022, but you can pre-order what you’ll need for the Stitch-A-Long in advance! You will need the FQ Bundles of each Garden Gatherings and Garden Gatherings Shirtings, along with a Layer Cake of the shirtings as well. (please remember each pre-order needs to be ordered separately as an individual order – it should be the only item in your cart).

Click HERE to Pre-Order Fabrics for the Upcoming Garden Gatherings Stitch-A-Long with Lisa & Val!

As always, I have several projects in process, and several more on deck waiting to be started. Is it just me, or are there never enough hours in the day? I have been getting a ton accomplished during the, Sit & Stitch group at The Gathering every week. If you haven’t heard of Sit & Stitch let me fill you in. Sit & Stitch is not a retreat, but more of a gathering where all types, ages, and ability levels of sewing enthusiasts can come together and stitch! It’s a great opportunity to socialize in a judgment-free zone, where participants are encouraged to share ideas and advice. Of course, there’s also plenty of good food, great conversation, and laughter to go around too!Sit and Stitch Participants

You can bring your stitching projects of any kind to Sit & Stitch!” Come take advantage of our huge, beautifully lit activity space. You can bring your own machine or rent one from us. Either way there’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out and get comfortable at one of the many large sewing tables – complete with power stations! Take it from me, a lot of times I’d rather work on projects at The Gathering rather than my studio at home!Stitch-A-Long Participants

The casual and easy-going atmosphere not only allows me to relax a little, but I can also take more time to talk one-on-one with people about anything they might need help on with their projects, or just about life in general! It’s always a great time. 

Sit & Stitch Details

If you want to join us for a Sit & Stitch we would love to have you! Call The Gathering to register. The phone number at The Gathering is 920-778-8031. You can also email thegathering@primitivegatherings.us. Sessions run from 9AM until 4PM. Registration fee is $25 per person for the day and includes a salad bar and homemade soup lunch prepared by Chef Erica!

Alright everyone. Time for me to get back to work! We have a few more things to film this afternoon and then it’s back to my studio for more stitching! I will catch you all later this week on, Stitch with Lisa Bongean where I’ll talking all about what I am currently working on, and what I have planned coming up! Don’t miss it! And as always, make sure to leave me a comment here on the blog for a chance to win a prize! We choose prize winners from our YouTube page, Blog, and my, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” Facebook page, so don’t be shy! Let me know what spring projects are on your work table! See you soon! ~Lisa

Home Sweet Home!

Hey everyone! As most of you know I recently made a trip out west to visit friends and work on some collaboration projects. I’m excited to say that Val Krueger and I have been hard at work planning our upcoming Stitch-A-Long, featuring Moda’s new Garden Gatherings fabric line (scheduled to release this April/May)! It’s pretty hard to tell that summer is right around the corner considering it’s been below zero here in WI for the last week or so, but trust me – it’s going to be here before we know it. The time is definitely now to start thinking about starting spring and summer-themed projects that you want to get finished before then.

Need an idea for an awesome summer project? The Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-A-Long (finished size = 104″ x 104″) will start in June/July, 2022 and I can hardly wait! This event features an amazing quilt personally designed by Val. Take a look at this beauty…

Seeing Val in action this last week made me even more excited to get started on this gorgeous work of art! The amount of time, planning and preparation that goes into a quilt like this is truly remarkable. This quilt is definitely making itself at home already at Val’s, even if it is still in pieces.

For me, seeing the progress of all my hard work finally coming together is one of the best things about quilting. Each stage has a unique level of excitement as the individual steps come to completion. It’s fascinating to watch so many small elements combine together to form nothing short of a spectacular finished product. I just love it! Look at the amazing progress Val is making so far…

If you would like to participate in our, “Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-A-Long”, we’d love to have you! We will post more information on how to join once we have a better idea of when the collection is going to arrive here at Primitive Gatherings, so keep an eye on the blog for that.

Remember, the Garden Gatherings line doesn’t release until April/May, 2022, but you can pre-order what you’ll need for the Stitch-A-Long in advance! You will need the FQ Bundles of each Garden Gatherings and Garden Gatherings Shirtings, along with a Layer Cake of the shirtings as well. We will also post pattern & ruler details later in 2022 (please remember each pre-order needs to be ordered separately as an individual order – it should be the only item in your cart).

Click HERE to Pre-Order Fabrics for the Upcoming Garden Gatherings Stitch-A-Long with Lisa & Val!

Thankfully, my trip out west wasn’t all work and no play. As you saw in my last post, I managed to do some hiking earlier in the week out at Lone Mountain Trail in Utah with Val. We decided we deserved a spa day after such a journey so we also made sure to make time for that as well. We enjoyed an afternoon of pampering at Red Mountain Resort, which is in the heart of the most abundant and beautiful hiking in Utah and North America. It’s a wonderland of sandstone cliffs and canyons, and the spectacular views certainly did not disappoint. 

I really loved the, “Labyrinth” at Red Mountain – a spiral-shaped, stone-lined path in the desert. The stones that line the path are Arizona River Rock, worn smooth by hundreds of thousands of years of running water. They represent the cleansing and healing energy of water.

The spiral shape of the Labyrinth symbolizes evolution, the never-ending cycle of growth, change, and eternal life. I especially love the sign posted at the beginning. The main message reads, “Enter to let go of what limits you, exit filled with peace and inspiration.” 

After our hike we had a delicious lunch back at the resort. In the true spirit of our healthy hike and spa day, I kept it light with a fresh salad with grilled chicken. The restaurant there was excellent, complete with a menu that focuses on whole foods, local and pasture raised meats, homemade baked goods, sustainably harvested seafood, and delicious desserts all made from scratch – which is something I really appreciate as I have been trying to eat a more clean and less processed diet lately. The venue also offers spectacular desert views, outdoor patio seating and an indoor double-sided fireplace. I mean seriously, twist my arm!

Feeling the warm sun and fresh air on my skin left me wanting more, so a couple days later I got together with friends Diane, Mimi, and Roxanne for a bike ride in Snow Canyon State Park, located close by in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The park features a canyon carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone of the Red Mountains, as well as the extinct Santa Clara Volcano, lava tubes, lava flows, and sand dunes. It’s just beautiful!I am so thankful that I was able to take the time to get away for a few days. Unfortunately the fun came to an end and I’ve been back in the frozen Tundra of WI for a few days now – of course my nose is also back to the grindstone! While I would have loved to stay on vacation forever, I have several retreats and stitching events coming up that I need to prepare for, so I had no choice but to give in and come home.

Of course, PG isn’t the only thing demanding my attention at the moment. As many of you know, my partner in crime Nick is officially on the bench until further notice! Yes, that’s right, Nick is out of commission as he heals from his total shoulder replacement surgery last Thursday.

Despite the pain, he has been in good spirits and a well-behaved patient so far. I took him to his first physical therapy appointment Monday and he reports that it, “wasn’t too bad.” Of course they sent him home with a stack of exercises to do throughout the day to keep things moving along and healing correctly. He says that the most difficult thing so far is finding a comfortable way to sleep – especially now that his nerves have started to “wake up.” All-in-all the surgery was a success and the doctors expect him to be good as new in no time. I will keep you updated as he goes through his healing process. So far, so good! 

I’m sure you noticed that I didn’t have time to do a LIVE presentation on YouTube this week. Between being out of town, Nick’s surgery and the Winter Wonderland Retreat coming up this weekend at The Gathering, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Speaking of the Winter Wonderland Retreat, we still have a couple of spots open if you’re looking for something to do in the middle of this cold-snap! 

The retreat includes classes personally instructed by me, project kits, additional winter crafts and classes, an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Primitive Gatherings, an official swag bag, and a gift card for the quilt shop! Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner is also provided. For our daily students, lunch will be provided. Check-in is Wednesday January 26th, 2022. Classes are from 9AM until 4:30PM Thursday the 27th through Saturday the 29th. Check-out is by 11AM Sunday morning.

There’s still time to get in on this awesome retreat! If you’re interested in joining the fun, call Jenny at The Gathering at 920-778-8031 to register. You can also email thegathering@primitivegatherings.us to book your spot! 

If you missed Val and I on my, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” YouTube channel last week, don’t worry – you can still watch by hitting the link below! Jess and the girls hosted, and Val and I popped in as special guests! We discuss a few announcements, Valentine’s Day project ideas, and of course my trip out west. Check it out!  See you soon everyone!