Lisa Bongean/American Quilters SAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Quilters SAL/Lisa Bongean

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

                                                                       

★    Hey Everyone…                                                                                                              

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

You-tube channel- Stich with Lisa Bongean

Stitch with Lisa’s Facebook Group.                       

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

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

          SFC = Single Folded Corner                                                                                     

         SQ/SQ = Square in a Square                                                                                    

         FG = Flying Geese

         HST = Half Square Triangle                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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

★Cutting for Blocks: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’ll be in touch….Lisa

 

Lisa Bongean 12 Days of Needful Things and Giveaways!

12 Needful Things….Day 12

Welcome to my 12 Days of  Needful Things!  I am grateful to know there are a lot of NEW Quilter’s & Stitchers following me here now than ever before.  I want you ALL to know that this warms my heart in a big way.  2020 has been a big year of change…change that we will look back on and talk about as a big world event…like this… Do you remember the year we all “stayed home?” and so on.  (Click on Links to find out more information)

For me, 2020 ‘s changes were very dramatic in my quilting life. Who am I kidding… my quilting life IS my life…hahaha…bear with me here before we begin the 12 Needful Things… I am not upset about 2020.  I am an optimist…I found lots to LOVE about 2020.  But  here are a few things that changed significantly for me…

No travel...I used to travel two to three times a month, teaching for guilds, vending at a shows, traveling with quilters on an adventure, buying trips, regular visits to our California store and work & personal quilting retreats…all gone for 2020.

Re-Creating how we do business.  Primitive Gatherings was a strong family business.  But what do we do if we can’t attend a quilt show and sell our products? if we don’t have a class full of students?  I guess we get on social media, start a group….(Stitch with Lisa) where I could fill the void of not being able to teach.   I started sharing little videos on stitches, how to’s and then the LIVE video’s sharing what I am working on, tutorials and sharing my home life as well.  In other words being available to those who needed some social interaction because the only place we were going was the grocery store, in fear mind you….I believe we still are in the infancy of our business transformation.  We are now on YouTube, I have become a little more comfortable in front of the camera…We are working on a better set up for video/audio and learning our new equipment.  We have big plans and in the end…we will make the best of 2020.

Personal care...being able to stay home allowed me the ability to take better care of myself… I hired an online Life Coach which helped with many issues, time management, work/personal life separation, weight loss, personal relationships, and learning how to celebrate my successes. These are just a few things that I am working on with her.  It is all still a work in progress but I feel much more confident and in control than I have ever been before.

Collaborations..when you are unsure of the future…you work harder.  I have two possibly three books coming out in 2021  with Martingale.  We have four MODA fabrics lines with supporting pattern books coming in 2021. Two are regular cotton lines, one flannel, and one homespun.   I have 2 more already in the works for 2022, this would have never happened before…to be this far ahead with my fabric lines.  I do not recall how many other collaborations we will be involved in…I know we are in American Patchwork & Quilting in early summer of 2021…and a few more Moda All-Star books too!

Why am I telling you all this?  As this year ends I want to change things for next year.  We will be moving into a new Shop & Warehouse and then our retreat house.   This will allow us to better to serve our quilting community.  For our online community I want to offer more Stitch-Alongs, tutorials, Add a “quilty”  subscription box in the alternating months we do not have a wool/stitchery box.

I do not know if we will have the Summer blocks of the weeks the same way as we have offered them for the past 15 years….and this event the 12 days of Needful Things will also change…but I promise the changes will be good and you will probably like it much better!

I can’t possibly thank you enough for your participation, loyalty, and friendship when we all needed each other this year.  As the leader of Primitive Gatherings, I promise you we all give 100% in everything we do…We care and want our customers to be happy…Stitching is our happy place…

Now onto the Needful Things...Important Info first…please READ.

There will be 12 days…starting today…some will have multiple items some only one….you can keep your items in your wish list until the end…or not…shipping is free after $100. If you are keeping them in your cart they will clear after a certain amount of days…so add them wish list and then add them to the cart when you are ready to order.   If the item is a pre-order it needs to go in a separate single order…

We have items in stock, however, we do not know if we will sell 5 or 500 so we may have to order additional items in, this takes time…so do not be in a hurry for your order…it is also the holidays….there are days we are shut down and employees are on vacation…if you wait to place your order at the end, know it will be well into January before it comes….

Please understand we are a SMALL business (do not compare us with major online shopping outlets)….we are expanding with the BUILD  (click here for weekly updates) but for now we have two or three persons working to ship…we do work more than 1 shift at times like this…but this is not a normal time and we cannot hire just anyone off the street to get your orders right…we need to train them for a long time to know threads and designers and all that knit picky stuff…

Now back to the fun stuff.

Day 12-Fabric…Ahhhh yes, we all NEED fabric and I bet for most of you, stitched a lot of fabric this year!  The fabric I would like to offer here in my next fabric release in April 2021.  For this event we are featuring 20% off our pre-cuts and 10% off our kits and book.  This will be a pre-order and only pre-orders of this fabric can be on the order with the April delivery.

Primitive Gatherings

Style is personal, it’s how we share something about ourselves without speaking.  Urban Farmhouse Gatherings, it about mixing vintage prints with a modern color palette to create a mood that is warm, welcoming, and comfortable, while also being independent and distinctive.  This time there are beautiful large scale floral prints to accompany our tried-and-true shirting-style prints.  Just when you thought you knew me, right?

With Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II, make something beautiful for you home, or that special person in your life, by sharing a bit of yourself with them.

If you missed out on Urban Farmhouse Gatherings, now is the time to create with this beautiful line…If you are lucky to have Urban Farmhouse Gatherings, now it is possible to add to your collection for more prints in this beautiful, timeless palette with Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II!

Here is what my team and I have come up with for quilts and projects…Interwoven Star

Interwoven Star-Finishes at 77″x 77″

This quilt looks hard but is easily constructed of large HST’s and rectangles. The light large beautiful print is featured in the center.

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Weave Got YouWeave Got You- Finished size 92″x 98″

This fat quarter friendly quilt is designed by my graphic designer Teri.  Strip piecing will make this intimadating pattern not-so scary!

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Cabin on the RidgeCabin on the Ridge- Finishes at 70″x72″ If you know much about me you know what ridge it is named after…but I LOVED making this quilt.  So fun, easy and it turned out so perfect and Jake quilted it sooooooooo beautiful!  This so far is eveyone’s favorite from the 6, but we are not quite done making them all yet…so that can change.

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Snowflake Star

Snowflake Star- Finished at 85″x108″ Now do not be fooled…this quilt looks hard but those blocks are big…and I know you all know how easy those HSTs are to make now…So this quilt features one dark grey and 6 light prints!  Sure to be a classic on our bed this winter! ( next winter for you)

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Clematis

Clematis- Finished size is 69″x 78″  By far the easies quilt in the book…The  center are a beautiful fussy cut clematis flower.  This floral is so intricate and beautiful!

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Trellis Flower Garden

Trellis Flower Garden- 72″x 81″ We are stitching these strips of flower as I write this…beautiful fabrics and easy wool appliqué compliment the wools and cotton combination!

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Now all the above quilts will be in this book…Urban Patchwork Gatherings…It is on sale for 20% off during our 12 Days…also…this is not going to be the actual cover of the book..   Urban Patchwork Gatherings Book

Do you have this book?  This new fabric will work with this book too!Urban Farmhouse Gatherings

Here are the projects from my pervious book…just a little more eye candy this Sunday….

Hang in there with me. I know this post is long….but we can’t forget about the PRE-CUTS!!!

Urban Farmhouse Gatherings IIUrban Farmhouse Gatherings II Precuts

Click Here to PRE-order these pre-cuts..

Precuts again are 20% OFF! Only til the end of the year!

I will be posting and video-ing  a lot of about these NEW quilts and the pillow projects as we finish them up and create a couple more single patterns as well!  It is hard promoting fabrics that will not be out in the world until April 2021 but we have our order in and if we need to adjust it will still may be able to…but not for long.  I am also using this fabric for Sewcialites sew- along with Fat Quarter Shop!

I have a F8 bundle of this line ready for one of you!!!…if you read all the way to the end you can leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite fabric line from Primitive Gatherings is for you….If you have never sewn with my fabrics…time to start!!!!  lol…. I will post winners for each post on Christmas Day!!!!

Have a great Sunday you all …and I may pop up live today in our STITCH group..with something fun!

All for now…Lisa & the hardest working Quilt Shop staff at Primitive Gatherings!!!

Merry Christmas Wreath Pillow

12 Weeks of Christmas!

I hope you all have been following along with our 12 Weeks of Christmas! 

I think I am number 5 in the line up this time…

Here is what is happening for this event…All 12 designer design a Christmas project…which you can download the pattern for $1.  Yes only one dollar!!!  This $1 will support all the hard work that goes into something like this…so if you think about it…you will have 12 Christmas patterns and support all 12 designers for ONLY $12. Visit the links at the bottom for the schedule.

But…if you want to go further and buy our kits…we have pulled together another project as a reward that links together…we are making a Village…I guess it is a Christmas village…(I missed that memo) that we are including kits for when you order our project kit…So you get two kits and only pay for one.  The patterns for the village blocks are not available any other way right now…So that is the scoop for this event…here are the 4 previous Village blocks…they are all AWESOME!

now on to MY Christmas project!

This 22″ pillow is beautiful and easy to stitch pattern…The words are hand stitched and as well as some of the accents…Primitive Gatherings beautiful hand dyed wools make this project come alive for a perfect gift or addition to your own decorating!

Here is a YOUTube video  for you to view on how I stitch words on fabric!  Please subscribe to our YOUTube Channel…STITCH with Lisa Bongean…we would love to have you and help us build our channel on this teaching platform.

Merry Christmas Wreath Pillow
This fun pillow is an awesome addition to you Christmas Decor, on a bed, the couch or a chair…you’ll love it anywhere!

Click HERE to Download the Pattern!

Click to ORDER the kit that includes the free Village kit/pattern

 

The Quilt ShopIf you need the same threads we used, those are also offered for your convenience as an option.  Click HEREto visit and join the Facebook group to see all the other projects and village blocks. 

Join in the fun you will be glad you did!  Also remember you will be supporting designers who usually have quilt shows to go to, to support their business but we all know they have all been cancelled and who knows when they will resume…and you can help tremendously with just $12 for the downloads!

Here is the rest of the schedule…

Keep Quilting & Stitch Alive in America!

Moda Block Heads -Block 24

Moda Block Heads 3/ Lisa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger

I’m getting better…AND I have Wednesday’s block done already too!…Yay!!!!

  Here is Block 24,by Stacy Iest Hsu

 

MBH3-block 24 pieced by Lisa Bongean, Urban Farmhouse Gatherings Fabrics by Moda

The answer is yes…I purposely put my doors on the other side…just because…I love this block Stacy!  Visit her block by clicking the button to see all her fabrics and cool patterns!

I took some of your advice and took some time for myself this past week…can’t wait to tell you all about them…time to bake my bread before bed!

Lisa

Here is the list of ALL the Moda designers partitcipating in Moda Block Heads 3 make sure to visit them this week to see their past three blocks, if you have not already done so.

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Moda Block Heads 3-21

Moda Block Heads -Block 21,22,& 23

Moda Block Heads 3/ Lisa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger

Sorry for my delay in posting the blocks lately…too much going on…too many deadlines…too many projects and then all the world’s happenings…too much to handle for me at least…so I just worry…and try to clear my head on my jetski, pedal bike, and Harley, when I can’t take it no longer.  Let’s keep praying for answers.  I must apologize to my Moda Sister’s for not being able to post and support their blocks lately…

  Here is Block 21,by Lissa Alexander

 

MBH3-Block 21
Moda Block Heads 3- Block 21, stitched by LIsa Bongean

BLOCK 22 by Laurie Simpson

MBH3 Block 22

Block 23 by Lella Boutique

MBH3 23
Moda Block Heads 3- Block 23 by LIsa Bongean

I am trying to keep ahead of our Summer Blocks of the Week…I am on block 9…here is block 2…

If you want to join in Click the buttons for the details…

Live A Thankful Life
Block 2 for our Summer Block of the Week. The Barn

LIVE A THANKFUL LIFE! WOOL SBOW

Set 2 of Check me out…Lakeside version…of our pieced summer blocks of the week…CHECK ME OUT!-LAKESIDE

CHECK ME OUT- HOMESTEAD

 

Here is the maker of Interconnected our EPP summer block of the week project…Joanne completed Interconnected in 10 weeks… Luke Neubauer quilted it and I put the binding on…it was the least I could do!

Interconnected....Joanne Blank

INTERCONNECTED- EPP

We also have facebook groups for all of our blocks of the week, for help, inspiration and to show off your competeted blocks!

 

Last but not least….here are the freebies we are getting with out block this year!  Something A LOT different than usual!

 

Primitive Gatherings Summer 2020 Freebie!FREEBIE-THREAD KIT

So as long as I am sharing…this is what else is going on…turned in two fabric lines, flannel Christmas and Homespuns….as well as submitted a book of projects with all the fabric yardages to Moda…for over 10 quilts plus a kit that will be in a box…American Gatherings.

I am on project 11 of a book dead line that will have 12 -14 projects in by June 30th…made a framed piece, a wool mat, and a pillow, a pincushion last weekend…and now I am starting a penny mat…all for a companion book for my Wool, Needle & Thread book that we will not see til, 2021!!!!

I have put binding on 4 quilts in four days…only hand sewn one, but prepared sleeves, binding and machine sewn the rest of them.

Traced cut and fused all 14 freebie blocks…now just have to stitch them…I have competed up to week 4…

Starching and cutting quilts, one to send out to be pieced…this is what they say..Lisa…you need to delegate they tell me…you can’t do them all…but I starched, cut, sorted and packaged blocks and wrote the directions for it…so I should have kept it to piece too!…but it will be in good hands…Joyce it’s on the way…I am way too nice to you!  LOL…

Caught up my Moda Block Heads3…hmmm…will I get #24 done in time for wednesday???? Million dollar question…

What I have NOT been doing??? Blogging!!!  I share this with you for the sole reason of explaining why I am having a hard time with ALL that is going on in my world…I will be in great shape come July…pray I make it til then!

All for now…hopefully I’m baaaaack!

Lisa

Here is the list of ALL the Moda designers partitcipating in Moda Block Heads 3 make sure to visit them this week to see their past three blocks, if you have not already done so.

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Moda Block Heads 3 -Block 20

Moda Block Heads -Block 20

Moda Block Heads 3/ Lisa Bongean Top US Quilt BloggerJoin us each Wednesday for our Moda Block Heads! Here is block 20!

Moda Block Heads 2 -Block 20
Lisa Bongean / Moda Block Heaeds 3 Block 20-Contribution

Read on if you want to hang out here for a little bit…if not…here is your printable pattern:

CLICK HERE TO PRINT PATTERN

HERE ARE SOME QUICK TIPS:

STARCH first off!  Most Important…If you need to learn about starching go HERE for STARCH VIDEO

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/

I like to cut my pieces to size unless they are HSTs or Square in a Square units…for this Moda Block Heads-Block 20 pattern the directions are written for flying geese with the sew and flip corner method…Not my favorite, so here are my cutting measurements for my 4″ block.  I also am using Triangle Paper to make perfect 1″ HSTs

Here is a video/post on how the Triangle Papers work.

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/
Cutting for 4″ block- with no sew & flip corners

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/And sometimes when you get to this point you need to adjust a little….https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/This looks better with a more contrasting center….

Here is an idea of what I’m working on for a layout…Just playing so far…but liking how it is turning out…the setting directions will be offered later this summer…

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/I am “in love” with my stack of 20 blocks…Moda Block Heads are so much FUN!https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/

If you are looking for some more things to be involved in I have a couple of options here…

Pieced Summer Blocks of the Week  will be rolling out the week of June 8th.

STITCH with Lisa Bongean is our Facebook group that has started up during our #StayatHome time…lots of videos and Live Chats each week…join the fun!

Build some Houses with us…join the House SEW-along with a free download from our CA store!

Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Along- Wool Applique     A new block will post today!

Here is the list of ALL the Moda designers partitcipating in Moda Block Heads 3 make sure to visit them this week to see their Block 20, if you have not already done so.

Click this Icon to visit Primitive Gatherings!

primitive gatherings logo featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean