Quilting giveaway hosted by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Winner of Fridays Antique Quilting Book

Antique Quilting Book Piece by Piece featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanThe winner of Friday’s Giveaway is…..

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My Great Grandma was a quilter. I have fond memories of her quilting on her wooden quilting frame (my mom still has it somewhere). Most of her quilts were utility type quilts but they still inspired my quilting journey. I have a fondness for 30’s quilts but I would love to reproduce some of the appliqué quilts at the DAR museum. Antique quilts always make my heart flutter.

We will get Mary & Joe’s book out to you as soon as you contact Amy with your address Amy’s email is ahoefler@new.rr.com

I hope everyone is hanging in there and making the best the situation…I see lots of social media contact…stitch-alongs, mask making…keep up the good attitudes.

I have started a new Facebook group called “STITCH with Lisa Bongean“…if you want to join search for it on Facebook and join! It is open to all!

my best…LB

 

What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Thoughts shared by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Stitch!

What’s going on WITH THE CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE?  IN WI & CA…

I don’t know what to say, as I do not know what to do, or how to fix it!  But hopefully, the smarter people in this country will figure it out.  The only thing that seems logical to me during this Coronavirus quarantine is to stay home and/or stay in a protected environment with those who choose to not venture out.  We agree only to be  going to work and back.  We have closed the WI store, but are operating our quilting web/online site…We are here if you need anything, but if you don’t need anything at the moment, we understand that too.

Dru and the crew  in CA will decide when or if to close the CA store, if you want to call and pick something up they will have it ready, or if you need it shipped they can do that as well.  If you need a quilt quilted Luke will surely love to stay busy and will have your quilt done in no time. We also know there are more important things going on right now than buying quilting supplies online. Let’s pray we will be all able to bounce back from whatever this deals us.

It was all hands on deck today to get our Wool subscription boxes in the mail, yes I actually stuffed boxes!!!  We do not want them in postal limbo.  What if they decide to shut down our mail? So to be safe, rather than sorry, our crew got them ready and they will be going to the post office tomorrow.   Not to worry, your boxes are on the way!!!  We actually have only 30 boxes unsold for this round out of a 1000, so pretty soon our subscription will be closed.  If  you are looking for some nice little projects the wool subscription boxes are super fun and a great deal… over $100 worth of exclusive designs for only $60! You will have to call the shop in order to buy them at this time 920-722-7233, the subscription is $60. They are $82 after they have been revealed.

Let’s Stay Safe DURING THE CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE:

As Quilters, we should be relishing the fact that they are telling us to stay home.  There is so much to do.  We can stay in our sewing rooms for days/weeks and be just fine with it!  Let’s stitch to our hearts content and post our progress on our social media.  Flood it with our beautiful sewing accomplishments.  When times get tough, the tough keep stitching!!!!

Personally, I am taking this time to work on my deadlines to catch up and to be actually ahead for once. We almost have all our new quilts done for Quilt Market!!!!  Here is a peek at our Spring
Quilt Market release.   Redwork Gatherings, I promise a post or two to show you all the quilts on this later.

What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Thoughts shared by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Redwork Gatherings Coming in August 2020!

Yes, I’d be lying if I wasn’t worried about making our payroll with no sales coming in.  But worrying about it is not going to help, a lot of small businesses will be in the same position.  So I am just going to stitch away and hope it all works its way out.  We have invested in a big quilt show coming up and a beautiful retreat in the middle of April in North Carolina.

What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Thoughts shared by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Triumph Tulips designed for our Outer Banks Retreat in North Carolina

I hope we are all able to go by then…fingers crossed….if we stay home now maybe by then it will be over…

 

Good News!

we have a winner for last Friday’s Quilting GiveAway!

Robin Crittenden

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I buy fat quarters or 1/2 yards unless the fabric really.takes my breath then I do yards.

has won a kit for our Be Kind/ Golden Rule quilt and a Two, Four Six, Eight Quilt book using Fat Quarters! Please contact Amy at–  ahoefler@new.rr.com and she will get your kit out to you!!!  Your book will be a download and will be sent in an email from Martingale!

What can a Quilter Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine? Thoughts shared by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

This kit comes from this book…

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all for now….

Be smart and be safe my friends! xxx Lisa

 

 

 

12 Days of Needful Things…Day 4!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 4DAY 4 AURIFIL THREADS AND BOBBIN BUDDIES

Then next two items go hand in hand.  While the Aurifil thread is no stranger to us, these cute little bobbin buddies are new this year…IMG_4722

The  50wt. Aurifil threads is the best threads for our sewing machine stitching.  Hands down… It’s fine…doesn’t take up room in the seam…its a 50/2 this means it 50 wt. but only wound with 2 strands of thread…most 50wts. are 3 strands….it’s clean…there will be hardly any lint residue in your bobbin case or machine… They come in three sizes…mini spools with 220 yds for $5.00…regular spools with 1422 yds on them for $13.35…and then the large cones with 6452 yds for $50.00…I use mainly the regular and cones sizes for my machine piecing and the mini spools would be for hand or machine appliqué where you would need lots of colors….

Why the big cone?  It’s like getting one of the regular sizes free if you do the math?  Yes, the cone seems like a lot of $$$ but it is the better bargain especially if you only stitch with 4 threads like I do…cream, black, medium tan, but mostly the dark taupe…

Now my favorite thing to mention is one the biggest mistakes people do in machine piecing… drives me crazy when I see it…and I notice it right away…Do you know what it is??? Using TOO light of thread when piecing…it sticks out like a siren blaring!!! We need to darken our threads so they blend in…I know we need to use cream when we are piecing cream on cream…but when we are piecing cream and navy together I still would use a dark thread…My all time favorite thread that is stitched into 90% of my quilt is 1140.  Shown here on my machineIMG_4756…I know it looks dark here…but it disappears in my piecing.  Have I ever led you astray? If you do not want to go this dark…the other one that would work 2372…but I really love the 1140. Shop the AURIFIL selection of threads by clicking the link. The threads we carry in the cones will have a drop down box for you to pick your selection of either cone or regular spool.  If you want a fast link to my cone 1140 here that it…1140  All Aurifil Thread will be 25% off and will show up in the cart at the discounted price…

Now aren’t’ these little bobbin buddies so cute?  Organization is the key here…its so nice to keep a bobbin with a thread for when you need to quick stitch something…and you don’t have to look for a matching bobbin, its right there…I love that I can now store my lonely cream thread with it matching bobbin…and when I need it…its right there!  The bobbin buddies are reg. 6/$2.10  on sale for 6/$1.75.  Order yours here. BOBBIN BUDDIES The discount will show up in your cart.

Fast post today…lots to do at work and for the Holidays….I stitched most of the day yesterday…on this lovely blockIMG_4754…do you stitch everyday? If so tell, me…your daily schedule…if not…tell why NOT??? in the comment section for today…Remember, to HOLD if your holding and I have to slow down a little and enjoy this all…you do the same today!

…and to clear up the questions about the Lakehouse…We held Luke and Brooke’s wedding on August 22 this last summer….

IMG_0962 IMG_0786 IMG_0878 IMG_0916 IMG_0652 IMG_1007 IMG_1171 IMG_0955the next day we emptied the house…on Monday Habitat for Humanity striped the house, as we donated the house to them…The next day it was down and hauled away, there is no part of the house remaining, full tear down..that is why we had to move back from the lake to 58 1/2″ at the closest.  New construction is now 75 feet away…but because we were 30ft, they took an average and came up with the 58 1/2 feet…the boathouse/guest house is still standing we will remodel that…no more turd brown house with turd brown trim.…IMG_3435

Quilts…they are LOVE you can touch…

 

Meet Kathy…I met her this last week at the store…image1Hi Lisa
It was such a special treat to meet you and spend time in your wonderful CA store today. I hold a special place in my heart for your quilt “Lisa’s flower garden” because it was the first quilt I ever did. In 2013 I was diagnosed with cancer and after 2major surgeries and 6 chemo therapy treatment this quilt was a part of my healing and my therapy. My sister Karen would come from Utah to Idaho once a month to be with me so my husband could go out of town for work. She and her friend Angela together made 3 sets of nine patches (1 for each of us), I cut, ironed, traced, and stitched the beautiful flower patches and when we had everything stitched and ready we spent a weekend piecing our quilts together. Our quilts are done, and my quilt is now hanging proudly in my living room and everyday it reminds me of the journey I’ve been through and still continue to go through as well as the love I have for my sister and my new love for quilting.
Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us who love all things quilting and hand stitching.
You have a beautiful store and I can’t wait to come back.
Kathy Swaner. image4image3

RETREAT!!!

Believe it or not we squeezed in and scheduled a retreat this year…I want to hang out with my CA girls! (or anyone who can come) I want to stay up late and stitch…I want to get to know you better and have some laughs…because I worked darn hard this year and deserve a retreat away from home…so here are the details:

Coming Home for Holidays!

WHEN: November, 30- December 2nd

WHERE: Vina Lestonnac Retreat Center, Temecula Ca…Wine CountryDSC_0497-1030x686 DSC_0646-1030x686 DSC_0511-1030x686DSC_0610-1030x686

WHAT: Includes 2 nights lodging, 7 meals, make&take project kits as well as door prizes and lots of fun! Room accommodations 2 per room-call if you are interested in a single room…

COST: $380

Call if you are interest…951-304-9787

Tomorrow starts the SanDiego Quilt Show…I’m ready to teach tomorrow morning…We will be doing Sue’s Stars…one of my favorite quilts! See you soon San Diego!!!DSC01551-550x550

 

 

Colfax with a border…

I just HAVE to share Gretchens quilt with you…I have edited her email to me…she is entering it in a show and needs permission, so I took all of that out…This is probably the BEST thing that someone has added to one of my designs and it is made from my fabric also….I love the border…thought I’d share it with you…Enjoy this beauty!!!! Notice the piping in the binding….so nice…I hope you win Gretchen!!!LB

—–​Hello Lisa
I met you last summer at AQS in Grand Rapids. I bought your kit for Colfax County the year before but decided for my bed I wanted some borders.

so I was purchasing some additional fabric from you last summer. I finally have the quilt finished and have attached a picture.

I hope you enjoy how I added the borders.

I have fabric left and plan to make pillow shams

thank you for your time. I love your items
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