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21
Dec
15

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

19
Dec
15

12 Days of Needful Things…Day 6!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 6DAY 6-FABRIC BOARDS

Thank you all for the kind words yesterday…I appreciate the fact that you all appreciate how hard I really work…I know I have sometimes been accused of working too much, but when you have 40+ persons relying on you for their income, its a lot of pressure…The good thing is..is that I LOVE what I do, so it’s easy for me.  There were no snarky remarks yesterday so hopefully they got the hint, with your help no doubt…so I will post more about the Lakehouse….

Now back to the fabric boards…lisa bongeanYou are really going to LOVE/need this product or you will not.  If you have a COLLECTION of fabric, (you never say stash by the way…) these are for you.  I have used these boards for years to display my fabrics for easier accessibility, but when I ran out and reordered them the company that sold them never filled my order…IMG_6043I need black and it was a special order…I mean I ordered 500, just like my first order, so I don’t know why if wasn’t filled but after about 9 months of waiting…I decided we will make our own. (as you can see I did not take the time to make it look perfect on the shelves, I don’t have that obsession, so showing you them this way is just fine with me…we use these fabrics… it’s not just for show, so they are forever being picked and pulled on and off the shelves.) So that’s the back story on why we are selling fabric boards.  They do not have the tabs to hold the fabric, because I didn’t use them, they made big bumps in the roll and they weren’t necessary, so why put them in our boards. They also fit better on the shelves without the tabs being used.  Our boards are only half the price of the company I was buying them from.  They come in black or white, and black is not a special order from us…we do not discriminate here. We see the need for both colors…If you have a special request like blue…we probably could do that too and it wouldn’t take nine months…I really, really  try to support other companies and form relationships with them, but sometimes they make it impossible.

I would say you can roll from 3/4 yd to a whole bolt on these boards.  When you come home from the quilt store you would fold your fabric in half, to about 11″ and then roll it on the board. (this is taking in account that your fabric is already folded from when it was cut from the bolt)  We fold and and then pin the end…just like in the quilt store!!! I even label my boards with their fabric numbers. IMG_5990 The boards are $30 for 24 of them.  But for this special they will be $24 for 24 so $1 each.  You order in multiples of 24.  So if you order 3 in the cart you will be getting 72 boards. FABRIC BOARDS  

If you didn’t notice a lot of the items this year have to do with organization.  I am starting to go through and organize and purge almost 20 years of stuff in my sewing studio at our Menasha home ( there will be some give-aways, good for you…and me)…I strongly believe in spending $$$ on things to help organize…we feel better when things aren’t a mess, when we can see what we are looking for or know exactly where they should be…saves time and sanity!!!

Today’s a short post….lots to do..only 6 days til Christmas.

Please remember to leave a comment( if you are running out of things to say… tell me how long you have been quilting and why you started)…remember to add HOLD to your order comment section if you want it held!

House pic of the day…made it before dark yesterday and was greeting with this amazing site..my kitchen & living room hardwood floor is A-mazing!!! I show a better close up when I’m not getting in their way.

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Remember to have a good day…I believe it 90% up to us to decide whether we are going to have good day or not!!! LB

27
Feb
15

How do you get so much done!

Well it’s easy… I get up super early so I can stitch with no distractions!!!! Always schedule time in your day to sew…and you will get those quilts done!

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26
Feb
15

10th anniversary stitch along

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Just finished applying the binding… Will be hand stitching tonight!
Quilting by thequiltedpineapple

13
Jan
15

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.

10
Jan
15

Hope you are staying warm?

I’ve been home for a couple of days and its sooooo cold…but I leave today to work in CA, so hopefully they won’t be getting any more snow in Cali…

12 Days of Needful Things Update

I just want to let everyone know that we are awaiting shipments from our suppliers for a few more items from the 12 days to ship out to you…We have ordered the Juki machines and we have ordered 53!!! So the winner of the Juki sewing machine for 2014 is…….drum roll……Janet Glover from Buford, Georgia!!!! Congratulations…This is an awesome thing to WIN!…We expect to get them in sometime late next week and then we will be shipping them out as fast as they come in!!!! Thanks to all of you who participated and commentated on the 12 Days of Needful Things…we appreciate you all hanging out with us!

Just a minder if you want to watch the setting up of the CA store, Friend us on Face book…Primitive Gatherings CA and/or Lisa Bongean…you also can join Instagram and follow us there too….I can’t write a post without a picture so here is another quilt sample of Snomwan Gatherings 2 coming in April/May…this is two halves soon to be a whole!!!  “Feel’in Frosty” is its name…I hope not for much longer!!!brrrrr

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22
Dec
14

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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October 2016

Starting March 8th!

Our newest book! 20 projects!

Thread book!

A new little book filled with info on Wool Appliqué and finally a method to keep track of your Valdani Threads!

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Our block for the Summer mystery -Farmhouse Threads-12 awesome designers blog hop!!! 12 free quilt block patterns featuring 10" blocks on point...kits available from each designer...see link in profile or go to... primitivegatherings.us ...go to SHOP...it is under NEW...pattern can be downloaded/printed at lisabongean.com.  #primitivegatherings #wool #woolapplique #patriotic #beamerican #modafabrics #libertygatherings #quilt

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