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

Cooee! Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 2 is Here!

Hey Blockheads! Ready for BH4 – Block 2? Cooee was created by  Jenelle Kent of Pieces to Treasure in MacMasters Beach, Australia. Jenelle is a former school teacher gone patchwork instructor, who eventually started a business based on her passions. Her shop, Pieces to Treasure focuses on a variety of projects including quilts, bags, table runners, pillows, and sewing accessories. On top of that, she is also a successful toweling fabric designer for Moda!

Jenelle named Block 2, Cooee after a loud and shrill Australian shout that’s meant to attract attention. She explained, “You should, Cooee when you’re in the Australian bush because the sound travels and echoes. It’s very helpful if you’re lost because if you are ‘within cooee,’ then you’re within earshot!” This beautiful geometric design certainly does demand attention! I think the name fits nicely.

Are you ready to get started on Block 2? You can find the pattern and full instructions for Cooee on Jenelle‘s blog!  

Remember, I will be posting a link on my blog every week for each new BH4 block that’s released. Bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center every four weeks on Fridays. You can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail, or by following the link below.Jace and I had a lot of fun on our trip to Disney World, but boy was it nice to get home and into my pj’s. I don’t even mind the nip in the air – I’m just happy to be back! I did manage to put a little time into Cooee last night once I settled in from my trip. Take a look at my progress!

There is much to do now that I’m home – including getting ready for my Trunk Show on Corey Yoder’s new fabric line, Beautiful Day,” which will be airing this coming Thursday at 1:00 PM CST on our YouTube LIVE show, Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” If you’re not familiar with Corey, she is a mom of two who is also an accomplished fashion designer with an original focus on appliquéd children’s clothing. As time progressed she eventually also evolved into quilt design, and is now equally following the footsteps of both her Mom and Dad’s side of the family – each of which includes many quilt makers. Corey is well known for her pattern shop, Coriander Quilts where she shows off her modern twist on traditional quilt block designs. In addition, not only is she is a regular contributor to quilt magazines and books, she is also the author of her own book, Playful Petals.”

This book features 8 appliqué projects that incorporate simple piecing techniques with straightforward appliqué. These techniques eliminate the need for reverse templates, additional seam allowances, and more time consuming methods. Easy-to-follow visual instructions make it a great pick for anyone who wants to learn fusible appliqué techniques! Playful Petals is also an excellent choice for anyone who likes to buy pre-cuts without a specific project in mind. The techniques in this informative book are well suited for stitchers of all levels! If you’d like your own copy of Playful Petals you can pick one up by hitting the link below!Playful Petals Book Cover

Corey will be joining me via LIVE this Thursday on Stitch with Lisa Bongean as we tour through her new Moda collection, Beautiful Day.” Don’t miss it! It’s easy to hop online and join us – all you have to do is hit the link below! While you’re watching, don’t forget to “like” and comment during the LIVE show for a chance to win a prize! Are you a Corey Yoder fan? What’s your favorite Corey Yoder design or project? How’s your progress on BH4 coming along??? Let me know, I always love to know what’s happening out there! I will see you all soon. ~Lisa

 

 

 

 

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!