Lisa Bongean is famous for working and wool and her eye for detail. She adds that awe factor to everything she touches. Her latest book – shipping this week – is full of all of the tips and tricks Lisa has learned along the way.
Ditch the trial-and-error and learn from Lisa’s decades of experience step by step: wool appliqué, embroidery stitches, and much more. Filled with close-up photos of Lisa’s hands working her magic, this book will show you how to master each technique down to the tiniest detail.
Start with Lisa’s fabric tips; then move on to her favorite tools, templates, threads, and needles. How does she create her slim vines, pretty pennies, and flower appliqués? It’s all here, along with a dozen embroidery stitches in photos so clear, you can’t go wrong.
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings is releasing a line of “snow” patterns next month – just in time for your Christmas in July events!
The vintage cars remind me of Christmases past.
And who could resist these guys! They are just full of personality!
Most of the patterns take only a few evenings so there is plenty of time for your customers to make them for everyone on their Christmas list! Check out all of the Primitive Gatheringspatterns and set up a display. Don’t forget the pearl cottons and wools!
Several of your favorite designers: Pat Sloan, Carrie Nelson, Brigitte Heitland, Camille Roskelley, Me and My Sister Designs, Sherri McConnell, Sandy Gervais, Edyta Sitar, Lynne Hagmeier, Vanessa Christenson, Anne Sutton, Laurie Simpson, Jen Kingwell, Lisa Bongean, and Betsy Chutchian. contributed to this top-selling book: Mini Marvels. All of these designers have such a recognizable style that it is fun to guess who made each quilt – no peeking!
Once again, the photography showcases these beauties to their best advantage – and makes you want to start cutting up that stash immediately!
Don’t forget! I know I mentioned this in Part One, but it bares repeating!If you are hanging them on a wall, you may want to consider using Soft and Stable for batting. They will hang perfectly flat and add that professional touch! It comes in several packaging options: Project Packs which include four 13 1/2 x 18 1/2 inch pieces (originally meant for place mats but perfect for minis), 1/2 yard cuts; 1 yard cuts; etc. Why not display these packaged options next to a display of minis???
Creative Grids® has several rulers that may help you along your miniature journey. They have put together a booklet entitled “Love Mini’s” which shows a wide variety of tools available to create small units. Help your customers find the right tool for their mini projects! There is also a tri-fold available to help your customers keep track of the Creative Grids® products they already have… or want! Be sure you keep a supply next to your cash register or Creative Grids® display. Newest rulers are listed in bold on the list – so be sure to replenish new brochures every spring and fall.
As soon as we developed the Itty Bitty Eights Creative Grids rulers with Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, we got requests for a bigger size! And when you talk – we listen!
This 5″ by 15″ version is perfect for ALL of your cutting needs – not just when working in miniature. And the 5″ width is perfect for cutting 5″ charm strips or squares – another request we have heard!
Big quilts and blocks require 1/8 inch cuts as well. This ruler highlights the 1/8″markings which are hard to use on traditional rulers. The black and white dashed 1/8″ markings show on both light and dark fabrics. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8″ units; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4″ units. It can’t get any easier than that!
The 3/16″ marking printed along the length of each side of the ruler are the perfect width for cutting wool bias strips for appliques. One is white and one is black. Choose the line that shows best on your chosen fabric.
Lisa has designed two Cut Loose Press patterns that showcase the features on the Itty Bitty Eights series. I love combining piecing with applique – the best of both worlds and she does not disappoint! Or choose this quilt – the perfect baby quilt whether in blues or pinks. Add flannel for that awe factor!
Don’t forget to include the 6 inch square and 3″ x 7″ version in your display. Let your customers choose their favorites!
I love everything by Lisa Bongean – and her newest book does NOT disappoint! Honestly, I think it is the best book she has written in years – and that is saying something!
This book has just the right mix of small projects and large quilts – but they ALL will be treasured by your family for years! When I first started looking at images, I didn’t think it had a Christmas feel. Many of the projects don’t scream “holiday” so they can be used any time.
Christmas Rose is available in two sizes – a one block mini or a four block version. Wool quilts are available for both (#PRI-1002 and #PRI-1003)
The detail in the smaller projects added the awe factor to an already spectacular book! The embroidered berries and pines add that detail that we have grown to love.
These simple ornaments remind me of the silhouettes that were so popular in cross stitching years ago….
And who could make just one of this sweet little lamb???
These embellished “bulb ornaments” would be a great favor for a holiday get together. Let your guests pick their favorite!
These stacked ornaments are a perfect family project. Now that you know you HAVE to have the book, the only question is – what are you going to make first???