Moda Block Heads 3-Block 5

Happy Block Heads Day!  Today’s pattern is found here: Heads Square Logo - Gray

I can’t tell you how much fun this was to make…I had a blast…you have to rewire your brain but when it turns out it is exciting!!!…I suggest coloring the background with something so you know the different when paper piecing it…

I have been in California for a couple of days now…and when ever I go to the shop always has lots going on…. and they have lots of fun!!!

There is a group that meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays…it is an appliqué/ hand work/ rug hooking group…they were lovely ladies and had some great projects…..if you are looking for a group to stitch with…these ladies were very nice….




I took a little action video…

Yesterday I had my Stitcher’s Gatherings….

Look at this!!!!Traci…is putting the binding on My crazy life!  

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Sandy was new to class…and was learning new stitches faster than fast!!!! I wish I took an after photo!IMG_9320

Kimberly..was working on a new pincushion…

Sandy showed her Wooden Spool quilt…IMG_9325IMG_9326

Caren is gaining headway on Twilight Garden…


She also shared a Kathi Campbell/Heart to Hand pattern…IMG_9330

Caren was working on herAlphabet sampler…IMG_9331

I hope you all enjoyed this little trunk show of what is going on at Primitive Gatherings California….

all for now…Lisa


Moda Block Heads 3- Alternative Block 4

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I hope everyone is enjoying the third round of Block Heads…It is so much fun…just enjoy it…read all you can and know your skill set…remember a lot of us have been stitching for 20 or more years…and the more you sew the more you will know and learn…you have to not get discouraged and except what you can do…if you cut off a point…is it the end of the world?  No… it is not…but the point is you are learning and being social and making something with your own hands…

So here is my block 4…pretty easy right?IMG_9147

Click this link to print the PDF of Block #4.

I am sorry I only did the 4″ size…if you can’t figure it out if you are doing the other sizes let me know…and I can provide them if there is any interest…but try to figure it out…that is a good lesson for you!

Update! Here you go every block size cutting instructions!

I will see some of you in the California store next week…can’t wait! All for now!

Special Workshops at Primitive Gatherings WI

I am over the top excited to be hosting my “Moda Sisters” Jen Kingwell & Debbie Maddy in May and June.  Did I mention how exciting this is?…really it is going to be so much fun!  There is only one problem….they are only here for such short time and spots are limited for these two exceptional ladies….so if these girls are on your bucket list now is the time….these will be 6 hour workshops for each class.

May 10, 11 & 12th for Jen Kingwell….yes the 10th is Mother’s day…but what a better way to spend it…bring your daughter or daughters bring you mother…or celebrate by asking for your kids to gift this opportunity to you for Mother’s Day…

June 16, 17 & 18th for Debbie Maddy…join us for some summer fun….I can’t think of anything more fun than learning about  and dyeing something Indigo!..



Here is a little about Jen if you do not know her yet!!


Jen has been lucky in her life to have had two wonderful careers. Her first love was midwifery and she felt honoured to be included in life’s most precious every day miracles. She doesn’t know where her love of fabrics came from, her mother was not a sewer but she does know she has always been fascinated by colour and pattern. Like many she tried different crafts and stumbled into quilting over 30 years ago and there she has remained. An interest became an obsession which then became her career, including teaching and designing. She has owned quilt stores for 15 years and currently owns Amitie Textiles in Melbourne Australia and Instagram @amitie_textiles. The store offers an eclectic mix of fabrics including Japanese, Liberty of London, linens from Europe, french toiles and a wide collection of patchwork fabrics of course including Moda!!

She describes herself as a traditional quilter with a modern twist. Loves scrappy quilts and the more fabrics she can use in a single project the happier she is. In her perfect world she would hand stitch everything but with today’s busy lifestyle she does machine piece as well. Hand appliqué and quilting are among her favourite pastimes.

Jen is married to Richard and has 3 fabulous daughters Meg, Abby and Lucy who are by far her very best designs.


Sunday, May 10th Workshop-CotterIMG_3211


The newest edition by Jen to the Tempters Range. Cotter has been designed to be jelly roll friendly utilising a dominant print to highlight the geometric gradient of the finished quilt. This single block Acrylic Template set includes simple instructions on how to complete this block and can be made to any size.


Jen had made the original quilt specific to her released fabric range Remix to include all ‘lollies’ prints with a few highlights of her bold ‘hero’ prints thrown in the mix. Jen has been clever with her straight forward piecing executed in a soft incline, making this quilt eye catching in any finished size!  


A great way to utilise scrappy prints in the stash or cut into a complete range to start something new.

This is a hand taught class but if you wish to machine piece bring along your machine and rotary cutting equipment.

Monday-May 11th Workshop- Psychedelic



Jens love of scrappy quilts and curved hand piecing come together in this wild 60’s inspired BOM program.


12 x 18” blocks designed to be cushions with the option of piecing them together for one groovy quilt, it is an ode to Beatlemania, flower power and the psychedelic art movement!


Acrylic templates and fabric, these marvellous designs will both challenge and delight the hand & machine sewers alike. A great program to be involved in for extra classes and skills to be taught to participants.

This is a hand taught class but if you wish to machine piece bring along your machine and rotary cutting equipment.




Tuesday May 12th Workshop-Something New- Tempter with Fabrics (you will be testing a new design for Jen- I specifically asked for this…a mystery)

Tempters are a fantastic way to get creative in a measured and precise way for advanced quilters and beginners alike. In this class Jen will be releasing ‘Something New’ to introduce and share the tips and tricks of using acrylic templates for hand piecing.


‘Tempters’ are a single block acrylic template set including instructions on how to complete the finished block. Match with other Tempter blocks or repeated to make a finished quilt or runner of any size. This class will endeavour to confidently tempt the participant to try something new and improve their skills in colour choices, Y seams and more! This is a hand taught class but if you wish to machine piece bring along your machine and rotary cutting equipment.


Below is Jen’s newest fabric range FINE & SUNNY coming in APRIL 2020… If you wish to pre order it at the time of you place your order for class we can have it ready for you when you show up…Fat quarter bundles, fat eight, jelly roll, Layer cakes and so on…If ANYONE wants to pre-order Jen’s next fabric range Fine & Sunny you can do so HERE. We have added a Special Events button to our site and will be listing things for sale here for our Special Events going forward!

All three classes are $125 EACH  and will include lunch and surprises!

 You will be sent a supply list and if there is anything on the list you cannot find you know we will have them for you in store here..

If you wish to pre-order those items as well we can assure that you will have everything you need to have a successful workshop.





We will also have a wonderful selection of Jen’sfor sale.  Here is a sample of what Lollies are…8 prints in 1!il_1588xN.1877258703_hk1c

I wish you luck and hope you get into one of these fabulous workshops of Jen’s!

Please Call the Shop to sign up TODAY 9:30( CST).  920-722-7233. Class Size is Limited.

No Refunds given if you cancel after April 30th.

All workshops start @9am and will be held at our warehouse at: 1860 Bud dr. Menasha, WI 54952



And then the next month in June…we are hosting Debbie!


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Debbie’s first love has always been fiber of all sorts. She has been and still is an avid garment seamstress as well as quilter. She has enjoyed most of the crafts using a needle and thread of some sort to include embroidery, appliqué, needlepoint, pulled thread and drawn thread work. Debbie has been quilting over 35 years, pattern designing for 15 years and teaching/lecturing for 20 years. She has been featured on national television as well as online classes.

Debbie’s most recent endeavors have been in the world of fabric and fiber dyeing of all kinds but most specifically Shibori and Indigo dyeing. She has studied under some of the most prestigious artists in the US, Japan and England. She loves traveling to teach and speak for guilds and shops around the country. She dyes and sells items to wear and decorate with and is thrilled and honored to be a part of the Moda Fabrics designer family. Debbie also loves the art of jewelry making, especially working with sterling silver and vintage elements. She searches for vintage elements wherever she travels. She hopes to meet you on her journey.

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Shibori & Indigo Dyeing Classes

Two Day Workshop  -June 16 & 17th.

$260 includes 2 yds of fabric, and lunch- you will have a small fee for dyes directly purchased from Debbie and you may want to purchase some scarfs or other items as well.  The only thing you need to bring is your grubby clothes to dye in…

Day One:
Brief explanation of Shibori and indigo dye.
Explanation of different kinds of indigo vats; natural, synthetic and pre-reduced.
Making of a pre-reduced indigo vat and a natural indigo vat.
Explanation of Itajime Shibori and demonstrations of folding and clamping the fabric.
We will then fold and clamp fabric to dye. I will also demo some marble wrapping and other fun techniques. The rest of the day will be spent working with the fabrics and dyeing.
At the end of the day I will explain the techniques to begin stitching for the stitched designs.

Day Two:
Short review of the previous day.
Brief explanation of Arashi Shibori and demos on more than one way to fold and wrap the fabrics on a pole for unique designs.
Short explanation and demo on simple stitching techniques.
Spend the day doing any of the techniques learned so far.
I will demo more advanced techniques for folding, wrapping, stitching to resisting the dye.

Day Three Workshop-  June 18th.

$160 and includes 2 yds of fabric and lunch—you will have a small fee for dyes and any other items like scarfs you may wish to purchase from directly from Debbie.  All you will have to do is wear your grubby clothes to dye in.

This is One day stand alone workshop or…Day Three and beyond:(this can be a third or a one day workshop)-see Day one if you are only taking this one day…or if this is your third day…you will continue to explore…

On day three we will continue working with all of the techniques plus it gives students time for more demos on more resist techniques especially if you want to do more detailed stitching techniques that are not com- monly seen in one and two day classes.
Classes can be adjusted to meet the needs of the group.

If you want to pre-order Debbie’s newest MODA line Shimo you can do so HERE. We have added a Special Events button to our site…so look back here as we add items for these special teachers.



Good luck and I hope you get to participate in this wonderful workshop!!!!

Please Call the Shop to sign up for these Workshops.  920-722-7233. Class Size is Limited.

No refunds given if cancelled after May 31st.

All workshops start @9am and will be held at our warehouse at: 1860 Bud dr. Menasha, WI 54952


You will not be able to sign up for these workshops until 9:30CST TODAY!

We have been working to get this together and we are finally ready and HAPPY to be holding such wonderful events!

All for now…XX Lisa



Moda Blockhead 3- Block 3

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WARNING…I kinda switched my block around a bit….not on purpose…but when you switch the background color…it kinda messes you up a bit…anyway…I am keeping it this way…I actually love it!!!!  If you need to get the directions for this week block you need to pop on over to Betsy HERE…but while you are here you may want to read down to the end!



or here they are if you do not want to download them….

Block 3- Crown & Star- 4” block Cutting Sizes

A-4- 1 1/2″” squares

 B -12- 1” squares

 C-2-2 ¼” square cut in half twice diagonally

 D-4- 1”x 1 ½” rectangles

 E-1-1 1/2” square

 F-8-1 3/8” squares cut in half once diagonally-* see note below…… If using TP to make HST you will still need 4 of these cut in half once to make Flying Geese with C unit.

 G-4-1 3/8” squares cut in half once diagonally-*see note below

 H-4-1 3/8” squares cut in half once diagonally

 *F&G could be made using triangle papers ½” finished—remember 1 square of triangle paper makes 2 HSTs.

 Happy Stitching!

 NOTE: Do not attempt to make these 4” squares unless you have saturated your fabrics with heavy starch…let them dry naturally…and then… iron them with steam to get them ready for cutting.



In honor of Moda Block Heads and the Sisterhood we share I am doing a give-away today…I was in California last week with Lissa Alexander, Tammy Vonderschmidt, Robin Pickens, Amy Mathey, Jen Kingwell and Joanna Figueroa.  We had a very nice dinner on Friday night…Lissa signed books in my booth on Thursday and I managed to snag one for  a give-away for you here and one for myself…Sold all the rest!!!!       As you can see the cover is awesome!!! 12 quilts in here…a bunch from Lissa and then a few from 6 other  designers….even one antique!!!image.pngIMG_8949

and here is a video of the quilts on display…in the book…

If you can’t wait to win one and you want to order your own copy of  Sisterhood of Scraps click this link you will be ordering it from Primitive Gatherings…or if you would rather keep Amazon in business rather than our family business…click HERE…but just remember if we keep ordering things we can get at our quilt shops the quilt shops will go out of business… I will pick the lucky winner of Lissa’s book on Sunday!  I hope you win it!  Thanks and happy week three of MBHs…xxx Lisa…

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Here is the schedule for the first round of blocks mark your calendars!    

1.15 – Corey Yoder –

1.22 – Sherri McConnell –
1.29 – Betsy Chutchian –
2.5 – Jan Patek –
2.12 – Brigitte Heitland –
2.19 – Lisa Bongean –
2.26 – Lissa Alexander –
3.4 – Laurie Simpson –
3.11 – Vanessa Goertzen –
3.18 – Stacy Iest Hsu –
3.25 – Robin Pickens –
4.1 – Janet Clare –
4.8 – Jen Kingwell –
4.15 – Joanna Figueroa –