Today is my block…Juneau…I’m so sorry…I was working on a project for a book deadline and I watching “Call the Midwife” episode after episode and I just looked at the clock and it was after midnight…so here is my block…You can get the pattern here Block29LB_Juneau
Question of the week….Do you ever machine quilt your own quilts?…Yes…just the little ones…Do you have any  advise?…For your larger quilts…Get out your checkbook and pay the professional…that’s my advise…you never hear me say…oh..I wish I would have quilted that myself…I’d rather piece or hand stitch.

Have a great week…make sure you go see everyone’s blocks…

Please go and visit all the other designers today to get a look there color combos for my block…


Triangle Gatherings…block 69

Hey…I’m home from Paducah…So much excitement there…I meant to post this while I was at the show…but you know…too much going on…So here another fun block!Click her to print Block 69

I am in Paducah( ok…i WAS)….surrounded by wonderful quilt…this is the show banner…I snapped a few pics of the quilts I thought were awesome, all of these were “on the way” to our booth….

The muted colors on this one below were so sweet!!
I loved all the houses…and cars and shops and it went on…and on..

This quilt was just so well done…Dru this one is for you…
This next one was so interesting …lots of dates…basically a timeline of events in this quiltmakers  life…

This was David’s quilt…one of my longtime customers in Paducah…Congratulations David!!!  This is a Nancy Rink design…we are doing this in the CA shop as a BOM.Then there was this…I believe this pattern of mine is about 13 years old???   But we all know quilt patterns are really timeless…I thought I would be able to read the quiltmakers name from this photo… I will hopefully get it today-Bobbe Green from Paducah KY… thank you for the nice surprise…She really just used my blocks added the appliqué border and left out all the HSTs I had in mine…It’s a beauty!!!

Then I think there has been a Primitive Garden in every KY show for a few years now…how special it is to see another…this is Tamara Watts-McPhail’s from Ankeny, IAI have MUCH more to share from the show…so I’ll save some for another post….have a great night!!



Moda Blockheads Block 28

Boy the weeks just fly by…I don’t know if I like that or not…Time flies way to fast now… and here we are with another block…this week it is Jan’s turn again with a super cute pumpkin block… Visit her blog to get the pattern…Jan’s Blog

I wish I had time to make the pumpkin block before I left for Paducah KY, but I only had a small window of time so I did the alternative for the appliqué block…I am sure the others will have plenty of super cool pumpkins to show you so I thought the pieced block would be the best choice for those who cannot do the applique…or want an all pieced quilt.

I have to admit I thought this block was going to be really tough…but I had it all cut and pieced in 45 min. and it turned out AWESOME!!!!  I know you are going to roll your eyes at me and ask me…REALLY????? But you know you can do this…STARCH those fabrics COMPLETELY wet…let them dry naturally and then iron and cut…you will be amazed at the difference in your piecing…HERE is the pattern for pieced Block 28

This week’s question – Hand-Quilting – do you hand-quilt?  How frequently?  If so, do you have any tips to share?

Let me just say…I love to hand quilt…I still teach a “big stitch” hand quilting class at both my shops in WI & CA…I don’t do a lot of small fine hand quilting anymore…but maybe someday…when deadlines don’t come as fast!…lol…here are some photos of quilts I have big stitch hand quilted…..Like I said I have not fine quilted in a long, long, time…but have several quilts that I have beautifully done about  15 years ago, when quilting wasn’t my job…as far as do I have any tips?….I guess first if you have never hand quilted, I’d take a class…then I’d find a frame…a used one…you don’t have to buy one new…there are lots of them out there…mine is a Pleasant Mountain frame…Grace frames are nice too…ask at your guild, search on FB or Craigslist…this type of quilting shown here moves fast…you don’t want to be moving your hoop everyone couple of minutes…I have not looked at any of the videos out there to see if hand quilting can be taught with a video…I think someone needs to see what you are doing and then tell you what you need to adjust to get that needle to “rock” between those layers…and your hand without the needle has a job under the quilt…how do you show that on a video???  So I hope this helps you if you have thought about hand quilting your own quilts…I MISS and LOVE having a quilt on a frame that if I have a few blocks of time I can stitch…its wonderful…good for the soul.


I hope any of you affected by the hurricanes are not being overwhelmed by whatever they may have literally thrown at you…I cannot imagine my sewing room underwater, but I guess that all can be replaced…YOU are the most important and I am praying for everyone who is affected, my heart goes out to you all…

Happy Wednesday!!! LB

Please go and visit all the other designers today to get a look at all the great pumpkins they have sewn for you…


Triangle Gatherings Block 68

I am so happy to see all your blocks on our FB group!!! Keep up the posting…I will do a give away next when I get home from KY…Click here to print Block 68

I am in Paducah teaching all week at the fall AQS show…I hope to see some of you while I’m here! We are setting up today in the convention center….so look for Primitive Gatherings there if you are coming to the first ever FALL Paducah quilt show…

I am also trying to get my new wool/flannel BOM finished for photography for Fall Market…I am hand stitching  the wool appliqué on the borders…which is  really easy… I just have to keep at it!!!  This quilt is so much fun…I’ll let you know soon when you can sign up soon!



Triangle Gatherings Block 66 & 67

Click here to print Block 66

Click here to print Block 67

What are you working on besides TG? I am trying to get this center of Live a Simple Life BOM together so I can work on the borders…This will be a 6 month BOM starting in Jan 2018…We will be posting details and signups soon!!!
Have a great day!



moda blockheads…blocks 26 & 27

It’s been a wild ride over here in my world…I’m glad to back on track…

Here is my last weeks block and this weeks!!! If you need last weeks Cat’s Cradle block from Betsy…here is the link BLOCK 26And then for this weeks block you will need to go to Jo’s blog…for her Union Variation…

Today was another busy day…I made cookies with “little man” (after we took Papa to his Dr appt)….he is so much fun…he had to dump in all the ingredients into the mixer… maybe he will be a baker???…I’ve included the recipe… These were his Daddy’s and his 2 uncles’s favorite cookie when they were growing up…and maybe still, I haven’t made them in so long…..Enjoy!!! Ranger CookiesMake sure you visit everyones social media sites today!!!

Have a great Wednesday!!!




Triangle Gatherings Blocks 65

Thank you everyone for understanding that I needed to take care of hubby during his surgery…He is doing well and I thank you again for continuing to pray for his recovery…I just entered the sewing room today for the first time in about 10 days…Feels good to be back…unpacked from the trip and organized what needs to get done…

As a warm-up I did 3 TG blocks..but only had the graphics to 65, so I will get them from Terri tomorrow and give you the other two blocks…she usually gives them to me 10 at a time…Click here to print Block 65

Since I am trying my best to be a good nurse for Nick I am staying downstairs and decided that we would do some canning…So Mom has been over, the long weekend and we made the following…stewed tomatoes, whole tomatos, medium salsa, mild salsa, beets, both pickled and plain, I also vacuum packed sweet corn and pablano peppers that I will freeze for my tater tot casserole and chicken enchiladas…I am looking so forward to next year..staying home and cooking for my friends & family…I will be putting labels on each one…

Happy Labor Day everyone…hope you all had a great weekend!  Lisa

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