Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 22 “Star Patch”

Happy Wednesday quilters! And what a beautiful day it’s turning out to be. We’ve been blessed with some really lovely weather over the last couple of days here in WI, with lots of late-summer beauty all around us. It’s maybe not as warm as I like it to be, but I’m certainly not complaining. The sun is out and the sky is blue. Perfect weather for pretty much everything! As you know, I love being outdoors as much as I can be, so this kind of nice weather is a real treat. I’m doing my best to enjoy it while I can before it starts to get cold again.

Well everyone, it just wouldn’t feel like Wednesday without a little Blockhead action, so let’s talk MBH4! This week’s project is Block #22 Star Patch by my friend Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life – a mother-daughter quilting and design team based in southern Nevada. Sherri finds inspiration in her rich family heritage passed down through generations of women who loved sewing and creating. Her stitching career eventually led her to begin writing her quilting blog. She started A Quilting Life in 2008, and has also been publishing her designs in magazines and books since 2011.

For her contribution to MBH4, Sherri chose a good old fashioned Ohio Star block design. The pattern combines this classic block with a nine-patch center and contrasting corners, allowing for a variety of fun secondary patterns. These were popular blocks amongst pioneer quilters because they are great way to learn quarter square triangles. They also allow the quilter to be frugal by using up a lot of scraps to create a stunning and unique block. Gorgeous angles and wonderful movement within these historic patterns are the reasons why they’ve stood the test of time and remain popular today! To get started on yours visit Sherri’s blog A Quilting Life for the pattern and full instructions by clicking the link below!

If you know me at all you know I love all things stars, so needless to say I was excited to do this block. For my version of Star PatchI stuck with the same color scheme I have been using in previous weeks. I continue to use a medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” as my background color combined with a mid-gray floral print on black from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line for part of the center squares. I also threw in some light gray Zen Chic for the remaining smaller squares, and white with gray stars for the large center square. I also used a light gray squiggle pattern over black for the outer elements of the star to help pop the center portion. There’s definitely a lot going on!

If you’re still debating on whether or not to do this quilt, what are you waiting for? The blocks are simple and fun, and they goes by super fast if you stick to a block per week commitment. Plus, it’s easy to find all the information you’ll need including previously released MBH4 blocks in the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive listed in the main menu of links at the top of my blog page. You can also visit Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center Page for more information, along with all released bonus blocks by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight, you can also sign-upo to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

I hope to see you all tomorrow when I go LIVE on STITCH with Lisa Bongean at 1:00PM CST on YouTube! I’ll be discussing the latest round release of the Meet Me in the Garden stitch-along, with special guest and pattern designer of this SAL, Val Krueger. Val will be tuning in via live stream all the way from Vegas to help answer some questions that have come up about Meet Me in the Garden,” and to highlight some changes to the pattern that she’d like you to be aware of. We’ll also be talking a little bit about what’s going on around The Gathering next week as we welcome Moda to Primitive Gatherings during Moda week. You don’t want to miss it! You can tune in by hitting the STITCH button below!

As if you needed more incentive, don’t forget there will be some prize give-aways to a couple of lucky commenters during the show, so make sure to leave us one! You can also let me know how you’re doing right here on the blog. I love to hear from you. Plus, you might just win a prize. This week I want to say congratulations to Jennifer R. Thanks for your comment last week! As usual I don’t post last names or email addresses for privacy’s sake, so if you think you’re the lucky winner this time around, please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner!

Alright, that’s all for today friends. Take care and make sure to make some time to stitch today, and EVERY day! See you tomorrow!  ~Lisa

 

Meet Me in the Garden – Round Two: Flying Geese

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. I’m excited to say that we’re kicking off the second half of August with the next round release of the Meet Me in the Garden stitch-along! Round Two involves a whole lot of… you guessed it – flying geese – both large and small in size. If you’re not the best at flying geese, don’t worry. This is the perfect opportunity to become a master! Even better, Val will be right there to hold your hand as she shows you step-by-step how to perfectly cut and assemble them in our Round Two online video tutorial – available now on YouTube!

As I mentioned, for Round Two you’re going to be making two sizes of flying geese – small and large. To make things easier and more accurate, both sizes will be assembled the same way using the required Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool. If you’ve never used this ruler before, you’re really going to love it! It’s super fast, precise, and allows you to make four flying geese at once. It has a handy cutting chart printed right on the ruler that works for two different methods for your convenience. It allows you to create eight different finished sizes from 1″ x 2,” to 4″ x 8,” and the cutting requirements for each size are printed right on the tool as well! You can also use it along with your favorite method to create over-sized units and then trim them down to perfection. Whatever works best for you! I especially love this tool because it easily slides over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then when you’re ready, the exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts. I love it! You will definitely use this ruler again for future projects.

Remember, the Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool is one of the five required rulers for this stitch-along project, along with a few others that we highly recommend to make your life easier. If you still need to order yours, you can do so by clicking the link at the bottom of the Ruler and Tool list below!

Just like with any newly developed pattern, we have run into a few discrepancies here and there that Val would like to let you know about. Don’t panic! These little tweaks are nothing major and don’t require any more fabric than originally called for. In other words, you will have enough fabric! Those corrections are as follows:

We’re very sorry for any confusion this might have caused but hey – we’re human too! I want to give a quick shout out to those of you who reached out and helped us sort out any revisions that were needed. Thanks for your understanding and help. We really appreciate you having our back! We’re hoping that’s the last of the edits but if not, we will let you know via the blog, facebook page, and LIVE during Stitch with Lisa Bongean!

Still thinking about joining us for Meet Me in the Garden but haven’t pulled the trigger yet? You can find all the details in the introduction post I made a few weeks back where I take you through all the fabric and tools that you will need to participate in this stitch-along. This is the beginning of a six month long project, so I highly recommend having everything you need prior to starting. You can read more about the stitch-along and what’s required by clicking HERE!

Video tutorials for each round are posted to my YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” each month on the listed release dates. You can watch the intro to Meet Me in the Garden now by clicking the STITCH button below! If you have any questions feel free to email the shop at store@primitivegatherings.us and we’ll be happy to help!

Make sure to watch STITCH with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1:00PM CST for more information on Meet Me in the Gardenand Round Two. Val will be joining us so we can pick her brain on anything that might have come up. If you have questions be sure to hop on and ask us while we’ve got her on the line. No better time to ask… She is the designer after all! Alright folks! That’s it for today. I will see you all bright and early tomorrow LIVE at 9:00 AM for Shop Talk with Shelley on YouTube. You can tune in by hitting the link below. See you there! Until then, take care! ~Lisa

Debbie Maddie is Coming!

Do you love the classic color combination of blue and white? Are you a fan of working with Indigo? Does your inner-hippie love to tie-dye??? If you said yes to any one of these questions, I have GREAT NEWS to share! Later this month at The Gathering, I will be welcoming nationally renowned Shibori expert and instructor, Debbie Maddy to Primitive Gatherings! If you’re not familiar with Shibori, it’s a Japanese tie-dyeing method done by hand that produces a number of different patterns on fabric by using wringing, pressing, and squeezing techniques.

To give you a little of her history, Debbi began her journey with Indigo as most people do – in a class learning to fold and clamp fabrics, and then dyeing them with Indigo. After many classes, she decided to learn how to stitch, wrap, and fold fabric in very unusual ways to get more intricate and unique designs. She has traveled to England, twice to Japan, and all over the United States taking classes and learning from Shibori masters. Debbie has always loved fiber arts of all kinds! She has been quilting for over 35 years, pattern designing for 15, and teaching for 20. She has been featured on TV as well as online, and is a fellow fabric designer for Moda. Debbie says that her favorite thing about learning new things is sharing that knowledge with other people. It’s pretty obvious that  she loves what she does, because Debbie is an outstanding teacher! That’s why I was thrilled to hear she would be returning to The Gathering for the second year in a row. What a privilege – I can’t wait!

When Debbie was here last summer I got the opportunity to explore some dyeing techniques that I’ve never tried before, and had a ton of fun doing it. I really enjoyed experimenting with the different methods used to create Shibori art. One technique I tried involved scrunching fabric around a pipe to create a cool striped effect. I also got to play around with dyeing wool with Indigo, which produced some super pretty blues that we don’t normally see with wool. I even tried my hand at applying dye over stitching using Indigo, and ended up with some really neat star pattern results to show for it. Pretty cool!

Debbie’s classes are fun and informative! Not only does she teach you all about Indigo and Shibori, she also covers how she comes up with her fabric designs for Moda and the techniques she uses to achieve them… So in other words if you see something you really like, all you have to do is ask and she will show you how to make it for yourself! Ready to sign up? This year we’re offering two options for classes. August 30th, 2022 we are holding a one-day class that runs from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM at The Gathering. The cost for the one-day class is $175 and includes a dyeing kit, supplies, and lunch! This class gives a brief explanation of Shibori, Itajime (board clamping), marble wrapping, and other fun techniques complete with demonstrations.

If you’re looking for a more extensive class, there is also a three-day workshop being held on August 31st through September 2nd, 2022 from 9:00 AM until 5:00PM each day. The cost of the class is $425 plus lodging, and also includes a dyeing kit, supplies, and lunch (please call The Gathering at 920.778.8031 for lodging information and rates). Topics to be covered include Arashi Shibori (pole wrapping) and other types of more advanced folding, wrapping, and stitch dyeing techniques, with extensive demonstrations and more detailed instruction not typically covered in shorter classes. You can’t go wrong!Last week I caught up with Debbie while she was teaching at one of her workshops. She was gracious enough to take a minute away from her class to come on as my guest during our LIVE show, STITCH with Lisa Bongeanon Thursday. She gave us a first-hand look at the different types of projects and demonstrations she does working with Indigo and Shibori, and explained a little about the methods to her madness. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, there’s still time! You can catch the replay by hitting the STITCH button below!

If you’ve been thinking of coming to retreat but are still undecided, this is a great class to get involved in! No to mention, Debbie is just about as sweet as can be. She really is a joy to have around! I think half the battle of being a good teacher is having the right energy and attitude, and Debbie has both! Her positivity is contagious and she is always brimming with inspiration! Have I convinced you to get here yet? Space is limited so if you’re on the fence, don’t wait too much longer! I know you’re ready to sign up… Call Judy at 920.778.8031 to register!

Well folks, the sun is starting to make it’s way toward the western horizon which is my queue to pack up and head home for the night. If your’e in the area this weekend, stop out! Don’t forget in honor of our anniversary week we’re also offering 20% OFF store-wide, both in-store and online through this Sunday, August 14th, 2022! That’s 20% OFF your favorite patterns, kits, threads, notions, books, and sew much more (sale does NOT include sewing machines, Garden Gatherings pre-cuts or yardage, pre-ordered items, thread kits, Creative Grids Rulers, the PG 2022 Holiday Box, “Letters for Santa” QAL bundles, O’ Say Can You Sew QAL bundles, Meet Me in the Garden merchandise, or any other discounted items or fabric)!

Like I said during STITCH with Lisa Bongeanyesterday, after all the sales we’ve had going on over the last couple weeks I feel like it’s going to be a while before I throw another one. That means if you need to stock up, the time is now. The clock is ticking so get shopping! After all, that’s what weekends are for! I hope you have a good one and I will see you on Monday! Take care. ~Lisa

MBH4 – Block #21 – Shiny Bauble

Happy Wednesday Blockheads! This week’s MBH4 block Shiny Bauble is a block that’s aesthetically different than the others we’ve seen so far in this quilt-along. Large, obtuse triangles immediately catch your eye with small, square pieces sandwiched in the middle. Shiny Baubleis by Janet Clare, a Moda fabric designer known for inspirational and lively designs that combine her unique jointed appliqué templates, and free motion machine drawing techniques. Her work is often inspired by children and their purity of thought, innocence, and the joys they find in simple, everyday things. Similar in thought, Shiny Bauble was designed around Christmas time and was inspired by the shape and sparkle of a shiny Christmas ornament. Can you see it?

If you’ve never tried your hand at foundation paper piecing and want to give it a try, this is the perfect block for you! The pieces are on the larger side which makes them much easier to work with compared to blocks with smaller units. Using the tried and true sew n’ flip technique gives you straight and accurate lines, making short work of the triangles involved in this block. There are a couple of different shading options for this design, loosening the reigns and opening up endless possibilities for color combinations and theme. I saw one example where it was done to look like peas in a pod. Another stitcher made the comment that she wanted to try making it to look like a stop-and-go light. Clever! What will you do with this design? Get the full instructions and pattern on Janet’s blog by clicking the button below!

For my Shiny Baubleblocks I stuck with the same color scheme I have been using in previous weeks, but changed up fabric lines this time around. I am still using a medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” as my background color and decided on a white Zen Chic with a light gray newsprint theme for the larger triangle elements. For something new, I chose a super cute black fabric adorned with tiny white hearts by Sweetwater for the center squares. I really like it!

If you’re quilting along with MBH this year, I hope you’ve been able to stay on track and are all caught up. We’re almost done with only seven more weeks to go until the end. Boy, saying that out loud is a bit of a reality check and kind of makes me sad. It’s like each block that I complete ticks another week of summer off the calendar… Just like with summer, I’m not ready to be done – I think I’m going to miss it once it’s over! Something tells me that I’ll have plenty to keep me occupied however, especially with fall and winter holidays right around the corner! 

Are you still thinking about doing this QAL? It’s not too late to start! All the information you’ll need including the previously released MBH4 blocks that I’ve done are available in the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive listed in the main menu of links at the top of my blog page. You can also visit Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center Page for more information, along with all released bonus blocks by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight, you can also sign-upo to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

Well everyone, it’s time to get back over to the retreat house. I’m here working again on another Wednesday because it’s our Anniversary week! I’m super proud to be celebrating 19 years in business and one year here at our new Larsen, WI location. We’re honoring it with open Sit & Stitch through Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM each day. The cost to participate is only $25.00 and includes lunch! It’s a great opportunity to meet new fellow stitchers and an excellent place to find advice and resources! Bring your machine and set up shop in our huge project area, complete with cutting and steaming tables, excellent lighting, and plenty of power sources!

To add to the fun we’re also featuring a different make-n’-take project each day through Friday. Today we’re working on a super cute thread spool project (participation fee = $40.00 – if you have extra old thread spools, please bring them!). I think this piece is especially cool because we are using recycled sewing items to make sewing-themed art. You can spruce up any sewing room, den or even kitchen with this charming piece as either hanging décor or a tabletop conversation piece. If you’re feeling extra ambitious and have a lot of spools to use up, I bet a set of three in different sizes would be extra adorable.

The fun continues tomorrow when my sister Lisa and I (yes you read that right!) will be demonstrating how to go about making a 12″ mini barn quilt (participation fee = $50.00). These mini barn quilts are so much fun to do, and the design possibilities are endless! If you’re a fan of colorful geometric shapes in your décor but you don’t have time for large quilting projects, mini barn quilts could be for you! There’s only one way to find out, come give it a try!I’ll be wrapping demos on Friday August 12th, 2022 with our final project, an adorable small fabric tote (participation fee = $25.00). This bag is a perfect size for running quick errands or transporting a small project. It easily could take the place of a purse if you just need something light to throw your keys and wallet into, rather than having to lug around your entire bag. I have several of these and use them for all sorts of things.

NOTE: All make-n’-take projects are available from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM on their scheduled day only, and are located at The Gathering. SPACE IS LIMITED! Please sign up by calling 920-778-8031 if you plan to participate!

Don’t forget, on top of all the goodies we’re also offering 20% OFF store-wide, both in-store and online through this Sunday, August 14th, 2022! That’s 20% OFF your favorite patterns, kits, threads, notions, books, and sew much more (sale does NOT include sewing machines, Garden Gatherings pre-cuts or yardage, pre-ordered items, thread kits, Creative Grids Rulers, the PG 2022 Holiday Box, “Letters for Santa” QAL bundles, O’ Say Can You Sew QAL bundles, Meet Me in the Garden merchandise, or any other discounted items or fabric)!

Exciting stuff right!? If you’d like a little tour of the shop so you can get an idea of all the great things we have on sale right now you can watch the replay of Shop Talk with Jess from Tuesday by clicking HERE! She walks you through section by section, giving you an excellent perspective of everything we have to offer! Check it out… I bet we have things you didn’t even know you wanted! 

I will see you all on Thursday at 1:00PM CST on Stitch with Lisa Bongean LIVE on my YouTube channel! I’ll be talking more about our big anniversary celebration along with some announcements and other hot topics, so don’t miss it! And while you’re there, don’t forget to comment! We love interacting with you both LIVE and here on my blog! Of course, there might be a prize in it for you… This week I want to say congratulations and THANK YOU for following my blog to Jody R! Woo hoo! You are this week’s prize winner! As usual I don’t post last names or email addresses for privacy’s sake, so if you think you’re the lucky winner-winner this time around, please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner!

Alright! That’s it for now. I will see you all very soon. Until then, take care and always remember to…

The Hogs for Heroes 30th Bike Gifting Was a Great Success!

How was your weekend? I’m still in recovery mode after another “no rest for the weary” couple of days here at Primitive Gatherings. The type of tired I’m feeling is one of the best kinds though – one with a whole lot of effort and hard work behind it. It’s the kind that you feel once you’ve hit a major goal but for some crazy reason, you want to keep going and do more. After all the hard work and dedication that went into raising over $43,000 for the Hogs for Heroes Organization in just a little over a year, everything finally came together beautifully on Sunday when we were the proud hosts of the 30th key ceremony, right here at The Gathering. Despite the rainy weather, we had a great turn-out, with both veterans and civilians from all over WI turning up to help honor our veterans.

After so much anticipation before the big event, it’s hard to believe Sunday is already in the past. What a great day! The retreat house was packed – just like I had hoped. The rain certainly tried, but thankfully it was not successful in ruing our plans – we simply moved everything inside. I guess that’s one of many advantages of having a big retreat house to hang out in! Co-founders of Hogs for Heroes Audra and Kevin Thompson were the perfect Masters of Ceremonies for the affair. During their opening statements, they did a beautiful job explaining the concept behind Hogs for Heroes and what they’re all about. Then, after a few initial introductions we kicked off the ceremony properly by welcoming the U.S. Color Guard, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and singing the National Anthem. Patriotism was definitely in the air as they told the story of Hogs for Heroes and explained why they chose Sergeant Nick Brewer as their 30th Hog recipient (the eighth one this year!). If you haven’t had a chance to get to know Nick and why he was chosen for this great honor, you can read his full story by clicking HERE!

I really wish you could have all been there to see this! I was especially honored to be invited to stand along with the people who handed the keys of his dream bike – one-by-one – down a line of dedicated volunteers and other veterans, until they reached their rightful new owner’s hands. Every ounce of effort, and every hour spent making this great day happen was totally worth it. I mean if you want to see what true happiness looks like, just look at the smile on Nick’s face as he starts and revs the bike of his dreams for the very first time.

Just when you thought you had all the feels, we added to the love fest by awarding each veteran that was here to help present Nick with his new bike a quilt of valor of their very own. It was magical! These beautiful quilts are extra special because they were made 100% by volunteers from around the U.S. – and even a few from Canada! The best part is, none of them were expecting it, so their reactions truly showed the gratitude and humble nature of these selfless individuals.

I know I’ve said it a lot but I’ll say it again – I am just SO honored to be a part of all of this. The pride I’m feeling is over the top! To everyone who participated and contributed toward this collective effort, I thank you times infinity. Those of you who donated money, quilts blocks, or time toward putting these quilts together will always have a special place in my heart. And I can’t forget to give a huge shout-out to my staff here at Primitive Gatherings. You are all top-notch! Everyone needs to take a second and give yourself a pat on the back – you deserve it! Just look at what we can accomplish when we all work together!

One of the best parts of the whole day was near the end, when the rain decided to quit just long enough for use to be able to watch Nick take his maiden ride on his new bike. Of course, we couldn’t let him get away without a few photos first, to archive this awesome moment in time! I honestly will never forget this epic day at Primitive Gatherings. This was a huge accomplishment for everyone involved. Even though this part of it is over with and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, I can’t stop my mind from already thinking about what to do next to raise even MORE money for Hogs for Heroes… Believe me, I will let you know what that is as soon as I figure it out!

Until then I have plenty to keep me busy, that’s for sure. For instance, speaking of great accomplishments this week we’re celebrating 19 years in business with our 19.1 Anniversary event! That’s 19 years in business, and one year in our new location! Looking back, we really have come a long way in the last year after our big move from Menasha to our new facility in Larsen, WI. I guess you could say it’s a double anniversary, which is all the more reason to celebrate! In order to do just that, this week, August 8th through the 14th, come take advantage of some of the best sale prices you’ll find all year on fabric, kits, and more as we offer 20% OFF store-wide (sale does not include Garden Gatherings pre-cuts or yardage, pre-ordered items, sewing machines, thread kits, Creative Grids rulers, the PG 2022 Holiday Box, Letters for Santa QAL bundles, Meet Me in the Garden merchandise, or any other item already on sale)!

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to replenish your stash, or are just trying to decide whether or not to take on your next project, this is the perfect reason to stock up! Take 20% OFF your favorite fabrics, notions, apparel, kits, and more now through Sunday August 14th, 2022!  Of course we also had to plan some fun activities in honor of our success, so we came up with some fabulous demos and make-n’-take projects to get involved in throughout the week! We kicked it off today with an adorable wool pin project demonstration. This decorative piece can be used to snazz up well… pretty much anything! Attach it to your favorite jean jacket, purse, or hat. Getting married soon? Real flowers are expensive and they die. Why not use an alternative that will last forever? These darling flowers would make the perfect archival solution for your wedding day flower needs!

The fun continues tomorrow with mini basket making, instructed by Gloria Parsons (participation fee = $20.00). If you’ve ever wanted to learn the art of basket making, now is your chance! Gloria will be showing us how to make a small basket project – great for storing jewelry, a votive candle, or nicknacks. If you’re new to the art, this mini project is a great way to test the waters of basket making. By the end you’ll know whether or not you want to tackle a bigger project or if this little guy was just enough!

Coming up this Wednesday August 10th, 2022 I will be giving demos on how to make a super cute thread spool project (participation fee = $40.00 – if you have extra old thread spools, please bring them!). I think this piece is especially cool because we are using recycled sewing items to make sewing-themed art. You can spruce up any sewing room, den or even kitchen with this charming piece as either hanging décor or a tabletop conversation piece. If you’re feeling extra ambitious and have a lot of spools to use up, I bet a set of three in different sizes would be extra adorable.

Do you love barn quilts and want to learn to make your own? Join us this Thursday as my sister Lisa and I (yes you read that right!) will be demonstrating how to go about making a 12″ mini barn quilt (participation fee = $50.00). These mini barn quilts are so much fun to do, and the design possibilities are endless! If you’re a fan of colorful geometric shapes in your décor but you don’t have time for large quilting projects, mini barn quilts could be for you! There’s only one way to find out, come give it a try!

I’ll be wrapping demos on Friday August 12th, 2022 with our final project, an adorable small fabric tote (participation fee = $25.00). This bag is a perfect size for running quick errands or transporting a small project. It easily could take the place of a purse if you just need something light to throw your keys and wallet into, rather than having to lug around your entire bag. I have several of these and use them for all sorts of things. I even have one to hold my favorite bible!

There you have it… Five fabulous make-n’-takes for five fabulous days of anniversary celebration (all make-n’-take projects are available from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM on their scheduled day only, and are located at The Gathering. SPACE IS LIMITED! Please sign up by calling 920-778-8031 if you plan to participate)!

If you’re local you should really stop by and check out all the excitement…and if you have a project you’re currently working on (or one you should have started long ago), bring it with you along with your machine! We also have an open Sit & Stitch going from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM all week through Friday! Set up shop in our spacious retreat house for the day, surrounded by friendly people who share your love for stitching! Enjoy excellent lighting with multiple steam stations and large spacious cutting tables that are equipped with electricity! Plus, I’ll be around to help you with any problem child projects you might have holding you back. It’s only $25.00 to participate AND lunch is included. You can’t go wrong! Space is limited, so if you plan to join us for Sit & Stitch , please call Judy at 920.778.8031 to reserve your seat!

Alright everyone! Time to go home and get rested up for tomorrow. We’ll be here bright and early for Shop Talk with Shelley LIVE at 9:00 AM CST on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel. We’ll be taking a stroll around the shop looking at all the great things that are ON SALE this week! Tune in and leave us a comment for a chance to win yourself a nice little prize – that’s really all it takes to be eligible! Click the STITCH link below to watch. In the mean time, if you weren’t able to attend or catch the LIVE stream of our key ceremony on Sunday but would still like to see it, you can catch the replay by clicking HERE. Thanks for watching and I will see you all soon! ~Lisa

Making Progress – Always!

Hey everyone, it’s time for another progress report! We’re at the peak of summer here in WI, and already starting to show early signs of fall approaching. It has been a busy season so far at Primitive Gatherings with a constant buzz of activity going on all week long. Summer projects are starting to come to fruition as they get closer and closer to being finished with each passing day. One of my favorite things about fall are the autumn-based projects, so needless to say I’ll be happy to clear some space in my sewing room and studio once summer tasks are finished.

Finishing a quilt is always a thrill. As I’m approaching the final steps I always seem to get a burst of energy toward getting it done – so I can move on and start something new, of course! I’m super happy to report that I was recently able to bring one of my Summer Blocks of the Weekprojects, Stars All Around into its final stages, and it’s now currently waiting in line to be quilted. I really had a lot of fun with this project because it was simple and easy to work on small sections at a time in between other projects. The pattern is a cinch to do and also makes for the perfect mini scrap buster. With something like 208 total stars, you can really put a dent in your scrap bin with this amazing quilt. All said and done, Stars All Around measures approximately 82″ x 82.”

As I mentioned, Stars All Around is one of this year’s Summer Blocks of the Week projects, which originally started earlier this season. We are getting close to selling out of kits for both the Contemporary and Traditional versions of Stars All Around,” but still have a few left of each to find homes for. That means that if you’ve been on the fence about doing this project, this is basically your last chance to get a kit! To order yours before it’s too late, hit the link below!

Just an FYI! We are only offering “Stars All Around as a PAID IN FULL option this year. This will help to reduce the cost of shipping because it allows us to send you the project directions just once monthly instead of multiple times throughout (meaning a $48 decrease in the price for our domestic customers and an $84 decrease in pricing for our International customers – wow!). PLEASE NOTE: You will be charged immediately when you place your order.

Next up, I’m also delighted to say that another one of my Summer Blocks of the Week projects, Carving Contest is also finished and ready to rock for Halloween. This darling quilt is done in strips, but to look at the finished product you don’t really notice that. I had SO much fun drawing up this pattern… The festive design is super cute, unique, and full of spunk and personality! Measuring at 51″ x 58,” “Carving Contest is an excellent choice for a fall home décor project. Its smaller size makes it ideal to display as a wall hanging or over the back of your favorite love seat or porch swing. This is another project we have very limited quantities of so again, if you’re on the fence it’s time to jump off and into Carving Contest. Get your’s now by clicking the link!

Carving Contestisn’t the only quilt on my sewing table with big personality right now. Part of our, “Just One” series, Lulu the Lady Bug is an adorable little number that is simple to make, yet has a ton of options as far as how you’d like it to look in the end depending on your fabric and color choices. You’ll be able to pick out your own background to match up with both the Dresden daisy motif, and of course the real star of the show Lulu the Lady Bug.”

If you’ve never done a Dresden before, this is a great opportunity to give it a try! Lulu the Lady Bugmakes it fun and easy, and doesn’t produce a lot of scraps because you’re using a lot of the same fabric throughout the project. Machine stitching the appliquéd areas makes it simple and fast, though you could certainly do it by hand if you’re feeling ambitious. At 51 1/2″ x 51 1/2″ Lulu the Lady Bugis just the right size to display as a seasonal wall hanging or table top décor.

Lulu the Lady Bug is a pre-order only for just a few more days. That means that when ordering, it should be the only thing in your cart! Other items currently in stock should be ordered separately so we can get it to you as fast as possible. Lulu the Lady Bug should be available to ship the week of August 8th. NOTE: You will need an 18 degree Dresden Ruler by Creative Grids for this project which you can order by clicking HERE! You will also need 3.5 yards of fabric for the backing. Remember, if you order the backing at the same time as the kit, you will get it at 20% OFF! The pattern is not included in our kits, but can be ordered separately. Lulu is 51 1/2″ square when finished. Click the link above to order now!

Do you love working with wool as much as I do? If that’s a big yes, I certainly hope you’re already a member of our subscription wool box. If you’re not, you really should be! Let me tell you a little about it. Boxes ship every other month and contain at least one major project kit and pattern, a pattern for an ongoing project, and recipe cards. Each box is centered around wool and/or stitchery, and might even contain a few novelty things once in a while. Boxes will primarily consist of Primitive Gatherings products and patterns, but we plan to have guest designers and products as well in the future. Projects are exclusive to the wool boxes for six months before they are released to the general public. Boxes are charged the 15th of the month and will be shipped after our billing cycle. Sounds great, doesn’t it? We still have openings available but spots are limited. Sign up today! Click the link above for more information.

I also have several Quilt-Alongs that I’m involved with at the moment, as I’m sure many of you are too. If you’ve been following along with the Moda Blockheads 4 series, you know that currently we’re on Block #20 – Stop Go by Stacy Iest Hsu. This exciting and unique block features a snowball shape-based design, along with multiple color combinations and layout possibilities in the pattern. Color scheme for this quilt includes a medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” as my background color, combined with gray-scale fabric selections from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line for the other elements. Lately I have also been throwing in a bit of Zen Chic, and even used a little bit of my Lakeside Gatherings line from a few years back.

This has been a great quilt-along so far and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for one to join. Even though we’re 20 blocks in, it’s still not too late to get started! You can easily find all the information you need, including previously released MBH4 blocks in the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive listed in the main menu of links at the top of my blog page. You can also visit Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center Page for more information, along with all released bonus blocks by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight, you can also sign-upo to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

Have heard about Letters for Santa? It’s hard to imagine that it’s just about time to start thinking about fall and even winter projects for the upcoming Christmas season. We all know how the holidays always seem to sneak up on us. I like to have a good head start on things well in advance, which is why I really love the idea of this quilt-along. Letters for Santa is a Christmas project quilt-along from Moda inspired by my, Mini Alphabet Quiltpattern. Mini Alphabet is a darling little quilt, ideal for a child’s bed or toy room. Measuring at 42″ x 42″ it’s the perfect size for cuddling, all while learning your ABC’s. Super cute, right!?

To participate in the quilt-along you’ll need both the pattern for my Mini Alphabet Quiltalong with Moda’s monthly word releases, new filler block patterns, and alternate project ideas. You can purchase the pattern by clicking the button above. For more information on this festive QAL, and access to monthly QAL releases, visit Moda’s website!

Another quilt-along that I’m really enjoying right now is my O’ Say Can You Sew” Mystery QAL. I decided to call it O’ Say Can You Sew because I have so many reds, whites, and blues leftover from previous projects (American Gatherings Quilt-Along, my American Gatherings book, and Stars & Stripes to name a few). I thought it would be a fun way to get an awesome patriotic quilt out of simply recycling my salvage. I also thought it would be entertaining to make this a mystery project – meaning you are not going to know exactly what you’re making until it all comes together in the very end! I think it’s exciting – I love the suspense!!!

How the O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along works is simple and fun. On the first Monday of every month we will release a new FREE clue (there is no specific time that I will be releasing the clue – please keep an eye on the blog throughout the day)! There will be seven clues released in total. When the clue is released it will be posted not only here on my blog, but also on our YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Each clue will be available to download as a printable PDF FREE for one month. When then next month’s clue posts, the previous clue will no longer be available for free, but can be purchased to download through our website for $5.00 each.

You MUST be squirming in your seat to join up with this QAL A.S.A.P., so wait no longer! We are already on Clue #5 but there is still plenty of time to catch up! Links to all released clues are listed in the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive, which can be found in the main menu at the top of this page. This quilt was designed to be a scrap buster, but if you don’t have that kind of supply piled up don’t worry. We have fat quarter bundles in stock that will be perfect to supplement your stash. There are blues and whites in bundles of 12 fat quarters for $30.00 per bundle (that’s two FREE!). We are currently no longer offering reds in these special OSCYS bundles due to low stock.

People keep asking me how I have so much energy, and when do I sleep!? Really, it’s easy to stay motivated because I am truly living my dream. Simply put, it’s NOT WORK! I love to be ambitious and try to make sure to schedule a time to stitch everyday. I accomplish this with planning, making lists, setting goals, and doing my best to stay organized. These are the things that cause inspiration and an abundance of energy to come easy for me! Achieving my goals only drives me further forward so I can accomplish more. I love what I do!

Speaking of future projects and goals, before I go I want to remind you that my new fabric line Red and White Gatherings is now available to pre-order! I’m super excited after seeing how beautiful this collection turned out. I can barely wait! It’s made up of cream-based whites and a stunning mix of reds, ranging from middle of the road to dark and deep. Print patterns include floral, linear, and geometrical designs that span from tiny to large giving you a wide spectrum of visual variety.

If you’re anything like me, these exciting new fabrics have your mind going in a million directions. I can imagine this versatile line being implemented into several different projects I’ve been thinking about starting. You know how I love the traditional red and white color combination… Of course, I also have a design book coming out that will contain nine unique designs (12 total quilts – some with more than one version) – all based on Red & White Gatheringsfabric. If you’re looking for a bit of red and white inspiration, this book is the perfect solution! As of now, it will be available to ship in October, 2022. Quilt kits are not available yet but will be coming soon!

I know getting the finished book into your hands feels a long way off as well, but don’t fret! I DO have some good news in the midst of all this longing… As of now, pre-cuts and yardage of Red & White Gatherings” AND the project book Red and White Gatherings are officially available to pre-order from our website. Just click the link below! Not to mention, now is a great time to stock up on “Red & White Gatherings” because all pre-cuts are 20% OFF (for a limited time)! Please note: Pre-orders should be the only thing in your car when you are ordering. If you have other, non pre-order items to purchase you will need to order them through a separate transaction!

Well everyone – did I give you enough to think about? I hope you’re able to find your own inspiration after seeing these works in progress. Nothing makes me happier than being creative and sharing skills and ideas with my fellow stitchers. Thank you for being a part of it! That all being said, I wish you a wonderful and relaxing weekend. It’s supposed to be scorching hot and humid here until Sunday when we might see some relief – just in time for our big Hogs for Heroes key presentation event. If you haven’t heard, this Sunday August 8th, 2022 we will finally be presenting our chosen veteran with the keys to his new Harley through the Hogs for Heroes organization! We will also be awarding several veterans with much deserved quilts of valor, made 100% by volunteer stitchers from all over the U.S.! If you’re local and you can make it out for this awesome event, please do – there’s even lunch in it for ya (while it lasts – when it’s gone, it’s gone)! Doors open at The Gathering at 10:00 and the ceremony beings at 11. A pot-luck lunch will be served immediately after until we run out! There is no cost for lunch but cash donations are very much appreciated. All proceeds will go to Hogs for Heroes!

For more information about Hogs for Heroes and to read our veteran’s story, you can visit my prior blog post all about it by clicking HERE! If you’re not local or just have other plans, you can watch the event LIVE or catch the replay on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel, which you can find by clicking the STITCH button below! I really hope to see a huge turnout for this event – so don’t let me down. Be there if you can! I will see you all soon. Stay cool out there! ~Lisa