The magic of Christmas…Stitch Along Block 1

Ahh…theres nothing like a red and white quilt…img_5445After seeing this photograph taken of my guest bedroom from the American Patchwork & Quilting photoshoot, I want to make my own red/white sampler quilt.  To make sure I really do it I decided to do it as a Stitch Along…I am calling it “The Magic of Christmas”…and I want to do it two ways…City and Country versions….or Modern and Primitive  or Traditional and Vintage….all of these names would all work…but we are going with City and Country versions.

What I know for sure about the SAL (Stitch Along)…25 blocks..6” blocks…before Christmas…instead of doing them the 25 days to Christmas Dec.1 -25…. I decided to spread it out a bit so we ALL can get it done by Christmas!!!

The patterns will be a Free downloadable until Christmas here on my blog.

If you appreciate our time and effort of maintaining this SAL you can reward us by purchasing your fabrics from us. Here are our offerings for fabric kits.  City version, bella solids…you can order the 3 yds of red and 3 yds of white as a special price kit for only $35 for both fabrics  OR  you can order them separately for $21 with no discount.  Order HereCity/Lisa Bongean

Country version…will be 12 FQs of reds and one 3yd light tan country background as shown here in the block. Country/LisaBongean The kit will be $55 for the kit…You can also order just the red FQs for $33 and the tan background for $33.  There is also a discounted backing option too.  Order Here

I am not totally sure about the setting yet…but for what I do have in mind there may be a possibility we can get the whole quilt out of these fabrics… you never know….but I promise to try and get it out of the fabrics here…I love a challenge.

We have some of this fabric in our warehouse…however, we do not know if we are going to have 5 or 500 people sign up…kits are first come until we run out…the city version we will not run out of…we can reorder that…but the country version will be limited if you want these exact fabrics.   I will NOT send out a 2nd block until all of the kits have been shipped…the block took me less than an hour from starch to finish…ha..did you get that?  So you will not be several blocks behind if you order our kits…we will not get another block for almost 2 weeks.

I have to get 24 blocks in in less than 15 weeks so some weeks there will be 2 or 3 who knows…my postings will be random…like my life…It will be fun and we can also have that red/white quilt of our own just like my cupboard of antique red/white…. This quilt cupboard photo was used with permission form American Patchwork & Quilting. If you want to see more photos from the photo shoot not in the magazine click HERE…like this closeup of the quilt on the bed…img_5446-1

Again Thank You for following me on this blog and I hope you join us for the SAL!!! We appreciate your continued support!!!

Click HERE for a printable PDF of block 1 of “The Magic of Christmas”.  We will probably make this into a pattern so be sure to print them right away as they will not be on the blog forever!!!  If you have trouble printing the PDF. I have tested it and it is working…So please update or find a young person to help you figure out why you cannot print the PDF.  Here is a picture of the pattern, in case you are having difficulty, but will to do this for all the blocks…

For those of you who love to go above and beyond…maybe we can publish a few different finishing options for these blocks, and publish your quilts along with ours.  So lets see what develops here! I’m also thinking we should do some giveaway at Christmas time ,for those of you who finish their quilt tops can enter into…so it doesn’t have to be quilted, yet.


Copyirght 2016 Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings/The Magic of Christmas-Block 1

This pattern is only for personal use.

Quilt shops cannot print and use this in their shops. HOWEVER!!!!… If you want to sell Primitive Gatherings fabrics (like the above red FQ bundle and a light print) and guide them to sign up for our blog to get the FREE patterns THAT the right thing to do AND is much appreciated.  We please ask that you do not abuse our FREE pattern intended for our loyal customers and that your fabric bundles be only PG fabrics.  I am sure you can understand our reasons and support our hard work by honoring it.

Now after all that…whew..

Today I am going on a Pub crawl/scavenger hunt/on a bicycle to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes…should make for an interesting day!  But for now I must stitch on my BOW Among Friends…I may be a little behind…need to catch up!!!

Happy Saturday!!!






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I live on a lake in beautiful Butte Des Morts, WI. I have three sons: Lance (forever 29), Luke 33, Jake 32, and two grand-babies, Little Man and O-Bug. I've been married to the love of my life Nick, since 1998 when we started our crazy adventure together! I am a quilter, rugger, and gardener. I also love to cook when I get the chance. Thanks for visiting and supporting Primitive Gathering Quilt Shop where I try to bring you the best Moda fabrics and wool projects anywhere!

83 thoughts on “The magic of Christmas…Stitch Along Block 1

  1. I love it! Do you know the name of the one with the feathered star (or is that the name in and of itself)? Red and white quilts have to be my favorite of all.

  2. I have always loved you and your beautiful work but I LOVE you MORE with the mention of Juvenile Diabetes!!! My son fights daily!!
    Thank you for helping find a cure!!

  3. I’m really excited about this. I was drooling over your cabinet of red and white quilts and have wanted to make one (or more) myself for quite awhile. I’ve ordered the fabric and can’t wait to get going! Thank you for taking the time to do this, it’s going to be fun.

  4. YES!! Who wouldn’t want to make another one of your glorious quilts?!! I’ll be ordering my fabrics from your shop, of course! Thank you, Lisa! This will be VERY fun!!

  5. Oh my, what fun! You read my mind on wanting to add a red and white quilt to our home. Thank you. Hope you and Nick arrived home safely from Maine. We loved having you both at our show. Trudi

  6. Since I can’t decide, is there any chance we could get a Country/City girl version, with a fat quarter bundle and solid white background? Thanks, as always for your beautiful designs and inspiration.

    1. Oh my…Fran, you and I are thinking a lot alike….I hemmed and hawed and went back and forth and decided that I am going to have to do exactly that! I almost fell out of my chair when I read your comment!! Heheheh–great minds?? I love it. I am going to love this quilt!!

  7. Hi. Looks like fun. Can I assume that if using the country FQ bundle that I can prewash/shrink and have enough fabric?

  8. Love red and white quilts. Thank you for doing this as a stitch along. Maybe I can keep up! 😄

  9. I tried clicking the “Here” button for more quilt pictures, but it didn’t work. Maybe it is user error?

    BEAUTIFUL PROJECT! I won’t be quilting along, but I’m saving these for my arsenal later. (Too many quilt alongs right now). But I do love your fabric. I was trying to see what the backing fabric looks like. Is it possible to know which fabric is picked out for the backing?

  10. Oh my word ~ thank you, thank you, thank you! I just printed off the pattern and will go take a look at my PG red Fat Quarters. If I don’t have enough, I’ll be making a trip to PG~CA this week to round out my collection. Can’t wait to hear how the Pub Crawl, etc goes. I love the idea of doing that on a bike and all for a good cause. You rock, Lisa!

  11. Thank you! What a neat idea and a great way to use all those small left over pieces that I just can’t seem to throw away! I just may do two of these and use up some of my 30’s too.

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  12. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration! The fabrics are beautiful. I’d love to see more pics of the magazine shoot as well but the “here” button isn’t working.

  13. Love! I ordered my fabric from the store yesterday— thank you. I’m excited to make a red and white quilt. Your magazine pictures inspired me.

  14. Thanks Lisa. Just ordered the country fabric! Can’t wait. Just printed the pattern….Yahoo! I love, love, love that you do such nice things for us. You are one of a kind!

  15. Great idea to start early, I never finish samplers in time for whichever season….life happens! I also could not get the “here” button to work for more pictures, I kept getting the image of the bed quilt enlarged, an no, I was not touching the photo, I tried several times. Thanks if it can be fixed, and thanks for the pattern!

  16. What a great gift you’re giving us Lisa – can’t wait to see all the different versions that start showing up as people begin their sewing. One suggestion – – – – your PDF pattern is adorable to look at, but gobbles up ink when it’s printed – any way you could do it in just black & white?

  17. Lisa, LOL from Starch to Finish 🙂 <3 I'm glad you were inspired to write the patterns since I've been drooling over that photo on the bed since I first started seeing posts about you being the cover girl. Thank you so much for all of your time and generosity… you know I'll be making a special visit to see Dru and the PG CA staff for fabrics!

  18. Whew! I’m out of breath reading all that! Great idea though and I’m excited, this is going to be FUN!! Red prims look fabulous.

    On Sat, Aug 6, 2016 at 6:18 AM, Lisa Bongeans Weblog wrote:

    > lisabongean posted: “Ahh…theres nothing like a red and white > quilt…After seeing this photograph taken of my guest bedroom from the > American Patchwork & Quilting photoshoot, I want to make my own red/white > sampler quilt. To make sure I really do it I decided to do it ” >

  19. I need another project like a hole in the head but can’t resist. Having just paid for a week of classes and hotel in Houston I would like to sew from my stash if possible. I am 2″ shy of 3 yards of red fabric… do I dare!? There’s no hope of getting more of the same.

  20. I’ve always wanted a red and white quilt but haven’t gotten to that point. I’m going to follow along and save the pattern so that I can/will make my red and white quilt. Thank you for your generous nature.

  21. Just downloaded the pdf correctly and it went right into ibooks. Thanks for getting me on the right path….

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    1. Hi Vikki…you just follow the diagram…starting with stitching B to E and then BE to D then stitch to yield 4 units…then stitich two units to C then stitch stitch 2
      A’s to the remaining two units. Thats it! Heres a couple of tips…starch all the fabric wet and then let them dry…before cutting…then open a lot of the seams for the block to lie flat.

  22. I saw that photo in the magazine – I get that one also LOL I love the red and white. So fresh and bright just right for the holidays – and all year round. Can’t wait for the next blocks. Thank you

  23. I am happy to follow you in this adventure and share the joy of Christmas
    I hope that my school will be good enough English to understand everything
    shame to be so far away and not being able to buy your kit, but I will respect your colors
    Belgian friendships

  24. I have been trying to follow your blog, but when I click on the confirmation link in the email. it takes me to a page that is requiring me to set up a WordPress web page. This doesn’t seem right. Is there another way to follow your blog?

    1. Angela….I signed one of the warehouse girls up today and it worked just fine…it does say something at the top about wordpress, but it has a yellow bar that says confirmed…so it worked

  25. Thanks so much, Lisa! I loved seeing you on the cover…and then I spotted this and I am just so tickled!!! I made a comment above in response to Fran–same idea of using the solid white background and using the gorgeous PG fat quarter bundle–and I just cannot wait to get going. I LOVE red and white together and seriously don’t need another project, but yours is simply irresistible!!! Thank you for your wonderful projects, gorgeous fabrics, and generous heart!

  26. I love red and white quilts and will do my best to keep up! How do we know how many of each block we will need?

  27. My friend and I have been trying to contact you via the phone without success. Four of us purchased the BOM Vases of Flowers and are very unhappy with it. We did not all receive the same wool and the border kits lacked full instructions with the comment that she was very busy. We got a pic of only part of the border not even completed and absolutely no hints on how to tackle these huge wool borders. A lot of the wools were terrible and did nothing but fray. We all felt like she lost interest and just wanted to be done with it. All of us have always loved your kits but after this experience, all of us have concluded, we will never order another BOM from Primitive Gatherings. We also were planning on attending your class at Cousins and it was cancelled…not happy about that either.

  28. This looks like a fun to do–trying to decide whether to do the red and white (which I love) or my stash (which is too big and needs to be used). Both? Hmmmmm…….

  29. Love the red and cream, my favorite for the holidays. Order the kit very excited. Also went shopping in the grocery store and as I was checking out looked down and saw the quilt magazine with your picture on the cover. Purchased the magazine right away. It was funny had just finishing reading your blog that morning and then to see the magazine in the store. Made my day. Wish you were near so I could get a signed copy. Have a great day.

  30. Thanks Lisa from Australia have printed the pattern and will use fabric purchase on a trip to Housten in 2014 where I think I purchased from your stall keep them coming Cheryl

  31. Hi , I have ordered the kit for the Christmas quilt along and wonder if we are supposed to starch these fabrics as we are doing for the SBOW ? I’m doing among friends. Thanks for answering! Carol

  32. First block finished! I’m going to love this quilt. Thank you Lisa!
    Starch….gotcha. I wonder how this would look as a 3″-block miniature?

  33. Thank youfor doing this, Lisa.
    I was in Menasha last month, visiting family. I found your shop online after I took a wool applique class and fell in love. I bought a kit for the Summer Crazy Tablemat. I am thrilled you’re doing this SAL.

  34. Received my fabric for the Magic of Christmas quilt – love the fabrics…..are you sure it is a 6″ block when completed? I might be wrong, but looking at the calculations I think it would be a 7″ block.

  35. I can only find the first block. Sorry to be such a pain but I seem to have missed where we locate each new block.

    1. You are in the right place! Lisa will post the next block pretty soon…she was wanting everyone to have their fabric delivered so that no one is really behind and she doesn’t have a strict schedule of release–sort of a Christmas surprise to watch for!!! So, you haven’t missed anything! 🙂

  36. Hello – I have my fabric for the Christmas Stitch Along and my first block has been done for quite sometime now. Have I missed getting the next block? Since it has been a while I’m a bit concerned. Thanks! Linda


  37. I received my fabric and can’t wait to get started. When will you be releasing the pattern for each block?

  38. Question. Once the blocks are sewn together do you trim them to 6″ or 6 1/2″?


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  39. Hi Lisa,
    I just found out about the Magic of Christmas quilt yesterday and wondered if it is too late to order country kit. Also, are the first two blocks still available for download? Thanks for your help.

  40. Hi Lisa. I ordered the kit for the Magic of Christmas and never finished printing my block patterns due to some unforeseen health issues. I’m hoping I’ll somehow be able to get everything from #14 and up.

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