Block 19 & 20…The Magic of Christmas blocks…

Happy Black Friday…so…did you go to the mall today? No way…not me…I went to the antique mall and to the Ye Old Goat…bought some new things to decorate the new house with for Christmas…and Yes…I will post my Christmas decorating…I promise…now you know I promised to give you all 25 blocks before Dec. 1st…right? I finished stitching them all so it will be done deal…Teri just need to get me the last few patterns ready…and she will do it this week…Did anyone notice I updated the post for the b&w block 17…scroll back a few posts if you needed it…Ok…now here goes…block 19-please read extra info for using HST paper below…img_8690



If you want to use the 1″ HST papers instead of cutting the 6- 1 7/8″for C…cut a 2 “x 12 1/4″ rectangle  for the 6 squares of triangle paper…and do the same size in the red for F, but you will still need to cut 4- 1 7/8” squares cut in half once for the FG units A/F… this will make the HST faster and more accurate.



PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 3 1/4″ SQAURE FOR E NEEDS TO BE CUT IN HALF TWICE DIAGONALLY….mark that on your pattern…I will switch the pattern  out when Teri can redo it…



I just love making these blocks….someone asked if there was an easier way to cut these blocks out…like a die for die cutting all the shapes…the answer is no…the dies are time consuming as well and very expensive too…so don’t think that it these are laborious….because we could be using our scissors…cardboard templates and hand piecing…so believe me this IS the fastest way to do these blocks!!!

I want to do a give-a-way…so…I want to see your progress on FB or Instagram…post how far you are…I don’t care if your kit is in the bag…or if you only have 3 blocks done…don’t give up…I’ll think of something cool for the give-away…I did find some awesome ornaments today…maybe you could win one?  REMEMBER to use the #themagicofchristmasquilt  on instagram and if you are only on FB tag me so I see it!!!

HEY….I almost forgot!!! I finished the snowball quilt yesterday morning while MOM was cooking in the kitchen..I finished it about 11am just in time to dismantle the frame and set up another table in the kitchen so all 16 of us could sit down!!! Hmmm…now what will be next for the frame….I love to hand quilt…it really is relaxing and goes quite quickly if your heart is in it to get it done!!!img_8828 img_8827And….one more share….look at how messy my sewing room gets when I am making these blocks!!! Time to pick it up to start the next project!!!img_8813Have a good weekend!!! I’m flying to CA tomorrow to RETREAT with the CA girls!!! Oh what fun we will have!!! Do you wanna come to our next one?  Its in June…I’ll post the dates while I’m in CA and you can join in the fun!!!

PS…don’t forget about the give-a-way…I’ll give you a couple of days to post before I pick a winner…but I’d love to see all your blocks while traveling tomorrow!

Piece out….LB


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I live in Butte Des Morts, WI, Married to Nick, with 3 sons, Lance (forever 29) , Luke 30 and Jake 29 I am a quilter, rugger, gardener and I also love to cook when I get the chance...

27 thoughts on “Block 19 & 20…The Magic of Christmas blocks…

  1. First of all thank you Lisa, secondly I love the snowball quilt!!! And no I didn’t do any mall shopping today however I did get a couple black Friday deals online and stocked up on some pet supplies early this morning at the pet store. I know you will enjoy the retreat… I’m interested in hearing about the June retreat ☃️☃️☃️☃️

  2. Luv the snowball quilt . What line of fabric did you use? No , no malls or shopping today. Playing &. Camping in the dunes with grands…..Safe travels

  3. Lisa, thank you so much for your hard work. Your enthusiasm is infectious and keeps me going! You were going to post a correction to Block 16. I’ve looked and can’t see it. Maybe when the latest correction is made that correction could be made too? I’m planning on making more blocks and would really like an accurate pattern. Thanks again for all you do. Could you bottle some of your energy to share? I could really use some!

  4. Wow, the snowball quilt is gorgeous, It’s hard to believe with how busy you are, that you make time to hand quilt. It’s just gorgeous. Enjoy your trip and I will have to post my blocks. I only have 5 done.

  5. thanks Lisa. i have been piecing them and was able to catch up so far despite a late start. its a joy so far and cannot wait for your layout instructions. I have made 3 Christmas quilts and one cushion so far. i am very excited that this quilt will be my 4th quilt for my Christmas collection. My only worry is how I am going to post as I am neither on FB or Instagram. I do have a Primitive magazine of yours. Is there a subscription for it? Keep up your work as it inspires so many of us. Must say block number 1 was a third time success. overjoyed with my progress. have a good day.

  6. Designing fabric, new quilts, 2 versions of a Christmas quilt, traveling to teach, decorating, cooking, moving to a new house, surviving a backup at the shop, and hand quilting a beautiful quilt–with still energy left over to blog and share! Just wanted to let you know that you are appreciated and all your hard work is acknowledged. Enjoy the holidays and take some time to rejuvenate. Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2017.

  7. Lisa, the snowball quilt is stunning!! Are you making a kit! I’m coveting a kit! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  8. I posted on FB but have no idea if you can find it. Here’s what I wrote… Lisa Hoefler Bongean I’m so excited that we now have the first 20 Christmas blocks! I look everyday for the next post. I’m working on the Splendid Sampler which ends early February. Then I plan to start my 25 blocks of Christmas magic by you! I will be doing the country version. I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures. Happy Holidays and thank you for the opportunity to win a secret prize. ~kindly

    On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 10:38 PM, Lisa Bongean’s Weblog wrote:

    > lisabongean posted: “Happy Black Friday…so…did you go to the mall > today? No way…not me…I went to the antique mall and to the Ye Old > Goat…bought some new things to decorate the new house with for > Christmas…and Yes…I will post my Christmas decorating…I promise..” >

  9. Hi Lisa – In the picture you shared of your sewing room, I noticed that your Juki sits flush with the the surface of your table. This is what I’ve been wanting too, so I was wondering if you could share what table you have? Maybe send me a couple close up photos? I sure would appreciate it….. Gayle Burton Clinton, UT

  10. Love your snowball quilt. Did you hand quilt it? Still not sure about hand quilting Clara’s star. Will bring it tomorrow for temecula, would love your comments on quilting it. I have to say that your projects are so wonderful. They touch my sole. I hope to get the blocks in Crazy life hand stitched this week in Temecula. Not even bringing a machine. I don’t think I will ever take on all three of your blocks of the week again. I love every one of them and have enjoyed the project, i just have to space them out a bit. (That is what I get for getting old and not being able to make up my mind as to which one I wanted to do. So I chose them all) Will be good to see you again on Sunday. Safe travels. Mary Lou Ripper Calif

  11. Thank you so much for The Magic of Christmas. I haven’t started it yet but after the holidays for sure. Its a long winter here in Wisconsin. I love your snowball quilt..

  12. Your snowball quilt is gorgeous. The hand quilting really makes a difference!! Glad you got it done. I bet you will be able to find something new, to go in the hoop. I love to hand quilt–so peaceful. Thanks for more fun blocks.

  13. Love the snowball quilt….also…do you have info on your floors in that room? Who they are by, and the color? I know they would look great in my house. I LOVE your house and the MOC blocks!

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