It’s Time for the 2022 Summer Blocks of the Week!

Hey gang – happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I know many of you are anxiously waiting for the details on this year’s Summer Blocks of the Week so I thought I’d pop in to talk about that for a minute. This is a lot of information, so bear with me!

First, I wanted to let you know that due to the ever-increasing cost of postage, we’ve had to re-think how we go about doing – well, pretty much everything around here lately! Because of that, this year we are doing our Summer Blocks of the Week a little bit differently than we have in the past. We have decided to switch to monthly shipping for EVERYONE! Our goal is to distribute these projects in the most economic way possible for both you, and for us. In order to accomplish that, we will be shipping all four weeks worth of Summer Blocks of the Week projects together in one shipment, rather than each block separately (similar to how we have done it in the past for our international “Block of the Week” customers). This plan allows for a lower shipping rate for everyone overall.

Secondly, for this year’s Summer Blocks of the Week I’m excited to tell you that I actually have three ongoing projects lined up! First up is a pieced block called, Stars All Around. I want this quilt to be a bit of a mystery so I’m not going to give away too many of the details, or show you the completed quilt right off the bat. I will tell you that finished it will be approximately 88″ x 88″. You can also take a look at the fabrics we’re using below. You will get your first “clue” in your first shipment along with all of your fabric. New clues will then be sent out individually as we go along. Now, I know it’s tough to start a project without a finished product in mind but, trust me –  you don’t want to miss out on this one! If you like stars like I do, your love for this quilt is pretty much inevitable.

I always love a quilt with multiple options to consider. There are two versions of Stars All Around to choose from including Contemporary and Traditional designs. The Contemporary version uses only 33 fabrics to create this amazing quilt, including Moda’s Ombre Fairy Dust line. These clever fabrics make the quilt appear as though there are more fabrics being used than what there really is. Pretty cool, right!? In addition, for the 7 yards of background required we are using the White Ombre Fairy Dust fabric (when ordering, you will notice that there is not a choice of background offered for this selection).

Unlike the Contemporary version of Stars All Around,the Traditional design uses 208 different Reproduction fabrics to create the blocks in this quilt. Even better, you get to choose which 7 yards of background fabric you would like to use!!! For mine, I used our Primitive Gatherings Cream Muslin 1040-22 or a White Bella Solid.

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 for “Stars All Around.” Shipping will begin around the END of MAY.

ALSO – PLEASE REMEMBER: When ordering from our website you must select “YES” for the options that you would like, and “NO” to the options that you do not want. ALL questions marked with the red * asterisk need to be answered before you can add the item to your cart. If you do not answer all the required questions, the item will not be added to your cart. Instead the system will alert you by saying there is a “Backing Required” or “Essentials Required in red letters depending on which question you did not answer. In other words, a choice of YES or NO is required to move forward. Even if you are not purchasing that particular item you must still answer NO.

The second project I have for you is called, Tennessee Hummingbird.” This impressive quilt is done with English Paper Piecing. We will be using 30’s fabrics for the blocks, and a White Bella Solid for the 5 yards of background fabric needed to make Tennessee Hummingbird.” Look at all those beautiful colors – amazing!

We are offering Tennessee Hummingbird with two different payment options this year. If you pay in full, you will receive the full kit in your first shipment. If you are paying monthly, you will receive 4 monthly installments of fabrics. You will be charged immediately for either option you choose. If you pay monthly, the first month will be charged right away to allow us to start shipping each installment as they are ready. That way, we don’t have to wait for the billing cycle and you get it faster! Tennessee Hummingbird will start to ship MID to the END of MAY.

Last but certainly not least is an awesome Halloween-themed wool appliqué project I call, Carving Contest.” How cute is this! This was so much fun to sketch and design. I am beyond happy with how it turned out. I love the different personalities of every single one of them! It’s the perfect size for a lap quilt or to display for holiday décor around your home. Finished, Carving Contest” measures 51″ x 58″.

Alright everyone, hang on tight because I’m going to throw you all for a bit of a loop on this one. For Carving Contest,” we will be doing things like we normally do for our Blocks of the Month, except for this one you have the option of pay in full. The reason for this is that there is A LOT of wool in the Carving Contest Kit so there is no real practical way for us to ship you everything at once. If you chose to pay in full, as a way to say thank you we have discounted shipping costs by one shipment. You will be receiving a row of pumpkins to create for all six months of the program.

No Finishing Kit will be needed to complete the quilt, however, there will be one offered if you desire to finish it the same way I’m doing mine (the option to sign up for a Finishing Kit will be offered later in the program). We have a limited number of kits that are available in the 6 yards of Grunge Star Background that is shown in the sample, so the first people to sign up for the program will receive that background. It is on a first come, first serve basis and when it’s gone it’s gone! After those are exhausted, we will be switching to the same color Grunge as the Grunge Star, but without the Stars on it.

There are also Essentials that go with Carving Contest.” Essentials includes the 6 yards of Grunge fabric needed for the background. This is a separate charge from the quilt Blocks. You will receive ALL 6 yards up-front in your first shipment. PLEASE NOTE! You need to add “Essentials” to your cart first in order for any of the “Carving Contest” options to be added.

Alright, now for the fun stuff – FREEBIES! I know you are all wondering what we are going to be for the Freebie this year. Of course we will be having one, but we are changing it up a little. This year’s Freebie will be offered only to those of you who are participating in the Summer Block Quilts Program. In other words, we are no longer giving a Freebie away with a general online or in-store purchase this summer because we want to make it more exclusive to those of you who are participating in our Summer Quilts Program.

HOW SUMMER 2022 FREEBIES WORK: If you are choosing to pay in full and will be receiving your entire project upfront, you are also going to get ALL of your Freebies along with your first shipment. If you chose a monthly payment option, you will get four blocks of Freebies each month, for the first three months of the program that you are participating in. I know you’re probably dying to know what this year’s Freebies look like by now, so we will be showing them off tomorrow during “Shop Talk with Shelley!” Yet another reason to watch – don’t miss it!

In addition, we have also created a Thread Kit designated to the Freebie blocks, which retails at $44.00. The kit also includes a FREE Embellishment Needle with your Thread Kit purchase. Woo hoo!

Whew! That WAS a lot of information – thanks for sticking with me! I sure hope these awesome projects have sparked your interest enough to join me for this year’s Summer Blocks of the Week.” My team and I work long and hard on trying to come up with something a little different each summer and honestly, I think we knocked it out of the park this year!

If you’d like to hear me talk a little bit more about each project you can watch the replay of last week’s, Stitch with Lisa Bongean by clicking the link below.

Jess and I cover all the details on the Summer Blocks of the Week,” along with some other announcements and updates as usual. If you liked Shop Talk with Shelley last week, don’t forget it will be LIVE on our YouTube channel weekly on Tuesdays at 9AM CST! If you haven’t noticed, we LOVE to give away prizes around here! If you’d like to be our next lucky winner be sure to leave me a comment here on the blog and also during Shop Talk with Shelley!You can tune in by following the link below. Until then, take care! I will see you all in the morning. ~Lisa

29 responses to “It’s Time for the 2022 Summer Blocks of the Week!”

  1. Pat Widmaier Avatar
    Pat Widmaier

    Amazed at how you keep all of the happenings straight! I’m in awe. Kudos to you and your team! Love all of them, but will have to enjoy everyone’s posts as they work on each project.

  2. Louise M Haddon Avatar
    Louise M Haddon

    Great varity!

  3. Joyce Remley Avatar
    Joyce Remley

    🤩 WOW !! You knocked it out of the park, thanks. Bless you🙏🏻

  4. sbdairy2 Avatar

    Awesome quilts! Hard to decide which one to do! I would love to do all of them. I enjoy listening/watching your videos. Keep up the good work! You have a great team1

  5. Laura B Avatar
    Laura B

    Think what you are doing with the shipping makes so much sense. Thanks so much. Love the idea of the mystery. I am currently doing your freebie mystery and used up a tiny bit of my 11/2” squares I have cut from leftover fabric from my projects. Hoping to use more of those or of 2” or 2 1/2” squares. This my mystery quilt will be scrappy. Enjoyed just pulling out squares Willy nilly and putting them together.
    If I loved Halloween I would love the wool project. What a cute idea!

  6. Cathy Brock Avatar
    Cathy Brock

    So excited for the Pumpkin Craving SBOM. I love all the personalities in the pumpkins. And I like that you all go above and beyond and always try to pack so much into everything you do. Thank you Lisa and PG Team! Cathy Brock

  7. Ruthann Lindsay Avatar
    Ruthann Lindsay

    I would like to watch Weekly Shop Talk live but it comes on at 6aam my time. So unable to be eligible for any prises. Love watching reruns. Thanks for all you do Lisa , you do a wonderful job.

  8. Susan Burke Avatar
    Susan Burke

    Lisa and PG folks..You all make my life happy !! ❤️

  9. Pamela D Miller Avatar
    Pamela D Miller

    I always get excited to see what the block of the weeks are. I have participated in several of them, and they never disappoint! Lisa and her staff always have everything so organized. Thanks Lisa. These SBOWs are wonderful!

  10. Cheryl G Avatar
    Cheryl G

    Wow, can’t wait to get started on my Stars all Around .

  11. Colleen Freeman Avatar
    Colleen Freeman

    I haven’t done a summer block of the week in a while, but had to order carving contest as soon as i saw it. Looking forward to getting started!

  12. Avatar

    Love the pumpkin carving quilt! The colors of wool are perfect!

  13. Barbara Groeschell Avatar
    Barbara Groeschell

    Love them all. Will there be an option to pickup at the shop?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Barbara – Do you mean to pick up a printed version of the clues?

  14. Joanne Rodriguez Avatar
    Joanne Rodriguez

    I am in Awe of you Lisa! Your mind must move at a million miles an hour everything is great!!!

  15. Chris Wachal Avatar
    Chris Wachal

    You have some awesome projects again this year. They are tempting!

  16. Muriel Carroll Avatar
    Muriel Carroll

    So excited to join your summer blocks of the week Yohoo cant wait!!!

  17. Linda Crumpton Avatar
    Linda Crumpton

    Good morning Lisa. I’m so excited I just put my order for Summer Block of the Week, Stars All Around Contemporary. Looking forward to your Mystery Quilt. I appreciate you and all your staff for the hard work each one has to do, but they love what they do. Happy Easter to you and your family. Much love ❤️
    Linda Crumpton

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Thank you Linda!

  18. Sandi Avatar

    Love all of the summer offerings! I don’t know how you do it!

  19. Lois Avatar

    Summer programs sound like fun!!

  20. Katherine McIntyre Avatar
    Katherine McIntyre

    So excited for the summer blocks

  21. Harriet Murray Avatar
    Harriet Murray

    Thanks for all the info in one place!

  22. Lenora Hinman Avatar
    Lenora Hinman

    I already ordered the contemporary Summer block of the month! I can’t wait to get started! This will be my first with Primitive Gatherings but I am sure it will not be my last!

  23. Celeste Clark Avatar
    Celeste Clark

    Love your YouTube shows!

  24. linda d bechtel Avatar
    linda d bechtel

    Love everything Primitive Gatherings! Love on going projects—sew every day!!!

  25. linda d bechtel Avatar
    linda d bechtel

    Love Primitive Gatherings! Looking forward to Stars all Around! Sewing everyday accomplishes goals!!

  26. Jane kelley Avatar
    Jane kelley

    Way to go Lisa and Team! Love all of the summer projects!! Which one will I decide on lol a tuff decision for sure lol!!

  27. Ann Post Avatar
    Ann Post

    Boy is it going to be a busy summer. I’ve signed up for stars all around. Of course I’m doing the garden gathering SAL. Sew much fun.

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