Wrapping up May with My Current Works in Progress in

Welcome back! I haven’t talked about what I’m currently working on for a while, so I thought it might be time for a little update. If you know me at all, you know I always have multiple projects going at any given time and this month is no different. Yesterday during my YouTube LIVE show, Stitch with Lisa Bongean I went through each of my active, but unfinished projects one by one to give you an idea of what my ongoing agenda has been like. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, that’s ok. Let’s go through them again!

First up on my to-do stack is Stars All Around.” This quilt is one of the projects we came up with for this year’s Summer Blocks of the Week. I always love a quilt with multiple options to consider, and this one does not disappoint. There are two versions of Stars All Around to choose from including Contemporary and Traditional designs. Both versions will be approximately 88″ x 88″ when finished. Kits for the Traditional version are available now on our website by clicking the link below. We are just about sold out of kits for the Contemporary version so you cannot find it on the website, but we do have just enough inventory to fill about 30 more. These kits are available on a first come first serve basis, and supplies are limited. If you are interested in a Contemporary kit, please email the store at store@primitivegatherings.us to let us know. We will do our best to fill the order while supplies last.

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. And for an alternative, unlike the Contemporary version of Stars All Around,” the Traditional design uses 208 different Reproduction fabrics to create the blocks in this quilt. Pretty cool, right!?

I am also currently working on Pumpkin Carving Contest,” which is also part ofSummer Blocks of the Week.” How cute is this darling quilt?!? This was so much fun to sketch and design, and  I am beyond happy with how it turned out. I love the different personalities of every single one of those cheeky little jack-o-lanterns! It’s the perfect size for a lap quilt or to display for holiday décor around your home. Finished, Pumpkin Carving Contest” measures 51″ x 58″.

Want to learn more about Summer Blocks of the Week? Click the button below to read my blog post where I explain it all! You can also call the shop at 920-722-7233 if you have any questions.

Moving along, you all know how I love participating in Quilt-Alongs. Right now I’m involved in a couple that I’m really enjoying. Heartfelt is an awesome fundraising project for Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. I decided I wanted to participate in this fundraiser because I love helping kids, and Make-A-Wish is a wonderful organization who’s mission is just that. Heartfeltis a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts. It was designed by Corey Yoder based on her new Moda fabric line, Beautiful Day.” For mine I decided to stick with the heart theme, and do my quilt with all Valentine’s Day fabrics that I had left over from last winter. I also decided to do my blocks half the size of what’s featured on the pattern (in other words I did 6″ blocks rather than the 12″ version that the pattern shows).

If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished. I’m right on track with this project and have the released blocks 1 through 4 complete. I really enjoy the way the Valentine’s Day fabrics are coming together on this one. Loving what you see? We still have Valentine’s Day fabrics bundles all set to go for this project! You can find the Valentine’s Day fabric bundles by clicking HERE

I’m also working on a fundraiser to raise money for WI Veterans that I’m sure you’ve heard about. I’ve been calling it my, Mystery Mission.” It’s my latest great idea to generate funds for one of my favorite charities on the planet, Hogs for Heroes. My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag blocks as possible by June 15th, 2022, which will then be used collectively to create a future project that will generate even more funds for Hogs for Heroes!

If you would like to participate in raising funds for Hogs for Heroes by making and donating blocks to this charitable mission, click the link below for the pattern and instructions to get started! One is great, but if you feel like making more we’d love it!!! We only have about half of what we need for this project so far… In other words, we still need more! Please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on the final project, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal) that would be even better!

To those of you who have already sent in blocks, I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! You all continue to amaze me with your talent and generosity every day. Keep up the great work everyone. Our veterans need us!

Since we’re talking red, white, and blue, let’s talk about my O’ Say Can You Sew Quilt-Along! Are you stitching along with me on this one? I am right on track with Clues #1 and #2, and ready for Clue #3 to release on June 6th (remember there is no set time a clue will be released, please keep an eye on my blog throughout the day).

If you’re looking for a good scrap buster project this could be just the ticket!  I’m calling this Quilt-Along O’ Say Can You Sew because I have so many reds, whites, and blues leftover from previous projects. I thought it would be a fun way to get an awesome patriotic quilt out of simply recycling my leftovers. 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! We’re only two clues into this quilt-along so if you’re thinking of joining us you still have plenty of time! You can find all the information you need about O’ Say Can You Sew by clicking the link!

For those of you who are following along and using red, white, and blue, we have bundles made up especially for this project in case you start to run out of scraps. I know some of you decided to skip using scraps all together and have dedicated the project to new red, white, and blue fabrics. These bundles are perfect for that as well.

Are you a Moda Blockhead? Moda Blockheads is a fun annual Block of the Week Sew-Along that includes weekly exclusive blocks created by a group of Moda’s top designers. It features 28 individual designer blocks (mine included – I’m block #7!) and 8 bonus blocks, making 36 blocks in total! Moda Blockheads 4 is in full swing as we’re approaching week eleven. I decided to do both sets of blocks (9″ and 4.5″). My. color choices include Ochre,” a bright orange Bella Solid paired up with my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line.

I really love this color combination – it reminds me Harley Davidson colors! If you’re still contemplating fabric choices for this quilt-along and decide you’d like to do yours like mine, you can find everything you need on our website! To purchase Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II pre-cuts and yardage, click the button below. For Orange Bella Solid “Ochre” (#9900-79) CLICK HERE

Still on the fence about quilting along with MBH4? Don’t be! It’s a lot of fun and the blocks aren’t what I would consider difficult or time consuming. You still have plenty of time to catch up and can do so by visiting the block archive. You can find the archive in the main list of links at the top of my blog page. Additional information and bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail there as well.

If you subscribe to our Quilt Box you’re probably familiar with this next beauty,”Revel.” This quilt was inspired by an antique in my collection that I really love. I wanted to pay homage to the cheerful, bright colors and stunning geometric designs that it has, and at the same time change it up a bit. In my version I included a gray background to keep a bit more on the subtle side.

I’m a bit ahead of the game and already have June’s blocks for “Revel” completed, along with the mini versions of each month so far. I think “Revel” is going to be nothing less than stunning when it’s finished and I can’t wait to see the final outcome! The bold solid colors paired with bright and cheerful designs really looks perfect together. “Revel” is not available to the public at the moment because as I mentioned, it is the ongoing, year-long project in our current Quilt Box. If you’re not a member of our Quilt Box subscription but love this quilt, don’t worry! It will be available to the public sometime next year after we’ve moved on to the next Quilt Box subscription year.

Last on the works-in-progress stack is “Dragonfly Dreams,” which is an ongoing quilt project featured in our current Wool Box subscription. “Dragonfly Dreams” is another design inspired by a vintage quilt in my personal collection. I love the combination of wool appliqué paired with different types of hand embroidery and stitching. Just look at the intricate floral design work on this beauty!

My modern version uses more earth toned colors with a color palette that includes blacks, browns creams and grays. If you like this quilt and aren’t currently subscribed to the Wool Box, hang tight! It will be available as a Block of the Month in 2023.

Whew! That’s quite the stack of projects! There is never a lack of things to do in the studio – both at work and at home. But you know what? That’s perfectly ok because I love it! I am truly living my dream every single day and I am so happy that you’re all a part of it. If you’d like to watch the LIVE presentation of my works in progress you can do so by clicking the Stitch with Lisa Bongean button below. Thanks so much for continuing to read my blog and watching me on my YouTube channel. My customers and fans are what keeps us going. My staff and I appreciate every single one of you!

As the holiday weekend approaches I just want to say I hope you have a great time with friends and family. Do you have big plans for the weekend? Let me know in the comments what you and your family will be up to this Memorial Day. I always love hearing about what everyone is doing. Enjoy yourselves and stay safe out there! See you all soon! ~Lisa


24 responses to “Wrapping up May with My Current Works in Progress in”

  1. Barbara Lovekamp Avatar
    Barbara Lovekamp

    I’ll be stitching away on Live a Thankful Life borders this Memorial Day weekend!

  2. Deborah k from Valparaiso! Avatar
    Deborah k from Valparaiso!

    Omg. My wip looks a lot like yours except I added those wool flowers sew a long. Sew much fun. I’m hoping for some sewing time this weekend

  3. Barb Schneider Avatar
    Barb Schneider

    We’ll be attending our granddaughter’s soccer tournament in Appleton – along with a stop at Primitive Gatherings to drop off my HOGS for Heroes flag block. Weather looks great so our family is looking forward to getting together. Hope everyone also enjoys our first holiday of the summer!

  4. Linda Davis Avatar
    Linda Davis

    My holiday will be to carry on as usual which means sewing on current projects ( many from primitive gatherings) and planning more I wish to do. Really looking forward to the summer blocks of the week. Of course I ordered more than I can complete in one season but will have them for when time permits. Thanks for you, your business and the lovely staff you have.

  5. quiltyjoyce Avatar

    Hubby and I will not be doing a whole lot this Memorial Day weekend; I’ve been down with sinus issues and have very little voice (youngest daughter said I sound like Harvey Firestein in Mrs. Doubtfire yesterday!). But since we’re in the process of moving, we may go back to the old house and pack some more boxes, and will likely take a bit of time on Monday to visit the graves of our fathers: hubby’s served in the Army in WWII, and mine was a WWII-era Marine. We were so lucky to have such wonderful examples of love, family, pride, and patriotism in them. Have a restful and safe holiday weekend!

  6. wantstoberetired Avatar

    What will I be doing this holiday weekend? Quilting!!! My husband is leaving tomorrow for a week long fishing trip and my machine will be humming! If I’m not out gardening, I can generally be found in my sewing room most of the day; this week I might be burning the midnight oil as well. Woohoo!

  7. Renee Brooks Avatar
    Renee Brooks

    Lisa, when do you sleep? Take care of yourself. We appreciate and need you. Monday will be spent with family remembering those that made it possible for us to still be free. 😊. Renee Brooks. raemkb@aol.com

  8. Jan Avatar

    On Saturday afternoon we have a cookout to attend after I have babysitting duty in the morning. Tonight I’ll be making baked beans & a Texas sheet cake. Sunday is 5th Sun at church so a pot luck meal after the morning service. Saturday morning I’ll fit in a casserole & a desert for Sunday. On Monday the plan is to teach a friend how to roll thin sugar cookies. She’s getting married in June & moving from Maryland to Idaho. So a lot of kitchen duty this weekend. Hope your weekend is warm & good eating with family & friends.

  9. Judy Donovan Avatar
    Judy Donovan

    Weekend plans include some gardening- looks like it will finally be warm enough to get tomatoes in here, some cooking for a family cookout Sunday evening and relaxing and thanking those who gave their lives for our country and thinking of those poor families in Texas and Buffalo😢on Monday.

  10. Barbara Heyden Avatar
    Barbara Heyden

    No real plans this weekend hoping to grill a bit, splash in the pool, stitch some, so many people traveling we decided to do a staycation at the house to avoid the crowds.

  11. Mary Bongers Avatar
    Mary Bongers

    Going to the lake and loving on the grands. First, graduation ceremony for oldest granddaughter graduating from FVL, then heading up to hopefully relax in warm weather.

  12. Debbie Meisel Avatar
    Debbie Meisel

    It’s suppose to get warmer each day over the weekend here in Michigan. I’m thinking it may be a good time to visit the grandkids since they have a pool…. But then again it’s always a good time to see grandkids! I will be heading to WI to see other grandkids soon. Might be time to visit PG again 😍

  13. Jennifer Roth Avatar
    Jennifer Roth

    Loved this week’s live. So inspirational and exciting as I am doing several of these projects. My weekend plans include stitching on Dragonfly Dreams, pool time, shopping, and family time. Love summertime!

  14. Melanie Avatar

    We planned a last minute trip to South Dakota! Looking forward to getting away for a bit and seeing some new sights!

  15. Kim Brandt Avatar
    Kim Brandt

    I’ll be attending memorial gatherings with my community, giving thanks for all those that have died for our freedom.

  16. Stephanie Tabares Avatar
    Stephanie Tabares

    Working in my garden and going to a car show with my husband.

  17. Kristie M Avatar
    Kristie M

    Lots of stitching on my weekend schedule! I’m almost halfway through stitching the center of Wool Tulip Crossing. Loving the results – but, wow, it is tough stitching the middle of a 54” square. Winter would have been a better time to work on an all wool quilt! I keep turning on the AC to cool off 😉

  18. janicelarue3908 Avatar

    My grandson graduated from high school this weekend so we have been enjoying a great visit with family in Arizona. We miss them since our retirement to the 4 corners of New Mexico, but love living in our small town in the mountains and are ready to go home Sunday and beet some of Monday’s traffic. My garden and sewing room await!

  19. usairdoll Avatar

    Such awesome projects ! Working a few UFOs at the moment. Thanks for all the inspiration and what you do !

  20. Sue Hoover Avatar
    Sue Hoover

    Pshew! You are one busy gal! Plans this weekend included our town’s VFW-sponsored parade and Memorial Day ceremony at our city park. Our community band played patriotic songs including the songs for all the armed forces. Candy was thrown and the weather was perfect — warm but not too hot! We ate traditional holiday food — bratwurst, corn on the cob, and deviled eggs. Tonight will feature BBQ. Happy Memorial Day, Lisa. I hope you have a great weekend remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

  21. Debi Whiffen Avatar

    We went to the Florida Folk Festival for 3 days with wonderful music and yummy treats!!! It is something we do every year and then celebrate my husband’s birthday on the 30th…we watch home town fireworks that night to honor all that have fought for us to have this joyful life that we have!! Of course, I will try to sneak in some time in my quilting room to work on my projects from the Tulip Retreat!!! Debi Whiffen

  22. Brenda Barr Avatar
    Brenda Barr

    I’m jumping on the O Say Can You See bandwagon! I don’t have many red, white, and blue scraps, so I ordered FQ bundles from you. I have finished clue #1, and am anxious to start clue #2—I love to chain piece. I am also anxious to get my Stars All Around kit—I ordered the traditional kit and want to see all the fabrics.

  23. Linda Cates Avatar
    Linda Cates

    I always enjoy your works in progress posts and videos. You give a lot of tips on how to keep up and I appreciate it. I’m especially enjoying Dragonfly Dreams. Such beautiful stitching. And Revel. What can I say? It’s already a favorite. Thanks for all you do to teach and inspire us!!🥰

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Thank you Linda!

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