Hey gang! TGIF! I’m officially on my way to California for another one of my cross-country solo adventures. I’ll be heading to San Diego this next week to talk with the USO (United Service Organizations) about some of my ideas to help benefit veterans. The USO has been the nation’s leading charitable organization in serving active-duty service members and military families since 1941, so I’m hoping they can help me find some inspiration for my next big event. My goal this time around is to involve soldiers who are currently on active duty, so I’m really looking forward to talking with them to get some insight on how to go about doing that!
While I’m visiting CA I’ll also be teaching for Dru at the Sew Treasured Retreat in Temecula on Monday. I have to say that being on the road is kind of hard when I’ve just been home for what feels like soooo long… Taking week-long trips to three out-of-state places, all within a month’s time isn’t as easy as you might think! I’m going to need to take the entire summer off from traveling after this – which I’ll be glad to do since it’s hard to ride my toys if I’m not at home. My family and I love to boat, bike, jet ski, hike, fish… and of course, Nick and I LOVE to ride our Harley’s! We only have so many warm weather-days a year in Wisconsin, so I have to take advantage while I can!
With so much going on right now sometimes I have to wonder how I’ll get it all done – even though I know I always do! As you saw last week during “Stitch with Lisa Bongean“ my works-in-progress pile is stacked high with ongoing projects and quilt-alongs. In fact, speaking of quilt-alongs today marks the release of block number five of the Fat Quarter Shops’s charity Quilt-Along, “Heartfelt.” Haven’t heard of it? “Heartfelt“ is a darling heart-themed project designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. I decided to participate in this fundraiser because I love kids and wanted to do something to help those who really need it. Make-A-Wish Foundation is an awesome organization that has been making wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions and their families for over 40 years. To date, they have collectively granted more than 520,000 wishes around the world since it was founded way back in 1980. How awesome is that!?!?
Everyone loves a good quilt-along, am I right? For me they’re especially hard to resist when it’s backed by such a great cause. Interested in joining me for this one? Let me tell you the details on this little dandy. “Heartfelt” is 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 used all Valentine’s Day fabrics leftover 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 happy to say that I’m right on track with this project and have blocks one through five complete! I really love the way the Valentine’s Day fabric looks collaged together within the blocks. Being the recipient of a thoughtful valentine is one of the best feelings ever – especially one made by-hand with love! Wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for your special someone next year? If you’re ready to get started on your own version of “Heartfelt,” hit the link below for the full pattern and instructions (please remember to donate $5.00 for each download!).
I’m glad this quilt is turning out to be so darn cute. The plan is, once I get done with my version of this little gem I will be auctioning it off to help raise even more money for Make-A-Wish Foundation! It will be sad to give it up, but it really warms my heart knowing it is going toward helping someone. I guess I will just have to make another one to keep for myself! Do you “love” this quilt motif as much as I do? If you’d like to make my version of “Heartfelt,” you can find the Valentine’s Day fabric you’ll need for it on our website!
“Heartfelt“ is currently a free Quilt-Along and download on the Fat Quarter Shop website. Blocks are released one at a time, and will be posted to Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber on the first Friday of each month through September, 2022. They do not require it, but highly encourage that a $5.00 donation be made for the pattern if you’re able to do so. Proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. If you’d rather make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, follow the link below!
Don’t forget to set your alarm for “Shop Talk with Shelley“ on Tuesday, LIVE at 9:00AM CST. She’ll be talking about our “Junk in Your Trunk” event along with the big Primitive Gatherings warehouse sale coming up next week! Then on Thursday I’ll be back in WI just in time to host “Stitch with Lisa Bongean“ at 1:00PMCST. I’m going to be LIVE here at PG showing you what we have to offer during our Warehouse Sale and “Junk in Your Trunk” events. We’ll be featuring sale items like fabric, kits, books, patterns, notions, and MORE!
If you’re lucky enough to be local you should really stop on out! There will be vendor booths featuring crafts, baked goods, home décor, antiques, and other unique items. I’ll even be selling some things – so come get my JUNK (it’s good junk, I promise)!!! Are you a big garage sale fan? If you said yes have great news for you! This is all happening at the same time as the Winchester Town Wide Garage Sale event, so you will have plenty of shopping options to choose from – after you come see us of course! If you love “treasure hunting” the way I do, these are your lucky days! Not to mention, lunch is available! On Thursday, Erica is planning to have Sloppy Joes, Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad, home-made potato chips and dip with a delicious cookie for dessert! Then Friday through Sunday our soup and salad bar will be available! Yes please…
Alright everyone, it’s time to put this computer down and focus on my day and week ahead! I hope you all have a couple of nice days off along with some beautiful weather! Will you be doing any garage saling this weekend? Do you go a lot or just every once in a while? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to take some time to rest, get caught up on projects, and as always, do your best to stitch every day! I will see you all after I get back from CA. Until then, try to stay out of trouble! LOL ~Lisa
19 thoughts on “Heartfelt Quilt-Along – Block Release #5 “Lovebug””
When will next clue come for Oh Say Can You Sew?
Clues for O’ Say Can You Sew release every first Monday of the month. Clue three will be released on June 6th.
Well Ms Lisa, all I can say is that you are a bad influence! I have converted over to using your project basket idea and now am looking at oh maybe 10 baskets with projects in them! 🤪😎🤣
All kidding aside, I’m trekking up Friday with a few friends to take part in your junk in trunk and warehouse sale!
See you then! Can’t wait! Guess I better stop at the dollar store and pick up a few more baskets! I have to tell you they are working well!
See you soon Pat!
I wish I was local so I could enjoy all that you have to offer. And I don’t mean just Chef Erica’s culinary delights. I like nothing better than a good “one man’s junk” sale… so much fun and treasures for everyone.
Today I spent my birthday sewing. I tried to finish a star block from the Quilt Box project, after being out of town … I wondered why I hadn’t cut a piece of background for the four 1/2 square triangles the little sheet was printed for, cut one, sewed, and was just about to cut when I realized those four blocks used the accent fabric, not the background. Rip rip rip.
Anyway, I understand how travel can mess with the mojo!
PS TRIANGLE PAPERS…. Where have you been all my life?!?!?😍😍😍
Happy birthday Carol! I hope you have a great one! ~Lisa
Safe travels to California, what a cool idea to touch base with the USO.
Weather will be beautiful this weekend in Pacific, MO so I plan on doing some hand stitching on my new screened in deck!
Sunday, headed to a flea market and enjoy our beautiful weather down near the beach.
Hope to see you at Sew Treasured Quilts on Monday Lisa!!❤️
We’re in Cali right now visiting family. Might have to stop by the shop and visit. Then driving back to Nh. Hopefully stopping at Wisconsin PG(just a little detour) Safe travels to you this week!!
Love going to garage sales. Love the hunt.
I need to be selling rather than gathering more stuff!
My 32 year old disabled son LOVES to go yard saling and would like it very much if I took him every week; that isn’t possible, but he is thrilled when it does happen! Wish we were closer and I could bring him to your junking event. I am really enjoying the “Oh Say Can You Sew” quiltalong and looking forward to watching it go together.
Yes, I love garage & estate sales. They are treasure hunts for sure & there are a few which I hope to stop by. Really I should be downsizing not adding. So some items get listed on Nextdoor or go to a consignment shop or get donated.
I’m convinced that you are the Energizer Bunny come to life, so productive! I’m using Sincerely Yours for my Heartfelt blocks when I can get them started. Please share more of you to-do lists so that we can learn how to break down the projects into daily bite-size pieces. Also, I need a PG sticker that says Stitch Every Day. Would be a great mat pattern too!
i go to sales now and then, especially if they have sewing stuff.
My sister and I love to hit garage and estate sales! You just never know what treasures you might find!
I decided to gear my beautiful day fabric towards the heartfelt also tho I’m still doing the botm with the panels. The fabric is getting scarce. Thanks for sharing.
Since we downsized and moved 2 1/2 yrs ago, I find myself going garage sailing less and less! No place for “stuff” anymore! LOL
Looking forward to the junk in your trunk sale! Happy to be local 🙂 I’m glad we were able to enjoy the nice weather outside yesterday, and now relaxing and stitching inside on this damp day.