Are You Ready to Meet Me in the Garden?

Today is a big day for those of you participating in the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along. After much anticipation, the video tutorial for Round 1 “Square-on-Square was finally released this afternoon! If you’ve been following along and are staying on track, you should be ready to go with the pattern and all your pre-cut fabric, supplies, and tools already in hand. Just joining us, or still on the fence bout stitching along? To learn more about this SAL you can find all previously released Meet Me in the Garden videos and tutorials on my YouTube channel, STITCH with Lisa Bongean.” You can also visit the Meet Me in the Garden Video Release Archive by following the link listed in the main menu at the top of my blog.

During the previously posted Pre-Cut Video Tutorial,” we showed you everything you need to know about the required cutting you’ll be doing to prepare for Meet Me in the Garden. In this helpful tutorial Val shows you step-by-step how she organizes and prepares her fabric for quick, accurate cutting, and the methods she uses to achieve that. I highly recommend that you pre-cut everything you’re going to need before you start your quilt. That way, if you make a mistake it will be easier to deal with earlier in the game, vs getting all the way to the end only to discover that you’re out of fabric. Remember, if you still need to pre-cut your fabric and need a little guidance on how to go about it, you can watch the replay of Val’s Pre-Cut Video Tutorial by following the link!

Once you have all your fabric cut and your tools set to go, you’re ready to start Round 1 “Square-on-Square!” In this informative video tutorial, Val talks all about the required Square-on-Square 8″ Trim Tool, which is a super handy ruler by Creative Grids. She will also explain the reasoning behind her fabric placement, and share some tips and tricks to make the process easier for you. You can watch Val and I in action while we tackle Round 1 by hitting the button below!

It feels so good get this stitch-along started. Doesn’t it seem like we’ve been waiting forever for it to all come together? So you have an idea of the timeline on this one, I have the video release schedule posted below for your reference. There will be a corresponding video tutorial released every month along with each new round. As I mentioned earlier, you can find links to all previously released videos in the Meet Me in the Gathering Video Release Archive by clicking the link in the main menu at the top of this page!

Since Meet Me in the Garden is still in the final-final stages of development, we still may run into a kink here and there along the way, but don’t worry! If that happens we’ll let you know as soon as we’re aware of it – both here on the blog, and LIVE on YouTube during Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Fortunately things have been going great so far, aside from one little nuance that was brought to our attention. If you’re quilting along with the  Meet Me in the Garden stitch-along, please note: in the layer cake portion of the cutting instructions (page two) it states that you will need only one layer cake square for 5 – 3 ¾” squares. Instead, you will actually need two layer cake squares to have enough fabric for this portion of the instructions.

Just when you thought today couldn’t get any better after the Meet Me in the Garden “Square-on-Square video release, I have even more great news for you. Our fabric sale was such a huge hit last week that we’ve decided to EXTEND the SALE another week until JULY 24th! That’s right, take 25% OFF all fabric in stock now through JULY 24th, 2022 (SALE includes pre-cuts and yardage – minimum of 1/2 yard cut. Sorry but the offer does NOT include my Garden Gatherings line or any fabric that is already on sale).

Alright! Now that you have the information you need to get started on this epic stitch-along AND a sweet fabric sale to get your creative juices flowing, let’s get to it! Val and I decided not to do an individual project facebook group for this stitch-along, because we’d rather have questions be accessible to everyone in the same place as the video. In other words, if you have a question or need advice feel free to leave it in the comment section of the video you’re watching and either myself or Val will answer you as we receive them. Don’t have a question but just want to say hi? That’s ok too! You know I love reading your messages. And to sweeten the pot, every comment you leave either here on my blog or on my YouTube channel earns you a chance to win a prize… Just like Kristina W. and Linda E. – our lucky comment prize winners this week! As always, I am not posting last names or email addresses for privacy’s sake, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner!

I hope you all have a nice evening. It was just about 90° and sunny out there today, which makes the bike ride I was thinking about taking later a heck of a lot less appealing for some reason. I might just bite the bullet and go anyway considering the forecast doesn’t look like it’s going to be changing anytime soon. I guess I just need to get used to the torture… I mean hey – It’s not a workout without a little pain, right? Either way I will see you all tomorrow bright and early at 9′:00AM for Shop Talk with Shelley LIVE on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel. As usual Shelley will be going over any shop announcements along with some hand-picked projects we think you’re really going to love. Set your timer, you’re not going to want to miss it!


22 responses to “Are You Ready to Meet Me in the Garden?”

  1. Delores Rast Avatar
    Delores Rast

    Go ride that Harley!!! Life is short, have all the fun you can!!!

  2. Alice Avatar

    So excited to watch the latest video! Pattern and fabric all set. Thank you for all your hard work!

  3. Lori G Avatar
    Lori G

    My “Comment Prize” arrived today! It is so incredibly awesome. Thank you so much Lisa! The bag will come in handy for hauling all my stuff when I go to classes!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      So glad your prize arrived safe and sound and that you liked it!

  4. Karen Mathison Avatar
    Karen Mathison

    I received my 2nd set of pumpkin carving pumpkins. I have them all ironed down. Can’t wait to stay appliquéing them. Best therapy ever. Thanks Lisa for your inspiration & designs!
    Karen Mathison

  5. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    A little behind already, but pressing fabric tomorrow and then I’ll start cutting. The cutting video was great, thank you, it made the whole thing less daunting. I’ve used the square on square ruler before, and am really looking forward to those blocks! They are like mm’s… you cannot make just one, they are addictive. And in your fabrics, gorgeous!
    My border fabrics arrived, and I ordered some cream yardage and I do not have the slightest idea why! The Red White and Blue sew along? do not know!
    Oh well, it’s PG, it’s pretty, you can never have too much!

  6. Jeanne Giebe Avatar
    Jeanne Giebe

    So excited and ready for the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch Along! Thanks to Val and Lisa for this great project!

  7. Terri Hauge Avatar
    Terri Hauge

    I love your hsq triangle paper. Have use it in so many projects! Thank you.

  8. Pat Widmaier Avatar
    Pat Widmaier

    Stay safe on your bike ride.

    Patiently waiting for my fabric order. Bought a blue bundle for oh say can you sew. Wasn’t sure if I had enough. Never have enough fabric, right? Lol

    Finished climbing the ladder quilt tonight. Hanging on my ladder. Love it!

    Stay cool!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Thanks Pat. See you soon!

  9. Linda E Avatar
    Linda E

    Hasn’t our weather been super crazy? It is still over 100° plus in TX and no relief in sight. Thanks for adding another week to the sale!

  10. Tammy Marquardt Avatar
    Tammy Marquardt

    Stay cool!!

  11. Villa Webb Avatar
    Villa Webb

    ☹️caught in the waiting for rulers to come in group. I’m really glad these are on You-tube. 😉

  12. Kristina Wilkinson Avatar
    Kristina Wilkinson

    What a nice surprise Lisa to get an e-mail from Heidi saying I had won a prize for commenting on your blog! It was so nice to have that in my inbox. I do enjoy reading your blog and I love this quilt you are just starting. I have way too many things going on right now, especially with moving to another state for a year in about 6 weeks so I will cheer you all on and watch you create your gorgeous quilts! Thanks for all of your tutorials, give aways , sew alongs and just for generally sharing your knowledge with us. You really do teach me so much and encourage me along the way. I love your videos. They make me smile and laugh, but teach me stuff too. Have a great Tuesday! K-

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Thanks for being a loyal reader of my blog Kristina! I sure do appreciate you. I really hope you enjoy your prize. Take care and good luck with your move! ~Lisa

  13. Ronalda Jeanne Pettrey Avatar
    Ronalda Jeanne Pettrey

    I’m sorry I can’t remember but is just the pattern for sale. I’m doing the pumpkins so I didn’t get this one but I would like to make it some time in the future. The video’s are great!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Ronalda! The pattern for Meet Me in the Garden is available for purchase at this link!

  14. Kathy R Avatar

    I decided not to do the sew-along because big projects never seem to get finished in my house. SO, I decided to do the cross stitch version instead. I do believe I can get that one finished!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Great plan Kathy! It’s important to know our limitations. 🙂

  15. Lori Pennings Avatar
    Lori Pennings

    Can’t wait to start. Hopefully this weekend…..

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  17. Betsy Carroll Avatar
    Betsy Carroll

    Hi Lisa and Val, Thank you so much for the wonderful videos! I got all my fabric cut, so I am ready to roll !!! I had a question about the 24 Dark vs. the 11 Dark fabrics. I have kept them separate after watching the videos. But, now I am confused as to which ones to use when ? I looked on the pattern and did not see it there. Can you help ?

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