I’m Feeling Moda-vated!

Hey friends, welcome back!. As most of you know we’ve been celebrating Martingale & Moda Week here at Primitive Gatherings, and what a week it’s been! I am having so much fun spending time at The Gathering with a great group of my fellow Moda designers from all over the U.S. We’ve been going strong all day and then staying up late stitching pretty much every night – I have literally not slept in my bed at home all week! Poor Nick. Oh well, he’ll be ok… After all, they say absence makes the heart grow fonder – right? LOL! This week was extra special considering because of COVID, we haven’t been able to get together collectively like this for almost three years. We are certainly putting in the effort to make up for lost time and of course, we’re having a blast doing it! Not only that, we have been stitching up a storm and putting a huge dent in some of our own projects along with making all sorts of goodies to exchange with one another. Busy, busy – and FUN! I am loving every minute of it.

A huge bonus of all this stitch time is that after a whole week of it I have managed to make some nice progress on a few of my current projects. If you’re following along with my O’ Say Can You Sew” Mystery Quilt-Along, you know that the release of Clue #6 is fast approaching! I spent some time finishing up all 128 HST blocks for Clue #5 this week so I’m ready to get started when Clue #6 releases on Labor Day, Monday September 5th. Keep in mind that though the shop and offices WILL BE CLOSED for the holiday, the clue will still release at 1:00 PM CST that day. I’m ready, are you?

Still thinking about joining this ever so tempting QAL? More information along with links to all released clues are listed in the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive, which can be found in the main menu at the top of this page. This quilt was originally designed to be a scrap buster, but if you don’t have that kind of supply on hand don’t worry. We have fat quarter bundles in stock that will be perfect to supplement your stash. There are blues and whites in bundles of 12 fat quarters for $30.00 per bundle (that’s two FREE!). We are currently no longer offering reds in these special OSCYS bundles due to low stock.

I was also excited to keep the ball rolling on my Letters for Santa QAL by completing the words, “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and “JOY.” In addition, I was able to get a lot of prep work done and cut fabric for “TREE,”FAMILY,” and “WREATH,” so that’s all set to go for when I have little snippets of time here and there to stitch. It’s pretty rare that I have a chunk of time to work where I have all day and night to sit and stitch. It will be a while before that happens again… There’s certainly nothing wrong with cutting ahead of time so I can get things done – even if it is in small portions at a time! Since I like to have a good head start on things well in advance, I really appreciate the chance to work on Letters for Santa this week. I’m confident I’ll have it done in time for the holidays – no problem! If you haven’t heard of this festive QAL, it’s is a Christmas project quilt-along from Moda inspired by my, Mini Alphabet Quiltpattern. Mini Alphabet is a darling little quilt, ideal for a child’s bed or toy room. It could also make a sweet pillow! Measuring at 42″ x 42″ it’s the perfect size for cuddling, all while learning your ABC’s. Super cute, right!?

If you’d like to participate in this quilt-along you’ll need both the pattern for my Mini Alphabet Quiltalong with Moda’s monthly word releases, new filler block patterns, and alternate project ideas. You can purchase the pattern by clicking the button above. For more information on this festive QAL, and access to monthly QAL releases, visit Moda’s website!

There really hasn’t been a dull moment around The Gathering during Moda Week, and I’m grateful for it. It’s so nice to be surrounded by like-minded people who all want to share knowledge and see one another succeed. You can’t help but be motivated! Each designer here visiting has contributed their own unique style and personality to the mix. I’m in awe of the variety and level of talent coming together all in one place – it’s really got me feeling inspired!I was lucky enough to have my fellow designers all join me one by one during LIVE on STITCH with Lisa Bongean yesterday, where we talked about some of their current projects and accomplishments across the board. If you missed it I highly recommend you watch the replay, which you can do by clicking the “STITCH” button below! Thanks to those who joined me on camera, it was a super fun LIVE with lots of information and insight on what other designers are up to. In fact, I want to give a huge shout out to my Moda family for being good sports and not camera shy. Obviously, going LIVE is always more fun with a friend – or 20 for that matter!

As if all the activity at work isn’t enough to keep me on my toes, I am a lucky enough to be spending part of my day today with my grand babies Jace and O-Bug, both at Anchor Point and in the retreat house. They even helped me give a tour of Primitive Gatherings earlier today! As any grandma knows, time with these special boys is truly what I live for, so anytime they are around is always a huge bonus.

As usual, this weekend is shaping up to be another busy – and fast – one like they always are, but I’m going to do my best to get some good rest in. We don’t have a lot of nice days left so I want to enjoy it while I can…then again I hear Hawaii is nice all the time and it won’t be long until I’m there sooo…    Sorry, sorry!  I don’t mean to rub it in! Ok – maybe I do a little, but can you blame me? You can’t. LOL! Alright everyone, I hope you all have an excellent weekend. Get some rest, stitch a bit, and I will see you all next week! ~Lisa

17 responses to “I’m Feeling Moda-vated!”

  1. Mary aconnelly Avatar
    Mary aconnelly

    It was fun to see all the interesting projects and books on you tube yesterday. Enjoy Hawaii!

  2. Peggy Nelson Avatar
    Peggy Nelson

    Enjoyed reading your blog again!! ❤❤

  3. Lisa M Rettig Avatar

    It was so fun seeing all the people who came to visit you, and to put faces, or voices, to the names I’ve followed for so long now. What a blast your time together must be!! Have a great weekend!

  4. Jody Rogers Avatar
    Jody Rogers

    What a fun looking group of designers for you gathering retreat. I recognize a couple, and I can’t wait to see what all you have brainstormed for us.

  5. Kay Nett Avatar
    Kay Nett

    So great to see the grand boys are back in action!

  6. Jeanne Giebe Avatar
    Jeanne Giebe

    Such a beautiful group of Moda sisters and your son and grandsons are so darn handsome! You are one lucky girl. Hope you have a restful weekend and enjoy the outdoors!

  7. Margaret Tomasik Avatar
    Margaret Tomasik

    Loved every Primitive Gatherings video I have watched. You are such an inspiration as a mom, grandma and friend.

  8. Julia de la Fuente Avatar
    Julia de la Fuente

    I enjoyed seeing the Moda folks showing their projects. Nice to put a face with a name. So many talented people.
    Enjoy your cruise trip to Hawaii with your crafting buddies. My husband and I went several years ago to Oahu. Of all the sites we went to on the island, I think Pearl Harbor left the biggest impression on us.

  9. An Cooper Avatar
    An Cooper

    Glad you’re having such a great time. You definitely deserve it with all the hard work you put in!

  10. Carol Keith Avatar
    Carol Keith

    Thursday’s YouTube was such a highlight to my afternoon. After not being together because of Covid, the enthusiasm of the Moda/Martingale attendees was so inspiring….Multi-talented participants. So many are now ‘hooked on” your beautiful wool kits. Received my Christmas box last week and can’t wait to get started on those projects. Keep inspiring others!

  11. Pam Avatar

    What light do you use for handwork?

  12. Sue Hoover Avatar
    Sue Hoover

    What a great “family reunion”!!! I’m quilting with friends right now too and I finished up “JOY” and got the “CHRI” of Christmas done today! Looking forward to finishing up the Merry Christmas. This is SO MUCH FUN! In between I’m trying to wrap up my Red & White entry!

  13. Linda Avatar

    It was fun to see the Moda gang..

  14. Sherri L Getchel Avatar
    Sherri L Getchel

    It’s always fun meeting new people and enjoying your new ideas. (And aren’t grand babies ther best!?!) Hoping you all have a wonderful time in Hawaii!

  15. Sandi Avatar

    It was fun to see so many creative people with you! You all seemed to have so much fun! Thank you for sharing that with us! Rest up!

  16. carinmik84 Avatar

    Yes, this weekend will fly by as usual, and sad to say summer is ending and Fall fast approaching.
    With school starting this week, I am hoping to get more of a schedule and be able to start stitching more. Time needs to slow for a bit, there is always so much to do!
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  17. Cheryl D Keown Avatar
    Cheryl D Keown

    Enjoy Hawaii! I was in beautiful Hawaii in April and visited 4 different islands. Enjoy the great scenery, weather and all the chickens.

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