MBH4 Block #24 – “Outtakes”

Hey again – welcome to another beautiful Blockhead Wednesday! I hope you’re all caught up as we dive into Block #24 this week!Outtakes was designed by Vanessa Christenson of V & Co. Vanessa is self-described as a busy mom living in “the middle of nowhere, Iowa.” She is known for her spectacular use of bold, modern colors and patterns, which has inspired her to create several Ombré-based patterns and designs throughout her career. In addition to teaching and publishing patterns as V & Co., Vanessa is also an author, life coach, and fellow Moda fabric designer, specializing in her Ombré collections that are nothing short of eye candy.

I was super excited when I saw the design for this block. Turns out, Vanessa and I have more in common than our obvious obsession with quilting, and the fact that we’re Moda sisters… We also both also happen to really love stars! Paying tribute to our favorite motif, Outtakes was inspired by Vanessa’s all-time favorite block in the quilting world. You guessed it – the star block! Outtakes offers a little bit of everything including basic four-patches, flying geese, and both large and small pieces to play with. Different shading options give you lots of variety when piecing your block – the possibilities are endless! How will you put yours together? Whatever your plan might be, you can find the pattern and full instructions for Outtakes by clicking the button below!

Last week I kept my blocks simple and only used my usual background fabric plus one more. This week I’m feeling more on the frisky side so I decided to change things up and go with four different fabrics all together.For the gray section of the four-patch units, I reverted back to my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line and chose a medium gray with black floral print that I have used in several past MBH4 blocks. The triangle pieces that make up the overall “star” shape are done in a darling design by Sweetwater featuring tiny white hearts on a black background. For the middle square portion of the star I chose a large gray floral print on white by Corey Yoder, taking special care to place a rose dead center. As usual I used “Ochre” for my background – a medium orange Bella Solid.

It doesn’t matter that there’s only four more weeks to go in this year’s Moda Blockheads 4 QAL. If you’re still thinking about taking the plunge, it’s not too late to start! All the information you’ll need including all the previously released MBH4 blocks that I’ve done are available in the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive, listed in the main menu of links at the top of my blog page. You can also visit Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center Page for more information, along with all released bonus blocks by clicking HERE! 

I hope you’re having a great day so far. I’ve been hanging out over at The Gathering for a sneak peak at some of the awesome things being created by Debbie Maddy and her Shibori students who are on retreat this week. If you’re not familiar with Shibori, it’s a Japanese tie-dyeing method done by hand that produces a number of different patterns on fabric by using wringing, pressing, and squeezing techniques. Needless to say the process is fascinating, and Debbie is a true master who makes it look easy!

Since a lot of the action is happening outside during this event, we really couldn’t have asked for better weather! Sunny skies without a cloud in sight are making this retreat even that much more lovely. Considering our guest of honor is here all the way from TX, I’m glad mother nature cooperated and didn’t decide to send a cold front our way – she has a tendency to do things like that with impeccable timing. We did fight with the breeze just a little yesterday, but that was quite alright. We simply took advantage of the excellent drying conditions.

As you know, one of my favorite color combinations to work with is blue and white so this is definitely right up my alley. When Debbie was here last summer I got the opportunity to explore some dyeing techniques that I’ve never tried before, and had a ton of fun doing it. One technique I tried involved scrunching fabric around a pipe to create a cool striped effect. I also got to play around with dyeing wool with Indigo, which produced some super pretty blues that we don’t normally see with wool. I even tried my hand at applying dye over stitching using Indigo, and ended up with some really neat star pattern results to show for it. Pretty cool!

There is definitely no shortage of creativity resulting from this year’s class. I am so impressed with all of the different patterns and shades of blue everyone is coming up with. There is really no limit when it comes to Shibori! Some of the methods Debbie uses are techniques you’d never think of on your own, even though the concepts are actually simple! Pretty much anything you can find that has an interesting shape or texture can be used to produce one-of-a-kind works of art in Shibori.

Ahh I just love it! So many great things are happening here at Primitive Gatherings, and it keeps getting better! I hope that if you are local you’re able to come and see for yourself. If not, thank you for continuing to visit vicariously by reading my blog and watching me LIVE on YouTube! Isn’t technology cool? I’m so thankful to have a way to include everyone in this journey of mine. It’s so amazing that even if you can’t be here in person you can still be a part of it all! That being said, I think it’s time to give away some prizes! Last week we had so many nice comments it was hard to chose just one winner. I appreciate every single one of them so much and really want to show my gratitude so I figured, why not two this week? Teresa E. and Peggy N. YOU are the lucky winners of a nice little prize for your comments on here on my blog! As always I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of the lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us 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! 

Boy, that’s fun. Who knew giving away prizes would make a girl feel so good? Really though, what  feels good is to give back to my fellow creatives, loyal customers, and fans who have helped make Primitive Gatherings and The Gathering my dream come true. Alright, back to work – we have a lot to do! I will see you tomorrow on YouTube at 1:00 p.m. CST for more fun during STITCH with Lisa Bongean as we talk all about our next big focus coming up – The 2022 Great Wisconsin Quilt Show! We have multiple booth spaces reserved and plan to take full advantage of the space to show off Primitive Gatherings in its full glory. Set your reminder now so you don’t miss it! See you there. ~Lisa

19 responses to “MBH4 Block #24 – “Outtakes””

  1. Carol Keith Avatar
    Carol Keith

    Whenever I attended the AQS show in Grand Rapids, my first stop was always the Primitive Gatherings booth. Wish I could attend the upcoming Wisconsin show…or better yet, just stop in Larsen to see EVERYTHING!!

  2. Loreena Nanninga Avatar
    Loreena Nanninga

    Love hearing about all the projects you have going on!!! It’s so fun to see everything you do. Hoping to make it to the gathering for a retreat soon!!

  3. kpavski7243 Avatar

    just received the fat quarter of the autumn gatherings fat quarter bundle and am blown away at all the yummy colors

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Thanks for ordering – enjoy!!!

  4. Christine Dent Avatar
    Christine Dent

    Always love and appreciate your take on the blockheads every week and that you include info on the designers as part of your blog.

  5. Jan Avatar

    I miss stopping at PG’s booth at Hershey PA. All I can say I’ve saved some $$s. I’ve done a little Shibori dying at our library’s craft classes. It’s always fun to see everyone’s results. You always think wish I had done that. I haven’t used my pieces yet, waiting on the right block. Jan

  6. Mary Hawk Avatar
    Mary Hawk

    That’s pretty cool stuff!

  7. Donna Schulz Avatar
    Donna Schulz

    Are you coming to AQS in Des Moines in September? I always look for your booth. So clever to figure out how to get that star design when dying. Love it!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Donna! No, sorry. We won’t be there. Now that I have the retreat house my traveling is becoming less and less – which was part of the goal! I hope you have fun at AQS! ~Lisa

  8. Kristina Wilkinson Avatar
    Kristina Wilkinson

    Your blockhead block is really cool with the different fabrics. I also love all the pictures of the dyeing process. How interesting to be a part of that! I have never worked with indigo or really done Shibori dyeing.I have mostly done wool dyeing with natural materials and even some koolaide! It was lots of fun and produced some really interesting colors. I love the different patterns you showed from the dyeing process. So fun! This is all a wonderful distraction from packing up for our move! 🙂 Thanks for sharing. K-

  9. Pat Widmaier Avatar

    Bummer, I’m going to miss the Madison quilt show this year as well as your video today. But, I’ll see all at the Gatherings on Tuesday. I’m coming up for a Sit n Stitch and then heading to Door to spend time with my best friend. Her brother passed away a few weeks ago and we’re going to celebrate his life. A good reminder for me to continue to enjoy each day and take advantage of the blessings we are given!

    Lisa, hope the quilt show is a success for you and your crew!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Pat! Sorry to hear about your friend’s brother. The death of a loved one is always hard so it’s nice your friend doesn’t have to be alone during this difficult time. Thank you for the well wishes in regard to the Madison show, we’re all very excited about it! Take care, Lisa

  10. Sherri L Getchel Avatar
    Sherri L Getchel


  11. gijane279-Liz Avatar

    I’m getting more and more excited for my 26-30 September trip to the Gathering! Taking a class with Debbie is on my bucket list! I’m glad you had good weather while she was there, it’s been HOT HOT HOT here in Texas, but at least we finally are getting some rain which I hope eases the drought. Hugs

  12. Diane Madison Avatar
    Diane Madison

    I love the indigo dyes! I wish I didn’t live so far away from your store (although, that might be a good thing 😉).

  13. Alice Avatar

    ❤️❤️❤️ your block! The WI show sounds great! So glad you have great weather for your dyeing seminar! 🌞

  14. Cindy Avatar

    I agree the blues are gorgeous

  15. Joyce Beenes Avatar
    Joyce Beenes

    Your block is really fun. I can’t wait to see your finished quilt. So looking forward to shopping your booth next week Thursday. It was fun to watch your live today and get a preview of what we will see. Have a great Labor Day weekend. Hope you can relax a little💗

  16. JoAnne Thielen Avatar
    JoAnne Thielen

    Love your tutorials, hoping to come to a retreat sometime this winter!

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