Meet Me in the Garden – Round 3: Cat’s Cradle

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Ready or not, here we go charging into the second half of September with the next round release of the Meet Me in the Garden stitch-along! Round Three focuses on the traditional Cat’s Cradle-type block, fittingly named after the children’s string game, “Cat’s Cradle” dating all the way back to the 1700s. Old school Cat’s Cradle designs typically involve a lot of triangles, and this bunch proves to be true to form. For this quilt, when you make your Cat’s Cradle blocks you will actually be sewing four Cat’s Cradle units together with a small inner border to make it an 8″ finished square. Though the units have both half-square triangles and little setting triangles, with the use of the required Cat’s Cradle Ruler by Creative Grids, you don’t have to cut a single one! Wow – right!?  It really is a brilliant ruler. Trust me – Meet Me in the Gardenisn’t the only project you’ll be using it for… This clever tool allows you to simultaneously create two Cat’s Cradle units from each set of squares and rectangles, and achieve perfect triangle blocks in a variety of sizes. Not to mention, the cutting requirements for each size is conveniently printed right on the tool!

Remember, the Creative Grids Cat’s Cradle Ruler is one of the five required rulers for this stitch-along project, along with a few others that we highly recommend to make your life easier. If you still need to order yours, you can do so by clicking the link at the bottom of the Ruler and Tool list below!

The Cat’s Cradle Quilt Block is the perfect block to sharpen your patchwork skills. Whether you’re a confident beginner or a seasoned pro, this 9-patch design is excellent practice toward enhancing your overall abilities. Half square triangles are made with pieced triangle units, containing both smaller light and dark triangles. The smaller units may challenge your accuracy, but are completely doable with a bit of care and extra attention to cutting and minding your quarter-inch seams. If you’re feeling worried about diving into this round alone, don’t be! Val and I also have a video tutorial ready to go with step-by-step instructions on how to tackle Round Three with ease. All you have to do to watch is click the button below!

Still thinking about joining us for Meet Me in the Garden but haven’t quite decided yet? You can find all the details in the introduction post I made a few weeks back where I take you through all the fabric and tools that you will need to participate in this stitch-along. This is a six month long project, so I highly recommend having everything you need prior to starting. You can read more about the stitch-along and what’s required by clicking HERE! Video tutorials for each round are posted to my YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” each month on the listed release dates. You can watch the intro to Meet Me in the Garden now by clicking the STITCH button below! If you have any questions feel free to email the shop at and we’ll be happy to help!

As you can imagine I’m pretty beat after the The Great WI Quilt Show last week in Madison. Our booth was packed to the gills non-stop from opening day all the way up until tear down. Trade shows are a lot of fun but they are a lot of WORK as well. I always feel like I need a vacation after getting home from an event like that! It’s all for good reason though. Despite the hustle and bustle I will say that we had a very successful show and that we’re already planning and looking forward to next year! If you were able to make it out to our booth, thanks for stopping by! I got to meet and talk with so many awesome fellow stitchers young and old – it was great. And of course, we can’t forget about the wall-to-wall eye candy. Just wow! So much talent under one roof is always something to see. It was a privilege to be there!

We’re safe and sound back at home but yet – there’s no rest for the…well…witchy, as we kick off the annual Witches Retreat at The Gathering this week! Retreaters will be working on one quilt and one wool project especially geared toward the spookiest time of year. I’ll be sure to grab some photos of their progress and to show you later this week! Until then, don’t forget to set your timer for Shop Talk with Shelley tomorrow morning at 9:30 am CST where she’ll be talking about a few of her favorite quilts from my Urban Homestead Gatherings project book, and a couple of super cute pillows that are quick easy projects just in time for Halloween! Don’t miss it – you can tune in by clicking the STITCH button below. Then at 1:00 CST join me and my good friend and life coach Dara Tomasson to tackle some more serious life topics having to do with a healthy lifestyle and staying on track with personal goals and ambitions. Have I piqued your interest yet??? You’re not gonna want to miss this… See you there! ~Lisa

15 responses to “Meet Me in the Garden – Round 3: Cat’s Cradle”

  1. Cindy witheft Avatar
    Cindy witheft

    Love the new shirts and the model!!!!

  2. Marcia Fette Avatar
    Marcia Fette

    I got so excited about completing the first two rounds that I started and finished round 3. The cat’s cradle ruler was amazing. My blocks are practically perfect.

  3. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    I have everything purchased, fabric washed and starched.
    I have a question for Lisa and the gang:
    Will the cutting video and the weekly videos be up for a while?

    I’ve been tending a very ill cat for a very long time, sundowners’ (senility), losing her sight and hearing, sweet and loving but legitimate health issues to boot. My summer has been … go to the gym, shower, kitty on lap, bedtime, do it again, Thursday I say goodbye to my sweet Kitty and then I will press my tears into my fabric and get ready to cut. I hope. I’m a season behind, but you know what they say, to every season there is a purpose. I’ve fulfilled mine and I’m ready for Autumn.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Carol! Sorry to hear about your cat. Sometimes pets are harder to lose than people! I’m glad you have stitching to keep your mind occupied. To answer your question regarding the Meet Me in the Garden video tutorials, those will remain up on the YouTube channel indefinitely, so enjoy! Take care, ~Lisa

      1. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
        Carol Eberhardt

        Thank you. I guess it was a downer comment, but you are right, losing a pet can be sadder in a way then a person. It sounds terrible but only a pet owner gets it.

      2. lisabongean Avatar

        It doesn’t sound terrible at all Carol. Hang in there. <3

  4. carinmik84 Avatar

    Sorry missed you at the quilt show, we were EARLY on Thursday but said Hi to Luke.
    I am still considering Meet me in the Garden, but love watching the videos, still have to push the
    order button. Thanks for all you do for us!!!
    Carrie DeCoster

  5. carinmik84 Avatar

    Need to get the rulers for when I finally decide to take the plunge!!

    Carrie DeCoster

  6. Christine Dent Avatar
    Christine Dent

    I’m tired just reading this blog LOL. When do you ever rest Lisa??

  7. Joyce Beenes Avatar
    Joyce Beenes

    The show was wonderful and I was so happy to meet you and Jessica. 💗
    And I can say for sure that the booth was always packed on Thursday! You both deserve a vacation.

  8. JennyM Avatar

    The Cat’s Cradle ruler is a new one to me. I will have to go read all about it.

  9. Karrie Avatar

    The cats cradle ruler tutorial was excellent, thank you❤️

  10. Jeanne Giebe Avatar
    Jeanne Giebe

    Great video with you and Val, thanks to you both!

  11. Pam Avatar

    I had thought I wasn’t going to do this stitch along as I am doing the other stitch along. But I couldn’t resist. I ordered pattern and rulers earlier this week after staying at the gathering last week. ❤️😃

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