Beautiful, Bountiful Friday

Hey everyone! I’m back in the studio again on another gloomy Friday afternoon tying up loose ends before the weekend hits. Despite the warmer temps finally starting to settling in, we’re still dealing with the wind and rain making everything a soggy mess. On the bright side, the world outside is really starting to green up which is nice, and exciting to see after such a long winter. I think it’s safe to say that spring is actually in full-swing… For real this time!

Today is not only Cinco de Mayo, but it’s also the official release date of the third Bountiful Quilt-Along block – two great reasons to celebrate with some saucy margaritas if you ask me! This month’s release is referred to as the Sunflower Block release. If you couldn’t guess, these blocks feature colorful large-scale sunflowers that are fun and easy to sew. If you are following the pattern exactly as it’s written you will be making two of these happy blocks for the quilt. Or, if you’ve decided to go the Lisa Bongean route and are following along with my layout, you will need to make four. As you know I’ve never had much of a taste for large baskets, which is why I made the decision to delete them from the pattern all together. Instead I used two additional blocks of both releases number three and four to create an alternative layout. It will look something like the image below. No offense toward the original design, my brain just likes this one better.

Whether you choose to go with my basket-less design or take the original route, Bountifulis a bright and cheerful sampler quilt that features flowers, butterflies, …and baskets if you want it to. It will finish at 64″ square making it a nice throw sized quilt. If you’re a fan of the original and have decided to go with the initial design, your finished quilt will look like this…

The Sunflower Blocks” measure 12.5″ x 24.5″ and will make up the outer portion of each corner section of the quilt. The inner portion of each corner section will be made up of Block #4 which will be released on Friday, June 2nd, 2023. If you’ve been following along you know that for my blocks I am using a bright and colorful mix of spring and summery fabrics by Lori Holt. I thought the vivid mix of prints and patterns was especially fitting for such a cheerful quilt.The Flip and stitch method will make light work of the components of this block. After your units are complete, assembling the quilt will go super fast and easy. Make sure you check your measurements after stitching each component so that in the end your final sunflower blocks all measure the same (the instructions show measurements for each unit as you go, which is helpful). If they are not, your quilt will not go together smoothly in the end. Ready to give it a shot? You can find the pattern and full instructions for the Sunflower Blocks by clicking HERE!

How is your progress coming along? Are you on track or letting your blocks pile up to tackle all at once? Let me know in the comments! If you’re a straggler and still thinking about joining this QAL but haven’t made the leap yet, it’s all good! You can start at any time… All you have to do to get your FREE patterns for the Bountiful Quilt-Along is visit Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber for more information by clicking the link below! There you will find fabric requirements, hot tips, and a link to the Bountiful Quilt-Along Landing Page, which you can also find by clicking HERE!I will continue to post my progress here on my blog as I make my way through Bountifulhere on my blog in case you’d like to follow along! I sure hope you found some inspiration to join this Quilt-Along with a cause. There’s something extra special about giving back using your own hard work and talents. I love having the opportunity to use mine to help kids facing adversity in their lives. Remember, Make-A-Wish Foundation relies on donations to make wishes come true and they can’t do it without our help! Ready to quilt-along with us? Hit the link above for more information! OR to read my blog post where I introduce and explain it all, click HERE

Well gang, now that you have your assignment I feel like I can hang it up for the week. As usual before I sign off I have a couple of prizes to sling so let’s get to it! This week a very special thank you goes out to Diana R. and Shari S. for their comments on the blog last week. You really know how to make a girl feel appreciated and I can’t thank you enough! As for the rest of you, your comments are extremely important to us so please – keep them coming and I’ll keep sending out the prizes (note: I do not post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of the lucky winners this week please be sure to check your email. You can also contact Heidi at if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. If you think you are a winner but have not received a prize confirmation email, be sure to check your spam folder – it’s not often but our emails will sometimes end up there)!!! Alright everyone, have a great weekend and I will see you all next week. Until then take care and of course, do your best to stitch every day! Bye for now. ~Lisa

20 responses to “Beautiful, Bountiful Friday”

  1. Pam Avatar

    Such pretty sunflower 🌻 blocks

  2. Tammy Marquardt Avatar
    Tammy Marquardt

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! Have a margarita!

  3. Pat Robinette Avatar
    Pat Robinette

    Planning on starting my 11 year old granddaughter on her own wool journey the end of May. She has shown lots of interest. Hopefully it brings her as much joy as I have found.

  4. Sylvia Fletcher Avatar
    Sylvia Fletcher

    Thank you Lisa! Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Charlene Morris Avatar
    Charlene Morris

    As always you are so encouraging. I had decided to not do Bountiful because I just do not like basket blocks. Your design may be good for me and I am certainly considering it now. Thank you for the idea.
    I am super happy you are finally getting spring in your area.
    Have a great weekend

  6. Sandi Z. Avatar
    Sandi Z.

    I live on White Lake in Waupaca county and also have 3 sons! Thank you for all you do for all of us!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      I hope you come visit us soon Sandi!

  7. Sharon Samuel Avatar
    Sharon Samuel

    Make-a-Wish is such a worthy cause and I am very excited to be able to support them!! I am using Seashore Drive by Moda for my quilt. I am using the baskets on mine, but I do love your design without them. Have a wonderful weekend! I always enjoy your very newsy posts💜

  8. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    Just the thought of seeing cheery sunflowers in the fields makes this dreary northeast Friday a little more bearable.
    I loved meeting your designer pal yesterday on your you tube show, her designs are amazing. My favorite, though, was the one hanging behind you, it looked like a series of circles. It made me think of patterns of birds flying, like chimney sweeps. I have forgotten the name, but I’ll buy the pattern book, because they are all stunning,
    I think it’s amazing how easily you share the limelight and acknowledge collaborators. You’re full of grace.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Awe, Carol! You’re sweet. <3

  9. Laura Avatar

    Thanks for your basketless design. I’ve not yet started the project because I really did not like the baskets. Bravo to you.

  10. Sue Avatar

    Hope you have a great weekend! I think I’m catching up with my projects then I get intrigued to start another one. This is cute.

  11. Diana L Ripley Avatar
    Diana L Ripley

    Thanks for always sending out inspiring news letters and videos. Always gets me going on my projects. I think my favorite quilt on the “Live” this week was the one hanging up behind you from the new book coming out.

  12. lee Avatar

    I love the flower blocks!! enjoy the weekend!

  13. Jennifer Roth Avatar
    Jennifer Roth

    While I like the original pattern, I do prefer this version of this pattern as it really speaks spring/summer to me. Today I will be pulling together my wool projects as I help start a wool group in my local guild. So I want to share my work of which I have started just few of Lisa’s projects! We meet tomorrow afternoon so wish me luck as this will be a rather large gathering! 🙂

  14. kpavski7243 Avatar

    love the sunflower block. Am thinking of making something with just them for next spring

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Great idea! I’d love to see what you come up with.

  15. JoAnne T Avatar
    JoAnne T

    I have fabric put aside for the Bountiful quilt along but haven’t started yet. I’m in the middle of two other quilt alongside right now 😀. Thank you so much for the alternative layout, I also am not a fan of the basket block.

  16. Crystal Knight Avatar
    Crystal Knight

    Missed your booth at the Paducah Quilt Show! Just not same. Maybe one day in the future!

  17. Stephanie R Avatar
    Stephanie R

    I am always a few days late to reply to the post 😉 The sunflowers are really cute and would made a great piece on their own. I am working on Carousel blocks 1 and 2. That’s a lot of triangles! I can’t wait to see how everyone else’s blocks turn out as they are sure to be 100% unique.

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