Twilight Stars Block Release Three

Hey everyone – happy Friday! It’s been a busy week in my world due to traveling and attending the annual Bernina University event down in Dallas, TX. I’ve been getting reports that the weather has been hot, humid, and smoky back home in WI, but I don’t feel bad for them considering the temperatures here in TX are let’s just say… considerably higher. The guys and I spent the week taking classes, learning about new product releases, updates, gadgets and a bunch of new technology coming out – it’s been a real blast! Not to mention, to our humble surprise a couple of days ago I learned that we were nominated for the Bernina Rookie of the Year award! We find out later today if we win… How exciting! I’ll let you know what happens. I sure hope we get it, but either way we’re honored to have been nominated and wish our fellow nominees good luck!

As much fun as we’re having, it will be nice to sleep in my own bed once we finally get home this weekend. Traveling is always enjoyable but equally exhausting it seems, leaving me feeling like I need a vacation all over again once it’s over. Fortunately for me, the Fourth of July holiday is upon us so I’ll have a few days of at-home and family time to unwind after I get back. Life is good! I’m really looking forward to simply hanging out at Anchor Point and enjoying the most important people in my life while we celebrate our freedom. There’s nothing better! What about you? What are your plans for the Fourth this year? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear about all your different traditions, old and new!

Alright stitchers! Since it’s Friday again, as I’m sure you’re aware it’s also time for the next Twilight Stars Quilt-Along block release! This week, the magic numbers are going to be… (drum roll please) #10 and #92! Remember, patterns for these blocks are located in my book, Triangle Gatherings (required to participate along with a few other items), which can be purchased on our website by clicking HERE. New to the quilt-along? A blog post I did explaining the full details on Twilight Stars can be found by clicking HERE. The full list of details and required supplies can be found at the Twilight Stars Info Page by hitting the button below!

For those of you already quilting along, I hope you’re having fun! I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the different fabric choices and color combinations in your block posts. Thank you to everyone who has shared their work – I love it! As far as my own blocks go, I’m using my Rustic Gatherings fabric line combined with Jackie MacDonald’s Halloween-themed collection, SpellboundBoth lines feature color palettes including rusty oranges and rich blacks, along with some nice grey selections from Rustic that go together beautifully. If your taste doesn’t include this particular color palette, that’s ok. This will be a year-long project with plenty of time to shop for alternative fabrics that will also work beautifully for this quilt. What do you think of my blocks so far? What color combination are you using?

I hope you have been able to make good use of my Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper to help you with your blocks so far. I promise it will make much lighter work of all the half-square triangles this quilt involves. They really don’t have to be scary… Trust me! If you’re new to using triangle paper or never have before, I highly recommend following my list of tips and tricks to help you get into the swing of things…

Speaking of scary, I have been getting a lot of messages and comments regarding flying geese and how to make them correctly. Don’t worry, I got you! I will put something together next week once we’re back in the studio to help you with those as well and you’ll never fear them again.

Now that the quilt-along is in full-swing, I’m sure you’ve noticed the influx of posts on both the Primitive Gatherings Facebook Page, in the STITCH with Lisa Bongean group, and on the Instagram page. Thank you to everyone who has posted! Remember, I’m giving away a prize a week for the entire quilt-along to one lucky winner who posts a photo of their completed blocks once their finished, along with the required book, Triangle Gatherings and Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper included in the picture. You can post it on either our Facebook or Instagram pages (or both!) including the hashtag #TwilightStarsQAL for a chance to win a nice little prize! If you caught LIVE with Jess yesterday you heard that Pat Dubois was our latest of many winners over the course of this quilt-along for posting her work. Congrats Pat! Now… Who’s next? Could it be you??? See you all soon! ~Lisa

26 responses to “Twilight Stars Block Release Three”

  1. Diane Schumann Avatar
    Diane Schumann

    Happy to hear things are going well in Texas. Congratulations on the nomination! We plan on spending some time with the family over the weekend. God bless the USA!

  2. Karen Kudla Avatar
    Karen Kudla

    Hi, Lisa! I love reading your blogs because I can tell you write from your heart. I can’t wait to hear about Bernina University. The best thing I ever purchased was my Bernina. It sews beautifully, and the amount of feet that make sewing easier is amazing. I’m looking forward to hearing what’s new in your upcoming YouTube videos. I’m praying that you win Rookie of the Year! So glad you’ll have the chance to relax this Fourth of July weekend with your family. The gift of your time and creativity is much appreciated!!!!

  3. linda d bechtel Avatar
    linda d bechtel

    LOVING this sew along! Little bites at a time!

  4. Audrey Moore Avatar
    Audrey Moore

    Thank you, Lisa! I don’t know how you keep everything straight and keep us all in the loop! I have decided to jump into this QAL and am very excited to get started. Starching, tiny blocks (4”), and triangle paper are all new to me, but I am taking the leap! Just waiting on remainder of supplies. Decided to use “Harvest Moon” as my fabric choice.

    1. Deb Worthman Avatar
      Deb Worthman

      Loving the sew along. My daughter, son in law and one of the grandsons (oldest is working) are coming back to Nebraska for the 4th. Yeah! We have lots planned.

  5. Rosemary Redhead Avatar
    Rosemary Redhead

    Looking real good my friend ❤️
    Congratulations and all the best to you and your young men!
    Family, Family and Family is how we’re spending our Canada 🇨🇦 Day long weekend.
    Cheers to our American 🇺🇸 neighbours!

  6. Lenora Avatar

    Ohhhh I love these two blocks. Who am I kidding. I have loved all the blocks so far!

  7. Jan Avatar

    Congratulations on being a nominee. Waiting with you to see who’s the winner altho I think everyone is. & I imagine your head is spinning with all of the new info & technology. Now to home, relaxing & enjoy America’s holiday.

  8. Tammy Marquardt Avatar
    Tammy Marquardt

    It’s fun to travel but nothing like home sweet home!

  9. jo Carden Avatar
    jo Carden

    I have never been one to use starch but watched your video on how you do it. I decided to give it a try. All I can say is WOW. I am now a convert and wished that I had started using starch a long time ago.

  10. Linda E Mahoney Avatar
    Linda E Mahoney

    Your shop is always a winner in my book! Good luck today!

  11. An Cooper Avatar
    An Cooper

    Hope you guys win! I know you have worked extremely hard.
    I live about a half a block away from where they do a large hot air balloon festival so I get to enjoy that every morning and tomorrow evening the local college stadium will have a huge Fourth of July program with lots of fireworks that I can see from my front porch. Great ways to celebrate

  12. Carrie DeCoster Avatar
    Carrie DeCoster

    Glad you and the boys are enjoying time together, we are finally going up north after a long time not being there. Love the farm life but love going north just as much. Congrats on the nomination, I am sure you will rank high, but either way “Life is good as long as we live it to the fullest”! Happy 4th everyone!

  13. Cheryl Gherna Avatar
    Cheryl Gherna

    Thanks for this weeks numbers, I chose striped fabrics in honor of the Fourth of July! Have fun everyone and be safe.

  14. Patti Avatar

    Just received my supplies today, so I’ll be starching over the weekend. I sew enjoyed working on the “O say can you sew” quilt last year, and I’ve been in the process of moving, but after seeing all the blocks posted, I couldn’t resist!
    Thanks for having us along!!

  15. Jeanne Giebe Avatar
    Jeanne Giebe

    I’m starting my July 4 holiday, with my birthday! The big 7-0! Never thought I would be this old! My plans for this big milestone? I’m getting a tattoo to celebrate my crafts! Wish me luck!
    Safe travels home, Lisa and the boys!

  16. Jennifer Roth Avatar
    Jennifer Roth

    Congratulations on the nomination. That is awesome. July 4th is going to be about friends and family time. A little BBQ, pool time, riding the Harley, and maybe some sewing along the way as I do try to stitch every day! Happy 4th to everyone!

  17. Joyce Beenes Avatar
    Joyce Beenes

    Congratulations for being nominated! Hope you win. Everyone has worked so hard.
    We have 2 family members that were born on the 4th of July, so lots of celebrating with family. Also our town has fireworks and a parade. Always a highlight.

  18. Kristen T Avatar
    Kristen T

    The nomination! How exciting! My fingers are crossed. I will finish my carousel blocks, twilight star blocks, and in the fourth gather with friends and family for a good old-fashioned cookout!😁 🇺🇸

  19. Sharlene Andoe Avatar

    Congratulations on the nomination! That is so AWESOME! We generally have had a family get together in the past and then watched the fireworks light up the night sky! However, since we are much older now we watch the fireworks at a few local fairgrounds! This year on Saturday, July 1st the Sandwich Park District will have the Freedom Day’s Fireworks at the well known Sandwich, Illinois Fairgrounds. On Monday, July 3rd the Grundy County Fair in Morris, Illinois will have their weekend fair and Fireworks and then on Tuesday July 4th our town of Sheridan, Illinois has a parade, outhouse races and other activities in town and fireworks at dusk! Your blocks are looking very pretty! Can’t wait to see your final quilt! I hope you all have a safe trip back home and enjoy your 4th of July weekend activities as well!

  20. Ginny Avatar

    This QAL is awesome! I am learning so much! The flying geese are certainly a challenge but they will not kick my butt!

  21. Christine Kryjeski Avatar
    Christine Kryjeski

    Thanks for the tips.

  22. JoAnn West Avatar
    JoAnn West

    Lisa and team, CONGRATULATIONS on the Bernina Rookie nomination! I hope you win because you soooo deserve it. I have my fabric purchased and starched and ready to cut for Twilight Stars, but have to put it on hold as my hubby and I lost our minds and are in the process of purchasing a twin home. We wanted to downsize for the next stage of our lives, but oh it is painful since we’ve been in our current house for 25 years….I just packed up 2 large totes of PG fabric to go to storage for a couple months. I can hardly wait for us to get settled and I can start sewing again! Twilight Stars will be my first project in our new home.

  23. Robin Schlager Avatar
    Robin Schlager

    We have a great parade in our town, Montclair , NJ. And as a councilwoman, I get to lead off the parade !

  24. Cindy Avatar

    We’re having a picnic and will cook ribs and burgers!!! Hope you enjoy your weekend!!!

  25. Dianne Calcaterra Avatar
    Dianne Calcaterra

    Lisa, I love the picture of you with the guys…They look like your bodyguards! We are sweating in Florida for the 4th because our son is playing in the AAU National Volleyball tournament!

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