Hey everyone! Welcome back to another Friday of fun here at Primitive Gatherings! If you’re anything like my crew and I, your brain is probably still focused on fireworks, fun, and backyard BBQ’s after the long weekend. But you know me… Despite all the wonderful distractions of the holiday, work managed to reel me into the studio for the last couple of days to get a few things done before the weekend sets in again. The majority of my day yesterday was designated for our usual LIVE shows but as you might have seen, unfortunately CommentSold was having technical issues on their end that were beyond our control, so we had to cancel our usual Thursday sale. The good news is, as a result of the snafu over in CommentSold Land, there isn’t a lot of brainwork required to set up our next broadcast, since it’s literally sitting in the studio ready to go as we speak. I like it! As of right now, our next CommentSold sale will be at our usual time this coming Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. CST. I’ll be hosting since the theme just so happens to be one of my most favorite topics – wool appliqué! Whether you’ve been doing wool appliqué for years or are just starting to learn, join me! I’ll share my best tips, tricks, and favorite tools of the trade. Never know – you might learn something!
Though it seems kind of strange to be on the verge of another weekend already, I’ll take it! And honestly, the faster I can get done with the things that I MUST do today, the better. I’m in the middle of preparing for “Anchor Point Weekend” – an annual summer family get-together that I host at my house every year where my family all comes and parties it up at my place for a few days. Sounds like fun, right? Oh, and it is… I look forward to it every year, but you know how it is when company is coming – there’s always a lot to get done in a little bit of time! So that being said, I better get this show on the road!
Since it’s Friday, one of the main boxes I need to tick for the day is the fourth block release for the Twilight Stars Quilt-Along, so here we go! This week’s block numbers for the Twilight Stars Quilt-Along are #’s 47 and 79! If you’ve been following along you know, patterns for these blocks are located in my book, Triangle Gatherings (required to participate in the QAL 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!
Are you having fun yet? I sure am! Now that we’re a few weeks in and I can lay multiple finished blocks out next to one another, I can tell that my initial vision was a good one and that this quilt is going to turn out even better than I imagined! Thank you to everyone who has been sharing their work on social media – I love seeing all the varieties of fabric and color ways. It’s always interesting to see what other people like vs what I do. As far as my own blocks go, I’m using my Rustic Gatherings fabric line combined with Jackie MacDonald’s Halloween-themed collection, Spellbound. Both lines feature color palettes including rusty oranges and rich blacks, along with some nice grey selections from Rustic that go together almost like they were designed to be paired.
Have you tried my Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper yet? If not you must be having a real field-day with of all the half-square triangles this quilt involves… I mean, go without if you insist, but trust me – there’s an easier way!!! If you’re new to using triangle paper or never have before, I obviously highly recommend them. Need help getting started? Follow my list of tips and tricks to help you get going in the right direction:
Aside from half-square triangles, flying geese seem to have caused a lot of you some grief so as promised, I went over a few pointers on how to get them to turn out better during my LIVE show yesterday on STITCH with Lisa Bongean. If you missed it you can always watch the replay by hitting the STITCH icon at the end of the post (start video at 21:10 for conversation on Twilight Stars). During the video I show off all my finished blocks so far, and go over a few QAL details including how to win prizes, including a grand prize at the end! This week I’m happy to announce that Fran H. was our latest prize winner for simply posting a photo of her completed blocks that week, along with the required book, Triangle Gatherings and Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper included in the picture with the hashtag #TwilightStarsQAL!
All this talk of prize winners reminds me that I haven’t given any prizes out to my blog commenters for a while so I think it’s about time that I do! I love seeing your comments and read every single one of them – even if it does take me a while to get to them all sometimes! Please, keep them coming – I’ll see them eventually! Special thanks to JoAnn W. and Teresa S. for their comments on the blog in the last week or two – I appreciate it more than you know, which is why you have something special coming your way (remember, 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 email@example.com 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)!!!
Well everyone, I think that’s about all I have for you today. I hope your weekend is a good one and that you find time to relax and of course, STITCH! I will do my best to take some photos of our family shenanigans but no promises. It’s way too easy to get caught up in all the fun and those crazy grand-boys of mine and the camera isn’t always the first thing on my mind but I’ll do my best! Take care, be safe, and I’ll see you all next week. Bye for now! ~Lisa