Joyful Gatherings QAL Update!

Hey everyone! Have you had a chance to get started on the first block release of my Joyful Gatherings Quilt-Along yet? Thanks to all of you who downloaded it as soon as it was available on Thursday… I love the fact that you are as excited for this QAL as I am! Of course, as with any new pattern there’s usually a bug or two that surfaces once it’s had a chance to be out in the real world. That being said, I’d like to take a minute to clarify a couple of things that have been causing a bit of confusion since we launched the QAL late last week.

The first thing I need to shed light on is where to go to download your free pattern(s) each week. All quilt-along information for any QAL or SAL that I am either hosting or involved in can be found on my landing page at under the “Quilt-Alongs” tab. To find information on the Joyful Gatherings Quilt-Along specifically, simply click the “Quilt-Alongs” tab and then the “Joyful Gatherings” icon. Once you’re on the Joyful Gatherings Quilt-Along Info Page you will see a correlating button for each block that has been released. The current block will be available to download FREE for one week. Once the next block is released, you will be able to purchase past blocks as a digital download from our regular website by clicking the correlating block button. They will be $3.00 each.

The second matter at hand is an iddy-biddy little “typo” that was discovered in the cutting chart for the two green tree blocks. The third line down initially read: 4 – 2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles – side of block. This is incorrect! The correct instruction should read 4 – 2″ x 4″ – side of block (see chart below). Special thanks to Marcelle B. For immediately calling attention to this boo boo!

Lastly, due to a few snags and snafus that we’ve run into so far, I’ve made the executive decision to release patterns for this QAL every Thursday, rather than the original plan of every Tuesday. Going forward patterns will now be posted here on the Joyful Gatherings Quilt-Along Info Page each Thursday, central standard time. They will remain posted as a FREE download until a new block is released the following week.

If you have any questions regarding the Joyful Gatherings Quilt-Along, I strongly suggest you watch my LIVE show on STITCH with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. central standard time. I’ll be covering some important announcements, upcoming events, and going over any updates and information that has surfaced regarding Joyful Gatherings. Leave your question as a comment during the show and I’ll do my best to answer it LIVE! Can’t make it? No worries. You can also email your questions to the shop at! Then, after STITCH with Lisa, tune in for CommentSold where we’ll hopefully be welcoming a special guest host. Want to know who? I suppose you’ll have to watch the show to find out!!! Remember, you can watch us on either of our Facebook pages in the “LIVE” video area, or via the Primitive Gatherings CommentSold app. We don’t care how you get there, we just care that you DO! See you soon everyone! ~Lisa

14 responses to “Joyful Gatherings QAL Update!”

  1. Angela Hodge Avatar
    Angela Hodge

    Thanks for update


    Thank you Lisa for this fun new QAL!! 🎄
    I hope to be able to participate right along with you all. I am currently trying to catch up on my Twilight Stars project, but I can see you guys just around the bend, so I know I will 😉
    I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to have found this community of quilters. I stumbled upon you on YouTube, Christmas 2021. I had been personally struggling to find joy in my sewing room for a few years after the loss of a daughter, my parents, a sister and mother-in-law within a few years time.
    So “Thank you!” Lisa and all of The Primitive Gatherings family for all you do 😉😊
    And thank you too Marcelle B for your quilters mind, because I would have never figured that out 😀
    Blessings to all

  3. Suzette Andersen Avatar
    Suzette Andersen

    Glad the mistake was 1/2 inch smaller instead of bigger.

  4. Sharon Avatar

    Thanks for the free QAL!

  5. cheri Matyjaszek Avatar
    cheri Matyjaszek

    It’s Thursday, is this not the day to get new Christmas Trees?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Cheri! They are posted on under the quilt-alongs tab.

      1. wildadon Avatar

        I’m working on them.

  6. Ellen Turner Avatar
    Ellen Turner

    Ok I’ve watched the video….but I can’t find the pattern to print….I’ve tried everything…HELP!!!!
    BLOC 4

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Ellen! All you need to do is go to my landing page at There you will find links for things like the shop, my blog, quilt-alongs, and more! Click the “Quilt-Alongs” tab at the top of the page and it will take you to the quilt-alongs archive. Look for the Joyful Gatherings button which will take you to the Joyful Gatherings information page. There you will find the QAL details and links to either purchase or download block releases. Easy peasy! In the future, if you are ever looking for information about pretty much anything having to do with me or Primitive Gatherings, just visit the landing page and you will most likely find it there. Happy stitching! ~Lisa

      1. wildadon Avatar

        I so love these projects, I’m so much slower that I use to be, but the challenge is help build my conative get that brain back, after 3 strokes and MS.
        As my Neuro told me at the start of MS, a block a day keeps the mind stitched together. One doctor said I would see 50, LOL I turned 70 in June and stitch through all the pain.

    2. wildadon Avatar

      I’ll do that, give my brain of what is coming……

  7. Dwina Alley Avatar
    Dwina Alley

    I keep getting a 404 Error message (page not found) when I try to find the patterns. I click on all the links that are provided.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Dwina! Where are you finding the links that you’re clicking on? All the PDF download links are available at under the Quilt-Alongs tab. Click the “Joyful Gatherings” button and you will find them there. If you’re still having trouble locating the files, please give the shop a call during our normal business hours at 920-722-7233. Happy stitching! ~Lisa

  8. Kim Brandt Avatar
    Kim Brandt

    Loving these fun trees Lisa thank you so much for the sew along!

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