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Triangle Gatherings 77 & 78

Hey…. I hope you all are hanging in there…I know these blocks are hit & miss…right now I am almost ready for fall quilt market…my fabric line is called Homespun Gatherings, which will enter the atmosphere in April…I am so in love with the neutral urban farmhouse look that is so popular on IG and TV…This is a peek at one of the simple little designs using some of the homespuns… I’ll show you more soon…Enjoy the TG block…and please post on our Facebook group!!!Click here to print Block 77Click here to print Block 78



Moda Blockhead Block 33

This week our block is from Jo Morton!!!Click HERE for the pattern…


Mini Quilt Show…Mini Quilt Wall…

I am so excited to receive your mini quilt for our quilt show!!! So I was thinking about hanging them and remembered…. I forgot to, and promised to share with you the details of my Mini Quilt Wall in my home sewing room…


I used random yardsticks that I have collected through the years…from antique stores and sometimes even on eBay…(We have Primitive Gatherings Yardsticks for sale at shows and I know we have them in the store, so if you want them you will have to call as there is something about the shipping of them and that is why they are not on the site)…I then lightly stained them all.

The yardsticks are attached to the wall by using a spacer.  I cut up one of the yard sticks at 1 1/2″…then placed them behind the front stick…so it is hidden.  I then screwed (must pre-drill to avoid splitting the yardsticks) one to the wall at the very start.  Then where the 1st one end and the 2nd one begins I place another spacer, so it would be half under the 1st on and half under the second.  Repeat for how long your wall is or the space you want to fill…

I then used these small Mini Metal Hooks   to hang them on the yardstick…two for most of them and three for the larger minis so they wouldn’t sag in the middle.  When you get the clips they look like this…use a pliers and open the hook a little more so they easily hook on the yardstick.  These hooks are also cut for hanging lots of other things like little mittens or ornaments, everyone should have some…

 I hope you do not have this little problem I originally had….When the installers put in the controls for my room…they randomly spread them out!!! But for a little money they came back and tucked them all together and out of the way of my “wall”.The quilts are real easy to put up…take down…and re-arrange…If you are making a “mini wall” you must send me a picture…I will post them all someday!!!

Sorry this took a bit for me top post…I know some of you are “ready”!!!!

have a nice weekend…Lisa


12 contests “mini quilts”— It’s time…

We are ready to pick winners for our Moda….12 contests…mini quilts!!! You have until this Friday…the the 13th of October…to email it to me or post on instagram and/or Facebook…

But here’s what we really want to do…I want to have a quilt show the month of November at Primitive Gatherings…So here’s what I have for you…

Send or bring your quilt to Primitive Gatherings 1860 Bud Dr Suite 104 Menasha WI. 54952  Attn Lisa Bongean

We need to have them obviously before November…but the earlier the better for planning…so get them in the mail asap!!!

Label your quilt with your name & address, the name of the quilt and a brief explanation of your inspiration or methods used…and which of the three categories you want it entered in.. appliqué, triangles or pieced

Every quilt sent to us will receive some sort of prize and will be sent back with the quilt.  If you win one of the 3 BIG prizes from Moda they may be sending those out to you.  We also will be giving away some VERY nice gift certificates for Primitive Gatherings….but again all entries will receive something..

Voting will be done by our customers and I will pick a Designers/Judges Choice as well…

Can’t wait to see them hanging in the store!!! They are all are so sweet!!!

Hopefully I did not forget anything…but if so I will keep you informed…

below are some of the quilt , it was easy to take a screen shot of them in one place…from Instagram…I have some that were emailed and some that have shown up on FB as well…just send them in and let the fun begin!!!





Moda Blockhead Block 32

I hope you are all having a wonderful first week of Fall…We love our four seasons here in WI…I can’t wait to show you some of those great Fall colors as it happens!!!

This week’s block is Dutchman’s Puzzle by Besty Chutchian go here for the PATTERN…I am a Dutchman!  My paternal Grandmother was a DeBruin from Little Chute WI…home of the new windmill from the Netherlands…Do any of our quilters from the Netherlands know who this is?

Windmill and attached visitor center

The Windmill is an authentic 1850s design, based on similar mills from the province of Noord Brabant in the Netherlands, the home province of many of the first Dutch settlers to the area. The 38-meter (125 ft) high wooden windmill was designed by fourth-generation millwright Lucas Verbij of Verbij Hoogmade BV in the Netherlands. Verbij Hoogmade BV designs, builds and restores windmills all over the world, including similar windmills in San Francisco[2] and Sakura, Chiba, Japan. The windmill was partially constructed in the Netherlands and shipped for final assembly in Little Chute.

And they actually have a little quilt show each year!!!

Ok..enough of the minor history lesson of my hometown…

Here is my block…nice easy block…went together fast…If you do not like to do the flip and stitch methods as shown in the pattern…cut the 2 dark squares 4 1/4″ -cut in half twice and then 8 light squares 2 3/8″ cut in half once and then stitch them the old fashioned way…please remember to heavily starch those fabrics before beginning…

Question of the week – Is there something quilt-related on your “bucket list”?  A quilt you’d like to make, show you’d like to see, quilter you’d like to meet, etc.

There are so many things I want to do yet…I want to go to Sisters OR for that quilt show…I would love to make a larger hex quilt…maybe start traveling internationally for some quilting events…those are the things on my bucket list…

Hope you are all having as much fun as I am with this…Piece on…my friends..LB

Make sure to visit the others as well!!!



Triangle Gatherings Block 75 & 76

I hope you all are loving our “fall”…the nights are getting chillier…the days shorter…but we are working hard here…Quilt Market is right around the corner…Our Primitive Christmas Event in November…and then Christmas at the Beach in the Outer Banks of NC…

The quilt market projects are coming along…and I have a book deadline we are working on at the same time…not another book but one quilt in the book…and this quilt is a doosy!!! Over 3200 HSTs….so 6400 pieced in just the triangle units…but it is a bucket list quilt…and of course it was due at the end of September so that is hanging over our head…but life happens and I can only do so much…they are very patient with me so I appreciate that…but it’s “on my mind” constantly as I don’t like to be late…

So I snuck in a few TG blocks for you…Click here to print Block 75Click here to print Block 76I also have to make my Blockhead block today…hopefully I will make the right one…Happy Tuesday All…



Moda Blockheads Block 31

I am a total blockhead…don’t know why I did block 32??? But here is 31…Looks like I’m ahead now…lol…

Go to Lynne’s blog to get the pattern…Lynne, let’s go to Sister’s OR together?  Anyone else? Maybe a blockhead reunion in OR next summer? lol…

Make sure to visit the others as well!!!

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