MBH3-25

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along- Block 25!

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Wednesday!  Yes! It’s Wednesday and I have my block and post done!  I need to celebrate all the victories…even the small ones…

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT:

Corner Garden

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Corner Garden by pieced by Lisa Bongean with Urban Farmhouse Gatherings fabrics

Click HERE to get Robin’s  pattern!

This block is super fun!  I am sure Robin will have several, several ways for you to color your block, which I think is super cool…I do not have mad graphic design skills, so I love that she plays around with all those color options….I probably should have picked a more subtle background, but Hey…I’m not changing it! there is lots of foliage in my corner garden block..

The Moda designers are kick’n off July with another Martingale book giveaway!   On my blog we are a giving away Merry Makers Book!!!!! Christmas is coming and we will be celebrating it in July in many ways…
For a chance to win this book…..please leave me a comment…about do you like it when we celebrate Christmas in July to get jump start on our projects we want to make for decorating or giving?  Let me know your thoughts…Here is my project in the book!
 

Stay Cool….it’s hot in WI and I am sure it’s even more crazy hot other places as well…we are in the 90’s all week!  Happy July Everyone!

 
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda Block Head 3 designers for you to visit this week for a chance to win a book, check them out if you have not already done so!
 

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Moda Block Heads 3-21

Moda Block Heads -Block 21,22,& 23

Moda Block Heads 3/ Lisa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger

Sorry for my delay in posting the blocks lately…too much going on…too many deadlines…too many projects and then all the world’s happenings…too much to handle for me at least…so I just worry…and try to clear my head on my jetski, pedal bike, and Harley, when I can’t take it no longer.  Let’s keep praying for answers.  I must apologize to my Moda Sister’s for not being able to post and support their blocks lately…

  Here is Block 21,by Lissa Alexander

 

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Moda Block Heads 3- Block 21, stitched by LIsa Bongean

BLOCK 22 by Laurie Simpson

MBH3 Block 22

Block 23 by Lella Boutique

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Moda Block Heads 3- Block 23 by LIsa Bongean

I am trying to keep ahead of our Summer Blocks of the Week…I am on block 9…here is block 2…

If you want to join in Click the buttons for the details…

Live A Thankful Life
Block 2 for our Summer Block of the Week. The Barn

LIVE A THANKFUL LIFE! WOOL SBOW

Set 2 of Check me out…Lakeside version…of our pieced summer blocks of the week…CHECK ME OUT!-LAKESIDE

CHECK ME OUT- HOMESTEAD

 

Here is the maker of Interconnected our EPP summer block of the week project…Joanne completed Interconnected in 10 weeks… Luke Neubauer quilted it and I put the binding on…it was the least I could do!

Interconnected....Joanne Blank

INTERCONNECTED- EPP

We also have facebook groups for all of our blocks of the week, for help, inspiration and to show off your competeted blocks!

 

Last but not least….here are the freebies we are getting with out block this year!  Something A LOT different than usual!

 

Primitive Gatherings Summer 2020 Freebie!FREEBIE-THREAD KIT

So as long as I am sharing…this is what else is going on…turned in two fabric lines, flannel Christmas and Homespuns….as well as submitted a book of projects with all the fabric yardages to Moda…for over 10 quilts plus a kit that will be in a box…American Gatherings.

I am on project 11 of a book dead line that will have 12 -14 projects in by June 30th…made a framed piece, a wool mat, and a pillow, a pincushion last weekend…and now I am starting a penny mat…all for a companion book for my Wool, Needle & Thread book that we will not see til, 2021!!!!

I have put binding on 4 quilts in four days…only hand sewn one, but prepared sleeves, binding and machine sewn the rest of them.

Traced cut and fused all 14 freebie blocks…now just have to stitch them…I have competed up to week 4…

Starching and cutting quilts, one to send out to be pieced…this is what they say..Lisa…you need to delegate they tell me…you can’t do them all…but I starched, cut, sorted and packaged blocks and wrote the directions for it…so I should have kept it to piece too!…but it will be in good hands…Joyce it’s on the way…I am way too nice to you!  LOL…

Caught up my Moda Block Heads3…hmmm…will I get #24 done in time for wednesday???? Million dollar question…

What I have NOT been doing??? Blogging!!!  I share this with you for the sole reason of explaining why I am having a hard time with ALL that is going on in my world…I will be in great shape come July…pray I make it til then!

All for now…hopefully I’m baaaaack!

Lisa

Here is the list of ALL the Moda designers partitcipating in Moda Block Heads 3 make sure to visit them this week to see their past three blocks, if you have not already done so.

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primitive gatherings logo featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you do for fun?

 

I love to ride my bike, I do it for fun….and …for a couple of reasons…the first is probably because I was born this way….Ma Huff (my Mom), was always telling me as a kid…all you want to do is run the roads!

Yep…and I still do…on my bike, on my motorcycle…in my truck, around the state, the country…on a boat, or cruise ship…what ever it takes….I love running the roads….

but riding my peddle bike… is my current stress reliever….I love the scenery…let me share my last ride….

Did you notice all those beautiful flowers on the side of the trail just after a big rain and a warm up of temps…

I love that my oldest son. Lance and I shared this passion of riding our bikes…and even as an adults we would ride…our last ride was to Downtown Appleton, for Octoberfest a couple of months before he left us…being on my bike reminds me of him.

I saw a horse…IMG_2017

I saw a slew of Dodge Challengers???  By the time I got my phone out..logged on…video…I missed a bunch, but you get the idea…there probably was over 35…. and yes…I ride on the wrong side of the road sometimes….If I’m going to be hit I want to see it coming….

I sat a bit and visited with Larry….no I did not know him…but I do now…IMG_2013

 

I saw two deer cross the road…you can just see their tails in the green pasture…if you look real hard.

 

I know this post has nothing to do with quilting…I think it is important for you to know that I and I know some of you also like to do other things besides stitching….but I look forward to my time after my adventures to sit and stitch…because I do that for Fun as well…

I was almost home when I spotted something…I have been lusting after these miniature white iris’s for years in a yard that I pass on the way to the grocery store…The couple was outside so I stopped and asked if I could harvest some of them this fall…he said…I’d better get them now…so ok….I peddled my butt home and went back to get me a bucket full…they came from that far tree underneath of it…IMG_2022I will show you them when I do a post on the garden…of where I planted them…

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I was cashed at the end of this…(I slept great that night!)  I got a little muddy as well…just like a kid.IMG_2015IMG_2014It does’nt look as impressive in the photo…must have dried bit…but I had to wash down my bike and myself….IMG_2021

after this… I went to the nursery…and on the way I saw another deer, an albino, run right across the street in front of me full speed…image_d41b8ee6-7581-475b-81ab-92b0dc2a4088.img_2050

I also had a fun outing last week with my sister…if was our Sister Birthday…the day we first met, last year…Read the Story HERE…     She surprised me with a all day trip to Upper Michigan,  Bond Falls…IMG_1944IMG_1945

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I wanted to walk all the way across….but…probably not a great idea…IMG_1939 2

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This is the lake above the waterfall on the other side of the road….

We also stopped for lunch and a little retail therapy…supporting the little shops that have been closed for so long. we wore our masks…I also wanted to see what the stores were doing to keep their employees and customers safe, our CA and WI stores are opening soon….BTW…my Sister loves helping me spend my money and hers!  Do you know someone like this?

Tell me what you are currently doing for fun…with the world as it is now….has your world changed?  Is it somewhat getting back to “normal” or are you still in extreme social distancing….

I hope this post give you some ideas to Find ways to “have fun”….we all need to step away from the TV…

however it may look…get outside, nature is amazing….I find so much joy in it…

all for now…Lisa

 

Moda Block Heads 3-18 Alternative/ Lisa Bognean Top US Quilt Blogger

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along- Block 18- Alternate

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT:                 Martha Washington

Moda Block Heads 3-18 Alternative/ Lisa Bognean Top US Quilt Blogger Martha Washington 4″ Block

For this alternate block I just picked on of my favorite traditional blocks.  I remember as a new quilter drooling over this block thinking…I wish I could make this block…I knew it was way over my skills at the time.  But guess what?  With stitch-alongs like Moda Block Heads 3 you can build your skills really really fast…

We are so lucky today…with how much exposure we have to all things quilting and stitching…I remember the thing I looked forward to most was my quilt guild meeting where once a month I could get all kinds of inspiration.  Now it is everywhere! I love it of course, but how many of you remember those long days in-between before you would hang out with quilting friends and the two places we had were the guild meeting and the quilt shop!  I am feeling a little down, I just received word another retreat is cancelled for me….I MISS MY RETREATS with my students/friends.

Those of you who consider yourselves beginners I want to share some key things that are going to make you a better piecer…hands down.  It is so cool to be a quilter now…we can teach you so much everyday…

must haves to be a great Block Maker

STARCH YOUR FABRICS

CUT ACCURATELY -make sure you are using great quality rulers, yes some are way better than others.  Make sure you have plenty of light when cutting.  Cutting is so important.

NICE SEWING MACHINE I could not believe the difference in my stitching on a quality machine.  Make sure you can stitch a consistant 1/4″ seam allowance that when you stitch 3 strips of 1 1/2″x 3 1/2″  starched fabric together that middle strip measures 1″ and the whole block measures 3 1/2″. Adjust until it does.  If you can do it with a 1/4″ foot, or you need to stitch up against tape, however that may look.  You do not need to spend thousand and thousands of dollars for a great machine…but make sure it’s great quality.

Nice STEAM iron.…if your fabrics are starched they are pre shrunk…and the steam will not shrink them any further while piecing a block. Flat blocks make flat straight quilts.

These are really the most important, yes, there are many others important things but not quite as important as these…and yes this is my opinion…but watch how easy it is to make a 4″ finished block…I starch, cut everything to the correct size…no trimming down here…I only cut off dog ears when it’s time…and my blocks come out pretty reasonably well!

Here I am this morning making this block…yes…cutting and piecing was probably 20 min at the most…I know the video is  fast but you get the idea…also, I know it is not how fast you can do something…but when you want to make lots of things…time matters for me.  In my groups I am getting things like…I am still working on last years projects…so TIME saving is important!

Sorry this isn’t prettier, but I did add a link so you can print this off easily.

all cut sizes for MBH#-18Alt./Lisa Bognean top US quilt blogger Cutting Sizes for all Block sizes.

Click HERE to print a PDF of this Alternate Block

I have a great new facebook group called STITCH with Lisa Bongean, join us if you are not already a member...Today I am going to do a Facebook LIVE on our Summer Blocks of the Week...this is our biggest best-est Stitch Along we do…We do three kinds…scrappy pieced, wool applique and english paper piecing! If any of these pics below pique your interest…stop by (link above) today at 4pm CST. to see the SBOW blocks…and the FREEBIE!  If you are not on Facebook, I will be doing a whole post here with all the details soon!

 

Happy Friday Everyone…our Friday Give-Away will be during our LIVE event at 4pm CST.

 
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so, there may be other alternative blocks.
 

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primitive gatherings logo featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Quilting the Quilts – Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway

How do I quilt my quilt?  Have you ever said this? Want to find out more about my latest quilting giveaway? Make sure to read along!

You can hand quilt it, you can machine quilt it, you can have someone else machine quilt it on a long arm, these are your options.

In this post I want to touch on the topic of having your quilt Long Arm quilted.

There are three types on Long arm Quilting. Custom, Pantograph and Computerized.  I am going to give you quick examples…

Custom is your feathers and wreaths and most of the time fancy quilting, but not always…it can be simple as well.  The Quilter is guiding the machine and is in control of it.  It is their work.

Pantograph quilting is hand guided, meaning the quilter is following a pattern but they are still guiding the machine.

Computerized quilting the computer is running the design, most of the time edge to edge or in a space, such as a design in an alternate block.

When you bring your quilt to the Long Arm Quilter you need to make some decisions on how you want it quilted.  Some quilters know exactly what they want.  Most, however, do not…they struggle with it…if this is you…Ask your quilter what they think…I sometimes ask what does the quilt say to you?  There are really no rules and this is what quilting is all about, creativity and freedom to do what you want on your quilt.  Remember this…and you will be much more relaxed about the whole thing.

This post could be pages and pages long about Long Arm Quilting, but since I have these 5 Redwork Gathering quilts.  I want to talk about each one…how it was quilted, what color threads we used…. Why we chose what we did in a quilting design…just a short explanation. I know there are other choices such as battings but that’s a whole other post…but if you need to know we use an 80/20 batting in my quilts…it’s my favorite…I love the look of them before and after they have been washed so it’s a win either way…and you won’t go broke buying this batting.

So when you have your quilt quilted or you quilt your own if you need some ideas hopefully this will help and by the way…I knew I was going to post something about the quilts being quilted so I did some experimenting on them…and to be fair…the comments and statements I make are just my opinions…nothing more than that…remember…there really are no rules in quilting, in the end it is your quilt…do what you wish.  If you need help ask for it…quilters will help quilters make good decisions.

Long Long Way from Home…

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Long, Long Way From Home

When you look at this quilt at first sight, what do you see? Is it the design?  Is it the colors, Is it the quilting?  The answer to the last question is NO…I do not think that is what you see when you first view this quilt.  I think this is a good thing in a quilt such as this, you do not need the quilting to be the star…you want the design and the color to be more prominent.  With that in mind, we chose to stitch an allover design…we scaled it a little smaller so it complimented the sizes of the pieces in the quilt.  Now the next choice is the million dollar question, what color thread do we quilt it with?  This choice sometimes makes or breaks a quilt for me.  I very much dislike seeing bold white thread on dark fabrics!!!!  But what do you do when you have a two color quilt like this one?  Do you quilt light?, dark? Pull your hair right out! ugh, right?  Redwork Gatherings is really complimentary to either choice…because the lights have red in them and the reds have light in them.  On this quilt I chose the red thread.  I wanted to see how much it over took the light fabrics. When you put your nose right up to it…you definitely see that red thread…but it is in no way bothersome.  I think this quilt turned out Awesome!  The scale of the honeycomb and the red thread are a hit!Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

 

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean: Take It Easy/Primitive Gatherings
Take it Easy/Primitive Gatherings

 

Take it Easy…again…what do you see when you first look?  The design, the colors, and then you see the quilting design.  On this quilt we choose to use the light thread…Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

But…the thread we used was a shade darker then the cream…so it’s invisible on the cream and you can see it on the red…but…it doesn’t scream out on the red…like it would have done if we chose a light thread that was a smidge lighter than our cream or matched exactly to our cream…this quilt has also been washed which helps the stitches sink deeper into the quilt and not lay on top as a freshly quilted quilt might look as it does here…

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

The pattern that was chosen for Take It Easy was a traditional, timeless pattern, nothing too complicated or busy…again, nothing to distract from what I loved most about this quilt.  The sheer simple-ness of it. Quilted by Jake Neubauer.

REDWORK GATHERINGS Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I Think I’m In Love…again another two color, what do we do here type of quilt….let first talk about the quilting design.  The quilt is very angled and geometric…lots of straight lines…so, we softened those lines with the gently flowing feather type of an all over computerized design.  This time we chose a light tan, much darker than the cream in the quilt above…I think to prove that a darker thread still looks great on the lights and even better on the darks.  Quilted by Jake Neubauer.Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Redwork Quilt quilted by Jake Neubauer

This quilt with the predominately light fabric was a very clear choice in the color thread we were to use…this is a pretty spot on color match to the cream.  It does show up a little brighter on the reds, but I think we can live with it…This quilt could have been custom quilted, where the quilter would switch threads…quilt red on the red fabrics and cream on the light fabrics…cut custom quilting is a little more expensive and time consuming…so I we also have to base our choice on this as well.  I think this quilt with it’s time honored baptist fan quilting was another great choice for this quilt.  Scale again is important…you do not want large spaces between those fans, when the blocks and pieces are smaller scale.

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Computerized quilting is not all that glamous…that computer has a mind of it’s own sometimes…and advancing quilts takes skill…but in the end, the computerized quilting is very affordable and very effective way to get your quilts quilted!

Redword Gatherings quilt giveaway featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
55 & Life to go…Quilted by Maggie Honeyman

55 & Life to go…with it tiny blocks and small size was a sure choice to be custom quilted.  On a quilt that takes more time, is more intricate and a show stopper you want to give it what it deserves and that is some custom quilting….Now there is no need to go over the top with the quilting because in this type of quilt with the small scale and the printed fabrics the quilting hardly shows!  So simple custom quilting with the thread changes, red on reds and cream thread on the cream…fits just fine!Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Also pick a backing that compliments what color threads you will be using to quilt it…Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I love my machine quilters…and I will be talking about more of them…but one of the things happening at Primitive Gatherings is we are going to be a Bernina dealership when we open the new shop next year, but in the meantime…Jake & Luke both have been quilting on the Bernina long arms…Jake in WI…Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

The Bernina long arm in action…

 

and here is Luke in CA….Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I think we are almost ready to put it out there that we will be offering computerized quilting for customers…

I want you to be able to say….I want the same thing quilted as Long Long way from Home...or you can completely change your mind and pick from one of our designs…  So look for that option soon!  You don’t have to live near us either…you can ship your top, we will provide the batting and pick a backing, quilt it, and send it back…I am sure we could offer binding services as well.  We will keep our turn around short with the fact that if we get a little more backlogged than we would like we can order another machine to help keep up with the demand…But more on that later…

I hope my little insight on quilting may have helped you understand a little more about quilting your quilts…and again…these are my thoughts and opinions, not the BIBLE.

I will continue to do a few more posts about custom long arming and hand quilting… I hope you stick around to see what’s next!

JUST A REMINDER…

THE REDWORK GATHERINGS PRE-ORDER      FABRIC SALE ENDS SUNDAY MAY 10TH!  Click HERE for your last chance for the SALE!

Thank you so much for hanging round and commenting on ALL of these posts…Winners will be picked TUESDAY for all the GIVE-AWAYS!  We have so many to pick it might take the whole day!  If you wish to win a Redwork Gatherings Layer Cake (that I will SHIP RIGHT AWAY, NO WAITING TIL AUGUST!) leave me a comment here about your thoughts on any of what I wrote in this post!!!

PS…it’s Nick’s Birthday today…wish Happy Birthday on Facebook!  He will love it!

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 17 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along- Block 17!

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Wednesday!

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT: CROSSROADS

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 17 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.
Moda Block Heads 3- Block 17

Click HERE to get Betsy’s pattern!

This is nice simple block…nothing fussy and somedays this is exactly what is needed..

 

I also want to remind you to go to Wooden Spool Designs today to check out the newest block in the Christmas Carole Mystery Stitch Along!  Each block is a Christmas Song!

Click this link join our Facebook Group as well.

 

So you have two fun and free patterns today…one pieced block and another wool appliqué block

Have a great day everyone…

 
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so!
 

Click this Icon to visit Primitive Gatherings!

primitive gatherings logo featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean