Heartfelt at the Finish Line!

Heartfelt Logo HeaderIt’s nice to be able to say that out of all the quilt-alongs that I’m involved with right now, I’m actually in the process of wrapping one up! The Fat Quarter Shop’s charity Quilt-Along, Heartfeltis quickly coming to fruition as the sixth and final block, Precious releases today. If you haven’t heard of this amazing fundraising effort, let me tell you a little bit about it. Heartfeltis a darling heart-themed quilt-along designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, an awesome organization that has been making dreams come true for children with life-threatening conditions for over 40 years. I decided to participate in this fundraiser because if there’s anything I love just as much as our veterans, it’s kids. I really wanted to do something to help make a difference for children who face adversity in their lives on a daily basis. This quilt-along was the perfect way for me to combine my skills and hard work with my love for stitching, all while helping to make a difference in the life of a deserving kid… Plus if you haven’t noticed, it’s a super cute quilt. Win-win!

As I mentioned, Heartfeltis a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts. It was designed by Corey Yoder based on her new Moda fabric line, Beautiful Day.” If you’ve been following along you know that for mine, I decided to stick with the heart theme and used all Valentine’s Day fabrics leftover from last winter.

Do you “love” this heartthrob of a quilt as much as I do? You’re in luck. You too can make my version of Heartfelt!” The fabric you’ll need is available on our website by clicking the link below!I decided to do my blocks half the size of what’s featured on the pattern (in other words, I did 6″ blocks rather than the 12″ version that the pattern shows). If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished. It’s not a huge quilt, which makes it great to display for holiday décor. It would make a nice wall hanger or could easily drape a loveseat or couch. Adorable! Here it is just before I started its final assembly. I’ll be posting photos of the final product as soon as it’s quilted!

Being the recipient of a thoughtful valentine is one of the best feelings ever – especially one made by-hand with love! Wouldn’t this darling quilt make a perfect gift for your special someone next year? If you’re ready to get started on your own version of Heartfelt,” hit the link below for the full pattern and instructions.

Heartfelt is currently a free quilt-along and download on the Fat Quarter Shop website. Block instructions are currently posted on Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabberand will be through September, 2022. They do not require it, but highly encourage that a $5.00 donation be made for the pattern if you’re able to do so. Proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. If you’d rather make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, follow the link below!Well everyone, the holiday weekend is officially upon us. What are you all up to? No big plans here aside from laying low at Anchor Point with Nick, my family, and friends – there’s honestly no reason to go anywhere else! I have worked hard all my life for the comforts of my home, and now it’s time to enjoy it surrounded by the people I love. I’m looking forward to cooking out, lounging on the boat, and taking my Harley out for a spin. I might even be able to convince a couple of girls from PG to take the jet skis out with me… We shall see!

No matter what’s on your agenda for this holiday weekend, I wish you all a SAFE and happy 4th of July! Just a reminder we will be CLOSED Monday July 4th so everyone here at PG gets a chance to spend time with family and friends. We’ll be back open for regular business hours on Tuesday July 5th at 10AM CST. Also, because most of us in the studio will be on vacation next week there will be no LIVE YouTube broadcasts. This includes both Shop Talk with Shelley and Stitch with Lisa Bongean. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled Shop Talk on Tuesday July 12th at 9:00AM CST. Set your timer now so you don’t forget! You can tune in by hitting the link below. I will see you in a week. Until then, take care and happy 4th of July! ~Lisa

 

Heartfelt Quilt-Along – Block Release #5 “Lovebug”

Heartfelt Logo HeaderHey gang! TGIF! I’m officially on my way to California for another one of my cross-country solo adventures. I’ll be heading to San Diego this next week to talk with the USO (United Service Organizations) about some of my ideas to help benefit veterans. The USO has been the nation’s leading charitable organization in serving active-duty service members and military families since 1941, so I’m hoping they can help me find some inspiration for my next big event. My goal this time around is to involve soldiers who are currently on active duty, so I’m really looking forward to talking with them to get some insight on how to go about doing that!

While I’m visiting CA I’ll also be teaching for Dru at the Sew Treasured Retreat in Temecula on Monday. I have to say that being on the road is kind of hard when I’ve just been home for what feels like soooo long… Taking week-long trips to three out-of-state places, all within a month’s time isn’t as easy as you might think! I’m going to need to take the entire summer off from traveling after this – which I’ll be glad to do since it’s hard to ride my toys if I’m not at home. My family and I love to boat, bike, jet ski, hike, fish… and of course, Nick and I LOVE to ride our Harley’s! We only have so many warm weather-days a year in Wisconsin, so I have to take advantage while I can!

With so much going on right now sometimes I have to wonder how I’ll get it all done – even though I know I always do! As you saw last week during Stitch with Lisa Bongean my works-in-progress pile is stacked high with ongoing projects and quilt-alongs. In fact, speaking of quilt-alongs today marks the release of block number five of the Fat Quarter Shops’s charity Quilt-Along, Heartfelt.” Haven’t heard of it? Heartfelt is a darling heart-themed project designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. I decided to participate in this fundraiser because I love kids and wanted to do something to help those who really need it. Make-A-Wish Foundation is an awesome organization that has been making wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions and their families for over 40 years. To date, they have collectively granted more than 520,000 wishes around the world since it was founded way back in 1980. How awesome is that!?!?

Everyone loves a good quilt-along, am I right? For me they’re especially hard to resist when it’s  backed by such a great cause. Interested in joining me for this one? Let me tell you the details on this little dandy. “Heartfeltis a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts. It was designed by Corey Yoder based on her new Moda fabric line, Beautiful Day.” For mine, I decided to stick with the heart theme and used all Valentine’s Day fabrics leftover from last winter. I also decided to do my blocks half the size of what’s featured on the pattern (in other words, I did 6″ blocks rather than the 12″ version that the pattern shows). If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished.

I’m happy to say that I’m right on track with this project and have blocks one through five complete! I really love the way the Valentine’s Day fabric looks collaged together within the blocks. Being the recipient of a thoughtful valentine is one of the best feelings ever – especially one made by-hand with love! Wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for your special someone next year? If you’re ready to get started on your own version of Heartfelt,” hit the link below for the full pattern and instructions (please remember to donate $5.00 for each download!).

I’m glad this quilt is turning out to be so darn cute. The plan is, once I get done with my version of this little gem I will be auctioning it off to help raise even more money for Make-A-Wish Foundation! It will be sad to give it up, but it really warms my heart knowing it is going toward helping someone. I guess I will just have to make another one to keep for myself! Do you “love” this quilt motif as much as I do? If you’d like to make my version of Heartfelt,” you can find the Valentine’s Day fabric you’ll need for it on our website!

Heartfelt is currently a free Quilt-Along and download on the Fat Quarter Shop website. Blocks are released one at a time, and will be posted to Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber on the first Friday of each month through September, 2022. They do not require it, but highly encourage that a $5.00 donation be made for the pattern if you’re able to do so. Proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. If you’d rather make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, follow the link below!

Don’t forget to set your alarm for Shop Talk with Shelley on Tuesday, LIVE at 9:00AM CST. She’ll be talking about our “Junk in Your Trunk” event along with the big Primitive Gatherings warehouse sale coming up next week! Then on Thursday I’ll be back in WI just in time to host Stitch with Lisa Bongean at 1:00PMCST. I’m going to be LIVE here at PG showing you what we have to offer during our Warehouse Sale and “Junk in Your Trunk” events. We’ll be featuring sale items like fabric, kits, books, patterns, notions, and MORE!

If you’re lucky enough to be local you should really stop on out! There will be vendor booths featuring crafts, baked goods, home décor, antiques, and other unique items. I’ll even be selling some things – so come get my JUNK (it’s good junk, I promise)!!! Are you a big garage sale fan? If you said yes have great news for you! This is all happening at the same time as the Winchester Town Wide Garage Sale event, so you will have plenty of shopping options to choose from – after you come see us of course! If you love “treasure hunting” the way I do, these are your lucky days! Not to mention, lunch is available! On Thursday, Erica is planning to have Sloppy Joes, Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad, home-made potato chips and dip with a delicious cookie for dessert! Then Friday through Sunday our soup and salad bar will be available! Yes please…

Alright everyone, it’s time to put this computer down and focus on my day and week ahead! I hope you all have a couple of nice days off along with some beautiful weather! Will you be doing any garage saling this weekend? Do you go a lot or just every once in a while? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to take some time to rest, get caught up on projects, and as always, do your best to stitch every day! I will see you all after I get back from CA. Until then, try to stay out of trouble! LOL ~Lisa

Heartfelt Quilt-Along Block Release 4

Heartfelt Logo HeaderHave you been participating in the Fat Quarter Shops’s charity Quilt-Along, Heartfelt?” For those of you who are unfamiliar with this great charity event, Heartfelt is an awesome project designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. I decided to participate in this fundraiser because I love kids and wanted to do something to help those who really need it. Make-A-Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization that has been making wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions and their families for over 40 years. These granted wishes give the recipients and their loved ones much-needed joy, strength, and most importantly hope, which helps them to power forward in fighting their disease. To date, Make-A-Wish has collectively granted more than 520,000 wishes around the world since it was founded in 1980. How awesome is that!?!?

Have I piqued your interest yet? Let me tell you the details. “Heartfeltis a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts. It was designed by Corey Yoder based on her new Moda fabric line, Beautiful Day.” I decided to stick with the heart theme and do my quilt with all Valentine’s Day fabrics that I had leftover from earlier this last winter. I also decided to do my blocks half the size of what’s featured on the pattern (in other words I did 6″ blocks rather than the 12″ version that the pattern shows). If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished.

I’m right on track with this project and have blocks one through four complete! I really love the way the Valentine’s Day fabrics look collaged together within the blocks. Being the recipient of a thoughtful valentine is one of the best feelings ever – especially one made by hand with love! Wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for your special someone next year? If you’re ready to get started on hit the link below for the full pattern and instructions (please remember to donate $5.00 for each download!).

This quilt is turning out to be really cute – I’m not going to want to let it go! I’ll have to have to figure out a way though, because once I get done with my version of this little beauty, I will be auctioning it off to help raise even more money for Make-A-Wish Foundation! I will be sad to give it up, but it really warms my heart knowing it is helping to contribute toward such a great cause. I guess I’ll just have to make another one to keep for myself! If you’d like to make my version of Heartfelt, you can find the Valentine’s Day fabric you’ll need for it on our website!Heartfelt is currently a free Quilt-Along and download on the Fat Quarter Shop website. Blocks are released one at a time, and will be posted to Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber on the first Friday of each month, through September, 2022. They do not require it, but highly encourage that a $5.00 donation be made for the pattern if you’re able to do so. Proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. If you’d rather make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, follow the link below!

I will continue to post my progress here on my blog as I make my way through Heartfelt.” I sure hope you found some inspiration to join this Quilt-Along with a cause. There’s something extra special about giving back using your own hard work and talents. I appreciate having the opportunity to use mine to help kids facing adversity in their lives. Want to get involved? I would love it if you’d join me in this awesome Quilt-A-Long! Remember, Make-A-Wish Foundation relies on donations to make wishes come true and they can’t do it without our help! Ready to get on board? Hit the link below for more information!

Well, the weekend is just about here! Do you have anything fun and exciting planned? I am actually currently out of town teaching at the 45th annual Sauder Village Quilt Show in Ohio. I drove down with my friend and long-time coworker Amy for the week. You should see this place, it’s absolutely spectacular! There are literally hundreds of quilts to look at on full-length display. Just imagine the sea of color and creativity – eye candy at its best! We’re having a blast meeting new people and talking quilts with fellow stitchers from around the country. Of course, the party has to come to a close at some point so we’ll be back home by tomorrow already. Just in time for Nick and I to head out west for another one of my Vegas adventures with Val Krueger. If you recall, the last time I visited Val n NV her new pool was still under construction… In other words, a follow-up visit was a must! LOL!

Jess and Shelley did such a great job with both the Shop Talk and Stitch with Lisa Bongean LIVE broadcasts this week while I was gone. If you missed them you can always catch the replays by hitting the link below! They covered some important announcements, stitch-along clarifications, new items, sale items and more!

Alright, before I let you go I do have a couple of prize giveaways to say thanks to those of you who continue to comment on my blog and Stich with Lisa Bongean!” It really means a lot to us! This week’s comment winners are, Marcia B. and Gerri A. Woo hoo! As usual, I don’t want to post last names or email addresses for everyone’s privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received an email from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, please keep trying. Your lucky day is coming! See you all very soon. ~Lisa