Meet Me in the Garden – Round 3: Cat’s Cradle

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Ready or not, here we go charging into the second half of September with the next round release of the Meet Me in the Garden stitch-along! Round Three focuses on the traditional Cat’s Cradle-type block, fittingly named after the children’s string game, “Cat’s Cradle” dating all the way back to the 1700s. Old school Cat’s Cradle designs typically involve a lot of triangles, and this bunch proves to be true to form. For this quilt, when you make your Cat’s Cradle blocks you will actually be sewing four Cat’s Cradle units together with a small inner border to make it an 8″ finished square. Though the units have both half-square triangles and little setting triangles, with the use of the required Cat’s Cradle Ruler by Creative Grids, you don’t have to cut a single one! Wow – right!?  It really is a brilliant ruler. Trust me – Meet Me in the Gardenisn’t the only project you’ll be using it for… This clever tool allows you to simultaneously create two Cat’s Cradle units from each set of squares and rectangles, and achieve perfect triangle blocks in a variety of sizes. Not to mention, the cutting requirements for each size is conveniently printed right on the tool!

Remember, the Creative Grids Cat’s Cradle Ruler is one of the five required rulers for this stitch-along project, along with a few others that we highly recommend to make your life easier. If you still need to order yours, you can do so by clicking the link at the bottom of the Ruler and Tool list below!

The Cat’s Cradle Quilt Block is the perfect block to sharpen your patchwork skills. Whether you’re a confident beginner or a seasoned pro, this 9-patch design is excellent practice toward enhancing your overall abilities. Half square triangles are made with pieced triangle units, containing both smaller light and dark triangles. The smaller units may challenge your accuracy, but are completely doable with a bit of care and extra attention to cutting and minding your quarter-inch seams. If you’re feeling worried about diving into this round alone, don’t be! Val and I also have a video tutorial ready to go with step-by-step instructions on how to tackle Round Three with ease. All you have to do to watch is click the button below!

Still thinking about joining us for Meet Me in the Garden but haven’t quite decided yet? You can find all the details in the introduction post I made a few weeks back where I take you through all the fabric and tools that you will need to participate in this stitch-along. This is a six month long project, so I highly recommend having everything you need prior to starting. You can read more about the stitch-along and what’s required by clicking HERE! Video tutorials for each round are posted to my YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” each month on the listed release dates. You can watch the intro to Meet Me in the Garden now by clicking the STITCH button below! If you have any questions feel free to email the shop at store@primitivegatherings.us and we’ll be happy to help!

As you can imagine I’m pretty beat after the The Great WI Quilt Show last week in Madison. Our booth was packed to the gills non-stop from opening day all the way up until tear down. Trade shows are a lot of fun but they are a lot of WORK as well. I always feel like I need a vacation after getting home from an event like that! It’s all for good reason though. Despite the hustle and bustle I will say that we had a very successful show and that we’re already planning and looking forward to next year! If you were able to make it out to our booth, thanks for stopping by! I got to meet and talk with so many awesome fellow stitchers young and old – it was great. And of course, we can’t forget about the wall-to-wall eye candy. Just wow! So much talent under one roof is always something to see. It was a privilege to be there!

We’re safe and sound back at home but yet – there’s no rest for the…well…witchy, as we kick off the annual Witches Retreat at The Gathering this week! Retreaters will be working on one quilt and one wool project especially geared toward the spookiest time of year. I’ll be sure to grab some photos of their progress and to show you later this week! Until then, don’t forget to set your timer for Shop Talk with Shelley tomorrow morning at 9:30 am CST where she’ll be talking about a few of her favorite quilts from my Urban Homestead Gatherings project book, and a couple of super cute pillows that are quick easy projects just in time for Halloween! Don’t miss it – you can tune in by clicking the STITCH button below. Then at 1:00 CST join me and my good friend and life coach Dara Tomasson to tackle some more serious life topics having to do with a healthy lifestyle and staying on track with personal goals and ambitions. Have I piqued your interest yet??? You’re not gonna want to miss this… See you there! ~Lisa

Meet Me in the Garden – Round Two: Flying Geese

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. I’m excited to say that we’re kicking off the second half of August with the next round release of the Meet Me in the Garden stitch-along! Round Two involves a whole lot of… you guessed it – flying geese – both large and small in size. If you’re not the best at flying geese, don’t worry. This is the perfect opportunity to become a master! Even better, Val will be right there to hold your hand as she shows you step-by-step how to perfectly cut and assemble them in our Round Two online video tutorial – available now on YouTube!

As I mentioned, for Round Two you’re going to be making two sizes of flying geese – small and large. To make things easier and more accurate, both sizes will be assembled the same way using the required Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool. If you’ve never used this ruler before, you’re really going to love it! It’s super fast, precise, and allows you to make four flying geese at once. It has a handy cutting chart printed right on the ruler that works for two different methods for your convenience. It allows you to create eight different finished sizes from 1″ x 2,” to 4″ x 8,” and the cutting requirements for each size are printed right on the tool as well! You can also use it along with your favorite method to create over-sized units and then trim them down to perfection. Whatever works best for you! I especially love this tool because it easily slides over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then when you’re ready, the exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts. I love it! You will definitely use this ruler again for future projects.

Remember, the Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool is one of the five required rulers for this stitch-along project, along with a few others that we highly recommend to make your life easier. If you still need to order yours, you can do so by clicking the link at the bottom of the Ruler and Tool list below!

Just like with any newly developed pattern, we have run into a few discrepancies here and there that Val would like to let you know about. Don’t panic! These little tweaks are nothing major and don’t require any more fabric than originally called for. In other words, you will have enough fabric! Those corrections are as follows:

We’re very sorry for any confusion this might have caused but hey – we’re human too! I want to give a quick shout out to those of you who reached out and helped us sort out any revisions that were needed. Thanks for your understanding and help. We really appreciate you having our back! We’re hoping that’s the last of the edits but if not, we will let you know via the blog, facebook page, and LIVE during Stitch with Lisa Bongean!

Still thinking about joining us for Meet Me in the Garden but haven’t pulled the trigger yet? You can find all the details in the introduction post I made a few weeks back where I take you through all the fabric and tools that you will need to participate in this stitch-along. This is the beginning of a six month long project, so I highly recommend having everything you need prior to starting. You can read more about the stitch-along and what’s required by clicking HERE!

Video tutorials for each round are posted to my YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” each month on the listed release dates. You can watch the intro to Meet Me in the Garden now by clicking the STITCH button below! If you have any questions feel free to email the shop at store@primitivegatherings.us and we’ll be happy to help!

Make sure to watch STITCH with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1:00PM CST for more information on Meet Me in the Gardenand Round Two. Val will be joining us so we can pick her brain on anything that might have come up. If you have questions be sure to hop on and ask us while we’ve got her on the line. No better time to ask… She is the designer after all! Alright folks! That’s it for today. I will see you all bright and early tomorrow LIVE at 9:00 AM for Shop Talk with Shelley on YouTube. You can tune in by hitting the link below. See you there! Until then, take care! ~Lisa

Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along Intro & Supply List

Can you believe it? After what feels like an eternity of waiting, the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along is finally ready to begin! This is a summer stitch-along that will feature a custom quilt project designed by my good friend, Val Krueger. Val based this intricate pattern on my new Garden Gatherings line, which after much anticipation arrived here earlier this month. Check out this beauty of a design. I can’t tell you how gorgeous it is in person – absolutely stunning!

Completed "Meet Me in the Garden" Quilt

Planning to join us for Meet Me in the Garden?” This post will take you through all the fabric and tools that you will need to participate in this stitch-along. This is the beginning of a six month long project, so having everything you need prior to starting is a great idea. It’s never a good thing to get half way through a quilt project, only to realize you’re out of something you can’t get anymore. We’re talking serious bummer there…so let’s try to avoid that by setting up for success! Fabric requirements for Meet Me in the Garden are as follows:

There are also several required rulers and tools that you will need. Ruler and tool requirements for Meet Me in the Garden are as follows:

Excited to get started yet? Video tutorials featuring explanations on the different rounds that make up this quilt will be released each month. Below you will find a list of rounds along with their video release dates, so you have an idea on how to plan for this stitch-along.

Alright! You only have a couple of short weeks to get your ducks in a row for Meet Me in the Garden.” Remember, you can find the video tutorials posted to my YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” each month on the listed release dates. You can watch the intro to Meet Me in the Garden now by clicking the STITCH button below! If you have any questions feel free to email the shop at store@primitivegatherings.us and we’ll be happy to help!

I hope you have a great week everyone! I’ll be back here on the blog on Wednesday for Moda Blockheads 4 Block #15 release, plus this week’s blog comment prize winners. Until then I know you have plenty to do so be sure to make time to stitch every day! Bye for now! ~Lisa