Moda Blockheads 4 – Block #13 “Evening Delight”

Hey everyone! It’s Blockhead time again. Evening Delight is on the showroom floor today, and is brought to us by Debbie Maddy of Tiori Designs. Debbie is an avid garment seamstress as well as a quilter. She enjoys all crafts involving needle and thread, and has years of experience in embroidery, appliqué, needlepoint, pulled thread, and drawn thread work to name a few. Debbie has been quilting for over 35 years and pattern designing for 15. She has also been a teacher/lecturer for 20 years (both in-person and online) and has been featured on national television! Her most recent endeavors have been in fabric and fiber dyeing of all kinds, but especially Shibori and Indigo. In order to learn to try and master the Shibori and indigo dyeing techniques to the best of her abilities, she has studied under some of the most prestigious artists in Japan, England and the US. So awesome!

Debbie designed Evening Delight based on quarter-square triangles. She describes QST as one of her favorite methods because she loves the way they show off the individual fabrics used in a design. She also enjoys the simplicity they provide when putting together her blocks. This is a super fun block to make and I know you’re anxious to get started. For the pattern and complete instructions to “Evening Delight” visit Debbie’s blog by clicking the link below!

If you’ve been following along with my progress through this quilt-along, you know that because of my travels last week I wasn’t able to post the photo evidence that I actually really do have Block #12 complete. I know how the suspense must have been killing you, so wait no longer… Here are my finished versions of both Block #12 Friendship Star,” and Block #13, Evening Delight.”

As you can see I kept Friendship Starfairly simple, pairing a gray tiny print for the outer triangles and a cream square with navy anchors for the center. For Evening Delight I decided to go with a black and light gray tiny print for the outer star portion of the block. For the inner triangles, I wanted to mix it up a little so I went with black lattice on mid-gray tiny print. For the center square I did kind of a 180º and chose white, sprinkled with a simple dark gray print. Both blocks have an orange Bella Solid background. All of my grayscale fabric choices for these blocks came from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below! If you like the way I pieced my blocks together and want to do the same, you can also usually find the orange color I’m using in the shop, (“Ochre“) which is a bright Bella Solid. We are currently sold out of “Ochre” but have it on order so it should be in stock soon!

Remember, if you’re just joining us for MBH4 and need previously released blocks, you can find them by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can also locate the archive in the main menu at the top of my blog page. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

I hope everyone is staying cool and dry with all this crazy weather going on. We’re supposed to see some nasty storms later on today, so it sounds like my plans to get some biking in this evening are going to be on hold. That’s probably a good thing though, since the heat index is nearly 100° and I wasn’t really trying to have a heat stroke today. LOL! There’s always tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, don’t miss me LIVE on YouTube at 1:00PM during Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” I’m excited to say that I’ll be doing a little trunk show on my newest fabric line, Autumn Gatherings.” This line doesn’t have a specific project book but there are several individual projects that go along with it to talk about. These gorgeous flannels are not yet in our shop to purchase, but not to worry. Autumn Gatheringsis already on sale and available to pre-order for a limited time! You can check them out by clicking HERE!

Alright everyone, it’s about that time…but before I go I want to say that I really appreciate the wonderful comments you all have been leaving me here on the blog. It means a lot to me! I love hearing about your progress and what you’re up to, which is why I love to give prizes to those who participate! This week the shout-out goes to Cyndy L. and Sharon C! Please check your emails for your official prize notification. As usual, I am not posting last names or email addresses for your 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 didn’t win this week, keep trying. You could be next! Note: If you’re using an account name/handle that differs from your actual name, please include at least your first name and last initial in your comment to be considered for a prize!

Okie dokie, back to work! I have a lot to do before all heck breaks loose later with the storms coming in. It sounds like it could get really interesting! I will see you all tomorrow at 1:00PM CST for Stitch with Lisa Bongean!” Set your timers now and tune in by hitting the STITCH button below! See you there. ~Lisa

Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 11 “Moda Block-Berry”

Hey! I’m back again, rearin’ to go with the next Moda Blockheads 4 block release. This week we’re up to Block 11, Moda Block-Berry.” Jackie MacDonald of Sweetfire Road designed this super-cute block in honor of summertime’s arrival. Jackie says that picking berries is one of her all-time favorite warm-weather activities so she wanted to make her block, “a little sweet and a little bit fruity to celebrate the beginning of summer.” Her enthusiasm for this project inspired Jackie to quilt her sample as a wall hanging – and because this is her first Moda Blockheads design, she then hung it in her office to celebrate becoming an official Blockhead! Cool! She plans to make a bunch more, both for her Blockheads quilt and also to create a fun summer table runner project! You can find the instructions and full pattern for Moda Block-Berryby visiting Jackie’s blog!

This block might seem a little intimidating at first if you’re not used to working with smaller pieces, but don’t be scared! It’s really not as bad as it seems. In fact, Jackie intended for this block to be beginner-friendly because she is a beginner herself! I had a lot of fun putting this one together. For my fabrics I chose a variety of grayscale colors and prints, including a nearly black floral print on a super dark gray background, tiny mid-gray print on white, a light gray floral on dark gray background and mixed in some mostly white squares as well.

The stylish gray-scale fabrics are all from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below! If you like the way I pieced my block together and want to do the same, you can also usually find the orange color I’m using in the shop, (“Ochre“) which is a bright Bella Solid. We are currently sold out of “Ochre” but have it on order so it should be in stock soon!

Remember, if you’re just joining us for MBH4 and need to play catch-up, all of the previously released MBH4 blocks can be accessed by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You also can find the archive in the main list of links at the top of my blog page. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

Don’t forget, tomorrow is Thursday which means I’ll be LIVE at 1:00PM CST on my YouTube channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean!” I have an awesome trunk show for you featuring best selling author Kim Diehl and her third book from the Simple Whatnots series. This delightful book brings you 18 little quilt projects that all require minimal time commitment, yet are quick to put a dent in your scrap pile. Designs include traditionally pieced blocks as well as Kim’s signature invisible machine appliqué, and some wool appliqué. A variety of techniques are covered along with an assortment of motifs and an awesome collection of little quilts sure to brighten any room! You can tune in by clicking STITCH button below! Set your reminders now, you’re not going to want to miss it!

MBH4 – Block 8 “Wild Geese”

Hey everyone, happy hump day! Here we go again with another exciting Moda Blockhead Wednesday! Block 8 – “Wild Geese is on the schedule for this week, a fabulous block pattern designed by Kate Spain of kdspain.com. Kate is a graphic artist whose designs can be found on fabric, bedding, pillows, rugs, stationery, gift wrap, calendars, tableware, and a wide variety of other home and lifestyle products. You’ll notice that Kate’s work includes many nature and landscape-based themes and designs. She describes her biggest inspiration as her everyday surroundings, using shapes, colors, and textures from the world around her to create integral and eye-catching fabrics and patterns.

Wild Geese doesn’t stray from Kate’s signature style. It’s easy to see the resemblance of wild geese flying in perfect form within this simple, yet clever design. For my version of Wild Geese I’m sticking with my ongoing color scheme choices and using a bright orange Bella Solid paired up with a mid-level gray floral print on white, and a dark gray tiny print on a mid-gray background for the contrasting pieces – both from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line.

As we are starting to accumulate finished blocks I’m liking this color combination more and more. The bright boldness of the orange seems to push the grayscale elements out, helping them to “take flight” off the background – like a wild goose! LOL! If you’re still contemplating fabric choices for this quilt-along and decide you’d like to do yours like mine, you can find everything you need on our website! To purchase Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II pre-cuts and yardage, click the button below. For Orange Bella Solid “Ochre” (#9900-79) CLICK HERE!

Alright Blockheads! I know you’re anxious to start on your version of Block 8,” so wait no longer! You can find everything you need to get going on “Wild Geese,” including the pattern, project instructions, tips, and advice from Kate all on her blog, 

Looking for an earlier block? All of the previously released MBH4 blocks can be accessed by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can find the archive in the list of main links at the top of my blog page. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

As I mentioned earlier in the week Nick and I are still enjoying some time out in Las Vegas with my  friend Val Krueger, but we’ll be back to WI in a few short days. I’m going to do my best to pop in via livestream with Val on Thursday during Stitch with Lisa Bongean,” so be sure to tune in if you want to see what we’re up to. If all goes to plan, Jess will be co-hosting with Val and I as we showcase the stunning collection of Val’s designs in the Primitive Gatherings book, Fun, Friends & Fat Quarters. If you’re a fat quarter fan, this book is definitely for you! All twelve quilts in Fun, Friends & Fat Quarters are designed to use twelve fat quarters each, making them great as scrap busters, or the just perfect excuse to buy new fat quarters of your current favorites! Set your reminders for Thursday at 1:00 PM CST so you don’t miss it. As always, remember to leave me a comment here on the blog and during the LIVE show – who knows, you might win a prize for it… See you Thursday! ~ Lisa

Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 3 “Kouign Amann”

Did someone say cake!? Block 3 of MBH4 is deliciously called, Kouign Amann, (pronounced, “queen a-mahn) after a sweet multi-layered Breton cake, originally made with bread dough in the early 1860’s. These delectable desserts contain several levels of butter and sugar, similar to a puff pastry with a few less layers. Once finished, Kouign Amannappears similar to a muffin-shaped, caramelized croissant. Um… Seriously? I’ll take TWO please!

MBH4 – Block 3 “Kouign Amann, was designed by Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson out of Michigan. Though not as enticing to the taste buds as an actual Kouign Amann, this block is still just as much fun to make! Laurie and her sister Polly Minick have both loved textiles since childhood. They began collaborating over 20 years ago, making Americana rugs and quilts intended for home décor. The success of their unique, folk art style lead them to writing books, teaching, and designing fabric for Moda… which, of course eventually brought us here – MBH4 – Block 3! To download the pattern and instructions for this delightful block, simply visit Laurie’s blog by hitting the link below!

I’m really excited about this Quilt-Along so I’ve been right on track with keeping up with the schedule and completing the blocks as they release. Obviously, I can’t wait to see the finished product! For this block I used a combination of floral and geometric prints on white, gray, and black fabrics. I love the “spikes” I see when I look at this design. When I stare directly at it, reminds me a little bit of the face on a sunflower. What do you think?

I will be posting a link on my blog every week for each new MBH4 block that’s released. Bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center every four weeks on Fridays. In fact, BlockHEADS UP! The first bonus block will be posted this coming Friday, April 8th! Remember, if you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail, or by following the link below.

I hope you’re finding time to escape the craziness of everyday life to get some stitching in! I am finally getting back into the normal groove of things after my vacation with Jace. We had a ton of fun and I’d do it again in a heartbeat… but as I mentioned, chasing a couple of young boys around Disney for a week is no joke. I don’t care what anybody says – needing a, “vacation from vacation” is really a thing!

Since I’ve been back, the girls and I continue to plan non-stop for things to come here at Primitive Gatherings. We’re hard at work on new pattern designs, incoming fabric lines, upcoming retreats, workshops, and clubs, and a bunch of other fun stuff! Oh! And I hope you got a chance to catch, Shop Talk with Shelley this morning on my YouTube Channel. Shelley and Jess covered a lot of important information including our latest shop announcements, spring shop hours, details on my “O Say Can You Sew” Mystery Quilt-Along, hot products, and more! If you missed it you can always watch the replay by hitting the link below!

Speaking of my YouTube Channel, don’t forget to meet up with me online for, Stitch with Lisa Bongean tomorrow (Thursday) at 1PM CST. This week we’ll be discussing the details on my upcoming, 2022 “Summer Blocks of the Week” so you don’t want to miss that. I want to thank all of you who continue to comment, like, and share our blog posts and LIVE broadcasts – keep it up! Let me know what your big quilting plans are for summer 2022. Do you have any big projects on your agenda? Maybe you have a retreat planned… Tell me all about it by leaving me a comment below! I will see you all Thursday LIVE on, Stitch with Lisa Bongean!If you don’t already have a YouTube reminder set, you can always tune in by hitting the link below! Ciao for now! ~Lisa

Are You a Blockhead?

Have you ever participated in a Moda Blockhead Sew-Along? If you’re not familiar, it’s a Block of the Week Sew-Along that includes weekly exclusive blocks created by a group of Moda’s top designers. Moda Blockheads 4 (BH4) will feature 28 individual designer blocks (mine included – I’m block #7!) and 8 bonus blocks, making 36 blocks in total! New blocks for Moda Blockheads 4 will be released weekly every Wednesday, through September 28, 2022. Blocks have options in two different sizes including 9″ finished, and 4.5″ finished! Each block pattern also includes two shading/color options.

If you’ve experienced one of these awesome Sew-Alongs, you already know how much fun they are. If not, the time is now to join in! I am thrilled to announce that Block 1 of the Moda Blockheads 4 Sew-Along has officially released today!

I’m proud to say that I’ve participated in every Moda Blockheads Sew-Along so far, including BH1, BH2, and BH3. At this point, I guess you can call me a veteran Blockhead – LOL! Needless to say I’m really excited to get started on Blockheads 4, but before we get down to the nitty-gritty details, let’s take a look back at my finished quilts from previous years.

Blockheads 1 was comprised of all 6″ blocks, and each stitcher designed their own settings. I personally bordered each 6″ block with Half Square Triangles, and added 2 inch stars for cornerstones. My good friend Linda Hrcka from The Quilted Pineapple in MI was kind enough to put her talent to work by quilting this beauty for me. Finished, it measures at 88 1/2″ x 88 1/2″. Stunning!

If you weren’t able to participate in BH1 but love this quilt, don’t worry! Moda put together a book where all six featured designers have their block designs and finished quilts proudly displayed. I’m sure you will love this varied collection. It offers a wide spectrum of option, from historically inspired traditional patchwork, to whimsical appliquéd nature scenes. The book includes instructions for six gorgeous sampler quilts that allow quilters to showcase the beautiful blocks they make. It also includes useful sewing tips from the pros that quilters can take advantage of again and again. You can get your copy of Moda Blockheads by simply hitting the link below!

Blockheads 2 was just as much fun as BH1! The project was a planned sampler quilt that I ended up adding sashings to. I had this one quilted with an edge to edge orange peel design by Maggie Honeyman! Check out this beautiful work of art!

For my Blockheads 3 quilt, I used two of my fabric lines, including Urban Farmhouse Gatherings and Indigo Gatherings. It was done in all creams, light and dark shades of grays and blues, along with a Bella Solid. I really think this one turned out beautifully!

Now let’s get down to the best part – Block 1 of Blockheads 4 is officially here for you to enjoy! Block 1 – “Square Wheel,” was created by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters. Lynne is a quilt designer, business owner, and fabric designer for Moda Fabrics. She and her husband Robert run their business out of Bennington, KS where she creates what she describes as, “easy and fun to live with quilts.” Lynne’s BH4 – Block 1 “Square Wheel” is now available! To get the full design, complete instructions, and shading options, please visit her blog!

If you’re not already a Blockhead, I’m sure by now you’re wondering how to get involved and what the fabric requirements are for the Moda Blockheads 4 Sew-Along. You can sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog post via e-mail by following the link below. You can also find the links for each block as they are released on the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive, which will be updated every Wednesday and Friday. I will also be posting a link here on my blog every week for each new block. Bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center every four weeks on Fridays.

Yardage Information: The amount of yardage that you will need for BH4 depends on how many blocks you make, and at which size you make them. Keep in mind that these yardage numbers are generous estimates (based on what Moda recommends) because this is a sampler quilt, and cutting isn’t the most efficient. Please note: estimates do NOT include sashings, borders, binding, or backing.

9” Blocks – For 36 Blocks:

  • Background – 2½ yards of a single background, or 3 yards of multiple backgrounds.
  • Assorted Mediums and Darks – 36 “Sweet 16’s” or Layer Cake squares.

4½” Blocks – For 36 Blocks:

  • Background – 1¼ yards of a single background, or 1¾ yards of multiple backgrounds.
  • Assorted Mediums and Darks – 18 “Sweet 16’s” or Layer Cake squares.

9” Blocks and 4½” Blocks – For 72 Blocks:

  • Background – 3¾ yards of a single background, or 4 yards of multiple backgrounds.
  • Assorted Mediums and Darks – 27 Fat Eighths, or 54 “Sweet 16’s” or Layer Cake squares.

If you’d like a printable PDF of yardage requirements and other information, you can find it by clicking HERE! There is also an excellent Moda Blockheads facebook group you can join for more information, support, and project insight! Feel free to post questions, comments or updates on your progress. You can join the Moda Blockheads facebook group by clicking the link below!

For my BH4 quilt, I plan to do the 4.5″ version, using a Fat Quarter Bundle of my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II series, paired with an orange Bella Solid called, Ochre” (#9900-79). Jess will be tackling the 9″ version, also using a Fat Quarter Bundle of Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II, but pairing it with a yellow Bella Solid called, “30’s Yellow” (#9900-23). I know both versions are going to be beautiful and I can’t wait to see them finished! If you’d like to do your quilt in either of these color schemes, you can find the fabrics you need by clicking the link below!

Despite being on vacation with my grand baby in FL, I did manage get my blocks finished before flying out. I knew I was going to like my fabric choices but seeing them starting to come together is really exciting. I like it even more than I thought I would! Here is what it is looking like so far. What do you think?Square Wheel pattern using orange, black, gray and white

Setting Options: There will be at least four setting options coming from Moda, and several others from Moda designers. You should start seeing these posted around the third week block release date. The first setting option to share is by Michelle White. She is both a talented graphic artist and quilt designer at Moda. Click the link below for your printable PDF of Michelle’s setting option!

Well folks, the girls are scolding me for working. They keep reminding me over and over that I’m supposed to be on vacation, so I guess I better put this computer down and get to it! My goal is to make sure that this is a trip of a lifetime for my grandson, full of great experiences and fun! There is nothing better than time spent with family. Making memories like these is so important. After all, they don’t stay young very long – neither do we for that matter! I will do my best to check in later in the week with an update and some photos of all our shenanigans. In the mean time, don’t forget to tune in to Stitch with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1PM CST where Michelle and Jess will be showcasing their favorite Easter projects. Easter is just around the corner so if you’re still looking for the perfect home décor or basket stuffers you don’t want to miss it! Click the link below to watch!

OH! And before I go, I want to say thanks to those of you who continue to comment, like, and share on all our social media outlets! We love giving away prizes, so if you’d like a chance at winning one please leave us a comment here on the blog or during Stitch with Lisa Bongean!Tell us how your spring is coming along. Do you have grass in the yard yet or is it still a big mess? Are you lucky enough to have nice grass all year round? Tell us what that’s like!

Speaking of prizes, Heidi has a couple of lucky blog readers picked out as PRIZE WINNERS from those of you who commented last week! Jan R. and Cheryl G. – check your email! 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 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. You could be next! See you all next week! ~LisaPink and Yellow Field Flowers with Bees and Stitch Every Day slogan