Sample Spree Summer Quilt Along! Starts today!!!

A fun summer quilt along…who’s in?  

I know you are doing the American Quilter’s SAL…but I don’t want to miss out either!!! So let’s just all do what we can and just keep stitching on…whatever we get done we get done…I did just finish my last Sewcialite Block today!!! Can’t wait to show that off!

Sampler Spree: 101+ Fresh & Fun Quilt Blocks by Susan Ache

You will need the book to quilt-along – that is the only place to find the instructions for the 101 blocks we’re making.  The book also has the information to make this quilt.

CT Susan Ache SS QAL Give & Take Flat

Click HERE to order your book!

Give & Take – it finishes at 83½” x 83½”.

Fabric.  How much do you need? 

Page 8.  All yardage is based on 42″ wide fabric. 

  • 1 yard total of assorted cream prints for large blocks
  • 3 yards total of assorted light scraps for blocks – or approx. 3 yards for a single background.
  • 3.875 yards total of assorted medium and dark scraps for blocks – referred to collectively as “dark”.
  • 1.25 yards of white solid for sashing
  • 2.375 yards of peach solid for sashing

The quilt-along starts today!!!! – Wednesday, June 16. 

New blocks will be shared every Wednesday through August 18 – ten weeks of sewing.

Wait.  Ten weeks, a hundred blocks… ten blocks a week? 

CT Susan Ache SS Blocks Design Wall

Yes.  Just remember Rule No. 1 about the Sampler Spree quilt-along – we’re doing this to have fun!  It’s not a race.  Some folks will make ten blocks in two days, others will make two blocks in ten days.  Maybe.  So don’t worry about “keeping up”.  Just enjoy the process.

Sewing by color.  We will be using a single color for the blocks each week – e.g., the first week’s blocks will be Blue. 

CT Susan Ache SS Blocks

The weekly colors are: Orange, Aqua/Teal/Turquoise, Brown & Tan, Green, Purple/Coral/Pink, Navy Blue, Yellow & Gold, Black & Gray, and Red.  And Blue – e.g., Cornflower, Delft, and so on.

And no, that’s not the order of the colors.  We have to keep a few things a surprise!

CT Susan Ache SS Color Bundles

When we discussed doing this, there were two things that convinced us to do this.  One, this is how Susan sews through her scrap bins in the summer.  One color at a time – one bin at a time.  Two, we liked the challenge of it, limitations can spark a whole lot of creativity. 

But – this is not required!  Nobody will be shunned, or voted off the island, for not sewing by color.  Adjust the colors and shades to suit you – your scraps, your color palette, what you like. 

CT Susan Ache SS Checklist Stack of Fabrics

We are stitching blocks in book order because we are stitching all blues!!!!

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We at Primitive Gatherings are stitching ALL blues blocks this time….the blocks are made up of Indigo Gatherings & Starlight Gatherings.  We are using 1 cream background Bella Porcelain    You also can pre- order your Starlight Gatherings HERE.  The highlighted areas are shop-able links

Do I have to make every block? 

Of course not – what’s the rule?.  There are one-hundred blocks necessary to make the Give & Take quilt, so you can skip a few.  If there are blocks you really love, and love making, then make more of those.  Playing around with the light/dark placement, and the colors, in many of the blocks will change the look of the block.  

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Will there be other setting options? 

Yes.  Susan will be sharing a couple of different options along the way, including a couple of projects made with just one block from the book.  (And so will we.)

Who is sewing along?

Quilt-along stitchers – Instagram / Facebook / Blog:

So are you ready?

CT Susan Ache SS Layer Cake Squares

This is one reason why so many of us love Layer Cakes.  They are often used for photos, and then folded to make little collection bundles.  With Susan’s book and this quilt-along, the bundles were quickly taken apart and sorted by color.  

Can I tell you a secret?  The squares look so pretty in the boxes that pulling squares out and cutting them up will be really hard. 

But not impossible. 

We’ll see you next week. 

For a PDF of this blog post – Sampler Spree: A Checklist

If you missed any of the earlier posts with Susan:

Moving Sale in Progress…

Hey Everyone…You all know we have exciting things coming up…WE ARE MOVING!  This new location will be big, beautiful, and be a place where your creativity can soar!   But, the only downside to this is we have to move the stuff!  So we are offering you to HELP us MOVE, but in a way where your back is not going to hurt afterward. 

Each Monday we will be adding new items to our LIVE with LISA button under the NEW ITEMS category.  Look for the description that says LAST CHANCE.  Now some of the items will be on sale because we have lots…and some just your last chance to grab it because we only have very few left…

This week’s projects are shown here…I will be showing them LIVE this week, but they may already be sold out…so don’t wait if you LOVE it!

SUMMERTIME- only 1 left…wool kit with cotton background…no sale, but grab it!

Did you ever want to make a Baltimore Album quilt, but you knew never in your life would you finish it?  Summertime is our folk art version of a Baltimore Album-style quilt. Its beauty is in its simplicity. The quilt only uses 5 colors, red, black, green, gold, and brown. We have used wool applique because it is so wonderful to work with. It is addicting. So enjoy making these wonderful blocks and finishing the quilt is actually very slick at how perfect it goes together. The finished size of the whole quilt is approximately 34″ x 42″. The pattern has full-sized reversed and right size layouts of each block plus a 6″ color picture of each block.

Veteran’s Star-On sale for only $20….We have a bunch of these…The little quilting finishing 20×20!

 

Sue’s Stars-  This is one of our most popular small quilt kits!…It’s many vintage fabrics and wool applique pair up in the making of a great little quilt. The quilt measures 30 “x 30”. 1″ triangles papers were used in the making of this quilt. Don’t make it without them!   On sale from $60 to $48!

Summer Getaway!

This is a great small table or baby quilt for the summer months! Summer Getaway was re-designed from a full-size antique quilt. This quilt will finish at 27″ x 31 1/2″. 1-yard of fabric is needed for the backing of this quilt.  Quilt is made from Old Glory Gatherings my first patriotic fabric line!  On Sale for only $36!

We still have a few items left from last week…

Star Studded Event-This quilt is a deal…even if you don’t want to do the quilt…the fabrics are amazing to build your stash!

This was our 2018 Pieced Summer Block of the Week quilt.  If you missed out on doing it now is your chance to make this splendid quilt!  Once completed Star-Studded Event will measure approximately 90″x96″, make one large quilt or 2 smaller sized quilts from all of your blocks.  One Picture shows the quilt folded in half.  It will measure 90″ x 96″.  ON sale for $120!
 
 

Sewing Box-This quilt was designed with Lisa’s fabric line Needle & Thread Gatherings. It will measure 51″ x 57 1/4″. You will need 3 1/2 yards for the backing. We also recommend the use 1 /12″ Half square triangle paper available through Primitive Gatherings.  On sale for $80!

Four Dozen-Now, maybe you haven’t gone by the way of making minis yet……this is the perfect quilt for you to experience the thrill of “little quilts”….very easy but still cool! The pattern will include the triangle papers. The quilt is 14 1/2″ x 17”. You will need a fat quarter for the backing fabric.  Only $15 for kit and pattern!

 

Click HERE for Last Chance OFFERS!

The above link is a shortcut to the website where all of these projects are located!!  Thanks for helping out with our move!  WE appreciate it!

Lisa

Moda Block Heads 3 Finish!

 

Thank you all for visiting today….Today I am revealing my Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt!  

 The patterns and the layout are located at the end of this post…

Please sign up for my blog subscription because…THIS is how you will get the FREE pattens for our American Gatherings Stitch Along starting as soon as those best selling MODA AB fat quarter bundles arrive..


ALL the Moda Block Patterns

Finishing Page for this Layout

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American Quilter Stitch Along
Join us in MAY 2021 to kick off the summer giving back to our veterans…

Click to Read about HOGS FOR HEROS

Also we be hosting video for this SAL as well on my YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-cq4Hks2qq8Wk8ckuyFxRA

My best…

Lisa

 

Let it Snow! Farmhouse Friends Mystery -FREE Patterns

Hey Everyone I am Lisa Bongean from Primtiive Gatherings…I am so glad you are here. Today is my day to post my block…I love how this stitch-along is coming along!!  My block is block 5…It is 121/2″x 12 1/2″ and features Moda grunge background and our wintery-looking wools from Primitive Gatherings….Let It Snow- playtime

Click HERE for FREE pattern

If the pattern doesn’t open for …it may go directly to your download folder. 
Check there…In some browsers it goes there directly…and if you keep pressing the link it downloads lots of times!  Also…we know some of you do not have printers or color ones and you want us to print it for you…all those options are below.

Click HERE to get yourself a KIT!

If this is all NEW to you…here are the previous blocks

BLOCK 1 is from our leader Rhonda who had designed the quilt and I love the layout!  All we have to do insert blocks…some of us have 12 x 12  some 12 x 18  some  6×42  or something like that… Farmhouse Friends BLK1

Click HERE to go to Rhonda’s site.

BLOCK 2 Is from Rita from Reets to Rags…These girls are so talented!Reets to Rags BLK3 Click HERE to go to REETS RAGS TO STITCHES

BLOCK 3 is from Kathy-Heart to Hand…How Fun!Kathy-Heart to Hand BLK2 Click HERE to go to HEART to HAND

BLOCK 4 is from Bits & Pieces by Joan…a nice winter night….

Block 4 Let it snow!

Click HERE to visit Bits & Pieces

BLOCK 5 is from Gloria at OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD   Even snowman must do laundry!OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD BLK4 Click HERE to go to OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD

There is so much going on…I hope you take advantage of the FREE downloads and also support the designers by purchasing their kits before they’re all sold out!  Or before we have to sub background fabrics!! LOL, good problems!

Please feel free to  join this blog  subscription and my YouTUBE &Facebook groupS STITCH with Lisa Bongean…we have lots of fun sharing quits and wool projects!  Last week we did a Spring bed turning…check it out here below!

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Hogs for Heros…American Quilter’s Stitch Along/Prep

HOGS FOR HEROES checking in here…and we are stunned, and honored, by this beautiful effort to support our healing mission! We only just learned of Lisa’s generous plan and can hardly believe quilters across the nation will unite to sew their hearts out to benefit veterans’ healing. Thank you!

A little bit about us, because knowing who benefits from your labors is important to your heart. Hogs For Heroes is a small, WI nonprofit created by four family members, none of whom served. We do this volunteer work simply out of gratitude for those who served and sacrificed much on our behalf, and from a desire to provide struggling, at-risk Veterans with a healing alternative: wind therapy, as we Bikers affectionately call it. We raise funds to buy Harley-Davidson motorcycles for Veteran riders who, injured in the course of active duty, find themselves hurting–mentally, physically, emotionally–and unable to have a Bike in their life. We help them heal by gifting them a Harley that allows them to regain peace on the road, control in their life, clarity, pride, and joy…and equally important, support from the rider community and Veteran brotherhoods.

We know motorcycling isn’t everyone’s cup of tea… but if it’s your blood its roots run deep and make up an identity, culture, and community for its riders–all things similar to the military, and deeply missed as Veterans separate from service. It is estimated that 22 Veterans a day commit suicide; another compelling reason to offer alternative therapy with a “tool” that is well established in the military community and will support them for years to come. We direct 100% of every donation straight toward the next Bike and Veteran pairing. And because we do this work voluntarily on the side of jobs, family, and life…we thought we would be successful if we could raise funds to gift one Harley a year. Instead, in just a little over 4 years of gifting bikes, we wrapped up our 2020 season by returning SIXTEEN injured Veteran riders back to the road they love on beautiful Harleys. Each Recipient will tell you that our gift has truly changed their life and, in several cases, literally saved their lives. And while our gift is only given to one individual, its positive ripple effect impacts the lives of their spouses, families, friends, employers, and community as they find new outlets, opportunities, and support systems.

Thank you for reading through our nutshell-version to learn about our unique work. And thank you, for participating in this amazing project to support our veterans’ healing needs.

Like what you heard? Be sure to LIKE US on Facebook to stay on top of our activity and announcements! You can learn more about our work and the Veterans we have supported at http://www.hogsforheroeswi.org. And, if you’re so inclined, you can donate there too, but I know Lisa is raising funds as well with this stitch along and you may want to contribute to the Quilters effort.

🙂 Peace to all…. and best wishes as you each make these beautiful quilts!  Audra Thompson

If this doesn’t touch you?  I don’t know what does, It has even more impact seeing it in person. May 2019 I watched Rob Thede receive his bike…and with tears streaming down my face that is when I decided I was going to “try” and do this for another vet.  Believing you can is 90% of completing a goal.  It is now time to make that happen.  With this American Quilters Stitch Along WE are going to accomplish it. I hope you’re along for this ride...because I need y’all to do it!  I’m counting on us Quilter’s to make this happen!  Audra left the above info as a comment on my blog but I wanted you all to read it.  She sent this to me after I called her and explained what I wished to do.  We have set up a separate bank account for our funds raised, you will be able to directly donate to it.  I will let you know when that time comes.  But while you are waiting you can start getting ready…

American Quilters SAL/Lisa Bongean

         Here is a PDF of the following info…You may want to print it and start a binder for this project!                                                                                  Click HERE to print SAL Prep

                                                                       

★    Hey Everyone…                                                                                                              

    I am so excited you are going to Stitch-Along with us on this wonderful pattern. This quilt is so much fun and everyone will want it! You now have to decide if you are only going to make one, or more than one! Hopefully, we will be starting on time, but if our fabric is delayed we will have to push it back and start when it is possible!                                       

  I do have an underlying reason for this SAL and that is to raise money for Hogs for Heroes.    

    I hope all of you can help me do this, and we can help change lives for our military veterans. I will be posting more information about this on my blog.                                     

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I THINK WILL BE HELPFUL WHEN MAKING THIS QUILT                                        

   The American Gatherings Fat Quarter fabric bundle. -Each FQ tower of American Gatherings bought at Primitive Gatherings is an automatic $10 donation for Hogs for Heros.                                                  

★    4 or 6 yards of fabric, for sashing, borders, and bindings. I made one quilt with blue and the other one with cream…I will be making several more with the blocks I will be making while doing the tutorials each week. I have two sizes here just in case you want to make your quilt bigger or add matching pillowcases. The four yards is enough to complete the quilt.                                                                                                                              

★    Starch – I strongly suggest you starch your fabrics prior to cutting them. I will be posting a video on How to Starch your fabrics.  Buy Heavy Duty Faultless starch in blue or purple cans, not gold.  You will need about 2 for this project.

★    ThreadsMy suggestions for threads are any of these three, Aurifil 2309 (cream) 2620            (light/med grey) and 2785 (navy). I personally do not like stitching dark fabrics with light thread…I used the navy for stitching the blue borders on the quilt blocks.                           

★    Small rulers like, 3×7, 6×6, 5×15 Itty Bitty Eights rulers. All of these rulers will be so helpful for cutting these blocks.                                                                                        

★    12½” x 12½’ Creative Grid rulers. This ruler is so helpful in squaring up your finished quilt blocks.                                                                                                                            ★

★    Simple Folded Corner ruler. This tool is awesome…especially if you like perfect blocks.         

★   Optional, but recommended…Single Hole throat plate on your machine. If you have an oblong hole on your machine where the needle goes up and down, you may want to put on a single hole throat plate. These are standard on machines that only stitch straight, but can be purchased for your machine if you do not have one. This prevents the little pieces of fabric from being sucked down into the oblong hole which is standard on machines         

 

I may share other ideas, tips, and thoughts along the way. I will be posting the block each week on here on my Blog along with weekly giveaways, auctions and other fun…do not miss out!            

 Here are all the places to join in-these are links and when clicked will take you there to sign up.

lisabongean.com-you are here…but are you signed up?               

If you are on a computer it is on the right-hand sidebar…if you are on a phone/tablet you will have to scroll to the bottom of this post to sign up…

You-tube channel- Stich with Lisa Bongean

Stitch with Lisa’s Facebook Group.                       

I encourage you to stitch along each week, share your blocks on my Stitch with Lisa’s           Facebook Group, and tag your blocks with #americanquilterssal on Instagram or other social platforms. I know lots of shops will also be hosting this as a Stitch-Along…I am hoping we can get some posts and comments from them as well as showing them all stitching together!                                                                                                           

★   ABBREVIATIONS: I like to use the following abbreviations in the pattern to help from repeating over and over.                                                                                                 

          SFC = Single Folded Corner                                                                                     

         SQ/SQ = Square in a Square                                                                                    

         FG = Flying Geese

         HST = Half Square Triangle                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

★ I will show a couple of different ways to make/stitch the blocks each week. However, you may have a preferred way and you are more than welcome to use your favorite method.           

★Cutting for Blocks: 

In the first week, I will give you the cutting for all the red and cream stripes. You can choose to cut one block each week OR stack and cut ALL of your blocks (20) for the whole quilt the first week.         

 When stacking your fabrics, pay attention to the direction of the stripes. You may want them to run the short way on some prints and/or the long way. This is certainly up to you. (But keep this in mind when you are stacking and cutting your strips.) These strips are also cut longer and will be trimmed down later. I find this much easier with this many strips involved.                                                                                                                        

 ★ Use a scant ¼” seam allowance and test it to make sure you are not too big or too small.                                                                      

 I just found out our FQ bundles will be delayed….there are so many on the order they need a little more time!.   This gives us a little extra time to gather our things and get ready….so no worries, we will start with the first block when the fabric is on it’s way to us from Dallas.   It’s a time of adaptability.  I will redo the 20 bock schedule so we have all the blocks by Memorial Day! Lisa     

Print this for the cover of your binder…there is a PDF  link button below.             

Lisa Bongean/American Quilters SAL           PDF Cover for American Quilters SAL                                                                                 

That is all for now…I hope you are as excited as I am to get this project started!     

I’ll be in touch….Lisa

 

Long Arm Quilting now at Primitive Gatherings…

We all need to get our quilts quilted.  Then they can be loved like this one is.  How happy does this little guy look, snuggled in his MiMi’s quilt…

I am super proud of all of my sons and when they want to be a part of you business and then find their niche, it’ a feeling of contentment,  and that all will be “ok”.

I can not  personally tell you why you should send Primitive Gatherings your quilts to be long- arm quilted, but if you take 10 minutes watch to watch this video, you will understand why I did not want to tell you.

Luke, Jake & Tyler (Jake’s childhood friend) let you know about themselves and about their quilting.

Click on this video below…

Most of you know these guys, they have worked the quilt show circuit for years, they’ve attended quilt markets, they’ve worked in the shop.  Hopefully, now they can help you get your quilt tops quilted!  They also will be selling long-arms and teaching classes on how to use them…They know all about them…They can set them up and take them down and make them do amazing stitching!this is another reason why I can’t wait to be in our new building…here’s some progress…Can you figure out what is what?   LB