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Moda Blockheads…block 25

Twice the Friendship…by Kansas Troubles Quilters…Click the link and go to her blog for the pattern….

Hey Ya’ll!!!…This post is coming from the road….I was just in Texas…and now I am in Utah…so…I quickly made this block yesterday for today’s post…I did not follow the directions.. AND…I really don’t know how I pulled it off…because I cut blue triangles…when I should have cut squares but I made it work anyhow…just made sure the seam allowance hung over 1/4″…but it turned out GOOD ENOUGH!!!  I found a bigger iron at Joyce’s house so I kind of have the same look to my presentation…right??? lol…


The questions of the week is…Settings…have you thought about it?…I am stitching 1″ HST’s all around the blocks..and then I need to sash it with wider sashings for quilting…I did not think about the cornerstones yet…

Make sure you visit us all today…see whats happening…


I had such a blast in Texas hanging out with quilting friends- I look forward to this time every is extra special!!!

I took a pano shot of the room…look at all that creativity!!  The location was Sunset Retreat.

Now yesterday…we started a retreat in St. George…lots of lovely quilters! I only took one stitching pic of the class I taught…but it’s a good one…This is Beth’s…Just Picked wool runner…but after dinner last night  we went for a little side trip…a hike up the red rocks…Joyce Weeks runs a retreat every year in St. George…#quiltstgeorge    If you can, come join in next year, I wound not miss it!!! It’s only been one day and I love the quilters and the location!!!  Us ladies should not be hiking in our flips…but that did not stop us…


Moda Blockheads…Block 21

Today’s block is from the most talented Jo Morton…another sweet block…well…they all are pretty awesome!!!  Click HERE to go to Jo’s blog to get the pattern…

I made only one block yesterday as I just got home from a teaching trip and we are having company over for a long weekend and I have go prepare for that as well…Linda aka…thequiltedpineapple…and her girls and husband Scott…the guys are in a fishing tournament…so I’ll let you know how that goes…us girls are going to just hang out…play in the water, the sun and watch the planes fly overhead…maybe some stitching…as I have to get things DONE!

I also used Doug Leko’s new ruler to make these scrappy geese…so fast and accurate…I usually do NOT make folded corner FGs…cause they NEVER turn out…but that was not the case with the ruler!!!

Here are pics of me making the FG units and the square in a square center unit..


That’s all the photos I took…so if you NEED this ruler…. order it from Doug…HERE…I could send you to our store to buy the ruler but I want you to support Doug and buy it from him!!!

Question of the week…Do you put labels on your quilts….sometimes yes…but most times…I do this…this label cannot be removed… until next week…LB



Sit & Stitch at Anchor Point

Those of you who follow me know what Anchor Point is. It was so awesome to see it filled with quilters, stitching, eating and visiting…Tuesday I had my Sit & Stitch Ladies out for a potluck cookout.  We are a fairly new group, we only have been getting together less than a year…and now that I will be staying home more we are meeting more and will eventually meet once a month…We had a lovely day and we are all getting to know each other more and we even had a few new ladies for a total of 15!  They all brought a dish to pass and they requested I cook “chicken brats”…so that was a great plan, not a lot of fuss…I did have fun shopping for a little goodie that they all took home with them…since they came to my home, I decided they were getting something different…”kitchen” goodies, as they always get a quilting goodie….I LOVE my new kitchen and it is so fun to fill it with “new” cool kitchen stuff…so this is what my Sit & Stitch ladies went home with…

A storage bowl from Pioneer Woman, a kitchen towel..a door hanger for their quilting room, an Anchor fat quarter and a colorful new tool for their kitchen…oh…and the bowl had chocolate in it!!! Can’t forget that…

Here are some pics from the morning…

Then in the evening Debbie’s Hexi group came with about 25 ladies.. They stitched, ate,  toured of the house and and then just like that it was over…That was a lot of people and I did not get many pics because of being the cook, host and tour guide….lol….but I did manage to get a pic of the food!!!

I loved seeing & visiting with these girls as most of them have been customers/friends since I started quilting and then opened the shop, they are the foundation of the building of Primitive Gatherings…so when Debbie asked if here group could visit Anchor Point I didn’t even hesitate…YES…Being on the road I am rarely at the shop these last couple of years so I missed them…I also managed to get them a Thank You goodie as well…

I wish you all could attend a get-together like this…but I know it is not possible for so many reasons…but what if life/travel was easier…maybe it will be in the future…after all..we now have the thing to communicate like they did on Star Trek (iPhone)…maybe the thing the teleports you is next????  We can dream…

I also have some goodies left over from the party..

We will be giving them to the shipping department…If you place an Website Order in the future and put “Anchor Point in the comment section we will include something until they are gone, there is not a lot of them but maybe you will be one the lucky ones…Have a GREAT day…I’m teaching a two day class today and tomorrow on wool crazy appliqué…my favorite class to teach!

My best…Lisa


Binding Needles…

You all know I like to make your quilting life as easy as possible…So here’s a question…I bet most of you use whatever needle is in the pincushion to bind a quilt…Some of you will have a favorite, but most do not…

You may at some point bought needles specifically to bind, but which ones were they again?  Straw needles…or were those for appliqué??? Milliners??? What are those for?   So…if you do not have a hardcore favorite or even if you do… I want to introduce you to Primitive Gatherings Binding Needles…They are labeled BINDING NEEDLES…They are long so your hands do not cramp, thin…but not bendy…and they have a nice eye for threading…I can thread these needles with no trouble at all while traveling in the truck sewing binding…I am especially in love with these as they did not put holes in my fingers when I had to stitch 5 bindings on in 1 1/2 days for Quilt Market this year…

So next time when you are shopping at Primitive Gatherings…make a note to add these to your cart or why wait…buy some for your friends too…they will LOVE you for it!!! Click here to find them on our site…  BINDING NEEDLES

Below is the complete line of needles that Primitive Gatherings offers…

Chenille Needles in two sizes…for wool appliqué…our #24s are shorter and sharper than any others on the market…

Big stitch for quilting with perle cotton…and long sturdy basting needles…


Have a great week!!!









Summer Block of the Week 2017…

Today Spring Quilt Market opens!!!! This is a big deal for those of us in business in the quilting world…We get to talk to the shop owners and share our designs and products, we also get to find new and exciting stuff for our shops to keep our stores fresh and full of ideas when you come in or see us at a show…so it’s a big deal…and it all starts today!!!  I will take lots of pics in the next couple of days…for future posts…

and Wow…I have had a super busy first 6 months of the year and my schedule slows way down from here…I started the summer BOWs real early this year but somehow…I had just enough done to show you what my offerings are for the summer. Now I have a time to talk about them…they are all up on our website and I thank you for those of you who have already signed up and tested our new system…The Summer BOW is for our loyal customers who have to do a summer project for the fun, for the excitement of getting something in the weekly mail other than bills and for the FREEBIE…Not only is the SBOW at special price you also get an extra project for participating in our summer event!  It all starts June 5th!!!!

I’m super excited about the freebie this year…the “theme” will be HOUSES!!!  Who doesn’t love little houses…The freebies are made from the scraps leftover from making kits…so you may not always have the same background…but it will always be something nice…This block is 4″ finished..Now that I have seduced you with the freebie…here are our projects…We have 3 for you to choose from or you can do more than one…I am always amazed how much you can get done and share in our groups….some do all three and amazingly finish them in Olympic record time…

Wool AppliqueI am taking into consideration that most of you do NOT have all the SBOWs finished that you have….so why not do some easy piecing and a little appliqué???  That’s the plan this year…I myself need a bit of a break so it’s very simple appliqué….AND maybe you want to make some mini quilts?…these 12 blocks could all be quilted and bound to make a mini quilt in itself…hmmm thats cool too right?

I will be adding special stitches to the appliques and will be doing videos on our FB page, this first block has 5 different stitches on it!!…I’ll give you the FB group info at the end so you can  join after you sign up…They are closed groups only for those who do the SBOWs and they are still ongoing we do not stop them so it takes you a year to complete your project the group is still active…Randy is also on board to help us again in our FB groups- this is awesome as we all LOVE Randy, his quilts and his gardens…


All the details and the pricing is here on the Shop BLOG  I did not want to screw anything up so Jess has everything in detail there…there are also supply kits for everything that we discount at 25% off of everything you order.  When you are reading the shop blog…click the links leading you to the website to order.

Pieced Quilt…Starlit Skies...I LOVE this quilt and everyone who saw the blocks in person loved them too!!!  Also did you notice…NO Triangles!!! So keep making those Friendship stars while you make this as well…this is easy easy easy…my fast cutting and piecing directions will make this fun to piece…

You will get 4 blocks each week for a total of 48…I will have two ways to set the quilt, with star cornerstones & sashing and you can choose when we offer the finishing kits…Jess also has a supply kit for this as well..

Hexi Haven is our Hand Pieced or EPP project…

Debbie from the shop is making this…and it’s so gorgeous!!!  Again…all the details will be at the link above, too many to list here….

This is the hexi pattern from my floor at the Lakehouse!!!

I hope this interests you enough to go and see if you want to join in…I especially love the Facebook group…I love seeing everyone’s blocks each week and the help that’s available there…so I can’t wait to see some of you again and I hope we get some new people who this might be the first time they are doing the SBOW…(Summer Block of the Week)

And PLEASE,  if you have any questions after reading this or the website descriptions please call our shop…the girls will be ready to help you with anything you need.  We are a full service quilt shop and want to take care of you personally if you give us the chance…our phone number is… 920-722-7233.

Here is the info for the Facebook groups:

As we have done in previous years we will have a Facebook Group set up for those of you who join any of the 3 SBOW programs. This year we will have 3 separate Facebook Groups, one for each of the SBOWs. Please make sure that you are Friends with Jessica Holz on Facebook, and then PM her to tell her which group you are in, she will then put you into the group. You will need to be Friends with her on Facebook since this is a CLOSED Group and only those in the SBOW programs can join in. This is a great way to learn new techniques and to share with one another! Some of you are already friends with me, for those of you who are not please look for this profile picture for who to friend request.IMG_3072       Jessica Holz Facebook Profile Picture to Friend Request

Have a great weekend! Lisa



CA Sit & Stitch…Soooo much fun!

Well….I hope you all are up to your ears in blocks that you have to get done to keep up!…It is so fun to be busy and look forward to spending time with your machine…even if you have only 15 mins here and there….it all adds up when doing these triangle blocks and of course the Moda Blockhead blocks too!

I have returned from California after a rough start…plane was delayed a whole day…so my Saturday class turned into a Sunday class…then it was 3 more classes on Monday & Tuesday and then home quickly to spend some time with Nick to celebrate our 19th Anniversary…but here is a recap of my trip…hope you are inspired!!

Sunday…Well I didn’t have the full class that I was supposed to have on Saturday but I am happy for the 5 that could make it…This class was on “big stitch” quilting….This class was Barbs idea…she came in one day and showed a bunch of quilts and I said they would make awesome hand quilted quilts….I told her to see if she could find a used quilting frame and she could bring it in and I’d show her how to get started…

We basted the quilt in class…its an American flag for her son’s classroom….then we learned the big-hand quilting stitch on our large feathered wreaths or another project if they had one…and Barb got started on her quilt frame doing 3″semi circles piled on top of each other…not quite clam shells but close…can your see them on the edge of the frame?


Then a bunch of full classes on Monday and Tuesday’s…I sure do have fun with these girls…

Julie showed her finished Magic of Christmas quilt!!! I’m bringing it home for photography for our book…


Do you remember Sylvia???? The one who I made her redo a whole block my way in a previous Sit & Stitch?

She came back!  And brought her friend Shari…Here she is with a new  finished top called Old Dirt Road…this features my Little Gatherings II line of fabrics…

She pieced her Blockhead #5 block in class…

Here’s Shari making homespun Winnebago Waves quilt!!!


Then Shirley was working on her~My Crazy Life…only has 4 more to stitch and she can put the top together… Here is Snowflake Catcher…started in class…Kristine and Terry were both making this…

Kim is working on Lisa’s Flower Garden…

Elaine is working on Triangle Gatherings… Go back to the January posts if your interested in learning about Triangle Gatherings…

New class coming to PG CA…Yoko Saito design, in her newest book Scrap Valley…Tina will be teaching this!!!

Liz and her Triangle Gathering blocks-did you also notice the quilt in the background!!! Yes that’s MaryLou’s finished Clara’s Stars…

Karen and her finished Just Picked… and some of her “My Crazy Life” blocks…Sorry Karen…wish this was a better pic…

Sharon’s My Crazy Life blocks…showing her “own” blocks…one featuring her doggie…

Alice’s(hope I got this right) Hummingbird Garden blocks…Alice is pictured in the pink next to Sharon in that photo…

Georgia’s own My Favorite Things…

About half of the girls had show & share…so it was a lot of fun to see them getting their projects completd.  I am very proud of this women and what they are accomplishing!!!

My next dates in CA…a retreat in June 11-14 and Sit & Stitch August, 28 & 29…Big stitch quilting August 26th…Call if you want to join the fun…951-304-9787

I hope you enjoyed Show & Share…and maybe this will inspire you to stitch on your project if you have this one OR to order yourself one on our website!

my best…





It’s a….Splendid Sampler… Day!!!

I so excited and honored to be apart of this community of quilters selected to be apart of another great book from Martingale…we all know how great their books are …the photos are amazing!!!

Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson are the masterminds behind this book…It started as a “sew along”, featuring 100 designers/blocks and now brought together in this beautiful book!!!  The book also contains a gallery of finished quilts which gives you ideas on how to put the blocks together and instructions on some of the different techniques used in the blocks…

If you want to add this book to your collection of block books you can order it here…SPLENDID SAMPLER BOOK.

Primitive Gatherings will be giving away a Moda Layer Cake to someone who orders a Splendid Sampler book on our website by the 17th of April.

We will not ship them out until we have received all the orders and pick a winner…

There are also a lot of other information and many give-aways going on if you visit this Link...SPLENDID SAMPLER.

Good Luck and I hope you win something cool!!!


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