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19
May
17

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

 

15
Apr
17

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…

Lisa

 

 

13
Apr
17

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!!!

 

05
Apr
17

Block 5 Blockheads

Hi Everyone!!!   Sorry for that pre-mature posting on Monday…As I was working on the post I slid over the publish button on the way to press the preview button and it posted!!!! YIKES…so please forgive me…for the sneak peak…

I’m so glad you stopped by to visit today…I love teaching…so hopefully you might learn a thing or two here on this post…I’m going to do my best attempt to “teach” you how I would stitch this block…it is very different from the directions given…the block directions were done to be uniform throughout the year, there is nothing wrong with them.. there are many ways to ” piece” fabric patches together and know what works best for you is part of the process…so after 20 years of doing this and I don’t know how many quilts I have made, but I want to share with you how I made my block..

Starch your fabrics!!!  Read this post with pictures on STARCHING your FABRICS.  This is a MUST…DO NOT skip this step if you don’t already to it…I’m also not just using a light mist on them before I iron them like you would on clothes….  Just try it this once and if you do, you will starch from here on out!  So simply completely saturate your fabrics with heavy faultless starch…let them air dry…Iron them when they are completely dry…They will be nice and stiff…and they are ready to be cut into your pieces for your blocks…Today’s starch is not made from cornstarch…so no worries…

Ok…now to the good stuff…you need to cut your pieces accurately…this means being able to “SEE” what you are cutting…I have designed a few rulers with Creative Grids…they are called Itty Bitty Eights…see how I labeled the 1/8th inches and see how everything is a dashed line?  No solid lines on my rulers…I want to be able to see my fabric and not just guess where it is lying under a solid line… Makes a lot of sense right?   Rulers for sale here…  3″x 7″       6″x 6″    5″x 15” Creative Grids are the best rulers!

Here are the lights all cut…

Here are the darks…I purposely didn’t cut one of each square so you could see they were all squares first…then triangles…

Now I will be  making my HSTs with my  Triangle Papers…They are sold HERE    They will make perfect HST’s…I promise..if you follow the directions…Triangle paper method is NOT paper piecing…Paper piecing the paper stays in until the block is completely done…this is not that…we will easily remove the paper before we stitch them to another fabric.  I know a bunch of you are doing the Triangle Gatherings blocks…so this will be a piece of cake for you!!! If you want to know more about Triangle Gatherings go back on this blog and read the posts starting in January…

Now enough chatting time to get to work…

Layer A & B right sides together…

 

Shorten/lower your stitch length on your machine…I usually stitch at 2…move it to 1…this will make the paper come off much easier…

Stitch on all the dashed lines…

Until they are all stitched…

Trim on all solid lines…

I trim the outer lines and then start on the inside ones…

Trim until everything is cut…

Stack them in a pile…

Turn them over…now onto the ironing board…

Press them to the dark triangle…

Keep pressing them on top of each other…I call this chain-pressing…

Now this was tricky to photograph…I am trying to rip the paper off and take a pic at the same time…lol

I hold my thumb nail in the center of the skinny strip before the stitch line, while I pull the triangle paper forward and pull it away from the middle close to the stitching…

So because I could not get that picture and hold on to my phone at the same time…I am hoping you can figure it out, then remove the skinny piece left after ripping the triangle…

Clip all the dog ears…notice there is only one and the seams are 1/8″…

Clip them all…now they are ready to stitch…but first we have to make the flying geese units..

Now stack the light and dark triangles together for the Flying Geese units…I prefer this method to flip and sew (like in the directions)  I do not like the waste and they are not always perfect…

Because of the stiffness of our fabric, because we starched them it is very possible to run these through the machine…now I also have a machine that the feed dogs are nice and close together…this also helps with tiny piecing… Use an leader and ender if you have wider feed dogs…

Lay the dark triangle onto the light triangle…

and repeat for the larger FG…

Press the one side and then repeat or the other side…

Press FG units toward the dark triangles…Clip dog ears…

Layout all the units…

Stitch the HST with the squares…make 4 with blue and one red…

Layout the block again and stitch the center star into rows…

Press in opposing directions…

Now we have to pin the rows together…make sure to peak to see that they are lined up perfectly…before pinning…I do not pin directly into the seam…this make it move…

Now I pin from the left pointing to the right…just shy of where my stitches will be…I do not have to remove my pins if I pin this way…see where my pins are not directly in the seam, this will make sure they don’t shift? Use fine silk pins…not those big long nail pins…the photo below is blown up…

Stitch..

Press row seams open

shown here…

Layout again….Stitch together into rows…

Pin if needed.  If they match perfectly I don’t pin…If you have a baggy seam…pin the ends and put the baggy seam down against the feed dogs…it will evenly feed the “extra” in…

Press row seams open again…Oh..I almost forgot…see my pressing stick in the photo below?  That bar keeps the iron from messing up the other seams when pressing the row seams open…It’s awesome, we all need one!  Get yours HERE!  They come in three sizes…6″ for little blocks, 18″ for any size block  and 45″ for long rows..

and then one last steam press and look how awesome the block is…It measures 6 1/2″ at this point.

Here it is with it’s friends!!!

 

Another view…

Here is the PATTERN file for the Block5LB_Coronation-2 click to print…

Here is the modified version I just showed in this post Cutting Instructions  (These are different than what is on our printed pattern above.)

Also here is my “primitive” version…I can’t show you all my blocks…because I started adding to them…for finishing…that will be another post…soon….my friends…

This week we were supposed to talk about needles…well…I almost strictly use the 75/11 for everything when it comes to quilting…I change my needle about every 5 bobbins…I alway start with 5 bobbins…when I have to wind more…I change the needle… and clean out my machine…brush out any fuzz bunnies hiding in there…

WHEWW… this was a long post…until next week…now go forth and be not afraid of the tiny pieces….and actually they are not small until after you press then they look small!!!

Notice I got the block number right this week!  Yay…small victories!!!

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Thank you all for visiting and for sharing your blocks on our FaceBook group…Until next week…

See how the other designers made their blocks!!!

Lynne –
Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Betsy –
Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa B –
Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Jo –
Blog – http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

Moda –
Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

19
Mar
17

Liberty Gatherings…Please read if you have this pattern!!!

I am posting this to alert you there have been errors found in our pattern and we think they all have been discovered now- so this is why I am posting now instead of every time one was discovered…I know this is frustrating and we are so beside ourselves with it…See the correction link below…

My friend Val is teaching this at The Christmas Goose in Las Vegas and has helped up with getting everything straight with the pattern…We also thank the other shop owners who are working on this as well for letting us know… Val has made up a cutting chart for the whole quilt that we have also listed on the corrections if you shop owners want to kit it as a whole quilt instead of a BOM…Thanks again Val!  Some of the numbers that were incorrect are fabric numbers which mean a lot to whoever is kitting your kit, but aren’t necessarily needed for making the blocks. Again we sincerely apologize for this…

Please Print this and add it to your pattern    Corrections

This is a fun and beautiful quilt…I hope you enjoy stitching it!!

12
Mar
17

Country Version of The Magic of Christmas…

“little man” said my quilt was “cute”!!!! so adorable!!!

I know some of you are still working on your Magic of Christmas blocks…don’t worry…so am I…I did not set the City version yet…BUT…I have the Country version back from Vegas Val, one of my dear friends and magical machine quilters…I know the quilting is not the star on this quilt…but…I still wanted to give you some ideas on how to quilt yours…I also washed this quilt as soon as the binding was on…I wanted the threads to sink in and hide as well as the quilting to pop!   Val does an amazing job on my quilts and I am very pleased this one is done and perfect!!!     See close-ups at end of post…

Now..I am asking for you who have finished this quilt to send me photos…We will be publishing this as a book…and I cannot do all the versions we patterned and we also love the ones who did their own versions as well…all colors and so on…We are starting on the book but It will take awhile so don’t fret..there is no set deadline as I am self publishing and we don’t have to have a strict deadline…but we won’t wait forever…if you would like us to consider your quilt for the book…please contact me at:     lisa.bongean@yahoo.com                   serious inquiries only- like… if you haven’t started your blocks yet don’t email me..lol…we can also discuss…what’s in it for you!!!

And…just an FYI I have finally removed the links for the Magic of Christmas patterns from my blog…I left them up 3 months longer than I told you I was going to…so hopefully you have them all..If someone asks you for the pattern..can you please tell them the book is coming?!!!

If you have any questions that I can answer about “the magic of christmas” or the quilting please email me or reply on this post…

 

08
Mar
17

Blockhead Block 1

It’s week no. 1!!! Today Lynne from Kansas Trouble Quilts has posted her Whirligig block!!!  You need to go there for the pattern…I have taken fabrics from all of us and mixed them up…making blocks scrappy!!!  I love using everyone fabrics!!! We don’t get to do this very often…so it’s exciting!!!   I  am using Aurifil 2370 to piece these blocks together….Make sure you starch your fabrics before cutting as these are 6″ blocks!!  They will come out much better if this is done…

Then I am making another set of blocks from my newest fabric line…Liberty Gatherings…I can’t wait till my week to show you how I am going to set my blocks…so look for that…My first block is block 5…If you want to make a beautiful patriotic version you can purchase fabric like the block shown….you can buy a LAYERCAKE if you want to make the just the blocks…but if you want more fabric for setting them…buy a FQ TOWER...and again I will show you on Block 5 how I’m going to set them…I used Auriful 2310 to stitch with the Liberty Gatherings fabrics…

Happy Piecing!!!

my best

Lisa

Betsy Chutchian –
Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Jan Patek –
Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton –
Blog – http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Lisa Bongean  –
Blog – https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/An

Lynne Hagmeier –
Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KansasTroublesQuilters/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Moda’s Collections for a Cause by Carrie Nelson –
Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/

Can’t wait for all the fun to begin!!!  We will be using the #modablockheads  for this BOW!

 

 




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