Red & White Gatherings Blog Trunk Show – Part II

Hey hey! Back again for part II of my Red & White Gatherings virtual Trunk Show! If you’re just tuning in, yesterday I kicked off a two-post virtual trunk show here on the blog showcasing all the projects included in my newest book release, Red & White Gatherings (if you missed it, you can get caught up by clicking HERE!). We managed to get through the first half of the book in yesterday’s post, so let’s get down to tackling the remaining half!

Picking up where we left off brings us to Starry Eyed.” You’ll have stars in your eyes when you see Starry Eyed – It’s like love at first sight! If you love to give quilts as gifts, this beauty is just the ticket. Perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, during patriotic celebrations, or any time of the year. Whether you do it with two fabric choices or opt for scrappy style, you can’t go wrong with a quilt like Starry Eyed – especially if you’re a fan of half-square triangles like I am. If you’re NOT good at them but want some practice, Starry Eyed is definitely your guy! The final measurement on this fantastic specimen is 75″ x 90.”

Next up on the Red & White roster is Love Triangle.” Nobody can blame you for getting caught up in this love triangle. Heck! I say do what makes you happy and treat yourself to some fun and adventure with this monster of a quilt project. With an extra large finished size of 114″ x 114,” “Love Triangle is perfect for that oversized queen or king sized mattress you can never a find large enough covering for. This massive masterpiece uses nine different fabrics, and is another great opportunity to perfect your half-square triangle skills. Despite its large stature, Love Triangle is super simple and constructed of only nine total blocks. Is it lots of sewing? YES! But that’s what we love, so I guess it’s a win win!

Once you get your Love Trianglefigured out, it’s time to put a ring on it! It don’t mean a thing, if you ain’t got that ring… That’s how the song goes, right? LOL “Diamond Ring is another quilt inspired by one of the many antiques in my personal collection. This “gem” of a quilt uses the stitch and flip method making it beginner friendly and easy to do, but still yielding stunning results in the end. The pattern calls for one darker red for the outer ring of each block, with a lighter red for the star shape in the center giving it visual “POP” off the background. Finished size on “Diamond Ring is 64″ x 80″ when complete.

Do you need a hug? How about a BEAR HUG? The paw is the law on this gorgeous piece. If you love RED, I have a feeling this bear of a quilt is going to be your favorite project in the book considering it’t the only red based design in the entire collection. Reason being, antique quilts were more often white with red accents rather than the other way around. I decided to get a little crazy and do the opposite. See? I keep telling you I’m a rebel… If you love a good bear paw quilt, Bear Hug certainly does not disappoint. Finished size is 81″ x 96″.The last, but certainly not least quilt project in the Red & White Gatherings book is called Starling.” With its petite size and large feathered star proudly displayed smack dab in the middle, you can’t deny that Starling is simply darling, and a must-have for your red and white collection. Who doesn’t love stars? Who doesn’t love half-square triangles? And who doesn’t love those things combined? Of course we had to make this one stitch and flip simple as well because – why not? It’s just makes things so much easier. I’m a firm believer in working smarter, not harder and try to steer away from making more work for myself at all costs. It’s one of the secrets to conserving precious energy and staying on task! At 60″ x 60″ “Starlingis a nice size to use as a lap quilt, and would look stunning hanging on a wall or from the back of a loveseat or porch swing.

Just when you thought we were done, there’s more! Red & White Gatherings also includes two additional pillow/wall décor projects that are sure to melt your heart. If you know me, you know how I like to up-cycle salvage rather than waste it, which is why I came up with this next fun addition using the scraps left over from making a few of the quilts. “Love One Another” is a charming wall hanging design great for Valentine’s Day, or any time of the year! I mean hey, it doesn’t have to be Valentines Day to spread cheer and love, right? You can make it a wall hanging or pillow – or both!

The other additional project I came up with is a cuddly little pillow called, “Love You More” – a cute and huggable addition to your favorite chair or loveseat. Don’t you just love pillows? Nothing makes holiday decorating easier than pillows, I swear! They take next to no time to switch out, letting you go from one theme to the next in a matter of seconds. Both of these additional projects can be done as a pillow if that’s your thing, or you can do them as wall décor instead. You’re the boss! “Love One Another” is 17″ x 17″ (not counting the frame) and sweet little “Love You More” measures in at 16″ x 16.” Because these are “bonus” projects they are not currently available as individual kits. Patterns are included in the Red & White Gatherings book, available to purchase now at 15% OFF through October 2nd, 2022 by clicking HERE!

Well everybody, that brings us to the end of my Red & White Gatherings virtual Trunk Show. I hope you enjoyed my little tour of the new book all the way from the middle of the ocean! I wanted to make sure that you’ve had plenty of opportunities to explore the new collection, and to see all the new fantastic project designs that go along with it. Aren’t you excited to get started? Which project is your favorite? Have you already started one? Let me know in the comments for a chance to win a nice little prize.

Before I go I just want to throw out a last reminder – DON’T FORGET! Now through October 2nd, 2022 (oof – that’s SUNDAY already!!!) Red & White Gatherings quilt kits are 15% OFF and pre-cuts are 20% OFF! With Christmas right around the corner, there is literally no better time to stock up! This beautiful line is on sale now and won’t be again for a while, if ever. Get your order in by Sunday and SAVE!

Ok folks! I hope you have a great weekend and have a chance to get outside to enjoy the last of the nice weather before fall really hits. I’ve been paying attention to the forecast back home in WI and feel a little sad that it has been so darn perfect since I left and I’m missing it. We see some of the most beautiful days in late September/early October and I really do look forward to it every year. I’ll try super hard not to be TOO sad about not being there to enjoy it, but considering where I am – I think I’ll manage. Ok! Off I go back to cruise land. I will see you all back here Monday October 3rd for the big release of the O’ Say Can You Sew QAL! I know you’re excited – see you then! ~Lisa

Red & White Gatherings Blog Trunk Show – Part 1

Hey gang! As I mentioned yesterday I’ve been noticing a lot of you are messaging and asking about the individual projects included in my latest quilt pattern book release, Red & White Gatherings, so I wanted to take some time to go through each project one by one for you. Because there are multiple quilts to talk about PLUS a couple of other fun projects, I decided to do a two-part post to make it a bit more manageable for everyone. We have a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

First up we have Red Hots.” If you need to warm things up a bit, spice up your life with this hot little number. Sew and flip corners help Red Hots to be super fun, easy, and beginner friendly. The more controlled two-color version contains one red from my Red & White line paired with all ten of the light creams, while the second version is scrappy and contains all ten of the reds along with all ten of the light creams. Scrappy or 2-color, this scorcher of a quilt measures 70″ x 80″ and would look fantastic spread out over a bed or couch back.

Next in line we have Red Hots – Bonus Project.” You read that right! We’re only a quilt into the book so far and there’s already a bonus! Thanks to all the stitch and flip involved in the full versions of Red Hots,” we’re able to get another project out of the leftovers cutoffs. Red Hots – Bonus Projectmeasures 38″ x 48 1/2″ and is the perfect size to snuggle with as a lap quilt. It would also make excellent wall hanging décor around Christmas, Valentine’s day, or any time of the year!

Have a bestie you consider your kindred spirit? We have just the quilt for that special someone! Kindred Spirits is not only fat-eighth friendly, but it can be done in both a simple 2-color method or scrappy if you prefer a little chaos in your life. Inspired by one of the antique quilts in my own personal collection, this quilt is super quick and beginner friendly. So easy you could easily make two – one version for yourself and one for your kindred spirit! Finished, Kindred Spirits measures 67 1/2″ x 81″ and would look fabulous on your favorite couch or guest bed.

The Nine of Hearts card is known to evoke satisfaction, joy, and happiness overall… Sounds like just what the doctor ordered! Why not treat yourself to some serious quilt therapy – stat! Measuring in at 57 1/4″ x 84 1/4″ “Nine of Hearts” is perfect for that tall drink of water who’s otherwise too tall for more “normal” sized quilts. This simple and fun quilt uses simple nine-patch blocks to create a stunning finished product. I do love a good nine-patch… I always say, nobody is too good for a nine-patch – no matter how good you get. “Nine of Hearts” keeps it simple and requires only two fabrics to complete. It’s designed to be a 2-color piece but could easily be done scrappy as well.

Rock your world with Cherry Swirl! This is one of my personal favorites out of this book and I really can’t wait to display it on my bed this Christmas! With a finished size of 83 7/8″ x 92 3/8″ this beauty is a nice size quilt for a bed or table décor alike! The design might look complicated but simple stitch and flip elements make this big boy a breeze! This quilt was also inspired by one in my antique collection that is made up of hand-pieced diamonds. I did us all a favor and made my version a bit easier by implementing stitch and flip rectangles instead. Easy as cherry pie. Merry Christmas in advance!

If you like Cherry Swirl but are looking for something a bit less involved, give Simple Swirl a whirl (try saying that fast five times in a row – LOL)! Much like Cherry Swirl, Simple Swirl was inspired by an antique that is made up of hand-pieced diamonds. I used the same idea of implementing stitch and flip rectangles instead, which makes things a lot easier. And since Simple Swirl has a lot more spacing between the red “star” elements, it has an overall lighter, cleaner feel. It kind of reminds me of peppermint candy! With a finished size of 75″ x 84″, Simple Swirlis a bit smaller than its sister quilt Cherry Swirl, making it great for display on a couch, wall, or porch swing.

Aren’t these great??? I’m willing to bet there’s been one or two that have fallen into your, “must-have” category already, and we’re only half way through! If you LOVE what you’re seeing so far, you’re really going to love the rest of the collection which I’ll be covering in Part II of my virtual Red & White Gatherings Trunk show, scheduled to post sometime tomorrow here on my blog! Check back for five more scrumptious quilt designs PLUS two additional projects, all included in the Red & White Gatherings Project Book – which is available to purchase now!

That actually reminds me to remind YOU that now through October 2nd, 2022 (oof – that’s SUNDAY already!!!) Red & White Gatherings quilt kits are 15% OFF and pre-cuts are 20% OFF! With Christmas right around the corner, it sure sounds like a great time to stock up if you ask me…

Alright everyone, that’s it for now. I’ll be back here on the blog with the second half of my Red & White Gatherings project collection trunk show tomorrow – I’ll see  you then. In the meantime, if you’d like to see the antiques these quilts were inspired by, feel free to watch the replay of my LIVE Red & White Gatherings trunk show by clicking the link below. It’s always neat to see what drives new creativity… Plus I absolutely love to share where I get MY inspiration from with all of you! Be sure to watch! I will see you all back here tomorrow – take care! ~Lisa

Did You Know You Can Now Pre-Order Red and White Gatherings???

Hey everyone! How is your recovery from the weekend going? I think there are a few of us around here who could have used one more day off – myself included! Nobody’s complaining though. There’s a lot to do to get ready for summer and not a lot of time to do it. We’re all excited to wrap up spring projects and start thinking about the beach, cook-outs, and of course putting some serious work into the garden! It’s kind of painful to think that I won’t have my new Red and White Gatherings fabric line physically in my hands until sometime after summer leaves us, especially after seeing the strike-offs and how beautiful this line is turning out. I can barely wait! This collection is made up of cream-based whites and a stunning mix of reds, ranging from middle of the road to dark and deep. Print patterns include floral, linear, and geometrical designs that span from tiny to large giving you a wide spectrum of visual variety.

If you’re anything like me, these exciting new fabrics have your mind going in a million directions! I can imagine this versatile line being implemented into several different projects I’ve been thinking about starting. You know how I love the traditional red and white color combination! Of course, I also have a design book coming out that will contain nine unique designs (12 total quilts – some with more than one version) – all based on Red & White Gatheringsfabric. If you’re looking for a bit of red and white inspiration, this book is the perfect solution! As of now, it will be available to ship in October, 2022. Quilt kits are not available yet but will be coming soon!

I know getting the finished book into your hands feels a long way off as well, but don’t fret! I DO have some good news in the midst of all this longing… As of now, pre-cuts and yardage of Red & White Gatherings” AND the project book Red and White Gatherings are officially available to pre-order from our website. Just click the link below! Not to mention, now is a great time to stock up on “Red & White Gatherings” because all pre-cuts are 20% OFF (for a limited time)! Please note: Pre-orders should be the only thing in your car when you are ordering. If you have other, non pre-order items to purchase you will need to order them through a separate transaction!

Even though having to wait is no fun, when new inventory finally arrives I think it feels a lot like Christmas! Hey, speaking of presents I have some prize winners to announce! Congratulations to Linda C. and Jenny M.! As a way to say thanks for your comments on my blog last week we’d love to send you a gift! As usual, I am not posting last names or email addresses for everyone’s 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, don’t give up! We choose winners on weekly basis from the comments made to the blog.

I don’t know about you, but after the holiday last weekend and with all this warm weather we’ve been having, I’m definitely in a very Summer-time/red, white, and blue kind of mood. We recently decorated The Gathering with some of my favorite red, white, and blue quilts, and of course it looks awesome! This morning I filled in for Shelley LIVE on Shop Talk and we took a look at each one of the quilts on display. If you’re looking for a patriotic summer time project or simply need ideas, you should really check it out! There are a lot of really stunning options to choose from and a variety of sizes. Catch the replay by clicking the link below! Ok everyone, bye for now! I’ll be back tomorrow for Moda Blockheads 4 Wednesday! We’re on block #11 this week. Are you keeping up? See you then! ~Lisa