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

Need Ideas for Valentine’s Day?

Every year I look forward to Valentine’s day just as much as I did when I was a little girl. One of my favorite memories of this holiday is that every year my dad would never fail to give me a small, heart-shaped box of chocolates. He started this tradition when I was a small child, and kept it going long after I was grown. Because of him there will always be a special place in my heart for Valentine’s Day.

These days I still find a lot of joy in celebrating Valentine’s Day by creating things by hand for the special people in my life. Over the years I have designed and collected a ton of cute things that are perfect ideas for hand-made Valentines. Some of my absolute favorites are these cute little bowl fillers that I call Valentine Sweethearts.

They are fun, easy, and quick! To make it even easier, we have kits for these ready to go! We also offer them in more neutral, earth-tone colors that work great if you want to keep them out a little bit longer.

Another fun project that I really enjoy is my, “Love is All You Need” Valentine Hangers. You can hang them on the wall, clipboard or wooden stand, making them easy to display in any room!

This pattern offers both a light or dark versions, so if you have two Valentines in your life, this dual color option is the perfect solution!

If you adore wall hangers like I do, then you’ll also love this next one. I call it, “Love Each Other.” It’s made using our hand-dyed wools and beautiful flannels. Finished size is 11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″ making it a perfect to display on a clipboard or wall.

If you don’t have the table space for standing decor, these, Day of Love stuffed hearts look adorable hanging from a door knob or hook. These aren’t my design but I think they are so cute!

If you’re thinking that your Valentine deserves something a little bit more on the larger scale, consider a red and white quilt! With our Red & White Quilt Challenge in full-swing, many of you are probably trying to decide which pattern to choose for your entry. My, “Love is All We Need” quilt is the perfect choice for both!

This quilt is 54″x 63″. You will need 4 yards of fabric for the backing. If you order the backing at the same time as the kit you will get a 20% discount on the backing! The pattern is not included in our kits, but can be ordered separately.

If you love red and white but want a quilt you can display for Valentine’s day or anytime of year, be sure to check out the book, Red & White Quilts – Volume 1. This book features 14 of our generation’s top designers, who share their takes on red-and-white quilts – ranging from vintage-inspired beauties to more modern styles. From patchwork to appliqué to English paper piecing, designers including myself, Sue Daley, Kim Diehl, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Carrie Nelson, Camille Roskelley, and Jen Kingwell offer a one-of-a-kind collection sure to inspire you to create your own legacies in red and white!

Already have volume 1? The eagerly anticipated sequel, Red & White Quilts II is coming! This volume features 14 red-and-white quilt designs that check all the boxes! It includes antique, classic, contemporary, and many styles in between. Designers include myself, Lissa Alexander, Jessica Dayon, Nancy Martin, Sherri McConnell, Debbie Roberts, Gerri Robinson, Pat Sloan, Helen Stubbings, and Karen Styles (Pre-order only. Remember, pre-order items need to be ordered seperately and should be the only item in your cart. Anticipated shipping date at this time is May, 2022).

Red and white quilts have captured the hearts of quilters throughout the years. No matter if you choose to display them strictly at Valentine’s day, or all year-round as art pieces in your home, these red-and-white quilts are sure to be adored and loved for years to come.

Well everyone, I sure hope you’re ready for Valentine’s day since it’s only a few weeks away! If you need more inspiration or would like to see all the great Valentine’s items we have here at Primitive Gatherings, hit the link below for more great gift ideas!

If you missed, Stitch with Lisa Bongean yesterday, you can watch it by hitting the link below. Jess and our new shop manager discuss new winter store hours, upcoming retreats and workshops, new fabric arrivals, shipping updates, cotton box information, and of course some more great ideas for Valentine’s day!

As much as I’d love to stay in Nevada with Val until all the snow back home is melted and gone, I will be back in wintery Wisconsin next week. Until then, stay warm and happy stitching!