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

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Quilting the Quilts – Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway

How do I quilt my quilt?  Have you ever said this? Want to find out more about my latest quilting giveaway? Make sure to read along!

You can hand quilt it, you can machine quilt it, you can have someone else machine quilt it on a long arm, these are your options.

In this post I want to touch on the topic of having your quilt Long Arm quilted.

There are three types on Long arm Quilting. Custom, Pantograph and Computerized.  I am going to give you quick examples…

Custom is your feathers and wreaths and most of the time fancy quilting, but not always…it can be simple as well.  The Quilter is guiding the machine and is in control of it.  It is their work.

Pantograph quilting is hand guided, meaning the quilter is following a pattern but they are still guiding the machine.

Computerized quilting the computer is running the design, most of the time edge to edge or in a space, such as a design in an alternate block.

When you bring your quilt to the Long Arm Quilter you need to make some decisions on how you want it quilted.  Some quilters know exactly what they want.  Most, however, do not…they struggle with it…if this is you…Ask your quilter what they think…I sometimes ask what does the quilt say to you?  There are really no rules and this is what quilting is all about, creativity and freedom to do what you want on your quilt.  Remember this…and you will be much more relaxed about the whole thing.

This post could be pages and pages long about Long Arm Quilting, but since I have these 5 Redwork Gathering quilts.  I want to talk about each one…how it was quilted, what color threads we used…. Why we chose what we did in a quilting design…just a short explanation. I know there are other choices such as battings but that’s a whole other post…but if you need to know we use an 80/20 batting in my quilts…it’s my favorite…I love the look of them before and after they have been washed so it’s a win either way…and you won’t go broke buying this batting.

So when you have your quilt quilted or you quilt your own if you need some ideas hopefully this will help and by the way…I knew I was going to post something about the quilts being quilted so I did some experimenting on them…and to be fair…the comments and statements I make are just my opinions…nothing more than that…remember…there really are no rules in quilting, in the end it is your quilt…do what you wish.  If you need help ask for it…quilters will help quilters make good decisions.

Long Long Way from Home…

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Long, Long Way From Home

When you look at this quilt at first sight, what do you see? Is it the design?  Is it the colors, Is it the quilting?  The answer to the last question is NO…I do not think that is what you see when you first view this quilt.  I think this is a good thing in a quilt such as this, you do not need the quilting to be the star…you want the design and the color to be more prominent.  With that in mind, we chose to stitch an allover design…we scaled it a little smaller so it complimented the sizes of the pieces in the quilt.  Now the next choice is the million dollar question, what color thread do we quilt it with?  This choice sometimes makes or breaks a quilt for me.  I very much dislike seeing bold white thread on dark fabrics!!!!  But what do you do when you have a two color quilt like this one?  Do you quilt light?, dark? Pull your hair right out! ugh, right?  Redwork Gatherings is really complimentary to either choice…because the lights have red in them and the reds have light in them.  On this quilt I chose the red thread.  I wanted to see how much it over took the light fabrics. When you put your nose right up to it…you definitely see that red thread…but it is in no way bothersome.  I think this quilt turned out Awesome!  The scale of the honeycomb and the red thread are a hit!Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean


Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean: Take It Easy/Primitive Gatherings
Take it Easy/Primitive Gatherings


Take it Easy…again…what do you see when you first look?  The design, the colors, and then you see the quilting design.  On this quilt we choose to use the light thread…Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

But…the thread we used was a shade darker then the cream…so it’s invisible on the cream and you can see it on the red…but…it doesn’t scream out on the red…like it would have done if we chose a light thread that was a smidge lighter than our cream or matched exactly to our cream…this quilt has also been washed which helps the stitches sink deeper into the quilt and not lay on top as a freshly quilted quilt might look as it does here…

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

The pattern that was chosen for Take It Easy was a traditional, timeless pattern, nothing too complicated or busy…again, nothing to distract from what I loved most about this quilt.  The sheer simple-ness of it. Quilted by Jake Neubauer.

REDWORK GATHERINGS Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I Think I’m In Love…again another two color, what do we do here type of quilt….let first talk about the quilting design.  The quilt is very angled and geometric…lots of straight lines…so, we softened those lines with the gently flowing feather type of an all over computerized design.  This time we chose a light tan, much darker than the cream in the quilt above…I think to prove that a darker thread still looks great on the lights and even better on the darks.  Quilted by Jake Neubauer.Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Redwork Quilt quilted by Jake Neubauer

This quilt with the predominately light fabric was a very clear choice in the color thread we were to use…this is a pretty spot on color match to the cream.  It does show up a little brighter on the reds, but I think we can live with it…This quilt could have been custom quilted, where the quilter would switch threads…quilt red on the red fabrics and cream on the light fabrics…cut custom quilting is a little more expensive and time consuming…so I we also have to base our choice on this as well.  I think this quilt with it’s time honored baptist fan quilting was another great choice for this quilt.  Scale again is important…you do not want large spaces between those fans, when the blocks and pieces are smaller scale.

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Computerized quilting is not all that glamous…that computer has a mind of it’s own sometimes…and advancing quilts takes skill…but in the end, the computerized quilting is very affordable and very effective way to get your quilts quilted!

Redword Gatherings quilt giveaway featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
55 & Life to go…Quilted by Maggie Honeyman

55 & Life to go…with it tiny blocks and small size was a sure choice to be custom quilted.  On a quilt that takes more time, is more intricate and a show stopper you want to give it what it deserves and that is some custom quilting….Now there is no need to go over the top with the quilting because in this type of quilt with the small scale and the printed fabrics the quilting hardly shows!  So simple custom quilting with the thread changes, red on reds and cream thread on the cream…fits just fine!Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Also pick a backing that compliments what color threads you will be using to quilt it…Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I love my machine quilters…and I will be talking about more of them…but one of the things happening at Primitive Gatherings is we are going to be a Bernina dealership when we open the new shop next year, but in the meantime…Jake & Luke both have been quilting on the Bernina long arms…Jake in WI…Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

The Bernina long arm in action…


and here is Luke in CA….Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I think we are almost ready to put it out there that we will be offering computerized quilting for customers…

I want you to be able to say….I want the same thing quilted as Long Long way from Home...or you can completely change your mind and pick from one of our designs…  So look for that option soon!  You don’t have to live near us either…you can ship your top, we will provide the batting and pick a backing, quilt it, and send it back…I am sure we could offer binding services as well.  We will keep our turn around short with the fact that if we get a little more backlogged than we would like we can order another machine to help keep up with the demand…But more on that later…

I hope my little insight on quilting may have helped you understand a little more about quilting your quilts…and again…these are my thoughts and opinions, not the BIBLE.

I will continue to do a few more posts about custom long arming and hand quilting… I hope you stick around to see what’s next!



Thank you so much for hanging round and commenting on ALL of these posts…Winners will be picked TUESDAY for all the GIVE-AWAYS!  We have so many to pick it might take the whole day!  If you wish to win a Redwork Gatherings Layer Cake (that I will SHIP RIGHT AWAY, NO WAITING TIL AUGUST!) leave me a comment here about your thoughts on any of what I wrote in this post!!!

PS…it’s Nick’s Birthday today…wish Happy Birthday on Facebook!  He will love it!