Sewcialites 2 – Block 5 “Empower”

Whew – what a day! I can’t even say T.G.I.F. this week because our annual Primitive Christmas event isn’t over until Sunday night! As you can imagine it’s been a total zoo around here today with all the buzz being generated by this annual Primitive Gatherings holiday tradition. The day totally whizzed by and I can’t believe it’s almost 6:00 p.m. already. I’m actually glad for once that it’s getting darker so much earlier… The blue light of evening starting to glow through the windows was the only thing that alerted me to the fact that it’s getting to be so late in the day. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

If you’re not quite sure what Primitive Christmas is all about, let me give you a quick rundown. Primitive Christmas is an open-house event we put on every year designed to welcome the holiday season with open arms. Guests are invited to join us here at Primitive Gatherings and The Gathering now through Sunday November 20th, 2022 for fresh cookies and hot cider, the 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge Show, exclusive FREE newly released holiday patterns (with a minimum purchase of $40.00 – sorry, offer does not include pre-ordered items), and more! Yes, you read that right. Primitive Christmas is your chance to get four of my most recent holiday pattern releases FREE (including one kit!) along with our annual calendar of events just by doing something you were most likely going to do anyway – spending $40.00 at Primitive Gatherings (purchase must total $40.00 before tax and shipping – offer available both online or in-store)! Check these out!

Aren’t they adorable? And none of these projects are excessively difficult. With a little determination you could easily get at least one or two done by the time the 25th of December rolls around – just in time to hand them out as gifts to a lucky family member or friend. I love them all! And there’s no better time to grab them up considering you can get them FREE with your $40.00 minimum purchase! Remember, you can participate in this event – including purchase the make-n’-take projects – all from the comfort of you own home by shopping on our website! Ready to shop? Hit the button below to see what all the fuss is about!

Have you heard about our event make-n’-take projects? In addition to the holiday must-haves you’ll be getting with your minimum $40.00 purchase, we also have four quick, easy, and ADORable make-‘n’-take projects available to make on-site now through 17th through Saturday November 19th, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. CST (all make-n’-takes will be at The Gathering). Projects available will include a 2022 cross stitch ornament, painted Santa rocks, a fleece wine bottle hat and scarf set, and our brand new fresh-cut wool and homespun Christmas tree pillows (the make-n’-take project is the small size tree = appx 8″). Can’t make it here in person? No problem! You can also purchase our make-n’-take projects online!

There are so many awesome things going on here and so many great people to talk to, it’s hard to say what my favorite thing about all of this is. On that same hand, I can tell you for sure what the best part of TODAY was – that’s a no-brainer. Puppies! As you all know, each Primitive Christmas we choose a charity to benefit from your generosity combined with a portion of the profits generated by this great event. This year I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that our charity of choice is Our Pack Animal Rescue – a WI based, non-profit organization looking to improve the lives of animals, share education, and give back to the community. Though they are located in New London, WI they service pets and shelters in need all over the Fox Valley in WI. Their mission is simple: Rescue. Rehab. Re-home. Repeat. The kind folks at the rescue were nice enough to bring over some VERY cute and adoptable special guests to visit us at The Gathering this afternoon!

I promised cuteness overload, and we certainly delivered – all thanks to the wonderful volunteers at Our Pack Animal Rescue. I can’t wait to present them with your generous donations! They certainly deserve it. They’re doing God’s work after all! And want to know the best part of the best part? Several, if not all the pups who visited us today were placed in forever homes! If that’s not reward enough, I don’t know what is. I’m absolutely over the moon for these sweet pups and their new families. We really couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome. Happy “gotcha day” to them all!!!

Alright, alright… I suppose I should quit gushing about Primitive Christmas, and puppies, and cider, and cookies, and all the things, and talk about this week’s Sewcialites 2 block release. That’s actually why I came up here to write – because it is Friday after all – but I couldn’t help myself from talking at least a little about such a phenomenal day! This week’s block is the fifth in the series for this QAL. Block #5, “Empower was designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company. Be warned, Empower is the most difficult block in the entire QAL. The concept of this block is easy enough since it is basically a small basket made four times, but don’t let that fool you – it will definitely test your skills. Aesthetics wise, Kim Jolly from Fat Quarter Shop recommends choosing four different colored fabrics and four different prints, along with a background that isn’t busy to help your baskets to pop.

Kim also emphasizes the importance of pressing, and not stretching your fabric while making this block. Empower is tricky and is going to take some time to do it correctly. Have patience and give yourself enough time to go slow – don’t rush! If you’re doing the 3″ version it is going to be way more difficult that if you’re doing the 9″, but either way this block is a challenge. Don’t be scared, I have faith in you! If you’re feeling nervous remember you can always watch Kim’s video tutorial for step-by-step guidance. I know you’re ready to grab this bull of a block by the horns, so wait no longer! You can find the pattern and full instructions by clicking the link below! As I’ve mentioned in past posts, for my blocks I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line, leaving out the five tans. For the background I am using a selection from the Garden Gatherings Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. With every week that passes by I’m more and more sure that I made the right decision for my fabric. It’s eye candy by definition! I love the fact that this quilt has three size options including 3”, 6”, and 9” – I am doing the 6″ version. I really can’t wait to see this beauty all finished… I think it’s really going to be something to look at – especially since Garden Gatherings is one of my favorite collections of all time! If you are head over heels for this fabric line like I am and want to use it for your Sewcialites 2 quilt, simply follow the link below to shop Garden Gatherings for all the fabric you need!

I know a lot of you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in the Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along. Let me just say that one of the best things about Sewcialites 2 is that it’s never too late to start – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks will always be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page. To make it even easier you can also find them here on my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

I will be posting each new block release here on my blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns are posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, which you can access by clicking the link below. If you’d like to get automatic updates on Sewcialites 2 you can subscribe to the blog by signing up in the Email subscription box by visiting the Landing Page, or by subscribing to the YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

Alright gang, I am officially exhausted! I still need to get home and figure out what’s on the menu for supper tonight, plus do some laundry and other organizing all before I come back tomorrow to do it all over again! I hope you’re having fun during our little Christmas shindig – it really is the best time of the year! I will see you all on Monday here on the blog, and again on Tuesday for Shop Talk with Shelley at 9:30 a.m. LIVE on YouTube. Tune in to watch by hitting the Shop Talk button below. See you there! Take care and have a GREAT weekend! ~Lisa

Sewcialites 2 – Block 4 “Flirty”

Hey everyone! Have you been able to stay on track with the Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along? I hope so because just like that, it’s already time for the next block release! This week we have Block 4 to play with. Flirty was designed by Chelsi Stratton of A Quilting Life – a mother-daughter quilting and design team based out of southern Nevada. Chelsi is otherwise a stay-at-home mom who enjoys using her creative side to design patterns for her Etsy shop, fabrics for Moda, and writing her own quilting blog. She is also passionate about nature, music, and fashion, which are the things that inspire her style today. As the daughter of an avid quilter and pattern designer, Chelsi is someone who has always loved the creative process. You could say working with fabric and design within her career was obviously inevitable!

Chelsi says that these days she’s especially drawn to blocks with a lot of color and geometric shapes, which is easy to see in Flirty.” She refers to this block as simple and sweet, with nice size pieces that are easy to work with. Her straightforward yet elegant design offers plenty of opportunity to show off your favorite fabrics. Got a scrap pile a mile high? This block makes the perfect scrap buster! It’s also a good one for those of you who have a stash of leftover half-square triangles from past projects laying around.

You can do this block in a controlled fashion or go crazy scrappy – it’s up to you! Either way, this beginner friendly project will go together quickly and easily, even for the novice quilter. Don’t let the simplicity of the pattern turn you off. Use your imagination and the possibilities are endless. Alright! Time to get stitching. Click the button below to get the pattern and full instructions for Flirty!

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, for my blocks I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line, leaving out the five tans. For the background I am using a selection from the Garden Gatherings Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Just look at those yummy colors and adorable prints. I can’t stop looking at it!

I love the fact that this quilt has three size options including 3”, 6”, and 9” – I am doing the 6″ version. I really can’t wait to see this beauty all finished… I think it’s really going to be something to look at – especially since Garden Gatherings is one of my favorite collections of all time! If you are head over heels for this fabric line like I am and want to use it for your Sewcialites 2 quilt, simply follow the link below to shop Garden Gatherings for all the fabric you need!

I know a lot of you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in the Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along. Let me just say that one of the best things about Sewcialites 2 is that it’s never too late to start – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks will always be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page. To make it even easier you can also find them here on my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

I will be posting each new block release here on my blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns are posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, which you can access by clicking the link below. If you’d like to get automatic updates on Sewcialites 2 you can subscribe to the blog by signing up in the Email subscription box by visiting the Landing Page, or by subscribing to the YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

As I’m packing up my things here in the studio for the weekend and looking out the window, I can’t quite believe that yesterday was over 70°- and downright balmy too! Now today we’re sitting at just around 30º, if that. Not a dramatic change or anything… Oy! I feel sorry for people with arthritis! All the dramatic changes in the weather lately make me wonder what’s in store for us this winter. I hate to say it, but the last few were what I would consider fairly mild for WI. I can remember in years past where the snow was piled so high we ran out of places to put it! We had multiple white-out blizzards and white Christmases – every year! Now days it’s anyone’s guess as to how the weather will be over the holidays. At least being a WI girl, I’m used to a fickle four-seasons and Mother Nature being forever unpredictable. Snow, rain, hail, sleet, ice…all five combined… We take it as it comes – and drive in it too! Some people really hate winter driving but I don’t mind for the most part. I have a reliable four wheel drive vehicle and tires designed to handle it. Just because it snows doesn’t mean I don’t need to be somewhere! Snow might equal slow, but it doesn’t have to mean stop!

Ok gang, it’s getting to be about time for me to head out for the weekend. But before I go, I think a great way to end the week would be to give away some prizes! I’ve been getting some really great comments on the blog lately. Thank you, I really do enjoy reading them! Your kind and encouraging words help keep me going every day! It’s so nice to know that people generously take time out of their busy lives to read my blog and watch my LIVE shows. Your thoughts, feelings, and opinions mean a lot to me. You have no idea how hard it is to choose a winner each week! It’s really not an easy job. That being said, please keep your comments coming! Each and every one helps us stay afloat in the wild sea they call social media. In other words, your comments matter! Plus, you could win a prize for it. Just like Helen L. and Barbara B. – our lucky prize winners this week! That’s right! They won a little something simply for commenting on my blog in the last couple of weeks. As usual, I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners, please be sure to check your email A.S.A.P.! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner! Want to be considered for a prize? All you have to do is be like Helen and Barbara and leave me a comment! 

Have a great weekend everyone. See you next week as we continue to prepare for the arrival of our annual Primitive Christmas event. Set your reminders now! We’ll be going LIVE Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CST for a special Primitive Christmas update. Click the button below to get all the latest information and details about the event, including sneak peaks! You don’t wanna miss this one. See you all soon! ~Lisa

 

Sewcialites 2 – Block 3 “Patchy Days”

Hey Sewcialites! Here we go again with T.G.IF.! Friday not only means the end of the week is here, but also that we have a new Sewcialites 2 release to explore! This week Jackie MacDonald of Sweetfire Road makes her contribution to the Sewcialites 2 project with Block 3, Patchy Days Block.” Jackie grew up surrounded by apple orchards and open fields dotted with Queen Anne’s lace and cows. Her style is described as illustrative, romantic, warm, and sentimental. Her work is highly inspired by her favorite flea market treasures, and sentimental memories from her life and childhood.

Jackie loves her design for Patchy Days because it celebrates two things she has a total thing for – 4 patch blocks and half-square triangles. She combined the two styles and came up with a patchwork block pattern that uses flying geese and four patches to create an eye-catching design. Traditional and fun, Jackie gives Patchy Daysan “intermediate” rating on the block skill level scale. In other words, this is not a super difficult block but it may be challenging for the unseasoned beginner. Either way, it’s the perfect opportunity for practice to make perfect across the board!

As I mentioned in earlier posts, for my blocks I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line leaving out the five tans. For the background I plan to use a selection from the Garden Gatherings Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Up until now I’ve been a bit behind and have only had the digital renditions to show you, but this week I’m happy to say I’m caught up and have the real thing to share. What do you think of my version of Patchy Days Block? Are you planning to use Garden Gatherings as well, or have you chosen something else? Let me know in the comments! I’m super curious to know what everyone is doing…

Remember, this quilt has three size options including 3”, 6”, and 9” – I am doing the 6″ version. I just love Garden Gatherings – I can’t wait to see this quilt all finished… I think it’s going to be a real stunner. Since I didn’t have photos available when I talked about the first two block releases of Patchy Days Block, I posted them below today so you have an idea of what this quilt is starting to look like. Here are Blocks 1 (on the left) and 2 complete…

I know, I know, totally delicious, right!? I can’t get enough of the tiny floral prints combined with such a fantastic color palette of eye-candy. It’s one of my favorite collections of all time! If you’re crushing on this fabric line like I am and want to do your Sewcialites 2 quilt the same way, simply follow the link below to shop Garden Gatherings for all the fabric you need!

I know many of you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2. One of the best things about this quilt-along is it’s never too late to start – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page. Ready to jump into your version of Patchy Days Block?  You can find the full pattern and instructions by visiting Jackie’s blog at Sweetfire Road!

Newly released blocks can also always be found on Kim’s blog The Jolly Jabber, along with a video tutorial on her YouTube Livestream the same day. Each designer will also post their own block to either their blog or their website on that day as well. I will also be posting each block release here on MY blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, which you can access by clicking the link below. If you’d like to get automatic updates on Sewcialites 2 you can subscribe to the blog by signing up in the Email subscription box by visiting the Landing Page, or by subscribing to the YouTube channel by clicking HERE.I really hope everyone has a great weekend. Our unseasonably warm weather blew away last night as a huge system of rain blew in. We’re supposed to see up to three inches today in our area, which I can totally believe since it’s coming down like cats and dogs as we speak (and here we just put the kayaks away for the season)! Not only that, I’ve been getting wind gust warnings on my weather ap all day. But you know? I don’t mind. To me it’s the perfect excuse to stay inside and put a dent into some of the billion projects I’m working on. If I do venture out I guess I’ll just have to tie my bonnet strings a little bit tighter. Really, it’s all the same to me. It’s not even that bad out yet, believe me. Things are about to get MUCH worse. LOL!

Alright gang, I will see you all again next week! Don’t forget to join us for Shop Talk with Shelley at 9:30 a.m CST on Tuesday. We’ll be discussing our new Rug Hooking Club, some shop announcements, our Primitive Christmas event, and maybe – just maybe, Shelley will have a sneak-peek of one of the projects we’re working on for that. You don’t wanna miss it! Tune in by hitting the link below. Take care and see you soon! ~Lisa

Sewcialites 2 – Block 2 “Tussy Mussy”

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. I don’t normally post on Saturdays but I wanted to stop in quick to talk about this week’s Sewcialites 2 block release, Tussy Mussy by quilt book author and cross stitch pattern designer, Susan Ache. Tussy Mussy is an interesting patchwork flower design she put together as her contribution to Sewcialites 2. Susan had this to say about it: “Most people call it the nose gay, I prefer Tussy Mussy. This block always just looks like an ice cream cone of flowers, or a fun party favor…and who doesn’t like either one of those?” I guess you’ve got a point there Susan!

Be warned, according to Kim Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, Tussy Mussy is the second most difficult block in the series but don’t worry. She has an excellent step-by-step video tutorial posted on YouTube to help you along if you should need it. This block does have a lot of cutting as it features a four-patch, a couple of corner squares, flying geese, and a three-patch, but I have confidence in you. You’re going to be just fine! Ready to give it a shot? All you have to do to get the pattern and full instructions for is hit the link below!

In a previous post I mentioned that for my blocks I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line, without the five tans. For the background I plan to use a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. What have you decided on for your fabric choices? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your ideas!

I know some of you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2, and that’s ok. One of the best things about this quilt-along is it’s never too late to start – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

Newly released blocks can always be found on Kim’s blog The Jolly Jabber, along with a video tutorial on her YouTube Livestream the same day. Each designer will also post their own block to either their blog or their website on that day as well. I will also be posting each block release here on MY blog every Friday for your convenience (or Saturday in this case as I am still in “catch up” mode). Fabric requirements and all block patterns will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, which you can access by clicking the link below. If you’d like to get automatic updates on Sewcialites 2 you can subscribe to the blog by signing up in the Email subscription box by visiting the Landing Page, or by subscribing to the YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

Well everyone, that’s all for today. I really need to get into my sewing room this afternoon and put a dent in a few projects, so I can’t be hiding behind this computer too long. It’s way too easy to get sucked into doing something else without even realizing it! Never enough hours in the day… I will see you all again on Monday here on the blog. I’ll be posting a virtual tour of my latest fabric line release, Rustic Gatherings,” and sharing details about the pre-order pre-cut sale we have going on.If you’re curious in the meantime you can always catch the replay of this week’s episode of STICH with Lisa Bongean by clicking the button below for more information and a video showcase of the line. Either way, I hop you join me – it’ll be a real stitch, I promise (LOL see what I did there? Yeah I know – stick to quilting Lisa and leave the stand-up to the pros)! See you then! ~Lisa

Ready, Set – Sewcialites 2 Starts Today!

Hey everyone! Back again on another beautiful Friday afternoon at Primitive Gatherings. After the last couple of weeks being cold and blustery, we’ve actually been blessed with what promises to be some of the final nice days coming up before the snow flies – and keeps on flying for the next five months! Highs for the next couple of days are supposed to be near 70 and sunny, which we will certainly take. Rain at the beginning of next week will bring back the cold so we really need to enjoy it while it lasts. Either way I know winter is on its way, and that there isn’t a darn thing I can do aside from deciding to enjoy it. That’s where keeping busy is the real key! As I’m sure you can imagine, keeping busy for me involves plenty of stitching – old projects and new. We definitely never run out of things to stitch on around here, let me tell you!

Speaking of new projects, today is the official start date of Sewcialites 2 – a sequel to Sewcialites 1 which is a quilt-along hosted by Kim Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop. Kim created this quilt-along to celebrate the quilting community by releasing a new block each week for 24 weeks. Fat Quarter Shop has again collaborated with highly talented designers to bring you all new unique sampler blocks with a ton of options! Starting today through April 14th, 2023, a new block will be released each week on Friday with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two additional weeks afterward will be dedicated to finishing and backing the quilt.

This year’s Sewcialites quilt is made up of 24 blocks designed by 24 individual designers. The difficulty level of each pattern is clearly marked from beginner level to experienced. Blocks are constructed using straight seams and traditional piecing techniques. Take a look!

If you have a specific purpose for this quilt in mind but you’re not sure if it’s the right size, great news! This quilt has three size options including 3”, 6”, and 9” finished blocks. To get started you will need the Sewcialites 2 Information Packet, which includes the fabric requirements, a coloring sheet, the complete block schedule, and a list of optional foundation paper supplies. The fabric requirements are listed for each quilt size, but you can certainly get a good start with your existing stash. And great news! All the quilt sizes are pre-cut friendly! Fat Quarter Shop recommends starting with a Layer Cake for the 3″ blocks, and using a Fat Quarter Bundle for the 6″ and 9″ blocks. To get your copy of the Sewcialites 2 Information Packet visit the Jolly Jabber!

Now without further ado, let’s get on with the quilt-along! This week’s block designer is Beverly McCullough of flamingotoes.com. Beverly comes from a long line of artists and seamstresses, and fittingly loves all things crafty. Sewing since her teen years, these days she is known in the creative world for her fabric, quilt, and cross stitching designs. She loves to mix modern and vintage, taking old styles and making them new and fun again. Block #1, Perennial Block was inspired by her love for flowers. She says, “I don’t have a green thumb – it makes me crazy that I can’t seem to keep them alive! So, I love to sew up flower blocks instead – they’re still pretty but you don’t have to maintain them!” True that, Beverly! Not everyone is a master gardener. Sometimes it’s best to stick with what you’re good at rather than pretend to be something that you’re not. Especially since it doesn’t usually work out well in the end… Anyway, master quilt pattern and fabric designer sounds just fine to me!

Usually I would have my blocks complete and ready to show off by their release date but I have to say, since getting back from my cruise it’s been nothing but go-go-go around here! I 1,000% intended on having not just one, but multiple blocks for this QAL done before the first release date hit, but ya know – it just didn’t happen that way. I do apologize. I hope you’ll forgive me but the digital version is going to have to do this time around. If not, I believe the blog complaint department is closed indefinitely… LOL! Just kidding. I promise that as rare as it is, whenever I fall behind I will make up for it the following week with updated photos of my progress. For now, this will give you an idea of what to expect:

As you can see from the digital rendition, Perennial Block uses half-square triangles with a slight variation on one half of the square. These half-square triangles will then be placed, and pieced into a pinwheel. Eight squares are finished using the stitch and flip method and will then be added to the pinwheel. Be extra careful on placement – it is extra important to be accurate for this block, hence the advanced difficulty rating. To get your copy of the full pattern and instructions of, visit by clicking the link below!

For my blocks, what I can tell you for sure is that I’ve decided to do this quilt using my Garden Gatherings fabric line, sans the five tans (no, I did NOT mean to rhyme and YES, Garden Gatherings is Blog Manager Heidi’s favorite fabric line of all time… – sheesh – I did it again!!!). For the background I plan to use a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Needless to say I am super excited to see this quilt finished! I swear, Garden Gatherings is like the hot girl in school… She could wear a potato sack and still look good in it – not fair! This fabric line is the same way. Whatever you make with it is going to look stunning, no doubt about it.I know many of you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2. One of the best things about this quilt-along is it’s never too late to start – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

Newly released blocks can always be found on Kim’s blog The Jolly Jabber, along with a video tutorial on her YouTube Livestream the same day. Each designer will also post their own block to either their blog or their website on that day as well. I will also be posting each block release here on MY blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, which you can access by clicking the link below. If you’d like to get automatic updates on Sewcialites 2 you can subscribe to the blog by signing up in the Email subscription box by visiting the Landing Page, or by subscribing to the YouTube channel by clicking HERE.Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to join me for Sewcialites2. I really think it’s going to be a great quilt-along and I’m excited to get started. Sometimes a fresh new project is just what the doctor ordered. Way better than chicken soup if you ask me!

Before I hang it up for the weekend I want to give away a prize! Thanks so much to Sandra G. for commenting on the blog last week! Check your email Sandra – I’d love to send you a little something for not only reading my blog, but also for leaving feedback! As usual, I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re the lucky winner this week please be sure to check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner! Remember, every comment, like, and share our posts receive help to keep us afloat in the wild sea of social media. Needless to say, we really appreciate it! Want to be considered for a prize like Sandra? It’s easy! Just leave me a comment here on the blog. That’s all it takes to be eligible! Ok gang, I really hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Nick will be up north hunting so I’m going to spend some time with friends. We might even catch a haunted house tonight. We’ll see! Take care and I will see you all soon! ~Lisa

Sewcialites 2 Starts Next Week!

Hey everyone – thank God it’s Friday! There’s nothing more tiring than your first week back to work after a long vacation. After almost three weeks away, this week felt… a little long for some reason. LOL! I can honestly say I’m ready for a couple of true days off with no travel, no work… maybe even no stitching? Ha! Not likely on that one – but my goal is to not do much of anything else besides that and rest. You know me though. I can tell you I’m going to simmer down for some much-needed R&R, but we all know it won’t take long for my brain to nag me off the couch and back to working on something. I can’t help it!

If you caught me LIVE yesterday on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel you heard me mention now that Moda Blockheads 4 is over, I am getting ready to start my next quilt-along. I’m excited to announce that starting next Friday Sewcialites 2 will be in full swing. If you’re not familiar with this quilt-along let me tell you how it works! Sewcialites 2 is a sequel to Sewcialites 1 – a quilt-along hosted by Kim Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, created to celebrate the quilting community with a free block release for 24 weeks. Fat Quarter Shop has again collaborated with 24 highly talented designers to bring you all new unique sampler blocks with a ton of options! Starting Friday, October 21, 2022 through April 14th, 2023, a new block will be released each week on Friday with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two additional weeks afterward will be dedicated to finishing and backing the quilt.

As I mentioned earlier, this year’s Sewcialites quilt is made up of 24 blocks designed by 24 individual designers. The difficulty level of each pattern is marked from beginner level to experienced. Each block is constructed using straight seams and traditional piecing techniques. Isn’t she a beauty?

You know how I love a quilt with options! This quilt has three size options including 3”, 6”, and 9” finished blocks. To get started you will need the Sewcialites 2 Information Packet, which includes the fabric requirements, a coloring sheet, the complete block schedule, and a list of optional foundation paper supplies. The fabric requirements are listed for each quilt size, but you can certainly get a good start with your existing stash. And great news! All the quilt sizes are pre-cut friendly! Fat Quarter Shop recommends starting with a Layer Cake for the 3″ blocks, and using a Fat Quarter Bundle for the 6″ and 9″ blocks. To get your copy of the Sewcialites 2 Information Packet visit the Jolly Jabber!

Newly released blocks can always be found on Kim’s blog The Jolly Jabber, along with a video tutorial on her YouTube Livestream the same day. Each designer will also post their own block to either their blog or their website on that day as well. I will also be posting each block release here on MY blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, which you can access by clicking the link below. If you’d like to get automatic updates on Sewcialites 2 you can subscribe to the blog by signing up in the Email subscription box by visiting the Landing Page, or by subscribing to the YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

One of the best things about this quilt-along is it’s never too late to start – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

Excited to get started? I know I am! If you want to see more, be sure to hit up Fat Quarter Shop’s YouTube Channel this Friday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m. CST for a preview of the blocks! To stay even more in the loop you can also meet up with your fellow Sewcialites online by joining the Sewcialites Lounge on Facebook. You’ll get weekly updates and be able to ask questions and share your progress!

Alright, I think that’s enough information for one night! Time to put this lap top aside for a couple days and enjoy my family. I missed them after being away for so long – even Nick! LOL Just kidding, I love my guy and always miss him when we’re apart…for long periods of time anyway! Have a great weekend everyone, and try to stay warm if you’re in WI. For those of you who aren’t you should know that we saw our first snow fall of the year this afternoon! Nothing stuck, but it’s a sure sign that there’s no turning back. Winter is near! At this point the only thing we can do is embrace it. Lots of people aren’t happy about it but I really don’t mind – especially for the first half of the season when everything is so fresh and pretty. I find that the trick is finding something about winter that you love and can look forward to each year. For me it’s the holidays and of course, skiing! Heidi and I are both due for some new skis this season so it will be fun to shop for those, and even more fun to use them. If you’re a skier, you know that’s pretty exciting stuff, getting new skis. Almost like getting a new car! Heidi swears in some ways it’s better…

How do you keep your spirits up all winter long? Let me know in the comments! Are the holidays your thing, or are you happier after the first of the year once things settle down? Do you enjoy winter sports, or are you better at winter couch surfing with a project in your hands? Tell me all about it! I will see you all again next week. Until then take care and try to stay out of trouble. Bye for now! ~Lisa