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Block 28…Triangle Gatherings

Flying home from CA today…I promise if they offer me $1000 for my seat I will take it!!! Here’s another block!!!  Happy Hump day…LB

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Block 6 Moda Blockheads



I am on the road again…posting from a bed that is not mine…tomorrow I will be back home.  It’s hard to do blog posts when your not at home on your own computer…doing blog posts from a tablet is the pits!  So this is the reason for the skimpy post…But it is so much fun to be able to share my blocks with you all!


Block 6 sure was fun!!!  

Sunflower by Carrie Nelson…a tiny bit of appliqué…I have been using the Appliquick method of needle turn appliqué lately….I made one block scrappy and other pretty basic…Here are my two versions of Carrie’s block:




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Then hop on over to all the other designers to see what is happening on their blog…

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Qustion of the Week~Pressing: Pressing to one side vs. pressing open.
Clipping seams: I know this is something Jo has taught for years. Clipping seams so they can be pressed in different directions, parts pressed open, etc.  

Pressing for me is all about distributing the bulk…I worry about this mostly in small blocks…In larger blocks I might only press the last row seams open…but in little blocks I will press more of the seams open.  I do not however ever press HST seams open…especially if using triangle papers that have 1/8″ seam allowances.  These are not ever too bulky in my opinion…So because I press open I do not clip seams…once in a great while… but it is not my norm to clip seams…

I find that there are many ways of doing things and what may work for some others may not prefer it…so a lot of what we are questioning is about personal preference mostly than what the right way or the wrong way…but isn’t it fun to see what other prefer to do???

Thank you for the cool block Carrie! I love this little collage Carrie had on the Moda Blog last week so I stole it, as I did not have any extra pics to post this week!!!

Have a great Wednesday and have a blast making your Week 6 Sunflower block!

My Best



Classes in Menasha WI…Patriotic on the web!!

I promised to let you all know when we got all those awesome patriotic projects from the NC retreat on the web…they are all on and ready…We need to thank the NC retreat girls for proofing all our patterns!!!  See we were working too along with all that fun!!






See those little bright green things…they will grow up to be tulips…can’t wait to show you them when they are blooming!!! I brought Jeter for a walk at noon…since my flight got cancelled!!!! I will not be in CA until tomorrow…so I thought I would get some work done…do you remember when I was planting these??? I posted about it here on the blog October 2016…

So…I also have my class schedule for WI…

Come to beautiful WI…soon the tulips will be blooming… and then the summer flowers, nice temperatures and green green grass…I am listing my WI classes  with pictures of the projects in this PDF Lisa’s WI Classes  This list goes through the end of the year….I don’t know why it took me so long to get it done..but probably because I was gone to too many other places teaching!!!

We have smaller more intimate classes than at the big shows/guilds and do not have to charge big money to pay for a convention hall room…so why not come…stay over at the retreat house…and join in the fun!!!

We also are offering a Sit & Sew for you to come work on what you have and have me their to guide you and help you make those decisions you just can’t yourself…This group is a fun, interactive and who knows what we will all be doing…I bounce design ideas off of this group as well and show them what’s new and up and coming…It’s very like a personal sewing group…here is the Sit & Sew description..

Sit & Sew

Bring your projects…get advice…ask questions…learn a new technique… get a sneak peek at our upcoming designs and hear about what’s happening at Primitive Gatherings!! You will not want to miss being a part of this sewing group…Lisa promises a good time as well as lots of stitching!
This group will meet at Lisa’s studio location- 1860 Bud Dr, Suite 101.

Class Fee: $30 per session, or $200 if you sign up for all 8 sessions! Dates: Feb. 14th, April 18th, June 6th, July 11th, Aug. 15th, Sept. 19th, Nov. 21st, and Dec. 12th Time: 9am – 2pm

Bring a lunch if you wish, or we can order out and sometimes Lisa cooks for us…We will email you ahead of the class.
Spots will fill quickly, give us a call to add your name to the list!!


Then the other new class I am offering is…below…this class if less about how beautiful the project is, and more about what I’m going to learn while doing this…You get to pick your fabrics…

New Class for 2017!!   From Start to Finish-

Have you ever wondered how Lisa gets so much accomplished, in such a short time? Then this may be the class for you! She will be sharing many tips for improving your piecing skills, demonstrating her techniques and notions, and showing you some shortcuts to make quilting an even more enjoyable experience!

This is not intended to be a beginner class, basic sewing skills, and knowledge of your machine’s operation are required.

We will get together on four different dates to assemble a small quilt, from start to finish. You will be able to pick out your own color way/fabrics, and remember this is about techniques, not about how glorious the project is…The tentative schedule is here…

Session 1 – We will cover preparing your fabrics, cutting and piecing one block…then you will have some homework, to assemble the remaining blocks.

Session 2 – We will cover assembling your blocks into rows, joining the rows, cutting, and attaching the borders.

Session 3 – We will be making the back for your quilt, layering the quilt, and covering some basic machine quilting techniques.

Session 4 – We will be making your binding, and attaching both the binding and a sleeve to your quilt, and celebrating your finished project!

Class location will be based upon number of students signed up for the class, please contact the shop a few days prior to the first session.

Instructor: Lisa Bongean
Class Fee: $100, for the 4 sessions
Time: 9am start time – Ending times will vary per each session Dates: June 7th, 28th, July 12th and 26th

Hope to see you sometime!!!Come to WI enjoy the GREEN!



Block 27…Triangle Gatherings


Hello All…I am getting ready today to go to the California store…I have not been there since January…seems like a long time…I miss my CA quilters/stitchers and I am bringing lots for them to look at,  In my Sit & Sews in WI and CA I always share what I am working on…so that means..what will be coming out next year, my wool designs, my fabric lines and they are pattern testers and so on…I make them double- pinky- swear, that this is privileged info and not to share details its for them and me only! There may be a few spots open for this as we added another session in CA…If we get a bunch of interest in WI we could add another there also…So lots of packing this morning…So h0w about another block to work on???

Click here to print block-27

My stack of blocks is getting a lot larger…how about yours? I know new people are starting every day…so post on our Facebook group…It keeps me company when traveling…I look forward to seeing some post today while I’m in three airports to get to CA!!!

I also got one of my little ones done for 27…I’m get all the 6″ done first…then when I have a minute here and there I catch up on the 2″& 3″…Happy Friday!!!


Printable Link for Block 5 Blockhead…

I’ve had 3 comments this morning stating there is trouble finding the printable pattern…

It’s here in red…on the bottom of the blog post…I’ve circled it in yellow in a photo of the blog post.

I know it is a long post and maybe boring…but trust me it is in there…sorry to have made it so difficult…it was not my intention…

Click this link  BLOCK 5  to go back to the post and find this exact spot on the blog to print the pattern.  I know it’s a lot of scrolling down to find it..probably because it took me 2 days to write this post. But think of scrolling as exercise…does the body good.

And as long as I am doing a secondary post here…someone just asked the size of the units when pieced together..

2″ four patches

2″x 3 1/2″ LG FG

1 1/4″x 2″ SM FG

This is after you have made the units but before you stitch them together…so they still have their seam allowance on them…

Enjoy your day…


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…


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…

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Please disregard my last post…I wanted to press preview and accidentally pressed publish…

Sorry…pressed publish…when I wanted to preview…post is not finished yet…just delete this…have to wait till wednesday!!!

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