…in With the New!

Hey everyone, I hope you had a nice weekend! Most of you know that I was feeling less than adequate by the middle of last week, so I was pretty relieved once Friday evening came rolling in. I’m not usually one to spend my weekends laying around, but I’ll be the first to admit that is exactly what I did for the last couple of days. I am notorious for not allowing myself enough time to recuperate after an illness so I’ve been trying super hard to take it as easy as I can so that I don’t end up making myself sick again. Despite the logic in that, you know it hasn’t necessarily been easy for me to relent to what my body needs versus what my brain wants. Tale as old as time…

Thanks again for bearing with the time change last week for my LIVE show on Friday. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, no worries. You can always catch the replay by hitting the STITCH button at the end of my post. I went over a bunch of new projects that I’ve been impatiently waiting to release to you for a while now. If you’re unable to watch, no worries. I’ll go through them here for you, one by one.

Let’s start with one of the latest additions to my clipboard banner series called, It’s a Good Day.” I love this banner! I’m a firm believer that a huge factor in finding true happiness in your life is simply choosing it on a daily basis. It’s a Good Dayreminds us that every day is a good day to be happy…

This banner is great if you need a gift in between holidays for a birthday or other occasion, or – just because! It’s easy to cheer someone up. It’s a Good Daymakes it easier than ever! At 12″ x 12″ this banner fits perfectly on one of Scotty’s custom built clipboards, which makes displaying it fast and convenient – especially if you already have the board for other projects. If not, you can easily order it along with the pattern and kit for by selecting “add clipboard” when making your order selections.

If you’re a fan of my seasonal clipboard series and want to keep adding to it, check out All Things Pumpkin.” This seasonal banner features all things…gourd really. LOL! Basically any kind of “pumpkin-like” fruit that we see here in WI around the harvest time.

I had a lot of fun making each and every one of the little cuties adorning this autumn-themed banner, and you will too! Plus, at the manageable size of 12″ x 12″ if you’re new to wool appliqué, this is a great project to get some good practice in without making a huge commitment. Ready to get started? Click above to add All Things Pumpkin to your hanging banner collection!

Next up we have a cute little project that I came up with simply called, Wool Bucket and Rotary Cutter Case.” I’ll admit that it took me a try or two to get this one figured out just right so that the sides were stiff enough but I’m really happy with the final product. The outside of the basket is wool, and the inside is soft flannel.

I designed this project so that when you order the kit you end up with enough for two projects in the end, rather than a bunch of waste. After you’re done with the basket you should have plenty left over from the kit to also get an adorable wool appliquéd rotary cutter holder out of it. I really love the idea of projects that yield more than one thing in the end to show for all your hard work and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint! It makes a great gift or the perfect functional project to keep for yourself.

Looking for a mini-charm friendly project? Try Mini Scrappy Pouch.” This project is pretty much exactly as the title reads – a mini pouch made using a mini charm (plus your binding and lining) perfect for keeping all sorts of things safe and sound all in the same place. There’s no such thing as too many zipper pouches in my humble opinion – I have them everywhere! I keep thread, needles, other notions, bobbins… anything I need to keep contained really – all safe and sound in these little babies. They’re super fast to put together and make perfect gifts for your stitcher friends. Plus, they’re PERFECT for traveling! Grab one for you and a few more to give away. Each comes with a zipper charm to make it extra personal. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned quilter, you can’t go wrong with Mini Scrappy Pouch!

Moving on to some larger scale projects, we have Nantucket Summer,” a quilt originally from our quilt box subscription that is now finally available to the rest of the world. It offers a simple yet eye-pleasing design derived from everyone’s favorite – half-square triangles!

This quilt can conveniently be done using just a charm pack. It’s not a difficult quilt to do but if you’re one of those people who’s not a huge fan of half-square triangles, I highly recommend using my 1 1/4″ half-square triangle paper, which you can find by clicking HERE. To order Nantucket Summer click the link above!

On With 2022 is one of my favorite projects from last year’s wool box, and it just so happened to be the on-going project. This wool appliqué runner features hexis, wool pennies, stars, fancy stitches, and a rainbow of color to dazzle your mind’s eye.

There was a ton of interest in this runner so it makes me happy to finally be able to share it with you. If you do decide to tackle this beauty please be aware that the background wool color and texture included in the kit is subject to change. Also, the Homespun backing is not provided in the kit for this one so if you would like the backing fabric, please make sure to select and put that in your cart. You will need 1/3 yard.

Many of you have heard me talking about my 1883 project from our exclusive Special Edition gift box earlier this winter and after hearing all the rave reviews it’s gotten, I’m sure you’re anxious to get your hands on it. Well, wait no longer! 1883 is now available for purchase as an individual project!

Featured on one of Scotty’s custom designed display boards, 1883 was lovingly designed around the spin-off of one of my favorite shows of all time, Yellowstone! It features a pretty floral motif with a handsome spring robin and is done with wool appliqué. As a little bonus, you’ll also be able to squeeze out the matching pin cushion with any excess wool left over from your kit. As you can see I used the 1883 date on the main project, and this year’s date on the pincushion. How will you date yours?

Did you see anything that you’re extra excited about? Let me know in the comments what caught your eye and what you think your next project is going to be. Remember, if you’d like to see those projects a bit more in detail, don’t forget you can always go back and watch me go through them on last week’s episode of STITCH with Lisa by hitting the link below.

Ok folks, that’s it for today! This girl is exhausted. The good news is, Captain Crab Ass is actually Captain Sweetie Pie today, since he is at home as we speak preparing pork chops, green beans and mashed potatoes for dinner… And yes, without even being asked! We might pick on the poor guy a lot around here but trust me – it’s all good. He knows he’s loved. Have a great night everyone and I will see you all again soon! Until then, take care and have a lovely evening. ~Lisa

 

 

Sewcialites 2 – Block #12 “Captivate”

Hey, everyone – I’m back! Most of you know I wasn’t feeling the best yesterday, which unfortunately caused me to have to postpone my LIVE show until this afternoon. I apologize again for that – I really HATE being sick, and hate it even more when it gets in the way of keeping my nose to the grindstone. I just want to say thanks to all of you who sent me messages and well wishes while I was under the weather. You and my staff are some of the best kinds of people! You really know how to make a girl feel genuinely cared for, and I really appreciate that. As much as I don’t prefer to waste a day laying around, sometimes ya just gotta do it. I guess it’s the proof everyone needs that I am indeed human. Who knew!?

I hope you had a chance to catch me LIVE this afternoon. If you did, thanks for tuning in! I was super excited to announce the winners for the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along prize drawing, and apologize again for making you all wait an extra day to find out who won. If you’re not familiar with this particular contest, this was a drawing for a $250 gift certificate amongst those of you who completed the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along, and submitted a photo of your finished work. Winners were chosen completely randomly (we did the ol’ fish bowl method). In case you missed it, the winners are Pat Batulis, Jeanne Berry, and Patti Koch. Congratulations to all of you, and great work! You should all be super proud of yourselves. That quilt was not an easy task to say the least!

Since we’re on the topic of great work, we also need to talk about this week’s Sewcialites 2 block release. This time around we have Barbara Groves of Me and My Sister Designs to thank for her contribution to the Sew-Along. Me and My Sister Designs is a quilt pattern company started years ago by sisters Barb and Mary. Like many of us, their quilting journey started almost by accident after taking their first quilting class and falling in love with it. They noticed that the shop they took classes from was up for sale, which then got them thinking about the idea of starting their own business. Though they didn’t purchase that particular store, they eventually did decide to open a quilt shop. After years in business, Barb and Mary decided to sell their brick-and-mortar store to focus more on quilt pattern design, which is how Me and My Sister Designs came to be! After a lot of hard work and establishing a big name for themselves in the quilting world, their rising success continued when Moda invited the sisters to join them as fabric designers. The rest is history!

Barbara’s block, Captivate is a simple and traditional block that is fun to sew. As you can see it’s made up of two nine-patch units along with eight half-square triangles divided into two units. The block is simple enough, but considering it contains everyone’s favorite half-square triangles, I’m willing to be that’s the reason it gets the “Intermediate” ranking on the skills level scale. Take a look…

Easy-peasy, right? My first hot tip on this block is that I recommend using strip piecing for the nine-patch units to save a little time. The half-square triangles will be a little more challenging but I’m sure you can handle it. Now, I know what you’re thinking – ewe! Half-square triangles! But if I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times – half-square triangles really aren’t that bad! Especially if you take advantage of the slick little quilting hack called triangle paper. It really helps to prevent the “wonky” results we all fear! Don’t have any on hand and need to stock up? I highly recommend my custom designed Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper, which you can find in most sizes on our website by clicking HERE! And trust me, anyone who uses it will tell you that my custom Triangle Paper is the BOMB! In fact, if you’ve used it in the past let me know in the comments! Tell me why you love it… or like it… or even if you hate it. I want to know! I love hearing your thoughts, both positive and negative, on pretty much anything. 🙂 To get the full pattern and instructions for Captivate , click the link below!

Fabric wise, if you’ve been following along with my progress so far you know that I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line for this quilt-along, leaving out the five tans. For the background I’m using a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Want to do yours just like mine? Click the button below to shop Garden Gatherings fabric while it’s still in stock!

Can you believe we’re already at the half-way mark with this sew-along? Crazy! In case you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2, don’t worry about being behind. One of the best parts of this quilt-along is that you can do it on your time, however your schedule allows – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks are 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.

I hate to say it, but now that the end of the day is approaching any burst of energy I might have had motivating me throughout the day has long been spent. As much as I’d like to hang around for the rest of the evening with all the lucky ducks who are at The Gathering for the Cabin Fever retreat this weekend, I really think I need to get home and rest so that I can make a legit day of it tomorrow. You know how it is… I don’t have time to be sick! But if I don’t slow down a little for the next couple of days so my body can recoup, I’m just going to make it worse. So, with that being said, I’m outta here for the night! Before I go however, I do need to say congratulations to Colleen F. and Diane P. – You both win a prize for your comments here on the blog last week! Please remember that I do not post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of the lucky winners 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 (if you think you are a winner but have not received a prize confirmation email, please be sure to check your spam folder – it’s not often but our emails occasionally will end up there)!

Alright, I’m off! Time to go take a nap. I will miss you all but I’ll be back soon. In the meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to catch me LIVE today I really think you should watch the replay… I covered some of the exciting and highly anticipated new projects that are now available to order here at PG. You can check it out by hitting the link below! Have a great weekend and I will see you all next week. Take care! ~Lisa

This Week’s LIVE with LISA is Postponed Until Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CST!

Good morning everyone from snowy WI! I woke up to about six inches of new snow with more falling as we speak. Unfortunately, not only did I wake up to the nasty weather but I also woke up UNDER it. 😮‍💨 In other words, I’m not feeling very well this morning and have decided to stay home for the day (I blame it on airplane air). Sadly, that means I will not be able to do my LIVE show today at 1:00 p.m. CST as scheduled. I know many of you are looking forward to the announcement of the Meet Me in the Garden winners, and I’m really sorry that I have to delay the reveal. The good news is, the winners have indeed been selected and as long as I am feeling up to it, we have rescheduled this week’s LIVE with Lisa for tomorrow – Friday, January 20th at 1:00 p.m. CST. Again, I’m sorry for the letdown but as we all know – things happen. People get sick! I know you understand and I thank you for it. Please tune in to watch tomorrow by clicking the STITCH button below. I’ll not only be announcing the Meet Me in the Garden winners, but also showing off the ribbon winners from our Red and White Quilt Challenge, and talking all about my trip out west as well. Have a great day everyone, and I hope to see you tomorrow! ……..🤧 ………..Ok…can I lay down now?

Back on WI Ground

Hey everyone! I’m finally back in WI after a nice week away with Darci and Val, just in time for the next big snowstorm to roll in. I’ve been told I was lucky enough to miss some serious rain over the last couple days… Blech! Needless to say, that little short-lived weather snafu turned everything into a muddy, sloppy mess. I can hear the skiers and snowmobilers crying from here! Rain in January is not something we “normally” see. In fact, we’re more used to sub-zero temps this time of year, which from what I hear, will be back in the next week and a half. Can’t wait. As for right now, we’re waiting on even more rain tonight and then four to eight inches of snow depending on where you’re at. I’ll be glad to get the snow cover because I will take snow over mud and slushy slop any day of the year. By the looks of the current radar, I’m going to get my wish.

I didn’t get back into town until late last night, so today has been a lot about getting back into the swing of normal things. I didn’t even try to get up early this morning. Instead, I decided to let nature take its course and wake up when I felt like it… Still, even with permission my mind had me up-and-at’em pretty much right away. After I got unpacking from my trip out of the way, I ran some errands and then stopped into Primitive Gatherings to take care of a few preparations for my LIVE show tomorrow. One of the things I needed to do was pick the winners for the Meet Me in the Garden prize drawing, which I will be announcing tomorrow during STITCH with Lisa Bongean. Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo of your finished quits! Val and I had a lot of fun with this sew-along, and we appreciate everyone who joined us along the way. It was a lot of work but the end results are truly worth it! Meet Me in the Garden is a stunning work of art that we can all be proud of. Easily an heirloom quilt by far!

I know you’re probably super anxious to know who our lucky winners are for the Meet Me in the Garden drawing, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out. Sorry! I’m a meanie, I know… In the meantime, I thought that since we’re already in the spirit of shining the spotlight on award-winning hard work and talent, it would be a good time to do another Primitive Gatherings Winner’s Circle post. So without further ado let’s turn our attention to the first quilt of the evening, brought to us by Pam Kearns. She entered her quilt, Warm Winter Blessings into the 2019 Northwestern Michigan Fair in Traverse City, Michigan and won the Sweepstakes Ribbon, which was the highest ranking award in its category.This was Pam’s first-ever entry into a state fair competition and she is super proud of it. As she should be – great work Pam! I love this quilt because it covers all the bases for winter decorating. You can put it out as soon as the snow starts flying and keep it on display until spring hits. Warm Winter Blessings makes the perfect gift for the snowman lover in your life, or to keep for your own collection. Easy enough to get done quickly, and fun enough to look at for months on end. Finished Warm Winter Blessings measures 54″ x 65″ – a nice size for a bed cover or draped over the back of your favorite arm chair.

Next up we have a quilt done by Marvi LeClair of Douglas, Wyoming. She entered her quilt Heirloom Rose in the 2021 Wyoming State Fair and received Best of Show for her hard work on this quilt, which she did during the lockdown in 2020.

Just wow Marvi! Everyone knows I’m a huge sucker for wool appliqué, and I can tell you that she absolutely earned every “stitch” of that Best of Show award the judges gave her. Heirloom Rose definitely requires not only skill, but a considerable time commitment. On the same hand, one of the reasons I love this quilt is because the amount of stitching you choose to do on each block is entirely up to you. I also love the depth the appliqué layers create. Each flower is uniquely done with expert accuracy. They almost look real! If you’d like to give Heirloom Rose a whirl, click the link above and we’ll hook you up! Bonus alert – there are both a scrappy version and an urban version to choose from!

Ahhh, that’s always so much fun! You have no idea how proud I feel to see other’s showing off their talent with my designs. It’s truly humbling and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. That’s why I want to continue to do a Primitive Gatherings Winner’s Circle post at least once a month, because I think you all deserve to be recognized for your hard work and talent! That being said, if you have an award winning PG quilt in your personal collection I would absolutely LOVE to see it! If you’d like your quilt shown here on the blog please email a photo of it along with your name and state your from to my trusty blog manager Heidi at: heidin@primitivegatherings.us. Please include the story behind the quilt you made, why you chose it, and any bumps in the road you may have encountered throughout the process. Please also include any information you have on the contest/show that it was in so we can make sure to give you proper and accurate credit. 

Sheesh, I just looked outside and it’s dark already. I guess that’s my que to go figure out what to make for dinner… Don’t forget to set your reminders for my LIVE show tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CST. I’ll tell you about my trip out west, plus announce our Meet Me in the Garden prize winners. Don’t miss it! Not entered in the Meet Me in the Garden contest but still want to be eligible for a nice little prize? Make sure to leave me a comment both here on the blog and during my show. That’s really all it takes for a chance to win! Have a great night and I will see you all LIVE tomorrow! ~Lisa

The 2023 Moda Charm Pack Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

Hey again! As promised I’m back to tell you about the latest quilt challenge that’s been causing some buzz around the studio lately – The 2023 Moda Charm Pack Challenge! This challenge was designed by Moda to celebrate one of their most popular pre-cuts – the Charm Pack! All you have to do to join the Moda Charm Pack Challenge is start working on a Moda Charm Pack quilt and then share your progress on social media between January 14th and 16th, 2023 using the hashtags #CharmPackChallenge and #CharmPackChallenge2023 . Simple as that! Here’s what the project looks like…Finished, this quilt will be 32″ x 32″ and take one charm pack to complete (or 42 5″ squares). According to the folks at Moda, the “challenge” part of this is just to get you to push yourself to sew through the weekend while using your favorite charm packs to make this fun and easy quilt along side Moda, and all your online quilting buddies. They will not be voting on the “best” quilt, or picking a number one favorite – this is just for fun. It’s more about being creative and and virtually hanging out with other like-minded creative people for the weekend. Oh, and did I mention the pattern is FREE? Yeppo! The FREE pattern we will be using is the Moda Love Pattern in the CHARM pack size. All you have to do to download it is click the button below!Since I’m not at home right now I’ll have to miss this challenge, but I know Jess was in the middle of figuring her fabric out when I called the studio to check in. She decided to go with Nantucket Summer, the first solo collection by Camille Roskelley of Moda’s first mother-daughter design team Bonnie & Camille. As you can see, Nantucket Summer is a gorgeous collection of earthy greens, blues and whites. I think it’s a great choice for this challenge – what do you think?

I mentioned earlier that today’s Sewcialites 2 designer and fellow Moda sister Lissa Alexander of ModaLissa.com will be participating in this challenge as well, but she decided to go in a little bit of a different direction with her’s. Lissa and a few other designers at Moda made the executive decision to make four of the Moda Love squares resulting in a larger size quilt than the original 32″ x 32″. Great idea! I also really happen to love her fabric choice…
If you don’t recognize it, Lissa is using my Red & White Gatherings line for her blocks and WOW – what a stunner! You know I’m a sucker for a good Red and White quilt, so much so that we just got done having our first ever Red and White Quilt Challenge here at Primitive Gatherings. I really love the way this collection has a variety of light and dark reds and creams along with a nice mix of large and small prints. It really creates some nice contrast and POP, don’t you think? We plan to do another Red and White Challenge in the future so why not kill two birds with one stone? Enjoy a FREE pattern and quilt challenge from Moda, and then end up with a nice little piece you could easily enter into the challenge. Sounds like a plan! Click the button below to order your Red & White Gatherings Charm Packs now!
FINALLY, let’s talk prizes. To say thanks for participating, Moda plans to randomly choose a charm pack prize winner from the #CharmPackChallenge and #CharmPackChallenge2023 tags/entries. You do not have to finish your project or make it to any kind of finish line to be eligible for the prize, you just have to participate and tag your progress. In other words you can take as long as you want to finish the quilt – they just want to see your progress over the next couple of days. The lucky charm winner will be chosen and announced by Moda on Tuesday morning.​​​​​​​​
Our second order of business in the prize department is prizes for commenting here on my blog last week! I want to say thank you and congratulations to Lori Q. and Gloria W. – you are my lucky prize winners this time around! Please remember that I do not post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of the lucky winners 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 (if you think you are a winner but have not received a prize confirmation email, please be sure to check your spam folder – it’s not often but our emails occasionally will end up there)!
Well everyone, I sure hope you enjoy your weekend – especially now that you have a charm challenge to get done. Like I mentioned, don’t worry about finishing the whole quilt this weekend – you have as much time as you need to get it done. Just make sure to tag your progress in the next two days to be eligible for the prize. I will be back in WI by Tuesday next week and will see you all Thursday on STITCH with Lisa Bongean at 1:00 CST. Click the STITCH button below to watch… I’ll fill you in on my trip! Until then, take care! ~Lisa
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Sewcialites 2 – Block 11 “Nurture”

Hey everyone, and welcome to the weekend! Friday is upon us yet again and you know what that means – it’s time for another Sewcialites 2 block release! This week’s block designer is one of my fellow Moda sisters and friends, Lissa Alexander of ModaLissa.com. Lissa is best known for being a talented quilt maker, savvy businesswoman, and Jill of many trades. One of her main roles is that of Marketing Manager for Moda Fabrics where she has not only worked behind the scenes with other talented Moda designers on their book projects, but has also written and co-written several excellent quilting and creative books herself. Her latest, Oh, Scrap! is available now in stores and online for purchase – I highly recommend it. Oh, Scrap! features a dozen unique scrap quilts bursting with colors, prints, and textures – all sure to dazzle your eye. I love a good scrap buster which is why I love this book! If you’d like to order a copy of Oh, Scrap! for your sewing room library I’d be happy to help – just hit the button below!

With over 40 years of quilting experience under her belt, Lissa describes herself as a lover of both scrappy and two-color quilts. She is a firm believer in the idea of including as many fabrics and designers into a project as she can. Her attitude is, “the more, the better” because that way she has a “good” reason to use more fabric, and then in-turn BUY more fabric to replenish her stash. LOL! Sounds reasonable to me… 

Lissa’s block,Nurture is fairly simple but may pose some challenges for newer quilters. The layout is basic, consisting of four 2-patch blocks and five square in a square blocks, all the same size. While the 2-patch blocks are beginner level, the square in a square blocks are mostly likely the reason Nurture was given the “Intermediate” rating on the skills level scale.

As you know, there are a lot of things that can go wrong when making square in a square units, which often times means wonky looking blocks with inadequate seam allowance at your points as a result. During her tutorial on this block, Kim Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop recommends using square in a square papers to help keep things neat and tidy during this process. Feeling apprehensive? Don’t. For step-by-step help and guidance through it all you can watch Kim’s full tutorial on Block #11 by clicking HERE! For the full pattern and instructions for Nurture click the link below.

If you’ve been following along with my progress so far, you know that I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line for this quilt-along, leaving out the five tans. For the background I’m using a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Want to do yours just like mine? Click the button below to shop Garden Gatherings fabric while it’s still in stock!

In case you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2, don’t worry about being behind. One of the best parts of this quilt-along is that you can do it on your time, however your schedule allows – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks are 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.Are you having fun yet? I am! You know how I love my sew and quilt-alongs. In fact, I’m a little jealous of Jess right now… If you got a change to watch our LIVE show this week, she mentioned the 2023 Moda Charm Pack Challenge that she was getting ready to start. If you’re not familiar with it, Moda is hosting a virtual #CharmPackChallenge sew along over this weekend – January 14th and 15th – where participants will make the Moda Love Star block using charm packs. Fun right!? I would usually be joining Jess in this fun little game but since I’m still traveling out west, it’s going to have to be all her this year. Then again, coincidentally enough, the famous Lissa Alexander just so happens to also be doing this challenge and come to find out, she’s a full quilt version in my Red & White Gatherings line! I’m sure it looks stunning. She promised me a photo so I will post it later with the rest of the challenge details. If this fun challenge sounds like something you’d like to participate in hang tight. I am going to put together a post later on today explaining all the details, so keep an eye out for that.

Well everyone, I’m being paged by the girls to step away from the work and get back to all the play… I’m sure you’re surprised to hear that Val, Darcie, and I are having a blast doing all the things we do when we’re on the loose on a quilting rampage and away from our husbands. Yesterday after a pampering at the spa we kept the fun going when we visited a new “Sew Yeah” quilt shop location in Las Vegas. It was huge, and awesome and…. it only took me a matter of minutes to find  something that felt awfully familiar out on display, so that was pretty cool (that’s Starlight Gatherings!).

We’re hoping to get some hiking and other adventures in before heading to UT to visit another friend so it should be great. Time to get back to it! I will see you all back here later this evening when I post the details on the Moda Charm Pack Challenge and announce this week’s comment prize winners. Don’t miss it – it could be you! See you then. ~Lisa