Heartfelt Quilt-Along Block Release 4

Heartfelt Logo HeaderHave you been participating in the Fat Quarter Shops’s charity Quilt-Along, Heartfelt?” For those of you who are unfamiliar with this great charity event, Heartfelt is an awesome project designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. I decided to participate in this fundraiser because I love kids and wanted to do something to help those who really need it. Make-A-Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization that has been making wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions and their families for over 40 years. These granted wishes give the recipients and their loved ones much-needed joy, strength, and most importantly hope, which helps them to power forward in fighting their disease. To date, Make-A-Wish has collectively granted more than 520,000 wishes around the world since it was founded in 1980. How awesome is that!?!?

Have I piqued your interest yet? Let me tell you the details. “Heartfeltis a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts. It was designed by Corey Yoder based on her new Moda fabric line, Beautiful Day.” I decided to stick with the heart theme and do my quilt with all Valentine’s Day fabrics that I had leftover from earlier this last winter. I also decided to do my blocks half the size of what’s featured on the pattern (in other words I did 6″ blocks rather than the 12″ version that the pattern shows). If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished.

I’m right on track with this project and have blocks one through four complete! I really love the way the Valentine’s Day fabrics look collaged together within the blocks. Being the recipient of a thoughtful valentine is one of the best feelings ever – especially one made by hand with love! Wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for your special someone next year? If you’re ready to get started on hit the link below for the full pattern and instructions (please remember to donate $5.00 for each download!).

This quilt is turning out to be really cute – I’m not going to want to let it go! I’ll have to have to figure out a way though, because once I get done with my version of this little beauty, I will be auctioning it off to help raise even more money for Make-A-Wish Foundation! I will be sad to give it up, but it really warms my heart knowing it is helping to contribute toward such a great cause. I guess I’ll just have to make another one to keep for myself! If you’d like to make my version of Heartfelt, you can find the Valentine’s Day fabric you’ll need for it on our website!Heartfelt is currently a free Quilt-Along and download on the Fat Quarter Shop website. Blocks are released one at a time, and will be posted to Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber on the first Friday of each month, through September, 2022. They do not require it, but highly encourage that a $5.00 donation be made for the pattern if you’re able to do so. Proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. If you’d rather make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, follow the link below!

I will continue to post my progress here on my blog as I make my way through Heartfelt.” I sure hope you found some inspiration to join this Quilt-Along with a cause. There’s something extra special about giving back using your own hard work and talents. I appreciate having the opportunity to use mine to help kids facing adversity in their lives. Want to get involved? I would love it if you’d join me in this awesome Quilt-A-Long! Remember, Make-A-Wish Foundation relies on donations to make wishes come true and they can’t do it without our help! Ready to get on board? Hit the link below for more information!

Well, the weekend is just about here! Do you have anything fun and exciting planned? I am actually currently out of town teaching at the 45th annual Sauder Village Quilt Show in Ohio. I drove down with my friend and long-time coworker Amy for the week. You should see this place, it’s absolutely spectacular! There are literally hundreds of quilts to look at on full-length display. Just imagine the sea of color and creativity – eye candy at its best! We’re having a blast meeting new people and talking quilts with fellow stitchers from around the country. Of course, the party has to come to a close at some point so we’ll be back home by tomorrow already. Just in time for Nick and I to head out west for another one of my Vegas adventures with Val Krueger. If you recall, the last time I visited Val n NV her new pool was still under construction… In other words, a follow-up visit was a must! LOL!

Jess and Shelley did such a great job with both the Shop Talk and Stitch with Lisa Bongean LIVE broadcasts this week while I was gone. If you missed them you can always catch the replays by hitting the link below! They covered some important announcements, stitch-along clarifications, new items, sale items and more!

Alright, before I let you go I do have a couple of prize giveaways to say thanks to those of you who continue to comment on my blog and Stich with Lisa Bongean!” It really means a lot to us! This week’s comment winners are, Marcia B. and Gerri A. Woo hoo! As usual, I don’t want to post last names or email addresses for everyone’s privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received an email from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, please keep trying. Your lucky day is coming! See you all very soon. ~Lisa

MBH4 – Block 7 “Game Board”

Welcome back to Moda Blockhead Wednesday! Are you having fun yet? I sure am! Participating in several quilt-alongs simultaneously really keeps things fun and interesting around here. Tackling multiple projects all at once has always really appealed to me, so I appreciate the idea of making only a small portion part of a quilt at a time. Doing that allows me to work on other things in between blocks – plus that way I never get tired of any particular project!

Moda Blockheads is definitely one of my favorite quilt-alongs, so the fact that I’m lucky enough to be one of the block designers makes it even that much more fun! This year my block is inspired by the ever-popular traditional game of Checkers, which of course is named after the checkerboard pattern that it’s played on. Making Game Board was almost as fun as playing the actual game! Strip-piecing the center section made this checker pattern block come together in a snap.

The tiny print, gray scale fabrics I selected for this quilt are from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line. Don’t they look fabulous next to the Orange Bella Solid I chose? I really like how combined together, they seem to create a movement that leads your eye around each block – just like jumping checkers! If you are still contemplating fabric choices for this quilt-along and decide you’d like to do yours like mine, you can find everything you need on our website! For Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II pre-cuts and yardage, click the button below. For Orange Bella Solid “Ochre” (#9900-79) CLICK HERE!

If your weather has been anything like ours, it’s a great time to get caught up on projects while it’s still wet, cold, and dreary outside – perfect stitching conditions! You can find everything you need to get started on Game Board including both the pattern and project instructions by clicking the link below!

All the MBH4 blocks that have already been posted are available by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center as well! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail, or by following the link.

Speaking of multiple projects – Psssst…..! I have a secret… Secret mission, that is! I have another great idea to add to our efforts in helping Hogs for Heroes raise funds, and I need your help! I know for a fact that you all love making quilt blocks, so I just have a small favor to ask. My goal for this mission is to produce and collect as many red, white, and blue flag blocks as possible. Once I gather as many flag blocks as I can, they will be used collectively to create a future project that will  generate even more money for this great cause. To learn more about Hogs for Heroes you can visit their website by clicking HERE!

To participate in my mystery mission, please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on this project, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier that would be even better (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal)! All of us here at Primitive Gatherings will be helping to combine the creativity of everyone who participates together into its final form. I can’t wait to see everything finally come together! 

If you have the time and are willing to be a part of Primitive Gatherings secret mission, I sure would appreciate it! I know you’re anxious for more details but “secret” means I cannot tell you anything more – you’re just going to have to trust me (isn’t this fun!? LOL)! Do you have any guesses about what I have in mind for these blocks? Tell me what you think I should do with them in the comments below! Who knows… you might just win a cool prize for your comment. You can find a printable PDF of the instructions and pattern for the Hogs for Heroes flag blocks by clicking the link below.

TO SUBMIT FINISHED BLOCKS FOR DONATION, PLEASE PACKAGE AND SEND THEM TO:

After stitching up a few flag blocks I just know you’re going to be in a patriotic mood, so why not add my O’ Say Can You Sew quilt-along to your list so you can get rid of some of those beautiful red, white, and blue scraps? This quilt-along is a fun and creative way to get an awesome patriotic quilt out of simply recycling your leftovers. This is another one of mystery projects – meaning you are not going to know exactly what you’re making until it all comes together in the very end! Don’t worry, I know it’s scary to jump into a project without knowing what the final results will be, but you can trust me – I would never have you make something that I didn’t have 100% confidence in. What I WILL tell you about this quilt is that it’s a pretty good size. It will be two blocks with a scrappy sashing. If you are using all scrap pieces for this project, be prepared to use up a lot of them!

The way the Oh Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along works is simple and fun. On the first Monday of every month we will release a new FREE clue (there is no specific time that I will be releasing the clue – please keep an eye on the blog throughout the day). There will be seven clues released in total. When a clue is released it will be posted both here on my blog and also on our YouTube channel,Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Each clue will be available to download as a printable PDF FREE for one month. When then next month’s clue posts, the previous clue will no longer be available for free, but can be purchased to download through our website for $5.00 each. I’m only on Clue #2 so far so you have plenty of time to get up to speed on this one. You can download Clue #2 by clicking the button below. You can also view all released clues in the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive by clicking HERE!

I feel like I’ve given you plenty to do so that’s all I’ve got for you today. I know you’re going to need something to watch while you stitch so make sure not to miss Stitch with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1PM CST. I am currently in OH attending the 45th Annual Sauder Village Quilt Show with PG warehouse manager Amy, so Jess and the girls in the studio will be taking over the show! They plan to talk about some really exciting things including the arrival of Starlight Gatherings pre-cuts, my Pokémon “I spy” quilt (video tutorial out soon!), our new shop sticker for May, more about the Oh Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along, the urban version of my Garden Gatherings quilt Seedlings,” and more SO much more! Not to mention there’s always a chance to win a prize just for commenting during the show or on the blog! Set your reminder – you’re not going to want to miss any of it!!! See you all soon. ~Lisa

O’ Say Can You Sew – Clue #2!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the O’ Say Can You Sew Quilt-Along! I hope you have your 31 9-patches done from Clue #1 because it’s already time to move on to Clue #2! For this clue, you’ll need two red 4 1/2″ squares that are the same fabric, and two cream 4 1/2″ squares that are different. You will be cutting all of them on the diagonal twice to produce 16 triangles, which you will be piecing and sewing back together in a later step. Easy enough, right? Good thing, since you’re going to need 31 sets in total which, if you haven’t already figured it out, will eventually be paired with the 31 9-patches from Clue #1!

There are a couple of options of how you can go about doing this clue. If you like super scrappy all the way around, no worries! Whatever you decide to do for fabric placement will work great. If you like a little bit of control however, you can designate one of your cream backgrounds to be consistent throughout your fabric placement. The resulting quilt will still be scrappy, but there will be an element of control within each block.

If you decide to take the more controlled route for Clue #2, you can actually get ahead of the game on Clue #3 as well! Simply cut four 3 1/2″ squares of the cream fabric you chose to be the controlled element within each block, and that will give you a bit of a head start on Clue #3. I know you must be wondering about Clue #3 already but that’s all I’m going to give you for now… You can consider that little tidbit your sneak-peek! Alright, time to get started! For a printable PDF and full instructions for Clue #2, hit the button below! Clue #2 is available as a FREE download now through June 6th. After that, it will be available to purchase on our website for $5.00.

Late to the game but still want to join the fun? No problem! Links to all clues can be found in the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive. New clues are posted on the first Monday of every month. Remember, once the current month’s clue is posted, the prior clue is no longer free but can be purchased for a small fee of $5.00. To see the archive, follow link below! For more visual learners I will also be posting a video tutorial of each clue on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel every month, so be sure to check that out as well!

Speaking of Stitch with Lisa Bongean, we will be back this week LIVE on YouTube this Thursday at 1:00PM CST. Shop Talk with Shelley will also be back tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9:00AM as well. Set your reminders now so you don’t miss out! And of course as always, keep those comments coming for a chance to win a cool prize! Tell me how your mystery quilt is coming along. Are you on track and ready for Clue #2, or are you still deciding on whether or not to participate? Let me know! I love to hear about your progress. Happy stitching everyone. See you tomorrow! ~Lisa

Moda All-Stars for the Win!

Hey friends! Have you ever heard of the Moda All-Star quilt book series? It’s an awesome collection of books put together by a team of 50 of Moda’s top designers with a charitable donation as the common goal of each publication. Royalties from every book sold in the series are donated to charities like The Alzheimer’s Association, Feeding American, and Special Olympics to name a few. What a great way to enjoy what we stitchers love most, all while giving back at the same time!

I just so happened to be thumbing through the latest All-Stars release, Snuggle Up when it occurred to me that I have been in every issue of the Moda All-Stars series since they first came out in 2015 – that’s 15 of them! I can’t tell you how proud that makes me feel, knowing that my hard work and dedication to my craft is also helping people who are facing adversity in their lives every day. I’m truly honored to be part of such an awesome cause. So far, Moda All-Stars has made charitable donations to 15 worthy causes that total more than $95,000. Just wow!

Of course we couldn’t have achieved such great things without all of you. Thanks to your continued support by purchasing the Moda All-Star series books, we have been able to accomplish something great! Every purchase of an All-Star series book factors into a charitable donation to a worthy cause. If you would like to learn more about past recipients of these generous donations, click the link below to watch a short video from Martingale Publishing!

Whether you’re a fan of scrappy quilts, pillows and cushions, minis, or simply love pre-cut friendly projects, All-Stars has the book for you! Not to mention, they are beautiful! Perfect bound with thick, glossy pages and beautiful photography, these books will last! They make the perfect addition to your sewing room library – or, if you’re feeling especially generous, they’re also an easy solution for a gift ideas. In fact, my blog manager Heidi plans to give her mother a copy of, Lucky Charm Quilts for Mother’s Day because she recently professed she’s always wanted to make a patchwork quilt, but never had the chance. What a thoughtful idea! I think it’s about time she grabs the bull by the horns, don’t you? No excuses now!

The end of the week is fast approaching. It would be nice if the weather would cooperate for once so we can all get some time outdoors this weekend. If not well, I know just the thing to do to pass the time… STITCH of course! How are your O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along blocks coming along? Hopefully you’re finished or at least getting there, because Clue 2 releases Monday! Not familiar with this Quilt-Along? Hit the link below to read the blog post where I explain it all!

Alright, I’m off! Have a great weekend everyone, and try to stay out of trouble! LOL I’ll see you all again on Monday when my O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Clue #2 is hot off the virtual press! You’ll be able to find a link to the printable pattern PDF, along with all the information you need to complete the blocks right here on my blog! If you had fun making the last clue come to life, you’re going to love this block just as much! In the mean time always have fun and do your best to stitch every day… It’s good for you! ~Lisa

BH4 Block 6 – “Spinning into Spring!”

Hey Blockheads! And so we meet again on another Moda Blockheads Wednesday! I hope you’ve been able to stay diligent with your blocks each week. With all the hustle and bustle of spring rolling in, it’s certainly easy to fall behind even when intentions are good. Things sure are moving fast – we’re up to Block 6 already! This week’s block comes to us from Linzee Kull McCray of Clark Street Quilts – a Jill of all trades gone quilt pattern and Moda fabric designer. Her career in creativity ranges from art teacher to museum curator, textile researcher, writer, public speaker, and more! Her wide range of experiences eventually lead her to designing feed-sack-inspired fabrics for Moda like Morning Light (CLICK HERE), Flowers for Freya (CLICK HERE),” and “Flour Garden (CLICK HERE)” – all three of which can be found on our website! She also formed a quilt design partnership with friend and fellow quilter, Pam Ehrhardt, which is how Clark Street Quilts came to be.

Linzee too must be feeling the pressure of the spring craze, as she fittingly named her block, Spinning into Spring.” This block is great for all skill levels, and would be perfect for the beginner stitcher who wants a little practice with half-square triangles. Personally, I find this block especially pretty and had a lot of fun making it. I really like the variety of options it gives for fabric placement, allowing for an array of different looks for your final piece. For mine, I used a mid-gray on light-gray tiny print, and a mid-gray with black on white lattice print – both from my Urban Farmhouse II fabric line.

I’m still really liking how the Urban Farmhouse II fabrics look combined with the Orange Bella Solid I chose (“Ochre” (#9900-79). The added splash of bright orange color really gets those grayscale prints to pop! I especially like the lattice print because it reminds me of the blades on an old-time windmill. I can almost see it spinning when I look at it!

I’m sure by now you’re ready to get started on your own Spinning into Spring blocks! You can find everything you need including both the pattern and project instructions by clicking the link below!

I will continue to post a link here on my blog every week for each new MBH4 block that’s released through the end of the Quilt-Along. Remember, you can also find all the MBH blocks that have already been posted by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive, which is updated every Wednesday and Friday. Don’t forget! Bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center every four weeks on Fridays as well! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail, or by following the link below. Well everyone, that’s it for today! Just a quick reminder, I will not be appearing LIVE on Stitch with Lisa Bongean this week, but will be back next Thursday at 1PM CST. In the mean time, you should check out my latest tutorial video on how to get back into an old favorite – cross stitching! Kathy Decker and I take you step-by-step through what you need to bring yourself up to speed in today’s modern cross stitching world. You can watch by clicking the Stitch with Lisa Bongean button below!

And before I forget… It’s prize time! I want to say thank you and congratulations to Paula S. and Becky E. – you are prize winners for leaving me a comment here on my blog in the last couple weeks! As usual, I don’t want to post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received an email from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, don’t give up! Keep those comments coming, you could be next! See you soon! ~Lisa

 

Farmhouse Friends “Just Flowers” Stitch-Along Block #12 – Hydrangeas

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m excited to say that it’s finally it’s my turn to post my block for this year’s Farmhouse Friends “Just Flowers” Stitch-Along. I saw all of the other blocks and knew these hydrangeas had to be BLUE! Just look at these hand-dyed appliquéd flowers. They almost look real with all the light and dark variations of color in the wool. I know there are a lot of flowers here, but look at the results! There’s also a lot of cutting, but trust me it’s worth it. Plus, this block is super easy to stitch so you’ll save yourself some time there!

As you can see I also added the date on my block, which is always a fun addition. Ready to make yours? We have several options available for this block! Download and print your own block for FREE by hitting the link below!

Click Here to DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN!

I really had a lot of fun with this block – and I have to say I’m pretty proud of it, which is why I love sharing it with all of you! No printer? No problem! You can purchase a printed version of the pattern for a small charge of $5.00! Click the link below to order your printed pattern now!

Click Here to ORDER a PRINTED  PATTERN!

To add to the fun we’re also offering KITS for this gorgeous block! They are also available by hitting the link below. Not only do kits make life easier for you, but the profits also help us to continue to bring you these Stitch/Quilt-Alongs. Thank you for your purchase – we appreciate you all!

Click Here to ORDER Your KIT!

If you need to find any of the prior blocks for this Stitch-Along you can visit the Farmhouse Friends facebook group or more information and links to each block!

CLICK HERE for Previous “JUST FLOWERS” Stitch-Along BLOCKS!

As always, you can catch me every Thursday at 1PM CST on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube Channel! And don’t forget to leave me a comment here on the blog for a chance to win a prize! Are you participating in this Stitch-Along? How are your blocks coming? What’s your favorite so far? Let me know in the comments! That’s all I have for now – I’ll be back soon! ~Lisa