MBH4 – Block #25 “Heart”

Hey Folks! Welcome back to another fun-filled Moda Blockhead Wednesday. As we get ready to hit the road for The Great WI Quilt Show I had to stop for a minute to crank out this week’s beauty of a blockhead, lovingly called Heart.” This “lovely” block is brought to us by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique – a blog and pattern company she started from home after quitting her job to go on maternity leave. Having learned to quilt as a young girl, Vanessa has turned her natural ability and love for creativity into a career she loves. Often inspired by her childhood experiences, Vanessa’s patterns are typically vibrant and playful, including a variety of stunning fabric lines designed for Moda, and two best-selling quilting books.

Much like last week, I have a lot in common with the designer of this block since we both have a bit of a love affair with stars and hearts alike. It just so happens that Hearthas one of each! This block reminds me a lot of a darling heart-themed quilt called Heartfelt I was working on a few months ago as part of a charity QAL to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. That project certainly corrected any discrepancies I may have had in my heart stitching skills after making so many of different sizes and types throughout the piece. This block is similar with an interesting design featuring an outer star shape with a square center, including a heart smack-dab in the middle.

Heart is constructed using a combination of easy beginner techniques, however if you’re doing the smaller 4.5″ size option you’ll notice some of those pieces are pretty small and require an added level of skill and precision. The heart center of the block is done with an easy-corner triangle method, surrounded by flying geese units that create the overall “star” feel. Sounds like a fun block, doesn’t it? To get started all you need to do is visit Vanessa’s blog for your copy of the full pattern and instructions by following the link!

For my blocks, I went back to basics and used the fabric combination I originally started MBH4 with so many months ago. For the center heart and outer corner elements I chose a gray and black combo tiny print along with a white floral design on a lighter gray color for the outer flanks of the flying geese pieces. Both selections are from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line. As usual I stuck with a medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” for my background. Looking for some dynamic grayscale fabrics for your next project? We still have Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II in stock but inventory is low. Grab it while you can by clicking the button below!

Remember, for more information on MBH4 including all the previously released MBH4 blocks that I’ve done, simply visit the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive listed in the main menu of links at the top of my blog page. You can also visit Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center Page for additional resources and help, along with all released bonus blocks by clicking HERE! 

Well everyone, I better hang it up and get back to my quilt show preparations. If you haven’t already heard, Kali, Heidi, and I will be leaving PG tomorrow morning for The Great WI Quilt Show in Madison, where Jess, Amy, and my Bernina team are already working hard to get everything set up ahead of time for the big show. But before I go, I want to take a second to give a quick shout out to Christine D. for her awesome comment here on the blog last week. To say thanks I’ll be sending you a little something special because I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my blog! Thank you! Of course, I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re the lucky winner this week please 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! That’s always fun, isn’t it? You too could be the lucky winner of a goodie or two – all you have to do is leave me a comment here on the blog for your chance to be the next winner!

…Oh! I almost forgot to tell you the GOOD NEWS! As long as the internet Gods behave, we’re going to be coming to you LIVE right from our booth at the show tomorrow – Thursday September 7th at 1:00 p.m. CST on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel! Join us for an exclusive view of the show plus a LIVE trunk show of my newly released Red & White Gatherings line! AND we will have actual copies on site of my new Red & White Gatherings project books for you to purchase that are not yet available anywhere else (sorry, the fabric is still not here yet, but is available to pre-order on our website by clicking the button below – and don’t forget! Pre-cuts are 20% OFF for a limited time so stock up now)! In other words, come buy a book at the booth and you might even get it signed while you’re at it.

Wow – I am super excited to do a trunk show in the middle of a huge juried event like this one. We’re hoping for a crowd! Can’t be there in person? No problemo! All you have to do to watch us live in action is click the STITCH button below! Set your reminder now so you don’t miss it.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m really looking forward to the show this year. COVID really threw a wrench in everyone’s gears for a couple of years there so this is really going to be something special – I can feel it! I’m especially looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful work – I always find so much inspiration at these events! I know I’m going to be in complete awe and be itching to get home and stitch before the event is even over. Juried shows are always so much fun – especially when you have work IN the show. Have you ever been in a juried quilt show? Have you placed? Let me know in the comments! I love to hear about your quilting accomplishments! Alright, off I go. See you at the show everyone! ~Lisa

O’ Say Can You Sew – Clue #6

Hey everyone! I just wanted to pop on quickly and say happy Labor Day to all of you! I hope your weekend has been full of family, laughter, and fun – and of course, good food! I know for many of you the highlight of the weekend is the release of Clue # 6 of my O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along, so here we go! By this point, I’m sure I don’t need to remind you of your adoration for half-square triangles – I mean, what’s not to love? LOL! I know how much you’d appreciate cutting another thousand or two, but sadly you’ll have to make do with a much more simple task this month when it comes to this clue.

If you tuned into my LIVE show on STITCH with Lisa Bongean last Thursday you were lucky enough to get a quick sneak peek of Clue # 6  I showed you that all you need to do is simply cut 128 -3 1/2″ squares, which will then become part of 32 total 9″ blocks. Easy right!? Ready to make it happen? Click the button below to download your FREE printable PDF of Clue # 6 !

Considering how fast and easy Clue # 6 turned out to be, it’s almost like having an extra month to work on Clue #5 if you happen to be still tackling all those half-square triangles. You’re welcome! Along with the sneak peek, I also showed you my progress on Clue # 6  and gave you an idea of what my finished blocks are looking like. If you missed the show don’t worry, you can always watch the replay by clicking HERE!

Starting to run out of scraps? No problem! Jess put together some fat quarter bundles that will be perfect to supplement your stash. We have blues bundles of 12 fat quarters for $30.00 per bundle (that’s two FREE! – get those by clicking HERE!), and cream bundles of 12 fat quarters for $35.00, which you can grab by clicking the button below! We are currently no longer offering reds in these special OSCYS bundles due to low stock, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you’re all caught up. Starlight Gatherings is also blues and creams and would be perfect for upcoming clue #7. Hint-hint – It will be lots of creams again….with a little blue.

Remember, Clue # 6 is available as a FREE download now through Monday October 3rd, 2022. After that, it will be available to purchase on our website for $5.00. If you’re just joining me on this Quilt-Along there is still plenty of time to catch up! Links to all released clues are listed in the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive, which can be found in the main menu at the top of this page. New clues are posted on the first Monday of every month. 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. 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! You can watch the Clue #6 tutorial by hitting the STITCH button below!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend – especially now that you have Clue # 6  to stitch on! “Long” weekends go way too fast, don’t they? We’ll be back in the studio bright and early tomorrow for Shop Talk with Shelley at 9:30 a.m. CST. Shelley is back after welcoming her newest grand baby last week, so we’re excited to hear all about that. She’ll also be talking about any announcements we might have, the upcoming Great WI Quilt Show, and more – join us! Until then, have a great day and happy stitching everyone! ~Lisa

Follow Me to The 2022 Great WI Quilt Show!

Have you heard of The Great WI Quilt Show? It’s a spectacular annual event designed to celebrate quilting and fiber artists of all levels and abilities. This fantastic show is presented by PBS of Wisconsin and Nancy Zieman Productions, and is something I look forward to every year! Attendees are invited to explore hundreds of educational opportunities including short lectures, hands-on workshops, and stage presentations – all led by top educators. There’s also an 85,000-square-foot vendor mall featuring the latest notions and fabrics for sale (we’re in booths 1135-38, and 1201!), raffles, live music, and a 10-category juried and judged quilt contest exhibit featuring hundreds of quilts to keep you entertained. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Just look at this spread…

Because of COVID we haven’t been able to attend an event like this in a long while, so that alone makes this year’s show something extra special! There’s definitely a certain kind of energy buzzing around here as we are finishing the last stages of booth preparations, and tie up any loose ends. I don’t know if you’ve ever built a trade show booth before, but it is really A LOT of work – especially one as large as this!My crew has been painstakingly building this beauty of a booth, section by section down in the warehouse to make sure that we have our layout plan nailed down by go time. Once they get all the final details ironed out, photos will be taken for reference before it’s disassembled and loaded onto a caravan of trailers ready for departure to Madison on Wednesday. Once we arrive at the Alliant Energy Center, we’ll do it all over again with only 12 short hours to get everything set up and ready to go for opening day on Thursday.

The booth isn’t the only thing taking up some serious real estate in our show trailers this year. We’re also packing up our Bernina department to make the journey as well! What that means, is that if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on any one of the coveted Bernina Q Series machines, this is your chance to try one before you buy! Our goal is to have one of everything up for display on premises so potential owners can really get a feel for what these rock star machines have to offer. I invite you to take the most of this opportunity and stop by our booth to give these exciting, state of the art machines a spin! Of course not everyone has the means – or the space for that matter – to own their own longarm. That’s why in addition to machine sales we also offer longarm services for your convenience! If you are interested in getting on the schedule for longarm services at Primitive Gatherings, we will have forms at the booth for you to fill out. You can also call Ruby or Luke at 920.778.8035 for more information!

This booth is not going to be a small one lost in a sea of vendors – trust me. In fact, Jess describes it as our traveling “pop-up store!” Come stock up on fabrics, patterns, pre-cuts, kits, notions, home décor, seasonal items, and more! Take take the opportunity to see everything we have to offer, and meet our crew in person as an added bonus. You might even meet ME! Don’t be shy, come get your book or pattern signed… We can’t wait to meet you!

If you want to see more of our booth setup on camera, I highly recommend watching the replay of my LIVE tour yesterday by hitting the STITCH link below! I will also see you back here next week Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CST on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel for more fun and shenanigans on Shop Talk with Shelley! Remember, due to the holiday the shop and warehouse will be CLOSED Labor Day – Monday September 5th (we will resume normal business hours Tuesday September 6th) so that our staff can enjoy a day off from the grind. And – for those of you anxiously waiting for the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue #6 release, don’t worry! You will still get your clue despite the holiday. See how much I love ya?!? LOL! The clue will be posted right here on my blog at 1:00 p.m. CST and will be available for FREE download for one month! That means you only have a couple more days to download Clue #5 for FREE before it goes up for sale after Clue #6 is posted. In other words, if you haven’t already downloaded it – get on it!

Alright folks! That’s it for today because there is lots to do before I can officially start calling it the weekend. I hope you have a nice holiday and look forward to seeing many of you at the show! Are you planning to go? Have you ever been to The Great WI Quilt Show in the past? Let me know what your favorite thing about it was in the comments! I will see you all soon! ~Lisa

MBH4 Block #24 – “Outtakes”

Hey again – welcome to another beautiful Blockhead Wednesday! I hope you’re all caught up as we dive into Block #24 this week!Outtakes was designed by Vanessa Christenson of V & Co. Vanessa is self-described as a busy mom living in “the middle of nowhere, Iowa.” She is known for her spectacular use of bold, modern colors and patterns, which has inspired her to create several Ombré-based patterns and designs throughout her career. In addition to teaching and publishing patterns as V & Co., Vanessa is also an author, life coach, and fellow Moda fabric designer, specializing in her Ombré collections that are nothing short of eye candy.

I was super excited when I saw the design for this block. Turns out, Vanessa and I have more in common than our obvious obsession with quilting, and the fact that we’re Moda sisters… We also both also happen to really love stars! Paying tribute to our favorite motif, Outtakes was inspired by Vanessa’s all-time favorite block in the quilting world. You guessed it – the star block! Outtakes offers a little bit of everything including basic four-patches, flying geese, and both large and small pieces to play with. Different shading options give you lots of variety when piecing your block – the possibilities are endless! How will you put yours together? Whatever your plan might be, you can find the pattern and full instructions for Outtakes by clicking the button below!

Last week I kept my blocks simple and only used my usual background fabric plus one more. This week I’m feeling more on the frisky side so I decided to change things up and go with four different fabrics all together.For the gray section of the four-patch units, I reverted back to my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line and chose a medium gray with black floral print that I have used in several past MBH4 blocks. The triangle pieces that make up the overall “star” shape are done in a darling design by Sweetwater featuring tiny white hearts on a black background. For the middle square portion of the star I chose a large gray floral print on white by Corey Yoder, taking special care to place a rose dead center. As usual I used “Ochre” for my background – a medium orange Bella Solid.

It doesn’t matter that there’s only four more weeks to go in this year’s Moda Blockheads 4 QAL. If you’re still thinking about taking the plunge, it’s not too late to start! All the information you’ll need including all the previously released MBH4 blocks that I’ve done are available in the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive, listed in the main menu of links at the top of my blog page. You can also visit Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center Page for more information, along with all released bonus blocks by clicking HERE! 

I hope you’re having a great day so far. I’ve been hanging out over at The Gathering for a sneak peak at some of the awesome things being created by Debbie Maddy and her Shibori students who are on retreat this week. If you’re not familiar with Shibori, it’s a Japanese tie-dyeing method done by hand that produces a number of different patterns on fabric by using wringing, pressing, and squeezing techniques. Needless to say the process is fascinating, and Debbie is a true master who makes it look easy!

Since a lot of the action is happening outside during this event, we really couldn’t have asked for better weather! Sunny skies without a cloud in sight are making this retreat even that much more lovely. Considering our guest of honor is here all the way from TX, I’m glad mother nature cooperated and didn’t decide to send a cold front our way – she has a tendency to do things like that with impeccable timing. We did fight with the breeze just a little yesterday, but that was quite alright. We simply took advantage of the excellent drying conditions.

As you know, one of my favorite color combinations to work with is blue and white so this is definitely right up my alley. When Debbie was here last summer I got the opportunity to explore some dyeing techniques that I’ve never tried before, and had a ton of fun doing it. One technique I tried involved scrunching fabric around a pipe to create a cool striped effect. I also got to play around with dyeing wool with Indigo, which produced some super pretty blues that we don’t normally see with wool. I even tried my hand at applying dye over stitching using Indigo, and ended up with some really neat star pattern results to show for it. Pretty cool!

There is definitely no shortage of creativity resulting from this year’s class. I am so impressed with all of the different patterns and shades of blue everyone is coming up with. There is really no limit when it comes to Shibori! Some of the methods Debbie uses are techniques you’d never think of on your own, even though the concepts are actually simple! Pretty much anything you can find that has an interesting shape or texture can be used to produce one-of-a-kind works of art in Shibori.

Ahh I just love it! So many great things are happening here at Primitive Gatherings, and it keeps getting better! I hope that if you are local you’re able to come and see for yourself. If not, thank you for continuing to visit vicariously by reading my blog and watching me LIVE on YouTube! Isn’t technology cool? I’m so thankful to have a way to include everyone in this journey of mine. It’s so amazing that even if you can’t be here in person you can still be a part of it all! That being said, I think it’s time to give away some prizes! Last week we had so many nice comments it was hard to chose just one winner. I appreciate every single one of them so much and really want to show my gratitude so I figured, why not two this week? Teresa E. and Peggy N. YOU are the lucky winners of a nice little prize for your comments on here on my blog! As always I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of the lucky winners please 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! 

Boy, that’s fun. Who knew giving away prizes would make a girl feel so good? Really though, what  feels good is to give back to my fellow creatives, loyal customers, and fans who have helped make Primitive Gatherings and The Gathering my dream come true. Alright, back to work – we have a lot to do! I will see you tomorrow on YouTube at 1:00 p.m. CST for more fun during STITCH with Lisa Bongean as we talk all about our next big focus coming up – The 2022 Great Wisconsin Quilt Show! We have multiple booth spaces reserved and plan to take full advantage of the space to show off Primitive Gatherings in its full glory. Set your reminder now so you don’t miss it! See you there. ~Lisa

‘Tis The Season to RETREAT!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been noticing little things that are definitely early signs of autumn approaching. It’s getting dark a little earlier at night and the crickets are singing especially loud lately. Plus, we haven’t had a really hot day in a couple of weeks. I know, I know – you hate to hear these things, but I promise I have a good reason for bringing up the inevitable. As we all know, some of the best holidays come along with the cold seasons, which also means it’s about time to get started on some of the best fall-time holiday projects as well! I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE decorating my home for the autumn and winter seasons which is why I’m excited for the next bunch of classes and retreats that we have coming up on the calendar!

It’s hard to fathom that September is right around the corner but according to the calendar, my annual “Witches Retreat” is only a couple of short weeks away! If you’re looking for the perfect place to gather in peace with your fellow witches, this quilter’s coven was designed especially for you!

Enjoy this spooky four-day retreat just in time for Halloween, as we work on one quilt and two wool projects that are sure to give you the goosies! Join us September 12th through the 16th, 2022 at The Gathering as a daily student, or stay for the week in our state of the art quilter’s retreat house. Classes run from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM daily with lunch provided. Dinner is also included for lodging guests. I’d love to be able to give you a sneak peak on what the projects will be at this retreat, but I’m not quite done finalizing all the details yet. I will tell you that if you’re a fan of my, “Just One of These Things…” series, you’re going to really like the quilt project. I know you’re dying to know more but you simply must trust me – mwa, ha, ha (enter mischievous witch’s cackle HERE)!!! Space is limited, so if this enchanting gathering of quilters sounds like something you’d like to dance around the fire to, don’t wait! Sign up today by calling Judy at 920.778.8031.

Once all the witches have cleared out of the retreat house and the cauldrons are all put away, I’ll definitely be in the mood to welcome the official start to the autumn season with open arms. Pumpkin fanatics, take note! On Saturday September 17th, 2022 or October 17th, 2022, we will be hosting “All Things Pumpkin” – a pumpkin-infused, one day retreat that’s just what the doctor ordered to get you ready for fall!

As if your love for working with wool isn’t enough to make this one-day retreat a must-do, just add a heavy dose of pumpkin spice to the mix! We’ll start things off in the morning with pumpkin lattes and made-from-scratch pumpkin scones to get your creativity flowing. Once settled in, we’ll spend the day focusing on pumpkin-themed wool projects, complete with one-on-one instruction from yours truly. Class fee includes project kits and lunch! Class will be held from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Students will also receive exclusive “All Things Pumpkin” event favors for participating. To nail down your spot for this super popular workshop call Judy at 920.778.8031!

As long as we’re talking about things to come in the near future, I suppose we can’t really avoid the big “S” word… I know you think I mean snow, but I’m actually talking about SHOPPING! Every year I swear I’m going to get ahead of the game and start my Christmas shopping a bit earlier, but do you think that ever actually happens? Albert Einstein once said that the true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – LOL! Ok, so I might be slightly guilty in this department but I feel like that’s probably most of us. Not to worry though, our “Sip, Sew, SHOP, & Stay” event is here to give your holiday shopping a jump start!

Prepare to put a dent in your holiday gift shopping at The Gathering on December 2nd and 3rd, 2022 for a seasonal Sip, Sew, & Stay experience! Bring your hand or machine projects and take advantage of all-day open sew on both days. Check in as early as 9:00 AM on Friday and enjoy shopping in our exclusive boutique until 8:00 PM. As an added bonus, late night chocolate fondue will be provided on Friday night and snacks will be available throughout the entire duration of the retreat. Lunch and dinner is also included on Friday, along with brunch on Saturday morning. Who says the holidays have to be for everyone else? Treat yourself and join us for “Sip, Sew, SHOP, & Stay!” All you have to do to sign up is call Judy at The Gathering at 920.778.8031 and she’ll be happy to help you get registered!

Santa has a way of always knowing who’s been naughty or nice – where do you fall on his list in this year? Whether you wear a halo or…not so much… everyone is welcome at my “Naughty or Nice Christmas Retreat!” Take the week to get yourself into the Christmas spirit, December 5th through 11th, 2022 at The Gathering! This festive multi-day event will focus on one quilt, and two wool projects designed to fill your heart and soul with holiday cheer!Aside from hands-on instruction on some great holiday projects, you’ll also enjoy an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Primitive Gatherings and an off-site, local field trip (weather permitting)! This retreat is a couple months away and we’re still working out the final details so I can’t tell you everything yet. What I do know is that this popular event will fill up fast, so if you can see yourself stitching the week away with me, call Judy at 920.778.8031 for more details and to get registered today! I really can’t wait to see you here.

I know the thought of frigid temps and winter driving is nowhere near appealing at this point, but I will admit that a little part of me – somewhere deep down – is secretly excited for “the most wonderful time of the year” to be upon us. I also know that a lot of moms out there are also secretly anticipating the return of colder weather considering it’s just about time for the kiddos to be going back to school – a huge relief for a lot of busy parents to say the least. That being said, I want to give you a quick reminder about our after school Kid’s Sewing Camp being offered at The Gathering once a month. Starting Wednesday September 21st, boys and girls ages seven and up are invited to come learn the basics of hand sewing and how to complete projects from start to finish!

Class runs after school from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at The Gathering and is instructed by the wonderful Ms. Adrian – a former elementary school teacher and current fellow stitching fanatic. The class fee is only $20.00 for one session, or $70.00 for four! I don’t know about you, but I would have LOVED to have an opportunity to do something like this as a kid. Heck – I still want to stitch all day – everyday as an adult, so what does that tell you??? Don’t let your kids miss out on all the fun. Sign them up today to let them stitch off some of their school day steam later!

Have you gotten the retreat itch yet??? I can’t stress enough that if you have your heart set on participating any of these upcoming events at The Gathering book today! I can’t tell you how many times people have come to me with regret in their hearts because they didn’t act fast enough when the gettin’ was good. If you have any questions at all about a retreat or workshop at The Gathering please don’t hesitate to call 920.778.8031 for more information!

Before I go I just want to let you know that due to scheduling conflicts, tomorrow’s Shop Talk with Shelley will be airing a little bit later at 1:00 PM CST, so catch us if you can! If not, you can always watch the replay on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel! Either way, follow the link below to watch – and whatever you do, don’t forget to leave me a comment, both here on the blog and LIVE during the show! Let me know what you like about Shop Talkand what you’d like to see more of in the future. After all, your opinion matters to me! Ta ta for now, and I will see you soon. Take care! ~Lisa

I’m Feeling Moda-vated!

Hey friends, welcome back!. As most of you know we’ve been celebrating Martingale & Moda Week here at Primitive Gatherings, and what a week it’s been! I am having so much fun spending time at The Gathering with a great group of my fellow Moda designers from all over the U.S. We’ve been going strong all day and then staying up late stitching pretty much every night – I have literally not slept in my bed at home all week! Poor Nick. Oh well, he’ll be ok… After all, they say absence makes the heart grow fonder – right? LOL! This week was extra special considering because of COVID, we haven’t been able to get together collectively like this for almost three years. We are certainly putting in the effort to make up for lost time and of course, we’re having a blast doing it! Not only that, we have been stitching up a storm and putting a huge dent in some of our own projects along with making all sorts of goodies to exchange with one another. Busy, busy – and FUN! I am loving every minute of it.

A huge bonus of all this stitch time is that after a whole week of it I have managed to make some nice progress on a few of my current projects. If you’re following along with my O’ Say Can You Sew” Mystery Quilt-Along, you know that the release of Clue #6 is fast approaching! I spent some time finishing up all 128 HST blocks for Clue #5 this week so I’m ready to get started when Clue #6 releases on Labor Day, Monday September 5th. Keep in mind that though the shop and offices WILL BE CLOSED for the holiday, the clue will still release at 1:00 PM CST that day. I’m ready, are you?

Still thinking about joining this ever so tempting QAL? More information along with links to all released clues are listed in the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive, which can be found in the main menu at the top of this page. This quilt was originally designed to be a scrap buster, but if you don’t have that kind of supply on hand don’t worry. We have fat quarter bundles in stock that will be perfect to supplement your stash. There are blues and whites in bundles of 12 fat quarters for $30.00 per bundle (that’s two FREE!). We are currently no longer offering reds in these special OSCYS bundles due to low stock.

I was also excited to keep the ball rolling on my Letters for Santa QAL by completing the words, “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and “JOY.” In addition, I was able to get a lot of prep work done and cut fabric for “TREE,”FAMILY,” and “WREATH,” so that’s all set to go for when I have little snippets of time here and there to stitch. It’s pretty rare that I have a chunk of time to work where I have all day and night to sit and stitch. It will be a while before that happens again… There’s certainly nothing wrong with cutting ahead of time so I can get things done – even if it is in small portions at a time! Since I like to have a good head start on things well in advance, I really appreciate the chance to work on Letters for Santa this week. I’m confident I’ll have it done in time for the holidays – no problem! If you haven’t heard of this festive QAL, it’s is a Christmas project quilt-along from Moda inspired by my, Mini Alphabet Quiltpattern. Mini Alphabet is a darling little quilt, ideal for a child’s bed or toy room. It could also make a sweet pillow! Measuring at 42″ x 42″ it’s the perfect size for cuddling, all while learning your ABC’s. Super cute, right!?

If you’d like to participate in this quilt-along you’ll need both the pattern for my Mini Alphabet Quiltalong with Moda’s monthly word releases, new filler block patterns, and alternate project ideas. You can purchase the pattern by clicking the button above. For more information on this festive QAL, and access to monthly QAL releases, visit Moda’s website!

There really hasn’t been a dull moment around The Gathering during Moda Week, and I’m grateful for it. It’s so nice to be surrounded by like-minded people who all want to share knowledge and see one another succeed. You can’t help but be motivated! Each designer here visiting has contributed their own unique style and personality to the mix. I’m in awe of the variety and level of talent coming together all in one place – it’s really got me feeling inspired!I was lucky enough to have my fellow designers all join me one by one during LIVE on STITCH with Lisa Bongean yesterday, where we talked about some of their current projects and accomplishments across the board. If you missed it I highly recommend you watch the replay, which you can do by clicking the “STITCH” button below! Thanks to those who joined me on camera, it was a super fun LIVE with lots of information and insight on what other designers are up to. In fact, I want to give a huge shout out to my Moda family for being good sports and not camera shy. Obviously, going LIVE is always more fun with a friend – or 20 for that matter!

As if all the activity at work isn’t enough to keep me on my toes, I am a lucky enough to be spending part of my day today with my grand babies Jace and O-Bug, both at Anchor Point and in the retreat house. They even helped me give a tour of Primitive Gatherings earlier today! As any grandma knows, time with these special boys is truly what I live for, so anytime they are around is always a huge bonus.

As usual, this weekend is shaping up to be another busy – and fast – one like they always are, but I’m going to do my best to get some good rest in. We don’t have a lot of nice days left so I want to enjoy it while I can…then again I hear Hawaii is nice all the time and it won’t be long until I’m there sooo…    Sorry, sorry!  I don’t mean to rub it in! Ok – maybe I do a little, but can you blame me? You can’t. LOL! Alright everyone, I hope you all have an excellent weekend. Get some rest, stitch a bit, and I will see you all next week! ~Lisa