Taos Quilt Block tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Moda Block Heads 3 Block 9: the Taos Quilt Block

 

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Day! Here is another great Quilt Block:  Taos Quilt Block!

Taos Quilt Block tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Click HERE to get this week’s pattern!

 

This week’s Taos quilt block is from Vanessa from Lella Boutique. Vanessa designed a fun & easy quilt block… even at 4″ this one was pretty easy…So it will not take long to make this nice block!

My 4″ Taos quilt block was made with  Urban Farmhouse Gatherings & Bella Solid… all Moda fabrics for sure!!!

 

Thank you all for visiting today!!  We really appreciate you ALL for supporting Moda fabric and it’s designers!  xxx Lisa

 

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Jen Kingwell stitching class featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

You should not miss this: Jen Kingwell’s Workshop

I am over the top excited to be hosting Quilting Goddess, Jen Kingwell in May of this year at Primitive Gatherings in Wisconsin!

It is coming up fast and we still have a few openings in the first two classes….Cotter and Psychedelic… I really really want to do right by Jen and get her workshops all full!!                         May is Wisconsin is beautiful!!! We are less than 10 minutes from Appleton International Airport!

So I will be working hard until they fill up!  Jen’s workshop should be on everyone’s stitching bucket list!!! I will be in one class as well and I love Cotter… in person it was so amazing!…Remember you can make your quilt in any fabrics…If Jen’s cheery color palette is not yours…it’s OK…pick your own fabrics and come!  These quilts will look good in reproduction fabrics as well!   Here are the details…I also will take a few people for a waiting list on the mystery class…also…you know I will be giving you some cool swag for signing up and coming to her workshops!!! That is how we roll at Primitive Gatherings!

May 10, 11 & 12th …yes, the 10th is Mother’s day but what a better way to spend it; bring your daughter or daughters bring you mother, or celebrate by asking for your kids to gift this opportunity to you for Mother’s Day…

Jen Kingwell stitching class featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Here is a little about Jen Kingwell if you do not know her yet!!

JEN KINGWELL

Jen has been lucky in her life to have had two wonderful careers. Her first love was midwifery and she felt honoured to be included in life’s most precious every day miracles. She doesn’t know where her love of fabrics came from, her mother was not a sewer but she does know she has always been fascinated by colour and pattern. Like many she tried different crafts and stumbled into quilting over 30 years ago and there she has remained. An interest became an obsession which then became her career, including teaching and designing. She has owned quilt stores for 15 years and currently owns Amitie Textiles in Melbourne Australia www.amitie.com.au and Instagram @amitie_textiles. The store offers an eclectic mix of fabrics including Japanese, Liberty of London, linens from Europe, french toiles and a wide collection of patchwork fabrics of course including Moda!!

She describes herself as a traditional quilter with a modern twist. Loves scrappy quilts and the more fabrics she can use in a single project the happier she is. In her perfect world she would hand stitch everything but with today’s busy lifestyle she does machine piece as well. Hand appliqué and quilting are among her favorite pastimes.

Jen Kingwell is married to Richard and has 3 fabulous daughters Meg, Abby and Lucy who are by far her very best designs.

Sunday, May 10th Workshop – Cotter

Jen Kingwell stitching class featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Cotter

The newest edition by Jen Kingwell to the Tempters Range. Cotter has been designed to be jelly roll friendly utilizing a dominant print to highlight the geometric gradient of the finished quilt. This single block Acrylic Template set includes simple instructions on how to complete this block and can be made to any size.

Jen had made the original quilt specific to her released fabric range Remix to include all ‘lollies’ prints with a few highlights of her bold ‘hero’ prints thrown in the mix. Jen has been clever with her straight forward piecing executed in a soft incline, making this quilt eye catching in any finished size!  

A great way to utilize scrappy prints in the stash or cut into a complete range to start something new.

This is a hand taught class but if you wish to machine piece, bring along your machine and rotary cutting equipment.

Monday May 11th Quilting Workshop – Psychedelic

Jen Kingwell stitching class featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Psychedelia

Jen Kingwell’s love of scrappy quilts and curved hand piecing come together in this wild 60’s inspired BOM program.

12 x 18” blocks designed to be cushions with the option of piecing them together for one groovy quilt, it is an ode to Beatlemania, flower power and the psychedelic art movement!

Acrylic templates and fabric, these marvelous designs will both challenge and delight the hand & machine sewers alike. A great program to be involved in for extra classes and skills to be taught to participants.

This is a hand taught class but if you wish to machine piece, bring along your machine and rotary cutting equipment.

Jen Kingwell stitching class featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Tuesday May 12th Workshop – Something New – Tempter with Fabrics (you will be testing a new design for Jen Kingwell – I specifically asked for this…a mystery)

Tempters are a fantastic way to get creative in a measured and precise way for advanced quilters and beginners alike. In this class Jen will be releasing ‘Something New’ to introduce and share the tips and tricks of using acrylic templates for hand piecing.

‘Tempters’ are a single block acrylic template set including instructions on how to complete the finished block. Match with other Tempter blocks or repeated to make a finished quilt or runner of any size. This class will endeavour to confidently tempt the participant to try something new and improve their skills in colour choices, Y seams and more! This is a hand taught class but if you wish to machine piece bring along your machine and rotary cutting equipment.

Below is Jen’s newest fabric range FINE & SUNNY coming in APRIL 2020… If you wish to pre order it at the time of you place your order for class we can have it ready for you when you show up…Fat quarter bundles, fat eight, jelly roll, Layer cakes and so on…If ANYONE wants to pre-order Jen’s next fabric range Fine & Sunny you can do so HERE. We have added a Special Events button to our site and will be listing things for sale here for our Special Events going forward!

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All three classes are $125 EACH  and will include lunch and surprises!

 You will be sent a supply list and if there is anything on the list you cannot find you know we will have them for you in store here..

If you wish to pre-order those items as well we can assure that you will have everything you need to have a successful workshop.

Jen Kingwell stitching class featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

We will also have a wonderful selection of Jen Kingwell ‘s fabrics for sale.                                             Here is a sample of what Lollies are…8 prints in 1!Jen Kingwell stitching class featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

All workshops start @9am and will be held at our warehouse at: 1860 Bud dr. Menasha, WI 54952

Join the fun!

Call the Shop now to reserve your spot!

920-722-7233

 

Let’s all learn hand piecing the the expert and have fun at the same time!…Lisa

All for now…XX Lisa

Quilting giveaway: Valdana thread box, a giveaway hosted by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Winner of Valdani Wool Applique Thread is….

CONGRATULATIONS!  BOTH WINNERS HAVE CLAIMED THEIR THREAD BOXES AND THEY HAVE BEEN SHIPPED! Please visit us on Fridays for another chance to win our Give-Aways!

The winner of our latest quilting giveaway for this great Valdani thread box of #5 wt variegated thread for embroidery, embellishing stitches that you want to stand out like crazy quilt stitches,  stitching the edges of wool mats, blanket stitching large appliqués…and I’m sure bunch of other uses…is

I have over 100 balls of Valdani. I just got my order from when you had your sale and love the new colors.

And because you all are AWESOME and left lots of comments I picked another that Primitive Gatherings will Donate to our quilting giveaway!
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I have 48 wonderful colors of Valdani threads!! Everyone of them purchased at Primitive Gatherings. I love that you put together thread kits for your quilts.

 

Both winners of the quilting giveaway please contact ahoefler@new.rr.com  I have listed part of your emails in the description so we know that you are the right winners…. Amy will ship these threads out to you! If you can… can you please take a pic with you and your threads?… and send it to us to post on our social media!!!!

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope the winnerws enjoy your threads immensely!

Now lets all get back to our stitching!!! xx LB

Quilting giveaway: Valdana thread box, a giveaway hosted by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to Make Shamrock Slime, instructions featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Lisa Bongean

Weekend fun: How to Make Shamrock Slime

I have been working on lots of deadlines lately and I am pretty happy with where I am so it was time for some fun with the Grand babies!  I called Lauren and asked her if she wanted a day to herself (since Jake was at Pigeon Forge Quilt Show) and I would take the boys… well… Jace informed her, he didn’t think Owie coming to MiMi’s was a good idea…lol – Lauren agreed he needed some alone time away…

It was time to make something off my Grandma Stuff- Pinterest board! Click and like/follow and pin from mine!  Even if you are not a Grandmother you never know.. .well maybe some of you know, but you can adopt some Grand babies if you will not be a blood Grandma!

How to Make Shamrock Slime:

We decided last time we were together that the next time we were going to make slime Click …Here for the recipe I used and for the most part it turned out great…It came from Amy, from As The Bunny Hops’s blog.How to Make Shamrock Slime, instructions featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Lisa Bongean

Papa went and picked Jace up and as soon as he arrived he wanted to go shopping for our supplies… We picked up the shamrock slime ingredients:

Elmers Washable Glue

jars of glitter

Borax.

Jace was very sure about what color glitter he liked and didn’t like for his shamrock slime…

How to Make Shamrock Slime, instructions featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to Make Shamrock Slime, instructions featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to Make Shamrock Slime, instructions featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Lisa Bongeanand in no time we were in business…. we made 6 batches of shamrock slime in all…How to Make Shamrock Slime, instructions featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Lisa Bongean

He had some to take home and then left some here when he comes back… Papa took our picture so we have a remembrance photo…

So here are a few tips I can give you…

Tips for Making Shamrock Slime:

It was pretty easy…

I would clean each bowl after each use… I didn’t and the first batch turned out the best… so I would have a clean bowl to start each batch.

Be prepared to have glitter everywhere even though you think you can control it…

Wear an apron or old T-shirts… the glue washes out, but I found some on my jeans the next day and when sorting the wash I noticed I got a lot on my T-shirt…

Save some plastic containers to put the finished shamrock slime in… Small clear plastic ones like you get from the deli would be great…

He is such a ham….

Next time I am going to get the…glitter glue

How to Make Shamrock Slime, instructions featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Lisa Bongean

After Slime time… it was Lego time…. Jace just recently returned home from a week in Arizona visiting his Nana & Grumpy…. so I bought him an airport lego… which he easily put together without any help…How to Make Shamrock Slime, instructions featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Lisa Bongean

Then we had to go upstairs and organize ALL his Legos by color…”we” is actually me.  While he was building a whole airport (he has another bigger plane), he informed me the small airplane goes to Chicago and the big airplane goes to Arizona over the mountains!  LOL!!!… too smart…I was 19 before I got my first plane ride!

How to Make Shamrock Slime, instructions featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Lisa Bongean

I hope you enjoyed hanging out with Jace and I… I know some of you will never get to do Grandma/Grandpa stuff like this…s o that is why I am sharing my time with him with you!

All for now… back to stitching…

xxx Lisa

Quilting giveaway: Valdana thread box, a giveaway hosted by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Friday Quilting Giveaway: Valdani Thread Box!

Quilting Giveaway: Valdani Thread Box giveaway featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED! WINNER’S PICKED

It’s Friday…why not celebrate…just a little…at least!

When was in Houston I talked Dana, from Valdani to let me give-away a #5 wt thread pack… since we just ordered a sick amount of balls from her recently!

And early this week we got in a HUGE order at the warehouse… so we are busily putting away all those balls and boxes and if you have not used the 5wt Valdani thread yet… you will if you are doing anything Primitive Gatherings…. I just LOVE using them for my embroidery stitching… They make the stitches look so gooooood!

Quilting Giveaway: Valdani Thread Box giveaway featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean: image of Valdani thread box5 wt Valdani ball

HOw to Enter the valdani thread pack giveaway:

So… pretty simple here…If you would like to get your name in to win this Valdani pack…Please leave a comment and let me know how many total(any weight) Valdani thread balls you have…10, 110 or 410!  You can kinda guess if you don’t really want to count them…and the winner will not be based on if you have a lot or none… I promise… be honest and let see what everyone says!

All for now… Keep Stitching EVERY DAY!…

I am working on some fun deadlines… I can’t wait to share them with you!

Lisa

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

MBH 3-Block 8 Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block

 

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Day! Here is another great Quilt Block!

Click HERE to get this week’s pattern!

 

This week’s quilt block is from Laurie, the quilting half of Minick & Simpson!  I love the red/white/blues of Laurie’s Fabrics…

Here is my version of Lauries’s Uneven Nine Patch Quilt Block:

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Laurie’s Block

 

This uneven 9 patch quilt block is made with  Indigo Gatherings, Urban Farmhouse Gatherings & Bella Solid… all Moda fabrics for sure!!!

Since this week’s block is kinda about a nine patch… I wanted to share my thoughts about a nine patch…I think it is the most versatile and fun block there is to stitch…the possibilities are endless and no one is ever too good for a 9 patch quilt block.  They are so precious and fun to matter what your skill level is!

I this cool book called Nine Patch Gatherings, with a slick technique making 2 perfect– nine patch blocks from 2 squares…It makes one positive (dark corners) and one negative (light corners) nine patches at the same time…Our 50 light and 50 dark Charm square pack in 3 1/2″ and 5 are perfect for this….You even could do 100 shirtings and 100 darks as well if you like the lighter prints…

2- 5″ squares make3″ finished blocks and 2- 3 1/2″ squares make 1 1/2″ finished Nine-Patches.  The pre cuts are great for not tearing apart your fabric collection for just a square of a bunch of different fabrics……or if you have Moda 5″ charms they would work fine too with a Bella Solid!…

PG charms
3 1/2″ & 5″ Assorted Charms Packaged by Primitive Gatherings
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Side view of PG Charms-all the different Moda –                              Primitive Gatherings Fabrics

The best thing about the book besides the method is the 13 quilts you can make using the nine patch blocks that are created by using the method.

To jump start our Spring Cleaning here at Primitive Gatherings….If you purchase any 2-3 1/2″ or 5″ Charm packs… we will give you the 9 patch book for FREE!       REMEMBER 2 CHARMS PACKS IS THE MAGIC NUMBER!                                                    No need to order book if you order the Charm packs… we will just put it in your order.Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

If you do not want to order fabric but still want the book we have put it on sale for only $10! That’s half off – 50 % off or just plain’ol 10 bucks!

OFFER GOOD TIL SUNDAY 03/08/20!

 

 

Here are my blocks in the layout… they are probably not in the spot they will end up in but you get the idea of it all…

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings Layout
Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
My Blocks so far…

Thank you all for visiting today!!  WE really appreciate you ALL for supporting Moda fabric and it’s designers!  xxx Lisa

 

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