Sewcialites 2 – Block 4 “Flirty”

Hey everyone! Have you been able to stay on track with the Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along? I hope so because just like that, it’s already time for the next block release! This week we have Block 4 to play with. Flirty was designed by Chelsi Stratton of A Quilting Life – a mother-daughter quilting and design team based out of southern Nevada. Chelsi is otherwise a stay-at-home mom who enjoys using her creative side to design patterns for her Etsy shop, fabrics for Moda, and writing her own quilting blog. She is also passionate about nature, music, and fashion, which are the things that inspire her style today. As the daughter of an avid quilter and pattern designer, Chelsi is someone who has always loved the creative process. You could say working with fabric and design within her career was obviously inevitable!

Chelsi says that these days she’s especially drawn to blocks with a lot of color and geometric shapes, which is easy to see in Flirty.” She refers to this block as simple and sweet, with nice size pieces that are easy to work with. Her straightforward yet elegant design offers plenty of opportunity to show off your favorite fabrics. Got a scrap pile a mile high? This block makes the perfect scrap buster! It’s also a good one for those of you who have a stash of leftover half-square triangles from past projects laying around.

You can do this block in a controlled fashion or go crazy scrappy – it’s up to you! Either way, this beginner friendly project will go together quickly and easily, even for the novice quilter. Don’t let the simplicity of the pattern turn you off. Use your imagination and the possibilities are endless. Alright! Time to get stitching. Click the button below to get the pattern and full instructions for Flirty!

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, for my blocks I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line, leaving out the five tans. For the background I am using a selection from the Garden Gatherings Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Just look at those yummy colors and adorable prints. I can’t stop looking at it!

I love the fact that this quilt has three size options including 3”, 6”, and 9” – I am doing the 6″ version. I really can’t wait to see this beauty all finished… I think it’s really going to be something to look at – especially since Garden Gatherings is one of my favorite collections of all time! If you are head over heels for this fabric line like I am and want to use it for your Sewcialites 2 quilt, simply follow the link below to shop Garden Gatherings for all the fabric you need!

I know a lot of you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in the Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along. Let me just say that one of the best things about Sewcialites 2 is that it’s never too late to start – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks will always be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page. To make it even easier you can also find them here on my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

I will be posting each new block release here on my blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns are 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.

As I’m packing up my things here in the studio for the weekend and looking out the window, I can’t quite believe that yesterday was over 70°- and downright balmy too! Now today we’re sitting at just around 30º, if that. Not a dramatic change or anything… Oy! I feel sorry for people with arthritis! All the dramatic changes in the weather lately make me wonder what’s in store for us this winter. I hate to say it, but the last few were what I would consider fairly mild for WI. I can remember in years past where the snow was piled so high we ran out of places to put it! We had multiple white-out blizzards and white Christmases – every year! Now days it’s anyone’s guess as to how the weather will be over the holidays. At least being a WI girl, I’m used to a fickle four-seasons and Mother Nature being forever unpredictable. Snow, rain, hail, sleet, ice…all five combined… We take it as it comes – and drive in it too! Some people really hate winter driving but I don’t mind for the most part. I have a reliable four wheel drive vehicle and tires designed to handle it. Just because it snows doesn’t mean I don’t need to be somewhere! Snow might equal slow, but it doesn’t have to mean stop!

Ok gang, it’s getting to be about time for me to head out for the weekend. But before I go, I think a great way to end the week would be to give away some prizes! I’ve been getting some really great comments on the blog lately. Thank you, I really do enjoy reading them! Your kind and encouraging words help keep me going every day! It’s so nice to know that people generously take time out of their busy lives to read my blog and watch my LIVE shows. Your thoughts, feelings, and opinions mean a lot to me. You have no idea how hard it is to choose a winner each week! It’s really not an easy job. That being said, please keep your comments coming! Each and every one helps us stay afloat in the wild sea they call social media. In other words, your comments matter! Plus, you could win a prize for it. Just like Helen L. and Barbara B. – our lucky prize winners this week! That’s right! They won a little something simply for commenting on my blog in the last couple of weeks. As usual, I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners, please be sure to check your email A.S.A.P.! You can also contact Heidi at 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! Want to be considered for a prize? All you have to do is be like Helen and Barbara and leave me a comment! 

Have a great weekend everyone. See you next week as we continue to prepare for the arrival of our annual Primitive Christmas event. Set your reminders now! We’ll be going LIVE Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CST for a special Primitive Christmas update. Click the button below to get all the latest information and details about the event, including sneak peaks! You don’t wanna miss this one. See you all soon! ~Lisa


Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 4 is a Real Spinner!

Hey everyone! Welcome to Moda Blockhead Wednesday! I hope you’re ready for Block 4 of MBH4 because it’s available now and ready for you! Spinner was designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs. Driven by her love and passion for quilting, Anne runs her successful business Bunny Hill Designs out of a 400 sq ft loft in her home located in the California Bay area. In addition to being the owner and lead designer of Bunny Hill Designs, she also designs fabrics for Moda, along with patterns to coordinate with each of her fabric lines. Nice work Anne!

Spinner is a quick and easy block to make. I really like this block because though the design is simple, it can have many different looks depending on your choice of fabric placement! I hope you all are having fun, and making steady progress on MBH4. I have my versions of Spinner complete (and maybe a few more…but who’s counting?), take a look!

For the center of this block, I used a dark gray floral print from Urban Farmhouse II, and a much lighter gray small print on a white background (also from Urban Farmhouse II) combined with an Orange Bella Solid called, Ochre” (#9900-79) for the outer pieces. I’m really liking how it looks! They remind me of the colorful springtime pinwheels we used to play with as kids. You can find all the information you need to make Spinner on Anne’s blog page by clicking the link below!I will be posting a link on my blog every week for each new MBH4 block that’s released. 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.

Bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center every four weeks on Fridays. 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.

Ok – back to work! Wednesday is my designated mid-week day to really get down to business and get things done. I’ll admit that I try pretty hard to stay hidden away in my sewing room at home on Wednesdays because if I don’t, there are just way too many things pulling me in different directions. How can a girl get anything done?! I will see you all tomorrow at 1PM CST during, Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” I’m excited to tell you that we’ll be doing a trunk show on my newly released, Garden Gatherings line. We’ll be taking a look at each quilt in this brand new collection, as well as revisiting some pattern designs from one of my previous but similar lines, Flower Garden Gatherings.” If you’re looking for a spring project or just love these fabrics, tune in for some fun and fresh ideas by clicking the link below. OH! and I almost forgot… Easter is this Sunday so we’ll have a little something to share with you from the Easter Bunny as well. How eggciting… LOL! Don’t miss it! See you then, ~Lisa