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

MBH4 – Block 23 “Gentleman’s Fancy”

Good afternoon everyone! It’s been yet another beautiful Wednesday so far here at Primitive Gatherings and The Gathering. The store is busy with happy shoppers while the creativity is flowing over at the retreat house. Both designers and guests alike are getting things done as we “sewcialize” and continue to celebrate Moda week together. I’ve been up late stitching well after midnight every night this week, and up early each day despite thinking I might get to sleep in once or twice. No luck on that one, but it’s worth getting to spend quality time with my friends and fellow Moda designers in person.

One of the projects I’ve been working on is this week’s Moda Blockheads 4 release – Block 23 Gentleman’s Fancy by Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilt Designs. Brenda began her stitching journey early in life after being inspired by her mother and grandmother to start embroidering. Though she wasn’t a quilter as a child, Brenda always admired her grandmother’s quilt designs. As an adult, she decided on a career based on environmental, interior, and graphic design, and eventually followed her dreams to pursue quilt pattern, needlework, and fabric design. 

Brenda apparently wasn’t only influenced by the women in her life. She tells us that her block, Gentleman’s Fancy was inspired by her dad – a man she describes as always being “dapper” and looking sharp. The square-in-square design of Gentleman’s Fancy created by multiple flying geese elements results in an interesting layered look – almost resembling a pocket square sticking out of the pocket of a sophisticated businessman. Don’t you love it? You can get the pattern and full instructions for Gentleman’s Fancyby visiting Brenda’s blog at the link below!

I kept it simple and only used two types of fabric for my blocks this week. I stuck with the same medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” as my background color, and combined it with one single, yet busy mid-gray chain-link print on charcoal black from Zen Chic. Though I kept my fabric choices at a minimum, the print combined with the motion of the flying geese elements still provides a lot for your eye to look at.

It’s hard to believe we’re already on Block 23 of this QAL. I guess it’s just like with everything else –  time flies when you’re having fun! If you haven’t started MBH4 yet but are thinking you might like to, there’s still time! It’s easy to find all the information you need, including previously released MBH4 blocks 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! 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 at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well. 

I’m not the only busy bee in the studio right now. Kali, Jess and Heidi were on location yesterday at Whistler’s Knoll Vineyard shooting photography for my next fabric line release, Red and White Gatherings –  scheduled to arrive this October.

I absolutely LOVE this collection and can’t wait to see the beautiful photos! If you’re not familiar, Red and White Gatherings is made up of cream-based whites and a stunning mix of reds, ranging from middle of the road to dark and deep. Print patterns include floral, linear, and geometrical designs that span from tiny to large giving you a wide spectrum of visual variety.

The photo shoot yesterday was all for the pages of my correlating design book, that is also scheduled to come out sometime in October. The book contains ten unique designs (12 total quilts – some with more than one version) – all based on Red & White Gatheringsfabric. Excited yet? Because I sure am! Don’t forget! Pre-cuts and yardage of “Red & White Gatherings” AND the project book Red and White Gatherings are officially available to pre-order from our website now by clicking the link below! Not to mention, now is a great time to stock up on “Red & White Gatherings” because all pre-cuts are 20% OFF (for a limited time)! Quilt kits are not available yet but will be coming soon! Please note: Pre-orders should be the only thing in your cart when you are ordering. If you have other, non pre-order items to purchase you will need to order them through a separate transaction!

I’m sorry to those of you who were bummed about Shop Talk with Shelley not being broadcast yesterday. Since my entire film crew was working on location somewhere else, we had no choice but to make the sacrifice. We did however, do a little impromptu LIVE later in the afternoon because we had some exciting news to announce that we just couldn’t wait for… 2022 Holiday Mugs are now available to pre-order, just in time for Christmas! What’s even more exciting is that this year we’re also offering Holiday Mug Gift Boxes as well, making Christmas shopping for that special quilter in your life a total breeze! Choose between a variety of combinations suited for both coffee enthusiasts and non-coffee drinkers. Whatever the preference, these boxes are PERFECT for anyone “suffering” with an insatiable fabric addiction. Be part of their problem AND the solution, all in one! This is seriously the stuff best friendships are made of. LOL!

Both the mugs and the gift boxes are available now as a pre-order only, and are expected to ship the beginning of November! Mugs alone are only $24.00 each (plus $7.99 shipping) and gift boxes are $55.00 (plus normal shipping). They are 4.25″ tall and hold 16 oz. I know as soon as you saw these you thought of a bunch of people this would be perfect for – right?!? If that’s the case I can’t stress enough to get your orders in NOW so that they arrive in time for Christmas! Not to mention, what we have in stock now is the only inventory we’re getting. In other words, once they’re gone, they’re gone so don’t wait! To watch watch me talk about these great gift boxes and what they contain more in depth, click HERE! Please note: As always, pre-orders should be the only thing in your cart when you are ordering. If you have other, non pre-order items to purchase you will need to order them through a separate transaction!

I know it seems crazy to be thinking about Christmas shopping already, but it’s seriously not a bad idea. Every year it seems like I promise myself I’m going to start the process earlier but then never do, and end up scrambling at the end to get it all done. Have you started your holiday planning yet? How about holiday projects – what are you working on already? Let me know in the comments! Speaking of comments, this week I’ll be sending Carol K. a sweet little prize as a way to say thank you for keeping up with my blog and leaving me such nice comments! As usual I don’t post last names or email addresses for privacy’s sake, so if you think you’re the lucky winner 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! You too can win something nice just for telling me what you think, so don’t be shy! Leave a comment or two. I always love hearing from you.

That’s all for today but I’ll be back on YouTube LIVE tomorrow at 1:00PM CST on STITCH with Lisa Bongean,” were I’ll be talking all about Moda week and my shenanigans with my Moda sisters (and brother). I would really love to see you there! Then on Tuesday, will be back at 9:30 AM CST for Shop Talk with Shelley!” Until then, stitch like crazy and I will see you soon. Bye for now! ~Lisa

 

 

MBH4 – Block #16 “Indiana Puzzle”

Wow, is it really Wednesday again? I guess that means it’s time for another Moda Blockheads 4 Block release! Block #16, Indiana Puzzle comes to us from Indiana native, Tammy Vonderschmitt of Moda Fabrics. Tammy is known for her love of scraps and tiny pieces, a characteristic that really shows in this energetic and thoughtful block design! I found Indiana Puzzleespecially fun because it has a little of everything. If you’re a fan of working with half-square triangles, simple squares, or four patches – checkerboard to star-shape – this block has it going on! Don’t let its complex vibe scare you. Even though Indiana Puzzle seems like a complicated block, if you break it down into nine separate blocks it’s actually fairly easy. Throw in some strip cutting for the four patches and presto! You’ll be done in what feels like no time. For the complete pattern and instructions for Indiana Puzzle,” click the button below!

I’m happy to report that I’m still right on track with this quilt-along (…maybe even a little ahead but shhhh – we won’t talk about that!). Fabric wise, I’m sticking with the bright orange Bella solid I’ve been using, combined with grayscale prints from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line. For the larger center square, I chose a black floral print on medium gray. The same was used for the smaller surrounding squares, which makes it look like they’re being spun off of their larger twin by the “pinwheel” shape surrounding it. For the triangle portions of this block, I used a lighter gray with an adorable tie-shaped tiny print in contrasting dark gray.

What do you think, do you like it? If you’re really into the way I pieced my blocks together and want to do the same, you can also usually find the orange color I’m using in the shop – a bright Bella Solid called “Ochre.” Unfortunately, we are still sold out of “Ochre” but have it on order so it should be in stock soon! As I mentioned, all of my grayscale fabric choices for these blocks came from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below!

Are you just joining MBH4? All of the previously released MBH4 blocks can be accessed by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can find the archive in the main list of links at the top of my blog page or on Moda’s website. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE! 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 at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

Hopefully you’re managing to keep up with this quilt-along. It’s always so much more fun when you’re not rushing to get it all done at once! I do understand if you’re behind though, believe me – no matter how caught up I get, there’s always something more to do! That’s one of the reasons I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog each week – I know how precious your spare time is! To show my on-going gratitude, my goal is to give away at least two prizes per week to readers who continue to comment. It’s easy to win, just ask Susan B. and Marsha B. – our lucky comment winners this week! As always, I am not posting 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 a prize confirmation letter 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 cry! I have still have lots of prizes to give away, so keep trying!

Remember, your comments and “likes” help keep us at the top of our social media game so please, keep them coming! Tell me how your Blockheads QAL project is coming along. Are you on track or playing catch-up? What type of fabric did you go with? Scrappy or controlled? I want know all about it – and hey! You might just win something for sharing! Alright friends, I’m supposed to be on stay-cation so that’s all for now. Don’t forget, due to the holiday most of us in the studio will be out of the office this week, so there will be no Stitch with Lisa Bongean tomorrow. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled Shop Talk on Tuesday July 12th at 9:00AM CST – I’ll see you soon! ~Lisa

 

 

MBH4 – Block #14 – “Bird on a Branch”

Hey Blockheads! Welcome back. If you’re following along with the MBH4 quilt-along you should be ready to tackle Block #14 this week, brought to us by Jan Patek of Jan Patek Quilts. Jan is a talented fabric designer for Moda, and is especially known for her primitive folk art quilts and published pattern books. Her block, Birds on a Branchsteps a bit outside the box for this quilt-along, considering it is the first appliqué unit so far. This block features, you guessed it – a bird on a branch – done in simple appliqué using whichever method you prefer. You can find the full pattern and instructions for Birds on a Branch by visiting Jan’s blog, or in the MBH4 Archives under the menu link at the top of this page.

I’m doing something a little bit different with my MBH4 block this week. Summer is in full swing and as you know, I’ve been super busy with projects galore. To save time I decided to skip doing Jan’s appliquéd block and stick with something a bit more straightforward. Instead, I went with my featured MBH4 bonus block #3, Star Turn as a substitute. This block is a mix of the simple checkerboard look of a nine patch in the center, combined with 1/2 square triangles to form a star shape overall.

Fabric wise, for the nine patch center I chose to use a white floral print on mid-gray, paired with the opposite mid-gray floral print on white for the alternating squares. For the outer “star” portion I used a matching mid-gray floral print on black to help the star to pop. The background is a bright orange Bella solid with the exception of each corner, which features a triangle piece in the same white with mid-gray print used in the nine patch. If you’d like to use my bonus block as an alternate as well, you can find a link to the full printable pattern and instructions below!

All of my grayscale fabric choices for these blocks came from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below! If you like the way I pieced my blocks together and want to do the same, you can also usually find the orange color I’m using in the shop, (“Ochre“) which is a bright Bella Solid. We are currently sold out of “Ochre” but have it on order so it should be in stock soon!

Busy busy! I’ll let you get to it. Remember to catch me LIVE tomorrow at 1:00PM CST on my YouTube channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Jess and I will be on location in Illinois at h+h americas – a new trade show platform for the North American Handicraft industry. h+h is an all-inclusive industry event, embracing all types of handicrafts. The event is new to the U.S., but has already been in business overseas for years. This market is business to business and I can’t wait to experience if for myself! Over 200 vendors will be featured, including experts in fabric, yarn, cross-stitch and more-more-more! And all of this gathered in one place? Yes please! Come see what it’s all about tomorrow at 1:00PM (as long as the wifi God’s behave that is…). Set your alarms now so you don’t miss out. I’ll see you there! ~Lisa