Sewcialites 2 – Block 6 “Always Star”

Hey everyone! Back again with another exciting block release from the Sewcialites 2 Quilt-Along! This week Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms brings her creative contribution to the table with Block 6, “Aways Star.” Camille – formerly part of Bonnie & Camille, Moda’s first mother-daughter design team – is an accomplished author, quilt and fabric designer, and a fellow Moda sister of over 17 years. After working along side her mother for years she kicked off her solo career back in 2006 with her first-ever collection as a single designer, Nantucket Summer.” Then in 2007, she published her first pattern under the Thimble Blossoms name. The rest is history!

Camille designed the Always Star block to feature traditional half-square triangles and flying geese. She said, “I’ve done several variations of this block over the years and never get tired of it! It looks great in every fabric I’ve tried and is so fun to put together.” I couldn’t agree more! This block isn’t terribly difficult but may pose some challenges for a new quilter – which is why it earned a block skill level of intermediate. Just remember, if you’re someone who has trouble with half-square triangles, you can always use my custom designed Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper to help you along (which you can easily purchase by clicking HERE)! Aways Star Block is basically a combination of squares and rectangles on the corners, flying geese, and a larger square in the center. I especially like the center square because it provides a nice opportunity for you to fussy-cut and feature your favorite fabrics or theme as the center of attention. Ready to rock this block? Get the pattern and full instructions by clicking the button below!If you’ve been following along from the beginning you most likely already know that 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. Do you think these are good choices? So far I am absolutely loving it. If you are head over heels for this fabric line 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! If you’ve already decided, let me know in the comments what fabric you chose for this quilt-along. I love seeing all the different perspective on one project. It’s so neat to see everyone’s different tastes and ideas. AND who knows, you might even win a prize for your comment!

Still trying to decide whether or not to participate in the Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along? Even though we’ve already started, don’t let that stop you from joining us! One of the best things about this quilt-along is that you can start 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.

Well, I’ve just been told that it’s officially the weekend, and now that it’s after five I’m allowed to go home! I will see you all Monday here on the blog, and then LIVE on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CST on my YouTube channel for Shop Talk. Set your reminder now and click the link below to watch. See you there! Have a GREAT weekend everyone. ~Lisa

MBH4 Block #17 – “Shoreline”

Hey Blockheads! I hope you’re ready to rock Block #17 because today is the day! Shoreline was designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms Patterns. Stay-at-home mom gone quilter and pattern creator, she is also part of Moda’s first-ever mother-daughter team of fabric designers, Bonnie and Camille. Since her mother’s recent retirement, Camille has since started designing solo collections for Moda. Her latest line, “Dwell” is anticipated to release this fall.

You get a lot of bang for your buck with Shoreline because it’s another block design that looks way more complicated than it actually is. It features a simple one-piece center, with four-patch units constructed of (your favorite) half-square triangles surrounding it. The additional units use the flip-and-sew snowball corner technique to show off your focus fabric in block A, making this an excellent piece to help you perfect your square-in-square technique. I especially like that it offers more than one color/shading choice, giving you a variety of finished product options.

If you’ve been following my progress through this QAL, you know that up until now I’ve stuck with the same fabric choices for my blocks so far. Those have been a bright Bella Solid called “Ochre,” (we are currently out of stock but should be getting more soon!) paired with my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below!

For this block I decided to keep my color scheme going and again went with “Ochre” as my background color. I also used a black on mid-gray Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II tiny print for the outer pieces. For the inner pieces and center, I decided to mix it up a little and added some Zen Chic choices to the mix. Those include a nice mid-gray with a small white dot and circle print, along with a mostly white center with mid-gray celestial stars. Take a look!

I know you’re rearing to get going on your own version of Shoreline,” so wait no longer! All you have to do to get started is follow the link below for a printable PDF of the pattern and full instructions!

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.

I’m having a lot of fun with the MBH4 QAL… but I’m not sure if it’s quite as much fun as the kids are having over at Kid’s Camp in the retreat house. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, we just kicked off day three of our first ever PG Kid’s Sewing Camp, where boys and girls 7 and up are learning the basics of sewing and project management. Today they worked on learning how to use an embroidery hoop to cross stitch on gingham fabric. Adorable!

Kids who signed up for the multi-day camp will be back tomorrow for more fun when they combine all the skills they have learned this week to create one final surprise project. I seriously would have LOVED doing this as a kid! They are having sew…much…fun!

Those kiddos are so cute! It always puts me in a great mood to be around kids who are so interested in learning something new. Speaking of good moods, I’m feeling the itch to give away a couple prizes today so I really think I should do that. As usual I’ve chosen names from those of you who left me comments here on the blog last week. Thank you so much! Every comment and like makes a difference in the social media world, so we really appreciate it! I want to give a special thanks to Teri M. and Lori G. – you are this week’s lucky prize winners! As always, I am not posting last names or email addresses for privacy’s sake, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! 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!

Going into the weekend, I know many of you will be putting a dent in Clue #4 of the O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt Along, so you can be ready for Clue #5 when it releases on August 1st. As you’ve probably already heard, Clue #5 may or may not have a few half-square triangle involved (remember- you’ll need to purchase TWO packs of 1″ Finished PG Half-Square Triangle Paper for Clue #5 – you can find those on our website by clicking HERE!). I know this is worrying a lot of you, but please don’t freak out! Trust me – it’s going to be easier than you think. In fact, if you feel like you need a little extra guidance I will be doing a LIVE tutorial all about how I use my custom made triangle paper to achieve fast and accurate half-square triangles in the easiest and most efficient way! You can watch and learn on my YouTube channel this Thursday at 1:00PM CST by clicking the STITCH button below!

One more reminder before I go – don’t forget that now through July 17th, 2022 we are offering 25% OFF ALL FABRIC AND PRE-CUTS IN STOCK (minimum of a half-yard cut – offer does not include the Garden Gatherings fabric line or any fabric already on sale)!

That’s 25% OFF both yardage and pre-cuts for the next six days! Whether you have a project in mind or you need some outside inspiration to help you think of your next one, it’s a great time to stock up on pre-cuts and yardage alike! Visit us in-store or online to order yours!

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow during my LIVE triangle paper tutorial on STICH with Lisa Bongean” at 1:00PM CST. Judging by how many comments we’ve gotten expressing “concerns” on the subject, I expect to see a full house – LOL! Remember, the only way to get better at a skill is with practice, so come face your fears and learn with me! Click the button below to watch. I will see you there! ~Lisa