Sewcialites 2 – #16 “Christmas Star” – PLUS FREE Pattern with Purchase Alert!

Hey everyone, welcome back! I hope you’re having a great day. I’ve been working on getting things squared away as I prepare to head up north with Nick for a little bit of together time this weekend. It’s a gorgeous bluebird day here and I can’t wait to take advantage of the nice weather. We have some fun activities planned and I’m definitely anxious to get going but as usual, there are a few important things we need to talk about before I can go off the radar for a couple of days.

First thing’s first – let’s talk Sewcialites 2. It’s Friday so that means it’s time for the next block release! If you can believe it we’re already to Block #16, “Christmas Star by one of my favorite Moda sisters, Corey Yoder. If you have ever used any of Corey’s vibrant, eye-catching patterns or fabrics you’ve already had a taste of her fun, cheerful creations, and contemporary style. Not only is Corey an accomplished fellow fabric designer for Moda, she is also a regular contributor to quilt magazines and the author of her own book, Playful Petals.” Another beautiful Jill of many trades who I am proud to call my Moda sister!

I’ll warn you now, Corey’s block Christmas Star is one of the most difficult blocks in this series. It has four colors and a lot of pieces including half-square triangles, flying geese, flying geese with corner squares, and square in a square. That being said, I highly recommend using triangle paper when doing this block to make sure your half-square triangles are accurately sized. If you need to stock up, you can get my custom Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper by clicking HERE! To get the full pattern instructions for Christmas Starclick the button below!

This block has intricate and beautiful piecing with lots of opportunity to show off your favorite fabrics. As far as color and fabric placement goes, you could do four different colors, two different colors and two different shades, or maybe all one color in four different shades. If you choose to use stripes or directional prints be sure to pay attention to which way they are going so they are consistent with one another and make visual sense. Whichever route you choose be sure to go slow and take it a step at a time. It will be worth it!

How are your blocks coming along? If you’ve been following along you know that for my blocks I’m using my Garden Gatherings fabric line, leaving out the five tans. For this block I chose to go with the four-color route using red, orange, yellow, and green. For the background I used a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. I love how it turned out!

One of the things I love about this quilt-along is that you can do it on your time, however your schedule allows. Plus, many of the blocks are fairly simple to make and can be done in an afternoon so catching up is easy. You can always find previously posted blocks on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page. You can also visit the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive on my blog which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

Newly released blocks are posted on Kim’s blog The Jolly Jabber, along with a video tutorial on her YouTube Livestream the same day. Each designer will also post their own block to either their blog or their website on that day as well. I will also be posting each block release here on MY blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns are 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.

The next thing I want to mention before heading out is a little thank you perk we have in place for our customers this weekend. Now through Sunday, February 19th, 2023 you will receive a FREE pattern download for my “Winter Gnomes Pillow” when you make a purchase online or in the shop!

Aren’t they cute? Even though we’re ready for spring, winter’s not giving up quite yet so I thought it would be fun to celebrate it with these adorable gnomes. This wool on flannel project is the perfect way to cure the winter blues. Sporting a snowflake, skis, and a delicious Peppermint Patty, these frosty Gnomes know how to party! Finished, Winter Gnomes Pillow measures 18″ x 24″.

Alright stitchers, it’s time for me to give away some prizes and then hit the road for Vay-cay land. As always, thank you so much to those of you who leave comments for me here on my blog. They mean a lot to me and my staff, and help us stay on top of things in the forever changing algorithm of social media. In other words – thank you! This week prizes are going out to Carol E. and Audrey M. – Congratulations! Note: I do not post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of the lucky winners this week please be sure to check your email. You can also contact Heidi at if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. If you think you are a winner but have not received a prize confirmation email, be sure to check your spam folder – it’s not often but our emails will sometimes end up there)!

Well friends, I’m off! As I mentioned earlier, Nick and I are heading up to the Northwoods of WI to spend some time with friends and family playing in the snow. I’ll do my best to get some pictures but no promises… What I will do is catch you all next week! Until then have fun and have a great weekend. See you soon! ~Lisa

MBH4 – Block 26

Hey Blockheads gang! Do I have any fellow Corey Yoder fans out there? If you have ever used any of Corey’s vibrant, eye-catching patterns or fabrics you’ve already had a taste of her fun, cheerful creations and contemporary style. Known for putting a modern twist on traditional quilt blocks, she also enjoys throwing a good old-fashioned play on words into her work here and there. Her affection for puns even makes an appearance within her business name, Coriander Quilts which comes from people often referring to “Corey and her quilts…” Get it – ha! Not only is Corey an accomplished fellow fabric designer for Moda, she is also a regular contributor to quilt magazines and the author of her own book, Playful Petals.” Another beautiful Jill of many trades who I am proud to call my Moda sister!

Corey designed MBH4 Block #26, “Postage Stamp to be the literal version of the traditional postage stamp quilt block – a quilting style that became popular way back during the Depression. The design concept is based on the idea of avoiding waste and using up even the tiniest scraps to make the signature one inch squares postage stamp style quilts are known for. Fabrics used were usually scrap pieces left over from clothing, sheets, feed sacks, and “rag bags” purchased at grocery and department stores. Makes perfect sense for the time, right? Needless to say, most quilters are not expecting an actual postage stamp when they hear the term “postage stamp block,” but keeping her love for wordplay alive Corey designed just that! As you can see, the layout for Postage Stampincludes more than just tiny one inch squares. Rectangles and squares in a variety of sizes make this block a perfect opportunity to get creative with your scrap pile. Plus, if you have a fabric you’d like to fussy cut, the large center square might just be the place to use it! To get the instructions and full pattern for Postage Stamp,” visit Corey’s blog by clicking the button below!

As most of you know, last week we were super busy attending the 2022 Great WI Quilt Show in Madison, WI. Between preparing the booth, loading everything, traveling, the show itself…. whew! That really was a lot of work! Thanks again to my A-Team staff for all their hard work making it happen. It would have been impossible to do alone… and no fun, not to mention! It certainly kept us all extremely busy – so busy that most of my other projects were put on the back burner for a minute. Unfortunately MBH4 was included in those projects, however, I wouldn’t exactly call it a complete casualty considering I did manage to get it done – basically. Knowing I’d be pressed for stitch time, I opted out of doing Postage Stampand decided to go with a much simpler and FASTER option with Bonus Block #2 – “Mix and Match,” contributed by Michelle White of Moda Fabrics.

I chose to do this block as an alternative based on ease and simplicity alone. Mix and Matchcan be done as simple and controlled, or as scrappy as you like. Color combinations and piecing options really are endless on this one! For my blocks I stuck with simple and used fabric selections from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line and Zen Chic. 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!

If you’re new to MBH4 and wondering what all the fuss is about, you can visit the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive for more information, including all the previously released MBH4 blocks that I’ve done. The archive link is 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! 

Only two more block releases to go for this Blockhead year – boy did that fly by! No worries though. I have a new quilt-along that I’m getting ready to start very soon called Sewcialites 2 – have you heard of it? It’s a free sampler quilt-along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop that is scheduled to start in October, with a block release every Friday all the way into May, 2023! Stay tuned here on the blog for more information on getting involved with Sewcialites 2 in a future post coming soon!

Alright everyone, I think it’s just about that time – prize time! As you know I love getting comments here on my blog so as a way to say thanks I’ve been sending out a prize every week to a lucky winner (or two!). This week the big THANKS goes to Judith S. for her kind words last week. You know the drill Judith – check your email! 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 be sure to 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! Thanks again! Your support means the world to us. 

Well, that brings us to the end of another hump day at Primitive Gatherings. I hope you all are having a wonderful and productive week! After three days of solid rain we’re finally seeing the sunshine again here in WI, but the temperatures have definitely started to drop. I don’t think we’re supposed to see over 80º again for… a while. And this morning I saw a couple of flocks of geese in their tell-tale “V” formations heading south. We all know what this means – time for Autumn Gatherings Flannels of course! Tune in to watch me on STITCH with Lisa Bongean tomorrow at 1:00 pm. CST where I’ll be doing a LIVE trunk show featuring my highly anticipated Autumn Gatherings fabric line – which is now in stock and available to purchase by clicking HERE! I’ll be giving you a visual tour through the fabric line, along with a collection of correlating projects that are absolutely perfect for fall. Don’t miss it! Set your reminder now and tune in by hitting the STITCH button below! See you there. ~Lisa

Heartfelt Charity Quilt and Quilt-Along

Heartfelt Logo HeaderDo you enjoy stitching for a good cause? If so, I have just the event for you! A couple of weeks ago I talked about a Quilt-Along that I recently joined called, Heartfelt.” This awesome project is a Make-A-Wish Foundation of America fundraising quilt, sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. I decided I wanted to participate in this fundraiser because I love helping kids, and Make-A-Wish is a wonderful organization for kids. This stellar group of people has been making wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions and their families for over 40 years. Granted wishes give the kids and their loved ones much-needed joy, strength, and most importantly hope. Make-A-Wish has collectively granted more than 520,000 wishes around the world since it was founded in 1980. How awesome is that?! Let’s help them make it to a million!

Heartfeltis a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts. It was designed by Corey Yoder based on her new Moda fabric line, Beautiful Day.” I decided to stick with the heart theme and do my quilt with all Valentine’s Day fabrics that I had left over from earlier this winter. I also decided to do my blocks half the size of what’s featured on the pattern (in other words I did 6″ blocks rather than the 12″ version that the pattern shows).Red, white, and pink Heartfelt Blocks 1-3

If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished. I’m right on track with this project and have the released blocks  1 through 3 complete. I really love the way the Valentine’s Day fabrics are coming together on this one.

This quilt is turning out to be really cute – I’m not going to want to let it go! I’ll have to have to figure out a way though, because once I get done with my version of this little beauty, I will be auctioning it off to help raise even more money for Make-A-Wish Foundation!

I will be sad to give it up, but it really warms my heart knowing it is helping to contribute toward such a great cause. I guess I’ll just have to make another one to keep for myself! If you’d like to make my version of Heartfelt, you can find the Valentine’s Day fabric you’ll need for it on our website!

Heartfelt is currently a free Quilt-Along and download on the Fat Quarter Shop website. Blocks are released one at a time, and will be posted to Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber on the first Friday of each month, through September, 2022. They do not require it, but highly encourage that a $5.00 donation be made for the pattern if you’re able to do so. Proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. If you’d rather make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, follow the link below!

I will continue to post my progress here on my blog as I make my way through Heartfelt.” I sure hope you found some inspiration to join this Quilt-Along with a cause. There’s something extra special about giving back using your own hard work and talents. I love having the opportunity to use mine to help kids facing adversity in their lives. Want to get in on the fun ? Come join me in this awesome Quilt-A-Long! Remember, Make-A-Wish Foundation relies on donations to make wishes come true and they can’t do it without our help! Ready to sign up? Hit the link below for more information!

Corey did such a great job with the design of Heartfelt.” I always love her style. Speaking of Corey Yoder, you might have seen her on Stitch with Lisa Bongean Thursday as my special guest! She joined us via Zoom call to talk about a couple of her Moda fabric lines, including her latest arrival, Beautiful Day.” She showed off a few of her quilts done with Beautiful Day, To celebrate my fellow Moda sister’s wonderful eye for design, now through Sunday April 3rd, 2022 you can take 20% OFF of all pre-cut fabric and kits in her Cozy Up line, and 15% OFF of any other Corey Yoder pattern or pre-cut fabric. WOW right!? But I’m not done yet! As an additional BONUS, you’ll receive a FREE Coery Yoder pattern with any purchase of Corey’s patterns or fabric. Pretty good deal if I do say so myself! If you love Corey’s style, don’t wait! Inventory won’t last long. If you missed Stitch with Lisa Bongean this week and want to see all the fun we had, you can still catch the replay by hitting the link below!

As always, be sure to “like” and comment on my blog, during Stitch with Lisa Bongean, and on the facebook page for a chance to win a prize!  Special thanks to all of you who have been leaving comments every week, you really make my day so Keep those comments coming! This week’s comment winners are, Patty J. and Diane W. As usual, I don’t want to post 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 if you have not already received an email 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, please keep trying. You could be next! See you all very soon! ~Lisa

It’s a Beautiful Day for a Trunk Show!

Hey stitchers! Welcome back to my blog. I hope you had a chance to catch Stitch with Lisa Bongean yesterday LIVE on YouTube. Jess and I were super excited to welcome Corey Yoder as our special guest via Zoom! For those of you not familiar with Corey, she is a mom of two who is also an accomplished fashion designer with an original focus on appliquéd children’s clothing. As time progressed she eventually also evolved into quilt design and is now equally following the footsteps of both her Mom and Dad’s side of the family – each of which includes many quilt makers. Corey is well known for her pattern shop, Coriander Quilts where she shows off her modern twist on traditional quilt block designs. In addition, not only is she is a regular contributor to quilt magazines and books, she is a fabric designer for Moda and also the author of her own book, Playful Petals.” Busy, busy!

During our LIVE show, we spent some time talking about Corey’s most recent Moda fabric line, Beautiful Day,” and touched on a few of her past lines as well. Beautiful Dayis a colorful rose filled line of fabric that features reds, pinks, greens, and grays. It brings a flower garden into your home with a wide selection of florals, grids, scattered dots, a gingham check, and a stripe pattern to choose from.

If you missed our virtual tour of this stunning line, no worries! Let’s take another look at some of Corey’s gorgeous designs! This line is so pretty and inspiring, it’s hard not to want to create something fabulous out of it! First up, I want to show you how Beautiful Day inspired a recent project of mine. I came up with a darling little “teaser quilt” called, Tulip Twirl – a fresh new Primitive Gatherings design based on the spring time prints and color palette of  Beautiful Day! Measuring at 18″ x 18″, this darling little mat fits not only your dining room table, but your budget as well!

We already have kits for Tulip Twirlall set up and ready to go for your spring decorating needs! Know someone with a birthday coming up? This cute little mini also makes a great gift! Time-wise it doesn’t require a lot, nor will it break your bank. I wanted to offer something that wasn’t as large as all the other projects we’ve been showing for those of you on a budget – whether it be a time budget or pocket book. Speaking of budget, I almost forgot to tell you! To celebrate my fellow Moda sister’s beautiful new fabric line, now through Sunday April 3rd, 2022 you can take 15% OFF of any Corey Yoder pre-cut fabric that we have in stock (*offer valid on pre-cuts only). WOW right!? But wait, I’m not done yet. As an added bonus, now through Sunday April 3rd, 2022 as a way to say thank you for ordering Corey Yoder products you’ll receive a FREE Coery Yoder “Beautifully Charming” pattern with any purchase of Corey’s patterns or fabric!

I am totally in love with this “charming” charm pack friendly quilt pattern for “Beautifully Charming.” Corey couldn’t decide whether she liked the red or the gray background better so naturally, she made a version in both!Corey is much better than I am at creating pre-cut friendly patterns, and this genius design is no exception. She says she loves to design charm pack quilts that, “really give you bang for your buck” and allow you to really utilize your fabrics. Which color scheme do you like the best? Let me know in the comment section! And remember, if you love “Beautifully Charming” as much as I do, be sure to place and order now through Sunday April 3rd, 2022 to receive the FREE Coery Yoder “Beautifully Charming” pattern with any purchase of Corey’s patterns or fabric!!!

Next up out of the Beautiful Day collection we have Blossomville. LOL! I just love that name! This quilt needs a fat eighth bundle (30 fat eighths) to complete. Again, this pattern was designed around the Beautiful Daycollection, but you could use any fabric you like! Corey says, “it’s a real handy way to use up some fabrics.” I’m sure we all have plenty of fabrics that are patiently waiting to become part of our next big project!

I absolutely love the way the green pops up against the reds, pinks, grays, and light background on this quilt. The points at the end of each green shape remind me of thorns carefully guarding a bush full of beautiful roses in full bloom. What do you see in this engaging design? Finished size on this one is 72″ x 84″.

Do you like implementing larger prints into your quilting? Rosebud Waltz is a layer cake quilt that does an excellent job of showing off larger scale prints on fabric. It certainly does the Beautiful Daycollection justice by showcasing each unique print within the large square “windows” throughout the quilt. 

This design was originally intended for a book Corey is working on that’s due to come out in May. It ended up not really fitting with what the book needed it to be, so rather than letting her creativity go to waste, she switched gears and decided to use it within her Beautiful Dayline. This seems quite serendipitous to me – I think it worked out perfectly! This quilt is a nice finished size of 70″ x 82″.

For those of you who like working with really large blocks, consider giving Picket Fence Cottages a try. This quilt only has 12 blocks but it does involve a lot of piecing. Corey described it as, “a fun one with – not hard piecing – but A LOT of piecing.”

Have you ever worked with running yardage? Quilting panels of running yardage is an interesting way of achieving a very intricate appliquéd look on your quilt top out of just one piece of fabric. Designs are printed directly onto the fabric and then later traced with stitching. It really does look amazing up close!

On the bolt, this fabric is 60″ wide, which means you can buy two yards of it and be able to achieve a 60″ x 72″ throw-size quilt out of it. Pretty cool! The camera really doesn’t give it justice when it comes to how marvelous this looks up close once quilting is completed. Just awesome!

One of the girls in the shop used Beautiful Day to create an Atkinson Designs pattern we carry here in the shop. Rocky Mountain Runner is a super simple and quick table runner suitable for any level of quilter – and it just so happens to work perfectly with Beautiful Day. This jelly roll friendly runner needs (10) 2 1/2″ fabric strips or 7 fat eighths to complete. Finished this runner is 15″ x 46″.

Are you loving the Beautiful Day line yet?! If you need to get your hands on some of this delicious fabric we’ve got you covered! Hit the link below for pre-cuts of Beautiful Day! We currently have charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes, fat eighth bundles, fat quarter bundles, and fabric on the bolt available! And as I mentioned above, to celebrate my fellow Moda sister’s beautiful new fabric line, now through Sunday April 3rd, 2022 you can take 15% OFF of any Corey Yoder pre-cut fabric that we have in stock (*offer valid on pre-cuts only). WOW right!? But I’m not done yet! As I mentioned above, to sweeten the pot I’m also throwing in a FREE Coery Yoder pattern with any purchase of Corey’s patterns or fabric. Pretty good deal if I do say so myself! If you love Corey’s style, don’t wait to stock up! Inventory won’t last long.

If you like Corey’s designs we have several of her previously released patterns up for grabs on our website. Does your project need an extra floral touch? We have a couple things from Corey’s most previous line, Cozy Up that might just be the ticket. This line features beautiful flowers paired with colors like forest green, canary yellow, orange, and stone blue. We still have some of this fabric left as well as a couple of our Cozy Up Kits. This adorable quilt kit features a super cute old-time truck, pumpkins, and leaves that are all pieced with no appliqué. This quilt is perfect for the advanced beginner and will include fabric for the top and binding, along with the quilt pattern. Box size is 11.5″ x 10″ x 3″. Finished quilt size is 72″ x 80″.

Because we’re trying to make room for new inventory, we’d like to see these kits and fabrics find great homes! In addition to 15% OFF of any Corey Yoder pre-cut fabric that we have in stock, now through Sunday April 3rd, 2022 I will take an extra 5% off for a total of 20% OFF your purchase of any pre-cut fabric or quilt kit from Corey’s Cozy Up line (*offer valid on Cozy Up pre-cuts and quilt kits only)! We don’t have a lot of this fabric in stock so grab it while you can! Once it’s gone, it’s gone! PLUS as an additional BONUS, you’ll receive a FREE Corey Yoder pattern with any purchase of Corey’s patterns or fabric.

Dandelion Gravyis a pattern from one of Corey’s previous fabric lines called, “Canning Days.” This bright, jelly roll friendly pattern has a fun geometric design and is 70″ x 70″ when finished.

Do you have a honey bun laying around that you just don’t know what to do with? Persimmon was designed with a honey bun in mind. If you’re more of a scrappy fan, this quilt also makes the perfect scrap buster.

This quilt is a super quick and easy way to make short work of 1 1/2″ strips! Quick and scrappy strip piecing combine to create this dynamic quilt! Finished, Persimmon” measures 55″ x 66″.

Do you have a collection of charm packs just waiting for the right project? Sprinkling is just what you’re looking for! Sprinklingis a fun quilt that only needs two of those precious charm packs and a background fabric to complete the top!

With an abundance of white space, this pretty quilt has a fresh and unique look. It reminds me of tiny flurries of falling snow or the colorful sprinkles on a white frosted birthday cake (…great, now I want cake!). Sprinklingis 68″ x 85″ when finished – which is a pretty big quilt for just two charm packs! Nice work Corey.

Have you ever wanted your own Grandmother’s Flower Garden style Quilt, but thought the hand piecing would just be too much? Great news! Beholden 2 features simple piecing techniques, with no hand piecing or pesky templates required!These simple techniques makes owning at least what looks like a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt a lot less work than originally thought! Plus you only need two layer cakes for this project. Once finished, Beholden 2measures 72″ x 79″.

If you’re in need of a quick and easy project, Poppyseed is a great choice! This fat quarter friendly quilt pattern requires 18 fat quarters of your favorite fabric. Simple yet stunning, Poppyseed is a fun project for the beginner or seasoned quilter and is 69″ x 83″ when finished.

Color scheme choices for Poppyseed are endless! I think this quilt would look really awesome in reds, whites, and blues! What color combination would you choose for this quilt? Leave a comment and let me know!

Well folks, I feel like I’ve given you a whole lot to think about with this post. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration with all these great options we have from Corey’s collection. What are your favorite projects from the Beautiful Daycollection? Have you started any of the Beautiful Dayprojects yet? How’s your progress? Let me know by leaving a comment below! Thanks again for checking in here at the blog, I appreciate each and every one of you! Remember, if you still haven’t seen Stitch with Lisa Bongean this week you can still watch by hitting the link below! Have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon! ~Lisa