Sewcialites 2 – Block #14 “Enchant”

Are you ready for another exciting block release of the Sewcialites 2 Quilt-Along? This week we have April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns to thank for her block contribution to our QAL journey. April started her sewing obsession as a young girl and it hasn’t stopped since. What started out as a childhood hobby has now evolved from Barbie clothes and pencil pouches to creating original quilts and designs for her own pattern company, Prairie Grass Patterns. On top of that, she has also written and co-written several quilting books, and is a fellow fabric designer for Moda Fabrics.

April loves to learn new things, teach, and inspire others to improve their skills. She believes in the power of strong design concepts and beautiful color palettes, and is majorly obsessed with the color orange. In her work, she strives to create each quilt pattern with clear and easy instructions so that anyone can pick it up and be successful in making the project – no matter their skill level. Her block, Enchant fits that idea perfectly with its simple and straightforward layout. Compared to the last few blocks in this series Enchant is super easy going, earning itself the title of easiest block in the quilt-along. It consists of four half-square triangles, four two-patches, and a center square. That’s it! Pretty simple, right?

To make things even easier for yourself, as always I recommend using triangle paper for the half-square triangles. Depending on which size blocks you’re making, there are a couple of sizes you may need. If you don’t have any on hand, I highly recommend my custom designed Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper, which you can find in most sizes on our website by clicking HERE! You can find the full pattern and instructions for Enchant by clicking the button below!

Another hot tip for this block is, rather than cutting individual rectangles for the two-patch units start by cutting longer strips first, then cut your squares to size. Simply add a square for the center to complete the block and voila – you’re done! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

This block is a great scrap buster but also could be an excellent use of that certain fabric you’ve been hoarding for just the right block. For my blocks I decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line, leaving out the five tans. For the background I’m using a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Like what you see? Click the button below to grab some for yourself!

If you still haven’t started Sewcialites 2 yet don’t worry about being behind. One of the best parts of this quilt-along is that you can do it on your time, however your schedule allows – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks are posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

Newly released blocks can always be found 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 will be 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.

Whew! And just like that it’s Friday evening all over again. If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times – time sure does fly! With that being said, another week gone by also means it’s blog prize time again – woo hoo! I do love this part of the week because I think it’s important to let you all know how much your support means not only to me here on the blog, but also on my YouTube channel, Instagram, and facebook pages as well. Without you, I’d be just some lady from WI who’s pretty good at quilting. 😉

This time around I’d like to give a huge thanks to Mary H. and Karen S. – please check your email ladies! I’ll be sending you a little something to show my appreciation (please remember that 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 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. If you think you are a winner but have not received a prize confirmation email, please be sure to check your spam folder – it’s not often but our emails will sometimes end up there)!

Want to win a prize too? I’d love to send you one… All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave me a comment here on the blog, and bam! You’re in the fishbowl of entries (please remember that if you’re using a “handle” or screen name that is different than your real name, please leave your first name and last initial in your comment so we can include you). Alright stitchers, that’s all I have for you this week. I hope Mother Nature stops being a whack job and starts being nice like the forecast is promising, so maybe we could get outside for some fresh air one of these days. That’s not happening today apparently, since right now we’re sitting at one whole fat degree. Sheesh, grab the sunscreen! Here’s what my weather app is saying…

As you can see, it’s not exactly what I would call beach weather at the moment. Hopefully, if things stay as they are, that will be changing for the better by tomorrow. C’mon weather man – don’t lie to me…

Hang in there everyone! We’re gonna make it. Even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet, spring is one the way. It will go fast – it always does… Before you know it we’ll all be complaining about the heat! Take care and see you next week! ~Lisa

Sewcialites 2 – Block #12 “Captivate”

Hey, everyone – I’m back! Most of you know I wasn’t feeling the best yesterday, which unfortunately caused me to have to postpone my LIVE show until this afternoon. I apologize again for that – I really HATE being sick, and hate it even more when it gets in the way of keeping my nose to the grindstone. I just want to say thanks to all of you who sent me messages and well wishes while I was under the weather. You and my staff are some of the best kinds of people! You really know how to make a girl feel genuinely cared for, and I really appreciate that. As much as I don’t prefer to waste a day laying around, sometimes ya just gotta do it. I guess it’s the proof everyone needs that I am indeed human. Who knew!?

I hope you had a chance to catch me LIVE this afternoon. If you did, thanks for tuning in! I was super excited to announce the winners for the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along prize drawing, and apologize again for making you all wait an extra day to find out who won. If you’re not familiar with this particular contest, this was a drawing for a $250 gift certificate amongst those of you who completed the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along, and submitted a photo of your finished work. Winners were chosen completely randomly (we did the ol’ fish bowl method). In case you missed it, the winners are Pat Batulis, Jeanne Berry, and Patti Koch. Congratulations to all of you, and great work! You should all be super proud of yourselves. That quilt was not an easy task to say the least!

Since we’re on the topic of great work, we also need to talk about this week’s Sewcialites 2 block release. This time around we have Barbara Groves of Me and My Sister Designs to thank for her contribution to the Sew-Along. Me and My Sister Designs is a quilt pattern company started years ago by sisters Barb and Mary. Like many of us, their quilting journey started almost by accident after taking their first quilting class and falling in love with it. They noticed that the shop they took classes from was up for sale, which then got them thinking about the idea of starting their own business. Though they didn’t purchase that particular store, they eventually did decide to open a quilt shop. After years in business, Barb and Mary decided to sell their brick-and-mortar store to focus more on quilt pattern design, which is how Me and My Sister Designs came to be! After a lot of hard work and establishing a big name for themselves in the quilting world, their rising success continued when Moda invited the sisters to join them as fabric designers. The rest is history!

Barbara’s block, Captivate is a simple and traditional block that is fun to sew. As you can see it’s made up of two nine-patch units along with eight half-square triangles divided into two units. The block is simple enough, but considering it contains everyone’s favorite half-square triangles, I’m willing to be that’s the reason it gets the “Intermediate” ranking on the skills level scale. Take a look…

Easy-peasy, right? My first hot tip on this block is that I recommend using strip piecing for the nine-patch units to save a little time. The half-square triangles will be a little more challenging but I’m sure you can handle it. Now, I know what you’re thinking – ewe! Half-square triangles! But if I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times – half-square triangles really aren’t that bad! Especially if you take advantage of the slick little quilting hack called triangle paper. It really helps to prevent the “wonky” results we all fear! Don’t have any on hand and need to stock up? I highly recommend my custom designed Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper, which you can find in most sizes on our website by clicking HERE! And trust me, anyone who uses it will tell you that my custom Triangle Paper is the BOMB! In fact, if you’ve used it in the past let me know in the comments! Tell me why you love it… or like it… or even if you hate it. I want to know! I love hearing your thoughts, both positive and negative, on pretty much anything. 🙂 To get the full pattern and instructions for Captivate , click the link below!

Fabric wise, if you’ve been following along with my progress so far you know that I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line for this quilt-along, leaving out the five tans. For the background I’m using a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Want to do yours just like mine? Click the button below to shop Garden Gatherings fabric while it’s still in stock!

Can you believe we’re already at the half-way mark with this sew-along? Crazy! In case you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2, don’t worry about being behind. One of the best parts of this quilt-along is that you can do it on your time, however your schedule allows – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks are posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

Newly released blocks can always be found 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 will be 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.

I hate to say it, but now that the end of the day is approaching any burst of energy I might have had motivating me throughout the day has long been spent. As much as I’d like to hang around for the rest of the evening with all the lucky ducks who are at The Gathering for the Cabin Fever retreat this weekend, I really think I need to get home and rest so that I can make a legit day of it tomorrow. You know how it is… I don’t have time to be sick! But if I don’t slow down a little for the next couple of days so my body can recoup, I’m just going to make it worse. So, with that being said, I’m outta here for the night! Before I go however, I do need to say congratulations to Colleen F. and Diane P. – You both win a prize for your comments here on the blog last week! Please remember that 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 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 (if you think you are a winner but have not received a prize confirmation email, please be sure to check your spam folder – it’s not often but our emails occasionally will end up there)!

Alright, I’m off! Time to go take a nap. I will miss you all but I’ll be back soon. In the meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to catch me LIVE today I really think you should watch the replay… I covered some of the exciting and highly anticipated new projects that are now available to order here at PG. You can check it out by hitting the link below! Have a great weekend and I will see you all next week. Take care! ~Lisa

Sewcialites 2 – Block 10 “Flourish”

Good morning, and welcome back to another exciting episode of “Sewcialites 2 Friday!” Today we celebrate Block #10 – “Fourish” by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet Company. Lori grew up as a farm girl in a small town and remembers her childhood as being, “happily immersed in all things domestic” – including stitching! As a child, she spent many hours designing clothes for her dolls, sewing them together, crocheting, and doing embroidery. These days, you’ll find Lori putting her creative foundation to work as a fabric and quilting notions designer for Riley Blake Designs. She also teaches, is the author/designer of several successful quilting books and patterns, and has developed her own yarn collection. Cool!

Lori’s style is inspired by the beauty of the earth, family memories, and the love of God. She finds joy in things like stacks of colorful fabrics, pretty papers, aprons, buttons, embroidery, old dishes, gingham and calico, sprinkles, glitter, and all things vintage (can you relate? I know I sure can). If I had to describe her block Flourish I would say it’s an excellent representation of all of those things because when you look at it, it seems like it has a lot going on! This block is a combination of eight half-square triangles, eight flying geese, and one square in a square. Even though it’s rated as “experienced” on the skills requirement scale, Kim Jolly deemed it, “totally doable.” In other words, don’t panic. It’s not as complicated as it looks, it just has a lot of units. Nothing a little triangle paper won’t fix! Oh, and remember if you need to stock up on triangle paper I have a full selection available in the shop! Click HERE to shop my exclusive Primitive Gatherings Triangle Papers!Busy yet beautiful, Flourishleaves the door open for an infinite number of design, color, and fabric combinations. How are you going to handle this one? I’m anxious to see what you come up with for your version of this energetic design, so let’s get at it! You can find everything you need to get started on “Flourish” including the pattern, project instructions, sewing techniques, tips, and advice from Lori Holt on her blog by clicking the button below! 

How are your blocks coming so far? Are you on track or have you fallen behind a little after the holidays? Maybe you haven’t even started at all… Let me know how you’re doing in the comments! If you’ve been following along with my progress so far, you know that I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line for this quilt-along, leaving out the five tans. What do you think so far? Personally, I’m loving it.

For the background I’m using a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. If you like what you see and need it in your life A.S.A.P. click the button avove to order!

I know some of you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2, and I really think you should. Don’t worry about being behind. One of the best parts of this quilt-along is that you can do it on your time, however your schedule allows – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks are posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

Newly released blocks can always be found 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 will be 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.

I hope you all enjoy keeping up with these quilt-alongs as much as I do. If you haven’t noticed, I don’t like to sit still very often. I love quilt-alongs because they’re fun, supportive, and tend to keep me on track – even if I’m in the middle of 15 other projects! It’s way too easy to start a project with good intentions only to set it aside for another one shortly after. At least with a quilt-along you have your very cheer team encouraging you make progress each week. I love it!

Alright everyone, that’s it for now! I may pop on again later today to talk about a few items we’ve recently added to the website that I’m really excited about – especially since I know a lot of you have been waiting ever so patiently for them. If you’re super curious and haven’t yet seen STITCH with Lisa Bongean this week, you can always catch the replay by hitting the link below. Have a great day and do your best to get some stitching therapy in. Catch you later! ~Lisa

Sewcialites 2 – Block 8 “Interwoven”

Welcome back! It seems like it was just yesterday that I posed Block #7 of the Sewcialites 2 Quilt-Along, but here we are at it again. That MUST mean at least seven whole days have gone by… Right? Despite the efforts of Winter Storm Axel who has been messing with us over the last couple of days, I have had my foot firmly pressing the quilting gas pedal. As usual, I have a plethora of projects that I’m working on simultaneously so I’ve been sure to make the best of being stuck inside. In fact, I’m happy to say that I am right on track (or maybe even a bit ahead) with this quilt-along, which is always a nice place to be when the next block release hits the press, don’t you think?

This week we’re already up to Block # 8, “Interwoven by Shereece Nicole of Sew Hooked on Treasures. Shereece began her quilting and crocheting journey in 2010 out of what she describes as simple boredom. New to the small town she was living in, Shereece was looking for a way to meet new people and eventually ended up joining a crocheting group. It was through that network where she was introduced to quilting in what she refers to as, “the correct way.” Now days Shereece is known for her modern, quick patterns and time saving advice. Her goal is to create patterns that help quilters to maximize their sewing time and accomplish their goals. I like it! That being said, “Interwoven is not exactly the easiest block in the series. In fact, it’s rated as “Experienced” on the skill requirement scale.

Interwoven is a mix of three-patches, flying geese, and other elements which means it definitely has a lot of pieces in it! The four corner sections go together easily. You can strip-piece the orange and light background units, then add the final background rectangle to save time and for more accuracy. If you have trouble with flying geese, I recommend using the Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool to help you along. If you’ve never used this amazing ruler, you are really missing out! It makes fast, easy and accurate work out of Flying Geese. Not to mention it can make four units at once! It also comes complete with illustrated step-by-step, easy to follow instructions. If you’re more of a visual learner, don’t worry! Each ruler has a QR Code printed right on it which will link you to a super-slick video demonstration. If you’re sewing room is lacking one of these magical rulers, click the link below to get one!

Another hot tip that I can recommend for Block # 8 is carefully labeling pieces as you cut them. This will really help you keep your colors under control and where they belong. Labeling each of the prints with the color it was pictured as in the pattern diagram is also a huge help to keep things in order. Because of the amount of small pieces in this block you may want to stick with all solids. If you do choose to go with a print, consider one with a less busy motif. This will allow you to use some prints without overwhelming the block. Ready to give it a shot? Download the full pattern and instructions here:

As I mentioned earlier this block has the potential to be a bit of a challenge, so if you’re feeling apprehensive don’t worry. Kim Jolly over at Fat Quarter Shop has an excellent step-by-step video tutorial posted on YouTube to help you along if you should need it. You can access that plus the full pattern and instructions at the on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page by clicking the link below!

If you’ve been following along so far, you know that for my blocks I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line, without the five tans. For the background I plan to use a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. If you like what you see and need it in your life A.S.A.P. click the button below to order!

Are you still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2? What the heck are you waiting for!? Kidding – kidding… I know there is a lot on everyone’s plate right now, especially with the holidays approaching like a runaway freight train. One of the many beauties of this quilt-along is that it’s never too late to start – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

Newly released blocks can always be found 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 will be 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.

How are your blocks coming along so far? I’d love to hear some progress reports from those of you participating in Sewcialites 2. Let me know in the comments how things are going and if you’ve had any issues so far, and I’ll do my very best to help! AND you might just win a nifty little thank you prize for the comment. If you’re not participating, that’s ok too! Thanks a ton for reading this far. You should really leave me a comment anyway! I’m in the mood to play Santa.

Remember to check back here bright and early tomorrow morning (usually around 9:00 a.m. give or take) for the latest Primitive Gatherings December Daily FLASH Sale! You can also find the current sale on our Primitive Gatherings Facebook page, my STITCH with Lisa Bongean Facebook group (if you’re not a memeber yet, click HERE to join! Please be sure to answer ALL admi questions to be considered for memebership!) and our website by 6:30 a.m. each day under “NEW ITEMS” and then the “Flash Sale” tab. I hope you’ve been enjoying the sales – we sure have! Oh what fun it is to ride in this PG Christmas journey… Have a great weekend! Be safe, stay warm, and if you’re in one of the states seeing all this crazy snow, make the best of it and HAVE FUN! See you next week! ~Lisa