Heartfelt is Up for Bids!

Hey everyone! Happy Friday to you! I am very much looking forward to this weekend after another busy week on the books here at Primitive Gatherings. I’m super excited because my dear friend Val flew in from Las Vegas last evening for a visit – just in time to join me for my All Things Pumpkin workshop at The Gathering tomorrow! If you haven’t heard about this highly anticipated fall time gathering, you’re really missing out! After we get things going in the morning with pumpkin spice lattes and Erica’s made-from-scratch scones, I’m spending the day instructing as we work on an exclusive pumpkin-themed wool project. Students will get hands-on, individual help with anything they might be having trouble with or need advice on. Plus, a pumpkin-infused lunch and dessert are also included in the fun! This is one of my favorite events of the season because for me it officially kicks off the autumn decorating season – and you all know how I love to decorate! According to the calendar, the first day of autumn is September 22nd, so this event is just in time to celebrate and welcome it properly. I hope you’ll be there!

If you weren’t able to get in on the September session of All Things Pumpkin, no worries! I felt this popular event deserved at least two days to play, so we decided to go with a second session on October 17th, 2022! We still have spots available in the October session but they are going fast! If you’d like to reserve your seat call Judy at 920.778.8031!

It’s been so satisfying wrapping up summer projects after months of working on them. I’m sure you recall that I ambitiously involved myself in a handful of quilt and sew-alongs this summer… you know, just a few… and I’m happy to say that most of them are starting to come to fruition. One project of mine in particular that I’m especially proud of is the Heartfelt quilt I did for the Fat Quarter Shop’s benefit quilt-along this year. The pattern for this lovable quilt was designed by Corey Yoder based on her new Moda fabric line Beautiful Day,” but for my version 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. If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished, but I’m kind of a rebel so I decided to do my blocks half size (in other words I did 6″ blocks rather than the 12″ version that the pattern shows).This adorable heart-themed quilt-along was designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, an awesome organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening conditions. This charity driven project is a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts – it’s super adorable! If you’d like to make your own and contribute to this great cause, follow the link below for more information!

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. I’ve been blessed and I feel it’s the least I can do! Now that all the hard work is done, the real fun starts – the fund raising part! If you would like this quilt for your very own, bidding is officially open now through 2:00 a.m. on September 25th, 2022 on ebay. Click the button below to place your bid today!Good luck!!!If you’re the lucky winner of the auction for this quilt, let me know in the comments. I would absolutely LOVE to know where destiny takes it! Remember, 100% of all money raised from the sale of this quilt will go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America! If you’d rather make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, that’s easy too! All you have to do is follow the link below!

That’s all for today folks! I’ll be spending the rest of the afternoon wrapping up The Witches retreat over at The Gathering and then preparing for a long – and FUN – day tomorrow at All Things Pumpkin. I feel a few late nights coming on – especially since Val is here!!! Lots of fun to have and not a lot of time to have it – LOL! I sure hope you have a great weekend. Try to get outside if you can – we don’t have a lot of nice days left! Happy stitching everyone. I’ll see you back here on the Blog Monday! ~Lisa

Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper – Your New Best Friend!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having an excellent Friday. It’s been a very rainy day here in Wisconsin so far, and it looks like we still have more to come before it’s all over later this evening. I’m hoping it will be ending just in time to get a good sunset out of it. Nothing beats the sunset over the water after a storm, and wow – do we get some great ones around here! The clouds, sun, and sky combined with the reflection off the water makes for such spectacular color, it’s almost like magic. God really is great!

As another weekend approaches, I’m excited to be at home with my family for the next couple of days. Of course as usual, I’ll be taking a whole bunch of things home from the studio so I can make some progress on a few of the many projects I’m working on at the moment. Good news – I do have one project that came to fruition recently and is now complete. For those of you who have been following along with my Heartfelt charity quilt-along project, I’m happy to say that it’s all finished and has been sent in for auction! I promised you a photo of it once it was all quilted, so here it is!

In case you’re not familiar, Heartfeltis a darling heart-themed quilt-along designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, an awesome organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening conditions. This charity driven project is a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts – it’s super adorable! If you’d like to make your own and contribute to this great cause, follow the link below for more information!

It always feels good to check a project off the list, especially the ones that are done for a good cause. Even though Heartfeltis in the books, I still have the O’ Say Can You Sew, Moda Blockheads 4, and Meet Me in the Garden quilt/stitch-alongs in the works (along with a bunch of other things) so obviously there is still plenty of work left to do. Speaking of Meet Me in the Garden, don’t forget that the Round One – Square on Squarevideo tutorial is scheduled to release this coming Monday July 18th, 2022 at 1:00PM CST. I hope you’re ready to get your hands dirty because we’re about to officially get to work on this long anticipated stitch-along. You can tune to watch Val and I tackle Round One by clicking the STITCH button below!

Since Meet Me in the Garden is still hot off the press, we still may run into a kink here and there along the way, but don’t worry! If that happens we’ll let you know as soon as we’re aware of it – both here on the blog, and LIVE on YouTube during Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Fortunately things have been going great so far, aside from one little nuance that was brought to our attention. If you’re quilting along with the  Meet Me in the Garden stitch-along, please note: in the layer cake portion of the cutting instructions (page two) it states that you will need only one layer cake square for 5 – 3 ¾” squares. Instead, you will actually need two layer cake squares to have enough fabric for this portion of the instructions.

Seems like there’s a lot going on around here, doesn’t it? LOL! Never a dull moment at Primitive Gatherings. The shop has also been busy this week with stitchers from near and far coming to enjoy the 25% OFF fabric SALE that we have going on. If you haven’t heard about it, let me give you the deets! Now through July 17th, 2022 enjoy 25% OFF all fabric in stock – including pre-cuts and yardage (minimum of 1/2 yard cut). Sorry but the offer does NOT include my Garden Gatherings line or any fabric that is already on sale.

Whether you have a project in mind or you need some outside inspiration to help you think of your next one, now is a great time to stock up on pre-cuts and yardage alike! Visit us in-store or online to order yours before it’s too late!

It’s crazy to think that according to the calendar, summer is already a third of the way through! Before we know it we’ll be thinking about falling leaves, chilly air, and pumpkin spice lattes… Ooo as good as that sounds, I’m not quite ready yet! We all have a lot to accomplish before we can start down that rabbit hole. I know you might be feeling a little overwhelmed with summer projects right now, and that’s ok. Challenge is good for you! Some of the best advice I can give you to help stay on track is to adopt methods and techniques that help you work smarter, not harder. Efficiency is key!

My custom designed Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper is a perfect example of one of the ways you can save yourself a lot of grief during a tedious project – especially those of you participating in my O’ Say Can You Sew quilt-along. In fact, I want to say thank you to those of you who went ahead and purchased the TWO recommended packs of 1″ Finished PG Triangle Paper for upcoming Clue #5. Trust me, they really are going to make your life a heck of a lot easier. I know half square triangle are scary for a lot of people, but by using these papers you’ll see how truly simple they really are. Never used them before? No problem! Yesterday during my LIVE show on Stitch with Lisa Bongean I did a hands-on tutorial on my custom designed  Triangle Papers, showing you exactly how to go about using them correctly from A to Z. I also have a handy chart to help you figure out what size paper you need for your project, which I have posted both below and in the main menu at the top of this page. You can also watch the tutorial by clicking the STITCH button below! Still need to purchase your PG Triangle Paper so you can be ready for Clue #5? You can do that simply by clicking HERE!

Alright gang! That’s enough information for one post… I don’t want to overload anyone. LOL! I hope you all have a safe and restful weekend and that the weather cooperates for everyone who has a chance to spend some time outdoors. It’s always nice when I’m able to get out of the studio and into the sunshine. Whether I’m at work or play, I’ll take it either way! One of my favorite things to do lately is to sit in my boathouse while I read all your comments and answer questions. No reason I can’t take my office wherever I go – as long as I have a good wifi signal that is! What are your plans for the rest of the summer? All work and no play or do you have something fun coming up? Is anyone coming to retreat any time soon? Let me known in the comments – I always love to hear what’s going on with all of you! Enjoy your weekend everyone – and remember to set some time aside to stitch every day… Dr. Bongean’s orders!

Heartfelt Quilt-Along – Block Release #5 “Lovebug”

Heartfelt Logo HeaderHey gang! TGIF! I’m officially on my way to California for another one of my cross-country solo adventures. I’ll be heading to San Diego this next week to talk with the USO (United Service Organizations) about some of my ideas to help benefit veterans. The USO has been the nation’s leading charitable organization in serving active-duty service members and military families since 1941, so I’m hoping they can help me find some inspiration for my next big event. My goal this time around is to involve soldiers who are currently on active duty, so I’m really looking forward to talking with them to get some insight on how to go about doing that!

While I’m visiting CA I’ll also be teaching for Dru at the Sew Treasured Retreat in Temecula on Monday. I have to say that being on the road is kind of hard when I’ve just been home for what feels like soooo long… Taking week-long trips to three out-of-state places, all within a month’s time isn’t as easy as you might think! I’m going to need to take the entire summer off from traveling after this – which I’ll be glad to do since it’s hard to ride my toys if I’m not at home. My family and I love to boat, bike, jet ski, hike, fish… and of course, Nick and I LOVE to ride our Harley’s! We only have so many warm weather-days a year in Wisconsin, so I have to take advantage while I can!

With so much going on right now sometimes I have to wonder how I’ll get it all done – even though I know I always do! As you saw last week during Stitch with Lisa Bongean my works-in-progress pile is stacked high with ongoing projects and quilt-alongs. In fact, speaking of quilt-alongs today marks the release of block number five of the Fat Quarter Shops’s charity Quilt-Along, Heartfelt.” Haven’t heard of it? Heartfelt is a darling heart-themed project designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. I decided to participate in this fundraiser because I love kids and wanted to do something to help those who really need it. Make-A-Wish Foundation is an awesome organization that has been making wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions and their families for over 40 years. To date, they have collectively granted more than 520,000 wishes around the world since it was founded way back in 1980. How awesome is that!?!?

Everyone loves a good quilt-along, am I right? For me they’re especially hard to resist when it’s  backed by such a great cause. Interested in joining me for this one? Let me tell you the details on this little dandy. “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.” For mine, I decided to stick with the heart theme and used all Valentine’s Day fabrics leftover from last 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). If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished.

I’m happy to say that I’m right on track with this project and have blocks one through five complete! I really love the way the Valentine’s Day fabric looks collaged together within the blocks. Being the recipient of a thoughtful valentine is one of the best feelings ever – especially one made by-hand with love! Wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for your special someone next year? If you’re ready to get started on your own version of Heartfelt,” hit the link below for the full pattern and instructions (please remember to donate $5.00 for each download!).

I’m glad this quilt is turning out to be so darn cute. The plan is, once I get done with my version of this little gem I will be auctioning it off to help raise even more money for Make-A-Wish Foundation! It will be sad to give it up, but it really warms my heart knowing it is going toward helping someone. I guess I will just have to make another one to keep for myself! Do you “love” this quilt motif as much as I do? 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!

Don’t forget to set your alarm for Shop Talk with Shelley on Tuesday, LIVE at 9:00AM CST. She’ll be talking about our “Junk in Your Trunk” event along with the big Primitive Gatherings warehouse sale coming up next week! Then on Thursday I’ll be back in WI just in time to host Stitch with Lisa Bongean at 1:00PMCST. I’m going to be LIVE here at PG showing you what we have to offer during our Warehouse Sale and “Junk in Your Trunk” events. We’ll be featuring sale items like fabric, kits, books, patterns, notions, and MORE!

If you’re lucky enough to be local you should really stop on out! There will be vendor booths featuring crafts, baked goods, home décor, antiques, and other unique items. I’ll even be selling some things – so come get my JUNK (it’s good junk, I promise)!!! Are you a big garage sale fan? If you said yes have great news for you! This is all happening at the same time as the Winchester Town Wide Garage Sale event, so you will have plenty of shopping options to choose from – after you come see us of course! If you love “treasure hunting” the way I do, these are your lucky days! Not to mention, lunch is available! On Thursday, Erica is planning to have Sloppy Joes, Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad, home-made potato chips and dip with a delicious cookie for dessert! Then Friday through Sunday our soup and salad bar will be available! Yes please…

Alright everyone, it’s time to put this computer down and focus on my day and week ahead! I hope you all have a couple of nice days off along with some beautiful weather! Will you be doing any garage saling this weekend? Do you go a lot or just every once in a while? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to take some time to rest, get caught up on projects, and as always, do your best to stitch every day! I will see you all after I get back from CA. Until then, try to stay out of trouble! LOL ~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 heidin@primitivegatherings.us 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