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 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

 

Sewcialites 2 – Block 2 “Tussy Mussy”

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. I don’t normally post on Saturdays but I wanted to stop in quick to talk about this week’s Sewcialites 2 block release, Tussy Mussy by quilt book author and cross stitch pattern designer, Susan Ache. Tussy Mussy is an interesting patchwork flower design she put together as her contribution to Sewcialites 2. Susan had this to say about it: “Most people call it the nose gay, I prefer Tussy Mussy. This block always just looks like an ice cream cone of flowers, or a fun party favor…and who doesn’t like either one of those?” I guess you’ve got a point there Susan!

Be warned, according to Kim Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, Tussy Mussy is the second most difficult block in the series but don’t worry. She has an excellent step-by-step video tutorial posted on YouTube to help you along if you should need it. This block does have a lot of cutting as it features a four-patch, a couple of corner squares, flying geese, and a three-patch, but I have confidence in you. You’re going to be just fine! Ready to give it a shot? All you have to do to get the pattern and full instructions for is hit the link below!

In a previous post I mentioned 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. What have you decided on for your fabric choices? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your ideas!

I know some of you are still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2, and that’s ok. One of the best things about this quilt-along is 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 (or Saturday in this case as I am still in “catch up” mode). 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.

Well everyone, that’s all for today. I really need to get into my sewing room this afternoon and put a dent in a few projects, so I can’t be hiding behind this computer too long. It’s way too easy to get sucked into doing something else without even realizing it! Never enough hours in the day… I will see you all again on Monday here on the blog. I’ll be posting a virtual tour of my latest fabric line release, Rustic Gatherings,” and sharing details about the pre-order pre-cut sale we have going on.If you’re curious in the meantime you can always catch the replay of this week’s episode of STICH with Lisa Bongean by clicking the button below for more information and a video showcase of the line. Either way, I hop you join me – it’ll be a real stitch, I promise (LOL see what I did there? Yeah I know – stick to quilting Lisa and leave the stand-up to the pros)! See you then! ~Lisa

Sewcialites 2 Starts Next Week!

Hey everyone – thank God it’s Friday! There’s nothing more tiring than your first week back to work after a long vacation. After almost three weeks away, this week felt… a little long for some reason. LOL! I can honestly say I’m ready for a couple of true days off with no travel, no work… maybe even no stitching? Ha! Not likely on that one – but my goal is to not do much of anything else besides that and rest. You know me though. I can tell you I’m going to simmer down for some much-needed R&R, but we all know it won’t take long for my brain to nag me off the couch and back to working on something. I can’t help it!

If you caught me LIVE yesterday on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel you heard me mention now that Moda Blockheads 4 is over, I am getting ready to start my next quilt-along. I’m excited to announce that starting next Friday Sewcialites 2 will be in full swing. If you’re not familiar with this quilt-along let me tell you how it works! Sewcialites 2 is a sequel to Sewcialites 1 – a quilt-along hosted by Kim Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, created to celebrate the quilting community with a free block release for 24 weeks. Fat Quarter Shop has again collaborated with 24 highly talented designers to bring you all new unique sampler blocks with a ton of options! Starting Friday, October 21, 2022 through April 14th, 2023, a new block will be released each week on Friday with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two additional weeks afterward will be dedicated to finishing and backing the quilt.

As I mentioned earlier, this year’s Sewcialites quilt is made up of 24 blocks designed by 24 individual designers. The difficulty level of each pattern is marked from beginner level to experienced. Each block is constructed using straight seams and traditional piecing techniques. Isn’t she a beauty?

You know how I love a quilt with options! This quilt has three size options including 3”, 6”, and 9” finished blocks. To get started you will need the Sewcialites 2 Information Packet, which includes the fabric requirements, a coloring sheet, the complete block schedule, and a list of optional foundation paper supplies. The fabric requirements are listed for each quilt size, but you can certainly get a good start with your existing stash. And great news! All the quilt sizes are pre-cut friendly! Fat Quarter Shop recommends starting with a Layer Cake for the 3″ blocks, and using a Fat Quarter Bundle for the 6″ and 9″ blocks. To get your copy of the Sewcialites 2 Information Packet visit the Jolly Jabber!

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.

One of the best things about this quilt-along is 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.

Excited to get started? I know I am! If you want to see more, be sure to hit up Fat Quarter Shop’s YouTube Channel this Friday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m. CST for a preview of the blocks! To stay even more in the loop you can also meet up with your fellow Sewcialites online by joining the Sewcialites Lounge on Facebook. You’ll get weekly updates and be able to ask questions and share your progress!

Alright, I think that’s enough information for one night! Time to put this lap top aside for a couple days and enjoy my family. I missed them after being away for so long – even Nick! LOL Just kidding, I love my guy and always miss him when we’re apart…for long periods of time anyway! Have a great weekend everyone, and try to stay warm if you’re in WI. For those of you who aren’t you should know that we saw our first snow fall of the year this afternoon! Nothing stuck, but it’s a sure sign that there’s no turning back. Winter is near! At this point the only thing we can do is embrace it. Lots of people aren’t happy about it but I really don’t mind – especially for the first half of the season when everything is so fresh and pretty. I find that the trick is finding something about winter that you love and can look forward to each year. For me it’s the holidays and of course, skiing! Heidi and I are both due for some new skis this season so it will be fun to shop for those, and even more fun to use them. If you’re a skier, you know that’s pretty exciting stuff, getting new skis. Almost like getting a new car! Heidi swears in some ways it’s better…

How do you keep your spirits up all winter long? Let me know in the comments! Are the holidays your thing, or are you happier after the first of the year once things settle down? Do you enjoy winter sports, or are you better at winter couch surfing with a project in your hands? Tell me all about it! I will see you all again next week. Until then take care and try to stay out of trouble. Bye for now! ~Lisa