MBH4 Block #15 – “Highland Plaid”

Hey gang! Here we are, back at it again with this week’s Moda Blockheads 4 Block #15 release! This time around, Highland Plaid takes the stage with its simple and straightforward plaid motif. Highland Plaidwas designed by Crystal Manning of crystalmanningart.com out of northern Missouri. Crystal is a graphic/fabric designer who uses her art and design skills to create unique surface and textile patterns. Her style is highly inspired by natural things like the outdoors, flowers, birds, and other animals. She combines these concepts with a bright and cheerful color palette, often resulting in a vintage feel.

I appreciated this block because it was fun yet simple and fast to do. It doesn’t get any more straightforward than working with squares, which makes Highland Plaid a quick and easy block to crank out. Quick and easy is especially perfect for this week, considering I’m sure you’ll all be busy with the holiday weekend coming up. It’s also a great block to do if you’re looking to hone in on your nesting skills. For the complete pattern and instructions for Highland Plaidclick the button below!

For my blocks I used a combination of grayscale prints and solid orange. The outer corners are done with a tiny black print on mid-gray, while the inner squares are done with a white floral print on light gray. For the center “cross” I chose another black tiny print outlined in the same dark gray. The center square is done in white with a silver and gold star motif.

All of my grayscale fabric choices for these blocks came from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below! If you like the way I pieced my blocks together and want to do the same, you can also usually find the orange color I’m using (“Ochre“) in the shop – which is a bright Bella Solid. Unfortunately we are currently sold out of “Ochre.” It was ordered a while ago but as we all know, with the way shipping works these days it’s anyone’s guess as to when it will actually get here! I do know that it should be in stock soon, so don’t give up!

As always, if you’re just joining us for MBH4 and need previously released blocks, you can find them by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can also locate the archive in the main menu at the top of my blog page. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE!

Did you get a chance to tune in to, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on Monday? We came to you live on scene from The Gathering during our Hogs for Heroes Mystery Mission Sit & Stitch event – and man, what a turn-out! Stitchers from all over gathered together for the day to help turn all your donated flag blocks into their final masterpieces! Volunteers broke into teams, with each member tackling on an important part of the job like cutting, pressing, pinning, and of course, stitching!

I was in absolute awe when I saw how many fellow stitchers showed up to lend a hand in this important mission. We had people from near and far, both from in-state and out helping to put our Hogs for Heroes quilts together!

Once quilts are fully assembled, an embroidered label that includes all the names of the people who helped to create it will be applied to the back. After that, off to the quilter it goes! Finished quilts will then be donated to recovering injured veterans through the Hogs for Heroes Organization.

I have always said that if I need something done that’s too big to handle on my own, all I have to do is ask my fellow stitchers and I know the job will get done. Yesterday was even more proof that I’m 100% right about that! And it didn’t matter if you came with a group or alone, we all left as friends!

To every single person who either donated a block (or 30!), volunteered to assemble the final quilts, or both – I cannot thank you enough. I want to give a special shout out to our top four flag block contributors. Everyone did an amazing job! Congratulations to Carrie DeCoster, Elizabeth Schraeder, Lisa Bierman, and Ginny Radloff! All I can say is WOW! Excellent work ladies! If Jess has not already contacted you regarding your prize, you will be hearing from her soon!

I am so proud to be part of such a loving and hardworking community of people…words alone aren’t enough to express my gratitude. I am truly humbled! That’s why I will continue to do as much as I can for the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. If you’d like more information about this great cause or would like to contribute to Hogs for Heroes directly, you can do so by clicking the link below. If you love swag, we have some really cool t-shirts that feature an American flag quilt block on the back with the slogan, “I Stitched for a Hero.” We also have Hogs for Heroes patches available. All sales from either item go directly to support Hogs for Heroes!

Since we’re in the spirit of giving, let’s give a way some prizes for comments on my blog! Delores R. and Julia D. – Congratulations, it’s your lucky day! As always, I am not posting 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 a prize confirmation letter 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, keep trying – your turn is coming!

Alright gang, time to get back over to The Gathering. Bernina Embroidery Manager, Connie Fanders was gracious enough to make an appearance here today as the guest instructor for our, “Perfectly Quilted” educational event. Participants are learning all about how to quilt using a domestic machine, without the use of a longarm. Fascinating! I’ll fill you in more later. I will see you all tomorrow LIVE on YouTube at 1:00PM for Stitch with Lisa Bongean! You can watch by hitting the link below. Don’t miss it – see you there! ~Lisa

 

MBH4 – Block #14 – “Bird on a Branch”

Hey Blockheads! Welcome back. If you’re following along with the MBH4 quilt-along you should be ready to tackle Block #14 this week, brought to us by Jan Patek of Jan Patek Quilts. Jan is a talented fabric designer for Moda, and is especially known for her primitive folk art quilts and published pattern books. Her block, Birds on a Branchsteps a bit outside the box for this quilt-along, considering it is the first appliqué unit so far. This block features, you guessed it – a bird on a branch – done in simple appliqué using whichever method you prefer. You can find the full pattern and instructions for Birds on a Branch by visiting Jan’s blog, or in the MBH4 Archives under the menu link at the top of this page.

I’m doing something a little bit different with my MBH4 block this week. Summer is in full swing and as you know, I’ve been super busy with projects galore. To save time I decided to skip doing Jan’s appliquéd block and stick with something a bit more straightforward. Instead, I went with my featured MBH4 bonus block #3, Star Turn as a substitute. This block is a mix of the simple checkerboard look of a nine patch in the center, combined with 1/2 square triangles to form a star shape overall.

Fabric wise, for the nine patch center I chose to use a white floral print on mid-gray, paired with the opposite mid-gray floral print on white for the alternating squares. For the outer “star” portion I used a matching mid-gray floral print on black to help the star to pop. The background is a bright orange Bella solid with the exception of each corner, which features a triangle piece in the same white with mid-gray print used in the nine patch. If you’d like to use my bonus block as an alternate as well, you can find a link to the full printable pattern and instructions below!

All of my grayscale fabric choices for these blocks came from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below! If you like the way I pieced my blocks together and want to do the same, you can also usually find the orange color I’m using in the shop, (“Ochre“) which is a bright Bella Solid. We are currently sold out of “Ochre” but have it on order so it should be in stock soon!

Busy busy! I’ll let you get to it. Remember to catch me LIVE tomorrow at 1:00PM CST on my YouTube channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Jess and I will be on location in Illinois at h+h americas – a new trade show platform for the North American Handicraft industry. h+h is an all-inclusive industry event, embracing all types of handicrafts. The event is new to the U.S., but has already been in business overseas for years. This market is business to business and I can’t wait to experience if for myself! Over 200 vendors will be featured, including experts in fabric, yarn, cross-stitch and more-more-more! And all of this gathered in one place? Yes please! Come see what it’s all about tomorrow at 1:00PM (as long as the wifi God’s behave that is…). Set your alarms now so you don’t miss out. I’ll see you there! ~Lisa

MBH4 – Block 12 “Friendship Star”

Hey Blockheads! Even though I’m in California on business, it’s still Wednesday and the next Moda Blockheads release must go on! I know it’s a bit later in the day than I usually like to post the new release, but hey! Better late than never! This week Friendship Star makes its debut, brought to us by Deb Strain of Sew Noted. Deb became a fabric designer for Moda in 1996 and has created over 100 successful fabric collections since she joined them. She is best known for her intricate and colorful hand-drawn creations that are driven by her life-long passion for art and design. Over the years her work has been featured on a variety of products including fabrics, calendars, greeting cards, garden flags, books, framed prints, and more!

Deb’s MBH4 blockFriendship Staris just that – a block heavily based on the traditional Friendship Star design. Historically, blocks like this were very dear to the hearts of pioneer quilters. They were usually sewn in secret because they were meant to be a gift for a loved one or friend who was going through a big life event; like getting married, getting extremely ill, or moving across the country. TheFriendship Starblock uses 1/2 square triangles and squares, making this block as about as easy as it gets! Plus, as you know I love a project with options, so the fact that you have two shading alternatives to choose from (you could do it with either a light center or dark) makes Friendship Star right up my alley.

I don’t have photos of my blocks to show you this week because as you know, I myself am still across the country in CA for another couple of days – but I will be sure to post them along with next week’s MBH4 block to show you my progress. In the mean time you can get the idea of what it looks like, along with the full instructions and pattern by clicking the button below.

If you’re curious about which colors I’m using, I’m still sticking with a variety of gray-scale fabrics, all from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line. You can check out Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II on our website by following the link! I’m also using, Ochreas a contrasting color, which is a bright orange Bella Solid. We are currently sold out of “Ochre” at the moment, but have it on order so it should be in stock soon!

Remember, if you’re just joining us for MBH4 and need previously released blocks, you can find them by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can also locate the archive in the main list of links at the top of my blog page. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

I sure hope you’re managing to keep up with this Quilt-Along. The blocks aren’t super difficult but it’s a lot more work than it has to be if you have a stack to do, versus just one a week. On the other hand, I know many of you are fast and will be done with block 12 before the sun goes down today – which is great. The reason that’s so great is because it frees you up to get at your Hogs for Heroes Flag blocks!!! Time is running out to get those in by the June 15th deadline, so if you’re still thinking about participating, it’s time to kick things into gear! For those of you wondering about all the Flag block fuss, let me give you the details! My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag blocks as possible by June 15th, 2022. We will then be using the Flag blocks collectively to create a larger, future project that will generate even more funds for Hogs for Heroes!

Ready to make your contribution to this important mission? Click the link below for the pattern and instructions to get started! One is great but if you feel like making more we’d love it!!! We’re close to hitting our goal but not quite there yet. Every block counts!

I’m really excited to see who will win the title of, “Most Flags Sewn” after this challenge is over. Remember, the person who sends in the most will get a special prize to show our gratitude! After all, as I always say there’s no way we could accomplish all that we do for our veterans without help from all of you, so I really think that’s the least I can do to say thanks.

Well folks, I’ll be back in WI on Thursday – just in time to kick off our “Junk in Your Trunk” and Warehouse sale events! If you have the opportunity, stop out to see us! We’ll be featuring sale items like fabric, kits, books, patterns, notions, and MORE!

We’ll be featuring crafts, baked goods, home décor, antiques, and other unique items. I might even be willing to part with a few things from Anchor Point… Come treasure hunt! 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’re done putting a dent in your coin purse at PG of course. To sweeten the pot lunch will also be 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 open, which always hits the spot.

If you’re not able to be here in person, tune in to Stitch with Lisa Bongean Thursday at 1PM CST for an update on what’s going on! We’ll be LIVE on scene, so make sure to watch and comment for a chance to win a prize. Hope to see you there! ~Lisa

Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 11 “Moda Block-Berry”

Hey! I’m back again, rearin’ to go with the next Moda Blockheads 4 block release. This week we’re up to Block 11, Moda Block-Berry.” Jackie MacDonald of Sweetfire Road designed this super-cute block in honor of summertime’s arrival. Jackie says that picking berries is one of her all-time favorite warm-weather activities so she wanted to make her block, “a little sweet and a little bit fruity to celebrate the beginning of summer.” Her enthusiasm for this project inspired Jackie to quilt her sample as a wall hanging – and because this is her first Moda Blockheads design, she then hung it in her office to celebrate becoming an official Blockhead! Cool! She plans to make a bunch more, both for her Blockheads quilt and also to create a fun summer table runner project! You can find the instructions and full pattern for Moda Block-Berryby visiting Jackie’s blog!

This block might seem a little intimidating at first if you’re not used to working with smaller pieces, but don’t be scared! It’s really not as bad as it seems. In fact, Jackie intended for this block to be beginner-friendly because she is a beginner herself! I had a lot of fun putting this one together. For my fabrics I chose a variety of grayscale colors and prints, including a nearly black floral print on a super dark gray background, tiny mid-gray print on white, a light gray floral on dark gray background and mixed in some mostly white squares as well.

The stylish gray-scale fabrics are all from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below! If you like the way I pieced my block together and want to do the same, you can also usually find the orange color I’m using in the shop, (“Ochre“) which is a bright Bella Solid. We are currently sold out of “Ochre” but have it on order so it should be in stock soon!

Remember, if you’re just joining us for MBH4 and need to play catch-up, all of the previously released MBH4 blocks can be accessed by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You also can find the archive in the main list of links at the top of my blog page. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

Don’t forget, tomorrow is Thursday which means I’ll be LIVE at 1:00PM CST on my YouTube channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean!” I have an awesome trunk show for you featuring best selling author Kim Diehl and her third book from the Simple Whatnots series. This delightful book brings you 18 little quilt projects that all require minimal time commitment, yet are quick to put a dent in your scrap pile. Designs include traditionally pieced blocks as well as Kim’s signature invisible machine appliqué, and some wool appliqué. A variety of techniques are covered along with an assortment of motifs and an awesome collection of little quilts sure to brighten any room! You can tune in by clicking STITCH button below! Set your reminders now, you’re not going to want to miss it!

MBH4 – Block 7 “Game Board”

Welcome back to Moda Blockhead Wednesday! Are you having fun yet? I sure am! Participating in several quilt-alongs simultaneously really keeps things fun and interesting around here. Tackling multiple projects all at once has always really appealed to me, so I appreciate the idea of making only a small portion part of a quilt at a time. Doing that allows me to work on other things in between blocks – plus that way I never get tired of any particular project!

Moda Blockheads is definitely one of my favorite quilt-alongs, so the fact that I’m lucky enough to be one of the block designers makes it even that much more fun! This year my block is inspired by the ever-popular traditional game of Checkers, which of course is named after the checkerboard pattern that it’s played on. Making Game Board was almost as fun as playing the actual game! Strip-piecing the center section made this checker pattern block come together in a snap.

The tiny print, gray scale fabrics I selected for this quilt are from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line. Don’t they look fabulous next to the Orange Bella Solid I chose? I really like how combined together, they seem to create a movement that leads your eye around each block – just like jumping checkers! If you are still contemplating fabric choices for this quilt-along and decide you’d like to do yours like mine, you can find everything you need on our website! For Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II pre-cuts and yardage, click the button below. For Orange Bella Solid “Ochre” (#9900-79) CLICK HERE!

If your weather has been anything like ours, it’s a great time to get caught up on projects while it’s still wet, cold, and dreary outside – perfect stitching conditions! You can find everything you need to get started on Game Board including both the pattern and project instructions by clicking the link below!

All the MBH4 blocks that have already been posted are available by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center as well! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail, or by following the link.

Speaking of multiple projects – Psssst…..! I have a secret… Secret mission, that is! I have another great idea to add to our efforts in helping Hogs for Heroes raise funds, and I need your help! I know for a fact that you all love making quilt blocks, so I just have a small favor to ask. My goal for this mission is to produce and collect as many red, white, and blue flag blocks as possible. Once I gather as many flag blocks as I can, they will be used collectively to create a future project that will  generate even more money for this great cause. To learn more about Hogs for Heroes you can visit their website by clicking HERE!

To participate in my mystery mission, please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on this project, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier that would be even better (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal)! All of us here at Primitive Gatherings will be helping to combine the creativity of everyone who participates together into its final form. I can’t wait to see everything finally come together! 

If you have the time and are willing to be a part of Primitive Gatherings secret mission, I sure would appreciate it! I know you’re anxious for more details but “secret” means I cannot tell you anything more – you’re just going to have to trust me (isn’t this fun!? LOL)! Do you have any guesses about what I have in mind for these blocks? Tell me what you think I should do with them in the comments below! Who knows… you might just win a cool prize for your comment. You can find a printable PDF of the instructions and pattern for the Hogs for Heroes flag blocks by clicking the link below.

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After stitching up a few flag blocks I just know you’re going to be in a patriotic mood, so why not add my O’ Say Can You Sew quilt-along to your list so you can get rid of some of those beautiful red, white, and blue scraps? This quilt-along is a fun and creative way to get an awesome patriotic quilt out of simply recycling your leftovers. This is another one of mystery projects – meaning you are not going to know exactly what you’re making until it all comes together in the very end! Don’t worry, I know it’s scary to jump into a project without knowing what the final results will be, but you can trust me – I would never have you make something that I didn’t have 100% confidence in. What I WILL tell you about this quilt is that it’s a pretty good size. It will be two blocks with a scrappy sashing. If you are using all scrap pieces for this project, be prepared to use up a lot of them!

The way the Oh Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along works is simple and fun. On the first Monday of every month we will release a new FREE clue (there is no specific time that I will be releasing the clue – please keep an eye on the blog throughout the day). There will be seven clues released in total. When a clue is released it will be posted both here on my blog and also on our YouTube channel,Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Each clue will be available to download as a printable PDF FREE for one month. When then next month’s clue posts, the previous clue will no longer be available for free, but can be purchased to download through our website for $5.00 each. I’m only on Clue #2 so far so you have plenty of time to get up to speed on this one. You can download Clue #2 by clicking the button below. You can also view all released clues in the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive by clicking HERE!

I feel like I’ve given you plenty to do so that’s all I’ve got for you today. I know you’re going to need something to watch while you stitch so make sure not to miss Stitch with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1PM CST. I am currently in OH attending the 45th Annual Sauder Village Quilt Show with PG warehouse manager Amy, so Jess and the girls in the studio will be taking over the show! They plan to talk about some really exciting things including the arrival of Starlight Gatherings pre-cuts, my Pokémon “I spy” quilt (video tutorial out soon!), our new shop sticker for May, more about the Oh Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along, the urban version of my Garden Gatherings quilt Seedlings,” and more SO much more! Not to mention there’s always a chance to win a prize just for commenting during the show or on the blog! Set your reminder – you’re not going to want to miss any of it!!! See you all soon. ~Lisa

BH4 Block 6 – “Spinning into Spring!”

Hey Blockheads! And so we meet again on another Moda Blockheads Wednesday! I hope you’ve been able to stay diligent with your blocks each week. With all the hustle and bustle of spring rolling in, it’s certainly easy to fall behind even when intentions are good. Things sure are moving fast – we’re up to Block 6 already! This week’s block comes to us from Linzee Kull McCray of Clark Street Quilts – a Jill of all trades gone quilt pattern and Moda fabric designer. Her career in creativity ranges from art teacher to museum curator, textile researcher, writer, public speaker, and more! Her wide range of experiences eventually lead her to designing feed-sack-inspired fabrics for Moda like Morning Light (CLICK HERE), Flowers for Freya (CLICK HERE),” and “Flour Garden (CLICK HERE)” – all three of which can be found on our website! She also formed a quilt design partnership with friend and fellow quilter, Pam Ehrhardt, which is how Clark Street Quilts came to be.

Linzee too must be feeling the pressure of the spring craze, as she fittingly named her block, Spinning into Spring.” This block is great for all skill levels, and would be perfect for the beginner stitcher who wants a little practice with half-square triangles. Personally, I find this block especially pretty and had a lot of fun making it. I really like the variety of options it gives for fabric placement, allowing for an array of different looks for your final piece. For mine, I used a mid-gray on light-gray tiny print, and a mid-gray with black on white lattice print – both from my Urban Farmhouse II fabric line.

I’m still really liking how the Urban Farmhouse II fabrics look combined with the Orange Bella Solid I chose (“Ochre” (#9900-79). The added splash of bright orange color really gets those grayscale prints to pop! I especially like the lattice print because it reminds me of the blades on an old-time windmill. I can almost see it spinning when I look at it!

I’m sure by now you’re ready to get started on your own Spinning into Spring blocks! You can find everything you need including both the pattern and project instructions by clicking the link below!

I will continue to post a link here on my blog every week for each new MBH4 block that’s released through the end of the Quilt-Along. Remember, you can also find all the MBH blocks that have already been posted by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive, which is updated every Wednesday and Friday. Don’t forget! Bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center every four weeks on Fridays as well! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail, or by following the link below. Well everyone, that’s it for today! Just a quick reminder, I will not be appearing LIVE on Stitch with Lisa Bongean this week, but will be back next Thursday at 1PM CST. In the mean time, you should check out my latest tutorial video on how to get back into an old favorite – cross stitching! Kathy Decker and I take you step-by-step through what you need to bring yourself up to speed in today’s modern cross stitching world. You can watch by clicking the Stitch with Lisa Bongean button below!

And before I forget… It’s prize time! I want to say thank you and congratulations to Paula S. and Becky E. – you are prize winners for leaving me a comment here on my blog in the last couple weeks! As usual, I don’t want to post last names or email addresses for your 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, don’t give up! Keep those comments coming, you could be next! See you soon! ~Lisa