MBH4 Block #27 – “Threaded”

Hey blockheads! They tell me it’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for another exciting MBH4 block release! This week we introduce Block #27, “Threaded by Michelle White of Moda Fabrics. If the name of the designer rings a bell, it should considering I just did one of her bonus blocks last week as an alternate to Block #26. To give you a bit of background on her, Michelle works in the Moda marketing department, doing a bit of everything from pattern design for in-house patterns, graphic design, photography, designing the Quilt Market booth, and more! She started at Moda back in April 2019, and since then has loved fabric and quilting even more than she ever did before!

Michelle considers herself a more ‘modern’ quilter, falling somewhere on the line between modern and traditional styles. She loves non-traditional quilt blocks and working with bold color and solids. Inspiration for Threaded came from a somewhat unusual source. As it happened, she was in the middle of assembling a pair of bookshelves and found inspiration in the threaded anchors that were part of the included toolkit. Go figure! You just never know what’s going to spark creativity! I enjoyed this block because it allows you the option to create totally different looking results depending on how you piece the fabrics. Her intention was to design a block where you can play around with fabric placement and what direction you angle you blocks without worrying too much about how it will all come together in the end. I love it – you know how I love a block with several options! To get the full pattern and instructions for Threaded hit the link below!For my version of Threaded I stuck with simple yet again, and used grayscale fabric selections from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings line. As usual I stuck with a medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” for my background. Looking for some dynamic grayscale fabrics for your next project? We still have Urban Farmhouse Gatherings in stock but inventory is low. Grab it while you can by visiting our website!

If you’re new to MBH4 and wondering what this QAL is all about, you can visit the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive for more information, including all the previously released MBH4 blocks that I’ve done. The archive link is listed in the main menu of links at the top of my blog page.  You can also visit Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center Page for additional resources and help, along with all released bonus blocks by clicking HERE! 

Well everyone, it’s going to be a short and sweet post today because as you know, I’m about set foot on a cruise ship destined for Hawaii within the next 48 hours. Needless to say, I still have a lot to do before I leave the fort and head to paradise. Before I go want to give a quick shout out to Lorraine W. for her comment here on the blog last week! Thank you for keeping up with my blog posts Lorraine! I really appreciate the time you took to leave me a comment so as a way to show my gratitude, I’m going to send you something nice! As usual, I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re the lucky winner this week please be sure to check your email! You can also contact Heidi at 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! Thanks again! Your support means the world to us. If you’d like to be considered for a prize each week be sure to leave me a comment! I always love hearing from you. 

Just one more quick reminder before I go – there will not be any LIVE broadcasts while I’m gone unless we decide to do something fun on a whim – but no promises! I really have no idea how much connectivity I’ll have once I’m on the boat, so it’s all going to depend on that. Make sure your “STITCH with Lisa Bongean” YouTube channel notifications are ON so you don’t miss it in the case we do decide to do something impromptu… Alright gang, I’m off! I sure wish you could all join me. I’ll promise to do my best to share a picture or two as the days go by. Again – no promises! Hard to say how busy we’ll be and how much spare time I’ll have. “Maybe” will just have to do! I’ll see you all soon. Take care! ~Lisa

MBH4 – Block 26

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

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

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

I chose to do this block as an alternative based on ease and simplicity alone. Mix and Matchcan be done as simple and controlled, or as scrappy as you like. Color combinations and piecing options really are endless on this one! For my blocks I stuck with simple and used fabric selections from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line and Zen Chic. As usual I stuck with a medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” for my background. Looking for some dynamic grayscale fabrics for your next project? We still have Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II in stock but inventory is low. Grab it while you can by clicking the button below!

If you’re new to MBH4 and wondering what all the fuss is about, you can visit the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive for more information, including all the previously released MBH4 blocks that I’ve done. The archive link is listed in the main menu of links at the top of my blog page.  You can also visit Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center Page for additional resources and help, along with all released bonus blocks by clicking HERE! 

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

Alright everyone, I think it’s just about that time – prize time! As you know I love getting comments here on my blog so as a way to say thanks I’ve been sending out a prize every week to a lucky winner (or two!). This week the big THANKS goes to Judith S. for her kind words last week. You know the drill Judith – check your email! Of course, I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re the lucky winner this week please be sure to check your email! You can also contact Heidi at 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! Thanks again! Your support means the world to us. 

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