Sewcialites 2 – Block 6 “Always Star”

Hey everyone! Back again with another exciting block release from the Sewcialites 2 Quilt-Along! This week Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms brings her creative contribution to the table with Block 6, “Aways Star.” Camille – formerly part of Bonnie & Camille, Moda’s first mother-daughter design team – is an accomplished author, quilt and fabric designer, and a fellow Moda sister of over 17 years. After working along side her mother for years she kicked off her solo career back in 2006 with her first-ever collection as a single designer, Nantucket Summer.” Then in 2007, she published her first pattern under the Thimble Blossoms name. The rest is history!

Camille designed the Always Star block to feature traditional half-square triangles and flying geese. She said, “I’ve done several variations of this block over the years and never get tired of it! It looks great in every fabric I’ve tried and is so fun to put together.” I couldn’t agree more! This block isn’t terribly difficult but may pose some challenges for a new quilter – which is why it earned a block skill level of intermediate. Just remember, if you’re someone who has trouble with half-square triangles, you can always use my custom designed Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper to help you along (which you can easily purchase by clicking HERE)! Aways Star Block is basically a combination of squares and rectangles on the corners, flying geese, and a larger square in the center. I especially like the center square because it provides a nice opportunity for you to fussy-cut and feature your favorite fabrics or theme as the center of attention. Ready to rock this block? Get the pattern and full instructions by clicking the button below!If you’ve been following along from the beginning you most likely already know that for my blocks I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line, leaving out the five tans. For the background I am using a selection from the Garden Gatherings Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Do you think these are good choices? So far I am absolutely loving it. If you are head over heels for this fabric line and want to use it for your Sewcialites 2 quilt, simply follow the link below to shop Garden Gatherings for all the fabric you need! If you’ve already decided, let me know in the comments what fabric you chose for this quilt-along. I love seeing all the different perspective on one project. It’s so neat to see everyone’s different tastes and ideas. AND who knows, you might even win a prize for your comment!

Still trying to decide whether or not to participate in the Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along? Even though we’ve already started, don’t let that stop you from joining us! One of the best things about this quilt-along is that you can start at any time! Previously released blocks will always be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page. To make it even easier you can also find them here on my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

I will be posting each new block release here on my blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns are 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, I’ve just been told that it’s officially the weekend, and now that it’s after five I’m allowed to go home! I will see you all Monday here on the blog, and then LIVE on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CST on my YouTube channel for Shop Talk. Set your reminder now and click the link below to watch. See you there! Have a GREAT weekend everyone. ~Lisa

Red & White Gatherings Has Arrived!

Yes, this fantastic news is indeed true… My highly anticipated Red & White Gatherings line has officially arrived to Primitive Gatherings – just in time for Christmas! I am super excited about this considering we have all been (im)patiently waiting for it to get here since last spring, and we weren’t quite sure when exactly we’d actually have it in our hands. If you haven’t seen it yet, just wait until you do. The Red & White Gatherings line is nothing short of marvelous if I do say so myself. The collection is made up of cream-based whites and a stunning mix of reds ranging from middle-of-the-road, to dark and deep. Print patterns include floral, linear, and geometrical designs that span from tiny to large giving you a wide spectrum of visual variety.

If you’re anything at all like me, these exciting new fabrics have your mind going in a million directions! I can imagine this versatile line being implemented into several different projects I’ve been thinking about starting. You know how I love the traditional red and white color combination (if my Red & White Quilt Challenge doesn’t prove that, I don’t know what does)! Of course, I also have a project book to go along with these yummy fabrics that contains nine unique designs (12 total quilts – some with more than one version) – all based on Red & White Gatherings. If you’re looking for a bit of red and white inspiration, this book is the perfect solution!

People keep saying that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Now that Red & White Gatherings is here, I can’t agree more! When my warehouse guru Amy told me that it had officially arrived to PG, it may as well have been Christmas morning! Speaking of Amy, I am so lucky to have her holding the reins down in the warehouse. Thanks to her, just about everything is ready to rock and out for sale in the shop and online. The only thing we’re not quite finished with at this point is our kits, but those are coming along nicely and should be fully available soon. Please bear with us! Amy asks that if you are coming out to the shop for a specific Red & White Gatherings kit, please call us first at 920-722-7233 to be sure that we have it available. Ready to shop Red & White Gatherings? Click the button below to see what all the fuss is about!Want to know more? Tune in and watch me LIVE tomorrow during STITCH with Lisa Bongean at 1:00 p.m. CST on YouTube. I’ll be talking more about Red & White Gatherings along with another one of my recent fabric lines, Rustic Gatherings – which is still on sale for a limited time! Get 20% OFF pre-cuts and 15% OFF kits if you pre-order before December 5th! Click the button below to shop Rustic Gatherings!

You know, I just realized that with all the craziness going on last week I was kind of slacking in the prize department, so to make up for it I think double prizes are in order! We’ve had a lot of wonderful comments here on the blog lately and those of you leaving them deserve some credit! This week I’d like to say thanks and congratulations to Teresa E., Ganene B., Mary H., and Cheryl M.! You are this week’s lucky winners! As usual, I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re a 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! Want to be considered for a prize? All you have to do is leave me a comment. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Ok, I think that’s enough excitement for one post so I’m going to stop here. I sure hope to see you all tomorrow for STITCH with Lisa Bongean at 1:00 CST. All you need to do to tune in is hit the STITCH button below! Hope to see you there – I have lots to talk about! ~Lisa

Introducing Rustic Gatherings!

Hey everyone, welcome back! I was just wondering if you got a chance to watch STITCH with Lisa last Thursday. If you did, thanks for tuning in, and congrats to the prize winners! Bummer if you missed it, because that means you also missed out on the debut of my next fabric line release, Rustic Gatherings! I’m super excited about this line coming out and I have a lot of big plans for it. There will also be an exclusive project book that has about 12 different quilt designs in it released as well – all geared toward Rustic Gatherings. It’s going to be awesome! To give you an idea of what it’s like, this line is made up of all antique reproduction prints combined with cream, two shades of orange, three grays (light, medium, and dark), and a variety of blacks. It has a very autumn feel, but still can be used for many types of projects all year round. Prints include itsy-bitsy dots, stripes, triangles, swirls, teeny tiny buds, leaves, and flowers… You know me – I love small prints so of course, there’s a lot to look at!

This line is so new that I only have two completed quilts from the collection back in the studio so far. The rest are still out in the world somewhere being worked on by either me or one of my fantastic sample makers (I thank God for them, because without my team it would take me forever and a day to get everything done!). That being said, I don’t have photos of finished quilts to show you. What I do have is the computerized version which is almost just as good, so I figured heck! Let’s take a minute to look through them anyway.

First on our list is Round Up.” I really like the gray background on this one. The geometrical orange shapes really seem to glow against it. I don’t know about you, but those shapes look a little like alien space ships cruising along in the night sky, giving this quilt a very Area 51 kind of vibe. Looks like we have company!

Round Up.” is a very easy and contemporary quilt, all at the same time. Though it has 16 blocks in total, its simplicity makes it a great choice if you want a project you can crank out quick. Finished, Round Up.” is 78″ x 96″.

Check out this little beauty! Home on the Range is one of the quilts I’m working on at the moment, and I am super close to being done. I have all the putzy stuff completed so I just need to put some time into it this week to get it finished up. If you’re looking for a quilt on the easier side, this is a good choice. Using the flip and sew method helps to make Home on the Range simple, fast, and fun. All together, Home on the Rangehas nine total blocks and a lot of white space. It does require some some half-square triangles, but my custom designed triangle papers make easy work out of them so you really have nothing to worry about there (click HERE to shop PG Triangle Papers)! Home on the Rangeis a nice sized square quilt, and measures 85 1/2″ x 85 1/2″ when complete.

Next in line is Country Courthouse.” As you probably already know, the courthouse quilt motif is a variation of the log cabin pattern. It features perfectly symmetrical strips on alternate sides of the center square, instead of “wrapping” around the square like a Log Cabin pattern would. Because of this symmetry, each row of strips resembles… you guessed it – the stairs of a courthouse. Courthouses were central fixtures in the 1800’s, so the symbol of the courthouse stairs was familiar and meaningful to quilters of that era. Fast forward to 2022 and here it is again, making a come back in this historically inspired fabric line!I try to incorporate projects for all skill levels into each of my books with quilts ranging from super simple to seasoned quilter level. Simply put, Country Courthouse has to be about as easy as it gets so if you’re new to quilting or just looking for a project that will go together at lighting speed, this could be the winner. Hey, and great news – there’s not a half-square triangle to be found in this pattern! Woo hoo! At 74″ x 82″ Country Courthouse isn’t what I would consider a small quilt, but it’s not the biggest project out there either.

On the opposite of the spectrum we have Thunderbird.” I really wish I could take credit for this stunning design, but I can’t. My fellow designer Alysha has been working just as hard on Rustic Gatherings as I have, putting in hours of effort between pattern designs and working on sample quilts. In fact, as gorgeous as it is, I took one look at Thunderbirdand was like there is no way I’m piecing that… Alysha reports that she should be finished with the sample soon. LOL!I love all the triangles in Thunderbird,” and the squash orange really pops off the gray background. Different types, sizes, and orientations of the triangles give it what appear to be sharp edges protruding out at you with vibrating movement. I really like looking at it! Funny, if I stare at it long enough I start to see a tiki guy. Am I crazy? Maybe. Thunderbird” is 62″ x 76″.

At 48″ x 48″ Desert King is one of the smallest quilts in the book. I really like it for a lap quilt, but you could also use it as a wall hanging or décor on the back of your living room sofa. This little gem might be a small quilt but it has a big visual impact. We used three color variations of the same fabric which results in a unique and interesting look.

Loving Desert King but wish it was bigger? You can always boarder it if you’re looking for a larger quilt. I try to incorporate projects of different sizes price ranges into every collection so you have options depending on your needs and budget.

Moving along, let’s talk aboutTrading Post.” This quilt is definitely an Alysha design – you can tell by its busy southwest flavor. I love it! Trading Post is the largest quilt in the book measuring 88″ x 96,” making it a nice size for a large bed. I really like the look of this one, to me it’s the perfect fall quilt for that special guy in your life. It would make a great gift for a kid going off to college or full grown adult.Next in line we have a snowball quilt called Pumpkin Spice.” In case you’re not familiar, a snowball block is simply a square that has little corners of a contrasting fabric. Like many classic quilt blocks, the “snowball” is named after what it – sort of – resembles. Snowball blocks are easy to make, and the white space they create allows you to show off your quilting, or even add your own personal touch with writing or appliqué!Have I ever told you how much I love doing snowball quilts? They really are a cinch – so easy, so relaxing. They’re mindless, really. A project you can do while you watch TV! Sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Plus, if you like leader-ender projects, snowballs are the perfect choice. Pumpkin Spicehas a neat look to it thanks to the layout plan of the snowballs. The grays, creams, and dark blacks combined create a cool looking gradient effect that’s fun for your brain. Finished, Pumpkin Spicemeasures 79″ x 87″.

Montana is another collaboration project between Alicia and I. It features a bear paw motif with a cute nine patch in the center of each, and a nice chunky seminal border. I really love the way the colors seem to play off each other giving the quilt depth and movement. Measuring in at 59 1/2″ x 59 1/2″ Montanais not a very large quilt at all, making it a great option for wall or table décor. I think it turned out absolutely stunning. What do you think?

If you like traditional quilts, give Rustic Trail a try. Even smaller than Montana,” at 57″ x 57″ Rustic Trailis on the petite side as well. This quilt features what I will call very, “Oklahoma Trail” type blocks, with nine-patch-esque alternating blocks.I know I mentioned earlier that there are twelve projects in the Rustic Gatherings book total, but since this line is so new three of them have yet to be finalized. Unfortunately, that means I don’t have the computer mock-ups of those last few yet, but no worries! There’s nothing wrong with a bit of mystery, nor is there anything wrong with exercising that little virtue we should all have called patience. It’s good for us! Plus, it will be that much sweeter when they are finally ready.

Now for some GOOD news. We anticipate the delivery date for Rustic Gatherings to be some time in May, 2023. I know you’re probably thinking that’s forever from now, and what’s good about that? Wellll… Now through December 5th, 2022 both the Rustic Gatherings book and Rustic Gatherings and pre-cuts are 20% OFF! Why December 5th? Because that’s MY deadline to have my order into Moda. I’m trying to be a better shopper this year and not buy all willy-nilly. I’d rather stock what we actually need instead of an abundance that takes up space I could be putting other new inventory in. Pre-ordering is basically doing me a favor by giving me a better idea of how much I need, so I figured I could do you one back with a discount. Plus, by pre-ordering you don’t run the risk of inventory selling out before you can get your hands on it. Win, win! This is basically the only time Rustic Gatherings will ever be on sale as a line so I’m not sure what you’re waiting for. Click the button below to shop Rustic Gatherings now!If you would like to see these delicious fabrics more up close and personal, you can always catch the replay of last Thursday’s episode of STITCH with Lisa Bongean by clicking the link below. I walk you through the entire line and give you close up shots of each print and color so you can get a great feel for what the line really looks like. Are you excited yet? I’ll admit, this one is going to be extra hard to wait for… That whole patience thing I was talking about earlier is proving to be more difficult that I thought. But, as we all know time will fly and before we know it May will be here. There are plenty of things to keep us busy until then, no sense in wishing our lives away!

Alright everyone, I hope you enjoyed my little Tour de Rustic Gatherings. We’ll be back again tomorrow at bright and early at 9:30 a.m. for Shop Talk with Shelley, so don’t forget to set your reminders! And oh! I almost forgot – many of you wanted to know where I got my, “Name the Triangles” t-shirt that I was wearing last Thursday during LIVE, and I promised I’d post a link so here it is…

I love triangles and thought this shirt was super funny. So – I’m a triangle nerd, I’ll admit it. Guilty as charged! My love of triangles has literally fueled my creativity into a career so… I’m going to go out on a limb and say there’s nothing wrong with a little triangle obsession. It could certainly be worse! Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you all tomorrow! ~Lisa

Meet Me in the Garden – Round 4: Strippy Stars

Hey stitchers! Know what time it is? Time for the next Round release for the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along! As I’m sure you already know, this month we’re tackling Round #4 – Strippy Stars! First and foremost, I need to mention that this is another round where you will need one of the required rulers from the previously posted Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along Rulers and Tools list. If you haven’t had a chance to look at that list, here it is again for your viewing pleasure…

The ruler you will need for Round #4 is called the Strippy Stars Tool. If you’re not familiar with this ingenious ruler let me assure you, you’re really going to love it! The Strippy Stars Tool allows you to make star point units quickly and easily, in eight different finished sizes from 1-1/2″ to 4-1/2″. The triangle units are created with squares and strips – without ever cutting a triangle! Even better, the cutting requirements for each size is printed right on the tool! The best part about it (in my humble opinion) is that the star points float so you won’t cut off or blunt the points when sewing the blocks together. This 5″ x 7 1/2″ tool slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then the exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts!  The Strippy Stars Tool comes with fully illustrated step by step instructions but if you’re more of a visual learner, fear not! A video demonstration is also available. If you still need to get your Strippy Stars Tool, click the button above to order!

I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that for this round you will obviously be making strippy star blocks. This type of block is a fun unit to make but it does require a few extra steps to complete, plus uses certain methods of sewing that you may not be traditionally used to. Despite that the end results are stunning, making the little extra work totally worth it. I know it might seem a little intimidating at first, but I’m confident that with the Strippy Stars Tool combined with Val’s top notch video tutorial, you’re going to get through this round like a pro. We believe in you! If anything, take the opportunity to sharpen your skills and maybe even learn something new. Ready to give it a shot? To get started, watch Val’s video tutorial on Round #4 at the link below!

Still thinking about joining us for Meet Me in the Garden but haven’t quite decided to take the plunge? You can find all the details in the initial introduction blog post, where I take you through all the fabric and tools that you will need to participate in this stitch-along. This is a six month long project, so I highly recommend having everything you need ready prior to starting. You can read more about the stitch-along and what’s required to participate by clicking HERE!

Video tutorials for each round are posted to my YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” each month on the listed release dates. They are also posted to the blog shortly after. All previously released videos can be found in the “Meet Me in the Garden Video Tutorial Archive” listed in the main menu of links at the top of the blog. You can also watch the intro video to Meet Me in the Garden by clicking the button below. If you have any questions feel free to email the shop at store@primitivegatherings.us and we’ll be happy to help!

Of course, if you have any other questions regarding the Meet Me in the Garden SAL – or on anything else for that matter – feel free to post them in the comment section here on the blog and I will do my best to answer them!

That’s all for today everyone. I will see you back here tomorrow with some fall-themed project suggestions I’m sure you’re going to love. I have some really cute things picked out that will make the transition from Halloween décor to a Thanksgiving vibe smooth like butter. Ideas include a few quick and easy weekend projects, some adorable festive pillows, and of course a couple of my favorite fall-themed quilts that I want to share with you. If you’re looking for fall projects you’re not going to want to miss it. See you soon! ~Lisa

…and That’s a Wrap!

Hey gang! I hope you’re all staying out of trouble while I’m away on my cruise. I’ve been super busy as I’m sure you can imagine, but I still have been able to hop online here and there to check email and social media. It being Wednesday, I obviously had to set aside some time to make a post considering it is the last of this year’s Moda Blockheads 4 Blockhead Wednesdays! I couldn’t let being on a luxury cruise in the middle of the ocean get in the way – I mean we’ve spent every Wednesday talking about this for the last 28! I wouldn’t have missed it. That being said, let’s get started – I’ve got a cruise to get back to!

Block release #28 “Blossom is brought to us by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. Influenced by her hard-working father, Joanna has had an interest in the creative arts and marketing alike from an early age. She and her sister grew up working in the family business until adulthood when she moved on to start one of her own. Through running that business and teaching in her local quilt shop, Joanna eventually recognized the need for “good patterns” which inspired her to start creating patterns and fabric designs, along with her current business, Fig Tree & Co. Joanna tells us thatBlossom was inspired by the summer flowers in her garden that she hasn’t managed to kill, including mums, dahlias, and peonies – basically all perennials that come back on their own every year and don’t require much help from her. LOL! I like this block because it gives you many different opportunities to showcase your favorite fabrics. You can choose to do it scrappy and make each “petal” a different fabric, or go a bit more simple with fewer fabrics if you prefer. You could also invert the colors for a completely different look – color combinations and piecing options really are endless! If you’re ready to let your creative side bloom, click the link below for the full pattern and instructions to get started!

As you can see, for my blocks I stuck with the on-going choice of a medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” for my background. I also continue to stick with what seems to work best for the surrounding elements, and once again went with fabric selections from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings line. I just love this combination! If you’re looking for some dynamic grayscale fabrics for your next project I highly recommend Urban Farmhouse Gatherings. We don’t have a ton in stock so if you’re interested in grabbing some before it’s gone, hit the button below!

If you’re behind with MBH4 and have some catching up to do, don’t worry! 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! 

Alright! That’s basically a wrap on Moda Blockheads 4 – can you believe it!? Seems like just yesterday we were just getting started and now we’re talking finishing! Speaking of that, I mentioned in a previous post that I’m going to be using MBH4 Setting Option Number Three, Mixed Blocks by Moda for my final layout of this quilt. It looks like this:

You can find that setting option along with a few others if you scroll to the very bottom of Moda Blockheads 4 Archive page – found on Moda’s website mentioned above. I will be sure to do one more post once everything is all said and done to show you my final piece. I don’t know about you but I’m super excited that 28 weeks of hard work and discipline to stay on track with this QAL are finally coming to fruition! If you’re still working on your blocks, keep at it! I know you’ll get it done eventually.

Ok Blockheads, that’s it for now. I need to get back to my – you know…cruisin’ activities. It’s very important that I don’t “rock the boat” by staying away locked in my cabin working for too long (ha-ha, see what I did there?). I DO want to give away a quick little prize to a couple of lucky readers before I go, however… After all, just because I’m not home doesn’t mean we skimp on the prizes around here! So here we go – Ann P. and Sherri G. – you each have a prize coming your way to say thank you for your comment here on my blog! As usual, I don’t post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re a 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! See how easy that is folks? If you’d like to be considered for a prize each week all you have to do is leave a comment! Easy peasy, simple as that. Tell me what you’re working on, let me know how it’s going. Heck, tell me your best quilting joke! I love to hear from you.

Alright gang, time to go but I’ll be back here on the blog sooner than you think. I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding what projects are included in my newest book, Red & White Gatherings, so to make it easy for you I’m going to be going through each project one by one in a two-part blog trunk show starting tomorrow! Excited yet? I know I am. Especially since kits for Red & White Gatherings projects are 15% OFF, and Pre-Cuts are 20% OFF now through October 2nd, 2022, making now the perfect opportunity to get your pre-orders IN! In the meantime why not get a head start on your shopping? You can check out the Red & White Gatherings collection by clicking the link below. BEWARE! I know you’re going to want everything you see – consider yourself warned! See you soon. ~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