MBH4 – Block 5 – “Greek Cross”

Greetings and happy Blockhead Wednesday! Are you ready for Block 5? Greek Cross” (also called “Two of Five”) comes to us from Barbara Groves of Me and My Sister Designs – 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!

Barb designed Greek Cross using Mary’s favorite quilt block, the Shoo Fly (or the Churn Dash as Barb likes to call it). The traditional Shoo Fly design makes this a terrific block for the beginner quilter because it requires only half square triangles and cut squares, which are pretty much the most basic units of patchwork. Traditionally, only two colors are used in a Shoo Fly block – a light for the background paired with a contrasting color – but to make it my own, I decided to add light and dark prints as well.For the center of this block, I used a mid-gray on light-gray tiny print, and a black on dark-gray floral print for the outer rectangles – both from my Urban Farmhouse II fabric line. The surrounding triangles are done with a mid-gray floral print on white (also from Urban Farmhouse II).

For the smaller block I did mostly the same thing, but used a tiny mid-gray print on black for the rectangles instead. I’m really liking how the Urban Farmhouse II fabrics look combined with the Orange Bella Solid (“Ochre” (#9900-79). The added splash of bright color really gets those grayscale prints to pop!

Ready to dive in? You can find everything you need to get started on MBH4 – Block 5 Greek Cross including the pattern, instructions, and hot tips and advice from Barbara Groves 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. 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. I hope you’re able to find some time this week to get stitching on this fun and easy block! Number six will be along before we know it so don’t let yourself fall behind! If you need something to watch or listen to while you’re working on your blocks, catch me LIVE tomorrow on my YouTube channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean!

I’ll be talking all about our Hogs for Heroes Auction fundraiser and how  you can get involved with our efforts to raise money toward a Harley Davidson motorcycle that will be gifted to a deserving Wisconsin Veteran Hero later this summer. If you’re not familiar with Hogs for Heroes and want to learn more, click the button below for more information. Until then, enjoy your day everyone! I will see you all tomorrow. ~Lisa


Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 3 “Kouign Amann”

Did someone say cake!? Block 3 of MBH4 is deliciously called, Kouign Amann, (pronounced, “queen a-mahn) after a sweet multi-layered Breton cake, originally made with bread dough in the early 1860’s. These delectable desserts contain several levels of butter and sugar, similar to a puff pastry with a few less layers. Once finished, Kouign Amannappears similar to a muffin-shaped, caramelized croissant. Um… Seriously? I’ll take TWO please!

MBH4 – Block 3 “Kouign Amann, was designed by Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson out of Michigan. Though not as enticing to the taste buds as an actual Kouign Amann, this block is still just as much fun to make! Laurie and her sister Polly Minick have both loved textiles since childhood. They began collaborating over 20 years ago, making Americana rugs and quilts intended for home décor. The success of their unique, folk art style lead them to writing books, teaching, and designing fabric for Moda… which, of course eventually brought us here – MBH4 – Block 3! To download the pattern and instructions for this delightful block, simply visit Laurie’s blog by hitting the link below!

I’m really excited about this Quilt-Along so I’ve been right on track with keeping up with the schedule and completing the blocks as they release. Obviously, I can’t wait to see the finished product! For this block I used a combination of floral and geometric prints on white, gray, and black fabrics. I love the “spikes” I see when I look at this design. When I stare directly at it, reminds me a little bit of the face on a sunflower. What do you think?

I will be posting a link on my blog every week for each new MBH4 block that’s released. Bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center every four weeks on Fridays. In fact, BlockHEADS UP! The first bonus block will be posted this coming Friday, April 8th! Remember, 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.

I hope you’re finding time to escape the craziness of everyday life to get some stitching in! I am finally getting back into the normal groove of things after my vacation with Jace. We had a ton of fun and I’d do it again in a heartbeat… but as I mentioned, chasing a couple of young boys around Disney for a week is no joke. I don’t care what anybody says – needing a, “vacation from vacation” is really a thing!

Since I’ve been back, the girls and I continue to plan non-stop for things to come here at Primitive Gatherings. We’re hard at work on new pattern designs, incoming fabric lines, upcoming retreats, workshops, and clubs, and a bunch of other fun stuff! Oh! And I hope you got a chance to catch, Shop Talk with Shelley this morning on my YouTube Channel. Shelley and Jess covered a lot of important information including our latest shop announcements, spring shop hours, details on my “O Say Can You Sew” Mystery Quilt-Along, hot products, and more! If you missed it you can always watch the replay by hitting the link below!

Speaking of my YouTube Channel, don’t forget to meet up with me online for, Stitch with Lisa Bongean tomorrow (Thursday) at 1PM CST. This week we’ll be discussing the details on my upcoming, 2022 “Summer Blocks of the Week” so you don’t want to miss that. I want to thank all of you who continue to comment, like, and share our blog posts and LIVE broadcasts – keep it up! Let me know what your big quilting plans are for summer 2022. Do you have any big projects on your agenda? Maybe you have a retreat planned… Tell me all about it by leaving me a comment below! I will see you all Thursday LIVE on, Stitch with Lisa Bongean!If you don’t already have a YouTube reminder set, you can always tune in by hitting the link below! Ciao for now! ~Lisa

Cooee! Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 2 is Here!

Hey Blockheads! Ready for BH4 – Block 2? Cooee was created by  Jenelle Kent of Pieces to Treasure in MacMasters Beach, Australia. Jenelle is a former school teacher gone patchwork instructor, who eventually started a business based on her passions. Her shop, Pieces to Treasure focuses on a variety of projects including quilts, bags, table runners, pillows, and sewing accessories. On top of that, she is also a successful toweling fabric designer for Moda!

Jenelle named Block 2, Cooee after a loud and shrill Australian shout that’s meant to attract attention. She explained, “You should, Cooee when you’re in the Australian bush because the sound travels and echoes. It’s very helpful if you’re lost because if you are ‘within cooee,’ then you’re within earshot!” This beautiful geometric design certainly does demand attention! I think the name fits nicely.

Are you ready to get started on Block 2? You can find the pattern and full instructions for Cooee on Jenelle‘s blog!  

Remember, I will be posting a link on my blog every week for each new BH4 block that’s released. Bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center every four weeks on Fridays. You can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail, or by following the link below.Jace and I had a lot of fun on our trip to Disney World, but boy was it nice to get home and into my pj’s. I don’t even mind the nip in the air – I’m just happy to be back! I did manage to put a little time into Cooee last night once I settled in from my trip. Take a look at my progress!

There is much to do now that I’m home – including getting ready for my Trunk Show on Corey Yoder’s new fabric line, Beautiful Day,” which will be airing this coming Thursday at 1:00 PM CST on our YouTube LIVE show, Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” If you’re not familiar with Corey, she is a mom of two who is also an accomplished fashion designer with an original focus on appliquéd children’s clothing. As time progressed she eventually also evolved into quilt design, and is now equally following the footsteps of both her Mom and Dad’s side of the family – each of which includes many quilt makers. Corey is well known for her pattern shop, Coriander Quilts where she shows off her modern twist on traditional quilt block designs. In addition, not only is she is a regular contributor to quilt magazines and books, she is also the author of her own book, Playful Petals.”

This book features 8 appliqué projects that incorporate simple piecing techniques with straightforward appliqué. These techniques eliminate the need for reverse templates, additional seam allowances, and more time consuming methods. Easy-to-follow visual instructions make it a great pick for anyone who wants to learn fusible appliqué techniques! Playful Petals is also an excellent choice for anyone who likes to buy pre-cuts without a specific project in mind. The techniques in this informative book are well suited for stitchers of all levels! If you’d like your own copy of Playful Petals you can pick one up by hitting the link below!Playful Petals Book Cover

Corey will be joining me via LIVE this Thursday on Stitch with Lisa Bongean as we tour through her new Moda collection, Beautiful Day.” Don’t miss it! It’s easy to hop online and join us – all you have to do is hit the link below! While you’re watching, don’t forget to “like” and comment during the LIVE show for a chance to win a prize! Are you a Corey Yoder fan? What’s your favorite Corey Yoder design or project? How’s your progress on BH4 coming along??? Let me know, I always love to know what’s happening out there! I will see you all soon. ~Lisa





Are You a Blockhead?

Have you ever participated in a Moda Blockhead Sew-Along? If you’re not familiar, it’s a Block of the Week Sew-Along that includes weekly exclusive blocks created by a group of Moda’s top designers. Moda Blockheads 4 (BH4) will feature 28 individual designer blocks (mine included – I’m block #7!) and 8 bonus blocks, making 36 blocks in total! New blocks for Moda Blockheads 4 will be released weekly every Wednesday, through September 28, 2022. Blocks have options in two different sizes including 9″ finished, and 4.5″ finished! Each block pattern also includes two shading/color options.

If you’ve experienced one of these awesome Sew-Alongs, you already know how much fun they are. If not, the time is now to join in! I am thrilled to announce that Block 1 of the Moda Blockheads 4 Sew-Along has officially released today!

I’m proud to say that I’ve participated in every Moda Blockheads Sew-Along so far, including BH1, BH2, and BH3. At this point, I guess you can call me a veteran Blockhead – LOL! Needless to say I’m really excited to get started on Blockheads 4, but before we get down to the nitty-gritty details, let’s take a look back at my finished quilts from previous years.

Blockheads 1 was comprised of all 6″ blocks, and each stitcher designed their own settings. I personally bordered each 6″ block with Half Square Triangles, and added 2 inch stars for cornerstones. My good friend Linda Hrcka from The Quilted Pineapple in MI was kind enough to put her talent to work by quilting this beauty for me. Finished, it measures at 88 1/2″ x 88 1/2″. Stunning!

If you weren’t able to participate in BH1 but love this quilt, don’t worry! Moda put together a book where all six featured designers have their block designs and finished quilts proudly displayed. I’m sure you will love this varied collection. It offers a wide spectrum of option, from historically inspired traditional patchwork, to whimsical appliquéd nature scenes. The book includes instructions for six gorgeous sampler quilts that allow quilters to showcase the beautiful blocks they make. It also includes useful sewing tips from the pros that quilters can take advantage of again and again. You can get your copy of Moda Blockheads by simply hitting the link below!

Blockheads 2 was just as much fun as BH1! The project was a planned sampler quilt that I ended up adding sashings to. I had this one quilted with an edge to edge orange peel design by Maggie Honeyman! Check out this beautiful work of art!

For my Blockheads 3 quilt, I used two of my fabric lines, including Urban Farmhouse Gatherings and Indigo Gatherings. It was done in all creams, light and dark shades of grays and blues, along with a Bella Solid. I really think this one turned out beautifully!

Now let’s get down to the best part – Block 1 of Blockheads 4 is officially here for you to enjoy! Block 1 – “Square Wheel,” was created by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters. Lynne is a quilt designer, business owner, and fabric designer for Moda Fabrics. She and her husband Robert run their business out of Bennington, KS where she creates what she describes as, “easy and fun to live with quilts.” Lynne’s BH4 – Block 1 “Square Wheel” is now available! To get the full design, complete instructions, and shading options, please visit her blog!

If you’re not already a Blockhead, I’m sure by now you’re wondering how to get involved and what the fabric requirements are for the Moda Blockheads 4 Sew-Along. You can sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog post via e-mail by following the link below. You can also find the links for each block as they are released on the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive, which will be updated every Wednesday and Friday. I will also be posting a link here on my blog every week for each new block. Bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center every four weeks on Fridays.

Yardage Information: The amount of yardage that you will need for BH4 depends on how many blocks you make, and at which size you make them. Keep in mind that these yardage numbers are generous estimates (based on what Moda recommends) because this is a sampler quilt, and cutting isn’t the most efficient. Please note: estimates do NOT include sashings, borders, binding, or backing.

9” Blocks – For 36 Blocks:

  • Background – 2½ yards of a single background, or 3 yards of multiple backgrounds.
  • Assorted Mediums and Darks – 36 “Sweet 16’s” or Layer Cake squares.

4½” Blocks – For 36 Blocks:

  • Background – 1¼ yards of a single background, or 1¾ yards of multiple backgrounds.
  • Assorted Mediums and Darks – 18 “Sweet 16’s” or Layer Cake squares.

9” Blocks and 4½” Blocks – For 72 Blocks:

  • Background – 3¾ yards of a single background, or 4 yards of multiple backgrounds.
  • Assorted Mediums and Darks – 27 Fat Eighths, or 54 “Sweet 16’s” or Layer Cake squares.

If you’d like a printable PDF of yardage requirements and other information, you can find it by clicking HERE! There is also an excellent Moda Blockheads facebook group you can join for more information, support, and project insight! Feel free to post questions, comments or updates on your progress. You can join the Moda Blockheads facebook group by clicking the link below!

For my BH4 quilt, I plan to do the 4.5″ version, using a Fat Quarter Bundle of my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II series, paired with an orange Bella Solid called, Ochre” (#9900-79). Jess will be tackling the 9″ version, also using a Fat Quarter Bundle of Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II, but pairing it with a yellow Bella Solid called, “30’s Yellow” (#9900-23). I know both versions are going to be beautiful and I can’t wait to see them finished! If you’d like to do your quilt in either of these color schemes, you can find the fabrics you need by clicking the link below!

Despite being on vacation with my grand baby in FL, I did manage get my blocks finished before flying out. I knew I was going to like my fabric choices but seeing them starting to come together is really exciting. I like it even more than I thought I would! Here is what it is looking like so far. What do you think?Square Wheel pattern using orange, black, gray and white

Setting Options: There will be at least four setting options coming from Moda, and several others from Moda designers. You should start seeing these posted around the third week block release date. The first setting option to share is by Michelle White. She is both a talented graphic artist and quilt designer at Moda. Click the link below for your printable PDF of Michelle’s setting option!

Well folks, the girls are scolding me for working. They keep reminding me over and over that I’m supposed to be on vacation, so I guess I better put this computer down and get to it! My goal is to make sure that this is a trip of a lifetime for my grandson, full of great experiences and fun! There is nothing better than time spent with family. Making memories like these is so important. After all, they don’t stay young very long – neither do we for that matter! I will do my best to check in later in the week with an update and some photos of all our shenanigans. In the mean time, don’t forget to tune in to Stitch with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1PM CST where Michelle and Jess will be showcasing their favorite Easter projects. Easter is just around the corner so if you’re still looking for the perfect home décor or basket stuffers you don’t want to miss it! Click the link below to watch!

OH! And before I go, I want to say thanks to those of you who continue to comment, like, and share on all our social media outlets! We love giving away prizes, so if you’d like a chance at winning one please leave us a comment here on the blog or during Stitch with Lisa Bongean!Tell us how your spring is coming along. Do you have grass in the yard yet or is it still a big mess? Are you lucky enough to have nice grass all year round? Tell us what that’s like!

Speaking of prizes, Heidi has a couple of lucky blog readers picked out as PRIZE WINNERS from those of you who commented last week! Jan R. and Cheryl G. – check your email! As usual, I don’t want to post last names or email addresses for everyone’s privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received an email from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, please keep trying. You could be next! See you all next week! ~LisaPink and Yellow Field Flowers with Bees and Stitch Every Day slogan

Announcing a NEW block of the week starting March 8th!


I know!!! Another block of the week?!!! How could I pass up not being involved in this one…along with 4 ALL STAR Traditional Moda designers- Betsy Chutchian, Jan Patek, Jo Morton, Lynne Hagmeier and the equally famous Miss Rosie, Carrie Nelson!!! All six designers will send out a block of the week in a 6 week rotation…We all can do one more block each week right?  All this fun starts March 8 for 48 weeks….with Lynne from Kansas Troubles starting off…now I have listed all their blogs as well as other social media that you can follow on..make sure you sign up to follow them to get your block each week. You have a month to get ready for it!!

To help with collecting fabrics, each designer is offering 24 fat sixteenths (9″x11″) starter packs to get you going…I am going to make two quilts…one scrappy with fabrics from all designers along with my darker fabrics and one from Primitive Gatherings Red, White and Blue fabrics…I know…it’s a big decision…but that is what makes this so fun…seeing all the different possibilities!!!


img_9842imagesHere is my stack of starched F16ths that I will be using for the scrappy version from all designers… …I did not have a fabric tag pic of Carrie…but found this sweet one  which is much better as it has a Rosie in it…

Our PG starter pack will be $18 plus shipping.  It will include…12 lights and 12 dark prints…Click HERE to order our STARTER PACK   These will play lovely with all the other designer fabrics…img_9852 img_9851 img_9854 img_9853

Betsy Chutchian –
Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Jan Patek –
Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton –
Blog – http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Lisa Bongean  –
Blog – https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/An

Lynne Hagmeier –
Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KansasTroublesQuilters/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Moda’s Collections for a Cause by Carrie Nelson –
Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/

Can’t wait for all the fun to begin!!!  We will be using the #modablockheads  for this BOW!