Moda Blockheads 4 – Block #13 “Evening Delight”

Hey everyone! It’s Blockhead time again. Evening Delight is on the showroom floor today, and is brought to us by Debbie Maddy of Tiori Designs. Debbie is an avid garment seamstress as well as a quilter. She enjoys all crafts involving needle and thread, and has years of experience in embroidery, appliqué, needlepoint, pulled thread, and drawn thread work to name a few. Debbie has been quilting for over 35 years and pattern designing for 15. She has also been a teacher/lecturer for 20 years (both in-person and online) and has been featured on national television! Her most recent endeavors have been in fabric and fiber dyeing of all kinds, but especially Shibori and Indigo. In order to learn to try and master the Shibori and indigo dyeing techniques to the best of her abilities, she has studied under some of the most prestigious artists in Japan, England and the US. So awesome!

Debbie designed Evening Delight based on quarter-square triangles. She describes QST as one of her favorite methods because she loves the way they show off the individual fabrics used in a design. She also enjoys the simplicity they provide when putting together her blocks. This is a super fun block to make and I know you’re anxious to get started. For the pattern and complete instructions to “Evening Delight” visit Debbie’s blog by clicking the link below!

If you’ve been following along with my progress through this quilt-along, you know that because of my travels last week I wasn’t able to post the photo evidence that I actually really do have Block #12 complete. I know how the suspense must have been killing you, so wait no longer… Here are my finished versions of both Block #12 Friendship Star,” and Block #13, Evening Delight.”

As you can see I kept Friendship Starfairly simple, pairing a gray tiny print for the outer triangles and a cream square with navy anchors for the center. For Evening Delight I decided to go with a black and light gray tiny print for the outer star portion of the block. For the inner triangles, I wanted to mix it up a little so I went with black lattice on mid-gray tiny print. For the center square I did kind of a 180º and chose white, sprinkled with a simple dark gray print. Both blocks have an orange Bella Solid background. 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!

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 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! 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 hope everyone is staying cool and dry with all this crazy weather going on. We’re supposed to see some nasty storms later on today, so it sounds like my plans to get some biking in this evening are going to be on hold. That’s probably a good thing though, since the heat index is nearly 100° and I wasn’t really trying to have a heat stroke today. LOL! There’s always tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, don’t miss me LIVE on YouTube at 1:00PM during Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” I’m excited to say that I’ll be doing a little trunk show on my newest fabric line, Autumn Gatherings.” This line doesn’t have a specific project book but there are several individual projects that go along with it to talk about. These gorgeous flannels are not yet in our shop to purchase, but not to worry. Autumn Gatheringsis already on sale and available to pre-order for a limited time! You can check them out by clicking HERE!

Alright everyone, it’s about that time…but before I go I want to say that I really appreciate the wonderful comments you all have been leaving me here on the blog. It means a lot to me! I love hearing about your progress and what you’re up to, which is why I love to give prizes to those who participate! This week the shout-out goes to Cyndy L. and Sharon C! Please check your emails for your official prize notification. As usual, I am not posting 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 didn’t win this week, keep trying. You could be next! Note: If you’re using an account name/handle that differs from your actual name, please include at least your first name and last initial in your comment to be considered for a prize!

Okie dokie, back to work! I have a lot to do before all heck breaks loose later with the storms coming in. It sounds like it could get really interesting! I will see you all tomorrow at 1:00PM CST for Stitch with Lisa Bongean!” Set your timers now and tune in by hitting the STITCH button below! 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!

Moda Blockheads 4 – Block #10 “Autumnal”

Hey, welcome back! It’s Moda Blockheads time again. This week we’re up to Block 10, Autumnal by Chelsi Stratton. Chelsi is part of a mother-daughter quilting and design team. She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys using her creative side to design patterns for her Etsy shop, fabrics for Moda, and writing her own quilting blog. She is also passionate about nature, music, and fashion, which are the things that inspire her style today. As the daughter of an avid quilter and pattern designer, Chelsi is someone who has always loved the creative process. You could say working with fabric and design within her career was obviously inevitable.

Autumnal” is one of my favorite MBH4 blocks so far! The word Autumnal represents all things characteristic of, or occurring in Autumn – which of course is a season I love to heavily celebrate every year (who doesn’t love harvest time?!?). If you haven’t already figured it out, this geometric design resembles a maple leaf. Though it seems a little strange to be stitching something with an Autumn leaf theme in mid-spring, depending on your fabric selections it could also easily resemble a flower. This block is done with larger pieces and half-square triangles, making it super easy to assemble (I recommend using Primitive Gatherings half-square triangle paper which you can get by clicking HERE). It’s also the perfect block if you want to get some practice in on your flip-n-sew corner skills!

For my version of AutumnalI’m continuing to use Ochre,” a bright orange Bella Solid paired up with a mid-gray tiny print on a light gray background, and a black floral print on a dark gray background for the contrasting pieces – both from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line. If you’re 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! To purchase Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II pre-cuts and yardage, click the button below. For Orange Bella Solid “Ochre” (#9900-79) CLICK HERE!

Are you just joining MBH4? All of the previously released MBH4 blocks can be accessed by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You 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.

Well everyone, it’s time for me to get stitching. This rainy Wednesday won’t be going to waste – that’s for sure. I have a full day planned with a few different on-going projects to work on in my studio. I got a lot finished yesterday during our Sit & Stitch Gathering, which was awesome – there was a great turn-out! We had a wonderful time as always, the food was amazing, and there was plenty of fun, laughter, and creativity to go around.

Sit & Stitch Gatherings are an open stitch event held every month at The Gathering, typically on Tuesdays (dates vary – this is not a weekly event, please check the Events area of our web page for upcoming dates by clicking HERE). Day and evening sessions are available. You can bring your machine or hand stitching projects – anything goes! One of the things I love most about Sit & Stitch is the variety of projects that come through the door. So much inspiration and creativity!

If you’re having trouble with a skill, or you just need a little bit of motivation, come to Sit & Stitch! There is plenty of great advice to go around – you’re among friends. Plus, we feed you! LOL If you want to learn more about Sit & Stitch, click the button below for more information!

I will see you all tomorrow at 1:00PM CST for Stitch with Lisa Bongean on YouTube. It’s been a while since I’ve gone through my works-in-progress with you all, so be ready for that! I mean… there’s only a few things on my work table to talk about… like the Heartfelt QAL, the O’ Say Can You Sew QAL, Revel, Pumpkin Carving Contest, MBH4 QAL, Stars All Around, and Dragonfly Dreams…just to name a few. You’re not going to want to miss it! You can watch by hitting the link below – and remember to comment on my blog and YouTube broadcasts. You could win a prize just for telling me what you think! Have a great day everyone! ~Lisa

Moda Blockheads 4 – Block #9 “Cross My Mind”

Hey gang! It’s Moda Blockheads time again. This week we’re tackling block #9, Cross My Mind by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic. Originally from Germany, Brigitte learned to sew from her grandmother when she was only six years old! Once she got older, the love of designing and sewing her own clothing lead her to choose Interior Design as her course of study in college. She found herself increasingly intrigued by the students down the hall who were using needle, thread, and of course fabrics within their curriculum, and eventually ended up changing her direction toward textile design. From there, an accidental encounter with a quilting book sparked a newfound infatuation with patchwork, which ultimately resulted in her online shop and fabric line designs.

Brigitte describes her quilt designs as a reduced, pure, and clear style. Cross My Mind follows suit with its simple yet aesthetically pleasing layout. When describing Cross My Mind” Brigitte says that she really likes to use the plus symbol in her work, which is why she loves this block so much. It’s easy to sew, and versatile enough to create a variety of different designs. I know you’re anxious to see what you come up with for your own version of this fun little design. You can find everything you need to get started on “Cross My Mind” including the pattern, project instructions, sewing techniques, tips, and advice from Brigitte by visiting her blog.

I’m loving this block in the colors I chose, and the prints are adorable! I used a bright orange Bella Solid paired up with a light gray print on white, a black floral print on a dark gray background, and a dark gray tiny print on a light gray background for the contrasting pieces – all from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line.

If you’re 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! To purchase Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II pre-cuts and yardage, click the button below. For Orange Bella Solid “Ochre” (#9900-79) CLICK HERE!

Are you just joining MBH4? All of the previously released MBH4 blocks can be accessed by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can find the archive in the list of main 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.

We’re having a really busy day here at The Gathering. Wool Club is up and running along side our Tulip Festival multi-day retreat. What a day! The retreat house is buzzing, everyone is having a blast ,and of course, we’re getting a little work done too!

If you’re looking for a club to join and love wool appliqué, you’re going to want to get in on Wool Club. Jess describes this club as a sit & sew that focuses strictly on wool appliqué projects. If you’re participating in our subscription wool box, this is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in those projects! Whether you’re new to working with wool appliqué or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome at Wool Club!

Our monthly Wednesday Wool Club runs all day from 9AM until 9PM and includes both lunch and dinner prepared by Chef Erica. The cost is $40.00 per person, per full-day session. If you are only able to attend a half-day session, that’s ok too! The morning session will be from 9AM until 4PM and includes lunch, and the evening session will run from 4PM until 9PM and includes dinner. The cost of half-day sessions is $25.00 per person, per session. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis so sign up today by calling 920.778.8031 to guarantee your seat! You can also email thegathering@primitivegatherings.us to register.

Retreat guests are also keeping busy between their quilt project, “Waddles and two spring-themed wool projects. The first wool project they’re making is my Spring Tulip Pillow. This springy pillow is done on a grunge background with fun and colorful cut-out lettering. It’s obviously adorable as a pillow, but it could make a great banner or hanging piece as well! Finished this pillow measures 16″ x 24″.

It’s not quite available for purchase yet, since my Tulip Festival Retreat is still happening, but I still have some good news. Kits and patterns are available to pre-order now on our website, and will ship once the retreat is finished.

The other wool project retreaters are working on is a gorgeous spring table mat, adorned with colorful tulips. It’s simply called,Tulip Festival Mat.”  I used a gray speckled wool for the background, which really helps the color of the tulips to pop! Measuring at 26″ x 26″ this beautiful mat will brighten up any room! Again, since this item is one of our Tulip Festival retreat projects, it is only available on our website as a pre-order, and will ship once the retreat is completed.

Of course it wouldn’t be a quilting retreat if we didn’t have a quilt project, so let me introduce you all to Waddles!” You may remember the, Nibbles quilt from around Easter time. This little guy is up next in the, “Just One” series, which is a new collection we’re working on that will feature – you guessed it – a bunch of a similar motif paired up with “Just One” of something in the mix.

I can’t get over how cute Waddles is! And I absolutely love all those giant tulips – they’re one of my favorite flowers! Don’t you think this quilt would make an adorable gift for a baby or young child?  I could see this as hanging décor in a nursery or play room – or even draped over a porch swing! Finished “Waddles” measures 46 1/2″ x 61 1/2″ – not too big, and not too small. The perfect size for cuddling! Remember, Waddlesis available as a pre-order only at this time, and will ship out after the Tulip Festival retreat is finished.

Do you feel like it’s been a long day? I do – but I still have a ways to go yet! I better get back to the grindstone before I get any wild ideas about hanging it up for the evening. I have stitching to do! …and I’m willing to bet, so do you! If Blockheads 4, O’ Say Can You Sew, Heartfelt, and the many other projects we have going on aren’t enough to keep you busy, remember I still need Flag blocks for my Hogs for Heroes mystery mission fundraiser! You can get the details and the pattern for my mystery mission by clicking the link below.

Speaking of Hogs for Heroes, tune in to watch my LIVE show, Stitch with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1PM CST. I’ll be presenting Hogs for Heroes with a check for the amount we raised during our Hogs for Heroes online auction fundraising event – that’s over $9,000!!! I am so proud of each and every one of you who has contributed to this great cause. It is all of you that make the donations Primitive Gatherings generates possible. THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU!!! Alright everyone, I must get back to the retreat house. There’s a Tulip Festival going on over there after all – I hope they are behaving! See you all tomorrow during Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Bye for now! ~Lisa

MBH4 – Block 8 “Wild Geese”

Hey everyone, happy hump day! Here we go again with another exciting Moda Blockhead Wednesday! Block 8 – “Wild Geese is on the schedule for this week, a fabulous block pattern designed by Kate Spain of kdspain.com. Kate is a graphic artist whose designs can be found on fabric, bedding, pillows, rugs, stationery, gift wrap, calendars, tableware, and a wide variety of other home and lifestyle products. You’ll notice that Kate’s work includes many nature and landscape-based themes and designs. She describes her biggest inspiration as her everyday surroundings, using shapes, colors, and textures from the world around her to create integral and eye-catching fabrics and patterns.

Wild Geese doesn’t stray from Kate’s signature style. It’s easy to see the resemblance of wild geese flying in perfect form within this simple, yet clever design. For my version of Wild Geese I’m sticking with my ongoing color scheme choices and using a bright orange Bella Solid paired up with a mid-level gray floral print on white, and a dark gray tiny print on a mid-gray background for the contrasting pieces – both from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line.

As we are starting to accumulate finished blocks I’m liking this color combination more and more. The bright boldness of the orange seems to push the grayscale elements out, helping them to “take flight” off the background – like a wild goose! LOL! If you’re 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! To purchase Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II pre-cuts and yardage, click the button below. For Orange Bella Solid “Ochre” (#9900-79) CLICK HERE!

Alright Blockheads! I know you’re anxious to start on your version of Block 8,” so wait no longer! You can find everything you need to get going on “Wild Geese,” including the pattern, project instructions, tips, and advice from Kate all on her blog, 

Looking for an earlier block? All of the previously released MBH4 blocks can be accessed by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can find the archive in the list of main 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.

As I mentioned earlier in the week Nick and I are still enjoying some time out in Las Vegas with my  friend Val Krueger, but we’ll be back to WI in a few short days. I’m going to do my best to pop in via livestream with Val on Thursday during Stitch with Lisa Bongean,” so be sure to tune in if you want to see what we’re up to. If all goes to plan, Jess will be co-hosting with Val and I as we showcase the stunning collection of Val’s designs in the Primitive Gatherings book, Fun, Friends & Fat Quarters. If you’re a fat quarter fan, this book is definitely for you! All twelve quilts in Fun, Friends & Fat Quarters are designed to use twelve fat quarters each, making them great as scrap busters, or the just perfect excuse to buy new fat quarters of your current favorites! Set your reminders for Thursday at 1:00 PM CST so you don’t miss it. As always, remember to leave me a comment here on the blog and during the LIVE show – who knows, you might win a prize for it… See you Thursday! ~ 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