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 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 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

Lisa Bongean/American Quilters SAL

Hogs for Heros…American Quilter’s Stitch Along/Prep

HOGS FOR HEROES checking in here…and we are stunned, and honored, by this beautiful effort to support our healing mission! We only just learned of Lisa’s generous plan and can hardly believe quilters across the nation will unite to sew their hearts out to benefit veterans’ healing. Thank you!

A little bit about us, because knowing who benefits from your labors is important to your heart. Hogs For Heroes is a small, WI nonprofit created by four family members, none of whom served. We do this volunteer work simply out of gratitude for those who served and sacrificed much on our behalf, and from a desire to provide struggling, at-risk Veterans with a healing alternative: wind therapy, as we Bikers affectionately call it. We raise funds to buy Harley-Davidson motorcycles for Veteran riders who, injured in the course of active duty, find themselves hurting–mentally, physically, emotionally–and unable to have a Bike in their life. We help them heal by gifting them a Harley that allows them to regain peace on the road, control in their life, clarity, pride, and joy…and equally important, support from the rider community and Veteran brotherhoods.

We know motorcycling isn’t everyone’s cup of tea… but if it’s your blood its roots run deep and make up an identity, culture, and community for its riders–all things similar to the military, and deeply missed as Veterans separate from service. It is estimated that 22 Veterans a day commit suicide; another compelling reason to offer alternative therapy with a “tool” that is well established in the military community and will support them for years to come. We direct 100% of every donation straight toward the next Bike and Veteran pairing. And because we do this work voluntarily on the side of jobs, family, and life…we thought we would be successful if we could raise funds to gift one Harley a year. Instead, in just a little over 4 years of gifting bikes, we wrapped up our 2020 season by returning SIXTEEN injured Veteran riders back to the road they love on beautiful Harleys. Each Recipient will tell you that our gift has truly changed their life and, in several cases, literally saved their lives. And while our gift is only given to one individual, its positive ripple effect impacts the lives of their spouses, families, friends, employers, and community as they find new outlets, opportunities, and support systems.

Thank you for reading through our nutshell-version to learn about our unique work. And thank you, for participating in this amazing project to support our veterans’ healing needs.

Like what you heard? Be sure to LIKE US on Facebook to stay on top of our activity and announcements! You can learn more about our work and the Veterans we have supported at And, if you’re so inclined, you can donate there too, but I know Lisa is raising funds as well with this stitch along and you may want to contribute to the Quilters effort.

🙂 Peace to all…. and best wishes as you each make these beautiful quilts!  Audra Thompson

If this doesn’t touch you?  I don’t know what does, It has even more impact seeing it in person. May 2019 I watched Rob Thede receive his bike…and with tears streaming down my face that is when I decided I was going to “try” and do this for another vet.  Believing you can is 90% of completing a goal.  It is now time to make that happen.  With this American Quilters Stitch Along WE are going to accomplish it. I hope you’re along for this ride...because I need y’all to do it!  I’m counting on us Quilter’s to make this happen!  Audra left the above info as a comment on my blog but I wanted you all to read it.  She sent this to me after I called her and explained what I wished to do.  We have set up a separate bank account for our funds raised, you will be able to directly donate to it.  I will let you know when that time comes.  But while you are waiting you can start getting ready…

American Quilters SAL/Lisa Bongean

         Here is a PDF of the following info…You may want to print it and start a binder for this project!                                                                                  Click HERE to print SAL Prep


★    Hey Everyone…                                                                                                              

    I am so excited you are going to Stitch-Along with us on this wonderful pattern. This quilt is so much fun and everyone will want it! You now have to decide if you are only going to make one, or more than one! Hopefully, we will be starting on time, but if our fabric is delayed we will have to push it back and start when it is possible!                                       

  I do have an underlying reason for this SAL and that is to raise money for Hogs for Heroes.    

    I hope all of you can help me do this, and we can help change lives for our military veterans. I will be posting more information about this on my blog.                                     


   The American Gatherings Fat Quarter fabric bundle. -Each FQ tower of American Gatherings bought at Primitive Gatherings is an automatic $10 donation for Hogs for Heros.                                                  

★    4 or 6 yards of fabric, for sashing, borders, and bindings. I made one quilt with blue and the other one with cream…I will be making several more with the blocks I will be making while doing the tutorials each week. I have two sizes here just in case you want to make your quilt bigger or add matching pillowcases. The four yards is enough to complete the quilt.                                                                                                                              

★    Starch – I strongly suggest you starch your fabrics prior to cutting them. I will be posting a video on How to Starch your fabrics.  Buy Heavy Duty Faultless starch in blue or purple cans, not gold.  You will need about 2 for this project.

★    ThreadsMy suggestions for threads are any of these three, Aurifil 2309 (cream) 2620            (light/med grey) and 2785 (navy). I personally do not like stitching dark fabrics with light thread…I used the navy for stitching the blue borders on the quilt blocks.                           

★    Small rulers like, 3×7, 6×6, 5×15 Itty Bitty Eights rulers. All of these rulers will be so helpful for cutting these blocks.                                                                                        

★    12½” x 12½’ Creative Grid rulers. This ruler is so helpful in squaring up your finished quilt blocks.                                                                                                                            ★

★    Simple Folded Corner ruler. This tool is awesome…especially if you like perfect blocks.         

★   Optional, but recommended…Single Hole throat plate on your machine. If you have an oblong hole on your machine where the needle goes up and down, you may want to put on a single hole throat plate. These are standard on machines that only stitch straight, but can be purchased for your machine if you do not have one. This prevents the little pieces of fabric from being sucked down into the oblong hole which is standard on machines         


I may share other ideas, tips, and thoughts along the way. I will be posting the block each week on here on my Blog along with weekly giveaways, auctions and other fun…do not miss out!            

 Here are all the places to join in-these are links and when clicked will take you there to sign up. are here…but are you signed up?               

If you are on a computer it is on the right-hand sidebar…if you are on a phone/tablet you will have to scroll to the bottom of this post to sign up…

You-tube channel- Stich with Lisa Bongean

Stitch with Lisa’s Facebook Group.                       

I encourage you to stitch along each week, share your blocks on my Stitch with Lisa’s           Facebook Group, and tag your blocks with #americanquilterssal on Instagram or other social platforms. I know lots of shops will also be hosting this as a Stitch-Along…I am hoping we can get some posts and comments from them as well as showing them all stitching together!                                                                                                           

★   ABBREVIATIONS: I like to use the following abbreviations in the pattern to help from repeating over and over.                                                                                                 

          SFC = Single Folded Corner                                                                                     

         SQ/SQ = Square in a Square                                                                                    

         FG = Flying Geese

         HST = Half Square Triangle                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

★ I will show a couple of different ways to make/stitch the blocks each week. However, you may have a preferred way and you are more than welcome to use your favorite method.           

★Cutting for Blocks: 

In the first week, I will give you the cutting for all the red and cream stripes. You can choose to cut one block each week OR stack and cut ALL of your blocks (20) for the whole quilt the first week.         

 When stacking your fabrics, pay attention to the direction of the stripes. You may want them to run the short way on some prints and/or the long way. This is certainly up to you. (But keep this in mind when you are stacking and cutting your strips.) These strips are also cut longer and will be trimmed down later. I find this much easier with this many strips involved.                                                                                                                        

 ★ Use a scant ¼” seam allowance and test it to make sure you are not too big or too small.                                                                      

 I just found out our FQ bundles will be delayed….there are so many on the order they need a little more time!.   This gives us a little extra time to gather our things and get ready….so no worries, we will start with the first block when the fabric is on it’s way to us from Dallas.   It’s a time of adaptability.  I will redo the 20 bock schedule so we have all the blocks by Memorial Day! Lisa     

Print this for the cover of your binder…there is a PDF  link button below.             

Lisa Bongean/American Quilters SAL           PDF Cover for American Quilters SAL                                                                                 

That is all for now…I hope you are as excited as I am to get this project started!     

I’ll be in touch….Lisa


Lisa Bongean 12 Days of Needful Things and Giveaways!

12 Needful Things….Day 12

Welcome to my 12 Days of  Needful Things!  I am grateful to know there are a lot of NEW Quilter’s & Stitchers following me here now than ever before.  I want you ALL to know that this warms my heart in a big way.  2020 has been a big year of change…change that we will look back on and talk about as a big world event…like this… Do you remember the year we all “stayed home?” and so on.  (Click on Links to find out more information)

For me, 2020 ‘s changes were very dramatic in my quilting life. Who am I kidding… my quilting life IS my life…hahaha…bear with me here before we begin the 12 Needful Things… I am not upset about 2020.  I am an optimist…I found lots to LOVE about 2020.  But  here are a few things that changed significantly for me…

No travel...I used to travel two to three times a month, teaching for guilds, vending at a shows, traveling with quilters on an adventure, buying trips, regular visits to our California store and work & personal quilting retreats…all gone for 2020.

Re-Creating how we do business.  Primitive Gatherings was a strong family business.  But what do we do if we can’t attend a quilt show and sell our products? if we don’t have a class full of students?  I guess we get on social media, start a group….(Stitch with Lisa) where I could fill the void of not being able to teach.   I started sharing little videos on stitches, how to’s and then the LIVE video’s sharing what I am working on, tutorials and sharing my home life as well.  In other words being available to those who needed some social interaction because the only place we were going was the grocery store, in fear mind you….I believe we still are in the infancy of our business transformation.  We are now on YouTube, I have become a little more comfortable in front of the camera…We are working on a better set up for video/audio and learning our new equipment.  We have big plans and in the end…we will make the best of 2020.

Personal care...being able to stay home allowed me the ability to take better care of myself… I hired an online Life Coach which helped with many issues, time management, work/personal life separation, weight loss, personal relationships, and learning how to celebrate my successes. These are just a few things that I am working on with her.  It is all still a work in progress but I feel much more confident and in control than I have ever been before.

Collaborations..when you are unsure of the future…you work harder.  I have two possibly three books coming out in 2021  with Martingale.  We have four MODA fabrics lines with supporting pattern books coming in 2021. Two are regular cotton lines, one flannel, and one homespun.   I have 2 more already in the works for 2022, this would have never happened before…to be this far ahead with my fabric lines.  I do not recall how many other collaborations we will be involved in…I know we are in American Patchwork & Quilting in early summer of 2021…and a few more Moda All-Star books too!

Why am I telling you all this?  As this year ends I want to change things for next year.  We will be moving into a new Shop & Warehouse and then our retreat house.   This will allow us to better to serve our quilting community.  For our online community I want to offer more Stitch-Alongs, tutorials, Add a “quilty”  subscription box in the alternating months we do not have a wool/stitchery box.

I do not know if we will have the Summer blocks of the weeks the same way as we have offered them for the past 15 years….and this event the 12 days of Needful Things will also change…but I promise the changes will be good and you will probably like it much better!

I can’t possibly thank you enough for your participation, loyalty, and friendship when we all needed each other this year.  As the leader of Primitive Gatherings, I promise you we all give 100% in everything we do…We care and want our customers to be happy…Stitching is our happy place…

Now onto the Needful Things...Important Info first…please READ.

There will be 12 days…starting today…some will have multiple items some only one….you can keep your items in your wish list until the end…or not…shipping is free after $100. If you are keeping them in your cart they will clear after a certain amount of days…so add them wish list and then add them to the cart when you are ready to order.   If the item is a pre-order it needs to go in a separate single order…

We have items in stock, however, we do not know if we will sell 5 or 500 so we may have to order additional items in, this takes time…so do not be in a hurry for your order…it is also the holidays….there are days we are shut down and employees are on vacation…if you wait to place your order at the end, know it will be well into January before it comes….

Please understand we are a SMALL business (do not compare us with major online shopping outlets)….we are expanding with the BUILD  (click here for weekly updates) but for now we have two or three persons working to ship…we do work more than 1 shift at times like this…but this is not a normal time and we cannot hire just anyone off the street to get your orders right…we need to train them for a long time to know threads and designers and all that knit picky stuff…

Now back to the fun stuff.

Day 12-Fabric…Ahhhh yes, we all NEED fabric and I bet for most of you, stitched a lot of fabric this year!  The fabric I would like to offer here in my next fabric release in April 2021.  For this event we are featuring 20% off our pre-cuts and 10% off our kits and book.  This will be a pre-order and only pre-orders of this fabric can be on the order with the April delivery.

Primitive Gatherings

Style is personal, it’s how we share something about ourselves without speaking.  Urban Farmhouse Gatherings, it about mixing vintage prints with a modern color palette to create a mood that is warm, welcoming, and comfortable, while also being independent and distinctive.  This time there are beautiful large scale floral prints to accompany our tried-and-true shirting-style prints.  Just when you thought you knew me, right?

With Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II, make something beautiful for you home, or that special person in your life, by sharing a bit of yourself with them.

If you missed out on Urban Farmhouse Gatherings, now is the time to create with this beautiful line…If you are lucky to have Urban Farmhouse Gatherings, now it is possible to add to your collection for more prints in this beautiful, timeless palette with Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II!

Here is what my team and I have come up with for quilts and projects…Interwoven Star

Interwoven Star-Finishes at 77″x 77″

This quilt looks hard but is easily constructed of large HST’s and rectangles. The light large beautiful print is featured in the center.

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Weave Got YouWeave Got You- Finished size 92″x 98″

This fat quarter friendly quilt is designed by my graphic designer Teri.  Strip piecing will make this intimadating pattern not-so scary!

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Cabin on the RidgeCabin on the Ridge- Finishes at 70″x72″ If you know much about me you know what ridge it is named after…but I LOVED making this quilt.  So fun, easy and it turned out so perfect and Jake quilted it sooooooooo beautiful!  This so far is eveyone’s favorite from the 6, but we are not quite done making them all yet…so that can change.

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Snowflake Star

Snowflake Star- Finished at 85″x108″ Now do not be fooled…this quilt looks hard but those blocks are big…and I know you all know how easy those HSTs are to make now…So this quilt features one dark grey and 6 light prints!  Sure to be a classic on our bed this winter! ( next winter for you)

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.


Clematis- Finished size is 69″x 78″  By far the easies quilt in the book…The  center are a beautiful fussy cut clematis flower.  This floral is so intricate and beautiful!

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Trellis Flower Garden

Trellis Flower Garden- 72″x 81″ We are stitching these strips of flower as I write this…beautiful fabrics and easy wool appliqué compliment the wools and cotton combination!

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Now all the above quilts will be in this book…Urban Patchwork Gatherings…It is on sale for 20% off during our 12 Days…also…this is not going to be the actual cover of the book..   Urban Patchwork Gatherings Book

Do you have this book?  This new fabric will work with this book too!Urban Farmhouse Gatherings

Here are the projects from my pervious book…just a little more eye candy this Sunday….

Hang in there with me. I know this post is long….but we can’t forget about the PRE-CUTS!!!

Urban Farmhouse Gatherings IIUrban Farmhouse Gatherings II Precuts

Click Here to PRE-order these pre-cuts..

Precuts again are 20% OFF! Only til the end of the year!

I will be posting and video-ing  a lot of about these NEW quilts and the pillow projects as we finish them up and create a couple more single patterns as well!  It is hard promoting fabrics that will not be out in the world until April 2021 but we have our order in and if we need to adjust it will still may be able to…but not for long.  I am also using this fabric for Sewcialites sew- along with Fat Quarter Shop!

I have a F8 bundle of this line ready for one of you!!!…if you read all the way to the end you can leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite fabric line from Primitive Gatherings is for you….If you have never sewn with my fabrics…time to start!!!!  lol…. I will post winners for each post on Christmas Day!!!!

Have a great Sunday you all …and I may pop up live today in our STITCH group..with something fun!

All for now…Lisa & the hardest working Quilt Shop staff at Primitive Gatherings!!!