Sample Spree Summer Quilt Along! Starts today!!!

A fun summer quilt along…who’s in?  

I know you are doing the American Quilter’s SAL…but I don’t want to miss out either!!! So let’s just all do what we can and just keep stitching on…whatever we get done we get done…I did just finish my last Sewcialite Block today!!! Can’t wait to show that off!

Sampler Spree: 101+ Fresh & Fun Quilt Blocks by Susan Ache

You will need the book to quilt-along – that is the only place to find the instructions for the 101 blocks we’re making.  The book also has the information to make this quilt.

CT Susan Ache SS QAL Give & Take Flat

Click HERE to order your book!

Give & Take – it finishes at 83½” x 83½”.

Fabric.  How much do you need? 

Page 8.  All yardage is based on 42″ wide fabric. 

  • 1 yard total of assorted cream prints for large blocks
  • 3 yards total of assorted light scraps for blocks – or approx. 3 yards for a single background.
  • 3.875 yards total of assorted medium and dark scraps for blocks – referred to collectively as “dark”.
  • 1.25 yards of white solid for sashing
  • 2.375 yards of peach solid for sashing

The quilt-along starts today!!!! – Wednesday, June 16. 

New blocks will be shared every Wednesday through August 18 – ten weeks of sewing.

Wait.  Ten weeks, a hundred blocks… ten blocks a week? 

CT Susan Ache SS Blocks Design Wall

Yes.  Just remember Rule No. 1 about the Sampler Spree quilt-along – we’re doing this to have fun!  It’s not a race.  Some folks will make ten blocks in two days, others will make two blocks in ten days.  Maybe.  So don’t worry about “keeping up”.  Just enjoy the process.

Sewing by color.  We will be using a single color for the blocks each week – e.g., the first week’s blocks will be Blue. 

CT Susan Ache SS Blocks

The weekly colors are: Orange, Aqua/Teal/Turquoise, Brown & Tan, Green, Purple/Coral/Pink, Navy Blue, Yellow & Gold, Black & Gray, and Red.  And Blue – e.g., Cornflower, Delft, and so on.

And no, that’s not the order of the colors.  We have to keep a few things a surprise!

CT Susan Ache SS Color Bundles

When we discussed doing this, there were two things that convinced us to do this.  One, this is how Susan sews through her scrap bins in the summer.  One color at a time – one bin at a time.  Two, we liked the challenge of it, limitations can spark a whole lot of creativity. 

But – this is not required!  Nobody will be shunned, or voted off the island, for not sewing by color.  Adjust the colors and shades to suit you – your scraps, your color palette, what you like. 

CT Susan Ache SS Checklist Stack of Fabrics

We are stitching blocks in book order because we are stitching all blues!!!!

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We at Primitive Gatherings are stitching ALL blues blocks this time….the blocks are made up of Indigo Gatherings & Starlight Gatherings.  We are using 1 cream background Bella Porcelain    You also can pre- order your Starlight Gatherings HERE.  The highlighted areas are shop-able links

Do I have to make every block? 

Of course not – what’s the rule?.  There are one-hundred blocks necessary to make the Give & Take quilt, so you can skip a few.  If there are blocks you really love, and love making, then make more of those.  Playing around with the light/dark placement, and the colors, in many of the blocks will change the look of the block.  

CT Susan Ache SS Blocks 2

Will there be other setting options? 

Yes.  Susan will be sharing a couple of different options along the way, including a couple of projects made with just one block from the book.  (And so will we.)

Who is sewing along?

Quilt-along stitchers – Instagram / Facebook / Blog:

So are you ready?

CT Susan Ache SS Layer Cake Squares

This is one reason why so many of us love Layer Cakes.  They are often used for photos, and then folded to make little collection bundles.  With Susan’s book and this quilt-along, the bundles were quickly taken apart and sorted by color.  

Can I tell you a secret?  The squares look so pretty in the boxes that pulling squares out and cutting them up will be really hard. 

But not impossible. 

We’ll see you next week. 

For a PDF of this blog post – Sampler Spree: A Checklist

If you missed any of the earlier posts with Susan:

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 http://www.hogsforheroeswi.org. 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.                                     

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I THINK WILL BE HELPFUL WHEN MAKING THIS QUILT                                        

   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.

lisabongean.com-you 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

 

12 Days of Needful Things…Day 2

Day 2- Needful Things-   Re-claimed Seam Rippers

I fell in love with a gifted seam ripper I received from a quilting friend.  When everyone raved at how awesome they were I thought they would be perfect for our Needful Things.  Because let’s face it, seam rippers are needful.  Ripping is much more enjoyable with a pretty ripper.

Now to find someone to make them for me.  I have this uncanny ability to come up with something for my family member “to do”.  My new brother-in-law, Doug is a concrete finisher for CRMeyer.  He usually works out of state on a big job, long term, but right now he is being shuffled to smaller jobs here and there.  He has a big beautiful shop so I asked him if he could make them for us!  So for the last two months, we have been scouring the antique shop and thrift stores for chubby knife handles.  You are doing us all a big service keeping Doug busy making ripppers!

We have a large selection but not many of one kind.  So we have put them into 3 categories.  Ornate Silver                           Unornate                                   GoldReclaimed Seam ripper from Primitive Gatherings

Ornate SilverReclaimed Seam RipperReclaimed Seam rippers from Primitive GatheringsReclaimed Seam rippers from Primitive Gatherings

Unornate-(not so busy) Reclaimed Seam rippers from Primitive Gatherings

Reclaimed Seam rippers from Primitive Gatherings Gold.

Reclaimed Seam rippers from Primitive Gatherings

These will make perfect gifts for your sewing friends and for yourself.  We will randomly pick it and put it in your order.  I am sure you can understand for obvious reasons why we cannot let you pick. So we appreciate your understanding

 
I know we are all busy so If you want a  chance to win a re-claimed ripper, just quickly leave me a comment here telling me what you are wishing for from Santa this year!
and if you are not busy take a  minute to watch our   Red & White bed turning live from the lakehouse yesterday!!!
Click this link to go to  YouTube and while you are there PLEASE subscribe! 
We are now getting a little ad revenue on YouTube!  This helps us buy equipment and pay for the production of more videos so please SUBSCRIBE and watch! 
Thank You! Lisa

12 Days of Needful Things…Day 3

Just a reminder about our shop hours through the rest of the year.

Day 3- Needful Things-Custom Quilt Hangers

Scott has been busy designing new quilt Hangers…We have had a single arm for a while now…I loved mine..but…wait…now I can have 3 or 5 quilts hanging at the same time!3 arm quilt hangerShown here black or white…notice they are distressed on purpose.  Paint is rubbed off…and such…

Then here it is… all dressed up in red & white for Christmas!

Primitive Gatherings 5 arm quilt hangerThis is our family room…now all the quilt are stored here instead of folded on the couch…tidy’s up space quickly!  Most of these quilts are flannel…and heavy so they are nice and strong as well.
These hangers are hand made by Scott so please allow some time for him to make your beautiful hanger…it will come next year.  Something to look forward to in 2021!  We are offering the hangers on sale for 10% off.  They will not ever be on sale again, maybe next Christmas…as they are very laborious and not easy to ship…so this is your chance.  You can order the single,  triple, and the five-arm…black or white.
If you won a quilt hanger….where would you hang it? 
What is the first quilt you would put on it? 
Which one would you want? 
After you leave me a comment telling me all this info make sure you check your list…do you have all those presents yet?  Some of mine are not going to make it…oh well, I will put a picture of it in a card and say Merry Christmas… it is coming!!!  It’s all good…we will just keep celebrating until they all come in!  Why not… In 2020 all things are unpredictable.
I can’t wait to read your comments today!!!
Lisa

12 Days of Needful Things…Day 5

DAY 5 NEEDFUL THINGS–    Endurance Blades: 20%

I really did not notice until I really thought about it…but  I have had this blade in this cutter since  I  got the new navy cutter…well over a year for sure.  So I put this blade on my list for our NEEDFUL THINGS.   I am only buying/using them from now on.  I used to change my blades at least once a month…it could have been done more often than that but I am very frugal…and I do not want to mess up my cutting mats.   The worst thing you can do to your mat is cut on it  with a dull blade.

I am going to be a snob here for just a little moment….I only use Olfa blades/cutters and really like there mats…but I have occasionally used different mats.  But not the cutter…this brand is amazing, I don’t care what cutter…there are many…but these are the most comfortable and the “LV” of rotary cutters…that was “Louie Vuitton” just in case you were not going to get my joke.

So where are offering discounts on everything else as well…

All Regular  & Endurance Rotary Blades: 20%

Rotary Cutters: Yellow Handles only
                                     60mm 45mm  28mm 18mm: 
 
Creative Grid Itty Bitty Rulers by Primitive Gatherings plus a few more….
We also can’t offer blades and cutters and not rulers.  I LOVE my rulers.  I wish they came in more sizes but this is what we have for now…They do work for all of my cutting needs so I am happy.  
 
Rulers from Lisa Bongean/Primitive GatheringsWhat I mean by MY rulers is…these are MY rulers.   I designed them…they are still Creative Grid rulers but they have some differences from the normal CG rulers…they have not one solid line…everything is dashed.  They have 1/8, 3/8, 5/8, and 7/8″ markings on them…  Last, they do not have 1/2″ added to them…my ruler is  8″x 24″.  Not  8 1/2″ x 24 1/2″  This has screwed me up more times than I would like to admit…
 
My rulers come in 3 rectangles.  3×7, 5×15, super nice for cuttting 5″ squares and 8×24 all measurements are in inches.  I also have two squares…6 and 15 inches.  
Creative Grids does not allow us to put their rulers on sale ever.   But we are going to give away a FQ bonus for every $12 you spend on a creative grid ruler, so if you spend $48 dollars on two rulers you get 4 FQs.  We also have added a few more rulers just in case you have all 5 of my ruler or maybe you need double of some!!!
 
 
 
 
Today you have two chances to win….because I forgot to add a giveaway to yesterday’s post. 
Let’s do something easy….The first comment, Did you make any of your gifts this year?…. Second comment for today’s post. …Do you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced quilter? and why?  Put them both in one comment and we will pick several winners to win a bunch of stuff from this post and yesterdays.   You know I love to give things away!!!
 
Thanks for taking the time out to read and participate in our 12 Needful Things!!!
 
Take time to enjoy all the things…Lisa 
 
Jace helped organize all my pins, and clips, and other stuff that gets all messed up…he was so proud to work for MiMi.Teaching Grandkids organization
 
 
…and then it was time for stitching.  A couple of weeks ago he asked if he could stitch…I said yes. Then did nothing about it…then he asked again and again…so I knew he was really interested.  I asked him what he wanted to stitch…A dragon was his answer…so I found a dragon and we started stitching.  I don’t make him…I do not correct him unless he asks me…I do help thread the needles!!!  We are working on holding onto it by the eye…he stitches for about 15-20 min. then he’s onto something else.  I am wondering how long our sessions will go.  It’s funny because his Mother is left-handed, so he sometimes stitches left and sometimes right…but he is good with both!  Also, a lot of the comments about your quilt shop in Jess’s post was about teaching kids…So I agree.
 

 

 

12 Days of Needful Things…Day 6

Day 6- Needful Things- Precision Mats, Iron off Iron Cleaner & Small Wool Pressing Mat

       Precision Mats- these mats are perfect for helping layout fusible web pieces to the exact placement of the pattern…the pattern can be easily seen through the mat. This allows you to place and then pick up the whole fused layout out of the applique piece and transfer it to the background.  Where then it can be pressed with lots of steam.
Here is a video from the manufacturer on how to use them…I made one but the sound did not work…uggghh….so CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO.
We have both sizes, but to me, there is only one I would buy and that is the larger one…This way you can do a much larger piece and you can always to any small shape…I sometimes have huge applique blocks.
          12×18  $40.00   sale   20% off   $32.00
          17×24   $50.00  sale    20% off   $40.00
Iron off Iron Cleaner: $7.30  Sale 25% off $5.48  Now is the time to replenish your supply….my iron often has to be cleaned.
 
Iron Off Hot Iron Cleaner

Mat $20.00   Sale 25% off $15.00 

 
Our Wool Ironing Mat is a favorite and we use them all the time….but unfortunately, we only have the small in stock…so keep this in mind for the future and put them in your wish list.   Primitive Gatherings has an everyday decent price on these mats, so anytime you order the price will be better than anyone one out there. 
Our sizes are:
20″x 58″ Large fits big board ironing boards.  $120
20″x 20″ medium mat-$50
12×12 small mat-$20.00   Sale 25% off   $15.00