Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along Intro & Supply List

Can you believe it? After what feels like an eternity of waiting, the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along is finally ready to begin! This is a summer stitch-along that will feature a custom quilt project designed by my good friend, Val Krueger. Val based this intricate pattern on my new Garden Gatherings line, which after much anticipation arrived here earlier this month. Check out this beauty of a design. I can’t tell you how gorgeous it is in person – absolutely stunning!

Completed "Meet Me in the Garden" Quilt

Planning to join us for Meet Me in the Garden?” This post will take you through all the fabric and tools that you will need to participate in this stitch-along. This is the beginning of a six month long project, so having everything you need prior to starting is a great idea. It’s never a good thing to get half way through a quilt project, only to realize you’re out of something you can’t get anymore. We’re talking serious bummer there…so let’s try to avoid that by setting up for success! Fabric requirements for Meet Me in the Garden are as follows:

There are also several required rulers and tools that you will need. Ruler and tool requirements for Meet Me in the Garden are as follows:

Excited to get started yet? Video tutorials featuring explanations on the different rounds that make up this quilt will be released each month. Below you will find a list of rounds along with their video release dates, so you have an idea on how to plan for this stitch-along.

Alright! You only have a couple of short weeks to get your ducks in a row for Meet Me in the Garden.” Remember, you can find the video tutorials posted to my YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” each month on the listed release dates. You can watch the intro to Meet Me in the Garden now by clicking the STITCH button below! If you have any questions feel free to email the shop at store@primitivegatherings.us and we’ll be happy to help!

I hope you have a great week everyone! I’ll be back here on the blog on Wednesday for Moda Blockheads 4 Block #15 release, plus this week’s blog comment prize winners. Until then I know you have plenty to do so be sure to make time to stitch every day! Bye for now! ~Lisa

 

MBH4 – Block #14 – “Bird on a Branch”

Hey Blockheads! Welcome back. If you’re following along with the MBH4 quilt-along you should be ready to tackle Block #14 this week, brought to us by Jan Patek of Jan Patek Quilts. Jan is a talented fabric designer for Moda, and is especially known for her primitive folk art quilts and published pattern books. Her block, Birds on a Branchsteps a bit outside the box for this quilt-along, considering it is the first appliqué unit so far. This block features, you guessed it – a bird on a branch – done in simple appliqué using whichever method you prefer. You can find the full pattern and instructions for Birds on a Branch by visiting Jan’s blog, or in the MBH4 Archives under the menu link at the top of this page.

I’m doing something a little bit different with my MBH4 block this week. Summer is in full swing and as you know, I’ve been super busy with projects galore. To save time I decided to skip doing Jan’s appliquéd block and stick with something a bit more straightforward. Instead, I went with my featured MBH4 bonus block #3, Star Turn as a substitute. This block is a mix of the simple checkerboard look of a nine patch in the center, combined with 1/2 square triangles to form a star shape overall.

Fabric wise, for the nine patch center I chose to use a white floral print on mid-gray, paired with the opposite mid-gray floral print on white for the alternating squares. For the outer “star” portion I used a matching mid-gray floral print on black to help the star to pop. The background is a bright orange Bella solid with the exception of each corner, which features a triangle piece in the same white with mid-gray print used in the nine patch. If you’d like to use my bonus block as an alternate as well, you can find a link to the full printable pattern and instructions below!

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!

Busy busy! I’ll let you get to it. Remember to catch me LIVE tomorrow at 1:00PM CST on my YouTube channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Jess and I will be on location in Illinois at h+h americas – a new trade show platform for the North American Handicraft industry. h+h is an all-inclusive industry event, embracing all types of handicrafts. The event is new to the U.S., but has already been in business overseas for years. This market is business to business and I can’t wait to experience if for myself! Over 200 vendors will be featured, including experts in fabric, yarn, cross-stitch and more-more-more! And all of this gathered in one place? Yes please! Come see what it’s all about tomorrow at 1:00PM (as long as the wifi God’s behave that is…). Set your alarms now so you don’t miss out. I’ll see you there! ~Lisa

Heartfelt Quilt-Along – Block Release #5 “Lovebug”

Heartfelt Logo HeaderHey gang! TGIF! I’m officially on my way to California for another one of my cross-country solo adventures. I’ll be heading to San Diego this next week to talk with the USO (United Service Organizations) about some of my ideas to help benefit veterans. The USO has been the nation’s leading charitable organization in serving active-duty service members and military families since 1941, so I’m hoping they can help me find some inspiration for my next big event. My goal this time around is to involve soldiers who are currently on active duty, so I’m really looking forward to talking with them to get some insight on how to go about doing that!

While I’m visiting CA I’ll also be teaching for Dru at the Sew Treasured Retreat in Temecula on Monday. I have to say that being on the road is kind of hard when I’ve just been home for what feels like soooo long… Taking week-long trips to three out-of-state places, all within a month’s time isn’t as easy as you might think! I’m going to need to take the entire summer off from traveling after this – which I’ll be glad to do since it’s hard to ride my toys if I’m not at home. My family and I love to boat, bike, jet ski, hike, fish… and of course, Nick and I LOVE to ride our Harley’s! We only have so many warm weather-days a year in Wisconsin, so I have to take advantage while I can!

With so much going on right now sometimes I have to wonder how I’ll get it all done – even though I know I always do! As you saw last week during Stitch with Lisa Bongean my works-in-progress pile is stacked high with ongoing projects and quilt-alongs. In fact, speaking of quilt-alongs today marks the release of block number five of the Fat Quarter Shops’s charity Quilt-Along, Heartfelt.” Haven’t heard of it? Heartfelt is a darling heart-themed project designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. I decided to participate in this fundraiser because I love kids and wanted to do something to help those who really need it. Make-A-Wish Foundation is an awesome organization that has been making wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions and their families for over 40 years. To date, they have collectively granted more than 520,000 wishes around the world since it was founded way back in 1980. How awesome is that!?!?

Everyone loves a good quilt-along, am I right? For me they’re especially hard to resist when it’s  backed by such a great cause. Interested in joining me for this one? Let me tell you the details on this little dandy. “Heartfeltis a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts. It was designed by Corey Yoder based on her new Moda fabric line, Beautiful Day.” For mine, I decided to stick with the heart theme and used all Valentine’s Day fabrics leftover from last winter. I also decided to do my blocks half the size of what’s featured on the pattern (in other words, I did 6″ blocks rather than the 12″ version that the pattern shows). If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished.

I’m happy to say that I’m right on track with this project and have blocks one through five complete! I really love the way the Valentine’s Day fabric looks collaged together within the blocks. Being the recipient of a thoughtful valentine is one of the best feelings ever – especially one made by-hand with love! Wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for your special someone next year? If you’re ready to get started on your own version of Heartfelt,” hit the link below for the full pattern and instructions (please remember to donate $5.00 for each download!).

I’m glad this quilt is turning out to be so darn cute. The plan is, once I get done with my version of this little gem I will be auctioning it off to help raise even more money for Make-A-Wish Foundation! It will be sad to give it up, but it really warms my heart knowing it is going toward helping someone. I guess I will just have to make another one to keep for myself! Do you “love” this quilt motif as much as I do? If you’d like to make my version of Heartfelt,” you can find the Valentine’s Day fabric you’ll need for it on our website!

Heartfelt is currently a free Quilt-Along and download on the Fat Quarter Shop website. Blocks are released one at a time, and will be posted to Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber on the first Friday of each month through September, 2022. They do not require it, but highly encourage that a $5.00 donation be made for the pattern if you’re able to do so. Proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. If you’d rather make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, follow the link below!

Don’t forget to set your alarm for Shop Talk with Shelley on Tuesday, LIVE at 9:00AM CST. She’ll be talking about our “Junk in Your Trunk” event along with the big Primitive Gatherings warehouse sale coming up next week! Then on Thursday I’ll be back in WI just in time to host Stitch with Lisa Bongean at 1:00PMCST. I’m going to be LIVE here at PG showing you what we have to offer during our Warehouse Sale and “Junk in Your Trunk” events. We’ll be featuring sale items like fabric, kits, books, patterns, notions, and MORE!

If you’re lucky enough to be local you should really stop on out! There will be vendor booths featuring crafts, baked goods, home décor, antiques, and other unique items. I’ll even be selling some things – so come get my JUNK (it’s good junk, I promise)!!! Are you a big garage sale fan? If you said yes have great news for you! This is all happening at the same time as the Winchester Town Wide Garage Sale event, so you will have plenty of shopping options to choose from – after you come see us of course! If you love “treasure hunting” the way I do, these are your lucky days! Not to mention, lunch is available! On Thursday, Erica is planning to have Sloppy Joes, Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad, home-made potato chips and dip with a delicious cookie for dessert! Then Friday through Sunday our soup and salad bar will be available! Yes please…

Alright everyone, it’s time to put this computer down and focus on my day and week ahead! I hope you all have a couple of nice days off along with some beautiful weather! Will you be doing any garage saling this weekend? Do you go a lot or just every once in a while? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to take some time to rest, get caught up on projects, and as always, do your best to stitch every day! I will see you all after I get back from CA. Until then, try to stay out of trouble! LOL ~Lisa

Hogs For Heroes Fundraiser – Auction Winners

Great news everyone! Our Hogs for Heroes online auction fundraiser event was a huge success! In only a few short days we were able to raise over $9,200 that will be going straight to benefit the Hogs for Heroes Organization! For those of you who don’t know, Primitive Gatherings is proudly partnered with Hogs for Heroes as a fun and creative way to give back to our WI veterans. I am so proud of the fact that currently, we have raised now over $37,000 between private donations, our 2021 “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” fundraiser, and our latest online auction! I want to say thank you to everyone who contributed so far, we could never have done it without you!

Below is the official list of all the items that were auctioned off along with the winner’s name, and the amount donated for each item. If you have any questions about the auction, please feel free to call the shop at 920-722-7233!

If you are one of the lucky winners of an auction item and still have not made arrangements for payment and shipping, please call 920-722-7233 by May 19th, 2022 to confirm your item!

All I can say is WOW! Looking at that grand total gives me the goosies! If we were able to achieve that in less than two weeks, I can only imagine what we we’ll do with more time in the future! I am very humbled by our veteran’s service to us and our great country, and feel honored to be a part of this mission. The individuals who receive these gifted Harley’s are so deserving of our gratitude, that I feel like helping them heal with a little wind therapy is the least we could do. I want to give a special thanks to each and every one of you who participated. I know that if I need to accomplish something greater than I can achieve on my own, all I have to do is reach out to my fellow stitchers and we will get it will get done! You should all be super proud of yourselves – I couldn’t ask for a better bunch to have my back.

Speaking of great friends and teamwork, I also want to give a big shout-out to those of you who have mailed in Flag blocks for our Hogs for Heroes secret mission project! They all look beautiful! They are steadily coming in but we still need more! If you missed my original call-out for the blocks, let me explain the details. I came up with this idea to add to our efforts in helping Hogs for Heroes. My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag blocks as possible by June 15th, 2022, which will then be used collectively to create a future project that will generate even more funds for Hogs for Heroes! I am calling it my, “Mystery Mission” because the final purpose for the Flag blocks is a secret that I will reveal once we’re all finished. If you would like to participate by making and donating blocks to this mystery mission, please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on this, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal) that would be even better!

Once you’re ready to submit your donated pieces, please package and send your blocks to:

I really hope you all have a great weekend. Nick and I are traveling home to WI and will be back to work at Primitive Gatherings by Monday. It’s always bitter-sweet to say goodbye to Val, being at her place is kind of like being at my second home! We had a great time as we always do, catching up and getting lots of stitching done. Even though it was more of a working vacation, we always manage to have a lot of fun while cranking out some serious production. Val’s new pool is up and running so of course we had to make use of that as well – you know, for work purposes. It’s a rough life… We even ended up doing an impromptu Trunk Show of Val’s book, Fun, Friends & Fat Quarters via livestream on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel. If you didn’t already get to see it you can always catch the replay by hitting the STITCH button below. Remember to like and comment on both my blog and YouTube shows for a chance to win a prize! Tell me what you’re up to this weekend. All work and no play, or is there stitching on the horizon? Whatever it might be, enjoy yourself! I will see you all next week. Take care everyone. ~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

Heartfelt Quilt-Along Block Release 4

Heartfelt Logo HeaderHave you been participating in the Fat Quarter Shops’s charity Quilt-Along, Heartfelt?” For those of you who are unfamiliar with this great charity event, Heartfelt is an awesome project designed to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. I decided to participate in this fundraiser because I love kids and wanted to do something to help those who really need it. Make-A-Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization that has been making wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions and their families for over 40 years. These granted wishes give the recipients and their loved ones much-needed joy, strength, and most importantly hope, which helps them to power forward in fighting their disease. To date, Make-A-Wish has collectively granted more than 520,000 wishes around the world since it was founded in 1980. How awesome is that!?!?

Have I piqued your interest yet? Let me tell you the details. “Heartfeltis a heart-themed quilt made up of six stunning sampler blocks, each featuring pieced hearts. It was designed by Corey Yoder based on her new Moda fabric line, Beautiful Day.” I decided to stick with the heart theme and do my quilt with all Valentine’s Day fabrics that I had leftover from earlier this last winter. I also decided to do my blocks half the size of what’s featured on the pattern (in other words I did 6″ blocks rather than the 12″ version that the pattern shows). If you follow the pattern, Heartfelt” measures 76.5″ x 84.5″ when finished.

I’m right on track with this project and have blocks one through four complete! I really love the way the Valentine’s Day fabrics look collaged together within the blocks. Being the recipient of a thoughtful valentine is one of the best feelings ever – especially one made by hand with love! Wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for your special someone next year? If you’re ready to get started on hit the link below for the full pattern and instructions (please remember to donate $5.00 for each download!).

This quilt is turning out to be really cute – I’m not going to want to let it go! I’ll have to have to figure out a way though, because once I get done with my version of this little beauty, I will be auctioning it off to help raise even more money for Make-A-Wish Foundation! I will be sad to give it up, but it really warms my heart knowing it is helping to contribute toward such a great cause. I guess I’ll just have to make another one to keep for myself! If you’d like to make my version of Heartfelt, you can find the Valentine’s Day fabric you’ll need for it on our website!Heartfelt is currently a free Quilt-Along and download on the Fat Quarter Shop website. Blocks are released one at a time, and will be posted to Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber on the first Friday of each month, through September, 2022. They do not require it, but highly encourage that a $5.00 donation be made for the pattern if you’re able to do so. Proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. If you’d rather make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, follow the link below!

I will continue to post my progress here on my blog as I make my way through Heartfelt.” I sure hope you found some inspiration to join this Quilt-Along with a cause. There’s something extra special about giving back using your own hard work and talents. I appreciate having the opportunity to use mine to help kids facing adversity in their lives. Want to get involved? I would love it if you’d join me in this awesome Quilt-A-Long! Remember, Make-A-Wish Foundation relies on donations to make wishes come true and they can’t do it without our help! Ready to get on board? Hit the link below for more information!

Well, the weekend is just about here! Do you have anything fun and exciting planned? I am actually currently out of town teaching at the 45th annual Sauder Village Quilt Show in Ohio. I drove down with my friend and long-time coworker Amy for the week. You should see this place, it’s absolutely spectacular! There are literally hundreds of quilts to look at on full-length display. Just imagine the sea of color and creativity – eye candy at its best! We’re having a blast meeting new people and talking quilts with fellow stitchers from around the country. Of course, the party has to come to a close at some point so we’ll be back home by tomorrow already. Just in time for Nick and I to head out west for another one of my Vegas adventures with Val Krueger. If you recall, the last time I visited Val n NV her new pool was still under construction… In other words, a follow-up visit was a must! LOL!

Jess and Shelley did such a great job with both the Shop Talk and Stitch with Lisa Bongean LIVE broadcasts this week while I was gone. If you missed them you can always catch the replays by hitting the link below! They covered some important announcements, stitch-along clarifications, new items, sale items and more!

Alright, before I let you go I do have a couple of prize giveaways to say thanks to those of you who continue to comment on my blog and Stich with Lisa Bongean!” It really means a lot to us! This week’s comment winners are, Marcia B. and Gerri A. Woo hoo! As usual, I don’t want to post last names or email addresses for everyone’s privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please 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, please keep trying. Your lucky day is coming! See you all very soon. ~Lisa