Sewcialites 2 – Block 9 “New Plus Old”

Good afternoon friends! I was just thinking to myself that this is one Friday you won’t catch me saying, “T.G.I.F.” on, so I’ll just say happy New Year’s eve-eve to you instead. I have pretty much been laying low this week, trying to stay away from work so I can recharge a little before the new year…. and I have to say, it’s been really nice! Aside from stopping into the studio for a few things here and there I’ve managed to give myself a little bit of a much-needed break from the grind, while spending the last few days hanging out with my grandsons Jace and O-Bug. I have always really loved the Christmas holiday, but there is something extra special about sharing it with them. Such young and curious minds full of wonder only add that much more to the magic. Ahh, to be young again… On the other hand, I am really enjoying being a “Mimi.” It has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life so… I guess I won’t wish away a good thing. ūüôā

As I mentioned, working this week has been on my list of things to do but in small doses, so I’m not going to spend too much more time sitting at my desk this afternoon. We do need to cover one important thing before I get back to fun and games, however, and that’s talk about this week’s Sewcialites 2 block release! I hope after a week off you’re all caught up and ready to get started on Block 9, “New Plus Old” by Brigitte Heitl of Zen Chic. Originally from Germany, Brigitte learned to sew from her grandmother when she was only six years old! Once she got older, the love of designing and sewing her own clothing lead her to choose Interior Design as her course of study in college. She found herself increasingly intrigued by the students down the hall who were using needle, thread, and of course fabrics within their curriculum, and eventually ended up changing her direction toward textile design. From there, an accidental encounter with a quilting book sparked a newfound infatuation with patchwork, which ultimately resulted in her online shop and fabric line designs.

Brigitte describes her quilt designs as a reduced and pure with a clear style. She represents the modern area of quilting, yet highly regards the experiences and history that goes into our centuries-old quilting traditions. For this block, her goal was to contribute a design that looks wonderful in both modern and traditional quilt patterns. If you know her work at all, you may have noticed that she has a bit of a “thing” for plus blocks. New Plus Old¬†block follows suit with its simple yet aesthetically pleasing layout, earning it the rank of “Beginner Level” on the skills requirement scale.

When describing New Plus Old¬†Brigitte says that it‚Äôs easy to sew, and versatile enough to create a variety of different design, color, and fabric combinations. I know you’re anxious to see what you come up with for your own version of this fun little design so let’s get to it! You can find everything you need to get started on “New Plus Old”¬†including the pattern, project instructions, sewing techniques, tips, and advice from Brigitte by visiting her blog by clicking the button below!

If you’ve been following along so far, you know that for my blocks I’ve decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line, without the five tans. For the background I plan to use a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. If you like what you see and need it in your life A.S.A.P. click the button below to order!

If you’re still trying to decide whether or not to participate in Sewcialites 2? don’t worry about being behind. One of the best parts of this quilt-along is that it‚Äôs never too late to start – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.

Newly released blocks can always be found on Kim’s blog The Jolly Jabber, along with a video tutorial on her YouTube Livestream the same day. Each designer will also post their own block to either their blog or their website on that day as well. I will also be posting each block release here on MY blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, which you can access by clicking the link below. If you‚Äôd 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.

Alright, now that we got that all out of the way, what do you say we give away a couple of prizes? I can’t let the new year start off on boring foot so in honor of the holiday let’s do double again today. I mean because, why not?!? Suzann R., Cindy P., Pam P., and Leann K. – Please check your emails – YOU are the lucky prize winners this week!¬†

By now you should all know the drill but just in case you don’t, please remember that I do not post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of the lucky winners this week please be sure to check your email. You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us 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 (if you think you are a winner but have not received a prize confirmation email, please be sure to check your spam folder – it’s not often but our emails occasionally will end up there)!

Again, thank you all so much for continuing to leave me comments. I’d LOVE to give a prize out to each and every one of my readers and I think I have a pretty good start… If you haven’t been a winner yet, don’t give up! I have plenty more where that came from so please, leave me a comment so you too can be chosen! Want a hot tip? If your “handle” or user name is not your actual name, please leave your first name and last initial in the comment so I know what your name is. Otherwise I don’t have a good way of calling you out as a winner without exposing your email address. Simple enough I’d say!

Well folks, I can hear an awful lot of commotion and giggling coming form the other room and something is telling me I should probably go investigate. I hope you all have a SAFE and happy New Year’s eve and day. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do… and if you do, send pictures! You know what they say – no pictures = it didn’t happen. Maybe it’s better that way. LOL! See you all next week everyone.~Lisa

 

 

Meet Me in the Garden – Round Two: Flying Geese

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. I’m excited to say that we’re kicking off the second half of August with the next round release of the Meet Me in the Garden stitch-along! Round Two involves a whole lot of… you guessed it – flying geese – both large and small in size. If you’re not the best at flying geese, don’t worry. This is the perfect opportunity to become a master! Even better, Val will be right there to hold your hand as she shows you step-by-step how to perfectly cut and assemble them in our Round Two online video tutorial – available now on YouTube!

As I mentioned, for Round Two you’re going to be making two sizes of flying geese – small and large. To make things easier and more accurate, both sizes will be assembled the same way using the required Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool. If you’ve never used this ruler before, you’re really going to love it! It’s super fast, precise, and allows you to make four flying geese at once. It has a handy cutting chart printed right on the ruler that works for two different methods for your convenience. It allows you to create eight different finished sizes from 1″ x 2,” to 4″ x 8,” and the cutting requirements for each size are printed right on the tool as well! You can also use it along with your favorite method to create over-sized units and then trim them down to perfection. Whatever works best for you! I especially love this tool because it easily slides over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then when you’re ready, the exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts. I love it! You will definitely use this ruler again for future projects.

Remember, the Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool is one of the five required rulers for this stitch-along project, along with a few others that we highly recommend to make your life easier. If you still need to order yours, you can do so by clicking the link at the bottom of the Ruler and Tool list below!

Just like with any newly developed pattern, we have run into a few discrepancies here and there that Val would like to let you know about. Don’t panic! These little tweaks are nothing major and don’t require any more fabric than originally called for. In other words, you will have enough fabric! Those corrections are as follows:

We’re very sorry for any confusion this might have caused but hey – we’re human too! I want to give a quick shout out to those of you who reached out and helped us sort out any revisions that were needed. Thanks for your understanding and help. We really appreciate you having our back! We’re hoping that’s the last of the edits but if not, we will let you know via the blog, facebook page, and LIVE during Stitch with Lisa Bongean!

Still thinking about joining us for Meet Me in the Garden but haven’t pulled the trigger yet? You can find all the details in the introduction post I made a few weeks back where I 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 I highly recommend having everything you need prior to starting. You can read more about the stitch-along and what’s required 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. 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!

Make sure to watch STITCH with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1:00PM CST for more information on Meet Me in the Gardenand Round Two. Val will be joining us so we can pick her brain on anything that might have come up. If you have questions be sure to hop on and ask us while we’ve got her on the line. No better time to ask… She is the designer after all! Alright folks! That’s it for today. I will see you all bright and early tomorrow LIVE at 9:00 AM for Shop Talk with Shelley on YouTube. You can tune in by hitting the link below. See you there! Until then, take care! ~Lisa

Are You Ready to Meet Me in the Garden?

Today is a big day for those of you participating in the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along. After much anticipation, the video tutorial for Round 1 “Square-on-Square was finally released this afternoon! If you’ve been following along and are staying on track, you should be ready to go with the pattern and all your pre-cut fabric, supplies, and tools already in hand. Just joining us, or still on the fence bout stitching along? To learn more about this SAL you can find all previously released Meet Me in the Garden videos and tutorials on my YouTube channel, STITCH with Lisa Bongean.” You can also visit the Meet Me in the Garden Video Release Archive by following the link listed in the main menu at the top of my blog.

During the previously posted Pre-Cut Video Tutorial,” we showed you everything you need to know about the required cutting you’ll be doing to prepare for Meet Me in the Garden. In this helpful tutorial Val shows you step-by-step how she organizes and prepares her fabric for quick, accurate cutting, and the methods she uses to achieve that. I highly recommend that you pre-cut everything you’re going to need before you start your quilt. That way, if you make a mistake it will be easier to deal with earlier in the game, vs getting all the way to the end only to discover that you’re out of fabric. Remember, if you still need to pre-cut your fabric and need a little guidance on how to go about it, you can watch the replay of Val’s Pre-Cut Video Tutorial by following the link!

Once you have all your fabric cut and your tools set to go, you’re ready to start Round 1 “Square-on-Square!” In this informative video tutorial, Val talks all about the required Square-on-Square 8″ Trim Tool, which is a super handy ruler by Creative Grids. She will also explain the reasoning behind her fabric placement, and share some tips and tricks to make the process easier for you. You can watch Val and I in action while we tackle Round 1 by hitting the button below!

It feels so good get this stitch-along started. Doesn’t it seem like we’ve been waiting forever for it to all come together? So you have an idea of the timeline on this one, I have the video release schedule posted below for your reference. There will be a corresponding video tutorial released every month along with each new round. As I mentioned earlier, you can find links to all previously released videos in the Meet Me in the Gathering Video Release Archive by clicking the link in the main menu at the top of this page!

Since Meet Me in the Garden is still in the final-final stages of development, we still may run into a kink here and there along the way, but don’t worry! If that happens we’ll let you know as soon as we’re aware of it – both here on the blog, and LIVE on YouTube during Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Fortunately things have been going great so far, aside from one little nuance that was brought to our attention. If you’re quilting along with the¬† Meet Me in the Garden stitch-along, please note: in the layer cake portion of the cutting instructions (page two) it states that you will need only one layer cake square for 5 – 3 ¬ĺ” squares. Instead, you will actually need two layer cake squares to have enough fabric for this portion of the instructions.

Just when you thought today couldn’t get any better after the Meet Me in the Garden¬†“Square-on-Square video release, I have even more great news for you. Our fabric sale was such a huge hit last week that we’ve decided to EXTEND the SALE another week until JULY 24th! That’s right, take 25% OFF all fabric in stock now through JULY 24th, 2022 (SALE includes pre-cuts and yardage – minimum of 1/2 yard cut. Sorry but the offer does NOT include my Garden Gatherings line or any fabric that is already on sale).

Alright! Now that you have the information you need to get started on this epic stitch-along AND a sweet fabric sale to get your creative juices flowing, let’s get to it! Val and I decided not to do an individual project facebook group for this stitch-along, because we’d rather have questions be accessible to everyone in the same place as the video. In other words, if you have a question or need advice feel free to leave it in the comment section of the video you’re watching and either myself or Val will answer you as we receive them. Don’t have a question but just want to say hi? That’s ok too! You know I love reading your messages. And to sweeten the pot, every comment you leave either here on my blog or on my YouTube channel earns you a chance to win a prize… Just like Kristina W. and Linda E. – our lucky comment prize winners this week! As always, I am not posting last names or email addresses for privacy’s sake, 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 a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner!

I hope you all have a nice evening. It was just about 90¬į and sunny out there today, which makes the bike ride I was thinking about taking later a heck of a lot less appealing for some reason. I might just bite the bullet and go anyway considering the forecast doesn’t look like it’s going to be changing anytime soon. I guess I just need to get used to the torture… I mean hey – It’s not a workout without a little pain, right? Either way I will see you all tomorrow bright and early at 9′:00AM for Shop Talk with Shelley LIVE on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel. As usual Shelley will be going over any shop announcements along with some hand-picked projects we think you’re really going to love. Set your timer, you’re not going to want to miss it!

 

The Pokémon Quilt is Here!

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous day despite it being Monday. Amy and I made it home safe to WI from the 2022 Sauder Village Quilt Show in OH, just in time to enjoy a little bit of spring sunshine over the weekend. I really enjoy going to quilting events because not only do I usually get to teach (which I love to do), we also get the opportunity to meet and talk with a ton of new people and fellow stitchers from all over the country! Though attending big shows is definitely a lot of fun, it’s always nice to get back home after a long trip.

Today is another beautiful, but windy day as a warm front is pushing its way through the state. I hear it’s supposed to be 90 by mid-week but I won’t be around to see it since I’m headed out to NV with Nick to visit Val in Las Vegas. We’ll be out there for a week or so as Val and I wrap up the final details on our much anticipated Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along,which is a quilt Val designed based on my new Garden Gatherings fabric line. This online tutorial with Val and I will start sometime in June/July, 2022. Keep an eye on my blog for the actual date, which will depend on the arrival of Garden Gatherings to our warehouse. We will also be making a post about what you’ll need (patterns, rulers, etc) for the Stitch-A-Long in the near future. If you’d like more information on participating in Meet Me in the Garden, hit the link below!

If you’re already planning to join us for the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Alongyou can pre-order Garden Gatherings fabric now to put yourself ahead of the game. I highly recommend pre-ordering if you have your heart set on making this gorgeous quilt because there is a good chance we may already be sold out of the fabrics you will need for Meet Me in the Gardenby the by the time the Stitch-A-Long event starts. So in other words, if you’re able to pre-order now, please do to avoid running into potential availability issues!

With me being gone all last week, Jess and the girls stepped up and handled, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on Thursday for me. Jess started out by talking a little bit more about my O’ Say Can You Sew” Quilt-Along. For those of you who have been following along we are currently on Clue #2, which is available for FREE download by clicking the link below now through June 6th, 2022. Clues are FREE for one month after they are posted. When the next clue is posted, prior clues can be found by visiting the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive by clicking HERE. Once Clues are no longer free, they are $5.00 per download.

I have been getting a lot of questions on how many blocks you will actually need for Clue #2 so let me try to help clarify. Pretend that what is in the picture below are the pieces of ONE COMPLETE block that will be sewn together. ONE COMPLETE block is made up of 4 hourglass units that look the same. You need to make 31 COMPLETE blocks for this Clue, which means you are going to need 124 total hourglass units (31 x’s 4 = 124). Hopefully that makes sense! If you’re still having trouble, feel free to call the shop at 920-722-7233 for additional help.

Are you doing your quilt completely scrappy or are you sticking with the red, white, and blue theme I’m going with for mine? There are so many possible outcomes for this quilt, which is part of what makes it so much fun and a real scrap buster! If you’re running out of scraps and need of more fabric as we move along through this Quilt-Along, don’t worry! We still have red, white, blue, and cream/tan bundles available that are perfect for this project. You can find those along with past clues for purchase on our website!

Next up I want to thank all of you who have already mailed in your Hogs for Heroes Flag blocks already – you are amazing! To date we already have about 100 of these Flag blocks in the studio which means we still need about 500 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. I’m calling it my “secret mission!” 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 – a non-profit organization dedicated to healing the mental and physical wounds suffered by Wisconsin Veterans during the course of active duty. Obviously, I can’t do this alone so I’m asking for your help to reach my goal!

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! All of us here at Primitive Gatherings will be helping to combine your creativity together into their final form. You can find a printable PDF of the instructions and pattern for the Hogs for Heroes flag blocks by clicking the link below!

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

I know we’re going to hit our goal but we have a ways to go! Feel like making two, or three? Even better! I will take all the help I can get – anything for our veterans! If you would like to know more about Hogs for Heroes follow the link for more information!

And now… Let’s talk about something that many of you have been very anxiously waiting for – the famous Pok√®mon quilt! If you have kids in your life, this quilt is simply a must have. For decades, people all over the world have been enchanted by the unique and colorful characters of this popular game. Imagine how cool it would be to have such an awesome tribute proudly displayed on a bed or as a wall-hanging in the playroom – easily making any child the coolest kid on the block!

My grandson Jace and I love to look at this quilt together while he tells me about each character and which ones are his favorites. With over 100 bright, bold colors popping against a mid-gray background, this quilt really gives you a lot to think about! You can choose between a Bella or flannel backing when ordering. For mine, I chose a flannel backing to make it nice and soft for cuddling up with – perfect for Saturday morning cartoons (remember, you will receive a 20% discount on the backing if you purchase it at the same time as the kit)! Finished, this quilt is a nice size, measuring 72″ x 84″.

I know you have just the kid in mind for this super cool quilt, so what are you waiting for? Jess has put together kits for this fun project, but unfortunately supplies are limited. As of today we still have a few left, but they’re definitely going fast. Don’t risk missing out, order while you can! Feeling like you want to do this project but like you might need a little guidance? You’re in luck! My video tutorial starring myself and my official Pok√®mon consultant Jace released today and can be found on my, Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel – click below to watch!

Last but not least I wanted to share one more tidbit of great news – Starlight Gatherings pre-cuts are finally IN stock and ready to go to their new homes! If you haven’t already seen it you are really in for a real treat with this new line. Many of you know I live out in the country, which means that it gets pretty dark at night. The lack of city lights means much brighter stars and a dark, wide-open sky. The view of the night sky is absolutely amazing at my place, which is why it was the total inspiration behind these designs. Both the book and pre-cuts are available to purchase now in the shop or on the Primitive Gatherings website. You can also watch me go through each quilt featured in the book piece by piece, by watching the trunk show replay on Stitch with Lisa Bongean” by clicking HERE.

Well, folks I’m off for now. I am determined to not let this trip turn into all work and no play so I’m putting my computer away for the rest of the day! Don’t worry, I’ll be checking in periodically here on my blog throughout the week… and I may or may not pop in with Val during, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on Thursday at 1PM CST, so I hope you’ll be tuning in for that. Don’t forget to like and comment on both my blog and YouTube channel. I love to hand out prizes and you could be next just for telling me what you think! Do you have any special kids in your life that will be getting a Pok√®mon quilt hot off the press? What other character themes would you like to see in upcoming projects? Let me know! I’m always curious about what you’d like to see more of. I will see you all soon but until then, do your best to stitch every day! It always makes everything better. ~Lisa

Cooee! Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 2 is Here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Save the Date For Sit & Stitch!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I spent mine cozied up indoors since Mother Nature decided to go nuts and ruin any chance of doing anything fun or enjoyable outside. Temps were unseasonably warm and it rained like crazy! Huge fat drops, and flowing rivers of rainwater everywhere… And now yesterday we just got two inches of snow. There’s an old saying about March in WI. “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” We’ve definitely got the first half right so far… I hate to say it but, a lot of years it’s more like, “In like a lion, out like a lion.” We’ll just have to wait and see what happens this time around!

The one advantage I can think of to all this sloppy weather is having the perfect excuse to stay inside and – what else – stitch! My dear friend Val Krueger is here visiting me from NV and needless to say, she’s not exactly impressed with our indecisive weather. When I asked her how she was feeling about it yesterday morning she very seriously said, “I feel glad that I live in Nevada!” LOL! She’s here visiting for the next few days, which is awesome. This is her first time visiting Primitive Gatherings since we put up the new buildings last summer, so it’s been a lot of fun showing her around.Val and Lisa

Part of the reason for Val’s visit is to prepare for the release of Moda’s new Garden Gatherings fabric line (scheduled to release this April/May)! We’ve spent a lot of time filming for our future, Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-A-Long, which is coming up in June/July, 2022. There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into these online tutorials, and getting the footage is half the battle! Since Val is only here until Thursday, we have a lot to do and not a whole lot of time to do it, but that’s ok. It’ll all be worth it in the long run!

Val Kreuger and Lisa Bongean Filming Stitch A Long

You might remember back in January when I was out in Las Vegas visiting Val at her place. She had a pretty good start going on her gorgeous quilt, Meet Me in the Garden, which is designed with my new Garden Gatherings fabric line in mind. I’m excited to say she’s not only finished, but she brought it with her to WI so we could see it in person. Finally being able to see this masterpiece in its full glory has me simply in awe! Meet Me in the Garden is a pretty good sized quilt. Val says, “It’s a real monster!” I really love the feel of a heavy quilt – just like a weighted blanket! Finished, this quilt measures at 104″ x 104″.Completed "Meet Me in the Garden" Quilt

If you would like to participate in our, Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-A-Long, we’d love to have you! We will post more information on how to join once we have a better idea of when the collection is going to arrive here at Primitive Gatherings. We will also be doing a post on what you’ll need for the Stitch-A-Long closer to the event that includes pattern & ruler details, so keep an eye on my blog for that. 

Remember, the Garden Gatherings line doesn’t release until April/May, 2022, but you can pre-order what you’ll need for the Stitch-A-Long in advance! You will need the FQ Bundles of each Garden Gatherings and Garden Gatherings Shirtings, along with a Layer Cake of the shirtings as well. (please remember each pre-order needs to be ordered separately as an individual order – it should be the only item in your cart).

Click HERE to Pre-Order Fabrics for the Upcoming Garden Gatherings Stitch-A-Long with Lisa & Val!

As always, I have several projects in process, and several more on deck waiting to be started. Is it just me, or are there never enough hours in the day? I have been getting a ton accomplished during the, Sit & Stitch group at The Gathering every week. If you haven’t heard of Sit & Stitch let me fill you in. Sit & Stitch is not a retreat, but more of a gathering where all types, ages, and ability levels of sewing enthusiasts can come together and stitch! It‚Äôs a great opportunity to socialize in a judgment-free zone, where participants are encouraged to share ideas and advice. Of course, there‚Äôs also plenty of good food, great conversation, and laughter to go around too!Sit and Stitch Participants

You can bring your stitching projects of any kind to Sit & Stitch!” Come take advantage of our huge, beautifully lit activity space. You can bring your own machine or rent one from us. Either way there‚Äôs plenty of room for everyone to spread out and get comfortable at one of the many large sewing tables ‚Äď complete with power stations! Take it from me, a lot of times I‚Äôd rather work on projects at The Gathering rather than my studio at home!Stitch-A-Long Participants

The casual and easy-going atmosphere not only allows me to relax a little, but I can also take more time to talk one-on-one with people about anything they might need help on with their projects, or just about life in general! It’s always a great time. 

Sit & Stitch Details

If you want to join us for a Sit & Stitch we would love to have you! Call The Gathering to register. The phone number at The Gathering is 920-778-8031. You can also email thegathering@primitivegatherings.us. Sessions run from 9AM until 4PM. Registration fee is $25 per person for the day and includes a salad bar and homemade soup lunch prepared by Chef Erica!

Alright everyone. Time for me to get back to work! We have a few more things to film this afternoon and then it’s back to my studio for more stitching! I will catch you all later this week on, Stitch with Lisa Bongean where I’ll talking all about what I am currently working on, and what I have planned coming up! Don’t miss it! And as always, make sure to leave me a comment here on the blog for a chance to win a prize! We choose prize winners from our YouTube page, Blog, and my, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” Facebook page, so don’t be shy! Let me know what spring projects are on your work table! See you soon! ~Lisa