Cooee! Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 2 is Here!

Hey Blockheads! Ready for BH4 – Block 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 appliquéd children’s clothing. As time progressed she eventually also evolved into quilt design, and is now equally following the footsteps of both her Mom and Dad’s 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 appliqué projects that incorporate simple piecing techniques with straightforward appliqué. 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 appliqué 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

 

 

 

 

Having Trouble Commenting on My YouTube Channel?

Hey everyone. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments regarding being able to comment on my YouTube Channel, during LIVE broadcasts. I promised you a post on how to go about setting your YouTube account up so that you’re able to make comments, so here it is! The girls and I did some research and came up with a few different reasons why you might be having an issue. Here are the top possible reasons that we found…

This seems to be the most common reason viewers aren’t able to make comments on YouTube videos. To be able to comment on YouTube videos, you need to have your own YouTube Channel. Who knew?!? It doesn’t matter if you plan to use your channel to post your own content or not, but establishing a channel is required to be able to comment on videos posted by other creators. This is not the same as an initial YouTube account. You will not be able to comment if you only have a YouTube account, and not a YouTube channel of your own. YouTube is a Google owned company so you’ll be able to create your channel using your already established Google account, such as your Gmail or YouTube (these are just two of many Google account options). If you do not have an existing Google account, you can simply go to YouTube.com, click ‘sign in,’ and select ‘create a Google account.’ Then follow the prompts.

After you created your Google account, you will then be able to create your YouTube Channel. If you’re having trouble creating a Google account you can also hit the link below for more information.

Instructions on how to create a Google Account

Once you have your Google account created, you are now able to sign in to YouTube and create your channel.

Once you make all the selections required to establish your channel, you should be all set!

If you already have your own channel and are still unable to comment, another reason could be…

YouTube has a, Restricted Mode feature, which can be found in the settings drop-down menu. Its purpose is for parents to have more control over their child’s YouTube environment by restricting content and postings. Comments are disabled in “Restricted Mode.” In other words, if for some reason your account was set or changed to this mode, you will not be able to make comments until it is turned off. Below are instructions on how to do this on most desk-top or lap-top computers. If you are on a smart phone or tablet, it’s going to be a little bit different. Those instructions are posted below.

Instructions on how to turn off Restricted Mode on YouTubeInstructions to turn off Restricted Mode on YouTubeInstructions to turn off Restricted Mode on YouTube

If you are still experiencing problems turning off Restricted Mode on your computer, you can find additional help by clicking the link below!

In a perfect world the instructions for turning off, Restricted Mode on your phone and tablet would be the same…buuuut since that would just be way too easy, of course they’re not. If you are trying to do this on an Android phone, you will need to follow the instructions posted to the link below.

…and if you’re on an iPhone or iPad you will need to follow yet another set of instructions by clicking the button below. Having fun yet? LOL!

Hopefully you’ve resolved your commenting issue between those two options. If not, we have a few other things to explore. The next possibility is…Expired Cookies a common problem with an easy fix. This would only apply if you already have both a YouTube account and YouTube channel established, and the cookies in your browser have expired. Sometimes all you need to do is log out of your YouTube account and log back in and that fixes the problem. You can also clear the cache data from your browser. Because there are many browsers it would be hard to post instructions on how to clear cache for all of them. Google has a very helpful article about it that covers the different methods. For instructions on how to clear your cache and cookies, please hit the link below.

Once you’ve tried clearing your cache and cookies, I recommend restarting your computer. Log back into YouTube and try commenting again. If that doesn’t solve the problem it must be something else!

If you’re watching on your cell phone, the fix could be as simple as changing the orientation at which you’re holding your phone. On many phones, if you are holding it horizontally the comment section will disappear. In that case, you are only able to see the comment section if you are holding it vertically.

YouTube takes spam and negative comments very seriously. If you have been blocked by YouTube for any comment, on any page, you are unable to comment on YouTube videos. There are a couple of ways you can become “blocked”. YouTube filters language and comments by using algorithms, which is one way you can be flagged and blocked. The other is the result of a large number of people reporting the user, comment, or content. Both YouTube and the content creator can choose to block someone. If this has happened to you in the past, chances are you are still blocked from using the commenting section on YouTube videos. C’mon now, behave!

Hopefully out of these possible scenarios, you found the solution to enabling comments on YouTube. If not, you can always visit YouTube’s ‘Help’ section. It has several great articles on how to get things going with your account. If it’s to the point where you’re totally stuck and you just can’t figure it out, you can even contact them directly!

Alright everyone, class is over for today! LOL! Now I want you all to go practice your new YouTube skills so that you can get everything straightened out in time to watch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean today at 1PM CST! And now, since you’ll be able to comment, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know what your favorite project is from the show today. Remember to hit the like button as well, all for a chance to win a prize!

Speaking of prizes, I have a few winners I’d like to mention that we picked from the comments on the blog over the last couple weeks. Carol E., Jennifer H., Amy Z., and Deb M. – Check your email ladies! 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 contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner! If you’re not a winner this week, please keep trying. You could be next! To watch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean today at 1PM CST, simply hit the button below. See you there! ~ Lisa

All Things St. Paddy’s Day!

Multiple Green ShamrocksAre you ready for St. Patricks’s Day? I am! I love to decorate my home throughout the year with things I’ve designed myself, and St. Patricks’s Day is no different. This year I’ve come up with a couple of new projects perfect to give your living space a splash of Irish luck, just in time for the holiday! Let me show you what I’ve got lined up for you!

You all know how much I love pillows. They make decorating so much easier! It literally takes next to no time to pull them off the couch and beds, and replace them with others that represent the current theme. There are so many cute designs to choose from, plus they’re usually fairly simple and quick to make. Pillows are seriously a no-brainer when it comes to décor that can be switched out in a matter of minutes. You really can’t go wrong!

17 is a St. Patricks’s Day pillow project I designed for my upcoming March retreat, Hello Spring.Done with a cream flannel background and wools including Emerald Herringbone and Mill Dyed Natural for the appliqué, this “charming” St. Patrick’s Day pillow is designed to be easy and simple. If you, or someone in your life is new to stitching or working with wool, 17is a great beginner project that can be done easily and fast. Finished size on this lucky find is 16″ x 17.” I recommend an 18″ pillow form for this one.

Lucky 17 Pillow with cream flannel background, green wool shamrock and cream flannel 17I’m infatuated with old-time trucks, which is why I’m totally in love with my, Loads of Luck St. Patty’s Day pillow! This simple pillow features a vintage truck – much like one we have here at Primitive Gatherings –  filled with green shamrocks, all done with wool appliqué on soft flannel. This pillow is a nice size – not too big and not to small, measuring 14″ x 21″ when finished.Pillow with Black Vintage Truck Filled with Green Shamrocks and Shamrock Pillows with the words, "Kiss" and "Me"Looking for more than one pillow to show off? The, Kiss Me pillow set is your solution! Combined with my antique inspired green and white quilt, these 16″ x 16″ square pillows will look stunning displayed on your couch, guest bed, or favorite rustic dining room table. These festive pillows are done on a wool background with a homespun backing. As I mentioned, they look especially fantastic paired with my antique inspired green and white quilt, which measures 72 1/2″ x 72 1/2″ when finished. I like my pillows nice and plump so I used an 18″ pillow form for these.

Of course I couldn’t let St. Patricks’s Day go by without a gnome project to go with it, so I’d like to introduce my brand new, Gnome Shenaniganspillow. This cute addition to my holiday gnome series is done on cream flannel with wool appliqué.Three gnomes in a row with shamrocks

If hanging décor is more your style, check out these adorable St. Patricks’s Day, Irish Blessings hanging banners! Measuring at 8″ x 10,” these sweet little wool appliqué projects are sure to brighten any room. They can be hung on the wall or displayed using a wood stand or clipboard, making them a great choice for decorating in limited space. The best part is, you can chose from a light or dark version of this project. Personally I think you should go for it and just get both, LOL!Green Hat with White Shamrock Hanging Banner - Dark version has black background, light version has white background

Lucky Charmis the new St. Patricks’s Day banner I made for my on-going holiday banner series. I especially love these for holiday decorating because they are not only easy to swap out for a quick change up, but they’re also really easy to store and take up almost no space to display. This one is done with cream flannel and wools including Emerald and Hunter Green. Finished size is 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4.” If you’re familiar with the series, you may already haveBelieve in the Magic,” “Love Each Other,” and “Fall Harvestin your collection. If not, you can find them all available on our website. I am also working on one for Easter which will be ready soon, so keep an eye out for that!Square hanging banner with 8 Green ShamrocksNext up, mini quilts! Because who doesn’t love mini quilts, right? I think they’re great because aside from being downright adorable, their petite size makes it possible to make several in a short amount of time. My, Irish Chain Mini Quilt is a perfect example. This quilt measures 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ and only requires one thread color, making it a nice little project if you’re looking for something a bit less complicated..

Green Shamrock stitching on dirty white background

This next quilt is a floral mini that was designed based on a vintage hankie I found at a thrift store. Primarily green, the Dogwood Days Mini Quilt ticks two boxes for March décor because it works for both St. Patty’s Day, and the entire spring season overall. Up until now, Dogwood Dayswas exclusively for retreat guests and not offered for sale to the public, so I’m happy to say it’s now available to everyone! It measures at 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2,” which makes it a great little table mat or hanging decoration any time of year.Green mini quilt with white, gray, and black flowersIt’s not exactly traditional to exchange gifts for St. Patty’s Day, but sometimes I like to surprise someone special with a little springtime pick-me-up. Our St. Patricks’s Day Vande Walle’s Caramels are just the ticket! Jess put together these cheerful St. Patricks’s Day themed 1lb bags just in time for March 17th. They not only make great gifts, but they’re also a perfect excuse to treat yourself as well (just ask everyone around here)!

I would absolutely LOVE to get a St. Patricks’s Day gift put together with any number of these goodies. Our St. Patricks’s Day wool bundle and, Happy Go Lucky” Graphic T make excellent additions to a gift basket or bag as well. Don’t get pinched on St. Patty’s day for not wearing green! Multiple green and light colored wools, caramels and a green graphic T reading "happy go lucky"

Alright folks. That’s about all I have for now. If you’d like to listen to me go through these St. Patricks’s Day items one by one, you can watch the replay of, Stitch with Lisa Bongean LIVE on YouTube by hitting the link below! I hope you’ll tune in next week for my next LIVE show coming up on Thursday at 1PM CST. I’ll be talking all about my current works-in-progress along with some projects I have on the drawing board. As always, leave me a comment for a chance to win a prize! Tell me what’s in your future project plans. What are you working on? What would you like to see me working on in the future? Let me know! See you all soon. ~Lisa

Hello Spring Workshops!

Pink and Yellow Field FlowersMarch is officially here! I haven’t actually seen one yet, but I am excited to say that I’ve been hearing robins in the woods for the last few days. The sun has been out and temperatures are warm enough to crack the window for a bit – just long enough to let in some much-needed fresh air. Spring time puts an energy in me like no other time of year! I have so many new ideas brewing right now… I feel like I’ve been on a major planning rampage all week!

I have a few things coming up that I should talk about right off the bat. First of all, I wanted to mention that for those of you who are registered for, or planning to register for our 2022 “Red & White Quilt Challenge, be sure to check out my blog post regarding the official details and rules for the Challenge! It has been updated with a button that will provide you with a printable PDF of the contest rules and required forms needed to complete your registration. You can re-visit that post by clicking HERE, or access the contest rules and required forms by clicking the button below!

Ok! Now that we’ve covered the Red & White Challenge, let’s talk shop. I’m excited to announce that starting soon, we will be featuring an additional LIVE broadcast each week called, “Shop Talk” hosted by our awesome quilt shop manager, Michelle (aka Shelley). We’ll cover any shop announcements, upcoming classes, workshops and retreats, product reviews, and more! You can find “Shop Talk” LIVE on my YouTube channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean weekly on Tuesday at 9AM CST.

Over the weekend there was certainly a busy buzz around The Gathering as our “Cuddle Up & Stitch” retreat was underway. We started out in the morning with Chef Erica’s chai lattes and famous scratch-made scones for breakfast. After our bellies were full we got to work on our projects. In class I covered a lot of useful topics and skills designed to streamline workflow. I talked about starching, layering fabrics for more efficient cutting, perfecting your ¼” seam allowance, pressing with steam, and opening seams for less bulk in the intersections. I also went over how to quickly rip out a row that was sewn incorrectly (I won’t mention who’s ripper got the biggest workout – what happens at retreat, stays at retreat!!!).

Cuddle Up & Stitch Attendees

I also made some real progress on my project, Rustic Retreat,which is my quilt recently featured in the new book, Snuggle Up by Martingale publishing. The best part is, I did it along-side a great group of fellow stitchers who all came to join me for the weekend. I always say the best part about retreat is the new friends I make. I love how The Gathering brings people from all over the U.S. together for fun and quilting fellowship. For example, retreat guest Kris drove all the way form Indiana for her birthday – by herself! Jean and Leanne (who was here enjoying her husband’s birthday gift to her. Wow! I’d say he’s a keeper!) were both here as day guests because they are lucky enough to live in the area. Roselin, Gay, Debbie, Junelle, and Char were here for their first visit, while Cindy and Gloria were back as repeat attendees! We talked, laughed, stitched, and ate our way through the weekend. It was a really good time!
Rustic Retreat Quilt and Cuddle Up & Stitch Attendees

If you’re thinking about staying at The Gathering in the near future, great news! Coming up in March is our next retreat, Hello Spring. This multi-day event will be taking place March 14th through March 20th, 2022 at The Gathering! Hello Spring Retreat Details

The cost of this retreat is $425 per person for daily students, and $275 per person, plus lodging for guests staying at The Gathering for the week. The price includes three projects complete with kits, class instruction by me, daily lunches, an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Primitive Gatherings, and a local field trip (weather permitting). Lodging guest rates also include all meals, a swag bag, and a gift card to spend at the Primitive Gatherings retail store.

For Hello Spring.I have one quilt (with two versions) and two wool projects picked out that I’m sure you’re going to love. They include an adorable pillow and mini quilt which are both St. Patty’s Day themed, and a super cute bunny and carrot lap quilt.Pillow with shamrock and number 17, shamrock mini quilt and bunny and carrot lap quilt

As usual these projects are limited to our retreat guests, and are not yet available to the public. In other words, if you need these sweet little additions in your life, sign up for the Hello Spring retreat today! Spots are limited so don’t wait to get in on the fun. To register, call The Gathering at 920.778.8031. You can also email thegathering@primitivegatherings.us to sign up.

Looking for more great ideas for St. Patrick’s Day? Make sure to catch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean this week on Thursday at 1PM CST where I’ll be showing off some of my favorites from the shop, along with some other fun stuff. Click the link below to watch!

Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize! Tell me what you’re working on for St. Patty’s Day. Is it a big holiday in your house? What do you and yours do to celebrate? Let me know! I will see you all soon. Until then, as always – bee sure to make time to…Pink and Yellow Field Flowers with Bees and Stitch Every Day slogan

Think Spring – Think Wildflower Gardens!

Think Spring with colorful flowersI’m not sure why, but once Valentine’s Day is over, I immediately start thinking of spring. No matter what the groundhog says each year, I know we have several weeks of winter to go. Still, I can’t help being excited for warmer, sunnier days ahead. If you know me at all you know I love to garden, so by this time of year I definitely start to get the “itch” for that. I have a lot of fun looking through all the different varieties of flowers and plants to choose from – and of course, I always have trouble narrowing it down and deciding on what to plant and where!

Winters are typically pretty long here in WI, so most of us are ready to see it go by the time March rolls around. We typically start seeing snow in mid-November, and expect it on a regular basis through March – and even into April sometimes. Back in 2018 we had a mid-April storm that dumped over two feet of snow on us!!! Kind of a bummer, but I will say that the snowshoeing was the best it had been all winter! I truly believe that you have to learn to find joy in the snow and look on the bright side of the season. Otherwise, it can feel like there’s no end in sight!Think Spring with colorful flowers

A sure sign of spring and summer being on the way is the fact that we are hard at work on the final details for this year’s upcoming blocks of the month, our summer block of the week, and all the freebies we have in store for you. Planning, planning, and more planning! Speaking of block of the week, I am super proud of my quilt, Wildflower Garden, which will be a block of the month in the near future (full kits are ready now). There are two versions of this beautiful floral quilt – scrappy and contemporary. The scrappy version features bright colors that really pop against a light background (the one pictured below was stitched by my friend Kathy Decker – who you all know from last week’s awesome t-shirt quilt tutorial – Thank you Kathy!).

Wildflower Garden Quilt - Scrappy version. Features bright colors on a white background.

Detail shot of Wildflower Gardens Quilt - ScrappyWhat a beautiful quilt! If you’re looking for something a little less bright, the contemporary version has a more limited color palette with aqua, coral, tope, some black and a little bit of gray.Wildflower Garden Contemporary version featuring tope, coral, aqua, black and some gray

My good friend and award winning master quilter, Linda Hrcka from The Quilted Pineapple in MI, is currently working on quilting the contemporary version of Wildflower Garden for me. She has done all my custom quilting for many years, and for good reason. Her work is absolutely phenomenal – I get goose bumps when I see it! In case you missed it, she was my featured special guest last week on Stitch with Lisa Bongean, where she gives us a sneak peek of her studio, and takes us step-by-step through her quilting process. She also touches on some of her favorite tools, techniques, and thread preferences. I’m happy to say Wildflower Gardenis literally on her machine as we speak, which we are both really happy about. She says, “This quilt is super elegant and beautiful. I couldn’t ask for a better palette to work on. I asked Lisa to send me something with a light background so you can really see the quilting… This quilt is a real stunner! I’m so lucky I have this to work on.” …and I feel super lucky to have you working on it Linda!

Details of Linda's custom quiltingIf you missed Linda and I on Stitch with Lisa Bongean last week, don’t worry. You can still watch the replay by hitting the link below! I also feature some really neat new items that are now available to the public for purchase on our website. Up until now, most of these “new” items have been exclusive to our wool box subscribers and retreat/workshop guests, so I’m really excited to be able to tell you that they’re now available to everyone! These new additions include our Winter Wonderland Wool Trees, my quilt Cottage Garden, my Sunflower Penny Mat, the Posey Party table mat, the Bee Catcher caddy, my Dogwood Days table mat, the Give Thanks table runner, and bunch more! You can find all of these new items listed on our website by clicking the link below!

Alright, that’s it for now everyone. I will see you all again this week! Make sure to watch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean this Thursday at 1PM CST. I have some really cute St. Patrick’s Day ideas I can’t wait to share with you, along with our usual announcements and shop talk!

Remember, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize! Let me know if you plan to enter the Red & White Challenge and if so, have you decide on what quilt to enter? Are you planning to enter one or two? I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me! See you soon! ~Lisa

Think Spring with colorful flowers

Let’s Talk About the Red & White Quilt Challenge!

Have you started your Red & White quilt for our 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge yet? If not, don’t worry, you still have time! There are so many cool designs and ideas to pull inspiration from, even I have a little trouble deciding on what to make next sometimes. For me, the problem isn’t so much finding a design I like. It’s more about narrowing it down to just one or two choices out of everything that I DO like. LOL!

As you know, the red and white color combination has been one of the most sought-after color combinations for quilts throughout history. In earlier times, the art of making red fabric pigments was costly and difficult to master. The production process of creating red dyes was a carefully guarded trade secret that only a select few were privy to. This made the value of red and white quilts extremely high, and only the rich and upper class were able to afford them. For this reason, red and white quilts have been tied with luxury and classic style for hundreds of years. Red and white quilts are still super popular today, and of course just as captivating and beautiful as ever!

I love red and white quilts so much that I wanted to celebrate them in a way that would really show their stylish designs off properly. That’s why I decided to start the 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge here at Primitive Gatherings! Red and White Quilt Challenge Rules: The object is to create a quilt of your own design or by following a commercial pattern, using only red and white fabrics and wools! You can enter your quilt into any following categories: • Original Design - 24” or Under • Commercial Quilt - 24” or Under • Original Design - Over 24” • Commercial Quilt - Over 24” • 1 Complimentary “2022 Red & White” Sticker • 1 FREE Red Fat Quarter • 1 FREE White Fat Quarter • Entry Into the 2022 Primitive Christmas Red & White Quilt Show

My dream is to have the retreat house filled with red and white quilts by mid-November this year, just in time for the Christmas season. Imagine the sea of reds and whites such a large collection hanging all together will create! I want it to be something like when the American Folk Art Museum in New York installed 650 red and white American quilts into the historic Wade Thompson Drill Hall back in 2011. Picture that! 650 red and white quilts, all hanging in one 55,000 square foot room… Crazy! What’s even crazier is that all 650 of them were on loan from the collection of one single person by the name of Joanna S. Rose. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in New York City. If you’re not familiar with this exhibit, check out these spectacular photos from the event (photo credit: American Folk Art Museum – Gavin Ashworth)!The American Folk Art Museum dramatically transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts, all of which were on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. As an extraordinary gift to the public, entry to this unprecedented event was free.

Though not quite as large as the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, The Gathering is also a fabulous place to show off your work. Our 10,000 square foot retreat house features lots of wall space, a super tall ceiling, and spectacular lighting. I literally designed the entire space to hang and display quilts – no matter the size. I can’t wait to see our own exhibit once everything is hung… It’s going to be so cool! If you missed the details on joining the Challenge when I announced it back in December, that’s ok. Let me explain how it works!

THERE ARE FOUR CATEGORIES: Original Design – 24″ and Under, Original Design – 24″ and Over, Commercial Design – 24″ and Under, and Commercial Design – 24″ and Over. It doesn’t matter if your quilt is appliqué, pieced, or a combo. Anything goes as long as it’s red and white, or close shades of those two colors (cream and dark reds are acceptable for example, purple is not). Prints, solids, and wool can all be used as well. The possibilities are endless as long as they are done in red and white!

WHAT DOES THE REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDE? The registration fee includes a complimentary Red & White 2022 sticker, a free red fat quarter, a free white fat quarter, and entry into the 2022 Primitive Gatherings Red & White Quilt Show. Note: you are not required to use your free fat quarters in your show entry, but you are certainly welcome to!Click to register for the Red and White Quilt Challenge

WHAT CAN YOU WIN? Cash and prizes of course!!! What the prizes will be exaclty, is still pending at this time. I’m working hard to get some sponsorship from the big companies I work with, like Moda, Bernina, Juki, Martingale, Riley Blake, Free Spirit, and Checker to name a few. I’m doing my best to get the best prizes that I can for this event!

WHAT ARE THE RULES? Now for all the fun stuff…

  • The show is open to all who have a confirmed show registration with Primitive Gatherings by October 1st, 2022.
  • All entrants must sign and include the insurance waiver form with their entry forms. One waiver is required per entrant (one waiver can cover multiple quilts).
  • Completed submission including photos and signed documents must be received by midnight October 31st, 2022.
  • It is the responsibility of the entrant to insure and ship their quilt to  Primitive Gatherings by October 31st, 2022 using the provided mailing label. Please do not ship your quilt sooner than October 1st, 2022 – we do not have the storage space before then.
  • Primitive Gatherings will be responsible for shipping back your quilt entry to you. Insurance on the package will be determined by the size of the quilt, up to $500. If you would like to add additional insurance on your quilt, you are responsible for any additional shipping or insurance costs.
  • A photograph of your quilt is required to enter for identification purposes. Please include this in the package with your quilt – regular copy paper is fine. Entry into the Challenge automatically grants permission for any and all images of the quilts and/or all parts of the artist’s statement regarding the quilt, to be used by Primitive Gatherings in any and all media productions for this exhibit.
  • The quilt artist retains all copyrights to the quilt and will be credited for any usage of its likeness by Primitive Gatherings. No compensation will be granted to the entrant/copyright holder for the use of the quilt, or images of the quilt in any promotional materials.
  • Quilts will be hung and displayed at The Gathering from November, 2022 through December, 2022. They will also be displayed online via our social media platforms.
  • Commercial patterns will be accepted as long as you give credit to the designer by including their name, and the name of the pattern you used.
  • If any part of your quilt was from another quilter’s design, or was inspired by another quilter’s design, please include the designer’s name, name of the pattern, and what part you sampled from the piece.
  • Each entry must have a 4″ finished sleeve on the top back of the quilt, securely stitched on both the bottom and top edges.
  • Each entry must also include a permanent identification label attached to the bottom, left-hand corner with entrant’s name, the name of the quilt, and the entrant’s address or email address.
  • Due to limited space, there is a limit of TWO entries per person.
  • Quilts of all sizes are eligible for this Challenge.
  • Primitive Gatherings reserves the right to disqualify entries if they do not meet the Challenge criteria including but not limited to size, specific category, or colors of fabrics used.
  • Please remember to complete our, “Red and White Quilt Challenge Entry Checklist” before sending your quilt to us! A printable PDF of all forms needed for the Challenge including the checklist is available by clicking the button below!

Alright! I think that about covers it! I know that was a lot of information, but I have been getting a lot of requests for details on the Challenge and I wanted to make sure everyone is on the same page! If you have questions or are still contemplating joining the 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge make sure to watch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean LIVE on YouTube tomorrow (Thursday) at 1PM CST. I’ll be discussing my quilt, Wildflower with my good friend and special guest Linda Hrcka from The Quilted Pineapple in MI. We’ll also be talking more about the Red & White Quilt Challenge, along with any other new shop announcements, so don’t miss it! See you then! ~Lisa