Making Progress – Always!

Hey everyone, it’s time for another progress report! We’re at the peak of summer here in WI, and already starting to show early signs of fall approaching. It has been a busy season so far at Primitive Gatherings with a constant buzz of activity going on all week long. Summer projects are starting to come to fruition as they get closer and closer to being finished with each passing day. One of my favorite things about fall are the autumn-based projects, so needless to say I’ll be happy to clear some space in my sewing room and studio once summer tasks are finished.

Finishing a quilt is always a thrill. As I’m approaching the final steps I always seem to get a burst of energy toward getting it done – so I can move on and start something new, of course! I’m super happy to report that I was recently able to bring one of my Summer Blocks of the Weekprojects, Stars All Around into its final stages, and it’s now currently waiting in line to be quilted. I really had a lot of fun with this project because it was simple and easy to work on small sections at a time in between other projects. The pattern is a cinch to do and also makes for the perfect mini scrap buster. With something like 208 total stars, you can really put a dent in your scrap bin with this amazing quilt. All said and done, Stars All Around measures approximately 82″ x 82.”

As I mentioned, Stars All Around is one of this year’s Summer Blocks of the Week projects, which originally started earlier this season. We are getting close to selling out of kits for both the Contemporary and Traditional versions of Stars All Around,” but still have a few left of each to find homes for. That means that if you’ve been on the fence about doing this project, this is basically your last chance to get a kit! To order yours before it’s too late, hit the link below!

Just an FYI! We are only offering “Stars All Around as a PAID IN FULL option this year. This will help to reduce the cost of shipping because it allows us to send you the project directions just once monthly instead of multiple times throughout (meaning a $48 decrease in the price for our domestic customers and an $84 decrease in pricing for our International customers – wow!). PLEASE NOTE: You will be charged immediately when you place your order.

Next up, I’m also delighted to say that another one of my Summer Blocks of the Week projects, Carving Contest is also finished and ready to rock for Halloween. This darling quilt is done in strips, but to look at the finished product you don’t really notice that. I had SO much fun drawing up this pattern… The festive design is super cute, unique, and full of spunk and personality! Measuring at 51″ x 58,” “Carving Contest is an excellent choice for a fall home décor project. Its smaller size makes it ideal to display as a wall hanging or over the back of your favorite love seat or porch swing. This is another project we have very limited quantities of so again, if you’re on the fence it’s time to jump off and into Carving Contest. Get your’s now by clicking the link!

Carving Contestisn’t the only quilt on my sewing table with big personality right now. Part of our, “Just One” series, Lulu the Lady Bug is an adorable little number that is simple to make, yet has a ton of options as far as how you’d like it to look in the end depending on your fabric and color choices. You’ll be able to pick out your own background to match up with both the Dresden daisy motif, and of course the real star of the show Lulu the Lady Bug.”

If you’ve never done a Dresden before, this is a great opportunity to give it a try! Lulu the Lady Bugmakes it fun and easy, and doesn’t produce a lot of scraps because you’re using a lot of the same fabric throughout the project. Machine stitching the appliquéd areas makes it simple and fast, though you could certainly do it by hand if you’re feeling ambitious. At 51 1/2″ x 51 1/2″ Lulu the Lady Bugis just the right size to display as a seasonal wall hanging or table top décor.

Lulu the Lady Bug is a pre-order only for just a few more days. That means that when ordering, it should be the only thing in your cart! Other items currently in stock should be ordered separately so we can get it to you as fast as possible. Lulu the Lady Bug should be available to ship the week of August 8th. NOTE: You will need an 18 degree Dresden Ruler by Creative Grids for this project which you can order by clicking HERE! You will also need 3.5 yards of fabric for the backing. Remember, if you order the backing at the same time as the kit, you will get it at 20% OFF! The pattern is not included in our kits, but can be ordered separately. Lulu is 51 1/2″ square when finished. Click the link above to order now!

Do you love working with wool as much as I do? If that’s a big yes, I certainly hope you’re already a member of our subscription wool box. If you’re not, you really should be! Let me tell you a little about it. Boxes ship every other month and contain at least one major project kit and pattern, a pattern for an ongoing project, and recipe cards. Each box is centered around wool and/or stitchery, and might even contain a few novelty things once in a while. Boxes will primarily consist of Primitive Gatherings products and patterns, but we plan to have guest designers and products as well in the future. Projects are exclusive to the wool boxes for six months before they are released to the general public. Boxes are charged the 15th of the month and will be shipped after our billing cycle. Sounds great, doesn’t it? We still have openings available but spots are limited. Sign up today! Click the link above for more information.

I also have several Quilt-Alongs that I’m involved with at the moment, as I’m sure many of you are too. If you’ve been following along with the Moda Blockheads 4 series, you know that currently we’re on Block #20 – Stop Go by Stacy Iest Hsu. This exciting and unique block features a snowball shape-based design, along with multiple color combinations and layout possibilities in the pattern. Color scheme for this quilt includes a medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” as my background color, combined with gray-scale fabric selections from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line for the other elements. Lately I have also been throwing in a bit of Zen Chic, and even used a little bit of my Lakeside Gatherings line from a few years back.

This has been a great quilt-along so far and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for one to join. Even though we’re 20 blocks in, it’s still not too late to get started! You can easily find all the information you need, including previously released MBH4 blocks in the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive listed in the main menu of links at the top of my blog page. You can also visit Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center Page for more information, along with all released bonus blocks by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight, you can also sign-upo to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

Have heard about Letters for Santa? It’s hard to imagine that it’s just about time to start thinking about fall and even winter projects for the upcoming Christmas season. We all know how the holidays always seem to sneak up on us. I like to have a good head start on things well in advance, which is why I really love the idea of this quilt-along. Letters for Santa is a Christmas project quilt-along from Moda inspired by my, Mini Alphabet Quiltpattern. Mini Alphabet is a darling little quilt, ideal for a child’s bed or toy room. Measuring at 42″ x 42″ it’s the perfect size for cuddling, all while learning your ABC’s. Super cute, right!?

To participate in the quilt-along you’ll need both the pattern for my Mini Alphabet Quiltalong with Moda’s monthly word releases, new filler block patterns, and alternate project ideas. You can purchase the pattern by clicking the button above. For more information on this festive QAL, and access to monthly QAL releases, visit Moda’s website!

Another quilt-along that I’m really enjoying right now is my O’ Say Can You Sew” Mystery QAL. I decided to call it O’ Say Can You Sew because I have so many reds, whites, and blues leftover from previous projects (American Gatherings Quilt-Along, my American Gatherings book, and Stars & Stripes to name a few). I thought it would be a fun way to get an awesome patriotic quilt out of simply recycling my salvage. I also thought it would be entertaining to make this a mystery project – meaning you are not going to know exactly what you’re making until it all comes together in the very end! I think it’s exciting – I love the suspense!!!

How the O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along works is simple and fun. On the first Monday of every month we will release a new FREE clue (there is no specific time that I will be releasing the clue – please keep an eye on the blog throughout the day)! There will be seven clues released in total. When the clue is released it will be posted not only here on my blog, but also on our YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Each clue will be available to download as a printable PDF FREE for one month. When then next month’s clue posts, the previous clue will no longer be available for free, but can be purchased to download through our website for $5.00 each.

You MUST be squirming in your seat to join up with this QAL A.S.A.P., so wait no longer! We are already on Clue #5 but there is still plenty of time to catch up! Links to all released clues are listed in the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive, which can be found in the main menu at the top of this page. This quilt was designed to be a scrap buster, but if you don’t have that kind of supply piled up don’t worry. We have fat quarter bundles in stock that will be perfect to supplement your stash. There are blues and whites in bundles of 12 fat quarters for $30.00 per bundle (that’s two FREE!). We are currently no longer offering reds in these special OSCYS bundles due to low stock.

People keep asking me how I have so much energy, and when do I sleep!? Really, it’s easy to stay motivated because I am truly living my dream. Simply put, it’s NOT WORK! I love to be ambitious and try to make sure to schedule a time to stitch everyday. I accomplish this with planning, making lists, setting goals, and doing my best to stay organized. These are the things that cause inspiration and an abundance of energy to come easy for me! Achieving my goals only drives me further forward so I can accomplish more. I love what I do!

Speaking of future projects and goals, before I go I want to remind you that my new fabric line Red and White Gatherings is now available to pre-order! I’m super excited after seeing how beautiful this collection turned out. I can barely wait! It’s made up of cream-based whites and a stunning mix of reds, ranging from middle of the road to dark and deep. Print patterns include floral, linear, and geometrical designs that span from tiny to large giving you a wide spectrum of visual variety.

If you’re anything like me, these exciting new fabrics have your mind going in a million directions. I can imagine this versatile line being implemented into several different projects I’ve been thinking about starting. You know how I love the traditional red and white color combination… Of course, I also have a design book coming out that will contain nine unique designs (12 total quilts – some with more than one version) – all based on Red & White Gatheringsfabric. If you’re looking for a bit of red and white inspiration, this book is the perfect solution! As of now, it will be available to ship in October, 2022. Quilt kits are not available yet but will be coming soon!

I know getting the finished book into your hands feels a long way off as well, but don’t fret! I DO have some good news in the midst of all this longing… As of now, pre-cuts and yardage of Red & White Gatherings” AND the project book Red and White Gatherings are officially available to pre-order from our website. Just click the link below! Not to mention, now is a great time to stock up on “Red & White Gatherings” because all pre-cuts are 20% OFF (for a limited time)! Please note: Pre-orders should be the only thing in your car when you are ordering. If you have other, non pre-order items to purchase you will need to order them through a separate transaction!

Well everyone – did I give you enough to think about? I hope you’re able to find your own inspiration after seeing these works in progress. Nothing makes me happier than being creative and sharing skills and ideas with my fellow stitchers. Thank you for being a part of it! That all being said, I wish you a wonderful and relaxing weekend. It’s supposed to be scorching hot and humid here until Sunday when we might see some relief – just in time for our big Hogs for Heroes key presentation event. If you haven’t heard, this Sunday August 8th, 2022 we will finally be presenting our chosen veteran with the keys to his new Harley through the Hogs for Heroes organization! We will also be awarding several veterans with much deserved quilts of valor, made 100% by volunteer stitchers from all over the U.S.! If you’re local and you can make it out for this awesome event, please do – there’s even lunch in it for ya (while it lasts – when it’s gone, it’s gone)! Doors open at The Gathering at 10:00 and the ceremony beings at 11. A pot-luck lunch will be served immediately after until we run out! There is no cost for lunch but cash donations are very much appreciated. All proceeds will go to Hogs for Heroes!

For more information about Hogs for Heroes and to read our veteran’s story, you can visit my prior blog post all about it by clicking HERE! If you’re not local or just have other plans, you can watch the event LIVE or catch the replay on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel, which you can find by clicking the STITCH button below! I really hope to see a huge turnout for this event – so don’t let me down. Be there if you can! I will see you all soon. Stay cool out there! ~Lisa

It’s Time for the 2022 Summer Blocks of the Week!

Hey gang – happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I know many of you are anxiously waiting for the details on this year’s Summer Blocks of the Week so I thought I’d pop in to talk about that for a minute. This is a lot of information, so bear with me!

First, I wanted to let you know that due to the ever-increasing cost of postage, we’ve had to re-think how we go about doing – well, pretty much everything around here lately! Because of that, this year we are doing our Summer Blocks of the Week a little bit differently than we have in the past. We have decided to switch to monthly shipping for EVERYONE! Our goal is to distribute these projects in the most economic way possible for both you, and for us. In order to accomplish that, we will be shipping all four weeks worth of Summer Blocks of the Week projects together in one shipment, rather than each block separately (similar to how we have done it in the past for our international “Block of the Week” customers). This plan allows for a lower shipping rate for everyone overall.

Secondly, for this year’s Summer Blocks of the Week I’m excited to tell you that I actually have three ongoing projects lined up! First up is a pieced block called, Stars All Around. I want this quilt to be a bit of a mystery so I’m not going to give away too many of the details, or show you the completed quilt right off the bat. I will tell you that finished it will be approximately 88″ x 88″. You can also take a look at the fabrics we’re using below. You will get your first “clue” in your first shipment along with all of your fabric. New clues will then be sent out individually as we go along. Now, I know it’s tough to start a project without a finished product in mind but, trust me –  you don’t want to miss out on this one! If you like stars like I do, your love for this quilt is pretty much inevitable.

I always love a quilt with multiple options to consider. There are two versions of Stars All Around to choose from including Contemporary and Traditional designs. The Contemporary version uses only 33 fabrics to create this amazing quilt, including Moda’s Ombre Fairy Dust line. These clever fabrics make the quilt appear as though there are more fabrics being used than what there really is. Pretty cool, right!? In addition, for the 7 yards of background required we are using the White Ombre Fairy Dust fabric (when ordering, you will notice that there is not a choice of background offered for this selection).

Unlike the Contemporary version of Stars All Around,the Traditional design uses 208 different Reproduction fabrics to create the blocks in this quilt. Even better, you get to choose which 7 yards of background fabric you would like to use!!! For mine, I used our Primitive Gatherings Cream Muslin 1040-22 or a White Bella Solid.

Just an FYI! We are only offering “Stars All Around as a PAID IN FULL option this year. This will help to reduce the cost of shipping because it allows us to send you the project directions just once monthly instead of multiple times throughout (meaning a $48 decrease in the price for our domestic customers and an $84 decrease in pricing for our International customers – wow!). PLEASE NOTE: You will be charged immediately when you place your order for “Stars All Around.” Shipping will begin around the END of MAY.

ALSO – PLEASE REMEMBER: When ordering from our website you must select “YES” for the options that you would like, and “NO” to the options that you do not want. ALL questions marked with the red * asterisk need to be answered before you can add the item to your cart. If you do not answer all the required questions, the item will not be added to your cart. Instead the system will alert you by saying there is a “Backing Required” or “Essentials Required in red letters depending on which question you did not answer. In other words, a choice of YES or NO is required to move forward. Even if you are not purchasing that particular item you must still answer NO.

The second project I have for you is called, Tennessee Hummingbird.” This impressive quilt is done with English Paper Piecing. We will be using 30’s fabrics for the blocks, and a White Bella Solid for the 5 yards of background fabric needed to make Tennessee Hummingbird.” Look at all those beautiful colors – amazing!

We are offering Tennessee Hummingbird with two different payment options this year. If you pay in full, you will receive the full kit in your first shipment. If you are paying monthly, you will receive 4 monthly installments of fabrics. You will be charged immediately for either option you choose. If you pay monthly, the first month will be charged right away to allow us to start shipping each installment as they are ready. That way, we don’t have to wait for the billing cycle and you get it faster! Tennessee Hummingbird will start to ship MID to the END of MAY.

Last but certainly not least is an awesome Halloween-themed wool appliqué project I call, Carving Contest.” How cute is this! This was so much fun to sketch and design. I am beyond happy with how it turned out. I love the different personalities of every single one of them! It’s the perfect size for a lap quilt or to display for holiday décor around your home. Finished, Carving Contest” measures 51″ x 58″.

Alright everyone, hang on tight because I’m going to throw you all for a bit of a loop on this one. For Carving Contest,” we will be doing things like we normally do for our Blocks of the Month, except for this one you have the option of pay in full. The reason for this is that there is A LOT of wool in the Carving Contest Kit so there is no real practical way for us to ship you everything at once. If you chose to pay in full, as a way to say thank you we have discounted shipping costs by one shipment. You will be receiving a row of pumpkins to create for all six months of the program.

No Finishing Kit will be needed to complete the quilt, however, there will be one offered if you desire to finish it the same way I’m doing mine (the option to sign up for a Finishing Kit will be offered later in the program). We have a limited number of kits that are available in the 6 yards of Grunge Star Background that is shown in the sample, so the first people to sign up for the program will receive that background. It is on a first come, first serve basis and when it’s gone it’s gone! After those are exhausted, we will be switching to the same color Grunge as the Grunge Star, but without the Stars on it.

There are also Essentials that go with Carving Contest.” Essentials includes the 6 yards of Grunge fabric needed for the background. This is a separate charge from the quilt Blocks. You will receive ALL 6 yards up-front in your first shipment. PLEASE NOTE! You need to add “Essentials” to your cart first in order for any of the “Carving Contest” options to be added.

Alright, now for the fun stuff – FREEBIES! I know you are all wondering what we are going to be for the Freebie this year. Of course we will be having one, but we are changing it up a little. This year’s Freebie will be offered only to those of you who are participating in the Summer Block Quilts Program. In other words, we are no longer giving a Freebie away with a general online or in-store purchase this summer because we want to make it more exclusive to those of you who are participating in our Summer Quilts Program.

HOW SUMMER 2022 FREEBIES WORK: If you are choosing to pay in full and will be receiving your entire project upfront, you are also going to get ALL of your Freebies along with your first shipment. If you chose a monthly payment option, you will get four blocks of Freebies each month, for the first three months of the program that you are participating in. I know you’re probably dying to know what this year’s Freebies look like by now, so we will be showing them off tomorrow during “Shop Talk with Shelley!” Yet another reason to watch – don’t miss it!

In addition, we have also created a Thread Kit designated to the Freebie blocks, which retails at $44.00. The kit also includes a FREE Embellishment Needle with your Thread Kit purchase. Woo hoo!

Whew! That WAS a lot of information – thanks for sticking with me! I sure hope these awesome projects have sparked your interest enough to join me for this year’s Summer Blocks of the Week.” My team and I work long and hard on trying to come up with something a little different each summer and honestly, I think we knocked it out of the park this year!

If you’d like to hear me talk a little bit more about each project you can watch the replay of last week’s, Stitch with Lisa Bongean by clicking the link below.

Jess and I cover all the details on the Summer Blocks of the Week,” along with some other announcements and updates as usual. If you liked Shop Talk with Shelley last week, don’t forget it will be LIVE on our YouTube channel weekly on Tuesdays at 9AM CST! If you haven’t noticed, we LOVE to give away prizes around here! If you’d like to be our next lucky winner be sure to leave me a comment here on the blog and also during Shop Talk with Shelley!You can tune in by following the link below. Until then, take care! I will see you all in the morning. ~Lisa