MBH4 – Block #16 “Indiana Puzzle”

Wow, is it really Wednesday again? I guess that means it’s time for another Moda Blockheads 4 Block release! Block #16, Indiana Puzzle comes to us from Indiana native, Tammy Vonderschmitt of Moda Fabrics. Tammy is known for her love of scraps and tiny pieces, a characteristic that really shows in this energetic and thoughtful block design! I found Indiana Puzzleespecially fun because it has a little of everything. If you’re a fan of working with half-square triangles, simple squares, or four patches – checkerboard to star-shape – this block has it going on! Don’t let its complex vibe scare you. Even though Indiana Puzzle seems like a complicated block, if you break it down into nine separate blocks it’s actually fairly easy. Throw in some strip cutting for the four patches and presto! You’ll be done in what feels like no time. For the complete pattern and instructions for Indiana Puzzle,” click the button below!

I’m happy to report that I’m still right on track with this quilt-along (…maybe even a little ahead but shhhh – we won’t talk about that!). Fabric wise, I’m sticking with the bright orange Bella solid I’ve been using, combined with grayscale prints from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line. For the larger center square, I chose a black floral print on medium gray. The same was used for the smaller surrounding squares, which makes it look like they’re being spun off of their larger twin by the “pinwheel” shape surrounding it. For the triangle portions of this block, I used a lighter gray with an adorable tie-shaped tiny print in contrasting dark gray.

What do you think, do you like it? If you’re really into the way I pieced my blocks together and want to do the same, you can also usually find the orange color I’m using in the shop – a bright Bella Solid called “Ochre.” Unfortunately, we are still sold out of “Ochre” but have it on order so it should be in stock soon! As I mentioned, all of my grayscale fabric choices for these blocks came from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below!

Are you just joining MBH4? All of the previously released MBH4 blocks can be accessed by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can find the archive in the main list of links at the top of my blog page or on Moda’s website. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

Hopefully you’re managing to keep up with this quilt-along. It’s always so much more fun when you’re not rushing to get it all done at once! I do understand if you’re behind though, believe me – no matter how caught up I get, there’s always something more to do! That’s one of the reasons I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog each week – I know how precious your spare time is! To show my on-going gratitude, my goal is to give away at least two prizes per week to readers who continue to comment. It’s easy to win, just ask Susan B. and Marsha B. – our lucky comment winners this week! As always, I am not posting last names or email addresses for everyone’s privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, don’t cry! I have still have lots of prizes to give away, so keep trying!

Remember, your comments and “likes” help keep us at the top of our social media game so please, keep them coming! Tell me how your Blockheads QAL project is coming along. Are you on track or playing catch-up? What type of fabric did you go with? Scrappy or controlled? I want know all about it – and hey! You might just win something for sharing! Alright friends, I’m supposed to be on stay-cation so that’s all for now. Don’t forget, due to the holiday most of us in the studio will be out of the office this week, so there will be no Stitch with Lisa Bongean tomorrow. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled Shop Talk on Tuesday July 12th at 9:00AM CST – I’ll see you soon! ~Lisa

 

 

O’ Say Can You Sew – Clue #4

Happy Independence Day everyone!!! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than to release the next clue for the O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along!? Clue #4 is designed to be simple and fun, so you can get back to your holiday shenanigans in a jiff! This clue might feel a bit familiar to you because it’s very similar to Clue #1. The difference only applies if you’re doing the red, white, and blue motif like I am, because you’re basically switching colors from blue to red. Those of you doing the scrappy version are free to do whatever floats your boat!

This straightforward checkerboard pattern can be done in a snap using the strip-cut and piece method, or you can cut 1 1/2″ squares – both ways work great for this clue. I know you’re anxious to get your hands on the full pattern and instructions for Clue #4, so let’s get to it! Simply hit the link below to get the full instructions and printable PDF.

Clue #4 is available as a FREE download now through Monday August 1st, 2022. After that, it will be available to purchase on our website for $5.00. If you’re just joining me on this Quilt-Along 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. New clues are posted on the first Monday of every month. Remember, once the current month’s clue is posted, the prior clue is no longer free but can be purchased for a small fee of $5.00. For more visual learners I will also be posting a video tutorial of each clue on my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel every month, so be sure to check that out as well! You can watch the Clue #4 tutorial by hitting the “STITCH” button below!

Sticking with the red, white, and blue motif but starting to run out of scraps? No problem! We still have fat quarter bundles in stock that will be perfect to supplement your stash. There are blues, whites, and creams available in bundles of 12 fat quarters for $30.00 per bundle (that’s two FREE!), and red bundles of 8 fat quarters for $24.00. They’re also great for any straggler Independence Day projects you might still be wrapping up.

Because we’re celebrating such and important holiday this week – and mostly because I’m nice – here’s a hot tip to give you a head start on the next clue. I will say that I definitely see some half-square triangles in your near future, and that 1″ half-square triangle paper is going to be your best friend for Clue #5. My best advice is to get it ordered now (two packs to be specific) so that by the time August arrives, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running! You can stock up on PG Triangle Paper of a variety of sizes on our website.

That’s all I have for you today because speaking of red, white, and blue… I have celebrating to get back to! This weekend has been nothing short of gorgeous, with perfect weather and plenty of family time, good food, and fun. It’s been so good that I plan to keep it going for a bit, and take some time away from the studio for a little stay-cation for the rest of the week.

Just a reminder we are CLOSED TODAY – Monday July 4th so everyone at PG also gets a chance to spend some time with family and friends. We’ll be back open for regular business hours on Tuesday July 5th at 10AM CST. Also, because most of us in the studio will be out of the office this week, there will be no LIVE YouTube broadcasts. That includes both Shop Talk with Shelley and Stitch with Lisa Bongean. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled Shop Talk on Tuesday July 12th at 9:00AM CST. Set your timer now so you don’t forget! Happy 4th everyone – I’ll see you soon! ~Lisa

MBH4 Block #15 – “Highland Plaid”

Hey gang! Here we are, back at it again with this week’s Moda Blockheads 4 Block #15 release! This time around, Highland Plaid takes the stage with its simple and straightforward plaid motif. Highland Plaidwas designed by Crystal Manning of crystalmanningart.com out of northern Missouri. Crystal is a graphic/fabric designer who uses her art and design skills to create unique surface and textile patterns. Her style is highly inspired by natural things like the outdoors, flowers, birds, and other animals. She combines these concepts with a bright and cheerful color palette, often resulting in a vintage feel.

I appreciated this block because it was fun yet simple and fast to do. It doesn’t get any more straightforward than working with squares, which makes Highland Plaid a quick and easy block to crank out. Quick and easy is especially perfect for this week, considering I’m sure you’ll all be busy with the holiday weekend coming up. It’s also a great block to do if you’re looking to hone in on your nesting skills. For the complete pattern and instructions for Highland Plaidclick the button below!

For my blocks I used a combination of grayscale prints and solid orange. The outer corners are done with a tiny black print on mid-gray, while the inner squares are done with a white floral print on light gray. For the center “cross” I chose another black tiny print outlined in the same dark gray. The center square is done in white with a silver and gold star motif.

All of my grayscale fabric choices for these blocks came from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line, which you can find by clicking the button below! If you like the way I pieced my blocks together and want to do the same, you can also usually find the orange color I’m using (“Ochre“) in the shop – which is a bright Bella Solid. Unfortunately we are currently sold out of “Ochre.” It was ordered a while ago but as we all know, with the way shipping works these days it’s anyone’s guess as to when it will actually get here! I do know that it should be in stock soon, so don’t give up!

As always, if you’re just joining us for MBH4 and need previously released blocks, you can find them by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can also locate the archive in the main menu at the top of my blog page. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE!

Did you get a chance to tune in to, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on Monday? We came to you live on scene from The Gathering during our Hogs for Heroes Mystery Mission Sit & Stitch event – and man, what a turn-out! Stitchers from all over gathered together for the day to help turn all your donated flag blocks into their final masterpieces! Volunteers broke into teams, with each member tackling on an important part of the job like cutting, pressing, pinning, and of course, stitching!

I was in absolute awe when I saw how many fellow stitchers showed up to lend a hand in this important mission. We had people from near and far, both from in-state and out helping to put our Hogs for Heroes quilts together!

Once quilts are fully assembled, an embroidered label that includes all the names of the people who helped to create it will be applied to the back. After that, off to the quilter it goes! Finished quilts will then be donated to recovering injured veterans through the Hogs for Heroes Organization.

I have always said that if I need something done that’s too big to handle on my own, all I have to do is ask my fellow stitchers and I know the job will get done. Yesterday was even more proof that I’m 100% right about that! And it didn’t matter if you came with a group or alone, we all left as friends!

To every single person who either donated a block (or 30!), volunteered to assemble the final quilts, or both – I cannot thank you enough. I want to give a special shout out to our top four flag block contributors. Everyone did an amazing job! Congratulations to Carrie DeCoster, Elizabeth Schraeder, Lisa Bierman, and Ginny Radloff! All I can say is WOW! Excellent work ladies! If Jess has not already contacted you regarding your prize, you will be hearing from her soon!

I am so proud to be part of such a loving and hardworking community of people…words alone aren’t enough to express my gratitude. I am truly humbled! That’s why I will continue to do as much as I can for the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. If you’d like more information about this great cause or would like to contribute to Hogs for Heroes directly, you can do so by clicking the link below. If you love swag, we have some really cool t-shirts that feature an American flag quilt block on the back with the slogan, “I Stitched for a Hero.” We also have Hogs for Heroes patches available. All sales from either item go directly to support Hogs for Heroes!

Since we’re in the spirit of giving, let’s give a way some prizes for comments on my blog! Delores R. and Julia D. – Congratulations, it’s your lucky day! As always, I am not posting last names or email addresses for everyone’s privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at heidin@primitivegatherings.us if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, keep trying – your turn is coming!

Alright gang, time to get back over to The Gathering. Bernina Embroidery Manager, Connie Fanders was gracious enough to make an appearance here today as the guest instructor for our, “Perfectly Quilted” educational event. Participants are learning all about how to quilt using a domestic machine, without the use of a longarm. Fascinating! I’ll fill you in more later. I will see you all tomorrow LIVE on YouTube at 1:00PM for Stitch with Lisa Bongean! You can watch by hitting the link below. Don’t miss it – see you there! ~Lisa

 

Are You Ready for the 4th of July?

According to the calendar, this Tuesday will be the official first day of summer 2022! As you know I absolutely love to decorate my home according to each season and holiday, so naturally, I’m sporting a lot of red, white, and blue right now. July 4th is one of my most favorite holidays because I love my country and what it stands for. That’s why I’m proud to use my creativity and skills to design décor that shows off my patriotism!

How’s your summer decorating coming along? I bet there are some really neat projects being worked on out there… Let me know in the comments what you currently have on your work table – I’m always curious about what you all are up to! If you’re looking for a patriotic project or just need some inspiration, we have a ton of really cute patriotic-themed projects in the shop, many of which are on sale right now! Let’s take a look at a few of my favorites.

First up we have my super popular quilt, Our Flag Stands for Freedom.” This fat quarter tower friendly quilt is great for both beginners and master quilters alike. The simple square pieces go together easily, and the star units provide an opportunity to get some practice working with half square triangles.

You can doOur Flag Stands for Freedom either as a mini measuring at 27″ x 36″, or full-size quilt at 54″ x 72″. The mini quilt makes a great gift or weekend project if you need something fast. The full-size version is on the quick and easy side as well, but still produces stunning results. Plus, all you need is a fat quarter tower to make both projects (binding and backing are separate). Instructions for both the mini and full-size quilt are included in the pattern!

Another quilt designed with patriotism in mind is, Liberty Gatherings.” If you like wool appliqué and don’t mind a little bit more of a challenge in a project, this quilt is for you. Complete with the liberty bell, symbols of peace, love and patriotic pride, Liberty Gatherings doesn’t miss a beat in showing off my love for this country. It even has a flag waving sheep!

Measuring at 76″ x 76″ this is a  great quilt for wall décor. I also think it would look lovely hanging over the back of your front porch swing, or displayed on a full size bed in your home or cabin. So many possibilities!

Land of the Free… Home of the Brave is a beautiful patriotic quilt that Jess designed for us. This quilt is the perfect representation of America and would make a great gift for a special soldier in your life. Large red lettering proudly displays our country’s slogan around the boarder. Land of the Free… Home of the Brave measures 76″ x 88″ making it a nice size for a bed or couch. I personally think it would look really cool hung as wall décor for the 4th of July.

Do you like punch needle? If you said yes I have a few adorable projects that you just might be interested in. Up first I have Big Red.” I can’t get over how cute this pattern is! It features a plump brown hen proudly holding her American flag up with her wing. SO… stinkin’… cute… Finished size on this gal is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

If you think Big Red is too cute to handle, wait til you see Two Chicks on a Lamb!” This darling pattern shows a lamb enjoying a stroll through through the flowers while two yellow chicks hitch on a ride on her back. One little chick is taking after Big Red with its American flag proudly in tow. Also measuring in at 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, “Two Chicks on a Lamb fits right in just about anywhere around your home.

Last but not least in my punch needle selections, I want to show you Home of the Brave.” You know how I love my sheepies so obviously this darling pattern is just my style. As you can see, this piece is graced by three lovely ewes, each adorned with red, white, and blue swirls in their precious wool.

Home of the Brave wouldn’t be complete without some stars and stripes, so each one of the gals is doing he part to spread the message that we are in fact the, “Home of the Brave!” All said and done, Home of the Brave” is 8 1/2″ x 20″.

Need a patriotic pincushion in your life? I know a gal!!! LOL! Check out my Liberty Pin Cushions collection! These fun designs can either be done as pin cushions or as little mug rugs! The Liberty Pin Cushions collection includes simple patters with beginner level wool appliqué.

These little projects make the perfect scrap busters, so if you have leftover fabric from the O’ Say Can You See Quilt-Along, here’s a great solution! Get the pattern alone or order a kit! Patterns include instructions for four separate projects including: “Flag Measure Tape” – 3″ x 10 1/2″, “Wool Star” – 3″ x 7″, “Button Flag” – 3 1/2″ x 6″, and Star Flag – 4″ x 4″. Great as gifts or keep them all for yourself!

If table runners are more your preference for holiday décor, give the, I Pledge Allegiance runner a try! Simple and fast, this project can easily be done in a weekend with a little determination!

A little bit of crazy stitching on the wool appliqué star gives this design a little extra pizzazz, all while reminding of us of the allegiance our flag deserves every day of the year! Finished, the I Pledge Allegiance table runner measures 7 1/2″ x 30″.

Changing gears but still sticking with table mats, Flag Day Penny Banner is an awesome penny mat specially designed for this time of year.

With all these great ideas you must be feeling inspired by now! Don’t forget, we also have patriotic fabric on sale through Monday as well, so if you’re in need for the holiday or anticipate running out before the O’ Say Can You See Quilt-Along is complete, the time is now to stock up!

Alright everyone, I’m out of here! It’s been a long week and I’m ready to spend some time at home. I hope you all have a chance to get outside and enjoy the weather, and of course stitch! I will see you all next week. I’ll be back to to blog on Monday when I cover my new flannel line, Autumn Gatherings and the projects that go with it. I have some really great stuff to share with you, you’re not going to want to miss it! Until then, take care and have a great weekend! ~Lisa

Junk in Your Trunk!

Hey stitchers, welcome back to my blog! I don’t know what it was about this last CA trip of mine, but I feel especially happy to be back home in WI. Traveling that far in a short time really takes a lot out of a girl! After all the rain that fell while I was away, a week later the grass is a lot taller and the trees are full of lush green leaves… I feel like I’ve come home to the jungle of the north! Spring has definitely sprung. If you need the proof, it’s all over my car in the form of yellow pollen dust and cottonwood fuzz! Ahh, the joys of having four seasons.

I got home late Wednesday night and despite my exhaustion, I could barely sleep because I was so excited about our big Warehouse Sale and “Junk in Your Trunk” event that’s going on as we speak. There has been a heck of a lot of planning and preparation going into these events, and I have to say that it’s super satisfying seeing everything coming together. I want to thank my awesome staff for all their hard work in setting everything up because without them, this would have been one heck of a big job to tackle alone!

We kicked off the big sale weekend bright and early yesterday, and things were in full swing by mid-morning. I really couldn’t have asked for better weather, so it was nothing less than lovely to sit outside manning my “treasure booth” for most of the day (my blog manager Heidi is extremely jealous of the nice tan I have going on – as she should be!). We have a nice set-up with several vendor booths outside featuring things like finished quilt samples, home décor, hand-dyed wool, baked goods, hand-painted barn quilts, wood working, and more (vendors vary by day)!

This is all happening at the same time as the Winchester Town Wide Garage Sale event, so you will have plenty of shopping options to choose from… after you’re done blowing your budget here at PG of course. In case you get hungry our soup and salad bar will be open for lunch, which always hits the spot. And if you’re like me and have a sweet tooth to satisfy, we have Erica’s signature homemade snickerdoodle cookies available for purchase as well!

Unfortunately, the forecast is calling for rain tomorrow so we may not be able to set up our vendor booths outside. If that happens not to worry – our rain plan is to simply move vendors inside at The Gathering!

More of an indoor shopper overall? Come check out the awesome deals Jess and Amy have put together for you inside the shop and warehouse! Save big on fabric, notions, patterns, kits, jewelry, home décor, pre-made samples, and a bunch more! If you’re looking for something to do and happen to be in the area, stop out! The sale runs until 5PM today. We start back up at 7:00 AM tomorrow and will be open through 5PM.If you aren’t local or simply can’t get out here to shop, you can also find warehouse sale items on our website through Sunday (in-store sale runs through Saturday)! To find the listed sale items simply visit http://www.primitivegatherings.us and click the “NEW” tab. Then click “Warehouse Sale.” For a direct link click HERE. Did you get a chance to watch Stitch with Lisa Bongean yesterday? I was live on scene here at the sale to give you a first-hand glimpse of all the shenanigans going on. If you’d like a virtual recap of the event you can still watch the replay by hitting the STITCH button below!

Boy, as fast as it went this week felt long! I’m really looking forward to the weekend and just being at HOME. It sure will be nice to enjoy a little rest and relaxation before next week is in our laps and demanding all the attention. I hope you all have a great weekend and I will see you very soon! Take care and of course, do your best to stitch EVERY day! Bye for now! ~Lisa

MBH4 – Block 12 “Friendship Star”

Hey Blockheads! Even though I’m in California on business, it’s still Wednesday and the next Moda Blockheads release must go on! I know it’s a bit later in the day than I usually like to post the new release, but hey! Better late than never! This week Friendship Star makes its debut, brought to us by Deb Strain of Sew Noted. Deb became a fabric designer for Moda in 1996 and has created over 100 successful fabric collections since she joined them. She is best known for her intricate and colorful hand-drawn creations that are driven by her life-long passion for art and design. Over the years her work has been featured on a variety of products including fabrics, calendars, greeting cards, garden flags, books, framed prints, and more!

Deb’s MBH4 blockFriendship Staris just that – a block heavily based on the traditional Friendship Star design. Historically, blocks like this were very dear to the hearts of pioneer quilters. They were usually sewn in secret because they were meant to be a gift for a loved one or friend who was going through a big life event; like getting married, getting extremely ill, or moving across the country. TheFriendship Starblock uses 1/2 square triangles and squares, making this block as about as easy as it gets! Plus, as you know I love a project with options, so the fact that you have two shading alternatives to choose from (you could do it with either a light center or dark) makes Friendship Star right up my alley.

I don’t have photos of my blocks to show you this week because as you know, I myself am still across the country in CA for another couple of days – but I will be sure to post them along with next week’s MBH4 block to show you my progress. In the mean time you can get the idea of what it looks like, along with the full instructions and pattern by clicking the button below.

If you’re curious about which colors I’m using, I’m still sticking with a variety of gray-scale fabrics, all from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line. You can check out Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II on our website by following the link! I’m also using, Ochreas a contrasting color, which is a bright orange Bella Solid. We are currently sold out of “Ochre” at the moment, but have it on order so it should be in stock soon!

Remember, if you’re just joining us for MBH4 and need previously released blocks, you can find them by visiting the Moda Blockheads 4 Archive. You can also locate the archive in the main list of links at the top of my blog page. In addition, bonus blocks can be found on Moda’s Inspiration+Resources Center page by clicking HERE! If you’re having trouble keeping all the details straight you can also sign-up to receive Moda’s weekly Blockheads blog posts via e-mail at the Inspiration+Resources Center as well.

I sure hope you’re managing to keep up with this Quilt-Along. The blocks aren’t super difficult but it’s a lot more work than it has to be if you have a stack to do, versus just one a week. On the other hand, I know many of you are fast and will be done with block 12 before the sun goes down today – which is great. The reason that’s so great is because it frees you up to get at your Hogs for Heroes Flag blocks!!! Time is running out to get those in by the June 15th deadline, so if you’re still thinking about participating, it’s time to kick things into gear! For those of you wondering about all the Flag block fuss, let me give you the details! My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag blocks as possible by June 15th, 2022. We will then be using the Flag blocks collectively to create a larger, future project that will generate even more funds for Hogs for Heroes!

Ready to make your contribution to this important mission? Click the link below for the pattern and instructions to get started! One is great but if you feel like making more we’d love it!!! We’re close to hitting our goal but not quite there yet. Every block counts!

I’m really excited to see who will win the title of, “Most Flags Sewn” after this challenge is over. Remember, the person who sends in the most will get a special prize to show our gratitude! After all, as I always say there’s no way we could accomplish all that we do for our veterans without help from all of you, so I really think that’s the least I can do to say thanks.

Well folks, I’ll be back in WI on Thursday – just in time to kick off our “Junk in Your Trunk” and Warehouse sale events! If you have the opportunity, stop out to see us! We’ll be featuring sale items like fabric, kits, books, patterns, notions, and MORE!

We’ll be featuring crafts, baked goods, home décor, antiques, and other unique items. I might even be willing to part with a few things from Anchor Point… Come treasure hunt! This is all happening at the same time as the Winchester Town Wide Garage Sale event, so you will have plenty of shopping options to choose from… after you’re done putting a dent in your coin purse at PG of course. To sweeten the pot lunch will also be available! On Thursday, Erica is planning to have Sloppy Joes, broccoli and cauliflower salad, home-made potato chips and dip with a delicious cookie for dessert! Then Friday through Sunday our soup and salad bar will be open, which always hits the spot.

If you’re not able to be here in person, tune in to Stitch with Lisa Bongean Thursday at 1PM CST for an update on what’s going on! We’ll be LIVE on scene, so make sure to watch and comment for a chance to win a prize. Hope to see you there! ~Lisa