Have You Any PG Wool?

Hey gang! I’m sure you’ve all heard about the big wool sale happing now here at Primitive Gatherings. If you didn’t, I guess that means you haven’t been keeping up with my blog or my YouTube broadcasts lately… All I can say about that is, tisk-tisk!!! LOL Just kidding, I know how busy everyone is right now and completely understand about not having enough hours in the day to get it all done. No worries! I’ll go over the details again just in case you missed it. Now through Sunday, July 31st, 2022 take 25% OFF ALL wool products both in-store and online, including wool yardage, wool pre-cuts, wool bundles, wool charms, and wool scrap bags (sorry, this offer does not include wool kits)!

Come take advantage of this rare and generous wool event! It’s few and far between that wool ever goes on sale, especially at such a great discount. Shop manager Shelley did an awesome job on Tuesday during our LIVE broadcast of Shop Talk,” sharing some of her favorite recommended wool projects and tools, along with some tips and tricks of the trade from our very own Tyler the Wool Dyer… and me too, of course! If you’ve never been to the shop, it’s hard to explain just how beautiful our collection of hand and mill-dyed wools is without actually seeing it in person – but – I will do my best to give you a good idea. If you’re not familiar with our wool, we offer it for sale by the yard, half yard, fat-quarter, fat-eighth, and fat-sixteenth.We also have charm squares and scrap bags for stitchers who like to collect lots of different wools in smaller portions. We carry a huge variety of colors, textures, and patterns to choose from including brights, natural/earth tones, tie-dye, plaids, houndstooth, herringbones, and more… the list goes on! Can’t decide on a favorite? We’ve also put together some really beautiful bundles that are sure to trip your creative trigger. We even have a PG Wool Swatch Book to help make planning and matching colors, textures, and threads for your wool projects a snap! Our quality swatch book comes with actual wool swatches – NOT photos – so you can get the most accurate and realistic idea of our available colors. This super helpful resource is currently being revamped to include our most up-to-date dyes as we speak. That means that they’re not quite ready to ship yet, but are available for pre-order now with an anticipated arrival date of mid-September.

Are you a penny project fan? If you are, you’ll love our pre-cut wool penny options! Sizes range from 1/2″ all the way to 3 1/2.” And for those of you who are like me and love fusible on the back of your pennies, good news – we carry fusible pennies too! These little guys are a game changer when it comes to working with wool pennies – especially the smaller ones. They’re super helpful for holding things in place, particularly while stitching one penny to another. There is something to be said about being able to steam my circles down so they’re not loose and falling all over the place. Nobody needs that frustration!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how someone who has never tried wool should get started. I just so happen to have the perfect solution for that exact scenario! My books, Wool, Needle, & Thread I and II are my all time go-to’s for learning your way around the world of wool. Both books offer step-by-step instructions along with excellent close-up photography, showing you exactly how to go about making your debut working with wool and wool appliqué! Perfectly bound with thick glossy pages, these books are a must-have for your studio library. As an added bonus, there are several practice projects included to help get your creative juices flowing. Hit the button below to get your own copies of Wool, Needle, & Thread I and II!

Whew! Lots to cover when it comes to wool, that’s for sure! If you weren’t able to catch Shop Talk this week and are interested in learning more about our process and working with wool overall, I highly recommend going back and watching the replay. Many of you who were able to tune in asked some really great questions throughout the show, which I really enjoyed and appreciate! There’s no such thing as a silly question. You never know how many other people you might be helping simply by asking questions! Knowledge is power baby, and I love to share it!

Well folks, here we are again at the end of another week. No rest for the weary though. I’m busily preparing for the week ahead, which promises to be full of action. On Monday I’ll be releasing Clue #5 in the O’ Say Can You Sew Mystery Quilt-Along series, so if you haven’t downloaded Clue #4 yet, you better get on it (remember, once the current clue posts, previously released clues will no longer be free, but will be available to purchase on our website for a small fee – previously released clues are available by visiting the O’ Say Can You See Clue Archive by clicking HERE)!!! On that same day be sure to watch for our Hogs for Heroes bike recipient announcement where we share which deserving veteran was chosen to receive a H4H Hog this year. I can’t wait! After that we go LIVE again Tuesday during Shop Talk with Shelley at 9:00 AM CST, and again on Thursday at 1:00 PM CST with another exciting episode of STITCH with Lisa Bongean.” Jam-packed I tell you, and with no end in sight. I love it. Enjoy your weekend and I will see you all next week! ~Lisa

MBH4 – Block #19 “Clover”

Hey Blockheads – it’s that time again! This week we’re exploring MBH4 Block #19, “Clover by Robin Pickens. In years past, Robin worked as a graphic designer in a corporate setting, but quickly discovered that despite the prestige and rewards of the job, the stress and long days were not fulfilling. This inspired her to pursue art that was more personal and artistic. She eventually found joy through illustration, textile, and surface design. Her current works are known for beautiful color, happiness, and positive inspiration, and range from greeting cards and calendars to tabletop collections, rugs, and home décor. She is also a talented fellow fabric designer for Moda!

Robin’s MBH4 contribution, Clover is a charming and unique block that is fun and easy to do. The block design is basically a four-patch, constructed of all half-square triangles with pieced sashing in between the sections. The overall design looks intricate, but if you break it down into four individual four-patch units, it goes together with ease! Cloveris great for both the beginner and seasoned stitcher because either way, you look like a pro at the end with a beautiful block that shows off your skills to prove it. Plus, I think Cloveris especially cool because the finished piece resembles… you guessed it – a four leaf clover! If that’s not your thing don’t worry. The block can also be done simply with more of a star feeling, using a light color for the center and darks for the corners – contrasting with the triangles and sashing. I love a block with options!

For my versions of Clover I decided to keep the same basic color scheme going as I have been using in pervious weeks. I’m using a medium orange Bella Solid called “Ochre” as my background color (sorry, we are still out of stock of Ochre, but should be getting more soon), combined with a mid-gray floral print on black from my Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II line for the outer most pieces, and a portion of the center. I also threw in some light Zen Chic for the center cross, and even used a little bit of my Lakeside Gatherings line from a few years back for the remaining elements.

I hope you’re all having as much fun with this QAL as I am. It’s fun to collaborate ideas as designers to make something remarkable overall. I’m super curious to see how my quilt will look once it’s all put together. Have you thought about which setting option you’re going to use? I’m thinking about going with option #3. What do you think? Let me know in the comments which option you’re thinking about doing! Haven’t thought about it yet? You can check out setting options by clicking HERE!

Now that we’re over half way through MNH4, I’m really starting to get excited to see the final quilt come together! I don’t want to wish it away any faster however, because I know once it’s over I’ll miss the weekly grind of being a blockhead. Then again, several holidays are right around the corner so freeing up some stitching time might not be a horrible thing. I’ll consider it making room for new projects! I know you’re ready to get to work on your own version of this week’s block so let’s get going! For the pattern and full set of instructions for Clover,” visit Robin’s blog by hitting the button below.

Are you just joining MBH4 and need to catch up? It’s easy to find all the information you’ll 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.

I hope this week is going well for everyone. I’m always saying it’s hard to believe time flies by so fast, and this week is proving to be no different. It always feels like by the time I recover from the weekend I’m half way through the week… and vice versa! I’m sure just like me you have plenty going on, and plenty to do – whatever the time of year! If you’d like to get a first hand glimpse of what’s on my sewing table right now (to make yourself feel better about your own stack), be sure to join me tomorrow when I go LIVE on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel at 1PM. I’ll be showing off all of my current works in progress, including Revel, O’ Say Can You Sew, MBH4, and Stars all Around to name just a few. Plus I’ll be talking more about our current WOOL SALE, going on now through July 31st, 2022! In case you didn’t know, we’re offering 25% OFF all wool yardage, wool bundles, wool charms, and wool scrap bags! Don’t miss out, click HERE to SHOP now!

As always, remember to leave me a comment both here on my blog, and during my LIVE shows for a chance to win a great prize! This week I want to give a shout out and big THANK YOU to our prize winner Maryanne N. for her comment here on the blog last week! As usual I am not posting last names or email addresses for privacy’s sake, so if you think you’re the lucky one this time around, 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! We appreciate your comments and love to reward you for them, so don’t be shy. I will see you tomorrow at 1:00! Don’t be late… You can tune in by hitting the STITCH button below!  Have great night and I will see you all soon! ~Lisa