Welcome Primitive Gatherings

Known world-wide for her primitive style in quilting, Lisa Bongean calls Menasha, WI home. This is where it all happens for Primitive Gatherings and the customers that have grown to love Lisa’s primitive and folk art designs featuring her hand-dyed wools, homespun, reproduction and designer fabrics.

Lisa’s talents are many; proud mother of 3 sons (Lance, Luke and Jake), designer, teacher, award winning quilter, shop owner, and business woman partnered with her husband, Nick. In addition to the retail shop, Lisa and Nick stay busy with their wholesale and Internet business as well as traveling to and vending at numerous quilt shows across the country. Primitive Gatherings, their family-owned business, opened in 2004 and continues to grow adding their newest venture in January, 2011….”The Gathering”, a quilters’ retreat house located less than one mile north of the shop.

Primitive Gatherings was elected by the editors of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine as one of the outstanding quilt shops in North America and featured in the 13th annual Quilt Sampler (spring/summer 2006 edition), a special publication from the American Patchwork & Quilter Magazine.

Lisa is honored to enter into a partnership with Moda and embraces this wonderful opportunity to continue reaching out to quilters everywhere offering them beautiful new fabrics designed especially for creating her primitive and folk art designs. Look for Lisa’s Primitive Muslin in stores in December 2010.

Lisa also has a brand new book, Nine Patch Gathering that features primitive muslin throughout.
Stock # PR209.

Oasis by 3 sisters

Oasis by 3 sisters available in stores February 2011

This quilt is available as a quilt kit packaged in a lunchbox sized tin. It contains fabric for the quilt top, pk of paper pieces, step by step directions and binding fabric. Backing and floss additional. add as much embroidery and applique to personalize your Oasis quilt. This quilt is a perfect project for a 3 or 4 week class. A rough outline of topics to cover each week is listed below.

WEEK 1: Make mini hexagons using the mini charm packs and paper pieces. Talk about the history of paper piecing. Show how to make Y seams as the hexagons are joined together.
Here are a few references for English paper piecing:
I also have a post on my blog that shows the steps and the notions you may
want to feature as add on sales.

Demo applique using your preferred method on a layer cake square.
Homework: Complete 3 mini hexagon flowers and 2 applique blocks.

Family name can be embroidered here.

Teach embroidery techniques. Show needles, floss, transfer-eze etc.

Add embroidery stitches to applique pieces. Continue working on applique and embroidery pieces. Complete as many as possible before week 3’s class.
Cut large hexagons using hexagon ruler, Stock # 8060.

ACCUQUILT may  have a new Hexagon die that is perfect for moda’s layer cakes. I will let you know as soon as I hear the details. How great would that be?
Mark 1/4″ away from the edge at each of the corners. This will be your stopping and starting point. Line up 2 hexagons, sew in a few stitches from the marked spot, then backstitch to hold this seam in place being careful not to sew inot the 1/4″ opening. You will need this to set in the next hexagon. Demo joining the large hexagons by machine. The basic same technique is used when sewing the hexs by hand but you will be using a machine. 

Continue sewing hexagons into sections. This step becomes easier and easier with practice, however it does become cumbersome to handle as the quilt top gets larger. Pressing as you go makes the top more managable.
If your class is schelduled for 3 sessions, demo sewing the border on.
If class meets for a fourth time, the borders can be done then.

Jelly Roll Dream Challenge

Did you know… you could win $5000 of prize money
■FIRST PRIZE is $2,500 and a JANOME Horizon MC7700QCP sewing machine.

■SECOND PRIZE is $1,500 and a JANOME MC4900QC sewing machine.

■THIRD PRIZE is $1,000 and a JANOME JP760 sewing machine.
Just for making a quilt from Moda Jelly Rolls?

Here are some of the rules from the website:
 Design and make a quilt making the best use of a jelly roll. Moda jelly rolls are available in most quilt stores plus it is also permissible to use strip rolls from other companies or you may cut your own forty 2½inx 42in strips. Additional background and border fabric is allowed up to a combined quantity of 3 yards (2.75 metres). Rotary cutting quilting rulers and squares and any specialty tools may be used. Any tools you use must be clearly stated in your instructions and must be readily available. You do not have to do any quilting as the longarm quilting and finishing of your quilt is part of the prize for the lucky twelve winners.
(Did you read that? No quilting. You could enter several times since it is only quilt tops! WOWZER) Submit your entry form along with a maximum of five photographs of your patchwork top with notes and instructions on how to make it as well as your entry fee of $25 (or UK£15). You can do this via the website by clicking here or sending your entry form and photos to us via post (addresses below) before the 1st June 2011.
Put 31st July 2011 in your diary (calender) to find out if you’re a finalist!
To see all of the details along with the entry form, visit
Have a Jelly Roll Dream challenge at your store for your customers. Register at their site, download and print signs,  and save money on your purchaes from F & W. Lay out some entry forms for easy pick up. Winners will also be published in a future F & W Book. 

Welcome Aneela Hoey

Aneela Hoey graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA (Hons) degree in printed textile design, in 1994. She has worked in design studios in both London and New York as well as freelance. After getting married she took a break to raise her two daughters, now aged 7 and 10. She found her back to textile design through her love of quilt making which led her to begin designing the kind of fabrics she wanted to use but couldn’t find. Aneela is also a keen embroiderer and produces her own embroidery patterns.
Aneela’s introductory line of fabric for moda is Sherbet Pips. It will be available at your favorite quilt store in April 2011.
Follow Aneela’s blog, comfortstitching for inspiration, projects, tutorials, quilt a-longs and more. The Pickledish is her most current Quilt A-long. 


Aneela is also one of the editors of Fat Quarterly, a new e-magazine.
This article is from Sew Hip. I know it is tough to read but thought I would share with you the bottom sentence.
 “Aneela’s designs are truly original and maintain a wonderful balance
 between contemporary and cute.”
Welcome Aneela to the moda team! 

Have Fun with Sudoku Kits

Solve and Sew
Sudoku Quilts
4 different kits styles available
Choose from Central Park by Kate Spain,
Perennials by Kansas Troubles,
Oasis by 3 Sisters, Lovely by Sandy Gervais.
available in stores Feb 2011.
Makes a perfect Learn to Sew project for
kids or a gift for a special quilter.
Each box contains 81 charms, Sudoku puzzle and instructions.
Add 1 yard for sashing, border and binding. Quilt top measures 47″ x 47″.
A bit of history: Although the name is Japanese,
the concept of a number grid with only one appearance across and up
and down was developed by an 18th century Swiss mathematician,
Leonhard Euler. The Japanese puzzle company, Nikoli, made the puzzle
popular in the mid-80’s. It became an international sensation in 2005.
See the video explaining the kits.