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corrections to Hope Chest pattern

Hope ChestJust want to give you a heads up to make a change to your newly purchased HOPE CHEST pattern.

I sincerely apologize for this typo…please add this to your pattern, the highlighted areas are the changes…as you can see the gremlins switched some things around on us…if you know someone who bought this pattern at Houston or Road to Cali or in our Shop in WI please let them know.Hope Chest Cutting Changes


All in a Row…book winners!!!

Moda-All-Stars-All-In-a-RowHere are the book winners!!!

Carol Caraccia
January 25, 2016 at 2:02 pm
What a great way to give back to others in need. Quilters are the best!! I am so excited about this book and the blog hop!

Ann P.
January 25, 2016 at 7:52 pm
Your row is so pretty. Love to see what all the designers are doing and will be making a row quilt. Need to get my book.

January 26, 2016 at 7:15 am
I just love pumpkins – so of course – love your row!!

Please contact me at:

lisa.bongean@yahoo.com    with your full name and physical address and we will send your book out!!!


All In a Row… A Beauty of a Blog Hop!!!



























I am proud to be a part of this great new book!!! A bunch of my “MODA SISTERS” images-1have combined their talents to make this book happen.  All the designer proceeds will be donated to No Kid Hungrynkh_logo_v3...I can’t think of a better charity…or a better reason to buy a another quilting book!!!   To purchase the book click HERE.

But wait… there are other reasons to WANT this book…beside the fact that is it really beautiful, lots of pictures…lots of designer info…it can be used for endless possibilities….obviously you can make a row quilt…but I think they can be made into endless table runners!  There are a ton of options in this book with the designer rows and then the Lissa Alexander has done a bunch of filler rows to go between the rows that could make a quilt by themselves!  imagesLike I said…an AWESOME book!

Here is my row in the book…10-November-quilt-designed-by-Lisa-Bongean-of-Primitive-GatheringsNow if I would have known mine would have been the only dark row in the book I wouldn’t have made it a black background, but…there is no reason the backgrounds in the other rows can’t be switched to make rows with colorful dark backgrounds with lights as the main part of the blocks…or this would be fine with a lighter background too.

For more fun we were asked to do another designers row, using our fabrics or a spin on it..I was partnered with Joanna from Fig Tree, who I have so much fun with at dancing at the Moda parties with!!!..I was leaving for CA for a two week trip and this was the last thing I had to do before packing as the this will hop was happening while I’m traveling…I had so much fun making Joanna’s row that I even took the time to totally finish it all! We were told we could do a block…or whatever we could fit in our schedules…even just digitially make one…well, that’s no fun!!!! So here is Joanna’s row…very pretty, I might say…Jump on over to Figgy’s blog to see what she did with my row…HERE23-We-Are-Family-quilt-designed-by-Joanna-Figueroa-of-Fig-Tree-and-Company




I am soon (but not soon enough) going to be moving into a new house… so what better reason to make a little table runner?  I pulled some fabric that fit into the scheme of the whole house and this is what happened…

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I just LOVE it! and can’t wait to decorate the new house with it!!!

I also want to sincerely THANK the two women who were behind the making of this Unknownbook…Jeimages-3nnifer Keltner of Martingale books and Lissa Alexander from Moda.  I am totally in “AWE” of what these two bring to the quilting world…their creativity, leadership and wit…make you want to be in their presence for hours on end…I love being around them and wish I was able to work with them everyday!!! They make it so fun…I’m sure by now you have heard of the “beauty pageant” at Quilt Market…let me just say it was a a bunch of belly laughs and lots of beautiful rows!!!!!!P1040225


Here is there rest of the line up for the blog hop… visit their blogs too!!

January 18: Brenda Riddle & Carrie Nelson

January 19: Corey Yoder & Janet Clare

January 20: Me & My Sister  & Barbara Brackman

January 21: Pat Sloan & Edyta Sitar

January 22: Camille Roskelley & Kathy Schmitz

January 23: Sweetwater & Blackbird Designs 

January 24: Anne Sutton & Laurie Simpson

January 25: Lisa Bongean & Joanna Figueroa

January 26: Betsy Chutchian & Jen Kingwell

January 27: Kate Spain & Sandy Gervais

January 28: Kaari Meng & Lynne Hagemeir

Leave a comment about this post if you want to WIN this book!!! I will pick some winners tomorrow on Jan. 26th!

There also will be a contest starting Feb 1st-March 15th…to win more prizes!!!  I will post about it starting Feb 1st…

Be sure to get a book and join the FUN!   Purchase your book HERE  We want to raise lots of money for Nokidhungry.org




And the Snowman Gathering fabric winner is….

I have had some wonderful time home this last couple of weeks with the holiday…house buildingIMG_5244IMG_5226 (outside & inside is coming along…been busy working on book projects… Had a national magazine come and do a photo shoot,  worked on making fabric for a window bench (12ft long) in the new houseIMG_5184 and finalized all my cruise kits and goodie bags and door prizes that have to be shipped while I’m away for two weeks in Southern California…..IMG_5209 so crazy busy…

Thank you all for leaving such great comments and reasons why you should win…. However the only fair way to win is a random pick…so here is the blog winner…. Amy J.   you have 1 week to contact us at: ahoefler@new.rr.com    to claim your prize…my assistant Amy will be sending out your package.  Amy J…this fabric must be used…not just added to the collection!!!  Now to Instagram to pick a winner…


Happy New Year!



I want to Thank You all for your participation in the 12 Days of Needful Things…We were happy to be able to give away prizes for everyday of the 12 days…that means we sold a bunch of products…Our suppliers and I thank you for following us and  purchasing from Primitive Gatherings!

Jess has informed me of the the last three winners!

Rowenta Steam Station-Beverly Lawler

Wafer Light Box- Nicole Wassick

Juki- Alberta Bailie

Congratulation to ALL of the winners…please email the shop with your physical address to we can get them out to you as soon as we get them in!!!

I really look forward to 2016 and all the the trouble we can get into!!! We have ordered all of products and as soon as we get them in they will be on the way to help your quilting journey be a better experience!

Let Stitch Together!!!

Lisa Bongean…aka LB


Another give-away!!!

Hi All…Did you miss me? It has been what… 2-3 days since my last post?  I wish I could post on a regular basis more often…but I’m not Martha Stewart who has a person(s) in charge of her blog…only me…

I want to share something with you…Do you use Instagram or Facebook? FB owns Instagram so when I post to IG it automatically posts to FB..I love this…one stop posting…What I love about IG vs. blogging is thats it so easy to IG…it’s photos and a few words!!! we all love photos!!!! I Instagram almost everyday… so much more than I blog…so come on DO IT!! Use that smart phone of yours and sign up for IG go to the APP store.. its FREE, you will have 2 chances to WIN…I promise to still blog…when we have work to do and lots info to share…like our 12 Days of needful things…and give you more info…like directions here that I cannot do there…But I am there more than here…sorry if I’m confusing you…

Did I mention a give-away… I think this one is an awesome give-away!!!  Fabric that now one else will have…well maybe one other beside you and me…so that’s three of us…IMG_5147 (1)

Do you have any Snowman Gatherings 1 or 2 fabrics? Or both??? Remember I am moving…you seen the pics of the lakehouse… So I’m slowly going through my fabric collection…

Do you know that when we design MODA fabric we get about 100 different pieces of fabric to pick 40 out of?  So there are about 60 fabrics that never make it into the actual line…so what I’ve done is I cut up a bunch of snowman gatherings 2 that were technically never made… See these prints cut up here?IMG_5146 I bet they are not in your FQ bundle or other precuts! I cut these rare fabrics into 5″ and 2″ squares that I have added to this snowball quilt! I have two sets of about 60 5″ and 240 2″ squares to give away…I know this isn’t enough to make this quilt, but I want to give it to someone who has purchased these fabric lines and wants to add this to theirs to make this quilt…

So the pattern here is easy…I actually used a layer cake of SG1 and SG2 and then Lakeside Gatherings & Woven (FQ or F8 bundles can also be used)…I cut 2- 5″ squares plus 8-2″ squares from stacked layers…I then proceed to make the light/dark snowball blocks by stitching across the diagonal corners of the 2″ square that were placed RSTon all four corners of the 5″ squares. Remember to stitch dark 2″ on light 5″ and then reverse to stitch light 2″ on dark 5″…Simple…I then make nine patches with the snowball blocks…I pieced 30-9 patch/snowball blocks…6 rows of 5 blocks each…Here is a picture of the rows…IMG_456267 1/2″x 81″ which will be a nice lap/couch quilt, if not a twin size quilt.  1-10″ square = 2- 4 1/2″ finished snowball blocks or 126-10″ squares …So you need 3 layer cakes place 6 more 10″ squares to make this quilt the same size I did.

It was not my intention for this to be a selling post..but I know some of you will ask…yes, we still have some precuts of these lines…you also can use charm packs and mini charms…252-5″ charms & 1080 2″ squares.(mini charms can be cut down to 2″ & 4 mini charms packs to every charm pack you have) .I don’t know if we have 10 or 50 of anything, so first come first served… I just really wanted to give-away some rare fabric here. I know I give away lots of mini charms in my workshops!!!  SG2 LAYERCAKE  & LAKESIDE GATHERINGS LC  You can also check the CA store.  Primitive GatheringsCA  I think they even have some SG1 still there, it may be easier to call CA  951-304-9787.  I didn’t give the stores a heads up here…so I hope I don’t start mass chaos!

One set I will give away on Instagram/Facebook.. The other here…

So tell me WHY I should send these to you! Remember to make it good…these fabrics are extremely rare and only you and I and one other person in the world will own them!!!

I love this time between Christmas and New Years…I don’t get to cook often and when I do I love to try something different each time…I tried this Mexican casserole yesterday…I made a few changes as for some reason I know what will taste better…so here’s the new recipe…

Mexican Chicken Bake

2 cups of cooked brown rice-  (measure 1 cup uncooked rice to make 2 cooked rice)

1 rotisserie chicken or about lb of cooked chicken breast cut up

2- 14.5oz cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes

14.5oz can of black beans-drained

1 red and 1 green pepper, diced up

1 cup of frozen corn

1 Tablespoon Cumin

1 Tablespoon Chili powder

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 cups of shredded cheese

sour cream-I like to use plain greek yogurt too.

taco sauce/hot sauce for garnish and extra flavor

Spread cooked rice on bottom of greased/sprayed 9×13 pan.  IMG_5124

Shuck chicken meat off of the rotisserie chicken.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except cheese.  Spread over rice.IMG_5125

Cover with tinfoil and bake at 375 degrees for 45 min.

Spread cheese on top and bake for another 15 min at 300 degrees.IMG_5137

Serve with sour cream/greek yogurt and hot sauce/taco sauce.

my best…LB






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