Primitive Christmast!

All I can say of WOW!!! We never expected the turnout we had yesterday at all of PG land, WI, CA and Online!!!  Thank you all for supporting this event!!! I’m so glad you like all of the designs I have made for you!!! I know Jess will be updating you all soon.  I know we will have to order more 2015 mugs and hopefully they will be here by Christmas but know one will promise us that…I never am confident that you will ALL love my mug..we ordered 100 more than we sold last year and I now they are all gone with the internet orders. The shops still have some and if they have any left by the end they will obviously go to the internet orders…..but its hard to guess how many we are going to sell and remember…they say 2015! So I always think, who wants to buy a left over mug from 2015?  But hopefully those of you who will get them in the second order will be OK that they will not be as soon as you hoped but are glad you are still going to get one..We appreciate that!

I had a blast yesterday hanging out and making Stacked Tree ornies with everyone…We have a bunch of participants and a lot of looky loos watching how they were done!!! Don’t just watch..MAKE ONE…and then you can go home and make everyone one!!!Super easy and so much fun to make…they we a bit hit!  Lots of ladies snuck out before I could snap pics…you didn’t think I noticed.


I was so happy to visit with my WI customers yesterday…I missed you! You are all a huge part of Primitive Gatherings….if you didn’t support our shop there would never be all the extra stuff I get asked  to do…fabric lines, books, rulers and a shop in CA.  So I guess I feel like we began this journey together and that means a lot to me…

I also want to say HI to those who came from other states yesterday!!! How cool that quilter are willing to travel from afar to visit PG!

So if you are coming today or tomorrow, make an ornie with me and let’s laugh and visit!!!

To those of you who cannot come for those obvious reasons like being 1000s of miles away…hopefully you can enjoy your package when it comes!!! We are already starting shipping yesterday…but we also have to kit so many more…I think every order has the Yuletide Ornies on it…we had 1000 orders the first day!!! So the elves are busy! All for now…LB   Enjoy some pics from yesterday!
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A few NEW Patterns for Christmas

Hey Everyone,

While you are hopefully cruising our site wondering what you are going to purchase for your $25 investment to get all of the “free” stuff I want to share 3 more patterns that I have been working on…and I really mean working on…I had to do 2 sets of everything!  There was only one thing I did not make the 2nd sample of and that was the tree mat..which was one of the easiest and I know Jean made that 2nd sample in a morning, a couple of hours.  Everyone of these designs has a tree because that is what we are celebrating this year in 2015! So here are the first set of three ornaments called Yuletide OrniesYuletide Ornies…I first made the truck and… I really made the truck for the Buttermilk Basin blog hop and then Debbie posted a truck and tree!!!lol..what ya going to do right?…so I had to come up with another for that blog hop and just a reminder I will be pulling my pattern for that ornament by Dec. 1st to go and print it NOW, if you didn’t already.

So here’s the story on the truck…I found another  vintage truck this year that I L-O-V-E… IMG_4308I found this turquoise one last year, very modern color! lisa bongean/primitive gatherings  So I wanted to make an ornament with this combo of truck and tree… The next up is a snowman on tree…I wanted to use the tree as the background and appliqué things on the tree..so a snowman was fun and easy…then the Santa…I wanted to figure out how to make the tree separate like Santa was holding it and actual tree not just an appliqué…so I think he turned out awesome…the tree rests under Santa’s mitten like he is really grabbing on!!!  The Yuletide Ornies pattern includes all three designs and  is $10, the pattern with the kit is $25.

Then as I was picking out lighting for our new house that is being built…I was begging for mason jars…but you know how that goes…I ended up something like mason jars…so while I was sulking about it I thought I’m going to make my own mason jar snow jars with santa, a deer and then a snowman! Christmas In A Jar Ornieslisa bongean/primitive gatherings These were really fun…I’m going to try and make real snow globes (like they show on Pinterest) with all the little bottle trees I have also been collecting!  Christmas in a Jar pattern is $10, Kit and pattern is $25 for all three designs.

Next project I was pondering was…what could quilters give as gifts to their quilting buddies? Stitching Essentials is a group of needful things to house our necessary tools that we want to store in a pretty container- you know like their own place not just thrown in the box, keep in mind I also just received a new tiny DOVO that is super cute and is only 3 1/2″ total and wanted to make a “house” for it.  We have those tiny new scissors on our website too!  It’s smaller than any in my 3-pack of DOVO’s and did I mention it’s stink’s cute? I was perusing wools in the warehouse and noticed these beautiful striped wools.  They are just stunning and would make the perfect color palette that either could be made for the traditional or modern quilter, everyone oohed and aaahhed when I showed these to the warehouse girls, young and seasoned, like me…lol. The photo shows the needle case both opened and closed…see that little pocket for your needle threader…This Stitching Esseentials pattern will be $10 and the kit and pattern will be $25 for all three projects…if you love this wool, please order a kit now as I’m sure we will run out of it at some point!3 pieces combo LRlisa bongean/primitive gatherings

So you can see I’ve been doing A LOT of stitching for you and nothing much else…I’m so happy to be home for 3 weeks in a row!!! I can be so productive!!  I wanted to offer these new patterns early enough so maybe you can make them for that special occasion or person or that annual ornament you make 20 of for all of your special people!!  But also keep in mind we are not AMAZON.com and your order will not be there tomorrow…I wish…lol

Now, these will not be on the site until Wednesday probably around 5 ish…that’s a hint if you can catch it…and a reward for reading this post til the end…you will be able to order all of the things we have been showing you this last week, mugs included!!!

all for now…my best to you…if you can, come make an ornie with me thursday-saturday 10-1pm!  LB





Christmas Joy Blog Hop!!!






















Hi All..

Well today is my day to post in the wonderful Christmas Joy Blog Hop!! Stacy is an AWESOME host and we all love that she does this every year…
I have been CRAZY busy and can’t wait till me life slows down a bit!!! So on to the HOP!

I want share with you a recipe…now I know that rice krispies aren’t really elegant…but  I have to start making things that I made for my kids growing up…now that I’m a Grandma.   I think this recipe is something they would enjoy anytime of the year…You could put red/green sprinkles on the melted chocolate for Christmas time…(I don’t care for sprinkles so none for me)…But I did however make this recipe this last weekend for the biggest kid I know…He will be taking them hunting this weekend…He is so excited because he has one of those fancy cameras that record any movements in his field…WELL….there’s a few Bullwinkles running around and it’s got him all worked up…Here is an actual photo of the rollup…ok..maybe if I didn’t put the whole bag of chips in it wouldn’t have mushed out…I would only put the chocolate on the first 3/4 of it as it rolls and spreads as you roll it…and I want to say that making this was super easy and VERY good!


IMG_4275lisa bongean recipeNow for the real reason you are here…the needle and thread stuff…

This year I did a bunch of ornies with the “tree” theme…so for you, I did an old fashioned light bulb with a tree on it! I also want to let you in on a little secret…In May 2016 I will be having a new MODA Fabric line and book called Christmas Gatherings…where you will find lots of quilts and wooly things! Can you believe I have been working on this since summer?There will be some more “bulb” ornies included in the book too to complete a whole set of 8 bulb ornies!lisa bongean


TREE LIGHT BULB 2 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ finished

Supplies needed:

4 1/2″x 6 1/2″” red wool                   #8 O775 Valdani Thread

2″ x 3″ holly wool                               #12 O540 Valdani Thread

1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″grey wool                    #8 O512  Valdani Thread

1″ x 1″ gold wool                                  #8 O154 Valdani Thread

1/2″ x 3″ brown wool                           #12 P12 Valdani Thread

other threads needed: 3SF O178 and various colored #8 threads for ornaments on the tree

fusible web, # 24 and #22 chenille needles.


Trace shapes onto fusible web. Cut out just outside of drawn lines. Remove paper and place fusible onto correct wools. Make sure you have enough red wool left to use as the backing…so in other words stay close to the edge.  Iron and cut out shapes on the drawn lines. Do not remove paper from the back of the bulb shape. Remove paper from all the other appliques. Place appliqués onto bulb. Iron with lots of steam always keeping the iron moving at all times. Save bottom for later.

Remove paper backing off of the bulb and stitch appliques and embellishments, using the threads indicated. If the thread indicated says 3SF you are only to use one strand of the 3 stranded floss. Use the #24 needle for the #12 wt. and 3SF threads, use the #22 for the #8 wt. threads.  Cross stitch the branches and trunk.  Stitch a long stitch for the ornament hangers and then place French or colonial knots on the the end of all the hangers.  Stitch the top star just like you would draw one with 5 long stitches.

When stitching is complete, remove paper off the back of the bottom.  Place the stitched bulb onto the remaining red wool. Insert the bottom of the bulb under the bottom edge of the bulb . Iron bulb with lots of steam, again always keeping the iron moving. Cut away the red wool using the bulb as a guide. Blanket-stitch the edge of the bulb, and change to the grey thread when stitching the bottom.  Stem stitch 2 lines on the bottom of the bulb.

Stitch a hanger in the top of the bulb and it is ready to be hung on the tree! Below is the tracing layout for the Tree Light Bulb.

Ornie Layout Sheets

I hope you come to visit Primitive Gatherings online, or in person at one of our two locations WI or CA.  Starting this Thursday-Saturday we have lots of fun going on with our Primitive Christmas!  With lots of new free patterns and a kit for a free wool pincushion for a min. $25 purchase!  Come get yours starting after Midnight on Wednesday, which is technically Thursday!!! lol!  If you can go to the shop we have cookies and door prizes along with make and takes! Normal shop hours…Make & Takes 10-1pm.  Will be doing a full blog post tomorrow with pictures!!!

Here are the other designers in the HOP if you want to go back and see what they have all done, lots on nice things for you to make for Christmas yet this year…Stacy is tomorrow and  that is the end of the HOP!
Nov 6th * Plum Cute Designs
Nov 7th * Gail Pan Designs
Nov 8th * Wooden Spool Designs
Nov 9th * Sheri Glasscock
Nov 10th * Ali Strebel Designs
Nov 11th * Notforgotten Farm
Nov 12th * Woolen Willow Designs
Nov 13th * Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Nov 14th * Heartspun Quilts
Nov 15th * Crabapple Hill
Nov 16th * Bits n Pieces by Joan
Nov 17th * Primitive Gatherings
Nov 18th * Buttermilk Basin

All for now…thanks for visiting my blog…make sure to sign up for my blog post on the right hand side of this blog post!  You won’t want to miss out…I have lots of things planned for December too!!!

My Best,

Lisa Bongean




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Please delete and disregard our email news letter that just posted… It was supposed to be sent next week and there are several pricing and other errors… We will send the corrected one out next week .

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Christmas Blog Hop!!!

d91062ee-b077-4b36-9d6a-0f19ff9e0bd3Hey All!

Just want you all to know about a cool blog hop…We are making blocks for a Christmas Quilt! A bunch of great designers will will post a block…collect them all for a great quilt!
Starting off is Rhonda from Farmhouse Threads

Here is the “Christmas Candle” block: Go to Rhondas Blog (link above) to get the pattern!
Don’t forget to sign up for these designers’ blogs to get the remaining block patterns:
Kits for this block are available on her website http://farmhousethreads.com
for $10.95 which includes shipping. Kits include background fabric and wool.

Here is the rest of the schedule:
Week 2, October 10th – Shawn York, Rusty Crow Quilt Shop

Week 3, October 17th – Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs
Week 4, October 24th – Joyce Weeks, Geoff’s Mom Pattern Co.
Week 5, October 30th – Gloria Parsons, Olde Green Cupboard Designs
Week 6, November 7th – Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan
Week 7 November 14th – Kathy Campbell, Heart to Hand
Week 8, November 21st – Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs
Week 9, November 28th – Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings
Week 10, December 5th – Finishing Instructions from Farmhouse Threads

Here is a sneak peek at my block…Join in the fun!!!IMG_3970


Little Gatherings

The printer dropped off the first couple hundred of our newest book late this afternoonIMG_0174!!!  Love how they turned out!!! The spiral bound is awesome!!! Will post much more about it later!!! but I’m so excited!! This is our first book in awhile…If you didn’t order yours yet here is the link with too!  I also heard the fabric is ready to ship to us !!! 13 little adorable quilts…some have little wool appliqués on them…a lot of them use the 1/2″ & 3/4″ triangle papers….ORDER NOW




I want to re-post this as I have been provided a BETTER link to vote! PLEASE  vote today!!! and everyday!!!

One of the things I truly believe in is supporting others, helping them…encouraging them …I want to see people be successful, and to follow their hearts and dreams…I know few people are working in their dream job…but when you know someone who is… its so fun to be around them…to see the sparkle in their eyes and the excitement in their voice…

One of those people who I have had the pleasure of knowing for sometime now is Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin. From early in my quilt and sewing life I have always admired her designs and have stitched many of them myself…Her patterns are top sellers in our quilt shop.  But most of all I know the kind of person Stacy is…a fun loving, hard working, family focused, dedicated cat lover and let me tell your this women knows how to throw an event!!!Every detail is addressed, everything is amazingly breathtaking and inspiring! You feel so much love in what she creates…you want to touch it all, have it all and feel connected to this authentic vintage vibe that is from days past…

Stacy has been selected in Martha Steward’s AMERICAN MADE contest.  I know some of you don’t pay attention to designers and who’s pattern you are currently making but I will bet you, you have some of Stacy’s Buttermilk Basin patterns in that collection of yours…I am asking you to help me support Stacy and vote for her… the link below here brings you to the site…Click on American Made…she is on the 6th page…Please sign up and vote for her…she really deserves it…I know she has given so much to our stitching community…Lets give a little back to her and take a few minutes to vote for her..You can vote up to 6x a day…I’m sure once a day would be appreciated but 6 would be over the top awesome if you can!!!

Stacy is a stitching/quilting ROCKSTAR…lets make sure our quilting sister is represented!!!

My best….LB

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