Welcome to Spring Quilt Market 2019!

I would love to share with you all what we have been working on to get to this great event!  Lots of hours late night  & weekend stitching along with overnight shipping from our fabulous machine quilters to make this all possible…

Here is the Primitive Gatherings booth…Featuring the all Quilts & Pillows from Farmhouse Gatherings...which is a beautiful flannel line of fabrics…everyone who see this line…falls deeply in love with it…especially the men.



I just want to dive in…and nap..really.IMG_2803IMG_2802IMG_2801IMG_2800

all of the above quilt and pillow kits will be going on our website soon for you to order…everything is coming…book and fabric in July….so kits will be ready shortly after.

IMG_2799Then here are the quilts from Val’s new book we are publishing for her…Fun, Friends & Fat Quarters…12 quilts from 12 Fat quarters…plus an extra bonus quilt to make 13…I will post more in detail about this book and projects in another post…

IMG_2791IMG_2790Twighlight Garden

Twighlight Garden…in all it’s glory…I will be posting soon about this summer’s block of the month…IMG_2798

then..next…my Moda designer booth featuring Urban Farmhouse Gatherings…another book with 6 quilt and 6 pillows…featuring regular cotton fabrics vintage prints and colored for todays home decorating…Coming in October...I know..that’s a long time away…


IMG_2824I am having a blast visiting and promoting our offerings but It is really quite easy this time…seeing these quilts in person just draws everyone in…this grey fabric line does not do justice with photos…but in person it is spectacular…and different…So it is really fun when they discover this is PRIMITIVE GATHERINGS.

I am having a little contest in the booth to test the designing skills of some of the QM attendees….here is the SOME of the fun from day one…more to come as I could load any more pics today…must have some kind of limit! Dumb computers…or operator error???IMG_2832IMG_2834IMG_2836IMG_2838IMG_2840IMG_2843IMG_2845IMG_2846IMG_2848IMG_2850IMG_2851IMG_2852

I am so glad you all loved the Pillow Tutorial yesterday…now you know why you will need it!  I think I can make that zipper back blind folded and with one arm tied behind my back after making ALL these pillows!!!

Thanks to all for taking time out of you day to read our posts…Lisa


covered zipper pillow tutorial

Hey Everyone!!!  I am not going to have a pillow and quilt combo for May, but instead I did a great tutorial for making an easy covered zipper for all the pillows you are going to make in the future…(Quilt Market is next week (no…it is going on right now!)…and it aint pretty here…at the moment at least.)

I decided to do a blog tutorial for a covered zipper instead of a video…because I think it is hard to go back and forth on a video…and I think you could print this tutorial…If you have a phone or iPad you can have it next to your sewing machine and scroll… other than starting and stopping and rewinding a video…but if you think a video is easier we can do one as well…

img_1472Supplies Needed:

Finished Pillow front (example-18″x 18″)

Pillow backing…4″ longer than (example 18″x 22″) Cut in half in the center. 2-11″x 18″ pieces.

Zipper foot- not necessary but it makes it easier.

Matching thread

Zipper- longer than pillow width- we used 24″ for this pillow

We have a bunch of colored long zippers on our site for VERY reasonable prices. See below for more info on long zippers.

Purple thang- or something to poke out corners of pillows

Pillow form…Use a bigger form than the pillow when you can…example…put a 20″ pillow form in an 18″ pillow

I suggest reading the whole tutorial first before you start…then go for it!

Finished pillow top, backing pieces and coordinating zipper.

On wrong side of backing fold under 1/2″ and press on one piece

On the remaining piece fold and press 1″ and then fold again another 1″

Now we are ready to stitch to the zipper.

Attach your zipper foot to your machine…and line up the hole on the right side of the foot…The zipper will hang over as shown….place the backing piece with the 1/2″ on top of the zipper with the fold next to the zipper teeth.


Here it is shown all stitched…

Now unfold the other backing piece to only 1- 1inch

Place it right sides together on the other edge of the zipper and it will cover the first sewn side, lining up the widths exactly, like shown.

Move the zipper foot to the other side and stitch right up against the teeth of the zipper.  as shown in photo.

Now flip back the sewn side.


Push the fold forward so it covers the zipper. This is too far…if you see the zipper.

Sorry I had to insert a new photo here as we missed this shot…

IMG_2727IMG_2728Open the zipper a couple of inches and then push the zipper together as if it were closed.


Like this and stitch over the edges of each side to lock the fold as it covers the zipper in place.

Then the other side…


Move your zipper foot so the needle is on the right edge of the foot.



Top Stitch the fold down on the outside, running the foot as close as you can next to the zipper.26-1


Close the zipper and press the newly stitched fold.

Now Trim off excess zipper. I used plastic zippers so I can cut them with my rotary cutter.




Back is done…Time to stitch the pillow together…Make sure you keep the zipper open.


Now lay the right side of the front of the pillow to the right side of the pillow back…I like to match of any kind of stripes or plaids if I can…but I do not stress out if they do not line up…sometimes one side of the zipper does and then the other doesn’t…



Trim the back the same size as the front.





Place pins in the corners and in the middles…I admit I use pins very sparingly.


Now stitch pillow edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance…do opposing sides first…sew edge to edge.



Then stitch the remaining opposing sides. I find this eliminates getting tucks, or unevenness that happens sometimes.

Clip all four corners.

Now open up your zipper a little farther and turn the pillow right side out.


Push the corners out with some kind of tool.


Now stuff your pillow insert in…I use a bigger pillow form than my pillow…example…if my pillow is 18″ I will put a 20″ pillow form in it.




Close your zipper and fluff your pillow…Don’t you just love the finished edge this makes…and I love that I do not have to store a bunch of pillows…I can just store the pillow covering and if it would ever need to be washed it is much easier to do so.



I hope you love making these covered zippered pillows as much as I do…we have lots of designs for you to customize for your home…instead of just buying what the stores have available for us to purchase…

I have a new book coming out soon featuring a bunch of pillows including the one here….Click HERE to order the book .

I used flannel instead of wool on these pillows…they turned out beautiful!IMG_2440

I stitched words on the pillows using a #5 Valdani Thread…

If you need anything you see listed in this tutorial, we would very much appreciate you buying/supporting us for offering this great tutorial.   We have long zippers-click HERE,  in lots of colors for $2.50 each.  The following set goes with Farmhouse Gatherings  Flannels.

Then look at all the other colors they come in!!! …and pillow forms in bunches of sizes, beautiful flannels, wools, fusibles and kits for lots of pillow projects…on our WEBSITE.  I will let you know when the pillow kits will be ready to order…Fabric comes in July!

Leave a comment on here and I will pick a winner for a pillow kit with zipper and an advance pattern for the pillow!

…keep stitching everyday!     Lisa



Just we ALL have been waiting for…


New Rulers!!!We are on our way to Kansas City for Quilt Market and My new rulers have arrived…see the video  below for all the details!  Free gift with purchases also!  I now have a complete set…3″x7″, 6″x6″, 5″x15″, 15″x15″ & 8″x24″Itty Bitty Eights XL Rulers.L

Here is there official lingo…

This 15’x15″  Itty Bitty Eights Square Ruler is designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings features easy to read 1/8 inch markings. The black and white dashed eighth inch markings show on both light and dark fabrics. The dashed 1 inch grid lines ensure accuracy when cutting pieces for miniature quilts. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8 inch strips; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4 inch increments. Forty-five degree angles are marked from corner to corner, perfect for squaring up blocks.

The 8 inch by 24 inch Itty Bitty Eights Rectangle Ruler designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings features easy to read 1/8 inch markings. The black and white dashed eighth inch markings show on both light and dark fabrics. The dashed 1 inch grid lines ensure accuracy when cutting pieces for miniature quilts. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8″ units; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4″” inch units. The ruler slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then, our exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts!


If you purchase both rulers you will get this nifty gadget to store your essentials at your machine!!!

Click HERE to order your ruler(s)

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a ruler!!!!

I will have some with us in KC! Stop in and visit if you are here!  LB

winners for Moda Block Heads II post…

Hello…I’m Back…from Rome…

I stayed home from Paducah b/c I had way to much stuff to do…and now it’s time to get some normal in my life…but first I promised a give-away…and look what it is….If you read my last post…way on the bottom was this little giveaway…

I have picked two winners …from the MBH2 post about finishing the MBH2 quilt….here they are….If this is you…please contact me and I will send you an OLFA 40th Anniversary Rotary Cutter!!!  email Amy at:   ahoefler@new.rr.com to claim your rotary cutter

  1. I have only 19 blocks done so far but have started working on them once again. I am doing it in scrappy yellow, gray and black, not sure how the appliqué will look may have to add orange. Thank you for doing this I have thoroughly enjoyed following along with everyone and seeing what is going on in the quilting world.

  2. I have only one block left to complete. I have started sewing the blocks together but I love the thought of separating the blocks with sashing to show the blocks off. When with a basic red, cream and blue color palette, the layout is very busy. I have taken the suggestion from Jo Morton of clipping the seams to be able to stagger the seams when setting the blocks together. I had a great time with this project. I watched BH1 from a distance but decided to get into BH2 and had so much fun. Thanks so much to the designers for their creativity

    be back soon with some fun stuff!!!


Moda Block Heads 2 Finishing…

Today Corey’s block 52 will post!!It is the final block to the mystery...click here to go and print your block 52!  We are all amazed at how fast these weeks fly by…kind of scary???

I have been thinking hard about this quilt and how I wanted to finish it…so I have come up with a little tiny twist that I will be sharing the directions (measurements) for while I am putting mine together, but most of you can probably figure it out…for those of you who cannot, I will get to it…I promise…I will be posting my blocks that I have not yet completed here and promise to finish this quilt…but my schedule is (still) crazy the first half of the year…after Quilt Market it will be much more relaxed than it is now…but here is a peek at what I have come up with for the finishing…I will be plugging my colored blocks into it, but as you can see I just used the blocks moda supplied to see how it will work…and this gives you the idea of how we separated them…it will finish 80″x 86″ as is…if you need it bigger you can add a border…6″ border will give you 92″x 98 so adjust as needed as well…just keep following my blog to not miss anything!!!!

LisaBongean/PrimitiveGatherings BH2 Finishing
Primitive Gatherings Finishing Layout/Lisa Bongean

I want to THANK everyone who supported us during this SAL especially those of you who now FOLLOW US on our social media platforms, who BUY from us directly or
LOOK  and ASK for our products in your local quilt shops…OR even TALKING  and spreading the word about us is supporting us…as you know all you have to do is be EXCITED about what you are doing and share it and that someone has to be in on it too!

If you want to continue to see these great projects…you have to be a part of it too!  

To celebrate the reveal of the last block I am going to do a give-away!!!! Please comment and tell me how many blocks you have completed so far and something you have learned during Block Heads or if you already know everything tell me something funny or why stitching is so important to you…I will pick a couple of winners, and promise some fun prizes!!!

Bye… for now from the sunny port of Valencia Spain!!!  I have been gone two weeks now…is if kind of funny that I miss my sewing studio the most????? …LB





Moda Block Head 2- Block 51

Hey Everyone!!!

I am praying I will not screw this up…I am in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on my way to the Azores…then Gibraltar UK, two stops in Spain- then Italy…14 days to get there…and my Block Head is posting during this time…I am sure it will post early as we are a couple of hours ahead of the US…but I’m sure at this point what’s the big deal with when it posts…

Here is block 51-Power Star


I guess 8 stars total…this is not an easy block because it has to be put together into rows…but with planning it is done quite nicely…

Click here to print your block directions.   BLOCK 51

I also want to take this time to share with you all the finishing options…there is only one block left and Corey will be sharing that next week…that is why there is that empty block…here are both color versions…

BH2-Lisa-B-Trad.jpgBH2-Lisa-B-Modern.jpgand then here is a link to the basic instructions for putting the quilt together…


I also want to let you know I have an OPTIONAL way I am going to set my blocks to make a bigger quilt…stay tuned for next week to find out what it is!!!

Hope you are stitching away…I am doing only hand stitching here…