December…it’s Ho Ho Ho time…

Happy December!

I always love the first part of December…getting ready for Christmas is always a fun time…

Here are a few Holiday tips to start now…Get those Holiday cards written and sent asap!

Plan your presents whether you are buying them or making them…set your plan for getting them ordered now.  Plan your attack for the gifts you are making, make a list and make sure it is manageable…be realistic…and then stick to it…Do not let anyone steer you off your course.   

Start decorating the house so you can enjoy it for a full month…there is nothing worse than putting out decor for week or two…it’s ok if you do not get it all done at once…I like to break it up into rooms and save the tree for last for the grand babies to help!  Slow down and enjoy the whole process….Also any decor you do not use…set aside and give it away or donate it asap!

I know we have lots of new people here so I have a fun pillow project for you that I offered a couple of years ago as a FREE pdf download.  This will help if you need a quick gift or need a little extra accent for the bed, a chair or couch! I will try to get another free one for those who already have this one…  


Ho Ho Ho Pillow Download

Click HERE to order a kit!


My best …xxxoo


Soft Spot Book!

Hey…I know I am not the only one who has a “soft spot” for pillows… I can’t tell you how many I have or have made in the last couple of years…they are soooooo fun, addictive and give your home just that special look without a lot of effort.  And can i just mention that pillows make the best gifts!  Especially when you need something quick.  I have the perfect book for you….Mother Martingale has come up with another great book to help guide you in your pillow making!!!!

There are so many cool projects in this book…17 to be in fact!   Here are a couple of my favorites from the book….I’m trying not to show you ALL of them…I am leaving 12 as a surprise!

Here is my project in the book…if you have any leftovers from American Quilter’s SAL you can make this…

CLICK the link below to snag a copy of this wonderful book from Primitive Gatherings.

.Click HERE

Are you a pillow maker?  Leave me a comment and you can win my fabrics to make a pillow….and hop on over to my IG account for a chance to win a copy of the book as well.

And before I forget…see this tutorial on how to put in a zipper so you can use the same pillow form for your pillows. 

Pillow Zipper Tutorial

Primitive Christmas is going on NOW!

Did you get your order in yet?  I know we had a lot of visitors today and the site was a little difficult but it looks like everything is working fine and not bogged down now…Watch our Youtube tour of our event… 

YouTube Primitve Christmas-Store

YouTube-Primitive Christmas-The Gathering


We have some exciting things for you this Christmas!!! We always have a free pincushion kit and patterns for you to make…All the patterns are FREE with a $40 purchase!  Do you want to see the Free patterns?

Here they are:

The List (below) is your FREE kit…

Click HERE to go to our site to order to get all the above FREE patterns and a kit for the pincushion.

We also made these fun quilts!  Find them on our website as well…  Look for New and then Christmas event…now you can purchase anything on our site…you do not have to order only Christmas stuff, just to be clear.

Look at the fun flannel Gingham Check quilts!!!!  Easy, fun and fast quilt….Kitted in two sizes…Lap and Queen!

Here are a bunch of photos of today’s event…we sure know how to have some fun!  We love seeing you all today and hope you enjoyed your day with us…we would love to see YOU too …come if you can!

Hope this helps you get into the holiday spirit…it’s GO time…Let’s get those projects done!!!  We have a Sit & Stitch next week Tuesday…bring your projects and spend the day…Erica is making a yummy lunch!  Call Jenny at 920-778-8031 to reserve a spot!

Wool & Cotton Sewcial Stitch Along!!!

Don’t you just love it when designers share their patterns with you!   We know that without you we would be stitching by ourselves so we appreciate your support of our shops, websites and and helping us by sharing our social media with fellow stitchers.   One of the best things you can do is tell your friends and fellow stitchers about the fun stuff you are doing!

This week is my time to share with you…I have created these two designs that can be made into many different things…My project can be gift tags, ornaments or make multiples into a little quilt!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Click Here to Download our Pattern

Click Here to order a kit!

I had a lot of fun making these out of 2 pieces of chip board to mount my stitched designs on … They are turned to the back of the chip board and glued.  Then two are sandwiched together with more glue.  Home made cording was added to the edges to finish them off for a nice finished look!

Have you ever made cording from Embroidery floss? It is easily made using this tool!

Cord Making Tool Click HERE

Watch our Video HERE

Hand dyed Embroidery Floss


Did you see all the other designer’s projects?  If not you can still go back to them and find out what they made and then mark your calendar for the upcoming ones.  A new designer posts each week!

Lisa Bongean/American Quilters SAL

American Quilter’s SAL-Finishing/Sashing and Borders.

American Quilter’s SAL!


Make sure to visit our Youtube video to watch how I starch and then cut sashing and borders.



American Quilter’s Video Playlist

Here is our Cross stitch pattern…Katie has finished it!!!!

You can find the Cross Stitch download


Katie is an wife/mother who’s husband is an active duty Air Force… If you need a printed pattern you can order it on Katie’s site…she will donate a portion from each sale to H4Hs as well.

Here are three ways you can donate…

Primitive Gatherings-Hogs for Heroes  mail donation to:  Nicolet National Bank 550 S. Green Bay Rd, Neenah, WI 54956

We have a PayPal account that drops directly into the same H4H account as well.  Our email is

If you wish to donate directly to Hogs to Heroes please note that it is from an American Quilter and hopefully it will be credited toward our campaign..

These quilt blocks are being offered FREE to you in an effort to raise money… Please read below how you can help support our fundraising efforts , we have three ways…I know you are are all Awesome and won’t let me down!

Send us a check and tell us who you are honoring with your donation, a son/daughter, a brother/sister, a dad/mother, grandfather/grandmother a friend..we will read/post your letter/pictures on one of our social media platforms!  I really look forward to this and hope some of you take this opportunity to talk about your favorite Vet!    You can send your dedication letters to Lisa Bongean PO BOX 371- BUTTE DES MORTS, WI 54927.  Write check to PRIMITIVE GATHERINGS-HOGS FOR HEROES. 


Total is $32,722

Gail – Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina  $        100.00 Letter Received – Thanks
Debra – Bidwell, Ohio  $          20.00  
Beverly – Whitehouse, Texas  $        200.00 Letter Received – Thanks
Christina – Willits, California  $          50.00 Thank you Lisa. This donation is to honor all vets including my husband, son, stepson, daughter in law and currently active duty grandson.
Mark  $          50.00  
Katherine – Plano, Texas  $          50.00

Total Raised to date: See next week for total!


Here are the previous blocks…

Click HERE for block #20

Click HERE for block #19

Click HERE for block #18

 Click HERE for Block 17!

 Click HERE for Block 16!

 Click HERE for Block 15

Click HERE for Block 14

Click HERE for Block 13

Click HERE to Block 12

 Click HERE for Block 11

Click HERE for Block 10

Click HERE for block #9

Click HERE for block #8

Click HERE for Block 7

Click HERE for Block 6

Click HERE for Block 5 

Click HERE for Block 4

Click HERE for Block 3

Click HERE for Block 2

Click HERE for Block 1

Here is the PDF for your Binder Cover 

Catch up on these YouTube videos!!!

Introduction & Mission Video

I hear you all have your fabrics starched up!    If not, here is a starching  video Tutorial…and way back in January when we thought it was almost time to start we did this post on getting ready.

Click here for YouTube Video Tutorial TWO-Cutting Red & White stripes what do you think happened when I might have made a slight cutting variation when cutting the stripes? 

Or here is the Playlist for all the videos in one spot!

I can’t THANK YOU  enough for your donations…Let’s help them recover any way that looks!  

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Today’s my Birthday…and here is a present for you!

All highlighted/underlined words are direct links if you click on them it will take you right to that product.

It’s my birthday today, and I want to give you a fun, free download!  Thank you for being such a great customer and following me, supporting our store and being an awesome stitcher!  Your the best and that is why I’m giving you the gift on my special day!  

This fun pillow pattern called is called Esmerelda!  She easy to make and we have kits ready to ship if you want to make her just as you see it!  She only takes a couple of hours to stitch and three threads…I made her into this pillow using this awesome Houndstooth Flannel!  We also have an option if you wish for us to print the pattern.

Update: 10/25/2021-The above free pattern link is no long active…If you missed out visit us next year…or you can purchase the kit/and or pattern at the link below!  Thank You for the Birthday wishes!!!

Kit/ threads/pillow form Click HERE

Oh..I almost forgot…there is a bonus…if you carefully cut out Esmerelda’s facial features you can add them to another piece of wool for another pumpkin!  You will need a piece of wool for a pumpkin and stone wool for the stem and fabric for the back.

I also made another pattern for Fall…I know you all loved the We Three Gnomes, so I decided to make a Halloween version called Frightful Gnomes.I love stitching up these fun little projects and remember just because I am pillow obsessed doesn’t mean you have to make yours into a pillows…these can be wall hangings or framed pieces as well!  


Frightful Gnomes Kit &/or Pattern

I’ve roamed this great planet for 55 years…I love everything about it and it’s people…I am very blessed and hope to keep on roaming for another 55 years!      


as a reminder there is also a coupon for 20% off one item for coupon holders as a special for my birthday!  If you are not a coupon holder join us next month for our Primitive Christmas event and you will qualify for next year’s coupons!

I went Birthday shopping yesterday and found some things I had to have…I hope you find something on our site as well!  

Click HERE to go to Primitive Gatherings

Party on…Lisa

PS…I know it’s more like Stitch On!!!