Summer Freebie…Believe there is good in the world….

Be the Good…is the name of the Summer Freebie…YES! this is what you will be getting if you are signed up for wool appliqué or pieced BOW this summer… or if you order something online or come in the shop each week this summer.  (The 12 flower blocks are FREE with a $16 min purchase)

Lisa Bongean/ Primitive Gatherings
Lisa Bongean/ Primitive Gatherings

Read the words…then read just the red words….I love this little quilt!! Won’t get much easier than this…and it makes an adorable little quilt!

Finishing Kit will be only$12.50

Finishing kit includes: 8 tan flannels for finishing blocks…border fabric and binding….wool appliqués for border(basket and 19 flowers)and pattern. Finished size is 12 1/2″ x 15.   Will be shipped with the 13 or 14th week with Summer Blocks of the Week…Please help us out and place the order for this  on our website and do not email your order Deadline to order will be August 1 if we are to ship them with your SBOW.  We will file your order and process/charge it when shipped in late August or early September or whenever those 13 or 14th weeks are, so no $$ being spent now.

To pre-order your*** Be The Good*** finishing kit click HERE!!!

Also here is the list of threads I used on the FREEBIE-threads are NOT included in finishing kits.- if you need to order threads please place them on our website, also we are trying to get Valdani to make ALL of the threads needed before the month long European holiday in August.

Valdani #8-O548

Valdani #12 -P9, V3 or H204, 822, O154, H203, O78, 873,  822, O551, P12,  O775, O86, O545, 1

Be the good is beautifully quilted by Ms. Linda Hrcka…will show some better pics of it later…

Thanks for reading all of this text and helping us out…I didn’t realize that the SAL was going to be such an interference for my girls…but OH well we have good problems!!!

Have a great weekend




SAL- please read if your are joining in…

Hey Everyone…

Thanks for all the interest and comments about the Stitch Along…I just want you all to know a few things….Like I said…I wasn’t really set up for kitting this so I really wasn’t prepared…

If you want to sign up for the kits here what you can do for us…

First…you have to go to our website and order if you want Part 1, you cannot just leave a comment that you want to order in the comment section on the blog.  We need all of your info to process an order. Click Here…Stitch Along

If you want all the Parts, even though I do not know what each one costs and you still don’t care, write in your comment section you want them all and we will ship them as we put them out.

This is supposed to be a Stitch Along…I will want to see your  parts as we stitch and will have you send your photos in if you wish and we will post them on the blog…Some of you want the kits and are saying to keep all of the parts until the end and send them all at once…we can do this, but this project may not be over until November…do you want to wait or stitch along with us?

I do not know how much, how many or any real details right now…but If I were a customer like you…When I got an email I would order my kit…print my pattern and then order a couple other items, like: threads, a couple of patterns or whatever is new,  because the shipping will not change that much…we cannot send anything out the door for less than $4 and still be able to track it.  So why not get a few more things for not much more shipping or the same cost of shipping.  Remember this will be spread out…I will post about every 2 to three weeks…give or take depending on how busy my schedule it…but promise it will be done before the end of the year…and also remember it is going to be a SMALL quilt.  Not a bed size.

We can possibly throw it in with a BOM (not BOW), if you let us know you are in one…its just a lot to keep track of, but if you cannot find anything else to order we can try to put it with a BOM.

Some people are really caught up on shipping…here’s how I look at it…I love the fact that I can shop in my PJ’s and before I know it, it is here…now if I don’t have to leave my house, put make up on…brush my hair or put gas in my car…I’m good with paying for shipping…lol..Linda Hrcka and I were discussing shipping costs and we BOTH agree there are many advantages to it…we like staying home and having IT come to us.

When will you get your kit…After we post each part we will wait about a week or so, so we know how many to make…we don’t want to over kit or under kit and be making them again…So please know that we are not shipping them as soon as we post them. Give us a week to collect the orders please.

Please email the shop if you have any questions…as it is easier to print an email if you want to change something we then would have a record of it…    is the shops email

Lastly I cannot believe how many of you have ordered kits…its amazing…thanks again

I thought I would share what I am stitching on tonight…Our Statewide Wisconsin Shop Hop is starting June 6??? I have the center done…now for some piecing around it…this will also be a little quilt 18×21-ishIMG_9535

My Best…Lisa

Also Jake and Amy are in Indiana…Vending at this location below…Stop and visit if you can…20140403-111248





10th Anniversary Stitch Along-Part 1


I hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend! I know we sure did! We spent the entire weekend at the Lakehouse…and I have to admit…I did not stitch once….I was jet skiing, paddle boarding, boating and cooking lots of meals…and a BIG thank you to those who have served in our military so we are allowed to have the privilege to celebrate with our families and friends.

I did however get the first part of the 10th Anniversary Stitch-Along ready for you all today…Click the link below, or on the side button will hold the most current Part of the Stitch-Along…Some of you I know are interested in kits…so we will have them on the site for each part. Part 1 will be a whole $4. They will not include the pattern…you will print them from this PDF here. They will be ready to ship the 2nd week in June, if you want all the remaining parts and don’t want to bother purchasing them each time, in your comment sections write that you want ALL parts…We’ll collect orders for about a week after each post and then cut the kits so we don’t cut too many as, I don’t want to be left with excess parts.…..I will probably be posting parts for the SAL (Stitch Along) about every 2 weeks…and will keep the price of the kits very reasonable for what you are getting…after all this is our Anniversary present to you…Like for instance…I could have charged $5 for the center block for a nice round number, but when I did all my figures it came out to only $4…so $4 it is…This cannot be combined with the SBOW. It will be fun and will hopefully challenge you a little too! Please don’t ask me too many questions about the SAL as the answer will probably be “I don’t know yet”…lol…I don’t have it all done…I will be designing each part as I go…


Here are a few pics from out weekend…Hope you enjoyed your too!




Jake…on his Jet Skii
Jake…on his Jet Skii
Nick and the boys…fishing not too far from the dock
Nick and the boys…fishing not too far from the dock
Luke and Brooke
Luke and Brooke
My Niece Kaity and BF Colton
My Niece Kaity and BF Colton
Romeo…checking out the situation
Romeo…checking out the situation
Brooke's new Wisconsin ride...
Brooke’s new Wisconsin ride…
Piece of cake!!!
Piece of cake!!!
Jake and Lauren on the sit down ski...
Jake and Lauren on the sit down ski…
Lauren and Jake, trying out the paddle boards down the channel
Lauren and Jake, trying out the paddle boards down the channel
What do we have to do to get some alone time?
What do we have to do to get some alone time?



Thanks…here’s some quilting…

Thanks for the support everyone…I do not like it when my girls are treated badly and you always come through for us…saying just the right things to let them think about how much better they might have it cause they can walk in our door….I know we are not perfect and sometimes we do not think of everything, but we try hard at whatever we do and the last thing we want to do is lose a customer or have unhappy ones.  So hopefully they can admit to themselves that this is kind of stupid…and understand our reasons.

Here is some of Linda’s work from her magical needle…I want to see more!!!

Good night my friends…LB



Lisa Bongean/Linda Hrcka 2014
Lisa Bongean/Linda Hrcka 2014

Summer BOW update…please read all of this…comment if you wish

As long as I had to talk to you about the SBOW I thought I would give you another tease…Linda is actually quilting it and she says its her favorite quilt that she has done for me so far…so with that said…here is the peek…

lisa bongean/primitivegatheirngs 2014 SBOW
lisa bongean/primitivegatheirngs 2014 SBOW

I just love these blocks…now here is what I wanted to say…We are getting some of our very loyal walk in customers MAD at us about not being able to prepay for their the SBOW. Some of them to the point of calling my girls Bitches! Really???? These girls are anything but Bitches!!!  They try to explain and reason with the people who don’t understand how it works…just because they may not like the fact that they can not manipulate it to how they want it to work does not make my girls bitches!  By the way..this was not everyone who was upset but just two of them and they call themselves quilters??? Remember girls…this is supposed to be FUN!  I know I personally could not take this from customers…I guess that is why I am stitching and designing.  But remember we are all just trying to do our jobs the best we can…and they are just following the rules of the program.

Now we have set up the PREPAY OPTION for those being shipped  for the following reasons…

If we have to enter the cc numbers for all those SBOW going out each week it costs a lot of time/which is labor…this is eliminated with a prepay….we have no one working up in the store for hours on end running people through who walk in the door…we have time for you…we are there to help you with anything you wish..

The discount we have given is NOT on the SBOW it is on their shipping costs.They have to pay at the minim $56 more than the girls who can walk in our door, so we have taken off about $15 for this…and because the volume of our shipping goes up so much during the summer, we get bigger shipping discounts and we are just passing this on to those who have to use the shipping method and cannot walk through the door.

I am sure they would gladly give up a shipping discount to be able to walk in our door each week…now don’t take that as I have a big head…but I just hear it all the time at shows that they wish they could come to the shop just even once…

We do not have the room or want the pressure of trying to keep track of blocks if you do not come in to pick them up each week…we give out the FREEBIE each week so you do come in and don’t miss it…you have the options to prepay for the following week if you know you are on vacation or something and cannot come in…We want you in the shop each week…we want to see you, visit with you, help you with what you are working on and hopefully you may purchase a little more than just the SBOW…that really is why I do this…it is not a secret…our business slows down dramatically during the summer…I still have the same bills and the same payroll as the rest of the year and 8 years ago started the SBOW to make sure I didn’t fall short…and so far it has worked.  FYI.. we cut 1800 freebies each week we have the material cost and the labor costs for this…everyone who purchases each week in the shop gets one as well if you order online.  Now 1800 freebies…think about that…they are free to you for being a great customer, they are not only for those who are in the SBOW’s.

I also know that I have upped the price this year on the wool appliqué one…but really it is the much more reasonable than previous years…you will be finishing your quilt each week.  At the end you will not only have 12 blocks…you will have 25 and an optional reasonably priced wool appliqué border which I have discounted for everyone.…which by the way just contains scrappiness of the quilt and harmonizes everything for a wonderful quilt.  You will love this quilt!  I can see it entered in shows winning prizes!!!

We try so hard to run a great program…we never want anyone upset with us or think we are not being fair…We work with a lot of people who lose jobs, and other situations which come up…We love our customers…Try to put yourself in our shoes…we are talking about 1000 customers for this event.  This is kind of a nightmare that we somehow figure out how to work it…we have hired extra college girls to help us and this gives them a good job instead of bar tending until wee hours of the night…or flipping whammies at McD’s…

Hopefully this will reach those who are not happy with us and they will understand a little better and maybe apologize to my girls…but to those of you who continue to spend your hard earned bucks and totally understand that we are here for you… know that  we appreciate you!

One more thing…I will be posting a little more about the pieced SBOW…some think it is patriotic…but it has blacks, pinks, browns, grays, dull greens all the colors as well as reds and blues, so please don’t judge it from the 1st weeks blocks…its fun and awesome to piece it…plus their will be a bonus with the leftovers!

Now just because you read all of this…I am going to show you another block…sorry can’t help myself…Stitch On my friends….LB

PS…I am trying to get the 10th Anniversary Stitch-Along done now that Quilt Market is over…so that will be coming soon too…free online patterns for all!IMG_1204

Summer Newsletter

Hey All…For some reason our Newsletter is not on our site yet…Some of you are looking for it…We will also be sending it on our shops email as well…so if you get 2 emails with this information, not everyone is subscribed to both…so bear with me on this …I usually don’t bother you all too much!

Click here for our Newsletter..2014 Summer Newsletter

Also we are getting some phone calls about the SBOW, and we don’t mind this…but please read the info supplied, we think we have all possible questions in there now…and if the math doesn’t add up for you…like why the threads in three parts are more than if you purchase them all at once it is because we give you a discount if we only have to do things once instead of three times…if we have to do less, then it costs less….and remember the shipping is added in also…we do not get that money…the post office does?  So that is why I say the SBOW IS $16…THANKS!!!

See the previous post for Summer Block of the Week Info!