News from the Shop…

Just want to keep you informed about what is happening at Primitive Gatherings….

We are ALL…everyone, every shop… still waiting for our Star & Stripe Gatherings pre cut to come…the newest up date is March 14 ish…I know…come on already!!! We hear you…we have about 200 orders with a pre cut in them waiting to be shipped from our 12 days of Christmas event!!! You all have waited long enough but unforturnately we cannot do anything about it…we are at the mercy of International shipping…

We can however add a FQ to your shipment to dull the pain of this extended wait…Please except our apology for this and Thank you for understanding that these are things we cannot control…

Thank you to All who ordered our kit for the Crazy Seasons Blog Hop…the girls are busy making them and they will go out early next week! Remember to join the FB group of the same name and see all the blocks coming to life….I love how different they all look!

I did a starching video with Martingale at Fall Market? Click HERE to see it. It is the 2nd most important thing to do in quilting…the first is the perfect scant 1/4″. Their blog post about me is crazy awesome…they make me sound like I know what I am talking about!! I can’t wait to share another great book…compiled by the great Lissa Alexander….and the moda all-star crew…

Here is a peak at the quilt from Primitive Gatherings…a simple quilt made with 2 1/2″ strips…Don’t you love how the quilting shows on a flannel quilt! Maggie Honeyman quilted this little beauty!!! I will soon be sharing kit info and book info along with other projects in the book…

Since we are talking flannel…here is a peek at the next flannel line…Coming out in July 2019…Farmhouse Flannel – Wool & Needle VI,Printed by the best fabric company in the whole wide world-Moda Fabrics

This may just be our best flannel line yet! Kali and I are in the Airport in Detroit…catching our last flight to Nashville soon! Look for our blogs and posts on IG and FB as well. It our first time at Quilt Con!


Moda Block Heads…Block 43

So last week I hurried and finished my blockhead block and found out I pieced #43 instead of #44 So I was a little upset with myself and forgot to post it…I know this is not the current block…but it is A block at least…hoping to get a bunch done next week…after Nashville…my flight is a little delayed…hoping to be there by Midnight!

Block #43 is from Zen Chic CLICK HERE for pattern

Happy Block Head day…


Getting Ready for Rome…but also Quilting Cruise in 2020!

Let’s go!!! We are currently heavily participating in Winter here…(Nick just caught a Northern Pike through the ice in front of the house…first “ice fishing” fish he has ever caught here) I can’t stop thinking about being somewhere warm…So I can’t think of a better time to start getting ready for our Miami to Rome Cruise next month…For the 60 stitchers plus lots of Hubbies I have a few quick items to think about…Did you order your electrical converters for Italy? Click the photos below to add one to your Amazon shopping cart…and Luggage Tag Protectors…Here is what I have coming…

I also went on to Royal Caribbean and booked some fun stuff for the 14 days we will be float’in the Ocean!  Things like: Mystery Dinners and Specialty restaurants and WIFI packages…I signed up the THE KEY…and don’t forget a trip to the Spa…I soooooo need a message…

This is our itinerary….not trying to rub anything in here for those of you not attending…really…but keep reading…


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IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MIAMI TO ROME…We have another opportunity next year September 2020 …so lots of time to save for it!  We were planning 2 cruises in 2020 Southern Caribbean and Hawaii… but we lost our great rate for the Southern Caribbean one so we are now down to only the Hawaiian cruise in 2020 we only have 30 days to fill our reserved cabin they could up our rate for our remaining unsold cabins… the rates are so great that the big travel companies are grabbing them all up….we are little over half full as of today…Call or email Gloria…she would love to sign you up!  Call a girlfriend or drag your Honey along…it will be so memorable, or if you are a single…we can pair you with another single.

Hope your Sunday went well…Now next up on my list…Wool Box pincushion and Everlasting blocks, pillow and wool mat…Did I just give you a clue of what some of the projects are for our March Box!!!!  The crew needs to start kitting while I am in Nashville.

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easy like a Sunday morning….

It’s a great Sunday morning…I have my coffee…and now I am ready to FINISH!

I have just downloaded a new Audiobook to listen to…click on the book photos below to view them….I finished “Educated” recently and It was also a very good book…very different than what I normally read…I wanted to read/listen to “An Anonymous Girl “but then found a book the authors wrote previous…so I will read that one first…

thumbnailI want you to know that I listen to books while stitching for a couple of reasons… the obvious reasons to read books…always learning new things, new places, different people and their religions, cultures and how their locations affect their lives and history is so “cool”- when it something your interested in.

But… let’s face it… the main reason is when you are absorbed in a good story, the time flies, and you want to keep listening and STITCHING…and the result is…your projects get done, one less UFO!!!!! So think about listening to books…TV is hard to watch unless it is something you have seen already… you miss so much by not paying attention all the time…because you are always looking at your project…

You know the place you used to go to check out a book, the Library,..well, I guess you can also get(check out) audiobooks at your library …to go in and ask for help…if some of you know how this is exactly done…let us know in the comments…but I know some quilters/stitchers do it.  I have an Audible subscription…and I love it…because as I travel around the country I need it…but one of these days when I am home I am going to visit the Library…soon.

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and now I am going to finishing big-stitch quilting…I will post a finished quilted pic…

Also…I will be doing a tutorial/video of big stitch quilting starting from the beginning…preparing the quilt top and so on…we are piecing the quilt and getting ready!  It is from a new flannel line! Farmhouse Flannels…what for those updates!

Have a great day my friends….Lisa

PS…I love my new computer…3 years makes a difference in technology/equipment!

Crazy Season of Mystery..Blog Hop





Yay!!! I’m done with this…I should not have waited til I had two days to do all the stitching but that is how it works for me…Our block is SPRING!Lisa Bongean Spring Crazy block

daff/LBongeanIMG_0790IMG_0789IMG_0788IMG_0787I love doing this kind of project…I love all the threads and what I really loved was using the #5wt Valdani…we have every #5wt Valdani has…and they are great for the CRAZY STITCHES, as you can tell by the photos here…I do not use anything to aid in making my stitches…as I like that I can just make them fit here and there and I guess I have made lots of this type of thing before and it’s easy for me…

Here are the details of everything:

Note..we have built in thread “deals”…balls are $5.50 each, Free Shipping on anything over $100, if you do not hit the $100 it is $5.99 flat rate.

KIT ONLY: $27.00
KIT AND PATTERN: $32.00 includes 10x 10 flannels and all the wools to complete block
APPLIQUE THREADS: $185.00-37 balls -3 balls are free
#5 WT. CRAZY STITCH THREADS: $93.00-18 balls -one ball is free
This is the 3rd block of the Crazy Season Mystery Block Blog Hop.  Each designer will do a 16″ finished Crazy Mat.
If you would like to receive a printed pattern from us instead of downloading it and going to get it printed from somewhere you can do so for $10.00.  We also have it available in the kit as well if you would like to purchase a kit from us.
Applique Threads only will include 37 different balls of thread ($185.00).  Crazy Stitches Threads will be the #5’s only needed to do your crazy stitches on the mat for a total of 18 balls of thread ($93.00).  A complete thread kit will include all threads listed below for a total of 53 different balls of thread ($267.50)
Threads used:
0196, 0562, 0519, P5, PT4, 0126, 893, 0575, 0775, P12, H207, P2, P4, 0532, 82, 0562, 0522, 190, 1645, M28, 199, 078, M23, 1, 0548, 813, 841, 0522,
0575, P4
P6, 0560, P12, 031, P2, M49, V3, 0154,0775, 0522, 0523, H205, M33, M5, M30, 0510, M81, 100, P5, 0521, 0576, 0578, M80
Just a heads up…I stitched my flannel patches to a foundation…that is how crazy quilts were  done and the way I have always done it…so this might be different than the other designers blocks…The foundation gives it a little more stability to hold all the work nicely.  Please read the instructions carefully and do what it says step by step and it will work…IF  you want to do it your own way that is fine too.  There is no right or wrong way to do anything…well maybe some things..but you get it..
Note…the FREE block pattern no longer exists but can be purchased here..

I just want you all to know that these blocks and their patterns (especially) are A LOT of WORK…so keep that in mind and order kits, threads and whatever you can to support us and ALL the designers in any way you can…I get that you may have what you need, but then go ahead and maybe order some OTHER thing from them (us)…WE ALL APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

If you are seeing this for the first time…here are the other designer’s blogs to get their blocks and see

the schedule for future blocks.

My best…Lisa

There is also a Facebook page for our groupREVISED 2019 Flyer copy

Moon Garden Block 11!

I am excited and then not…one because we are almost finished, bet then not, because we are almost finished!!! Does this make sense?  But trust me…If you like or even loved Moon Garden there will be another Stitch Along…I promise…thank you for buying our kits/pattern each month…this is what keeps the business going…If you cannot buy from us…you can help in other ways…you can buy the backing or finishing from us or keep our shop on top of the list when you DO have to buy something…you can tell everyone you know who stitches about your blocks…maybe they will join in and reward us by following and buying from us…again Thanks for anyway you can support us…

Block 11… Click Moon Garden Block 11 Blog to print pattern. Link has been removed…Click HERE if you want to ORDER a printed pattern.

Also…we have kits for blocks-2,5,6,8,9 &10…left but very few..some only 4 left some 7 left…if you want one or any of these call Judy P at the Shop…920-722-7233


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Nothing too fancy about this block…except the feather stitches on the leaves…so I promise a video on this…we will shoot it Monday and Kali will have it hopefully by the time we leave on Wednesday for Quilt Con in Nashville!

Some Important Details

I have finished my blocks with the printed background…I pieced sashing and some of the border has piecing on it…and now it is in the hands of the quilter…Maggie will do an awesome job of making it even more beautiful!

As for the blocks with Primitive Black muslin..I am working on an applique border for those…I cannot wait to show you!!

You can use either version for either set of blocks that you have…you could put the applique border on the print background blocks or you could piece the muslin background blocks…either will work…no stressing about that…

We will have finishing kits for BOTH versions.  Both versions will be purchased patterns  only and If you order our finishing kit the pattern is free.  The pattern for finishing will not be free on the blog. You are welcome to do your own finishing or support us by buy ours.

I am hoping to have the finishing kit info ready to go out with your block 12 kits…please open block 12 even if you are not caught up and are collecting white padded envelopes…

Let me know if you have any questions that I may have missed in the comment section…

Happy Stitching! LB