One of the quilt shop owners Congratulated me and gave this to me on Friday, opening day, of Quilt Market…American Quilt Retailer Magazine handed them out to shop owners…

I wanted to share with you all how thrilled I was to be one of the 100…I wouldn’t be still doing this after 20 years if it wasn’t for you buying all of what we do at Primitive Gatherings…So THANK YOU ALL!



I have to admit at first I was pondering being #7, but then realized it is an alphabetical list…which I would expect it would need to be!

Have a great day everyone…and I hope you get some kind recognition too for what you all do!  Remember…it may take awhile…lol

Stitch on….Lisa


Summer Blocks of the Week: All Versions

I have been delaying this post because we have new website…and we are working through some issues and we appreciate all of you who are encountering them and working with us through them…and please “be kind” when calling Judy P. or any of the girls at the shop…this is not their fault and we didn’t know we would have so many bumps in the road….example…like every order that processed one day had added all international shipping on them!!!…things like this…we have noticed missing orders…which we think is all situated…but now we must work on all the missing products on our site that did not transfer over or they do one day and the next they are gone….and so on…but it will take a bit to clear though it all and believe me can’t wait till it does…our site will be fast, clean and every secure…and a better search engine!

We actually have had no issues with the BOW orders fear there…that is why I’m ready to post…also there is a link at the bottom of this post for ALL the detail of everything…I am just doing a general post.


It’s that time again…I comes fast..but I want you to know that this year’s wool blocks will be simple and easy leaving you lots of time to work on what ever one you have not finished yet!!!  I am trying to have a life this summer so I have decided to do the wool version(s) only,  Amy is going to do the pieced one…and Joanne has done the hand pieced…(Though I might have to do the pieced one as I love that antique quilt..

I am ahead of the game as I have all the blocks fused and will be working on the borders when I get back from Spring Quilt Market (which I am now)….

I have all the freebies down as well, ready to stitch…see I told you it was going to be easy…here is a peek of the freebie…it’s going to be called….”Ewe Matter”Summer Blocks of the Week featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

it’s shown grey scale here…but it will have color…I don’t want to give too much away…

Wool-SBOW    This year’s theme is simple & easy…simple prep, easy to stitch as well as easy on your pocket book..aka…cash flow…Something that will not take you days to complete each block… Last years Twilight Garden was over the top and intense, and this year we wanted to go easy on you but always wanted to deliver an amazing quilt that you are going to cherish and enjoy working on, which is what this year is all about.  This quilt will finish about 55″ and there maybe a very small optional finishing kit.Summer Blocks of the Week featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Country version with the light flannel background and just blanket stitched.

Summer Blocks of the Week featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanPrimitive Version with the dark background…with just a little embellishing added.
Summer Blocks of the Week featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanPrimitive version with lots of embellishing added…and then the Urban version with just blanket stitch and then with the whole embellishing..

Summer Blocks of the Week featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean Summer Blocks of the Week featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Please click HERE for the wool versions of the SBOW   For more details visit the link at the bottom of this post…

Then there is the pieced version…This is a quilt from my collection…1840-1860’s it dates from…Summer Blocks of the Week featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

It’s fabulous and when I first noticed it the Summer Block of the Week came immediately to mind…There are no half square triangles to make..just lots of fabrics and lots of tiny blocks to make each week for an out of this world quilt show award winner in the pieced category…who’s up for the challenge?  Click HERE to visit the site to order…for more details go to the link at the bottom to take you to Jess’s post.

Now onto the English Paper Pieced quilt…a beautiful Hexi quilt…simple but do-able…Joanne even has it quilted…by Sue Huettl, I just asked Jess and Joanne did not even start this quilt til April…Summer Blocks of the Week featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean Summer Blocks of the Week featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean and its a beautiful set of colors she has picked out for you….I also believe if you want to set it in a different color you can…Click HERE if you want to go directly to the site to order this one.

Jessica has written all the necessary info from sizes to prices here…I did not want to duplicate it all again…but please read it…she has everything just click this link and it will bring you there.

        Thanks again for participating this year…We are going to have a blast!

Lisa & the Staff of Primitive Gatherings







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…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