Some Primitive Gatherings News… & Give Away Winner!

Hey….I hope you are all enjoying your stitching this summer! 
We are so busy getting our new store and The Gathering ready for you all!  It is SO exciting! I want to announce that we have started taking reservations and will soon be launching some planned/event retreats!  So look for those SOON as well. 
If you feel like me, you may be going through withdrawls from not enough time with your friends or those who are passionate about stitching and creating wonderful things. Too much alone time last year, so let’s have some fun together!
We are here to provide a place built just for you to hang out, relax and create all the beautiful things you have wanted to work on.   The Gathering will be an experience you will always remember…the inspiration, the gardens, the food, the swag and the camaraderie you can only find when you spend a lot of time together!  I look forward to making new friends at every retreat I attend…and now I can be at one every week!  Quilters are special people to be around.
Here is the flyer for The Gatherings…we offer several packages, 3 nights, 6 nights as well as a discounted whole house booking…but will also do single stays as well…so whether you have a large or small group we look forward to  making  your Quilting experience at The Gathering, one of the best!  Jenny our Gathering manager would love to hear from you and get you set up!
Summer Blocks of the Week are almost ready to ship!!!  We have two this summer.  Our hand pieced or EPP will be a BOM and will start soon as well….
Wildflower Garden -scrappy above
Wildflower Garden -contemporary— GOOD LUCK making your choice…
…and then pieced with two color options as well-called Front Porch Swing…
Amy’s version

I am so enjoying stitching these simple but fun blocks..


Click HERE to join our Blocks of the Week!


Thursday is LIVESTREAM day…so mark your calendar with an alert!  It’s not too late to start quilting along with us!!! We are only on block 5!

I am doing some final stitching on our projects for our special Christmas in July box!!! We may still have a few spots open!!! Great discount and a fun gift or for you to get started on Christmas 2021!  Here are the details…

You all asked for it and we have listened! You are looking for one of our awesome Wool Boxes but you would like it Holiday/Christmas Themed, well we will have that available for you and shipping to you in July!  There will be over $150 worth of product in the box for just $105 (domestic) which included shipping!  This box will be geared toward projects you can get done over the next few months in time for the Holiday Season!  Sign up today as we only have a certain amount that we are going to be making!  Once we are full, there will be no more!


Click HERE for Christmas in July Box

and the winner of the quilted flag t-shirt from last week’s blog post is….

Thanks for this block series! I am trying to carve out some time to catch up, but until then the red, white & blue are in my every thought. Great way to support our veterans!  Ruth

Thank you Ruth for reading my blog…We appreciate your support of Primitive Gatherings and we hope you love your T-shirt!  Please contact me @

Then… last, yes, I saved the best for last….we are over the moon at our newest additions at Primitive Gatherings!!!  We have our first two old English Babydoll Southdown sheep!  

We are working on their names…both girls…their registered names are Sundrop and Sodapop!  We can’t wait for more…but we love that we were able find these two ladies!

My best…Lisa


It Summer Block of the week time!!! Part 2

2021 Summer Blocks of the Week!- Wool Version

ANNOUNCEMENT-Winner of the Embellished Art Embroidery Project Planner Post…is….Kim McKinney | please DM me with your address.

It’s wool time….we are super excited to announce our 2021 summer blocks of the week!  This year we picked a smaller and easier projects for a couple reasons.   Some of you are still working on last years…(or another years)  I try to do smaller project every other year, which helps with the price…and don’t forget the FREE project…this years will be awesome too!

Wildflower Garden | Scrappy Version 

Will consist of 20 blocks and a border…there will be no finishing kit…everything you need will be in all 12 weeks…2 blocks each week…borders are weeks 11 & 12 and will finish at 60″x 70″.   You will get the background flannel all at once so that is the essential kit to start with…and it came in already!!! We did not expect it until end of July…so we will be able to start this one earlier than expected…now that is a change!!!  You will be getting about 5 yds of flannel…if we have 100 people sign up that is 500 yards…we have a limited number that we can sign up with you needing that much yardage…so don’t miss out on this one, sign up now or you may miss your chance!

The scrappy version will contain three shades of green leaves and the flowers will be all different colors…through out the 20 blocks.

Contemporary Version

Our contemporary version will contain a controlled color palette and black leaves.

Here is a pic of several of them but they are not stitched yet. 

We will also have facebook group for this project!

Here is a peak at the FREEBIE


Collect all 12 blocks! I have a really cool setting planned for this project!

Jessica has all the details in this document click the button below  and print it out….next post will be abut the EPP version!  Thank you for joining our Summer projects…we appreciate your business and can’t wait to get this project started!!!

Remember to click on every box when ordering…and don’t forget the thread kits and backing as well!!

All the DETAILS-shipping, pricing and more!

Click HERE to order our Wool SBOW!

If you have any questions please ask them in the comment section!   Lisa

Lisa Bongean SBOW2021

It Summer Block of the week time!!! Part 1

2021 Summer Blocks of the Week!- Pieced Version

Hey…Thanks for being patient with us while we are moving…but we are now excited to announce our 2021 summer blocks of the week!  This year we picked a smaller and easier projects for a couple reasons.   Some of you are still working on last years…(or another years)  I try to do smaller project every other year, which helps with the price…and don’t forget the FREE project…this years will be awesome too!

First up….our pieced version is based on this super sweet antique quilt….Front Porch Swing is it’s name….We are making ours 90×90…if you want it bigger, add a border…or you can make two lap quilts if you don’t want a big quilt.

Antique quit from Lisa Bongean collection

We are going to replicate this quilt with two different options…the first is a nice mellow using civil war reproduction mediums with this great blue Bella for the corners/binding, Amy will be piecing this color way…

We will also have facebook group for this project!


Amy’s version 
Lisa’s version

I am stitching a neutral version with lights and a nice grey for the corner…this quilt will go  together fast!!!

Here is a peak at the FREEBIE-WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD-  Collect all 12 blocks! I have a really cool setting planned for this project!

Jessica has all the details in this document click the button below  and print it out….next post will be abut the wool version!  Thank you for joining our Summer projects…we appreciate your business!

All the DETAILS-shipping, pricing and more!

Click HERE to order our Pieced SBOW!


Lisa Bongean/American Quilters SAL

American Quilter’s SAL is starting!

Lisa Bongean's Stitch Along

Let’s Get Started!

As soon as you get those FQ bundles get them starched as fast as you can!   We need to get this Stitch Along going!!!!  They are arriving by the pallet at Primitive Gatherings!!!  Our staff has all the boxes labeled and waiting to toss in your fabric!  I filmed the first block today so It will be ready soon!  I’ll keep you posted!

I must say THANK YOU for your patience in waiting for these record-breaking fabric beauties!  You are the best for customers and we are so grateful for all the positive attitudes!  You will be getting an extra little bonus “thank you” with your FQ bundles.

Hogs for Heros

If you know me, you know I am a little unconventional…so when Hogs for Heros crossed my path I knew I had to do something to contribute!  Something a little unconventional, for a quilter…I know the obvious thing to do would have been to make a quilt…but I dream a little bigger than the average stitcher….let’s make a quilt and raise some money and buy a Harley Davidison motorcycle, (which if you didn’t know…is headquartered in Milwaukee WI..about an hour and a half ride from my house) which will change one deserving vet’s life forever!

This American Quilter’s Stitch Along is a fundraiser for Hogs for Heros…Please read all about them HERE.   All of our patterns and tutorials for American Quilters SAL will be FREE to you on my blog here or on my YouTube Channel.  But we are hoping you can find it in your heart to donate something to this awesome cause….

We want to raise enough money through Primitive Gatherings to fund our own HOG!  So I do not want to tell you to donate directly to Hogs to Heros because it will not go to our fund.  We have set up a bank account at Nicolet National Bank and funds can only go “in” not out!  Brandon my banker is taking care of everything… so you can send a check to Primitive
Gatherings-Hogs for Heros @ Nicolet National Bank 550 S. Green Bay Rd Neenah, WI 54956  or we have a Venmo account that drops directly into this H4H accounts as well.  We want to make it easy as possible so we will be announcing the Venmo info soon.

If you bought your FQ bundle from Primitive Gatherings we have already donated $10 for each FQ bundle…and rounded it up to $6000 in our Hogs for Heroes account!  For those of you who have purchased your FQ bundle from other shops, we hope you wish to donate as well and we will be giving you many options and plenty of opportunities!  Here are a few examples:

Form your own group at your local quilt shop and start stitching together….together you all can make a donation as a group…share your progress with us while you gather together while making this fun quilt.

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!

We will also have special sales promotions, auctions, and fun ways to help raise this money…so “us” quilter’s alone can “give” a bike to a deserving vet.  I know we can do it because I know you, my quilt buddies, will make that happen!

One Vet at a time….

Read HERE about veteran, Shannon Flynn, who received his bike on May 8th…We rode an hour and a half in 40-degree weather to get there to watch him receive his bike…his bike came from money raised from Local 139 Operating Engineers…shown here with him…

MEET 2021’S FIRST RECIPIENT: Navy Veteran, Shannon Flynn of Oconto Falls, WI, is our 17th Veteran to roll out! With 23 years of service and three combat deployments, the physical and mental toll taken will undoubtedly be supported by reuniting with his passion. A rider for over 28 years and an MMI certified mechanic, he’s been without his own wheels for three years as he put his family and financial needs first. Unique to this bike, it’s been fully paid for by the generous 2020 fundraising efforts of Wisconsin’s International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139! Shannon found his love on Open Road’s floor in Fond du Lac, and we gifted it in his hometown of Suring, WI on May 8, 2021.

Let’s help them recover any way that looks!

Let the fun begin! Lisa

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So Exciting!!! A HOG for a HERO

One Bike at a Time. One Hero at a Time.
And it’s Time…
To Return One More to The Road.
Meet #17: Our Next Veteran Recipient
and The First of 2021:
Navy Veteran Shannon Flynn
of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
Reconnecting A Veteran With A Life Passion
Since the sixth grade, Shannon Flynn, a lifelong Wisconsinite, has wanted to serve his Country. After retiring with 23 years in the Navy as a Construction Mechanic First Class, including three deployments to war zones and service within his community, he can truly say he’s done just that. And, as a result, he lives every single day with the painful toll it took, still pushing forward without regrets.
Shannon joined the Navy as a sophomore at Suring High School and headed to boot camp upon graduating in 1993. He chose a path as a Machinist and spent most of his four years stationed in Japan on the USS Dubuque. While he enjoyed the experience, he yearned for life back in his beloved hometown and returned after fulfilling his contract. He quickly reunited with friends, many of whom learned to ride while he was gone. On a bet he won, he bought his first bike–an “85 Sportster, learned to ride and discovered a passion that shaped the rest of his life. He rode all the time and then, completely enthralled with the bike world, used his GI Bill to attend the Motorcycle Mechanics Institution (MMI) in Florida. Certification in hand, he landed his first H-D service job, moved back to Wisconsin, and began building his mechanic’s career.
Looking for extra “beer money” and missing the camaraderie of his military family, he joined the Navy Reserves in May 2001, figuring one weekend a month and two weeks a year would be easily managed. Three months later, September 11 changed life as we knew it and turned Shannon’s extra job into a lifetime commitment to our Country.
Given the skills amassed, he moved into the Navy’s Construction Battalion, a longtime dream, and as a SeaBee would aid Marines on the ground. In 2003 he said his goodbyes, sold his bike “just in case”, and deployed to Iraq. There, under the angst and demands of impending invasion, he built camps in Kuwait and ran convoys moving gear. He returned home exhausted, tense, and seemingly unscathed. Without transition time, he resumed work and planned for a future he didn’t know he’d have. With money tight, he delayed buying a bike to marry his love, build a home for his young family, and change dealerships. And while life was good, Shannon knew something was off about him and missing: his bike. He ached for the therapy his bike once provided, and borrowing bikes from friends just didn’t do it anymore. They scraped and bought an 18-year-old Electra Glide for him to fix and ride, and he immediately found his release…just in time to deploy again.
In 2009, Shannon headed to Afghanistan during the most lethal year of the US-led war. There he spent two years in convoy security: sighting and clearing mines from the front seat of his Mine Resistant Ambush Protection (MRAP) lead vehicle, while safely moving troops and equipment. While placing tire chains on his MRAP to navigate the snowy mountainous area, Shannon fell 15 feet off his MRAP vehicle and landed flat on his back with chains atop him. His Kevlar vest likely minimized their impact and he painfully continued his mission until he could be evaluated. Though initial X-rays on base were surprisingly clear, they masked the underlying damage done. He pushed through his missions and injury to complete another pain-filled year with grit and narcotics, then sought care upon returning stateside.
Through the VA he was diagnosed with significant neuromuscular damage to his back with three inwardly herniated lumbar discs that pinch his spinal cord, causing sciatic pain to ripple through his lower back, hips, and legs. Through treatments and therapy, he continued to work and support his family…and jumped on his bike to sort through the pain and inner turmoil. He rode until a deer totaled his bike, found another to fix, and started a course of repairing, rebuilding, and selling old bikes–making it hard to keep one for himself. Finding comfort and pride in his technical efforts, in 2012 he opened a small shop in his garage, Shannon’s Cycle Service, and slowly began servicing friend’s bikes while barely breaking even.
In 2014 he deployed a third time to Afghanistan’s combat zone for another year in convoy security, again moving through unknown threats and trying life conditions. On top of this, he hurt most days; and yet, he pushed through his Reserve’s commitment. After running convoys to build a water well 18 hours a day for 49 days straight, he knew his body and mind couldn’t physically handle it anymore. He returned home to permanently settle into the comforts of family and work-life and retired in 2016.
He found joy in his family time and solace in work, riding, and his deer stand. He coaches his children’s sports and supports the needs of his community and Veteran’s alike. Along the way, he joined the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) and rekindled the brotherhood he had in service. Shannon has his share of struggles and demons, and he’s lined up family and friends to help him deal with his pains from war.  Years of injections and nerve-burning procedures to help him function take their toll, yet, as a form of self-preservation, he pushes forward and through the pain every single day, staying active and involved to keep his struggles at bay.
After six years of realizing the unfortunate financial, time, and stress a small business demands, Shannon closed his shop in 2018. He sold his bike to support his family and began full-time work as a Welder at Northport Marine to help get out of debt. Sitting in his garage is a box of parts and a blown engine he hopes to transform into his next bike, but the pressures of money and time keep him from building it. So when he wants to ride or lead his charitable runs for others, he, again, asks friends to borrow a bike. And while he has amazing friends who do that for him, that’s a hard ask…one that Hogs For Heroes thought he shouldn’t have to make anymore. Choosing to connect this Veteran with his passion not only soothes his soul and changes his life, but it also keeps “Snowdog” surrounded by his supportive CVMA family, and it permanently keeps a bike in his deserving life.
Finding bikes on a showroom floor is a little challenging right now. We took Shannon shopping to find the beauty that fits his needs and captured his heart. “I love it. I love it. I love it.” were his exact words when he found the black 2017 Electra Glide Ultra Limited with custom blue pinstripes and only 10,000 miles. Our friends at Open Road Harley-Davidson stretched our dollars a little more to make this pairing happen, and we can’t wait to return him to the road he loves.  Unique to this bike, it has been generously paid for by the stunning 2020 fundraising efforts of the Wisconsin International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139! We couldn’t be more honored by the beautiful support the IUOE Local 139 continues to lend our mission and our injured Veterans.
We will be bringing that bike back to Shannon’s hometown where his Legion family jumped at the chance to host his gifting on Saturday, May 8, 2021. We will be hanging at the American Legion Post #283 in Suring, Wisconsin from 11 am – 2 pm. Come learn more about our unique mission, meet some of our prior recipients and welcome Shannon back to The Road! We will begin our Presentation of Keys Ceremony at 12:00 pm with a Color Guard from Post #283– and trust us, you don’t want to miss this emotional and special moment. The Legion will have their bar open and offer lunch to benefit Hogs For Heroes…so ride on out, make a day of it and toast our Veterans with us!


Hey…Great news…our Moda Our Flag Stands for Freedom kits are at your local quilt stores!!!  

Bad news there is a correction to the pattern…and not the original one we found!!! Just shoot me right? We left a piece off cutting for the red stars…it’s easy enough to figure out because it there for the blue…but we want it right…

But good news we know about it now and can add it back again…Our Flag Stands for Freedom Correct 1     Shop owners please add this to your kits…I have  also posted it on my corrections  page in my  blog here.

We are so sorry…and we have hired a professional editor in January…so this hopefully is going to happen a lot less.  Sample makers don’t alway catch things and when a pattern is touched graphically things happen was take care and enjoy this quilt…and again…,my sincere apologies..Lisa