Here’s to New Beginnings in 2022!

Wishing you all the best for 2022! Between the construction and opening of the new retail shop and retreat house, last year sure was a whirlwind blur! I can’t thank you enough for shopping, sharing and stitching along with us both in person, and on our social media platforms. We have big plans for 2022, and hope we can continue to be a part of your life through the art of stitching!

I wanted to start off this year on a positive note so I picked out this great quilt from my archives to share with you all. It was designed a long, long time ago – 2004 to be exact – and today you can get a FREE printable PDF by clicking the link below!I figured since all the Christmas decorations are down, now it’s time for blue and white in honor of the Winter season (Ok… Maybe Nick still has yet to take the tree down – that’s his job every year). “Streak of Lightning” is a beautiful blue and white quilt that can be done as a full-size quilt (70″ x 82″) or as a lap quilt (40″ x 58″).

“Streak of Lightning”  was originally designed by the Lincoln’s Ladies Club. The club specializes in recreating and designing quilts based on earlier time periods, using reproduction fabrics. The group was founded by Carole Charles and myself back at the Menasha, WI location of Primitive Gatherings, long before we built our new facility in Larsen, WI.

CLICK HERE for PG 1 of Your FREE “Streak of Lightning” Printable PDF Instructions!

CLICK HERE for PG 2 of Your FREE “Streak of Lightning” Printable PDF Instructions

Take a look at how I’ve displayed this beautiful work of art in my own house for January! I just love this black setting for the Blue & Cream HSTs – or it actually could be a really dark blue – but ours is black…

I especially love how these colors tie right into my Anchor Point decor. Even though it’s the middle of Winter, blue and white together feels light at airy to me. Fresh and crisp like a cold Winter’s day!

If you’re looking for a smaller project, don’t worry! This quilt can be done at full size or as a darling lap quilt. Either way, I hope you enjoy it! New beginnings and a new project for 2022!

CLICK HERE for PG 1 of Your FREE “Streak of Lightning” Printable PDF Instructions!

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12 Days of Christmas-Day 1

Well everyone, it’s finally here! Day one – the last of 12 days celebrating my most favorite things! Today we’re giving some much deserved attention to one of the most important aspects of what we do – sewing machines!

I want to start off by talking a little bit about Bernina. As much as I love my Juki, if I had to pick a machine that encompasses everything we need, I would have to go with a Bernina. Smooth and effortless, these efficient machines come with a wide range of world-class features designed to help you be creative, all while saving time. I really have come to appreciate these beautiful machines, and I’m proud to say we are a brand new Bernina dealership here at Primitive gatherings! To celebrate, now through January 2nd, 2022, if you purchase a Bernina Machine from Primitive Gatherings, we will throw in FREE *lifetime machine inspections, cleanings, and oil changes (*up to 4 times per year)!

Please come in, email bernina@primitivegatherings.us or call us at 920-841-1066 to set up an appointment. Come experience our full line of what Bernina has to offer! I am excited to say that I am going to be getting another new Bernina for myself after seeing how wonderful these new machines have become! I will be sure to show you my new set up on future videos as soon as I can.

Most of you know that my most preferred machine is the Juki TL2010. Iv’e used the TL2010 machine for what feels like forever – it’s definitely what I consider my, “work-horse”. Without this awesome machine I would not be half the quilter I am today. Here’s why!  

Juki is by no means new to the market. They are well known in the garment industry and are mostly industrial machines. Juki made their debut in the quilting world with a semi-industrial machine for designed just for quilters. I think I’ve had a Juki for about 10 years now. I also own two Berninas – The 1260 and 1530, and a couple of Featherweights (I only admit this to you so that you know what I’m basing my opinions on). Not only that, I teach all across the country and have stitched on many different kinds of machines.

I bought the Juki with the intention to use it as a second machine, specifically for machine quilting my little quilts. Having it also meant I didn’t have to change the walking foot from my regular foot on my Bernina – which is a huge time saver. They come with a few different feet, including two free motion feet and a walking foot. I like using the regular foot to stitch up against a bumper so I can get a scant quarter inch.

I especially love that Juki machines are all metal including the bobbins and feet. The TL2010 features a larger 9″ opening between the body and the arm, so machine quilting is easier to handle. It also has an extension table, which is especially nice for retreats. I usually have mine embedded in my table.

This machine ONLY stitches straight. Now, this might be an issue for some, but my only intention for this machine was machine quilting. The fact that it only stitches straight is actually a plus…nice tension at all times and a single hole throat plate. It holds large cones as well as regular thread. It also has an automatic thread cutter, automatic needle threader, knee lift, and stitches 1500 stitches per minute (or something like that). In other words, it is FAST!!! 

It has some really great advanced features, such as an industrial sub-tension system, variable speed control slider, and bright white LED lighting. It’s definitely built for precision sewing. With a large work area of up to 23 inches (with auxiliary table attached), the TL-2010 can handle large quilt, sewing or home decor project with ease. It also allows you to trim top and bobbin threads using the exclusive foot controlled trimming system. Just rock your heel back on the foot control, and the thread is quickly and precisely cut. The machine is equipped with an automatic thread button that simultaneously trims the needle and bobbin threads at the sewing end by lightly pressing the push-button. It also keeps the thread from quivering when sewing at high speeds and provides accurate fine tuned thread tension. Pretty cool! For a full list of factory specs please visit juki.com!

Because the Juki is one of my VERY most favorite things, we’re offering it as our Day 1 – FINAL day of my 12 Days of Favorite things special. Now through January 2nd you can get a Juki TL2010 for yourself for only $999.00!  Click link below to get yours now!

Want even better news? In the true spirit of Christmas, it’s time to GIVE AWAY another Juki! Buy purchasing your Juki between now and January 2nd, 2022 you’ll earn yourself a chance to WIN your Juki for FREE! You read that right, one lucky customer will have their Juki paid for by us as a way to say thank you for the purchase. 

Well everyone, I just want to say thank you for following along these last 12 days as I explored some of my most favorite things that I can’t do without! I hope you had fun and found a few things you’d like to try or add to your tool chest! Leave me a comment and let me know what YOUR favorite thing was out of everything we’ve talked about in the last 12 days. Do you already have everything? Did you make any new discoveries? Are you inspired to start a new project? Let me know by leaving a comment here on the blog, facebook or my YouTube Channel! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone here at Primitive Gatherings! See you soon! – OH! And don’t forget to tune in to my YouTube Channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” See you there!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 3

I’m sure most of you know that we are partnered with the organization, “Hogs for Heroes” as a fun way to give back to our WI veterans. We’re proud to say that currently, we have raised over $33,000 between private donations and our 2021 “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” event! I want to say thank you to everyone who contributed so far, we could never have done it without you!

CLICK HERE to Learn More About Hogs for Heroes!

The amount we’ve already raised is truly amazing. Your generous donations and hard work makes me feel inspired to do even more! Some of my favorite things are definitely graphic tees so I thought, why not create one specifically for a Hogs for Heroes fundraiser! My team and I came up with an awesome design that I think you’re really going to love. On the front it features the Hogs for Heroes logo. On the back it shows one of my favorite quilt blocks from the, “American Quilter’s Stitch Along” series, along with the words, “I Stitched for a Hero.” Our Primitive Gatherings logo is also proudly displayed on the sleeve. The t-shirt itself is Biker Black…LOL… I had to do it!

If you’re not into t-shirts, no worries! We also have Hogs for Heroes patches available that combine both the Hogs for Heroes and Primitive Gatherings logos together. These patches make a stylish addition to pretty much anything you can think of. You could even sew it to the back of your quilt as a label! I love that idea.

Now here’s the best part! T-shirts are only $25.00, plus $5.00 for shipping (all proceeds go to benefit Hogs for Heroes). Creative Imprint is our local go-to shop that prints all of our custom t-shirts and bags. I’m so proud to say that they are very generously donating their time to produce and ship these items as a way of contributing to this great cause! All I can say is, WOW! We can’t thank them enough for their kind gesture. Please keep Creative Imprint in mind for any of your future custom apparel needs! Not only are they generous, but they also do a beautiful job! If you would like to order a t-shirt, please follow the link below. Please keep in mind that since they are coming from an off-site location, they are not available through the Primitive Gatherings website. 

Hogs for Heroes patches are currently already on-site here at Primitive Gatherings. If you would like to order patches, please follow the link below (please note that the link for ordering t-shirts is different than the link for ordering patches)!

If you would like to donate to help Hogs for Heroes in another way, please consider one of our other options:

CLICK HERE to DONATE to Hogs for Heroes!

As always, be sure to leave me a comment for a chance to win a prize! What’s your favorite – the t-shirt or the patch? If you plan to order a patch, how do you think you’ll use it? Let us know! We love to know what you think. Don’t forget to watch, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” on YouTube for more great content. See you soon with more of my favorite things!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 4

I can’t believe there’s only four more days until Christmas! Time really does fly, especially with so much to do! I feel like right about now would be a good time to treat yourself with something just for YOU! I’m excited to announce that we are now offering an awesome new Primitive Gatherings Subscription Quilt Box!!!

Here are the Details…

Our Subscription Quilt Box will ship 6 times a year, every other month starting in February. We want to open our boxes up to a wide range of fabrics, designers, on-going projects, notions and gadgets – sure to bring much joy and lots of inspiration!

Quilt Box ideas are as follows: Themed boxes that re-create some of my antique quilts in smaller versions or mini quilts, small hand-piecing or EPP, small and easy cross-stitch, quilts with a little hand appliqué or embroidery, pin cushions, pouches, totes, pillows, plus an on-going block project that will grow into a larger quilt. Our main focus will be smaller quilts, but I also want to stretch the possibilities to include other patchwork/sewing projects.

We are excited to feature guest designers who will be working with all kinds of fabrics to bring you a wide range fun opportunities! We love to hangout with quilt designers and give them another platform to show their work. After all, this is really about us! We all share the same love… Fabric and creating!!!

With a budget of only $60 we have limitations, but we know we can deliver fun boxes at a 30% off price point of $40! We have added $5 to each box for shipping (sorry about that, but you all know if you have had anything shipped lately, it’s a shared cost). You will be able to join at anytime as long as the subscription is not full to capacity! Cancellations also can be at anytime, but you must take the next box, as we plan for these months ahead.

Our boxes are charged every billing month on the 15th. This will be easy and automatically charged – so no need to make a payment every box! They will ship at the end of the month after all billing is cleared. This will help to give us a bit of a shipping cushion.  

We are planing lots of fun for our set of six Quilt Boxes this year. We all love fun mail and I can’t think of a better way to start off 2022! Our Subscription Wool Boxes have been a big hit and we have had many requests to add a “Quilt Box” option…so we  jumped right in and got it going! 

Are you currently a member of our Wool Box subscription?  What would you like to see in future subscription wool or quilt boxes? Let me know in the comments and you could win a Quilt Box Subscription! See you again tomorrow everyone!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 5

Today is all about pre-cuts! Pre-cuts are offered in several sizes, 2 1/2″, 5″ 10″, Jelly rolls 2 1/2″ x 44″, Honey Buns 1 1/2″x 44″, Fat Eighths and Fat Quarter Bundles. They contain the whole range of colors and prints included in a fabric line. Pre-cuts are typically designed to work together and can go directly into a project. They’re some of my most favorite things! Easy and fun to use, pre-cuts reduce (or even eliminate) the amount of cutting required to being a project. It’s like having a little jump start!

I really love our flannel pre-cuts, especially this time of year! I hope that by now you have had a chance to work with my MODA flannels. They are amazing to say the least!!! This year we used them for project pouches, Christmas stockings, ornaments, pillow backgrounds, both pieced and wool appliqué, and quilts. The possibilities really are endless when working with flannel!

We have a nice stock of new and previous pre-cuts of my yearly flannel offerings. Check them out! And now for the good news… All fabric pre-cuts are 20% OFF now through January 2nd, 2022! There’s no better time to stock up for your current or future projects!

These little bundles of joy also make great gifts for any occasion! Oh, and here’s a little tidbit of information for you… Next year Autumn Gatherings releases in June of 2022, so watch for that! Whether you have a project in mind or love to make scrap quilts, pre-cuts are the way to go!!! 

CLICK HERE for our Awesome Pre-Cuts!

Remember to leave me a comment for a chance to win a prize! Tell me what you’ve made using pre-cuts and what type you love the most! Also, don’t forget to check out my Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel for more great content!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 7

One of the most exciting parts of making a quilt is when it’s finally ready to be quilted. Picking out the final details is so exciting – it’s one of my favorite things! The design you choose along with thread and backing colors, type of batting, etc. are the final touches on what makes your quilt unique to you!

Do you have unfinished quilt tops to be quilted? Great news! We offer Long Arm Quilting services here at Primitive Gatherings! Even better, today is a great opportunity to receive $25 off our Long Arm Quilting services! Email us at Bernina@primitivegatherings.us and let us know that you’d like to get on our list to have your quilts quilted. Please leave us your name and contact information so we can connect with you regarding when you can send or bring your quilt in for the service!

Below are some photos of projects we’ve worked on recently. Take a look, get inspired and take advantage of this great offer by reserving your spot today!Tis’ the season for beautiful Christmas and holiday quilts!It might be cold outside now, but spring is only a couple of months away!  I can’t get enough of the colorful flower patterns people create. It’s a great time to start working on your spring and summer themed quilts so that you can get them done by season’s change!

The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can create. Your imagination is one of your most valuable assets! Don’t let it go to waste…

If you haven’t been watching my Stitch with Lisa Bongean channel on YouTube, you should really check it out! Leave me a comment and tell me what you’re working on right now. Will you need Long Arm services in the future? What are your thoughts on machine quilting? Let us know! 

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