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!

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

Don’t forget to tune into my YouTube channel, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” for more tips, tricks and great content! And remember to always make time to…

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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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12 Days of Christmas – Day 8

Boy, these days go fast! With only 8 more days to go until Christmas, we’ve bundled together a bunch more items for you today – all on sale for 20% off! Let’s get started with a few of my most favorite things for working with fabric!

Our three sizes of wool pressing mats are a must have. We use them at The Gathering and pretty much everyone who tries them ends up buying one to take home… if they don’t already have one that is! Our mats are sized differently than others out there, and not to mention much, much cheeper. We made them in three sizes that I think make the most sense. Our large mat is made to go on “big board” type ironing boards. They are 20″x 58″ and fit very nicely. I know some people have cut them down to custom fit their ironing surface, so there are many options with the big ones. These wool mats offer even distribution of steam, and releases it back up into the fabric instead of down into your wooden ironing/ big board or table. These mats are nice and thick, and make the most beautiful covers for your “big board” ironing station. They come in 20″×58″, 20″×20″ and 12″x12″. The smaller ones are especially nice if you do not have a big space or you have to travel with it!  

Since we’re talking about all my favorite fabric essentials today, I thought I would show you the starch I prefer to use. Unfortunately, I don’t sell it at this time but you can look for it in the big box grocery stores. Price wise it’s a few dollars a can depending on where you live. If you don’t have time to shop around for it you can also find it on Amazon!

CLICK HERE for Faultless Heavy Finish Spray Starch

Pressing sticks are also a crucial item in my fabric essentials arsenal (I know I call it a pressing stick but it is really called a Strip Stick)! I know most of you have seen me use them in our American Quilter’s SAL while working on the Hogs for Heroes quilt. If you haven’t, check out our videos on our YouTube Channel! At 20% off it’s a perfect time to pick up a few of these handy tools. They make pressing simple and fun! The larger sizes are perfect for pressing sashing and borders open with ease, and the smaller ones are super convenient for traveling (to Primitive Gatherings quilting retreats, of course)! Sizes available include 8″, 18″, 22″ and 45″. They also make great gifts, so don’t forget to pick one up for a quilter friend or two!

Then there are Magic Pins!!! I can’t believe how much I am In LOVE with these pins! I have so many other types of really nice pins around me yet, I always avoid them and go straight for these! They come in all sizes and thicknesses so please pay attention to those details when ordering. Don’t get me wrong, they are all good. You just don’t want a thick pin while pinning your blocks. Thicker pins do work fine for pinning borders, however!

Then last item on my list today is the coveted Rowenta Steam Station. Simply put, no other iron measures up! I LOVE it and so does everyone else who is using it at The Gathering. Yes, we have them there! I guess that means you should come stay with us…

Ok sorry, back on topic! The Rowenta Steam Stations are very popular which is making them really hard to get right now, even for us. If you’re lucky, you can snag one off Amazon if they are in stock. If not, keep checking back as inventory is constantly changing. Here is the link to find it there…

CLICK HERE to Get Your Rowenta Steam Station on Amazon

The Rowenta Steam Station is super powerful with 430 g/min steam bursts, 7. 4 bars of high-pressure steam, and over 400HD active steam holes. It’s a powerful wrinkle remover that drastically shortens the time it takes for ironing and crafting projects. I couldn’t love it more! It’s patented calcium collecting technology provides state of the art long-lasting steam performance and helps your machine to last even longer.

With a large removable 37oz water tank, locking system and cord storage, this machine is easy and safe to use. The Rowenta Pro Steam Station gives you meticulous steam control, which means you get the perfect amount of steam for whatever project you’re working on. Amen….that’s iron gospel there!

To win some of my favorite essentials for working with fabric please leave me a comment and tell me about YOUR fabric essentials collection. Do you already own all of this?  Do you starch?  Did you try the Magic Pins yet?  Let’s have some fun and maybe you will win…someone will. It might as well be you!

Please watch our 12 Days YouTube videos (link below)!!! My team works so hard on these videos and you can do it while you stitch!  See you tomorrow!

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