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New designs for our Primitive Christmas Event

I am still nursing a “tennis elbow” injury from stitching too much…I wanted this event to be the biggest one so far…so I stitched and stitched for Quilt Market/Festival and this event in October…all before I left for Houston…so the crew could work on all the kits while we were gone…and in return…I still can’t grab/hold anything with my left hand with out a little pain…so hopefully that goes away soon….I’m not stitching too much…teaching a lot, but not marathon stitching…it’s getting better…but…Do you  want to see what we’ve got NEW from Primitive Gatherings!!!


The following are purchase patterns…the FREE patterns for the event are in a previous post…

As some of you know…we have moved to the Lake…and our home is decorated a little differently at the Lake…you will see that in my new designs…a little vintage modern…so to say…

Did you love the FREE pattern Snowman Collector?  If so…you can just change the snowman to a tree and make this mat…Bringing Home the Tree…along with Frozen and Let It Snow…I can’t wait to display all three of these together in the new house…I have some snowy trees and other goodies to decorate one of the large farm tables in the house…Here they are all shown together…I took all the items home to photo…but somehow…Bringing Home the Tree was not is the bunch…so I had to shoot this at the shop of them all together as a set…

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Then we have some ornaments…can’t have a Christmas Event without ornies….Can you come to one of the shops in CA or WI?  If so…come make this stacked penny snowman…Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? We have a primitive version…with scrappy light pennies…all kitted in a cute package of snowman parts!
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We also have a cleaner more modern snowman kit…lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

The best thing about these are that we have kits all pre cut for you…you just need to cut out the scarf, holly, berries and nose and you can assemble…so sewing involved…you just thread/stack the pieces onto a threaded needle until all the parts are in order!!! Great to make with the Grandkids or anyone!!! What about your co workers….get together and make some snowmen!!! These kit/patterns are $12.50…extra kits with no pattern are $12.  So were kinda giving the pattern away with this one too…

So Jess and I brainstormed and came up with the stacked snowman…but then…she had to take it to the next level and do a Snowman Couple!!! These were a big hit when we had a preview last night with 50 retreat ladies from the Primitive Gatherings/Red Crinoline Quilts/Old Green Cupboard retreat that is happing  here all week!!!snow-couple-lr-350x350

We have kitted this too and for $20 more we have pre cut all the circles for you… they are a very perfect couple when precut!!!

We all need a dated/personal ornie for the year…right?lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

We have Mom/Dad versions and then kid versions…for Boys and Girls…these can also be name tags at the holiday table or gift tags…so many options here…Pattern is $7 and kits are also $7 each…they are sold separately, so you can order as many as you need without having 6 patterns too!

Then last of the projects was a simple 2016 pincushion…again…very vintage modern in this lovely hand dyed grey wool…I don’t have to remind you that the wool from Primitive Gatherings are the best in the country and probably world…I can say this because everyone tells us so…and no one can really figure out how this magic happens, so I can say it’s the best…Keep this in mind when you think about getting a kit or not…if you have the kits you can start making your projects…if not you have to search for all the materials… and those may not be as pretty as PGs!!! Our kits are reasonably priced and we know you will be very happy with them!


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Wait…what about the MUG!!! He is so adorable!!! Continue your collection with this dated 2016 Snowman mug! It is very rewarding doing business with another local family business…we ordered lots so we won’t run out…so don’t let me down…I’m counting on you! lisa bongean/primitive gatherings


All of the above items can be found at this link…PRIMITIVE GATHERERINGS

Thank you for viewing all our our PG designs…Jess will be doing a post on all the other kits and patterns we have from Lily Anna Stitches and Buttermilk Basin for our Primitive Christmas Event…

Have a great day and come make a snowman with me if you can…from 10 am to 2pm…have some fun!!! Bring the hubbies too…you know I love harassing them into making one too!!!

with all kinds of stitching love, LB



Our Primitive Christmas Event…

Today is the day of our Primitive Christmas Event…Even through we let you start shopping early…because we learned “stuff happens” and it did…you crashed our new server…which I guess needs to be bigger for the months of November and December…but all is up and running again so you should all be able to place your orders…

With so many NEW things under the site for A PRIMITIVE CHRISTMAS it may be a little confusing to see what your FREE patterns and kit are with a $25 reg price purchase…This year we have 4 items for you… You do not have to order the FREE patterns in your cart…we will automatically put them in every order the next 4 days.

Up first….Layers of Fun…63″x 81″…a pattern for a quilt made from a layer cake…this one is Snowman Gatherings II but could easily be made from any Layer Cake and some extra yardage…This quilt goes together quickly and would make a great gift or….look how nice it looks on my outdoor living couch…hmm might have to live here this winter….You can order a kit for this one…for $76.50

img_8716-1 img_8706 img_8718-1 img_8717-1Layers of Fun was quilted by Valerie Krueger from Las Vegas….love how fun the quilting is!!!!

Then we have a little wall hanging Winter Diamonds….17″x 21 “…winter-diamonds-lr-550x550This little cutie is made using 2″ diamond papers…this was pieced by Deb Diedrich and I added the cute little snowman, which will be featured on my next Snowman Gatherings III fabric line…due out in May 2017….img_8727this is a triple top secret…so double pinky swear…you won’t tell a soul…Kits can be ordered for $18…there is also 6 Valdani threads used…which a kit can also be ordered for $31.50…the threads are listed on the website.

Then there is the wool project….I love this one…did you have a “woody” station wagon growing up? img_8721-1 This was our gem…Dad…love those white rims!!! I’m sure we had the only one ever with white rims…Tina had this picture…why???…maybe she has fonder memories of it than I do!!! Ha…img_8728Our wool mat is called “Snowflake Catcher” as he is collecting snowflakes on his ride home…how fun…mat is 16″ snowflake and a kit can also be ordered for $35…thread kit for $45.

Last but best of all….well may not best of all but it sure is fun!!! Our HOME pincushion kit and pattern…img_8697This is a way cool as a pincushion but also can be framed and given as a great little gift to anyone…see how you stitch a heart where you/they live??? We have included all 50 states…this pattern is 4 pages!!! Do you have friends in all 50 states? Hmmmm that is a good goal….pretty attainable if you are a quilter on FB!!! We have 3 color versions available…and sorry we will randomly put one in your order…however if you want to make sure you get a different color…you can oder however many you want for just $6…threads $10.50 for 2 Valdani threads….Do you like it framed?  We also can make you a frame for $23.

All of these patterns plus a kit for the HOME pincushion/frame  come in your packet…

I love how all of our projects turned out…I think this is the best Primitive Christmas Event EVER!!!

Thanks again for being so loyal and breaking out site…shows how much love you have for us…and its funny to watch the web guys scramble and be amazed that this many people love our handwork!!!  This is why we went live early at 6pm instead of 12am, just in case…and we needed it!

Here is a quick LINK to our site if you have not placed your order yet   PRIMITIVE GATHERINGS

Take care…my next post is all the OTHER goodies we have for you….Not just the FREE ones….LB


Need A Getaway!!!

I know I do…Now that most of the Market prep is crossed off the list, I am working on the bazillion emails and my calendar and whats up and coming…

Can I squeeze in a vacation in December?…or should I just stay home and enjoy my new home? I’ll be pondering that…but…the Old Green Cupboard Girls have let me know we only have a few more openings in our March Experience…I say experience instead of retreat because I think this is going to be above and beyond a retreat!!!  There is still plenty of time to plan for this get-away from it all…Get the girls together…or come alone…you’ll make a bunch of friends…we promise!!!flyer-pine-island-lodge-black primitive-gathering-reservation-form-copy 

Above is the link for the registrations form…come and join us for the experience you will never forget!

Here is a first time peek at one of my kitted projects for NC…its precut for you from the upcoming Liberty Gatherings line of fabric, and it only takes a couple hours to complete the top…its about 6 1/2″x 36″ you will get all three designs to choose from…and it’s included in your fee! Sorry for the crappy photo, but I wasn’t planning for this post and its a small part of a big picture I cropped in to show you…Happy Sunday!!!



November Retreat in Wisconsin…Red Crinoline, Old Green Cupboard & Primitive Gatherings

Yes…that”s right…due to some unfortunate circumstances some of our fellow quilters  had to cancel their retreat means….that there are 5-7 opening for this 40 person retreat!!! All info on where to sign up is in the following email…PG does not take the reservations for this event.

Its going to be fabulous…and it the same time as our Primitive Christmas at Primitive Gatherings!!! The Old Green Cupboard Gals have planned an almost week long retreat in WI…with classes, kits, traveling to other great WI quilt shops, Country Sampler & JJ Stitches and lots of stitching time. Here are all the particulars!!!peace-on-earth-flat-web-350x350

Primitive Gatherings, Red Crinoline Quilts & OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD DESIGNS

November 13 – 19, 2016

Ok… here we go… it’s time for a triple adventure this time… with instructors – Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison from Red Crinoline Quilts(TX & FL) – Gloria Parsons, Vicky Iannucci & Heather Lynn from Olde Green Cupboard Designs(FL) and myself, Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings

$375 (check, cash or money order) to include 5 full days of:

* One day of Quilting with Paula – NEW design – kit included

* One day of Stitching with Lisa – Kit included

* Multiple projects taught by Vicky & Gloria – Kit/s included

* Demo Day – Paula & Mary Ellen – Lucy Boston blocks, English paper piecing, “mini” hexagons, stars, more! Supplies/kits available to purchase.

* A one day deluxe motor coach bus tour to JJ Stitches & Country Sampler Quilt Shops with lunch & FUN * Christmas open house at Primitive Gatherings (Yippee!)
* Free time for stitching and shopping
* Welcome package

* Door prizes, goodies, and surprises….

Lodging – will be on your own. Menasha and Appleton have tons of great hotels and VERY reasonably priced – many of them serving breakfast. If you have double occupancy, your cost will be approximately the same amount as staying in the retreat house. The hotel list below has rooms blocked for you… until October 13, 2016.

Some meals and transportation are on your own. You can fly into Milwaukee (approximately 2 hour drive time to Appleton/Menasha) or Appleton (APX) airport (only 10 – 15 minutes to retreat house – if you need to be picked up…. We can do that for you!).

Nov. 13-19, 2016 – Lodging Options Fairfield Inn

132 N Mall Dr Appleton, WI 54913 (920) 954-0202 Rate: $149.00/night

I have “blocked” 10 double queen rooms at each of these hotels. When
“Olde Green Cupboard”. The rooms will be held until October 13, 2016. After that, rooms will be on a first come, first serve basis, and the daily rate will increase.

Country Inn and Suites 355 N Fox River Dr. Appleton, WI 54913 (920) 830-3240

Rate: $105.00/night

the girls call to make their reservation, the party name is

November 13

November 14 November 15 November 16

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Agenda (draft only)
Sunday – arrive at Primitive Gatherings Warehouse/Studio by 4:00 pm Welcome Get Together/Lisa’s Studio – Tour the studio and warehouse

Welcome Bags – Agenda/Schedule/phone numbers, Show project samples Have dinner out together (our own expense)

Monday – 1st day of class – 20 at Lisa’s work studio for her wool project for the entire day. 20 at retreat house for Paula’s quilt class (You will need to bring a sewing machine). Provide lunch both locations?

Tuesday – 2nd day of class – each group of 20 changes locations for their classes. Provide lunch both locations?

Wednesday – Demos (Lucy Boston blocks, mini Dresden Plates, hexies, mini pointed stars +) and Project Day along with some Make-it-Take-it sessions at both the Retreat House and the Studio. Provide lunch both locations?

Thursday – Primitive Gatherings Christmas Open House + Free afternoon for shopping (sounds like a great time for antiquing)

Friday – FULL Day deluxe motor coach tour bus trip from Menasha to JJ Stitches and Country Sampler quilt shops(with lunch, fun & games)…. they will be all “decked” out for the holidays!

Saturday – Travel Home



Christmas in July…Stitching words onto our wool projects…

I want to share with you a couple of ways to “transfer” lettering/wording to our wool projects…To be honest I can draw the words/lettering on with my dependable Clover white liquid chalk marker on most anything…but sometimes you want something just perfect…In the case of this Angel Tree Skirt I wanted the FONT to turn out exactly like the computer prints it out….so I’ve heard Glad Press’n Seal was the answer…So I gave it a try…Angel Tree Skirt Web-550x550-1With a medium tipped Sharpie marker I traced the design from the book, along with the bottom edge of the mat for accurate placement.

I then “pressed” the Press’n Seal onto my wool mat.IMG_6041With a #8wt. perle cotton and a#22 Chenille needle I started stem stitching my letters right through the press’n seal…as you can see I didn’t want to stitch too much before I knew if this was going to come off…I took my small extra sharp Dovo scissors and cut away the PnS as close as I could to the stitching.  I then proceeded to take my extra sharp tweezers and pull away the PnS from the outside of the letters and  insides.  Awesome!….It was going to come off…was it easy? It was kind of picky and sticky coming away from the stitching, but the results were beautiful.
IMG_6042 IMG_6044Now I thing the biggest reason it worked is because my stem-stitching was nice and close together…a little smaller than I usually stitch…mostly because these were tiny lettering…and to make it pretty it had to be tiny….

Now..for the next step…I am stitching this same Angel Tree Skirt as FULL sized tree skirt!!!

I blew up the pattern as stated in the directions…it comes out to 42″.  The perfect size for a full size tree…The wool for the background had to be specially dyed because I needed more than 1 yard…I think we dyed a 50″x 6o” piece of wool to get the 42″ after it was dyed.  Wool shrinks/felts in they dyeing process to you have to account for that shink-age.

For the full sized tree skirt I stitched the much larger letters/words in a chain stitch…and then went back in and did a running stitch inside of the chain stitch…lisa bongeanI am done with all the stitching now its time to pull all that PnS away…

So my final summary is this…If I need something to be perfect, I will use the PnS…If it doesn’t matter and I want to do it in my own hand I will skip the PnS because it isn’t really that fun to pull all that stuff out from the words/lettering…but it does work for those who do not care for their own lettering…and for those “perfectionists” out there.  So it’s a very accurate means of transferring the word/lettering on to our wool projects.

A couple other methods I have used in the past have been tissue paper…you would baste the traced tissue paper onto the design and then stitch on it…then wet it when compete and put it away…this comes off easier, but it is a little more awkward to stitch through.

Then the final way has been to use “tulle”.  You would trace the words onto the tulle with a marker.  Then place the tulle onto the wool and trace the words again using the liquid chalk market or the fixion pens that are now available.

I hope this helps when determining how to get those words onto your dark wool backgrounds that you cannot use a lightbox for.  I can’t wait to show you how this large tree skirt turns out…it’s a monster but will be so beautiful under a tree!

If you would like a kit for the large tree skirt we can get that info to you…I have not figured it out yet as I usually don’t until the project is finished…but I wanted to share this with you while I was stitching.  Email us or comment on this post and we will get the kit info to you when it is ready.

I will be posting soon about…The Magic of Christmas…a 25 block  red/white (city) or reds/cream (country) stitch along….

Time to get ready or today’s workshop and meet some Maine quilters!!! LB

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Christmas in July…

Today is July 25th…6 (Edit-5months sorry) months til Christmas 2016…So if we start now…we can get some hand made gifts done…as we know they are the best!!! I have been so busy I never did a post on my Christmas Gatherings Moda Fabric and book of the same name..So if you don’t mind… I want to say a little bit about each project in the book…today I will do the “little projects” this is everything but the quilts.  Tomorrow I will talk about all the quilts  and the fabrics in the book..CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS BOOK Christmas Gatherings Covers LR-350x350 (1)

Peace on earth…a nice mat for your table…for primitive or any decor this mat is a stunner on a nicely decorated table.  See more info HEREPeace On Earth Flat Web-550x550 Sheep…wool ornament…

I love this little wool sheep who is all decorated for the Christmas celebration…this is a nice ornament to make as a gift for your favorite woolie friend…Click HERE for more details.sheep ornament-550x550 Perfect little tree skirt…or see my up coming post on making a full sized one for your next holiday tree….For more info click HERE

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Everyone needs a Christmas Journal to keep track of what gifts they bought who…what you made for that special Christmas dinner and who visited each year during the holidays….Has pocket for pictures, pencil and recipes…For more information click HERE.Christmas Journal Photo Web-550x550

The reason for the season….another great idea for ornaments…shepard and his sheep and the manger…perfect gifts and easy stitching…Click HERE for more details.oh holy night-550x550


Poinsettia table mat…You’ll have this stunning mat stitched in no time…the middle poinsettia is big easy stitching and then the 16 tongues will be done before you know it…Click HERE for more details.
Poinsettia flat Web-550x550Joy stocking…..updated wool stocking in todays more contemporary look….who wouldn’t love this stocking!  This stocking looks way more complicated then it really is…anyone can make this!!!  Click HERE for more info.Joy Stocking Photo Web-550x550Light bulb ornies anyone…how cute? These are just’ll want to stitch many of these one for everyone…your hair dresser, the mailman…the ups guy/gal, your neighbors and your family…also would make nice addition as a tag on a gift…light up someones Christmas with these ornies!  Click HERE for more info.
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This Christmas picture will decorate the walls…a great quote from Hugh Downs…the famous broadcaster from an earlier time…this quote lines the salvage on each of the fabrics in Christmas Gatherings….Click HERE to for more details.Old Fashioned Christmas Web-550x550 Did I save the best for last….no!  I have to admit…I did not like this runner while I was making it…it was just blah….but then I got the great idea to add the wool flowers to the basket blocks…and then it was like Christmas magic!!! Click HERE if you need a runner to decorate your Christmas table!Basket Runner-550x550

Now how cute is this guy?  He is on two simple table mat/tree skirts…now these both stitch up pretty fast and then add a candle and it make the perfect center piece….or add you little tree and it adds just a simple touch to the little tree!  Click HERE for more details.
Holiday Table Mat Web1 (1)-550x550You can never have enough ornaments….these simple, simple stacked wool squares are fun and the whole family can make one, even Dad!!!! Click HERE to order lots of different colorsStacked Tree Ornament-550x550

ALL the above projects are in the book…BUT I also want to let you know about another
GREAT deal…we are running our previous 27 project Chistmas book…” Primitive Christmas” at almost HALF OFF…a great deal! Click HERE to order our first Christmas book before they are all gone!!! This book has recipes too!primitive_christmas_big-550x550

I better get this posted before it is July 26th!!! Everyone who orders a kit with a new book from this post will get the Primitive Christmas book free while supplies last!!! If you already have the new book- you have to order two kits from this post to get the Primitive Christmas free!!!!  FREE shipping on orders over $100! If you already have the new book and the old book…then you just need to get some kits and give the book to a friend as a gift! Offer good through July 31st.

My best…



Teaching tomorrow and Wednesday…

Happy first day of Summer!!!

We have a few spots left in my Scrappy Penny Flower Basket class tomorrow at the shop from 10-3pm.  Come join us in making this runner!  Bring your scissors…we have kits and all the supplies needed…treat yourself!

Call the shop and get one of the last spots!





This Wednesday I’m holding a Sit & Sew at my work studio from 8:30 to 1:30pm…Come join me for some stitching time and lunch….Bring your wool, quilt or any stitching project for advice, or help with a certain stitch, or inspiration…whatever you need!

920-722-7233 shop phone number

I know this is the last minute for these two workshops but if you can’t make this one but are interested here is my “teaching” schedule for the rest of the year…I would love to have you join in on the fun and hang out!

July 12th (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30

(California)Punch Needle Embroidery- 3pm-5pm

July 13th  (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30- new class…no more waiting lists

(California)Poinsettia Table mat -from Christmas Gatherings book-5-9pm

July 14th (California)Peace on Earth-from Christmas Gatherings book-10am-4pm

July 15th (California) Quilt Madness-4-10pm…open sewing…pot luck….with Ice cream social

July 19-20th (Wisconsin) Everyday Crazy Class…two days of fun with wool, threads and crazy stitches! 9:3–4pm both days

July 29-31 (Maine-Pine Tree Quilters Augusta ME) four workshops…contact Callie 207-216-7358 or

September 12th (Wisconsin) Big Stitch quilting 12pm-3pm

Punch Needle Embroidery 6-8pm

September 13th (Wisconsin) Sit & Sew 8:30-1:30pm

September 15-17th (Alabama) Heritage Quilter’s Guild Huntsville AL – 2 workshops-contact

Sept 20th (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30

(California)Punch Needle Embroidery- 3pm-5pm

September 21 (California) Sit & Sew 9:30 to 1:30-

September 22 (California)Old Crow & Company table runner -5-9pm

September 23 (California) Quilt Madness-4-10pm…open sewing…pot luck….with Ice cream social

September 29th (Wisconsin) Old Crow & Company table runner 10am-3pm

November14 & 15(Wisconsin) Old Green Cupboard Workshop

November 16th(Wisconsin) Snowman for Hire table mat 10-3pm

November 22nd (Wisconsin) Sit & Sew 8:30-1:30

November 27-30 California Retreat in Temecula Wine Country…see CA store for details


here are the phone numbers for the two store locations…call for pricing and availability.

Menasha, Wisconsin phone 920-722-7233

Murrieta California phone…951-304-9787

Happy first day of Summer!

Make sure you take the time to stitch everyday!!






October 2016

Starting March 8th!

Our newest book! 20 projects!

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A new little book filled with info on Wool Appliqué and finally a method to keep track of your Valdani Threads!

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