Baby it’s Really, REALLY Cold Outside!

Hey everyone – welcome back! If you are anywhere near me, I hope you’re making the most of this blustery and frigid day. I’m sure you heard by now that we decided to close the shop before it even had a chance to open this morning, due to some seriously nasty weather out there. Much to Nick’s delight, the snow seems to have subsided – at least for the moment – but that’s not really the issue either way. The real danger of a storm like this is the sub-zero temps paired up with some super strong winds, resulting in wind chill temperatures in the negative 40’s (yes, seriously). What makes it even crazier, is that the forecast is saying that by mid-week next week we’ll be up in the 40’s. I’m not even kidding – check it out! I really feel sorry for the arthritis sufferers out there – Nick included. He has not let me forget how much drastic changes in the weather make him ache all over, especially his shoulder. I do feel bad for him, especially since he’s been doing all the snow removal between Primitive Gatherings and Anchor Point. For those of you who aren’t from a snowy climate, what that basically means is he has to be up around 3-4:00 a.m. to start the first of many rounds of plowing the parking lot and clearing entry ways and sidewalks so our customers and staff can park and get into the building safely. He also has our house to worry about in between so that I can get where I need to go. It’s no wonder he’s pooped by mid-afternoon! Whether or not he gets any rest is always up to Mother Nature considering he’s at her mercy depending on how much snow she decides to send. I hope he knows I appreciate him. In fact, I feel like I might have a little crush… LOL Shout out to Nick – thank you for all you do!!!

Despite the shop being closed I hope you were all able to hop online and take advantage of the on-going 25% OFF FLASH Sale, going on now through Monday December 26th, 2022. If you missed out on all the great deals we had going on throughout the month of December, now is your time to do some catching up! Get 25% OFF store and site-wide (new items are not included and have been removed from the website until after the sale is over). Click the button below to shop til your heart’s content!

As I mentioned above, there are several new items we did not include in the sale because they are so new, so if you can’t find something on the website you know was just there yesterday, that’s most likely the reason (sewing machines and subscription boxes are also not included in the sale).

Well folks, you’d have to be absolutely crazy to be outdoors voluntarily for any extended period of time on a day like today. I mean, we’re no strangers to lots of snow and temps below zero but this is extreme and could be deadly in a matter of minutes. I spent my day inside with my family, cozy and happy as a clam. I managed to get some baking and a bit of present wrapping done, along with the finishing touches on my decorating. We don’t have any big plans for Christmas, just hanging out at home where we belong. I’ve learned just how over-rated traveling can be over the years and I really don’t need it anymore. I mean, I work hard all week to pay for this shack, so I like to spend time in it when I can!

Even Jax who usually gets the immediate zoomies in the snow is like… no thanks when it’s time to let him out in this garbage. I can’t say I blame him but on the other hand, I think he’s learning to enjoy the good life a little too much sometimes. Diva much? He’s certainly made himself right at home not only in our house but in our hearts… and has even won over the grooming lady by being the best dog ever during his first spa trip yesterday. Look at that face! He really is a great dog. They don’t come any better!

Alright everyone, I have cookies in the oven that I need to check on. Don’t forget, if you haven’t gotten everything off your wish list you still have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 26th to get 25% off everything in stock at Primitive Gatherings! Want even more insight on what’s on sale? If you didn’t already watch, you can catch the replay of this week’s STITCH with Lisa Bongean on YouTube by hitting the link below. There is a lot of great information on upcoming events, subscriptions, what’s on sale, and more! Click below to watch! Have a wonderful Christmas eve eve friends. Stay warm and get some stitching in if you can. We all know it’s good for the soul! I will see you all back here soon. Happy holidays from me, Nick, and my entire staff at Primitive Gatherings! ~Lisa



Last Chance to SAVE 30% on Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II!

Hey everyone! Staying warm out there? If you’re anywhere near the midwest you are definitely experiencing some frigid temps this afternoon. I woke up to a big fat 0º goose egg on the thermometer this morning and it really hasn’t moved. Perfect stitching weather to say the least! If you haven’t already heard, today is your last chance to get 30% OFF Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II pre-cuts and select pillow kits! Click below to SHOP! Sale ends at midnight (remember that FLASH Sale details are also posted daily by 6:30 a.m. on both the public PG Facebook page and my STITCH Facebook group. If you are not already a member of the STITCH group, you must request to join in order to see the posts. It’s easy! Just answer the admin questions, wait for approval, and you’re in!).

Next on the agenda for today is some scheduling details I’d like to go over. Thank you to everyone who’s been paying attention and taking note that our holiday hours over Christmas and New Years will be different than normal. As you’ve probably seen, we have been posting those hours on a regular basis to our Primitive Gatherings Facebook page, my STITCH with Lisa Facebook page, here on the blog, as well as announcing it during our LIVE shows. Unfortunately, after the excellent job my social media department did distributing that information, of course we now need to make a slight change to it. Murphy’s law!

Originally we planned for the launch of our new website to be January 6th, 2023, but due to unforeseen circumstances we have run into a bit of a…snafu, if you will – with how it’s running. In other words, we just need a bit more time to smooth things out so that when we do finally launch, it will be working like a well-oiled machine. We have our fingers crossed that will be happening sometime this coming February. So what does that mean for you? PLEASE BE AWARE that we will be CLOSED December 24th – December 26th, 2022. We will also be CLOSED January 1st through January 3rd, 2023. We will reopen for regular business hours on January 4th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. CST. The website will NOT be going down during this time and will remain up and running as usual until further notice. We will announce upcoming “website under construction” times closer to that date, hopefully in February.

If you didn’t already hear, you should also know that our winter hours are now in effect, and will be until April 2nd, 2023. Our regular winter hours are as follows:

Next up, due to some scheduling conflicts, we’ve also had some changes happen to our upcoming events calendar at The Gathering. Quilting for Beginners is CANCELED until further notice. We are hoping to add more classes in later winter or spring so please stay tuned for those details. If you have any questions, please call Gloria or Lori at The Gathering at 920.778.8031 for more information.

Unfortunately we also need to cancel our next Sit & Stitch session, which was scheduled for this Tuesday, December 27th, 2022. Our next available session will be January 10th, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00 per person with lunch included. As usual, seating is limited so if you’d like to sign up or need more information, call The Gathering at 920.778.8031.Hopefully that will be it for a while, but as always if there are any other changes or announcements you can find those here on my blog and on our Primitive Gatherings Facebook page, my STITCH with Lisa Facebook page, and here on my blog. We also make important announcements during our LIVE show, so be sure to tune in for those, which you can do by clicking the STITCH button below! Speaking of LIVE, my next STITCH with Lisa Bongean broadcast will be at 1:00 p.m. CST on my YouTube channel and I can tell you right now that you reallllly don’t want to miss this one!

As you know we’ve had daily flash sales going on pretty much daily all month as a way to say thanks for being such great customers and loyal fans – and of course to say happy holidays from me and my crew here at Primitive Gatherings! Going forward, there will not be a FLASH sale tomorrow, but I will be giving a special announcement about what the rest of the month will entail tomorrow during STITCH with Lisa Bongean,” so don’t miss it! All you have to do to tune in is hit the STITCH button below!

Well friends, as I’m looking out my studio window I can definitely tell that winter storm Elliott is starting to approach. We started out so sunny and clear but now the cloud cover is starting thicken and the air seems balmy compared to what it was just a couple of hours ago. According to my weather app it might actually hit 10º by bed time tonight as the clouds continue to roll in and thicken. I’ve seen some pretty impressive snow total predictions throughout the day between all the different weather resources I use so it will be interesting to see if we actually get any. There have been a few too many times in recent winters where we’re promised a “doozy” of a storm and barely see a flurry, so I’m really hoping this isn’t one of those times. After all, there is something extra special about a blizzard over Christmas. It’s like magic!

Before we wrap it up for the day, in the true spirit of the giving season I think we should give away DOUBLE prizes this week! Judy D., Jenny M., Helen L., and Diane M. – Congratulations, Christmas just came early for you. You are the lucky winners! Like always I did not post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you made a comment here on the blog last week and think you’re one of the lucky winners, please be sure to check your email. You can also contact Heidi at if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (if you think you are a winner but have not received a prize confirmation email, please be sure to check your spam folder – it’s not often but our emails occasionally will end up there)! Want to be considered for a prize? You know the drill! Leave me a comment for your chance to win. You can also win by commenting during STITCH with Lisa Bongean,” as well so be sure tomorrow when I spill the beans on what I have in store for you for the remainder of the year. Click below to watch. See you there ~Lisa

Are you Crazy for Garden Gatherings? Today is your day!

Happy Tuesday to you! We started out with more snow early this morning but the sun is shining now – even if only for a minute. Apparently, our pal Mother Nature isn’t done yet, since we are supposed to see up to another 15″ of the white stuff in the next couple of days. Plus, it’s COLD! We’re sitting at about 15º right now with windchills at -2º. Tonight we’ll see actual temps dip below zero for the second time already this year, with blizzard conditions heading our way for the rest of the week. I’m not worried though, as I keep saying – bring on the snow! My new skis are officially on order and will take at least a week to be ready to go. It’s actually perfect timing. By next week, temps are supposed to be back in the upper 20s, which is perfect weather for winter sports. I’m really looking forward to getting out there!

December is really whizzing by, isn’t it? I’ve been having a lot of fun with our daily FLASH Sales and really hope you have been able to take advantage. If you missed out on a the awesome deal we had a couple weeks back on my Garden Gatherings fabric line and have been kicking yourself ever since, it’s your lucky day! Due to popular demand I decide to put it on SALE again! Today only take 30% OFF Garden Gatherings pre-cuts and select quilt kits! Quantities of Garden Gatherings Kits are extremely low at this time, so if you see one you really like don’t wait! It’s probably not going to be there for long. Click the button above to see what’s available! You’ll also find the complete selection of available Garden Gatherings pre-cuts along with a few other random specials we decided to throw in as a little bonus for shopping with us. Remember – FLASH Sale details are also posted daily by 6:30 a.m. on both the PG Facebook page and my STITCH Facebook group. You can also find them by visiting our website. Click “NEW ITEMS” and then FLASH Sale to see the daily deal!!!

Well everyone, they’re telling me it’s lunch time so I better go eat before I miss the boat. Have a great day and I will see you LIVE Thursday at 1:00 p.m. CST on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel. I’ll be talking about some end of the year details you don’t want to miss. Click the STITCH button below to watch, and I will see you there! ~Lisa

December 17th – Double Deal Day!

Oh! Hey there… I suppose you’re here looking for today’s daily deal. Great news – there’s more than one today… Here are the details! TODAY ONLY! Custom cut Farmhouse Flannel 6″ x 10″ pre-cuts are ONLY $20.00! As if that’s not enough awesomeness in one day, select Farmhouse Gatherings pillows are 30% OFF! Click the link below to load up on these easy-to-make, versatile home décor hacks. At this great price, you can’t afford not to!

You know how I love pillows… and these are some of my all-time favorites! They are all patterns from my project book Farmhouse Gatherings, so remember if you’re purchasing the kits and don’t already have the book, you’ll need it in order to get the patterns. This fun collection really never gets old. It features rustic inspired patterns in calming neutral tones. The projects not only include pillows, but beautiful quilts and wall-hangings as well. Plus, it’s a really great book to have for anyone who likes to hand-make gifts. Need to pick up a copy? Hit the link below!

See you all tomorrow with the latest FLASH Sale release (FLASH Sale details are also posted daily by 6:30 a.m. on both the public PG Facebook page and my STITCH Facebook group. If you are not already a member of the STITCH group, you must request to join in order to see the posts. It’s easy! Just answer the admin questions, wait for approval, and you’re in!). You can also find them by visiting our website. Click “NEW ITEMS” and then “Flash Sale” to see the daily deal)!!! Take care! ~Lisa


December 16th – TODAY ONLY Take 30% OFF all Urban Homestead Gatherings Quilt Kits in Stock!

Hey, hey! Good morning and T.G.I.F.! I’m excited to kick off the weekend with today’s awesome December daily FLASH Sale! If you’ve had your eye on a favorite quilt from my Urban Homestead Gatherings collection, today is your lucky day! TODAY ONLY take 30% OFF all Urban Homestead Gatherings quilt kits! We have limited quantities so don’t wait… These kits are selling like hotcakes! Click the button below to order before they’re gone! I hope you have a great day everyone! Just a quick reminder that due to the snowstorm that blew in earlier this week, we have painfully decided to cancel today’s Sit & Stitch session and our Friday fish fry. Stay tuned to my blog and facebook pages for updates on when they will be back on the schedule. Alright gang! That’s it for now but I will be back here on the blog again later this afternoon with this week’s Sewcialites 2 block release. Until then, keep your eyes on the prize – it’s almost the weekend! See you later on! ~Lisa

December 15th – Take 30% OFF All Urban Farmhouse II Yardage, Pre-Cuts, and Kits!

Hey, hey! Back again with another exciting FLASH Sale! TODAY ONLY take 30% OFF all Urban Farmhouse II yardage, pre-cuts, and quilt kits! Urban Farmhouse II is all about mixing vintage prints with a modern color palette to create a mood that is warm, welcoming, and comfortable, all while being independent and distinctive. It features beautiful large-scale floral prints that accompany my tried-and-true shirting-style prints. Take advantage of the lowest prices of the year on this awesome collection before time runs out!

I hope you enjoy today’s sale… If you’d like to know more about Urban Farmhouse II, I’ll be talking all about it later today at 1:00 p.m. CST LIVE on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel! Click the link below to watch. See you soon! ~Lisa