Primitive Christmas Starts Tomorrow!!!

I can’t believe I just sat down to write a post about Primitive Christmas starting TOMORROW! Where does the time go? My staff and I have been working so hard to make sure that we hit the ground running for this event that I think I might go into shock and then withdrawal once it’s all over. This annual Primitive Gatherings holiday tradition keeps getting bigger and more popular with every trip around the sun, and I really couldn’t be happier about it. I absolutely love seeing hard work and creativity come to fruition, and this is a perfect example of that! I have some brand new holiday patterns releasing during the event that I’m really proud of, along with a handful of darling make-n’-take projects that are worth a stop out to Primitive Gatherings all on their own! As if all that’s not enough to get you here, this year we’ve added an extra special feature to sweeten the pot – the 2022 Red & White Challenge Quilt Show, which will be officially open to the public (with a $5.00 admission fee) starting tomorrow!

Now I realize that there are probably several of you wondering what the heck I’m even talking about because you’ve never heard of Primitive Christmas before, so let’s talk details! Primitive Christmas is an open-house event we put on every year designed to welcome the holiday season with open arms. Guests are invited to join us here at Primitive Gatherings and The Gathering Thursday November 17th through Sunday November 20th, 2022 for fresh cookies and hot cider, make-n’-take projects (Thursday through Saturday), exclusive FREE newly released holiday patterns (with a minimum purchase of $40.00 – sorry, offer does not include pre-ordered items), and more! Yes, you read that right. Primitive Christmas is your chance to get four of my most recent holiday pattern releases FREE (including one kit!) along with our annual calendar of events just by doing something you were most likely going to do anyway – spending $40.00 at Primitive Gatherings (purchase must total $40.00 before tax and shipping – offer available both online or in-store)! Have I piqued your interest yet? Check these out!

Aren’t they adorable? And none of these projects are excessively difficult. With a little determination you could easily get at least one or two done by the time the 25th of December rolls around – just in time to hand them out as gifts to a lucky family member or friend.

Did somebody say make-n’-takes? Why, I believe that was ME! I said make-n’-takes! In addition to the holiday must-haves you’ll be getting with your minimum $40.00 purchase, we also have four quick, easy, and ADORable make-‘n’-take projects available to make Thursday November 17th through Saturday November 19th, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. CST (all make-n’-takes will be at The Gathering). Projects available will include a 2022 cross stitch ornament, painted Santa rocks, a fleece wine bottle hat and scarf set, and our brand new fresh-cut wool and homespun Christmas tree pillows (the make-n’-take project is the small size tree = appx 8″).

Are you at cuteness overload yet? Because I have more cuteness than you can probably handle in store for you coming to Primitive Gatherings this Friday, November 18th, 2022. Each Primitive Christmas we choose a charity to benefit from your generosity combined with a portion of the profits generated by this great event. This year I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that our charity of choice is Our Pack Animal Rescue – a WI based, non-profit organization looking to improve the lives of animals, share education, and give back to the community. Though they are located in New London, WI they service pets and shelters in need all over the Fox Valley in WI. Their mission is simple: Rescue. Rehab. Re-home. Repeat. Now that’s something I think we can all get on board with! I am really excited to say that this Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Our Pack Animal Rescue will be at Primitive Gatherings with some VERY cute and adoptable special guests! Come see what we have to offer, have a cookie, see a stellar quilt show, and maybe even go home with a new best friend. You never know!

If you’d like to help homeless pets in need this holiday season, it’s easier than ever during Primitive Christmas! In fact, if you make a donation to Our Pack Animal Rescue during the event (either from their wish list or a monetary donation of at least $10.00) we will automatically give you $10.00 OFF your Primitive Gatherings purchase that day – both online and in-store (please note: in order to receive the FREE Primitive Christmas Event patterns and kit, your purchase must total $40.00 or more BEFORE your donation of $10.00 to the shelter)!

As I mentioned above I’m excited to have our Red & White Challenge Quilt Show going on simultaneously with Primitive Christmas this year, so even if you’re not in the mood to shop (is there such a thing?) you’ll still have plenty to look at. Not to mention, part of each $5.00 entry fee collected will go to Our Pack Animal Rescue. This is one of those “win-win” situations I love so much – and so easy too! My dream was to have the retreat house filled with red and white quilts just in time for the holidays. In my mind I imagined a beautiful sea of red and white quilts hanging all together on display in The Gathering for the Christmas season. I wanted it to be something like when the American Folk Art Museum in New York installed 650 red and white American quilts into the historic Wade Thompson Drill Hall back in 2011. Picture that! 650 red and white quilts, all hanging in one 55,000 square foot room… Crazy! What’s even crazier is that all 650 of them were on loan from the collection of one single person by the name of Joanna S. Rose. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in New York City. If you’re not familiar with this exhibit, check out these spectacular photos from the event (photo credit: American Folk Art Museum – Gavin Ashworth)!The American Folk Art Museum dramatically transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts, all of which were on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. As an extraordinary gift to the public, entry to this unprecedented event was free.Wow, right!?! Even though it’s not quite as large as the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, The Gathering is a fabulous place to show off your work. Our 10,000 square foot retreat house features endless wall space, a super tall ceiling, and excellent lighting. I literally designed the entire space to hang and display quilts – no matter the size. We just finished hanging the last of 150 quilt entries today, and man… It is truly the definition of spectacular! Quilts range in size from mini to huge. Ribbons will be given out for Best of Show, Best of Show – Mini, Best Workmanship, and Viewer’s Choice. Let me tell you, judging all these magnificent works of art isn’t going to be an easy task. It’s pretty obvious I have a lot of talented quilters in my corner, that’s for sure! I wish I could show you all some photos but that just wouldn’t be fair to everyone who plans to attend in person. We will announce ribbon winners after the contest is finished. I do plan to let you get a peek after the first of the year once the show is over and everything has come down, so hang tight. If you can’t see it in person, I promise I won’t keep you in the dark forever! 

Alright gang, back at it for me. It’s been dark outside for over an hour already tonight, but I won’t be going home anytime soon. Primitive Christmas starts promptly at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow (that’s midnight tonight!) and the clock is ticking – loudly, too! We don’t have a lot of time left to make sure our ducks are in a row, so I really better get to it. Want a sneak peek into what’s happening around here? Remember to watch me tomorrow on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel at 1:00 p.m. CST where I’ll be coming to you LIVE on location during the event – you know, jus to say hi. LOL! Hit the STITCH button below to watch! Ready or not, here comes Primitive Christmas… I’m excited. Are you? Take care everyone, and I’ll see you there! ~Lisa

Red and White Delight

Welcome back! Summer projects have everyone so busy that I thought I better take a minute to remind you all about our ongoing 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge. If you recall, I announced back in December that as a way to celebrate one of my most favorite classic color combinations – red and white – we decided to create a challenge based on just that. That’s when the idea for the 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge was born!Red and White Quilt Challenge Rules: The object is to create a quilt of your own design or by following a commercial pattern, using only red and white fabrics and wools! You can enter your quilt into any following categories: • Original Design - 24” or Under • Commercial Quilt - 24” or Under • Original Design - Over 24” • Commercial Quilt - Over 24” • 1 Complimentary “2022 Red & White” Sticker • 1 FREE Red Fat Quarter • 1 FREE White Fat Quarter • Entry Into the 2022 Primitive Christmas Red & White Quilt Show

If you love red and white as much as I do, I’m confident you’re going to want to get in on this awesome challenge. Let me tell you how it works…

THERE ARE FOUR CATEGORIES: Original Design – 24″ and Under, Original Design – 24″ and Over, Commercial Design – 24″ and Under, and Commercial Design – 24″ and Over. It doesn’t matter if your quilt is appliqué, pieced, or a combo. Anything goes as long as it’s red and white, or close shades of those two colors (cream and dark reds are acceptable for example, purple is not). Prints, solids, and wool can all be used as well. The possibilities are endless as long as they are done in red and white!

WHAT DOES THE REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDE? The registration fee includes a complimentary Red & White 2022 sticker, a free red fat quarter, a free white fat quarter, and entry into the 2022 Primitive Gatherings Red & White Quilt Show. Contestants will also receive FREE ADMISSION to view the show! Note: you are not required to use your free fat quarters in your show entry, but you are certainly welcome to!Click to register for the Red and White Quilt Challenge

WHAT CAN YOU WIN? Cash and prizes of course!!! What exact prizes will be is still pending at this time. I’m working hard to get some sponsorship from the big companies I work with, like Moda, Bernina, Juki, Martingale, Riley Blake, Free Spirit, and Checker to name a few. I’m doing my best to get the best prizes that I can for this event!

WHAT ARE THE RULES? Now for all the fun stuff…

  • The show is open to all who have a confirmed show registration with Primitive Gatherings by October 1st, 2022.
  • All entrants must sign and include the insurance waiver form with their entry forms. One waiver is required per entrant (one waiver can cover multiple quilts).
  • Completed submission including photos and signed documents must be received by midnight October 31st, 2022.
  • It is the responsibility of the entrant to insure and ship their quilt to  Primitive Gatherings by October 31st, 2022 using the provided mailing label. Please do not ship your quilt sooner than October 1st, 2022 – we do not have the storage space before then.
  • Primitive Gatherings will be responsible for shipping back your quilt entry to you. Insurance on the package will be determined by the size of the quilt, up to $500. If you would like to add additional insurance on your quilt, you are responsible for any additional shipping or insurance costs.
  • A photograph of your quilt is required to enter for identification purposes. Please include this in the package with your quilt – regular copy paper is fine. Entry into the Challenge automatically grants permission for any and all images of the quilts and/or all parts of the artist’s statement regarding the quilt, to be used by Primitive Gatherings in any and all media productions for this exhibit.
  • The quilt artist retains all copyrights to the quilt and will be credited for any usage of its likeness by Primitive Gatherings. No compensation will be granted to the entrant/copyright holder for the use of the quilt, or images of the quilt in any promotional materials.
  • Quilts will be hung and displayed at The Gathering from November, 2022 through December, 2022. They will also be displayed online via our social media platforms.
  • Commercial patterns will be accepted as long as you give credit to the designer by including their name, and the name of the pattern you used.
  • If any part of your quilt was from another quilter’s design, or was inspired by another quilter’s design, please include the designer’s name, name of the pattern, and what part you sampled from the piece.
  • Each entry must have a 4″ finished sleeve on the top back of the quilt, securely stitched on both the bottom and top edges.
  • Each entry must also include a permanent identification label attached to the bottom, left-hand corner with entrant’s name, the name of the quilt, and the entrant’s address or email address.
  • Due to limited space, there is a limit of TWO entries per person.
  • Quilts of all sizes are eligible for this Challenge.
  • Primitive Gatherings reserves the right to disqualify entries if they do not meet the Challenge criteria including but not limited to size, specific category, or colors of fabrics used.
  • Please remember to complete our, “Red and White Quilt Challenge Entry Checklist” before sending your quilt to us! A printable PDF of all forms needed for the Challenge including the checklist is available by clicking the button below!

My dream is to have the retreat house filled with red and white quilts by mid-November this year, just in time for the Christmas season. Imagine the sea of reds and whites such a large collection hanging all together will create! I want it to be something like when the American Folk Art Museum in New York installed 650 red and white American quilts into the historic Wade Thompson Drill Hall back in 2011. Picture that! 650 red and white quilts, all hanging in one 55,000 square foot room… Crazy! What’s even crazier is that all 650 of them were on loan from the collection of one single person by the name of Joanna S. Rose. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in New York City. If you’re not familiar with this exhibit, check out these spectacular photos from the event (photo credit: American Folk Art Museum – Gavin Ashworth)!The American Folk Art Museum dramatically transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts, all of which were on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. As an extraordinary gift to the public, entry to this unprecedented event was free.

I can’t wait to see all the creativity that results from this wonderful challenge! If you would like to submit your finished quilt(s) for display at the Gathering during our 2022 Primitive Christmas celebration in November, you may send it/them in through November 1st, 2022.

Planning to participate but still have yet to choose which quilt to enter? Don’t worry, you still have time to find something spectacular! If you need some help finding just the right quilt for this fun challenge, I have some exciting news. Martingale has a brand new book that’s sure to light your red and white creative fire! Fans of Red & White Quilts I who have been eagerly waiting for the sequel Red & White Quilts II will be happy to know that it is now available at Primitive Gatherings! – and with perfect timing for the Challenge! Red & White Quilts II contains 14 red and white quilt concepts ranging from vintage-inspired beauties, to more modern patterns – all created by some of Moda’s best designers. Styles include antique, contemporary, patchwork, appliqué, and medallion to name a few.

I’m proud to be one of the guest designers in such an awesome book. My featured quilt is called, “Ruby Stars.” This king-sized quilt only has nine total stars so despite its large size, it can be done fairly quickly. Of course the feathered stars are easily done with Primitive Gatherings 1″ finished triangle paper, which you can purchase on our website by clicking HERE! I know small triangles can feel a little challenging, but after the first one your confidence will be fueled and you’ll have the rest of blocks done in no time! I tackled it by making one a day until I was down to the last couple. Then busted the rest out all at once in a final sprint toward the finish line!!!

With all this talk of red and white I should probably also mention that the arrival of my own red and white themed book Red and White Gatherings is coming soon! It is a collection of nine red and white quilts that I designed based on my latest fabric line release, also called Red and White Gatherings.” Red and White Gatheringsis a stylish collection of creams and mid to dark reds, combined with both floral and geometric prints that range from tiny to larger scale motifs. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until October, 2022 to get your hands on a copy of the Red and White Gatherings book, however you can pre-order it NOW so you get it as soon as it’s available! Pre-cuts and yardage are also available to pre-order now as well – simply click the link below to order yours!

I hope I got you thinking about this challenge all over again because October is going to be here before we know it! Summer really does seem to be flying by this year, doesn’t it? I wouldn’t mind if things would slow down just a little bit, but of course I know they won’t. There is definitely no room for procrastination around here, that’s for sure!

Well gang, it’s time to call it a day. I will be back here in the studio bright and early tomorrow for Shop Talk with Shelley LIVE at 9:00AM on my STITCH with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel. Shelley will be talking all about wool with special guest Tyler the wool dyer. Heck, I might even stop in! Set your alarms now so you don’t miss it. You can tune in by hitting the STITCH button below! Hope to see you there! Until then, take care and have a great night everyone! ~Lisa

Let’s Talk About the Red & White Quilt Challenge!

Have you started your Red & White quilt for our 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge yet? If not, don’t worry, you still have time! There are so many cool designs and ideas to pull inspiration from, even I have a little trouble deciding on what to make next sometimes. For me, the problem isn’t so much finding a design I like. It’s more about narrowing it down to just one or two choices out of everything that I DO like. LOL!

As you know, the red and white color combination has been one of the most sought-after color combinations for quilts throughout history. In earlier times, the art of making red fabric pigments was costly and difficult to master. The production process of creating red dyes was a carefully guarded trade secret that only a select few were privy to. This made the value of red and white quilts extremely high, and only the rich and upper class were able to afford them. For this reason, red and white quilts have been tied with luxury and classic style for hundreds of years. Red and white quilts are still super popular today, and of course just as captivating and beautiful as ever!

I love red and white quilts so much that I wanted to celebrate them in a way that would really show their stylish designs off properly. That’s why I decided to start the 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge here at Primitive Gatherings! Red and White Quilt Challenge Rules: The object is to create a quilt of your own design or by following a commercial pattern, using only red and white fabrics and wools! You can enter your quilt into any following categories: • Original Design - 24” or Under • Commercial Quilt - 24” or Under • Original Design - Over 24” • Commercial Quilt - Over 24” • 1 Complimentary “2022 Red & White” Sticker • 1 FREE Red Fat Quarter • 1 FREE White Fat Quarter • Entry Into the 2022 Primitive Christmas Red & White Quilt Show

My dream is to have the retreat house filled with red and white quilts by mid-November this year, just in time for the Christmas season. Imagine the sea of reds and whites such a large collection hanging all together will create! I want it to be something like when the American Folk Art Museum in New York installed 650 red and white American quilts into the historic Wade Thompson Drill Hall back in 2011. Picture that! 650 red and white quilts, all hanging in one 55,000 square foot room… Crazy! What’s even crazier is that all 650 of them were on loan from the collection of one single person by the name of Joanna S. Rose. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in New York City. If you’re not familiar with this exhibit, check out these spectacular photos from the event (photo credit: American Folk Art Museum – Gavin Ashworth)!The American Folk Art Museum dramatically transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts, all of which were on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. As an extraordinary gift to the public, entry to this unprecedented event was free.

Though not quite as large as the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, The Gathering is also a fabulous place to show off your work. Our 10,000 square foot retreat house features lots of wall space, a super tall ceiling, and spectacular lighting. I literally designed the entire space to hang and display quilts – no matter the size. I can’t wait to see our own exhibit once everything is hung… It’s going to be so cool! If you missed the details on joining the Challenge when I announced it back in December, that’s ok. Let me explain how it works!

THERE ARE FOUR CATEGORIES: Original Design – 24″ and Under, Original Design – 24″ and Over, Commercial Design – 24″ and Under, and Commercial Design – 24″ and Over. It doesn’t matter if your quilt is appliqué, pieced, or a combo. Anything goes as long as it’s red and white, or close shades of those two colors (cream and dark reds are acceptable for example, purple is not). Prints, solids, and wool can all be used as well. The possibilities are endless as long as they are done in red and white!

WHAT DOES THE REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDE? The registration fee includes a complimentary Red & White 2022 sticker, a free red fat quarter, a free white fat quarter, and entry into the 2022 Primitive Gatherings Red & White Quilt Show. Note: you are not required to use your free fat quarters in your show entry, but you are certainly welcome to!Click to register for the Red and White Quilt Challenge

WHAT CAN YOU WIN? Cash and prizes of course!!! What the prizes will be exaclty, is still pending at this time. I’m working hard to get some sponsorship from the big companies I work with, like Moda, Bernina, Juki, Martingale, Riley Blake, Free Spirit, and Checker to name a few. I’m doing my best to get the best prizes that I can for this event!

WHAT ARE THE RULES? Now for all the fun stuff…

  • The show is open to all who have a confirmed show registration with Primitive Gatherings by October 1st, 2022.
  • All entrants must sign and include the insurance waiver form with their entry forms. One waiver is required per entrant (one waiver can cover multiple quilts).
  • Completed submission including photos and signed documents must be received by midnight October 31st, 2022.
  • It is the responsibility of the entrant to insure and ship their quilt to  Primitive Gatherings by October 31st, 2022 using the provided mailing label. Please do not ship your quilt sooner than October 1st, 2022 – we do not have the storage space before then.
  • Primitive Gatherings will be responsible for shipping back your quilt entry to you. Insurance on the package will be determined by the size of the quilt, up to $500. If you would like to add additional insurance on your quilt, you are responsible for any additional shipping or insurance costs.
  • A photograph of your quilt is required to enter for identification purposes. Please include this in the package with your quilt – regular copy paper is fine. Entry into the Challenge automatically grants permission for any and all images of the quilts and/or all parts of the artist’s statement regarding the quilt, to be used by Primitive Gatherings in any and all media productions for this exhibit.
  • The quilt artist retains all copyrights to the quilt and will be credited for any usage of its likeness by Primitive Gatherings. No compensation will be granted to the entrant/copyright holder for the use of the quilt, or images of the quilt in any promotional materials.
  • Quilts will be hung and displayed at The Gathering from November, 2022 through December, 2022. They will also be displayed online via our social media platforms.
  • Commercial patterns will be accepted as long as you give credit to the designer by including their name, and the name of the pattern you used.
  • If any part of your quilt was from another quilter’s design, or was inspired by another quilter’s design, please include the designer’s name, name of the pattern, and what part you sampled from the piece.
  • Each entry must have a 4″ finished sleeve on the top back of the quilt, securely stitched on both the bottom and top edges.
  • Each entry must also include a permanent identification label attached to the bottom, left-hand corner with entrant’s name, the name of the quilt, and the entrant’s address or email address.
  • Due to limited space, there is a limit of TWO entries per person.
  • Quilts of all sizes are eligible for this Challenge.
  • Primitive Gatherings reserves the right to disqualify entries if they do not meet the Challenge criteria including but not limited to size, specific category, or colors of fabrics used.
  • Please remember to complete our, “Red and White Quilt Challenge Entry Checklist” before sending your quilt to us! A printable PDF of all forms needed for the Challenge including the checklist is available by clicking the button below!

Alright! I think that about covers it! I know that was a lot of information, but I have been getting a lot of requests for details on the Challenge and I wanted to make sure everyone is on the same page! If you have questions or are still contemplating joining the 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge make sure to watch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean LIVE on YouTube tomorrow (Thursday) at 1PM CST. I’ll be discussing my quilt, Wildflower with my good friend and special guest Linda Hrcka from The Quilted Pineapple in MI. We’ll also be talking more about the Red & White Quilt Challenge, along with any other new shop announcements, so don’t miss it! See you then! ~Lisa

12 Days of Christmas – Day 2

We’re just over a week away from 2022, and of course with every new year comes new challenges. While not every new challenge in life is welcomed, here at Primitive Gatherings we’re happy to announce a challenge I just know you’re really going to love! One of my favorite themes in quilting is Red and White – a classic combination of colors that quilt-makers have gravitated to for generations – myself included!

I thought a great way to celebrate Red and White quilts would be to have challenge based around them. That being said, I have some great news! The Primitive Gatherings, “2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge” officially starts today!

HOW IT WORKS:

We have four categories. It doesn’t matter if you have appliqué, pieced or a combo. Anything goes as long as it’s red and white, or shades of those two colors (cream is acceptable for example). Prints, solids, and wool can all be used as well. The possibilities are endless as long as they are done in red & and white!

What does the registration fee include? The registration fee includes a complimentary “Red & White 2022” sticker (shown below), a free red fat quarter, a free white fat quarter, and entry into the 2022 Primitive Christmas Red & White Quilt Show. Note: you are not required to use your free fat quarters in your show entry.

What will you win? Cash and Prizes of course!!! Hopefully I can also get some sponsorship from the big companies I work with! Like Moda, Bernina, Juki, Martingale, Riley Blake, Free Spirit, and Checker to name a few.  

My ultimate wish is for your quilts to fill up The Gathering from November through December, 2022! If you would like to register for this awesome challenge, simply click the link below!

Are you excited yet? If you are joining this challenge and need to add to your fabric or wool supply, we have just the stuff! Jess has put together a few selections with Red and White quilts specifically in mind. 

CLICK HERE for Red and White Fabric and Wool Suggestions!

If you need some inspiration take a look at a few of the projects I’ve worked on and collected that I simply love!

I can’t wait to see all the creativity that results from this wonderful challenge! If you would like to submit your finished quilt(s) for display at the Gathering during our 2022 Primitive Christmas celebration in November, you may send it/them in through November 1st, 2022.

Now that you have a new and exciting project to get started on, why not come and stitch with us at The Gathering? I would absolutely love to see what you’re working on – and of course, answer any questions you might have on your project or techniques! I’ll even throw you some extra incentive… Book your stay NOW through January 15th, 2022 and receive an additional $50.00 on your swag bag gift certificate (*offer valid for non-event stays only)!!!

Tell me in the comments how many Red & White quilts you own! How many have you made yourself? Do you have any antiques? Let me know for a chance to win a prize! Watch me LIVE today at 1:00PM on my, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” YouTube Channel. See you there!

CLICK HERE to Watch “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” on YouTube!