The Pokémon Quilt is Here!

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous day despite it being Monday. Amy and I made it home safe to WI from the 2022 Sauder Village Quilt Show in OH, just in time to enjoy a little bit of spring sunshine over the weekend. I really enjoy going to quilting events because not only do I usually get to teach (which I love to do), we also get the opportunity to meet and talk with a ton of new people and fellow stitchers from all over the country! Though attending big shows is definitely a lot of fun, it’s always nice to get back home after a long trip.

Today is another beautiful, but windy day as a warm front is pushing its way through the state. I hear it’s supposed to be 90 by mid-week but I won’t be around to see it since I’m headed out to NV with Nick to visit Val in Las Vegas. We’ll be out there for a week or so as Val and I wrap up the final details on our much anticipated Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Along,which is a quilt Val designed based on my new Garden Gatherings fabric line. This online tutorial with Val and I will start sometime in June/July, 2022. Keep an eye on my blog for the actual date, which will depend on the arrival of Garden Gatherings to our warehouse. We will also be making a post about what you’ll need (patterns, rulers, etc) for the Stitch-A-Long in the near future. If you’d like more information on participating in Meet Me in the Garden, hit the link below!

If you’re already planning to join us for the Meet Me in the Garden Stitch-Alongyou can pre-order Garden Gatherings fabric now to put yourself ahead of the game. I highly recommend pre-ordering if you have your heart set on making this gorgeous quilt because there is a good chance we may already be sold out of the fabrics you will need for Meet Me in the Gardenby the by the time the Stitch-A-Long event starts. So in other words, if you’re able to pre-order now, please do to avoid running into potential availability issues!

With me being gone all last week, Jess and the girls stepped up and handled, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on Thursday for me. Jess started out by talking a little bit more about my O’ Say Can You Sew” Quilt-Along. For those of you who have been following along we are currently on Clue #2, which is available for FREE download by clicking the link below now through June 6th, 2022. Clues are FREE for one month after they are posted. When the next clue is posted, prior clues can be found by visiting the O’ Say Can You Sew Clue Archive by clicking HERE. Once Clues are no longer free, they are $5.00 per download.

I have been getting a lot of questions on how many blocks you will actually need for Clue #2 so let me try to help clarify. Pretend that what is in the picture below are the pieces of ONE COMPLETE block that will be sewn together. ONE COMPLETE block is made up of 4 hourglass units that look the same. You need to make 31 COMPLETE blocks for this Clue, which means you are going to need 124 total hourglass units (31 x’s 4 = 124). Hopefully that makes sense! If you’re still having trouble, feel free to call the shop at 920-722-7233 for additional help.

Are you doing your quilt completely scrappy or are you sticking with the red, white, and blue theme I’m going with for mine? There are so many possible outcomes for this quilt, which is part of what makes it so much fun and a real scrap buster! If you’re running out of scraps and need of more fabric as we move along through this Quilt-Along, don’t worry! We still have red, white, blue, and cream/tan bundles available that are perfect for this project. You can find those along with past clues for purchase on our website!

Next up I want to thank all of you who have already mailed in your Hogs for Heroes Flag blocks already – you are amazing! To date we already have about 100 of these Flag blocks in the studio which means we still need about 500 more. If you missed my original call-out for the blocks, let me explain the details. I came up with this idea to add to our efforts in helping Hogs for Heroes. I’m calling it my “secret mission!” My goal is to produce and collect as many Flag blocks as possible by June 15th, 2022, which will then be used collectively to create a future project that will generate even more funds for Hogs for Heroes – a non-profit organization dedicated to healing the mental and physical wounds suffered by Wisconsin Veterans during the course of active duty. Obviously, I can’t do this alone so I’m asking for your help to reach my goal!

If you would like to participate by making and donating blocks to this mystery mission, please send your finished piece(s) to us no later than June 15th, 2022. We’re super excited to get started on this, so if you can get your blocks to us earlier (June 1st, 2022 would be ideal) that would be even better! All of us here at Primitive Gatherings will be helping to combine your creativity together into their final form. You can find a printable PDF of the instructions and pattern for the Hogs for Heroes flag blocks by clicking the link below!

Once you’re ready to submit your donated pieces, please package and send your blocks to:

I know we’re going to hit our goal but we have a ways to go! Feel like making two, or three? Even better! I will take all the help I can get – anything for our veterans! If you would like to know more about Hogs for Heroes follow the link for more information!

And now… Let’s talk about something that many of you have been very anxiously waiting for – the famous Pokèmon quilt! If you have kids in your life, this quilt is simply a must have. For decades, people all over the world have been enchanted by the unique and colorful characters of this popular game. Imagine how cool it would be to have such an awesome tribute proudly displayed on a bed or as a wall-hanging in the playroom – easily making any child the coolest kid on the block!

My grandson Jace and I love to look at this quilt together while he tells me about each character and which ones are his favorites. With over 100 bright, bold colors popping against a mid-gray background, this quilt really gives you a lot to think about! You can choose between a Bella or flannel backing when ordering. For mine, I chose a flannel backing to make it nice and soft for cuddling up with – perfect for Saturday morning cartoons (remember, you will receive a 20% discount on the backing if you purchase it at the same time as the kit)! Finished, this quilt is a nice size, measuring 72″ x 84″.

I know you have just the kid in mind for this super cool quilt, so what are you waiting for? Jess has put together kits for this fun project, but unfortunately supplies are limited. As of today we still have a few left, but they’re definitely going fast. Don’t risk missing out, order while you can! Feeling like you want to do this project but like you might need a little guidance? You’re in luck! My video tutorial starring myself and my official Pokèmon consultant Jace released today and can be found on my, Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube channel – click below to watch!

Last but not least I wanted to share one more tidbit of great news – Starlight Gatherings pre-cuts are finally IN stock and ready to go to their new homes! If you haven’t already seen it you are really in for a real treat with this new line. Many of you know I live out in the country, which means that it gets pretty dark at night. The lack of city lights means much brighter stars and a dark, wide-open sky. The view of the night sky is absolutely amazing at my place, which is why it was the total inspiration behind these designs. Both the book and pre-cuts are available to purchase now in the shop or on the Primitive Gatherings website. You can also watch me go through each quilt featured in the book piece by piece, by watching the trunk show replay on Stitch with Lisa Bongean” by clicking HERE.

Well, folks I’m off for now. I am determined to not let this trip turn into all work and no play so I’m putting my computer away for the rest of the day! Don’t worry, I’ll be checking in periodically here on my blog throughout the week… and I may or may not pop in with Val during, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on Thursday at 1PM CST, so I hope you’ll be tuning in for that. Don’t forget to like and comment on both my blog and YouTube channel. I love to hand out prizes and you could be next just for telling me what you think! Do you have any special kids in your life that will be getting a Pokèmon quilt hot off the press? What other character themes would you like to see in upcoming projects? Let me know! I’m always curious about what you’d like to see more of. I will see you all soon but until then, do your best to stitch every day! It always makes everything better. ~Lisa

Weekly Shop Talk with Shelley!

Hey gang! Welcome back to my blog. As usual, the week flew by faster than a speeding bullet. I have been busy finalizing details on a bunch of projects that I’ve been working on, including my 2022 summer blocks of the week, and tying up any loose ends on our upcoming Hogs for Heroes fundraising event. I’m really excited to be participating in Hogs for Heroes again this year. It’s such a fun and awesome way to help WI veterans, and I’m super proud to be involved. Last year we raised over $30K! I’ll be talking more about the details on how we’ll be raising money for Hogs for Heroes this year very soon, so stay tuned to the blog for that! In the meantime, if you would like to know more about Hogs for Heroes and what they’re all about, follow the link below for more information.

I sure hope you were able to join us on Tuesday for the first, Shop Talk with Shelley,” our new segment on my YouTube Channel, Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” Shelley and Jess went over a few shop announcements including new spring retail shop hours and some clarifications on my, O Say Can You Sew Quilt-Along. Speaking of that, Jess would like me to remind everyone that you can find the FREE downloadable PDF for each of the “O Say Can You Sew” Quilt-Along blocks here on my blog for one month after their original posting date. New clues post the first Monday of each month. After one month the block is no longer free. It will then be posted to the Primitive Gatherings website. Blocks will only be posted to the website AFTER the next month’s FREE block is posted to the blog. Again, once they are posted to the website, blocks are no longer free. There is a $5.00 charge for each block once it is posted to the website. CLICK the link below for CLUE #1!Remember, if you don’t have enough scraps to complete the project we have red, white, and blue fabric bundles perfect for the O Say Can You Sew Quilt-Along that are available on the website for purchase now. You can find those by clicking the link below!

If you have any questions about the O Say Can You Sew Quilt-Along, please revisit my blog post with all the details by clicking HERE. You can also feel free to give the shop a call at 920.722.7233!

Looking for a club to join? Jess is thrilled to announce that her monthly Wednesday Wool Club will be starting this May! If you love wool appliqué you’re going to want to get in on this club. Jess describes Wool Club as a sit & sew that focuses strictly on wool appliqué projects. If you’re participating in our subscription wool box, this is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in those projects! Whether you’re new to working with wool appliqué or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome at Wool Club!

Wednesday Wool Club will run all day from 9AM until 9PM and includes both lunch and dinner prepared by Chef Erica. The cost is $40.00 per person, per full-day session. If you are only able to attend a half-day session, that’s ok too! The morning session will be from 9AM until 4PM and includes lunch, and the evening session will run from 4PM until 9PM and includes dinner. The cost of half-day sessions is $25.00 per person, per session. The first Wool Club will meet May 18th, 2022 at The Gathering. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis so sign up today by calling 920.778.8031 to guarantee your seat! You can also email to register.

In other Primitive Gatherings club news, evening Hexi Club is also coming soon! I wish I could tell you more about it but we are still working out all the details on this one. What we can tell you is that it is definitely coming soon, so if you’re a fan or hexi quilts like I am keep watching the blog for more information! I’ll be posting it as soon as I have it.

Aside from news and updates, Shelley and Jess also have some super cute spring quilts in the shop to showcase this week. If you’re looking for a project that will be perfect for the spring and summer months, we have just the patterns for you. Let’s take a look at what they found! First up we have Sweet Strawberry,” from Martingale’s Piece & Love book. Traditional patchwork meets a more modern aesthetic on this little gem, with its large-scale, colorful motif. It combines reds, pinks, and greens to make this larger-than-life strawberry quilt.

Sweet Strawberry,” is done with quarter square triangles, and measures 41″ x 50 1/2″ when finished. Wouldn’t this sweet little quilt make a perfect lap or baby quilt? To make it even easier for you, Jess has put together kits for “Sweet Strawberry, which you can find along with the Piece & Love book by clicking the link below!

We keep saying spring is coming, but with the cold and dreary weather so far, I’m beginning to wonder. You really have to hand it to the wild birds that migrate each year. What a journey! It’s a marvel they can survive such harsh conditions. Along with the ducks, geese, and robins (just to name a few) we’re also currently seeing a lot of sparrows returning home from down south. They are such cute and tiny birds – and so tough! That’s why I love this next quilt. Sparrowsis done with large pieces and minimal triangles – which is great for those of you who aren’t the best with triangles but want to get some practice in.

With its patriotic color scheme and adorable design, Sparrowsis the perfect quilt to display in your home this summer. Can’t you just see it hanging on your porch swing this 4th of July? Finished, “Sparrows” measures at 65 1/2″ x 71″ making it a nice size for a bed or couch as well.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer season here in WI is go to the farmer’s market. There’s nothing better than local, home-grown veggies roasting away on the grill for dinner on a hot summer night. Tomato Pincushion Quilt reminds me of the giant, plump tomatoes I’m lucky enough to get all season long from a stand just down the road from me. I can’t wait for it to open for the year!

The Tomato Pincushionquilt kit comes in a keepsake box measuring 11″ x 11″ x 4″, which is perfect for storing your blocks as you go. The box kit includes the quilt pattern and all the fabric you’ll need for the quilt top and binding (backing fabric is not included).  This 58″ x 70″ quilt is done with larger blocks and a boarder, making it simple and fun to make! We only have a few of these box sets left in the shop, so if you have your heart set on it, don’t hesitate to get your order in!

Well folks, they tell me the weekend is finally upon us. It looks like another cold and rainy couple days are in store for us here, which I guess is going to have to be ok. I still have not figured out who to call and complain to on that one… Looking on the bright side, it’s perfect weather to get some shopping done at Primitive Gatherings! Don’t forget, we are now featuring the “Sticker of the Month.” Each month I will release a new custom, Primitive Gatherings collectible sticker. With every purchase of $30.00 or more you will receive one of these adorable stickers as a FREE GIFT while supplies last (order must total $30.00 before tax and shipping)! Once the month is finished, stickers left over from that month will be offered for sale. We only have a limited quantity, which means when they are gone, they are gone! Take a look at this cute design we came up with for April!

Shelley and Jess did such a good job with their first Shop Talk, don’t you think? I’m super proud of them! Way to represent girls! If you liked Shop Talk with Shelley remember to tune in weekly every Tuesday at 9AM CST! If you’d like to watch the replay from this week just hit the button below!

Alright, now that we’ve covered all the announcements and updates, let’s talk prize winners! I love all the comments we’ve been getting here on the blog, on our facebook pages, and during my LIVE show Stitch with Lisa Bongean.” It’s so much fun to hear what you all are up to, I really enjoy reading them every week! Without your online support we would never be where we are today, so thank you to everyone who continues to comment on and “like” our posts each week, you’re the best! Ok, on with the fun part… Sandie M. and Barbara F. – you are our lucky blog prize winners this week! As always, I don’t want to post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please check your email! You can also contact Heidi at if you have not already received an email from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner (in the case that there is someone with the same initials, she will determine the correct person with matching email credentials)! If you’re not a winner this week, please keep trying. You can’t win if you don’t play!!! Have a great weekend everyone! ~Lisa