About top US quilting blogger and shop owner, Lisa Bongean

About Lisa Bongean

For those of you who I have not had the pleasure of meeting in person yet, here I am!  I’m Lisa Hoefler Bongean. This was taken for my designer profile for Moda Fabrics.

I am married to the love of my life Nick since 1998. I am the mother of 3 sons: Lance, Luke, and Jake. I live on a lake in WI where I love to quilt, garden, read, and hunt for antiques and other treasures. As a family, we enjoy boating, jet skiing, paddle boarding, and being active outdoors overall. Nick and I own Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop in Larsen, WI, and travel the U.S. going to large quilting events where I have the opportunity to teach, and share my quilts across the country within quilting guilds and other shops.

About top US quilting blogger and shop owner, Lisa Bongean

71 thoughts on “About Lisa Bongean

  1. I understand the love of your life! My daughter is 32 and my son is 30, and I married the love of my life in 1999! It is the best and makes everything else in your life that much more special. I hope to get to meet you some day. I think we are cut from the same bolt of cloth!

  2. Can you tell me where I can get the book/pattern for the Bible quilt (Jan Patek) that you have posted in your pics, made by Carole? Thank you! Karen

  3. Enjoy your blog. I am working on your 14 month wool quilt and just ordered Instant Antique. My question is: on the picture of preping for the Iowa show, in the left hand side of that pic, is a folded quilt with sunflowers(?) on it and half square triangles is that pattern available? Thanks Fran

  4. You are beautiful, Lisa. Its so fun to put a face with the “creative spirit” I’ve enjoyed for the past few years. We are probably close to the same age, but I started late in life so my kids are 9 and 7, smart and full of energy. Makes it hard to quilt and stitch and work out my own designs as I desire – I feel like one of those “made artists” you so many times see movies about – how they are a bit nuts, disappear into their studio for several days because an idea has caught fire, and come out calm and sane. Only I never get 2 or 3 days to “get it out!” I think I’m going bonkers with ideas and desires to create – so I envy you! But only in the way that I want to join you – not replace you! One day – my little “loves of my life” will be big and I will miss these times – so I will cherish it now.

    Just a thought – I cannot justify another BOM, seriously. I’m still not finished with your Primitive Garden, and have about 10 other UFO’s along with it (okay, really 16) and very little time to sew. BUT, I love your newest blocks! The tiny 4 inchers. Would you consider a smaller version wallhanging kit in the near future? I would love something 40″ or so square in the richest wool colors you have for my bedroom wall. I already have the iron hanger! (I absolutely love rich red…)

    I’m in Dallas and one day, I pray you will be looking at my designs on my website and we meet in Houston at market! Many blessings, Laura Burke

  5. Just found your blog through a quilter in Victoria. I am just starting wool applique and am so excited. First have to finish up the wedding gift quilt I’m doing for my granddaughter, but as usual so many irons in the fire.

  6. Lisa-
    Two years ago while I was on our quilt guild bus trip I noticed quite a few ladies working on wool projects. When I asked where they had gotten the inspiration, they told me about your store and website. After I got home, I went immediately to my computer and looked at your site. I was hooked! It started my journey in wool and I haven’t looked back since. Now, whenever I get your newsletter I know that I will be ordering something new. I am so addicted to your creations and projects. I love the block of the week for summer and am doing well at keeping up. It helps to be off work during the summer! In the meantime, I’ve introduced my mom to wool work and she has become a convert, not only to the craft but to your store. She lives in Florida and came up for Paducah. I think she only came because she knew that you were exhibiting and she would have a chance to buy in person! She and I are both doing the Crazy Ladies and having a great time. I hope to be able to visit the store in person sometime soon. We live about 4 hours away so I think a girl fieldtrip is in order. Keep up the good work. You have many fans!

    1. I am enjoying your blog – found your pattern for the little thread catcher. I was wondering if you would give me permission to use the pattern in a newsletter I do for the Lacemakers and Collectors Exhange from Clarendon Hills, Illinois. I need an answer ASAP because I am working on the Fall issue right now. the lace makers are a neat group. I know they will love the little thread catcher as it will be very portable for them.


  7. Hi,

    I hate to sound dumb, but I can’t find the email address for your shop. Could you please let me know?

    Thanks so much,

  8. Lisa,

    I have ordered Valandini Pearle cotton #12 from you it was a dark green that I ordered separately. Would you have a record of my purchase so I can recall what color it was. Let me know.

    Thanks so much,

    Rachelle 🙂


  10. Dear Lisa, I was so happy to meet you in Atlanta. I felt like I knew you even tho we had not met. i love your wool projects. I have done Primitive Gardens, the bow the past 2 years. Just love the freebie wall hanging this year. I am still working on Lincoln Ladies. LOVE the store. I only get there in July when we come to Oshkosh. I make up for it the rest of the year by ordering on line. Hope to see you again. Betty Forester

  11. Hello Lisa

    I have a very good friend that attended the Atlanta show just afew weeks ago & she has told me all about your wonderful booth. Also how she just had to purchase wools, patterns etc from you even though she didn’t really require any. So when she told me about you I just had to pay your site a visit.
    My conclusion I AM IN HEAVEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A friend & I are travelling from the UK next week to Houston & I have been told you will be there also ……………… I can’t wait to meet you. I can see me getting into sooooooooooooo much trouble lol.

    See you soon 🙂

    Katisha Morrell
    Nottingham – UK

    1. Lucky You… we made it…Nick is sitting at the bar & grill across of the Houston Astro Park…and I will hopefully arrive tomorrow…we have lots of good things for you to get into trouble…not to worry…LB

  12. Lisa,
    Ive looked over your blog…love it of course. Creativity rocks! Nice recipes too. I’ve never had the equipment to can foods but you make it look simple…you inspire me to get out and get some! I’ve been growing more tomatoes each year but never anything steady. Weather hasn’t cooperated but since it’s cold I’m planning now for a summer full of ’em, and on the next Winter with shelves loaded with full jars. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Just received a 1st place in the Highlands County Guild Show for my Folk Art Album quilt. Look forward to meeting you in Lakeland. Wish to know more about the cruise in 2012. Hope your not going to teach some ditsy island style pattern.

  14. Hi Lisa,

    I made your recipe for the Double Chocolate cookies and mine turned out as flat as pancakes. They were not puffy and crackled like yours. What did I do wrong? I used a cookie scoop a little less than the size of a golf ball to form the cookies. The cookies were delicious, but I want them to look like yours!

  15. Looking for the Fall BOM that will be $30 per month and include everything but I haven’t been able to find it on the sites mentioned in the most recent email. Help!

  16. Hi Lisa. l live in Melbourne Australia and have been so thrilled to find you and read all about your passion for your crafting and passion for your life. l had gone abit flat on my quilting and lost my thrill of stitching but you have got me back into it and l just look forward to your e-mail so much…. So a big thanks and look forward to ready more and more from you…. Michele.

  17. Lisa- I have seen you at many shows mostly in California and I love, love, love you!!!! You’re awesome and so creative! See you in Long Beach soon???? 😉

  18. Lisa,

    I so agree with supporting establishments to you favor. As part of a race team, we were always encouraged to purchase refreshments from their concession stand even though we always brought a cooler and snack box with us. Likewise I always buy a 3-day ticket to the Quilt Expo in Madison, in hopes that it will be there when I want to attend (I usually need three days to see most of it, but if I only attend one day its nice to support it for all three.) I try to spread out my quilt store purchases over the three local shops in my area and visit them regularly. The quilt shop just 2 blocks from here closed a few years ago and I still miss it — I’m so lucky to have the other three to enjoy. I love all the vendors I have met at Quilt Expo and try to purchase from my favorites each year. Guess you might say that I am doing all I can to support the our economy. Thanks for being here when I need something special from your shop as well. — Dodi

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  21. Great, great job. Go girl. Spend the money. We all want to see your fun loving, down to earth personality on U-tube. Saw you in Rosemont. Saw you in Grand Rapids. Crazy busy. Thankyou for the peek to see your family @ wedding.

  22. I can’t find a place to email you directly so will leave a comment here. I’m a fairly new viewer of your blog. Your son’s weeding pics showing his last name caught my eye. Can I talk to you about a family/genealogical connection please. Can you email me directly please?

  23. I do not leave a response, but after browsing through some of the responses here who is LB?
    | Lisa Bongean’s Weblog. I do have 2 questions for you if you tend
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    few of the comments look like they are coming from brain
    dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are writing at additional social sites,
    I would like to follow anything new you have to post. Could you post a list of the complete
    urls of all your social networking sites like your linkedin profile,
    Facebook page or twitter feed?

  24. I bought the snowflake quilt pattern this summer at a shop hop…love snowflakes. Anyway started making it, I had it all laid out ready to sew blocks, setting blocks & setting triangles together. Other things were happening and had to put it away. Now I’ve gotten it out to sew together…something is not right with the setting triangles, found my instructions, but not sure if I’m missing a page. The setting triangles don’t seem to be the right size. The side ones were cut 10 inches, cut on diagonal twice, they seem too big. Measured my blocks they are 6 1/2 inches. What have I done wrong? The 7 inch squares I cut twice on the diagonal and not sure If they are the right size. I can’t find anywhere in the directions about cutting these, that’s why I wonder if I’m missing a page. Please help!

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  26. Lisa, I love, love love, your ABC Quilt. It is so special! I have been looking for something to make for my 1st grandson. He is our 4th grandchild, but the first boy

  27. I would like to find information on your teaching/traveling schedule ~ I organize events for my guild and I think a program by you would be of interest to our membership. Can you tell me where to locate this? Thanks ~ Linda Hoch

  28. Hi Lisa: I am just about done putting together my freebie kit 2013. I am looking for a small feather quilt pattern to do in the red areas do you sell them? and the red quilting thread? Thanks Crystal

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  30. Hi Lisa, your book “Autumn Gatherings” I discovered is currently out of print. Do you know if there will be a reprint in the future?

    1. Sorry…it has already been reprinted. We have published single patterns of most of the projects from the book just recently if there is something you are looking for.

  31. I have been receiving the SBOW and really like it. The instructions are very well written. But the little
    freebie is confusing me. I received weeks 3 thru 12. Was I supposed to get weeks 1 and 2. The picture
    I saw had 9 little blocks. I have ordered the finishing kit for it also. Please advise. Thank you.

      1. I guess I did sign up late. So could I buy a block kit to finish my little quilt. I don’t have any
        of that fabric for a background . Please advise. thank you.

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  34. Lisa. I bought the Somewhere In Time but not on your Facebook group blog yet. Hope I am soon. Thanks

    1. Did you friend Jessica Holz? If you have not done so yet, please do so and let her know that you are doing the SBOW and she will get you moved into the group. Thank you

  35. Hi Lisa,

    I am writing to suggest/request a special program. I was wondering if you would consider doing a “thread of the month” program. Maybe you could choose one color a month and send 4 or 5 of the valdani threads in that color each month for a fixed price. I would
    Love to build my stash and think this would be a great way.

    Thank you for reading my rambling,

    Victoria Bonnell

    PS. I love your Murrieta Ca store. I live close.

    1. Victoria,
      We do have a Club like that starting up in September. Please take a peak at Under our BLOCKS OF THE MONTH button and you will find it located there. Please also make sure that you sign up for our emails to ensure you receive all of the fun happenings at the Shop.
      Thank you Jessica

  36. Lisa, met you at first Jan Vaine Tea n Stitches I’m Jacksonville FL. I’ve been getting your BOM wool projects for many years. I’ve tried repeatedly to sign up for you Blog and Shop Blog/newsletter, but it never works. I really want to receive all so I can keep up with everything. Can you help me with this? Any help will be greatly appreciated!!! Cheryl Cogswell

  37. I absolutely LOVE my 3×7 and 61/2″ square Lisa rulers. The 3×7 is perfect for cutting
    small pieces with accuracy – the lines are easy to read and the ruler provides a nice grip.
    I hope to get the 5×15 soon. They are well worth the extra investment.
    Thank you, Lisa, for all your teachings. I have learned many of these tips from you during the
    Past few years, but refreshing is very beneficial. I love your creations! I’m way behind with my
    Red and white quilt, but am enjoying it.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, as well as your staff!

  38. Dear Lisa,
    Thank you so much for the designs that you generously share with us and the great supplies you provide.
    I love little blocks and was an early purchaser of the wonderful rulers. I had to stop cutting blocks this morning to have a cup of tea and say than you! Those extra lines on the rulers are fabulous and the smaller inch numbers make it much easier to stay on the correct line. Have purchased the longer 15 inch one as well. Is there any chance that you will have them make an 81/2 by 121/2 ruler it is my go for cutting borders because I like the 45 degree lines. OR will there be an 8 x 8 inch ruler with the diagonal line along with the smaller inch numbers and 1/8 and 1/16 markings. Please consider it, thank you.

  39. I am very interested in the May basket welcome banner listed for $20.00. How do I get this pattern?


  40. Is there a way to purchase the “Magic of Christmas” blocks or patterns? Somehow, I missed these and when I clicked on them, it wouldn’t open – perhaps, too long ago. Love your blog, patterns, etc. and thank you for sharing so many wonderful things!

  41. How do I contact you about lecture and workshop for a Northern California workshop in January or February 2018?

  42. Lisa,

    I would like to know if it is still possible to purchase the Magic of Christmas pattern 2016. I see it was originally a stitch along.

    Thanks Sylvia

  43. I have seen are Spirit of Christmas quilt. Where can I find the pattern? Thank you

  44. Love the quilt display on the wall in your sewing room. Can you share what you used for the strips on wall to hang quilts?

  45. Lisa, I love the way you display your small quilts on the wall. Please tell me what kind of clips you use to hang the quilts on the yardsticks. Can’t find anything like that. Thx!

  46. Lisa – Have you checked into the Juki 2200 Mini? What is the difference between that and the 2010? I’m waiting and watching for your next sale to order one! Connie

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