Primitive Gatherings


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Known world-wide for her primitive style of quilting, Lisa Bongean calls Menasha, Wisconsin home. This is where it all begins for Primitive Gatherings – for Lisa, her family and staff and for her customers.  It is where Lisa designs most of the primitive and folk art style quilts, wool applique and stitching, and where the hand-dyed wools, homespun and reproduction fabrics originate.

Lisa’s talents are many.  She is a proud mother of 3 sons – Lance, Luke and Jake; a designer, an acclaimed teacher, an award-winning quilter, a shop owner, and a business woman partnering with her husband, Nick.

They opened Primitive Gatherings in 2004 and it has continued to grow to include a thriving online shop, a wholesale business, a quilting retreat house located less than a mile from the shop and in 2015, they opened Primitive Gatherings West in Murrieta, California. They also take the “Primitive Gatherings” retail experience to quilt shows around the country.

Primitive Gatherings was selected by the Editors of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine as one of the Ten Best quilt shops in North America for the 13th Annual Quilt Sampler – the Spring/Summer 2006 edition

Lisa is honored to be working with Moda Fabrics – designing fabrics for her primitive and folk art style.  She embraces the opportunity to reach out to quilters and work with Moda to support independent quilt shops like her own.

  • March…just madness
    It’s ALREADY March…so even though a lot of us are still having crazy weather we know Spring HAS to come soon … I am still working on my blog post about Nashville, and Daytona…so you will see that soon…but here is March’s Quilt & Pillow offerings…and a little Spring decorating…It… Read more »
  • News from the Shop…
    Just want to keep you informed about what is happening at Primitive Gatherings…. We are ALL…everyone, every shop… still waiting for our Star & Stripe Gatherings pre cut to come…the newest up date is March 14 ish…I know…come on already!!! We hear you…we have about 200 orders with a pre… Read more »
  • Moda Block Heads…Block 43
    So last week I hurried and finished my blockhead block and found out I pieced #43 instead of #44 So I was a little upset with myself and forgot to post it…I know this is not the current block…but it is A block at least…hoping to get a bunch done… Read more »
  • Getting Ready for Rome…but also Quilting Cruise in 2020!
    Let’s go!!! We are currently heavily participating in Winter here…(Nick just caught a Northern Pike through the ice in front of the house…first “ice fishing” fish he has ever caught here) I can’t stop thinking about being somewhere warm…So I can’t think of a better time to start getting ready… Read more »
  • easy like a Sunday morning….
    It’s a great Sunday morning…I have my coffee…and now I am ready to FINISH! I have just downloaded a new Audiobook to listen to…click on the book photos below to view them….I finished “Educated” recently and It was also a very good book…very different than what I normally read…I wanted… Read more »
  • Crazy Season of Mystery..Blog Hop
    Yay!!! I’m done with this…I should not have waited til I had two days to do all the stitching but that is how it works for me…Our block is SPRING! I love doing this kind of project…I love all the threads and what I really loved was using the #5wt… Read more »
  • Moon Garden Block 11!
    I am excited and then not…one because we are almost finished, bet then not, because we are almost finished!!! Does this make sense?  But trust me…If you like or even loved Moon Garden there will be another Stitch Along…I promise…thank you for buying our kits/pattern each month…this is what keeps… Read more »
  • Happy Valentines Day!!!
    Whoops…this was SUPPOSED to post yesterday…but I will be posting a bunch of things today…so you may just want to keep your shopping cart open??? I LOVE you all!!! To celebrate I have stitched a valentine that will last forever!!! Year after year…If you order this kit today (which is… Read more »
  • Vegas Market
    Early in the month (Feb) I visited Las Vegas for the World gift and Home Dec Market…It was HUGE…OVER-WHELMING…AMAZING. I am thinking about the future and I want to share my thoughts with you…because we are in this together…without you…I do not have a business.   I guess…I am always… Read more »
  • Let’s Snuggle…
    I am home early from the warehouse because we are in the middle of ANOTHER Winter snowstorm…this one is named Chase, in case, you needed to know that…but I think our store has been closed more in February than it has been opened…but….I know some of you are trying to… Read more »

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