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.

  • It’s time to reveal…Primitive Christmas 2018
    Warning…this is a LONG grab your 2017 candy cane mug and fill it with your favorite beverage…It’s pretty cold in a lot of places right now…except CA where those devastating fires are raging…my prayers go to all and to those brave firefighters doing all they can to save what... Read more »
  • Good Morning…from Houston…Block Head link…
    I am up early due to three fire alarms gong off in our room this morning!!! Good thing it was 5am and not 2 or I would be in trouble!!! Not much sleep happening after that…but we are gong to finish setting up the booth today…after getting a great start... Read more »
  • Houston bound…
    Hello…I am back…for me it was a long separation…but now that I am en route to Houston that means that all for work is done…or all that is going to get done… I can’t begin to explain all the things I have done in the last couple of months…so much that... Read more »
  • Moon Garden Block 7
    Update….see I told you I am maxed out… I posted pics of block 8… which is shipping next week so I will not take it down…the pattern is for block seven so I got that part right… I will post blog 8 early so I promise to not keep you... Read more »
    We have made some changes to our Free Wooly Block Adventure block…we neglected to mention the stem cutting and the bird and his tail are two parts instead of one…so please download this pattern and delete the previous one… Click the following link for the PDF pattern. This link has been removed…please... Read more »
  • Moda Block Heads…Block 25
    I had just enough time to make only one block last night before bed….This is block 25-Oshkosh Star, shown with the other blocks I have yet to complete… Here is the link to print BlOCK 25I have to aplogize for not getting Corey’s block done…Click HERE to visit her blog... Read more »
  • One block Challenge? Anyone…
    I am a little behind on A LOT of things… is another fun thing I want to promote!!! Annette from  is doing another one block challenge for fun! There will be prizes and I will sponsor a nice one as well but I do not want to “steal the... Read more »
  • Quilt show in Virginia Beach!!!
    We are vending at the AQS Virginia Beach convention center!! While I’m hoping you all aren’t dealing with the hurricane aftermath and can find a little time to come to the show… we would love to see you. We are there through Saturday and a have a booth filled with lots... Read more »
  • Wooly Block Adventure 2019!
     Welcome to the Wooly Block Adventure 2018!!! This year’s theme is “Garden”….and…Here is our Block! Our block pattern will be free here today October 3rd ONLY Update…I am removing the link below as of 10/5…I did not know at the time that my block was supposed to be up for 2 days... Read more »
  • Moda Block Heads Blocks 19-22
      Is is still Wednesday!!! I hope so because I do not like being behind…but sometimes it happens that way…I saw this quote yesterday and I think it was meant for me… You can do ANYTHING…you just can’t do EVERYTHING! Slapped me right in the face and yes, I exhaled and thought…this is... Read more »

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