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.

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  • summer fun…
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  • Moda Charm Week 3!
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  • Potluck or picnic time!!!
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  • and the rest of the Moda Block Heads 2…blocks 34, 47 & 48- the appliqué blocks…
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  • Moda Blockheads 2….. Blocks- 37, 46, 33, 41, 52, 24, 23, 29, 27!
      ALMOST done…Head on over to this link below if you need the pattern for any of these blocks…Here is another batch…still catching up, but oh so close to being done! http://blog.modafabrics.com/block-heads-2/ Block 37 BLOCK  46 BLOCK 33 BLOCK 41 BLOCK 52 BLOCK 24 BLOCK  23 BLOCK 28 BLOCK 29… Read more »
  • Moda Block Heads-Catching up, as promised! Blocks, 30, 50, 45, 44, 49!
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