Primitive Gatherings with Class

Lisa Bongean is famous for working and wool and her eye for detail. She adds that awe factor to everything she touches. Her latest book – shipping this week – is full of all of the tips and tricks Lisa has learned along the way.

Wool Needle And Thread
Wool Needle And Thread

Wool Needle And Thread
Wool Needle And Thread
Wool Needle And Thread

Wool Needle And Thread

Ditch the trial-and-error and learn from Lisa’s decades of experience step by step: wool appliqué, embroidery stitches, and much more. Filled with close-up photos of Lisa’s hands working her magic, this book will show you how to master each technique down to the tiniest detail.

Start with Lisa’s fabric tips; then move on to her favorite tools, templates, threads, and needles. How does she create her slim vines, pretty pennies, and flower appliqués? It’s all here, along with a dozen embroidery stitches in photos so clear, you can’t go wrong.

Snow is in the Forecast

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings is releasing a line of “snow” patterns next month – just in time for your Christmas in July events!

The vintage cars remind me of Christmases past.







And who could resist these guys!  They are just full of personality!












Most of the patterns take only a few evenings so there is plenty of time for your customers to make them for everyone on their Christmas list!  Check out all of the Primitive Gatherings patterns and set up a display. Don’t forget the pearl cottons and wools!

You asked – we delivered!

As soon as we developed the Itty Bitty Eights Creative Grids rulers with Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, we got requests for a bigger size!  And when you talk – we listen!


This 5″ by 15″ version is perfect for ALL of your cutting needs – not just when working in miniature.  And the 5″ width is perfect for cutting 5″ charm strips or squares – another request we have heard!

Big quilts and blocks require 1/8 inch cuts as well.  This ruler highlights the 1/8″markings which are hard to use on traditional rulers. The black and white dashed 1/8″ markings show on both light and dark fabrics. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8″ units; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4″ units.  It can’t get any easier than that!

The 3/16″ marking printed along the length of each side of the ruler are the perfect width for cutting wool bias strips for appliques. One is white and one is black. Choose the line that shows best on your chosen fabric.

Lisa has designed two Cut Loose Press patterns that showcase the features on the Itty Bitty Eights series.  I love combining piecing with applique – the best of both worlds and she does not disappoint!  Or choose this quilt – the perfect baby quilt whether in blues or pinks.  Add flannel for that awe factor!


Don’t forget to include the 6 inch square and 3″ x 7″ version in your display.  Let your customers choose their favorites!





Little Gatherings make Big Statements

The wait is over!  Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings latest book is here.  Little Gatherings includes 13 minis – the hardest part will be choosing which one to make first!

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Item #PRI-230  Retail $24.00

I wanted the book before I even saw the projects!  Love the details!  The book has a “hidden” spiral binding so it lays flat when you are following the instructions but the spiral is covered when closed.  And since it is a book on miniatures, the book is smaller as well.  The photography, the paper – everything is quality through and through.

Cornered Nine Patch

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Out on a Limb

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Mississippi Crossing

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Rail Fence

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Simple Baskets

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Royal Star

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Flower Baskets

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Coxcomb Medallion

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Lisa shares lots of tips to help you recreate these miniature works of art.  She has the notions and tools that guarantee your success!

Her Itty Bitty Eights rulers by Creative Grids feature dashed inch lines so you can cut accurately.  The eighth inch markings are clearly defined as well.  After all, size DOES matter – you have to start with the right sized pieces to achieve accurate results.


Item #CGRPRG1  Retail $14.95


Item #CGRPRG2  Retail $15.95

She also has triangle paper for those little 1/2″ and 3/4″ finished half-square triangles.  it comes packaged two different ways.

Strips and Sheets


Item #PRI-212  Retail $7.00


Item #PRI-213  Retail $7.00

Charm Square Sized


Item #PRI-227  Retail $7.00


Item #PRI-228  Retail $7.00

Lisa has also designed two Cut Loose Press™ patterns that would be a gateway to her new book.

Shoo Fly Mini


Item #CLPLBN001  

Red Tulip


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Why not showcase these in a Christmas display?  The book, rulers, triangle papers, and Cut Loose Press would be the perfect theme present!  Who wouldn’t love everything they need to begin a mini journey?

A Trunk Show of Itty Bitty’s – Part Two

You may have noticed that there are a lot of triangles in many of Lisa’s mini quilts.  Why not create them with her specially designed triangle paper.

My favorite?  She designed triangle paper for Charm squares!  If you sell 5″ pre-cuts, you NEED to have these displayed right next to them – along with some of the patterns that support them!  She even adjusts the width of the seam allowance for the smaller sizes.  That is when you know you are working with a true professional!  When quilting products are designed by quilters – for quilters everyone wins!


1/2″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-228  Retail $7.00
3/4″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-227  Retail $7.00
1″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-226  Retail $7.00
1-1/2″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-225  Retail $7.00

Prefer to work with larger pieces and strips?  Lisa has that covered too!


1/2″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-212  Retail $7.00
3/4″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-213  Retail $7.00
1″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-214  Retail $7.00
1-1/4″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-215  Retail $7.00
1-1/2″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-216  Retail $7.00
1-3/4″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-217  Retail $7.00
2″ Finished Triangle Paper – Item #PRI-218  Retail $7.00 

Don’t miss these add-on sales!  Display them with your pre-cuts and they will sell themselves!

Creative Grids Itty Bitty Eights are here!

You asked – we answered – well, actually Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings answered…but we were smart enough to listen….so here goes….

Many of you were looking for a ruler with defined eighth inch markings.  And you wanted to be able to cut precise pieces when working in miniature.  When Lisa approached us about doing a ruler series for minis, she provided the perfect solution – Itty Bitty Eights!

A 3″ x 7″ Rectangle:


Item #CGRPRG1  Retail $14.95

A 6″ Square:


Item #CGRPRG2  Retail $15.95

The eighth inch lines are represented with dashed white and black markings – which show up on light AND dark fabrics.  The whole inch markings are dashed as well so you have total visibility when placing the ruler on the fabric.  Precision cutting is guaranteed.

Lisa has designed two miniature quilts as CLP’s that are darling – and are a great way to introduce your customers to the new markings on these rulers!


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Item #CLPLBN002

Lisa has over 20 patterns that use mini blocks that work beautifully with this ruler.  Here is just a taste:

Tackle Box Mini


Item #PRI471  Retail $7.00

Anchor Point Mini


Item #PRI475  Retail $7.00

Or why not host a charm square exchange and demonstrate Camp Randall.  This is a full sized quilt that is fun to make and your customers will love it.


Item #PRI386  Retail $9.00

Cam, a member of the CGR design team, is obsessed with this quilt and can’t wait to start it!

We now carry ALL of the Primitive Gatherings patterns and triangle paper.  Visit our website to see the entire collection:  //

There is simply too much for one article so look forward to next week…

Wrap yourself up in Flannel with Primitive Gatherings

When Lisa of Primitive Gatherings releases a book, you are guaranteed instant sales!  Her new book on flannels is a sure fire winner.  This is a case of a picture is worth a thousand words – and these pictures make this post priceless!


Item #PRI3843  Retail $25.00

The photography in all of her books is spectacular – just look at the BACK of the book.  If the cover is this exciting, you know your customers will want to see inside….


I love log cabins so this is high on the list of my favorites…


Here is a close up of the star quilt that is on the back cover…


If you love pinwheels, this quilt is hard to resist…



Lisa’s book would not be complete without some applique…


The simplicity of this tree of life quilt turns it into a work of art…..



This book is due to arrive this month, so place your orders now!!!

Primitive Gatherings Celebrates Summer

I love everything that Lisa Bonjean of Primitive Gatherings does – and her new book is no exception!  My personal rule of thumb is that I buy a book if there are at least four projects that I like.  This book blew that theory out of the water!  A picture is worth a thousand words….

Summer Gatherings

Item #PRI208-1  Retail $28.00

I love old fashioned four-block quilts – and this one is spectacular!

The framed daisies in a mason jar…

Mini baskets in reds….

Who doesn’t love geraniums???

A traditional sampler….

And a quilt with intricate piecing….

I am guessing you can already name the customers that will buy this – so why not send them a note and let them know you have it in stock?  They will be glad you did!

My Favorite New Patterns…

Bella Nonna Design Studio has released Island Wedding.  This simple yet sophisticated quilt is absolutely gorgeous!

Item #BN804  Retail $12.00

Every princess will love this applique quilt, “Once Upon a Time” – complete with a knight in shining armor!

Item #QLT038  Retail $22.00

Lisa of Primitive Gatherings has three new snowmen patterns out that combine snowmen with pieced snowballs – simply adorable…

A candle mat….

Item #PRI368  Retail $6.00

A table runner……

Item #PRI369  Retail $6.00

And a wall hanging….

Item #PRI371  Retail $15.00

These pin cushion bracelets by Heart to Hand are so practical and would make great gifts…

Item #HTH311  Retail $8.50

This purse by Marie Madeline Studio a tailored and professional look and the decorative buttons accent the angled flap – incredible stylish!

Item #M064  Retail $10.95

The Scrap Sack Plus has all of the features of the original as well as an ironing pad.  What a great gift idea for the quilter in your life.  Use the sack as a stocking by throwing in some notions!

Item #OLD965  Retail $8.00

To view the latest patterns, visit our website at:  //

We have added 183 patterns in the last 30 days!!!  What are your favorites????