Vacation time…….

This past week I went on vacation with my other half.  Our first vacation together….he did all the driving.  But have no fear, he did come back in one piece, it was a little iffy every now and then, especially when we were driving through Atlanta, but we made it! GRRR!

We went on a little weeks vacation to Charleston, SC and Savannah, Ga. just to bum around the cities and have a nice get a way in warmer weather.  We made our first stop at the Charleston History Museum.  We walked around a bit and then wondered into the the Textiles Room, which should be called THE QUILT ROOM.  I turn the corner and this is what I am greeted with…


A small, quaint and very beautiful display of antique quilts! These were absolutely stunning quilts. Needless to say I turned around to Phil and said, “I’m in heaven, you can go sit down if you would like, I’m going to be here for a bit.”  He came around with me and asked questions about the making of them, and I explained some of the techniques to him. He seemed genuinely interested in it all…..he’s learning slowly but surely.  Here are just a few of the ones that I personally enjoyed the most.


The hanging quit was called Caesar’s Crown or Full Blown Tulip c. 1850 by Betty Jones Watson of Ridge Spring, SC.   While the one on the chair is from an Unknown designer, created sometime in the late 19th Century. Alternating with white squares, the “Turkey Tracks” are created with curved shapes of red, green and striped fabric. Apparently and I did not know this, but this pattern was more commonly known as Wandering Foot, however the quilt myth says that this name became associated with young men leaving home and was then quickly changed to Turkey Tracks.

The quilt above was called Mosaic Star, and was created by Clara Perry Jones of Ridge Spring, SC around 1830, although the border was most likely added around the 1870’s.  This quilt contains hundreds of 5/8″ hexagons!

I am hoping that you can see the writing on the hexagons in the bottom 2 pictures.  That features that back of the quilt where the quilter Virginia Mikell Hay used paper templates made out of printed booklet papers, there is on in there dated 1842!

Here is another fantastic quilt that they had there which you can see the papers a little better.  They also had templates that were made out of pieces of metal that were used to help the quilter make the paper templates.  They do not know the exact person that started this quilt but believe it was Susan Boone DeSaussure Kersaw of Charleston sometime in the late 19th Century. I LOVE how they used what they had around to make their templates from……what do you think they would think about all the ready made templates that we purchase?


There were way too many good ones to go into depth about, I just picked a few of my favorites.  Here are a few more quilts that were in the display area.  All were fascinating and I think I was in that little area longer that I was the whole museum, it was absolutely breath taking to see them all there.


I’ll post more pictures of our vacation but I think this section of our vacation needs to have a post all on its own!  I hope you all have a beautiful week!



NEW From Primitive Gatherings

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Live A Simple Life BOM Light Version

We have had some awesome things happening already in 2018! Lisa’s New Flannel Line, Wool and Needle V dropped into stores, which means a whole new set of patterns and quilts made out of these cozy fabrics. It also means an absolutely exquisite Block of the Month that Lisa has put together as well.

Live A Simple Life is a stunning quilt done in the New Wool and Needle V Flannel Line. Lisa has out done herself with the use of beautiful wools and flannels appliqued together to make this heirloom quilt. Live a Simple Life will finish at 72”x72”, and is offered in either a Dark or a Light Background; Primitive Gatherings is exclusively offering the Dark Version of this quilt! This is a 6 month program, in the first month you will be charged $121.50 which will include the pattern, all of your background fabric and the first set of blocks for you to do; months 2-6 will only be $30.50, shipping is already included in these prices. As an added bonus, your first month will come in a pre-printed box that displays pictures of the finished quilt for you to house all your blocks an fabric in until you are finished. This is one quilt you do not want to miss out on. Sign up TODAY! Block 1 Starts shipping in January!

  Live A Simple Life Dark Version Exclusive to Primitive Gatherings

We also have a couple of quilts that are made  with these cozy, comfy fabrics that would be perfect for just about any weather we are having.  Just because it is Flannel does not mean that it is going to be too warm for the South! These fabrics work anywhere!

Granite Peak comes in Red or Mustard Color, perfect size at 80″ x80″. Kits and Patterns are available to ship TODAY! Don’t work with wool? Looking for a piecing quilt? We have just the BOM for you!

Working Mans Quilt (Brown Quilt) and Step By Step (Black Quilt) are both absolutely stunning in the Wool and Needle V Flannels.

We are starting our Japanese Hexagon Trim Tool Block of the Month in February. We just love working with Japanese Fabrics and making this quilt was no exception! We combined both the Japanese Wovens and Cottons to make this fun and beautiful quilt, for $34.00 each month, which includes shipping.   Each Month for 12 month you will receive a set of 8 different fabrics (total of 2.25 yards of fabric) that will allow you to create 12 blocks for a total of 144 blocks; these will make a quilt approximately 82”x108” or it will make 2 smaller size quilts, the possibilities are endless. These blocks will be fast and easy for you to do each month. The Hexagon Trim Tool must be purchased separately if you do not already have it. Sign up today and start receiving beautiful Japanese Fabrics in the mail in February.


Are you always struggling to look for Background fabrics for your quilts and appliques? We have just the Club for you! Our Background Fabrics Club features 8 different fabrics each month that are perfect for doing just that. Choose to receive Fat Quarters or Fat Eighths each month, you can start and stop this Club at any time, just remember it takes 2 months to stop this program.


Looking to start a stash of wool so that you can start making some of those patterns you have been collecting? Our Wool Bundles of the Month keep getting more popular as the years go on. Imagine getting 8-6”x7” beautiful wools of varying textures and colors in the mail each month! Receiving these bundles is a 12-month commitment, each bundle will be only $19.00, and shipping is included! Sign up Today!! First bundle ships in February.


Bristle Creek is a fabulous quilt designed by Paula Barnes at Red Crinoline; combine that with Marcus Fabrics and you have a winning quilt.   Using all Reproduction Fabric this quilt will truly be something you will want to use everyday.  Bristle Creek will finish at 95”x95” and includes the pattern and triangle papers needed to complete the quilt. Started in January so you won’t have to wait on the edge of your seat for your first package to arrive.  A 12 month commitment at $31.00 which includes shipping.


Hopefully one of these programs have sparked your interest, or has inspired you in some way.  Have a beautiful weekend!


Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop


Out with the OLD….in with the NEW! Winter Clearance Sale

Isn’t that what people always say? Out with the OLD in with the NEW?  That is what we are trying to do this week.  We are looking to make way for all of the NEW projects and ideas that we are going to be making this 2018, by putting a bunch of kits, fabric, wool bundles, books and patterns on sale for you this week! Sale is January 8-14!  Look underneath NEW then go to WINTER CLEARANCE sale to see all the goodies we have ON SALE this week.

All Books, Patterns, Fabric, and Wool Bundles are ON SALE for 25% off! Due to how our computer program operates we are unable to put just these items on sale to reflect their sale price.  Please note that we will make sure that all items are discounted properly and will refund your $ when we ship your order.  Thank you for understanding.  Now on to what we have ON SALE!


All books and patterns are ON SALE for 25% off.  Our only exclusion will be the NEW Quilter’s Journal by Lisa Bongean.  We also have a great Book Bundle for you!  For $30.00 you will receive: Flannel Gatherings, Primitive Christmas, and Nine Patch Gatherings book!!  This is a great offer! FullSizeRender-21

All other Books and Patterns will be ON SALE for 25% off.  Reminder: We will be manually taking the discount off of these products for you and will reimburse your credit card as needed.  Thank you for understanding.


Time to get an awesome deal on Wool Bundles this week!  All Wool Bundles will be 25% off. This is your chance to stock up on a variety of textures in any given color, or select one of the variety of color bundles!  Grab up those pastel textures to make some Easter Eggs out of.  Reminder: We will be manually taking the discount off of these products for you and will reimburse your credit card as needed.  Thank you for understanding.



Did you finish up a few quilts in the past few months and are in need of a few backings?  We have all fabric off the bolt, excluding Wool and Needle V flannels for 25% off, minimum of a 1/2 yard cut.  Stock up on your backgrounds, borders, and backings!Reminder: We will be manually taking the discount off of these products for you and will reimburse your credit card as needed.  Thank you for understanding.


We will also have our Fat Quarters and Half Yards On Sale as well!  You all know how that works right?  Pick the colors you would like for us to pick for you and SURPRISE!  when you open your package you will be pleasantly surprised on what you receive!




Looking for a quilt kit to start working on this Winter?  We have a bunch of quilt kits that   are looking for a new home!  We love all these quilts but we want to make way for new ones that will be coming out this year!  Prices under this category WILL reflect the Sale price for you.  Look underneath NEW then go to WINTER CLEARANCE sale.


We hope you find some fun items on our Winter Clearance Sale and are able to give it a good home!  Have a wonderful week!


Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop


Guys Night at the Quilt Shop December 13


NO MATTER what Conan O’Brien says, you CAN NOT wait until the day before Christmas to start Shopping! Time is running out to find that Special Someone in your life the perfect Holiday Gift!   If you are struggling with what to get them, we have the perfect solution…Come to the Quilt Shop! We are extending our hours on Wednesday,December 13th from 5pm-8pm to help you Shop for your Special Someone! Not sure what they would like from Primitive Gatherings and don’t want to give them just a gift card?  We have this problem solved for you; print the PDF: Christmas Wish List   , leave it on the kitchen counter for the day and see what magically appears on their Wish List.

We will have Refreshments for you while you do your Shopping.  Along with several “elves” who will be more that happy to help you pick out or up exactly what is on the Wish List.


For all those guys who make a purchase on Wednesday, your name will be put into a drawing for a $50.00 Gift Card to Home Depot, Lowe’s or Cabella’s; pick one of the 3, its your choice!  For those of you who need to do your Shopping Online, please call into the Shop that evening and your Name will be entered in to the drawing as well!  We will have one of our Elves answering the phone that night to help you with your gift finding.

We will also have FREE Gift Wrapping for your purchase! While we would love to have this for Online Purchasers as well, we are unable to do so, Free Gift Wrapping is for in Store purchases only.   Enjoy Refreshments while you do your Shopping.  We will have several “elves” there to help you pick up exactly what is on the Wish List.

Happy Holidays


Primitive Gatherings


UPDATE: Open House Orders

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UPDATE on Christmas Open House Orders: For those of you who have not yet received your order from the Christmas Open House and have a Mug on your order, we have to apologize. We ordered enough Mugs for ALL of you to receive them right away…..However, when we were going through the last half of the Mug boxes as we were packaging them to go out, we found that the last 15 boxes of Mugs were actually not the color that we wanted them to be….believe it or not they were orange! I am pretty sure that I have never seen an orange candy cane; I know that they are out there, but not for Christmas! We contacted Sunset Hill right away and they apologized profusely and are working overtime to get them done so that we are able to ship those out to you. We are told that we will have them hopefully by the 13th. We are so sorry for this inconvenience and hope that you understand. As soon as we get the Mugs in we will get your order and mug out to you.


For those of you that have orders from the Christmas Open House that does NOT have a mug in it and you have not received your order yet, it is more than likely due to the fact that we are still waiting on a few things to come in from our Distributors. We will get those orders out to you as soon as we can.


We want to thank you so much for your patience and understanding in this, we thought we had all our t’s crossed and I’s dotted by ordering as many mugs as we did and did not count on running into a wrong color on the mug.


Thank you again!


Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop 


Looking for a gift for a loved one but don’t know what to get them??


Are you stuck on what to get a Friend or a Loved One who loves to Quilt or Work with Wool?  Look no further!  Today (December 1st ) thru December 3rd, are the days to get a Gift Certificate from us!  December 1-3, we will reward you will an additional $5.00 for every $50.00 that you put on a Gift Certificate!  When purchasing a Gift Certificate from us, they are are now sent directly to your email.  You can print them out to give to your loved one right away if you need to, or if you would like to you can have it sent directly to the individual you purchased the Gift Certificate for; all you need to know is their email address and it will be sent to them!  But do not delay in getting those Gift Certificates, this Sale ends December 3!


Happy Holidays from Primitive Gatherings,


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Wooly Tree Class




Have you been looking at all those Wooly Trees that have been popping up everywhere and wondering how to do them?  Debbie is going to be doing a Class on these Wooly Trees, Tuesday December 5 from 11-3 at the Menasha, Wisconsin Shop.  Class Fee is $25.00 plus supplies.  Call Today to reserve your spot!  Supply List will be given to you when you sign up.  920-722-7233

Have a beautiful Day


Primitive Gatherings



2017 Christmas Mug Web

You all have been waiting patiently by your computers for the past week waiting for the projects and the goodies to reveal themselves haven’t you? Today is the day!!

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Quickly before we get into all of the goodies. If you are planning on coming to either the Wisconsin or the California Show for our Event, Please check to see the times in which each Shop is open. In Wisconsin we are OPEN during our REGULAR Shop hours, we have not changed them for this Event. This means that even though the Event goes until Sunday at Midnight, you will only have until Saturday Evening at 4pm to come into the Shop. You will be able to Shop ONLINE until Midnight on Sunday November 19th. Thank you!

 Ready, Set, Go

Are we ready to have some fun?? When purchasing $30 or more of regular, in stock items between the dates of November 16-19, you will receive 4 FREE patterns to a table runner, a wool wall hanging, our Candy Cane Stackable, a pattern and kit for a pincushion AND a Coupon Book; with all of the great sales coming up before anyone else!

Where will you find all of the NEW Primitive Christmas Items?

On our website under the NEW category, there will be an icon that looks like this….

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Click on that and you will find ALL of the fun items we have put together for your fun and enjoyment. NEW this year, we have also a sub category for LAST MINUTE GIFTS, which will include a multitude of goodies to be used to give to your friends and family who quilt. Many of you have seen the Pre-Cut Pennies that we brought to Houston; we now have the Pre-Cut pennies up under the Christmas Open House.

Which Freebie patterns will you be receiving?

Everyone who purchases $30 or more will receive a pattern and a kit for this awesome pincushion. If you don’t want to make it a pincushion, you can put it into a frame! We have Sand available ($3) and a Frame ($25 black or cream) available for purchase if you would like to purchase one of them and have it so you are ready to go when you finish your project. Your free kit will be selected at random, and will be automatically put into your into your package when it is sent, meaning you DO NOT have to put it into your cart to receive it. If you would like to make more of these kits you will be able to purchase them for $5.00.




Make and Takes

Have you joined us for our Make and Takes before? This is a great time to come and enjoy some fun at our Shop and to visit with Lisa (at our Wisconsin Shop.) Lisa will be showing you how to make these cute Candy Canes Thursday-Saturday from 10-2. We have them in 3 different sizes!! You will be receiving the pattern for these Candy Canes as one of your FREE patterns. You just need to choose the size you would like to make and come on down and make one with us. If you are not able to attend the Make and Take with us, you will have all 3 sizes available to purchase online. These are all 100% cut out for you and would make great ornaments for you to make with your children or grandchildren!

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If you have done our Stackables in the past the medium size Candy Cane is the same size as our Stacked Tree and our Do You Wanna Build a Snowman.



Have you been collecting our Mugs for the past 3 years?? If so, we have the next one to add to your collection. This year, as you probably have already guessed, is a Candy Cane! These mugs are handcrafted in Wisconsin just down the road from our Shop! Each mug is 4 ½” tall, can hold 16 ounces and are microwave, dishwasher and oven safe. This year the Mugs are $19.50. There will be an additional shipping charge on the mugs, as we need to purchase extra packaging materials to ensure that the mugs get to you safely and intact. We have ordered more mugs than we ever have before in hopes that we are able to send out everyone’s mugs right away with your order.

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More, More, More

If you haven’t gotten enough of all of the goodies we have above, just wait; we have a bunch of other fun projects for you! Here are just a few of them that you will find under the Primitive Christmas Open House category. Click on the link to be taken to these and many more projects.


Last minute gifts, don’t know what to get your sewing circle, friends or family? We have a few ideas that we think would be amazing as gifts!

We hope you enjoy our Primitive Christmas Event this year. This is one of our favorite Events to put on, we love bringing all of this to you! Your elves are ready to help you this Holiday Season!

Thank you, Jessica

Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop



2017 Primitive Christmas Event

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Are you all excited and ready for us to reveal all of the goodies we have been working on the past couple months for our 5th Annual Primitive Christmas Event??  It is going to be happening in our Wisconsin and our California Shop AND ONLINE November 16-19.  Each Shop will have their own Opening and Closing times so please make sure that you watch our Newsletters, Facebook Page or Blog Posts for these times if you are planning on attending in person.  The Wisconsin Shop will be Open Thursday (11/16) – Friday (11/17) 9:30-5 and Saturday (11/18) 9:30-4, the Shop will be CLOSED on Sunday (11/19), but you can still order ONLINE through midnight.

When purchasing $30.00 or more November 16-19, you will receive 4 FREE patterns designed by Lisa exclusively for this event, along with one FREE pincushion kit! Which designs you ask???? You will have to stay tuned in next week for all the specifics! We will reveal everything on Thursday (11/16)!  You will ALSO receive a Coupon Book that has a list of all of our Sales that will be happening in 2018 along with some added events such as; Shows that we will be at and Retreats that  Lisa will be hosting here in Wisconsin.

Our Stackable Make and Takes are back!  Have you done our Stackable Trees and Snowmen???  Lisa will be doing the Make and Takes with you, Thursday-Saturday 10-2:00 each day.  What is the project you ask???? You will have to wait and see what we have come up with until next week!  I know…..totally NO FAIR, but it is going to be be completely worth the wait!


We are picking up our 2017 Mugs this week!! I’m sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for those to come in.  We ordered more Mugs than we ever have on the first printing in hopes that we are able to send everyone their Mugs right away!  What is the Mug Logo this year you ask??? Watch next week for the big reveal.  If you do not have one of the three Mugs above that are from the previous years, we do have a few left from our Christmas in July when we reprinted them.  Give the Shop a call ASAP if you would like to purchase one of these Mugs 920-722-7233.  They will not be available during the Primitive Christmas Event.

If you are able to come and join us, we would love to see you at the Shop.  We will have Homemade Cookies, a Hot Chocolate Bar, and so much more!  SO make a road trip with your friends and family and come and see us November 16-18!

Have a beautiful week,


Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop 


Correction for Borders on Freebie Finishing kit…Happy Home..

Please accept our apology for an error in our finishing directions…We improperly wrote the directions for putting normal borders on a quilt in our directions…but we actually put them on Log Cabin Style which our kits also were cut for…so if you have the kit…you need to put them on this way or you will not have enough fabric for the top border…

Happy Home Correction