Quilt Book Review: Little Gatherings

Oh my goodness…blog readers, be prepared to be amazed.  I don’t know where I have been but the book I’m sharing with you today was published in December of 2021.  I know if I would have seen it, I would have purchased it because I love it.

The book is Little Gatherings from Lisa Bongean.  Just look at the quilt cover.  That quilt is great!!

There are 13 projects in the book and all of them are little…little pieces, little quilts.

I was excited to see this.  Ever since I started working on my cross stitch wall, I’ve had a want to do more decorating in my house.  One thing I think would be great is to add more quilty touches.  These small quilts are perfect.  PLUS, I have all the bed quilts that I’ll ever need but want to keep quilting so…another reason this book is perfect.

I’m not a nautical girl at all but I still like this little quilt.  All I’d have to do is leave off the anchor.  I could add applique something else that’s more me or I could make it with nothing appliqued on it.


This one was fun.  These aren’t my colors but that’s totally okay.  I like to decorate a little seasonally so the white could be changed to orange and it would be perfect for Halloween.


This one, I adored.  I’ve always wanted… to do a feathered star project.  Maybe this small version would be a good fit for me.


Who doesn’t love a little nine-patch?  I know I do!!

Check this out…did you read the finished size of the nine patch blocks??

1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.  That is a teeny tiny block.  Oh, I love it.

I would love to make this one for Christmas!!  So pretty.  Amazing.

Again, check out how small the blocks are.  Do you see the penny on the block?   TINY!! 
Here’s another I can see myself making.  Wouldn’t this be nice for winter decorating?  Once Christmas has passed I have little winder decor.  This would be perfect!


This one I love for Spring or Summer.  I love the baskets and the wool flowers.  Oh, I’d love to make these!!

This one I really love.  I love the colors and I’m always about anything with red.

I have all of these bonus triangles left over from other projects.  It would be so fun to trim these down and make this quilt.  I love that idea!!  Mine would be more scrappy but that’s totally okay.  I’d just love to use more of them up.


Again, look at the dime on the quilt.  The blocks are SMALLER THAN A DIME!!


There is more for me to love…So pretty.  I’d love to make this one too.  They call this one Christmasy but it’s not to me.

This is one of the easiest as far as construction goes.  I like it too.  There are others I like a little better but I can also see myself making this one to warm up a perfect seam allowance.
That is one thing I do want to note.  If tackling little projects like these, it’s very important that your seam allowance is spot on.

Anyway…I’ve been taking this book to bed and reading through it…studying the pictures.  I just love it.  People often say if you make three quilts in a book it’s worth buying the book.  I think that’s a great philosophy but I also think there is great value and just reading the quilt book and dreaming your way through it!!

So…I’ve checked off reading and dreaming.  I hope to get at least a couple of these made.  I’m still dedicating 2022 to tackling as many UFOs as I can.  Maybe I’ll treat myself to a new year’s start and make one of these…but, maybe I could call those red half-square triangles I have as a UFO and make that red star quilt.  Hmm.  We’ll see.

If you’re interested in the book, you can find it HERE.

14 thoughts on “Quilt Book Review: Little Gatherings

  1. Arline

    Love them all. I just started a Christmas QAL that Moda is running that uses Lisa’s Primitive Gathers pattern titled Mini Alphabet Quilt. The QAL is titled llLetters to Santa

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  2. Rita in Iowa

    Wonderful book, can’t wait to see what you start or finish!

    Working on a Two Step quilt. 94 x 94.

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  3. Cindy P

    Jo,I thought you might like to know that the anchor in the first quilt is a reminder of Lisa’s son who sadly, passed away
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  4. Dianne winter

    OMG, if anyone can do these Itty bitty quilts, Jo can! I’ll leave these up to you. They are so pretty but smaller than a dime, I don’t think so. I probably would spent more time unjamming the squares in the machine. Enjoy

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  5. Kate

    Such darling quilts. I am not sure I can make such little blocks, but seeing all those in the book makes me want to try. I hope you make some of them and we will get to see them!!

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  6. Brenda E

    I was tempted to buy the book last time I was at the shop but held off-but I know myself so another trip to Lisa’s shop coming soon. My girlfriend works there so I kind of visit every so often to admire all the quilts hanging.

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  7. Stephani in N. TX

    I tried making those tiny blocks from corner off-cuts, then decided it wasn’t worth it. Now, I see what can be done with them, love the results. And, I probably don’t need any more big quilts. Love my quilts but they are stacking up around me.

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  8. Lynn Walker

    I have long wanted to make some teeny-tiny quilts, so shall put this book on my birthday list, at the top. Fab, fab, fab. Thanks for sharing.
    Regards from sunny England

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  9. Carla

    Oh wow, those are precious! I especially like the one that used mostly HSTs. I won’t be buying another book rn, but it sure got me thinking about going through my existing WIPs to find the tiny quilt I started.

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  10. Sue McKelvy

    Remember that the smaller the pieces the harder it is to fudge it. You may be working with 1/8″ seam allowances.

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