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Day 12…Needful Things for Quilters…

12 Days of Christmas 12

Hello…and welcome to our 2nd year of Needful Things….I am going to give you 12 things that I cannot “live” aka “quilt” without!…thanks for joining me this year…I appreciate all of you…please comment if you wish…Santa might come a little early…it has been a good year!

All of the 12 items I am showcasing are going to be on sale through the end of the year on our website.  This is going to be a lot of fun so hopefully you can find some of these items useful and want to own them…If you wish to gather a bunch of them and place an order at the end of the 12 days that is great too…or if you want to order them we will just keep sending what you order!!!

Please remember you do not have to buy them from us….you can also support your local shop if that is your wish…we should all LOVE and support our local shops!!!!

I just want to say first of all I am so so so sick…I have never had a cough burn down to my soul this bad before…but I think I am getting a little better everyday now…so hopefully I will make it!!!

The first new item that I cannot live without is my new seam ripper….It is called the Seam-fix…shown here…It has this new rubbery end to pull all the threads out that are stinkers to get out after pickin the stitches out…here is a video

UnknownUnknown-1I found onYoutube...Click Here to see how great this baby works….Now it comes in two sizes….The Regular size is $6.95 on sale for $5.60 and now the mini in the bright pink, neon and purple are $2.80.  These would make awesome stocking stuffers for your quilty friends…and you can never have too many of them…

If you would like to purchase this item here are the links to our site Seam-fix and Seam-fix mini

Sorry this is short and sweet…but hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for me…Merry Quilting!!! Lisa


off to houston….

Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile…but you all know how crazy it is around market time…we have lost a few great people in our lives this last month….things were tough for us and our employees…but we pulled it together the best we can and off to Houston we go….Tina will not be with us this trip…we will miss her… she has been to every Houston market we ever attended.  But she will be ready to go in Spring I am sure…

I know these are not pictures of Houston…but they are of my new studio!!! My home studio is over flowing with everything…so we are building a new one by our warehouse…we basically have taken over the whole set of suites (4) where our warehouse is located, all but the one where Joe…the owner has his.

Our new studio, is 30 x100… and has 14′ walls!!!!  The sewing space will be 30×60 and the rest will be for storage…who knew fabric took up this much space…This is where will will work on our projects….film videos…store our antique quilt collection, hold classes that we may also tape, and who knows what else…but I thought I would post pics of its progress…So now when you come to Primitive Gatherings you can also visit our studio!

Now did I forget anything for Houston???     Oh…it is only the coconut bra and grass skirt for the Moda party…darn it!!!   …hopefully they will still let me in…in second thought if I did show up in the cc bra and skirt they probably wouldn’t let me in…lol!




winter break…on the last weekend of the year…

lots to go...but will be done today...remember I have a

lots to go…but will be done today…remember I have a JUKI…lol

I just received my year-end 2012 blog results from WordPress…I am so busy quilting I pay no attention to some of the techy stuff….but found this pretty report very informational…

Here goes…my blog was viewed 750,000 times in 2012!  I posted 99 times…not counting today…so 100 times….The busiest day on my blog was December 19…A Primitive Christmas post…was viewed 44,360 times….My blog was visited by 122 countries…all I can say is WOW! I had no idea..My  most commented on post in 2012 was My home town…Moda Designer Blog Post..

These are my  5 most active commenters:

  •  Cincy 28 COMMENTS
  •  Teri LaVoy 22 COMMENTS
  •  Sue Schultz 21 COMMENTS
  •  Ann 21 COMMENTS
  •  Denise W 21 COMMENTS

Thank you all for commenting, but if you are one of the top 5 send me your address, your Gravatar should match the one in front of your name here…I might have something for you…just a little something!!!  Amy is going to kill me…she is keeping track of all of my giveaways….I will post who we are still waiting to hear from…I do not think we sent any 12 Needful prizes out yet…so thanks for being patient while we enjoy our holiday season….

Here is what my weekend consisted of…if was perfect…

Stitching away...I have a great view...

Stitching away…I have a great view…

out my window...

out my window…

one of two squirrels raiding the feeder...

one of two squirrels raiding the feeder…

the birds waiting to get a "turn" are the feeder...

the birds waiting to get a “turn” are the feeder…




I made this recipe from Pinterest this weekend…Nick said I can make it again…lots of good stuff in it.Recipe here: Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce






























Presley and Jeter taking a nap...while I stitch...

Presley and Jeter taking a nap…while I stitch…

the boys playing in the snow...

the boys playing in the snow…

































time to come's cold out here but it sure is fun!

time to come in…it’s cold out here but it sure is fun!


penny  blocks all stitched...

penny blocks all stitched…

assembly line construction...

assembly line construction…

this is so good...

this is so good…

This avacado cream sauce is "to die for" all I'm saying...

This avocado cream sauce is “to die for”…is all I’m saying…

All ready before it enters the oven...

All ready before it enters the oven…


Winners for A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop…

Sorry it took so long for me to pick the 12 winners but there wasn’t enough hours in a day some days…Nick and Amy picked numbers between 1 & 99 for the winners…

Each of the 12 winners below need to send me their address so we can send out a kit for my Sheep ornament:

The number before your names are the comments numbers…so if you are unsure if this is your name check the comment number please!!!

2   Carol Eberhardt

4   catskillquilter

9   Kathy B

16  Jodi

23  Tammy Whaley

33  Elaine S.

57  sandy

68  Kathy MacKie

74  Marsha Bohling

78  JJean Nolting

86  Toni R

99  Mary


Sheep ornament from Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings

Sheep ornament from Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings

















Did anyone find any good buys out there today?



scrap basket #11…I am on a roll…

  I have a confession…I am working hard…it is actually hard for me to do anything else…all I want to do is work???  Is that wrong?  Remember I am quilting????  Who wouldn’t want to do this all the time?  No seriously…I can’t explain it, but it is hard for me to stop working…Nick has been gone driving to Long Beach for two days and I only stopped working go to my Brothers Birthday party and bring the dogs to their 2nd home while we are gone…other than that I have been working it is 11 pm and I should be pinning or something (Pinterest) and relaxing in bed before I have to get up at 4 to catch my 6am flight to LB, CA…Why can I not relax or just waste some time????  Why do I have to be so productive????LB

Whoops I almost forgot this….(see I am a little worried about this), just a little…lol….SCRAP BASKET BLOCK #11  PS…I love those 2″ stars!

PSS…I have bugged you guys 6 out of the last 7 days….I am trying to be a better blogger too…hopefully not a pesty one….goodnite…

I am setting this post to post on the 24th.. real time it is the 22nd…I love the fact that we can schedule posts…

You all will have a couple of things to do while I am in Long Beach!!!


scrap basket block #10

Bet you all didn’t expect this next block so soon!!! I told you I was going to try harder to get these done…I also have #11 stitched too…so look for that one soon also… The directions for #10 are here   SCRAP BASKET BLOCK #10

By the time you get this I will be flying to CA.  Hopefully stitching in the airport between flights.  I can’t wait to see my friends from CA…It is nice to go every 6 months to CA…I luv Ontario and Long Beach…now I have to figure out how to get my roller blades in with my stitching…Nick conveniently did not pack our bikes…so I am bumming and then remembered I have rollerblades!…walking can get boring…I like to cover more ground…. I had so much fun biking on the beach last year…husbands can be a drag sometimes….I am sure he will read this and be mad at me for a second, but I do look forward to simple things like that…I really don’t ask for a lot!!!

You have to see this…(I just got an email while typing this)…. Jo and Janet…they have been at the retreat house…and are from NE.  I remember because Jo was in one of my classes and she has the longest orange fingernails of any stitcher I have ever seen!  But I got to tell ya…that girl can stitch! and here’s the proof….she stitched both quilts and Janet is a long arm quilter…she is going to quilt both…I think this is a great barter system… Do you think it is an even trade?  Tell me what you think!  I can’t wait to see their next photo of both quilts quilted!!! Go Janet GO!


the dog days of a july summer….

Jeter was taking a nap while I stitched in the chair next to him this afternoon….he has to be to be close……………..I thought I might share this summer’s pieced BOW…are you keeping up?  I have up to 3 all done…parts of 4 & 5 stitched and I am sizing 6 and 7 tonite…Carole is auditioning a border….hmmm I don’t know if I am going to border…Are you?  I know she now has this basted and is ready to quilt it!!!

Hope this inspires you to keep up or keep stitching…


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