Day 9…Needful things for Quilters

12 Days of Christmas 9

Good Evening Quilters….I know you thought I was going to forget about this post….I even got some texts and emails asking if I was “OK” or if they accidentally deleted their email…but no… I am just late because I am putting the finishing touches on my NEW studio…everything is all set minus a little decorating…which we can always do that…and its so exciting…will show you some pics after this 12 day thing…now for todays item….

This will be cool whether you are a hand quilter, machine quilter, long arm quilter or all!!! I have this awesome set of templates that Judy P had made for me for my Birthday a long time ago… I thought why should I be the only one with these…so I had them made and now we all can have this cool set…They are about an 1 1/2″ wide and you just start with the smallest one…mark it’s edge…then lay the next size on the mark from the first one….mark and so on until you have all five of them marked.  After the first set of fans you have to move the ark until it touches the last line of the first set of arcs.  You just slide it over and continue to mark on the outside edge…

Below pictures show  the I have one arc stitched and then the next one marked…The rail quilt is from a shop swap…the pattern was in American Patchwor

fan1k and Quilting magazine…it was submitted by Kathy Holland… an awesome scrap quilt…I will show you my progress so you see how fast it goes…I mark with a light grey chalk pencil that just rubs away by the time I am stitching on the next arc my arm is rubbing off the chalk…If you would like this template set it is on sale on our website…FAN TEMPLATES  here.  They are regularly $15 and will be on sale for $12.

The quilt is in my hand quilting frame…which this model is no longer available…I do have a new hand quilting frame from Grace…but have yet to get it set up and quilt loaded…that will be my winter goal…

I will try and get the next posts loaded so they come earlier in the day…keep commenting on a chance to win some cool prizes…

and the winner from yesterday’s post is:

Linda LDecember 15, 2013 at 12:20 pmWow, I love this. I haven’t heard of these either, what a helpful, “needful” notion. Besides saving my fingers from burns, it looks perfect for pressing strip sets so they stay straight. I struggle to keep strip sets from going “wonky”.  Please email w


ith your address!  You have won….an 18″ strip stick and some yummy Moda fabric!…

Stitch a little today and everyday!!! LB


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I live on a lake in beautiful Butte Des Morts, WI. I have three sons: Lance (forever 29), Luke 33, Jake 32, and two grand-babies, Little Man and O-Bug. I've been married to the love of my life Nick, since 1998 when we started our crazy adventure together! I am a quilter, rugger, and gardener. I also love to cook when I get the chance. Thanks for visiting and supporting Primitive Gathering Quilt Shop where I try to bring you the best Moda fabrics and wool projects anywhere!

154 thoughts on “Day 9…Needful things for Quilters

  1. Surprise! one more gadget I need since I have a Longarm they sire would come in handy!
    Laura B in Rockford

  2. Oh wow! These look fantastic! I’ve been wanting to try an all over baptist fan quilting motif on my quilts but have been too nervous! These are perfect! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  3. Wonderful idea. I am glad to hear that you still hand quilt. On my list to get back to some hand quilting this year.

  4. thanks for a fun giveaway. I love your blog! you always have great tips and ideas. Have a Merry Christmas! Helen

  5. Well isn’t that just another great idea! Thanks for sharing. Think I am going to have a gold sized order by the end of these twelve days!

  6. How coincidental! I have been cutting strips for that Kathy Holland rail quilt, which is on my agenda for 2014; now maybe I can get this template set to make the quilting a bit easier! Thanks for the chance to win it! — Susan Oakes

  7. That looks like the coolest set of templates!! What a good friend you have that would have them made for you!!!!

  8. Just at your shop last week. Had I known, these could have come home with me too. Maybe the next time I’m up in the Fox Valley!

  9. The templates are a great idea. I need to do more hand quilting. I would love to take your Big Stitch hand quilting class. Maybe someday.

  10. How cool are these templates, great idea! I can’t wait until you share pictures of your new studio.
    Enjoy your evening,

  11. Wow-how neat! You’ ve been showing some awesome new tools. The Baptist fan is my favorite and I have not tried hand quilting it but with those ruler/templates, I might be able to do it. Thanks for sharing!

  12. These will be great tools for both hand and machine quilting. I can’t wait to give them a try. Look forward to these posrs every year. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Awesome template. You amaze me with all the quilting gadgets that I have never seen or heard of until I read about them on your blog. Thank you for making me aware of these great gadgets.

  14. I love this idea, I love to hand quilt and I see lots of possibilities. Keeping my fingers crossed that I win.

  15. I have been wanting to try the Baptist Fan and this will help so much! I hope I win. Thank you, as ever, for the great giveaway.

  16. That’s really cool with the big stitch quilting. I love quilting with perle cotton, if I’m going to do the work I expect that someone will be able to see it!!

  17. Love the big stitch quilting.! I learned that method from you several years ago. Relaxing stitch to use.

  18. These look wonderful – another must-have. I am big stitch quilting for the first time on a quilt and those would be great. Keep them coming.

  19. Love that scrap quilt. I’ve never learned to quilt on a frame- not sure how you quilt in all directions when your quilt is fixed. I guess you learn to go in all directions, I’ve seen the Amish do this.

  20. Oh I hope I get picked for this. I want to try my hand at fmq and I think these would be perfect. Thanks so much for a chance.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  21. I have a longarm, but have always been afraid to do a fan. These templates look like they would be easy to use!! Thanks!

  22. These are going on my list to Santa! I use stencils quite a lot for hand quilting but I’m a bit bored with the ones that I have. These would be very flexible to use for marking. Another “needful” item.

  23. You never cease to maze me! One more gadget on my “needful” list! I was wondering what happened to your post too – – thought you must be sick! Glad you aren’t!

  24. I’m currently working on that same quilt! I need these arcs when I get ready to machine quilt it, they have been added to my “have to have” list.

  25. Hi Lisa, does it have to be a large quilt or can you use some of these templates on small quilts? I love to hand quilt.
    Great, great ideas…thanks!

  26. Oh my! I’ve always been wary of trying to mark a Baptist Fan pattern, but with these, it looks foolproof! My list is of needful things is growing. Thank you for telling about them! And yes, I was wondering if you were feeling worse today. Glad to hear that wasn’t the reason this post was later.

  27. What I love about the 12 days of Christmas is the tools are so different and ones that I have not seen before. I really want to hand quilt a bed quilt and these templates are really neat. Thanks for the fun!!!!!

  28. The elves must be reporting our wishes to you! I have a quilt requiring a fan hand stitched, utility stitch, and what happens! You offer us the perfect tool! Thanks so much! I’m going to have quite the order before the month’s end.

  29. This looks great. I never know how to mark a quilt so I often just stitch in the ditch. I think this is one I will have to get!

  30. I love the these templates to make fans. Just awesome. Thank you for the chance to win. merry Christmas to you and your family.


  31. Boy, do I need these. I have a new longarm and these would be great! Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!

  32. Great way to mark Baptist fans. What fun to have a new studio, I look forward to future posts showing it off!

  33. Wow, another great idea. I may even consider doing some hand quilting with that as a template. Keep the great tips coming!

  34. Wow! These look great! I love Baptist fans–this looks like just what I need to make them. I have a “new to me” longarm and would love to try these out with my machine!

  35. Like the fan templates and love your hand stitching. Can’t wait to see what you have to share with us tomorrow.

  36. What a cool gadget! I think I need to get these. I clicked on the link and it takes me to a password page. Will go to your website and look for them. I do have a question on big stitch quilting. How do you hide your knot at the beginning when using 12 wt cottons?

  37. Theses are so cool! I see a set of these in my very near future! All of your needfuls have been wonderful!

  38. These templates are great. They let you mark as you go instead of feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of marking the whole quilt at once.

  39. What a unique idea! The fan quilting looks good on so many types of quilts, so this would be really handy to have.

  40. Loving your needful things and the snowflakes. Amazed at all the goodies I need. Okay, I’ll admit I just have to have them. Not all but many. There is a limit. Thanks for making this a learning opportunity to bring more joy to quilting, Lisa. Now, hope you are getting over the crud and resting and eating and resting and eating.

  41. Oh Lisa, I need need need this template set! I’ve always wanted to try to hand quilt the fan pattern! Also, is it possible to order the 6″ size of the pressing stick? I think it will be easier for me to maneuver when I’m making mini blocks! I forgot to ask about it on the right day…

  42. I have always wanted to quilt the Baptist pattern but don’t feel confident doing it freehand. These templates will make the process very easy. Thank you for sharing them with us and bringing them into your shop.

  43. I’m kicking myself because today I was in your area and was going to stop and get Needful item #1 fir my mom, my sister and myself…and got busy with work meetings and forgot. My job gets in the way of my hobby, but I need my job to pay for my hobby…such a pickle!

  44. I am just learning to “quilt” my “tops”. What an amazing idea and it looks like something I can handle without too much stress. I might even be able to breathe as I work.!!!!

  45. These are something new to me, but I can certainly see how handy they would be. I am a hand quilter and have used a compass for draw my arches for fans. These would be so much easier.

  46. New studio? Can’t wait to see pics. These templates are really cool. I have a large frame for hand quilting that I would love to try these on. Thank-you for sharing. I sure don’t know how you manage to do all that you do.

  47. Hi Lisa. I have so enjoyed these posts. I have always wanted to try this quilting pattern and these templates make it seem very achievable. Happy holidays to you.

  48. So I spent two days at your shop and this Needful thing is still a surprise every day as well as a learning experience. I did learn about the rulers while there and I was very impressed. But you would think after two days at the shop I would have seen these other things. I guess I need a week there. I know I’d love it. 🙂
    Thanks for postings. Its been great seeing all these things I NEED and amazingly don’t have. Can’t wait to see tomorrow. 🙂

  49. I love to do Big Stitch Hand Quilting. I often use different size plates from the kitchen to mark quilt patterns. The templates would be much easier to use and position. Would love to win these.

  50. Lisa, I can’t believe how much I look forward to these 12 days of Quilting emails…! This fan template looks like a nice way to mark this design. I like your big stitch quilting with the dark thread.

  51. Wow! Those are so cool! I have never seen anything like it. I think that these templates would be useful as I work on my machine quilting techniques.

  52. I have been putting off doing arc like things because I could not find the right tool – until now! These would be a WONDERFUL addition to my growing tool collection. Happy Holidays!

  53. I have been putting off doing work like this because I could never find the right tool. Until NOW! THose would be a welcome addition, and I would love to have them in my sewing room. Happy Holidays!

  54. What a great idea! I am glad you are ok and I didn’t accidentally delete your post. Looking forward to seeing the photos of the new studio!

  55. What a neat template set! I love all kinds of templates and have never seen these before. Great pictures too.

  56. Brilliant!! Just finished Craftsy ‘Hand Quilting’ course so I am looking at frames etc to start practicing. I also bought Cindy’s Machine Quilting course to help improve my machine quilting. She uses a lot of stencils so have spent many hours looking at those ending in confusion. Love the look of Baptist Fans but which size is practicable?

  57. I am a new quilter so still finding my way as far as quilting is concerned, would love to have a go with these though.

  58. I’ve always wanted to handquilt Baptist Fans on one of my many tops, but I’ve been a little scared about getting the arcs even.. These templates look wonderful, should make the job so much easier.

  59. That does look like the perfect tool for quilting scrappy blocks. The shape fits the natural arc of your hand. Great job with the posts.

  60. I love Baptist fan quilting design and this tool seems great for marking. You have great friends that make you awesome tools!

  61. I let a friend use my fan templet and she never returned. It might be a good thing now I can buy a new one. Thanks for all your hard work. Bats

  62. Love the quilt and love the templates. I also was amongst the ones hoping you were okay. Love following your blog, your work is always so beautiful, and your quilting and life adventures fun to read. Thanks for taking the time to keep blogging. I can hardly wait to see the new studio.

  63. These look wonderful!!! I hate marking fan quilting lines but these will make it so much easier. I will be getting these. Thanks Lise.

  64. Love the templates. Would make marking a lot easier. Wish I would have thought of it. Love the blog. Thanks

  65. These templates are genius! I have tried using a whole template out of plastic and it didn’t work so well. Love your list of needful things.

  66. I kept checking the e-mail between batches of cookies and thought you had taken a turn for the worse. So happy all is well, and you were caught up doing some other ‘Needful Thing’. These look as though they might make the actual quilting so much easier, since I am very ;quilting challenged. Thanks

  67. What a great idea!! The fan is one of my favorite quilt patterns but I always have trouble getting the markings exactly right. The fan is so great for both traditional and modern quilts. Really going to have to get a set of these!!

  68. Well, doggone! I’ve wanted a template for baptist fans for a long time but could never find any. I’ll have to get a set. Merry Christmas to me… 🙂

  69. I love it. This one I have to have. And now I will have to go back and order the other Needful things that I thought were great but some day I would order them.

  70. What a great tool! I’ve always liked the fan design but thought it would be to hard to get it so even. This is definitely on my list of must haves. Thank you for constantly sharing so many great ideas, tools, tips and tricks!

  71. What a great and easy way to draw fans. I love to draw them on the big quilts that I hand sew, but I use cardboard and it is very creased now!! I think I may need to purchase some.

  72. Fans are my favorite quilting design for anything that feathers would be too fancy. I have always been afraid to try these as my longarm skills are not that great—I hope I can add a YET to the end of this sentence. I would love to order these (after Christmas).

  73. I`m hanquiltier and I`d be very fun play with these tool and very welcome for someone like me that when I see a curve run.Sure this tools would become one of my fav.

  74. I love hand quilting. Have not tried a fan pattern. Hope I win this and can try it on my Christmas challenge quilt that will not be finished by Christmas.:)

  75. Alwayswanted to do a Baptist fan – and love the tool from yesterday – so I am waiting until the end to place my order. Thank you.

  76. Having struggled trying to line up a perfect set of fans on my last quilt, this is a great answer to the problem!
    Barb for the Midwest

  77. I love the Baptist Fan quilting pattern – so I sure would enjoy these. Thanks for your posts.

    Charlotte S.

  78. I have never seen templates like this before. I am definitely going to buy them! Thanks for sharing this special item and for all of your posts!

  79. Your timing is perfect! I was just wondering the other day how one would mark for this pattern. These templates would be wonderful to have!

  80. I love these! I do alot of machine quilting and am always looking for new tools to use (rather that can’s, lids or plates to use as a template). These will work great to use for machine quilting!

  81. Love your quilting stitches!!! The templates look so easy…so much better than the overlay or a compass (ha !). I can also envision using them for a base of sun rays! Have a good day!

  82. I’m a hand quilter and have always loved the appearance of fans across a patchwork quilt. Your templates look like the perfect way to hand quilt a fan design. I’ve used big stitch (not too big) with embroidery floss on casual style liberated quilts; big stitch adn fan quilting go together!Thanks so much for your posts and information.

  83. Very cool, might get me back to hand quilting, love those pressing bars I will be ordering those

  84. Wow ,what a unique tool! I love the way the fans look on your quilt. Looks like another must have quilting tool.
    Thanks for sharing!

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