Day 7…Needful things for Quilters

12 Days of Christmas 7Today is all about Stella…This newest innovation in personal lighting!!! I met the owner of this company while I was in Dallas and then again at FAll Quilt Market…Nathan is a nice, very personal guy and I fell in LOVE with his new lights…personally I am tired of my OTT light and when this arrived I couldn’t wait to get it set up on my sewing workstation.  I have ordered two versions of Stella…Stella-which is a tabletop piece and then the StellaEDGE which clamps to the edge of my workstation.  Now again I know this is a little pricey but again so worth it!! No bulb to replace…3 settings…warm, natural and cool…We are putting it on sale for $35 off…of the $220 price.  We will have the lights on sale until the end of the year.  We have white and black in each version.  Please visit the Stella site for ALL of the details. Stella website  


Good lighting is the key to successful quilting!

To order Stella and StellaEDGE from our website click here   STELLA

I hope you had some time to stitch today! LB

The winner from yesterdays post is:Sharon BennettDecember 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Wow! Great item to have on hand with all of these quilt designs that have massive amounts of embroidery in them! I’m stitching on one of those now and have about 8 more (embroidery quilt) patterns in my stash… not to mention how great this light pad would be for wool (and cotton) applique tracing too (not going to admit how many of those patterns are in stash lol)… hmmmm… I’m going to have to talk to Santa… I could really get some good use of one of these…

Please send me your address to:

I am hoping to sell enough light panels that I can send one to you Sharon…if not I will surprise you with something else that you will like!!!

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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!

129 thoughts on “Day 7…Needful things for Quilters

  1. What a beauty! I love the sleek design and the fact that it can attach to the table. Granted it is pricey, but I’m of the opinion that you get what you pay for.

  2. Stella would certainly add stitching hours to these tired old eyes. Stella would make stitching on black much easier…and perfect for all of the embroidery and wool work I love to do in the evenings.

  3. My sewing room is at basement level so I continually have a problem trying to create a daylight environment. Even with a top of the line light there are still those basement type shadows that make it difficult to focus on applique or working with dark fabrics. I think the Stella light might be something worth saving my pennies for.

  4. This seems to be an exceptional product, but, as you say, pricey. Hey, it’s snowing on the webpage!. Love it!
    Maybe I could put a bug in my children’s and grandchildren’s ears regarding a gift for next Christmas. Thanks for showing us another wonderful product.

  5. Wow! That’s going on my list to Santa. I’m been very good and my eyes coukd use a gift like that. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas.

  6. The whole idea of the Stella in 3 light settings is fantastic. Us quilters are spoiled! Fabrics, wools and threads do play differently in different light settings. Happy holidays!

  7. These lights look fantastic. The clamp on model would be perfect for my sewing table. Thanks for introducing them to us.

  8. I splurged on a Stella as soon as I saw it and have never looked back! I love this bright light!

  9. Stella-another gadget I have not seen but certainly would/should help we seniors to see our work a little better. I can see how helpful it would be for appliqueing, cross stitch, taking out mistakes, etc.

  10. It seems like this would be great for my old eyes. It gets harder and harder to see the little stitches.

  11. Love this stylish design. Would really help me out anywhere I wanted to sit and stitch. Love the portability too. Thanks for the chance. Helen

  12. Great giveaway item! So beautiful and powerful. Thank you for the chance to win and the exposure to so many great items. My shopping cart overfloweth.

  13. Another awesome product that I do believe I can’t live without. My “birthday” list is growing everyday you post! Thanks Lisa.

  14. I’ve seen these lights in my LQS and they are great. I’ve got 6 OTT lights in my home at various work stations and I am starting to realize I need more light than they give as my eyes get older.

  15. I have not seen these lights and need to look up the information. Again, you’ve brought up something new and apparently useful for quilters and crafters. Thank you.

  16. Stella would provide much needed light in my world. With such short days, my lights are on more than they are off. I am learning so much with your “Needful Things”…..Thanks for sharing.

  17. I really need to take a trip to your store so I can see all of these items in person. My husband is always wondering what to get me. He should be reading the blog posts.

  18. There is absolutely nothing better than good lighting — I’d love to have this next to my chair while blanket stitching wool appliqué…

  19. Good lighting is a must when you join the over “50” crowd, and I’m still doing a ton of sewing so I NEED the light !!!

  20. What a cool looking light. I have an OTT light that sits on the table that I bring to my quilt group for hand sewing. But I think I would like to sit with Stella instead.

  21. Stella is more than welcome to come live at my house!! heehee Love the name!! Stella is so bright!! Stella is just glowing! Stella is a turn on! (I could do this ALL day!) Have a good one!

  22. I have a few Ott lights, but the one I keep over my sewing machine really doesn’t light up the area under the needle very well. I would love to try something else. I’m beginning to require more light when I see. 😊

  23. I am constantly trying to improve my lighting when I sew. I will have to see if I have been good enough for Santa to bring it. Keeping my fingers crossed in TX.

  24. This looks like a great light. Right now the one attached to my sewing table is an old school type desk lamp that clamps on the edge w/just a regular light bulb in it. Light works but this Stella light would be SO much better. Maybe Santa will leave me enough $ that I can put towards buying one of these.

  25. I’ve heard about this lighting—it looks great! I’d love to try this. As I get older, my eyes are really crying out for better lighting. Thanks again for introducing us to all of these wonderful products!

  26. I know what you mean about Ott! And, my sewing area is in the basement–not the best lighting system anyway!I guess this goes on my list along with the light box yesterday. I hope Santa is feeling generous.

  27. I never heard about them! My husband is finishing the basement for my new sewing area….I will share your recommendation. Wouldn’t that be nice!!!

  28. This sounds like a great little light. The older I get the harder it is for me to see. I like the fact that they have one that clamps on to your work space.

  29. This sounds like a great light – I am working still with a regular light bulb or sun when it is out boohoo. Maybe Santa will bring me a good light this year.

  30. Love the look of this lamp and it sounds like it has wonderful light as well. Thank you for the chance to win a Christmas surprise from primitive gatherings. I love your store.


  31. Good light is so important. Especially when you have trouble seeing. I have not seen these lights before. I thought I stayed current with what is new and happening. But obviously not!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  32. My Ott light is not shining so brightly these days, I think that a new Stella light will be on my wish list.

  33. This light would go great with my new bifocals that I get this Friday. Ha! I need all the help that I can get with these aging eyes. This light looks fabulous and I would love to have it. I love clamp on lights.

  34. Hi Lisa, I have had a ott light for more that 14+ years, and I am sure that Stella would ‘outshine’ her. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful tools. Blessings and smiles, Emilou 🙂

  35. I’m hearing lots of really good things about Stella! And no bulbs to replace? What’s not to like about that!

  36. I have an older Ott light that is not working for me anymore either. It is a small portable one that I use for my sewing, embroidery and jewelry bead weaving projects. As I get older I realize that good lighting is becoming even more important. The Stella light looks amazing! I like the idea of being able to pick different light settings. Thank you for sharing these wonderful needful things!

  37. I really need some better lighting. I will have to check into this. Thank you for some really great ideas of things I need in my sewing room.

  38. The Stellar light looks and sounds amazing. I can never have enough lighting in my sewing room. The Stella light would help solve that problem. Are you listening Santa?

  39. Lighting is essential in hand stitching…..I’m ready for a brighter light! This is going on my Christmas list!! Thanks for sharing!

  40. I am impressed with the quality of this lamp and its sleek style is so modern and unique…I love it!!

  41. Looks like light. I’d never heard of them before, and the different light settings sounds ideal.

  42. Good lighting is always a must. I would love to have one of the Stella lights. I’m hoping to have many years to stitch since having several eye surgeries. Maybe Santa will bring me a gift this year!

  43. Wow. There is no end to the cool tools that are created to help us quilt. Thank-You for teaching about all the new options. I worked on a Christmas stocking today using the pattern from your Primitive Christmas book. I am making the one with the star on it. The stocking is turning out so awesome. I just love all your patterns.

  44. I haven’t seen this particular light before. It looks pretty slick! I was just asking hubby today to help me figure out how to use a light to see better in my upstairs sewing room (known my grand kids as Gramma’s Lab). The light on my featherweight actually gives my hand a sunburned look if I sew too long! This looks like it would totally fit the bill! Thanks Lisa, for bringing all these cool tools to our attention and giving us a chance to win one!

  45. Once again, something I have never heard of but looks amazing and functional. The light looks so modern, would make my sewing area look sleek . Lisa, you keeps us all up to date!

  46. Have not heard of this either, looks real sleek & modern & would awesome sitting next to my sewing machine, gotta see good to get all that stitching done!!

  47. This is something new to me. No light bulbs to change? Wow! Neat looking design. Good lighting is a must and something I need at night for sure. Thanks for introducing this product to me.


  48. Lisa, do you know if this is a good light for those of us that get migraines from Ott lights? I am always looking for a bright light that isn’t fluorescent or a strong LED.

  49. Stella…… I think I love the name as much as I love the light! Yes, it is an investment, but it appears to be well worth it! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and your ‘must- haves’ with all of us!

  50. I like Stella’s slim design and the fact you can change the setting, perfect. It seems the older I get the more light I need.

  51. Stella would be a very nice surprise to open on Christmas morning. I need to put a bug in Santa’s ear and maybe he’ll bring me one. Good lighting is a must when quilting or appliqueing. This will be going on my wish list.

  52. I was hoping something new would come out in lighting and it did. The name is interesting. Wonder how it came about? No bulbs to replace… I have to look into this more! Thanks for telling us about it! I’m loving all your needful things posts!

  53. Ooooo, I’d love one of these lights! Correction, I NEED one because I’ve been young a very long time so my eyes need more light now when I’m being creative.

  54. I have been to the Stella website and know they are great for “aging eyes” and basement sewing rooms … wish I could order one but alas, I did not win the MegaMillion lottery last night so I will have to wait for … my birthday? Can I send you my husband’s email and you can send HIM your needful things list?!

  55. I can’t believe I could actually win a Stella lamp. This would be fantastic. My eyes are not what they used to be. Thank you for posting the List of Needful Things again this year !

  56. Lisa, I bought a Stella about a year ago after my Ott light was broken. It is truly the best light I have ever used. It’s so flexible and adjustable everyone in my family would love to have one. Thank you for featuring it!

  57. Wow! You always have the best products!! Would love to try a Stella light! Thanks again for another great item!!

  58. Wow the Stella light is amazing! The LED does not need to be changed, it has tri-spectrum lighting to see your colors as they actually are, you can move the neck all around where you need it, and it even comes in a box with a handle so you can take it with you!!! Thanks so much for introducing all these needful products to us!

  59. Wow, nice lighting! You’re really giving Santa some great ideas this year for gifts! I am always trying to get better lighting. It makes it so much easier on the eyes. Thanks Lisa!

  60. I was just complaining to my husband about my lack of light in the living room while trying to sew there.

  61. The Stella light is new to me. I will have to do some reading to find out more about this little beauty. You really grabbed my interest with this one.

  62. I have seen these lights at work at the suppliers fairs, they wonderful. Thanks for making them available to the quilting community. Better lighting is always a good thing.

  63. I’ve recently been researching lights for my sewing table and my sewing room. I always enjoy learning about new products, and your posts have been great each day. Thanks very much.

  64. I have enjoyed reading your list daily. Stella looks very nice and sleek. Would be great for these long winter nights.

  65. This looks like a great lighting option – love that you can get a daylight feel rather than the cool light.

  66. wow, a light that uses 1/2 the energy – no bulb – tri spectrum lighting – – sounds perfect to me – this is now on my list – Thanks Lisa for bringing your favorite things to our attention!

  67. Nothing better then good lighting as I get on in the years. I will have to give this a try. Thanks for all your advice.

  68. Another great item to have! I did not know Stella had the warm, natural and cool option. While it’s the cool that makes it easier to see what your stitching… it’s the natural and warm that shows the accurate light of how a quilt (or stitchery) is actually seen (colorway) displayed in the home… this would be great for folks that cross stitch too…

  69. And THANKS SO MUCH for choosing me as a winner on the Light Panel post!!! I’ve sent you an email. WOWIE!

  70. Lighting is so important and it is hard to get it just right. These lights look like they might do the trick. Thanks for these “12 days of Christmas” products.

  71. I’ve been drooling over this light for some time now. I’ve never actually seen it in person (they don’t carry it in my town) and I know it’s pricey. Excellent information – Thanks!
    P.S. Love those little “snowflakes” that come down on your blog ;o)

  72. I could sooo use this lamp! I sew in my dining room (who uses their table to eat off of any more? LOL) and no matter how high I turn up the dimmer, there are always shadows, especially when I’m trying to cut fabric.

  73. Hi Lisa,
    Love your blog! I use an Ott Light. Is there much of a difference in the quality of light? This new one is certainly much nicer looking . . . very sleek!

  74. My Ott light also doesn’t seem as bright. I would love to have a Stella. Santa, I’ve been VERY good this year!

  75. That is one sleek light. I have a floor standing daylight which is really for the Lounge Room but need it for machine quilting so I have to hand applique at my sewing machine…not as relaxing as it should be. This would be useful as I could move the elegant daylight to the formal room and relax doing hand work in comfort.

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