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!!!

129 responses to “Day 7…Needful things for Quilters”

  1. Pam Phipps Avatar
    Pam Phipps

    I really need one of these as my eyes are not as good as they used to be!!!

  2. wantstoberetired Avatar

    Well this would be extremely useful for my nighttime applique work. Hmmmm…Santa???

  3. Rose Avatar

    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.

  4. Brenda Avatar

    These lights look very useful. Would be good for hand quilting.

  5. Sandy K Avatar
    Sandy K

    This looks fantastic to use in the evenings when I do cross stitch. Santa??

  6. Carol Avatar

    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.

  7. Lizzie Avatar

    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.

  8. Sylvia Avatar

    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.

  9. stacy Avatar

    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.

  10. Gina Avatar

    Oh my. this looks so good…now how do I ask Santa for a light!?!

  11. Lynn in Madison Avatar
    Lynn in Madison

    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!

  12. Phaye Avatar

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

  13. Marsha Gardner Avatar
    Marsha Gardner

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

  14. Sheila S Avatar
    Sheila S

    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.

  15. Jane Ahler Avatar
    Jane Ahler

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

  16. Helen G. Avatar
    Helen G.

    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

  17. Jane Avatar

    These old eyes sure could use a boost! Love all your needful things!

  18. Vicki H Avatar
    Vicki H

    Wow, these would be great for night work especially with my old eyes.

  19. Darcy Avatar

    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.

  20. Audrey Avatar

    One can’t ever have enough light! sleek design, how nice!

  21. Barbara Avatar

    Would love to own a stella light. Thanks for all your tips and giveaways.

  22. Teri LaVoy Avatar
    Teri LaVoy

    Would love one if the Stella lights. Loving your Christmas tools blogs too !! Merry Christmas!!

  23. Mary Avatar

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

  24. Carol Renee Avatar
    Carol Renee

    Stella is very sleek looking. The 3 different lighting options is very nice.

  25. Jane O'Neal Avatar
    Jane O’Neal

    The Stella looks fantastic… The older I get, the better lighting I need!

  26. Janet O. Avatar

    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.

  27. Janice Mc Laren Avatar
    Janice Mc Laren

    Looks like a wonderful light. I certainly could use more in my studio.

  28. Sandy Avatar

    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.

  29. Donna Avatar

    Saw these today at my LQS. Really liked it.

  30. Carole Avatar

    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.

  31. Ann P. Avatar
    Ann P.

    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.

  32. Margaret Dugaw Avatar
    Margaret Dugaw

    Good lights make such a difference! Extra expense is worth it.

  33. Lynn Avatar

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

  34. Julie Green Avatar
    Julie Green

    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 !!!

  35. Linda Biondo Avatar
    Linda Biondo

    WOW. I could really use one of these. The lighting in my house is solo bad!

  36. Susan G. Avatar
    Susan G.

    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.

  37. Janet D Avatar
    Janet D

    Stella looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing another “needful thing” I have never seen before.

  38. Rita Nichols Avatar
    Rita Nichols

    I love the streamlined look, fresh and clean lines. I’m tired of my Ott light too.

  39. Angela Avatar

    Love the look, maybe Santa will bring me one…thanks for the giveaway…..

  40. Sandy Avatar

    Thanks so much for sharing this light, I need more light, I have so many projects to finish.

  41. Paulette Doyle Avatar

    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!

  42. Cecilia Avatar

    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. 😊

  43. michelle starr Avatar
    michelle starr

    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.

  44. Jody Avatar

    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.

  45. Gretchen Avatar

    Nice design and no bulb to replace! Thanks for introducing this wonderful light.

  46. Rita Avatar

    I saw this light at a recent quilt show and they look great. Good lighting is an essential tool.

  47. Barb O Avatar
    Barb O

    These look so nice. So sleek and simple looking .love it!

  48. Susan Avatar

    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!

  49. Lynda Malloy Avatar
    Lynda Malloy

    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.

  50. Lisa LK Avatar
    Lisa LK

    Those look great. And no bulb to replace? How cool is that?!

  51. Amy Avatar

    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!!!

  52. Barbara D. Avatar
    Barbara D.

    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.

  53. Rose Avatar

    Love the idea of the clamp on model….and no bulb to replace, way to cool.

  54. Kim Kopac Avatar
    Kim Kopac

    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.

  55. Mary Kastner Avatar
    Mary Kastner

    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.


  56. Kathy Avatar

    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!!!

  57. Glynis Avatar

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

  58. Pamela Miller Avatar
    Pamela Miller

    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.

  59. Karen Sikes Avatar
    Karen Sikes

    Luv the look of the lamp. I am sure it would help this poor eyes see better.

  60. Emilou Avatar

    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 🙂

  61. Sue kraft Avatar
    Sue kraft

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

  62. Renee Avatar

    This light looks great! My eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be so this would be very helpful.

  63. Angelia L. Avatar
    Angelia L.

    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!

  64. Karen Avatar

    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.

  65. Cheryl Keown Avatar
    Cheryl Keown

    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?

  66. Steph M Avatar
    Steph M

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

  67. Avatar

    Hello Santa! I would love a bright light for these old eyes!
    Laura B in Rockford

  68. Michele T Avatar
    Michele T

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

  69. KathyE Avatar

    As I am getting older I notice I need good lighting to see. This light would help a lot.

  70. Glenda in Florida Avatar
    Glenda in Florida

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

  71. Elaine Avatar

    Just what this old lady needs, good lighting. Merry Christmas everyone!

  72. Kris Kayser Avatar
    Kris Kayser

    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!

  73. Mary C. Avatar
    Mary C.

    Very attractive design and nice that it has 3 settings…I know just the place for it!

  74. Cathie Gillette Avatar
    Cathie Gillette

    SOO wanting one of these…added to the list!

  75. suejean1 Avatar

    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.

  76. Pam Huggins Avatar
    Pam Huggins

    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!

  77. Sheila Plock Avatar
    Sheila Plock

    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!

  78. DianeK Avatar

    I have seen these lights and they do look great. Would love to own one.

  79. Kathy J Avatar
    Kathy J

    What a great light! Love the multiple light setting options.

  80. Karla Pickhinke Avatar
    Karla Pickhinke

    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!!

  81. usairdoll Avatar

    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.


  82. Sharon Nejedlo Avatar
    Sharon Nejedlo

    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.

  83. Joleen Avatar

    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!

  84. Leanne Avatar

    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.

  85. Kris Dauth Avatar
    Kris Dauth

    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.

  86. Kathy Roloff Avatar
    Kathy Roloff

    Looks like something from the Jetsons! I’ll put it on my “someday” list.

  87. Nancy Avatar

    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!

  88. Lori Avatar

    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.

  89. Katherine Avatar

    What a cool and innovative light! I’m going to have to save up for one.

  90. Mary Ellen A Avatar
    Mary Ellen A

    I have never heard of this light so will definitely have to check it out!

  91. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    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?!

  92. robinttttt Avatar

    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 !

  93. Diana Kiehl Avatar
    Diana Kiehl

    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!

  94. Karen Avatar

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

  95. DaisyS Avatar

    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!

  96. Jakey Avatar

    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!

  97. Jackie Rucks Avatar
    Jackie Rucks

    Looks like a wonderful light, it is hard to find great lighting, thanks for sharing.

  98. Robyn Brown Avatar
    Robyn Brown

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

  99. Jill Avatar

    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.

  100. Susan J Avatar
    Susan J

    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.

  101. Patti O'Donnell Avatar
    Patti O’Donnell

    That is a wonderful light. Might have let Santa know about it.

  102. Char D Avatar
    Char D

    I would love to find Stella under my tree this Christmas!

  103. Kathleen C Avatar
    Kathleen C

    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.

  104. Maria R Avatar
    Maria R

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

  105. Dee Avatar

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

  106. Lori Avatar

    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!

  107. Sharon K Avatar
    Sharon K

    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.

  108. Diane H Avatar

    I need all the light I can get these days. Great product, thanks.

  109. Cindy Avatar

    Wow! The Cadillac of quilting lights…my Ford gets me where I need to go…lol

  110. Janet Kay Avatar
    Janet Kay

    These Stella lights would be great when working on any of your fabulous quilting designs!

  111. Sharon Bennett Avatar
    Sharon Bennett

    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…

  112. Karen Avatar

    What a fantastic light for these old eyes of mine 🙂

  113. Sharon Bennett Avatar
    Sharon Bennett

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

  114. Krislovesfabric Avatar

    this looks like a wonderful light, I’ve seen it advertised in magazines…glad to hear a testimonial from you…it is going on my wish list!

  115. Sandy Avatar

    This looks like the answer to my lighting issues!

  116. Charlotte Avatar

    Looks like a great light. Thanks for “showing” these new products.


  117. sandy Avatar

    Another awesome product. Hmmm, maybe I need one of those lights and my stitching will improve???

  118. Donna W Avatar
    Donna W

    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.

  119. Karen Avatar

    This lighting looks awesome. Can’t wait to get mine!
    Thank you for sharing all of this valuable information with us!

  120. Tina Avatar

    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)

  121. Bridgid k Avatar
    Bridgid k

    Oh how cool!!! I need to save up and get me one of these.

  122. Linda Yeager Avatar
    Linda Yeager

    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.

  123. Laura Lynch Avatar
    Laura Lynch

    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!

  124. Gloria G Avatar
    Gloria G

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

  125. Penny Avatar

    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.

  126. Mary Avatar

    What a neat looking light! I find as I get “older” good lighting is more and more important.

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  128. SewCalGal Avatar

    Definitely a needful thing for quilters. After all, good lighting is critical. I am certainly hopeful for a Stella too!


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