12 Days of Needful Things…Day 12…

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12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 12

Well it’s the first day of our 12 day countdown to Christmas…I am always so excited to be able to introduce or showcase why these products are MUST haves for our quilting obsessions.  Please remember to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win this item!

I have to admit I have my favorite quilting items…and one of them are Olfa mats and rotary cutters, which we happen to use exclusively in our wholesale kitting department at Primitive Gatherings…There are so many inferior cutters out there and I get to see/use the when I’m teaching.  I love my 60mm Olfa cutter but today I am introducing what I believe is genius!!! A folding mat!  Here are some photos. 2680_-1440513941300images This is the answer for bringing your mat to class or retreats…

When we go to classes that require a mat its always awkward…their big and clunky…They do not like extreme heat or cold and nasty things like permanent warping and breakage happen when they are left in our cars.  We don’t mean to neglect them but life happens and something the results are bad.  Trust me I know…I’ve had it happen to my nice mats…but…Now Olfa has come up with a folding mat in two sizes…11″x17″ and 17″x24″. They are only half that size when transporting them.  They slip nicely into my sewing machine totes side panel or the small one even fits into my plastic project tote. Like I said Genius!!!

When unfolded you do not see the curved seam at all!!!  Now these mats are not cheap..they come with a nice price attached to them, they are worth it but we all cannot afford a $70 mat especially if you are just going to save it for classes/retreats…but we are going to ease this a little by offering the small one for $39.99 reg. $49.99 and the large one for $55.99 reg. 69.99   Save even more if you buy both at 89.99!!! CLICK HERE

I hope you find these mats something you could see as being very useful, and to help you keep that large mat at home and safe from permanent damage…

Remember to leave a comment and you may be notified on Christmas Day that you have won one of these amazing mats!!! If you would like us to HOLD your order until the end or until we hear from you please enter HOLD on your comment section of your order…If you do not say to hold we will ship them asap.  Please allow us time to get these out to you…we don’t know we are going to sell 5 or 50 and may need to re-order from our suppliers…Thanks for your understanding…

Now today it is cookie baking(made the dough last night) and house decorating day!!

If you have not made your Christmas cut-out cookies yet…I swear I have the best recipe ever!  Back when I was worLisa Bongeanking swing shift in the paper mill one of the guys bought in the best ever cut out cookie I have ever tasted…They were soft and fluffy and the frosting was amazing!!! He said his 90 year old neighbor had made them..I said you HAVE to visit her and beg for the recipe.  I love  homemade sweets and these cookies were amazing!  So here’s the recipe I have perfected over the years…you can THANK me later…Star Cut-Out Cookies   Click the link for a printable recipe

PS…They are not the prettiest, but the taste is A-Mazing….I can’t wait to feed Jace one of Grandma’s cookies!!!

My Best…LB


201 responses to “12 Days of Needful Things…Day 12…”

  1. Brittany Voigt Avatar
    Brittany Voigt

    Lisa, thank you for being so generous in all that you do! I will try the cookie recipe with my girls today!

  2. birdlooker Avatar

    Love the idea of the traveling mat. Thanks for the recipe. I have to get some buttermilk!

  3. Nancy Avatar

    You have the prettiest blog page with these snowflakes falling. I can sit here, read and smile. It’s a happy happy page! Still waiting for the real snow out here in southern New England. So warming to hear you mention your little grandson and cookies also! I’ll check out the recipe. I too so enjoy the baking part of Christmas!

  4. Shirley mord Avatar
    Shirley mord

    My favorite Christmas cookie. What a great idea,a folding mat. Will put on my Christmas list.

  5. Rose Avatar

    Love the fold up mats and I think they would be very useful for traveling. When we “snowbird” in Florida, I always take my machine and Olfa mat. Of course, the mat is very difficult to pack and I’m always telling my husband to be careful with it. The fold up 17×24 would be just what I need. Your cookie recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for all you do for us quilters.

  6. Yvonne Avatar

    Those mats look awesome! I’m going to have to try that recipe – I love cookies!!! Happy Holidays!

  7. Mary Sue Avatar
    Mary Sue

    Here we go again — and I love it! It’s hard to pick a favorite of the things and events you do for us, but the Twelve Days is right up there at the top. And you are right, the cutting mat is GENIUS!

  8. Stacy Avatar

    Great idea for classes or for traveling! Very handy. So glad it’s time for the 12 days- I love this every year!!!

  9. Lori Albrechtsen Avatar
    Lori Albrechtsen

    Love this idea!!! Genius!!!

  10. Mary Jo Baird Avatar
    Mary Jo Baird

    Agh! Let the 12 Days of Christmas begin!! These are REALLY the 12 days!! I am getting excited now-I really hadn’t been feeling it until this morning. I woke up feeling the excitement today!!! I also have to tell you how much I enjoyed your e-mail last night! It put a lot of things into a real perspective! I have always supported small businesses and the personal touch they add to your projects! I do enjoy seeing you at the AQS shows, too!

  11. Joan Richards Avatar
    Joan Richards

    Today is like Christmas Day! I love that you do this every year. I have never been disappointed in the things I’ve bought during these events! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into it.

  12. Melodee Avatar

    So handy, especially when flying to a quilting retreat.

  13. Deborah Kuchta Avatar
    Deborah Kuchta

    I’d love to try the cookies! Thank you for everything you do for us

  14. Janet D Avatar
    Janet D

    What a great idea. I cringe when a class requires bringing a cutting mat.

  15. Maryann Avatar

    Would love one of these mats and am going to try your cookies, thanks!

  16. kelly Avatar

    What a clever mat. Always dislike bringing my mat ti classes because it is so bulky. My family is on their way to Chicago for our annual Christmas ornament hunt at Macy’s. Have fun baking !

  17. Sally Hurst Avatar
    Sally Hurst

    I bought one of these mats for my daughter when they first came out a few months ago and she loves it! They really are great for those with small sewing areas, too, as you can fold it away easily. I would love one for myself to take to classes.

  18. Kathy Y Avatar
    Kathy Y

    What a great idea–perfect for classes or retreats.

  19. Mary Jo Spina Avatar
    Mary Jo Spina

    I’ve been planning to order one of those mats so this was the perfect time to get both and at a great price.
    I baked your star cookies a couple years ago and everyone loved them. Thanks for the recipe.

  20. Sharon Heirholzer Avatar
    Sharon Heirholzer

    What a great idea, I would love to own one of these!

  21. Donna Wells Avatar
    Donna Wells

    Great idea from Olfa. I still use my first purchased Olfa rotary cutter that I purchased in 1984!!

  22. Karren M Avatar
    Karren M

    Have grandchildren coming next week, making sugar cookies is definitely on the agenda! Love the mat, maybe Santa will bring me one.

  23. Cindy Wheeler Avatar
    Cindy Wheeler

    I have only used, Olfa mats, and yes I believe to be the best cutters also. My mat is shot and was hoping to get a new one, but Christmas buying for my grand children comes first. I will eventually but a new one. Thank u for your post, and I’ll try the cookie recipe! Cindy

  24. Twyla Avatar

    Lisa, my question is how do you do it all? You are totally amazing with everything you do and get done. Do you sleep? The mats look wonderful and would be great for retreats! Merry Christmas!

  25. Kathy Vetter Avatar
    Kathy Vetter

    I would love to have a larger mat to take to Sew Ins, but you are right, they can be too big to transport safely. This seems to be the answer. Thank you Lisa!

  26. Hannah Feigner Avatar
    Hannah Feigner

    Such a great idea! My sewing space is currently very small with not a lot of storage room. These would be awesome to win!

  27. Dia Foden Avatar
    Dia Foden

    omg…. this is the coolest thing!! I would so wish to win this. Lisa, thanks for all you do- I really admire your creativity- I’ve done so many of your quilts, and everyone really raves about them. Your staff is always so very helpful and it’s always a pleasure to order from you guys. Thanks in advance, and Merry Christmas to y’all!

  28. Therese Hoehn Avatar
    Therese Hoehn

    Love the idea of a traveling mat. I cracked my last mat by transporting it in my car. Thanks for the cookie recipe!

  29. Karla Pickhinke Avatar
    Karla Pickhinke

    The folding mat would be a perfect mat for my upcoming retreat!! LOVE your blog, & website! My 25 year old son took his 19 year old sister to her first ever Packers game at Lambeau field right now, & I showed them on the map where my fav quilt shop was in Menasha!! & how close they are, I told my daughter just walk in & take pics for me!!! & of course could pick something out for me!!? & its is going to be a nice rainy day to make some cookies, those sound delicious!! Thanks Lisa for all your wonderful inspiration!?

  30. Linda Smith Avatar
    Linda Smith

    This really is a genius of an idea! Someone very smart was listening and figured out how to make us tool collectors very happy! Merry Christmas, Lisa!

  31. Marlene Leonardo Avatar
    Marlene Leonardo

    Love it! I’m putting that on my wish list!

  32. Sheila Avatar

    Oh my, those cookies look divine! Thanks for the quiliting tips and hope to win.

  33. Deborah Cagle Avatar
    Deborah Cagle

    YEA! I can finally get rid of the mat I use for travel now! It is in such bad shape with chunks missing and cracks growing. Such perfect timing, I was just thinking I needed to replace it. Day 1 and I already learned about something new!

  34. Lois Wilhelm Avatar
    Lois Wilhelm

    The mats look wonderful, another item to add to my list!

  35. Cheryl Avatar

    Genius Idea is correct. Love this mat. Enjoy your holiday with your grandson making wonderful memories together.

  36. Sandy K Avatar
    Sandy K

    Perfect for when there isn’t enough storage space in my sewing area.

  37. Vicki H Avatar
    Vicki H

    The mat would be great for use when I cut at the dining room table and can’t keep things set up for long.

  38. Linda Munn Avatar

    Just when I was thinking of replacing my cutting matts. These would be awesome!

  39. hbrincken Avatar

    This is so handy, even storing them when you don’t need them will be easy. I am putting this on my list! I am going to try your cookie recipe too. I am always looking for a yummy soft cookie like that.
    Thank you Lisa!

  40. Marsha Avatar

    I’m sew happy to see the new and improved cutting mats! Smart idea!

  41. Patty Morning Avatar
    Patty Morning

    Thank you for the opportunity to win! Christmas blessings to you and yours!

  42. Debra Reber Avatar
    Debra Reber

    I can see these mats would be good not just for traveling, but for those of us at home that don’t have big sewing areas!!

  43. Connie Avatar

    Merry Christmas Lisa, Thank you so much for all your help

  44. Becky in Georgia Avatar
    Becky in Georgia

    Merry Christmas!!! A bit jealous that you have a “gran” to share Christmas with😊Thanks so much for the cookie recipe! Thank you for these Needful things!

  45. Roxanne Bowerman Avatar
    Roxanne Bowerman

    Nifty idea for traveling. Merry Christmas!!

  46. Connie R. Spalding Avatar

    This mat is genius…both for sewing rooms and traveling, as well as classes. Also, the recipe is genius too…sounds and looks so good. It’s the taste not the appearance that counts with cookies!!!

  47. Ann P. Avatar
    Ann P.

    One of these mats would be perfect in our camper. I love to take some of my things to work on when we are travelling. So relaxing.

  48. Traci Avatar


  49. Barbara F. Avatar
    Barbara F.

    Olfa is my favorite cutting mat too. They’re the best! I was amazed at how the seam disappears on these folding mats — genious!

  50. VickiT Avatar

    I had seen those new cutting mats which fold and have the wavy edge like these. I’ve been watching those for others opinions on how well they work because right away, I just knew I would want one. Right now shopping for the Grandkids is blocking me from spending to much on myself, but once that is done, this is one of those things on my own wishlist.

    That recipe looks amazing. I have been cooking/baking for more than 50 yrs and am always on the lookout for a really good sugar cookie recipe. I found one a few years ago that I’ve stuck with, but am always ready to try a new one which is highly recommended. This one definitely looks like a must try. I’ve never seen one with buttermilk, but I can see the reasoning in using it. WHY have I not seen this or thought of it before? Hmmm Thank you. Definitely need to try this one.

  51. Karen in Breezy Point Avatar
    Karen in Breezy Point

    I wasn’t going to do any baking this year, but you have tempted me–the cookies sound pretty yummy!

  52. Patty Archuleta Avatar
    Patty Archuleta

    What a great idea. The perfect gift for a quilters.

  53. Heather Scott Avatar
    Heather Scott

    I have wanted one of these mats since they came out! It certainly seems handy for traveling!

  54. Carolyn Sands Avatar
    Carolyn Sands

    Thanks for a great cookie recipe and a chance to win a great prize.

  55. Lana Avatar

    Love that a traveling mat was finally designed! I only use Olfa cutters and mats– I had another brand and I didn’t like how my cutter worked on it– you had to press a harder to get a clean cut. Love your recipes. You have great and loyal followers because you add a personal touch to everything you do. Thank you!

  56. Pam Hintze Avatar
    Pam Hintze

    Thank you for the cookie recipe. Your dedication to the quilting industry is greatly appreciated and I totally agree in supporting independent businesses. Hope you will share progress of your lake house. I spent many summers as a child on Lake Butte des Morts. Merry Christmas and Blessings to you and your family. PS I also use Olfa products and have for years.

  57. sandy Lowery Avatar
    sandy Lowery

    Such a handy mat for transporting to guilds and retreats. I love it that us grandma’s can feed our grand children treats, makes them love us more.

  58. Paula S Avatar
    Paula S

    I love these! I am moving and will have to downsize my sewing area. These are a perfect solution!

  59. Julie Deering Avatar
    Julie Deering

    Like the traveling mat. The cookies look wonderful. Thanks for the recipe. Will give it a try!

  60. sorchagirl Avatar

    What a clever idea….a folding mat! Thank you for introducing this item to me. The cookie recipe looks tempting and I may bake some for an upcoming potluck.

  61. Karen Weiderman Avatar
    Karen Weiderman

    Dear “Santa Lisa”…I have been a very good girl working hard on my Quilting Ph.D …aka projects half done. lol… This new mat would really help me get my projects finished. I will ship your
    Santa cookies to you by return mail. Merry Christmas!

  62. Gretchen Avatar

    I love the idea of a folding mat, especially for traveling to retreats & classes. It’s cookie baking day for me too.

  63. Pat S Avatar
    Pat S

    I’d love to use one of those folding mats – how convenient! And the cookie recipe looks amazing – I will try it, Thanks!

  64. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi

    Thank you for the cookie recipe, they look so yummy! Olaf mats are the only ones I use also, they are pricy but they are the best and I firmly believe that you get what you pay for…wishing you, your family and staff a Merry Christmas. Thank you for all you do

  65. Dana Wild Avatar
    Dana Wild

    Can’t wait to try the cookies! Merry Christmas!

  66. Angelia L. Avatar
    Angelia L.

    The cookies look so yummy! I have seen these mats in stores and was wondering if the join would cause problems when cutting over it….sounds like it shouldn’t be. Thank you for the review and all that you do! I love the snowflakes falling …. so does my cat!

  67. Karen Seitz Avatar
    Karen Seitz

    I have seen these mats featured in magazines, but the price has prevented me from considering owning one. You have me rethinking that!!

  68. Janet Kay Avatar
    Janet Kay

    Definitely a genius idea to have an Olfa mat that folds in half! This item is a must have!!

  69. Elizabeth Avatar

    Folding mat….genious!

  70. sewncreations Avatar

    The mats would be great for storage. I have to put my mats on the floor in the family room and this would be a great space saver. The cookies sound yummy.

  71. Juanita Coulter Avatar
    Juanita Coulter

    A perfect solution to a troublesome problem! Thanks for sharing … I had seen these on other blogs, but didn’t quite trust that they are seamless. I trust your endorsement! Thanks,

  72. Mary Colley Avatar
    Mary Colley

    these are such a good idea. Carrying a cutting mat to class is always a problem and I too have left one in the car by mistake-a bad idea. I would love to win one. Am thinking about ordering one

  73. Sherry Avatar

    Looking forward to seeing your favorite needful things! Thank you for your cookie recipe. It is just like my grandmother’s. It was a favorite tradition to decorate Christmas cookies at Grandma’s.

  74. Paula S Avatar
    Paula S

    I love these! I have to downsize and so they would be perfect!

  75. Mary C. Avatar
    Mary C.

    Thank you so much for sharing your cookie recipe…they look delicious! The folding mat is a great idea.

  76. carol spence Avatar
    carol spence

    Love to win this mat.

  77. Kathryn Casavant Avatar
    Kathryn Casavant

    I will think about ordering both of your cutting mats! Thanks for the tip. Kathy

  78. Vicki N Avatar
    Vicki N

    Couldn’t figure out where to leave comment at 🙂 . Love the mats! They would be awesome for those of us who have limited room in our crafty rooms.

  79. Debbie T Avatar
    Debbie T

    Folding mat what a great idea. Thanks for the cookie recipe.

  80. Audrey Bretz Avatar
    Audrey Bretz

    I’m putting this on my after Christmas shopping list! I always get some mad money to spend on things like this!

  81. Karen McMahon Avatar
    Karen McMahon

    I love the idea of the folding mat. Thank you for the cookie recipe. I will have to try it.

  82. Barb E. Avatar
    Barb E.

    What a great idea! I haven’t travel to quilt classes of late but these mats would be pretty cool and a zip to fold. Thanks for the 12 Days of Christmas…! I always get great ideas to give to my hubby 🙂

  83. tac Avatar

    I think the mats look awesome. Have to wait to get one until after the new year. Thank you for sharing.

  84. Holly Avatar

    Thanks so much to you & your staff for another 12 days of Christmas! I’ve been looking forward to this all year! The folding mats are a super idea . . . and will come in handy for retreats and sewing days with quilting buddies. And thank you too for the cookie recipe! Going to try them this week . . .

  85. Bonnie Larson Avatar
    Bonnie Larson

    Great looking mat. Thanks for the good deal

  86. Janet Avatar

    I’ve seen these mats and they’re wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win one!

  87. Robin Crittenden Avatar
    Robin Crittenden

    Great idea for the folding mat. I think even for storage. My sewing room is overflowing.

  88. Valerie Avatar

    Very cool how they fold! I love that!

  89. Marie Avatar

    I also love the Olfa matts and cutters. Have tried others but nothing compares to Olfa.

  90. Mary Ann Avatar
    Mary Ann

    Thanks for the recipe. Those mats would be great to have for my retreats I attend.

  91. Debbie T Avatar
    Debbie T

    Love the idea of a folding mat. Thanks for the cookie recipe.

  92. Karen Spaeth Avatar
    Karen Spaeth

    I meet with friends monthly to make small quilts for the children who are guests at our safe shelter. This mat would be easier to take than toting the large one!

  93. Mary Pasewark Avatar
    Mary Pasewark

    Foldable cutting mat? What a Great idea! I have ruined more than one Olfa mat by bending it in route to a quilting class! Sure could use one of these!

  94. Sandy Avatar

    The folding mats are a wonderful idea – what a great idea. The cookies look delicious, can’t wait to make them.

  95. Lauren Avatar

    Thanks for the info – folding mats will make packing for classes much easier. The cookie recipe reminds me of my mom’s – will be making these this week!

  96. Lola Zographos Avatar
    Lola Zographos

    I love this cutting mat. It would make it much easier to take to class. I am looking forward to the cookies, maybe my search for the best cookies is over.

  97. Stella D Avatar
    Stella D

    Like the information on these great new cutting mats..

  98. Rachel Childress Avatar
    Rachel Childress

    I have been eyeing this mat for the past year! Now I am trying to decide which size! 😊 Thank you for offering a great deal!

  99. Sue Dollhopf Avatar
    Sue Dollhopf

    Thanks for continuously sharing your wealth of knowledge with us. Buttermilk??? Foldable cutting mats???? I continue to learn from you. Have a happy holiday season with your new grandbaby. Sue Dollhopf

  100. Nancy Cobler Avatar
    Nancy Cobler

    That’s a great idea! I sometimes think about attending a retreat or class and then think about the lifting and lugged that would go with it and pretty soon I’ve talked myself out of it! I really like the way the curvy edges interlock to “fuse” that seam. I’m heading back to check out that cookie recipe now!

  101. Nancy Cobler Avatar
    Nancy Cobler

    Isn’t it great how they made that curvy joint so that it interlocks and eliminates and bumpy ridge! Sometimes the thought of lugging and lifting is enough to keep one from attending classes or retreats…this would make it less daunting! Now back to that cookie recipe…

  102. Shari Avatar

    Love the folding mat.

  103. Lisa Bartell Avatar
    Lisa Bartell

    You have the most awesome items on your website. I love my Olfa mats of various sizes.

  104. Jan calvert Avatar
    Jan calvert

    I love my Olga mat and cutter…..the cookies look amazing!!!!!!

  105. Nancy O'Neil Avatar
    Nancy O’Neil

    Lisa thanks for the info. I always love your needful things list. The cookies look great too!

  106. Jan calvert Avatar
    Jan calvert

    Olfa….I hate spell check!!

  107. Carol Shaw Avatar
    Carol Shaw

    Cutting mats and Christmas cookies…what is better than that?

  108. Kim F Avatar
    Kim F

    Love the idea of a very portable mat. Very handy for going to sewing group.

  109. Rose Burkett Avatar
    Rose Burkett

    I love my big cutting mat and a smaller one that folds would be handy to take to workshops.

  110. sewwritecreations Avatar

    Oh, I SEW need a new mat! Folding would be an added bonus! Santa, are you listening??? I made chocolate chip cookies, gluten free peanut butter snickerdoodles and a batch each of fudge and divinity today. And a personalized pillowcase. My back is DONE for the day (well, except for cooking dinner), but I have printed off your recipe to start up again tomorrow! Thanks for your generosity – cannot WAIT to see the next 11 items!!

  111. Paula Van Cuyk Avatar
    Paula Van Cuyk

    I will definetly try your cookie recipe, looks like it makes a big batch. The traditional cut-outs are still our favorite. Must be all of the memories. Thanks for sharing!!!

  112. Bobby Avatar

    You are so talented and so sweet on sharing your knowledge with everyone. I so enjoy all of your ( and the shop) blogs. Thank you.

  113. Mary Avatar

    The mats look like a wonderful solution for traveling and quilting. My son is still looking for a Christmas gift for me – this may be just the right thing to suggest. Thanks!

  114. Marilyn Hermstad Avatar
    Marilyn Hermstad

    These mats look terrific! Didn’t know they existed. I’m currently using an old big one for rolling cookie dough.

  115. Laura Williams Avatar
    Laura Williams

    Love Olfa mats. They last forever. Thanks for the cookie recipe. Going to give them a try with my grandson tomorrow.

  116. Liz Kisielewski Avatar
    Liz Kisielewski

    Those mats are a great idea. Wish that I had thought of them!

  117. Kristine Dauth Avatar
    Kristine Dauth

    When your 12 Days of Christmas arrives, I know that Christmas isn’t far off. I look forward to the needful things you’ll share with us each day, along with the wonderful discounts on each item. The foldable cutting mats are one of the most clever ideas I’ve seen in awhile.

  118. Tammy Avatar

    Your site is always so inspirational. I always look forward to seeing what is new.

  119. Kathy Baker Avatar
    Kathy Baker

    Lisa thanks for more insight into these mats. I’ve seen them advertised but wondered if the crack where they joint would make cutting more difficult. Your stamp or approval means a LOT! Thanks for sharing the recipe, too.

  120. Nami11 Avatar

    Thanks so much for doing the 12 days of Christmas again. I love looking forward to see what is featured each day. The folding mat looks wonderful & so easy to take anywhere!

  121. Barb Avatar

    Another company offered a folding cutting board about 10 years ago. Unfortunately it was not very durable. I look forward to once again having a cutting board that is very transportable. Thanks for finding the best things to make our creative pursuits much easier and fun!

  122. Renee Stapleton Avatar
    Renee Stapleton

    I love Olfa mats. I would love to have one of the folding mats.

  123. Rebecca Hoffmann Avatar
    Rebecca Hoffmann

    I have not seen these mats, what a great idea. Thanks for chance to win one.

  124. Rebecca Avatar

    I left a comment but it didn’t show, will try again. Thanks for the chance to win one these wonderful mats.

  125. Jackie Avatar

    What a wonderful idea, I will be getting one of those!

  126. Cheryl Baker Avatar
    Cheryl Baker

    Love olfa mats! The folding ones are great – would love to have one!

  127. Tammy Avatar

    I love the idea of these mats! I love all your patterns, fabric, website, blog….everything!!!

  128. Pam Knight Avatar
    Pam Knight

    I think the folding mat is wonderful. I just might have to get one from Santa. Maybe if I make him some of those delicious cookies he will bring me one. 🙂 Thanks for your generosity. I will see you here in Michigan in March…can’t wait.

  129. Inge Lise Hansen Avatar

    I love the folding mats, it is easy to bring to sewing. Thanks for the pattern of the year 2015

  130. Fran Avatar

    The folding mat is clever. I’ve been baking cookies all day with my kids and grandkids-our annual cookie day! Merry Christmas to you and your family

  131. Elaine Raymond Avatar
    Elaine Raymond

    It would make my Christmas to win one of these. Merry Christmas to , Nick and the rest of the family. Jace’s first Christmas will be so special!

  132. Sandy Avatar

    I would love a folding mat. You are so right that the flat ones are so bulky for traveling, one of these would be wonderful.

  133. Michelle Avatar

    I would love a folding mat!

  134. Janet G Avatar
    Janet G

    Love the mat and the cookies look AMAZING…Cookies are my favorite any time of the year.

  135. Cecilia Avatar

    I love the mat! The fact that it can be folded is great. I will be using your recipe this year, thanks for the recipe.

  136. Pam Warner Avatar
    Pam Warner

    Mats will be good for retreats

  137. Kary Avatar

    As you said genius making a folding mat. Wish I thought of it….

  138. carol Avatar

    Nice folding mats. Quality

  139. Dee Avatar

    These mats look amazing! I would love it!

  140. Martha C. Avatar
    Martha C.

    Had seen the mats but wasn’t sure they were good with the zigzag cut. Thanks for the review!

  141. Leslie Avatar

    Love my Olfa mats!!! Can’t wait to try this recipe…

  142. Deborah Thomas Avatar
    Deborah Thomas

    Folding mats – What a great idea. My grandson and I will make the cookies soon too. Thanks for sharing.

  143. usairdoll Avatar

    These mats look wonderful! A folding mat would be awesome for class.

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  144. Jamie Austin Avatar
    Jamie Austin

    I would love to win this mat. I will try out the cookie recipe later this week.

  145. Debbie G Avatar
    Debbie G

    These would be great for taking to retreats! Merry Christmas. 🎄

  146. Teresa Avatar

    Looks like a cool tool to have to take on y fun quilt retreats!!

  147. Rebecca Avatar

    Happy Holidays Lisa! I have saved the cookie recipe. Maybe I can make them next weekend. Thank you!

  148. Debbie Avatar

    I love those mats and would be thrilled to win one!

  149. Marcia Connor Avatar
    Marcia Connor

    Love, love love Olfa mats– have for years. What great idea to make them folding!

  150. Karla Avatar

    I never knew they made a foldable cutting mat!

  151. Bonnie Rabe Avatar
    Bonnie Rabe

    The Matt and cookies sound amazing.

  152. Janet Avatar

    What a great mat idea….and can’t wait to try the cookies….jmh

  153. Steph M. Avatar
    Steph M.

    Love the folding mat!! I have the recipe printed….my favorite cookie of the year – Frosted sugar cookie!
    Thanks for sharing

  154. Cindi P Avatar
    Cindi P

    I look forward to your 12 days of Christmas every year to see what you love and use. Thanks for taking the time to share with us! Hope you enjoy the grandbaby time…I know I do.

  155. Dawn Avatar

    Looks quite handy will have to add this to my wish list, in transition right now and trying not to buy to much right now. Thank you

  156. Brenda Y Avatar
    Brenda Y

    Thanks for doing the 12 days of Christmas again this year. The mats look wonderful.

  157. Patti Avatar

    A folding matt! That is genius!

  158. Barb Avatar

    Great idea. Would love to try. Thanks .

  159. herkyhawk Avatar

    Looks so handy for traveling to class. I cannot resist cookies, wish I could. Thanks Lisa.

  160. Traci Rickert Avatar
    Traci Rickert

    What an awesome idea…these mats seem perfect for lots of storage, on the go solutions!

  161. Pat Briggeman Avatar
    Pat Briggeman

    Love retreats and love the mat. Thanks

  162. Traci Rickert Avatar
    Traci Rickert

    Mats seem perfect for on the go and storage solutions! Thanks!!

  163. Kathy Bahn Avatar
    Kathy Bahn

    What a great idea!!! Love the folding mats – not hard to see how this made your 2015 list of Needful Things!
    The cookie recipe is a great bonus, too! You are so good to us! Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for all the things you share with us!

  164. Babs Williams Avatar
    Babs Williams

    Very nice!!!

  165. Barbara Avatar

    Perfect for traveling and taking to class. Thanks for sharing the info and the cookie recipe.

  166. Melody Avatar

    What a brilliant idea. I’d love to win one and would be happy to pay the postage here to Australia. I might even be the first person to have one here in Aus which would be very exciting

  167. quilter44 Avatar

    Love this time of year when you show us your favorite needful things. Love the new folding mats. Would also be great for home sewing when you are cutting individual blocks. I have already put my ironing board away, using your small ironing board when piecing. Thank you for all you do for us.

  168. Joan Avatar

    This is the best thing since (as they say) sliced bread. Love to have one. I will definitely try those cookies. I hope you repeat your recipe for the molasses cookies (the one you dip in white chocolate) because I think I copied it down wrong. Love your site and products and you. Keep them coming.

  169. Karen Findley Avatar
    Karen Findley

    Someone was very inventive. What a great idea for the mats.

  170. Judy Avatar

    A great idea! Wish I’d thought of it. I always enjoy your blog, whatever the subject. Please enter me for the folding mat drawing.

  171. Connie Avatar

    Really don’t need another mat, but will check these out. I love frosted cookies, will have to check those out, also!

  172. Marlene Avatar

    I like the folding mat idea! Thanks for the great giveaway. The cookies look tasty!

  173. gaillacey Avatar

    The mats look awesome … but I want the cookies!!!! Lots of ’em! Thanks so much!

  174. Wanda Wolfe Avatar
    Wanda Wolfe

    Wow, what a great mat!Not only great for retreats , but also if you are limited on space in your sewing room! Printed out your cookie recipe and will start on these this afternoon! Thank you!

  175. Brenda Kowalski Avatar
    Brenda Kowalski

    What a great idea – I dread dragging my large mat with me each time I go to a quilting retreat or a weekend away sewing with friends. And as Wanda noted, if you are limited on space in your sewing room, this is perfect. Can’t wait to try those cookies too. Thank you and Merry Christmas Lisa.

  176. Brenda Avatar

    Folding mats would be so handy for storing at home and taking to class. I can’t wait to try the cookie recipe.

  177. Judie Oler Avatar
    Judie Oler

    Love the mat! I can’t wait to make the cookies. I’ve been looking for a good frosted cookie recipe. You saved the day. Thanks.

  178. Cheryl Raab Avatar
    Cheryl Raab

    Traveling mats ! What a genius idea. Csn’t wait to try the sugar cookies this week.

  179. Barb Haakonson Avatar

    Hi, what a clever idea…a folding Olfa mat. This would really be a handy item to have. Easier to store at home. Now, I have one under living room couch. Also have one under couch at the lake, lol Thank you for the opportunity to win one. Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

  180. Barb Haakonson Avatar

    Hi, What a clever idea. Right now, I have a huge Olfa mat under my living room couch and one under my couch at the lake. Thank you for opportunity to win one. Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

  181. Barb Nash Haakonson Avatar

    Hi, what a clever idea! Right now I have an Olfa mat under my living room couch, and one under my couch at the lake, lol. Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

  182. Barb Nash Haakonson Avatar

    Hi, what a clever idea. I now store my big Olfas under my couches at home and at the lake, lol. Merry Christmas from our house to yours. For some reason, I am having trouble leaving a reply?

  183. Diana Kiehl Avatar
    Diana Kiehl

    I hope that I can leave a post late! I hope to purchase both mats! Thanks for the cookie recipe! I need all the help I can get this time of year!

  184. Janet D Avatar
    Janet D

    What a great idea. My olfa mat has broken edges from dragging it out in the cold to classes. The sugar cookies look yummy!

  185. timbersmith63 Avatar

    Those cookies look so wonderful!!! I don’t know what I’d do without my olfa mat. Id love to have one of those folding ones!! What will they think of next?

  186. emilyjoy180 Avatar

    I would love to have one of these mats!

  187. Paula Lambert Avatar
    Paula Lambert

    What a wonderful thing!! We know they are excellent quality….but foldable!! WOW

  188. susanmp14 Avatar

    Lisa, I have never had a sugar cookie that was worth the calories. However, I’m going to try yours. The ingredient quantities are quite large. This must make a big batch!

  189. Christi Pike Avatar
    Christi Pike

    This is a great idea! I may have to ask Santa to bring me in for Christmas.

  190. Ellen Avatar

    I have lost 2 mats to leaving them in hot car..this folded mat is brilliant!

  191. Bob Springer Avatar

    Ordered both mats……what a brilliant idea to make folding, full-sized mats! Thanks for the cookie recipe. I can’t wait to make some with my girls.

  192. Helen LeBrett Avatar
    Helen LeBrett

    Thanks for the cookie recipe: it looks delish!! I’m hoping to try it this season!! 🙂

  193. robinttttt Avatar

    What a clever idea, a folding mat, and so convenient to take to a retreat. Thank you for continuing the 12 needful things and for opening a store in California. What a beautiful quilt shop!

  194. Barbara Rodin Avatar
    Barbara Rodin

    These mats are not only good for classes and retreats but also for small sewing spaces like I have when you have to put things away, you can fold the mats it is easy to find space to put them away. Just finished Sunflower Gatherings last week, now to have it quilted.

  195. Barbara Rodin Avatar
    Barbara Rodin

    These mats are not only good for classes and retreats but also for small sewing spaces like I have. when you have to clean up the folding mats make it easy for storage. I finished the Sunflower Gathering quilt last week now just have to get it quilted.

  196. Arlene Clark Avatar
    Arlene Clark

    The folding mat would be very useful…may be needful. 🙂 I’m late posting cause I had to make your cookie recipe. Very delicious…didn’t have buttermilk so made some with a little vinegar in the milk. I used 2 dz of them for our kid’s group at church this evening. That recipe makes a lot! I made hearts because that cutter seemed to work best & afterall Christmas is all about Jesus’ love for each of us. 🙂

  197. MoeWest Avatar

    The folding cutting mat is a great idea! Thanks for the cookie recipe.

  198. Judy Zoll Avatar
    Judy Zoll

    How do you manage to get everything done? I struggle to get what I do done and I am not juggling near what you are.

  199. Julie - Me & My Stitches Avatar

    I think that I NEED one of these cutting mats. I’ve seen them before and wondered if they really flattened out well, and it looks like they do. Thanks again for the recipe (and the help along the way) – it’s definitely a keeper!

  200. Karrie Avatar

    Thanks for the awesome giveaways!

  201. Bridgidk Avatar

    I LOVE that you test everything and give us all the info. Thanks Lisa!!!!

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