12 Days of Needful Things…Day 12…

Sorry my post had a broken link…

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. 1 Brittany Voigt
    December 13, 2015 at 9:33 am

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

  2. 2 birdlooker
    December 13, 2015 at 9:37 am

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

  3. 3 Nancy
    December 13, 2015 at 9:39 am

    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. 4 Shirley mord
    December 13, 2015 at 9:40 am

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

  5. 5 Rose
    December 13, 2015 at 9:40 am

    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. 6 Yvonne
    December 13, 2015 at 9:42 am

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

  7. 7 Mary Sue
    December 13, 2015 at 9:42 am

    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. 8 Stacy
    December 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

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

  9. 9 Lori Albrechtsen
    December 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Love this idea!!! Genius!!!

  10. 10 Mary Jo Baird
    December 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

    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. 11 Joan Richards
    December 13, 2015 at 9:54 am

    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. 12 Melodee
    December 13, 2015 at 9:55 am

    So handy, especially when flying to a quilting retreat.

  13. 13 Deborah Kuchta
    December 13, 2015 at 9:56 am

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

  14. 14 Janet D
    December 13, 2015 at 9:56 am

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

  15. 15 Maryann
    December 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

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

  16. 16 kelly
    December 13, 2015 at 9:58 am

    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. 17 Sally Hurst
    December 13, 2015 at 9:59 am

    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. 18 Kathy Y
    December 13, 2015 at 10:04 am

    What a great idea–perfect for classes or retreats.

  19. 19 Mary Jo Spina
    December 13, 2015 at 10:06 am

    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. 20 Sharon Heirholzer
    December 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

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

  21. 21 Donna Wells
    December 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

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

  22. 22 Karren M
    December 13, 2015 at 10:18 am

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

  23. 23 Cindy Wheeler
    December 13, 2015 at 10:20 am

    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. 24 Twyla
    December 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

    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. 25 Kathy Vetter
    December 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

    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. 26 Hannah Feigner
    December 13, 2015 at 10:22 am

    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. 27 Dia Foden
    December 13, 2015 at 10:23 am

    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. 28 Therese Hoehn
    December 13, 2015 at 10:27 am

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

  29. 29 Karla Pickhinke
    December 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

    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. 30 Linda Smith
    December 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

    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. 31 Marlene Leonardo
    December 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

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

  32. 32 Sheila
    December 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

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

  33. 33 Deborah Cagle
    December 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

    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. 34 Lois Wilhelm
    December 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

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

  35. 35 Cheryl
    December 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

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

  36. 36 Sandy K
    December 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

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

  37. 37 Vicki H
    December 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

    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. December 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

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

  39. 39 hbrincken
    December 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

    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. 40 Marsha
    December 13, 2015 at 10:37 am

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

  41. 41 Patty Morning
    December 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

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

  42. 42 Debra Reber
    December 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

    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. 43 Connie
    December 13, 2015 at 10:46 am

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

  44. 44 Becky in Georgia
    December 13, 2015 at 10:54 am

    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. 45 Roxanne Bowerman
    December 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Nifty idea for traveling. Merry Christmas!!

  46. December 13, 2015 at 11:03 am

    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. 47 Ann P.
    December 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

    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. 49 Barbara F.
    December 13, 2015 at 11:10 am

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

  49. 50 VickiT
    December 13, 2015 at 11:12 am

    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.

  50. 51 Karen in Breezy Point
    December 13, 2015 at 11:12 am

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

  51. 52 Patty Archuleta
    December 13, 2015 at 11:12 am

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

  52. 53 Heather Scott
    December 13, 2015 at 11:13 am

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

  53. 54 Carolyn Sands
    December 13, 2015 at 11:15 am

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

  54. 55 Lana
    December 13, 2015 at 11:18 am

    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!

  55. 56 Pam Hintze
    December 13, 2015 at 11:23 am

    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.

  56. 57 sandy Lowery
    December 13, 2015 at 11:25 am

    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.

  57. 58 Paula S
    December 13, 2015 at 11:35 am

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

  58. 59 Julie Deering
    December 13, 2015 at 11:50 am

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

  59. 60 sorchagirl
    December 13, 2015 at 11:56 am

    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.

  60. 61 Karen Weiderman
    December 13, 2015 at 11:59 am

    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!

  61. December 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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

  62. 63 Pat S
    December 13, 2015 at 12:01 pm

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

  63. 64 Fran Bianchi
    December 13, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    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

  64. 65 Dana Wild
    December 13, 2015 at 12:01 pm

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

  65. 66 Angelia L.
    December 13, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    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!

  66. 67 Karen Seitz
    December 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm

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

  67. 68 Janet Kay
    December 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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

  68. 69 Elizabeth
    December 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Folding mat….genious!

  69. 70 sewncreations
    December 13, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    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.

  70. 71 Juanita Coulter
    December 13, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    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,

  71. 72 Mary Colley
    December 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    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

  72. 73 Sherry
    December 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    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.

  73. 74 Paula S
    December 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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

  74. 75 Mary C.
    December 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm

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

  75. 76 carol spence
    December 13, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Love to win this mat.

  76. 77 Kathryn Casavant
    December 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

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

  77. 78 Vicki N
    December 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    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.

  78. 79 Debbie T
    December 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

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

  79. 80 Audrey Bretz
    December 13, 2015 at 12:58 pm

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

  80. 81 Karen McMahon
    December 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

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

  81. 82 Barb E.
    December 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    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 🙂

  82. 83 tac
    December 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

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

  83. 84 Holly
    December 13, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    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 . . .

  84. 85 Bonnie Larson
    December 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Great looking mat. Thanks for the good deal

  85. 86 Janet
    December 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm

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

  86. 87 Robin Crittenden
    December 13, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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

  87. 88 Valerie
    December 13, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Very cool how they fold! I love that!

  88. 89 Marie
    December 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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

  89. 90 Mary Ann
    December 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

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

  90. 91 Debbie T
    December 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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

  91. 92 Karen Spaeth
    December 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    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!

  92. 93 Mary Pasewark
    December 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    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!

  93. 94 Sandy
    December 13, 2015 at 1:51 pm

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

  94. December 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    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!

  95. 96 Lola Zographos
    December 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    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.

  96. 97 Stella D
    December 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Like the information on these great new cutting mats..

  97. 98 Rachel Childress
    December 13, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    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!

  98. 99 Sue Dollhopf
    December 13, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    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

  99. 100 Nancy Cobler
    December 13, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    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!

  100. 101 Nancy Cobler
    December 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    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…

  101. 102 Shari
    December 13, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Love the folding mat.

  102. 103 Lisa Bartell
    December 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm

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

  103. 104 Jan calvert
    December 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

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

  104. 105 Nancy O'Neil
    December 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm

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

  105. 106 Jan calvert
    December 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Olfa….I hate spell check!!

  106. 107 Carol Shaw
    December 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm

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

  107. 108 Kim F
    December 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

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

  108. 109 Rose Burkett
    December 13, 2015 at 3:47 pm

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

  109. December 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    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!!

  110. 111 Paula Van Cuyk
    December 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    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!!!

  111. 112 Bobby
    December 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    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.

  112. 113 Mary
    December 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    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!

  113. 114 Marilyn Hermstad
    December 13, 2015 at 4:29 pm

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

  114. 115 Laura Williams
    December 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm

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

  115. 116 Liz Kisielewski
    December 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm

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

  116. 117 Kristine Dauth
    December 13, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    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.

  117. 118 Tammy
    December 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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

  118. 119 Kathy Baker
    December 13, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    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.

  119. 120 Nami11
    December 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    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!

  120. December 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    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!

  121. 122 Renee Stapleton
    December 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm

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

  122. 123 Rebecca Hoffmann
    December 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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

  123. 124 Rebecca
    December 13, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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

  124. 125 Jackie
    December 13, 2015 at 5:47 pm

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

  125. 126 Cheryl Baker
    December 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm

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

  126. 127 Tammy
    December 13, 2015 at 6:11 pm

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

  127. 128 Pam Knight
    December 13, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    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.

  128. December 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm

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

  129. 130 Fran
    December 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    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

  130. 131 Elaine Raymond
    December 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    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!

  131. 132 Sandy
    December 13, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    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.

  132. 133 Michelle
    December 13, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I would love a folding mat!

  133. 134 Janet G
    December 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm

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

  134. 135 Cecilia
    December 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    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.

  135. 136 Pam Warner
    December 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Mats will be good for retreats

  136. 137 Kary
    December 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm

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

  137. 138 carol
    December 13, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Nice folding mats. Quality

  138. 139 Dee
    December 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    These mats look amazing! I would love it!

  139. 140 Martha C.
    December 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm

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

  140. 141 Leslie
    December 13, 2015 at 7:50 pm

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

  141. 142 Deborah Thomas
    December 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm

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

  142. 143 usairdoll
    December 13, 2015 at 8:10 pm

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

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  143. 144 Jamie Austin
    December 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm

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

  144. 145 Debbie G
    December 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm

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

  145. 146 Teresa
    December 13, 2015 at 8:23 pm

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

  146. 147 Rebecca
    December 13, 2015 at 8:26 pm

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

  147. 148 Debbie
    December 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm

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

  148. 149 Marcia Connor
    December 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm

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

  149. 150 Karla
    December 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I never knew they made a foldable cutting mat!

  150. 151 Bonnie Rabe
    December 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    The Matt and cookies sound amazing.

  151. 152 Janet
    December 13, 2015 at 9:03 pm

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

  152. 153 Steph M.
    December 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm

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

  153. 154 Cindi P
    December 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    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.

  154. 155 Dawn
    December 13, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    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

  155. 156 Brenda Y
    December 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm

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

  156. 157 Patti
    December 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    A folding matt! That is genius!

  157. 158 Barb
    December 13, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Great idea. Would love to try. Thanks .

  158. 159 herkyhawk
    December 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm

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

  159. 160 Traci Rickert
    December 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm

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

  160. 161 Pat Briggeman
    December 13, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Love retreats and love the mat. Thanks

  161. 162 Traci Rickert
    December 13, 2015 at 10:52 pm

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

  162. 163 Kathy Bahn
    December 13, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    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!

  163. 164 Babs Williams
    December 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Very nice!!!

  164. 165 Barbara
    December 13, 2015 at 11:24 pm

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

  165. December 14, 2015 at 1:49 am

    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

  166. 167 quilter44
    December 14, 2015 at 4:42 am

    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.

  167. 168 Joan
    December 14, 2015 at 4:58 am

    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.

  168. 169 Karen Findley
    December 14, 2015 at 5:09 am

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

  169. December 14, 2015 at 6:42 am

    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.

  170. 171 Connie
    December 14, 2015 at 7:01 am

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

  171. 172 Marlene
    December 14, 2015 at 7:24 am

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

  172. 173 gaillacey
    December 14, 2015 at 8:37 am

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

  173. 174 Wanda Wolfe
    December 14, 2015 at 9:03 am

    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!

  174. 175 Brenda Kowalski
    December 14, 2015 at 9:15 am

    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.

  175. December 14, 2015 at 9:17 am

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

  176. 177 Judie Oler
    December 14, 2015 at 9:21 am

    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.

  177. 178 Cheryl Raab
    December 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

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

  178. December 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

    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!

  179. December 14, 2015 at 11:11 am

    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.

  180. December 14, 2015 at 11:14 am

    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.

  181. December 14, 2015 at 11:18 am

    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?

  182. 183 Diana Kiehl
    December 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    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!

  183. 184 Janet D
    December 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm

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

  184. 185 timbersmith63
    December 14, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    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?

  185. 186 emilyjoy180
    December 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    I would love to have one of these mats!

  186. 187 Paula Lambert
    December 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm

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

  187. December 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    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!

  188. 189 Christi Pike
    December 15, 2015 at 4:17 am

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

  189. 190 Ellen
    December 15, 2015 at 8:41 am

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

  190. December 15, 2015 at 11:12 am

    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.

  191. 192 Helen LeBrett
    December 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm

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

  192. December 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    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!

  193. 194 Barbara Rodin
    December 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

    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.

  194. 195 Barbara Rodin
    December 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

    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.

  195. 196 Arlene Clark
    December 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    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. 🙂

  196. 197 MoeWest
    December 17, 2015 at 1:38 am

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

  197. 198 Judy Zoll
    December 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    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.

  198. December 21, 2015 at 8:03 am

    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!

  199. December 22, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for the awesome giveaways!

  200. 201 Bridgidk
    December 23, 2015 at 9:50 am

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

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