12 Days of Needful Things…Day 9!

DAY 9- FABRIC STRIP CASE12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 9

These little cases have changed my mind about Jelly Rolls…I love having a little bit of every fabric of a line of fabric…and precuts enable this to happen…Jelly Rolls are awesome for strip quilts, mini quilts and you can make a lot of regular size blocks out of a jelly roll…When I get a precut I starch it until its totally wet and then hang them to dry…and do you know what?  It does not shrink width wise…it does a little on the length but not the width..so NOW I want to sew with Jelly rolls..I have made this quilt, LOST MITTENS earlier this year…Lost Mittens-550x550 2It was made from two jelly rolls and everything has a 2 1/2″ width except the last logsIMG_1851…I plan on making a bunch of quilts like this with different motifs on them…

I’m will be doing a table runner out of  this Lakeside Gatherings Jelly roll next its all starched and ready to sew when I am ready it is safe in its fabric box! We have purchased a bunch of Lakeside Jelly rolls from Moda at special price and we can sell them to you for only $28.oo they are reg $39.99, so that is a nice discount, If you want to order the Lakeside Jelly roll for $28 click here JELLY ROLL…it is also shown in the strip box above.

See how I get sidetracked, this happens a lot to me lately… Back to the strip box… I love how the fuzz that precuts make are contained in this case and not all over my studio or on my shirt! I also think it would be great to store 2 1/2″ squares too so not only strips…You can order 1 strip case at 20% off, for $11.20 reg.$14…but I know you have more than 1 jellyroll!!! So 2 are $21 and three are 31.50…I know some of you have more than three but I’m not going to push it…You can do that on your own!!! Click here to order STRIP CASE. The 11.99 price will show up in your shopping cart…and remember to HOLD in comments if you want us to ship at the end…I remind you because if your like me I always forget to put the savings codes in when I order online…and please leave a comment up by clicking up at the top of this post if you want win a strip case!

I so love reading your comments everyday…I find out lots of things about you…and that is important to me.  Lots of you have loved ones not able to come home or that are serving and they are coming home!… I have a nephew Tyler stationed at Fort Hood and he is coming home!… but then I also have a son Lance in Heaven who is never coming home again, so we all have people we love who cannot be with us…that is why we have each other and our stitching passion.

I also find out things like the Day 10 Valdani Books suddenly disappeared from the website at about 2am this morning??? They are back on now so if you didn’t get to place your order you can now.

Just a note about DAY 11-pinbowls..

Here is a message I got regarding the magnetic pin bowls…

Hi Lisa,
I was just reading your blog this morning about your sew cute magnetic bowls. You were warning people to keep them away from computerized machines. I think that is a thing of the past, at least it is for Viking. My Viking Designer Diamond machine came out in 2008 & Viking says it would have to be a magnet to lift up a Volkswagen before it might hurt the machine! Lol I suggest you tell people to check with their machines manufacturer. This might help you to sell more bowls if people knew it was safe, 🙂 LOVE your patterns & your blog!

Karen in Ohio

So check with your dealer to be sure…like I said..better to be safe than sorry…

Jake is super excited to be making lots of pin bowls!!! he sent me this pic to post for you!

Last..I know this is a long post…sorry..I want to sign off and share some of the hand made ornies on my tree…most were made by me from as far back as high school….some from customers/friends…and the paper coiled tree Lance made in grade school…



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

135 thoughts on “12 Days of Needful Things…Day 9!

  1. Wow I’ve never seen the jelly roll holders very cool. Just when I think I have it all. I did think it important to note regarding magnetic bowl…do be careful not to put near or on computer. I made needle minders with magnets last year, wasn’t thinking placed on my laptop and erased hard drive from 6 month old laptop.

  2. Oh Lisa… Such cuteness!!! You bring me joy, just opening your emails whether I order, drive to Murrieta or just window shop, your products are candy for my eyes!!!
    Thanks to you and the crew for all your creativity!!!

  3. Love your ornaments! I know that paper coiled tree is extra special! Love those jelly roll holders! I’ve never seen them before. I end up with a tangled mess of strips so one of these would really be handy!

  4. As always great info shared. I love all the ornaments, specially the Santas. I am really liking Santa and snowmen these days.

  5. BRILLIANT — I can admire my jelly rolls even more when they are in that little case!! And the magnet bowl — talk about a handy mans dream — I’m getting one for each of my nut wrenchers.

  6. The jelly roll holder is new to me. What will they think of next? Years ago, I made snowflake ornaments with the plastic canvas too, and still hang them.

  7. Okay, I need one or maybe two of those! Gotta start a cart. I will use this for sure. Love the homemade ornament goodness.

  8. I only put up a small tree this year, and filled it with ornaments from many years ago, and ornaments made by my girls at school or in Sunday school! I love it!

  9. Wow! LOVE LOVE LOVE the ornament on your tree and all the things in your post. Those boxes are great. I haven’t tried jelly rolls yet but if I could put some appliqué on a quilt I would make one! Awesome quilt!

  10. Great idea for the jelly rolls. Will help keep things together once you undo the roll. Love your ornaments. I love hand made ornaments.. I have some from when my son was young, too. will always treasure them.

  11. What a nice way to start getting organized. Love those strip boxes even to cut my own strips from leftovers.

  12. And yet another great gadget! I guess I haven’t been to a quilt ship in a bit. Gotta get back out there!

  13. I like the strip boxes, great for the jelly rolls or for holding my own cut strips. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. My stitching bff and I make an ornament each year for each of our kids. When they move out (some already have) they will have a good start on decorating their own tree. I’ll be saving pics of some of yours for future use, so stinkin’ cute! Isn’t it great how each one brings back memories?

  15. I LOVE the Jelly Roll boxes…for the rolls, but also for my squares. The boxes would have been great for a quilt I just finish that had 520 two and a half inch triangle squares…!

  16. Interesting…I have never bought a jelly roll but I hadn’t thought of using one for 2 1/2 inch squares. Very cute snowman quilt, Lisa. I can remember making a lot of those Santas with the quilted beard for gifts many years ago and still have one on my tree. I love your garland made out of the red and white pipe cleaners, too.

  17. I love your tree Lisa with the handmade ornaments. My tree is like that too. I still have the macaroni framed photo of my son from kindergarten hanging on the tree. Lots of the green painted macaroni is missing.
    Awesome that Jake is excited about making lots of pin bowls. They are so pretty I bet he will have a bunch of orders.
    Love the yellow in your Lakeside gatherings collection. Would love to win a jellyroll. You are always so generous. I made my son-in-law, future son-in-law, and his mom stockings from your Christmas book last year. They look great hanging on the mantle with our family stockings. This year my son-in-laws main gift from us is a gift card so last night I stitched one of the 9″ stockings from your pattern to put it in. Turned out so cute!!

  18. I have a quilt in the process of cutting on my desk and the strips are occassionally getting tipped over. Those cases would be great to store the strips and the other shapes that can be cut from them. I also love the snowflake ornament on your tree. I love ornaments! Some hold many lovely memories. Thank you.

  19. Oh, this is a must have for doing log cabin quilts……I like to collect my logs throughout the year and this would be so perfect.

  20. Wow, the box is great. I love jelly rolls. Your ornies are so dang cute. This will be the first year my mom won’t be with us. She is in heaven and in our hearts forever.

  21. Handmade ornaments are the best and bring back so many memories. It is so special that you have Lance’s ornament still to put on your tree.

  22. Awesome post Lisa! Thanks for all the info. And I love the ornaments on your tree, especially the coiled tree made by Lance. I’m sure that one means the most.
    Thank you for sharing the strip cases! I have numerous jelly rolls and once you open them up they are a mess so I love those!

  23. Love the jelly roll holds. I should probably order a dozen!!!! That fuzz they shed? Not wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your talents. I ordered and received your new little book … now trying to decide which one to make first. I’m loving the littles!

  24. I like your idea to starch the jelly rolls before piecing them. How do you starch the roll? Take each strip one at a time or immerse the entire roll in starch? I love your tree ornaments, especially the one made by Lance.

  25. I don’t have any cases, but sure need some. Lisa I am so sorry for your loss of Lance, I too lost my husband this July, we were married 38 years. Its hard to enjoy the holiday season, but doing my best for my family and grand children. I love your shop and your blogs. Hope to visit your shop one day.

  26. Aren’t those memory trees the best!!!! And to think you can add new memories every year. You mentioned that this will be the last year in this house……Where are you moving to?

  27. This is my favorite kind of tree decorating–so many memories and so fun to revisit. Decorator trees are just that –a decoration with no heart!

  28. Love the strip box-finally a way to keep them for flying all over. Love your tree, the old ornaments are the best-ow you have time to do everything you do is beyond me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. Strip boxes are a very smart way to store strips so they don’t have to be ironed again. I also put the homemade decorations on the tree and it reminds me of when the kids were young and I get that warm fuzzy feeling.

  30. OMG – I made a dozen of those plastic canvas snowflakes! I only have 4 left and one of those has a toothpick prop for one of its arms!
    Hope you have a fabulous holiday!

  31. Love these boxes! I have been cutting left overs from projects into 2-1/2″ strips, what a great way to store them for the next project! Thanks for sharing your handmade ornaments, I especially liked the Santa with the hand stitched beard.

  32. Don’t ever apologize for long posts. I love reading your posts long or short. I make homemade ornies for my friends and family every year. Can’t wait for your next post.

  33. Precious! I have paper ornaments from my kids w/ glitter that are about 35 yrs old…lol! They still have glitter and I hang them from the tree with joy. They are priceless and the memories are forever! God Bless….

  34. Lisa, I cannot remember why the precuts shrink in width but you don’t have problems when you cut the pieces yourself. Maybe you starch all your fabrics….I don’t know. And I too love reading your posts regardless of the length! Your ornaments are precious!

  35. I love these strip boxes but hold my order til end. I think I will go by CA shop to see if I can get them there to save shipping.

  36. Thanks for sharing some of your tree. My friend has a tree full of ornaments crocheted by her mother and I was blessed to receive one of her crocheted angels for the top of my tree. This will be my first Christmas without my father, so it will be bittersweet.

  37. Awww . . . LOVE, LOVE, LOVE trees with handmade ornaments!! Oh so many memories attached to each
    one!! Lance’s tree ornament is awesome . . . what a precious treasure! How old was he when he made that Lisa?

    The strip cases are a wonderful idea! I make at least one flannel quilt each sewing season. Those cases are a great way to contain all that fuzz/lint!!! 👍👍👍

  38. Just love this idea for the jelly rolls! I’ve not seen this before. Great idea. Thanks for bringing it to us.

  39. I see trees with all matchy organized ornaments but I love hand made ones that bring back memories. I know your heart must break from missing your son, and even more so at Christmas. And yes, thank goodness for our sewing friends to help us along. Iowa is sporting green grass and rain, not Christmasy at all.

  40. Can’t believe Stacey never saw such a thing. Something she actually does not have. Loved seeing ornaments from your tree, especially the rolled paper holder. I have macaroni things, cotton ball things, and even close pin items my kids made for me. They are the best ever with the memories each and every one holds. Hope you and Nick have a wonderful holiday.

  41. Love your handmade ornaments, esp. The ones made by your children. I got very nostalgic while trimming our Christmas tree as I got a special ornament for my daughter every year while she was growing up. Often it reflected her interests at the time. So special to see them on the Christmas tree every year.

  42. Love my jelly roll holder. How special to have a special memory of Lance on your tree. Thank you for sharing your memory. Hugs

  43. I can’t wait to get your email each morning in anticipation of the next “Needful thing”. Everyone of them has been awesome!

  44. I love handmade ornies….each one comes with a special memory. This case looks like a great way to store left over strips when you don’t use the whole jelly roll.

  45. I love the quilt!! I’ll have to start getting some jelly rolls soon. (another project on the list lol) sweet

  46. Thank you for sharing your special ornaments with us. One year, my mom was going to get rid of some ornaments she thought were old and worn. I gasped and said, “No! You can’t get rid of those!” and took them home to my house. Each year I still hang them on my tree. The one that makes me smile the most is a little santa decoration that my sister and I used to fight over who would get to hang it on the tree. Each year he is proudly displayed front and center!

  47. Love your posts and inspiration. Some people may want to read the morning paper, but for me I look for your new blog post! I also saved the ornaments my 3 boys made and when the got married they were wrapped and given to their wives at their first Christmas being married.

  48. I love your homemade ornaments! The best part of decorating the tree is hanging ornaments and remembering the stories behind them.

  49. I had an oval magnetic pin keeper on the cabinet beside my Bernina for years, but changed to a new one which was apparently stronger. When I moved it to my cutting area I apparently got too close to the machine and whipped out the circuit board. That was an expensive lesson for me and yes, I disposed of the offending pin keeper.

  50. Lisa. You should do a class on multitasking I do not know how you get this all done. Love reading your blog and thanks for the great ideas..

  51. I have never seen strip boxes, what a great idea. I love all your ornaments.n the handmade ones are so much fun, to make and to look at.

  52. I love the strip holders. I’m trying to organize my sewing room better, and these would definitely help! I can see where they would “tame” the wild jelly roll, once the jelly roll is opened. Great idea! Your ornaments are so cute, thanks for sharing your pictures of them. I know Lance’s ornament is so special to you. God Bless You, Lisa.

  53. I didn’t think I needed any of these boxes until you mentioned how well they contain the lint and dust jelly rolls generate……now I think I need 6:) I love seeing the ornaments on the tree and hearing the stories behind them. I am grateful every day that you share your time and talents with us:)

  54. My favorite way to decorate a tree… Ornaments from the heart! I love the new strip boxes… What a great idea. I started starching my 2.5 strips after you posted on your blog about it. What a great tip that was… I will never go back to using them unstarched!

  55. Thank you for sharing your memories. It reminds me to take the time to enjoy my own.
    I think the strip keepers are genius.

  56. I just got the Ornies done from our retreat in Temecula, Ca earlier this month. The are soon…darn cute. I can’t wait to see the rest of the patterns. I hope the Santa you have on your post is one of them. By the way, the retreat was great. Got the small bow tie (hugs and kisses design from left over bow ties block of the week)

    Can’t wait to get all the quilting done on the rest of my projects to get started on the snow man kit I purchased at the store. I have really enjoyed the journey of wool-on-cotton.

    The strip box is a great idea. I wonder if they will ever make one for the 1″ strips?!?!?!? Ha ha. Now you know who I am. “OMIGOSH”!!!

    Thanks for all the help you gave me at the store and all the wonderful patterns and ideas you keep giving us to keep us excited about our quilting journey.

    I quilt with a passion that I share with lots of quilters. It keeps me from working about things I have no control of that life puts us threw.

  57. Actually, all the fuzz and lint keeps me from getting too attached to strip quilting. Another good solution to an aggravating problem. Now, I can try it again. Thank you!

  58. I love your handmade/homemade Christmas ornies. Your son’s ornament must bring you happy/ sad moments when you sit by your tree.

    The strip cases are pretty cool. I might like strips better with handy storage like that!

  59. Love your ornaments. My most cherished ones are from my kids. Even though they look a little wonky sometimes I still put every one on my tree.

  60. Thank you for sharing of yourself. I enjoy your designs and know you work long hours to keep all of us happy and busy and the doors open for your employees. I wish your son, Lance, could be home physically with you yet I hope you feel he is home – at home in a place where he’ll never have to move again. Meanwhile, look at the beautiful paper roll tree he made. I can only imagine the smile he showed and the love enclosed when he gave you that special ornament. How special a mom you were to keep and protect it so it can hang with love on your Christmas tree each year. Merry Christmas!

    Sent from my iPad


  61. Hi Lisa, I will be making my first jelly roll race quilt this year as part of my local shop’s finish it club. I hope you won’t mind if I use your applique idea to keep it from being boring. My best friend has already warned me about the lint. I really will need this box. I also love 21/2″ finished squares and triangles so the fact the box is multipurpose adds to it’s appeal for me.I love your tree “Ornie” I hope to be able to make one or more than one as they are too cute!! I also have a mini tree with the ornaments that my son made in grade school. May the joy they bring you help warm and heal your heart always. Thanks for sharing something everyday. I am enjoying it a lot!

  62. Clever idea for holding jelly roll strips. I recently heard a great tip for managing the lint from jelly rolls.
    When you take the cellophane off of the jelly roll, before you unroll it, run your sticky lint roller over both sides.
    It really does cut down on the amount of lint. The cases would also be handy for holding binding strips.
    Thanks for showing me something new!

  63. I love your ornaments! I have so many handmade ornaments from past ornament swaps and each one holds special memories

  64. Love your ornies…memories are wonderful! I love the ones that have my kids pictures in them. Thank goodness for Sunday School teachers. Another great organizing box-thanks!

  65. Love the thought of the strip case containing the fuzz the strips produce. Can you please offer more colors of the pin bowls in your Menasha store.

  66. I LOVE your ornaments!!!! including the paper tree! I have never seen the strip cases….what a neat idea!

  67. Love your ornaments. Some may even be on my tree as well….The strip cases are way too clever. Three would be wonderful, but 2 dozen would be even better!!! I like to cut my own 2 1/2″ strips you see.

  68. Neat idea! Your ornaments are so cute! I downsized to a 4ft tree because of space & only put my favorite ornaments on it. But it’s getting pretty full from gift ornaments from friends. & now that I’ve discovered wool applique and all the cute ornaments…. I may have to try to fit a larger tree 🙂

  69. I too have a loved one who will not be home this Christmas-my mother-she passed away right after Christmas last year from cancer. I miss her every day. I have great memories of her to cherish from Christmas past so even though she is not here in person she will be here in my heart. I can’t remember a time when she was not quilting. She did a lot of hers by hand, both the piecing and the quilting. She was even hand piecing a quilt up to about a month before she passed away. She wanted to finish it so bad but did not get the job done before God called her home. I plan on finishing her last quilt for her and I know already it will be my favorite quilt ever.

  70. Love all the pictures of your ornaments….especially the paper tree that Lance made…..know it reminds you of wonderful memories and sadness…..glad you shared!! Love the jelly roll boxes too!

  71. Lisa, I am so excited to hear about your nephew being at Ft Hood, I live 8 miles from Ft Hood, in Coppeas Cove. I I would be more than happy to meet him and welcome him in to our home. He s a long way from home, we have lived in CC for 53 years, Love the ornaments, memories that last forever.

  72. Love your ornaments! What precious memories.! Thanks for sharing! The jelly roll boxes are very handy. I’m currently making a “plus sign” quilt with many 2-1/2″ strips to cut and then (using the stripology ruler I got from you) to cut them into the same size squares. What a great idea!

  73. All my children are grown and gone but the first thing they check when they get home is to see if “their” ornaments are on the tree, as if I could ever think about leaving them off, I am sure Lance was smiling in heaven as you hung that gorgeous rolled tree ornament on the tree! Love those strip boxes, super idea, thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful post each day during this busy season, what an inspiration you are and if you ever need help getting it all done would love to be a ” stitcher” for you, to me that would be the most awesome job in the world.

  74. Speaking of trees…I have a tree with an Americana theme & have put it up every year since 1991 when my granddaughter’s dad returned from serving in Desert Storm. She was 2 yrs old. She now has a 7 yr old & a 2 yr old of her own. They’re awesome!
    BTW, the jelly roll cases look very handy.

  75. Loved your pictures of ornaments! I know I also miss loved ones at Christmas and have ornaments that remind me of their love!

  76. Lisa, your tree is darling and shows your love for your craft. The strip holders are a great way to organize your strips and still see what you have! I think I need a few. It is always hard to loose a loved one, especially at the holidays. My Grandfather was taken many years ago in an accident on Christmas Eve. I just remember that we will be together again some day. Thanks for all you do. We appreciate your hard work.

  77. Hi Lisa, I look forward to coming home from a busy day at work and reading your 12 days of Christmas post. Thank you for sharing some of your special Christmas ornaments.

  78. These little strip cases are wonderful. I’ve really enjoyed seeing your holiday decorations and all of the handcrafted ornaments – just lovely.

  79. Hi Lisa, I like the cases, tho I’m an organizer nut. I have to say… how sweet you are to share your personal treasures on your tree. They are beautiful. My tree holds various handmade as well and my son’s school ornies are among my favorites. My thoughts are with you and all whose loved ones cannot be near enough to reach out and hug. Jakey

  80. Lisa I just love the ornaments you shared with us. Each of them holds fond memories of friends, loved ones or special times. May there be Peace and Joy for your family this holiday season.

  81. Lisa, you amaze me — how do you find time to do all the things you do? And I love your “needful things. Santa better bring me lots of extra cash this year because I want one of everything!

  82. That case is the most clever thing I’ve seen in ages! I love ways to be organized! Love your fun ornaments! So many of my kids handmade didn’t survive😢

  83. What a nifty case! Thanks for the tip on starching the jelly roll strips. I wash all my fabric except the precuts. I’m never sure what is the best way to handle precuts, especially when they are mixed in with washed fabrics.

  84. How clever! I need to add these to my wish list.

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  85. Getting my sewing room organized is on my list for 2016……Great way to start! Like you I have some memorable ornaments on my tree. Love this time of the year!!

  86. love everything on your 12 days so far! My favorite i he little magnetic bowls….what talent he has!….wonder what he can come up with next?

  87. Organization, I need lots of that! I was just diagnosed with sleep apnea and after being on the CPAP for only 3 nights I believe my energy level will be much higher! Originally it was a little depressing, but now I’m thinking this is a great thing! My next mother-to-be said her baby room colors are grey and white, but don’t you think a Lakeside Gathering quilt would fit right in?

  88. I love all of your ornaments and the way you have decorated your home. I think the jelly roll cases is a great idea.

  89. Great way to store jelly rolls..they are such an awkward shape to store all coiled up! Love the ornaments! I’ve got some of my old handmade ones also…they bring back holiday memories!

  90. I just don’t want a strip case….but I NEED a strip case. I have a primitive gatherings jelly roll next up in my stack of quilts to start in 2016……….That strip case would be perfect. Loved seeing your ornies………..such treasures.

  91. One day Jace will hang his handmade ornament right beside his Uncle Lance’s on your tree in your well earned and well deserved new beautiful Lake Home. God Bless
    xo Red

  92. Ooohhhh….those strip cases are just the bomb!!!! Of course I need several! I hate the mess the jelly rolls make and this will certainly curb some of that. Here I go to place my order…..

  93. I love seeing your tree and some of the ornaments. I have so many “favorite” ornaments – but at the top of the list are some that came from my Grandparents. One of them is a little metal candle holder (from when they actually used candles to light the tree) and it still has ashes in the bottom of it. So cool!

  94. I have never seen those strip cases before. I like having storage containers that really fit the contents.

  95. Thanks for all the cute ornament pictures – always fun to see all the different ones out there. The jelly roll case looks like a great way to store strips being used for a project.

  96. I love this storage idea! My son says I have never met a plastic container I didn’t like. Love the way they keep the strips neat.

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