12 Days of Needful Things…Day 3!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 3DAY 3 STEAM STATION-BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Ok…many of you asked for this one back…and because I WANT you all to have one… I am listening…Now we make so little on this iron especially when it on sale BUT really we must all have one. So the business profitability rules are thrown out on this one…I would probably quit quilting if I lost my steam station…its that critical…especially for wool appliqué…when I say lots of steam…I believe this is the only product that can deliver megga steam!!!

M_41003_976846I have one at home, two at the studio…I do not want to iron with a regular iron ever again…I hate filling the water…and I do not have to do it much with this iron… This iron has immediate steam and LOTS of it!!! It has a trigger like a gun for steam..press the trigger massive steam overload…It has a tank to hold a lots of water…sole plate is filled with steam holes everywhere…If you iron has 12 steam holes around the arc it’s not enough steam for wool….Here is the write up from the manufacturer…

“Continuous high powered steam makes this steam station ideal for everyday ironing or special projects. It has the patented Microsteam 400 strainless-steel soleplate for perfect steam distribution. The precision tip reaches difficult areas like collars, seams, and around buttons. Extra large continuous anytime fill water tank holds 33 ounces for up to 1-1/2 hours of ironing. 1800 watts equals fast heat up that is ready in 3 minutes. It also has vertical steam that is ideal for removing wrinkles from hanging garments, drapes and for smoothing and shaping sewing projects. Extra long 6 foot steam cord and extra long 12 foot power cord. No Auto Off.”

I tried to load a video…and after an hour of trying I quit soooo….The CA store has a couple in the classroom, if you stop in ask for a demo…If your in WI come to my studio if you want to see it in action…we always have it on!!!  If you can’t make it which most of you can’t hopefully some will reply if they have one and you’ll have to trust us all that we would die without our steam stations!!! I would love to sell a bunch of these and give one away!!!   Click here to order your life changing IRON.

You might have to do what we do…on the way out of your sewing room you may need to post a sign… IMG_4775The shortest day of the year was yesterday…everyday now is starting to be longer…I so dislike the short days…I start my day at somewhere around 4 give or take a half hour…I drive in the dark to go workout…I drive home after work and it’s dark again…even when I’m in CA its dark at 5pm…and it warm..it’s so odd for me…When it warm in WI it’s light for a long time!!! IMG_4763Last night Gramma and Big Papa went along with Jace and his Mommy and Daddy to see Santa…IMG_4766He was in such a good mood until he was with Santa…then the crying started…I managed to get somewhat of a pic before the tears came down…Don’t we just have the cutest Santa!!! As soon as he was back in Momma’s arms all was right in the world and we had a wonderful meal together…

Please leave a quick short comment today…I know we all busy…for a chance to win this baby…There are over 1000 views on these posts…but only around 200 comments…so your chance to win is pretty good!!

PLEASE remember to put HOLD on your ORDER in the COMMENT section…not on this blog comment…Sorry…I don’t work at the shop…I forward them when I see it but I don’t want them to get shipped, if I miss it!!

Have a good day…I have to get my CA package out today!!! So my kids get presents from WI too!!!

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12 Days of Needful Things…Day 4!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 4DAY 4 AURIFIL THREADS AND BOBBIN BUDDIES

Then next two items go hand in hand.  While the Aurifil thread is no stranger to us, these cute little bobbin buddies are new this year…IMG_4722

The  50wt. Aurifil threads is the best threads for our sewing machine stitching.  Hands down… It’s fine…doesn’t take up room in the seam…its a 50/2 this means it 50 wt. but only wound with 2 strands of thread…most 50wts. are 3 strands….it’s clean…there will be hardly any lint residue in your bobbin case or machine… They come in three sizes…mini spools with 220 yds for $5.00…regular spools with 1422 yds on them for $13.35…and then the large cones with 6452 yds for $50.00…I use mainly the regular and cones sizes for my machine piecing and the mini spools would be for hand or machine appliqué where you would need lots of colors….

Why the big cone?  It’s like getting one of the regular sizes free if you do the math?  Yes, the cone seems like a lot of $$$ but it is the better bargain especially if you only stitch with 4 threads like I do…cream, black, medium tan, but mostly the dark taupe…

Now my favorite thing to mention is one the biggest mistakes people do in machine piecing… drives me crazy when I see it…and I notice it right away…Do you know what it is??? Using TOO light of thread when piecing…it sticks out like a siren blaring!!! We need to darken our threads so they blend in…I know we need to use cream when we are piecing cream on cream…but when we are piecing cream and navy together I still would use a dark thread…My all time favorite thread that is stitched into 90% of my quilt is 1140.  Shown here on my machineIMG_4756…I know it looks dark here…but it disappears in my piecing.  Have I ever led you astray? If you do not want to go this dark…the other one that would work 2372…but I really love the 1140. Shop the AURIFIL selection of threads by clicking the link. The threads we carry in the cones will have a drop down box for you to pick your selection of either cone or regular spool.  If you want a fast link to my cone 1140 here that it…1140  All Aurifil Thread will be 25% off and will show up in the cart at the discounted price…

Now aren’t’ these little bobbin buddies so cute?  Organization is the key here…its so nice to keep a bobbin with a thread for when you need to quick stitch something…and you don’t have to look for a matching bobbin, its right there…I love that I can now store my lonely cream thread with it matching bobbin…and when I need it…its right there!  The bobbin buddies are reg. 6/$2.10  on sale for 6/$1.75.  Order yours here. BOBBIN BUDDIES The discount will show up in your cart.

Fast post today…lots to do at work and for the Holidays….I stitched most of the day yesterday…on this lovely blockIMG_4754…do you stitch everyday? If so tell, me…your daily schedule…if not…tell why NOT??? in the comment section for today…Remember, to HOLD if your holding and I have to slow down a little and enjoy this all…you do the same today!

…and to clear up the questions about the Lakehouse…We held Luke and Brooke’s wedding on August 22 this last summer….

IMG_0962 IMG_0786 IMG_0878 IMG_0916 IMG_0652 IMG_1007 IMG_1171 IMG_0955the next day we emptied the house…on Monday Habitat for Humanity striped the house, as we donated the house to them…The next day it was down and hauled away, there is no part of the house remaining, full tear down..that is why we had to move back from the lake to 58 1/2″ at the closest.  New construction is now 75 feet away…but because we were 30ft, they took an average and came up with the 58 1/2 feet…the boathouse/guest house is still standing we will remodel that…no more turd brown house with turd brown trim.…IMG_3435

12 Days of Needful Things…Day 5!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 5DAY 5- ALL CREATIVE GRID RULERS

We have ordered new souvenir rulers with Primitive Gatherings on them for shows and again for you to give as gifts to your stitching buddies…We quilters love to share our finds and I believe we just love to “give”.  It makes us feel good when we give a handmade quilt to someone special.  It also makes us feel good to give everyone a little something who is going to retreat with us or coming to our house to stitch.  A lot of this years needful things would be fitting as well as affordable for this kind of giving. This is a great deal at $6.98 each…PG SOUVENIR RULERFullSizeRender

One of the things that really bothered me this year was the rulers my students were using in class.  Now I’m not trying to “pick” on anyone here, but just need to make a point.  If you are using some of the rulers you bought 20 years ago when you first starting quilting you may want to replace them…I used someones that I could barely see the numbers…I had some that had these thick ridges for marking lines, I swear they were 1/8″ thick and so on, several classes in several places I had a difficult time using their rulers….

Now here’s the main point.  You can prepare your fabrics with starch and pre-shrink and stiffen them…you can stitch with the correct weight and best thread out there, you can have the perfect scant 1/4″ seam allowance, BUT if you cannot cut accurately it’s all a BUST!  Make it easier on yourself to cut, its much more enjoyable with an easy to read ruler with fine or dashed lines to see your fabric when cutting…

I am putting all of our Creative Grid rulers on sale for 25% off.  I believe they are the best rulers out there and (can only be purchased at quilt shops)with the no slip grip built in! So visit this area of our site and see all the rulers and descriptions RULERS… you can order any size or tool ruler we carry…My favorite sizes are 8 1/2″x 24 1/2″—-20 1/2″x 20 1/2″square—-6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ and then 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″and of course my PG 3×7 and 6×6 itty bitty eights which feature 1/8″ markings.  If you want to learn more about the Itty Bitty’s click HERE…so here is your chance to get a second set or replace some of those older rulers… I also think the 6 1/2″, 9 1/2″ and 12 1/2″squares are all must haves too, I hate it when I’m at the lakehouse and I needed a 9 1/2″ ruler to square up my appliqué blocks and they were at home, so I’m making sure I have everything I need in all my stitching spots!!!  All rulers except the souvenir one will be show up 25% off in your cart…The souvenir is always at an amazing price because we want you all to have one!

By now you should all know the drill about commenting and holding and whatever, I can’t wait to see who all the winners are!!! Comment and tell me today if you are all done with you holiday prep or are you still buying? or what all has to be done yet!!!

I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am doing it for you, I love reading all your comments!…It will be football and hand stitching day today…I frosted half my cookies last night and will do the rest today…Nick stinks at frosting cookies!!! So he was no help…

This was the update yesterday at the house…IMG_4741The lakehouse sits at the end of a private road…that grey garage behind the red trailer is ours too. We purchased the lakehouse in 2012 and have had wonderful times here with family and friends, but now its time to live here full-time …we have a irregular huge lot, that has lake frontage and channel frontage, its like a huge L  …so to the left of the house is the lakeIMG_4742…straight ahead is the channel and the lake on the other side of that too.. You can see that the lake is just now starting to freeze…it  was windy and cold so I didn’t go around to take a pic of the channel view..later…but here is what happened yesterday… IMG_4743Most of you will “like” this…it is a small office in back of the kitchen, it goes to the mudroom and on to the doggie room…yes…Presley and Jeter will have their own room…and their OWN couches!!! Our house was custom designed to be exactly 58 1/2 feet away from the lake at every point.  We were about 30 feet from the lake at the closest point before and now we have used every possible sq.foot and still be in compliance. Every one of those corners are the farthest we could go…I’ll post the back views at a different time.. but some you asked for the lay of the land…lol…Oh…I almost forgot the best part…above the garage is my sewing studio!!!  Take care..IMG_4744

 

 

 

 

 

12 Days of Needful Things…Day 6!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 6DAY 6-FABRIC BOARDS

Thank you all for the kind words yesterday…I appreciate the fact that you all appreciate how hard I really work…I know I have sometimes been accused of working too much, but when you have 40+ persons relying on you for their income, its a lot of pressure…The good thing is..is that I LOVE what I do, so it’s easy for me.  There were no snarky remarks yesterday so hopefully they got the hint, with your help no doubt…so I will post more about the Lakehouse….

Now back to the fabric boards…lisa bongeanYou are really going to LOVE/need this product or you will not.  If you have a COLLECTION of fabric, (you never say stash by the way…) these are for you.  I have used these boards for years to display my fabrics for easier accessibility, but when I ran out and reordered them the company that sold them never filled my order…IMG_6043I need black and it was a special order…I mean I ordered 500, just like my first order, so I don’t know why if wasn’t filled but after about 9 months of waiting…I decided we will make our own. (as you can see I did not take the time to make it look perfect on the shelves, I don’t have that obsession, so showing you them this way is just fine with me…we use these fabrics… it’s not just for show, so they are forever being picked and pulled on and off the shelves.) So that’s the back story on why we are selling fabric boards.  They do not have the tabs to hold the fabric, because I didn’t use them, they made big bumps in the roll and they weren’t necessary, so why put them in our boards. They also fit better on the shelves without the tabs being used.  Our boards are only half the price of the company I was buying them from.  They come in black or white, and black is not a special order from us…we do not discriminate here. We see the need for both colors…If you have a special request like blue…we probably could do that too and it wouldn’t take nine months…I really, really  try to support other companies and form relationships with them, but sometimes they make it impossible.

I would say you can roll from 3/4 yd to a whole bolt on these boards.  When you come home from the quilt store you would fold your fabric in half, to about 11″ and then roll it on the board. (this is taking in account that your fabric is already folded from when it was cut from the bolt)  We fold and and then pin the end…just like in the quilt store!!! I even label my boards with their fabric numbers. IMG_5990 The boards are $30 for 24 of them.  But for this special they will be $24 for 24 so $1 each.  You order in multiples of 24.  So if you order 3 in the cart you will be getting 72 boards. FABRIC BOARDS  

If you didn’t notice a lot of the items this year have to do with organization.  I am starting to go through and organize and purge almost 20 years of stuff in my sewing studio at our Menasha home ( there will be some give-aways, good for you…and me)…I strongly believe in spending $$$ on things to help organize…we feel better when things aren’t a mess, when we can see what we are looking for or know exactly where they should be…saves time and sanity!!!

Today’s a short post….lots to do..only 6 days til Christmas.

Please remember to leave a comment( if you are running out of things to say… tell me how long you have been quilting and why you started)…remember to add HOLD to your order comment section if you want it held!

House pic of the day…made it before dark yesterday and was greeting with this amazing site..my kitchen & living room hardwood floor is A-mazing!!! I show a better close up when I’m not getting in their way.

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Remember to have a good day…I believe it 90% up to us to decide whether we are going to have good day or not!!! LB

12 Days of Needful Things…Day 7!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 7DAY 8 A COUPLE OF SEWING NOTIONS

There are always little sewing notions being developed or re colored so here are the NEW items we found this year that we think are worth having…

Super Shears Minis…IMG_4723These little cute scissors are adorable as well as sharp and very functional.  I would consider these great for stitching, on the road and not risking bringing your “good” scissors, when you need a thread snipper.  I wouldn’t want to cut out my wool shapes with them.  They also make cute little gift for stitching friends and when you need little trinkets for a quilting get together…when the MODA girls came to the retreat house…they introduced these to me.IMG_4724

Here is the official description…Super Shears Mini. Miniature sized scissors that are fun & safe. The highest quality, sharpest little shears you will ever own. Cuts nails, cardboard, woven labels, cords & elastic. Comes with a protective sheath attachmnent which won’t get lost. I’m thinking the nails are finger nails….and thread..how about thread? that’s all I want to cut with them!!! So maybe this is the scissors you should throw in the junk drawer, so they(loved ones) don’t hunt down your good scissors…or when you have to cut those plastic thingys off of everything made now days…this can do it!!!

We are selling these in a set of three (yes, we think you need three)…as shown.. They are normally $2.79 each…now just $6.oo for the set. Super Shears

The next notion is the Seam Fix Ripper…Yes we had this one before in the 12 days so why am I offering this one again??? They come in NEW colors!!!!IMG_4725

Let me tell you I LOVE this ripper…and that rubber end to pull out the loose ripped threads…AMAZING…of coarse mine doesn’t get much use as I rarely make mistakes! LOL…I hope you don’t believe that?  You would think that the more years we’ve been stitching the less mistakes you would make? right? That be a No…Don’t think you are the only one who sews the wrong sides together, or messes up a block and only after you done the final press do you notice you turned something…right at the beginning??? We ALL do it…what you need to do especially when stitching with others is not make such a big deal out of it when you do something “stupid” then no one notices…    The deal on the ripper reg. $6.79 is $5.44 or 2 for $10…I need at least 2 of them in each of my sewing spaces because…I’ts never where it should be!!!  We will pick you a random colors, because they come in a box of like 6 of each color or something like that…if you ALL want purple what are we to do???? see our delima?  So it will be a surprise which color you get!!!  Order your RIPPER here. I just noticed Judi has the old pic of the rippers on the site… you will get the new colors…

Again…remember to place HOLD in the COMMENT section of your ORDER…please try not to put it in the comment section of the blog…I have to send them to the shop  and I don’t want one to get missed. We need it on the order itself to make sure they are processed correctly…I know some of you are new to 12 days…and I want to make sure you are happy with our promotion.

and… Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for ordering everyday so we can get the correct numbers ordered ahead of shipping day…Jake appreciates it too as he can work on pin bowls now instead of between Christmas and New Years…

Here is the panto info from the Christmas quilt I showed the other day…no worries…I didn’t ignore you on purpose…IMG_4717

I don’t have much to share today so I’ll say a little about our house we are building…I see some of you are asking about it…First…the house will not be like my Menasha house (which we will be selling in Spring/Summer) which is warm and cozy…We will be going lighter, airier and a bit more modern…but we will still have lots of vintage and reclaimed/primitive accents…But my whole color scheme will change from reds, browns and blacks to blues, greys, white/creams, and old yellow…..think Lakeside Gatherings fabrics!!!

We are in several different stages…The wall painting just has finished up and the tile floors are starting to go in (which is super exciting than just seeing sticks and stones) as well as the reclaimed wood floor in our kitchen will be delivered today…I fought hard for a real beat up looking floor…everyone is afraid your going to call them back and say…my floor has big gaps in it..or whatever…I want that…I want my dogs to be able to scratch it up and it not be a OOOHHH NOOO…so I promised my wood floor guy he would not be hearing me complain about anything!!!  There will be nothing shiny or sparkly in this house…no chandeliers or crystals things…just not my style…there will be signs that a quilter lives in it…herringbone and hex tiles…I’m making the quilted patchwork fabric to cover my window bench in the dining room…

The outside still does not have the siding up! The company who was hired I guess the main foremen quit and went on their own…now the owner is sitting with no experienced guy to run the crew…so we are waiting for a different company to fit us in their schedule…bummer cause it was sooooo nice here…now our siding guys will have to work in the snow and cold probably…and NO we do not have any snow yet…

Every night when Nick and I go out it is dark, its hard to see what the colors of paint are on the walls.  So today I may sneak out of work early and go…I need to run around and pay some people $$$, for rugs and wall tiles, and extra cool knobs in some places that aren’t in the budget!!  I’m beginning to dislike the word budget….When you build a sewing studio, the builder does not alway figure in the “budget” what you really want. I don’t even want to tell you how much my sewing studio put us over on our cabinet budget! But no one can even deny me what I want in that room…because we all know why!!!!   I was watching some HGTV last night before bed and they were flipping kitchens for $8,000?…in CA?…now no way is that even close to what we pay here in WI for some of that stuff!!!They would flip a whole house for $40,000, so I was kinda laughing at the whole thing…here is what we saw last night…the master bath tile floor.IMG_4716

I somehow feel the need to share a few things that maybe you don’t know about Nick and I…we help many family and friends out…we live well below our means…We came from working class families where both parents worked very hard.  Our parents knew each other back in the day…Our Dads both drove stock cars…I think my Dad won more races though…lol…sorry Nick…We met while working 12 hour swing shift in a paper mill, we both have been working since age 14 both at supper clubs washing dishes.  We are both from small town which are next to each other…so we are alike…Please, I ask.. if it offends you that I am building a new house…please keep your comments to yourself…Most of you are happy for our success and want to know about the house and I’m happy to share some things with you but when you put yourself and your personal life out there, there are some who feel the need to crash your party with some ugly comments. I am writing about the Lakehouse because all of you who follow me know it is special to me…You know about the ANCHOR…you know why I need to be there all the timeso hopefully by reading this those of you who are NEW know that we are not a bunch of spoiled brats who’ve been handed everything…When we were shopping around for a builder one of them blew me off at more than one parade of homes event.  I’m sure because by looking at me in my jeans and sweatshirt he didn’t think I could afford him.  I can’t wait to only have to take care of 1 house instead of 2, and Nick will be able to fish everyday, like I get to stitch everyday!!! It is our time to build our forever home. 

My best…LB