12 Days of Christmas…Needful Things…Day 7


img_0381Day 7-PRE CUTS!!Flannel & Fabric Bundles

Who doesn’t love a pre-cut…I love having every print in the line…We have some great deals…Help us lower our inventory for the end of the year…we will not be doing an end of year sale…we are offering our deals to YOU!

Flannel Primitive Muslin- F8s- 40% OFF- These are the “solid” hand dyed looking ones.

Wool & Needle Flannel 3- F8, FQ-40 % OFF-Flannels with “un-usual” colors, pinks, purples, teals and so on…

Wool & Needle Flannel 5- Layer Cakes, 5″ Charms, F8 & FQ- 35% OFF-Nice traditional colors…

Wool & Needle Flannel 6- Layer Cakes, 5″ Charms FQ & F8-25% OFF-These are the brighter more intense looking colors…and the beautiful taupes and creams…

Liberty Gatherings Wovens-Layer Cakes & 5″ Charms- 40 % OFF- Red,white and blue Homespuns.

Homespun Gatheirngs- Layer Cakes, 5″ Charms-FQ-25% OFF- Tradional Homepsuns in a large range of colors…

Little Gatherings 2-Layer Cakes 5″ charms -40 % OFF Neutrals from cream/tan/brown/black…

There is a lot of flannel here…If you have not worked with our flannel it is amazing…and if you are allergic to wool or just want a less expensive alternative to wool…look at this… AfterlightImage 3

This is our Candy Cane Santa that was a free pattern during our Primitive Christmas Event last year…so you may have this pattern already…but I helped Barb Nelson pick FLANNELS out for here to make this..You cannot even tell that this is flannel and NOT wool…so alot of these flannels would work for appliques just anther way to use them…but they are lovely to piece with…we also have a bunch of patterns that feature flannels if you want to piece with them.. Day 7 Pre-cut Specials click here.

I am getting ready for my Sit & Stitch WI group coming to my house today(Tuesday) for a little party…Do you have a sewing group?  If so tell me about it/them…if not…why?  Do you not have somewhere to meet people?  Are you a happy loner?  Make sure you leave your city and state…you may find a new friend here…this is the quesion for our give-away!!! So please leave a comment to Enter for the prizes..

Thats all for today…but if you want to read about the rest of my Vegas trip…here is a little bit more about it…

We attended the new show called Opium in the Cosomopolitan…this little guy(the dog) stole the show…IMG_8793

This was Saturday night…then Sunday…we Uber-ed to the Harley Shop and then to Fremont St to watch the Packers lose to the Bears…yes, I did say that…and then we went shopping/hotel visiting…we went to the Bellagio to see the Christmas stuff…IMG_4919IMG_0184IMG_4872IMG_7231IMG_0787IMG_5198IMG_3844IMG_6832

Its It was pretty breath-taking… we then were walking…walking…walkingIMG_9163Shopping at the Cosmo..IMG_8214

This was my favorite store front!!!! I believe it was called STITCHED…. these are the two windows on the side of the door..

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Then some more walking…and somehow we ended up here…IMG_7366 2IMG_0945 3IMG_5793IMG_2472IMG_0068.JPGWe finished up our trip eating at Gordon Ramsey Burger in Planet Hollywood…It was a divine experience.. then were off to the airport to catch the red-eye home…and arrived at 5:30 am…on Monday, just the right amount of time…not too long and three whole days was enough…just in time to start Christmas Week!

188 responses to “12 Days of Christmas…Needful Things…Day 7”

  1. Darlene Koenig Avatar
    Darlene Koenig

    I am involved in a small group we named the Blockheads in the Cincinnati area. We are very close friends and text each other as a group throughout the day. We meet at least once during the week for dinner followed by several hours of sewing in a location where we have permanent sewing stations with machines, a huge cutting table and an ironing station. During the non-camping season, we usually spend Saturday together sewing and going to quilt shops.

  2. Felicia Hamlin Avatar
    Felicia Hamlin

    I belong to a stitching group. They keep me motivated and also I have woolie friend who keeps me going. Merry Christmas, Lisa. I hope I can win something.

  3. Toni Avatar

    I belong to the Mohawk Valley Quilt Club in New Hartford, NY. We were so excited to have you visit our club and teach a class a couple of years ago! Some of us meet separately from the club meetings and attend retreats or trips throughout the year. Always better to stitch with friends – we help each other out. Thanks again for sharing your trip pics with us – looks like a wonderful place to visit during the holidays.

  4. Christi Avatar

    I have my Guild and then a wonderful Sat UFO group. We meet once a month to sew but really we just talk and catch up. Then on Tuesdays we sew at the Senior Center. You can’t beat quilter friends.

  5. Caren Cooke Ryan Avatar
    Caren Cooke Ryan

    Our nameless group of three met at Glendale Quilt Guild. We all have put in many volunteer hours putting on our guild quilt shows. We meet at each others homes, at restaurants and travel to quilt shows. Two of us are Primitive Gatherings fans and love to shop. Our other friend is a master quilter. We get pointers from her on how to improve our skills. Our annual dinner and gift exchange at the Tam O Shanter in Los Angeles was in December.

  6. Robin Wolden Avatar
    Robin Wolden

    I have a great sewing group at my favorite quilt shop in Vegas the Christmas Goose. I am blessed to have the best teacher ever & it helps that she is also the best long armer. I sure ♡♡♡ our Val. I have a great group of friends there including my bestie. We have so much fun & sometimes even finish a quilt. 🙂

  7. Diane Schwarz Avatar
    Diane Schwarz

    I forgot to say in my message above to pHave a special Christmas and the Happiest and Healthiest New Year to you and your family. Give your little man a hug. He always looks huggable. Diane

  8. Laura Benthien Avatar
    Laura Benthien

    I’m pretty much a loner, which makes it hard to be motivated. However recently my sister has been pushing me along, and I have gotten a few quilt tops finished! I hope to continue along this path, it’s nice to get some fabric used up

  9. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi

    I’m in three groups, one group meets every Wednesday at a local church and we work on our own projects. One group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 9-3, hostess provides lunch we go to a different house each month, also working on our own projects. I take my Moon Garden blocks and hand stitch. The final group meets the last Tuesday of the month, primarily for lunch and show and share. We go to a different house each month, sometimes we go shopping or out to lunch if there isn’t anyone to host that month. I’ve made fabulous friends through quilting. I belong to The Antelope Valley Quilt Association in Lancaster Ca

  10. Diane Schwarz Avatar
    Diane Schwarz

    My sewing group of 12 wonderful ladies has dwindled down to 4. A few moved away, a few died, and I guess a few don’t “like us anymore.” We still get together once a month, and see and listen to everyone talk about husbands—good or bad. We all share life’s Burdens, but sew on always. One of the ladies is one of the worlds master quilters. Her work is unbelievable, and every stitch is by hand. We also share fabric, old lace, patterns, and most of all food and enjoyment. This has been going on for many years. Always keep your friends in quilting and sewing, and cherish time spent together. Happy New Year to all.

  11. lcc999 Avatar

    I am a loner at Holly Lake Ranch, TX. I have found it easier to be a loner than to load up everything and drag it some place else. Besides I have the most interesting conversations with myself. 😍 Your flannels look yummy!

  12. Sharon Z. Avatar
    Sharon Z.

    Eight of us use to have a bee. Several people left the group and it eventually just fizzled away. Very sad! It was always a fun time to look forward to! Missing them all this time of year! Hopefully a new group will surface. Truly miss our time together! 🐝

  13. Joni Avatar

    I have 2 friends that stitch but I am a loner!!
    Love your Vegas pictures!

  14. Leanne Mal Avatar
    Leanne Mal

    I am not in a sewing group but I’m in quilt clubs that meet once a month. It would be fun to be in a stitch group…Brookfield, Wisconsin. Love seeing your pictures of Bellagio! Their atrium is my favorite place in Vegas.

  15. Susan Brown Avatar
    Susan Brown

    After Christmas I am joining a stitching group that meets at our local library to work on charity projects and joining a hand quilting group at my local quilt shop! Looking forward to both!
    Susie Chatham,vIllinois

  16. Karen Harbaugh Avatar
    Karen Harbaugh

    No stitch group. Not sure if there is one. Mostly haven’t gotten away from work when any of the local stores are open.

  17. Kyra Franz Avatar
    Kyra Franz

    I am a “happy loner” but do have a long distance quilty friend to stitch with twice a year.

  18. Becki Gilchrist Avatar
    Becki Gilchrist

    Love having the creative spark that comes from being with others. Sadly, our group has lost three members in the last two months, so it is just the “three amiga’s” now. One is a “newbie” , so there is lots of sharing and teaching going on. Have found that I really enjoy having a portable project to work on in the morning while I watch the sun come up. The colorway in your fabrics is lovely. Thank you for sharing your talent and your products. Best wishes of the season to you and yours. Our group meets in Joplin,MO.

  19. Sharon Ray Avatar
    Sharon Ray

    I sew alone. I would love to meet with a group, there is so much encouragement when you sew with others and they know the work you put into a project. Oviedo, FL

  20. Tami Ellis Avatar
    Tami Ellis

    I do not have a stitching group, but would love to be in one! The quilt shops are too far away and no one I know in my community stitches or does any crafts for that matter 🙁

  21. Brenda T Avatar
    Brenda T

    Yes I have a group and we meet two times a month at someones house. I usually can only attend one of these meetings each month. The ladies I meet with are a true inspiration. !!

  22. Sarah Avatar

    I am fortunate to have a great sewing group. We were founded to always be an open group, and let new people join. They are some of the dearest people! I have belonged to quilt groups everywhere I have lived, and those are the people who always keep in touch.

  23. Diann Avatar

    We meet every Friday at the church. It’s a little retreat every week. We Bring our machines or not from 9 to 2 to sew, visit and have lunch. There are about 20 of us but it’s always different who shows up. There are some snow birds that sew where it’s warm for the winter. I live in Muskegon MI

  24. Harriett murray Avatar
    Harriett murray

    We have a group in magnolia Springs, Alabama that meets every other Tuesday. They are a loving and great group of ladies that have met for many years and have welcomed this newcomer to the area with open arms. I love sewing with this special group who share good food, laughs, and warm friendships!!! Quilters are the best😍

  25. Jan Avatar

    Lisa, thank you for your post. Love the pics. I have girlfriends to sew with and I belong to a Guild. The answer to your question is that I love to stitch and sew with other quilters. However, I’m currently in a space of time in which I’m a bit of a loner. Stitching on Twilight Garden sitting on the sofa being crowded by my pup is my happy place.

  26. Lynda Malloy Avatar
    Lynda Malloy

    I belong to a quilt Guild, but due to some health issues I have not been able to attend meetings. I have some great friends who are quilters, but live just far enough away that getting together often is difficult. I live in Decatur, Illinois and would love to have someone to sew with regularly who lives in town. Lisa, you are a brilliantly talented woman and I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and creativity. I wish your family a wonderful, warm and joyful holiday filled with love and laughter.

  27. Pamela Roberts Avatar
    Pamela Roberts

    Thank you for the wonderful Christmas pictures! And the food ones too! Great to live vicariously through you while I am home in front of the fire with a glass of wine 🍷😉

  28. Liz Miller Avatar
    Liz Miller

    I have wonderful ladies that I sew with. We have been sewing together every Wednesday for about 15 years now. Quilting has been my therapy through rough times in my life and I’m so thankful for friends to talk and visit with.

  29. Kristi Castanette Avatar
    Kristi Castanette

    My husband and I relocated recently, so presently I am without a local stitching group. However, I sometime am able to visit one of my former small quilt groups and attend their retreat.

  30. Chrissy Altelaar Avatar
    Chrissy Altelaar

    I have a couple of groups that i sew with, plus i do enjoy my time alone sewing .

  31. Carlie Avatar

    I do have a stitch group and love it. I move back home and didn’t have a group for 17 years and missed it like crazy. Then a new stitch store opened up and it had a stitch group and it is awesome to have like minded friends to do things with!

  32. Dawn brinker Avatar
    Dawn brinker

    I am in a quilting group called the Sewing Sisters. We see each other every week. Lots of inspiration! My parents and brother were in Vegas the same time you were so your pictures looked very familiar 😀 Merry Christmas Lisa 🎄🎅🏻

  33. JoAnn Borges Avatar
    JoAnn Borges

    Hi Lisa,
    I’m very happy to be part of a group of very close friends, 7 of us, who all work with wool. We call ourselves the “woolies”. We are fortunate to have a room all to ourselves for 4 hours on Tuesday mornings at a local senior center. We all look forward to our woolies day of sharing projects, coffee and snacks. We help each through life.

  34. Joan R Avatar
    Joan R

    I am a lone stitcher for the most part and ok with it. I work full time and so finding time to stitch is very random. I have one friend who quilts and we have done weekends when we stitch or quilt shop. And we can chat quilting all day long!

  35. Sharon Simmons Avatar
    Sharon Simmons

    Funny you should mention this as I was fortunate to be invited to a stitching group just recently and went for the first time last week. What a great group of women. I am looking forward to going back. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your photos with us from Vegas. I especially like the sewing machines in the store front.

  36. Barbara Nelson Avatar
    Barbara Nelson

    So glad to see my candy cane Santa on your blog. Fun to make and no rash! He hangs in a prominent place. I sit and sew at Primitive Gatherings in California on Wednesday night with a great group of gals. There’s always treats too.

  37. Virginia Marshall Avatar
    Virginia Marshall

    I have been in a sewing group for almost 20 years! We started out as 10 meeting once a week! We are now down to 5 and don’t meet regularly, but have so much fun when we are together! Wish we could go back to once a week!

  38. Cindy Avatar

    Quilters are the BEST!!! Everyone is so willing to share their knowledge. I belong to a Guild meeting once a month, a group we call Applique Society monthly and another weekly called Splendettes which started at the beginning of the first Splendid Sampler (smaller group as we meet only for an hour or so at 8AM) And, of course about 4 retreats a year.

  39. Deb Avatar

    Hi Lisa……..love the pics of Vegas……they know how to decorate! I belong to a quilt group with 50ish people and another small group of close quilting friends. We meet at each other’s house every month and have show n tell and exchange ideas, shortcuts and tools. It was meant to be a time to work on our projects but between the food and talking and laughing not much sewing gets done.

  40. Pamela Webb Avatar
    Pamela Webb

    I recently moved to outside of Guthrie, OK, to an acreage where I can sew while looking out on beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Although basically a loner I go each month to our wonderful local quilt shop’s ‘Featherweight Day’ to sew with friends. They also have a monthly Saturday Sampler group that inspires me to get sewing.

  41. merryl shapiro Avatar

    Hi Lisa,
    Im not in a stitch group but would love to find one. I work full time so I think that is the problem. I ew at odd times but the weekends would be fine.

  42. Paula Philpot Avatar
    Paula Philpot

    Lisa, One of our shop girls groups is call Friday Girls. We meet and sew each Friday while the shop is open. Our party this year is in two day, Thursday. I issued a challenge for them to make a red/white quilt by Christmas this year. Anxious to see how many have their quilts made. We will have party foods, games and prizes! We can’t wait. We are located in East Bernstadt, KY. Have a Merry Christmas! Paula in KY

  43. Kathleen Terek Avatar
    Kathleen Terek

    I guess you could say that I am addicted to wool applique. I find it very relaxing and love all the projects I have done. I especially like patterns/kits from Primitive Gatherings. The instructions are very well written and easy to follow. I am a “lone stitcher”. I split my time between southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee ) area and Eagle River, WI. Would love to hear from others in my area and possibly get together to share ideas and maybe even some wool! Happy Holidays to everyone!

  44. Sheila Avatar

    That flannel looked great. Will have to give it a try. Glad your got to enjoy some “us” time before the last holiday rush. Merry Christmas and now I have to find my Santa pattern from last year.

  45. Susan Collier Avatar
    Susan Collier

    I moved from Minnesota to southern Florida 1 1/2 years ago and the only thing I really miss is my sewing buddies. Can’t find any here

  46. Donna B Avatar
    Donna B

    I sit and sew regularly with a group that also includes dinner. Really good friends. Have a second group that gets together occasionally. Love sewing with my friends.

  47. Jenny M Avatar
    Jenny M

    I belong to a crafting group in NW Wisconsin that meets twice a month to encourage, enlighten and motivate one another as we chat up a storm. I also belong to a group of six quilters that meet several times a year for three day quilting retreats at one another’s homes. I am fortunate to have my many crafting buddies.

  48. Sandra McDaniel Avatar
    Sandra McDaniel

    I belong to 2 great groups, quilters on Monday and rug hookers on Thursday..so much inspiration and friendship!

  49. Cherie Feasley Avatar
    Cherie Feasley

    I sew with a group of friends every Tuesday at our local quilt store. We call ourselves the Tuesday Buds. I made a little embroidery pillow last year for our gift exchange with a little rose bud and this became the name of our group.

  50. Patricia Avatar

    No, I don’t belong to a mini group yet. Haven’t been invited to one, but just realized maybe I need to start one! Hmmm!

  51. Leota Krantz Avatar
    Leota Krantz

    Looks like a good time was had by all. Just take care of that darling man and yourself too. After all you will enjoy this holiday more because of that newest addition.

  52. Joan Carmody Avatar
    Joan Carmody

    I do not belong to a sewing group but I love when my granddaughter visits when she is out of school because she loves to work on projects with me!

    I loved seeing your photos from Vegas! My husband loves going there as well!

  53. Rose Jeter Avatar
    Rose Jeter

    My goodness, the pictures of the Christmas decorations in Vegas are a amazing. I

    I do belong to a small sewing group, it is a group of women who used to all be neighbors and now are scattered all over the Hill Country in Texas. We meet once a month and may work on a group project or individual projects, every one is so talented and it is always fun to see what they are working on.

  54. jgreenhow Avatar

    I meet with a group of ladies at a church weekly on Wednesday’s as well I am doing a wool block a month at a local quilt shop.

  55. Carmen Montmarquet Avatar
    Carmen Montmarquet

    I am a lone quilter. I have quilting friends but we have all moved so far away that it makes it hard to meet up, still hoping to make that happen! Would love to know if there are any primitive quilters in the Dunbarton, N.H. area where i moved to 3 yrs ago. I am retired but stay busy helping with the grandkids. I have fallen in love with wool work and love you for all you do for us!
    Thank You!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!!
    Carmen Montmarquet

  56. Stacy McDaniel Avatar
    Stacy McDaniel

    I have 5 awesome friends and we have stitch and bitch when we can, but we also go out to dinner together every week. We have traveled together to Paducah at least 10 times in the last 18 years and we’ve expanded to other quilt shows. We’ve gone on several retreats (our favorite retreat house is very near you Lisa!!). It is so great to have my stitching girls. 💗💗

  57. Caryl Avatar

    Great post! I love the pics of Vegas…the sea of poinsettias! Handsome Nick with the handsome burger! Wow! Well, I’m in a sewing group and it keeps me motivated. One meets monthly,one meets maybe once a year. And then there’s the blockhead group which is weekly….highly motivating! Thanks to all those designers…it’s such fun!

  58. Connie Schofield Avatar
    Connie Schofield

    I belong to a quilt guild. I mostly sew alone, but do sew with other ladies at a sit and sew sometimes. I’m in Highlands, Tx.

  59. Cheryl Adam Avatar

    Looks like you had a great time. Everything is bigger in Las Vegas, including the decorations.

  60. Karen McMahon Avatar
    Karen McMahon

    I belong to a quilt guild but not a small stitching group. I have never looked into a small group but I think I would like to. I will add it to my list for the new year.

  61. Roxanne Avatar

    I have three sewing groups. One meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Just four of us, but a nice size. Then there are the two groups that I go to retreats with. Everyone works on their own projects. It is easy to get inspired at any of the sewing groups. So much to see and do.

  62. lj Avatar

    I used to meet every Saturday to sew with a small group of ladies. We did that for 5 year. They were quite a bit older than I and were teaching me each week. One moved in with her daughter out of state. In the house that we met, the lady fell ill, did not recover and died. Now we just meet at a quilt retreat 3x a year. I sure miss the ladies and meeting weekly. What a blessing that was!

  63. Mary Kastner Avatar
    Mary Kastner

    I do belong to a small sewing group. we are kind of spread out now as a couple of us have moved but I cherish my time with them when it happens. Happy Holidays to you and your family.


  64. Cheryl Keown Avatar
    Cheryl Keown

    I am a lonesome sewer but would love to find one close to where I live in Sullivan, Illinois.

  65. donnalevesque Avatar

    I did belong to a group when I lived in So Calif, but haven’t found one yet here in Waco, Texas.

  66. De De Benson Avatar
    De De Benson

    I am a cintent loner, would love a sewing group, just havent fou d one.

  67. Cathy W. Avatar
    Cathy W.

    Yes, I attend a small bee group that is part of our larger guild. It is a great way to get to know people better and share ideas. Sometimes, those things are challenging in a large guild. I enjoy it very much.

    I also go to a fiber arts group of rug hookers, spinners, weavers, fiber artists, as well as others who knit, crochet and do wool appliqué.
    Cathy in Ocala, FL

  68. Karen Sikes Avatar
    Karen Sikes

    I used to be in a guild, then I moved 500 miles away😔😔 I miss my guild and friends but I am now neighbors with my grandchildren. What could be better than that, not much. One day I will get back with a guild.

  69. Linda Avatar

    In 2000, 7 ladies began a class led by Penny Haren to make a Dear Jane quilt. Over a period of 2 years, Penny logically helped us put our blocks together. I was in my Master’s program at the time, but I kept up with 6 blocks a month. After completing that original quilt a bond was formed and we have continued to meet monthly working on other quilt projects and just becoming close friends. It’s all good.

  70. Shirley Avatar

    Gorgeous pictures. I belong to two sewing groups but also enjoy sewing alone , our group is having its annual xmas party today. Town Millerville, Minnesota.

  71. Kelly Avatar

    I am a lone quilter. I have lots of friends who quilt and enjoy sharing projects but have not joined a group yet.

  72. Laura B Avatar
    Laura B

    I do have a small group of 5 that do a lot together and then a bigger group of 10 that also sew together. We do about 5 retreats a year and then do things like tomorrow going to our local grange to bake cookies and stitch. We try a monthly sew together at least our small group but sometimes life gets in the way

    1. Laura B Avatar
      Laura B

      Oops forgot. Am from Mifflintown PA

  73. mary h Avatar
    mary h

    I quilt twice a month with a group of 10. Most of us have been together for 25 years. We eat supper and stitch. I can’t imagine not having a group for inspiration and sharing, and retreats and road trips.

    1. mary h Avatar
      mary h

      I quilt twice a month with a group of 10. Most of us have been together for 25 years. We eat supper and stitch. I can’t imagine not having a group for inspiration and sharing, and retreats and road trips. Vinton, iowa

  74. Cathy Weatherford Avatar
    Cathy Weatherford

    I lived in northern Calif for 13 years and belonged to the Firehouse Quilters thurs group. Was a wonderful group. Miss those friends a bunch. We moved back to Smith Valley in Nev a few years ago. There is a group here. Health issues have made it hard to be regular, but I need to make a better effort. Some wonderful women there. We are a ranching family, and I always say I am married to the Lone Ranger, so I am very comfortable being alone. But I know I need to put more effort into being a part of the sewing group here, because I do miss those close friendships. Love your blog and quilts

  75. Susan Palcic Avatar
    Susan Palcic

    I used to belong to a weekly quilting group, quilts and wool work. But it dwindled down to just 3 of us. One has moved away and one just passed away this year. I do have a knitting group that meets each week and I teach knitting to a group of lovely ladies at our library twice a month. I belong to the Grand Isand Quilt Guild, (NY) for my sewing inspiration. Love your patterns and fabrics!

  76. Bev F Avatar
    Bev F

    I mostly stitch alone. But love to sew with my two daughters and daughter in law when we can make that happen ( need the Daddies to babysit)!
    Love your fabric lines. Thanks for the chance to win.

  77. Sharron Avatar

    We have a small group (4 of us) that get together once a week. It’s a pretty sad group right now though. One girl just had shoulder surgery, another had surgery this week for carpel tunnel. The third just had a hip replacement. Guess I’d better watch out. I’ll just keep on stitching alone – still working on the projects you taught us here in Ontario. That was a great few days!

  78. Donna Watson Avatar
    Donna Watson

    I’m a lone quilter where I’m now living in Ohio. It was supposed to be temporary move & I wasn’t going to get involved with a group but we’ve been north of Dayton for over three years. I do go to a quilt retreat in New Mexico once a year & have met many friends. I also love to go on quilt shop hops because the shop owners & the employees are so nice & friendly. I live in Tipp City, Ohio.

    1. Caren Avatar

      Hi Donna,
      Is the retreat in New Mexico a private retreat? If not can you give out the website? It sounds interesting.

  79. Carol Nelms Avatar
    Carol Nelms

    Things have changed here in Franklin PA. I used to love going to quilt shops, guild, classes and retreats with friends. I am homebound now because of physical limitations, and enjoy sewing at home, and reading blogs.

  80. Glenda Hollander Avatar
    Glenda Hollander

    Lisa, I love your artistic style and would love to have a sewing group in Tacoma, Washington.
    I’m a newbie and really need some experience around me. Plus it would be nice to make new friends.

  81. Lori Thomas Avatar
    Lori Thomas

    It looks like you had a great trip! The Christmas decor is beautiful. It would be a great time to visit places like that, but it always seems to be too busy for me to go. Some year I’ll have to get my act together so I could go. I am in 3 sewing groups. They are all just a little different, but we all share the same bond. If you aren’t in a group you should find some friends and start one. It’s more than just sewing friends, it is a support when someone needs a special friends help as well. You never know what great blessings you can find. Im truly blessed with my sewing friends!

  82. Nancy Pleimann Avatar
    Nancy Pleimann

    I have a group of 3 to 4 come to my house once a month. None of use were asked to join other groups so since I have the Studio room my friends come to my house. They are new at wool work so I can help them. The 4 of us get along great and we aren’t going to invite any one else to join us. Like I said we have never been invited to join other groups. Several years ago I was asked to join this group and a few days later the house mother called me and said they didn’t have room for one more. We have a great time. The girls bring sub way and I make the sweet.

  83. Jane Green Avatar
    Jane Green

    I belong to two stitch groups

  84. Karin Avatar

    I have a couple of sewing groups…one used to meet at a quilt shop that is ‘no longer’…now we meet at each others’ houses to continue our friendship and sewing. Some of the previous group are part of the second one, too! We found another quilt shop that hosts a ‘quilt till you wilt’ once a month that we participate in. We have met new people there who have become good friends and we look forward to seeing each month. For some of us (who are still working), these groups are our therapy when the job gets too busy…it’s like pushing the ‘reset’ button!

  85. Jan Scherbinski Avatar
    Jan Scherbinski

    I have a group of three friends that get together once a week. We are called Stitch and Bitch. We meet at someone’s house and stitch all day! I also have a group of eight great quilty friends that go on retreat in July. We have gone for over twenty years ! I have two other groups that meet once a month. I have lots of support and motivation ! Love all your designs and love the tins I got !

  86. carolyn Avatar

    I don’t have a sewing group where I live in NJ, but do have a group that I met on AOL over 20 years ago in their quilting forums. Five of us have remained friends from the group, have gotten together over the years to sew and I’m especially close to one of the ladies from Texas. She and I are currently doing a BOM together. She is the best quilting friend!

  87. Suz Kuhns Avatar
    Suz Kuhns

    I quilt with a group of 5 other ladies – we’ve been together for years. We meet 2 or 3 evenings a month and do at least one 1-day retreat in the fall and a full weekend retreat in the late spring. We do a great lunch and quilt shop visit in early January to celebrate Christmas (we’re all straight out during December, so this way we can relax!). They are great women and very supportive both with quilting matters and with life stuff!

  88. Karen A Avatar
    Karen A

    Funny this question comes up today! I’m on my way to meet up with 5 friends for a sewing day! We choose a pattern and all do it their way. It’s great fun with special friends.

  89. Sandi Avatar

    Isn’t it amazing how you walk in Vegas and everything looks closer than it really is.
    Since moving to this area from Cedarburg five years ago. I am a happy loner, I tried the local groups, not so much. Keep creating so we can be creating.

  90. Maggie Reintges Avatar
    Maggie Reintges

    I’m fortunate to live in Grand Rapids,MI in the summer and Port Charlotte, FL in the winter and belong to quilting groups in both places! Quilters are such nice people and I’ve met a lot of them in our travels ❤️

  91. Jan Jones Avatar
    Jan Jones

    I love small groups as that is where I have learned so much. But I am most productive when I am home alone.
    I love how Lisa brings us together with her questions.
    Loved seeing the picture of Nick pray he feels as good as he looks

  92. Susan Stanton Avatar
    Susan Stanton

    Thanks for sharing your photos of Las Vegas at Christmas time. The ones from the Bellagio are fantastic! Merry Christmas!

  93. Kerry Lowe Avatar
    Kerry Lowe

    I’ve actually been thinking of getting a group started here in my community in Estero, Florida. I quilt and love to work with wool. Love the sewing machine window display!

  94. Sue H Avatar
    Sue H

    I have a couple of sewing groups. One meets quarterly for a 3-day weekend (days only, home at night) and there are about 25 in the group with 15-20 showing up at a time. I don’t think I’ve missed once — love this group! I have another group that I retreat with. I sew with them twice a year for a 4-day weekend. There’s another group that I TRY to sew with twice a year but if I’m already committed to another group, I go there. It’s a one-day (9am – 9pm) sewing day with about 40 of us. Although I absolutely love sewing with friends, I’m content sewing all by myself in my sewing space at home too but there’s nothing better than sewing with friends!

  95. marie Avatar

    We have a group that meets on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays (if there is one) at our local quilt shop in Athens, AL.

  96. masonmarlene Avatar

    I wish I had a sewing group. I live in Apple Valley, Minnesota and there are a lot of quilters/stitchers in the Twin Cities area but I am retired and don’t care to meet in the evening so finding a day group has been on my list of things to do. I am still unpacking from moving and in the spring will get with the program. (Lots of retired people here go to Florida and Arizona – among other places – for the winter so pickings are slim for sewing groups.)

    Also, looking at knee replacement surgery after the new year and being a loner after that is ok with me. I have had knee replacement before and recovery is not pleasant.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of your Vegas Adventure.

  97. Libby Blaha Avatar
    Libby Blaha

    Thanks for sharing your Vegas photos… I live is a rural area so it’s a little hard to get in
    with a stitch group and a have a full time stressful job….so coming home to stitch makes me a happy loner, unless my granddaughters come by to join me, that I am a happy, happy group member ~

  98. Ellen R Avatar
    Ellen R

    Shout outs to my friendship group..we named ourselves Daily Grinders because we all work or worked and so we keep expectations to a minimum to just stitch for fun!

  99. Sandy Avatar

    I belong to 2 quilting groups. One group UFO meets once a month at a church for friendship and stitching. Sometimes we take the whole day and go on a road trip, My other group is UCL (Under Cover Ladies). We meet once a month at each others homes and serve breakfast and then have show and tell of the things we made that month. I am very fortunate to belong to these groups and have quilting friends.

  100. Nancy ashbaugh Avatar
    Nancy ashbaugh

    I’ve been stitching with a group of gals since I retired in 1992. We meet in each other’s homes on Tuesday from 10 a to 3 p. The hostess provides lunch. Today it is broccoli cheese soup, corn muffins and peppermint ice cream with brownie bites. The chocolate sauce is optional!

  101. Beth Esser Avatar
    Beth Esser

    I am happy to stitch by myself without a clock to watch in my basement sewing room at home until my husband calls me up for supper! I also started going to a local church once a month with some former guild members for socializing, lunch and keeping in touch with good friends!

  102. 12millie Avatar

    I belong to a group of 18 quilters and needlewomen. We have been together since 2000 and are so named because of navigational misadventures with shop hops (pre GPS). We retreat twice a year and meet monthly or so at each other’s homes, as well as the occasional pop-up trip. There are 11 nurses in the group. We started the group by making lap quilts for children in radiation therapy with cancer. We’ve seen family deaths, cancer, and other illnesses as well as the highs in our lives–births of grandchildren, weddings, retirement. We often joke that we should buy a huge house, pool our stash, and patterns. We also need an adjoining house for our husbands who fish, hunt, honey-do and cook. We are the support group for each other and couldn’t do without the group. we are very fortunate.

  103. 12millie Avatar

    I for got the name! It’s the Meanderers!

  104. Lois Wilhelm Avatar

    I belong to two small stitching groups that meet once a month. Much gets done between stitching and conversation…they have all become my dearest friends over the years (one group we have been meeting for nearly 30 years!!!)

  105. Kathy Holmertz Avatar
    Kathy Holmertz

    I’m in a group of eight that go on yearly summer retreat and have a wonderful time. We really accomplish a lot during that week of fun! We also meet together with a larger group once a month. I have a very special cousin that is my quilting sister. I love all the time spent with her, sharing ideas, fabric, wool, and going on some great day adventures! Your pictures from Vegas were so fun to see…. the decorations look amazing!

  106. Sandra Hansen Avatar
    Sandra Hansen

    I guess I’m a loner stitcher. As a snow bird I’m in AZ part time and WI part time. I did have a quilt group for many years and still get their newsletters. Once I relocated I never did get into a new group. Maybe it’s something I need to work on!

  107. Charlotte Schindler Avatar
    Charlotte Schindler

    Today, my small (3 people) quilting group will be meeting at my house for our Christmas party. At one time, we had 10 in the group. We will be playing games with prizes we all furnish. Then, a lunch that we all help provide.
    We have been meeting for almost 16 years. They help to motivate but I am pretty much a self starter .

  108. Cathy Cavagnaro Avatar
    Cathy Cavagnaro

    I continue to belong to a guild but miss most of the meetings due to family commitments. And I have not been able to attend my small group gatherings for the same reason. Sounds so pitiful…and I do miss my quilting companions. But I choose to enjoy quiet quilting times and blogs like this. It is enough for now.

  109. Sue Arndt Avatar
    Sue Arndt

    Our original group has been meeting monthly for 18 years. We celebrate Christmas with high tea at a members’ home. Also, a mini group of six developed over time and we have the best time sewing together all day, every other week.

  110. Edie Frasier Avatar
    Edie Frasier

    Looks like you and Nick had a great time in Las Vegas! So glad you had an opportunity to get away and have some fun. Merry Christmas!

  111. Wendy L Avatar
    Wendy L

    I belong to two small groups. The days we meet are always a day to look forward to. We also go on retreat together twice a year. It’s wonderful to always have sewing friends that are there for motivation,advice, or sewing help, but most of all we all have that common interest of our passion of quilting!

  112. Beth Esser Avatar
    Beth Esser

    This is all happening in Friendship, WI

  113. Marsha Bohling Avatar
    Marsha Bohling

    I belong to two sewing groups through my guild in Coeur d’Alen, Idaho. One is a 1930’s group and the other is an applique and hand quilting group. We winter in Mesa, AZ and we have a quilting group in our park that we mainly work on charity quilts. I can’t encourage people enough to join a quilt guild or group. It is so much fun and motivational and you make lifetime friends.
    I loved all the pictures! Especially the window front with all the sewing machines and the Christmas displays at the Bellagio.

  114. Clara Avatar

    I belong to our local quilt guild. Several “friendship” groups have formed around specific quilting types–applique, art, hand quilting. Because I work, I can only attend the guild once a month. Thank you for all the inspiration I receive from your blog. clara-chandler@att.net

  115. Kathy D Avatar
    Kathy D

    I belong to a BOM group at my local quilt shop. Meet once a month and have a great time. Motivation to get the quilt done and sometimes talk more than sew. One day I want to come to your stitching group in California.

  116. Judyk Avatar

    I don’t have a sewing group but I have 4 friends who like the same things I do and we sew on our projects at home, encouraging each other to finish the projects. Blogs and Instagram have served as a virtual sewing groups as well. It helps when you live rurally and everything is so far away! That’s why I love your blog.

  117. Sharon Browne Avatar
    Sharon Browne

    I am pretty much a loner since there are few people I know who sew and none who make quilts.

  118. Wendy M Avatar
    Wendy M

    I started a stitching group at the quilt shop where I work. We’ve been meeting at the shop once a month for about 7 years. This group of 12 ladies are so kind and caring. I look forward to seeing them.

  119. paulette Avatar

    The group I sew/quilt with is called Sew Creative Bee It is a group from the bigger quilting guild we all belong to. We meet every other week and just had our Christmas Part which was so much fun with gifts fitting into any stockings! What a blast along with great food.

  120. Pam Hintze Avatar
    Pam Hintze

    I recently moved back to my hometown of Oshkosh, WI after living in Brookfield, WI for 9 years. I work full time during the week and watch a grandson some weekends, but am looking forward to reconnecting with a sewing group in the area as time permits.

  121. Julie Gould Avatar
    Julie Gould

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  122. Pat Braun Avatar
    Pat Braun

    I meet monthly with a small group of quilters. We have been meeting since 2001. Sometimes we do “projects “, help each other with our own projects, but mostly enjoy each other’s company and support one another!

  123. Cheryl G Avatar
    Cheryl G

    All my friends started a Quilting group. We have dinner and Sew once a month. Sometime it’s just dinner and talking which is fun too. I love your wool and needle flannel. Thanks for the idea to try to use it instead of wool. Willing to try anything once.

  124. Sandy G. Avatar
    Sandy G.

    I have a group of sewing friends who get together a couple times a year and then my sisters and I try to sew together every couple of months. Las Vegas was beautiful, looks like you had fun.

  125. Glenna C Denman Avatar
    Glenna C Denman

    Georgetown, TX – near Austin. I belong to a small group, Stitchin’ Sisters, as well as two guilds. The small groups are where it’s at for developing close friendships. BTW, I am amazed at all the vintage sewing machines in the window.

  126. Camille V Avatar
    Camille V

    Rochester, MN
    I belong to 2 sewing groups that meet weekly. One has been going for about 20 years. Our group name is Dear Janes. I don’t think any of us have actually completed a Dear Jane top. The other group has met for about 10 years and is called Chat & Soooo… you can see from the name that”Chat” trumps sewing in this group. Good friends in both groups, for sure! If you are nearby, reply. There is always room for another stitcher.

  127. Michelle Condon Avatar
    Michelle Condon

    Moving every two years with the military made it hard to make/leave friends over and over. Now that we’ve left the military and settled here in Colorado earlier this year, I joined the quilt guild. The very first time I went, a sweet lady invited me to a “UFO” small group…that was the best thing…they are such a good fit for me and were so welcoming right from the start. I am so thankful for all of them!

  128. Terri Mulinix Avatar
    Terri Mulinix

    I have a group that we’ve been sewing to gether for many many years. I really miss it when I don’t get to go. The fellow ship is the best. Merry Christmas to all. T

  129. Denise Cabral Avatar
    Denise Cabral

    I have been a lone stitcher for a couple years now. We moved and left my stitching ladies behind. I plan on joining a Wednesday Woolies group after the holidays at a quilt shop near me!

  130. lapdm8798 Avatar

    Newberry Street in Boston has a tailor’s shop with the same store front, hundreds of sewing machines dressing up the glass windows. It’s wonderful. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. See you at Road.

  131. Marie Avatar

    I belong to a couple of bees. One has been meeting for more than 25 years! With an original member or two and many nearly originals still in attendance. Also go to clubs and gatherings at the local quilt shop to keep me motivated.
    Love your Vegas pics. I think I was on that vacation! The sewing machines, Bellagio atrium, and Gordon’s burgers! My favorite time of year is to go between Thanksgiving and Christmas to go casino hopping and check out the decorations. Hope you got to see the Venetian’s holiday spread. Glad you had great time. (And yes, 3 days at a time is usually plenty for Vegas 😊).

  132. debbie haggard Avatar
    debbie haggard

    I am a member of a friendship sewing group that has been meeting weekly for over 36 years. Over the years we have had as many as 17 members, and as few as 7. I am also a member of a small wool sewing group which meets monthly.

  133. Debra Reber Avatar
    Debra Reber

    I belong to the local quilt guild, & also a quilting group at church. Both groups are very active in making projects for local charities.

  134. Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts Avatar

    I guess I am a happy loner. I go to a number of retreats throughout the year where I meet up with friends, but in my neighborhood I am the only one who stitches.

  135. Dixie McAdam Avatar
    Dixie McAdam

    I am a loner quilter/stitcher. Am one of those active seniors who love to work out in the pool or gym again on my own. Also take long walks with our dog … alone or with my hubbie.

  136. Gale W.S. Avatar
    Gale W.S.

    I’m part of a large quilt guild and several “satellites.” We stitch, share, talk and laugh together. The laughter is the best, shared amongst women.

  137. geriwood13@att.net Avatar