Happy New Year…


Thank you all for reading and commenting on my blog I wish you all could win a prize!…               I appreciate you all and love that I am able to give away some wonderful prizes…                          Congratulations to the winners…all winners are randomly chosen.


All winners please contact this email to claim your prize…with your full name and address.

ahoefler@new.rr.com  This is Amy’s email…she takes care of getting you your prizes…please      contact her as soon as you can as she likes to get these sent out asap…

Day 2 Winner is….

Mary Hoeppner


Mary will win a large cone of Aurifil thread!


Day 3 Winner is….

Jan Scherbinski


Jan will won a bag of caramels and…a bunch of secret goodies!


Day 4 Winner is…



Janet won the large table lamp!!!


Day 5 Winners are…let us know if you would like a wool or fabric precut

Karla Pickhinke





she stated she loves “Indigo Gatherings”






Day 6 Winner is…no one won…not one comment left????


Day 7 Winner is…

Lisa Mikel



Lisa…You can shop on the site, write down the titles….pick your $200 worth of Primitive Gatherings patterns and email them to the above address…make sure they are designs under Primitive Gatherings Designs button…

Day 8 Winner is…

Judy Zei


You win the “ Create” tin and sheep project!





Day 9 Winner is…

Cathy C


Cathy…wins the small stitching templates and a stitching stool



Day 10 Winners are…





Angela & Peggy will win a Valdani Thread pack



Day 11 Winners are…

Kim Anderson





Joanne & Kim will win an Indigo Gathering pre-cut.


Day 12 Winners are…

Vicki Sprain


will receive a sheep pendant

Tana Riffel


“Maker” pendant



Thimble pendant


This the first time we did not sell a bunch of sewing machines…so I’m sorry here was no winner for the Juki…

Take care…and see you in 2020







Day 1…Needful Things…Juki




Now this post is the same as it has been for the last couple of years….but by far the most IMPORTANT Needful Thing there is…without this machine I would not be half the Quilter I am today…read why…

Every year so far people ask…Will you please do the Juki again this year?…. so here it is AGAIN!…..by popular demand…AND you could win yours free!!!

Now I know we pretty much all have a sewing machine…or two or three or even more…But I just have to talk about the sewing machine I use 99% of the time…It is my #1 Needful thing…Most of you probably have never heard of Juki…so let me just say they are not new to the market…Juki is well known in the garment industry and are mostly industrial machines. I think I have had a Juki for about 10 years now…I also own 2 Berninas, 1060 and a 1530, and a couple of featherweights…one black and one white. I confess this to you so you also know what I am comparing to and you all know I teach all across the country and have stitched on many machines.

I bought the Juki with the intention to use it as a second machine to have set up for machine quilting my little quilts, and also so I didn’t have to change the walking foot from my regular foot on my Bernina…that would have been nice, right?…Juki has entered the quilt world with a semi-industrial machine for quilters. Here are a few of the features that the Juki machines have…all metal…no plastic bobbins, no plastic feet, comes with all sorts of feet including 2 free motion feet and a walking foot, a larger 9″ opening between the body and the arm, so machine quilting would be easier to handle. It has a nice extension table, this is nice for retreats, I have it embedded in my table usually. The machine ONLY stitches straight. Now this might be an issue for some, but I was only going to use this for machine quilting…The fact that it only stitches straight is actually a plus…nice tension all the time, single hole throat plate . It holds large cones as well as regular thread…It has an automatic thread cutter, automatic needle threader , knee lift and stitches 1500 stitches per minute or something like that, in other words it is FAST. It comes with a walking foot and other feet for doing free motion quilting…I use the regular foot and stitch up against a bumper to get a scant quarter inch… Here are all the particulars from the manufacturer:

The Juki TL-2010Q is a high-performance sewing and quilting machine. The TL-2010Q is a single needle, lock-stitch, portable machine, constructed of aluminum die-casting to ensure industrial-quality sewing.

With advanced features, such an industrial sub-tension system, variable speed control slider, and bright white LED lighting, this machine is built for precision sewing. With a large work area of up to 23 inches (with auxiliary table attached), the TL-2000Qi can handle large quilt, sewing or home decor project with ease.

Advanced Thread TrimmingJuki_TL-2010Q_FootControllerjuki_tl-2010q_footcontroller
The New TL-2010Q allows you to trim top and bobbin threads using the Exclusive foot controlled trimming system.

Just rock your heel back on the foot control, and thread is quickly and precisely cut.

Automatic Thread Trimmer Juki_TL-2010Q_ThreadTrimmerjuki_tl-2010q_threadtrimmer
The machine is also equipped with an automatic thread button that simultaneously trims the needle and bobbin threads at the sewing end by lightly pressing the push-button.

Both the Trim Button and the Foot Controller engage the advanced Juki industrial style thread trimming mechanism.

No More Twists or QuiversJuki_TL-2010Q_SubTensionUnitjuki_tl-2010q_subtensionunit
The Sub Tension Unit ensures thread feeding to the needle is smooth, even and twist free, no matter how thick your thread is.

It also keeps the thread from quivering when sewing at high speeds and provides accurate, fine tuned thread tension.

Thread Tension ScaleJuki_TL-2010Q_ThreadTensionjuki_tl-2010q_threadtension
The machine also has the thread tension scale, which allows you to adjust the tension according to the thread and material to be used.
Maximum Speed ControlJuki_TL-2010Q_SpeedControl
The new speed control lever gives you complete control over sewing speed.

Set the speed from 200 to 1500 stitches per minute, or any speed in between for free motion, and precision sewing.juki_tl-2010q_speedcontrol

Materials are sewn with Ease
The microcomputer controlled, speed control mechanism, allows the machine to sew materials at low speeds. This provides for accurate feed and perfect stitching when sewing heavy weight fabric, quilting and multiple layers of materials.

PresseJuki_TL-2010Q_PressureFootr Foot Pressure Adjustmentjuki_tl-2010q_pressurefoot
Presser foot pressure can be adjusted according to the fabric being sewn by turning a regulator located on the top of the machine.




Needle Up/Down ControlJuki_TL-2010Q_StopPositionjuki_tl-2010q_stoppositionWhen you stop sewing, the machine will stop with the needle in the down position to allow for pivoting or more accurate free motion work.

To move the needle up or down as desired, simply press the needle up/down button.


Truly Illuminatingjuki_tl-2010q_ledlightThe new, bright-white LJuki_TL-2010Q_LEDLightED lighting, provides an illuminated view of the sewing area and allows for more precise sewing.

Automatic Needle ThreaderJuki_TL-



The push lever automatic needle threader easily threads the needle without eyestrain and allows you to start sewing quickly.




Easy Bobbin ReplacementJuki_TL-2010Q_BobbinReplacement

A new bobbin case latch and an enlarged bobbin case area make it easier to remove and replace the bobbin.

Nothing Free Motion Quilts Better Than  Juki quilting feetquiltingfeet
Juki’s rich tradition in quilting continues with the TL-2010Q.

The feed dog can be raised and lowered simply by depressing a switch. When quilting, the drop feed allows you to sew curved stitches with precision and ease.

Juki 1/4 Inch and 1/5 Inch Quilting Feet
The quilting feet are designed for free motion quilting and free-hand embroidery. Just lower the feed dogs and stitch away.

Juki Even Feed Foot Juki_TL-2010Q_FeedFootjuki_tl-2010q_feedfoot
With its reliable feed, the even feed foot ensures the machine’s ability to produce beautiful seams when sewing difficult-to-feed fabrics such as georgette and velvets, as well as heavy weight materials such as leather.

juki_tl-2010q_kneelifterKnee Lifter Lever Juki_TL-2010Q_KneeLifter
The knee lifter level allows you to lift/lower the presser foot without using your hands. The presser foot can be raised as high as 12mm.


After stitching on this machine and using it. I did not want to stitch on anything else. It “pieces” beautifully…I didn’t have to hang on to my threads at the start, the feed dogs are nice and close together and fed my little pieces in nicely. Having the single hole meant my piecing wasn’t sucked down into that oblong hole… and again…I could stitch, cut my thread with my foot(or there is a button, but I like my hands free to hold on to my patches) knee lift my presser foot and be on to the next thing…I especially love piecing triangle paper on the Juki for all the reasons I just stated…Now I know being fast really should not be an issue, right? We want to be accurate! But let me tell you, if I am stitching strips, borders or you name it…fast is handy…I tried going back to my “regular” machine to piece on…it was almost painful!!! Just shoot me…I loan this machine at The Gathering, but it comes with a warning…if you stitch with it you WILL be going home with it! I think only one person didn’t buy one after she stitched on it for a weekend…lol…They also have updated the Juki recently…I have a TL98Q (old model at home) and the new modelTL2010 Q1 I have in the studio, they have updated to an LED light…they have added a Turtle and a Hare button, if you want to control how fast it can go…and they changed the foot pedal, a bit…I love both of them and even though they are slightly different I can stitch on both on them with no problem even though they have slightly different foot pedals and controls.

So if you are ever in the market for a machine, please check out the Juki’s and you can read all the technical words I should have used to explain it. I sell only the Juki 2010Q1 at my store in WI…I could sell other machines but remember what I said, I only sell what I use…therefore I sell the Juki’s. I am placing the Juki 2010Qi on sale now until the end of the year at a special of $999-(yes…not a typo) which includes shipping too. This is a great deal. We will order more for this same price as long as you order before the end of the year. JUKI In 2017 they will go back to $1100.00  still a great price when you think about what you all get with this machine! Please allow a few weeks for delivery….  Your card will be charged as soon as you place your order with out new compliant cc processing. If you are the winner we will be crediting your card back.


So for those of you who have a JUKI already andy maybe missed this last year when JUKI finally made a SCANT 1/4″ foot. Here is my article about it…

I have to admit…I was skeptical…but…I was happily surprised…I stitched a mini quilt..and it was amazing…I tried to derail it by trying to run over a dog ear…no wouldn’t do it!!! I first put my foot on and it was perfectly lined up with my usual tape bumper…so off came the tape…I happily stitched this whole mini and was very pleased!  The only thing…you have the put the other regular foot on when doing triangle paper…I managed to do TP with it on, but it was very difficulty to see…and I will not do it again… we have them on sale for $45.OO .images-phpimg_9120

This year we also have added an FRONT OPEN TOE FOOT– This is for machine quilting…we all love this foot because there is no obstruction of view while quilting…much nicer…

We also have a bunch of Accessories for our machine…they are..

Bobbins- set of 10

Magnetic Bobbin Holder

Oil Spout

They are under the same category as the machine…so they are easily orderable.

Last year we sold over 50 machines… If we make it over 50 this year…one of you who purchases will get theirs FREE too!!! Those odds are pretty good!!!

I will be posting the winner for the machine AND all the other winners here on NEW YEARS DAY …

Click HERE to Order your JUKI and/or accessories

If you are the proud owner of a Juki…please let comment and let everyone here know about it!!!  So I don’t look like a just a salesman…I do not have time to be a sewing machine store…but I know the importance of have a great machine…and one you do not have to sell your soul for, so I only advertise them once or twice a year….

Thank you all for reading and purchasing from Primitive Gatherings…we are a family business which main purposes to to inspire and bring quilters the best possible fabrics, gadgets, patterns & books…

I try to give back to you with FREE patterns/give-aways and Stitch A Long groups like: Moon Garden, Moda Blockheads and Triangle Gatherings, the Magic of Christmas, blog hops as so on…I hope you continue to follow and support me and my fabulous crew…words cannot describe how much we appreciate you all.

We thank you all for supporting our family business…You are all truly GIFTS to us and we appreciate you more than you know…

Merry Christmas…love

Lisa & Nick and our hardworking Staff at Primitive Gatherings

Day 2-Aurifil thread…


I am sure, like you…I need to do some last minute things…so here’s today’s post…stop a little now and then and just to reflect on where you are, what you have accomplished and think about where you are going…both literally and in your dreams!!!


I love my Aurifil thread…50 wt. for all my piecing…I want you to know we expanded our line to include the larger cones in all the colors they come in… please read all the uses for this remarkable thread but hands down the main reason we use it is how clean it runs in the machine…no lint anywhere and its runs like a dream through my machine…

Aurifil’s 50wt thread is our most versatile and most popular Cotton thread. It is available in all 270 of our Cotton colors, and is wound on our iconic orange spool. The 50wt is strong and thin, and results in remarkably flat and crisp seams. While it is wonderful for piecing, subtle quilting & topstitching, and English Paper Piecing it also works incredibly well for Needle Turn Applique, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, ZigZag, Blind Hem and Blanket Stitch,) Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, and Dense Background Designs.

Needle Turn Applique, English Paper Piecing, Hand Piecing, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, Zig Zag, Blind Hem, and Blanket Stitch), Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, Dense Background Designs.

Needle Recommendations:

  • 80/12 Microtex/Sharp, Universal, Quilting, or Denim Needles (50wt in the bobbin)
  • 4.0 Longarm Needle (50wt in the bobbin)


(6452 yd cones shown above)  I use all large cones for the basic’s


My fabric lines have become a little more on the lighter side so I have had to add a few more colors to my thread options…white, cream, light grey dark grey are all new to me in the last year…I am loving the change…so we are offering ALL Aurifil in any size on sale 20% off..


(1422 yds spools shown above)

I use this size spool for my specialized stitching! Like buttonhole around appliqués and e.p.p. I do not like seeing the thread when doing e.p.p. so I like to use an exact match…

They come in 4 sizes…I call them mini, standard,  large cone & super cone…we only carry the middle two sizes…

Click HERE to see all the colors they come in at a glance…Someday I will have them all!

Click HERE to go to add some to your collection!



When I empty a spool of Aurifil one would think you would be sad…but when I empty one I think…. woo whoo look at the the stitching I have done!…I want to throw a party and  I am happy to  buy another large cone or standard  size spool.

Leave me a comment…what thread do you use…do you feel the same way when you empty a spool?  Again…will pick some winners on Jan.1st…



Day 3- Sweets…the edible and the huggable kind…


I know I know…do we really need sweets?…Um yes…We left one day open in our line up of 12 days in case something came up that we wanted to promote…well…nothing did …so we thought we would help another little business and sell what we think is a great must have can’t live life without item…

In our Subscription Wooly Boxes we always include two of these  big caramels that are made by a local candy maker…Some of the box subscribers have stated they want to be able to buy more…cause two really aren’t enough…so…here they are..they are .45 cents each or 1lb for $10 approx 25 caramels...Order Caramels HERE.

Yesterday… It was sleep over at MiMi’s house…Jace came to trim the tree…and help me make candy…He wears his little elf hat and slippers that Sharon made him so proudly!IMG_8071



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Only a little chocolate on the face and shirt…

It’s bath time ALWAYS here and Mimi found some new glow thing-ies for the bath… (Thanks Kristi, he loved them..now for more colors!!)

IMG_8074I hope you are enjoying getting ready for your Holiday(s)…I am baking cookies today with my Sister…we are making one of her Mom’s recipes…I’ll let you know how that goes…

So to make today easy…enter a name in the comment section of a person who is special to you…you just have to enter the name unless you want to give an explanation why…

I will be giving away a secret something (plus the caramels) I have from market for this post Jan 1st!

Have a sweet Sunday!!! LB

Day 4


Today I want to feature a few items that I totally cannot life with out…my iron, the steam station…but don’t stop reading..there a NEW compact Steam Station and then there are my light pads…

Now this post is going to be different because I cannot sell you these items through my store…why?…because I would pay more for them than you can get them on Amazon…Sad…right…but there comes a time when you have to embrace that fact that if you can beat it you have to join in…now this does not mean that we should by everything on Amazon…because if we do all the small businesses will be gone…but…there are some times when you have to work with the fact that I in my mind cannot sell you an iron for $400 when you can buy it for $200….so we are going to work with what we can…and free shipping…If you order by clicking the links below I will get a little commission off your purchase through Amazon…so that is better than nothing in my book…so without taking anymore Saturday before Christmas time…here are the items...Click the links and look at the great pricing!

LOOK! a new COMPACT version of my beloved Steam Station…and it’s really  not that much smaller…so I have ordered one and I am sure this one will be as nice as the bigger model….

Compact Rowenta Steam Station



  • STAINLESS-STEEL SOLEPLATE W/ MICROSTEAM HOLES – Scratch-resistant stainless steel for smooth, easy gliding across different garments; 400 microsteam holes ensure thorough steam distribution; precision tip for hard-to-reach areas
  • POWERFUL STEAM – Heats up in just 2 minutes; generates 120g of high-pressurized, wrinkle-removing steam for professional results; energy-saving Eco mode uses 20% less heating energy compared to medium steam output level
  • XL WATER TANK – 40-Oz. capacity means more time spent steaming and less time spent refilling; 90 Min. of continuous steam on a single tank. Power cord length – 1.7 m
  • CONVENIENT DESIGN – Electronic control panel with indicator that shows when tank needs a refill or when cleaning is required; compact size; locking system and built-in cord storage for easy portability
  • SAFETY COMES FIRST WITH ROWENTA – Stay-cool fabric hose; 3-way auto-off feature shuts iron off after 8 Min. of inactivity on heel and 30 Sec. on soleplate or tipped over on its side

Rowenta Steam Station

This is my all time favorite iron…I even pack it in the carry-on when traveling and teaching…it’s that important and good for piecing and wool appliqués.image.png

  • Exceptional 5 bars of pressure ideal for removing wrinkles from hanging garments or drapes and or smoothing and shaping sewing projects
  • Micro steam 400 Stainless Steel Soleplate. Power cord length : 1.9 meter
  • Constant High Powered Steam – available at the touch of a trigger, the powerful steam makes ironing fast and effortless
  • Eco Setting saves up to 20% of energy, power 1800 watts, steam output 80 grams per minute
  • Extra Large, removable and visible 47oz Tank allowing 1.5 hours of continuous ironing ; Anti scale function – Rinsing system
  • Made in France                                                                                                                             Here  is my lovely Steam Station…I am starching and ironing and Layer cakes for an up coming project!!  IIMG_8082

Daylight Wafer 2 light pad 11″ x 17″

Daylight Company-Wafer 2 Light Box. Ideal for sewing, quilting, embroidery, calligraphy.

This is a nice light pad if you do not have room or the funds for the BIG DADDY one below…


Daylight Light Pad Wafer 4 18x 23.5″

Here are some of the great features of this super slim BIG DADDY light pad

Ultra-slim lightbox with 0.3 inch thickness
  • Even spread of dimmable LED light from edge to edge of lightbox
  • Ideal for tracing, sketching, scrapbooking, and other craft projects
  • Large 18X23.5 inch work area with ruler gridded frame
  • Lightweight and eco-friendly


Here is mine, in use! I did have the 11x 17…but since I had the room I traded up to the 18x 23.5 when it came out… and I so love how big it is…



Daylight Extra large Table Lamp

Last…This is my newest edition to my sewing studio…this light is over my cutting surface…it has THE BEST lighting I could ask for over my cutting mat…now I did not plan to have a light over my table…I thought my lighting in my room was going to be enough…but let me tell you I am getting older and it’s getting a little harder so I needed this to be as accurate as possible...if you can’t cut accurate you can’t stitch accurate!  



Here is my light situation during the day…it’s fine…at night I need a little more…

and then even though it is daytime…can you see the extra clear light I get…I can move or swivel this lamp in any directions it need to be…


It clamps onto my table…and then when I am not using it…I can unplug it here instead of at the outlet…this means I don’t have a cord in my way…all the time..


I hope you can understand my reasoning behind this post…these are high ticket items and I cannot sell them to you for more than you can get them on the number one shopping place in the world…

So for a comment today…tell me about how you shop…do you go to the store, do you do all online…I would love to hear any or all of your comments….I will pick a winner for the large table lamp…on Jan 1st!  Happy Saturday!  Lisa



Day 5-Precuts & Primitive Gatherings Precuts


Today we have precuts on sale!!!! I know I do not have to go into a long explanation why we need precuts other than the fact that we can have a piece of every fabric in the line in whichever size our budget allows from 2″ charms to FQ tower…All pre-cuts and fabric bundles are 20% off please follow this link below and anything in in this category is on SALE!!!  Oh…I forgot this mean wool precuts as well…charms and bundles!!IMG_9034image.pngimage.pngimage.pngimage.pngIMG_8065

Click here to go to Precut Alley

If you wish to win a precuts…please leave a comment…I’m going with an easy one today…

Are you a dog or cat lover?……I know some of you will not be either for allergic reasons and such…but if none of that existed which would it be?

I am a dog lover…as you know…I was shopping for Christmas for Jeter yesterday in Downtown Neehah…at all the small boutique shops…..and I can’t wait to show you his presents…not until after Christmas though as I want it to be a secret!!IMG_9018

Fur babies are the best!