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



327 responses to “Day 4”

  1. carol thomas Avatar

    I shop locally in store and support the businesses and community. I also shop online.

    1. rwolden Avatar

      For quilting stuff I try to support my local quilt shop here in Vegas. For most other things I shop online. Between work & taking classes from my favorite quilting teacher at the Christmas Goose who has time to go to stores. 🤣🤣🤣

  2. Sandi McDaniel Avatar
    Sandi McDaniel

    I dislike online but sometimes use it….your shop for sure. I love seeing things in my person.

  3. Sandy Avatar

    I try to shop in the stores but do order kits and supplies online especially when a shop has a special sale.

    1. Anne Simpson Avatar
      Anne Simpson

      The selection online is much wider, but colors of fabric are not always true. If I see it locally that’s where I buy it, but there are many things not available locally.

  4. Carol Avatar

    I shop both online and in store. I prefer in store but more and more I am shopping online. Sometimes because of price, sometimes because when I am in a store and they don’t have the item I’m looking for they say oh you can get it on our website, sometimes just because I don’t want to leave the house or just need one thing.

    1. Jennifer Morgan Avatar
      Jennifer Morgan

      I prefer to shop in store, but this year I did a lot more online shopping for Christmas gifts.

  5. Ginger Jackson Avatar
    Ginger Jackson

    I still shop in stores rather than online. I like to see and feel the product as to quality and if it’s made well. Of course, Primitive Gatherings is an exception because I already know the quality is topnotch!

    Merry Christmas to all of you!

  6. Lori Avatar

    I belong to a Quilts of Valor group and I am always telling the ladies to shop at local quilt shops. I know we all shop the internet, but if we don’t shop small business, the small business will be gone…….then, how will we pet the fabric?
    I very rarely shop for fabric on the internet.

  7. Sharon Wilson Avatar
    Sharon Wilson

    I make the trek at least once a year to your store, sometimes twice. Otherwise I do online shopping. I recommend PG to anyone looking for wool & patterns!

  8. Sarah F. Avatar
    Sarah F.

    I have a local quilt shop and I buy what I can there but it doesn’t carry a lot of CW reproductions so I order a lot of fabric online. I also shop hop with friends at not so local shops for us.

  9. Robin Love Lehr Avatar
    Robin Love Lehr

    Love seeing my fabrics in person. Also do a little of online shopping. 🛍
    That table lamp is awesome! Thank-you!

    1. Pat Anderson Avatar
      Pat Anderson

      I do a lot of shopping on line because of chronic pain. I do shop in our only quilt shop in town however!

  10. Susan Weldon Avatar
    Susan Weldon

    I live in a rural community, which limits availability. When possible I shop locally, especially the small shops, but not always able to find what I am looking for. I will ship online for the convienence, rather than take the time (and gas) to drive 80 miles to Fort Worth. When it comes to quilting, I want to touch all the fabric; can’t do that online!

  11. Donna Sproston Avatar
    Donna Sproston

    I shop locally, but as small retailers close, I have been forced to drive further and shop online. For fabric, I support three shops within thirty miles of my country home, but I also order from various on-line quilt shops. I try to order first from those that have brick and mortar shops. I wish I lived closer to Primitive Gatherings!

  12. Gloria Cook Avatar
    Gloria Cook

    I shop for a lot of things on Amazon, but there are some things that I will only purchase by seeing and touching. I love antiques and this is a must see in person category. I will purchase notions on line but love to see fabrics in person. I will purchase patterns from an online store as there is more choices. I do love to support small business when I am able.

    1. quiltermary Avatar

      I do shop online a lot but try to buy from small businesses with a web store. I also have and LOVE that light box!! Merry Christmas to you all.

  13. Karen Seitz Avatar
    Karen Seitz

    I shop both online and at stores. It really depends on the item, the availability, and the shop. I like to shop from links like you posted where the person I learned about it from gets a commission — that’s only fair!

  14. Dawn Avatar

    Love this post Lisa thank you for all the helpful information. Can you also tell us what standard iron you use for piecing? I need a new one and there are so many options. They also seem to have auto shutoff in 7 minutes which is soooo frustrating. Thanks for all you do.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      This is the ONLY iron I use

  15. Sharon Bennett Avatar
    Sharon Bennett

    We don’t have many quilt options in our area…not for lack of people…but for lack of interest, I guess? (Which is why we are moving next year…lol) Sooooo…quilty-stitchy stuff I buy online. I have a handful of favorite sites I check first…then I go to Etsy, then eBay. I NEVER go to Amazon…and, in fact, I cancelled my account with them last year (on small business Saturday)…for a lot of reasons I won’t get into here. But, I do feel they are putting many online AND brick and mortar shops out of business (yes, I know there are 3rd party sellers on Amazon…but, Amazon gets a cut of those sales)…and with all this price war way of attracting customers….we’re all going to “dumb down” the quality of everything and anything…because retailers will be looking for cheaper ways to make things…so they might still make a teeeny profit? Not to mention, those HUGE warehouses can not possibly store consumables safely…and don’t forget the stuff that sits there waaaay past expiration and gets sold anyways….did I mention no means of monitoring conterfeit product? Anyways….I’ve said too much…;-)

  16. Sue Bennett Avatar
    Sue Bennett

    I shop as much local as I can. If you don’t they won’t be there tomorrow. With that said, my quilting supplies are usually online as I don’t have a local shop. I don’t get to touch the fabric before I buy. 😂

    1. Nancy Weeks Avatar
      Nancy Weeks

      I started learning to quilt a few years ago so my eyes are open to items on the internet and stores near and far. Love taking day trips and cross country trips scoping out new stores along the way. Always a find. Sad that most of the stores are closing.

  17. Marsha Avatar

    I live on a small lake in rural upstate NY so I buy much online. I shop locally as much as possible. Thanks for a chance to win. Happy New Year

  18. Barbara Avatar

    I shop all year for gifts both on line and in the stores, I made bed quilts for the majority of my gifts this year. As our family has grown and aged over the years what does one really need ? I wish you and your family a blessed and Merry Christmas and a joyful and healthy New a Year.

  19. Bonnie Larson Avatar

    I try to shop local when I can, but when there is a large difference in the sticker price, I will order on-line. I work hard for my dollars, too and try to balance out what I spend where. Thanks

  20. Mary Kastner Avatar
    Mary Kastner

    I do a lot of online shopping. Use Amazon of course. THat light looks wonderful. THe older I get, the more light I seem to need to quilt. The closest quilt shop doesn’t carry much repro fabric but I use it for the “other” stuff. Thank you for the chance and very Happy Holidays to you and your kin.

    1. Kathy Avatar

      I shop local when I can. I’d much rather shop at a quilt store for fabric. Lucky to live near Menasha!

  21. Catherine Avatar

    I live in a small city, with the closest quilting access about 45 minutes away. I shop there or online, depending on what I need. I find that kits are often the easiest way for me to go and those I almost always purchase through PG.

    1. Sarah Paladino Avatar
      Sarah Paladino

      I shop locally as much as possible, and buy what I cannot find online. Going into a shop, and finding a new treasure is always fun. But they cannot carry everything, in a store. Online shopping must be a great help for those who live out in the country.

  22. Nancy Avatar

    I must confess I am shopping more and more online. Part of the reason is I live in the country and it requires a chunk of time to get to stores and my thought process is I’d rather be quilting…or gardening. However I do try to support my local quilt shop/Bernina dealer because I don’t want them to go out of business. Some things, like fabric you just have to see and feel in real life. 😊

  23. Teri Avatar

    Living in a rural area at least a few hours from most shopping areas means I often shop online. I do enjoy the opportunity to see so many great things without having to drive for hours.

  24. Patty Archuleta Avatar
    Patty Archuleta

    I try to do as much as possible locally. I have my quilt shop special order items they don’t carry. Since I live 200 miles from a major city I do have to order online but try to order from independent stores and not from chains.

  25. Gail D Avatar
    Gail D

    I prefer to shop in stores, there is nothing like being able to touch the items. I only shop online when I can’t find the items in any stores in the area.

  26. Katherine Avatar

    We live in a very rural community in West Virginia and the nearest fabric shop is 40 miles away. It is my “go to” store for fabric locally. My next favorite quilt shop is 2 1/2 hours away, so we usually only visit that one when we are attending the annual West Virginia Quilt Festival in June. When it comes to counted thread or yarn, there are two online shops that are my favorites because of their large selection and excellent customer service. I recently came to the realization that when we were in Fond du Lac this past September, we were only about 45 minutes away from your Menasha shop — I will remember that for the next time we visit my uncle. Thank you, Lisa, for providing your following with such awesome projects and supplies.

  27. Sharon LaBarge Avatar
    Sharon LaBarge

    I have to admit I do both! I much prefer shopping in small shops though and do support them On a regular basis. I love that when I walk in a shop someone speaks to me, a real live person! Often will go out of my way to shop small, just ask my husband what happens on car trips. In my shopping world there is not much that tops walking into a fiber shop to the smells, sights and people that are happy to be there.

  28. glwhittingtongloria Avatar

    I am old school – I like to see what I am buying before I buy it – especially fabric. the light would be great addition to sewing room!

  29. Carol Avatar

    I do some of each, I like to be in stores and wander, see what’s new, touch fabrics or assess the quality of something like bedding. But if I trust a company like yours, and I live 1,000 miles away, I’m ordering.
    I’ve come onto the Amazon thing just lately, hard to find stuff that would take me way too long to find locally… Amazon is my go-to.
    Case in point: dressed my mom like Mr. Peanut for Halloween (she’s 89, the Senior Center happenings are her life!), so I needed a monocle! And peanut fabric to make her a vest and bow tie. Amazon was easiest. I sure wish I could attach a photo… hysterical!

  30. Barbara Roys Avatar
    Barbara Roys

    I will use brick and mortar as my first choice. I like to see and feel fabric before buying AND I love seeing quilt samples of the fabric, helps with creativity. If I do use online I usually know what I want and have seen it. My fav site…primitive gatherings, of course,,,

  31. Amy Avatar

    I do most of my fabric/notions shopping online, but with small businesses.

  32. Glenna C Denman Avatar
    Glenna C Denman

    I buy local when I can, and from small businesses online (like yours!) when I can find what I need that way. I avoid Amazon if I can buy from small businesses, even though it means I spend more. Glad to see this post with some big-ticket Items we all might need, especially the Daylight lamp!

  33. Kathy Bonnell Avatar
    Kathy Bonnell

    I shop local for the most part, because I’m a homebody. However, I live in a small town with an hours drive in any direction to a larger city, so online is a necessity at times. Merry Christmas!!

  34. Bev F Avatar
    Bev F

    I love to shop at my local quilt shops. I also shop on line, like Primitive Gathering (I don’t live in Wisconsin). I very rarely order from Amazon.

  35. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    I do some of each, I like to be in stores and wander, see what’s new, touch fabrics or assess the quality of something like bedding. But if I trust a company like yours, and I live 1,000 miles away, I’m ordering.
    I’ve come onto the Amazon thing just lately, hard to find stuff that would take me way too long to find locally… Amazon is my go-to.
    Case in point: dressed my mom like Mr. Peanut for Halloween (she’s 89, the Senior Center happenings are her life!), so I needed a monocle! And peanut fabric to make her a vest and bow tie. Amazon was easiest. I sure wish I could attach a photo… hysterical!

    1. Lj Avatar

      I shop both online and in store. Depends on convenience/ timeliness/price/ article(s) being bought. Nice studio and amenities! You always have great ideas and suggestions!
      Merry Christmas to all!

  36. nancyf18 Avatar

    I shop online and in the local stores
    After working 8 to 9 hours at customer service desk I am exhausted.
    Merry Christmas to you and your Family from Me and my Family…
    Happy New Year!!!!

  37. Colleen Swesey Avatar
    Colleen Swesey

    I shop a little and use the Internet, too. This year was so crowded at the mall. My favorite thing is when the children and their children come up to my craft room and see something they want. I stitch and sew and quilt all year. It warms my heart when they find something they want. Happy holidays.

  38. Mary Kolb Avatar

    I am not close to many stores so I do most of my shopping online. That lamp looks like exactly what I need in my sewing corner.

  39. Patti O'Donnell Avatar
    Patti O’Donnell

    I shop mostly on line. In the summer we are in the middle of nowhere Colorado so I depend on keeping up with things from blogs like yours. If I need or want something we have to go over mountains to try and find it so online is much easier and not so frustrating. In winter, we’ll it is winter so online is just easier.

  40. Chris Avatar

    I do a lot of my shopping online especially if I know the product. I would pay more for gas than I do for shipping in most cases. I also order from Amazon, it beats facing all the crowds in the stores!

  41. Bev F Avatar
    Bev F

    I love to shop at my local quilt shops. I also shop on line, like Primitive Gatherings (I don’t live in Wisconsin)! I very rarely order from Amazon, however.

  42. Kay Sanderford Avatar
    Kay Sanderford

    I do the majority of my shopping online, except I do like to go to my local Chico’s for clothes shopping so I can touch and see the colors and try on! There are NO shops anywhere near me for wool so of course I have to buy all my wool appliqué products from Primitive Gatherings! I think I am the only person in all of South Texas who does wool appliqué! Merry Christmas!

  43. Wendy Snyder Avatar
    Wendy Snyder

    I do some of each. i work at a local quilt shop, so do my best to buy local when I can, but admit I order online when I cannot, either because of time or access to finding it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  44. sunporchquilts Avatar

    I’m all for shopping local but I shop a lot online because the local shops often don’t carry what I want and don’t want to order it. The closest shop is over an hour round trip driving plus a bridge toll so it’s just not worth it to drive all that way and not find what I’m looking for.

  45. Patty Avatar

    Going to the store is the way I like. I am thinking the stores I go to really appreciate it as well, because I usually buy way more than what I had planned. You can’t always see the actual color of the fabric on a computer. And petting the fabric is a must and obviously cannot be done online. With that being said, my favorite place to shop on line, is Primitive Gatherings. By far, hands down, the best place!

  46. Sharon Ray Avatar
    Sharon Ray

    I try to shop local, but there are few quilt shops where I live. I make a yearly trek to one about an hour away. On line, I shop at places like yours which have hard to find or unique items.I much prefer to shop in person though.

  47. Vicki DuBose Avatar
    Vicki DuBose

    Lisa, I agree with your reasoning. Your approach is a win-win for all involved. I frequent my local quilt stores as much as I can but that is not always possible. My husband is disabled and when I can’t get to my lqs I do order on-line. It was great seeing you in Houston again this year! Merry Christmas to you and your family and a safe and healthy 2020.

  48. Loris Mills Avatar
    Loris Mills

    Wow! You are generous looking out for your own customers! That’s the kind of service that brings people back to you though. We love your advice and your product and the fact that you look out for us too! Thank you!

  49. Reilly Kathy Avatar
    Reilly Kathy

    Shop local & our great BERNINA dealer, however, some things we have to get online—like that great lamp! May have to buy one if I don’t win one! Lol!😉

  50. Toni Anne Potter Avatar
    Toni Anne Potter

    I live on Long Island in New York, believe it or not you would think we’d have many quilt stores we don’t. Unfortunately 3 stores have closed in recent years. There are 3 within 25 miles of my home only one that has my taste in fabric. We do have Joanns and Hobby Lobby. I buy what I can locally and at guild trips to quilt shows, I like to see and feel what I’m buying. I do order online when making a gift and I have a supply list or when I’m occasionally buying something for myself. I hit your online store twice last Christmas for myself. If I had more sewing time I’d be ordering much more often.

  51. Deb Magerkurth Avatar
    Deb Magerkurth

    Typically I shop locally. For quilting supplies I am so lucky to several great quilt shops close to me. This year I have pneumonia so am grateful for online shopping.

  52. Missie in WI Avatar
    Missie in WI

    Lisa, I love how you have adapted your business practices to the realities of Amazon, etc. This is just one more reason, among many, why I LOVE shopping with you, both online and in your WI store. To answer your question, I do my best to shop the small businesses whenever possible, but sometimes the item I need is not available, so I turn to the internet. Also, I want to thank you for the pleasure you have given me and my friends through your wonderful designs. We have spent many happy hours working on your projects.

  53. Debbie ballard Avatar
    Debbie ballard

    I sure do try to shop in the local stores whenever I can resorting to on line under duress.

  54. Harriett Murray Avatar
    Harriett Murray

    Since I live in a small town, most of my grandkids presents are bought thru Amazon bc shipping is free. I buy from y’all for all my wool and various goodies I need for it. I try to always support local shops especially quilting. So when I travel, guess what I put on my list?😂. Hubby is very supportive too!

  55. Darlene Wegrynowski Avatar
    Darlene Wegrynowski

    I always try to buy my fabric local, unless the shop runs out and I need additional then I shop online. Or, if my local shops don’t carry a line I want then I will buy online, such as Primitive Gatherings fabrics are not carried by my local shops. Notions, I generally buy local but always try to use a coupon. If we don’t shop local all our quilt shops will be gone.

  56. Debra Miller Avatar
    Debra Miller

    I shop local first because I need it right then usually. If I can’t find locally, then I go online and keep two things in mind-lowest price and fastest delivery. I like Amazon, but they are not always the best deal.

  57. Pat Braun Avatar
    Pat Braun

    I try to do as much shopping as I can from local stores. I like to see the item before I purchase it. I live in an area with limited shopping, so I cannot always succeed!

  58. see mary quilt Avatar
    see mary quilt

    Due to a busy work schedule and family members who like out of the ordinary items, I do a lot of online shopping. I also do a lot of shopping for my papercrafting and quilting hobbies online from my favorite small businesses.
    For clothes, my preference is still to shop in preference, love to feel the fabric the item is made of. Thanks for highlighting the benefits of these wonderful products.

  59. Leigh Ann P Avatar
    Leigh Ann P

    I whole heartedly Agree!! We need Some of Each!! Small businesses need people to shop & something’s they don’t have, so, Amazon. Love the package at the door (Christmas wool box- thanks Lisa!!) but love touching the fabrics & the social interaction!! Amazon is not the End All!!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
    Leigh Ann

  60. Janet Kay Avatar
    Janet Kay

    Shopping local comes first, especially if it’s for the small local business. Online shopping occurs when it’s the last resort. I’m blessed to be able to shop in person at your shop to be able to get my therapy of feeling the fabric and greeting all my friends that work at your shop!

  61. Brenda Wyatt Avatar
    Brenda Wyatt

    I shop local if any all possible. I do like to see the item before I buy. I buy online when I can’t find the item locally, and I shop online to support my favorite shops.
    And boy could I use that lighr!

  62. Terri Mulinix Avatar
    Terri Mulinix

    How I shop. I live in rural Oklahoma, so I shop your online shop a lot. LOL. I also have a great husband and he takes me to shows so I shop then and when we’re traveling he even helps look for quilt shop. This reminds me I need to go give he a big hug and kiss. Merry Christmas

  63. Patty Nelson Avatar
    Patty Nelson

    I prefer to shop in a store. On trips, I have been very fortunate to shop in some well known stores including Primitive Gatherings in Wisconsin. I no longer have a quilt shop in my town so at times I will order online if I know what it is. Love the chance to win the table lamp. Thank you, Lisa, for your generosity!

  64. Jane Avatar

    OMG, I love love my Rowenta steam station. I bought it at Quilt Stock in Dallas in July. I used the one there and had to have one. I also bought the light table there and it is so much easier to trace. No eye strain or laying over the top to see.
    I tend to buy local. I can say it warms my heart to know I am contributing to that person’s success. Plus I want them to stay in business.

  65. Marlene Leonardo Avatar
    Marlene Leonardo

    I shop locally when I can but usually I zoom in for what I need and leave.
    If I don’t have time or, of course, the resources are not close by I do order online. In these busy days it’s so much simpler to order online. I do try to order from smaller businesses instead of the “big” less expensive options even though it might cost a bit more.

  66. Pam H Avatar
    Pam H

    I shop a little bit of both ways. Online for some, in store for some. I try to shop local when I can. Love all the offerings this years so far! I just got a new cutting table and it has a very old lamp attached. I’d sure love to own this light! Thanks for all your hard work for all of us quilters out there! And thanks for the chance!

  67. Carol Joswick Avatar
    Carol Joswick

    I shop onlinefor clothing only. I shop my local quilt shops for fabric. We have alot to choose from here in Phoenix. Occasionally will shop online quilt shops if I cant find fabric locally.

  68. Molly Mazgaj Avatar
    Molly Mazgaj

    I live in rural Wyoming so much of what I purchase is online. I prefer to physically see items but I have found I can trust the recommendations of fellow quilters!!

  69. Pam H Avatar
    Pam H

    I try to shop local as much as possible, but I also do some online shopping.

  70. Evie Avatar

    I usually try to buy locally because I want to support the little brick and mortar stores.So many of them are going out of business. What I do like to do is use online stores to read reviews from actual buyers to see if an item is really worth buying. That’s how I found wool iron mats, various scissors and sewing lights.

  71. Cheryl Gherna Avatar
    Cheryl Gherna

    I truly buy local if at all possible but when on a limited budget I must use the price point when purchasing items. You certainly need to be aware that amazon is not always the best price either and free shipping doesn’t always mean free.

  72. Sue Sawyers Avatar
    Sue Sawyers

    For fabric, I like to shop in the store (especially your Menasha store!) as I need to see the colors and feel the weight and texture! Online just doesn’t cut it for me.

  73. Theresa Taylor Avatar
    Theresa Taylor

    I am one of those people who has to see and touch so I shop local. If I cannot find it I will go further away. I occasionally shop on line . Have a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  74. Julie Liedahl Avatar
    Julie Liedahl

    I shop online mostly but do shop at stores as I like to touch the fabric that I buy! My quilt group gets together every month for quilt days, retreats and shop hops! So much fun being with the girls and sharing those experiences with them.

  75. Sherrill L Ash Avatar

    I try to shop from stores or vendors at shows. I only use Amazon for things that are seriously cheaper that way. As you say, sometimes you have to go with it.

  76. Karin Avatar

    I go to my local quilt shop for things that she has or can get for me. She is more than willing to order in something that I’ve seen online. Otherwise I shop online…even at small businesses like Primitive Gatherings (I’m all the way west in Washington State). I totally get the lack of adequate lighting thing! I’m feeling it myself. Think that light might be just the solution!

  77. Andrea Legevre Avatar
    Andrea Legevre

    I have to do all my shopping online because I live in south FL. No shops near me. On the other hand, if I visited your WI shop in person, I would probably need a second mortgage to pay for my shopping. Love all things wool!!!

  78. Peggy Richards Avatar
    Peggy Richards

    I do a lot of online shopping because the quilt shops around me don’t carry the specialty items I am looking for. I do try to buy from online quilt shops when I can because I don’t want them to go away. Fabric I buy locally because who doesn’t love a day of shopping with friends looking at beautiful fabric. Wool I have to do online because the local quilt shops don’t carry it yet.

  79. Deb McCalicher Avatar
    Deb McCalicher

    I order online most of the time . Would love a light like you have!

  80. Diana Tatro Avatar
    Diana Tatro

    I’m trying to be 50/50…..There are so many items I need to see in person. The greatest advantage to shopping local with family….they point out items they love and it’s a win all around! Merry Christmas from CA

  81. Charmaine Avatar

    For all sewing/quilting items, I go to the store or buy online directly from the designer/author website (you!). I never buy sewing/quilting items from amazon. Amazon has plenty of money. They don’t need mine. I would rather support the designers and small shops! ❤️

  82. Lona Avatar

    I do, sometimes, shop on-line- mostly from your shop! But, I really love going to a quilt shop in person. I love the displays, the feel of the fabric and the conversation. Different quilt shops, fill different needs. One that I go to really does not have the fabrics that I love. So from her, I buy thread and notions. Another is about an hour away and is a happy place! She has wonderful displays, lots of light, great products and the best staff ever. My 3rd go – to place is 2 1/2 hours away. They have all of the things that I love! The people, the fabrics- mostly reproduction- some fabrics that you won’t find elsewhere- wonderful staff and beautiful quilts. Often, I purchase supplies for a completely different project than what I went there for!
    P.S.The best thing about going to the quilt shop is taking a friend!

  83. Marie Eddins Avatar
    Marie Eddins

    I shop local often first so I can support my community and help keep my local quilt store. But I do buy a lot online as well since many of my projects have fabric or use a notion that I cannot find locally. Thanks!

  84. Krissy Butorac Avatar
    Krissy Butorac

    I buy everything I possibly can in store. I travel far to shop in person (8 hours to your shop) so when I get there I stock up on as much as possible to keep me happy until next time. I also support the same small shops by going to their website for things I need in between. We really have nowhere to shop up in northern MN that carries what I’m looking for. Thank goodness Wisconsin is next door. Small business store fronts are dying fast. We must support them if we want them to stay around. I like to see fabrics etc… in person and I love to go shopping. I’m not a chain store/ mall kind of girl. Small specialty shops are the best.

  85. Susan CollierZaza Avatar
    Susan CollierZaza

    I love to shop in the smaller local stores when I can but sometimes that’s impossible. When I do shop on line I use the privately owned stores when possible. Don’t want them to lose business!!!

  86. Teri Barile Avatar
    Teri Barile

    Hi Lisa! Merry Christmas! Basically, if I want something like a light pad, I go to Amazon. They just make it too easy to find specific items and compare prices. I could run all over the place and not find things. Although I buy from Amazon, I do shop locally. Well local to someone, lol. I mostly buy online. I bought my Juki from you, I buy things from Etsy and quilt shops around the country. Because if I want something specific, I go where I know I can get it. If I want a specific Primitive Gatherings book or fabric I come to your online shop. Last year I bought some of those little man pincushions you had and gave them to my friends for Christmas. They loved them!! Anyway thanks for all of the ideas and ,ahem, temptations. Teri

  87. Michele Avatar

    Your recommendation is always appreciated. The light looks awesome.

  88. Maryella Avatar

    90% of my purchases are local and I want to keep it that way.
    I feel for the small business person now.
    Thank you Lisa.

  89. Cheryl G Avatar
    Cheryl G

    I try to go to the stores. If they don’t have what I’m looking for I’ll buy it on line. There are just to many choices on line.

  90. Sandra Rosier Avatar
    Sandra Rosier

    When I lived in Temecula, CA, I mostly shopped in local shops, including PG in Murrieta. I recently moved to Port Ludlow, WA, and find that life in a semi-rural area requires more online shopping. I really prefer to go to a fabric shop where I can see and feel the fabric.

  91. needleminder Avatar

    I like to shop at Local, smaller independent shops to find unique gifts. Unfortunately my husbands hobbies are not supported by anyone local to me, so his gifts typically have to be purchased online.

  92. Paula Philpot Avatar
    Paula Philpot

    I love being able to shop online since I am getting older. however, I do like to shop in stores also. I like ordering online especially if it is a large bulky item. You can’t do a lot of shopping in the car when you have a couple bulky items u need, get it? I don’t blame you for doing this post thru amazon, I get it. Paula in KY

  93. Betty Lockhart Avatar
    Betty Lockhart

    For fabric, I shop 100% shops. I need to see and feel. Same for clothes. Same for groceries (especially produce). What is left? online works for kids’ toys and clothes.

  94. Jeanne Vaughan Avatar

    Both as so many of our local shops have closed and I’m way too far from your store 😉

  95. Lisa Mikel Avatar
    Lisa Mikel

    I love supporting small businesses the best although I will buy some things from big retailers when there is a huge price difference. I love the light, it looks like it would work great. I try to have very good lighting also in my studio, it really helps.

  96. Michelle Wilson Avatar
    Michelle Wilson

    I do both. I sometimes cant pass up the convenience of clicking the link my kids put in their Gifster lists and in less than 2 minutes I’ve got a gift bought and it gets delivered to my door a couple days later! But do like to give business to local shops too!

  97. Kathy Roloff Avatar
    Kathy Roloff

    I am lucky to have several great shops in my area and I choose to go there first. However, no shop can carry everything so I will order items on line. Including interesting fabric from Australia and the Nerherlands.

  98. Therese Avatar

    I shop both online and in stores. I love making purchases at quilt shows!

  99. Ellen R Avatar
    Ellen R

    My budget includes a monthly “contribution” to my beloved orange quilt bee store..and then I shop online but I try to support my store first. I am trying to stop sending gifts via Amazon. I want to send a wrapped gift especially for kids . And giving their mother more wrapping to do doesn’t seem right either. And lately Amazon vendors are largely imported items that are impossible to return. But I do like Etsy.

  100. Lana Avatar

    I order 95% of what I buy on line….quilting supplies, clothes, shoes etc and small appliances. I live in a very rural area and the stores simple can’t afford to carry a large variety of items..I buy what I can locally and order the rest. I’m thankful for brick and mortar stores that sell on line, they are my life line😉.

  101. Maureen Fry Avatar
    Maureen Fry

    There are no local quilt shops, and since I do not get out much, I do shop online. But I do shop at small shops. Miss the .days when I could get around by myself! Thanks for the opportunity and all you do.

  102. BarbBBQOnnen Avatar

    I mostly go to the store (or quilt shows) I am a touchy feely shopper – so that I can check the quality. I do sometimes go online for things I already know and merchants I can trust – like Primitive gatherings and other small businesses. Yes all those items look pricey and I will go to the big A to check them out.

  103. Barb Avatar

    I do shop online but most of my business is local. When we travel, I love finding new quilt shops to shop in. There’s no comparison for me to be able to see the patterns, feel that wonderful wool, and pickvthose special fabrics!
    Merry Christmas!

  104. Carmen Montmarquet Avatar

    I do both! I shop for what I can find in the stores first, especially for the grandkids, I like to see the item first and it helps the stores in my neighborhood! But there are times that they don’t have it or it’s very bulky or heavy than I will shop online! For quilt related things i buy locally when i can, but it’s hard to find primitive anything in the stores, so I am happy to have stores like Primitive Gatherings to order from! That is why i so love the PGWoolboxes, the items you get in them can’t be found just anywhere, love them!!! Thank you again Lisa and staff for all you do!!!

  105. emilyjoy180 Avatar

    I live in remote rural Iowa, I shop local as much as I can. I have three daylamps, my favorite is like yours! I find as I age, I need more light.

  106. Julie Preston Avatar

    I shop my 3 main stores locally Costco, Target, and Winco. Once a month I go to Trader Joe’s, Dragon Shibori Quilting, and Home Goods. Everything else is ordered online. I get mostly from Etsy than anywhere else. I like Amazon Hubs for delivery.

  107. Kathy Johnson Avatar
    Kathy Johnson

    I shop locally whenever possible, or at quilt shows. Our local quilt shop just closed yesterday after 26 years – we don’t know what we are going to do without it! The people and the community environment were the best thing about going there. Can’t find that online!

  108. Theresa Waite Avatar
    Theresa Waite

    I shop online. I save money otherwise spent on gas and time driving. Also I find it easier since I have arthritis and walking is tiring. I do also shop my local quilt shops, want to keep them in business. Thanks Lisa.

  109. Joni M. Avatar
    Joni M.

    I shop mostly online, unless we are traveling, then I stop at quilt shops along the way and other fun shops. We just spent some days in Chicago, great shopping! The closest quilt shop is 45 min to an hour from me, with major traffic, so it’s just easier to order and have it shipped. I love that it’s become easier and more convenient to order directly from quilt shops. There’s so many fun online events too. Sometime it’s too easy to push the “order” button. I use the Rowenta steam station daily, (for both stitching and household ironing) it’s wonderful.

    I love the wafer light box, except…don’t iron on them! Ha. Had my pattern on the light box, (Lightbox sitting on my ironing board next to the iron) and I got all my wool pieces situated on my background fabric and forgot it was on the light-box, and ironed it. I now have the ink print from one of the Everlasting pattern pieces permanently affixed to the light box! but, the light-box still works!

  110. lcdds217 Avatar

    I buy all of my fabric rulers supplies etc at my favorite quilt shop. The run specials and will order for us – they are competitive with what you can buy on line. I head to the internet ( you !) for things they dont have and your designs, blocks of the week,month,wool box, and other fun stuff you carry! That’s it! Keeps me happy, busy and current! All else needed for life is probably 1/3 brick and mortar and 2/3 on line.

  111. Pat D Avatar
    Pat D

    I shop both in store and online! Fabrics are in store to insure colors are true! Since I live miles from most everything I do purchase some notions online for the convenience of not having to go into town only to find out that it’s out of stock!!!!

    1. Tammy Marquardt Avatar
      Tammy Marquardt

      I’m definitely old school and like store shopping. I like to see and touch what I am buying. But over the years have done more online shopping due to time or selection. Love small business shops!

  112. Lynn Barrett Avatar
    Lynn Barrett

    These days, it’s impossible to find shops in your local area that can carry anything/everything you want, so online shopping is a must. When you find a quality supplier, then you are more sure that your online purchases will be worth the money spent.

  113. Caryn S Avatar
    Caryn S

    I try to find things locally first and then go to online. Some things I prefer to buy online, such as heavy items, so I don’t have to lug them home.

  114. Ruth Ann Avatar
    Ruth Ann

    I do both. But amazon can be hard to beat and I have three small children so if I just need one or two items I need at a separate store than I usually purchase it online as it is easier than hauling all my kids in and out of the car for one or two things. Especially in the winter.

  115. Laura Amlott Avatar

    I always try my local stores first, but have to occasionally resort to the WWW.

  116. Donna W Avatar
    Donna W

    I try to shop locally whenever I can, but it doesn’t always work out. So, then I go online to shop.

  117. Debbie G Avatar
    Debbie G

    I must confess that I did most of the shopping for my grandkids this year on amazon. I did go to the store to find the clothes I bought. I noticed that the stores didn’t seem as crazy as I remembered them to be the week before Christmas. I do keep local for quilting and cross stitch supplies, Best I can. I don’t have anything close so I find that planning a day trip with friends is a MUST!!!

  118. Alberta Bailie Avatar
    Alberta Bailie

    You would think that Houston would have alot of quit shops – we don’t. What we have are great, but they are very spread out. If my closest one doesn’t carry what I am looking for I try Primitive Gatherings next. Like many others I do like to see fabrics and touch them. I love all of your kits and BOW’s. They are always a special treat. We do shop online if we can’t find an item locally. It’s getting harder and harder. Thank you for your honesty about giving us the best for our money!!

  119. Avatar

    First I shop small business. Then I buy at the trade shows. I love Day Lamps. Let me tell you they stand behind their products. My clamp broke. Probably a defect and they sent me 2 replacement one. Then they have the best lighting in the world. Sorry to say I have replaced all my Ott lights to Day Lamps and they don’t get hot

  120. Sharon Gregorczyk Avatar
    Sharon Gregorczyk

    For my sewing needs I pretty much only shop at quilt shops. I might order a book from time to time from amazon, but my tools, notions and fabric I get from stores. I’m touchy, freely when it comes to fabric.

  121. Donna Pace Avatar
    Donna Pace

    I do almost all my shopping online because I am semi-handicapped since I had my knee replaced four times in two years! It is difficult for me to walk a very long distance, therefore, I always shop my quilt shop items for wool appliqué projects and tools through Primitive Gatherings online! Other household items, I shop online to get the best prices and try to get free shipping. I would love to have the new light on my cutting table! I am a true believer that lighting is three-fourths the success of accurate cutting.

  122. Kristy Avatar

    I shop both brick and mortar and online. Being in a wheelchair I find not all brick and mortar are accessible, but it is my go to source if possible. I generally call first and check for availability of the item. I get my ideas for items to purchase on FB or IG or blogs…then go on a search. I totally support small business when I can, but there would be a tipping point like on the iron pricing. Actually feeling and touching of fabric is so important to me so I want to keep the brick and mortar stores in business. That light is to die for……….oh my that cord deal would be perfect for me….no more running over the cord with my chair! And the light….it looks magnificent!

  123. Ann P. Avatar
    Ann P.

    I still do the majority of shopping in stores. I would miss it if I wasn’t able to go to stores and see everything.

  124. Rita Gillis Avatar
    Rita Gillis

    I live in a small town but we do have a wonderful fabric store about 30 miles away. I shop online quite a bit. I have wanted a steam station like yours for awhile but the price kept me from the purchase. I appreciate your helping me make my dream a reality— I just purchased the compact model! Now I would love to have that light on my cutting table!

  125. Vickie Olsen Avatar
    Vickie Olsen

    I shop online about half of the time. But my favorite by far is when I fly into
    Chicago to visit my sister in law and we spend a few days in Wisconsin and hit our favorite three shops. You guessed it, yours ( you were gone this last trip I made in June); then JJ’s and Country Sampler.

  126. Sharon Ulrich Avatar
    Sharon Ulrich

    I enjoy shopping in stores and online. I just enjoy shopping! Ha!

  127. Vicki Davis Avatar
    Vicki Davis

    That lamp looks amazing! I do a lot of shopping on Amazon but go to my local shop when I can.

  128. Donna Pace Avatar
    Donna Pace

    I shop almost entirely online because of being semi-handicapped since I had my knee replaced four times in two years! It is difficult to walk a very long distance. Therefore, I shop Primitive Gatherings online for all my wool appliqué and quilting projects and am always happy with my purchases. Primitive Gatherings also has very good customer service! I do shop Amazon and other entities online for other needs. I would love this cutting table light because I am a firm believer that a good light is the answer to accurate cutting to result in accurate piecing. I have the Rowenta Steam Station I purchased quite a while ago from PG and I use it exclusively. It works like a charm pressing wool appliqué pieces!

  129. Michelle K Avatar
    Michelle K

    I try to buy local when I can. I just started shopping online with the big one. I really didn’t want to but it’s so convenient. Merry Christmas

  130. Miriam Avatar

    I prefer to buy fabric at an actual store. for the most part. There is no replacement for seeing the fabric in person!
    :)…Other things I might buy on line.

  131. mjknoy Avatar

    I like to shop in a store when buying fabric. Other things I might buy in the store or online.

  132. gingerfolkdesigns Avatar

    I shop local but i did check the steam stations out last yr and saw it was cheaper online. Sorry! I really need a large light over my sewing machine. Ive put it off cause we have had some unplanned expenses this fall including a car accident. I would cherish a good lamp in my sewing studio. Merry Christmas Lisa!!

  133. Pam Bo Avatar
    Pam Bo

    I still like to touch before I buy!!

  134. quiltedgarden Avatar

    I shop exclusively at shops, UNTEL recently. I wanted a set of domino trays and could not find. I found them at Amazon and odered and recrived them. I gave them as a gift and they were a hit. I was proud to join the shoppers of this world.(I still like going to the shop waaay better) Karen

    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  135. Ann Weaver Avatar
    Ann Weaver

    I love going into a shop. Seeing everything first hard and what I call “putting in my memory bank”. I also love talking to the employee’s or owners. But when that is not possible or if I am looking for something that doesn’t exist locally in look on line. I have been into you’re WI store once and you booth at Paducah is a must.

  136. Linda Kilgore Avatar
    Linda Kilgore

    I buy almost everything online. We do not have any quilt stores nearby.

  137. Jan Sessions Avatar
    Jan Sessions

    I much prefer the smaller shops for purchasing. But, like you, most of my pricier items will be purchased through big box store or Amazon. I do a lot of ordering online from smaller retailers, like you, Because I live in a town of 2000 where the nearest bigger town is minimum of 30 minutes, and the big town at least an hour; unfortunately, online purchasing has become a regular.
    Love your work.

  138. Jean Siettmann Avatar
    Jean Siettmann

    I shop mostly in local stores but sometimes on line when I cannot find what I need locally.

  139. Ruthann Lindsay Avatar
    Ruthann Lindsay

    I shop at my local quilt shops. I’m a touchy feely kind of shopper. I want to see before I buy.I also want my local shop to stay in business. I will order on line if my quilt shop can’t get the item for me. This also applies to shopping for other items.

  140. Cheryl Keown Avatar
    Cheryl Keown

    I live in a very small town so I support the small businesses whenever possible. However, they are limited to merchandise therefore I turn to online shopping. The table lamp and the light box are definitely something I need for my sewing room which only has one small window (very little natural light). Just now I was telling my husband about the light box and how much I need it for all my applique projects. Guess what I am getting for Christmas? (I am doing a Happy Dance)!!! I can already visualize how much brighter my sewing room could be if I won the table light. Thanks for the chance.

  141. Jean Siettmann Avatar
    Jean Siettmann

    I try to shop at local stores but do buy online when I can’t find what I need locally

  142. Jackie Avatar

    A little of both for me….for my stitching hobbies I prefer a store where I can see and touch things!

  143. Leta privette Avatar
    Leta privette

    I love shopping in store so I can feel the fabric. Thanks for your post. They are always good. Leta

  144. Kelly Avatar

    I try to shop local, I live in a small town in Montana so it is limited. I have to drive 50 miles to get to more shopping, so I do shop online a lot. I have my favorite online shops like yours in which I find a lot of what I want to purchase. Your sewing room is amazing! I would love to win this light for my sewing room, thank you for the opportunity.

  145. Cindy G. Avatar
    Cindy G.

    I shop locally and also online.

  146. Linda Garcia Avatar
    Linda Garcia

    I live in a very rural area with very limited local shopping. Groceries and basic items are all that is available locally. Otherwise it is a 3 hour drive to any significant shopping. I attend quilt retreats several times a year and I hit quilt shops along the way so that is the majority of my fabric and quilt related shopping. Unless I have a need for a specific item quickly to meet a deadline. Such as I need as specific solid fabric for a binding and I need it before my next scheduled retreat drive/shop hop. However, for non-quilting items I can not obtain locally, Sorry to say, I admit that I use amazon a lot. It beats a one way drive of 3 hours. I have better uses of my time than spending hours driving/shopping/driving back home again.

  147. Roxie Simonton Avatar
    Roxie Simonton

    I shop both places. I don’t get around like I use to. So sometimes I have to shop online

  148. Sue H Avatar
    Sue H

    I shop probably about 90% in my local, small-business quilt shops. I’m lucky to have several nearby. My next line of shopping is at quilt shows which is pretty much shopping small-business, right? My last option is to shop online through familiar shops — sometimes I’ve heard of them through my guild friends or maybe I’ve even met them at a quilt show or two! As I re-read this, I guess I pretty much support small-business all the time!

  149. Kris Beutz Avatar
    Kris Beutz

    Thanks for sharing some of your favorites!

    I prefer going into stores and only shop online when I can’t find it in the store. If I know exactly what I want I might check online. I love shopping, seeing the products and getting inspired by the colors and displays.

    Sent from my iPhone


  150. Sandra Weiss Avatar
    Sandra Weiss

    I much prefer shopping in a store. I miss the bygone days of walking store to store in hopes of finding the perfect gift. I always patronize my local stores first. If that fails, then I resort to the internet. I especially love shopping in private owned quilt shops. The sight and feel of the fabrics and wools always puts me in the spirit of sewing.

  151. gijane279-Liz Avatar

    For quilting items I like to shop at my local quilt shop, I like to see and touch the fabrics, however when it comes to some designers I know I can confidently go online to their shop and order “sight unseen” such as yours. When it comes to any new Primitive Gatherings line of fabric as soon as I catch wind that it’s coming out I stalk your Wisconsin website until it’s offered; then click at least fat quarter tower is in my “cart” and I’m happily checking out (normally around 1-2am, in my jammies – yep I’m a night owl). For other things like pet food, office supplies, cleaning supplies etc. I normally go online… after all I get the same stuff and with free shipping I don’t have to lift, tote, or use gas money (better spent on fabric and quilting retreats/adventures)! Now on to checking out that light, cuz I know if your using it then it works great and I sure need good light so I can cut at night. Merry Christmas from Steve and I.

  152. Ann Rennier Avatar
    Ann Rennier

    I love shopping at quilt shows or shop hopping! Really, really try to purchase my quilty items at store front shops…sometimes in person & sometimes from their websites. Love the personal service! I am fortunate to have several shops in my area. Shop on!

  153. Marylou Crawford Avatar
    Marylou Crawford

    I like to shop everywhere!! There are several local quilt shops and each one has a different personality and fabric/designer preferences. One shop carries some of your fabric, I bought some Christmas gatherings there. I also shop online, for wider and more specific offerings, and to support my favorite designers. Some of my most amazing purchases have been at estate sales. What girl ever has enough fabric or needful? Not me….

  154. Maria L Zook Avatar

    I shop locally for groceries and other basics and visit and buy from my local quilt shop whenever possible. I do regularly visit and shop from online quilt shop sites. When it comes to gifts for others, I use Target and Kohl’s and Home Goods, and when that doesn’t work, I will go to Amazon.
    I really appreciate the way you share favorites with all of us.

  155. Gale W. S. Avatar
    Gale W. S.

    I make every effort to shop locally and use Amazon only when there doesn’t seem to be any other option.

    1. Linda Crumpton Avatar
      Linda Crumpton

      First up, Merry Christmas to you and your family. I shop small business, and on line. Primitivegathering is my #1 shop. I love all things you create. I would love the 18” by 24” light box. The table light is and excellent feature for a sewing room. Lisa your sewing space is fantastic. I enjoy reading your email.
      Sincerely, Linda

  156. Leanne Mal Avatar
    Leanne Mal

    With shopping I do it all! In store and online. It really depends on what I’m looking for and if I can get it in a store. Fabric for example I like shopping in the quilt shops (I want to keep local independent shops open) but if I can’t get the fabric I want I will shop online for it. I like doing cross stitch but the nearest shop is over an hour away so I will go online to buy supplies. I do like ordering on line from real brick and mortar stores.

  157. Sheila Plock Avatar
    Sheila Plock

    I try to shop local when I can. Hate to buy fabric especially online because I need to see it and touch it but like you said sometimes you just have to do it. Thanks for all you do to help us Quilter’s have the best equipment out there to use.

  158. Mary Lu Avatar
    Mary Lu

    Since there are not any quilt shops close to me. I shop online. I like to support small businesses, so I would generally shop[ you or other shops. I do love FAT quarter shop though and love sales! When I travel, I search quilt shops and try to support them.

  159. usairdoll Avatar

    On my quilting and sewing items I definitely support my local quilt shops. We are so Blessed in my area that there are six quilt shops! There are times I shop online and have also been known to use the big A in the sky, hehe.

    Happy Holidays!

    usairdoll (at) icloud (dot) com

  160. Pam Marcis Avatar
    Pam Marcis

    I prefer to shop locally and in small business shops. However, when there is a shop that I love, like PG, and they are a distance away, I shop online. You and your staff are one of the best. Happy 2020!

  161. Donna Watson Avatar
    Donna Watson

    I do a little of both. I first to try to find it locally. Then when there is no success with local, I will purchase online. I have only one exception to this…I love Penzeys spices and I’m not by one of the stores so I order online.

  162. Karen H Avatar
    Karen H

    I try shopping at my local quilt shop first- unfortunately we had several shops in the area and most of them are closing- I do shop online and have favorite sites I look at before any other – Primitive Gatherings is my top choice as I love wool applique and your fabric and designs!!

  163. Sue knill Avatar
    Sue knill

    I like shopping in store love to feel what I am buying plus meeting the wonderful shop employees. Do shop on line for items can not find locally do not like running all over looking fo something.

  164. mary h Avatar
    mary h

    I try to shop local first and online second. I love seeing things in hand before purchasing but more and more retail shops are disappearing. I think it can be the best of both worlds if we all do both. Totally get your post.

  165. Carol PorterCarol Porter Avatar

    I do as much as possible in stores before resorting to online. I hate to see the stores disappear!

  166. Mary Howland Avatar
    Mary Howland

    I buy at my LQS 95% of the time. I will travel out of my area to go to a quilt shop. I try not to buy at Joann’s.

  167. Cheryl Avatar

    We have many great quilt shops in north central Indiana and I prefer to support Local shops. I will shop on line if I’m looking for something specific and cannot find it locally.

  168. Jennifer Uppencamp Avatar
    Jennifer Uppencamp

    I do some of my shopping online but there are some items that I like to go into a brick and mortar store to buy. I love going into the small shops and browsing their items. Usually there is some Christmas playing. Can’t beat that!

  169. Karen L. Avatar
    Karen L.

    As a lot of others have said, I shop both ways. I would prefer to shop locally but I always check prices everywhere before buying. If there is not much difference between online and local, I will buy local.

  170. Cheryl Ann Avatar

    I enjoy going to a store to shop. Not so crazy about the online thing. I prefer to feel the fabric, pick up a box and read about it, and sometimes I pick up extras that I did not know I needed (or wanted:)!!) In my opinion, going to a store helps to keep one open. Several in my area have gone to online services only, closing their brick and mortar store, which was an awful shame. Thank you for your blog and all you do for quilters!

  171. Robin T. Avatar
    Robin T.

    I love going into quilt shops to feel the fabric, see all the new items and visit with the people. I shop the local small businesses first if I can find what I need. If I can’t find what I need I will use the internet. Not always Amazon. And never Walmart. And rarely do I shop at Joanne’s. My husband and I had a small “mom & pop” store. I know how hard it is now days to maintain a small business.

  172. Marie Beers Avatar

    I live rural, so it’s easy to shop with Amazon Prime and get it in 2 days. 3 times a month I go to town for my quilting group meetings, so I food shop, or other shopping is done afterward so no additional trips.

  173. Lynn Kaczmarek Avatar
    Lynn Kaczmarek

    Hi Lisa,
    I do a lot of shopping online – I live in Door County, so not many choices for things up here. Although I try to buy local when I can, that’s often not possible. It’s almost a 2 hour drive to your shop, so I usually buy online from you as well – thanks for having a wonderful, easy to use website! I have other Daylight lamps and love them, but the large one you have over your cutting area would be perfect for me too! Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the folks at Primitive Gatherings!

  174. Charlotte Schindler Avatar
    Charlotte Schindler

    Most of my shopping is done in the stores. For my adult children’s gifts, I use Amazon etc since they send me links.

  175. Deborah I Graber Avatar

    Hi Lisa- I used to work in a quilt shop so I try to shop local as much as possible, however I am finding I like the modern quilting more & more and the local shops don’t stock much of that type of fabric. So sometimes I have to order online. I used to do quite a bit of applique (why I follow your blog) but alas the arthritis in my hands has forced me to cut way back. I love all the wonderful pictures you post of your beautiful home and you really inspire me! Hope you have a lovely Christmas with your family. BTW, that light looks awesome and your comment about accurate cutting = accurate piecing is SO true!

  176. Patti S Avatar
    Patti S

    I prefer shopping at local shops. But have been known to online shop if I can’t find what I am looking for. That lamp looks amazing!

  177. Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts Avatar

    I really like to shop in person so I can get a good look/feel for what I am after, but if that doesn’t work out my next go to is my hubby’s favorite place to shop on-line. LOL I have been researching lamps lately~ yours looks like a really nice one. I like the large area it covers. Winters can be so dark. Thanks for the fun!

  178. Martha Followill Avatar

    I shop at local stores. I like to see what I am buying. I would love to have the lamp. Will be looking for it. Thanks for telling me about it.

  179. Dortha Avatar

    I try my best to shop local. Some things just cannot be found where I live and I have to buy on line.

  180. Dortha Avatar

    I try to shop local first.

  181. shadesofrandom Avatar

    I would like to go out to the stores because I value local businesses, but unfortunately I cannot get out due to being disabled. Therefore I have to do all my fabric and supplies shopping online.

  182. Rita Nichols Avatar
    Rita Nichols

    That table Lamp looks pretty slick and it’s just what I need! When I go to town I buy gas, I buy groceries (although I know quite a few who have ordered on line for pick up, hmmm) and I hit my local quilt shop as much for the social outing as to see what’s new. Otherwise everything else gets ordered on line and I love to see the delivery truck coming down the drive way. It’s the same joy I’m sure my Grandma felt when she ordered from the Sears, JCPennys and Montgomery Wards Catalogs.

  183. Lori Genther Avatar

    Local shopping in my town is limited, but we’re lucky to have one of the best quilt shops in the state! Otherwise it’s a mix, I have to travel over 30 miles or go online.

  184. Joy P Avatar

    For fabric I like to show locally. It is the only way to see the colors and feel the fabric quality. I do shop at quilts shows also.

  185. Linda Avatar

    I do go to my local quilt store, but since you are 700 miles from me, I buy a lot online and I do have prime shipping from Amazon. So that tells you a little something 😊.

  186. Rosemary Avatar

    I shop in stores and rarely shop online with the exception of PG. I know that I’m getting top quality merchandise.
    Gasp…they won’t ship the DayLight to Canada. I’ve wanted that light ever since I saw it in your studio.

  187. Vonda Williams Avatar
    Vonda Williams

    I live to shop local as much as possible but for the very reason you’ve mentioned, if you can’t beat them, join them. And that’s what I’ve had to do also I’m some cases.

  188. Natalie Rogers Avatar
    Natalie Rogers

    I buy some things locally, but unfortunately the shop nearest me doesn’t carry a lot of things I like. To get the really cool stuff, I have to shop online. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.

  189. Karren Avatar

    I only order from a “big name” website when I’m unable to get it anywhere else. There are a few reputable quilt store websites (like PG) that are my go to websites because my LQS’s don’t carry my preferred genre of fabric.

  190. Wanda Wolfe Avatar
    Wanda Wolfe

    I do a lot of online shopping because I live in a rural area. Our mall has closed nearly half of the stores and more are due to close. That makes shopping limited. But, in my travels I always seek out stitch and quilt shops. I have found several that I get to at least once a year.

  191. Lori T Avatar
    Lori T

    I do some of both, but I do prefer to shop at the store. Call me old fashioned but I like to feel and touch what I’m buying. Sometimes that can be bad because you can buy more than what you went to the store for. Oops!

  192. Susan M Grochowski Avatar

    I love to shop in store for most of my quilting fabric and supplies. I like feel the fabric and see the colors in daylight.

  193. Belinda Jones Avatar
    Belinda Jones

    My shopping is done in physical stores and online. I like to support our local stores, but I buy most of my groceries and gifts online. Since I work, it is difficult to have time to sew and shop. Thank goodness for the ease and flexibility of online ordering! Besides, how would I be able to purchase from Primitive Gatherings if it weren’t for online shopping?

  194. Tracy Avatar

    Shopping…my love & frustration!
    I have zero wool quilt shops around so I order online through you and a few other shops. Other things I try to shop locally as I love to touch and see but if I can’t find what I need, I buy online.

  195. Judy Avatar

    Most of my quilt shopping is done on line from quilt shops when my local shops within a 50 mile radius don’t carry those lines and the wool projects I’m interested in- especially Primitive Gathering offerings. If I need a big box item- many times I check Amazon for price and availability compared to local .

  196. Paula Wentworth Avatar
    Paula Wentworth

    I do both online and small business shopping. My preference is small business whenever possible.

  197. Lola Z Avatar
    Lola Z

    I try to shop at one of the LQS as much as possible (I don’t want them to go away) and will call them and ask them to order something they don’t have in stock. But I will also order on line if it is a great deal.

  198. Karen Avatar

    I shop online most of the time. It is very convenient and I can find what I need!

  199. Jan jones Avatar

    I am just starting to ordEr a few things on line and am overjoyed when I actually get what I wanted. ( no confidence with my tech knowledge)

  200. moosebaymusings Avatar

    I do both but probably online for the most part since I don’t have a shop close to home.

  201. Donna B Avatar
    Donna B

    I shop in the store whenever possible. I like to touch/feel/hold things before I buy.

  202. Alyson Avatar

    I prefer to support local stores especially for yarn and fabric. However I cannot pass up the convenience shopping online for most other items.

  203. Kathy C Avatar
    Kathy C

    I shop in stores when ever possible.

  204. Linda E Avatar
    Linda E

    I prefer to support and shop in person, small businesses, however where I live in TX, wool is not too easy find, so I depend on online shops, PG being my go to shop!

  205. Kathy Grahek Avatar
    Kathy Grahek

    It depends on what I am shopping for…Quilting…Primitive Gatherings only for the best fabric available. Cross-Stitch is online to two shops only. Gifts & clothes for my grandson…local great store in De Pere. I prefer supporting small business if possible. Grocery in De Pere. Most everything else is online…My knees won’t allow me to stand in lines and walk mega stores anymore. Smaller is better!

  206. Laura B Avatar
    Laura B

    I do mine all online. Yesterday was first day I actually stepped into a store for a gift. So easy to have those boxes arrive at my doorstep and then use those boxes to wrap them in 😝

  207. Ginger Smith Avatar
    Ginger Smith

    When I first moved to Texas there were 4 quilts shops within 15 minutes, and now there is only one. I love to buy locally but sometimes they just don’t have what you want.
    Thank you very much for in information about the iron. My wonderful got on line and bought me one. Should be here on Monday.
    Everyone have a wonderful Christmas!!! 🎄

  208. Debra Reber Avatar
    Debra Reber

    I prefer to actually go in a physical shop, but sometimes that just isn’t possible

  209. Janet D Avatar
    Janet D

    I do most of my shopping in the stores , but do shop online when I can’t find what I’m looking for in stores.

  210. Kathy Harris Avatar
    Kathy Harris

    I like to do most of my shopping locally but sometimes I can only find what I’m looking for online.

  211. Sandy G. Avatar
    Sandy G.

    I like to shop locally, but if I can’t find what I need I will check the internet and see if anything is available close to me or from a local business in another town. I try not to shop on Amazon unless I can’t find it anywhere else. I have to see and feel my fabrics, so road trips are the way to go! Love these pressing and lighting items!

  212. Kathy Bradbury Avatar
    Kathy Bradbury

    I cannot tell a lie… I like the convenience of shopping online and the free delivery where available.
    Some times it’s too ‘people-ly’ out there.

  213. Susan P Avatar
    Susan P

    I do most of my Christmas shopping online, but when it comes to fabric, I prefer real quilt shops where I can touch and feel the fabrics and browse around. I do buy patterns online, but rarely fabric.

  214. Maggie R. Avatar
    Maggie R.

    I do a little of both. But most of my quilt things I like to buy from the shops so you’ll stay in business and keep bringing us beautiful designs to keep us inspired to keep quilting! So thank you for all your hard work!!

  215. Carol Garner Avatar
    Carol Garner

    Hi Lisa, I prefer to shop for large ticket items that have been recommended by a reliable source such as yourself than to try and figure it out myself. Therefore, i certainly enjoyed your informative post and have purchased many items via amazon. However, I prefer to shop for fabric at a shop, but once again, not all shops can carry every designers line out there, so then I would go searching on the Internet. I believe on line and brick and mortar both have their places in our society. I so enjoy shopping at your booth each spring in Paducah. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. P.S. would love to win the light, I too have aging eyes.

  216. Pamela D Miller Avatar

    I live out in the country and don’t really have any local shops, so I usually buy online

  217. KRISTIE Avatar

    Some of both — I frequently will do a lot of `leg-work’ online first to try to find the right thing. I don’t live very close to a lot of store-fronts, so sometimes online is my only choice. I am fortunate to have a really nice quilt shop in my area. Thanks for all this helpful info on these items and I totally get the aging eyes/light challenge!

  218. Pam Knight Avatar
    Pam Knight

    Hi Lisa,
    In my family we shop local and small business. You see, my husbands family is in the restaurant business and I work for our LQS. Our family business started in 1952, and the LQS I work at started in the 70’s. I truly understand your giving your customers an honest deal. It will be paid forward I’m sure. Merry Christmas and thanks for all you do.

  219. Theresa veroline Avatar
    Theresa veroline

    I try my best to shop locally so that I support the individual business owners. Even if it’s a couple of bucks more, I’m okay with it! I also shop by recommendation, that’s why I bought the iron today. I trust your opinions and by being honest with pricing your customers will appreciate you more and they will always be loyal to you…thank you Lisa !


  220. carmen mullins Avatar

    I like to shop in stores where I can see and touch. If I’m looking for something particular and cannot find it locally, I will search online. Merry Christmas!

  221. Julee Prose Avatar
    Julee Prose

    I shop both online and local…

  222. Judyk Avatar