Who Says You Shouldn’t Play Favorites?

Hey crew, welcome back! It’s been another quiet, yet productive Wednesday working at my home studio and I can’t say I mind. Once again the rain is coming down like cats and dogs with ice rain in between, so doing anything outdoors is 100% out of the question. No biggie though, since as we all know the term “inclement weather” is just a fancy way of saying stitching weather. If there’s one thing I think we can all agree on is you can never have too many days designated for stitch therapy. It’s always just what the doctor ordered – especially with so much going on between both the shop and retreat house this week! We have several retreat guests staying with us as we speak, with a bunch more checking in over the weekend. In fact, after my friend Vegas Val shows up with her mob this coming Monday, we’ll officially have a full house! Exciting to say the least and a bit overwhelming at times, so a little time away from it all before things really get wild is always nice.

While tidying up around the studio earlier, it occurred to me that it’s been about a month since I’ve talked about what I consider to be my favorite things in the quilting and sewing world. These include different sewing notions and quilting hacks that I feel like at this point in my quilting career I simply can’t live without… and think you should know about too! Unfortunately, I got away from doing that last year since we opted out of celebrating our usual 12 Days of Christmas like we have in the past. I’ve missed talking about the little things that make me happy in my quilting life, so I figured why not reawaken that idea? My goal is to feature one or two of my favorite things each month so that I can not only share the tricks I find to be efficient and time saving, but also to get feedback from all of you on what you think of them as well.

This time around I want to talk about something you might not necessarily consider to be a quilting tool, but I beg to differ! I love planning out my quilt blocks and appliqué designs ahead of time by coloring them in with colored pencils on paper first. That way I can experiment with the various ways they could look without actually setting anything in stone. That’s where this next item comes in… I’m sure you’ve heard of the art supply brand, Prismacolor at some point in your life. They just so happen to produce my most favorite set of colored pencils of all time – the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils collection.

28 responses to “Who Says You Shouldn’t Play Favorites?”

  1. Rita Nichols Avatar
    Rita Nichols

    The colored pencils have been on my wish list for a long time now and I have wanted a light box forever but just never knew much about them. They have such a price range I never knew which one would be a good one. Thank you so much for describing why you liked both.

  2. Diane Price Avatar
    Diane Price

    Thanks for sharing!
    Those Prismacolor pencils are so yummy! 😍

  3. Sandra Jones Avatar
    Sandra Jones

    I was gifted a light box. It is not wafer thin and it gets hot but it was free.

    The colored pencils I have given as a gift (not the entire set like you posted). May have to check them out since my pencils have trouble holding a point

    Thanks for the tips. Looking forward to next time

  4. smmothershead Avatar

    I love my Daylight Wafer lightbox. It’s the best!

  5. Tammy Marquardt Avatar
    Tammy Marquardt

    The wafer looks like an amazing thing that I need. I have a very old light box that just uses a nightlight bulb. How sad is that? Ha. On another note, I think your in-house chef needs to give another demo on making something yummy! Those are so fun to watch.

  6. Vickie Avatar

    I have a Cricut lightbox and have used it for several years, especially when getting embroidery projects ready. I also have Prismacolor pencils. Both are super handy help in stitchwork and quilting. Thanks for the reminder about how helpful the little things are.

  7. Lorraine Wieziolowski Avatar
    Lorraine Wieziolowski

    Yes I have both and love them. The color pencils are great to color some embroidery projects before stitching and use light box to trace designs. Looking forward to tomorrows Stitch with Lisa.

  8. Brenda Ourada Avatar
    Brenda Ourada

    It’s totally all about Primitive Gatherings. Lol. Looking forward to punch needle class this Saturday, been working on my quilt box & getting the newest one tomorrow, ordered from comment sold, picking that up Saturday, been working on block 2 of fresh cut flowers along with a bunch of different wool projects. All PG patterns lol. Thanks for keeping me busy! 😊

  9. Susan Rohm Avatar
    Susan Rohm

    I have had my wafer light box for a few years and love it. Such a handy tool for quilting, wool applique and other craft projects.

  10. Donna Schulz Avatar
    Donna Schulz

    Wafer light box on my wish list. I’m curious about what LED light that you would recommend that might attach to my sewing machine. Or lamp that extends light over the machine so that the light shows in the needle area, but doesn’t interfere with the quilt I’m seeing.

  11. Cindy Jopling Avatar
    Cindy Jopling

    Light boxes
    Always an important tool!! From first efforts with sliding glass door n tape to inexpensive light boxes to high quality wafer with variable light this tool has evolved over time in technology, price and ease of use. I’m all about good quality and ease of use. Both equate to more stitching no time. Get the largest wafer you can afford. You will be so glad you jumped into this pond of light.

  12. Sherilyn Wethington Avatar
    Sherilyn Wethington

    Those colored pencils look fun!!!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Oh they are Sherilyn… Just looking at them makes me happy!

  13. debby hillstead Avatar
    debby hillstead

    I have both the wafer light and a smaller set of the Prismacolor pencils. The light I couldn’t do wool tracing without. It is so wonderful. I absolutely love it.

    The pencils I use to color in embroidery “pictures” before stitching them, just to add some color and life to the stitch outs.

    Thanks for the shout outs to both of these “notions/tools!”

  14. Karol Blaylock Avatar
    Karol Blaylock

    Prismacolors are wonderful! Guess you know that you can lay on some color from these oil-based pencils and then use a paintbrush dipped in order-free terpentine to spread the color around the space you need it in. Sort of like watercolor, but not. And the Wafer is the BEST tracing light ever invented! Happy stitching!

  15. Stephanie Tabares Avatar
    Stephanie Tabares

    I have the prismacolor pencils, to color in embroidery patterns before stitching

  16. Sylvia Fletcher Avatar
    Sylvia Fletcher

    Yes it has definitely been stitching weather here at the beach In Westport WA. I have the prisma colored pencils. Absolutely love the big set and the quality. I do need a good light box. I think I will like the bigger size I order from Primative gatherings

  17. Valerie Geib Avatar
    Valerie Geib

    I have the full set of prisms pencil. I bought them for color shading on quilts. Haven’t used them yet because wool box keeps me busy. I bought cutterpilar light boxes because they were a much better price. I got two for the price of one. One is HUGE and the other rechargeable so I can ditch the cord.

  18. Cindy Avatar

    I saw the light box on a retreat last weekend and it is on my wish list!!! Would also be great for redwork design prep!!

  19. Deb Magerkurth Avatar
    Deb Magerkurth

    The light box would be wonderful but for the time being I’ll have to rely on a sunny window☹️

  20. Charlene Morris Avatar
    Charlene Morris

    Hi Lisa
    I use color pencils also not just quilting but tshirt designs and personal card for my family and friends. My family never know when or if they are the one getting the card this time(when I start I do not always know either) . Quilts are the same way. I think both are my entertainment- kind of expensive but my children are adults and I live alone therefore I do what makes me happy.

    I see people sharing their favorite things and when I think of that it’s so hard to pick or I have done it for so long it seems natural. I moved my insulation board design wall to sewing room and my daughter thought something was wrong(had company coming, hahaha). So I vote my easy to move design wall. The reason is at times when I start a quilt I may not like something about design could be color or block placement. So I put it on design wall and let my mind work on it for a few days or weeks, may even put it away and work on that again on another day.
    Happy sewing to you

  21. An Cooper Avatar
    An Cooper

    I have the wafer light, but that box is colored pencils makes me very envious. I might need to make that purchase 😊

  22. Sandi Z. Avatar
    Sandi Z.

    I also use prismacolor pencil and a very similar light box, but come to think of it, I wonder where my pencils are, haven’t seen them in a bit, guess I’ll have to put that on my list for today. Happy stitching, I’ll tune in later!

  23. Karen Johnston Avatar

    I love your tips on tools!

  24. Ronalda Jeanne Pettrey Avatar
    Ronalda Jeanne Pettrey

    I have a light box not sure it’s the same brand but does all that( I am at work so I can’t check), I gave the pencils to my grandson. What I want to know is: do you draw your blocks out or do you have a program or something to print them on so I could color different bocks to see which one I like best when designing my own quilt pattern or even someone else’s pattern?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Ronalda! Typically I draw them out by hand using graph paper but recently I started learning Adobe Illustrator so I’ll be able to do more on the computer in a more efficient way in the future!

  25. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    I have a light box recently purchased at a LQS (sorry, but you’ve got to spread the love between on-line and local so our local shops are there for us), and a light box is a game changer. No more squinting or waiting for a sunny day to use a window!
    Prismacolor pencils… learned about those in the year 2000 when my first artistic child started high school, and like Pokémon… he had to have them all! And then the second artistic son when to high school, and he had to have them as well. No sharing allowed, evidently.
    They are both grown up, married to artistic types, four masters degrees between them all, and everyone’s poor but loving life and their work! I keep encouraging them, as illustrators and printmakers, to look into jobs with fabric manufacturers so I can get a discount! Alas… I continue to pay full price!

  26. Sue Avatar

    Thank you for the first 2 tips. I recently purchased the light box. After seeing you demonstrate it at the Valentine’s workshop I knew it would be very valuable with placement on wool projects.

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