2019 Blog Hop-Crazy Seasons Mystery Quilt Sew-A-Long…

I hope you are are relaxing and hopefully not having to go back to work already…but I had a great/easy day today…cleaned up some things…organized a little bit and then worked in my home studio for a bit…on this…

I noticed Gloria from Olde Green Cupboard posted about our upcoming 2019 blog hop that Rhonda from Farmhouse Threads runs every year.

My day is Jan 25th, so I better get going on it …I have Spring…

This is going to be a cool project!  We each take a season…so You will have 3 blocks of each season…and then Rhonda has a sweet setting already figured out…

2019 Flyer

2019 Flyer   Here is the PDF of the flyer to print so you know where to go each week..

I love Crazy quilt stuff…and here is apeek of one of my drawings/sketches…what do you think?  Are you going to participate?  Patterns will be FREE on our blogs and kits will be available to purchase…Get those threads organized because there will be lots of them in use with a crazy quilt theme!!!sketch Blog hop.jpg



Merry Christmas!!!

thumbnail-1Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Thank you for following my blog during our Needful Things and all throughout the year…I can’t wait to see who commented the most this year…There may be a prize!!!

I have a little something for you so you can get started on next year’s gifts/decorating as soon as possible!!!


I purposely did not show you all of the rooms of the house because I wanted somethings to be a surprise/gift…See this fun Ho Ho Ho pillow?  Well, here is the pattern…You can put it on any size pillow you want…

Merry Christmas Ho pattern

I just used one of my wonderful Moda Flannels…and yes, we have some in stock…if you have to have the exact one I used…also not the the word is reversed for fusible applique. IMG_6917The cute sheets are from Pottery Barn and can be ordered HERE...and the quilt is an antique…and we will work on a pattern for that…but then…my bathroom needed just a bit of Christmas cheer as well..

I hope you all have a wonderful day and here is our first picture of “little man” and “baby O” with Papa and MiMi…

IMG_9172Merry Christmas!!

12 Days of Christmas…Needful Things…Day 1


One more sleep…and the magical day is here…

Day 1 Juki & Accessories

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 $899-(yes…not a typo $948.95 if you are in WI we have to add tax) 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 $999.00 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 her 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….I will give an FRONT OPEN TOE FOOT- or a 1/4″ FOOT to a Juki owner if you take the time to tell us about it here…I know we are all so busy…but I appreciate your imput…

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

Update…Wool Box

I am so sorry… the wool box is $60 plus $5.99 shipping . and then $6.00 for the extra box to ship it in.

So if this is a deal breaker for you we will gladly refund today’s purchase…I am sorry this happened and apologize.

I can easily add another something to your box to make up for it…

And international shipping is $25 I know that is crazy but it will cost us more than that to ship it…

The shopping cart worked as it should. I just messed it up the email… because when I tested it this morning it didn’t add any extra shipping so I thought it was not the case.. and didn’t want to bother anyone on a holiday weekend to change it to the 5.99… but it turns out I didn’t go far enough and it added shipping at the very end…

So that is the story and I’m sorry this happened this way…

If you want to cancel your order please email us today at at the address on your order and we will refund it.

Please except my sincere apology for this…

12 Days of Christmas…Needful Things…Day 2



Mystery Wool Box

Now… I have to admit I have had this in mind for over a year…but my schedule is/was just too demanding to follow through with it…But there is not a subscription box for wool that I know of and WE should be doing one…So…with that in mind here is what we are thinking…

This Box for the “Needful Things” is a one-time trial…a peek at what the subscription boxes might be like…So there is no commitment just order it and see if you want to belong and get one…every other month…Starting in March 2019

I am not going to tell you what’s inside…but this is what I can tell you…

Each box like this one will contain:

As close as we can get to $100 retail value of goodies in it!!!!…All new and exclusive projects!!  The price of the box will be $60 plus $5.99 shipping…unless you wish to have your “wool box protected” for $6 more.  What I mean with this is….the Wool Box is beautiful, we designed it to be super sturdy to handle our products being shipped in it…but…then the shop girls saw it and suggested that they didn’t want their box beat up/damaged with all the handling from shipping it…so we added an option of it being put in a protective box so the pretty box will come undamaged and can be used again and again to store stuff in…I think the box size is 12×12 x 3 1/2″ ( I might be off on the height, but it is a nice sized box.)Mystery Box_All

Boxes will come every other month

At least one major kit & pattern for a project

A pattern for an ongoing project, something like a Stitch Along-this might not “go along” with the theme of the box because it will continue…

Each box will be centered around Wool and/or Stitchery with a few novelty things once in awhile….

They will contain recipe cards with a tried and true recipe from Lisa – One of a food item and one of a Crazy Stitch Combo to collect.

They will consist mostly of Primitive Gatherings products/patterns, but we may also have guest designers and products as well in future boxes.

The projects will be exclusive to these boxes for at least one year.

We will promise that the boxes will be AWESOME!

So right now you are not commiting to a subscription but a one time shipment to see if you wish to continue and you can/will be signing up for the Subscription in January.

This is a short and simple post…because I cannot tell you any more!!! But you can help us…Tell all your stitching friends about our box!  Help me Share it on Social Media…we are going to have lots of fun with this one..IMG_4050 3IMG_116256692996812__F3F976CF-1E2E-457B-89FF-18F597A610AE

As you can see…we have (and are ready to fill) these boxes…we just need to know how many to make?…You have until 12/31/18 to sign up for this one but the sooner you do the sooner you will get the box…This box will ship in the middle of January. Problem with this first one is…. we don’t know if we are going to sell 100 or 1000. So PLEASE help us out and order now if you do not want to miss out and be apart of this fun event!  Click Here to Order yours!

Someone who purchases this box will receive a one year/six box subscription!  We will pick the winner from the orders….Comment on this post about this box…Do you want it? Is is a good idea or not?  What would you put in this box if you were running this on -going subscripton….I can’t wait hear your suggestions…all for now…I know you have lots to do…LB




12 Days of Christmas…Needful Things…Day 3



Star & Stripe copy

I  am really excited about Star & Stripe Gatherings…the book turned out beautifully and the fabric line is even better…and I want to thank MAGGIE for quilting ALL the quilts in the book in a very short time….I only quilted a few of the runners and nothing else…she did anything that was considered a quilt. Amy and Jean made a lot of the quilts in the book while I ran around the country teaching and designing/writing and running Primitive Gatherings. Jessica, Dru, Judy, Debbie, Joanne and the rest of the shop girls keep both the stores running as smoothly as possible…Lisa(Elle) and the warehouse/kitting girls keep the bills payed and the kits coming…Tina and Whitney produce all the extraordinary wool coming out one yard at a time….Judi keeps the website full of products…the guys, Nick, Jake and Scott keep up with the shipping/transportation/carpentry, maintenance of cargo between three buildings and quilt shows and shipping to shops around the country…most of these people are behind the scenes and do not get their names in the book but they all are a big part of Primitive Gatherings.

Back to the Needful Things…All of us reading this NEED fabric for our survival/well being…and this fabric line and book are going to be the newest on the market…So we are offering you $5 off our book reg.24.99, Sale $20 and 10% off any kit pre-ordered for this event, all the prices listed are the regular price…the 10% off discount is taken off in the cart.  All of the projects are listed in the Day 3 category as well.  These offers are only good until 12/31/2018. The fabrics do not arrive until sometime in January 2019 and then we need time to kit them all which doesn’t take that long but I just want you to know it’s not a one day turnaround. So the offer for 10% off the kits and 20% off pre cuts are pre orders. The book is ready to ship if you only order the book… if you order a book with a kit we will ship it together.

The Book includes patterns for 19 projects…I know 19 is a weird number but that is just how it goes sometimes!  There are quilts, runners, pillow, towels, wool mats, framed pieces and a pincushion!  The patterns are all full sized and the book is beautiful!           Click here to go to book and/or precuts

Here are the projects in the book…

Quilts-Some of the quilt are lap sized…if you wish them to be larger it can easily be done with 2 kits…bk


Roll Me Away...81 x 81″ An unusual block layout makes this scrappy blues with one background quilt fun easy and interesting…Kit Reg. $150


All American 51″x 57″. Inspired by an antique quilt this little lap quilt is fun to piece a true red/white/blue quilt…Kit Reg. $160 p

Fly Over 55″ x 66″ …This simple chrundash block is amped up with a mini shoo fly in the center…a classic blue and white quilt.  Kit Reg. $95.


North & South…85″x 85″ I love this quilt…It might be my favorite in the book…the white with the cream HSTs makes this better than just doing blue and red HSTs…Kit Reg.$225.


Star Power 66″x 66″ How cool and easy is this one…the perfect quilt to learn how to piece with…This could easily be a quilt in a day…Perfect also as a Quilt of Valor quilt.  Kit Reg. $77

zRoad to Arlington…17″x 45″ I originally thought this would be a 5 block runner….turns out that was way too big and I did not want to make the strips less than 1″ finished…Kit. Reg. $50.

IMG_1995Regiment- 40″x 47″…A fun red/white quilt…I think we need to make another with 2 blue stripes and three red…that would be fun too!  Kit Reg. $80IMG_1997

Constitution 60 x 60″…This quilt is a Moda Kit meaning it will come in a special printed box…This is one of those nice couch/lap quilts…but two kits would make a nice bed quilt 80″x 100 (80 blocks}…We love this fussy cut log cabin block quilt.  You also could mix in some Liberty and Old Glory Gatherings to make it super scrappy…come on… I know some you have a tower of FQs or F8’s sitting pretty on your shelf or some scraps at least leftover. Reg. $120    Also if you wish to see the whole quilt they are shown full out like this on the website, just click on them there to enlarge them.bc

Picnic Table Cloth 49 x 49″ A mini of our full sized Picnic quilt done in every print in the line…Kit Reg. $90f

Independence Day...72″x72″. This unique block is fun to make…there is also a method to the block/color placement which adds some fun to the quilt. The red blocks form a diamond the center and outer blue blocks are the darkest navy and the 4 inside blue blocks are the lighter navy… Kit. Reg. $150.

Pillows– I am so into pillows lately…e

Proud to be an American-17″x 22″…is a stunning display of quilting skills…These blocks are from previous “gathering” lines as well as Star & Stripe.  Kit Reg. $17  Pillow form available as well.  I did not have time but I think I would have quilted this pillow if I was making it again…l

Wash Bucket pillow…15 “x 15” This is a re-vamped block from a previous blog hop…some of you may have it already…so just an FYI…but add some setting fabric and wool stars and it makes a beautiful pillow…Kit Reg. $23

I Pledge Allegiance copy

I Pledge Allegiance wallhanging(see framed piece by Constitution quilt) or pillow…Once you start doing embroidery/redwork you cannot help but keep doing it…I absolutely love to hand stitch words…it is really not that difficult at all and they go pretty fast…Kit Reg. $26.50 Fabric with threads


U.S. Home pillow– 20″ x 20″-This simple pillow can be stitched up in no time!…I think a red version would be possible as well…Kit Reg. $22


Life is a Journey…18×22″ without frame…I need to admit I do not know how the states are situation in our country…there are 50 of them to remember…so making this helped a little but I hope there is never a quiz I need to take that my life depends on…but it was fun to hand stitch this and I will find some cool pins to mark where I have been…Kit Reg. $27 background & threads..Frame is $45 and is shown in the book…I don’t know where my pic is of the whole frame…but too late to change it now…t

Red, White & Blue kitchen towels…Where’s the red one? Yup you guessed it…it did not get finished for the book…but…if you order the towel set we will send you the pattern for the third towel!!! Nothing like a good bribe…Towel are $4.50 each Special $11.25 for this sale plus the free pattern.  Thread kit is $22- don’t know if that is on sale or not but you can see when you put it in your cart.wn

Star & Stripe Mini Charm pincushion- 1 3/4″x 10 1/2″- this kit will make 3 complete pincushions from one mini charm and the star fabric.  Kit Reg. $5.50IMG_1983

Old Glory table mat-14″x 21 ” This beautiful flag mat on a slate grey wool will be a timeless piece for a center table display…This will also be a class at both store locations…Kit Reg. $45.

biAmerican Penny Mat- 11″ I love this mat and I’ve actually made in a couple of color way and I am actually liking the light background I used here…Kit Reg. $20.

We are jumping with JOY about how this book has turned out…We hope you find something in this that makes you want to purchase our book and make a few things from it!!! I can’t wait to have these all back in my house for the Summer!gClick HERE to go to the Kit page.

To be entered in a drawings for a Kit from the book or Moda has given me some precuts I am willing to part with!!  Please comment at the end of this post and tell me about your favorite Veteran…you can tell me as little or a lot…I promise to read them all.   Winners will be posted on New Years Day!  I especially love talking with the old Veterans when I see them selling the Poppies, my summer car has many many poppies hanging from the rear view mirror…


This little candlemat/bedside tablemat is made with leftovers from the Road to Arlington kit…If the kit prices seam high remember that sometimes there is leftover fabric…we try to cut the smallest we can but Moda wants 1/8 yards and such….not 6″x 12″  This is good because you never have to worry about making a mistake…we always pad the yardage, but NOT to extreme…where you can make a second quilt.

baI’m going on another adventure today…watch my FB posts.  All for now my friends…LB