12 Days of Christmas – Day 8

Boy, these days go fast! With only 8 more days to go until Christmas, we’ve bundled together a bunch more items for you today – all on sale for 20% off! Let’s get started with a few of my most favorite things for working with fabric!

Our three sizes of wool pressing mats are a must have. We use them at The Gathering and pretty much everyone who tries them ends up buying one to take home… if they don’t already have one that is! Our mats are sized differently than others out there, and not to mention much, much cheeper. We made them in three sizes that I think make the most sense. Our large mat is made to go on “big board” type ironing boards. They are 20″x 58″ and fit very nicely. I know some people have cut them down to custom fit their ironing surface, so there are many options with the big ones. These wool mats offer even distribution of steam, and releases it back up into the fabric instead of down into your wooden ironing/ big board or table. These mats are nice and thick, and make the most beautiful covers for your “big board” ironing station. They come in 20″×58″, 20″×20″ and 12″x12″. The smaller ones are especially nice if you do not have a big space or you have to travel with it!  

Since we’re talking about all my favorite fabric essentials today, I thought I would show you the starch I prefer to use. Unfortunately, I don’t sell it at this time but you can look for it in the big box grocery stores. Price wise it’s a few dollars a can depending on where you live. If you don’t have time to shop around for it you can also find it on Amazon!

CLICK HERE for Faultless Heavy Finish Spray Starch

Pressing sticks are also a crucial item in my fabric essentials arsenal (I know I call it a pressing stick but it is really called a Strip Stick)! I know most of you have seen me use them in our American Quilter’s SAL while working on the Hogs for Heroes quilt. If you haven’t, check out our videos on our YouTube Channel! At 20% off it’s a perfect time to pick up a few of these handy tools. They make pressing simple and fun! The larger sizes are perfect for pressing sashing and borders open with ease, and the smaller ones are super convenient for traveling (to Primitive Gatherings quilting retreats, of course)! Sizes available include 8″, 18″, 22″ and 45″. They also make great gifts, so don’t forget to pick one up for a quilter friend or two!

Then there are Magic Pins!!! I can’t believe how much I am In LOVE with these pins! I have so many other types of really nice pins around me yet, I always avoid them and go straight for these! They come in all sizes and thicknesses so please pay attention to those details when ordering. Don’t get me wrong, they are all good. You just don’t want a thick pin while pinning your blocks. Thicker pins do work fine for pinning borders, however!

Then last item on my list today is the coveted Rowenta Steam Station. Simply put, no other iron measures up! I LOVE it and so does everyone else who is using it at The Gathering. Yes, we have them there! I guess that means you should come stay with us…

Ok sorry, back on topic! The Rowenta Steam Stations are very popular which is making them really hard to get right now, even for us. If you’re lucky, you can snag one off Amazon if they are in stock. If not, keep checking back as inventory is constantly changing. Here is the link to find it there…

CLICK HERE to Get Your Rowenta Steam Station on Amazon

The Rowenta Steam Station is super powerful with 430 g/min steam bursts, 7. 4 bars of high-pressure steam, and over 400HD active steam holes. It’s a powerful wrinkle remover that drastically shortens the time it takes for ironing and crafting projects. I couldn’t love it more! It’s patented calcium collecting technology provides state of the art long-lasting steam performance and helps your machine to last even longer.

With a large removable 37oz water tank, locking system and cord storage, this machine is easy and safe to use. The Rowenta Pro Steam Station gives you meticulous steam control, which means you get the perfect amount of steam for whatever project you’re working on. Amen….that’s iron gospel there!

To win some of my favorite essentials for working with fabric please leave me a comment and tell me about YOUR fabric essentials collection. Do you already own all of this?  Do you starch?  Did you try the Magic Pins yet?  Let’s have some fun and maybe you will win…someone will. It might as well be you!

Please watch our 12 Days YouTube videos (link below)!!! My team works so hard on these videos and you can do it while you stitch!  See you tomorrow!

CLICK HERE for the Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube Channel!

12 Days of Christmas – Day 9

We are going to try something new here at Primitive Gatherings today! We will be having our first ever Home Decor Flash Sale during our live broadcast! We don’t have quite enough inventory to warrant adding it all to the website…SO…..we are going to give selling it live a try!

How the Flash Sale Works: The Flash Sale will be on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis – there are limited quantities on all Home Decor! When Lisa talks about an item, and you decide that you would like to purchase that item, you can either message Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop on Facebook – OR – text (920) 810-7203 with your name and phone number. If the inventory is available we will then respond back to you, requesting your payment and shipping information at that time. If the item is no longer available, you will be notified. When purchasing multiple items we can combine them into one shipment. Just make sure to mention your multiple items before the Flash Sale is over!!!

Here’s a fun fact… I only offer things to sell that I want in my own house (the only exception is if something is a good price point and I let the salesperson talk me into it)! Don’t wait on these super cute items as quantities are limited. Shipping is only $5.00 unless the item is oversized. For oversized items we will split the shipping costs with you. We’ll even ship it out today!

We are really excited about all the adorable home decor items that we have to offer this year. They are sure to add an extra special touch to your home this holiday season.

Decorating my house is defiantly one of my most favorite things about the holidays. I love making my home festive and welcoming, especially when I know I will be hosting guests.

For these occasions, one of my go-to must-haves is my personalized potluck pans. They make serving guests and keeping food warm a snap, and the stylish personalization is always a conversation starter. In addition to home decor, now through January 2nd, 2022 take 20% Off all potluck and deviled egg pans as well! 

Do you love to decorate your home for the holidays? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!  What’s your favorite part? The tree? The Lights? Your entry way….the whole whole house??? How many trees do you put up? Let me know in the comments for a chance to win a Home Decor prize! 

Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube Channel!

12 Days of Christmas – Day 10

All things for working with wool are on special today (does not include wool yardage or pre-cuts)! We have lumped a whole bunch of my favorite things together that I consider to be must-haves when working with wool! Please watch the video link below to hear me explain all of the items we have on special today. You have until January 2nd, 2022 to place your order! Remember to leave us a comment  for a chance to win some of my favorite wool essentials!!!

All of today’s items are truly my favorites for wool appliqué. I cannot work without them! The needles for wool appliqué are a must. Do not try to just use what you have… You will struggle! Also, Tweezers are really awesome for picking up those little wool pieces and removing the paper from the back.

Don’t forget marking pens! By far the best marking pen for wool is the white liquid chalk pen. You simply mark lightly onto the wool and let it dry. Markings will stay on for the duration of your stitching, it does not brush off. If you need to remove it, you can just steam it away! 

Our Primitive Gatherings Scissors are so beautiful and functional that I cannot cut without them. I truly do not like using any other scissors! They are light weight, super sharp and I cut everything with them. Yes… especially paper fusible web because they never dull. I use the little rotary cutters (18mm & 28mm) to quickly cut out my fusible web before it is adhered to the wool. I also love my stem cutting rulers. The rulers perfectly cut 3/16″ strips of wool/fusible for exact 1/4″ stems and vines for all your wool projects!

Fusible web is your friend when doing wool appliqué! It holds the shapes to your background (or to each other) and gives the wool nice crisp edges for stitching. I recommend using HeatnBond Feather Lite for all appliqués and then use Lite Steam-a-Seam2 for all your stems and vines. I do not use the SAS2 Lite for my appliqués because it is too sticky to stitch through. This can be an issue if you are getting your work machine quilted because it tends to cause a lot of skipped stitches.

Now is a great time to stock up! I would for sure buy a bolt (35yds) of the Feather Lite at this time because we are offering 25% off the whole bolt! Take 20% off all other wool essentials through January 2nd, 2022!

For wool appliqué I am most proud of these two books, Wool, Needle & Thread 1 and 2. I’ll let you read the publisher’s description below, they make me and the books sound so AWESOME!

“These books are the definitive guide to wool appliqué and embroidery! Welcome to beloved designer Lisa Bongean’s private classroom! Toss the trial-and-error and learn from Lisa’s decades of experience how she creates her exquisite stitcheries step by step: wool appliqué, embroidery, and more. Filled with close-up photos of Lisa’s hands working her magic, this book will help you master each technique down to the tiniest detail. Start with Lisa’s fabric tips; then move on to her favorite tools, templates, threads, and needles. How does she create her slim vines, pretty pennies, and flower appliqués? It’s all here, along with a dozen embroidery stitches in photos so clear, you’ll know exactly how to re-create them. Lisa also shares five sweet projects to make yourself, rounding out this jam-packed volume that will teach you how to start, stitch, and finish your projects more accurately, more confidently, and more beautifully than ever before. For quilters yearning to work with wool and wanting to learn from the master, Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings is here to help. In her first book, Wool, Needle & Thread, Lisa shares all her tried-and-true techniques–from start to fabulous finish–with dozens of step-by-step photos and a handful of projects.” – Martingale Publishing

CLICK HERE to Order Your Copy of Wool, Needle & Thread Volume 1 – On SALE Now!

Now, in Wool, Needle & Thread 2 you can put all those stitchery skills into action with 15 patterns brimming with possibilities from table mats and pincushions, to pillows and wall hangings. It’s a maker’s delight!

CLICK HERE to Order Your Copy of Wool, Needle & Thread Volume 2 – On SALE Now!

To win a prize for todays favorite things leave a comment here answering which of today’s items you need or want! Do you need the best “How to” book for wool appliqué? Do you want the feather Lite Heat’nBond?  Maybe it is the tweezers? Tell us and Santa might just be listening!!!  

CLICK HERE for the Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube Channel!

12 Days of Christmas – Day 11

Today we are celebrating another beautiful Moda fabric line in addition to a new Quilt Along coming in 2022! This fabric line is going to be fun! It’s two collections in one – Garden Gatherings & Garden Gatherings Shirtings! This glorious line includes lots of unique colors and colorful shirtings (backgrounds) to play with, and is scheduled to release in April/May, 2022.

Click HERE for Garden Gatherings Book & Quilt Kits

Now is the perfect time to pre-order your fabrics, pre-cuts and quilt kits because we are offering 20% off until January 2nd, 2022! Also, take 25% off your backings as well if you order by January 2nd, 2022. Simply click the photo below for easy ordering (please remember each pre-order needs to be ordered separately as an individual order – it should be the only item in your cart)!

Now for the Best Part of Garden Gatherings… A Quilt Along!

Meet Me in the Garden QAL –  Finished size 104″x 104″ is starting in June/July 2022. The event features an amazing quilt designed by my longtime friend Val Krueger. It’s going to be simply awesome! You will need the FQ Bundles of each Garden Gatherings and Garden Gatherings Shirtings, along with a Layer Cake of the shirtings as well. We will post pattern & ruler details later in 2022. 

Val will be doing video instructions for each block, so you will have all month to get them ready for the next set. Sets release each month. The last month (of 6 months total) will be focusing on finishing. If you’re new to quilting, don’t worry! This quilt is perfect for the beginner or advanced quilter. 

As I mentioned, don’t forget to secure these fabrics by January 2nd, 2022 to get 20% off! For an added bonus, you can also take 25% off your backing if ordered by January 2nd, 2022 (please remember each pre-order needs to be ordered separately as an individual order – it should be the only item in your cart).

Click HERE to Pre-Order Fabrics for the Garden Gatherings  Quilt Along with Lisa & Val!

This is such a cool quilt that I thought I would show you again! Make sure you watch our YouTube video to see the quilt in progress live as Val is giving us a sneak peek!

Stitch with Lisa Bongean YouTube Channel

Please leave us a comment here to win! Garden Gatherings Pre-Cuts, a Jelly Roll and a Layer Cake will be given away here on the blog, and a Honey Bun and Charm Pack from the YouTube comments! Let us know If you love Quilt Alongs, and how many you’ve done! Will you will be joining us on this one? Don’t worry, if none of those questions apply to you, just tell us what your favorite flower is and why!

12 Days of Christmas – Day 12

Hey Everyone! It’s Christmas time again and I’m happy to announce that the Primitive Gatherings 12 Days of Christmas starts today! Please join me in counting down the days til Christmas, as I share a few of my favorite things that today’s Stitchers need!

Let’s start off with Little Gatherings! My brand new book from Martingale Publishing, due to come out early next year…but guess what! I heard it’s here already! What??? As of just this morning, I know for a fact that the book came early, so that means we can get them signed and out to you ASAP (Pre-orders only – Must be ordered as the only item in your cart! Our anticipated shipping date at this time is January, 2022)!

Everyone loves little quilts – you can never have too many! Little Gatherings is a compilation of 13 little quilts all together in one book. I know that when I post pictures of my mini’s wall, everyone goes crazy for them! Check out my mini’s wall below!

Now is a great time to get started on your own mini collection – OR, if you’ve already started, this will just add to the possibilities of what to make next! Also, to sweeten the deal we are including a variety pack of Primitive Gatherings HST paper with each book purchased!

Today’s deal will also include 20% off all our Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper! Don’t forget, a free Variety Pack will be included with the purchase of an autographed Little Gatherings book! Click on the photo below and it will take you to our site for easy ordering!

I am over the top excited about this newest book! I hope you are just as excited to add another great Martingale book to your library. It’s such an honor to serve the quilting community any way I can, whether it’s books on wool appliqué, tiny quilts or being one of the designers in the Moda compilation books…it’s so much fun!

Do you want to win this book? Please leave us a comment here with an estimate of how many quilting/stitching/craft books you own. I can’t wait to read your answers!

We will pick 2 winners here on the blog and 2 on our YouTube Channel comments! The winner for our 12 daily prizes will be announced on New Years Day! If you win and have purchased the book we will refund your account!!! Take care, and see you tomorrow with another one of my favorite things!