Merry Christmas!!!

securedownload-4Has Santa been extra nice to you?  If you find your name on this list please email us with your mailing address AND all info to:   PLEASE make sure this is YOUR comment.  I know most of these have last names…some do not…we can double check comments with email address if needed:

Please allow about 10 business days as some of these items may have to be ordered due to the volume of sales…we have no way of knowing how many we are going to sell and some of these numbers are more than the distributors carry at one time.  The winners have been randomly selected and I have not payed any attention to their content…I asked several people for numbers and then picked the corresponding comments with that number…Some I added more prizes too and did it in a group…like the 1st three comments of the day…Some of you are pretty clever and I would have loved to have picked my favorites but I don’t think it is quite as fair.

Also…you have until Dec. 31 to order any of the items on the 12 Days of NEEDFUL THINGS…at their special prices.


Carol Schallock
December 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Awesome triangle papers!!


Cheryl Baker
December 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm
I love to paper-piece half-square triangles. Am anxious to use your papers for those perfect squares!


December 14, 2014 at 6:14 am
I usually buy the fat quarter or fat eighth bundles when I buy pretty cuts. I just started quilting about 3 years ago & that is how I built my stash. Now I’m getting into woolies & need to build a wool stash 🙂

December 14, 2014 at 9:34 am
I just finished making an adorable runner for my antique vanity. I used 2″ pre-cuts from Floral Gatherings in a checkerboard pattern.

stacey larson
December 14, 2014 at 10:14 am
Oh so much to say…….1st. Love the 12 days of Christmas picture. Would love to stitch it. 2. You know I love my precuts- needleminders out of the mini charms; “Paul Bunyon” quilt out of the jelly rolls (did the jelly roll race quilt and got carried away) and foremost they make such an great easier way to make anything! off to order…………….

Karen in Breezy Point
December 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Are we supposed to make stuff out of precuts? I thought they were to be used on our shelves to look cute!
I have to admit that I love using charms and your method to make 9 patches from the Nine Patch Gatherings book.

Judi Urbanek
December 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm
My first experience with pre-cuts occurred several years ago. I was enroute to an annual retreat with my sister & I stopped at Merry’s Stitchins (just to say “HI”) since my car was already packed with more projects than I could possibly finish in a weekend! Of course I wasn’t in the store very long before Merry had convinced me that I would ‘hate’ myself if I didn’t buy her twister quilt kit. She explained that I would have to mark my ruler for the special cuts (before the templates were introduced). I got to the retreat, ate dinner & had the quilt top DONE before bed time!!!!

Next day, several of the ladies at the retreat were headed to the LQS to buy a charm pack!! I think we had 10 ‘little twister’ quilts by end of that retreat.

Since that weekend, I’ve become a huge fan of precuts!! Have made several mini quilts with the little packets you sell in your booth at AQS shows.

DAY 10 


Mary Jo Jones
December 15, 2014 at 7:11 am
I really look forward to your needful blog…it gives me insight on products that I may not have noticed. Thank you for bringing these to my attention…just might need to buy some!


Holly M
December 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Hi Lisa! I want to thank you so much for doing Needful Things for us. This is my first year participating and I’ve been following your blog most of the year. I think its awesome how much you do to serve your customers, to anticipate our needs and to try and keep things as simple and unstressful as possible for us. Truly, its customer service at its finest and something many of us don’t see much of anymore. Just wanted you to know that we see all the efforts you make to go the extra mile for us and I want to personally thank you so much!! I know this has been a hard year for you and want you to know that you and your family are in our prayers.

Regarding the SAS2, I have had a chance to try the new version and think its waaaayyyyy better than the old (and yes, I did get it from your shop! : ) Appreciate all the helpful hints and tips about using STEAM with our wool applique! S2S2 is working just super for me and I’m not having any issues needling through it. Best thing is it leaves my applique piece nice, flexible and natural feeling . . . not a hint of stiffness like some other products I have used in the past.

Ok, I’m off to the store to buy some more! Best wishes on the California project. Don’t work too hard . . . remember to stop and smell the roses and those awesome sea breezes!


December 17, 2014 at 7:00 am
Just watched the video……..awesome! Am not in love with the June Taylor version. “Paper Bag”…….love!!!!!



Debbie G
December 18, 2014 at 6:49 am
I enjoy buying kid gifts and donating to toys for tots. I also adopt a child from our local county head start program and fill their wish list. Gives me a great feeling knowing I helped to make a child’s Christmas happy. This year I even made doll clothes for a doll I bought on clearance in July for the Head start program. On Christmas Day I try to imagine the joy of the children who are receiving the gifts who wouldn’t have otherwise received them. By the what, congrats on becoming a grandma. There is nothing like it!



Robbi Buckles
December 19, 2014 at 6:08 am
Mine are already sent! In the past, I sent them out the day after Thanksgiving… That was before I got bit by the quilting bug! Now I am lucky to get them out before the big day!


December 20, 2014 at 4:08 am
If I’m not thinking of quilting things, I’d choose to be celebrating the holidays with my family back east. Quilting wise – and this is waving a magic wand – I’d have an assistant who would take my ideas and then organize all the fabrics and supplies I’d need for each project in one place so all I’d have to do was cut, sew, and quilt. If she/he wanted to cook, that would be fine, too. Thanks for asking. It’s always fun to imagine and dream.


1Christine S.
December 21, 2014 at 4:14 am
Ha! Am I the first to comment? Designer number 1: You! of course!! My daughter and I are making a beautiful winterquilt right now with your snowman gatherings line. She is only 12, but she’s made some lovely stitchery;s for the quilt. I was just ordering new fabric, when this post came online 😉
I pay attention to designers; it’s always great what you all come up with!!
We also like Joanna Figuarera (fig tree quilts); australian designers like Susan Smith and many more.
Love your ‘ugly ornament’ LOL
December 21, 2014 at 4:19 am
My 3 favorite designers– heck ya I pay attention! How else would I find more from them? :). You! Since my Backyard Gathering quilt I’ve been an avid fan. Missie Carpenter, another one doing fun stuff with wool. And Karen K. Stone. I love paper piecing so, Karen is a favorite. Over the years I have ( fallen in love) with many…. It is hard to only name 3 . right off the top of my head I can probably add at least a dozen more to the list of Favorites. But, I do check You & Missie first when looking for inspiration and a new project.
Those tweezers would definitely be handy!
3Mary Ann
December 21, 2014 at 4:29 am
Yes, I definitely pay attention to designers. You would be on the top of the list. There isn’t anything I don’t like! Because I love repros, I would put Judie Rothermel on the list, along with patterns by Carol Hopkins. Love many of the Australian designers. Currently have Mrs. Billings Coverlet as a WIP. There are so many talented designers today, but I always go back to my favorites.


December 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm
I learned to sew at an early age from my mother on her Singer Featherweight, which she recently gave to me. I made my first quilt when I was pregnant 36 years ago. It was a Lamoyne Star, cut out with templates and scissors from scraps. What a project for a first time. There were practically no long arm quilters at that time. I tried to hand quilt it but thought I would never finish, so my wonderful mother-in-law had quilted it for me. I am now on my 3rd Bernina and love the bobbin holder! I will be ordering it!

December 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm
I have asked the question before, if UFO’s of other people have to be added to my UFO list if I inherited them…the answer has always been a resounding YES. I have about 6 or 7 UFO’s from my Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother that I have been developing my sewing skills to feel confident to finish. I have had them appraised, and all agree that my foremothers were skilled sewers, and I have sewed with them, from the time I was about 4. I have collected the fabrics and done the design work and will begin to finish them in the new year. Yes, it is an inherited disease!

December 24, 2014 at 1:23 am
Lol, I missed this post, now the PS from today makes sense to me. I was taught to hand sew by my Grandmother and my Mother at a young age. My garndmother quilted in a quilting bee thru church. My Mother used to make us clothes. I was fascinated with it all, especially the creativity. I knew by 12 that it was part of me. You are not alone, it is my passion too. I love it. Thank you for making it so much more fun!!!


Beth Esser
December 23, 2014 at 8:03 am
My soul is fed with my needle and thread! Purple , like you, ladies 2xl! Thanks Lisa! I’m sneaking this comment in at work so gotta run!


Nick and I are going on a much needed vacation right after Christmas and through the New Year…We will start 2015 on a much different note than 2014 and have faith that it will be an awesome year!  We wish YOU the the best for 2015 as well, and THANK all of YOU for being supportive, wonderful customers who appreciate all of our hard work.

My Staff also appreciates your continued support of our little piece of the quilting world.  They work very hard to get your quilting NEEDS dyed, patterned, cut, assembled, organized, packaged and shipped into your creative hands…with the addition of the California store will probably employ more than 40 people by the end of 2015, most being full time with benefits like health insurance and IRAs…You are all apart of making this possible for us and them and we truly care about our products and our service to you our customers…again…many blessing to you also for 2015!

Lisa, Nick & the entire Staff at Primitive Gatherings




Link for machine…and the correct price..

Good thing we are not Walmart and I would have had to give you the machine for $8.99…lol…It’s been a hectic season for all of us…(don’t worry Judi) we all make boo boos…none of us are perfect!!!..Thanks Stacey for letting us know about it…and here is the link for the machine  click HERE...its not showing up in the 12 days category…now that I woke Judi up she is trying to figure that out too.  Hope you are all ready for the festivities! I still have a few small things to do…

12 Days of Christmas 1

Day 2…Needful Things…

12 Days of Christmas 2Day 2…T-shirts…Now I know that this is NOT technically something you NEED…but I ran out of new NEEDFUL THINGS so I came up with a costume for us to wear while we are happily stitching with a bunch of NEW really NEEDFUL THINGS… We have two different options for T-shirts…the first is: My Soul is Fed with my Needle & Thread…then the second..for all of you woolies: My Soul is Fed with my Wool, Needle & Thread…Then we have 2 size options…Ladies S-2XL for $20 and Mens XL-4XL…for $25…The SPECIAL  til the end of the year is buy 2 get $5 off!  This way you can order 1 of each option!  We will take the $5 off when we process your order, it will not happen in the cart…Shirts are printed double sided…with the Primitive Gatherings on the back…the wool ones have a sheep the other a spools of thread on the PG side…These shirts are super soft and are just wonderful…but they run a little small. So buy a size larger than you would normally wear.  The womens are what I call a slim fit.  If you know me…and about what size I am….I am wearing the ladies 2XL..I can wear the XL but then you see every lump and bump I may have at the time…The ladies come in Black, Lt. grey, purple and aqua…

Wool, Needle & Thread
Wool, Needle & Thread
Needle & Thread
Needle & Thread

The mens come in Red and Dk Grey…sorry…but Mens sizes don’t come in very many pretty colors…:(

Wool, Needle & Thread
Wool, Needle & Thread
Needle & Thread
Needle & Thread

Now another problem I may have with these is…I have no idea what you are going to like or IF you are going to like them at all and want to order them!!! or what size…so we have all sizes and colors in stock but not a ton of them….so if 50 of you all order the aqua M…I will have to re-order them…so I am hoping you like them…and will wait about 10 days for us to get the sizes needed if we run out and then get them shipped out to you…They are the same company that our last shirts were from…so if you have one…tell everyone how great they are!!!  Click HERE to order a T-shirt!

If you would like to WIN your T-shirt…comment with what size and color you would want if you were buying one!  If you happen to win and you have purchased one we will NOT send you two…yours will be FREE!!!

PS Nick does not read my posts…




Day 3…Needful Things…

12 Days of Christmas 3Day 3…only 2 more left…Today is a BOBBON HOLDERGrabobbin-Magnetic-Bobbin-Holder100126-379_th…Now this is magnetic…so it is for metal bobbins…Did you buy a Juki last year or the year before?  You for sure will need this one if you did…my Bernina has metal bobbins too…I don’t think I will ever own a machine with plastic bobbins, It’s kind of a deal breaker for me…now do not take that the wrong way if you have plastic bobbins,…I don’t want anyone mad at me for being honest and HEY you probably paid A LOT more for your machine than I did for mine…I like sturdy, heavy, built tough sewing machines…It’s kind of how I am built too, If I think about it…the featherweights have metal bobbins also…and they have stood the test of time…So back to the bobbin holder…Here is all the stuff I have sitting on the right hand side of my machine…Lisa BongeanI love to load all of my bobbins and stitch away…this holder keeps them nicely stored…in view, accessible and even kind of pretty I think…It is much prettier when the bobbins are all full, but I just LOVE my bobbin holder and think anyone with metal bobbins would want one…They are reg. $12.oo on sale for $9.75.  HERE is a link to get your own bobbin holder.  I probably should have picked up my little area…but I thought I would crop the picture…but after seeing it…I liked it…it looks “lived in”…

I want to thank you all again for listing your favorite designers yesterday…there were some I didn’t even know…I’ll be checking them out…But how fortunate are we to have all these great people in this industry and all the wonderful fabric companies to rely on for our fix…

As you may know I collect antique quilts…I am amazed at what these women did with a block pattern from a newspaper, scraps, needles, thread and a scissors…I am pretty sure I may not be quilting if I had to do it ALL with out all of our wonderful notions, fabrics and many books and patterns to replicate or use as inspiration.  I am very blessed also to be doing what I am…I love it…I still want to QUILT/STITCH everyday!

Do you want to win the magnetic bobbin holder?  If so…tell me did you come from a long line of quilters?  Did your Mother teach you?  Did you discover it all on your own?  Is it the most thing you are passionate about and can’t get enough??? or is it something you do every now and then…I sometimes wonder If I’m totally crazy by myself or if there are many like me?

Thinking again of deal breakers again… I just thought of something you really don’t need to know about me …I once a long time ago dated a guy I really liked…handsome..good guy…funny..everybody liked him…but only after a few dates I had to break it off…He had this a laugh that was very irritating to me…and remember I said he was funny, so he laughed a lot…there are some things that are just deal breakers…but I sometimes wonder If I would have given it a chance would one get used to it… I think the answer is…NO!…I’m with the one I’m supposed to be with!!!    Love you Honey..even when you drive me totally crazy some days!  (just checking to see if you read my posts!)



Day 4…Needful Things…

12 Days of Christmas 4Day 4…TWEEZERS-now this NEEDFUL things was recently given to me as a gift, Thanks Jakey!…Martelli_Tweezers-300 I recently have finished some wool appliqué projects that have some tiny pieces…these tweezers tremendously aided in moving around, tucking and placing those appliqué pieces just right.  One of my friends says she cannot do tiny wool appliqué…she states:  “My fingers are like sausages…they can’t work with those tiny appliqués”…Well…this is just what is needed.  A stiletto is fine for moving…but sometimes you need to lift one shape to tuck under another and that is why I love the tweezer…It is also handy for picking out those threads from ripped seams, when the rubber thingy doesn’t pull them out..look at how sharp those points are!!!……now this tweezer is very reasonably priced at $8.50…on Sale for $6.80. Click HERE if you NEED to order one for yourself…IMG_1436IMG_1437
and I love the black..It so sleek and sexy and feels good in your hands.  I also have made this little nifty 3 compartment carrier for my 5″ DOVO SCISSORS, by tweezers and my NEEDLE THREADER for peele cotton.  Now Everythings is nice and handy…I will have a pattern for this carrier in an up coming- book about WOOL!  Hopefully it will be out for Spring Market.IMG_1433IMG_1435 2


I will be adding the Tweezer to my class supply lists as it is a handy tool…especially if we have sausage fingers…lol…For a chance to win this lovely tweezer tell me who your 3 favorite quilt pattern/fabric designers are?  Do you pay attention to that or not? If someone asked you right now what quilt you are piecing or wool project your are stitching would you be able to tell them?

I’m a little tired from the party last night…so will post about that tomorrow… here is a peek at my “ugly ornament”…made in the last 5 minutes before leaving for the party…IMG_1401I found an old kitchen sponge under the sink…wacked it off with my rotary cutter and inserted the “trunk” which gave it a nice modern feel…and then added some perle cotton for a hanger…I know we are all busy running around doing Christmas stuff…have a great day.

Day 7…Needful Things…

12 Days of Christmas 7

Thanks for all the laughs yesterday, there were some funny, funny comments!!…and even for those of you who had nothing for me…thats fine too…just commenting and wanting to win a ruler was good enough for me…we sold lots of rulers yesterday…maybe Santa will be EXTRA good to us on Christmas Day!!

Day 7’s NEEDFUL things is again something I didn’t think I NEEDED….wrong…after laying patches out and having this happen again and again…I’m giving in..snoman gatherings 2

I can’t keep it from happening…I am using 9 light fabrics…this SHOULD NOT happen…but it does…from now on I am pinning my pairs when I stitch with numbered pins…nqpinsno more screwing up…and ripping!!! or not ripping because I’m tired of ripping…I can live with this below,snowman gatherings 2 with them kitty corner…but this was not supposed to happen either…





Now I know some of you are going to say…who cares…and that’s fine…who cares…but when I take the TIME  to lay them out so this does not happen…I do care…

Succumbing to pining with numbered pins when it matters is going to be the way to go from now on…I will still use my fine pins for seams, these are not intended to replace them…The numbered pins are for organization which will work on stitching squares together… stitching blocks together, numbering rows and probably a bunch more uses that some of you who already own them can tell us about…but I’m using them from now on…Here are the details:

130 Straight Pins Numbered 1-20. Each pin is approx. 2″ in length.
Pins come in a convenient doubled sided plastic case approx. 5″ x 5″, with divided sections holding the numbered pins
Reverse side of pin head is blank which you can mark with a permanent marker if you      need numbers higher than 20
Perfect for organizing your quilt blocks & rows

So convenient for taking to class, demonstrations, etc. Makes a great gift.

Pins are $29.95 and for this event they will be $24!  Shop HERE if your tired of  fabrics finding a way to be together when stitching?

I’m having a Christmas party for our family and “mutual” friends tomorrow night…an “ugly ornament” contest and this year some “live” entertainment…I’m not making ALL the appetizers this year…I’ve asked everyone to share one…I feel a little bad about this, but I know I couldn’t have pulled it off with all the extra things going on…so I took the easy way out this year!!! Jake, Amy and Al have been setting up the warehouse and I gave them some special projects to do…I will take some pics and share them after…

To win some Numbered Pins…comment and tell me what is your favorite thing about the holidays…be honest…If its when everyone goes home…then say so!!! NO… just kidding…I know everyone like spending time with their families…but do you like to bake cookies?…do you like to shop?  Do you like to wrap?  I want something specific…an easy comment for today…see you tomorrow- LB