12 Days of Needful Things…Day 4!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 4DAY 4 AURIFIL THREADS AND BOBBIN BUDDIES

Then next two items go hand in hand.  While the Aurifil thread is no stranger to us, these cute little bobbin buddies are new this year…IMG_4722

The  50wt. Aurifil threads is the best threads for our sewing machine stitching.  Hands down… It’s fine…doesn’t take up room in the seam…its a 50/2 this means it 50 wt. but only wound with 2 strands of thread…most 50wts. are 3 strands….it’s clean…there will be hardly any lint residue in your bobbin case or machine… They come in three sizes…mini spools with 220 yds for $5.00…regular spools with 1422 yds on them for $13.35…and then the large cones with 6452 yds for $50.00…I use mainly the regular and cones sizes for my machine piecing and the mini spools would be for hand or machine appliqué where you would need lots of colors….

Why the big cone?  It’s like getting one of the regular sizes free if you do the math?  Yes, the cone seems like a lot of $$$ but it is the better bargain especially if you only stitch with 4 threads like I do…cream, black, medium tan, but mostly the dark taupe…

Now my favorite thing to mention is one the biggest mistakes people do in machine piecing… drives me crazy when I see it…and I notice it right away…Do you know what it is??? Using TOO light of thread when piecing…it sticks out like a siren blaring!!! We need to darken our threads so they blend in…I know we need to use cream when we are piecing cream on cream…but when we are piecing cream and navy together I still would use a dark thread…My all time favorite thread that is stitched into 90% of my quilt is 1140.  Shown here on my machineIMG_4756…I know it looks dark here…but it disappears in my piecing.  Have I ever led you astray? If you do not want to go this dark…the other one that would work 2372…but I really love the 1140. Shop the AURIFIL selection of threads by clicking the link. The threads we carry in the cones will have a drop down box for you to pick your selection of either cone or regular spool.  If you want a fast link to my cone 1140 here that it…1140  All Aurifil Thread will be 25% off and will show up in the cart at the discounted price…

Now aren’t’ these little bobbin buddies so cute?  Organization is the key here…its so nice to keep a bobbin with a thread for when you need to quick stitch something…and you don’t have to look for a matching bobbin, its right there…I love that I can now store my lonely cream thread with it matching bobbin…and when I need it…its right there!  The bobbin buddies are reg. 6/$2.10  on sale for 6/$1.75.  Order yours here. BOBBIN BUDDIES The discount will show up in your cart.

Fast post today…lots to do at work and for the Holidays….I stitched most of the day yesterday…on this lovely blockIMG_4754…do you stitch everyday? If so tell, me…your daily schedule…if not…tell why NOT??? in the comment section for today…Remember, to HOLD if your holding and I have to slow down a little and enjoy this all…you do the same today!

…and to clear up the questions about the Lakehouse…We held Luke and Brooke’s wedding on August 22 this last summer….

IMG_0962 IMG_0786 IMG_0878 IMG_0916 IMG_0652 IMG_1007 IMG_1171 IMG_0955the next day we emptied the house…on Monday Habitat for Humanity striped the house, as we donated the house to them…The next day it was down and hauled away, there is no part of the house remaining, full tear down..that is why we had to move back from the lake to 58 1/2″ at the closest.  New construction is now 75 feet away…but because we were 30ft, they took an average and came up with the 58 1/2 feet…the boathouse/guest house is still standing we will remodel that…no more turd brown house with turd brown trim.…IMG_3435

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12 Days of Needful Things…Day 8!

12 Days of Xmas Ornaments 8DAY 8 STEAM-A-SEAM 2 LITE

I have to admit to you that I usually am working on a couple of post ahead of when they post…this is not the case right now…With all the rain we have had some water issues along with some meetings for the new house has put me back a bit…but I’ll catch up today…So I am actually writing this post today!

images-3I am featuring  this needful thing AGAIN this year because I think it is extremely needful…I know there are tons of fusible webs out there…but I think this one is the best for WOOL appliqué.  For several reason…Now that they have finally figured out all the glitches it works perfectly now…The following is a step by step directions on how to use SAS2Lite…

Trace your design on the side that has the 1″ grid…-(FYI the 24″ wide now comes with a yellow grid that is not so “there” the yellow is more subtle, which I really like.)

Remove the backing paper and place your shape on the wool.  Iron using lots of HEAT…you cannot over heat the SAS2Lite, and keeping the iron moving over the wool.

Cut out your shapes using a nice fine scissors…cut away the traced line as wool is fluffier than normal cotton.  So the shapes grow a little. This is why I cut 3/16″ stems- when they are stitched they are a 1/4″…if i would cut 1/4″ they would look bigger than a 1/4″, like 3/8″after being stitched and sometimes this is too big.  I notice this on peoples blocks that their stems are a lot chubbier than mine…again…they look at the diagram and cut 1/4″ and do not read those directions I painstakingly wrote for them and have them cut 3/16″. LOL…

Remove the paper from the back of the shape and place it on your background.

Iron with tons of heat and steam…lots of presses up and down always keeping the iron moving at all time…the steam should be giving you a facial on the side.

Once it all looks good…flip it over and steam the back side too…up and down presses, lots of steam and heat…-no worries you will not wreck the fusible with too much

Now it’s time to stitch…

I sometimes hear that stitcher’s do not care for the SAS2Lite because it gives you a gummy needle…I do not have this problem…If you do you are not steaming enough..I will help remedy this problem later…The SAS2 loves steam and heat and I say this all the time in my classes that Wool and Steam are best friends…You will not have lifting or losing parts on your project…there are no pins, glues or any thing to get in your way of stitching or messing on your beautiful wools…your appliqués are clean and neat because of the fusible web, not all fuzzy and unmanageable….When you are laying out your wool the SAS2 has a tacky back that allows you to layout a whole big block and then tweak until it perfect and then steam it all down at once…I do not like slipy slidy appliqués they are too hard to manage.  So that is the story of SAS2 Lite…Please try it…you will never go back to the others.

Unknown-1We have ordered a ton of the sheets of the SAS2LITE so you can stock up or try it for the first time…This pack reg. $5 is on special for $4.00…BUT  if you order more than 1 we will give you $25% off…so they will go down to $3.75 a package STEAM-A-SEAM2 …the cart will figure your discounts usual…and remember to HOLD if thats what you doing…we truly appreciate the HOLD as this allows us to order ahead or for Jake to make ahead, if you wait until after the event to order all at once…it will take a bit longer, it you don’t care thats fine..

 

 

 

So with that said…here is a peek at what If am working on ..It is ODD that I would be working on something “in season”…I have a new line of MODA fabric called Christmas Gatherings coming out in MAY 2016…So I thought we would do a book to go along with the line of Moda fabrics.
Christmas Gatherings Covers LR-350x350 2I have yet to do a book in conjunction with a fabric line so this is a first…but I want the book to be all what I do and not just fabric quilts…so the book will have cotton and wool projects..lots of them.

 

 

Here is a peek at what is currently in progress at our studio and how we go about writing and self publishing our books…This book will be made completely in house here at Primitive Gatherings…IMG_4711A big part of what I do is write directions…here is how this happens… I bring Teri my ideas/rough schetches…she create the quilts digitally with the fabric sku’s…I figure out yardages for all the cotton quilts…these two things go to the MODA marketing crew to prepare sell sheets for the fabric reps to help promote the fabric sales….Then I take the yardages I have figured out and write the directions for the quilts.

When my sample yardage comes  Amy cuts and starches all the fabrics.IMG_4712   Teri- our graphic designer…gets the first draft copy done and we proceed to cut the quilts, so we are working from the book right from the start and can ward off any nasty boo boos…which would  devastate us. IMG_4710

These appliqué projects have been prepped with SAS2LITE and are waiting to be stitched by meIMG_4628IMG_4707Amy is piecing the Flying Geese for my Christmas Rose..these big appliqué blocks…I am piecing Boxes of CandyIMG_4709… Jean is currently binding All wrapped up…after it came off my quilting machineIMG_4630…So we have one quilt done!!!  If you like what you see going on here you can pre order out next book  CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS BOOK

I will give you a tour on one of these posts…of the whole Primitive Gatherings.  Have a great day…and Day 8 means we only have 8 more days to complete all what we need to get done…I better get going!!! LB

REMEMBER  to leave a comment to WIN some SAS2Lite!!!

 

and the winner is?

I want to thank everyone for the wonderful comments…It is the coolest thing ever to be a MODA designer and get to meet tons of quilters through our LOVE of fabric.  I don’t have to remind you that Moda is the best fabric company around hands down.  It shows in everything they do and how they treat everyone from designers, to shop owners and then end consumers.  It takes a lot creativity, effort and attention to detail to do all things MODA.

I hope while you visited my blog your subscribed so we can continue to quilt together all year long.  I currently am finishing up on all the pattern writing that comes along with Lakeside Gatherings. IMG_9909 Did you notice that Lakeside has homespuns also?There are 24 total light and dark homespuns.  They are again just gorgeous… so soft and wonderful companions to the prints.  Almost all of the antique quilts I collect have homespuns in them.  Here is the homespun FQ bundle next to the print FQ’s.  I know the homespun is going to be scarce as production numbers we not nearly what the prints were…so if you see it in your Local Quilt Shop grab it up…just an FYI.  If you want to visit the precuts on our website you can pre-order HEREIMG_9911

Good Luck to you all and I hope you find your name on one of these winning posts today!  And the winner of the Lakeside Gatherings bundle is….

Amanda Kay
September 9, 2014 at 8:34 am
I love your new line. Moda is my favorite fabric to work with too! I can always tell which fabric is moda because I am drawn to it. I am just now beginning to tell the fabric from different designers too without even looking at the designer name:)

Please email us with your physical address to we can get this out to you..

Contact Judy P…at: primitivegatheringsquiltshop@yahoo.com   and she will ship it out to you!IMG_9902

Now my little friend Jeter here wants photo copyto go for a walk…he is bugging me while I type here…have a great day…and make sure you STITCH!  LB

 

happy september…

I am seriously not ready for summer to be over…I just thought I would share a few things with you…I am finishing up the quilts made with my new fabric line coming out in December…Lakeside Gatheringtackle box minis…Here is a close-up of the Mini Tackle box quilt…the nine patch is 1 1/2″…the quilting is 1/2″ apart!  It is so adorable…and so fun to make!

Here also is a little tip from Randy who is  doing the Summer Block of the Week…wool version…here is his comment…Lisa, I started setting my blocks together and everything is going great. But the last block #13 the 4 stems have to be centered exactly so that the flower is sitting in the center of the light tan block when you set the blocks together. I used my light box to place the wool appliques and one is off slightly but looks ok, but if someone is not using a box they might not get it right and if will be way off when they set everything together. I don’t know if this will matter but I thought it might stop some complaints down the road. All they will have to do is measure the 6 1/2 strip in block 13 and make sure it it sitting at 3 inch, dead center. I forgot to say that i love Lakeside Gathering can’t wait until it is out…IMG_0589

Here is the block he is talking about…I love that you guys are willing to help me and each other out!!! This is what this is all about!  Another comment was if we could add the other numbers besides the 2014 for those who might need it for something like a wedding date or birthday…I thought this was also a great idea!

At Primitive Gatherings there is a great coupon for books if you have the coupons for 2014…if you don’t have one there is an explanation in the comment section in the shop’s blog…

Did you notice Moda is having another Blog Tour….Here is the Schedule!  Lots of giveaways!!!  My day is the 9th…but it started this week!moda-love_sidebar

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
Janet Clare Designs – http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/

Kate Spain – http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/

Thimbleblossoms – http://www.camilleroskelley.typepad.com/

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Amy Ellis – http://amyscreativeside.com/

Eric +Julie Comstock- http://cosmocricket.typepad.com/

Stephanie Ryan Design Studio – http://www.stephanieryan.com/blog/

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

Malka Dubrawski – http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/

Blackbird Designs – http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.com/

Lauren + Jessi Jung – http://laurenandjessiblog.com/

Lella Boutique – http://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Basic Grey – http://blog.basicgrey.com/

Fig Tree and Co. – http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Pat Sloan – http://blog.patsloan.com/

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

April Rosenthal – http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/

French General – http://frenchgeneral.blogspot.com/

Minick and Simpson – http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Cotton Way – http://cottonway.blogspot.com/

Sandy Gervais – http://piecesfrommyheart-sgervais.blogspot.com/

Primitive Gatherings – https://lisabongean.wordpress.com/

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Bunny Hill – http://bunnyhillblog.com/

Deb Strain – http://debstrain.blogspot.com/

Kansas Troubles – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Kathy Schmitz – http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/

Laundry Basket Quilts – http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/blog/index.php

Zen Chic – http://www.farbstoff-bridge.blogspot.com

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Me and My Sister Designs – http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/

Jan Patek – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Sweetwater – http://sweetwater.typepad.com/makelifesweet/

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above

 

 

working with Lakeside Gatherings…

Did your local shop order this new line?…Better ask them…cause your going to want it!  I know I have many shop owners that follow this blog…you  have until Labor day to get that order in and order lots…cause I am going to design more cool stuff with it!!!

I think Lakeside is my favorite so far….I just want to keep creating quilts and other “things” with these fabrics!!!  It is timeless….my boys and everyone here has commented on it… how refreshing it is…it could even be termed “modern”, I prefer “current”….it is going to work great when we redo our lake home…with the warm woods…the galvanized accents, board and batten( I think that is what it is called (tall wainscoting)… I can’t wait!!!

Carole Crow is putting this top together on the design wall….wonder what Linda will quilt on these triangles?  Did I mention it has 24 wovens too!!!!  Size them up and they are no problem to piece with…I see so many woven fabrics in my antique quilts!

Love me some grey and yellow…LBphotophoto copy