everyone’s mind. And sometimes figuring out that ultimate gift can be a little
trying to figure out what to give a quilter when you haven’t a clue what that
really entails (I speak from experience here, and wound up getting a button
top quilty gifts that will have your quilt lover jumping for quilty joy!!
significant other, friends, or strangers who just want to show you some love and spare them the struggle. Show them this list, sit back, relax and look
forward to some epic quilty good times in 2018!
cost to you, if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a
and gadgets ranging from a dollar to well into the thousands. The following
guide tries to hit most price ranges to accommodate as many budgets as
THE SURE TO PLEASE/ CAN’T GO WRONG – GIFT CARDS
goodies don’t come cheap and quickly rack up a bill when tackling a quilt
project. Since buying fabric is one of the BEST things for a quilter, let’s not
take that fun away!
Unless, of course, you’ve heard your quilt lover raving about
a certain line of fabric that they just CAN’T live without, then by all means
run out and get said fabric bundle! Otherwise, figure out their favourite quilt
shop and get them gift certificates.
where to start:
not just fabric, but the odds that the funds will go to fabric is pretty high 😉
THE NOT SO OBVIOUS – COLOR CARDS
and time again from quilters that they would LOVE to have colour cards, but
they find them expensive and prefer to use their money for, you guessed it,
AMAZING tools to have in a quilter’s tool box. They make planning a project a
breeze. They also make buying fabric online much easier. See, the swatches
shared online are often misleading. I’ll spare you the number of times I’ve
ordered a fabric online thinking it matched my colourway, only to get it in the
mail and it was TOTALLY wrong. My quilty friends get the pain and suffering
fabrics they use the most often. Surely, you’ve heard them rattle on about Kona
this, or Cloud9 that. Confusing jargon to you, I know, but essentials to a
match for their projects.
Don’t forget about the matching thread. Aurifil is super popular and
favoured by many quilters.
For any big stitch hand quilting lovers, this DMC, Presencia Finca,
or Wonderfil Sue Spargo Elegance charts are also perfect.
THE BASIC TOOLS
evil in quilting. Make the process fun and quick with a rotating cutting mat.
Yup, they exist!
case, trust me on that!).
as we quilters tend to use them for FAR too long. And a new blade makes a world
of difference. Think of it like using a dull chef’s knife – it’s WAY more
dangerous than a freshly sharpened knife and tends to slip rather than grip.
Same idea applies to rotary blades. The duller they are, the more times you
have to pass over the same area to get a cut.
quilting rulers and you’ll be inundated with ALL kinds of shapes, sizes and
basics they should have on hand:
Everyone’s raving about these Bloc Loc rulers. They’re supposed to
make trimming a cinch.
organized and within easy reach 😉
BOOKS, BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS
quilting book. But he was completely overwhelmed by the thousand options that
came up! He didn’t have a clue where to start or what would be of interest. So,
he was smart and opted for a gift card 😉
but here’s a summary of some of the more popular ones on the market:
Quilt with Tula and Angela by Tula Pink and Angela Walters
Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg & Cheryl Arkison
Walk: Mastering Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot by Jacquie Gerig
great source of quilty inspiration.
to see the latest trends, get project ideas and be inspired.
you’ll be supporting independent designers, which is always a win!
quilter is sure to have on the go.
free motion quilting and 15 coloring pages designed by Alison Glass.
best thing is to get them a subscription to online classes!
unlimited subscription which gives them access to their entire database! That’s
a lot of knowledge!
to get into improv or learn hand quilting techniques would LOVE this class set.
Here’s an example of one of the projects they’ll make (this is my version of
Mojo Mini version 3 that is featured in the class).
THE BEAST – AKA THE SEWING MACHINE
essential – the sewing machine.
Basic/ Entry Level
least expensive sewing machines I could find at the time. I sewed and quilted
with her for several years and she was a workhorse. I will say, her smaller
throat size was a little tough to quilt larger quilts, but I made it work. If
your quilter is just starting out, this would be a great place to start.
The Mid Point
a straight stich. So, if they like to venture into other projects other than
quilting, I wouldn’t go with this option. But I love my Juki and thank her
every day for the beautiful quilts she helps me create!
machine that many of my quilty friends have and swear by. If you’re looking to
splurge a little, this would be an excellent option.
King of all Machines…with the price tag to match
whistles and will have your quilter quilting up a storm. The one amazing
feature that I am longing for is the bobbin running low indicator. It’s like a
gas gauge for your bobbin. Genius!
THE ULTIMATE SPLURGE
QuiltCon. The mecca
of all modern quilt shows! They can get lots of eye candy from the thousands of
quilts on display, get a little shopping in and pick-up some of the latest
offerings from retailers and sign up for a class with some truly remarkable
talent in the industry.
Not cheap, but if you can swing it, they will ADORE you
for years to come. And just may make you a quilty treat of your own to thank
you for your kindness and generosity.
so stay tuned for that!
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