jam! I used to be the designated gift wrapper in my family. What about you? Do
you love it too? I think it’s one of those tasks you either love doing or
seriously dread 😉
gift buying. And, let’s face it, buying for us quilters can be a challenge.
do your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers a hand and HELP them out!
They’re not mind readers (or, so I’ve been told 😉) and most haven’t a clue what goes into this
quilty passion of ours. So, do them a solid and text or email them this link.
Go ahead, I’ll wait!
quiltyrific (not technically a word, but it works, doesn’t it?!) goodies are
heading your way this holiday season!
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Let’s start with the big guns, shall we?!
a vast selection out there, do you REA-lly want to leave that up to chance on
“what kind” of fabric they’ll get you?
your favourite quilt store. Here are
some of my faves:
NOTIONS & TOOLS
Obvi notions are THE funnest to look at and stock.
(hopefully) being practical. Pretty and practical – we like those.
come in the 2018 Ultimate Stocking Stuffer list (here’s 2017 in the meantime) 😉.
thread. I was dubious as to whether this was a wise investment, but it turns
out I haven’t had to think about replacing my thread spool in a year and 7 months.
Now that’s what I call sewing peace of mind! Second cone is officially underway,
and I encourage you to go BIG and take the plunge with the cones. While you’re at it,
pick-up their colour card so matching your thread to your project is a breeze.
first results in some primo machine binding results? This is the one I keep meaning to pick up to help me with my machine binding game. In case
you missed it, here are tips on how to create your binding and this one walks you through hand binding.
and aren’t already on the Kwik Klip band wagon, you must GET ON the band wagon
suffer from any pain, stiffness, achiness, throbbing in your hands (yup, me too
☹). This little wonder does an amazing job of not only speeding
up the entire pin basting session. It does it while inflicting so much less
strain on your hands.
really great things about. Have you tried them?
self-healing cutting mat, one in which is doesn’t “self-heal” that effectively?
they’re not supposed to start shredding apart on you (which has happened ALL brands tested to
date). I’ve heard good things about this one.
spend those precious fabric dollars!
replace my current rotating mat with this one. It seems to spin nice and smoothly, which is exactly what you need when
trimming up blocks 😉
the strips involved in quilting, the Stripology ruler seems like a no brainer.
days. From super inexpensive,
to ones with funky pop up mechanism,
to full on pressing systems.
I’ve heard pros and cons about all of them, so I think it just comes down to
preference. My favourite is this one.
I’m on my second one (first one lasted at least 5 years) and I still adore it.
Oh, and don't forget your spray! Love this stuff - it smells amazing and helps get my wrinkles out!
I can't really have a quilter's wish list without patterns, right?! Here are some of my go-to designers:
definitely want to check out AnneMarie Chany’s latest Conversation Row of the
Month (ROM) sew-a-long (SAL) that starts January 2019. You can find the pattern here.
she includes lots of negative space in her designs.
then Nicole has you covered.
My quilt patterns are definitely modern in feel but can also be paired with
more traditional colours to mix it up. If you’re looking for a holiday themed
one the Winter Star or Irish Vortex would be perfect for you! In fact, I made a holiday themed one for my mum last Christmas!
her several times and always have fun with her patterns. Tough to pick a fave!
design, then Tiffany’s your girl. Her patterns are always so clean and
thoughtful with super easy to follow patterns.
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
reason; there are just too many good ones out there! Here are a few more I’ve
already added or plan to add to my shelves:
copy from Emily Dennis as part of her book hop I participated in. This is such a fun book and
works great for both beginner and advanced quilters.
Jan 1, 2019) by my fellow Montreal Modern Quilt Guild member Suzanne Paquette of Atelier Six Design!
I have been asked quite a few times about memory quilts and I’m thrilled to now
have a resource to point you to. Suzanne is well versed in designing and making
memory quilts, so if you want to create memory quilts, this is a must for you.
of the quilts featured at QuiltCon and by members to be super inspiring.
comfort zone, you might want to consider art quilts. It’s something I’ve been
exploring more of and it’s been a lot of fun.
her here, here and here (the 3 years I’ve had one 😉)
if you want to know ALL the reasons you should get one. Otherwise, grab yourown here and make 2019 your most quilty focused ever!
kind of quilting! I love to play and explore and am always encouraging you to as well! This may just be the ticket to help get you started 😉
some quilty magazines. Here are my go-tos:
in the UK. I love that it’s a mix of both modern and traditional, with lots of
fun articles tuck in there too. Sign up for an annual digital subscription or get the latest issue.
but it has great modern projects and articles from the issues I’ve seen. Snag a copy here.
talented ladies based in Australia. Did you know Australia has a hopping crafting/quilting
community? Plus, I’ve seen quilters featured from all over the world, so lots
to be inspired by.
creatives and they just happen to be celebrating their 10th anniversary
this January! Sign up today and use code future10 for 15% off your subscription.
learning and expanding on our quilty knowledge. Here are a few courses that
might just fit the bill for you:
comprehensive online workshop that will walk you through designing your own
quilt and thinking of new directions to take your quilts in. The course is 6
weeks long and you can learn more here.
out, but here’s the schedule just in case you’re heading to Nashville in February.
Otherwise, there’s always 2020!
my local Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is no exception. I wish I could get to more meetings, but, when I do, I always
love catching up with my fellow members and seeing their quilts during show and
tell. Check The MQG to see if there’s a chapter in your area.
time again. Learn online for free during their live broadcasts or watch at your
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They have classes on everything from baking, sewing, knitting and, of course,
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I know some people are all about getting “dressed” to get
the day going, but I find I work best in comfy gear. So, you’ll normally find
me in leggings with
a comfy shirt. In the winter, that usually means some form of sweatshirt to
keep me nice and toasty. I’m thinking adding this fun quilting themed one would be
have a spot to store all these wonderful items, it’s going to start to feel
like your living out of a suitcase and that’s never fun. It took me awhile to
start investing in my sewing space, but once I did, it felt amazing! The first
big change I made was getting a storage cabinet for my fabric. This was a game
changer, my friend! Before my fabric was scattered in all kinds of boxes, bags
and bins. Now, I just open my cabinet doors and stare at the pretty fabric. It
makes fabrics pulls a dream and the clean up is super easy too.
my fabrics from the sun. Win-win all around.
just fine. But I know there will come a day where I will want to have a room dedicated
to my sewing. Plus, my ageing back will thank me for getting a counter height cutting
table 😉 With that in mind, I’m eyeing this sewing table and either
this cutting table. I like the idea of having storage underneath! I also like the idea of this one which can be moved up or down.
my eye on this LED one
+ more in my online Holiday Gift Guide.
Tell me, what's on your wish list this year?