Wednesday, November 19, 2014

a Quilter's Wish List

The other day, Brandon asked, "What would you like for Christmas?"  And I said, quite without a second thought, "Christmas in a snowy cabin, chocolate treats and fun baby things for Eleni."  He gave me a weird look.  Guess that wasn't what he expected.

I love a good surprise!  In a perfect world, I prefer that the gifts I give and get don't come from a list.  But, but... that's pretty hard to come by when your loved one is into a hobby that you just don't share.  So, this list is dedicated to all those dear folks who have no idea how easy it is to shop for a quilter!

no.  1  {Fabric}  Obviously.  Even if she has a cabinet full (and especially if she doesn't) a bundle of new cloth is a sure win.  Let me point you in the right direction:



for those who love color: Cotton & Steel basics


for a modern aesthetic:  Gramercy by Leah Duncan



for someone soft and pretty:  Grey Abbey in organic cotton

*Edited to add:  Also, don't underestimate the fun of a gift card to her favorite fabric shop!  She'll enjoy the shopping, we promise.

no. 2  {Batting}  Wow her with a huge gift (literally, huge!) of batting so she can make as many quilts as her heart desires!  Dear Mr. Practical, this is the most useful gift of all.



Warm & Natural Batting in a 90" x 40' roll


no. 3  {Beyond-Basic Tools}  She probably has the essential tools covered, but a quilter of several years, still may not yet have invested in these super-helpful tools.   These save time and increase accuracy. 


set of versatile Square Rulers



super-speedy 505 Basting Spray (also at Connecting Threads in smaller size)


my favorite Flying Geese Ruler



the indispensable Kona color card


Edited to add:  Also, Clover Wonder Clips, a very popular suggestion!


no. 4  {Real Luxuries}  Want treat her to something she wouldn't buy for herself?  These are the kind of extras that would delight my quilter's heart.


fancy, time-saving Rotating Cutting Mat


cover all her bases with several Sets of Thread


finger-saving Clover Mini Iron


no. 5 {Stocking Stuffers}  Surprise her with little, inexpensive treats that any quilter could use.



pretty new pins


sharpest little scissors known to man


a fun Charm Pack

 my favorite marking tool

my favorite marking pencils


the best quilt-line marking tool

Alright, how did I do?  Did I miss a tool or notion on your wish list?  Quilter's speak up!  And drop a clue for your best guy this week.  With a little thinking-ahead, he could totally take advantage of post-Thanksgiving sales next week!  Might as well, right?  It's holiday time!

*FYI:  This post includes affiliate Amazon links as well as links to two of my sponsors:  Fresh Modern Fabric and Connecting Threads. 

37 comments:

  1. *gg* No, you didn't forget anything. I got m rotary mat for birthday - wouldn't buy it myself, but I love it! The rest of your list is super!
    Greetings, Rike

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  2. Your list is perfect! I would never buy myself a rotating cutting mat but would love to have one! I would add zippers to the list, though.

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  3. You didn't miss much but let's discuss rotary blades. A fresh supply would always be welcome. And then there is the rotary cutter. When I first started quilting I had an Olfa cutter and it was great but I ALWAYS put off changing blades as I never seemed to get it right and it would almost be worse than a dull blade. :( Then came the quick change cutter. Oh, joy!! I love this quick change cutter and it works whether you are right or left handed, http://www.amazon.com/Olfa-Splash-45mm-Rotary-Cutter/dp/B00CNE8TEU

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    1. I had considered putting rotary blades on there, Pat. Should have gone with my instinct! Yes, I buy them in a big pack. It's expensive, but when you need a fresh blade, you need a fresh blade. The aqua cutter you linked to would be a fun gift for someone who could use an extra cutter. Love that color!

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  4. Those are my favorite pins. I hate the big thick clunky ones.
    Great gift ideas or a gift certificate to your favorite Quilt Shop.

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  5. Your list is drool-worthy. I would soooo love to own a big roll of batting! The only things you missed that I love are: Etsy gift cards because you can find just about any fabric or notion there, Clover Wonder Clips for binding, and the Kwik Klip tool for pin basting.

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    1. Great additions, thanks! I especially like the Etsy gift card idea, as it's so versatile.

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  6. This is a great list! I would add Clover Wonder Clips. THE best sewing tool rolled out in the last 3 years. Beware of the fake ones sold on Amazon. They offer the Clover brand and a knock off. The knock offs don't work or hold up. Or so I hear.

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    1. Thanks, Dianne. I still don't own Clover Wonder Clips, but someday I'll have to try them. I hear nothing but good about them!

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  7. Also on the rulers list... bloc loc rulers! They are a great luxury item because they make trimming super fast & easy - only down side is that each ruler is meant for making a single size HST or flying geese block.
    Definitely second the wonder clips.
    Also if any men are trying to use this as a shopping list it would be good to specify 50 weight piecing thread in neutral colors for quilters is always welcome.
    Seam rippers are another item (like rotary cutter blades) that has a limited use life, so a new one is usually welcome.

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  8. Love it! My husband would never get me anything quilting related for a gift, but he didn't blink an eye when I asked him to buy me a longarm last January so he's definitely a keeper. Every year I splurge on something for myself at Christmas. I order a bolt of Kona white or a roll of warm and white. This year I'm getting a bolt of a neutral but I haven't decided which one. It's nice to have so much because you'll always have a match on hand and you don't have to keep track of the color names.

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  9. What a wonderful, accurate & fun gift suggestion list! Thank you for your thoughtfulness & enthusiasm!

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  10. The quilter's gift list is a great idea! Love the batting idea - so practical! This year, the only thing on my list is the Accuquilt Go cutter and a 2 1/2" strip die for the cutter. Eventually, I'd like all the strip dies. I think it will make scrap management super easy.

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  11. How about asking for a `free weekend just to sew` coupon? I would love to have the weekend just to sew the weekend away with kids and husband out.

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  12. A great list! Thanks :)
    Magistra13 at yahoo dot com
    Beth

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  13. Great list! I would add Chacco chalk markers as stocking stuffers, and those cute wooden signs that Connecting Threads sells: http://www.connectingthreads.com/tools/Finished_is_Better_than_Perfect_Sign-Cream__D71457.html

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  14. I have wondered about that clover mini iron. Does it really work well and do you use it much?

    I think your list was pretty good! Just don't forget gift cards to a favorite fabric shop - permission to spend on fabric and a little shopping spree is always welcome! That was probably too obvious to state.

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    1. I don't have a mini iron yet, but I want one. I always talk myself out of it, but then a project comes up and I burn my fingers/do a bad iron job and think, "This is why they make that!" If I get one, I'll let you all know how it works!

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  15. I wish Anna Maria's Folk Song was coming out before Christmas because that would be one mine! But Cotton and Steel basics come in a close second. :) I also love quilting books! And yes to gift cards as well!

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    1. There must be something wrong with me. I think I am the only person in quilt land that doesn't drool over Cotton and Steel.

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  16. A quilting book is always on my list! And fabric gift cards :-)

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  17. Lol, you got it. I want to add an iron to that list but which on is the question.

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  18. Love your list. Ordered my first rotating cutting mat yesterday and I should have it at my front door tomorrow. Fabric is always a good thing but maybe a gift card from a fabric store instead.

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    1. The gift card is a popular idea. I'll add it to the list!

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  19. One of each, please! And I couldn't help but notice those beautiful, even hand stitches on the marking pencil pic! sweeeeet.

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  20. How about an electric rotary blade sharpener? Guys like to give gifts that plug in.

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    1. Ha! Yes, they do, But I have heard that those don't actually work that well. Maybe someone here will have had some experience?

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  21. I would give a very specific list as far as brands, and tell him where to buy them or how to get them online. My husband loves to shop online. I could also put things I want in my etsy shopping cart and let him pick out and buy some of those things for me. I like the idea someone said to buy yourself one thing you really want at Christmas. And give your husband a "gift" to buy himself one thing HE really wants, too.

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  22. Love it! I'd add in some perle....maybe needles. A bloc-loc ruler makes HSTs so much easier. Ditto on the Clover Clips.

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  23. I'm old :-) I NEED an Ott light! Unfortunately if I tell my husband to buy one that is exactly what he won't buy. He refuses to buy off a list. Sweet in one way...frustrating in another...but I still love him!

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  24. Wow. This is a really great list! I will definitely be handing this off to my husband for stocking stuffers ideas.

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