|Just one of ten seasonal patterns from|
my Christmas on the Side pattern book
People are thinking of Christmas already. How do I know? My Christmas pattern books are selling well in my Etsy shop and on Amazon. I thought I would share some suggestions for people who don’t sew but who may want to buy a pressie for somebody who does.
So without any more ado, here are my TOP TEN GIFTS FOR QUILTERS:.
1. Books – yes the bookshelf may be buckling under the weight of quilting books but trust me, a quilter can never have too many. But which to buy? Obviously any of my books from Amazon would make a lovely gift but here are a couple suggestions of non-Pastchsmithian books that contain a variety of projects and are suitable for all levels of sewists.
2. A subscription to Audible. There is nothing so lovely as stitching away whilst listening to a great book on your MP3, phone or ipad. Audible have a subscription service where you can buy a bundle which allows for 12 books to be downloaded of a year-long period.
3. Fat quarter bundles – if you are living with a quilter you will know what a fat quarter is but if not - it is a quarter of a yard of fabric. The Fat Quarter Shop is an on-line shop based in the USA who stock all sorts of pre-cut bundings and the good news - they ship worldwide at very reasonable costs.
4. The most important item in a quilter’s arsenal is a seam ripper. A seam ripper is a small pointed blade that is used to unpick fabrics There are some lovely ones around – just look online in Etsy (put ‘seam ripper’ in the search box – pick a fancy one and check it out - literally).
5. Storage boxes – pick something colourful and decorative. Any size will do from small to large and they can be cardboard, wood, leather and plastic. I particularly like the selection at Paperchase. And Ikea also sell a huge selection that come plain and can be decorated with paint or paper:
5. A cross-stitch kit, sewing kit, button kit – any sort of craft kit (but not woodwork or metal work or how-to-change-a-tyre type of kit!). There are many kits on the market so play it safe pick a chart that a quilter could incorporate into a pillow or wall hanging – houses, chickens, seasonal charts work well.
Yet again your local fabric store or craft store should also stock some kits. And the Fat Quarter Shop has a lovely selection of charts and kits.
7. Sign your quilter up for a New Year class on Craftsy.
8. Coloured sewing thread. A quilter/sewist never has enough coloured thread. Some of these threads come in sets which make an excellent gift on their own. Yet again the Fat Quarter Shop has a lovely selection of machine and hand threads.
|One of many thread packs from The FQS|
9. A pretty journal and nice pen in which your quilter can write her notes, stick pictures of ideas and keep a record of any projects. Here in Britain we have WHSmith which supply some nice leather bound journals. Amazon also stock some.
10. On a similar vein - a great secret Santa gift or if buying for a fellow quilter - a quilting calendar. Amazon do some that have a project a week. Here are a couple: