Finding just the right quilt-related gifts can be a challenge, whether you’re looking for supplies to make something special or a manufacturer’s product. No worries…I’m here to help. I asked our Facebook fans what hard-to-find quilty things they need this holiday season, and I’ve been researching their must-haves. Without further ado, here’s my debut as a quilters’ personal shopper!
Terry Semke Holland asked for ideas for gifts for quilters who “have everything”. This is a common problem among dedicated quilters, who tend to keep their sewing spaces well-stocked and don’t hold back in treating themselves to the latest greatest stuff. But how about these options?
Give the gift of organization with a Stash Management web seminar. If she’s got everything, chances are she could use some help organizing it all! Or how about a Keepsake Quilting gift certificate? Any quilter, no matter how well-stocked, would appreciate that. And something off the beaten traditional quilter path might be nice, like a book on Japanese quilting. Hope one of these suggestions works for you, Terry!
Kathy Durance is trying to find the “right” marking pencil. Unfortunately, that’s a bit like asking what’s the “right” pair of shoes. A quilter needs lots of different markers for different purposes and there’s no single answer! However, I can heartily recommend all of these:
Roxanne Quilter’s Choice marking pencils are chalk-based in white and silver and great especially for marking darker fabrics. Wrights has a reliable water-soluble blue marker and it’s on sale now at JoAnn’s. I also often use a fine-line permanent marker; Dritz’s version is also on sale at JoAnn’s. Stock up, Kathy!
Teresa Anderson asked for a source for the best beginner’s learn-to-quilt book.
In my humble opinion, you can’t get much better than the classic Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. I know super-accomplished quilters who swear by this one as the best beginner’s book, and the third edition (Breckling Press) is available online at Create for Less. I’m also partial to our own Make Your First Quilt, which is a project-based book. For a modern spin, check out Beginner’s Guide to Quilting, which includes basic instruction plus quilt patterns.
Susie Lockwood Sheriff is looking for quilting-related refrigerator magnets…so fun!
I LOVE the vintage fabric-covered magnets from The Homemade Haven‘s Etsy shop. They even come in a gift tin! The bright ceramic magnets from the Obsessed with Vintage eBay shop are available as a “buy now” option with free shipping, and they make a great graphic statement. And Zazzle offers a larger magnet (2″ square) with a log cabin pattern, which can actually be customized with your own artwork of appropriate size. Images are printed on paper and covered with UV-resistant Mylar. You could design your own magnets, Susie!
Lena Jackson needs a good source for fat quarters. If you’re looking for fat quarter packs or collections, it’s tough to beat the deals at KeepsakeQuilting.com. They are many quilters’ favorite online and catalog fabric source.
Individual fat quarters are easiest to find at your local quilt shop or fabric store. Online, best resources are Etsy and eBay. Happy hunting, Lena!
Kit Kucinkas asked about Benartex precut fabric strips in graded pastel shades. Found!
Nancy Severa Zimmers wants a pattern designed to use Layer Cake fabric squares from the Zen Chic Figures collection by Moda.
Zen Chic fabric designer Brigitte Heitland’s website has several quilt patterns that showcase this collection. The photos above are of the quilt patterns designed for Layer Cake squares. However, it looks like most are not yet available for purchase as pdf file downloads. One of these may be the quilt you’re remembering; if so watch for the pattern to become available or contact Brigitte through her website for further information.
That’s it for now! If you have one or more hard-to-find quilting items on your holiday shopping list, leave a comment below. Other quilters may be able to help, and I’ll check back, too. Happy shopping!