The Quilter's Christmas Wish List
Posted on November 18 2017
Black Friday is still a few days away, but that doesn't mean the holiday shopping season hasn't already begun. To help you out a little bit this year, I've compiled my own list of gift ideas to make the quilters of the world feel even more loved this Christmas. Follow along with me and let me know what's at the top of your list this year.
Barn Blocks - Let's be honest. You're on our Modern Barn Block website, so of course we're including one of our blocks on the list! We think our blocks make the perfect gift for that quilter who has it all. It's also fun and unique and a great way to let everyone know about your passion whether it's on your front porch or on display in your sewing room.($69.99 includes free shipping)
HydroFlask Water Bottle - Never before HydroFlask has a water bottle gained so much fanfare. People across the country have fallen in love with these super functional and beautiful vessels. Keep your drink ice cold for hours as you chain piece the day away. (Pssst, if you buy a Barn Block before December 15 you will automatically be entered a special one-of-a-kind custom Put a Quilt on It bottle.)
There are also plenty of small items that are practical and could make great little packages paired with a small edible treat or thoughtful note. You might also put a basket full of goodies together for an extra special quilter in your life.
Rotary blades - Ask any quilter and they'd probably tell you their rotary blade could use a refresh. There's nothing like a brand new blade to cut through layers of fabric smoothly and cleanly on the first pass. ($7.25)
More Tools - What is it about scissors that always make them disappear? You'll always want to make sure you always have a sharp blade nearby when it looks this pretty - the line of hardware from Tula Pink is functional and beautiful.
Frixion Pens - If you've never used these pens, you should. They come in a variety of colors and are perfect for drawing your lines to make half square triangles or tracing a template. The beauty is that the lines will disappear simply by ironing. I go through these a lot, so a replenished supply would go over extremely well this holiday season. ($15.59)
Thread - You can't do much sewing without thread. There are a million options out there, but we've fallen in love with these beautiful keepsake box sets featuring Anna Maria Horner's designs. They also include coordinating colors. (On sale now for $48) . Another wonderfully generous gift would be this Aurifil set of 50 weight threads by designer Pat Sloan. ($98.99)
Magazine Subscription - Perhaps your quilter doesn't live near you. An easy way to send a gift without a trip to the post office is a magazine subscription. This would make a great gift to let that special person know all year long that you were thinking of them. Some of our favorites include Modern Quilts Unlimited, American Patchwork and Quilting, and Love Patchwork and Quilting and Make Modern (digital only). Look for a magazine that offers a digital subscription so you can send it to your favorite reader. (Price varies)
Fabric - Now what kind of quilter would I be if I didn't include fabric on this list? Of course you can never have enough fabric. Choosing the right style and amount of fabric for someone else though can be tricky. One fabric bundle we think has universal appeal is this ombre bundle from V&Co. The ombre is a versatile blender that works for quilters with a large stash or those just getting started or need a jump start. I'm also a huge fan of this fat quarter bundle of Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt - the perfect stash builder to have on hand at all times ($120.00, $145.80)
Art Prints - Most of us have our favorite fabric designers, the ones we go back to with the release of every new collection. But, if you really want to get to super fan status, then you must also purchase the limited edition art prints that several artists have made available. I think anything by Heather Ross is the perfect whimsical addition to a house with kids. Sarah Watts, founding designer with Cotton and Steel has a fun sewing themed art print that would be a great gift for the quilter who only sews after dark. Check out her site because there are so many more beautiful prints you probably haven't seen before. Artist Sarah Jane Wright captured the hearts of quilters everywhere with her Children at Play fabric line several years ago and her warm hearted style carries over into new fabric lines, art prints, books, wallpaper and more. Keep an eye out for her newest book Lola Dutch which is due out in January. This is one I've had on my follow list for a very long time. (Price varies by size and item.)
What about the future quilters and mom quilters with little helpers? From the very first time I saw these Pattern Play blocks (at Target, of course) I've thought they would make a great gift for a young or young at heart quilter. The colors and shapes are the stuff us quilters dream about! ($20.49) . I've also just learned that Michael's has small 5x5 colored building block sets for only $4.00.
For the slightly older quilting helper, this sewing/circuit kit might be just the right fit. It includes not only materials you need to create your own little felt robot, but you also learn a bit about electricity as its actually lights up! ($22.40)
Of course, if you are still stumped, or need something last minute, a gift certificate is always appreciated. Purchase directly from your favorite local quilt shop or designer and the recipient will still appreciate the sentiment and your generosity.
Hope you get everything on your quilting wish list this year! Let me know in the comments if you have any other fun and creative gift ideas.