Finding the perfect gift for a quilter is always a challenge. Here are ideas for out-of-the-way gifts that will be sure to please the quilter that seems to have it all.
For quilting purposes this collection of colors work great for sewing on binding. It’s also useful to have around when appliqueing or sewing button holes.
A few spools of simple white thread can be a great gift for a quilter. It will take at least 3 of these 547 yard spools to complete a quilt. Makes a great add-on gift.
Picking fabric as a gift can be difficult. If you have trouble with this, I recommend you buy contrasting fabric instead. Most quilters will have a collection of fabric they are itching to make into a quilt, but don’t have the right contrasting fabric to begin.
When it comes to 2-1/2in strips (Jelly Rolls) I recommend you get 2 packs or 80 pieces. This will be enough to complete most quilts.
Rotating mats make squaring up blocks fantastically easy and can save a great deal of time. It’s the kind of gift a quilter doesn’t normally think about, but will love you for it.
A backup cutting mat is a good thing to have around. Depending on how often its used a normal cutting mat lasts as long as 1 year or as little as a few months. This extra-large cutting mat is the perfect size for a craft table.
Some projects require a little extra room and this table is the perfect mix of size and portability. The height is perfect for sewing on and will adjust to full height if you prefer standing. The legs fold into the interior of the table and the folded size is about 24×24. It includes a handle to easily carry it around.
Stepping on a stray pin is an awful feeling. Just by having one of these in a quilter’s work area lowers the anxiety in the room considerably. You can go to a craft store and purchase one for $10, but Amazon has a one that will only set you back about $6.
Include a Dritz Magnetic Pin Wand for any of those stray pins that get away.
Keep that creative spark alive with this quilter’s coloring book. This one is nice because it includes a sample block on one page and the full design on the other.
If your quilter is hoarding fabric the AccuQuilt GO! will be their best friend. It’s a simple task to take a basket full of large fabric scraps and cutting them into perfect 5×5 squares. I bought and recommend the starter set for the sheer volume of templates you get with it. You get 11 cutting templates and 2 cutting mats. Extra cutting mats and templates are available on Amazon or at your local Joann’s.
If the $460 price tag is a bit steep there is a smaller starter that only includes 1 cutting template and 1 cutting mat for $250, here
My sewing area has 2 of these next to each other to hold all of my fabric. You can cut rectangles of cardboard to wrap yardage of fabric around or for smaller pieces like charms you can buy fabric bins to go into the cubicles. Fits any 11¼in. x 11¼in. storage cube.
The Oliso TG1050 1600 Watts Smart Iron is my pick for best quilting iron. The feature that is most noticeable is the iTouch technology. When you’re done ironing just let go and it will lift off the table like magic. The less noticeable features that come in handy include a power cord that pivots 360°s and powerful continuous, horizontal and vertical bursts of steam. The auto shutoff will kick in around 15 minutes and you simply tap the handle to start the iron back up.