Christmas gift guide for new quilters
Here’s a list of lovely things that I think any new quilter would like for Christmas. If you’ve learned to quilt with me this year, leave this page open on your browser or send a link to your nearest and dearest because you’ll love everything here! If you want to buy a present for the new quilter in your life, then read on for great gift ideas that won’t break the bank….
There isn’t a quilter on the planet who wouldn’t like to receive some beautiful quilting cotton for Christmas. A fat quarter bundle makes a great gift and, if you’re not a quilter, an easy way to choose a small selection of fabrics that will work together.
Your local patchwork and quilting shop will stock fat quarter bundles and you can even find them in mainstream shops like John Lewis and, of course, Hobbycraft.
For something really special, think about giving a fabric subscription. Lots of brilliant UK fabric specialists offer membership clubs and post a monthly bundle of fabric to your door. I plan to write a guide to some of those on offer in the UK but, in the meantime, here are a couple of options that are perfect for someone building a fabric “stash”:
Low-volume fat quarter club from Olive and Flo Handcraft
Colour of the month club from the Village Haberdashery
Who doesn’t love a new book for Christmas?!
These three books are on my own Christmas list! They’ve been reviewed and enjoyed by other quilters I trust, so I’ve no hesitation in recommending them to you.
Modern Quilts Block by Block
I have a massive quilt-crush on Emily Dennis’ patterns – I think you’ll love them too!
Simply Modern Patchwork Quilts
I’ve read such great things about this book that I can’t wait to receive my Christmas copy!
Walk: Master Machine Quilting With Your Walking Foot
As much as I love hand quilting, I would like to machine quilt more often and this book seems to offer so much, even to more experienced machine quilters as well as beginners.
Social media is a bottomless source of inspiration for us quilters. But sometimes nothing is better than switching off your phone, putting the kettle on and settling down with a magazine.
We’re lucky to have two great modern patchwork and quilting magazines published in the UK. Quilt Now and Love Patchwork and Quilting are full of inspiration and patterns for a wide range of abilities and tastes. Both offer monthly subscriptions (in print and digital versions) and are stocked in branches of WHSmith and selected supermarkets. Or maybe just buy a copy of each as a stocking-filler and let the quilter in your life decide which one they love best!
Notions and accessories
Quilters cannot live on fabric alone. Here are some lovely but practical accessories that would make great gifts for any new quilter:
A good quality unpicker
It happens to everyone but, when you make a mistake, using a decent tool can take the sting out of unpicking. I love my ergonomic one by Prym.
An Aurifil collector’s box
Beloved by quilters everywhere, Aurifil makes beautiful quality cotton thread. There’s a spool of 50wt white included in this box to kick of your collection.
A personalised project pouch
Great British Quilter founder Sarah Ashford makes fabulous pouches for organising work in progress and other crafty materials. I’ve bought several and they are nice and big so could even double-up as a quilter’s stocking!
If you yearn for a more organised craft space, pop one of these on your Christmas list.
There are always new things to learn in patchwork and quilting. New skills and techniques and new tools to play with all keep our crafts fresh and interesting.
Your local quilt shop will most likely offer a range of workshops offering something different like English Paper Piecing (EPP) or machine quilting or look out for courses with independent teachers like me. If you’re local to me in Kent/East Sussex my friend Jenny at Pincushion in the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells has a great team of visiting teachers and a varied programme of workshops. She sells gift vouchers too (as do I!).
That’s it for this year. Let me know what Father Christmas brings for you (or if you treat yourself!). Remember too to look out for good deals on fabric in the sales.
Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!