Christmas Gift Guide for the Modern Quilter
By Sarah Ashford
Hello! My name’s Sarah Ashford and I’m a quilt designer and regular contributor to Quilt Now magazine. And now I have the pleasure of writing a regular feature on the Quilt Now blog!
I’ve lots of things I want to share with you over the coming weeks and months, from my favourite projects; a beginner’s guide to patchwork; tips; techniques, and there are going to be some giveaways too!
Kicking us off in November is my Christmas Gift Guide for the Modern Quilter. I’ve put together a list of quilter’s ‘must-have’ items this Christmas, and I’ve tried to include the useful and the beautiful! So why not treat a quilty friend this Christmas…or even treat yourself. Here’s my guide to the top 10 perfect quilty gifts.
1. Cotton and Steel ‘Noel’ Fabric Bundle
There’s no such thing as too much fabric, so feast your eyes on this beautiful ‘Noel’ Christmas collection by Cotton and Steel, available now from The Fabric Fox. This modern Christmas palette features jumpers, snow-animals, presents, candy canes and some adorable white leopards in multiple colourways, as well as some beautiful blenders. This bundle is the perfect gift for anyone who loves novelty Christmas fabric with a quirky twist. Let’s face it, who doesn’t! Visit www.thefabricfox.co.uk to order your bundle sharpish.
2. Trimits Rotating Cutting Mat
What do you buy for the quilter who appears to have it all? A rotating cutting mat of course. This 12″ rotating mat is the perfect solution for avoiding cutting at awkward angles; turn the mat not the block! I particularly love it for trimming the ears off half square triangles as it speeds things up no end. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
3. Rose Gold Scissors from Hemline
Whether it be for phone covers, trainers, handbags or jewellery, rose gold is the ‘in’ colour this season. And now it can feature in your sewing room too. Check out these gorgeous Hemline rose gold embroidery scissors. Measuring just 6.7cm, these double plated, right-handed scissors are a stylish but useful must have for any quilter and would make a perfect stocking filler. Email: email@example.com for stockist information.
4. Sew Easy 60 Degree Triangle Ruler
A template ruler is the perfect excuse to play around with new shapes and quilt designs and I just love this 60º triangle ruler from Sew Easy. With clear markings at 1/8“ increments, this ruler is easy to use and has endless possibilities, from bunting to six-pointed stars.
5. Mollie Johanson Stork Scissor Necklace
What better a gift than a piece of jewellery, and even better, sewing-related jewellery! I am so in love with this pink enamel stork scissor necklace designed by Mollie Johanson. It comes on a 17 inch gold- plated chain and is the perfect fashion accessory for any modern quilter. It’s so lovely, you may want to keep it for yourself! Available at www.thefabricfox.co.uk
6. Clover Flower Head Pins
You can never have too many pins. And look how beautiful these flower head pins are from Clover. Who said the useful can’t be beautiful! In shades of green, white, soft yellow and peach, and measuring over 1 1/2″, they are great for holding together multiple layers of fabric. And the cute flower head design will brighten up the construction of any sewing project! Presented in a cute ‘Clover’ box, they are sure to put a smile on any quilter’s face. For stockist information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Sew Easy Quilting Gloves
These Sew Easy Quilting gloves won’t win you any prizes at the fashion awards but they will help you maintain grip and accuracy when quilting, helping you to produce the results you want. These gloves have grip on both sides of the fingertips and are made from a breathable fabric that keeps your hands dry and cool. Your quilting friend will be sure to thank you for these! Available in two sizes; small-medium and medium-large. For stockist information, email email@example.com
8. Enamel ‘Sewing Wife’ pin
Collecting pins has become as much of a trend as quilting itself, so why not treat your quilting bestie to one of these ‘Sewing Wife’ enamel pins from Pink Coat Club. Best of all it can be worn with pride or put on display in the sewing room! Visit www.pinkcoatclub.com to see the full collection and other sewing themed accessories.
9. Milan Mechanical Pencils
In my opinion, you can’t beat a mechanical pencil for designing, and if it’s beautiful too, then even better. I’ve completely fallen for these silver Milan mechanical pencils, available in mint, peach, black and lemon colourways. Not only do you get the accuracy and precision you would expect with a mechanical pencil with a 0.5mm lead, it also comes with a twist eraser on top. This is a must have stocking filler for any quilter; I wouldn’t be without mine! Available from Paperchase.
10. Modern Quilting by Michael Caputo
Everyone loves a good book, so why not treat a quilty friend to Modern Patchwork, the second book by Michael Caputo. With 25 quilts and projects to choose from, including baskets, a retreat bag, colouring book case, floor pillows and a host of quilts in fresh modern colourways, there’s something for everyone, from the beginner quilter, to the seasoned pro. Follow Michael on Instsagram @patchworkandpaper and visit publisher www.MakeEtc.com for more information.
Well I hope that’s given you lots of ideas for your Christmas gifting! I’ll be back next month, looking at my favourite quick makes for Christmas gifts.