The festive season is very nearly upon us, and once again it’s time to think about gifting presents to our loved ones. As quilters ourselves, there’s nothing more special than receiving a quilting related gift, but of course it is so much more important and satisfying to give than receive! So I’ve put together my top ten ‘quilty’ gifts, perfect for all your friends who love stitching, quilting and the handmade. From cute stocking fillers and Advent panels to books and starter kits, there’s something for all quilters that you can gift this Christmas.
1. Dashwood Advent Panel
An Advent calendar is the perfect way to build up the anticipation to Christmas, and designer Ali Brookes for Dashwood Studio has designed an adorable fabric panel that can be made up into 24 draw string bags to fill with treats and count down to the special day. Complete with instructions, all you need to do is cut around the lines, use some fabrics of your own to form the back of the bag, add some ribbon and you’ll be done in no time! The adorable snowmen, ear muff wearing penguins and antler wearing cats make this a must have Christmas project for anyone who loves a hand made Christmas! Follow Ali on Instagram @alibrookesdesign and Dashwood @dashwoodstudio
2. Tinsel fabric collection
I love to share a Christmas fabric collection each year, and Tinsel by Cloud9 Fabrics has captured my heart for 2019! Featuring cheery pink Santas, steaming mugs of hot chocolate, stockings, smiling gingerbread men, candy canes and glistening baubles, this colourful, retro collection has so many fussy cutting opportunities and the potential to be turned into a beautiful quilt or small Christmas make. It’s sure to bring a smile to any quilter’s face on Christmas morning. Visit www.hantexonline.co.uk for stockist information and follow them on Instagram @hantexcreate
3. Sashiko Kit from Sew Easy
Kits make wonderful gifts because you know that everything you need is included, and this Sashiko kit from Sew Easy is no exception. With fabric, Sashiko thread, needles, four templates and a mechanical chalk pencil with six different colours, this kit is an excellent introduction to Sashiko for any stitcher. With clear and simple instructions, this kit would be suitable even for the beginner. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org for stockist information and follow them on Instagram @grovesltd
4. Farmgirl Vintage 2 by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
The wait is over, Farm Girl Vintage 2 is here! Featuring horses, cats, pigs, goats, cows, fruit, vegetables, tractors, and everything else you can think of associated with the farm, this wonderful book is jam packed full with adorable blocks to make the sampler quilt but also lots of other Farm Girl related quilts too, including the Busy Bee Flower Farm Quilt, the Hayride Barn Star quilt in two sizes and the State Fair Barn Star Quilt. There’s even an adorable section on doll quilts and pillows; you’ve never seen such tiny quilts! But if you’re short on time, there’s a lovely Farm Girl Pin Pillow (pincushion to us Brits!) and details of how to frame quilt blocks from the sampler. I like that idea! This book is a definite must have for all Lori Holt lovers. Visit hantexonline.co.uk for stockist information and follow them on Instagram @hantexcreate5. Vintage Cross Stitch Kit
Ok, so we may be quilters but often we love all things stitching so I just had to share with you this adorable vintage cross stitch kit also by Lori Holt for Bee in my Bonnet Company. Cross stitch is a really great hobby to get into, as it’s easy to do and you can stitch the cutest motifs. I just love the candy canes, cute reindeer with his button nose and the adorable heart mitten. This pattern gives you thread colours for both DMC and Aurifloss colours, and you can stitch up the complete sampler or just one motif at a time to make your own Christmas cards for family and friends. Alternatively this would make a great gift for anyone who loves all things stitchy!
6. Mini Dresden Template from Sew Easy
If you’re looking for a stocking filler for a quilt lover, then look no further than this mini Dresden template. They can be used as flowers on a quilt or even add them to a bag or pair of jeans! There are so many possibilities with this pint sized template. Made by Sew Easy, visit email@example.com for stockist information and follow them on Instagram @grovesltd
7. Little House Pins and Ruler Charms
Talking of miniature, check out these adorable Japanese Little House pins and cute set of three ruler charms, available at Rose Garden Patchwork. I for one just love all things tiny, and these pins are also very practical. Being that little bit smaller, they are perfect for appliqué or those smaller projects where you want maximum accuracy with your pinning. Plus the cute little jar is going to look adorable in your sewing space! The ruler charms are the perfect accessory for any bag, pouch or pencil case and this set of three is excellent value too. Check out these notions and more at www.rosegardenpatchwork.co.uk and follow them on Instagram @rosegardenpatchwork
8. Quilter’s Planner
Why not get your friends organised for 2020 with my favourite planner on the market, The Quilter’s Planner. This year you’re able to customise the planner; you can choose from one of six front covers, choose your weekly start date as either a Sunday or a Monday, choose from a horizontal, vertical, dot or grid layout and there’s a whole host of fun and useful accessories also available to help you manage your life, and your quilting! In the planner itself there is space for designing, keeping track of your WIPs, planning individual projects and an extensive resources page. Having everything for your life and your planner all in the same pages will be such a game changer for keeping organised and on task for 2020. Visit www.quiltersplanner.com to purchase and follow them on Instagram @thequiltersplanner for lots of top tips and inspiration.
9. Sarah Payne’s Quilt School
Huge congratulations to regular Quilt Now contributor Sarah Payne on the release of her debut book! Sarah Payne’s Quilt School published by Search Press (£12.99) is the perfect gift for the beginner quilter or perhaps the friend who is yet to discover quilting, as it literally covers everything you need to know to get started and make some beautiful projects and quilts. It covers the very basics such as the tools and equipment you need, pre-cuts and colour theory, and then there’s a series of ‘Lessons’ starting with projects, hints and tips for the simple square and then progressing to triangles, circles and scraps. The projects are so easy to follow, with clear step instructions and photographs, so even beginner quilters will be stitching up a storm in no time at all. Buy this book for all your friends and they will all become quilters overnight. Guaranteed! Learn more about Sarah and her beautiful work at www.sarahpayne.co.uk and follow her on Instagram @sezpayne.
10. Ruby Star Society Metal tin
If you’re looking for an on-trend quilting related stocking filler then look no further than this adorable vintage tin by Ruby Star Society. Perfect for pins, buttons and all those tiny things we are always losing, these tins really are a must have! Shown here is the Morning Bird design, and there are also three other designs; The Unicorn, Octopus and Mustang. All equally gorgeous and available as a set of four or individually from www.thefabricfox.co.uk. These tins are long awaited, so if you want to get your ‘quilty’ friend this gorgeous gift, and maybe even nab one for yourself, don’t delay!
I hope that’s given you lots of ideas for gifts this festive season! From stocking fillers, to fabric, a planner and cross stitch pattern, hopefully there’s a budget to suit and something for each and every one of your quilting friends.