Sunday, November 20, 2016

Twenty Gifts for Quilters Under $20

The holidays are just around the corner.  Sometimes shopping for a fellow quilter can be difficult.  We tend to shy away from our handmade gifts because we think, "Well if they wanted one they would have made one or themselves."  When it comes to quilters though there are many tools, notions, and such that we would love to have but just won't buy for ourselves.  Today's post is going to focus on twenty gifts that are $20 or less.  These make great stocking stuffers, guild gifts, or just a token of appreciation for a fellow quilter.


20 gifts for quilters

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We all know that quilting can be expensive.  When I look at my quilting budget I want to spend the majority of that money on fabric not on tools.  Paul and I usually get each other quilting related gifts.  We all have tools, threads, or even a pre-cut that we have had our eye on and just wouldn't buy for ourselves.  Now is the time to drop those hints to your loved ones what you would like.  If nothing else show them this post and highlight the ones you really like.

Tools

Wonder Clips $7.99 on Amazon.  These clips are a great alternative to pins.  They hold a quilt sandwich wonderfully and they don't leave pin holes.  



If you are a chain piecer the Gypsy Cutting Gizmo is amazing.  It has a little blade inside to cut the threads.  They are handy and time-saving.


The Quilter's Boot is one of my newest and most favorite tool.  It's $9.00 and makes binding a project so easy.  It also allows you to dock your corners on triangles so you don't have to let your tips hang out anymore.


If you are like me you have several spools of thread, usually similar colors, and bobbins leftover.  A bobbin buddy lets you store your bobbin with the spool so you don't have to guess anymore which bobbin goes with which shade of white thread.



This is a suction grip handle for your rulers.  It allows you to hold your ruler a little easier than normally.  It also helps the ruler from slipping.  This is great for those who don't have the strength that they used to or struggle keeping their ruler in one place.

 If you don't want to keep the bobbin with the spool but still want to keep the ends in line this little clamps are perfect.

Notions

I think of notions as things we have to replace.  If you are a garment sewist you know the notions are listed as buttons, zippers, and the like.  As quilters, we don't use those kind of things but we do use things that we have to replace.


I would love someone forever if they gifted me a couple of spools of Aurifil.  Mako is my preferred color but they make tons of colors.  I was looking for a thread collection but none are under $20.  I did find a Tula Pink box for $32.  If you are like me you go over the budget when you find something like this.  The collection has 10 great colors too.

These are my favorite pins ever!  If you know someone who is still using plastic head pins get them some of these.  You can iron over them!!


I don't know what I did before Glow Line tape.  If you have to make a bunch of cuts an odd size, like 1/8ths, you can just run a line of this down your ruler and you don't have to even think about it.

Templates

Templates are handy to have around but can be a one time use.  That usually leads quilters to shy away from them since we tend not to like unitaskers.  That makes them the perfect gift!

I love the double wedding ring quilt.  This is actually on my Christmas list for this year.  I don't have a good template for it which has made my attempts of making one a complete nightmare.


This another one on my personal gift list.  Paul and I both want to make drunkards path quilts.  We have some older templates that are made out of sandpaper.  I would like an acrylic set so I can use my rotary cutter.


 I just got one of these.  It's such a life saver and if you have a Bonnie Hunter fan on your list she uses this ruler a lot.

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I just adore these interactive quilt labels.  They have a bunch of pre printed ones and some DIY color ones.  These are my personal favorite from Rob Appell.


I had a hard time figuring out where to put this one.  Is it a tool or a template?  I went with template because you are making a template with it.  If you or anyone you know is a hexie maker this is a must have, you can make your own templates with it and not buy them.  That means more fabric.
fast2cut Bonnie K. Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool
This is for all the Bonnie Hunter fans.  I have an order in for this since she's using it for her mystery quilt this year.

Books and Classes

I love quilt books.  I may never use them but I like to look at the pictures for inspiration.  I love seeing the different color combinations that other designers use.  You can click on the photo to order the book.  These are just a few of my favorite books.


Use Your YardageAddicted to ScrapsPiecing MakeoverHexie Garden QuiltPerfect Patchwork Bags

One last thing before I go. There are many fabric options available for under $20. As much as I appreciate all of you shopping from my posts it's also important to support your local shops. Without my local shops I wouldn't be able to do what I do so please remember to use some of your holiday dollars there as well. Supporting the teachers, designers, and business that help you do your craft is important because we can only continue doing so with your support.

20 gifts for quilters under 20

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