Stocking Stuffers for Quilters
It’s that time again. Time for the annual Stocking Stuffers for Quilters!
I still recommend everything from last year’s list HERE, but this year I’m adding a few new favorites I’ve found a long the way. Many of this year’s notions are recommendations from YOU and were found in the comments of the popular Open Line Friday posts.
Ten Stocking Stuffers for Quilters 2013:
1. The Pilot Frixion pen for marking: it comes off with a blast of steam.
2. Clover chalk wheels. Great for straight line marking and with the stencils below:
3. My two favorite stencils from the Stencil Company: The 10 x 10 grid and the 10 x 20 grid
4. Bernina Tweezers-after my surgery to remove a sewing machine needle from my index finger (read here), I now use these tweezers to reach under the needle to grab the threads. Good tweezers really come in handy and they double as a stiletto.
5. Glasses-Also part of my safety reform,(read HERE) but I admit I NEED them more and more. I love Eyebobs–Great colors and very stylish. I like the slightly heavier weight and the feel of these glasses.
6. A good book–anything by Marie Bostwick–the NY Times best-selling author of fiction and quilt fiction novels. You can find here on Facebook HERE.
7. Best Press-We had a lively discussion about sizing, starch and home-made pressing aids on Open Line Friday HERE. I’ve added Best Press here, because I really like this product and would love to get it as a gift- it is a splurge item.
8. Grip Strips–I hate when my ruler slips while rotary cutting and a friend from my quilt retreat shared these with me–they work great!
9. The #43 free motion cording foot from Bernina. This was recommended by a reader, (thanks, Diane!) and I have only had an hour to play with it–but I love it already. I am looking forward to using it more in 2014! ( I love to have a new project for the New Year, don’t you?)
10. Clover Scissors-I love these serrated scissors from Clover. They grip while you cut, so they are great for cutting around appliqué. I find I reach for them more and more.
11. Thread–I would love to get thread in my stocking… I love Aurifil and Sulky threads. For 2014, I plan to experiment with more specialty threads-especially silk. I have not used silk a lot, but my friend, Rhonda recommends it highly. I used it recently and loved it! Another splurge item–makes a great gift. For threads, try Red Rock Threads and Superior Threads.
12. ??? Open Line Friday….YOU choose. Tomorrow…I want to hear what you’d like in YOUR stocking…
NOTE-These are my favorites from 2013 and I have not received anything from any of these companies for my endorsement. (Good news… several of these companies have agreed to offer Giveaways -to YOU, dear reader!)
Also, remember to support your local quilt shop, like Bear Patch Quilting, whenever possible!
See you tomorrow for Open Line Friday–Your recommendations for Stocking Stuffers and a Giveaway!
PS…Next week WE will be working on ornaments like the green one above, and Because You Asked…we will be working on the little partridge, too!
16 responses to “Stocking Stuffers for Quilters”
Just got the Famore Cutlery thread snips and love them! They can be found here:
I also really like the Bohin Chalk Marking Pencil. Great little tools for the quiter’s toolbox.
Have a great day.
Our local quilt shop actually encourages the local quilters to come in and make up wishlists, then when their spouses come in, they have “expert” guidance! 🙂
The 6 1/2″ scissors by Fons & Porter sold at JoAnn’s (use a coupon) — fabulous scissors they are made by KAI of Japan. I use these lovlies all the time!
Renae Haddadin’s website for threads — her pricing is great and she has quite a selection. If you are in the Illinois area The Fabric Center in Morris — fabric eye candy and fantastic people!!! In Wisconsin — Quintessential Quilts — oh my died and gone to quilt Heaven! Gift certificates fit in stockings!
Ooooo I can’t wait for the ornament lesson!! So cute! Was so fun reading all of these stocking stuffer idea’s…the dialog in my head went something like: got it, got it, gotta get it, gonna try it, got it, oh me too love that one…haha! Also left the webpage up on my tablet and set it right next to my husbands laptop just incase he checked his mail or something. heehee….sneaky huh! Thanks Lori
I highly recommend a STILETTO — if you don’t have one, it’s a must! I can’t sew without it — it’s a long sharp tool that helps you guide your fabric and pieced work in under your sewing machine feet — 🙂
thanks for the Stocking
Stuffer Suggestions. II cannot live without best press and prefer the unscented, even thou the fragrances are nice, I am excited for your ornament lesson, You have a Great Blog, so happy I found you!
Thanks fir all the great ideas. Some for me and a few for my daughter.
Ness, your response made me LOL!
Lori, did you have to order the grip strips or were you able to find them in a local shop?
I enjoy your blog so much!
Teri, had to keep hurrying by while “dusting” to wake up the tablet every time I heard my husband come in…dag nab thing kept goin to sleep. heehee! That part of the counter is now dust free.
Lori, I so agree with you about the Aurifil thread and the Best Press. I also do like Rhonda and use a stiletto. If you don’t like the idea of the metal getting in the way of the needle and wreaking havoc, I have a porcupine quill I got from Clotildes catalog. It works great, and if the needle pierces it, it won’t cause any flying needle damage. Bear Patch is what I consider my home shop. I wish it were closer.
I know that quilters buy all the best tools, fabrics and gadgets in the market. I feel a great gift would be a quilted card turning sewing friends on to this website. I just found this site and have told my sewing bud in New York. I wish I had thought of the quilted hand made card earlier and sent it off to him
You my dear lady are very gifted
Oh I have to 2nd the Famore curved tip thread snips – one of my top 3 tools.
I think you embroidered Bulb is just so beautiful it would be a treat to have the pattern.
OMG! Stunning! It is sooooo cool, I love it! Would love to have the pattern too!