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25% off Summer Sampler 2016 [our biggest sale, ever!] [Code: CYBER25]

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Fantastic Gifts For Quilters
Do people ever ask you what you want for the holidays, or your birthday? Go ahead and send them this Fantastic Gifts for Quilters series: the Notionsthe Fabric, and the Books :)

p.s. Did you know you can give a gift subscription to Pattern Drop? A year’s worth of patterns, quilt alongs, and sewing awesomeness.

The books are maybe my favorite part of it all! Here are a few I have, or have bought for friends and family members.


Walk by Jacquie Gering–she has some incredible designs and step by step directions + tips for machine quilting with a walking foot.

Improv Paper Piecing, by Amy Friend, is the most unique (in a great way) of all of the books I have seen this year. Improv + paper piecing? Mind blown. I’m a fan of her other book, Intentional Piecing, too.


I’m obviously a fan of books with lots of blocks–The Quilt Block Cookbook is a beautiful one [by Amy Gibson].

This is my mother-in-law’s favorite book–I loved flipping through it last week. I think I need some chicken blocks in my life!


I bought this book by Edyta Sitar for my mother in law for her birthday, and it is stunning. The blue and white vintage quilt collection alone is worth buying it!

I love the concept of this book by Rebecca Bryan–some really cool triangle configurations!

There is a reason this quilting book is still in print! [Amazon told me I purchased it in 2012]. It is definitely a go to in my library!

Unique patterns, beautiful photography! I love this book by Nancy Purvis.

Confession. I haven’t peeked inside this book by Kristi Shroeder, but with a cover like that, I sure want to!


While we are talking quilt covers and book titles, this one is an all time great. I have made the quilt on the cover, and it is one of my very favorite quilts, ever!

I’ve made a few of the projects in this book–it is fantastic! So many different types of small projects, with really fun paper pieced objects, too.


I love the way Lu Summers talks about improv piecing–a definite library addition, if you don’t have a copy.

For sewing friends who aren’t necessarily quilters, I love this book by Anna Graham.

For crafty friends who aren’t necessarily quilters, I love Krista Fleckenstein’s book. She just rebranded her shop, too, and you will love it!
p.s. I have 3 Vintage Quilt Revival copies on sale, too!

The Summer Sampler 2016 and 2017 make a great gift, I hear 😉

What are your favorite books!!!???

Pattern Shops you might like:

Freshly Pieced

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Modern Handcraft

Thread House UK

Amys Creative Side

Quilt.Theory

Quilting Jetgirl

Pen and Paper Patterns

 

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Fantastic Gifts for Quilters 2

Do people ever ask you what you want for the holidays, or your birthday? Go ahead and send them this Fantastic Gifts for Quilters series: the Notionsthe Fabric, and the Books :)

p.s. Did you know you can give a gift subscription to Pattern Drop? A year’s worth of patterns, quilt alongs, and sewing awesomeness. And we are giving away this Checkers Fat Quarter Bundle on the Pattern Drop Instagram @patterndrop from 11/21-11/22. Go check it out!**

THE ULTIMATE GIFT

A wonderful friend sent me one of these Denyse Schmidt Modern Solid boxes, and it was life changing. Ok. Not life changing. But definitely life enhancing.

Fat Quarter Bundles:

This line by Alexia Abegg for Cotton and Steel is based on block prints–it would make amazing bags. And if I post it here, maybe I won’t buy it. 

Everyone needs a little Rifle Paper Co fabric in their lives.

Insignia by Alison Glass has the same vibrant colors with a more minimalist pattern. And I love her color + color Sun Print 2017 collection!

Are pre-cuts your style? I’ve always loved the Elizabeth Hartman Kona Roll Up. You could use it to make my Portland Square quilt, and it would be amazing. Just saying. There is also a Fat Quarter Bundle.

Other Favorite Fabrics out there right now:

Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner! I’m almost done with a dress for my daughter in one of the prints.

Blueberry Park 2: I love Karen Lewis’ work!

Cotton and Steel Noel

Coney Island by Fig Tree

Batting: I love having batting on hand, and this Quilters Dream Select Batting is my favorite, unless I want a really warm quilt, and then I use the wool batting.

Quilt Backing: I use 108” wide fabric on almost everything bigger than a baby quilt, these days (you don’t have to piece the back!) I’ve used this print on a few quilts. Highly recommend. I noticed Pink Castle Fabrics also has quite a few in stock.

Some of my favorite local Salt Lake Shops: Thimbles and Threads and Elaine’s Quilt Block

Some of my favorite online shops: Miss Matatabi, I Love Fabric, Drygoods Designs, Modern Domestic, Pink Castle Fabrics, Westwood Acres, and Fabric Bubb.

Happy Quilting!

Some of these are affiliate links–that means I make a small commission if you purchase something from a link. Aka, a little bit of cash for the Christmas lego fund 😉

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Fantastic Gifts For Quilters

Every year, I have friends and family members ask what great new tool, tried and true quilting book, or fantastic pair of scissors they should give their mom/friend/sister/co-worker who likes to sew. This year, I thought I would do a quick roundup of fantastic gifts for quilters [Do people ever ask you what you want for the holidays, or your birthday? Go ahead and send them this Fantastic Gifts for Quilters series: the Notionsthe Fabric, and the Books :)].  And yes, non-quilters who like to sew would like most of these things, too!

Note: These are all products I have in my sewing room–tried and tested!

p.s. Did you know you can give a gift subscription to Pattern Drop? A year’s worth of patterns, quilt alongs, and sewing awesomeness.

p.p.s. I don’t have these Tula Pink snips, but they look amazing!

Seam Rippers: My seam rippers are my best friend–I use 2 regularly. One is the super sharp Clover Seam Ripper, the other is a surgical blade made by Havel. Happily, it works well on serged seams, and paper piecing gone awry.

Basic Rulers: I have a few different rulers that I like–I’ve listed them below. I recommend having 3 basic rulers–a 6.5” x 6.6” square, a 5” x 24” or 6” x 24”, and a 12” x 12” [or larger!] square. Note: If you or a child drops the large square rulers, they will shatter.

Specialty Rulers: I am a big fan of Bloc-Loc rulers–I wrote a blog post a few years ago if you are interested in seeing how they work.



Recently, Amy Smart introduced me to this fantastic Quilt in A Day ruler, used to quickly square up half square triangles–I went and bought 2 (one for me, one for a friend) the next day, and have already used mine.

Scissors: Olfa Precision Smooth Edge Scissors — I received a pair of these years ago at Sewing Summit from Olfa by way of Jennifer Mathis @ellisonlane and have purchased 3 or 4 more over the years. Two for my pegboard, one for my handwork bin, and one for my “sewing on the go” pouch [the Sew Together Bag, made for me as a gift, pattern here].


Rotary Cutters: Most quilters own at least one rotary cutter [I like the quick change blade]–I also like having a 28” mm cutter! You can find them in a few colors at your local quilt shop, too!

Pins: I have a ton of different kinds of pins. These extra fine, glass head pins are my favorite!  Sometimes @mybricole has beautiful wood and felt pincushions for sale (like the one in the picture at the top of the post!) Follow along to find out when they are available.


Basting Pins: These are my favorites–I haven’t used anything else for years. They are pretty small, and super sharp, and don’t hurt your fingers when you close 100 or 200 of them in a sitting. Yay!

Tools for Marking Quilts: Need to mark a quilt top but are worried about pens not actually being water soluble? I use a Clover hera marker. It puts a crease in the fabric, and works like a charm. They also have a 2 sided Hera Marker/Point turner, that I have and recommend.

Seam Roller: Did you see the seam roller in the photo? Violet Craft sells one, and so do lots of other people. Seam rollers are great for when you are paper piecing–you can roll the seam instead of getting up to iron every other minute!

Thread: Thread is a must! I actually have and sew with tons of different kind and brands of thread. Sometimes a project calls for a particular kind (never do cross hatch quilting with fine thread, I learned the hard way), or my one of my machines likes a certain kind better than others. Find what you like, and what works best for you. I like this Aurifil thread, check out the colors of this Wonderfil thread [above], and use Guterman thread a lot. The Cotton and Steel thread is supposed to be fantastic–they definitely win for branding, too.

Zippers: I buy my zippers through Zipper Express--great colors, a few different sizes, super inexpensive, and free shipping!

Some of these are affiliate links–that means I make a small commission if you purchase something from a link. Aka, a little bit of cash for the Christmas lego fund 😉

 

 

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