Finding the perfect gifts for quilters or for the passionate quilter in your life can be a delightful adventure, especially when you explore the vast world of quilting notions, fabrics, books, patterns, sewing machines, and other essentials.
Whether they’re a seasoned quilter or just starting their quilting journey, there’s a wide array of thoughtful options to choose from.
Quilting notions like rotary cutters, rulers, and specialty thread can enhance their quilting precision, while an array of beautiful fabrics will ignite their creative spark.
Books and patterns offer inspiration and guidance, and a quality sewing machine can be a game-changer. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the best gifts for quilters that cater to their passion and craft, ensuring your gift is cherished for years to come.
This is where you can have some fun. Quilters love notions. There isn’t a ruler, rotary or thread that a quilter won’t try out. Or buy to try later. This is a good bet for those who are looking for stocking stuffers or gifts for birthdays or any other occasions. Keep the receipt just in case the quilter already has it hidden in the stash.
- Scissors. Ginghers are by far the best. Best there are others out there that are good as well. The trick to scissors is how sharp they are. New scissors are the best because they are sharp. Check out a variety of scissors here.
- Quilt Rulers. These come in a variety of shape and sizes. My all time favorite is the 6″ x 12″. You can find more of my favorites here. 6″ x 12″ quilt ruler here. 12″ x 12″ quilt ruler here. 4″ x 4″ quilt ruler here.
- Bloc Loc ruler. This quilt ruler goes with me everywhere. It’s the best way to square up your half square triangles. Check out the BlocLoc quilt ruler here.
- Quilt Block markers – printable. This comes in so handy when you have a lot of blocks or a lot of pieces for sewing that block together. Keep them all straight with the quilt block marker set here.
- Clips – sometimes these are better than pins. They don’t stab you, but keep everything straight and nice. Perfect for when you are sewing your binding on as well. Check out the quilting clips here.
There are sooo many places you can get fabric for the quilter. While you can visit the quilt shop in person (no quilter will complain about a gift card) online options are great as well.
If you need some help figuring out what they like, you can take a quick look at the shelf and see – what colors are they drawn too? What patterns do they tend to use the most? Is there a certain style of fabric – like batiks, civil war colors or brights and patterns?
- Connecting Threads. This is a great place to grab quilt kits! They have a wonderful variety of patterns, fabric and even notions for any level of quilter. There definitely is something for everyone, watch out! They are more than just fabric and patterns though – you’ll find a fabulous variety of notions, supplies, thread and more. Check out Connecting Threads here.
- Fat Quarter Shop is a wonderful shop for all things quilting. From notions, fabric from different designers, and patterns from their own line.
Quilting Box Subscriptions
This is the gift that keeps on giving! You buy it once and it arrives every month or every other month (depending on the subscription). You can usually get a yearly or even just a few months option. Every month opening a box and exploring new patterns, fabric, notions and more is SOOO fun. Check out the reviews before you begin and then also what the shipping costs are.
- Check out all the fabric subscription boxes that Fat Quarter Shop has! Such a great variety and you’ll be able to sign up for one that fits your sewing style perfectly. Check out Fat Quarter Shop here.
- Mrs Quilty has a box as well. Great for any level of quilters – every month is something new and fun to sew using the supplies they give in the box. You can check out Mrs Quilty here.
- Sew Yeah Quilt Box. They say it’s the best – check it out for yourself. Sew Yeah Quilt Box here.
Patterns, Magazines and Books for Quilters
While quilters usually have a lot of magazines and books, this is not going to ever get old. New books with new patterns are the best to get. Watch what designers are being followed on their social media and pick up the latest book from them.
- C&T publishing has a great collection of beautiful quilts for any level of quilters. See the Quilt Books here.
- Keep your quilting projects organized with the Patchwork Planner. It’s a yearly based calendar with spots for project tracking and finishing. Along with quilt alongs, swaps and classes too. Buy the Patchwork Planner here.
- Plan and design your own quilting projects with the Quilting Notebook. Graphed and lined pages help you work through your ideas. Plus there are additional pages for helping figure out flying geese and half square triangles. Buy the Quilters Notebook here.
- Take all your notes with you inside the Pocket Planner. Shopping lists, notions needed and swatches for projects. This is the perfect size for carrying around on shop hops and retreats. Buy the Pocket Planner here.
Irons for Quilters
- Best Cordless Irons for Quilters – this may be a place to start your search for a cordless iron.
- Best Irons for Quilters – these are corded and while Oliso is one of my favorite irons, there are others that I’ve tried and liked as well. Check here for irons for quilters.
- Mini Oliso Iron – the best for travel. This little baby gets hot, has a point that can go anywhere (think applique) and a travel silicone protector. Check out the Mini Oliso Iron here.
Pattern Design Programs
If the quilter you are looking to buy for is into designing. The EQ program just might be perfect. It’s definitely a step up from graph paper and pencil! There is a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s a great way to really explore new designing options and have some fun.
- EQ or Electric Quilt is the best on the market and a program that I use personally for designing my patterns. They have quite a few additional products that will take the base program even further as well – like more traditional blocks, modern blocks and even layouts and quilts ready to sew. Check out EQ8 here.
- My travel machine is a Brother. It’s simple, but really is a wonderful work horse. It does everything I need and has been a good machine for over 8 years. I use it to travel now, but it still sews strong!You can find more info on the Brother Sewing Machine here.
- My all time LOVE machine is JUKI – the TL2000QI. This machine sews fast. I love it. You can find more info on Juki machines at Juki Junkies here.
- Embroidery Machines. These are a bit more than the standard machine, but there are a lot of quilters who just love, love embroidery. Check out these embroidery machine options at Sewing Machines Plus here.
- Long Arm Quilting Machines. Another step up from the traditional there are sit down or stand up long arms. I’ve used Q’Nique machines before and really did love it. You can find more long arm options at Sewing Machines Plus here.