Best Gifts for Quilters

If you’ve got a quilter in your life, and you’re looking for a gift to give them for a holiday, birthday, or just because … I’ve got you covered! I’ve sorted these gifts into different categories to help you out, and if I’ve been able to find the gift in multiple places, I’m giving you multiple links so that you can compare price and shipping options.

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Best Splurge Gifts for Quilters

If you have an extra special quilter in your life, or you’re feeling super generous this year, these spurge gifts are always appreciated! Quilters are known for our generosity in giving away quilts, and we often feel guilty for spending big dollars on ourselves. Treat your quilter with something from this list!

Sewing Machine – I love Baby Lock machines. They are easy to care for, and high quality. For a beginner, or a quilter who wants a machine for travel, the Baby Lock Jubilant is a great choice. You may want to check out Baby Lock’s Embroidery Machines for a quilter who wants to step up their game. I’ve added the Baby Lock Sashiko machine to my wishlist this year – it is a specialty machine just for quilting, but gives a hand-quilted look for a lot less work!

Accuquilt Go! Cutter. Accuquilt is a cutting machine designed specifically for quilters. They have so many different specialty quilting dies designed to make cutting fabric easier and more accurate. So that quilters can get to their favorite part – the sewing! The Accuquilt Go! Me is great for someone starting out. However, if you have a serious quilter on your hands, the Ready Set Go! Cutting System is an awesome splurge. Accuquilt does an amazing job of offering free patterns that compliment their dies, so this is really an investment that pays off in the long run.

Oliso Iron. Oliso is a well known brand in the quilting world. While the price point of an Oliso iron makes it a splurge, it is a high-quality iron that will last your quilter for years and years! It gets beautifully hot and makes great steam – though it can be used without steam for a steam-less quilter. Pair it with a wool pressing mat and a hot iron rest for a very thoughtful gift.

Creative Grids Stripology XL Ruler. Splurge on the big one! This ruler cuts strips, squares, squares up blocks, and more. It is a huge time saver and such a fun ruler! And yes – I absolutely own one of these!

Gifts Every Quilter will Love

These gifts won’t be as big of a splurge as the items on the list above, but any of these would absolutely be appreciated by a quilter.

Gift Card to their local Quilt shop
Oliso Mini Iron – available in four colors!
Wool Pressing Mat (also available here) (and available here)
Spot on Dot (also available here)
Creative Grids Specialty Rulers – Creative Grids has tons of specialty rulers! My favorites are the Strippy Star, Curvy Log Cabin, and Kitty Cornered rulers.
Plan to Quilt – this great book will help a quilter track their projects – use code MOORE for 10% off!

Best Gifts for a New Quilter

For someone just starting out, these gifts will be appreciated!

Gift Card to their local Quilt shop
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter – the Olfa Splash is my favorite (also available here) (find it here in pink)
Replacement 45mm Rotary Blades (also available here) (also available here)
Good Scissors (also available for left-handed quilters)
Replacement Sewing Machine Needles (these are also a good option)
Good Thread – Madiera is what I’ve been using.
Good Quality fabric – if you don’t know their favorite fabric designer, you can’t go wrong with AGF Elements in their favorite colors.
Good Rulers – this Creative Grids Quilting Ruler and Creative Grids Square are great for beginners.
Machine cleaning set

Best Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

If you’re looking to fill a quilter’s stocking, or you’re looking for a great gift to give a friend, these small gifts go a long way! And, if you’re a quilter yourself, make sure to add one to your cart for you as well! For a fun surprise, you can tuck the gift into a locked stocking made with my locked stocking pattern!

Mini Wool Pressing Mat
Spot on Dot (also available here)
(or the Spot on Dot Single Dot)

Mini Creative Grids Ruler
Creative Grids Seam Guide
Alphabitties
Seam Roller
Pin Points enamel pins for Quilters and Fiber Artists
“Handmade” hardware
Thread cutter caddy (also available here)

Hot Iron Rest (also available here)
Dritz Number pins (also available here)
Clover Wonder Clips
Scissors Mug
Perfect Pincushion
Purple Thang (also available here) (and here too)
Madiera Thread
Stash and Store (also available here)
Olfa Splash rotary cutter (also available here) (find it here in pink)
Machine cleaning set
Mini Scissors – there are so many awesome mini scissors, and one can never have enough! I have a small collection going, and always want more! Here are some fun options:
* Covered Scissors
* Wood Handled Mini Scissors
* Mini Heirloom Scissors
* Gold Unicorn Scissors
* Rainbow Unicorn Scissors
* Cat Embroidery Scissors
* Bronze Warm Crochet Scissors
* Pink Flamingo Scissors
* Christmas Themed Scissors

Gifts that are Sewing Themed

Bee in my Bonnet Puzzle
Thimble Blossoms Puzzle
Festival of Quilts Puzzle
Pin Points enamel pins for Quilters and Fiber Artists
Password Keeper (also available here)
Smartphone Lounger
Scissors Mug
“Quilt” Popsockets
Quilt Calendar

The Knit Quilt

When I saw the AGF Hooked Fabric collection, I knew I wanted to make a quilt that made reference to fiber crafts beyond quilting. Which is how I came up with the knit quilt. Yes, I know that “hooked” refers to crochet, and that crochet and knitting are two different things. So, this is an imperfect reference. I apologize in advance to any knitters or crocheters who may think that I don’t know the difference. I do. My mom tried to teach me. And while I don’t have any yarn skills, she was able to teach me that there is a difference between knit and crochet.

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This quilt is incredibly easy to make. Only marginally more work than stitching squares together to make a quilt, and so much more impact! This pattern will become your go-to pattern for making baby quilts and comfort quilts. It uses half yard cuts of fabric, and has very little waste. It is quick to cut, and quick to piece. You can make a quilt from start to finish in a day using this pattern. It is that simple!

The Knit Quilt uses the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Mini. You can get yours at your local quilt shop. If you don’t have a local shop, you can buy yours at the Fat Quarter Shop or get your 60 Degree Diamond Mini on Amazon.

In this video, I show you how easy it is to create so many different shapes using this ruler. For a small piece of plexiglass, it sure has a lot of ways to use it!!

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Lattice Star Quilt

I’m so excited to introduce you to the Lattice Star Quilt! The finished quilt is 72”x72” and makes the perfect large throw for snuggling under, or a fabulous picnic blanket. This quilt is made with Picturesque fabrics by Katarina Rochella for Art Gallery Fabrics, and is pieced using the Kitty Corner ruler from Creative Grids.

After you piece your quilt, you’ll have some leftover fabric from cutting your A units with the Kitty Corner ruler. These are the perfect size for stitching up into some Half Rectangle Pillows!

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One of the questions I get a lot about my quilts is how to Free Motion Quilt a larger quilt on a domestic sewing machine. I have a couple Free Motion Quilting videos where I share how to quilt specific designs. But, sharing the tips and tricks for quilting a larger piece wasn’t something I’d shared yet … until now! I filmed a video while quilting the Lattice Star quilt to show you how it is done!

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I had so much fun taking the finished photos of this quilt and pillows. I had a hard time picking a favorite … so I didn’t! Here are some more photos of these fun designs!

Showcase Quilt

Today I’m sharing something fun … I did a little pattern testing for Erin at Love Sew Modern. Yes, life around here gets busy, and having two kids at home doing pandemic school hasn’t made my life any less hectic … but I love being able to work with other quilters in the quilting community. Getting to pattern test is an opportunity to “play” in a whole different way. And usually, pattern testing takes a whole lot less time than writing my own pattern … so playing with someone else’s pattern is always a faster way to whip up a quilt!

Erin’s quilt is called the “Showcase” quilt. I made my version in Art Gallery Fabrics Spooky n Sweet. I used one of the panel designs for my center “showcase” block. This quilt is the baby size version of the quilt – perfect to clip up on my wall for Halloween or to throw over the sofa. The pattern comes in other sizes as well. And for those of you asking, the “showcase” design in the middle is seven inches finished – so it is the perfect spot to fussy-cut any favorite large prints that you’ve been hoarding!

I’m still working on getting it quilted … I wanted to do spiderweb quilting on all the background pieces. I did this same quilting on my Halloween Hexie Pillow and got a lot of questions. So, I made a quick video to show you the basics of how to quilt this design.

The baby version of this quilt came together pretty quickly – I had it done in about a day. So, it is a super fun make! Head over to Love Sew Modern to get all the details on the pattern, and to purchase your copy!

California Poppy Quilt Block

Hey quilting friends! I’m so excited about the California Poppy Quilt Block that I’ll be sharing with you today! This is part of a project I’m doing with a whole bunch of other Quilt Pattern Designers. Every week someone is sharing another block representing another state in the US, and all the blocks are free! If you follow along, you’ll be able to make a whole quilt representing all 50 states! Super fun, right?

I moved to California at age 4, and lived in the desert for most of my school-aged years. I’ve since moved around to different parts of California – and boy are they different! California has just about every kind of terrain you could want! Of course people know all about California beaches. We also have fabulous mountains for hiking and winter sports, rocky hillsides perfect for growing grapes (and making wine), beautiful agricultural lands, and the lovely desert where I grew up.

So, when I was tasked with coming up with a single 6″ quilt block that would represent the whole state, I was stumped! What is one symbol that can represent the whole state? And then I remembered our state flower – the California Poppy. When I was a child going on road trips with my family, there would be fields full of these beautiful flowers. People would plan trips to come out and see the poppies. It is very much part of California – and very much part of my childhood growing up here.

The California Poppy Quilt Block is a 6″ block, and is traditionally pieced. I used fabulous Art Gallery Solids to piece my version. You can get your free pattern below, and also get added to our mailing list of fabulous quilters.

 

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The poppy isn’t just the state flower for California. It has become a symbol of memorial. Originally, it was used to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War One, but has come to memorialize those lost in all conflicts since. It is specifically connected to the Royal British Legion, who say that the Red Poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Poppies in different colors have different meanings as well, Purple is to remember animal victims of war (in earlier wars, horses and dogs were common parts of the war effort), the Black Poppy is for Africa, Black, and Carribians lost in wars, and the white poppy is both a symbol of remembrance and a symbol of peace.

To honor all of these uses of the poppy as a symbol, I created the Memorial Poppy pattern. You can make your poppy in whatever colors you like, and surround them with a heart.

You can also use this pattern to take any of the 6″ state blocks from this series, and add a heart around it. When finished, the block measures 12″ x 12″. You can purchase the Memorial Poppy Pattern in my shop here.

One of the questions I get asked often is how to piece with such small pieces of fabric! This block finishes at 6″, and that means that some of these pieces are pretty small! My biggest tip when working with small pieces (and bias pieces, though this pattern doesn’t have any pieces sewn on the bias) is to starch my fabrics well. I made a video on starching fabrics that will show you my starching techniques.

If you’re just joining in the Around the Block – US tour, you can find all the details over at the Around the Block Headquarters.

If you’d like to find last week’s pattern you can go to Kissed Quilts, the week before can be found at Appliques Quilts and More. If you want to know where you’ll find next week’s pattern, it will be at Off the Wall Quilts, and the following week will be at Sarah Ruiz Quilts.

Bold with a Twist

I’m excited to share with you the August Ruler of the Month Quilt, Bold with a Twist! The quilt is made using quarter square triangles and the 45/90 degree ruler from Creative Grids.

The 45/90 degree ruler is a fabulous ruler for making half square and quarter square triangles from strips. A super simple way to cut your quilt pieces! To see how the 45/90 degree ruler by Creative Grids works, I show you how in this video

You can use my affiliate links to purchase your new ruler, and the Spot on Dot. Get the 45/90 ruler at the Fat Quarter Shop or get your 45/90 degree ruler on Amazon. You can also get the Spot on Dot at the Fat Quarter Shop.

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Quilt Block Mania – Summer Tent Quilt Block

I’m so excited to share Summer Tent Quilt Block with you! A couple weeks ago, I got together with some quilting friends and decided we’d put together some FREE Summer-themed quilt blocks to share with all of you! All of these blocks finish at 12″ x 12″. You can download them all, or just your favorites. If you scroll all the way down you’ll find links to all the fabulous quilt blocks in this series!

This Moonlit Tent block was inspired by one of my favorite summer activities – camping! We had to put our camping plans on hold this summer, but we’re hoping to get back to putting up tents, making s’mores, and sleeping out under the trees very soon! In the meantime, this camping-themed quilt block will have to do, I suppose?

You can combine this quilt block with others in the series to make your own summer-themed quilt. Or, you can use a single quilt block to make a mini quilt, a tote bag, or a pillow!

To make this camping inspired tent block, you’ll be making half-rectangle-triangles. You’ve probably made half-square-triangles before. Half-rectangle-triangles are a whole different thing. For many reasons. One, is that when you make them you have to be very careful about making your right-facing triangles and your left-facing triangles. You can’t just turn your unit 90 degrees like you can with a HST. Another is that if you want perfect points (and we all want to at least try for perfect points, right?), you have to be very careful when squaring up your blocks. You need to be aware of the seam allowance as you square, because the seam isn’t at that perfect 45 degree angle like it is with an HST. I have some tips in the pattern that will help you as you make your block.

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Here are links to all the blocks in the Quilt Block Mania Summer Series:
Camping Tent by Carolina Moore
Beach Umbrella by Jennifer Fulton
Flip Flops by Becca Fenstermaker
Summer Cocktail by Marian Pena
Beach Ball by Laura Piland
Popsicle by Sherry Shish
Curvy fish by Velda Roy
Angelfish by Lisa Amundson
Bucket and Shovel by Heidi Pridemore
Wonky Beach Umbrella by Jamie Siel
Starfish by Leanne Parsons
Sailboat at Sunset by Glenda Wilder
Yacht by Sue Griffiths
Food/Ice Cream Truck by Laura Strickland
Crab by Afton Warrick
Sleeping bag and star by Sarah Vanderburgh
Funky Flower by Kathryn LeBlanc
IceCream Cond by Sarah Marcina
Sunglasses by Celine Perkins
Sun by Charisma Horton
Hello Summer by Amarar Creacions
Tall Ships by Kris Driessen
Life Saver Preserver by Sandy Fitzpatrick
Dragon Fly by Julie Luoma
Up in The Air by Judit Hajdu
Surfboard by Susan Arnold
Beach Treasures by Linda Bratten
Two Scoops by Shari Butler
Free to Fly by Marcea Owen


The Patriot Mini Quilt

I’m so excited to share with you this month’s ruler of the month quilt! The Patriot Mini Quilt is a quilt inspired by the American Flag. This mini quilt makes a great wall hanging, but is also perfectly sized to hang on your door for a patriotic holiday (or anytime, really)! And as a mini quilt, it comes together wonderfully fast!

I planned this quilt out over a month ago. And the world has changed a lot since then. With so many of us becoming aware (or more aware) of the systemic racism that is deeply rooted in this country, and the peaceful protests that have been overshadowed by the violence of looting and rioting, I wondered if this was still the right time to share a quilt pattern with roots in the US flag, with the word patriot in its name. But after careful consideration, I think that now is even more appropriate than I could have imagined when I designed the quilt. We, as a nation, are rediscovering where our roots come from, and examining our patriotism. In these few short weeks we have had an awakening. And it is our responsibility to stay awake.

This pattern uses the Creative Grids Strippy Stars Ruler. I encourage you to purchase your ruler and supplies at your local quilt shop. However, if you need to purchase online, here are affiliate links which give me a small commission when you buy the Strippy Stars Ruler at Fat Quarter Shop or the Strippy Stars Ruler on Amazon.

And, I’ve made a video showing you how easy it is to use the Strippy Stars Ruler – this may be my favorite of the rulers so far! These nine-patch stars come together so easily!

I hope you enjoy the pattern! If you make it, please share your finished version with me on Instagram and Facebook!

You can purchase the Patriot Mini Quilt by heading to my pattern site, or by clicking below!

How to Calculate Quilt Sizes

When designing a quilt, one of the most important elements is understanding how to calculate quilt sizes. How a quilt will be used is significantly impacted by its size. A small quilt that is less than 18″ square will likely be a wall hanging or table topper for a small table, whereas a quilt that is 108″ x 108″ is best suited to cover a large bed. 

This means, when calculating quilt sizes, you need to keep two things in mind. You need to know what size your quilt blocks will be, and what the purpose of the quilt will be. The size of the blocks will determine if the size of your designs meets up with the purpose of your new quilt.

To calculate quilt sizes, start with your quilt design. A quilt design is most commonly made up of a grid of quilt blocks. For example, your grid may be 4 blocks wide by 5 blocks tall. There are alternate-grid quilt layouts and on-point quilt layouts, but for now we’ll just focus on a standard grid.

Determine what size your blocks will be in the quilt. Don’t worry about seam allowances, we are just thinking about the “finished size” which is the size that the block will be when the quilt is finished. Common quilt block sizes are whole inches, often a multiple of 2 or 3, but you can choose any size you want. For our example, we’ll choose 12 inch blocks in this example.

Multiply how many blocks across (4) by the size of the blocks (12″), and the math will tell you that your quilt design is 48″ wide. Repeat this process for the height (5 blocks) and you’ll calculate a height of 60″. A 45″ x 60″ quilt is a good throw quilt, but not big enough for a bed quilt. If you’d like your quilt to be big enough for a queen sized bed, you’ll need to either increase the size of your blocks or increase the number of blocks in your quilt design – or a combination of these two. Another option would be to add borders to increase the size of your quilt.

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The Envy Quilt

The Envy Quilt is my latest quilt in the “Ruler of the Month” series. I absolutely LOVE this quilt! It finishes a lovely 68″ x 68″, and uses over a dozen different fabrics – nearly all of them are smaller 1/2 yard and 1/4 yard cuts. So, this is a great quilt to put together using stash fabrics, which is exactly what I did!

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When making this quilt, I had to redesign it over FOUR times to get the look that I wanted. But, I think the results were worth it! I know you’re not supposed to pick favorites … but this may be my favorite ruler of the month quilt so far!

In the Envy Quilt pattern, I’ve included coloring sheets and swatch sheets to help you figure out your fabric placement. I can’t wait to see the Envy Quilt in different colorways!

Making this quilt requires the Kites Plus Ruler from Creative Grids. You can purchase the Kites Plus Ruler from your local quilt shop. If your quilt shop doesn’t carry it, here are links for you to purchase the Kites Plus Ruler at The Fat Quarter shop, or the Kites Plus Ruler on Amazon.

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