Best Useful Christmas or Birthday Gifts for Quilters

Updated on August 31, 2019
Millionaire Tips profile image

A lover of arts and crafts, Shasta Matova enjoys making artistic, applique, pieced, traditional, miniature, modern, and crazy quilts.

These best useful gifts are sure to delight your favorite quilter.
These best useful gifts are sure to delight your favorite quilter. | Source

Quilters tend to be passionately obsessed with their craft. You know that giving a gift that is related to quilt making will be most appreciated, but how do you find the just the items that your favorite quilter will want and love?

Best Gifts for Quilters

There are all kinds of gifts for a quilt maker that belong on a list of most-wanted gifts for quilters. Supplies and equipment, books, and fabric are top choices.

Quilting Supplies and Equipment

One of the best gifts for a quilter is supplies. The quilter will have the equipment she needs and have money available to buy books and fabric that meets her own tastes,

Quilting requires specialized supplies, and a new quilt maker will appreciate receiving the basic supplies in making a quilt. As quilters use their supplies and equipment, they tend to wear down, and receiving a replenishment of basic supplies will also be appreciated.

Cutting Supplies

Quilters like to cut fabric into shapes just to sew them back again. The basic supplies include a rotary cutter and cutting mat. The rotary cutter is like a pizza cutter. It helps cut through layers of fabric. It revolutionized the quilting industry because it made cutting quicker, more accurate, and more efficient. A cutting mat is used with the rotary cutter to provide a smooth, solid surface for the fabric to rest on while it is being cut. A self-healing mat is necessary. One that is reversible is even better. A large mat is helpful for cutting big pieces, and a small, rotating mat is helpful for cutting smaller pieces.

A ruler is also required to cut fabric with a rotary cutter. The ruler holds the fabric flat, helps the quilter measure the size of the pieces they are cutting, and provides a cutting line. There is a large variety of rulers, and a basic one is shown in the link. A ruler which also has diagonal lines would be helpful for a more advanced quilter who needs to cut triangles. Preferably, a 45-degree and a 60-degree line would add versatility.

Sewing Machine Feet

While quilts can be made by hand, most quilters prefer to use a sewing machine. There is a large number of sewing machine feet that helps making quilting easier. The standard ones are the quarter-inch foot, the walking foot, and the quilting foot.

A quarter-inch walking foot helps make sure that the seams are the proper size when joining many tiny pieces, which ensures that the pieces will fit properly together. A walking foot is helpful in evenly sewing the layers of fabric together, especially when quilting or applying the binding. A quilting foot is also called a darning foot. It is needed for free-motion quilting. When buying feet for sewing machines, you must be careful to buy ones that will fit the machine. The ones in the box below are not made for specific sewing machines. They all state that they will fit standard low shank machines.

Quilting Software

For the quilter who likes to design her own quilts, Electric Quilt quilting software is the way to go. She can plan the quilt with the software, and find which color and design choice will work best. The software then calculates the amount of fabric that is needed and provide templates or dimensions of the pieces. The current version is EQ7.

Quilting Fabric

Quilting fabric is probably the most favorite quilter's gift and therefore is required to be on a list of Most Wanted Gifts for Quilters. There is a variety of beautiful fabric from which to choose. Most quilters use 100% cotton. Quilting fabric can be purchased by the yard, which is helpful for backgrounds, backing, borders, and binding. A four-yard piece of a beautiful piece of fabric should work for those functions.

Quilting fabric is also sold in smaller pieces in order to provide a variety. Choose a combination of fabrics that meet your tastes and the quilters or pick up an already prepared pack. Since quilters like to collect a variety of fabrics, many manufacturers will package fabric collections in groups to make them easier to purchase. They will cut all the fabric in a particular collection into a particular size and bundle it for your convenience. They are sold in one-yard pieces (which can get pretty expensive). They also sell the collection in smaller pieces, such as fat quarters (1/4 yard), strips (usually 2 1/2 inch strips called jelly rolls), or squares, usually 10", 5" or 4". Choose the size and collection that meets the tastes of your quilter and your budget.

Amazon does sell quilting fabric. For a better selection, you might want to go to a quilt store, either in person or online. Online shops include Fat Quarter Shop and Hancock's of Paducah and Connecting Threads. Most of the people who work at quilt stores are very friendly and will be able to help you make a selection that works best for you.

If you are having difficulty choosing the perfect fabric, you may consider a gift certificate or gift card to her favorite local or online quilt shop. Many of the shops also have subscriptions that send fabric collections to the recipient on a regular (usually monthly) basis. There are also Blocks of the Month programs that provide a pattern and fabric to complete the block each month. When the program is over, all the blocks are put together to make a quilt.

Books and Magazines

Books make great gifts for quilters and also belong on the Most Wanted Gifts for Quilters list. Since there are so many quilting books on the market, you can tailor your choices to the tastes of your favorite quilter. You can choose fiction books, including quilt mysteries, pattern books, or books that contain pictures of many beautiful antique quilts.

Besides books, also consider individual quilt patterns, calendars, and magazines. With a subscription, your favorite quilter will remember you every time she receives a new magazine.

Calendars also make great gifts for quilters.

Quilt Studio

One thing that quilters often lack is the space to do their quilting. If the quilter doesn't already have a studio, clearing out a space that she can call her own would be much appreciated. In this way, she can leave out her work and be able to do some quilting for a few minutes each day, instead of having to spend time taking things out and putting them away.

Places to store quilting items, such as drawers, thread racks, and shelves all come in handy. A quilter will need a place to store and display all the quilts that she makes. Quilt racks, and quilt hangers will let her keep the quilts out of the way and displayed in a beautiful way.

Furniture, such as a big solid ironing board, a cutting table, a large sewing table with an ergonomic chair all help make the quilting experience more enjoyable.

Stocking Stuffers

There are many small things that quilters use quite frequently, and they don't cost very much.

  • Needles, size 11 for hand quilting, straw needles for applique
  • Pins—straight pins with flat heads
  • Safety pins—curved ones to make it easier to baste quilts
  • Fabric markers—good for labeling quilts as well as embellishing quilts
  • Cotton thread—all colors, but standard colors such as beige and gray are most helpful
  • Seam rippers—a sharp seam ripper makes the job so much easier. I am always losing mine, and they make different types that are ergonomic now too.
  • Scissors—doesn't hurt to have a nice sharp pair of scissors
  • Beads and ribbons for embellishments
  • Freezer paper for applique - this is hard to find outside of the U.S. so be sure to include if you are sending a quilter a gift overseas. This is usually found in the grocery store with the wax and foil paper.
  • Photo transfer paper
  • Fusible web for applique
  • Proper lighting is imperative in picking out fabric, so lamps that with full-spectrum bulbs are necessary investments for quilters. Ott Lite makes a variety of sizes and shapes of lights so you can pick the one that is just right for the freezer.
  • Most irons tend to start leaking, so I prefer the cheaper irons that I can replace when they start leaking instead of spending a lot on an expensive iron that still winds up leaking.


As with most things, one of the hardest things to find is the time to do it. There are several ways you can gift time to your favorite quilter. You can simply do some of her chores or make her dinner, so she doesn't have to. Maybe offer a coupon for babysitting or so she can quilt in peace.

Another option is to purchase a spot at a quilt retreat or a quilting cruise. This will allow her to get away and quilt her heart out.

Other Great Gifts for Quilters

Besides quilting supplies and equipment, books, and fabric, many other items can be purchased for quilters. She might appreciate an antique featherweight sewing machine, or a new top of the line embroidery machine, or a long arm quilting machine. Since quilters tend to give away their quilts, a digital camera can come in handy to document the quilt before it is given away.

Since quiltmakers are passionate about their hobby, they would love to receive any item that is useful in their hobby. They would especially like one of the items from this Most Wanted Gift for Quilters list. Choose one or several that meets your tastes and budgets, and your quilter is sure to be pleased.

© 2011 Shasta Matova

Comments: Gift Ideas for Quilters

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the vote and pin FlourishAnyway. A gift certificate to the local fabric shop or quilt shop is always welcome, so we can choose exactly what we need for our next project or exactly what we are missing from our fabric stash.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      As someone who enjoys quilting, I can attest that these are wonderful ideas. (I'm not great at it, but I love it!) One thing that I often ask for is a gift certificate to buy quilting fabrics. Voted up +++ and pinning.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks moonlake. A large room is a must. Another thing you mentioned is time. I will add that to my list of gifts! Thanks for the idea.

    • moonlake profile image


      7 years ago from America

      I would have to have a large room. Something I don't have. I always look at them when we go to quilt shows. I have to just get time to get back to quilting.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Sherry, the software is highly rated, and quilters love designing their quilts using it. In fact, many complain that they enjoy designing so much, they spend too much time on the software, and don't have time to make quilts!

      Thanks Linda, I too appreciate Sherry sharing of the hub. It is hard to buy gifts for someone who has a hobby that you don't share. I hope this will help the person choosing the gifts, and of course help the quilter who gets gifts she can appreciate.

      Thanks moonlake. A long arm quilting machine is expensive, but it can be an investment since it saves you money from having to send your quilt out for quilting, and you can quilt for others to get some money yourself. Of course, you would have to have a large studio that would be able to fit such a machine!

    • moonlake profile image


      7 years ago from America

      I would sure like that long arm quilting machine but I don't know where I would put it. Taking a quilt is getting so expensive here one lady is charging $400.00 for quilting a quilt on a machine. Maybe I'm cheap but I think that is outrageous. Good hub with good ideas. Voted up.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm glad Sherry shared your hub MT. I'm sharing also, hopefully some quilters will get just what they need for Christmas.

    • Sherry Hewins profile image

      Sherry Hewins 

      7 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      What great gift ideas for quilters. The Quilting Software seems especially useful, I hadn't heard of it before. Voted up, useful and shared.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks Donna!

    • DonnaCosmato profile image

      Donna Cosmato 

      8 years ago from USA

      Good ideas and suggestions!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)