Ho-Ho-Holiday Gifts for Quilters Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to stop 4 on our week-long Ho-Ho-Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters!

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite gift ideas to make for your friends and family, as well as gifts for quilters that would be welcome at your guild’s holiday party swap–or under your own tree.

To add to the fun, this post is part of a Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop among our sister quilt and sewing communities within our parent company, F+W Media. That means more quilting and sewing projects and gift ideas for you–plus, we each have a giveaway! (See schedule below.)

Here is my list of 10 easy handmade gifts and products that make great gifts for quilters.

Stitched and quilted gifts:

1. Mini purses have been my go-to gifts for the women in my family for a while now. I like them because they are quick and easy to make, plus you can vary the fabric or style to personalize each one for the recipient.

pleated purses are easy gifts to make

I made these sweet change purses using the
Quilting Arts Pleated Purse Kit.

2. Fabric napkin sets make beautiful handmade gifts for someone who loves to give dinner parties.

fabric napkins sets by malka dubrawsky
Unique fabric napkin sets from pieced
fat quarters make great gifts.

3. Don’t let knitters corner the market on scarves as gifts. With stitching or surface design, it’s fun and easy to design one-of-a-kind art scarves for your fashionable loved ones.

fiber art scarves are easy gifts to make
You can make a scarf to suit all kinds of styles.

4. Everyone from college students to new moms to your friend who’s redecorating loves a handmade pillow. Make them from fat quarters, remnants, pillow kits, or fabric you designed yourself.

chevron pillows are easy gifts to make
The black-and-white chevron design and straight
stitching give this pillow graphic appeal.

5. Looking for a small Christmas quilting project? Make and fill these cute mini stockings to give as a hostess gift or for decorating packages or the dining table.

christmas quilting mini stockings
Use these Cute Mini Stockings as gifts, package toppers, or holiday decor.

Gifts for quilters and surface design fans:

6. I don’t know how I got along before I had a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate. Having one makes surface design so easy and fun.

gelli arts printing plate makes a great gift for quilters who love surface design
The Gelli Arts plate comes in several shapes and sizes, With it, you can print fabric or paper quickly and easily, using fabric or acrylic paints or inks.

7. Many machine quilters say the Supreme Slider makes free-motion stitching and embroidery friction-free. If I could, I’d give one to every quilter on my list.

gifts for quilters supreme slider
Anyone who free-motion stitches or creates machine embroidery would love a Supreme Slider.

8. Do you know someone who appreciates the fine art of Japanese fabrics and patchwork? For them, I highly recommend a beautiful book by quilt artist Yoko Saito: Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece.

japanese quilting piece by piece
I could just gaze at the projects in this book for hours, but Yoko Saito’s Japanese
Quilting Piece by Piece 
includes techniques and project how-tos.

9. Another book I have enjoyed and recommend is The Quilter’s Applique Workshop by Kevin Kosbab. Kevin demonstrates many techniques and projects that will change the way you think about applique.

paisley quilt by kevin kosbab
This paisley applique piece is just one of the unique projects
in Kevin Kosbab’s book, The Quilter’s Applique Workshop.

10. For your fine art friends who would like to be quilters and vice-versa, gift them with a copy of Carrie Bloomston’s Quilting Arts Workshop video: Art Techniques for Quilt Design: Drawing, Composition, Design and Stitch.

learn art school techniques with carrie bloomston
The design on this ‘Love’ pillow made with Indian sari silk,
has a painterly look. By Carrie Bloomston.

 

Need more ideas? Here are the other stops on the Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop. Each has a list of favorite products, projects, and quilted gifts to make your holiday season fun and fiber-full. Be sure to visit them all.

Saturday, November 1: Sew News

Sunday, November 2: McCall’s Quilting

Monday, November 3: Fons & Porter Love of Quilting

Tuesday, November 4: Quilting Daily

Wednesday, Nov. 5: Quilter’s Newsletter

Thursday, Nov. 6: Quilters Club of America

Friday, Nov. 7: Quiltmaker

Saturday, Nov. 8: Creative Machine Embroidery

And now for the giveaway: What was the best handmade gift you ever gave or received? Leave a comment for a chance to win a Pleated Purse Kit plus a copy of Quilting Arts Holiday 2014/15. UPDATE: We have a winner! Sew4Now. Congratulations and thanks to all who commented.

P.S. Get more of my Editor’s Picks for Holiday Giving in the Quilting Daily Shop. Online Editor Cate Prato shares her list there, too.

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132 thoughts on “Ho-Ho-Holiday Gifts for Quilters Blog Hop

  1. My sister has made me several quilted wall hangings and quilts, but the best thing I ever received was the Dahlia 3-d quilt my mother made. My father gave it to me after my mom passed away.
    After he passed, I inherited their cherry wood bedroom set. The quilt is always on the bed, just as it was in their house.

  2. My mother is the person who taught me to create, embroidery, sewing, quilting knitting and crochet. That education was the gift. However, I have a fond memory of an emerald green velvet Christmas jumper she sewed for me with a miniature matching one for my doll. It was a real luxury dress in my wardrobe and I wished never to grow taller so I could wear it forever.

  3. My mother is the person who taught me to create, embroidery, sewing, quilting knitting and crochet. That education was the gift. However, I have a fond memory of an emerald green velvet Christmas jumper she sewed for me with a miniature matching one for my doll. It was a real luxury dress in my wardrobe and I wished never to grow taller so I could wear it forever.

  4. When my grandmother died, I was given her crochet and tatting doilies and table runners. I was in highschool and didn’t appreciate them as I should have. I now have them proudly displayed in my house and understand all the work and love that went into them. I am so greatful and will pass them on to my daughter.

  5. The best handmade gift I ever received was a basket from my daughter when she was about 11 years old. Over the years, I’ve kept it for important mail. Unfortunately my dog ate it a few days ago and I’m hoping that she will make me another!

    Beth

    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

  6. The best handmade gift I ever received was actually a calendar my son and his girlfriend made for me with family photos and everyone’s birthday marked in. It made me cry (which doesn’t take much anyway), but it was a really sweet gift.

  7. The best gift i ever received was a wallhanging of Santa in his sleigh with his helpers holding on for dear life…..and they were all chickens! My sister thought it would be a hoot since I raised chickens at that time. It stays up all year, and I love it.

  8. It is so hard t choose just one gift. I love giving quilts to just about anybody. I have only kept one quilt out of my 50 plus years of quilting for myself. I have given away hundreds of lap quilts to agencies who serve children in crisis situations. I am just glad that I can continue to care and give.

  9. The most special handmade gift I’ve received was a king size hand crocheted bedspread from my husband’s grandmother, made when she was in her 80’s! It is a mix of colors that spells love across the bed every time I see it. To me, the most special gift I made was a baby quilt made when my niece was born. I used white eyelet and pink gingham and appliqued pink gingham hearts onto the eyelet squares, sandwiching lace into the seam as I appliqued the hearts. I didn’t realize how complicated it was while I was doing it, but looking back, I’m amazed at what I did! And that quilt remains special to me as a gift I gave.

  10. The best handmade gift that I have given was an Irish linen embroidered wreath that was started by my great grandmother in the 40’s. I finished it and had it framed for my grandmother so she would have a piece of her mother and granddaughter together. I am the only grandchild that continues the art of sewing/quilting/crafting and am glad that my daughters enjoy it as well

  11. My favorite handmade gift was a purse made with Dr. Who fabric. It was not necessarily the best one I got, but certainly the most memorable, and from someone who obviously got my sense of humor.

  12. I was given two baby quilts when I was pregnant with my twins. They were put together so well and the fabrics were so much fun. I love them so much and so do my little ones.

  13. My mother started cutting out pieces for a tumbling block quilt over 45 years ago. She never sewed any of the blocks together and passed on all of the pieces and bits of fabric to me. I finally hand pieced the blocks and added some contemporary retro fabrics for a true scrappy look, have finished the backing and am getting it quilted by a local long arm quilter. The binding is ready to attach and I am hoping it will be finished to give to my mom for Christmas.

  14. My daughter has always loved Panda Bears. When she was little, I made her a stuffed Panda Bear that she named Mama Ling Ling and still treasures today over 20 years later.

  15. I made a Lucky Stars quilt, pattern by Terry Atkinson, with the Sew Mamma Sew collection by Sweetwater. This was such a great quilt with all of the text prints and the color combination. I’ve already started collecting more of these fabrics to make another quilt for myself. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. A quilt with name appliqued on it that I just finished for one of my granddaughters 11th birthday on 10/23/14. Here is my project link… ( http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/haleys-birthday-quilt/231561 ) , only 7 more grandchildren to go. Using same free pattern I found on Craftsy by Piper’s Girls , but choosing different fabrics for each one of their favorite colors, and adding their names in trapunto style to make each one special.

  17. I made a “car carrier” (little pouch purse for a boy) for my nephew when his baby brother was about to be born. The baby was getting gifts and I felt he should be included, too. I made a pouch from flames fabric with slots inside to put his mini cars. He oould take them with him when he was in the car to play with, etc.

  18. A friend of mine gives me a small hand made ornament every year for Christmas and I cherish each one. The pleated purse is so cute, I would love to make that for her.

  19. My favorite handmade gift I have received is my wedding dress made by my MIL. Well, she wasn’t yet my MIL when she made it. As for handmade gifts I’ve given, I love to make them and give them and couldn’t possibly choose a favorite.

  20. I guess the best present were some felted Christmas ornaments that I take out of the box and put on my tree every year. Some of them are over 40 years old but each year I get pleasure looking at them again and putting them on my tree…love that keeps on giving.

  21. I made pillow cases with Christmas Novelty fabric one year for the little ones in my family and used it to wrap their gifts. They looked really sweet and were happily received.

  22. I gave my first, and favorite, small quilt to my boss for his new baby. It started as practice from my first quilt book, using cardboard templates and all cut with scissors!

  23. The best handmade gift I have ever given was a hand stitched and quilted bed quilt for my mum. As I stitched each stitch my mum was in my thoughts. The time spent on that gift was a treasure for me and also my mum.

  24. The best hand made gift I ever received was a prayer shawl made by a neighbor/business woman. She crocheted it for me when I had cancer. Over the years I have knitted, crocheted, and quilted many a gift. This was the first time someone made something for me. I was very touched – and it was her first attempt and beautiful!!

  25. Years ago, for a christmas exchange at work, the name I picked also picked my name.
    We both gave each other a hand made/home made gift, I gave a crocheted item and i received cookies.
    Such a nice memory.

  26. My mother was a quilter and she made me a purse that was awesome with just the right pockets and size. She then made me one that I could take along with me when I drive tractor so I can have everything I need when I am in the field.

  27. I sew all the time and one of my favourite things that I have made is a fleece top that I appliqued a detailed picture of a Hummer – truck – onto the front – for my grandson Bowen My son in law is passionate about his vintage Hummer and my grandson loves his daddy`s truck – both father and son were impressed and very pleased indeed.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  28. I sew all the time and one of my favourite things that I have made is a fleece top that I appliqued a detailed picture of a Hummer – truck – onto the front – for my grandson Bowen My son in law is passionate about his vintage Hummer and my grandson loves his daddy`s truck – both father and son were impressed and very pleased indeed.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  29. The very first quilt I made for my first granddaughter. My sister gave me a great snowman quilt on the first Christmas we were together after being estrange for eight years.

  30. I received many handmade gifts from my parents when I was little – I remember a doll with a wardrobe of clothes made by Mum, but maybe the most memorable was a furnished dolls house made by Dad!

  31. My niece hand sewn a queen size birdhouse yo yo quilt. She did this when she was was a young twenty something. She doesn’t machine sew, but her yo yo quilts are amazing pieces. I’m very happy she thought of me.

  32. The best handmade gifts always come from my mother. In recent years she has knitted me socks and scarves. Before her arthritis was as bad, my gifts used to be quilts, bathrobes, nightgowns, tea cosies, and zip purses.

  33. the best handmade gift, that’s a hard one, since most of my family makes handmade gifts every year. But a favorite is a butterfly afghan that my mother crocheted while I was a teen. She had asked what I would like, and it turned out the one I picked was very difficult. She had 23 balls of yarn going at the same time at one point, since she would drop a color and pick it up the next row, in order not to have lots of knots. The most memorable part of it, is that it was a complete surprise for me to get it, because she had broken her wrist, and still managed to make it while I was in school, and hid it every afternoon!

  34. My 81-year-old Mom moved into a new apartment this year and I surprised her with a lap quilt for her living room. I had been saving the fabrics for a very special quilt I hoped to make for my own home, but her color choice was spot-on to my fabrics, so without hesitation I used them for her quilt!
    The quilt looks great in the room, she was so pleased to receive it, and I had a wonderful time making it for her!

  35. I received many over the years but find it hard to pick a best. One of my favorites was a quilt with doily’s in each block. It looks very victorian and pink. Thanks for the opportunity to win this prize. Happy Holidays.

  36. I think the best handmade gift I ever received was a set of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls that my grandmother made. She used to make them to sell, and she gave me the last set she ever made. I think of her every time I look at them.

  37. Earlier this year, I was involved in a mini-quilt swap. My partner made a mini quilt for me that I just adore! She hand-dyed the fabric, added embroidery and embellishments to make it so unique. It looks perfect on my sewing room wall.

  38. My favorite gift was a quilt made by my Grandmother when I was little. It has been around for many years and is still treasured. I am keeping the tradition going by making quilts for the youngsters in our growing family.

  39. I think that would be the quilts that I have made for my family. I have made it my mission that each family member gets a quilt. My dad and brother live so far away from me and giving them a quilt made by me kind of brought me closer.

  40. Every year my sister comes to visit me for my birthday. Every year she brings me a new art quilt wall hanging. I can not really choose one over another, so I would have to say that my sister’s yearly visits with their hand made gifts are my best ever presents.

  41. When I was in the 5th grade my mom made me a beautiful burgundy velvet dress to wear when I sang in our Christmas concert. The time and patience she put into it astonish me, especially now that I realize what a squirmy kid I was and how hard she worked as an RN.

  42. I once made a hand cross-stitched wallhanging of 2 swans with their reflections in the water for 2 very good friends who were moving elsewhere in this country.
    thanks!

  43. Love the wedding quilt my grandmother made me when I was a teenager. She knew she would die before I got married, so she made me a quilt before she did! It is a treasure!

  44. I remember spending the night with my grandmother, she piled several quilts on the bed and it was sooo warm and cozy. I wish I had one of those quilts now. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  45. I learned quilting and knitting from watching videos on YouTube or going to a local shop and taking a class. I love looking at all the beautiful things people have created.

  46. I learned quilting and knitting from watching videos on YouTube or going to a local shop and taking a class. I love looking at all the beautiful things people have created.

  47. My son does a lot of copper work and has given us many wonderful gifts over the years from flowers to wall hangings to water features. All are unique and special.

  48. I had a baby sitter when I was about 9 who learned our favorite colors and made a handmade quilt. Mine was yellow with Artex designs on some of the squares. It was soooo beautiful to me.

  49. The best gift I gave was a quilt I made for my daughter of hand-embroidered cats from Better Homes and Garden magazine. I started it when she was 6 and finished it when she was 25. The best part is that I quilted the names of all the direct descendent family women for my daughter. I started with her name and went back to several-great great,etc. grandmothers from both sides of the family.

  50. The best handmade gift, was a brooch that my mother made. She made these and sold them when my father was at war. This was before I was born. But, she saved one of them, and she gave it to me before she died. I never even knew that she had made these.

  51. The special occasion cards my sons have made for me through the years can’t be beat! Amazing to observe their creative growth while receiving something that was made with love and care.

  52. I gave my my brother and his newborn son a knitted afghan depicting the opening screen from the first level of the original Super Mario Brothers. During the pregnancy my brother learned that his son would have a cleft and all the concerns associated with that hung like a storm cloud on the horizon through the rest of the pregnancy. I was helpless to soothe fears or change circumstances, but I could fill a blanket with love in every stitch. So that is what I did. And all told there were over 10,000 stitches in that blanket. I’ll probably never see it again and if it has bewn well used it will probably never look the same again, but the gift more than the physical blanket was all of myself that I poured into it for my little nephew.

    The best handmade gift I ever recieved is a tie between the wedding dress that my grandmother made for me and the first wobbly stitching projects each of my kids has given me.

  53. The best handmade gift I ever received, though I didn’t appreciate it at the time, was a cloth doll my 90-year-old great-aunt gave me in 1952. I was 10 and wanted a hard plastic fashion-type doll. But…when I became a little older and realized that my partially blind “Auntie Dru” had actually hand stitched the doll and her dress, and crocheted her pink cotton sweater…my heart melted and today my “Drusilla” sits proudly on the shelf of my designing table where I can really treasure her.

  54. My favorite handmade gift was when I was a child, a handmade doll. Now I love to make dolls for children but even more so for my friends! Making dolls is so much fun. I get lost in it for hours. That handmade cloth doll so many hears ago became so much more!

  55. One of the best homemade gifts that I have ever received was a quilt that my grandmother made us the year after we got married. She did an outstanding job with hexies and it is all quilted by hand.

  56. I have a Sunbonnet Sue quilt made for me by my Grandmother when I was a baby. My daughter used it sometimes and my granddaughter a few times. It is special to me.
    Eleanor from Canada

  57. The best gift I ever gave was a crocheted mohair shawl for a family friend. She told me several years later that nobody had ever made anything just for her before and she loved it because it wasn’t “useful”. She’s a salt-of-the-earth type and so people tend to give her things they think she needs. It never occurred to me that it would be that special to her. Ever since then, I try to stop myself from gifting things that are “useful” or, if I do, I add something frivolous.

  58. A fat quarter in an exchange with a woman in the UK. We became friends and were fortunate to meet when I travelled to UK. Years have followed and we have shared some of life’s best and worst moments even though we are at opposite ends of the world

  59. When my son was 14 he built me a desk from scrap wood, leftover paint, wood screws, an electric drill, and a handsaw — 16 years later it is still solid as a rock and gets used every day. It was a wonderful surprise that I will never part with.

  60. I gave my friend a lap quilt for her surprise 50th birthday party. It was so fun making it and thinking about what a great friend she was the whole time I was sewing.

  61. I have made pillows, and e-reader covers, and bookmarks as gifts, but my favourite is the pencil case that I made for my friend Christine, with abstract flowers appliqued on it.

  62. Ms. Peggie Came to my house three months before she passed from stomach cancer, and gifted me with loads of fabric that I have started using in my new quilting classes. Thanks to this wonderful women, I am learning how to quilt! It’s truly a gift that keeps giving and giving!

  63. Ms. Peggie Came to my house three months before she passed from stomach cancer, and gifted me with loads of fabric that I have started using in my new quilting classes. Thanks to this wonderful women, I am learning how to quilt! It’s truly a gift that keeps giving and giving!

  64. Ms. Peggie Came to my house three months before she passed from stomach cancer, and gifted me with loads of fabric that I have started using in my new quilting classes. Thanks to this wonderful women, I am learning how to quilt! It’s truly a gift that keeps giving and giving!

  65. My most precious handmade gifts were all the things my kids made for me in school. My sister is a gifted folk art painter and I love the items she has made for me. My BIL would build the wood to her specifications and she would paint. In the quilting department, I have the first quilt she ever made. I also have one she made for my uncle-her brother. I have all her patterns made out of cereal boxes etc. all her samples and a bin full of tops. These are my special gifts.

  66. I received a hand dyed indigo and woven coaster from a good friend of mine who lives in Japan. It was so special as it was one of her first one she ever did both weaving and dyeing. I love it and will treasure that forever.

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