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For the quilter in your life, few things are more exciting than a basket of quilting fabrics and sewing notions. To delight the senses of your special quilter, make a quilter's gift basket.
To begin select a decorative basket or a sewing basket. Line the bottom and sides with one yard of fabric that matches your quilter's taste.
Fill the basket with an assortment of sewing notions and fabrics.
Fat Quarters: You will find these already cut and folded in the fabric store. You can buy one for around $2.50 or you can purchase a bundle of 8. These bundles have been chosen as a set with coordinating colors and patterns. Pick a color scheme that matches the colors your quilter usually uses.
Precut Cotton Fabric Squares: Believe it or not, ebay offers a nice selection of new fabric in an assortment of squares. Try the ever elegant white-on-white patterns. These can be used in almost any project.
Thread: Choose good quality quilting thread in colors to match the fat quarters you purchased. If your quilter does appliqué, matching embroiders threads are a must.
Fusible Web: This comes on the bolt and is sold by the yard or can be purchased in a package.
Quilter's Pins: These are long thin pins that have a colored top (usually yellow) for pinning fabric together.
Large Safety Pins: Many quilters use ordinary safety pins to pin the layers of their quilt together. A package or two of large safety pins are sure to please the quilter in your life.
Quilter's Ruler: A 6-1/2" or 12-1/2" clear acrylic ruler with 30º, 45º, and 60º angle markings is always welcome.
Rotary Cutter: A 45mm rotary cutter is a must have for quilters. Fiskars makes a great rotary cutter for a little over $15.
Marking Pencils: Every quilter needs a set of marking pencils. Make sure to buy pencils for both light and dark fabric.
Triangle Templates: Clear acrylic triangle template for use with the rotary cutter.
Variety of Zip Lock Bags: For storing pattern pieces, sewing notions, and pins.
Assortment of Buttons: Many quilters use buttons to adorn their finished squares. An assortment of decorative buttons is sure to please the quilter on your list.
Quilt Labels: Tuck in an assortment of quilt labels to make signing the quilt quick and easy.
Quilter's Book: A nice quilter's book or quilter's magazine.
Bag Balm: This is great for soothing rough tired hands that working with fabric causes.
Tie the basket up with a nice fabric bow and you'll have a gift that any quilter would love to receive.