December 19, 2019

2019 Holiday Stocking Suffers Guide for Quilters

2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #giftideas #giftguide


Stocking stuffers are hands down the BEST part about the holidays.

I remember my brothers and I impatiently waiting for my mum to get up on Christmas morning so we could dive into the presents Santa left us. But my mum, understandably, wanted a little more shut eye – especially after staying up late to get the presents laid out after we went to bed. Her compromise was always to allow us to open our stockings.

Trident gum and clementines were always my favourites. We can now get clementines pretty much year-round, but back in the ol’ days (hahaha!), clementines were pretty much only available during the holidays. So, to me, they were a real treat.


To this day, every time I eat a clementine, I think of opening our stockings!

Things have come a long way since then, and my hubz’ family goes all out with fun trinkets in our holiday bags (yup, bags!).

These are all meant to be fun, joyful and with a hint of humour. Let’s dive in!

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FABRIC


Michael Miller Fabrics Garden Pindot Jelly Roll | 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #jellyroll #michaelmillerfabrics #fabric #giftguide

Fabric. Ha! Yup, it was on the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide list too, but what kind of quilter would I be if I didn’t include a little fabric fun in the stocking?

I’m normally a yardage girl, but I recently got this jelly roll which is inspiring some new design ideas. But any of these would be fun:



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THIS COULD BE FUN!


Tassels from Cloth & Candy | 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #tassels #giftguide #holidays

I was perusing Cloth and Candy’s haberdashery section (don’t you just love that word?) and found these little cuties that have me wanting to take my quilts and pillows to the next level:

Tassels – when I first think of tassels, I think stuffy and over the top, but these fun colours and cute texture are anything but serious and stuffy – seriously digging the smokey and pastels. These neon pompoms are totally making me smile.

I’ve been wanting to dive into some garment making and these fun “Yes I made it!” woven labels would be a great addition. 

And these are totally appropriate. 
"Yes! I made this!" labels 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #wovenlabels #giftguide #sewing


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ESSENTIALS


June Tailor Thread Rack | 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #storage #thread #giftguide #quilting #sewing

Now I’m not sure if this is weird, but I love getting essential tools and notions as gifts. Last year I asked to be gifted this thread rack (which is awesome) and this set of rulers (also super handy) and I was SO excited to get them. It was particularly nice to get my thread all organized, although I’m already in need of another one!

Speaking of thread storage, have you seen these nifty thread drops? I can see them being super practical if you love working with embroidery floss. 

Tulip Needles – just the other day, my quilty friend reached out asking me about what type of needles I use for hand quilting. She mentioned the ones that were recommended to her were causing pain and fatigue in her hand already. I gather they weren’t staying sharp for very long. My go-to are these, but I’d been eyeing these tulip ones for ages and finally got a delivery the other day! I’m all about balancing costs in my studio, and these are kinda pricey, but if they live up to the rave comments about sharpness, flexibility without keeping even the slightest bend, and something about the way they are milled means they stay sharp and stronger longer than I’m all for it. Plus, they’re pretty!

Don’t forget to stock up on my favourite thimble too. 

Can you ever have too many pins in your studio? When I first started out I picked up this pack and they were fantastic! Last year I bought these cute ones after hearing great things, but I find them to be a little thick and I wanted my pins to be slimmer for some of the finer cottons I work with. So, I picked these up and so far, so good!

While on the topic of needles, I also finally got this bulk pack of sewing machine needles - I would have been thrilled to find these in my stocking 😉

Another essential we can’t live without is thread and I found the 40wt and 50wt Aurifil cones on super discount. They’re on clearance, so only select colours are left, but, if they have your colour, you’re in for a score!

I have these quilting gloves, which I love, but these look like my hands would get less sweaty. Have you tried them?

I know this is considered an essential in many sewists’ tool kits; however, I haven’t picked one up yet. These wooden ones are tempting me! 

Tailors Awl | | 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #awl #notionsandtools #sewing #quilting #giftguide



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TRINKETS



Enamel Pins | 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #pin #enamelpin #giftguide

I’ve been loving these enamel pins; I just haven’t decided what I would do with them! What do you do with yours?

Here’s some I found while doing a little online browsing:

I’m a no BS kind of person, so a Cut the Crap pin totally spoke to me! 

Hahaha – yup, this one sums me up perfectly! 

These 12 notions of Christmas set would be super fun – especially if you popped them in an advent calendar!

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NEEDLE MINDERS


Tinkerellen Needle Minders 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #needleminder #sewing #quilting #cute #christmas #giftguide

Picture this, you’re sitting all nice and cozy curled up on the sofa happily hand stitching away, when you go to change your thread and realize you can’t find your needle.

Eeek – QUICK – don’t mooooooove!

Yup, been there more than once. And I always panic that Pips will find it before I do.
This is where needle minders come in.

And they’re cute as a button (no pun intended – it just happened 😊) too!

Tink in Stitches is a great place to score them. Including this cute strawberry one or this Christmas Car.

Cheri also has some really cute hand embroidery designs for you to stitch up I just read that some millennials are taking up embroidery to keep their fingers busy and off social media – love that!

There’s also this cute enamel one featuring a potted plant – I do love my greenery! 

Plant enamel pin | 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #pin #enamelpin #giftguide

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SEWING STUDIO


Soak Wash & Flatter Spray | 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #soakwash #flatterspray #sewing #quilting #notionsandtools

Whether you have a full room dedicated to your sewing or whether you’ve only got a tiny corner to sew from – large or small, there’s no getting around having to clean…at some point!

I generally clean my studio as I go and then give my machine and iron a good clean at least once a week or more if I’m quilting a lot that week (you can read more about my Sunday Studio Maintenance routine). One of the best tips I picked up from Tiffany over at Village Bound Quilts is to use a pipe cleaner to clean the fluff out of my sewing machine (you know, for those tight nooks and crannies). Mine actually have these metal bits in them, but you can easily just go with the standard colourful ones. While shopping, I also found these brushes that are made just for our sewing machines! And this kit with bigger brushes and a microfiber cloth. 

Sewing machine cleaning brushes - Fat Quarter Shop | 2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #notionsandtools #fatquartershop #cleaning #quilting

You know I love my DIY Design Wall (tutorial to make your own here), but I can see these mini design boards being super practical if you’re short on space or just want to play with some block ideas. They come in 18”, 14” and 10" sizes.

Since we’re hanging out in the sewing room, one of the things I get asked about is whether I pre-wash my fabric or not. I used to, but then stopped when I started incorporating some pre-cuts in my quilts. I have, however, picked up this no need to rinse soap (I went unscented, but there’s some fun scents to choose from) and look forward to giving it a try. I actually picked up several bottles so I can gift them to people who I’ve gifted quilts to. I love their Flatter spray, which I use for getting stubborn wrinkles out of my fabric and it works like a charm. I’m hoping I have a same love for the soap. Oh, and the wash is also great for knitters too.

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And that’s a wrap!

Wishing you and your family all the best this holiday season!

xo
Shannon

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