If you’re firming up a holiday gift list for your quilting friends, you may face a common question: What do you get for the quilter who has it all? Perhaps the friend you’re thinking of has enough fabric to make an Olympic-sized swimming pool cover. Maybe she has enough rulers, tools, and gadgets to build her own Eiffel-tower sized monument to the craft. But there’s still something every quilter seldom stops searching for and occasionally runs out of: inspiration.
Below you’ll find quick, affordable, no-sew solutions for all of your quilter-to-quilter gifting needs: quilt calendars! Through these daily desk calendars and monthly wall calendars, your quilting friends will find all the inspiration they need to get creative—and stay that way.
For the traditional-quilt enthusiast:
365 Quilt-Block Patterns Perpetual Calendar: The Best of Judy Hopkins
Give a gift that keeps on giving—year after year after year! This outstanding collection of quilt blocks honors the memory of bestselling author Judy Hopkins. Flip the pages of this compact, spiral-bound calendar each day of the year to reveal a new rotary-cut block to make. Color illustrations, lettered line drawings, and cutting directions make it easy to stitch all 365 designs. Block sizes range from 6″ to 14″.
To show you just how easy Judy’s blocks are to create, here’s one straight from the calendar to use right now—Judy’s Christmas Star II block.
Spoil a quilting friend by making four of these 10″ blocks. Set the blocks to form a square and finish it as a beautiful table topper to give along with the calendar.
Save 40% on Judy’s calendar this week: was $22.99, now only $13.79.
For the patchwork-and-appliqué aficionado:
Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar
Debby Kratovil has been an avid block-pattern designer and collector for many years. Her perpetual calendar includes 366 traditional, pictorial, seasonal, and holiday blocks that use both piecing and appliqué.
A companion CD is also available—with it, you can print each block in two different sizes. The CD also contains 12 complete step-by-step quilt patterns.
Save 40% on Debby’s perpetual calendar this week: was $19.95, now only $11.97.
For the time-crunched quilter:
That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar 2013
Got a friend looking for an excuse to make time to quilt? Inspire her with a dozen reasons in this year’s wall calendar from That Patchwork Place—a perennial favorite of quilters the world over. View a gorgeous quilt every month; then flip to the back of the calendar for a pullout instruction booklet that includes step-by-step directions for making each quilt featured.
Here’s an idea to make your gift even sweeter: Choose a special day each month to get together with your friend for sewing, a meal, or just a chat. Write a note about your special monthly date in the calendar before you wrap it.
Save 40% on the That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2013 this week: was $16.99, now only $10.19.
For the Kim Diehl fanatic:
Simply Beautiful Quilts 2013 Calendar
Perhaps you have a friend who goes gaga over Kim Diehl’s quilts (or maybe it’s you?). Give her year-round inspiration with this collection of Kim’s best designs from her Simple series of books in a wall-calendar format. Gorgeously photographed quilts feature both seasonal and holiday themes.
Save 40% on Kim’s calendar this week: was $14.99, now only $8.99.
For the aspiring art quilter:
Award-Winning Quilts 2013 Calendar: Featuring Quilts from the International Quilt Association
Give encouragement to a budding art quilter with a compilation of blue-ribbon quilts to study and enjoy all year long. This wall calendar features 13 designs from the 2011 “Quilts: A World of Beauty” judged show. Exquisite works from Anna Faustino, Jaynette Huff, Terry Kramzar, Susan Stewart, and more will keep those creative wheels turning.
Encourage your creative friend even further when you pair your gift with the new book Design, Create, and Quilt—a guidebook for designing your own quilts with step-by-step lessons, techniques, and patterns.
Save 40% on the Award-Winning Quilts 2013 Calendar this week: was $14.99, now only $8.99.
What kinds of gifts have you given over the years to your quilting friends? Share your idea—a gift in itself!—in the comments.
Special shipping note: To guarantee receipt of your order in time for holiday giving (in the continental US only), please place your order no later than Monday, December 10, 2012.