🎁 10 no-sew gifts – for people who sew! 🎁

If you’re on track with holiday sewing for your best quilting buddies, we raise our rotary cutters to you—congrats! But if you’re a bit behind schedule, we’ve rounded up several gift ideas for you. They’re 100% no-sew. But they’ll delight every quilting fan on your gift list.


2020 That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar

Now in its 18th year of publication, That Patchwork Place’s quilt calendar has become a favorite of quilters worldwide. Show off a love of quilting year-round and enjoy sewing along each month: the calendar spotlights 12 dazzling, front-page-worthy projects plus a 28-page pullout booklet that includes complete directions for making each project. Featured quilts (and a pillow!) come from designers including Lissa Alexander, Betsy Chutchian, Kim Diehl, Carol Hopkins, and Stacy West. Whether it graces the kitchen, office, or sewing room, this perennial favorite is perfect for ringing in a brand-new year with gorgeous quilts.

Patches of Scraps Note Cards

Write a note of thanks, encouragement, or a simple hello with this collection of striking note cards. Featuring lavish photos of antique and modern-day quilts from the book Patches of Scraps by famed quilt designer Edyta Sitar, a dozen cards (two each of six designs) come with envelopes and are blank inside, offering plenty of space to share sentiments.


Creative Sketchbook and Journal

Write, sketch, draw, and dream—world-renowned textile artist Sue Spargo will inspire you to do it all in this gorgeous journal. Among more than 150 close-up, color-drenched photos of Sue’s incredible stitcheries is a mix of lined pages, graphed pages, and blank pages that offer plenty of space to get in touch with your creative side. Use as a traditional journal, a sketchbook, a place for doodles, lists, and project ideas—or use it in all of these ways! Capture inspiration whenever it strikes; a petite take-along size makes it easy to do. Patterns not included.

Simple Reflections: A Journal for Memories and Musings

Kim Diehl will inspire your sewing friends to keep a journal just for their creative side! In Simple Reflections, Kim’s gathered photographs of favorite quilts and more to share. Among gorgeous photos of Kim’s work, there’s plenty of space to jot down sewing notes, log quilting milestones, and record inspiration wherever it may strike. Kim’s included seasonal recipes too! Your giftees can bring the beauty of quilts wherever they go—a handy take-along size makes it easy to do. (Patterns not included.)

A Quilter’s Journal

Photographed at quilting star Lisa Bongean’s gorgeous lakeside home, A Quilter’s Journal is an inspiring week-by-week journal packed with stunning photos of quilts and more to enjoy. Throughout the pages you’ll find fun prompts to answer all year long—they’ll get the creative juices flowing. And at a petite 5¼" x 8⅜", it’s the perfect size to carry along while you’re on the go. (Patterns not included.)


Yoko Saito through the Years

This in-depth look at Yoko Saito’s quilts and quilted bags celebrates 40 years of her illustrious career. Each piece is featured in photography that reveals the tiny stitches, the subtle hues, and the surprising details that make her work a joy to study. Marvel at hundreds of fabrics, thousands of embroidery stitches, and Ms. Saito’s stunning appliqué—all sewn to perfection. This keepsake book offers a rare opportunity to explore the history of a legendary artist. (Patterns not included.)

American Quilt Treasures: Historic Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Take a fascinating journey through a curated collection of quilts housed at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. The museum graciously allowed Martingale to photograph 65 one-of-a-kind quilts, ranging from just 30 years old to an incredible 197 years old. You’ll be captivated by the creativity and persistence of quilters from the past—and discover the enduring impact that quilts of yesteryear have on quiltmakers of today. (Patterns not included.)

Minick and Simpson Blue & White: Living with Textiles You Love

In this hardcover volume you’ll pore over page after page of breathtaking room settings, all in calming blues and crisp whites. Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson invite readers to explore their inspiring collections, from quilts and hooked rugs to darling antiques. Enjoy three different homes featuring Americana, coastal, and classic styles, while you discover delightful decorating ideas and loads of tips for creating a two-color look. (Patterns not included.)

A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts by Gwen Marston

Got quilting BFF’s who love to quilt their own way? Don’t miss the opportunity to WOW them with this in-depth look at the work of Gwen Marston. The book chronicles five decades of Gwen’s fascinating career, from her beginnings as a traditional quilter to her “liberated” quilt era and beyond. This magnificently photographed collection of more than 65 quilts—curated by Gwen herself—invites readers to enjoy her journey, her artistry, and her process like never before. (Patterns not included.)

Stitches to Savor: A Celebration of Designs by Sue Spargo

If you know someone captivated by color, texture, whimsy, creativity—and of course, quilts!—they’ll fall in love with this coffee-table book. From embellished leaves and fanciful birds to extravagant blooms, 200 lush, color-splashed photographs capture the pure magic that Sue Spargo makes with needle and thread. Sue’s work will summon creativity, light up inspiration, and delight anyone who dreams of making more time to stitch. (Patterns not included.)

Of course you’ll want to make your wrapping as special as your gift—and these pretty gift tags are our gift to you! Simply download, print, cut out, and add names.

Download your free printable Christmas gift tags here!

Christmas Eve predictions: will you still be sewing, still be wrapping, or will you be peacefully sleeping? Tell us in the comments!

24 Comments (leave a comment)

  • If we stay home I plan to be sleeping. I’m 99% done shopping & hope to wrap this week as some of the out of state gifts have to get on their way. However, if we decide to go to a nephew’s house for Christmas I know I’ll be wrapping as that’s what took place the last time we visited. 🙄😴

    Jan on November 25, 2019
  • Peacefully Sleeping.

    —Heather Andrews on November 25, 2019
  • Most likely I will be sewing and wrapping. I am a procrastinator!

    —Linda Lee Ahn on November 25, 2019
  • Grandma’s house is always the gathering place to wrap all the kids presents at the last minute. My house bustles with activity well into the night.

    —Ann West on November 25, 2019
  • Of course, sewing some gift at the last minute, finishing up! It’s my tradition!!!

    —Bonnie Bainbridge on November 25, 2019
  • Likely I’ll still be wrapping. Hope I won’t still be sewing.

    —NickyH on November 25, 2019
  • I am hoping to be sleeping peacefully…. have wonderful holidays!

    —Cindy Berry on November 25, 2019
  • Probably wishing I had had more time to do more things.

    —Geri on November 25, 2019
  • Some great gift ideas, I love my quilt journal. Thank you for the cute gift tags, I just printed them on card stock and plan on using them for my gifts, I have made quilts for everyone on my list this year and these will be perfect. As for your question. I’ll be sleeping soundly I’m all done except for the gift wrapping and baking, but that will have to wait until after Thanksgiving.

    —Barbara on November 25, 2019
  • Due to travel issues our family will get together on the 7th of Dec. for dinner, games and visiting. So on Christmas Eve I’ll be sleeping and dreaming of sugar plums.

    —Vickie Keith on November 25, 2019
  • hopefully I will be peacefully sleeping, but being a great procrastinator I will be still wrapping, baking and fixing labels on packages! Love the Sue Spargo books!

    —Mary Gonzales on November 25, 2019
  • I am working hard, but at the rate I’m going…I think I will still be sewing! Gotta run!

    —Patty F. on November 25, 2019
  • I’ll be praying for one more day as I try to finish up gifts and wrap them. I’ve been known to still be sewing on my way to the family home on Xmas Day.

    —SandyMay on November 25, 2019
  • I will be sleeping, knowing that all the details have already been taken care of. I’ll be dreaming of Santa visiting!

    —Teri Gailey on November 25, 2019
  • We always make it a tradition to wrap at least one present on Christmas eve… even though the kids are all grown and moved on… But that is always at midnight when we get back from a friends place

    —Heather Porritt on November 25, 2019
  • I will probably still be wrapping presents on Christmas Day. My extended family usually gets together the day after Christmas because of work schedules.

    —Judith Carlon on November 25, 2019
  • I’ll be celebrating with family and friends on Christmas Eve. I try to wrap as I buy or finish a project. Then I have a bigger gathering with immediate family the Saturday after Christmas so I might be sewing the days between the 25th and 28th.

    —Donna K on November 25, 2019
  • Sleeping hopefully!

    —Sharon Ray on November 26, 2019
  • Christmas Eve is our celebration. (Italian husband’s tradition). So I’ve got to be all done three days prior. Merry Christmas!

    —Betsy on November 26, 2019
  • Love feedback repros

    —Linda S on November 27, 2019
  • I hope to be still sewing all the Christmas fabric I have bought. My goal is to use up and clean up all scrapes. I have too much!

    —Linda Christianson on November 29, 2019
  • Enjoying and thanking God for all my blessings. Love this time of the year. Christmas is my favorite.

    Martha Followill on November 29, 2019
  • What I’ll be doing Christmas Eve depends on where I’ll be… we’ve decided to give to causes that our family members are interested in, places where our money can do some good because no one in our family needs a thing. My SIL is a school teacher at a low income school, we’re looking in to funding a "petty cash pool" for the school nurse. So if we’re at home I just might be sewing on Christmas Eve… or possibly knitting or tatting.

    —Kay on November 29, 2019
  • If past years are any indication, I will still be sewing on Christmas eve. No matter how much time I devote to my projects, it seems that the job expands to fill the time.

    —Linda Towers on November 30, 2019

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