Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters: Part I – The Avid Reader

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for pea coats, scarves, quilting (duh, always) and holiday gift shopping. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love holiday shopping, and those who hate it.

Well, I’m rolling out a holiday gift guide for both of you! Get ready for a five-part holiday gift guide for all the different quilters in your life… including you! (Feel free to subtly drop these links into the inboxes of your loved ones… hint hint!)

Even though, as quilters, we all have a special connection (you know you feel it too!), we come from different places. Each part of this gift guide will be geared toward a different brand of quilter… starting with the Avid Reader!

You know who you are – your quilting space MUST include a bookshelf, and reading is the only thing that can pull you away from your latest project. This list is for you. Here are ten great gifts for the quilter in your life who loves to curl up with a good book:

1. The Persian Pickle Club


The jacket-cover summary of this novel does NOT do it justice. You may not think that a book about a quilting circle set in Depression-era Kansas could be that entertaining… but it totally is!

Sandra Dallas writes the story of The Persian Pickle Club with humor and surprising suspense. Bonus points if you gift this along with some Persian Pickle patterned fabric (aka paisley xo)!

​Modern quilting gets a rustic makeover in Parson Gray's newest release. You most likely know about some of Gray's work, such as his beautiful lines of fabric and collaboration work with his wife, Amy Butler, but I would guess that a lot of the techniques mentioned in this book are new to you.

Flipping through the table of contents you will see that multiple types of fabric are used – wool, linen, denim, canvas and cotton​. Also, many different texture techniques are mentioned including: tea-staining, natural dying and distressing fabric.

With tons of beautiful photos and explanations, even if you have no interest in dying fabric, this book would be an interesting read.



Every quilter with a Kindle NEEDS this Kindle cover! 10 points to the reader who can name this common quilt pattern*! The quilter’s Kindle cover is perfect for the reading quilter who feels guilty that they are reading instead of quilting. With this Kindle cover, the two worlds become one!

First of all, yes. Yes it is.

Second of all, who doesn’t need an awesome quilting coffee table book? In Quilting Is My Therapy, Angela Walters goes “behind the stitches,” giving insight into her own design process. If you have seen Angela’s work, you know her designs are incredible, and deserve full-page photography. This is a coffee-table book you’ll actually read.



As far as I’m concerned, every good book needs a good mug (especially a full one!)

This “Quilter for Life” mug is like a “I’d rather be quilting” bumper sticker. It shows the world that even when you’re reading instead of quilting, you’re a Quilter for Life. And it’s really important that the whole world knows it.

Remember what I said about that mug being full? This tea subscription from Teavana will keep it full alllll year long (or, as many months as you choose!)

If you’ve never had Teavana tea, let me tell you, it’s so, so good. And this Russian doll tea infuser is possibly the cutest thing ever. I mean, the mug is cute on its own, but this infuser puts it off the charts.



Essential breaking news for quilters everywhere: Ugg makes Liberty of London slippers!

Ugg updated their signature slipper with Liberty Art Fabric’s Byrne print and the result is perfection. Warm, cozy perfection. The perfect thing for a quilter to wear around the house… and maybe a quick trip to the fabric store. (Raise your hand if you have worn slippers in public. Don’t be shy.)

It’s like the author, Frances O’Roark Dowell, understands what it’s like to be a quilter. Because she does. Frances is a quilter and a writer, and she’s real about how mistakes in both quilting and writing sometimes lead her into unexpected places.

Birds in the Air follows the steps of Emma as she discovers the power of quilts to connect, heal, and restore. (This is a good book for quilters who don’t usually like books about quilters!)



The Giving Quilt, by Jennifer Chiavernini, is like soaking in a bathtub of holiday spirit (sidenote: bathtubs are great places to read!)

In this book, quilters band together to make blankets for critically ill children. It’s a powerful book about quilting, generosity, and characters that you grow to love. This one will leave you with book withdrawal, but don’t worry… there are more Elm Creek Quilts novels where this one came from!

The Quilter’s Planner is the first of its kind, designed specifically for busy, creative quilters who have many life responsibilities. This handheld calendar is the perfect way for quilters to get organized, inspired AND manage time (you know, so you can relax with that good book and cup 'a tea).

Included is a section for project planning, free quilt patterns, weekly block designs, gorgeous quilt photography and a color chart of Cirrus Solids from Cloud 9 Fabrics​.

If you want to go the extra mile, check out these gorgeous pens.


See, gift giving can be fun and easy! And this is just the beginning… four more holiday gift guides are on the way. Stay tuned!

*And if you wanted to know what that quilt pattern is on Kindle cover, give yourself a pat on the back if you guessed Baptist Fans. 

3 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters: Part I – The Avid Reader

  1. Nancy says:

    Love these ideas Suzy!! And I have a birthday this week too, so some might apply now. You’re always thinking! Very creative lady you are!

  2. Hannah says:

    Love these ideas! I’ve especially been looking for some quilt-themed novels. I definitely know my Christmas Wish List got a bit longer!

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