Last Minute Gift Ideas


Are you looking for inspiration for last minute Christmas gifts?
Need a present to take to a friend or just a treat for yourself for all your hard work with the Christmas preparations?
Is your other half scratching their head for a present for you?
Might you still need a gift on Christmas Eve?

Well we’ve probably landed in your inbox at the right time!


5_4_linda-seward-art-quilting-front-cover-smallerOur December book of the month is The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting by Linda Seward and it will more than earn its place on a bookshelf for years to come. Click on the picture for more information on this beautifully illustrated book, which is a great resource for both beginners and those with some textile expertise. The book is a very special price this month of just £15.00 which is inclusive of p&p for the UK for Dec 2014

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Quilting on the Go – Taking it Further by Carolyn Forster is the ideal technique for breaking a large quilt into small, manageable sections for easy hand or machine quilting with 11 projects in a variety of sizes. 5_picture4

Sew Simple Hexi-flowers by Karin Hellaby where Karen brings the craft of English Paper Piecing into the 21st C with some superb new techniques.

The Gentle (ish) Art of Gelliping by Hilary Beattie has 130 pages of illustrations and inspiration for you textile addicts to create unique and personal prints with your Gelli plate

Cool Kits and Other Bits

If you know someone getting an Ipad/Tablet this Christmas how about a Slip Case designed by The Bramble Patch. It’s fully lined and will be the envy of friends.

5_picture4 - Juliet Coffer - julietJulia Gahagan has some lovely miniature kits and patterns on the site, including this one called Seaside to remind us of those lovely summer days. This kit includes not only the instruction sheet and design sheet but fabric and thread as well.

Caddy Pad by Sisters’ Common Thread is a really clever iron tote and ironing pad in one it’s just the right size to carry a regular iron (safe even when warm) and when you arrive you have a ready-made ironing board.

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For more inspiration, take a look through our shop at the BOOKS, PATTERNS and KITS sections on the website.

That Personal Touch…

5_picture4 - Juliet Coffer - julietIf you’d prefer to make a gift for a friend or relative, don’t forget you still have time to make something from one of our video workshops. As there is no minimum contract, you can subscribe to the site for just this month for UK£6 (about US$10) and watch the videos you want to help you make your pressies. Click here for more details. (It also means that after Christmas you’ll have the remainder of the month that you’ve paid for, to enjoy more of our videos)

Gift Pack – Exclusive to

2_website-gift-pack-ad-2014Our Gift Package makes a lovely present for the special person in your life and can be purchased with either a 1 year or a 3 month membership. For full details click here. It’s available to new and existing subscribers – if you already subscribe, the Membership Fairy will work her magic to tie it in with your existing package behind the scenes. (Last posting day will be Monday 22nd December in the UK).

Last Minute Ideas

5_picture4 Stocking Fillers: How about one of instantly downloadable patterns – Visit the PATTERNS section in the shop and you’ll see which are available to purchase straightaway and print out for that last minute pressie that you’ve forgotten about.

5_picture3 Gift Vouchers : Yes we do them! Great as a last minute pressie idea for friends and relatives. Just £18 which can be used for membership and/or goods on the site; the Gift Voucher fairy will work her magic to personalise this and email it out when you need it.

Fixed Term Memberships: The Membership fairy will be available throughout Christmas (although, she may take a few hours out for her own celebrations!), so she can activate last minute memberships for you. Available to purchase as 3months, 6months or 12 months (for the price of 10).

Don’t forget that membership benefits include:

  • 5_picture4 - Juliet Coffer - julietUNLIMITED access to over 500 online high quality videos, available 24 hours a day on demand and now tablet/Ipad compatible.
  • New videos every Friday
  • Block of the Month programme
  • Enjoy our on-line Mystery
  • Free patterns
  • Enter subscriber give-aways and competition

Happy Shopping

Valerie & Jennie

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New this month

Paper Bird with Angela Daymond
Once you have watched this your old magazines will never look the same again!

Out and about
London Quilter’s Exhibition ‘Coming Home’ – Opening Ceremony
This exhibititon was officially opened by invited guest Tracy Chevalier (author and now quilter!).

Out and about
Interview with Tracy Chevalier
Tracy talks about her first quilt which is on show at the London Quilters Exhibition ‘Coming Home’

Snowballs and Shoo fly with Valerie Nesbitt
The Shoo fly addition gives interest to the sashing, and takes very little extra effort.

Tips and techniques
Tip about seams from Valerie Nesbitt
This is a useful little extract from the series Your First Sampler Quilt that Valerie hosted.

Tips and techniques
Bead quilting with Paula Doyle

Meet Janet Clare – Quilter, Patchwork Author and Fabric Designer
Do you wear a uniform for work? Well Janet explains why she needs to.

Out and about
Roses from the Heart with Christina Henri
A unique memorial to 25,566 convict women transported to Australia from Britain and Ireland from 1788-1853

Textile workshop with Hilary Beattie
Hilary shows us round the (rather messy in an artistic way) workshop she was holding at The Bramble Patch quilt shop.

Pieced Hearts with Valerie Nesbitt
For any of you who don’t like applique, this simple pieced block will get you very excited.