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LindsayT
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Date: 5/20/09 11:31 AM

My dad's neighbor goes above and beyond in looking out for him since my mom died. This neighbor is an experienced quilter who regularly enters shows and is commissioned to make quilts for others. I am going to a quilt shop today to pick up something to give to her when I see her this weekend.

What should I get someone like her? She lives in a remote area where she doesn't have access to quilting supplies. I get her books through my office, so that's out. She has a lovely studio. Fabric? Any and all suggestions welcome! (I'm not a quilter myself, so be specific.)

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Date: 5/20/09 1:02 PM

Since she doesn't have access to quilting supplies, I take it she doesn't live near the quilting shop you plan on visiting. It makes it a little more of a challenge because I was going to suggest you give her a gift certificate to the store.

You might buy a pretty storage box and fill it with quilting needles, and cotton threads for machine piecing. If she hand quilts, fill it also with cotton hand quilting threads. If she machine quilts, you could ask the sales assistant to help you pick out some pretty cotton threads. I suggest this because that is one expense, besides fabric, that stays constant in the world of quilting.

You might also consider some quilting patterns and templates, which are sold individually. Does she need any new quilting supplies that you are aware of? A new cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter/blades?

Lastly, consider taking her to lunch followed by a little shopping spree to the quilt shop. Present her with an envelope with a hand written note that has states her $$ she can freely spend at the store with you. She might just enjoy an afternoon away from home with you. And you just might find out how pleasant quilt shops are. I find excuses to go there all the time.

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Date: 5/20/09 2:35 PM

I would get her something like this sign.

It IS my signature line after all!

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Date: 5/20/09 3:17 PM

This is probably too late, but with a coupon, those rotating cutting boards are really nice. One of my quilter friends was doing some special pieced blocks and bought one after seeing it in operation.

You can get these at JoAnns (hence the coupon reference). spinning rotary mat
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Date: 5/21/09 8:21 AM

I think I'm late also, but I love to have fun and unique pins. Like the Clover flat head pins. I also like Clover's Chaco markers. They are a little pricier then some might spend money on, but are a near present.

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Date: 5/21/09 8:35 AM

You need to know what she has and doesn't have. A rotary cutter made on the ruler was the best thing Mama has got. Also I gave her a gripper that helps hold her ruler in place as she cuts. The little templates is also a nice gift. We give Mama a big roll of batting when she runs out. Also if nothing else we match up material for a quilt. Also lining material for linings is great. We are always looking for quilting supplies for gifts.
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Date: 5/21/09 8:36 AM

LOVE IT!

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Date: 5/21/09 8:42 AM

If you know where she likes to shop online, get her a gift certificate to that site.

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Date: 5/21/09 11:44 AM

This depends on her tastes, of course, but many quilters I know believe you can never have too many batiks in your stash. A stack of fat quarters in a rainbow of colors could be fun.

Bobbin holders are fantastic.

Nice thread is always good to have.

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Date: 5/25/09 4:47 PM

Lindsay, a Go! cutter unit made by Accuquilt would be a fab present!

www.accuquilt.com

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