My dear friend's birthday is Monday - she and I took our first quilting class together this summer and get together most Sunday evenings to sew - many of the world's problems are solved during our Sunday night sessions!
For her birthday present I bought a purple tackle box and plan to put things in it that are related to piecing/quilting....
so far I have:
painter's tape (for holding down fabric as we sandwich)
binder clips (for holding a quilt together as we sew on a binding)
Basting safety pins
an angled paint brush for cleaning lint out of the machine
Any other ideas? I'd be especially interested in things that you wouldn't think were quilting notions. I've read the thread about household things that can be used for sewing, but was hoping for ideas for small items that will fit in the tackle box.