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Thread: Quilter's Hubby needs Christmas gift ideas

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    My wife is a great quilter and a wonderful wife/friend/confidant/support system all rolled into one pretty package.

    She's made Christmas quilts, purses, table runners and things I can't even identify.

    I need help in chosing a great gift for my favorite quilter. In these troubled times, money is a little tight but I am sure there is enough for something nice. Maybe not a new quilting machine but she already has a big monster that must be 10' long and a Genomie sewing machine to boot. She has enough fabric to quilt Rhode Island and maybe Vermont to boot. So, what is a DH to do?

    Is there anything that comes close to being a romantic quilting gift? I want this to be a special Christmas for her. I don't want to buy another set of spark plugs and wrench so she can change them herself again. Hey, a couple of years ago the plugs made her car run better but it hurt when she hit me with the wrench. Oil for her car is out too.

    Suggestions please.

    Wally

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    Does she have or ever expressed the desire for an Accuquilt system? If so, here is a link to the best price I have found on one:

    http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com...ls/page_1.html

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    you could go to your local quilt shop and give her a gift certificate and some surprises

    has she hinted to you what she would like?

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    Besides sewing I love to listen to music while I am doing it...maybe a nice stereo

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    I say you can't go wrong with a Gift Card so that she can purchase more fabric from her favorite quilt shop.

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    How about a gift card in a box with a couple of scented candles, nice bath salts, and a box of her favorite chocolates... :D:D:D

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    as a Quilting Guy I Second Craftybear's Idea. Is there anything she might be missing to make her quilting easier?? are her sissors worn out?? does she have all the rulers she might need?

    I am not the greatest gift getter for my DW. I ask her to make a list of possible things she wants. Then pick and choose what I get her. I suggest you have her set up the list in the order of what she wants the most to the least.

    Yours in Quilting
    Christopher

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to ALL!!

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    My DH did this for me one year and I was surprised and so happy and the gift lasted a long time. Here's what he did:

    He went to a local quilt shop (LQS) and one of the ladies helped him pick out 200.00 worth of supplies, tools, gadgets, scissors ( no rotary cutters back then)5 different solid colors fabrics (3 yard each)and a bunch of different colored threads. He even threw in a couple of quilt books, which I still have today. It was the best present he ever got for me and it reminded me of his love and thoughtfulness every time I used something from that big box. He passed away 17 years ago and that gift is one I will always remember. My kids remember it too because it made me cry!

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    I'm no help. Gift certificates. I'm old and have most everything I need. Rather than a bunch of stuff I really don't need or want. I like money or money cards. It is always the right size and right color. However, many women Want a gift. Sooooo, like I said I'm no help. :0

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    You know, my husband has the same problem. I've been quilting for 10 years. Anything I might need, I have. I gave my husband this option. I told him that I adore Jinny Beyer and that if he went to her site and picked out a quilt kit HE liked, I'd love to make it. I figure I couldn't lose with a gift like that. I'd get to quilt one of her lovely designs , it would have an element of surprise, AND I get to make something that I know he liked enough to choose. Perhaps that might work for you?

    Now I fully expect that I'll get slippers !! ( just kidding!)

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    I too have all the quilting stuff i can ever use, but you know, we always want a little more, What i would love for dh to get me for Christmas is a day trip to a quilt store a few hours away,(Mercer or Portersville,if he is listening) a modest gift certificate to the store and the promise of lunch out at a nice restaurant nearby with him.

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    How about a quilting retreat gift certificate? Maybe search the Internet or ask some the local quilt shops about a weekend retreat for 2011 that is nearby.

    I think whatever you get her, she'll know it came with love and care and she'll appreciate it.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    The best gift my husband ever got me had nothing to do with quilting. He ordered a special toilet seat from Japan from a company called Toto, and installed it himself. It is the coolest thing, and is completely hands-free. It will squirt you with water (you choose the location, front or back). You can adjust the water's temperature, how hard it squirts, and whether it oscillates. Then it will dry you with hot air. The fancy one even senses when you have left and puts down the toilet seat for you. It was the most thoughtful gift I ever got, bar none. And it's a toilet seat, go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    How about a gift card in a box with a couple of scented candles, nice bath salts, and a box of her favorite chocolates... :D:D:D
    LOVING THIS ANSWER...quilt shop gift card and some love :oops:

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    since it sounds like she is well stocked with quilting supplies, how about something to soothe her tired body after a hard day at the machine?
    Certificate for one or [b]all[b/] of the following each month:
    massage
    pedicure/manicure
    dinner at favorite restaurant
    'date night' with you (of course)
    bubble bath/loofa sponge/tub candles
    book, wine, chocolate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    You know, my husband has the same problem. I've been quilting for 10 years. Anything I might need, I have. I gave my husband this option. I told him that I adore Jinny Beyer and that if he went to her site and picked out a quilt kit HE liked, I'd love to make it. I figure I couldn't lose with a gift like that. I'd get to quilt one of her lovely designs , it would have an element of surprise, AND I get to make something that I know he liked enough to choose. Perhaps that might work for you?
    Wally, you are so thoughtful! I second LadyJaneDoe's suggestion :)

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    check with the local quilt shop or quilt guild (the shop will know how to contact them) and give her a promissory note to cover the cost of a guest speaker scheduled to come to your area, or to cover the cost of a quilt retreat (guilds usually have at least one retreat a year). The cost for a retreat in my area is about $120 to $150, and classes by a guest speaker run between 50 and 75$ each class.

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    There's a lot of great suggestions here!

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    Was going to suggest a quilt retreat...but I see it's already there. That is my favourite gift each year....

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    Wally, just posting your wish on here is so romantic! I think your wife is a lucky lady!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit
    Besides sewing I love to listen to music while I am doing it...maybe a nice stereo
    If she has an ipod, maybe a nice Bose ipod dock. I love mine, it has a rechargeable battery and a remote so I don't have to get up to change music or volume and I can drag it all over the house without having to find a plug.

    A gift certificate for a massage. I have a friend who is a wonderful massage therapist. In fact I just got home a few minutes ago from my massage.

    Another thought.... Maybe a gift of a housekeeper to come in once a month or so.

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    How about a Singer 221 featherweight sewing machine? Most of us quilters love them.

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    Does she have a nice cutting area ? Joann's has some nice cutting tables ,some even have storage under neath .Really like quilt retreat of her choice idea I know I'd love it if my hubby did that for me .Your wife will love what ever you do for her Merry Christmas!

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    My dh made me a big board ironing board!!! I think it around $30. I love it !!! I love it but I love him even more for taking the time and love to make it for me!!! Romantic in my eyes everytime I use it or walk into the room or even think about it! I think of him building it & making it for me, so sweet. Yep, about as special as you can get in my eyes. Here is the link if you like.
    http://www.quiltcampus.net/Library/P...ningBoard.html

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    I am not sure if she has everything she needs for quilting or not but... How about a loves embrace necklace or earrings from Kays.. My DH got me one and I just love it!!!

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