1. Machine needles.
I can never have enough needles. They are around $5 per pack. Cheap, but necessary.
What kind? Anything. Everything. All colors, all fibres, all brands. I quilt with some, I thread paint with others. It depends on the project.
|my winning photo, 2010|
3. Magazine Subscriptions.
Pick one. There are a GAZILLION quilting mags out there, enough to make your head spin! I counted 17 at the grocery store the other day. I am going to be very selective this year. Though I would take them all, here are some specific ones I have in mind - none of which are easily found at a grocery store. Subscriptions are the way to go with these. I have selected a great mix I think. They are all distinctly different from each other.
A Needle Pulling Thread
|back issue full of lovelies!|
|back issue - felting on cover. they do it all!|
What a find this is! Inside this magazine are instructions and patterns for a huge variety of needle arts: Quilting, Fibre Art, Crochet, Cross Stitch, Rug Hooking, Embroidery, Knitting, Beading, Felting... in every issue! WOW. I flipped through it and some of the crafts in there are so gorgeous and very fine quality. It's a bit hard to find, but well worth it if you are like me. Flip through it for yourself. There's a link HERE. I found it at McNally Robinsons Booksellers. I think the editor told me they are at Barnes & Noble as well. (Carla, please leave a post if you want to say more on that.)
For subscription info, click HERE.
Bonus: it is Canadian!
I've seen this magazine before and have a couple old copies (thank you Molly!). It's "art to wear", which can be pretty out-there for some hardcore quilters. I hadn't subscribed to it before, but after seeing this latest cover, I think I NEED it. Sigh. Oh the eye candy!! It's luscious. It's inspirational.
Subscriptions are HERE. They have electronic versions if you chose to go paperless.
Quilting Arts In Stitches E-mag
I had a Quilting Arts magazine subscription last year, and I want more. I have a lot of old issues. They have changed their format to be more process-focused, so the articles are all delving into technique. Less eye candy perhaps, but more instruction. I've noticed a real push on the topics of dying, transfers, stamping... which I don't do. Maybe I'll learn.
The new emag is HERE.
This isn't on my wish list, only because it's already on it's way!! It's new - just a year old. Check it out:
Quilters' Connections Magazine
|last year's winter issue|
That hockey cover page is a keeper. It will sit on the coffee table again this December as part of the decor. There's just something so nostalgic about that quilt!! : )
You can subscribe to this Canadian gem HERE.
Okay, well this isn't a priority this year, but it would be pretty fun! I was gifted EQ5 without the manuals, so I just ordered them before they become obselete. They should be delivered any day. I need to try it out before I decide to spend the bucks and buy the new one. ($189 American before taxed, shipping, etc...). My book order was only $20. So I'll start there. By the time I decide, they'll have EQ8 anyhow! In the mean time, I will let you know how that goes!
Please share! What's on your list??
who lives pretty darn close to Santa Clause