Quiltcast #12 – Our Wishlists

Grand to mundane gift ideas for quilters, and what April and I have on our dream lists!

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Sewing Table, SewEzi or Koala cabinets

Sewing Machine – April is having major tension issues with her 30 year old Bernina and hoping to upgrade in the next 6 months, so far she’s considering this Bernina, Janome, and is planning to look into the Jane as well. Any suggestions are welcome!

Thread in neutrals for piecing – Lots of thread!

Portable ironing surface

Larger cutting mat – 18″ x 24″ isn’t always enough space

Zippers to have on hand, for fun projects

Iron suggestions? Oliso/Rowenta/Panasonic/T-fal – what works for you?

Kitchen island for cutting

Gift Card for fabric shopping

Clover Easy Loop Turner

I also made a pinterest board with these ideas (and a few more) – check it out here!

What’s on your dream list?


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By |2018-02-04T16:01:22-06:00November 13th, 2013|podcast, Quiltcast|8 Comments


  1. NellyKelly November 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Amy & April! I could not love your podcast more- it’s like having a chat with friends who know so much about this hobby I adore! Thanks for all your hard work! I bet I’m not alone in having a longarm on my “maybe-someday-if-I-win-the-lottery-wish-list”… and I’ve heard both of you talk about yours. Maybe someday you could talk about that- how much you love it, any downsides, how you decided on a make & model, anything you’d do differently in hindsight, etc. Thanks again, and I hope you and yours all have a wonderful holiday season!

  2. Nicole November 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Lovely wish list! I say you can never go wrong with a fabric gift card!

  3. Katelyn November 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I love your list! There are some great things on there that I would never have thought to ask for…some fab stocking stuffers. I popped on over to your pinterest board, and would suggest adding aurifil thread and a pink castle fabrics, marmalade fabrics, and southern fabrics gift cards (love their customer service). Also I have a Rowenta and LOVE it! Thanks so much for putting this list together.

  4. Nina November 14, 2013 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I just listened to your podcast for the first time and really enjoyed it! On the sewing machines…I love my Baby Lock. I also have a Bernina 330 so I have a little comparison. The Baby Lock performs great, comes in at a much better price point and the accessories are very reasonably priced. I had one problem (it turned out to be mostly user error related) and found the company service as well as my local service excellent. It helps also that I love my local dealer. That helps, too!

  5. Laura November 17, 2013 at 6:45 am - Reply

    April, have you ever had your machine checked and cleaned by a Bernina tech? I have sewn on 4 different Berninas (3 mechanical 830s and one 1260). I have had very slight tension issues with most of them at one time or other. All of the tension problems were solved with a professional cleaning and adjustment. Especially if you have a mechanical machine, I think it would be worth it to get a Bernina trained tech to check it out.

    I bought a big cutting mat 33×59 inches several years ago at JoAnns. It is not a self- healing mat, but it works great and only cost $35 with my 50% off coupon. Well worth it!

    Also, have you guys talked to a tax advisor? I wonder if your quilty stuff (like sewing machines and tables) would be tax deductible since you sew as a business.

  6. Virginia November 17, 2013 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I’m a recent listener to your podcast which I really enjoy. First my main wish list would be for either a midarm sewing machine or a regular sewing machine with a larger quilting area.
    As for sewing machine recommendations, I’ve read excellent reviews on the newer Babylock machines. I have a Husqvarna Viking machine which is great but accessories are expensive.
    Now my thoughts on thread. I decided to do some calculations on the cost of 50wt thread per yard and Aurifil is the most cost effective. The least expensive price I found online was 9.50 a spool but you need to factor on shipping costs. There is an online shop that if you purchase 3 spools you get a 4th free. Anyway even at 11.50 a spool you get 123 yds for $1. If I used the least expensive website and compared thread brands for $1 per yard Aurifil was 149, Presencia 110, Signature 86, Superior Bottomline 86, So Fine 95, Wonderfil 145. All the threads I compared were all 50wt threads.

  7. Kati R. November 22, 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Hi Amy and April,
    I listened to your podcast yesterday and I think on April’s wishlist was a clover easy loop turner to help turning the bag handles inside out when sewn? I have washable rubber gloves with a cotton lining and have to turn it inside out to be able to wash it properly and I use a wooden spoon to turn the “fingers”. Have you tried to turn the bag handle with a help of a wooden spoon? Just an idea!
    Also my ironing surface is half of a plywood sheet, covered with insulebright and the grey ironing board cover (not sure what it’s called). In the iron department I have a continental dry iron which is perfect to press seams when sewing. I can highly recommend that one. It has no auto shut-off though…
    On my dream list are lots of books (of course!), a Sweet Sixteen sewing machine by Handiquilter (I don’t have a longarm), can never have enough fabrics, and my vintage machine loves Isacord thread for quilting, I’d love some more color of those. Also a Kona color card with the real fabric swatches. I’m sure there are a lot more things, these came to mind at first. I really love listening to your podcast, please keep them coming!

  8. Mary Claire December 10, 2013 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Fun podcast!
    I love my black and decker classic iron. It gets HOT, so much that I don’t even use steam.
    I have a Bernina 530 that I LOVE! It’s the newer version of the 430. It’s so similar that I’m selling my 430. Love both machines!

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