Dear Sew Fine Friends,
I am back from the Houston Quilt Market! It had a very different look from the last few years: colors are pastel, with shades of mint, coral, and gray blue mixed with cream, white, and pale gray prevailing. Northcott and Michael Miller, the two brands of solids that we carry, are both adding dozens of new colors to their lines to complement the new color ways. The bright colors we are used to are still with us: Kaffe, Tula, Alison Glass, and others are going strong with beautiful new lines. Prints, especially in the pastel colors, are much smaller. Garment patterns continue to be a growing phenomenon. I did not find a knock-your-socks off new ruler or notion; most seemed to be variations of existing ones. Gnomes are everywhere! Quilts, clothing, bags, boxes, Tuffets, you name it, it’s got a gnome on it.
It’s here! Our fall AccuQuilt GO! Education Event starts tomorrow! AccuQuilt National Educator Jeannie Miller will be with us on November 9 and 10 for 3 classes full of information, tips, tricks, and quilts, not to mention a fun time! The Friday morning class at 10:30 is called “Cut Less, Quilt More” and is for beginners. Friday afternoon at 2:30, Jeannie goes into more depth about the AccuQuilt machines and how to make creative use of them; this is an intermediate class. Finally, on Saturday morning at 10:30, Jeannie offers an advanced class called “There’s a Die for That”; she shows us how to adapt a pattern so that the AccuQuilt GO! machine can be used to do the cutting. Each class is $10, and you’ll receive a $10 Capital Quilts Gift Card at the door. We’ll have prizes and giveaways as well. Sign up online, in person at the shop, or by phone at 301-527-0598. Do it today!
Wondering what to get yourself for a holiday present? How about a really comfortable sewing chair? Heavenly Seating has three sizes of adjustable chairs to fit almost anyone. They adjust up and down and have adjustable backs and lumbar support. There are lots of options to choose from (arms or no arms, caster for hard floors vs. carpet, casters that lock, casters that won’t roll when you are sitting in the chair, over 150 colors in several different fabrics, and more). Try one out in the Sewing Machine Department next time you are in the shop.
Capital Quilts needs someone to do quilting for customers. The job includes meeting with customers to determine pattern, thread color, and any other requirements; doing the quilting in a professional and timely way; and completing paperwork (minimal). Also available are opportunities to teach classes and mentor rental customers. Please respond to this newsletter email if this is something you are interested in doing.
If you are a pro at quilting with Westalee rulers on your domestic sewing machine and you like to teach, I am looking for someone to teach Westalee classes here at the shop. If you are interested, please reply to this newsletter.
Go ‘n’ piece,
SHOP SPECIALS: Janome is discontinuing the MC9400. I have one left, my floor model. Regularly $4,999, get the floor model for $2,499. Free lesson and free membership in Janome Club included.
It’s Handi Quilter Demo Days at Capital Quilts! Purchase our floor model Simply Sixteen, Amara, or Forte at a significant price reduction.
Simply Sixteen: MSRP $5995, now $5,095
Amara: MSRP $11,995, now $8,999
Forte: MSRP $13,995, now $11,199
Forte with ProStitcher: MSRP $23,995 now $19,999
I have a Horn of America space-saver sewing machine cabinet in cherry available. It is a floor model. The original price was $990. I offer it to you for $599. Closed up, it measures 19.5”W x 24”L. With the side leaf up, the length becomes 48”.
ACCUQUILT GO!: Take $100 off the purchase of a Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System. Regularly $449.99, pay $349.99 November 1-22.
Take 20% off all GO! dies November 1-25! Excluded in this sale are all the Qube products and new dies #55181, 55485, 55487, 55461, 55494, 44861, 55490, and 55491.
HANDI QUILTER: Buy any HQ machine package and receive an HQ HighLight to fit your new system FREE! The HighLight is a free-standing light system with adjustable height and adjustable shutters on the fixtures to direct the light just where you want it most. It fits comes in a 5’ and 8’/10’ size, with 2’ extensions for 12’ and 14’ frames. The system can be used with all brands of longarms as well as over cutting tables, sewing tables, craft areas, and so on. The prices are $349.95 for the HighLight 5, $499.95 for the HighLight 8/10, and $99.95 for each 2’ extension. Valid November 5-19.
Buy a ProStitcher (alone or added to a machine package) and receive one FREE My Secret Drawer to add to your frame. My Secret Drawer fits the Little Foot, Studio, and Gallery frames (but not the bent-leg style). It is about 33 x 19 x 6 and will hold up to 96 cones of thread, lots of rulers and templates, or just plain stuff. You can put up to 3 of them on a 12’ frame, but note that while the drawer will clear the batting pole, it may not clear the roll of batting. If you store batting on your frame, you should just get one drawer. The retail price is $249.95 for the Studio and Gallery drawers and $274.95 for the Little Foot drawer. Valid November 5-19.
JANOME: Janome introduced new models on October 1! The HMC9450QCP replaces the MC9400 as the premier domestic sewing and quilting machine. It includes the Ruler Work Mode, auto power-off time, variable zigzag, stitch tapering, the superior needle threader with Number 7 Thread Guide, and an AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2). The Skyline 6 has upgraded lighting, an Indigo faceplate, 9mm stitch width, 196 built-in stitches, 10 one-step buttonholes, and the Acufeed Flex Layered Fabric Feeding System.
Janome has several promotions going on, all running October 1 – December 31:
- Purchase the MC15000, regularly $12,999, for $10,999 and get a FREE Apple MacBook Air and FREE Artistic Digitizer Software, a $2198 value. This is the first time Janome has allowed us to put the 15000 on sale; if you have been lusting after this machine, this is a good time to buy it.
- The new HMC9450QCP retails for $5,499. Buy it for just $4,499 and get a FREE universal Table and Janome’s exclusive Westalee 6-piece Ruler Kit with carrying case and instructional DVD FREE, a $768 value. Your total savings is $1,768.
- The new Skyline 6 has a regular price of $1,999. Buy it at the introductory price of $1,599.
- Buy a Skyline 7, regularly $2,999, for $2,499.
- Buy a CoverPro 2000CPX for $849 and get a Travel Roller Bag, MSRP $99, for $75.
- Buy the new AirThread 2000D serger with One-Push Air Threading System for $1,799. The Janome Serger Thread Kit, normally $59.99, can be purchased with the 2000D for just $39.99.
- The MC6700, regularly $3,799, is on sale for $3,199 and includes a FREE Universal Table, a $658 value.
- The MC500E, regularly $2,999, is available for $2,499. Save 15% on the purchase of the Artistic Digitizer Software with this machine purchase.
I have most of these machines in stock or on order. If there is something you want that I don’t have, I will cheerfully order it for you.
SEW STEADY: Wish to Quilt Package For those of you who want to start quilting with rulers on your domestic machine, this package offers the Sew Steady table, free motion glider, ruler foot starter kit, 6 templates, stable tape, a spacing gauge, a crosshair ruler, and a book about designing with rulers, plus tips and tricks, everything you need to get started quilting with rulers. Valued at $430, this package is $390 through December 31. Add a Travel Bag for $49.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
Chong-a Hwang is back with this gorgeous abstract butterfly panel, $9.50 each. Pair it with one or more of these fantastic coordinates, $12.50-12.99 per yard.
Also from Timeless Treasures, we have this wonderfully whimsical multi-colored paint spatter cat print in a cotton/lycra knit! $17.50 per yard.
From Moda, we have "Enchanted" by Gingiber. These delightful fairytale prints are sure to please! $11.99 per yard.
Simple Beginner Quilts from Leisure Arts contains fantastic quilts that are easy to make! These exclusive designs from the pages of McCall's Quilting use basic piecing skills to make wonderful wall hangings, cozy cuddle quilts, and beautiful bed coverings. New and experienced quilters alike will love these simply spectacular projects. MSRP $17.99, CQ price only $15.29.
Beginner Friendly Quilts compiles the best of Fons & Porter's Quilty magazine, which is devoted to giving quilting instruction to rookies in little, friendly pieces. Not only are the quilts all for Beginner level, but they are further identified for three stages of beginner skills. There's a super-simple starter project for everyone! MSRP $17.99, CQ price only $15.29.
If you are new to quilting or have been away from it for a long time, the designs in Beginner-Friendly Quilting are perfect projects. Produced for Leisure Arts by The Creative Partners, each pattern is easy, yet attractive, so you will enjoy making and using these quilts or be happy to give them as gifts. MSRP $14.99, CQ price only $12.74
As mentioned above, we are hosting three AccuQuilt classes with national educator Jeannie Miller. Cut Time, Quilt
More on Friday, November 9th at 10:30am, GO! Beyond the Basics on Friday at 2:30pm, and on Saturday, There's a Die for That at 10:30am.
There are two Sandwich Night appointments available for Friday, November 9.
Brimfield Block Star Pillow: English Paper Piecing is soooo relaxing and fun! Kim will show you how to prepare your pieces and stitch them together. Then, she'll demonstrate how to applique your completed Brimfield Star block onto a pillow top and make the pillow on Sunday, November 11 at 2pm.
Need a pretty wreath or unusual table topper for your holiday decorating? The Fold'n Stitch Wreath is just the thing! Add buttons, beads, bling, sparkles, lace, ribbon, whatever you can imagine! Tuesday, November 13 at 10:30am.
EQ8 is a computer based application with which you can preview, color, and even design and resize your quilt. It will calculate yardage, add the ¼ inch seam allowance, and create templates, rotary cutting instructions, or foundation piecing patterns. Elyse will help you navigate this powerful program on Thursday, November 15th at 10:15am.
Use Robin Ruth Designs’ rulers to make mariner’s compass blocks that are STRIP-PIECED, not paper-pieced! You can make these blocks in 16 different sizes. There are many variations and Ruth is writing more and more patterns for the rulers. Warning: they are fun to make and quite addictive! This Mariner's Compass class is best suited to sewers who are accurate in both cutting and sewing 1/4” seams. Fantastic! Annie teaches on Thursday, November 15th at 2pm.
Capital Quilts Cares: Isolette Covers On Friday, November 16th at 1pm, Jan walks you through the steps to making isolette covers for area hospital neonatal units. Babies born prematurely need to be in a warm dark environment and the bright lights and noise of the medical apparatus they require can be very stressful to them. Padded covers for the isolettes dampen the noise and block out the light. This workshop is free, but please register so we'll know to expect you.
Need a break from your house to get some sewing completed? Join Kat for Night Owl Sewing on Saturday, November 17th from 6:00pm to midnight! Enjoy up to six blissful hours of distraction-free sewing and fun. It's almost a mini-retreat! Includes a $10 Gift Card, dinner, and beverages. Work on a new project or finish up an old one.
If you have an interest in renting one of our longarms, you'll first need to take Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm, next offered Sunday, November 18th at noon. Learn the ins and outs of the longarm machine and the frame, how to set up for quilting a quilt, what proper tension is, and some basic quilting designs.
Interested in wool, embroidery, or both? Liz offers Intro to Wool Embroidery on Sunday, November 18th at 12:30pm. (Allergic to wool? Try using flannel for a similar look!)
SAVE THE DATE
• November 9-10: AccuQuilt GO! Event & Classes
• April 26-27, 2019: Friendship Star Quilt Guild Quilt Show
• May 31-June 2: Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show
• June 8-9: Annapolis Quilt Guild Quilt Show
• October 11-20, 2019: Quilters' Quest
Current exhibits at the Virginia Quilt Museum:
• Mountain Mist Quilts - 20th Century Favorites curated by Neva Hart
• AQSG Basket Quilts
• Sacred Threads curated by Sarah Entsminger
• Treasures From the Vault: This is my Name curated by Gloria Comstock
• Viva La Difference by the Apple Valley Needle Threaders, Berryville, VA curated by Nyra White and Pam Pampe
BLUE BAG BONANZA
The November prize is a Christmas Tree Fusible Applique Kit from Lone Star Laser.
To be entered in each month’s drawing, bring your Capital Quilts Blue Bag with you when you shop. Make sure you show it to the staffer at the register! Upon completion of your sales transaction, your name will be put in the jar for the drawing at the end of the month. The more you shop, the more chances you have to win. Don’t have a Blue Bag? Purchase one at the shop, by phone, or online for just $4.99. We save all of the entries for the year, and at the end of the year we draw a Grand Prize Winner from all the entries.
Sign up for our 5th Saturday Club! Purchase your Gold Tag for $10 and be able to participate in special sales on each of the four 5th Saturdays on 2018. The next one is at the end of December.
Our thanks to everybody who shops at Capital Quilts and who participates in the Blue Bag Bonanza.