|Dear Fabricolous Friends,
Toys for Tots has finally brought us our collection boxes! If you would like to participate in this wonderful endeavor to bring smiles to the faces of children on Christmas, please bring your new, unwrapped toys and place them in the box near the front door. On behalf of the children, thank you!
Now that Halloween and Thanksgiving are behind us, I am comfortable saying we are in the Season of Giving. If you would like your family and friends to do their holiday shopping here at Capital Quilts and get you something you really want, fill out one of our Wish List forms. Let your shoppers know that it’s here! There is, of course, the Capital Quilts Gift Card.
If a new longarm machine is on your holiday Wish List, Handi Quilter is offering a financing special on full MSRP through December 4. $0 down, 0% interest (for qualified buyers), and free shipping will bring your Handi Quilter to your door. We will install it for you for $150 and provide a free lesson on its basic use and maintenance.
If you want a Handi Quilter for less money and don’t need to finance it, buy one of my floor model machines:
Simply Sixteen: MSRP $5995, now $5,095
Amara: MSRP $11,995, now $8,999
Forte with ProStitcher: MSRP $23,995, now $19,999
We will install it for you for $150 and provide a free lesson on its basic use and maintenance. There is a separate free class for the ProStitcher.
All of the clubs we had in 2018 will continue to meet in 2019, with a couple of additions. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the clubs and what happens in a club meeting, we invite you to attend a regular club meeting at no charge in December. Here are the dates and times:
Dec. 1: Longarm Club meets 10-12. ProStitcher Club meets 12:30-2:30.
Dec. 2: Let’s Get Dressed Club meets 2:30-4:30.
Dec. 8: 2nd Saturday Club meets 9-10:30. Wool & Hand Embroidery Club meets 12-2.
Dec. 9: EPP (English Paper Piecing) Club meets 12-2. Art & Stitch Club meets 12:30-2:30.
Dec. 10: The Hand Piecers meet from 1-3.
Dec. 11: Improv Club meets 6:30-8:30.
Dec. 15: Janome Club meets from 10:30-12:30.
Dec. 22: AccuQuilt Club meets from 10:30-12:30.
The two new clubs are 1st Saturday Club and AccuQuilt GO! Club. Please visit the 2nd Saturday Club meeting on the 8th to learn more about the 1st Saturday Club; the meetings will be very similar, but focusing on a different project. The GO! Club will meet on the 4th Sunday of each month in 2019, from 1-3. Because that is so close to this Christmas, we are going to have a “demo” meeting on Sunday, January 6, at 1. Liz will talk about the club and do a little demo to give you an idea of what the club will be like. She is also open to your ideas of what you’d like to do during club meetings!
I hope you’ll come to one or more of the club meetings. Clubs are lots of fun, and you will make new friends while you are learning new techniques and sharing tips, tricks, and projects. They meet once a month and are reasonably priced at just $65 for the entire year.
Did you know Capital Quilts carries Presencia cotton embroidery floss? Look for it in the Wool Department (that’s not as crazy as it sounds; folks who play with wool love to embroider!).
And did you know that AccuQuilt has a quilt-planning program you can use from their website? It’s called GO! Quilt! It leads you through planning your project, then tells you what dies you need to make the quilt, how much yardage you need, and instructions for both cutting and assembling the quilt. You can even register the dies you own, so that the program knows what you have and what you need to buy to make the quilt. The program sends you to the AccuQuilt online shop to make any purchases, but I, of course, hope that you will make your purchase here at Capital Quilts!
Go ‘n’ piece,
SHOP SPECIAL: Christmas and Hannukah fabrics are on sale at a 20% discount until December 29.
ACCUQUILT GO!: Tomorrow, 11/30, is the last day to take advantage of $150 off a GO! BIG cutting machine. Regularly $599.99, buy yours for $449.99. This electric cutting machine is wonderful for those with arthritis and other issues with hands, elbows, and shoulders. Don’t let such issues curtail your quilting fun! Plus, this machine is compatible with all of AccuQuilt’s dies, regardless of size.
From 12/1-12/31, get a $50 Rebate for the GO! Big cutting machine. Regularly $599.99, get your GO! BIG for $549.99 after rebate.
Also get a $50 Rebate for the Ready. Set. GO! package. Regularly $449.99, get this popular package for $399.99. It includes the intermediate-sized machine with a crank, an 8’ Qube, a 2 ½” strip die, and Eleanor Burns’ pattern book. This offer is also available 12/1-12/31.
Take $60 off the price of Edyta Sitar’s “Serendipity” Qube Specialty Set, 12/4-12/31. Regularly $279.99, now $219.99. Included in the set are 8 dies (butterfly, flowers, basket, and more), a cutting mat, a pattern book, a step-by-step DVD, and an embroidery CD. Combine these dies with your others to make beautiful projects.
12/5-12/31, take $5 off GO! dies priced $24.99 to $49.99, and $10 off GO! dies priced $59.99 and up. Excludes all Qube products.
Janome has several promotions going on through December 31:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The new Skyline 6 has a regular price of $1,999. Buy it at the introductory price of $1,599.
4. Buy a Skyline 7, regularly $2,999, for $2,499 a $500 savings.
5. Buy a CoverPro 2000CPX for $849 and get a Travel Roller Bag, MSRP $99, for $75.
6. 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.
7. The MC6700, regularly $3,799, is on sale for $3,199 and includes a FREE Universal Table, a $658 value.
8. 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.
HEAVENLY SEATING: Now through December 22, save 10% off your purchase of one (or more) of these fabulous chairs. These ergonomic chairs are fully adjustable, offering full back support and the ability to set the seat height at the perfect level for you. There is a lifetime warranty on the chair for the original purchaser.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
P&B Textiles has sent us Bear Essentials 4, the fourth iteration of their most popular basics line. The fabric collection features 64 vibrant pieces in small scale designs with a wide array of colors. The beautiful color palette is spread over 11 unique designs, making this our most impressive Bear Essentials collection! $10.99 per yard.
From Blank Textiles, we have Cosy Minds, a lovely geometric mauve collection. $12.50 per yard.
We've received a bunch of bolts from Island Batiks in a variety of colors and patterns; we've pictured just 5 of them here. $13.99 per yard.
Janet Clare is known for her serene palettes and usable prints. From Moda, we have 5 bolts from Weather Permitting, $11.99 per yard.
The Retreat Bag from Emmaline Bags is super popular! This boxy bag comes in two sizes. The best thing about it is when you unzip the zipper and open the top, it stays open wide so you can reach in and easily see what you are looking for. Annie has made a few, and will show you how to make your own on Friday, 11/30 at 11am.
Our free Sit 'n' Sew is Friday, 11/30 from 5-9. No registrations; space is first come, first served. We'll have beverages for you. Many participants bring a snack to share with fellow sewists.
Sunday, 12/2 at 12:30pm, learn how to load your quilt on the frame, thread the machine, wind and load a bobbin, establish good tension, bring up the bobbin thread, anchor and tie off threads, and do a little stitching on the Simply Sixteen, Handi Quilter's smallest longarm.
Bruce also has sewing machine service appointments available for 12/2.
Join Jan for our CQ Cares: Placemats for Seniors workshop on Monday, 12/3 at 2pm. Iona House and Meals for Wheels deliver these placemats to their clients, and they bring a smile to a whole lot of faces!
If your thread break a lot, or you can't get the metallic threads to work, Barbara can unravel these mysteries for you. Learn how needles and thread work together to give you the best possible outcome on Wednesday, 12/5 at 10:30am.
Charles has service appointments available for both Wednesday 12/5 and Friday 12/7.
Helen Johnston is teaching Baltimore Album blocks here on 12/6! Baltimore Album quilts have long been revered as the pinnacle of the art of quiltmaking. Helen is presenting a series of classes, each focusing on an applique skill used in these traditional quilts. Take the classes that interest you. The Christmas Cactus block is being offered at 10:00am, and the Oak Leaf and Reel at 2pm. Discover the serenity involved in creating a masterpiece with handheld needle and thread.
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. Even is you've used previous versions, you'll be impressed with the improved user interface and tools. Join Elyse to learn all about it on Friday, 12/7 at 1:30pm.
Tired of "quilting by check"? Learn how to use the Handi Quilter longarms, and quilt your own tops on our machines! Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm is being offered Friday, 12/7 at 6pm.
If you've got the basics down, and want to use the computer to help you with your quilting designs, sing up for Getting Started: The Basics of ProStitcher Premium, offered Saturday, 12/8 at 1pm.
On Sunday, 12/10, you can make an appointment with Marianne for machine service.
Also on Sunday, join us for an ornament workshop at 2pm! We will have several ornaments available for you to work on, and staff people available tor instruction and assistance as needed. All ornament kits are $5 each; purchase one to make at the workshop, and more to take home to work on!
SAVE THE DATE
• December 15, 2019: Book signing with Carol Dean Jones
• April 26-27, 2019: Friendship Star Quilt Guild Quilt Show
• May 31-June 2, 2019: Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show
• June 8-9, 2019: Annapolis Quilt Guild Quilt Show
• October 11-20, 2019: Quilters' Quest
Color Improvisations 2 is on view at the Susquehanna Art Museum through January 20, 2019 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This is a special invitational exhibition of contemporary quilts curated by Nancy Crow, one of the most celebrated and influential quilt artists of the past forty years. Color Improvisations 2 includes 50 large, improvisational quilts by 43 artists from Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Scotland, and the United States.
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
At the National Theatre:
BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Runs 11/27/18 through 12/30/18.
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.