|Dear Friendly Friends,
I have been listening to the encomiums about George H. W. Bush the last couple of days, and I watched his funeral at the National Cathedral on Wednesday. Everybody speaks about his strength of character, his love of laughter, his dedication to his family, his nation, the world, and the Office of the Presidency of the USA. It has been an inspiring few days. I would hope that as a nation we might strive to live up to his ideals, to be a kinder, gentler nation and to be a thousand points of light. It all starts with us, with the individual, in our homes and our communities.
You can make a difference in the life of a child on Christmas! Bring your new, unwrapped toys and place them in the TOYS FOR TOTS box near the front door. On behalf of the children, thank you!
Laurel Burch lovers: a line of batiks has arrived that are glorious. Check them out on the “Just Arrived” shelf as you enter the shop, or look online. Some pictures are below. Nina is putting together a great strip set and charm pack for us.
Come to our Christmas Elves’ Ornament Workshop on Sunday, 2-5. We’ll have stations set up in the classroom. Pick out a kit when you sign in for the class and sit with our elves to learn how to make it. Additional kits can be purchased for $5. Make as many as you’d like. Buy some to make at home!
Don’t forget to register for the book-signing and lecture with Carol Dean Jones on Saturday, December 15 at noon. The event is free, but we want to make sure we have enough books on hand. I started reading the first book in the series, Tie Died, last night; it’s light reading and very engaging. The basic story line is that a lady of some years is prevailed upon by her daughter to move to a retirement community. She finds she actually enjoys living there and is settling in when one of her neighbors is murdered. Now it’s a who-done-it!
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.
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. 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.
Go ‘n’ piece,
SHOP SPECIALS: Christmas and Hannukah fabrics are on sale at a 20% discount until December 30.
If you want to purchase a Handi Quilter for less than full retail value 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.
ACCUQUILT GO!: The following promotions are valid through December 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.
Take $60 off the price of Edyta Sitar’s “Serendipity” Qube Specialty Set. 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.
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.
HANDI QUILTER: the following offers are available December 5-17.
Buy a stand-up longarm machine and get a FREE Ruler Package, with a value of up to $450, including the ruler base and a surprise ruler bundle.
Buy a Sweet Sixteen and get a FREE TruStitch and table overlay.
Buy a ProStitcher and get the Golden Threads Digital Design Collection, valued at over $400, for FREE.
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.
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.
Sew Steady’s Large Table Holiday Special includes a large 18” x 24” Sew Steady Table, the new Grid Glider, and the new Circles & Straights Tool, used as a straight guide for seams as well as sewing circles. Valued at $179, get yours for just $129. Offer expires 12/31/18.
Sew Steady is also offering the Wish Table Holiday Package. This includes a 22 ½ “ x 25 ½” Wish table with a blue drawer and the Circle Sewing Tool, the new Grid Glider, a very slick mat that has a 12” x 20” printed grid for measurements such as seam allowances, and a 26” x 26” Big Travel Bag. The value of the package is $273, but you can purchase it now for $209.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
As mentioned above, we have 20 bolts of Batik Menagerie from Clothworks, based on artworks by Laurel Burch. $13.99 per yard. 5" Charm Squares, $10.99. 2 1/2" strips, $42.99.
Looking for some quick-to-pick-up sewing themed gifts? We've got you covered! We have cork backed, absorbent stone coasters, $5 each. These packages of sewing-themed tissues are strong, soft, and fragrance free, $2 each.
Save those scraps! In Serendipity Quilts, you will discover the joy and freedom of creating collage-style quilts without rules and measurements. Get hands-on instruction from Susan Carlson, an award-winning artist who believes creating with your instincts will produce gorgeous results every time. MSRP $29.95, CQ price only $25.46!
Art Nouveau Quilts for the 21st Century is a stunning collection of 15 appliqued quilts in the Art Nouveau style. Author Bea Oglesby has taken graceful designs drawn from nature - flowers and fruits - and surrounded them with serpentine swirls and inventive border designs. MSRP $24.95, CQ price only $21.17!
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!
Debra Ball teaches the "Woven Snowflake Ornament" on Monday, 12/10 at 10am. In class, you'll weave strips of fabric together to create a snowflake ornament to hang on the tree, a wreath, the mantle, or other decorative endeavor! You can also use these snowflakes in place of a bow on a gift. Once you know how, you'll want to make more.
Don't forget you can make a sewing machine service appointment (General Maintenance) for nearly any Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday! Shop while our technicians tend to the needs of your machine, and take her home the same day.
If you couldn't make the 12/7 longarm class, it is being offered again on Wednesday, 12/12 at 11am.
We have Sandwich Night appointments available for Friday, 12/14. Bring your top backing batting and supplies to CQ and we will help you prepare it for quilting.
12/15 is the Carol Dean Jones Book Signing event. Register today!
On Saturday, 12/15 at 2pm, Barbara teaches how to properly hold and use a ruler on a longarm machine and what additional supplies you need when working with longarm rulers. You will have the opportunity to try out rulers for yourself.
Billye and "Because Quilts" will be here on Sunday, 12/16 at noon to work on quilts for the women housed by the Interfaith Works Center. Please consider joining her to work on this worthwhile project.
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 December prize is a Thread Sampler from Aurifil and Berry Season Mini-Charms by Elizabeth Hartman from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
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. Members will enjoy a 25% discount on most items, and 9:00am early access to the store.
Our thanks to everybody who shops at Capital Quilts and who participates in the Blue Bag Bonanza.