Dear Sewing Superstars,
Handi Quilter’s new Moxie longarm machine is on order. Hopefully it will arrive sometime this week and we will get it set up so you can come give it a try! This machine promises to give you great free motion quilting opportunities at a very reasonable price. It is my understanding that Handi Quilter is working on a version of Pro-Stitcher for the machine as well, most likely to be available next year.
To those of you who wanted to take the Alaska Specialty Ruler class but couldn’t get a seat, we have added a third session, on Saturday, November 21, from 12:30-3:30. One person has told me she can’t take the class on a Saturday but could on a Sunday; if anybody who has already enrolled in one of the Sunday sessions is able to take the Saturday class instead, please contact Kat at 301-527-0598 to make the change. Thank you!
Betsy Kulamer is offering another Sew Together Zoom meeting on Friday, November 6, 6:30-9. Kim Jalette will be her special guest. Kim loves English Paper Piecing and will be glad to answer any questions you might have about EPP. She has made some beautiful projects and I am quite sure she will bring them along for a show-and-tell.
Shopping at Capital Quilts: Please give us a call at 301-527-0598 if you’d like to make an appointment to come shop in the store. You can usually get in the same day. We are no longer making appointments online, only by phone. I’d like to be able to open the shop entirely, but I still feel the need to control the number of people in it in order to protect both you and us. The virus numbers are beginning to rise again, and we want to reduce the odds anybody in our quilting and sewing community gets Covid 19.
If you are exposed to the virus and/or get a positive Covid19 test result, please do not come to the shop, and if you have been to the shop while you may have been infectious, please call the shop so that we may let others know. There is nothing political about this, and there is no judgment from us. We just want to do our best to help stop the virus from spreading and protect our friends and families and community.
We have a new exhibit in the Gallery! Coronavirus Challenge quilts are down, QOV quilts are up. Do stroll through when you're here to shop; they're a wonderful tribute to our military service members.
We really and truly appreciate your continued patronage and your patience through this pandemic. Your support has been, and continues to be, awesome. You are truly Super Duper Customers! Keep wearing those masks!
Go ‘n’ Piece,
We are having some classes in the shop and some on Zoom. We will make the virtual classes as easy as we can for you, sending you a link to the Zoom class. All you have to do is add the Zoom app to your computer, IPad, or other device so that you can open the link and participate in the class.
Class size will be limited. As before COVID, you can sign up online, by phone, or in the shop if you are here on a shopping appointment. Class descriptions are found below and on our website. Each class will have a supply list; look for this on our website: click on “Class Calendar in the blue bar at the top of the home page. Find the class on the calendar and click on that, then scroll down to the bottom left of the page to find “Supply List” and click on that.
For classes in the shop, we require that you wear a mask during the class and social distance as much as possible. Each person will have their own table. We will also take your temperature when you enter the shop and ask that you use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water.
Sew Together: Ask an Expert Tired of sewing alone? Join fellow quilters for a virtual quilting bee. Settle into your favorite sewing space with your favorite Zoom-compatible technology for 2-1/2 hours of stitching and chatting. Everyone will have a chance to talk about what they’ve been working on and pose questions to the other quilters. No masks required!
Each month, we are inviting a guest who is expert in some aspect of quilting and needlework to join us to answer questions about his or her specialty.
November 6: Kim Jalette will answer questions about English Paper Piecing.
December 4: Annette Burns will talk about wool embroidery and offer ideas for last-minute holiday gifts.
Note: you must download the Zoom app/client, and you will need a camera/webcam, microphone, and speakers as well as an internet connection. On the day of Sew Together, you’ll receive an email with a link to the Zoom meeting. Please confirm that Capital Quilts has your current email address and phone number.
Skill Level: any
Instructor/Moderator: Betsy Kulamer
Class Size: max. 18
Date and Time: Nov. 6, 6:30-9; Dec. 4, 6:30-9
Alaska Specialty Ruler: This class was originally scheduled to happen back in the spring and was a victim of the pandemic. It is a class for members of the 1st Saturday Club who want to learn how to use the specialty ruler used to create the “Alaska” quilt. Preference will be given to those who were scheduled to take the class back in April.
Skill Level: intermediate
Instructor: Pat Vasaio
Class Size: max. 5
Date and Time: Session A: November 1, 12:30-3:30 (full); Session B: November 15, 12:30-3:30 (full); Session C: November 21, 12:30-3:30
October 22-31: Buy 2 GO! dies and get a third one of the same or lesser value at 50% off.
October 22-31: Take 20% off your purchase of any AccuQuilt GO! machine (excluding the GO! Me).
November 2-8: Take $125 off the GO!, Ready.Set.GO!, and GO!Big cutting machines. Please contact the shop to make this purchase.
November 2-12: Take 20% off dies, mats, and accessories. IN-STORE PURCHASES ONLY.
The English Paper Piecing Qube is now available. The Qube includes 8 dies, 4 for fabric and 4 for papers. The shapes are the hexie, half hexie, diamond, and equilateral triangle, with 1” finished sides. Get a free book, “English Paper Piecing Made Easy” by Katja Marek when you purchase the Qube. Order yours today!
Meet the Janome 5300QDC. This mid-priced computerized free arm machine offers many of the functions and features you would expect in machines at triple the cost. It has 300 stitches, 100 alphabet characters, and 7 one-step buttonholes. Its features include the Superior Plus Feed System, a top-loading bobbin, Superior Needle Threader with Thread Guide 7, wide-angle LED lighting, an LCD screen with fast navigation, and a detachable stitch chart. The function buttons include needle up/down, locking stitch, reverse, speed control, and start/stop. Also included is the Quilting Attachment Kit (1/4” seam foot, open toe F2 foot, walking foot with quilt guide, B2 foot, and seam guide), an optic magnifier set of 3 (20x, 40x, and 60x), a knee lifter, and a hard cover. At only 13 lbs., it is easy to take to classes and retreats and guild meetings! Call the shop at 301-527-0598 for pricing.
Also in stock: the MC 9450 QCP. This machine is particularly delightful for quilters, with an 11” throat space, built-in quilting stitches, and automatic foot lift. Check out all the features on the Janome website. It is a fabulous machine! Ask me how I know.
Tune in to the Handi Quilter Facebook page every Tuesday at 2pm EDT for Handi Quilter’s Watch and Learn Quilting Show, which features tips, tricks, and tutorials on Handi Quilter products with limited-time special pricing and a give-away to a random live attendee. They announce a special on a different machine or accessory each week. If you can’t watch the Tuesday show, go to the HQ website and enjoy the “And I Quilt” series of videos. You can still get the special pricing on the week’s product through Sunday.
Take 15% off Hand Wheel Kits, Handi Hammock, and Leader Sets through November 1, 2020.
Illuminate your quilts! Now through November 9, purchase any new machine package or Pro-Stitcher and receive a FREE HQ HighLight compatible with your frame or table. The HighLight is a lighting system on poles that goes up and over your workspace for great LED lighting.
Sew Steady has some new offers for the holiday season, valid through December 31, 2020:
Holiday Dreams Table Package: a 22.5” x 25.5” acrylic table with beveled edges and a blue drawer for notions PLUS a 26” x 26” padded nylon storage bag with pockets. Total value: $249 SALE: $199
Light Up the Holidays Large Table Package: get the best selling 18” x 24” acrylic table with rounded front edge and an 18” printed ruler PLUS a Light Stick and Dry Erase Marker to turn your Sew Steady table into a light box or design board. Total value: $155 SALE: $119
Best Selling Quilting Kit: This ruler work kit special includes a domestic ruler foot, 12” arc template, 6pc Sampler Template Set 1, 8-1/2” 8pt. Crosshair Ruler, and a spacing gauge. In addition, you get Janet’s Ruler Quilt Design eBook, Creative Quilting Inspirations Designing with the Crosshair Rulers eBook by Leonie West, a free printed pattern, and a free Ruler Work 101 online class at the Sew Steady University. Total value: over $270 SALE: $175 Wow! I love all the educational materials. This is a great way to get started quilting with rulers. This offer is valid through January 15, 2021.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
Tula Pink's Linework has arrived! This black and white print fabric collection features zebras, pandas, lemurs, peacocks, and skunks. Most of the prints have a subtle ombre of color that repeats at least twice from selvage to selvage so every fat quarter will contain a full spectrum of color! $12.99 per yard; FQ bundles, $45.50 each.
Enhance your sewing experience with the Sew Comfortable Seat Cushion and Lumbar Support. Janome's Sew Comfortable line of Memory Foam products provide extra strength and support, as well as feature an ergonomic design that promotes good posture, ensuring your comfort. Lumbar support, $34.99; seat cushion, $41.99
Organize your stash! These acid-free storage boards have multiple tabs and will fit on a standard bookshelf or file folder. The large size holds up to several yards of fabric, strips, scraps, ribbon or trim, borders or bindings, or fabric for a whole project! The small ones are great for FQs, jelly rolls, strips, scraps, trim or ribbon. Large, $2.99 each; small, $1.99 each.
CAPITAL QUILTS CARES
Thanks to those who have donated kennel quilts in the last few weeks! Keep them coming. We have been getting a lot of requests from animal shelters out west and down south for kennel quilts, and now there is another major hurricane bearing down on the Louisiana coast. We send these out whenever a call goes out for them, and with Zeta making landfall, we expect to see requests soon. If you are willing to help, please make more for us! Find the directions here. Please be careful of the dimensions of the little quilts; too big or too small and we can’t send them. Drop them off “curbside” at the shop; no need to make an appointment (unless you want to shop, of course!).
We have both pillowcase and kennel quilt kits available, free. Make them at home and return the completed project to us for distribution.
We haven't placemat kits ready yet, but are accepting completed placemats to donate to Meals on Wheels and similar programs.