Dear Magnificent Makers,
Ever wonder what else you could do with extra-wide backing fabric besides slapping it on the back of a quilt? It is, after all, every bit as beautiful as the fabrics you used on the front of your quilt. Angela Walters, quilter extraordinaire, shows you how to use wide fabric to make a quilt top in her most recent episode of The Midnight Quilter. Find it at www.quiltingismytherapy.com. Get on her mailing list to keep up with her latest escapades! You will be inspired as well as learn a lot along the way.
Betsy Kulamer’s recent Sew Together Zoom was a success, and she is looking forward to the next one! Annette Burns will be her special guest on Friday, December 4, 6:30-9. Those of you who have been shopping at Capital Quilts for a while will remember Annette as a superlative teacher and all- around fun person. She taught the Capital Quilts Complete Course of Quilting for years. On December 4 she will be talking about her fascination with wool applique and wool embroidery as well as last-minute holiday gifts.
The Alaska Specialty Ruler class scheduled for this Saturday, 12:30-3:30, has just one person signed up as of this writing. If anybody else would like to take the class, please let us know ASAP, or we will have to cancel the class.
Sue Moats and her QOV (Quilts of Valor) sewing phenoms have lent us some of their QOV creations to hang in the Gallery to help celebrate Veteran’s Day. I hope you will enjoy the quilts when you visit the shop.
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 rising again, and we want to reduce the odds anybody in our quilting and sewing community gets COVID-19. Remember that if anybody on the CQ Staff comes down with the virus, we will have to completely close the shop for at least 2 weeks (including the online store!), as we will all have been exposed.
If you are exposed to the virus and/or get a positive COVID-19 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 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 Magical Makers! Keep wearing those masks!
Go ‘n’ Piece,
CLASSESWe 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 may 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. December 4: Annette Burns will talk about wool embroidery and offer ideas for last-minute holiday gifts. January 15: Jan Wisor Topic TBANote: 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 Cost: $8 Date and Time: Dec. 4, 6:30-9; Jan. 15, 6:30-9; February 5, 6:30-9; March 5, 6:30-9Alaska 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 Cost: $35 Date and Time: November 21, 12:30-3:30ACCUQUILTNovember 13-27: Take $150 off the GO!, Ready.Set.GO!, and GO!Big machines. Great holiday present!
November 13-27: Take $30 off any GO! Qube product, plus get a free book with the Mix & Match Block. 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! JANOMEMeet the Janome 4120 QDC. This computerized free-arm sewing machine has lots of built-in functionality to make your sewing experience a delight. In addition to Janome basics such as memorized needle up/down, speed control, needle threader, thread cutter, drop feed, and snap-on feet, this machine has twin-needle capability, 120 stitches, 7 buttonholes, stitch pattern memory capability, and an LCD screen with enhanced informational display and touchpad for easy navigation. Standard accessories include 7 feet, bobbins, needles, a seam ripper, and a hard cover.
This machine is in stock. Get yours today!Also in stock: 9450, 5300, 1600, Skyline 3, Air Thread 2000D serger, MyLock 643D serger.
The 1050 and the HD3000 will not be available until January at the earliest. If you are interested in any machine other than these listed, please call or email so that I can place the order and get in the queue at Janome! It is still taking time to get these machines into the warehouses, and with COVID surging around the world, it could take even longer. HANDI QUILTERTune 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.
This week we are offering 15% off the HQ High Rise2 Table Lift System. This system allows you to raise and lower the height of your table at the push of a button. If more than one person is using your machine, this can solve the problem of some being taller than others and allowing each person to quilt at his or her optimum height. It is a real back saver! Offer expires at midnight on Sunday, November 22.
BUNDLES OF THREAD SPECIAL: November 13-23, receive Superior thread with a value of up to $1000 with the purchase of any Handi Quilter machine package. See the flyer here.
FINANCING PROMO: November 18-December 1, purchase a new Handi Quilter longarm quilting machine and pay $0 down and 0% interest! See the flyer here.
SEW STEADYSew 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: $199Light 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: $119Best 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
From Kaufman, we have ten lovely Prisma Dye Batiks. These basics are perfect to work as "solids" in your batik projects. $10.99 per yard.
Little Critters from P&B features a modern baby palette in addition to adorable bears, foxes, and other woodland creatures. The blocks in the "panel" are about 9" -- leave them whole or cut them apart for endless design opportunities! $12.99 per yard.
If you liked the "Flair" collection we featured last week, you'll love Sashiko from Windham. They've taken traditional motifs and reproduced them as prints in shades of indigo, denim, cream and white. $12.50 per yard.CAPITAL QUILTS CARES Thanks to those who have donated kennel quilts in the last few weeks! Keep them coming. 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.The holidays are close at hand, and we like to give cheerful placemats to seniors and others to brighten their days. If you are willing to make some placemats, we are happy to find them good homes!