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Craftsy Class Review – The Quilter’s Path: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It, with Christa Watson

Today I’m delighted to share insights about a new class on Craftsy, called “The Quilter’s Path: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It“, with Christa Watson.  This is definitely an excellent class for newbies to free-motion quilting, but also a great opportunity for those that might want to lean some fun and fast techniques for incorporating your walking foot with free-motion quilting designs.  Christa shares plenty of tips and inspiration, that will help you plan out how to quilt your projects and get them finished.

ABOUT CHRISTA

Christa Watson is an award-winning sit-down machine quilter, designer, teacher and author.  She’s the author of two books: “Machine Quilting With Style” and “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting.”   She also enjoys traveling to teach at quilt shows, quilt shops and to quilt guilds.

CLASS OVERVIEW

You can quilt it yourself on your sewing machine! Join quilter Christa Watson and discover simple techniques for machine quilting with a walking foot or free-motion stitches. Along the way, learn the most efficient way to travel around your quilt as you quilt it.

CLASS MATERIALS:

Students get a free downloadable pattern for the “Pinwheels quilt pattern” designed by Christa.  This is a fun and fast quilt design, which Christa uses to show you how to quilt in this class.  Of course, you can use a practice sandwich, as well as apply the designs on any project you wish, but this is a great design that I think many will be inspired to create and use for the FMQ lessons in this virtual class.

Here is a summary of the six lessons provided in this class.  Don’t forget, like all classes at Craftsy, you can take these classes at your leisure, start/stop/repeat according to your schedule and interest.

LESSON ONE:  QUILTING WITH YOUR WALKING FOOT (25:52 minutes)

Christa kicks off this class with this lesson providing a great Introduction, as well as insights on using a Walking Foot vs Dual-Feed, selecting Fabric Thread and Warming Up, as well as stitching Wavy Lines.

LESSON TWO: MORE WALKING FOOT DESIGNS (26:31)

In this lesson, Christa shows us a variety of beautiful walking foot designs: straight lines, shattered lines, decorative lines, continuous spirals, square spirals.  She also shares a collection of her inspirational quilts and discusses the quilting designs she applied to create interest and texture.

LESSON THREE:  QUILTING WITH FREE-MOTION (22:27 minutes)

Great lesson for the basics of free-motion quilting, Christa’s  favorite supplies, with plenty of FMQ tips to help you quilt your quilt, as well as designs in this lesson:  loop designs, fun loops for single, double and triple loops, loops & flowers.

LESSON FOUR:  NO MARK DESIGNS (23:47)

Building on your skills acquired in the previous lessons, in this lesson you’ll learn how to create a large variety of free-motion quilting designs:boxes, switchbacks and swirl motifs with plenty of variations of each family of designs (e.g.  ribbon candy. crazy eights, etc).

LESSON FIVE: FREE-MOTION COMBINATIONS (23:01)

Christa shows how fun it is to combine free-motion quilting designs in this lesson, where she teaches you a variety of swirl combinations, Woodgrains and waves, and improv designs.  I also love her inspirational quote “Aiming for texture vs perfection”.

LESSON SIX:  COMBINING WALKING FOOT AND FREE-MOTION QUILTING (18:54)

In the final lesson, Christa covers combining walking foot and free-motion quilting techniques. She also shares insights for planning your quilt using an approach called “divide and conquer”, one section at a time to add texture. She shares several quilt samples and shares insights on how she quilted them to add texture, while combining designs taught in this class.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This is an absolutely perfect class for beginners, as you will learn how to quilt your projects using a walking foot and free-motion quilting techniques.  But I think it is also a good class for those with experience that may want to round out their skills, and learn more tips and designs.  It is a fun class packed with inspiration, tips, as well as beautiful and easy walking foot and free-motion quilting designs that can help you quilt your quilts with traditional or modern designs, as you desire.

Christa shared a link so new students can get 50% off the class using this link, which is valid through 4/4/17: http://craftsy.me/2iIqdEy.    

Lastly, while Christa will be teaching at the upcoming QuiltCon East, her classes are sold out.  But she is holding a meet ‘n greet/book signing at QuiltCon on Friday, February 24, from 12-1 in the Electric Quilt Company booth # 337. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and it’s a great chance to stop by and say hi.

You can find Christa at:

 

You can find Craftsy at:

Fall Quilt Market – Things Attendees Should Not Miss

Quilt Market is a trade show for those in the business, held twice a year.  It is a great opportunity for quilt and sewing shops to learn about new products and place their orders, as well as learn how to use new products and take professional classes.  It also offers an opportunity for professional networking with others in the business.  Today I want to share some highlights that I recommend attendees to not miss:

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Before you go to market, be sure to download the FREE Quilt Market Event App on the App Store of Google Play!

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AURIFIL  (booth #1924)

Don’t miss the Premier Schoolhouse Session, Aurifil Unwound! Take a peek behind the scenes of this Italian family company and see their new fine and thin 8wt threads. The first 1300 enrolled Schoolhouse attendees to pick up their printed catalogue will also receive an AURIFIL Swag Bag. Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 AM in Ballroom C at Quilt Market in Houston.

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HOFFMAN CALIFORNIA FABRICS (Booth #1901, 1904)

ME & YOU, BY HOFFMAN (booth #1900/01)

This refreshing new brand of fabric, by Hoffman, has their first guest designer of indah batiks, Melissa Averinos who will be in their booth, to show what she has been working on.

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MARTINGALE (booth #2126, 2127)

There will be beautiful quilts and other handmade items on display, as well as the ability to check out new books in Martingale’s booth.  And you’ll get a chance to meet the authors of many of their new books.

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PATRICK LOSE (booth #1546)

Patrick is introducing new pre-cut assortment collections and new fabrics.

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Quilt Market attendees can take a selfie next to this sign and share on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a bundle of this new line of fabric.
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ISLAND BATIK (booth #746)

Be sure to check out their new batiks, as well as meet Leah Day, a Master Free-Motion Quilter, designer and teacher.

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LANDAUER PUBLISHING (booth #646)

You’ll find many new creative books in the booth for  Landauer Publishing.  But don’t miss an opportunity to meet Wendy Sheppard, an amazing quilter, designer, author and teacher will be signing books:

  • Oct 29 – 4 to 5 pm Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth
  • Oct 30 – 9:30 to 10:30am Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth.
    You can also find Wendy, Oct 28 – 2:50 to 3:05pm My 2 Cents on Domestic Machine Quilting (Quilt Market Schoolhouse, Room 352A)

LUNCH BOX QUILTS (booth #2437)

Angie has so many creative designs and will also be showcasing new designs at market.

TIMELESS TREASURES (booth #1314, 15)

Be sure to check out all the new fabric lines from Timeless Treasures.  I think they also have the best collection of whimsical prints that I’ve ever seen.  Each line is packed with #CreativeGoodness that would be so much fun to create with.

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Don’t forget that there are a variety of excellent classes, for those in the business to help them build their business skills and network.   Check out:

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  • #102 – How to develop a whizbang staff, with Bob Negen, WhizBang! Training
  • #200 – Secrets of running a successful business for 34 years, with Anita Covert, PhD and Ann Covert Fuller, Country Stitches
  • #211 – How to create the experience, with Deb Luttrell, Stitchin’ Heaven
  • #513 – Successful retailing is no accident – why some shops fail and others succeed, with Alex Anderson and & Kay Brooks, RNK Distributing/Floriani

For a complete list of classes and events:  http://quilts.com/quilt-market-houston-classes-and-events.html

 

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to check out the new Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen (Sulky Booth #1035, 47).  I predict this pen is going to become very popular, as word gets out for all the creative possibilities you can do with it.  Definitely  check it out at Market.  I’ll also be sharing insights about this pen in the near future.

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You can find International Quilt Market at:

http://quilts.com/market-info.html

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I will also be following many on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and blogs, who will be at Market and I’ll share highlights, as appropriate.   I hope you’ll follow me, to learn about new products and more.  Attending Market virtually is not as exhausting as being their.

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting and a Giveaway

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Long-Arm and Sit-Down,  Angela Walters, Christa Watson, and published by Martingale, is officially released today.  And I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to share insights with you about this book today, as share insights about how you can win a copy.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

In this must-have resource, long-arm-quilting expert Angela Walters and home-sewing-machine specialist Christa Watson team up to provide the ultimate guide for machine quilters. Gain insight into long-arm quilting, as well as guidance on quilting at a sit-down sewing machine. Whichever machine you use, you’ll find warm encouragement and expert tips to help you every step of the way.

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  • Find out why some designs and motifs are ideal for sit-down quilting while others are better suited to long-arm quilting
  • Packed with tips, tricks, and advice on how to machine quilt better, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started confidently and finish strong
  • Learn from the masters as you discover how to stitch a wide range of quilting designs, with instructions for 10 quilts

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Christa Watson:  From Las Vegas, Nevada, is an award-winning sit-down machine quilter, Christa Watson has had designs featured in such magazines as Quilty, The Quilting Quarterly, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Make Modern, QuiltCon, and various other publications. She designs quilt patterns, teaches workshops, and is an active member of the Modern Quilt Guild, the National Quilting Association, and the American Quilter’s Society. Christa enjoys being a wife to her husband and a mom to her three kids, who all think it’s normal to have a house full of fabric.

You can find Christa at:

http://christaquilts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Christa-Watson-of-Christa-Quilts-349005183053/?fref=ts
https://www.instagram.com/christaquilts/

https://twitter.com/ChristaQuilts

Angela Walters: From Kearney, Missouri,  Angela is a long-arm quilter, teacher, and author. Her quilting career began at the side of her husband’s grandfather, and together they made her first quilt, a nine-patch design that is still on her bed today. Thousands of swirls, feathers, and parallel lines later, she has turned her love of stitches and fabric into a thriving business focused on modern machine quilting. Angela also designs fabrics. She lives on the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, three children, and many, many quilts.

You can find Angela at:

http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
https://twitter.com/AngelaFMQ
https://www.instagram.com/angelafmq/
https://www.facebook.com/angela.walters.714

 

MY REVIEW

This innovative approach to writing a quilting book I think will certainly influence the style of many books in the future. It walks you thru every step, every design, showing two different perspectives, by two very talented quilters.

This book is also perfect for quilters with a variety of interests:  Want to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills on a domestic or long arm machine ?  Want to learn when, where and why certain designs and motifs are better suited to long-arm machines or sit-down machines?  This book will help you be a better quilter.  If you don’t feel you are interested in learning free-motion quilting, don’t overlook this book as I’m sure you’ll still find it to be a great resource.

There are ten super creative and fun quilt patterns included in this book, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  They range in size from  41″ x 27 1/2″ to 80 1/2″ x 90 1/2″

Here is an example of what makes this book so innovative.  Throughout the book you’ll find both Christa and Angela share their perspective on a topic (e.g.. tools of the trade, marking, FMQ motifs, quilts  and more).  Here is an example where they each share insights on “Choosing Colors”.

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This book is packed with more free-motion quilting motifs (and how to stitch them) than I’ve ever seen in any other FMQ book.  Plus there are so many more tips and tricks.  This, combined with the ten patterns included in this book, makes it an exceptional value and I honestly feel it is a “must have” for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills, as well as those that are interested in creating wonderful projects provided in this book.

I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your favorite quilt shop.  But if you don’t see it, don’t forget to let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  It is such a new book, they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find this book online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

Also, over the next ten weeks Christa will be sharing one of the quilt designs each week, by sharing two quilts: one made by Christa and one made by Angela.  Check out her post this week to see “Choosing Colors”, which is a super fun and creative design, as all of the designs in this book are.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale has kindly offered to give an ebook copy to one of my followers.  If you are interested in winning a copy, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  While there are a variety of ways to enter, it really only takes one entry to win. The extra options are for those that just like to increase their chances.

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You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

Black Friday, Cyber Monday Steals and Deals

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Quilters do love sales, so I’m delighted to be able to share insights with you on some excellent Black Friday and Cyber Monday Steals and Deals with you.  I’ll be updating this post throughout these sales, so be sure to check back as more info may be added.

And be sure to scroll down, as this is a huge list of steals and deals you won’t want to miss!

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Fat Quarter Shop
www.fatquartershop.com

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The Fat Quarter Shop always has a wonderful selection of new fabrics, great bundles patterns and more.  And while they have excellent prices every day of the year, weekly sales, they also have an amazing Cyber Monday sale.  


25% off all pre-cuts for 2 days only!  No code necessary!  Sale ends Saturday December 3rd, 2013 at midnight CST.  Not combinable with any other offer and is not applicable to clubs, programs or the purchase of gift certificates.


 

Leah Day 
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http://www.leahday.com/

Leah Day is holding a Black Friday sales  from Thursday, November 28 to Monday, December 2nd and has 50% off all download products.

SewCalGal recommends this opportunity to anyone interested in learning/improving your free-motion quilting skills.  Great opportunity to download Leah’s excellent e:books, Flames to Feathers downloadable video, patterns and more.

 


Dream World Northwest / Sew Steady Tables
www.quiltingtable.com

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Get a FREE 11″ Universal Sew Straight Guide & Polish Kit with our NEW! Quilter’s Wish Table purchases for Black Friday/Cyber Monday!


Your Cost $150.00   –    Total Value $181.00

 
 
Sales start on Friday, November 29th and run through midnight Monday, December 2nd where you can get 25%* off your order of $25.00 or more! This includes their entire stock of books and products for quilters, sewers and crafters.



Enter discount code TURKEY2013 where noted in the shopping cart.

Don’t forget to check out their  Gifts section !


Black Friday /Cyber Monday Sales at Craftsy!
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All Craftsy classes are on sale $19.99 or less!  Be sure to check out their sale on “supplies” as you’ll find some AMAZING deals too!

Craftsy Class Sale up to 66% off now thru 12/2!
Craftsy has brilliant savings for a limited time only! All their online classes are on sale for $19.99 or less. With classes priced up to 66% off, now is a great time to get the classes you’ve been eyeing all year! Craftsy classes also make a great gift, so do some holiday shopping for the crafter in your life.

Craftsy Yarn and Fabric sale up to 80% off now thru 12/2!
Craftsy has brilliant savings on the craft supplies you want! With up to 80% off yarn and 65% off fabric, get the best prices of the year while you can.

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Quilt In A Day
http://www.quiltinaday.com/


QIAD has daily doorbusters during their Black Friday Sale and through this coming weekend.  Click here to view all of the deals and steals in their “Black Friday” sale, and also consider signing up to receive daily email alerts, or simply visit their online store every day.

Highlights from this sale are:

Clover WonderClips (50 pk) – 45% off
Batik Fat Quarter Bundles – 50% off
Olfa 18×24″ cutting mat – 50% off
Olfa blades – 50% off
June Tailor Shape Cut Slotted Ruler – 40% off
Olfa Rotary Cutter – 40% off
Quilt Novels 40% off
AccuQuilt dies up to 50% off
and more!

On Saturday, November 30th they have an amazing deal for a fat quarter bundle (12 fat quarters) for $20 of batiks!

Patsy Thompson Designs
http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/
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Nearly all our quilting fabrics and notions are discounted by 20% off MSRP every single day, but we’ll be offering some great additional discounts in our Black Friday Through Cyber Monday sale!  Beginning Thanksgiving Day and running through 9 am EST on Tues 12/3/13:
 
*Take an additional 10% off all retail purchases at checkout with discount code TURKEY!
*Earn a $5 gift certificate to our online store for merchandise purchases $50-$99
*Earn a $10 gift certificate to our online store for merchandise purchases $100 +
 
…and if you’re looking for a unique gift, check out some of our quilt-themed coffee mugs or one-of-a kind seam rippers or ruler holders!


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note: SewCalGal higly recommends Patsy’s DVDs and books for free-motion quilting, as well as her own stencil designs.  This is a great sale to stock up on PTD products.

Quilt Market Kit
http://www.quiltkitmarket.com/

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Specials starting on Thursday at midnight and ending at midnight Monday night

Quilters are busy people, especially around the holidays. In an effort to make shopping our great sale as convenient as possible this weekend, we are going to start the sale at midnight, Thursday, November 28th and it will end at midnight, Monday, December 2nd, 2013.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the great deals we will be offering:
Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls – $28.00 (regularly $39.00)
Charm Packs – $8.00 (regularly $9.50)
Mini Charm Packs – $2.50 (regularly $4.00)

 

Fat Quarter Assortments starting at $ 20.00
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New Doorbuster Deals each day !
 
Make sure you check out the What’s New section and our Sale sections to see more quilting must haves. 

Free Shipping on all orders shipped within the United States (no minimum purchase either).


GO! Daddy has a 35% off purchase and renewals for their Black Friday sale.  Be use to use promo code gd31132bt in your cart when you place your order.

Black Friday Featured offer! 35% off new products from GoDaddy!

Silhouette

Black Friday sale starts on Thursday, Nov 28. Use the code HOLIDAY to take 40% off most Silhouette products (exclude machines and download cards) in the Silhouette Store.



Use the code HOLIDAY at checkout to get the deal.

ADOBE Black Friday Sale
Traditionally, Adobe has an amazing sale every year for Black Friday. Thanks to Connie/Free Motion Quilting on the River for sharing insights with us on the Adobe sale this year:

Adobe has a bundle package on sale for Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for only $10 a month.  For more info:.  http://scottkelby.com/2013/adobes-letting-everyone-in-on-the-deal-but-only-for-a-few-days/

Groupon also had a deal for Adobe Photoshop 12 for 50% off ($50) for Black Friday. 

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Martingale isn’t hosting a Black Friday Sale this year, but they are going all out to support independent quilt and yarn shops that are hosting their own sales and also encouraging shop Small Business Saturday.
 
But, Martingale will have an special “Cyber Week Sale”  with more than 160 eBooks at $6 each and ALL  ePatterns for $1.99!  
 
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Browse Books                          Browse ePatterns

No waiting for the mail, no shipping costs. Simply choose your favorites, download, and commence creating—all in a matter of minutes. (Questions about eProducts? Read this.)
What will you create today? Stock up on the eBooks and ePatterns that inspire you—but hurry! Saleends Sunday, December 8 at midnight.*


Therm O Web has 30% off EVERYTHING in their online store plus free shipping on orders over $25.  Sale is good thru Monday!

Cafe Press has a pre-Black Friday Sale for 55% off ALL T-shirts from 11AM-2PM, 3PM-6PM and 7PM-10P on Wednesday, November 27th only.


SmileBox has 50% off through 12/4. An annual membership is just $23.88 (only $1.99 per month)!


MightyBright
www.mightybright.com

Our Black Friday sale is our biggest discount of the year – 30% off all orders (minimum order $15). Use coupon code BlackFriday13 at checkout. Offer is valid 11/29/13 only.
 

 

Our Cyber Monday sale is our biggest sale of the year – 30% off all orders (no minimum). Use coupon code CyberMonday13 during checkout. Offer valid 12/2/13 only.
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ChristaQuilts is having  Black Friday Sale that is a huge blowout sale! Save up to 50% on hundreds of premium quality quilting cottons, from Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fasset, Moda, and more! She includes free US shipping on all orders with no minimum purchase. Shop early for best selection.
 
Early Birds may want to check her blog post for more insights on what will be on sale too!



Electric Quilt Cyber Weekend Sale
Save 20% site wide* at www.electricquilt.com! (excludes EQ7)
Offer valid 12/1 – 12/3
Use promo code CYBER20 at checkout.
Not valid with any other offers.

 

Craft Sisters
 $5.00 Instant Download  – Ornament Pattern Sale for two patterns:
Hollie the Snowy Owl and The Extra Gingerman offer good Wednesday, November 27 – Sunday, December 1st 
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Havel’s Sewing
Black Friday Sale at Havel’s Sewing can save you up to 50% off your favorite snips, scissors and rotary cutters.    Sale is currently running and goes thru Monday, December 2nd.

Pat Wys / Silver Thimble Quilt Shop has a 20% off EVERYTHING in her online store.  Just remember to use code My20 at checkout.


Twin Mom Scraps is a great source for those interested in digital clipart, scrapbooking and more.  And, they are having a  50% off (excluding bundles and collabs) to celebrate Black Friday.  Their sale is good between: November 27 – December 3

Word Art World is also a great source for those interested in digital clipart, scrapbooking and more.  For those on Facebook they are having a fun Black Friday Blog Hop where you can download freebies at each stop in the hop this weekend.  And you can find 60% off EVERYTHING on Black Friday.


Annie’s has 20% off all their products including online classes, notions, fabric, supplies and more.  Be sure to enter code EYKBFR at checkout.  Sale goes thru November 29th.


Embroider Shoppe has a Black Friday Sale for 30% off ALL of their embroidery designs.  Sale good thru Sunday.


MyMemories also has a Black Friday Sale with 35% off EVERYTHING. Sale ends November 30th!  And this includes their new release of Version “5” software!!!!


Patrick Lose has a Cyber Monday Sale with select fabrics, digital patterns and machine embroider designs up to 50% off.


Cozy Quilt Shop is celebrating Cyber Monday with a 25% off all Cozy Books,  20% all Cozy Patterns and 15% off all Cozy tools!  


Don’t you just love Black Friday/Cyber Monday steals and deals for quilters ?

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And don’t forget, Saturday November 30th is Shop Small Business Saturday.  Of course, SewCalGal thinks of this as “Shop Quilting Businesses Saturday”.
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Be sure to check back as more insights may be added to this page throughout Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  Notices on this page may also be removed if they are not posted “live” on Black Friday and clearly tagged as Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales.  To clarify, while Fingertip Shopping shares insights on steals and deals throughout the year, this particular post is meant to be limited to those in the business that are having a black friday/cyber monday sale.

If you have an American Express Card, you may want to register it and shop Small Business Saturday.  If you use your Am. Express card and make a minimum $10 purchase on Sat., Nov 30th they will credit you back $10 for shopping at a registered store.  Click here to register.  Click here to find shops that are registered.  At a minimum, if you don’t find a local shop consider shopping online at

 

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