Black Friday/Cyber Monday Holiday Shopping

Last year, about this time, I compiled a list of products that I thought would make great Christmas gifts.  This year, I decided to do some research on Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts, as well as share insights on some products that I think would make great Christmas gifts.

I believe most everyone is aware that Black Friday (sometimes Green Friday) is a term used to refer to the point in the year where merchants typically feel they are now profitable and Cyber Monday is a day where online sales tend to be at their highest point of the year, at least in the US.  No matter what the definition is, this window tends to be the busiess shopping days of the year.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any Market Research to determine how this all applies to businesses focused on quilting, sewing or embroidery.  So, I set out to do some research on my own and much of this post shares insights with you about some Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales that you might be interested in.

Warning:  This is a long list, but I do think it is worthy of checking.  And, I’ve also included a list of my recommendations for Christmas gifts to quilting friends (or yourself).

Martingale & Company is going to be offering an amazing Black Friday deal to their email subscribers. So if you’re not signed up yet, go to their website and sign up now so you don’t miss out!”   You also get a coupon for 30% off your next purchase, when you sign up for their newsletter.

Quilted in Clay is having a 20% off sale for any order over $40.  Sale good only for the four days after Thanksgiving!

Cozy Quilt Shop  Has  a variety of specials throughout Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  One current special is for a free Mary Ellen’s Best Press Gift Set with any $100 purchase, or buy for $10 with a $50 purchase, while supply lasts.
Black Friday:
1. Quilt Sale! They will be selling many sample quilts that they can’t use anymore. Give them a quilt for Christmas. Only you will know you didn’t make it!
2. Morning sale. From 9:30am-noon we will offer our now-famous coupon draw. Top savings include 20% off of your fabric, 40% off all your fabric off the bolt, 30% off your entire purchase (excluding machines), or the coveted 20% off your fabric for an entire year!
3. Noon Sale. From noon -3pm, we will have all Fall Fabric 60% off (1 yard minimum.)
4. Afternoon Sale: 3pm-5:30pm. 35% off Christmas fabric sale (half yard minimum.)
5. They also have a Friday Night Fever Sit and Sew with a special focus on making stockings for soldiers. We’ll have an early start at 3pm… $20. Includes dinner and people can sew until 10pm!

All Weekend (including Friday!)
1. Double Santa Points
2. Every $10 you spend gets you a ticket to win your own Christmas present*. Prizes include
a. A stained glass Christmas applique wall-hanging.
b. A very fun polka dot sewing machine carrier.
c. A $30 gift certificate.
*Need not be present to win. Winners will be drawn and notified on Monday, Nov 29
3. Bernina offers:  · Bernina Buy Back… let us buy back your older Bernina and get great savings on a new Bernina.   25% off any single BERNINA item of your choice (up to $499).   Cozy Gift Pack with any $500 software or sewing machine. Gift pack includes
a. automatic top tier Santa Points savings which is 30% off everything you can stuff in a giant red shopper bag.
b. 20% off your fabric off the bolt for an entire year.
c. Thread and fat quarter starter pack (the higher the machine the better the pack).
note:  they have had some sever issues this week, so do check back to get to their site if you have problems today.

Quilters Paradise
Will have a 25% off sale on Friday, Saturday & Sunday after Thanksgiving, for all non-sale items (fabric, notions, books, patterns, kits, etc.).   Unfortunately, for those not living in So. Cal. this sale is only good for items in their store (and currently in stock).  Sale does not apply online.  They are located at:  1451 Monteil Road, Ste 140, Escondido, CA  92026  (760) 738-9877.

Rosies Calico Cupboard
Black Friday sale:  25% off Christmas Fabric, embroidery software, fleece, all shirts and more.  $1 fat Quarters. Be sure to visit their famous Holiday boutique.  7151 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA  92115

Fons & Porter is having a Black Friday sale with many kits and other items at a great sales price.

I Have a Notion has an special opportunity.  With every purchase on Friday, Saturday & Sunday after Thanksgiving, your name will be placed into a hat for a drawing of a special surprise gift.  This mystery prize will have a $50 value.  And, SewCalGal knows Kelly always has great giveaways, excellent customer service, wonderful notions, and amazing prices.  All perfect stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts too…but see my list below of recommended Christmas gifts for more insight.

AllBrands.com

 Fabricworm is running a special on Cyber Monday.  They will be giving away this cute Moda Home Apron, called “birds the word apron”, to the first 20 customers to spend over $100 on Monday 11/29 beginning at 6am PST.

JoAnn’s has a great after Thanksgiving sale for many products in their store and online.  AccuQuilt GO! for $199.  And, they will have all die cutting machines and accessories will be 40% off. I’m hoping this means the AccuQuilt dies will also be 40% off.  {I sent them a message, but have not received a reply} Gingher 2-pc scissor gift set for $29.99 (reg $59.99).  Slice Cordless Design Cutter $49.99 (reg $149.99), entire stock of lighting 50% off, and Olfa rotary cutters and blades are $6.99 each (reg $15.99 and $19.99 ea).

Patrick Lose Studios is having a special sale on Cyber Monday.  It is a surprise, but I hope you’ll go visit his online store to see what it is.

AccuQuilt is having a Black Friday Sale that ends on Cyber Monday, November 29th.  Also, be sure to check out their daily deals with something unique every day of the year.

Zundt Designs (Machine Embroidery) has a Black Friday sale, thru Sunday,  November 28th. you get a 20% discount  on all items excluding Adorations and gift certificates.  During the checkout process, enter the code ‘Thanksgiving 2010’ (no quotes).  into the ‘Coupon & Gift Codes’ area. Then click on ‘Redeem Coupon’ button and when checkout is completed you’ll receive the Thanksgiving discount.This discount includes all items except Adorations volumes 1 thru 6 and gift certificates.

Flamingo Island Designs has 25% off the entire store, including sale items.  Sale prices are good thru Sunday, November 28th.  Enter this code at check out:  25 from Floozie

Prairie Home Quilts has 10% off in their store from Black Friday thru Cyber Monday.

MyEmbroideries.com has 75% off EVERYTHING on Black Friday (11/26).  Enter code MyEmbNov2010 at checkout.

Fabrics N Quilts has a big sale going on with door busters from Black Friday thru Cyber Monday.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Black Friday sale for 20% off your purchase.  Code = BlackFriday needs to be entered at checkout.  Good thru Cyber Monday (11/29).

OTHER SALES YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT:
Quilt in a Dayhas a great special on gift certificates.   Gift Certificate Promo valid until Dec. 25th, 2010. Valid for all United States and International customers.  They also have a Fall sale thru November 30th:  Quilt in a Day boks are 30-70% off, all patterns 25% off, notions 25% off, sale fabrics 25% off, rulers 30% off, jelly rolls layer cakes and honey buns 25% off, DVDs 30% off and more.  50% off international shipments of $100 or more (includes Hawaii and Alaska**

  PaperPieces.com has free shipping the week of Thanksgiving!

InchWorm Fabrics has 15% off their already low prices thru the end of November.

EmbroiderThis.com has free shipping from now from now through Sunday, November 28, 2010  This is a great source for blanks, as well as machine embroidery designs, for those that do machine embroidery.

Electric Quilt has 50% off their EQ6 companion books and selected software, which also work great for EQ7!

Fat Quarter Shop has some great sales going on.  They also have an extra special deal going on till Friday on their Facebook page.

Texas Quiltworks has 40% Off Online Coupon: re101117  Minimum fabric cut 1 yard.  Big saving on BERNINA in-stock accessories: Feet for older machines: 40% Off.  Feet for newer machines: 25% Off.  Remodel Sale ends November 27th

Pixies Rule  (KittyKitty Designs) has an amazing sale on ALL their machine embroidery designs $1, including their brand new design set for Christmas Cards..  Plus, they are having an amazing giveaway in November where some lucky winner will enjoy an EZ Lock serger.  SewCalGal definitely encourages machine embroiderers to visit Pixies Rule and to sign up for this amazing giveaway at KittyKitty Designs.

Pat Sloan has 20% off, or more, at her online store clearance page.  Sale prices good thru November 30th.

For those living in Southern California, Jenny’s Fabrics and M&L Fabrics has 20% off EVERYTHING, which their fabrics are already at amazing low prices.  Sale good November 26th thru December 9th.

NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Rose of Sharon Note Cards by Martingale & Company are only $12 for 12 cards.  An amazing value and amazing beauty.

A beautiful handcrafted wooden box with a quilt motif, from QuiltBoxes.com would certainly make a spectacular gift and an heirloom treasure.

A subscription to The Quilt Show would certainly entertain, inspire and teach any quilter in 2011, making it a great gift.

Electric Quilt has a variety of software packages and books that I think any/all would make for great Christmas gifts.  I don’t feel you can go wrong with a gift of anything EQ related. And, EQ has some wonderful bundles for Christmas.

Amy Butler Software is also 25% off with code HOLIDAY10.

ME Designs would also make great Christmas gifts.Sarah Vedeler’s machine embroidery designs for the AccuQuilt GO! would certainly make a wonderful Christmas gift.  GO! BeDazzled designs stitch out beautifully.  SewCalGal has the new GO! Embroidery Applique Nature Collection, GO! Embroidery Shapes Collection, GO! Embroidery Baby Collection, and the GO! Embroidery Festive Collection on my wish list.

And remember homemade gifts, gifts from the heart, are always loved.

If you have any additional insights on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, or other recommendations for Christmas gifts, I’d love to hear your feedback.
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Zundt Designs – Fine Swiss Embroidery

Zundt Designs offers a variety of high quality machine embroidery designs.  I’ve found their designs to consistently stitch out with ease, create minimal jumps, and all  their designs are delightful designs.

Today I played with Zundt Designs “Feathers II” collection, focusing on a peacock feather design.  While I thought the recommended colors were an excellent choice, I had fun playing with different thread colors to help me select appropriate colors to stitch this design out on a light background, as well as a dark background.  My “test” stitchouts today were performed on inexpensive “tea towels”, which I also enjoy giving away as gifts, and have found they make excellent filler items in gift baskets for charity fundraisers.

I always like to do test stitchouts and play with different threads & colors before I stitch out on my final project.   But I have learned that if I’m going to do a test stitchout I’d rather select something like a tea towel, tote bag, or other inexpensive item, that might become a gift or usable item, if the stitch out works.  But I do avoid using expensive items (e.g. high quailty jackets, shirts, linens, etc) if I haven’t used the particular design previously.
This “Feathers II” collection is a fairly new design set, which Zundt introduced at the IQF Long Beach Show.  There “Feathers I” collection is also a lovely set.

Feathers 1 set:

http://www.zundtdesign.com/

After my successful “test” stitch outs of this Zundt Design, I like my thread color selection and now want to stitch this design out on a jacket, as well as a beautiful Pasmina Wrap from All About Blanks.

Zundt Designs can be purchased online at Zundtdesigns.com, as well as many quality stores that sell embroidery machines also sell Zundt Designs.   I’m sure you’ll be happy with the quality and designs by Zundt Designs.

Looking for Christmas Gift Ideas?

It always takes me awhile to think of gift ideas, so this year I started compiling a list early.  And I think it is such a great list I wanted to share it with you.  Hopefully this list will give you an idea for a perfect gift for someone, or be something you may want for Christmas and you can share with someone who might be trying to find a gift for you.  This list might be something you want to buy and give, or buy for insights on making a gift.

Disclaimer:  This is my list of suggested gift ideas.  The companies, designers, or authors did not pay me (or bribe me) to include them in this list.  I just truly think these are delightful items that would make a wonderful gift, or might be something you would want to have.

Book:  “Comfort and Joy 14 Quilts for Christmas“, by Mary Hickey.  This book would also help you make some delightful Christmas gifts too!

Zundt Designs Machine Embroidery Designs or gift certificate.

Book:  “Cute as a Button Quilts”, by Joni Pike, from C&T Publishing.

PaperPieces.com  provides high quality paper piecing designs, books, DVDs and other items for those that love paper piecing.  SewCalGal encourages everyone to try this English Paper piecing quilting method, as it is great fun and results in perfect piecing, and the projects are very portable, making it great for projects to take on trips.

Books:  “French Braid Quilts”, written by Jane Hardy Miller and Arlene Netten, or the book “French Braid Obsession”, by Jane Hardy Miller.  Both published by C&T  Publishing.

ArtBin storage products:  SuperSatchel Series, Tote Folio, pencil cases and other ArtBin storage products would be delightful gifts for any sewing, quilting or embroidery enthusiast!

Indygo Junction has many delightful designs and accessories.  I think their Building Blocks Bag pattern would make a great gift, and I also think making these bags and giving them as gifts would be absolutely wonderful.  I know I’d love to receive this pattern or bag as a gift.  But then they have many wonderful items that would make for a lovely Christmas gift, and/or help you make a lovely Christmas gift.

 

Books, tools, notions or gift certificates from C&T Publishing.

For Machine Embroidery Enthusiasts, I think a gift of Embird Software would be be delightful for those that want to learn to develop skills to create their own designs, combine designs, easily add text to designs, as well as reformat purchased designs.  Embird is a versatile software package that I truly view as a must have for machine embroiderers.

Educational DVDs from QuiltingArtsWorkshop.com.  They offer a large selection of excellent educational DVDs.

Superior Threads provides a large selection of threads, pre-wound bobbins, and various items.  I’d love to receive a set of MasterPiece threads or a package of Texture Magic  for Christmas.  And I believe a set of Superior Metallic Threads would make a wonderful gift. And they have many more products that would make a wonderful gift, as well as help you make a wonderful gift to give to someone.
For Machine Embroidery enthusiasts, embroidery designs or a gift certificate to Kitty Kitty Designs.   
Electric Quilt company has many delightful products.  I think EQ6 software or one of their delightful books would make a wonderful gift.

Snapware storage products.  I love their 2 layer and 3 layer square stackable totes for large projects, or storing fabric.  They also have many other small and medium size stackable totes that are very versatile and quite durable.

AccuQuilt products (Studio, Go, dies, patterns, etc) or gift certificates would make a great product for an experienced and even a new quilter!

Sulky  offers a variety of products for the sewing, quilting & embroidery enthusiast.  They have a delightful selection of threads, stablizers, books and many other items.  All of which would make a delightful gift, as well as help you make a wonderful gift to give someone.

A portable mustache trimmer, to help with reverse sewing/embroidery projects. Plus, this type of gift just creates fun.  How many people can say their “girlfriend” gave them a mustache trimmer?

Wrights’ SideWinder Portable Bobbin Winder.

Quilt In A Day has a large selection of fantastic books, patterns, fabrics, rulers, templates,  or gift certificates. And they also hold wonderful classes, as well as offer great educational DVDs.  And you’ll find more products at their sister store ElenorBurns.com, include their delightful books “Day & Night“, Victory Quilts,  and other great books.  And oh so many fun patterns, including her Signature Pattern: Tossed Nine Patch.

Kay Mackenzie of Quilt Puppy Publications and Designs offers many delightful patterns and books. Baskets to Applique and Teapots 2 Applique would also be fun books to make a beautiful quilt with next Spring.

For Machine Embroidery enthusiasts, “blanks” from All About Blanks make a great gift.  And All About Blanks has high quality products that make for perfect machine embroidery items.

Pearl P. Pereira Designs of P3 Designs offers a large selection of patterns.  I also recommend her Travel Mate I & II, Tool Case and Travel Case designs as being great gift ideas, as well as many of her other designs.

A class or gift certificate to Quilt Campus

Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries has a great selection of fabrics, designs and books that would make delightful gifts.   Her book “Basic Beauties, Big & Small” book is absolutely delightful.

Elaine Waldschmitt, of The Quilted Closet, has some wonderful patterns & books.  I think her book “appli-curves” would be a lovely gift, as well as her book “Embellishment Potpourri”, along with many other of her books & patterns.

Olfa products  make a delightful gift for a beginner or experienced quilter.  Quilters never have too many new rotary blades, and new mats are also appreciated.  But I also want to recommend this 17″ rotating mat.  It is lightweight and portable, perfect to take to workshops & sew-cials, as well as use at home.  I know I’d love to receive Olfa products for a Christmas gift!

Book:  “Batik Beauties”, by Laurie J. Shifon.

Gutermann Thread has a large selection of beautiful threads that would make a lovely Christmas gift, as well as help make beautiful items to giveaway.

Simplicity Bias Tape Maker

For the Machine Embroidery Enthusiasts, machine embroidery designs by Vermillion Stitchery.  They have a delight set of cross stitch cat & puppy angel designs, a lovely collection of butterfly designs, and many more designs that are all high quality designs.

Gloves In A Bottle has some wonderful moisterizers that help with the dryness for those working with fabric textiles.

Quilts With A Twist has many wonderful designs.    I love the “I Spy With A Twist” design and am wanting to try “Alaska Toss” next.

Tracey Brookshire  has many wonderful designs that I think would make a wonderful Christmas Gift, as well as help you create projects that are wonderful gifts.

Madeira thread has delightful threads that a perfect for the quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiast.

Book:   “Layer’em up” by Sharyn Craig

Metler Threads come in a variety of colors and would make a great Christmas gift for the quilting, sewing or embroidery enthusiast, as well as help to make lovely items to give away this Christmas.

book:  “Quilter’s Travel Companion” is a perfect book for a quilter that travels, or is planning a trip.

book:  “Appliqué Outside the lines with Piece O Cake Designs”, by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins, published by C&T Publishing

Cloth Paper Scissors  magazine subscription

Fabric, notions, or gift certificates from IHAN

Blue River Moon Designs, by Susan Brubaker Knapp, offers a variety of delightful designs.   I love her Tulip Bag design, but I believe any of Susan’s designs would make a delightful gift!

A trip to a big quilt show:  International Quilt Festival (IQF) Long Beach, IQF Chicago, IQF Houston, etc.  Wouldn’t this be a fantastic Christmas gift?
Kaleidoscope Collections has many delightful products, including their Kaleidoscope Kreator which would make a lovely Christmas gift.   http://www.kaleidoscopecollections.com/
YLI has  delightful threads for the quilting, sewing or machine embroidery enthusiast.
And remember homemade gifts, gifts from the heart, are always loved.

Zundt Designs

Since I was a small child, I have loved all forms of needle arts. I remember trying to get as close as I could, when ever my grandmothers made lace, quilted, or worked on other needle projects. While I first learned to sew clothes in elementary school, I fell in love with making quilts as a teenager. Somewhere along the way I learned the art of free hand machine embroidery, but 10+ years ago I began to focus on digitized machine embroidery designs. While I can now digitize my own designs, I prefer to buy high quality designs. And I’ve certainly learned to realize the cost of a good digitized design is certainly worth it

To my delight, there were several manufacturers of machine embroidery designs at the IQF Long Beach show. And I was very happy to gain insight on Zundt Designs. They had a beautiful booth setup with samples of all their designs, all neatly organized in books. I really was able to see the true quality of their designs and prefer this method of selecting designs over viewing small images of a design. Zund Designs also had a fantastic display projects using their designs, which I found very inspiring.

This was truly one of the best exhibits I have ever seen for machine embroidery designs.

Zundt Designs focuses on the fine art of Swiss embroidery. They offer a large selection of lace, florals and other delightful designs, all of very high quality. They have two new design sets that were introduced at the IQF Long Beach Show: Both sets are very elegant, one set is called “Feathers 2” and has 7 different feathers beautiful digitized. The other new set is “Roses”, which also has some eye catching roses. I plan on sharing more insights about these design sets and other Zundt Designs in the future.

I also learned that Zundt Designs has a fantastic quilting & embroidery cruise this coming September. Personal training will be offered by several talented professionals (Urban Zundt, Peggy Allen, Luella Fournell, Jacki Breisacher, and Jane Cook). You’ll be able to make five different projects on this cruise, and have a chance to work with a variety of Zundt Designs. As there are just a few spaces open, if you are interested in joining this fun cruise, I recommend you block ASAP.

Here is more info that Zundt Designs has provided on this cruise:

“STITCHING ON CRUISE CONTROL”

Projects that will be presented on the cruise are: Mariners Compass Quilt,
Birds of a Feather Quilt, Quilted Back Pack, Quilted Purse, Five Projects for SPA Day, and special projects for LACE Day. All the projects will include those wonderful
ZUNDT embroidery and lace designs. For a complete list of the projects, email:
janecook@beejaysquilt.com.

The projects will be presented on three AT SEA days with experienced Quilting & Embroidery educators. The workshop projects you select, will include kits containing all the instructions and materials you will need for each project. For those who want to spend more time sewing on their projects, The Zundt Group will have full access to three conference rooms for the entire cruise. Educators will monitor the conference rooms to help with projects. You may bring your favorite embroidery machine if you like or they will have new Husqvarna/Viking embroidery machines for you to share during the cruise.

The fee for all five workshop projects will be $360.00. Workshop fees are due with final payment.

This cruise is on Royal Caribbean International’s MARINER OF THE SEAS cruise ship. This ship will depart from Los Angeles on September 20th with ports of call in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Return schedule will land in Los Angeles for a boat departure on September 27th.

Bring your spouse or friend and join some of the ZUNDT TEAM for a fun time Stitchin’ & Crusin’.

THE REDUCED PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Inside Cabin – WAS $720—- NOW $580 per person
Ocean View – WAS $870—- NOW $750 per person
Balcony – WAS $980—- NOW $880 per person
Prices include all port charges, taxes, and government fees.
Complete Details and an online registration form are available on the website at
http://www.cruise-consultants.com, click special events, and then Quilting Cruise.
Or call Gloria Cook Toll Free at 1-888-719-7698 or 817-371-5329.

From my perspective, this sounds like a wonderful cruise. I am sure that all the participants will have a lot of fun and enjoy making items with the beautiful Zundt Designs. I know I would!

To view more projects, using Zundt Designs, check out:

http://www.zundtdesign.com/Projects/CustomQuilt5.htm

Free samples: http://www.zundtdesign.com/Freedesign.htm