Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Yes it has been quite awhile since a newsletter from Constantine Quilts – sorry about that.

This year has been quite the ‘year of the family’. We have had a 50th then an 18th then finally a wedding since July this year. Along with normal farming & quilting commitments we have been run off our feet! All has been absolutely wonderful & we would not change a thing of course. We have welcomed a son-in-law into the family and our son has now finished his schooling & will commence his Electrical apprenticeship full time at the end of this month. Only one more child with 3 more years of schooling to go… unless she chooses further education after that.

We are soon getting organised to head off in our caravan for a massive 2 weeks at the beach – our annual getaway! So Constantine Quilts will be closed for that time. Of course you can always still place an order at any time online and we will attend to your order upon our return on the 24th January. Orders will be processed and posted up until 1.30pm on Wednesday 8th January.

With this in mind – and just because it is also my birthday in 2 days – I’m going to have a SALE that will finish at 1.30pm on Wednesday 8th January CST (South Australia)

25% off all Constantine Quilts ‘No Frills’ rulers/templates and 10% off everything else on the website. Your invoice will be adjusted manually before either charging your credit card or sending you an invoice via email with EFT details to complete your transaction. (Excluding A1 Quilting machines & Intelliquilter computerised systems.)

The Aussie dollar has dropped quite a bit this past 3 months with forecasts that it will continue to drop this year. Not sure when it will level out? With that in mind I’d just like to let you know that I have only two A1 Elite Professional Favourite packages in stock that I am able to let go at great prices before the new A1 Platinum machines arrive in Australia. Please contact me for full details & pricing. As always, prices quoted will be relevant to the exchange rates on the day requested. Final price is not locked in until paid in full. A deposit paid will ‘hold’ a machine for you until ready to pay if you don’t want to miss out on a great deal!

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OK so what is this new machine I’ve just mentioned???

A1’s proud to announce the BIGGEST news in the Quilting Scene...

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Standard features on the Professional Favourite Platinum:
  • Throat size: 9” by 23” Quilting space 16” – 17”.
  • LED touch screen Standard with a 7” monitor.
  • Most Accurate stitch regulator on the market today.
  • Four stitch modes: Elite mode, Cruise mode, Baste mode and Manual mode.
  • Accurate stitches from 2 stitches per inch to 22.
  • Ergo grip patented fully ergonomically adjustable handlebars with the only truly multi-positional handles.
  • Ergo lift hydraulic height adjustable table.
  • M bobbin (double capacity) / Stand-alone Bobbin Winder.
  • Laser light.
  • Extended Base /A1 Ruler.
  • Batting Access Lockable Lifting Lever.
  • Stability/comfort upper roller.
  • Tracknology Wheel and Track System-superior smooth wheels with aluminium one piece track for rails and carriage.
  • Saddle Stool.
  • Professional Set-up.
  • LED Lights, both extra bright and dimmers plus Black lights built in.
Optional features: (additional charges will apply)
  • “Your Choice” colour Palette-personalize your machine-choose your favourite colour.
  • Versatile table lengths.
  • Swivel Casters.
  • Magic Mat.

The wonderful new Stitch Regulator for the A1 machine is exceptionally accurate without losing the amazing light, easy movement that I love on this machine. I have now retrofitted my Elite with this & have quilted a few quilts on it to get used to all the features. The retrofit of your existing machine is possible instead of buying a new machine, which is an amazing opportunity if you are keen to go this way. The retrofit will totally replace your motor, control boards, movement sensors, all wiring, laser light & lights. It will be available to play on at the next AMQ Festival in October this year in Adelaide or if you are in the area please give me a call to arrange a time to come play on my machine to see how amazing it is! Quotes for a retrofit on existing machine are also subject to exchange rates. Please contact me if interested.


I have recently invested in stocking the full range of Wonderfil Spagetti & Fruitti threads. They are not on my website, but you can see the range of colours in this email and if you need some just put it in the comments section of your order or email me direct.

Spagetti $11.60 each spool

12 wt 100% Egyptian cotton, double gassed and mercerized. Spagetti is great for quilting, long-arming, topstitching, decorative stitching, and sashiko. Available in 41 colours in 437yd (400m) spools.

Use in: sewing machines, embroidery machines, quilting machines, sergers, handwork, crafts

Color selection for Spagetti™ by top quilt designer Susan Cleveland.


Fruitti $13.65 each spool

12 wt 100% Egyptian variegated cotton, double gassed and mercerized. Fruitti is great for quilting, long-arming, topstitching, decorative stitching, and hand embroidery. Available in 41 variegated colours in 437yd (400m) spools.

Use in: sewing machines, embroidery machines, quilting machines, sergers, handwork, crafts


Click here to watch video tutorials on the 12 wts: Accent, Fruitti, Spagetti

When I return I will endeavour to be a little more regular with updates & information to you all. There is new stock arriving whilst I’m away which will be very exciting!

Simple Quilting Tips:

A piece of extra batting will act as a trap pad for bits and pieces of thread.

Tilt the back side of your sewing machine toward you using two or three rubber door stops. This eases back and eye strain as you are sewing.

Until next time…



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