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What's New at CQ 03/24/16

Dear Quilting Friends,
You may (or may not) know that I've just returned from a month-long vacation to visit my daughter in New Zealand.  It was wonderful!  Melbourne was lovely, with interesting buildings and bridges that were works of art, quilt literally.  We walked through the Botanical Gardens and around the city, and we had some really good food and wine.  We also spend a glorious week at Abel Tasman National Park, sitting on our little deck while enjoying breakfast with sparrows and pukekos for companions, along with a field full of horses and one white mule. It was green and cool and the air was filled with birdsong.   The wine was fabulous. Pete enjoyed the beer, too. The summer fruit was yummy and the apples were just beginning to appear (they consider March 1 to be the first day of autumn).

Back to work for me!  The staff has taken amazingly good care of the shop, and, I hope, all of you.  I'm facing a huge learning curve, as the new computer system went into place the day I left.  I think they planned it that way.

In any event, I'd love to hear and see what you all have been working on!  Please stop in and say hi!


Alison Zacharkiw


We have a Ghastlie Project from Alexander Henry, and some Ghastlie coordinates.  Kat stitched up the characters into dolls, and we've been having fun placing them around the shop.  Panels are $8.50 each, coordinates are $11.99/yard.

Island Batiks just drop-shipped more bolts than you can shake a stick at! These are but a few of the offerings.  A wide variety of colors & patterns came in; there's something for everyone!  $12.99/yard.

In the same Island Batik shipment:  Scarves, and bolts of rayon batik!  Rayon is perfect for garment construction.  Scarves, $15.95 each, rayon batik, $14.50/yard.


See the online calendar.

Meet with fellow quilters and work at your own pace at our monthly Sit N Sew, Friday 3/25 from 5-9.  We provide space and beverages, you bring your projects and maybe a snack to share.  Fun all around!

Looking ahead to April, Jenny Trussel is back with her Perfectly Mitered Placemats Saturday, 4/2, from 1-4.

The Journeys BOM starts on Thursday 4/7.  This is a gorgeous quilt, and Maria will offer both an "easy" and an "intermediate" option for each block.

Do you Love Your Luggage?  You will with these luggage tags!  Karen Fricke has oodles of ideas to make yours eye-catching and unique!

Join Rae Cumbie for the Fit for Art Trunk Show on Saturday, 4/9 at 3:30pm.  See the gorgeous clothing Rae has designed over the years, and learn about her journey into the garment industry.

Kat's popular Night Owl Sewing is Saturday, April 9 from 6pm-midnight.  It's your own little in-store retreat!

Finally, From the Ground Up is the Wooly Lady BOM.  Led by Diane Heller, this group will start to meet on Sunday, 4/10.

Hand Quilting is the Ultimate Finish for your quilts, and Chris Giannascoli will show you the way.  Join her Tuesday, April 12 to find your quilting Zen.

Are you looking for a "soup to nuts" quilting class?  If so, then Capital Quilts' Complete Course is for you!  Annette takes you through ten weeks of gentle instruction; the first class is April 13th.

How do fabrics get designed?  Find out at the Ink & Arrow Trunk show Saturday, April 16th.


We'd like to remind you that our books are 20% off EVERY DAY!  Time to beef up your library!

Monday-Saturday, 11-5
Sunday 12-5


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