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What's New at CQ 05/05/16

"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws." -- Barbara Kingsolver





Dear Friends,


To all of you who are mothers, Happy Mother’s Day!  May the sun shine warm upon your face and your children be kind! 

Our Anniversary Sale continues!  Everything is 20% off regularly-priced items.  Clearance fabric is always 40% off; it is located in the room at the far left-hand corner, where the Handi Quilters and books are.  Saturday is the last day of the sale. In-store purchases only; fabrics have a minimum half yard cut for sale price.

Please join us on Monday evening, May 9, at 7, to meet Larry Sheckman, our manufacturers’ rep for several companies, including Timeless Treasures and P&B.  Larry will be here to show us some of the newest fabrics from Timeless Treasures and, if we are lucky, some of his other lines.  We are hoping that some of the companies will let Larry show us some of the new fall fabrics before they are released at Quilt Market the following week!   Larry has been in the fabric industry for a whole lot of years and has witnessed many changes in the industry.  He has lots of stories to tell.  He is also a designer; if you’ve used P&B’s Bear Essentials or Timeless Treasures’ white-on-white fabrics, chances are you have used Larry’s designs.  As the go-between for the fabric shops and the designers and manufacturers and a designer himself, he has a unique perspective on what the trends are and what customers like to purchase and make.  I am sure it will be a fascinating evening!  The event is $5 and includes a beverage (maybe even a glass of wine!) and light eats (crackers and cheese, peanuts, sweets, that sort of thing).  We will cap attendance at 50, so don’t delay in signing up!

Go ‘n’ piece,

Alison Zacharkiw




JANOME has  two promotions going on.  The first one is get $500 back when you purchase a Horizon 15000 at Capital Quilts.  The other is a baby clothes contest!  Go to for more details.   

HORN OF AMERICA is offering the 3240 Medium Quilter’s Dream sewing cabinet for $1303, regularly $1448.  Get all the great features of the regular Quilter's Dream in a smaller footprint.  Visit for more information.  

FLORIANI is always offering more specials than you can shake a stick at.  Visit their website to see what is happening!  I am happy to order anything.  

SEW STEADY: Back To Basics Table Package   Buy Sew Steady’s very popular 18"x 24" Large Sew Steady extension Table and Travel Bag at a discounted sale price.  Table comes with 16" ruler printed on front edge, front edge is beveled for easy fabric glide, legs are removable for easy storage and transport.   Travel Bag is 20" x 26", made of padded nylon.  Regular Price: $158.00 Sale $119.00   Offer valid through 06/30/2016



Mixing Quilt Elements by Kathy Doughty:  Discover your boundless potential as a quilter with Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession. Learn to express yourself with creative, adventurous designs, all made achievable through step-by-step instructions. Shake up your approach with techniques you might not have tried, like English paper piecing, raw-edge machine applique, and improvisational piecing. With each chapter, Kathy gives a glimpse into her eclectic fabric pairings and signature style, empowering you to develop your own voice as a quilter. MSRP $24.95, CQ price $$19.96

Make Pillows:  Spruce up your space with 12 pillow patterns you can make in a day! Whatever your style—bold, modern, whimsical, or traditional—you’ll find pretty pillows in a variety of techniques, like patchwork, appliqué, and embroidery. With quick, satisfying projects from top designers, this booklet is a great value for the sewist who loves to start and finish a project in less than a day. Dig into your fabric stash and sew a set of pillows just for you, or give them as gifts! MSRP $12.95, CQ price $10.36

Dresden Carnival by Marian B. Gallian and Yvette Marie Jones: A parade of modern Dresden quilts awaits, packed with playful color choices, all-new layouts, and exciting borders. Peruse 16 projects, 4 bonus variations, and 5 alternate colorways for creativity that knows no bounds! Basic needle-turn techniques are included, and patterns range from beginner-friendly to more advanced. Take a vintage favorite and infuse it with pizazz. These truly innovative Dresden blocks will become heirlooms for the next generation.  MSRP $25.95, CQ price $20.76

Sign up for classes in-store, on-line, or by phone (301-527-0598).

Practice a different applique technique in Annette’s Hawaiian Applique class on Saturday, May 7, 1-6. Unfortunately Annette is sick, but Helen Johnston, another master appliquer and wonderful teacher, will fill in for her. She will also talk about the history of this unusual technique. Coconut bras optional.

Monday, May 9, plan on being at the shop from 7-9 for the Larry Sheckman Show! See above for details.

If you have a serger you don’t use (can’t remember how to thread it?), or a new serger you want to learn more about, or want to find out just what all the fuss is about sergers, take Barbara Kascic’s Sergers Made Easy class on Tuesday, May 10, from 10:30-1:30. A serger is a great tool to have in your sewing room. It does everything from overcast seams to make lace. I hope you’ll take advantage of this class to learn more!

Stick around after Sergers Made Easy to take the Basic Tote class from 2-5. Cathy Sullivan will show you how to make a tote bag that has inside pockets and comfortable handles. Once you understand how to make this basic tote, you’ll be ready to tackle any tote bag pattern out there and even create your own.

If you have a growing stack of quilt tops that need quilting, consider renting time on our Handi Quilter quilting machines. Take the HQ Rental Certification Workshop on Thursday, May 12, from 11-4 to find out how.

Given that stack of quilt tops, you may be interested in the Fun With Free Motion class on Friday, May 13, from 10:30-12:30. Karen Fricke will go over basic free motion technique and then teach you several quilting patterns. You will take home a sampler to remind you of the designs you learned!

Bring your quilt top, backing, batting, and basting spray to Sandwich Night, Friday, May 13, between 6 and 8, or to Sandwich Day, Sunday, May 15 between 12 and 5. Please make an appointment, in person, on the phone, or online.

There is a Simply Sixteen Certification class on Saturday, May 14, 2-4.  Completion of the class will allow you to rent the Simply Sixteen to finish your quilts.

Attention machine embroiderers! Use your hoop to make a Flying to Pieces Zipper Pouch on Saturday, May 14, from 3-6. Elyse Turkletaub will show you how. The software from Kimberbell is available in the shop. Who knew you could use your hoops to make projects that do not necessarily involve embroidery?!

Zentangle Club meets on Sunday, May 15, 1-3.  It’s never too late to join in the fun! 

There is another Simply Sixteen Certification class on Monday, May 16, 10:30-12:30. 

Start with a “layer cake”, a bundle of 10” squares, and create this fun and easy “Ten Pack” quilt. Make it bigger or smaller just by adding more blocks. Hilary Hastie will show you how on Tuesday, May 17, 10-1.

Staffer Annie Jeffrey has found a great skirt pattern! Learn how to make the Everyday Skirt on Tuesday, May 17, 6-9.

Our next Capital Quilts Cares event is on Friday, May 20, 10:30-12:30. We’ll be making Pet Beds for local shelters and rescues. If you don’t want to sew, come and stuff the pillows! The event is free, but please register for it so we know how many to expect. We are now accepting “chopped” scraps to fill the beds with. Please ensure that your scraps contain no pins or other sharp/hard objects.

Also on May 20 is our Capital Quilts Cares: Quilting for Charity event. Cindy Bosca will load the charity quilt onto the Handi Quilter frame and show you how to use the ProStitcher to do the quilting. Participants in the Baby Quilts for Mary’s Center event have been given first choice of appointments for this event. There are 3 places left in the 4pm session.  If you would like to make a baby quilt to donate to Mary’s Center and use the ProStitcher to quilt it. Please call or visit the shop to make an appointment.


Congratulations to Lois Eriksson!  Lois' Wall Art Quilts are hanging in Lang Hall at the Village at Rockville through the end of May.  Do go and see them.  Many of them are for sale.  The address is 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD. 

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Sunday 12-5


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