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"I am opposed to heart attacks and cancer and strokes the way I am opposed to sin." Mary Lasker

"As I celebrate life, I can't help but think how young my mom was when she died of a heart attack at 53. My mom didn't get to meet her grandchildren, but I'm determined to watch mine grow up." Andie MacDowell

Dear Creative Souls,

Tomorrow, February 3, is Red Dress Day!  Red Dress Day was created 15 years ago as a way to make people more aware of the risk women face from heart disease, the number one cause of death in women.  It doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women are different from the “traditional” warning signs that men experience. Misconceptions about heart disease in women put us all at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for this very reason.  Help us support women’s heart health.  Wear red and/or wear your Red Dress pin.  It doesn’t matter where or when you got it; if you’d like to purchase one, we have them here at the shop.  You will receive a 10% discount on your regularly-priced fabric.  You can save money by keeping the discount, or you can pay full price and we will donate the amount that would have been your discount to the American Heart Association.  For more information of women's heart health, visit

February 7 is scissor sharpening day.  Wrap your scissors, small knives, and small garden tools up securely, put your check (payable to Rod’s Sharpening) or cash in the bundle ($7 per item), and drop them off at the shop by Monday, February 6.  Make sure your name and phone number is included.  Rod and Liz have let me know that we don’t give them enough business to make it worthwhile for them to come here anymore, so this may be your last chance to get your scissors sharpened by them here!

Come to the Quilt of Valor National Sew-in Day on Saturday, February 4.  Join us from 1-5 to participate in this effort.  We’ll make one or more quilts for the military service men and women who have protected us so well.  FREE.  All fabric is provided.

The Quilts of Valor Challenge quilts are hanging in the "Gallery" through February 14.  Be sure to come in and vote for your favorite!  The voting occurs now through February 10; the awards ceremony is on Saturday, February 11 at noon.  Please join us! 

The months of April, July, September, and December each have a fifth Saturday this year.  We are planning some fun on those days for those of you who own a Capital Quilts Blue Bag.  You’ve got to have the bag to have the fun, so buy yours soon!

Dottie tells me that we need to postpone the start of HoopSisters Charmed Adventure Embroidablock. It will now begin on Saturday, March 4th, from 1-3pm.

The start of the Vintage Rose class with Jackie Kelso has also been postponed, until March 19.  Vintage Rose is a six-month Block of the Month quilt, designed by Judy Niemeyer.  Each month you will learn a new paper-piecing technique. Two sizes of quilt are available, wall and queen, the difference being in the borders.  Jackie will meet with you before the first class to give you your pattern and help you pick out fabrics, if you would like that assistance.  We have a model of the quilt hanging in the classroom and a picture online, if you’d like to see it.  Anybody with a basic knowledge of sewing can take this class; you don’t have to be an expert quiltmaker!

Today through February 9, register for three of the Handi Quilter Event “Quilt Like a Pro” classes and take the fourth one FREE!  See below for details.


Go ‘n’ piece,

Alison Zacharkiw



You don't want to miss QUILT LIKE A PRO 2017, the next Handi Quilter education event at Capital Quilts!  On February 17 and 18, Handi Quilter National Educator Harriet Carpanini will be here for two fun-filled days of quilting classes.  Harriet has been an HQ Educator for 10 years and is the author of Inside the Shell, a book featuring creative fills for clamshell quilting.  The classes:

  • Feb. 17, 10-1  LONGARM BOOT CAMP BASICS: find out the real names of the thing-a-mabobs and the doohickies.  Learn how to get your quilt on that big (or little) frame.  Learn how to thread the machine and avoid loopy stitching.  Try out groovy boards and pantographs (whatever they are!). If you are thinking about purchasing a Handi Quilter, this is a great introduction to the company and their quilting machines.
  • Feb. 17, 2-5  RULER MANIA:  Rulers give free motion quilters precision and consistency in their quilting.  Learn how to hold the ruler safely, place it accurately, and stitch precisely with it.  Your design repertoire will grow dramatically! All of the HQ rulers and templates can be used with any of the longarm machines.  If you have the appropriate foot for your domestic sewing machine, you can also use Handi Quilter rulers and templates with it.
  • Feb. 18, 10-1  SIT-DOWN BOOT CAMP BASICS: If you prefer to quilt sitting down, or if you have limited space for a quilting machine, you will enjoy the HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine.  At Boot Camp you’ll learn about stitch regulation, marking patterns on your quilt top, basting and manipulating the quilt, and using different machine feet, rulers, and gadgets to make your quilts unique.
  • Feb. 18, 2-5  CUSTOM WAVES, CURVES, AND CIRCLES:  Open up a new world of design options with circle templates and curved rulers!  Get tips and tricks for making half circles, flattened circles, and perfectly curved lines.  Do curved crosshatching.  Make swags, ovals, and arcs.  Make clam shells…and Harriet has a book for that!  If you have never used templates and rulers before, I suggest taking RULER MANIA  before taking this more advanced class.
Each class is $30.  Register for this event and receive a 20% discount on Handi Quilter rulers, templates, accessories, and gadgets during the two days of classes. 

Special pricing on the Handi Quilter machines is available from February 11-25, plus you will receive a Capital Quilts Gift Certificate ($200 for the Simply Sixteen or Sweet Sixteen; $350 for the Avante or ProStitcher Premium; $450 for the Fusion; or $600 for the Infinity) AND a bundle of goodies from Handi Quilter.  You can place your order any time between now and the 24th of February.




HANDI QUILTER FLOOR MODEL:  Contact Alison or Annie for details! 301-527-0598. At no extra cost to you, we install the machine in your home and give you a lesson on using and maintaining it. (If you live more than 50 miles away from the shop, we will charge standard mileage). You’ll receive the full support of Handi Quilter and Capital Quilts should you have questions or difficulties.  The machine will be serviced by our certified Handi Quilter technician prior to installation in your home.  The machine’s warranty will transfer to you. 

  • Fusion:  regularly priced $13,995, our floor model is on sale for $11,500.  You save $395 in shipping, for a total savings of $2,890.  The frame is 12’.



SEW STEADY is offering The BACK TO BASICS Promotion- Get a travel bag with the purchase of a Basic TableOffer is valid on Large Basic (18" x 24") and Big Basic (24" x 24") models only

  • Travel bag is padded nylon
  • Large $119, Big $149   

Sew Steady is also offering the Free Motion Wish 22 ½” x 25” Table Package for $300, a $69 savings.  The package includes:

  • Sew Steady Wish Table 22-1/2 x 25-1/2 Compartment Drawer Table with Holes for Circle Sewing & Tool, Universal Grid
  • Quilting Ruler Foot
  • 6 styles of Acrylic Template Designs 
  • Free Motion Glider



There is a new notion on the wall: Clover’s Press Perfect Roll & Press, this hand-held roller for pressing seams and folds without an iron was designed by Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs.  $15.50.

More Quick & Easy Quilts for Kids, a book from Annie’s Quilting, has patterns for 9 delightful quilts for children of every age group.  $12.99

A beautiful art quilt book by Rachel Sumner has arrived.  It’s called Stitched Textiles: Birds.  It is chock full of instructions, templates, and glorious pictures.  $29.95.

And, of course, more lovely fabrics have arrived, including a new substrate for us, lawn.  We have two bolts of “Friedlander Lawn”, $12.50/yd.  More lawn will be coming later in the year.  It is more lightweight than quilting cottons.  You can use it in quilts, but it is also fabulous for clothing. 

“Figment” is a collection of 8 bolts from Robert Kaufman that is very sophisticated.  $11.99/yd.

“Seaside Treasures” is also from Robert Kaufman.  This is a sweet group for children.  $11.99/yd.

“Peony Passion Pink” from Northcott is very romantic, just the thing for this time of year!  $11.99/yd.

Judy and Judel Niemeyer designed this group, called “The Forever Collection”.  These are part of a very large collection designed for the fall Quilt Market in Houston.  From Timeless Treasures, $12.50/yd.



You can sign up for classes online, by phone at 301-527-0598, or in person at the shop.

February 4 is the Quilts of Valor National Sew-in Day.  Join us from 1-5 and help make quilts for the men and women of the armed services who have served our country.

Need help sandwiching a quilt?  Sunday, February 5 is Sandwich Day, and there are two appointments still available, at 2pm and 3pm.  Friday, February 10 is Sandwich Night, and there are also two appointments available on that day, at 7pm and 8pm.

Handi Quilter has recently revised the ProStitcher, the software that quilts.  Join Barbara Bean on Monday, February 6, 10:30-1:30, to learn about this new update.  If you want to rent the ProStitcher, you’ll need to take this class first.

The first meeting of the new UFO Club is on Wednesday, February 8, 6:30-8:30.  Join us and make some headway against all those unfinished projects you have in your drawers, closets, and guest bedrooms!

Hilary Hastie is teaching her lovely Southern Cross quilt on Thursday, February 9, 10-1.  Hilary designed the Southern Cross block.  The quilt was made with the Quilters’ Quest 2016 Quest Cuts from the ten shops in the shop hop.  We have a complete collection of the cuts if you’d like to use them to make the quilt.

The irrepressible Annette is giving her Machine Quilting in Sections lecture/demo on February 9, 2-4.  She will show you how to section your quilt tops, quilt these smaller sections, then piece them together.  No one will ever know!

Make yourself a Little Somethin’ Jacket  on Tuesday, February 14, 10:30-4:30.  You can wear it out to dinner with your special Valentine!  Barbara Kascic is teaching the class.

If you don’t have dinner plans on the 14th, come learn how to use the Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen quilting machine with Annette from 7-9.

Annie is offering a Tuffet Assembly Workshop on Wednesday, February 15, 5-9.  This workshop is for those who have made the tuffet top at home and want help assembling the tuffet.  Annie has the heavy duty power tools that it takes, especially for the square tuffet. 

Want to make yourself some pants that actually fit you?  Take Eureka! Pants That Fit! Ray Cumbie of Fit for Art will be here on Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17 to help you with the fitting and creating of pants just for you.  This two-day workshop meets from 10-4 both days.  She’ll have lots of samples and tips to share.

Learn all about the Handi Quilter Sweet 16, the sit-down quilting machine, from Annette on Thrusday, February 16, 2-4.

Here is a new Zentangle class: Marble Coasters! Take real marble squares that have felt on the bottom already and add Zentangle designs to the tops to make a very unique item!  Saturday, February 18, 1-3, with Pat Dee.



  • February 17 & 18: Quilt Like a Pro – a Handi Quilter education event
  • February 26: Take the Deck of Cards Quilt Challenge! 
  • March 25: Demo Day 
  • April 28-30: Friendship Star’s “Sunshine and Moon Glow” Quilt Show
  • June 2-4: Quilters Unlimited “Wing It” Quilt Show
  • June 10 & 11: Annapolis Quilt Guild “Quilts by the Bay” Quilt Show
  • July 23-25: It’s Christmas in July!
  • September 22 & 23: Quilting is a Stitch – a Handi Quilter education event                                                         
  • November 9-18: Quilters’ Quest



Congratulations to Alice W., winner of the January Blue Bag Bonanza! Alice is getting a Tool Tote from Storage Solutions, the “Bonnie Bag” pattern from Abbey Lane Quilts, and a “Studio” charm pack from Timeless treasures.

For February, we are giving away a bundle of 3 one-yard cuts of fabric from Batik Textiles, and “Be My Valentine” pattern from On Point Quilter. To be entered in each month’s drawing, bring your Capital Quilts Blue Bag with you when you shop. Make sure you show it to the staffer at the register! Upon completion of your sales transaction, your name will be put in the jar for the drawing at the end of the month. Don’t have a Blue Bag? Purchase one at the shop, by phone, or online for just $4.99.  We save all of the entries for the year, and at the end of the year we draw a Grand Prize Winner from all the entries.

Our thanks to everybody who shops at Capital Quilts and participates in the Blue Bag Bonanza.  


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  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877