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What's New at CQ 08/17/17

"Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul."  Victor Hugo

Dear Fabric Enthusiasts,

We enjoyed the Four County Quilters Guild’s quilt show last weekend at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. There were scads of beautiful quilts on display, great raffle baskets (I’m sad I didn’t win the one full of chocolate!), and a beautiful raffle quilt. Thank you, Four County Quilters, for inviting us to vend at your wonderful show.

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a Heavenly Seating chair for your sewing room or office, place your order not later than tomorrow, August 18, to take advantage of a 10% savings.

Purchase a Handi Quilter machine or ProStitcher between now and September 23 and I’ll give you a bonus of four free classes at our “Quilting is a Stitch” education event on September 22 and 23.  National HQ Education Diane Henry will be teaching classes here at Capital Quilts those two days.  Skip down two more paragraphs for more information! Combine my offer with the Handi Quilter offer listed below under Vendor Specials for some real savings!

It’s not too late to join the Handi Quilter Ruler of the Month Club!  Capital Quilts is a participating dealer.  Each month, now through December 2017, HQ will introduce a new ruler.  You’ll come to the shop to pick yours up and enjoy a demonstration of how to use it, usually on the 4th Saturday of the month.  There will be a video tutorial available to you as well, so that you can review it at home.   You will be introduced to new styles and techniques and build your ruler skill set and confidence.  The Club continues for six months, and you will save a total of $30 for the six rulers.  The rulers will not be available to the general public until 2018!  Sign up for the Club in the shop, by phone, or online.  Pay a one-time fee of $150, which includes all the rulers, all the instruction, all the tutorials, and the full support of Capital Quilts and Handi Quilter!

Our Fall Handi Quilter event, “Quilting is a Stitch”, is now open for registration!  National HQ Educator Diane Henry will be with us on September 22 & 23 and will teach 4 different classes.  On Friday, it’s the 3B’s: Backgrounds, Borders, & Blocks in the morning, and Creative Textures & Fills in the afternoon.   These classes consider what designs to use in what situation, how to create different effects with quilting, some basic techniques such as turning a quilt, and how to extend designs.  On Saturday, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of creating the designs using rulers and templates.  In the morning, Diane teaches basic ruler safety, how to use rulers accurately, and reviews what all the different shaped rulers can do in the “Ruler Mania” class.  In the afternoon, she will open up a new world of design options in “Custom Waves, Curves, & Circles.”  Diane will introduce you to all the circle and curve rulers.  Each class is 3 hours long and costs $30.  Register for all four and save 10%.  Purchase  a Handi Quilter longarm machine from Capital Quilts between now and September 23 and take any or all four of the “Quilting is a Stitch” classes for free!

Janome Club will not meet in August.  Instead, we will have two meetings in September, on the 16th and the 30th, both from 10:30-12:30.

Go ‘n’ piece,

Alison Zacharkiw


Handi Quilter:  Celebrate Handi Quilter’s Founder’s Day August 3rd through 22nd. Save up to $3,500 on one of four different machine packages. Click here for more details!

Heavenly Seating: today through August 18, save 10% on the chair of your choice.  These chairs can be customized in many ways, allowing us to fit the chair to your body for the ultimate sitting comfort while you sew or work at your desk.   There are 150 fabrics to choose from.  The foam is guaranteed not to crush down as long as you own the chair.  There is also a drafting chair.  So many customers who have bought their chairs at Capital Quilts have come back saying, “I love my chair!” 



In a blue mood?  Blank’s “Blue Rhapsody” will soothe your senses.  $11.99/yd.

Or, try some wine!  “Vintage” from Henry Glass has it all: corks, bottles, labels, glasses, grapes, color.  $11.99/yd.

Or, travel in your mind to Laurel Burch’s “Mythical Jungle”.  These aren’t new, but many of you love her designs and these have arrived this week.  $12.50/yd.  The panel is $8.95 each, and you get two identical images (think pillow).

Don’t like the jungle?  Make a quilt with Robert Kaufman’s “Reef” fabrics.  You’ll find fish, seahorses, fish scales, bubbles, and more.  $11.99/yd.

Don't forget that books are discounted every day at Capital Quilts!  


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

Finish your own quilts!  Take the Getting Started: the Simply Sixteen class with Annette on Wednesday, August 23, 2-4, and learn how to use this HQ quilting machine.  Whether you want to buy your own machine or rent ours, this is a great class for learning all about it.

Finish your own quilts…sitting down!  The Getting Started: the Sweet Sixteen class meets on Thursday, August 24, 2-4, with Annette.  Learn how the Sweet Sixteen works so that you can rent our machine or enjoy your own at home.

Finish your own quilts…standing up at the Avante or the Fusion!  Getting Started: the HQ Longarm Machine is a class designed to teach you how to use these two machines. The difference between the two is mostly in the amount of quilting space you have: the Fusion has a couple of inches more.   You will be able to rent our machines upon completion of the class.  Barbara Bean is teaching on Friday, August 25, 6-9.

Antelope Canyon begins on Sunday, August 27 with a one-hour prep class at 12:30.  Don’t think you can skip this one: this project is all about organization, and that is just what Hilary Hastie will be helping you do in this first meeting.  Two more sessions follow, on September 10 and October 1.

Join the Zentangle community by taking the Zentangle: Beginner’s Workshop on Sunday, August 27 with Pat Dee, 2:30-4:40.  Completion of this class allows you to take any other Zentangle class on the planet.  And it’s fun!  There is a $5 supplies fee, payable to Pat in class.

The next Improv Sew-in is on Monday, August 28 from 1-4.  Kat and/or Kim will be there to answer your questions.

Make a fun pillow in this Slice of Summer Pillow class with Barbara Kascic, Tuesday, August 29, 2-5.  The pillow is a combination of piecing and applique, plus you’ll learn how to make ruches (take the class and find out what that is!). 

The next Sandwich Day is August 30.  Appointments are available at 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Bring your top, batting, and basting spray or pins and let us help you get your quilt ready for finishing!  If you are going to longarm quilt your quilt, or have someone else longarm it, you do not need to sandwich your quilt.  In any case, your back needs to be wider than your top on all sides, and your batting should be the same size as your backing.  The backing and the top must be square for best results.  Check with our staffers if you are not sure what that means.  We are here to help!

Also on Wednesday, August 30, Barbara Bean is teaching Rulers for the Longarm, a class on using rulers on the Handi Quilter longarm machines.  She will review using the rulers safely as well as all the marvelous things you can do with rulers.  Class meets from 11-1.



September 21: Superior Threadology – lecture and workshop with Diane Henry
September 22 & 23: Quilting is a Stitch – a Handi Quilter education event with Diane Henry.  See the 3rd quarter newsletter for more information.
September 23 & 24: Friendship & Eternal Quilts Guilds Show in Linthicum Heights
September 30: 5th Saturday Club Sale!!  Get your CQ Blue Bag and your Green Ticket so that you can participate in the 3rd and 4th 5th Saturday sales!
October 1: Trunk Show with Jennifer McClanahan of Sweet Tea Pattern Co.,3:30-5
October 6-8: Everybody’s Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Westminster
October 19: The Larry Sheckman Show – Meet our fabric rep for Timeless Treasures and other companies and get a sneak preview on what his companies will be showing at Quilt Market the following week.  6:30-8:30

November 9-18: Quilters’ Quest Shop Hop


The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg August 11-19.  Capital Quilts is sponsoring some of the prizes for quilts.  We love it when our customers win prizes! Good luck, all!

Bethesda Quilters Quilt Guild is having their 2017 Quilt Show on October 13 & 14, 10-5 at the Holy Redeemer Church School, 9705 Summit Ave., Kensington, MD.  100 quilts will be on display and there will be a white elephant sale, a boutique, and a silent auction.  Take a chance on the raffle quilt and raffle baskets! 

Pierce Mill, located at 2539 Tilden St. NW, in Rock Creek Park, is the last remaining mill in Washington, DC.  Friends of Pierce Mill have set October 14 as Heritage Day.  Step back in time and witness the 19th century, four-story grist mill grind corn into meal, powered by a giant water wheel.  Heritage Day activities are from 10-4.  Milling demonstrations will take place from 11-2.  There will also be hands-on activities for children, live bluegrass music, and other exhibitions, including hand quilting. Pierce Mill is seeking a small group of hand quilters to give a demonstration.  Please contact Steve Dryden at or by phone at 301-512-5899 if you are interested in participating in this fun day.


Our August prize is Stash-Buster Quilts by Lynne Edwards.

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. The more you shop, the more chances you have to win.  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.

Sign up for our 5th Saturday Club! Purchase your Green Tag for $10 and come to our special events on the four 5th Saturdays of 2017. The next one is September 30th!  All fabric, panels, kits, and precuts will be 20% off for blue bag/green ticket holders ONLY.

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



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Sunday 12-5


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