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What's New at CQ 12/7/17

"What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colorful." Joshua Foer

Dear Friends and Fellow Learners,

So was your week memorable? Did you stop now and then to take it all in, to enjoy the moment? I certainly enjoyed those few days of warm weather; I even took a walk over to the Home Depot and Office Depot stores (instead of driving). I expect to savor those memories of warm next week. Another memorable event was accompanying my husband to his cataract surgery on Tuesday. He is doing quite well, thanks, and is amazed at how much clearer his vision is already and how bright colors are. He didn’t realize how much vision he had lost until he got it back again. If you are having trouble focusing, please go see your eye doctor!

A memorable event at Capital Quilts this week was Ginny Brown’s Trunk Show on Sunday. We enjoyed her quilts and were amazed at how accurate the blocks were when she used the arsenal of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 tools. (An aside: Ginny says Deb Tucker is very insistent that they be called “tools” and corrects anybody who calls them “rulers”…except that Deb Tucker sometimes calls them rulers, too!) She showed us how the tools are used and how units created with them can be combined to form lovely blocks. Which leads us to…

TUCKER UNIVERSITY! Tucker University is a series of 13 classes that will introduce you to 13 of the Studio 180 tools. You’ll learn how to make the basic unit or units and then combine them to make ever more blocks. It is a hands-on class; you’ll sew 4” blocks, and if you use coordinating fabrics, you can sew them together to make a quilt or wall hanging or other project. Ginny, a certified Deb Tucker Studio 180 Instructor, will teach the classes. The price of the class is $375, which I know sounds like a chunk of money, especially at this time of year. Included in the price are 40 hours of instruction (a $400 value) and Deb Tucker Design Sheets, a laminated sheet that is only available to students enrolled in the Tucker University (a $55 value).  The first class meets on Saturday, January 20, 1-5pm. All succeeding classes meet from 1-4pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month. If you cannot attend a particular class, you will still receive the Design Sheet and any handouts that Ginny provides. With the $80 discount, you will not lose out financially by missing a class or two.

Did you miss the Stitch ‘n’ Fold Wreath class last month? Barbara Kascic is teaching it again on Tuesday, December 12, 10-1.

Please do come to our Handi Quilter Demo Day this Saturday, from 11-1. We will be highlighting the new Amara machine and telling you about the next Ruler Club. We will also have information about ProStitcher Premium and the other clubs that are available to you, including the Longarm Club, the ProStitcher Club, and the Art & Stitch Club (new!). Take 15% off any Handi Quilter accessories or tools you purchase on Saturday! Special pricing is available on all machines as well.

Are your scissors and knives feeling a bit dull?  Rod's Sharpening Service will be here this Tuesday!  Drop off scissors, knives, small garden tools by Monday at 6pm.  They'll be sharp as new and ready to pick up Tuesday afternoon.  Please wrap your items in a paper bag or cloth towel, and secure with rubber bands.  Don't forget to enclose your name and phone number, and cash or a check made out to Rod's Sharpening Service as per the pricing chart.

Go ‘n’ Piece,



HANDIQUILTER:   The CQ floor models are available at 30% off the MSRP.  Stop in for a demonstration and test drive the Avante or the Fusion!  Free installation and bobbin winder included. 

SEW STEADY:   Has two packages to make your Holidays Shine!  Package prices are good through 12/31/2017.

Wish Table Package includes 22" x 25" Wish Table with Drawer, Circles Sewing Tool, Holes in table for Circle Sewing, Universal Grid, Table Lock, 26x26 Big Table Travel Bag, and a bottle of Acrylic Shine. MSRP $260, SALE $209

Large Table Package includes 18" x 24" Large Table made for any make and model of machine, 20x26 Large Table  Travel Bag, and a bottle of Acrylic Shine.  MSRP $170, SALE $129


The new Secura Thread we talked about finding at Quilt Market has arrived!  This thread fuses to itself, and can be used for button sewing on all garments, bead attachment, and sequin attachment -- we're sure you can think of additional uses, too!  Coats Secura thread exhibits excellent button pull through strength, excellent sewability, and good abrasion resistance that seals loose ends.  Available in 6 colors, $2.99 per spool.

Proudly proclaim your quilting/sewing status in the kitchen! These bamboo spoons are imprinted with witty sayings, and are sure to bring a smile. $6.99 each.

LAST MINUTE GIFTS that are low on sewing time and high on impact! These tree ornaments sew up quickly, and gift card fits snugly inside. Each kit comes with felt, embroidery floss and hanging string for 6 ornaments. Choose from envelopes, stockings and mittens, $19.99 per kit.

The Uncorked collection from Windham fabrics is 24 bolts of cotton fabric designed to look like colored cork fabric, with gold metallic accents.   These cottons look JUST LIKE the cork "fabric" that we've been getting in, and requires no special techniques for sewing.  $$11.50/yard, $42.99 for 2-1/2" strips, $10.99 for 5" charm squares.


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

There is one appointment for Sandwich Night on Friday 12/8 left!  For a small fee, you get the use of our classroom and a staff helper for an hour.  Baste one large quilt or several small ones.  Appointment required.

As mentioned above, come in on Saturday, 12/9 for Handi Quilter Demo Day!  Meet the new Amara and learn all about it's exclusive features.  Hear about all the clubs we have that center around longarm quilting!

Zentangle for Beginners:  on Sunday, December 10, at 2:30, learn how to create Zentangle patterns. There are no mistakes, no ‘right’ way! You will find yourself relaxing as you focus on what you are doing. The $6 kit, available at the class, contains drawing supplies that you can use in other Zentangle classes as well.

Monday 12/11 at 10am, Laurie will lead a CQ Cares group in making a holiday wall hanging for the local women's shelter, because everyone needs a little cheer in their lives!  Please register for this free workshop so we'll know how many to expect.

As mentioned above, we have added a Stitch ‘n’ Fold Wreath class on Tuesday, 12/12 at 10am.  This fast, fun project will add just the right touch to your holiday tablescape. 

As of this writing, there is one Sandwich Day appointment available on 12/12, at 1pm.

There is still time to finish your quilts in time for the holidays!  Take Getting Started:  The Handi Quilter Longarm at 6:00pm on Tuesday, 12/12, and then set up a time to rent one of our longarms!  Your first rental includes free time with one of our monitors in case you get stuck.

Lois Sumser is offering her popular Rag Basket class again on Thursday, 12/14 at 10:30am.  This class will provide instructions for making a small bowl and hopefully have you leaving with your bowl and all you need to make more. Be careful - it is addictive, but if you are a quilter and/or sewing "nut", you know all about that!!!

Learn to make a Basic Tote Bag on Friday, 12/15 at noon. Once you have made this tote, all other tote patterns will make sense to you. You will be able to start making variations and designing your own!

We are offering Getting Started:  The Handi Quilter Longarm again on Saturday, 12/16 at 11am.

If you already have some longarm experience, you may be interested in our Free Motion Quilting on the Longarm: Feathers class; it's being held on Wednesday, 12/20 at 11am.  Feathers are a beautiful addition to your quilt. They can be simple or ornate. You will learn several different feather designs, how to embellish them, and how to combine them.


December 9:  Handi Quilter Demo Day
December 25:  Closed for Christmas
December 31 & January 1:  Closed for Inventory
January 5:  Westalee Ruler Lecture 
January 6:  Westalee Ruler Workshop


FMCA is excited to announce the start of their fall fundraising event, the “Cash for the Animals” Raffle. Take a chance on a win-win! Buy a raffle ticket or a few. You’ll feel good about supporting FMCA and enabling them to continue our work to save homeless, abandoned and abused animals. Plus, you could win up to $2000, just in time for the holidays!  Click here for all the details. 

FMCA has another way you can help support them!  Eat at the Chipotle in the Kentlands on Monday, 12/11 between 5 and 9, and tell the cashier you're there for the FMCA fundraiser -- Chipotle will donate 50% of your total purchase to the rescue!

We are still accepting Kennel Quilts for animals affected by natural disasters.  Small Kennel Quilt kits are available in the shop; just ask for one!

The December prize is The Wedding Quilt, a novel by Jennifer Chiaverini, and a Cake Mix Recipe for 10" squares from Moda.

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 members-only sale on December 30th!

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


Monday-Saturday, 11-5
Sunday 12-5


  • Tel: 301-527-0598
  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877