Dear Fabric Fiends,
Oops, I mean “friends”!
Lost something? Next time you are in the shop, check out our lost and found drawer. You might get a pleasant surprise. Hint: put your name on EVERYTHING you bring to a class or event: coat, ruler, phone, keys, scissors, rotary cutter, mat….When it gets left behind, we’ll know whom to contact!
The Friendship Star Quilt Guild will have quilts on display in our Gallery now through the end of May. Currently hanging are quilts made for a challenge, that will ultimately be donated to charitable causes. Friendship Star is a local guild, meeting the first Monday of every month at the Church of the Nazarene on Warfield Road in Gaithersburg. To learn more about this active guild, visit www.friendshipstar.org. They welcome new members!
Coming soon to your favorite quilt shop: the AccuQuilt GO! system of cutting accurately and speedily. You will have a lot more time to sew not only because you’ll be spending less time cutting, but because your sewing will be more accurate and you’ll spend less time ripping seams out. I like the sound of that! Attend one of our introductory GO! sessions on June 22 & 23 to learn more. An AccuQuilt educator will be here to show us the ropes and share a trunk show with us. Sign up online, in the shop, or by calling us at 301-527-0598.
Have you registered to get the Quilters’ Quest newsletter yet? There is a free Project of the Month pattern as well as info about the Quest and what is happening in the Quest shops. And don’t forget to sign up for one of our two buses! It’s a relaxing two days of quilt shops, friends, and food (lunch and snacks are provided) while someone else does all the driving. Register by May first and pay $125; after May 1, pay $150. Cancellations can be made through September 1 for a full refund.
FOR SALE: Handi Quilter Amara floor model with ProStitcher. The full retail price is $21,995. I am selling mine for $15,396.50, a savings of $6,598.50. It is practically new, and has been gently used. It has Art & Stitch, which you can activate, for a fee, with Art & Stitch. Delivery is free within a 50 mile radius of the shop. Receive two free "Getting Started" classes, one for the Amara and one for ProStitcher. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-527-0598.
Go ‘n’ Piece,
Janome: Sewing machine acting its age? Need a lightweight model for classes and retreats? Now is a perfect time to get a new Janome sewing machine! The Janome Spring Sale is underway, through May 31, 2018. Save up to $1000 on the most popular models. Savings vary according to the model. Special Value on the Skyline 5: usually $1,499, the Spring Sale price is $999, a savings of $500. The Skyline 5 is one of our best sellers with great features like an automatic thread cutter, speed control, and memorized needle up/needle down. Hurry to take advantage of these prices.
|NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
Insignia is a new concept for AG fabrics. It is a “near solid” fabric line. They are beautiful, saturated fabrics that coordinate with other AG printed fabrics and walk the line between solid and print. Tiny signature motifs float here and there on a background of high quality Andover fabric, allowing the texture of the weave to show subtly as an element of the design. These are sure to become useful coordinates, as well as lovely stand alone fabrics. We've put together 2-1/2" strip sets ($42.99 each) and 5" charm squares ($10.99 each) for you from these 20 luscious colors.
Stunning color and vivid details await in this gorgeous collection of floral fantasy. Violets, purples and periwinkles with accents of mint and pink are fashionable and fresh. The richness of the deep hues are complimented nicely with light and airy prints. Jacqueline from Quilting Treasures, $12.50/yard.
New pattern! Curry from Madison Cottage Designs measures 72" square. It's fast, fun, and fat quarter friendly. $10.00 each.
Books are always on sale at Capital Quilts!
With Lunch-Hour Patchwork, quilters can slide in time to sew every day. Llittle by little during their lunch hour! Perfectly portable projects can be completed in as little as an hour or over just a few lunch hours during the week. Choose from pillows, small quilts, cute bags, and more. All beginner friendly, simple to start, and fast to finish. Whether lunchtime is spent at the office, on the road, or right at home, break up each busy day with some sublime stitching time! 15 cute designs are easy to start and quick to finish. Perfect for crafters who are time crunched and budget strapped. MSRP $21.99, CQ price only $18.69.
The Essential Sewing Reference Tool is an indispensible guide for anyone who sews (or wants to start). Organized for easy readability & usage, it covers everything you need to know whether making home decor, clothing or accessories. Contents include an overview on tools & materials, step by step instructions on various seams & finishes, zipper installation, size conversion charts, and so much more. MSRP $17.95, CQ price only $15.26.
In Summertime Sampler, Erica Kaprow turns up the volume on traditional wool applique with her brilliant jewel-tone summer sampler. If you can sew three basic hand stitches, you’ll learn just how fun it is to applique these whimsical wool designs—at home or on the go! Each of the 12 must-have summer blocks is featured on an individual pattern sheet. With the bonus border pattern, this sampler makes the perfect block-of-the-month class, club project, or personal challenge. Celebrate summer with perfectly portable wool applique! MSRP $17.95, CQ price only $15.26.
If you've got the basics of free motion quilting down, and want to learn more complex quilting designs, this is the class for you! Karen will talk about borders, sashing, fillers, feathers, and more. Take More Fun With Free Motion with Karen Fricke on Friday, 4/27 at 1:30pm.
Bring your machine, handwork, a new project or an old project, perhaps some food to share, or just come to talk and have fun with other quilters. Capital Quilts will provide beverages and have staffers on hand to assist you in any way they can. Our FREE Sit 'N' Sew happens on Friday, 4/27, 5-9.
Ready to rent a longarm? Before you do, you'll need to take Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm on 4/27 at 6pm. Learn the ins and outs of the longarm machine and the frame, how to set up for quilting a quilt, what proper tension is, and some basic quilting designs.
Liz wants to share her love of wool with you in Intro to Wool Embroidery! Wool is hot in more than one sense of the word; find out how to create some of the beautiful stitches that are used to embellish wool applique on Saturday, 4/28 at 1:30pm.
If you have a Janome, why not sign up to have Marianne clean and oil your machine on Sunday, 4/29?
Ginny Brown teaches Love Links on Sunday, 4/29 at 12:30. Love Links is a Modern 180 pattern designed by Running with Scissor Quilters. The "links" are created by assembling traditional flying geese into Chevron blocks using two geese in reverse colors. Once the blocks are interlocked, links pop out to create this stunning quilt! This quick and easy quilt can be made in eight different sizes using only the Wing Clipper I.
Phyliss loves whipping up Bridget's Bagettes! These are speedy little bags with an easy edge finish—no binding, no fuss! Keep all of life’s little necessities where you can easily find them. Clear vinyl window lets you see what's inside! Monday, 4/30 at 1pm.
Diamonds in the Sea -- have you caught the English Paper Piecing bug yet? This style of quiltmaking, with its portability and possibilities, is becoming more and more popular, and Kim has an interesting twist on it. Learn how to create the lovely diamond shape with EPP and set your diamonds sparkling on a sea of background fabric Monday, 4/30 at 6:30pm.
Learn the ins and outs of the longarm machine and the frame, how to set up for quilting a quilt, what proper tension is, and some basic quilting designs. Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm is being offered Wednesday, 5/2 at 11am.
Help Sue Moats and our in-house QOV group make a Quilt of Valor on Saturday, May 5 at 2pm. These quilts are tremendously important to the men and women who serve our country in the military. The group will make one quilt. All fabric is provided. Please register for this FREE event.
Between Friends sports a very uniquely shaped design in the blocks. To me it looks like the blocks are holding hands. There is plenty of negative space for some fun quilting opportunities! Fat quarter friendly, or use 1/8 yards for a scrappier look. The pattern designer herself, Jennifer McClanahan, teaches on Sunday, May 6 at 12:30pm.
Bruce has two cleaning appointments available on Sunday 5/6. Call to reserve one today!
Capital Quilts is honored to host a free sewing session for The Duffel Project on Monday, 5/7 at 10am. When a child enters the foster care system and must be relocated from their home they are given a plastic garbage bag for their belongings if they don’t have a suitcase of their own. No child should have to equate their belongings with trash, so the American Sewing Guild decided to do what they do best – sew. With guidance from the Department of Social Services, a sturdy, somewhat-easy-to-make bag was designed, and the members of the Maryland Chapter started sewing their little hearts out. As of December 2017, the members of the Maryland Chapter of the ASG have sewn and delivered over 600 duffel bags to children in Foster Care.
|SAVE THE DATE
June 1-3: QU Quilt Show
June 9 & 10: Annapolis Quilt Show
June 21 - September 4: Row by Row Experience
June 22 & 23: AccuQuilt GO! Event
September 14 & 15: Handi Quilter Education Event
October 5 & 6: "Around the Block" Needlechasers Quilt Show
October 19-28: Quilters' Quest
October 19-20: Capital Quilts' Quilters' Quest Bus I
October 22-23: Capital Quilts' Quilters' Quest Bus II
In the last Capital Quilt Cares Workshop, the group completed 20 pillowcases. This includes the ones that were taken home to finish. In addition, 8 more were donated. These will be going to NIH Children’s Inn. Coming soon: free pillowcase kits to take home and return for our ongoing pillowcase donation program.
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!
Friends of Montgomery County Animals invites you to join them at their Annual Kentucky Derby Dinner Party at the home of FMCA President Claire Proffitt on May 5th at 5:30pm. Sign up or donate online at fmca.org or email RSVP card to email@example.com or mail to FMCA, PO Box 386, Germantown, MD 20875
|BLUE BAG BONANZA
The April prize is a Dream Fusible Batting by Quilter’s Dream, 60” x 46”. It is made with 80% high grade long staple USA cotton fiber blended with 20% fine denier poly microfiber for a soft, silky batting that drapes beautifully and breathes well. The long staple cotton fiber reduces shrinkage and adds stability so that the stitches can be up to 8” apart. The poly microfibers add a loft and resistance to creases/wrinkles. There are no scrims, glues, or other binders to resist the needle, so this fine batting can be hand or machine quilted with ease.
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 Gold Tag for $10 and be able to participate in special sales on each of the four 5th Saturdays on 2018.
Our thanks to everybody who shops at Capital Quilts and who participates in the Blue Bag Bonanza.