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What's New at CQ 6/14/18

"You exist only in what you do." Federico Fellini

Dear Sewaholics,

Our thanks to the Annapolis Quilt Guild for inviting us to be a vendor at their show last weekend! It was well attended and full of energy and fun. I heard the demonstrations were fabulous. The ladies of the guild are excellent quilters; the quilts they had on display were beautiful. If you’ve never been to this particular show, I highly recommend you plan to attend next year.

Handi Quilter has announced a new update to the ProStitcher Premium. Look for the email from Handi Quilter. If you have a ProStitcher and don’t get the email, go to for more information.

We have new quilts on display in the Gallery! All of the pieces in these quilts were cut using an AccuQuilt GO! machine. Liz Brodsky, Debra Ball, and Nina Graves will all tell you they spend less time cutting and lots more time actually sewing. Get GO!ing to the shop on June 22 and 23 and attend one of three AccuQuilt GO! sessions to find out how this marvelous cutting system can make your sewing life ‘sew’ much easier! There is a morning session each day at 10:30, and Friday afternoon there is a session at 2:30. Each session is $10, but you will get a $10 Capital Quilts Gift Card at the door. (This is different from what I said in last week's newsletter.) There will be giveaways! People who have already bought a GO! machine (and actually use it) are raving about it. Customer George-Anna brought in two quilt tops to show us, both of them made with 8” clamshell pieces. She told us her 5-year-old grandson did a lot of the cutting using her GO! machine; it kept him busy for an entire hour! See the quilt tops on our Facebook page.

Kat is teaching the first Sew Days class tonight, June 14th at 6:30. The project is the Last Minute Table Runner, perfect for beginner sewists and anybody else who wants to make a fun and fast runner. There is still room in the class, and it is only $5! On Thursday, the 21st, join us for the second class, the Stow and Go Tote: same time, same place, new teacher – Betsy Kulamer. The Stow and Go Tote uses the same method of construction that is used for making a pillowcase: you’ll learn how to make two things!

It’s not too late to join the summer sewing challenge, “Do You See What I See?” Come to the shop to get a rules sheet and pick your inspirational picture. We have three categories with prizes in each: All Quilters, Kids Under 18, and CQ Teachers/Staff. Finished quilts are just 20” x 20”, due on July 22nd. You can do this and have a whale of a good time! There is a $5 registration fee. Top prize for All Quilters and Teachers/Staff is a $50 Capital Quilts Gift Card; top prize for Kids Under 18 is a $30 CQ Gift Card.

Go 'n' Piece,

FOR SALE: Floor Model HQ Amara, without ProStitcher. Price for the Amara: $9,595. 10’ or 12’ frame, your choice. If you live within 50 miles of the shop, you’ll save up to $415 in shipping and handling costs. Free “Getting Started” class, a bobbin winder, leaders, and a box of goodies (bobbins, bobbin case, oil, tools, thread samples, and needles) included. If you are interested, please contact me at or 301-527-0598. A ProStitcher can be added. Full warranty.

FOR SALE: Floor model HQ Simply Sixteen. Normally $5,995, my price is $4,199. Included are a free user class, a bobbin winder, and an accessory box that includes bobbins, bobbin case, oil, tools, thread samples, and needles. If you are interested, please contact me at or 301-527-0598. Purchase by June 24 and receive full warranty.


Handi Quilter: June 4-18, purchase any new Handi Quilter longarm machine and receive a FREE bundle of high-quality quilting thread. Each bundle contains Superior’s King Tut, Magnifico, OMNI, OMNI-V, So Fine!#50, and SuperBobs threads, valued at up to $1000.


Hoffman Christmas bolts have arrived!  Elegant poinsettias and holly on red, black, and ivory, with delicate gold outlines.  $12.99 per yard.

Moda has sent us metallic stars on Christmas-colored Grunge!  Choose from red, green, ivory, and white.  Grunge Seeing Stars sells for $12.50 per yard.

Two new panels have arrived!  Both are from Timeless Treasures.  First is Chong-a Hwang's Butterflies, floating on a field of teal.  $8.99 each.

If the ocean is more your style, check out Reef.  This panel by Michael Searle is chock-full of all kinds of sealife.  $8.50 each.

Books are discounted every day at Capital Quilts!

Distinctive Dresdens will teach you to stitch spectacular Dresden Plates like you've never seen them! Discover 26 pretty patterns that shine with the intricate style of best selling author Katja Marek. You can sew each stunning Dresden design on a sewing machine or by hand using English paper piecing. Katja shows you how, every step of the way. We've figured out all the pattern pieces for you.  Just trace, cut, and stitch for piecing that's a perfect fit! Show off your colorful Dresdens in six inspiring projects: a table runner, pillows, place mats, Christmas tree skirt, lap quilt, and wall quilt.  MSRP $26.99, CQ price only $22.94.
Get ready for new adventures in conventional piecing with celebrated quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Create stunning Double Wedding Ring quilts with breathtaking innovations on the classic pattern. With full-size patterns for 10 quilts, the book will teach you the Double Wedding Ring basics. After you’ve mastered curved foundation piecing, try your hand at Victoria’s unique fabric slashing and “Made-Fabric” methods—it’s easier than you think! You’ll feel liberated as you improvise on her designs, with full instruction for some quilts and others that invite your creative discovery. Double Wedding Ring Quilts - Traditions Made Modern, MSRP $24.95, CQ price only $21.21.

In Stitched Textiles: Nature, Stephanie Redfern is an inspiring step-by-step guide to creating contemporary textile artworks themed on nature. The fourth title in this successful theme-based series, it contains an extensive section on techniques, featuring step-by-step guides to machine- and hand- stitching, attaching embellishments and found objects to your work; painting and printing on fabrics including cotton, silk and Khadi paper; and using objects found in nature, such as leaves, to make unique and iconic prints. The book includes four inspirational projects based on different facets of the natural world: Ocean, Rainforest, Botany, Birds and Animals.  MSRP $24.95, CQ price only $21.21.


The first Sew Days! class meets on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30! We’ll be making an easy table runner. The Last Minute Table Runner class is suitable for beginners and fun for all skill levels! Kat Martinez is teaching.

If you want to know more about the Handi Quilter ProStitcher, or if you want to use ours during your rental time, take Getting Started: the HQ ProStitcher on Friday, June 15, at 10:30. Sign up soon: there are just 2 seats left.

Saturday Tucker University students: please note that your meeting on June 16 will go on as scheduled. Ginny is unable to teach in July; the class will be led by Certified Instructor Julie Belin on July 7, 1-4. There will be no class on July 21.

There are just 4 seats left in the Patchwork Bench class on Sunday, June 17, 11-5. Annie Jeffrey is your teacher! Make a pretty top to cover the foam, add legs to the bench, and put your feet up! Kits available for the foam, legs, and base.

There are two open appointment times for sewing machine maintenance on Sunday, June 17, at 12 and 2. Have your machine cleaned and timed while you shop!

Help us make a summer wallhanging for the Interfaith Works Women’s Shelter. The Capital Quilts Cares event meets on Monday, June 18, 10:30-1:30. The event is free, but please register so that we know how many are coming. Thank you!

The Tuesday Tucker University will meet on June 19, 2-5. This month’s tool is the Rapid Fire LeMoyne Star. You will use a strip method to make the star. No Y-seams!

Have you made a Rag Basket yet? No? Learn how on Tuesday evening, June 19, 6-9. Lois Sumser will be your teacher.

Is that a ukulele I hear? Feel the tropical breeze! Annette Burns is teaching Hawaiian Applique on June 21, 10:30-3:30. She only does this once a year, so don’t miss it! Coconut bra optional.

In the 2nd Sew Days class, Thursday, June 21, 6:30-9, you will make a Stow and Go Tote. You’ll practice cutting, sewing straight lines, and marking your fabric. You’ll learn the “hot dog” method of adding a border, a method used to make pillowcases as well. You will also learn how to make straps for a handle for your tote. Betsy Kulamer is your teacher.

If you are interested in renting a Handi Quilter to finish your own quilts, or if you want to know more about the machines, take Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm Machine on Friday, June 22, 6-9.

If you have a jelly roll of 2-1/2” strips that you’d like to make use of, try Jazzy Jelly Rolls with Julie Taylor on Saturday, June 23, 1:30-4:30.


     June 21 - September 4: Row by Row Experience
     June 22 & 23: AccuQuilt GO! Event
     September 8: Aboriginal Fabric Dot Art Lecture & Trunk Show with Phyliss Twigg Hatcher
     September 8: Northcott Lecture and Trunk Show, featuring the new FIGO line
     September 14 & 15: Handi Quilter Education Event
     October 5 & 6: "Around the Block" NeedleChasers Quilt Show, Kensington, MD
     October 19-28: Quilters' Quest
     October 19-20: Capital Quilts' Quilters' Quest Bus I
     October 22-23: Capital Quilts' Quilters' Quest Bus II


We’ve received a request for kennel quilts from a shelter helping pets affected by the fires in Colorado. Small Kennel Quilt kits are available in the shop; just ask for one!


The June prize is a star pack of four fat quarters of Hoffman blue batiks and a luggage tag from AccuQuilt.

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. The next one is at the end of June.

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

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