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What's New at CQ 07/19/18

"Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards - the things we live by and teach our children - are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings." Walt Disney

Dear Inspired, and Inspiring, Friends,

Do you know of a child 8-12 years old who wants to learn how to sew? Bring them to Capital Quilts for our Kid’s Camp: Summer is Sew Fun! Here is what we will be doing:

     Day 1: make a pillowcase
     Day 2: make a drawstring bag
     Day 3: learn how to embroider by hand and sew on a button
     Day 4: make a pouch with a zipper
     Day 5: Finish-It-Friday

Machines are provided for use in class, or you can bring your own. Also provided are the fabric, an embroidery needle, floss, and buttons for embroidery day, as well as all patterns for all projects. Anne Brill teaches machine use and safety while doing the projects. If the child has already made one or more of these projects and would like to do something different, we can accommodate that. The camp meets Monday-Friday, August 6-10, 10:30-1.

AccuQuilt is having their annual Quilt Block Contest. Between now and July 31, upload a file containing your quilt block design for a shot at more than $15,000 in prizes! To be considered, designs must be:
     • Created using AccuQuilt shapes. Not familiar with AccuQuilt? Find the shapes in AccuQuilt’s cutting equivalents chart or product catalog.
     • An original design, meaning it is not copied and is your own design.
     • In the shape of a square.
     • A single quilt block (not an entire quilt).
     • Submitted to as a .jpg, .png, .tif or similar file.
In addition to prizes at the end of contest, AccuQuilt will have a random weekly drawing for $50 in AccuQuilt Rewards. Submit at least one design during each week of the entry period to be eligible for all three drawings! For more information or to submit your block(s), go to

While we are on the subject of AccuQuilt, they are now offering the limited-edition 10th Anniversary Die Storage 6” x 12” boxes. These boxes are great for storing and protecting your dies in an organized way. This box holds (8) 6” x 12” or 5” x 10” GO! dies. $24.99.

Don’t miss the bus! The Quilters’ Quest 2018 shop hop is 90 days away. We are offering two bus trips this year: #1 on October 19 & 20, and #2 on October 22 & 23. Each trip is two days long and visits all 10 shops in the shop hop. For just $150, you get a light breakfast, lunch, water, snacks, entertainment, a “bus mom (or dad)” to take care of all the paperwork and make your experience the best, and, best of all, we do all the driving while you relax on a luxury coach. You will spend about an hour in each shop. Each person who visits all ten shops will get a 15% discount card good at all 10 shops until just before Quilters’ Quest 2019 and a tote bag. Sign up today!

If you are participating in our Do You See What I See quilt challenge, you have until this Sunday to get your quilt to us. 42 people have registered; I hope we have 42 quilts to hang in the Gallery next week! July 26-August 9, visit the shop and vote on your favorite quilts. Winners will be announced on Sunday, August 12 at 2:15. Please join us for the Awarding of the Awards at that time.

We have made some changes to classes. Rae Cumbie’s Surface Design Fun class has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 10-4. Annette’s Embroider Me class has been moved from July 25 & August 1 to Thursday, September 6 & 20, 6:30-8:30. Her Machine Quilting for Beginners will meet on July 26, 1-3:30 and August 9, 1:30-4 instead of August 2.  And, we've added a Rulers for the Longarm: an Introduction class on August 14 at 10am.

Go ‘n’ Piece,

FOR SALE: Handi Quilter Amara, brand new, full warranty, $8650. Free installation within 50 miles of Capital Quilts. Includes a bobbin winder, thread and needle samples, tools for maintaining your machine, and oil. Take a free class at Capital Quilts to learn how to use your machine. Contact Alison at or call 301-527-0598.


Horn of America: For the month of July, Horn is offering free shipping on models 6420 and 6440. These are smaller cabinets with a table height of 36”. Both models have left swing-up panels with support, a rear drop leaf with support panel, and will accommodate any domestic sewing machine, including embroidery machines. The 6440 also has a bi-fold door to close the cabinet. The 6420 is priced at $3148, and the 6440 is $3398. Call 301-527-0598 or visit us to place your order.

Janome: For a limited time, anyone can get the same discount on select Janome machines that Janome employees get, up to 25%! Included in the special are the HMC15000, the MC9400, the MC6700, and the longarm machine Quilt Maker Pro 18 with ProStitcher. Click here for more info! Offer good through July 31.

AccuQuilt GO!: Select GO! Dies are on sale through July 31st, up to 40% off MSRP.


Tula is in the house!  (Well, not THE Tula, but some of her fabrics from Free Spirit.)  Bring home the De La Luna sisters in all their magical glory.  $12.50 per yard.

We have a couple bolts of Hanukkah fabric from Michael Miller.  $12.50 per yard.

Little Star from Bunnies by the Bay for Timeless Treasures is a really cute collection!  There is a coordinating book/panel, and some flannel bolts as well!  $12.50 per yard; panels are $12.99 each.

Books are discounted every day at Capital Quilts!

As life gets less formal, neckties don’t get worn like they used to, leaving us with a stash of unused ties. Recycle those lonely ties into spectacular quilts and home accessories that look nothing like the typical stodgy necktie quilt! Use the rich colors, patterns, and textures found in silk ties to make striking Hexagons, Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese, and more. If you don’t have a tie collection, you can pick up ties for almost nothing at yard sales or thrift stores.  In Necktie Quilts Reinvented, Christine Copenhaver includes projects for both beginners and more experienced quilt makers.  MSRP $24.95, CQ price only $21.21.

Cheat your way to better applique!  Author Marcia Harmening has said goodbye to tedious hand stitching and scruffy raw-edge appliqué with the incredible Flip & Fuse method! Sew 12 complex-looking quilts with precision, sharp lines, and easy curves. Turned edge appliqué with Flip & Fuse will save you time and hassle. If you’ve appliquéd your last chicken, you’ll appreciate these bold, geometric designs as a sophisticated alternative to old-school silhouettes. Learn quilting tips, incorporate fussy-cut designs, and make projects in multiple sizes. Even if you’ve been unsuccessful with other appliqué methods, you’ll love how easy it is to Flip & Fuse Quilts!  MSRP $27.95, CQ price only $23.76.

As you read the Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to transform a photo into gallery-worthy fabric art with Leni Wiener’s simple methods. Leni walks you step by step through choosing the right fabrics; creating patterns with free software; depicting common elements, such as grass, trees, water, and faces; layering and sewing your collages; and finishing your work for display. Complete patterns and instructions for two quilts help get you started.  MSRP $29.95, CQ price only $25.46!


Sign up for classes online, in the shop, or by phone at 301-527-0598.

Know someone who wants to learn how to sew? Jan Wisor will teach the new Sew Days: Card Case, on Thursday, July 19, 6:30-9. This fun little card case is perfect for gift cards and business cards. Learn how to place and secure snaps and make use of fusible web.

WHOOOOO? You! Sign up for Night Owl Sewing, a mini in-store retreat with Kat Martinez on Saturday, July 21, 6-midnight. Bring one or more projects to work on. We’ll fill your tummy with pizza and beverages and your wallet with a $10 CQ Gift Card. Party with us! (You don’t have to stay until midnight if you don’t want to!)

Did you miss Betsy Kulamer’s Color Theory class last quarter? You have another chance to take it on Sunday, July 22, 3-5. If you wonder why some color combinations work and some don’t, if you feel timid about selecting your own unique palette of fabrics, if you suspect you are in a color rut, this class will introduce you to the tools and concepts helpful in working with color. You’ll learn the basic language of color and how to use a color wheel. You’ll get tips and techniques for creating satisfying color palettes. Class exercises will illustrate color dominance, color relativity, and spotting the color that’s missing or that doesn’t belong. Quilters and sewers of all skill levels are invited to attend.

Take Getting Started: Simply Sixteen to become familiar with this small longarm machine and become certified to rent it. Class meets on Monday, July 23, 10:30-12:30. Annette teaches.

July 24 is Christmas-in-July Eve! Start getting ready for the holidays with our Slice of Christmas class! Cathy Sullivan leads you through the steps to make this tree skirt with ease. Class meets noon-5pm.

Ginny Brown is ready to teach you how to use the V-Block and Tucker Trimmer 1 tools from Studio 180 Designs to make the lovely Mandala quilt. The center circle, or mandala, looks complex, but it is just two fundamental units in a unique circular design. No curved piecing! Join Jinny on Wednesday, July 25, 10:30-4:30.

Learn how to use the Handi Quilter longarm machines on Thursday, July 26, 11-2. Getting Started: the HQ Longarm Machines will certify you to rent the Amara and Forte machines. Barbara Bean teaches.

If you prefer to learn how to do quilting on your domestic machine, take Machine Quilting for Beginners with Annette Burns. She begins with quilting using a walking foot and eases into free motion quilting. Class meets Thursdays, July 26, 1-3:30 and August 9, 1:30-4.

Our last Sew Days class meets on Thursday, July 26, 6-9:30. Betsy Kulamer will teach you how to make a tool organizer. It is designed to fit over a 5” x 7” acrylic sign stand, which keeps it upright. Pockets provide storage for rotary cutters, small rulers, scissors, and more. These classes have been very successful!  And, with a $5 price tag, you can't beat the value!

Mod Dog is an amusing quilt! I smile whenever I walk by it. Kim Jalette will show you how to make this quilt (or the cat version of it, your choice), on Friday, July 27, 10:30-3:30. Bring a lunch!

Sit ‘n’ Stitch meets on the same Friday, the 27th, 5-9. Bring your own projects to work on and food to share. Enjoy an evening with your friends. Capital Quilts provides beverages. Free.

Bet you can’t make just one…Square Tuffet, that is! Everyone who takes this class has a great time and often makes more tuffets. Annie Jeffrey leads the way on Saturday, July 28, 2-5.

Learn how to maintain your Singer Featherweight machine in our Featherweight Clinic with Diane Heller on Sunday, July 29, 1-3.

Learn how to use the Handi Quilter longarm machines on Monday, July 30, 11-2. Getting Started: the HQ Longarm Machines will certify you to rent the Amara and Forte machines. Barbara Bean teaches.

Need help sandwiching a quilt? Carol is available at 1, 2 or 3 o’clock on Tuesday, July 31. Make your appointment soon! If you are planning on having a longarmer quilt your quilt, you do not need to sandwich your quilt.

  • September 8: Aboriginal Fabric Dot Art Lecture & Trunk Show with Phyliss Twigg Hatcher
  • September 8: Quilt Appraisals with Phyliss Twigg Hatcher
  • September 8: Northcott Lecture and Trunk Show, featuring the new FIGO line
  • September 14:  CQ Cares Million Pillowcase Challenge Sew Day
  • September 14 & 15: Handi Quilter Education Event, "Quilting is a Stitch"
  • 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
  • November 9 & 10: AccuQuilt Education Event

On September 14 Capital Quilts Cares will be participating in National Million Pillowcase Day with an in-store Sew Day! To meet our goal of 100 cases, we have Pillowcase Kits available for you to take home and complete. All the fabric needed for three pillowcases is in each kit. Each completed pillowcase will count towards reaching our goal of 100 cases. Just ask the front desk for a kit.  We are in need of more yardage for these kits, as most of our already donated "kid fabric" is in FQs, which are inappropriate for pillowcase sewing.

Our supply of Small Kennel Quilts has been greatly depleted by recent requests for them!  These 12"x18" are quick and easy to sew up, please consider picking up one of our free kits, or making some using fabric you have on hand, but no longer love.  Instructions can be found here:  TQPM Small Kennel Quilts


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