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What's New at CQ 07/26/18

"It is hot, steamy and wet. It is raining. I am tempted to write a poem. But I remember what it said on one rejection slip: 'After a heavy rainfall, poems titled 'Rain' pour in from across the nation.'" Sylvia Plath

Dear Soggy but Sew-Happy Friends,

The sun always shines at Capital Quilts! Let us help you amuse yourself on these rainy days. In addition to a lot of fabric, patterns, and books, we have kits, such as the Mini Mosaics, and jigsaw puzzles (another form of piecing!)

The Do You See What I See quilt challenge quilts are in, and they are awesome! The creativity expressed in these little quilts is breathtaking. Now through 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.

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.

Janome Club: Don’t forget that we are meeting on August 4 (instead of the 18th) next month! Same time, 10:30-12:30.

Don’t miss the bus! The Quilters’ Quest 2018 shop hop draws ever closer! 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!

We have made some changes to classes. Annie Jeffrey’s The Art of Boro Stitching class has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2-5. 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,


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

Michael Miller Challenge for QuiltCon:

Join the Michael Miller fabric challenge! Make a quilt using at least two of the three selected Hash Dot fabrics and Cotton Couture Peach. You may also use as many Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids as you’d like. All of these fabrics are in stock at Capital Quilts! Binding and backing can be any Michael Miller fabric. Once completed, enter your quilt into the Michael Miller Fabrics Challenge category at QuiltCon. The top prize for this category is $1,000! Visit for complete details.

FOR SALE: Handi Quilter Amara, brand new, full warranty, $9495, I’ll pay the shipping! Installation fee: $100. Includes a bobbin winder, digital manual, 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. Free one year membership in our Longarmers Club. 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.

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.


These rayon batiks are perfect for sewing up a cool summer wardrobe!  Also available in solid black.  $14.50 per yard.

Interested in the Michael Miller/MQG Hash Dot challenge?  We have all four fabrics in stock! Hash Dots, $11.50 per yard, Cotton Couture, $8.99 per yard; fat quarter bundles, $14.00 each.

If you’re into free-motion quilting, Free Motion Fantasy is the perfect collection for you! The stunning large scale florals and colorful coordinates were designed with free-motion quilting in mind.  $12.50 per yard.

We have yummy new strip sets!  Choose from Mirage Batiks or Christmas Glitz and Glamour.  $42.99 each.

Books are always discounted at Capital Quilts!

Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. has created a beautiful sampler quilt to spice up the holidays in her first book with It’s Sew Emma! The Christmas Figs Block of the Month quilt is layered with 20 lovely traditional quilt blocks and finishes at 78-1/2in x 96-1/2in. As an extra special treat Joanna has added 10 extra projects to add even more warmth to the winter season, such as table toppers, pillows, mini quilts, tree skirts and more!  MSRP $27.95, CQ price only $23.76.

West Ireland, with its streets of colorful painted houses and ancient stone walls, provides the perfect inspiration for the richly varied quilt designs in Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Ireland. With contributions from designers Liza Prior-Lucy and Philip Jacobs, Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Ireland will inspire quilters of all skill levels. Each quilt pattern includes complete instructions, with color diagrams, and the book includes a section on patchwork and quilting basics.  MSRP $27.95, CQ price only $23.76.

Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, Embroidery by Charlotte Gerlings serves as an excellent refresher course. It offers a handy guide to embroidery by both hand and machine, with practical advice on equipment, materials, methods, and techniques.  MSRP $9.99, CQ price only $8.49.


Sign up for classes online, in the shop, or by phone at 301-527-0598.
Sit ‘n’ Stitch meets on 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.

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.

The Art of Boro Stitching will show you how to use scraps and Sashiko and other lovely stitching to create a beautiful piece. Annie Jeffrey teaches the class on Saturday, August 4, 2-5.

There is one place remaining in Getting Started: The HQ Simply Sixteen class on Monday, August 6, 6:30-8:30. Annette Burns will teach you everything you need to know to use this machine. Successful completion of the class enables you to rent the machine here at the shop.

Kids’ Camp begins on Monday, August 6. Refer to the beginning of this newsletter for more information.

Become certified to rent the HQ Amara or HQ Forte in Barbara Bean’s class, Getting Started: the HQ Longarm. There are three classes offered in August: Wednesday, August 8, 11-2; Monday, August 13, 11-2, and Friday, August 24, 6-9.

Need help getting a quilt sandwiched? Make an appointment for 7 or 8 o’clock on Friday, August 10 for Sandwich Night. Bring your squared-up and pressed quilt and quilt back, batting, and spray baste or pins. If you are planning on having a longarm quilter do the quilting, you do not need to sandwich the quilt.

EQ8 is a computer based application with which you can preview, color, and even design and resize your quilt. It will calculate yardage, add the ¼ inch seam allowance, and create templates, rotary cutting instructions, or foundation piecing patterns. Learn how to use this wonderful software in EQ8: Getting Started on Saturday, August 11, 2:30-5:30.

  • 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

On September 14 Capital Quilts Cares will be participating in National Million Pillowcase 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.


The July prize is a teal Stonehenge strip set from Hoffman Fabrics.

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 September. The Golden Tickets will not be available for purchase on the day of the 5th Saturday Sale.

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

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