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What's New at CQ 8/16/18

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Dear Inspired Sewists,

Congratulations to the winners of our Do You See What I See Quilt Challenge! The Blue Ribbon Winner in the Customer category goes to Nan Highland for her quilt, “Monumental Wonder in Blossoms and Stone”. "Fish Upon a Star” by Kathy Fraeman was the 2nd Place winner, and Joy Moribe took 3rd Place with “Maine Vacation Lobster”. In the Staff category, Pam Blodgett was the Blue Ribbon winner with “Peacock”; Gail Fredricks' “It’s Not Easy Being Green” was the 2nd Place winner, and “At the Shore” by Mary Lou Dungan was the 3rd Place winner. The quilts will hang in the Gallery through the end of the month, if you haven’t had a chance to see them yet.

Handi Quilter Event with National Educator, Susan Manry
Friday and Saturday, September 14 & 15

Friday 10-1
“The New Kids on the Block” is a look at how to use rulers on a longarm machine. We’ll focus on Handi Quilter’s newest rulers, how to use them safely and creatively.
Saturday 10-1
HQ ProStitcher is software that guides your machine as it quilts. People come from near and far to attend Susan’s classes about the ProStitcher. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best!
Friday 2-5
“The 3 B’s” explores quilting backgrounds, borders, and blocks. Consider your quilt as a whole and plan how to quilt each area. Use what you learned about rulers in the morning!
Saturday 2-5
You can do more than just quilt on a longarm, as you will find in our final class, “You Can Do That On A Longarm, Too?”. Piecing, couching, and binding are among the possibilities. Make a small project to take home!

Don’t forget to make an appointment with Phyllis Hatcher on Saturday, September 8 to have your quilt appraised. Phyliss has been trained and tested as a certified appraiser by the American Quilter’s Society Appraiser Certification Program in Paducah, KY. She is a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles. She will appraise antique and new quilts, tops, blocks, and quilted wearable art in all traditional, contemporary, and innovative styles. She also appraises woven coverlets. Appraisals are done for many reasons, including for insurance, to establish a record for future generations, and as part of entering a competition. Call the shop at 301-527-0598 or go online to make your appointment.

We have three different quilt classes coming up next week! Ginny Brown teaches the lovely Prism on Monday. You will make good use of your Studio 180 Split Rects tool. On Tuesday, Deb Ball offers the Confetti quilt, with diamonds that look like falling confetti. Using an AccuQuilt fabric cutter to cut the fabrics shaves a ton of time off the cutting chore and helps you get to the sewing faster! On Friday, Robin Rothstein welcomes sewists of all skill levels to her 3D Pinwheel Quilt class. This quilt has pinwheel points that emerge from the quilt top to give baby’s wee little fingers something to explore.

There are more details below under “Classes”.

There are multitudinous ways to bind a quilt. Who knew? Find out more in Betsy Kulamer’s class on Sunday, August 19, 12-2. Bring your sewing machine for some hands-on fun!

I am beginning to think about what classes to offer in October, November, and December. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Go 'n' Piece,

QUILTERS’ QUEST: 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 and have fun 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 with some bus-rider-only goodies! Sign up today!

Learn more about Quilters’ Quest at

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. We have the fabric available both in-store and online.

FOR SALE: Handi Quilter Amara, brand new, full warranty, $8,999. In addition to the machine and frame, you get 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. Enjoy a free one year membership in our Longarmers Club.

But wait! There’s more! Receive a Steady Fit Ruler Base, Sure Foot, Handi Grip Strips, and 5 of the most popular rulers, a $400 value, FREE! I have two available.

But wait! There’s even MORE! Purchase your Amara now through Monday, August 20 and get a Stitch 510 sewing machine, valued at $1,495, FREE. Contact Alison at or call 301-527-0598.


AccuQuilt GO!: AccuQuilt has launched three new Block on Board (BOB) dies: Crossed Canoes, Pineapple, and Spider Web. They are ideal for quilters of all skill levels, layer cake and fat-quarter-friendly, and compatible with the GO! Qube Mix & Match Block System. Look for an email from us on Monday, August 20 for new offers from AccuQuilt that are valid beginning August 21.

Handi Quilter: Purchase any Handi Quilter and get a Stitch sewing machine FREE. The Stitch sewing machines are made by Janome and are a high-quality machine. This special is being offered August 6-20.

Janome: The Employee Pricing Event has been extended through August 26! Buy a 15000, MC9400, or MC6700P and get the same discount -- up to 25% off -- that our employees get! Stop by or give us a call at 301-527-0598 today.


New wide back 108” fabrics are in from Moda!  Select from Grunge in Eggplant, Primitive Muslin in Red, Quill in Parchment, or Modern Background in White.  $18.99 per yard.

From Robert Kaufman we have two bolts of Forage by Anna Graham.  These modern prints have been placed on Kaufman's popular Essex Linen, making them great for home dec projects, too!  $13.99 per yard.

Kimono is a vibrant Japanese-inspired collection from Makower UK.  Prints feature traditional prints including cranes, fans, kanji, and flowers in rich, deep colors, delicately accented with metallic gold.  $12.50 per yard.

We have some great new patterns in from A-OK!  Designed to use either 5 one yard pieces or 4 half yard pieces, these patterns allow you customize the look of your quilt.  $8.50 each.

Janome has announced several new products for their CoverPro line!  There are two new Tape Binder Feet (8-32mm & 12-42mm), a Binder Foot with Guide, and a Tape Stand.  The foot shape has been redesigned to provide better support for the fabric and is clear for enhanced visibility.  Tape Binder Sets, $249.99 each; Binder Foot with Guide (if you own a previous Binder Set), $19.99 each; Tape Stand, $44.99 each.

Books are discounted every day at Capital Quilts!


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

Learn the essentials for a beautiful binding, perfectly finishing any quilt, in Binding Basics on Sunday, August 19, 12-2. The class introduces types of bindings, design options, calculating fabric requirements, cutting straight grain or bias binding, and preparing mitered or pieced binding strips. You’ll learn how to turn perfect corners and use the “Magic X” method to join the binding ends. You’ll also learn an easy machine-sewn method with a faux flange. Betsy Kulamer teaches this hands-on class.

Ginny Brown is teaching Prism on Monday, August 20, 10:30-12:30. The pattern emerges with the combination of scrappy left and right slanting units strategically placed to create the large diamonds. Use the Split Rects tool from Studio 180 Designs to make the split rectangles. The finished quilt size is 62” x 74”.

Using your AccuQuilt cutter to cut the fabrics for Confetti will make the cutting fast and accurate. This fun, fat-quarter friendly quilt is being taught by Debra Ball on Tuesday, August 21, 10:30-12:30.

This month’s Tucker University focuses on the Split Rects tool. Learn how to make crisp, clean half rectangles. By using the tool, you don’t have to worry about shaving off the edges of a plastic template piece. Each tool offers 8 different size options. Your stars will twinkle with these strong points! Beth Morningstar leads the way on Tuesday, August 21, 2-5.

Baby will love the tactile experience of lying on this quilt! Robin Rothstein teaches the 3D Pinwheel Quilt on Friday, August 24, 10-2. All skill levels are welcome. If you have an AccuQuilt GO! cutting machine, use your 3.5” AccuQuilt GO! Strip Cutters 55024 and 55032 to quickly cut the fabric you need.

Become certified to rent the HQ Amara or HQ Forte in Barbara Bean’s class, Getting Started: the HQ Longarm. The next class is on Friday, August 24, 6-9.

CAPITAL QUILTS CARES: We have two events coming up on the weekend of August 25 & 26. Both events are free, but we would ask you to register for the events so that we know how many to expect. Thank you for your generous donation of your time to make a difference in our community and our world! As always, we appreciate donations of fabric to use in these events.

Saturday: There are places in the world where girls and women cannot go to school or to work because they don’t have the necessary supplies for their menstrual periods. Days for Girls is an organization that is helping to remedy this. Help us make small bags for the supplies. Bring a new, pretty wash cloth to include in the bag. All fabric is provided. Please bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies. Skill Level: Easy

Sunday: Help make quilts for the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will make string quilts. Fabric is provided; donations are always welcome! Please bring your sewing machine, sewing supplies, thread, and boundless energy! Skill Level: Easy

The humble needle is the most essential, and most ancient, tool of sewing. Do you know which needle is the best one to use for your project, and what thread will work the best with both the needle and the fabric? Attend Barbara Kascic’s lecture, Needles & Thread, on Wednesday, August 29, 10:30-11:30, to find out these things and more.

Our next Sit ‘n’ Sew meeting is Friday, August 31, 5-9. Bring your own project and supplies and some food to share with the group. Capital Quilts provides the beverages.


   • 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 & 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 Be among the first to see the shops!
  • October 22-23: Capital Quilts' Quilters' Quest Bus II


On September 14th, 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 toward reaching our goal of 100 cases. Just ask at 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" x 18" quilts are quick and easy to sew. 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 August prize is a collection of charm squares from Northcott's Gradations.

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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