September is International Sewing Month! Throughout the month we’ll be offering special prices on a variety of items, including sewing machines and accessories, thread, furniture, and sewing tools. In addition, the event’s sponsor, the Sewing Dealers Trade Association, has prize giveaways provided by industry manufacturers, that include sewing machines, furniture, lighting, threads, sewing tools, and more. The grand prize is a $600 shopping spree right here at Capital Quilts! Come into the shop and fill out a registration ticket…no purchase necessary, do it every day if you want to!
**This week we offer a 20% discount on all threads and patterns. We already discount
Janome sewing machines every day, so I’ll add a $25 Capital Quilts Gift Card for machines
costing up to $2999 and $50 for machines costing $3000 or more.
A huge thank you to Jan Wisor and her Capital Quilts Cares group that produced 43 bags for Days for Girls. These bags will be given to the local Days for Girls chapter to be stuffed with personal hygiene products and sent to girls and women all over the world who would otherwise miss school or work when having their periods. Learn more at www.daysforgirls.org.
One of our quilters, Barbara, has broken her foot and is unable to do any quilting. Beth is taking over Barbara’s current projects plus teaching duties until Barbara can come back to work. Beth asks that if you have a quilt that needs to be quilted in time for the holidays, please have it to her no later than November 1. No custom quilting will be done; all designs must be all-over designs. Your top must be squared and pressed and seams ironed flat. The backing and batting must be at least 5” wider than the quilt top on all sides. The backing must also be squared and pressed and seams ironed flat. Beth won’t have time to fix quilts with holes, weak seams, puffy places, waffling, and the like, so please make sure your quilt is ready for quilting before you make an appointment with her! She is able to attach the binding so that it is ready for you to hand-stitch in place. Thank you for your patience at this busy time of the year.
Quilters’ Quest is just 6 weeks away! This 10-day long shop hop is one of the highlights of the year in our quilting community. All 10 shops have made a quilt for the event and will be giving out the patterns for their quilts for free during the Quest. You might win a daily prize at any of the shops as well as have fun doing a Scavenger Hunt. Visit all 10 shops and get your passport stamped; the last shop you visit will enter your name in a drawing for lots of big prizes, including a Featherweight sewing machine, boxes of fat quarters, Aurifil thread, and much more. Visit www.quiltersquest.org for more information.
**Let us do all the driving for you! We will take you to all 10 shops in 2 days in the
comfort of a luxury coach. A light breakfast and lunch are included. We take care of
all the paperwork (passport stamping, daily drawing tickets, etc.) while you enjoy each shop.
Those who visit all 10 shops receive a special tote bag with goodies inside. Register online, by
phone at 301-527-0598, or in person at the shop.
Phyliss Twigg Hatcher will be here this Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10:45 to give a lecture and trunk show all about Aboriginal art and fabric design. Learn how present-day Aboriginal artists make fabric designs and the meaning of the designs as they relate to Aboriginal culture and life in the outback of Australia.
Also coming up is our fall Handi Quilter Education Event, “Quilting is a Stitch”, on September 14 and 15. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from Susan Manry, one of the industry’s premiere educators. She will teach two classes each day, from 10-1 and 2-5. On Friday, the morning class will focus on using rulers safely and effectively; the afternoon class explores quilting backgrounds, borders, and blocks. If you took the morning class, you’ll be able to apply what you learned about rulers to this second class. Saturday morning’s class is about Handi Quilter ProStitcher, the computer software that guides your machine as it does the quilting. Susan is a ProStitcher expert and one of the best teachers in the country; people come from afar to attend her classes! She will base her teaching on the level of knowledge among the students in the class; all levels are welcome. In the afternoon, Susan will show you what else a longarm machine can do beside quilting, such as piecing, couching, and binding. Each class is $30 and can be taken individually; you don’t have to take all four. Participants receive a 10% discount on Handi Quilter items purchased during the two days of classes. Special machine packages are also available. If you are thinking about buying a machine, these classes are a great way to try them out and learn more about them.
|Register for the Handi Quilter “Quilting is a Stitch” classes online, by phone at 301-527-0598, or in the shop. SIGN UP TODAY!
Row by Row 2018 ended on September 4. You can still purchase our pattern and kit in the shop. We cannot mail either the pattern or the kit until November. We have not yet had anyone bring us a completed (quilted, bound, and labeled) Row by Row quilt. The first person to do so receives 25 fat quarters as a prize. If your quilt includes our 2018 Kennedy Center block, you will also receive a Capital Quilts Gift Card for $25.
Go ‘n’ Piece,
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
Up, up and away! The Waltz of Whimsy Collection by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics is an adorable assortment of fabrics overflowing with an array of lighthearted animals, billowing balloons and delicate flowers. This sweet and colorful group in a watercolor wash of aqua, periwinkle, pink and coral is perfect for children's clothing, decor and more! $11.50 per yard.
We have two glorious Christmas panels by Liz Dillon from QT fabrics. The first is "Miracle in Bethlehem", and it brings an image of celebration with this beautifully depicted Nativity scene including the Magi. Metallic gold accents throughout add shimmer and sparkle to the detailed, almost illuminated artwork. In "Christmas Eve Vintage Santa", Santa and all the fun he brings is featured in Christmas Eve by Liz Dillon with metallic gold accents throughout. $12.99 each
We've just put a new batik strip set and charm pack out on the floor. Green with Envy is a collection of 20 green batiks, and you'll get two pieces of each fabric. 2-1/2" strips, $42.99 each, 5" charm squares, $10.99 each.
Books are discounted every day at Capital Quilts!
With The Quilting Manual, you can conquer those unfinished quilt tops with inspiring designs and essential techniques for both hand and machine quilters. Whether you're an advanced beginner or more experienced, this robust variety of 100+ free-motion and walking-foot designs will make planning your quilting exciting again. Gain proficiency and get inspired with this all-in-one guide to quilting techniques and motifs from 16 esteemed quilters, including Alex Anderson, Natalia Bonner, Christina Cameli, Jenny Carr Kinney, Geta Grama, Laura Lee Fritz, Don Linn, Cheryl Malkowski, Christine Maraccini, Gina Perkes, Sylvia Pippen, Kathy Sandbach, Jessica Schick, Sheila Sinclair Snyder, Hari Walner, and Angela Walters. MSRP $21.95, CQ price only $18.66
There is still room in the Australian Aboriginal Fabric Dot Art Lecture and Trunk Show with Phyllis Twigg Hatcher on Saturday 9/8 at 10:45. Learn how the current Aboriginal artists make fabric designs that are used by quilters, sewists, and decorators everywhere. Hear about the meaning of the designs as they relate to Aboriginal culture and life in the outback.
If your serger confuses you, let Barbara shed some light on it! She will go over the parts of the machine and how to thread it and maintain it. She will also teach you some basic stitches and talk about the many uses for a serger. Tuesday, 9/11 at 10:30am.
Kyoto Gardens is a lovely Laurie Shifrin designed quilt is reminiscent of a round-the-world design set on point. It is a perfect way to showcase Asian prints, batiks, or multicolored florals (think Kaffe Fassett!). It looks complicated but goes together surprisingly quickly, thanks to strip piecing and the large size of some of the pieces. Hilary teaches, starting 9/13 at 10am.
Quilting is a Stitch! Sign up for one, two, three, or all four classes being offered Friday 9/14 and Saturday 9/15. Handi Quilter National Educator Sew Manry will be here to teach and field questions.
Quilting is a Stitch: New Kids on the Block
Handi Quilter continually adds new rulers to the line-up and you will welcome them with open arms. Come learn about their features, how to use them and what you can accomplish with this cadre of handy new rulers. Sized to fit your hand and designed to make ruler work easier, you’ll be reaching for these rulers again and again!
|Quilting Is a Stitch: ProStitcher Premium
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!
|Quilting is a Stitch: 3Bs -- Backgrounds, Borders, and Blocks
Learn the tricks to quilting the basic components of a quilt while creating a cohesive overall look. Tried-and-true fillers and go-to designs will be featured. Topics include continuous line designs for sashing and borders, different ways to quilt the same block, extending designs into borders, using rulers and templates, and turning a quilt.
|Quilting Is a Stitch: You Can Do That on a Longarm, Too?
A longarm isn’t just for quilting tops! Come see how techniques usually done with a sewing machine can be accomplished with a longarm machine. You’ll leave with brilliant shortcuts and ideas for quick and easy projects, and a whole new perspective on what’s possible with a longarm!
If you aren't in the Quilting is a Stitch classes, why not join Jan at 10:15 on Friday for CQ Cares: Million Pillowcase Sew Day? All pillowcases produced will be donated to local hospitals or charities.
Don't have enough room in your house to easily sandwich a quilt? Bring your top backing batting and supplies to CQ and we will help you sandwich that quilt in no time! Sandwich Night appointments are available for Friday, 9/14/18.
If you're not a morning person, consider joining Kat for Night Owl sewing, Saturday 9/15/18 from 6:00pm-midnight. Enjoy up to six blissful hours of distraction-free sewing and fun. It's almost a mini-retreat! Includes a $10 Gift Card, dinner, and beverages.
SAVE THE DATE
• September 8: Aboriginal Fabric Dot Art Lecture & Trunk Show with Phyllis Twigg Hatcher
• September 8: Quilt Appraisals with Phyliss Twigg Hatcher
• September 14-15: Quilting Is A Stitch HandiQuilter Education Event
• September 29: Fifth Saturday Club Sale
• October 5-6: "Around the Block" NeedleChasers Quilt Show, Kensington, MD
• October 11-12: Fit for Art Workshop -- Quilted Tabula Rasa Jacket with Rae Cumbie
• 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
• November 9-10: AccuQuilt GO! Event & Classes
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!
BLUE BAG BONANZA
The September prize is a Lion Sewfari Laser Cut Applique Kit from Westfield Laser Design.
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.
Our thanks to everybody who shops at Capital Quilts and who participates in the Blue Bag Bonanza.