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What's New at CQ 9/13/18

"There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm." Willa Cather

Dear Divine Sewists,

For those of you who have classes and club meetings this weekend, I have my eye on Hurricane Florence. If it threatens our area and we have to close the shop, I will do my best to reschedule things. If a class must be cancelled, your registration money will be refunded. As of this writing, it looks like the storm is going to head south, so perhaps our rain won’t be so bad. Check our website or Facebook page for weather-related information.

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 Janome accessories, including sewing machine feet, bobbins, and anything else labelled as a Janome product. Also take a 20% discount on non-Janome sewing machine accessories, found in the Notions department, including sewing machine needles, bobbins, feet, sewing machine oil, machine cleaning brushes, light bulbs, Magic Bobbin Genies, thread stands, needle threaders for sergers and sewing machines, and anything else that will go on your machine or help you maintain it. 

HEAVENLY SEATING is back in business! We have new models for you in the shop. These are among the best sewing chairs in the industry, and they are great as desk chairs, too. The chairs adjust for seat height, back height, the angle of the back, and lumbar support. There are several options, including but not limited to about 150 different fabrics to choose from, arm rests, casters, and seat height. There is a stool option. They come with a lifetime warranty. Ask to try one next time you visit the shop!

Our fall Handi Quilter Education Event, “Quilting is a Stitch”, is this weekend 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!

Quilters’ Quest is just 5 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 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.

Scott Fortunoff is the president of a company called Jaftex, which owns FreeSpirit Fabrics, Henry Glass Fabrics, Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp., A.E Nathan Co., and Fabric Editions/3 Wishes. He has issued a challenge to all of us; he is calling it the “Tell Them Scott@Jaftex Sent You Challenge”. Between now and November 30th, visit as many quilt shops as you can (brick and mortar only, no online) in the USA and Canada. When you visit each shop, tell them “Scott Fortunoff From Jaftex Corporation sent you.” Create some sort of proof that you are there: a receipt, a picture of you in front of the shop holding that day’s newspaper, a post on your favorite social media site, anything that shows you were in that particular shop on that particular day. Follow and like Scott’s @jaftexpresident Facebook page. On November 30th, go to that page and in the Comments section, post the total number of shops you visited. Scott will figure out who the top 4 are and contact them to get their proof of visits made. The 4 winners each get a prize: 1st- $400, 2nd-$300, 3rd- $200, and 4th-$100, all of them credits to their favorite quilt shop. No purchase is necessary. 

Go ‘n’ Piece,


Through September 19, a $30 rebate is being offered on the purchase of a Ready, Set, GO! machine package. Get a rebate form at the shop.

Pick up a GO! Baby bundle at half price!  We have ordered a very limited supply of these bundles, and they're sure to go fast. $89.99 buys you both the GO! Baby AND the carry tote!

HANDI QUILTER:  Celebrate Founder’s Day with savings on new machine packages. Save $500 on the purchase of a Sweet Sixteen or Simply Sixteen. Save $2,000 when you buy an Amara, Avante, Forte, Fusion, or Infinity, and an additional $1,500 when you add a ProStitcher to any package. These savings amounts are off MSRP through September 17, 2018. Your new machine must ship not later than September 23, 2018.

JANOME: Enhance your sewing experience with this Design, Sew & Embroider package. Receive a complimentary MacBook Air and Janome’s Artistic Digitizer Software with the purchase of a Horizon Quilt Maker Memory Craft 15000.


The Water Meadow from Lewis & Irene is a delightful collection with an Autumnal feel, featuring new friends such as the Water Vole, Dragonflys and a murmuration of Starlings. The colors inspired by the special sunsets at that time of year.  $12.50 per yard.

We just got in a shipment of wide-backs from Timeless Treasures!  Choose from Night Geo Circles, Dot Swirls in Rainbow, or Denim Studio print, $17.50 per yard.  Tonga wide-back in Cosmos, $24.50 per yard.

Karen Kay Buckley Large Perfect Scissors:  This special blade pulls the fabric into the scissors rather than pushing it alway like traditional scissors. Things you will like about these scissors...cushioned handle, easy for right or left hander to use, blades sharp to the very tip, serrated blade keeps fabric from fraying, light weight and comfortable. The 7 1/2" size are great for cutting single or mutiple layers of fabric. I can comfortably cut up to 4 layers.  $29.99 each.

Cool Water Batik Strips and Charm Packs are in production, and will be on the floor soon!  Strips, $45.99 for a package of 40 2-1/2" strips, Charm Squares, $10.99 for a package of 40 5" squares.

Wacky Nine Patch is a fun, fast quilt to make.  Our model is in Halloween fabrics, but any theme would work just as well.  Patterns are $8.00 each.

Books are discounted every day at Capital Quilts!

Suzy Webster’s beautiful homage to her Hungarian heritage, Folk Art Quilted Traditions, is a must-have for quilters. Includes an entire chapter on the process of choosing fabric for appliqué. Cindy has several original appliqué block patterns based on Hungarian Folk Art. Detailed step-by-step process of doing machine appliqué to make everyone successful. MSRP $22.95, CQ price only $19.51.

Whether you are looking for quick little quilting projects or home accessories that are loaded with charm and grace, this book is just what you need. Tabletop Quilts, Book 2, is an encore collection of favorite tabletop quilts from the editors of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. There are patchwork and applique toppers of all shapes and sizes, in traditional and modern styles, for all skill levels. MSRP $21.99, CQ price only $15.29.

110 Quilted Potholders is great for beginners, as well as experienced quilters who enjoy quick projects, traditional quilted potholders let you experience all the satisfactions of making a quilt -- in miniature! You get to piece the block, join the batting and backing, and then do a little quilting. In this fun book, Linda Causee and Rita Weiss present 110 8-inch patchwork patterns, so you can equip your kitchen with a variety of potholders -- or use the blocks to design your own wall hangings, tablecloths, placemats, clothing, or quilts of all sizes!  MSRP $21.99, CQ price only $15.29.


On Friday, September 14th, join Jan for CQ Cares: Million Pillowcase Challenge Sew Day at 10:15am.

Our Quilting is a Stitch Handi Quilter Education Events are taking place on Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th.  Details above.

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!  We currently have two Sandwich Night appointments available on Friday, September 14th.

Night Owl Sewing:  Join Kat from 6-midnight on Saturday, September 15.  Your admission price includes pizza, beverages, and full run of the shop. 

Bruce has only one Sewing Machine General Maintenance appointment available on Sunday, September 16th, but Charles has multiple appointments available on Wednesday the 19th and Friday the 21st. 

Are you terrified at the thought of machine quilting your tops?  Annette can help!  In Machine Quilting for Beginners, we will be using a pre-printed panel to minimize preparation time and maximize learning. The panel is large enough to allow for continued practice at home.  In the first lesson we will cover machine quilting with the walking foot, and free motion quilting in the second lesson.  Class starts at 6:30pm on Monday, September 17th.

If hand quilting sounds like more your speed, join Chris Giannascoli for Hand-Quilting -- The Ultimate Finish on Tuesday, September 18 at 10:30am.

Quilt your own tops by renting our Handi Quilter Longarm machines!  But first, you'll need to take Getting Started, the Handi Quilter Longarm Machine on Wednesday, September 19th at 11am.

If you quilt on your own domestic machine, take advantage of one of our Sandwich Day appointments, available for the afternoon of Wednesday, September 19th.

Lois is teaching her popular Rag Basket class, this time on Thursday, September 20 at 2pm.  Once you learn how these scrap-busting bowls are made, you'll want to make dozens!  They're great for holding keys, bracelets, wrapped candy, dried flower arrangements, and just about anything else you can think of!

Tired of pushing around all those big quilts on your small machine? Not brave enough to even try? Divide and conquer is the answer! Annette shows you how to section your quilt tops quilt these smaller sections then piece them together. No one will ever know that you used the Machine Quilting in Sections technique!  To learn how, attend Annette's Lecture/Demo on Friday, September 21 at 10:30am.

Join like-minded sewists to make a Quilt of Valor on Saturday, September 22 at 2pm.  Sue Moats will lead the group in making a quilt that will be treasured by its honored recipient.

Marianne has machine maintenance appointments available for Sunday, September 23rd.

The Children’s Inn at NIH is a place where families can stay while their child is being treated for a serious disease. Help us make Christmas stockings and gift bags to give to the children at Christmas time to make the families’ stays a little brighter. FREE and all fabric is provided, but please register as space is limited.


• September 14: Million Pillowcase Challenge
• 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 all the shops!)
• October 22-23: Capital Quilts' Quilters' Quest Bus II
• November 9-10:  AccuQuilt GO! Event & Classes


We are having the CQ Cares: Million Pillowcase Sew Day Friday, September 14th at 10:15am.  All pillowcases produced will be donated to local hospitals and charitable organizations.  Kits are available for those who wish to participate, but can't make the Sew Day.

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!  Being as it's hurricane season, we expect a lot of requests for them to start coming in.


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.

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