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What's New at CQ 9/27/18

"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."  Neil Gaiman

Dear Dear Fabric Fanatics,

Members of the Capital Quilts 5th Saturday Blue Bag Club: the third 5th Saturday of 2018 is imminent! Come to the shop this Saturday, Blue Bag and Golden Ticket in hand, and save 20% on all in-stock, regularly priced items. Save 25% when you finish a bolt. If you don’t have a Blue Bag and a Golden Ticket and you want to participate in the Sale, be sure to purchase your bag and ticket before Saturday. We will not be selling them during the sale.

The classes for the upcoming 4th quarter have been posted on our website. The newsletter will be available in the next few days. Classes at Capital Quilts are always fun, and it is always good to expand your knowledge of your craft. Try one! I think you’ll really enjoy it. If you need help with your machine, we are happy to get it from your car for you and to put it back in the car after the class is over. We also have machines to rent during a class.

Our next big event is our shop hop, the Quilters’ Quest, October 19-28. Visit 10 shops in 10 days and earn a discount card good for 15% off at all 10 participating shops through September 2019. You get a nifty tote bag, too. If you finish your 10-shop tour at Capital Quilts, you’ll find a few goodies in that tote bag! Visit for more information. Don’t want to do all that driving? Leave the driving to us! Relax on a luxury coach on October 19 & 20 or October 22 & 23 (we have two buses). We take care of all the details; you just have fun shopping and visiting each of the shops. If you can’t do both days on one of the buses, but you can do one day on bus #1 and one day on bus #2, we can accommodate that.

Are you a pro at quilting with Westalee rulers on your domestic sewing machine? Do you like to teach? I am looking for someone to teach Westalee classes here at the shop. If you are interested, please give me a call (301-527-0598) or reply to this newsletter.

Go ‘n’ piece,

SHOP SPECIAL: Janome is discontinuing the MC9400. I have two left, one in its original box plus my floor model. Get the boxed machine at 25% off and the floor model at 30% off.


ACCUQUILT: Through September 30, get a $30 rebate on the purchase of the Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Cutting System. This package includes the GO! cutter; an 8” Qube, which includes 8 dies; Eleanor Burns’ book, GO! Qube; a 2.5” strip die; a die pick; a GO! Qube DVD; two cutting mats; and a pattern and idea book. $399

From October 1-18, get a $50 rebate on the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter Starter set. This set includes the machine, a Flying Geese die and cutting mat, and a pattern and idea book. The GO! Big can cut two dies at once and up to 6 layers of fabric. Cut the binding for a queen-sized quilt all at one time! Regularly $599.99, $549.99 after rebate.

For both rebates, pick up your rebate form at the shop.

New dies are coming in the middle of October. Keep a watch on this space!

JANOME: Janome is introducing new models on October 1! The HMC9450QCP replaces the MC9400 as the premier domestic sewing and quilting machine. It includes the Ruler Work Mode, auto power-off time, variable zigzag, stitch tapering, the superior needle threader with Number 7 Thread Guide, and an AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2). The Skyline 6 has upgraded lighting, an Indigo faceplate, 9mm stitch width, 196 built-in stitches, 10 one-step buttonholes, and the Acufeed Flex Layered Fabric Feeding System.

Janome has several promotions going on, all running October 1 – December 31:
1. Purchase the MC15000, regularly $12,999, for $10,999 and get a FREE Apple MacBook Air and FREE Artistic Digitizer Software, a $2198 value.
2. The new HMC9450QCP retails for $5,499. Buy it for just $4,499 and get a FREE universal Table and Janome’s exclusive Westalee 6-piece Ruler Kit with carrying case and instructional DVD FREE, a $768 value. Your total savings is $1,768.
3. The new Skyline 6 has a regular price of $1,999. Buy it at the introductory price of $1,599.
4. Buy a Skyline 7, regularly $2,999, for $2,499.
5. Buy a CoverPro 2000CPX for $849 and get a Travel Roller Bag, MSRP $99, for $75.
6. Buy the new AirThread 2000D serger with One-Push Air Threading System for $1,799. The Janome Serger Thread Kit, normally $59.99, can be purchased with the 2000D for just $39.99.
7. The MC6700, regularly $3,799, is on sale for $3,199 and includes a FREE Universal Table, a $658 value.
8. The MC500E, regularly $2,999, is available for $2,499. Save 15% on the purchase of the Artistic Digitizer Software with this machine purchase.

Whew! That’s a lot to digest. I have most of these machines in stock or on order. If there is something you want that I don’t have, I will cheerfully order it for you. This is the first time Janome has allowed us to put the 15000 on sale; if you have been lusting after this machine, this is a good time to buy it.


Another new collection from Lewis & Irene, Small Things Country Creatures feature scattered otters, foxes, hedgehogs, and mice in a delightfully small, yet very readable size.  $12.50 per yard.

Tula Pink's new collection for Free Spirit, Zuma, is as bright and colorful as you have come to expect. Immerse yourself in swirling waves, magical sea horses, flowering sea anemones, and spiraling jellyfish today!  $12.50 per yard.

Timeless Fabrics has sent us Grasshopper batiks, 20 lush prints in greens and blues.  Yardage is $12.99 per yard; we also have 2 1/2" strips for $42.99 and 5" charm squares for $10.99 each.


Our monthly free Sit 'n' Sew will be held on Friday, September 28th from 5-9pm. We provide beverages, you bring a snack to share with your fellow quilters. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Note: there will be no Sit 'n' Sew in October, due to the scheduling of Quilters' Quest.)

Marianne has one appointment available on Sunday, September 30th for Sewing Machine Maintenance. Janome machines only, please.

Lucy Boston (1892-1990) lived near Cambridge, England, and began her writing, designing, and sewing career when in her sixties. “Patchwork of the Crosses” is made with just two shapes. Learn how to prepare and combine these shapes to create many wonderful blocks on Sunday, September 30th at 1pm. This wonderful English Paper Piecing project can be made even more fabulous by purposefully cutting themed motifs for some of the block units. This is called “fussy cutting”, and Kim will discuss how to identify, where to place motifs, and how to cut them out.

In Getting Started: The Basics of ProStitcher Premium You'll learn the basic buttons and tools of ProStitcher Premium. Customize Edge-to-Edge (E2E) designs on your computer to fit any quilt size and transfer the design to the ProStitcher Premium on the longarm for accurate stitch out. Tuesday, October 2nd at 10:30am.

Annette teaches Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen on Thursday, October 4th at 10:30am. This small longarm has built-in stitch regulation. Learn how to load your quilt on the frame, thread the machine, wind and load a bobbin, establish good tension, bring up the bobbin thread, anchor and tie off threads, and do a little stitching. After taking this class, you'll be able to rent the Simply Sixteen to quilt your tops on.

Do you have someone special graduating from school this year? And do you have stacks of his or her t-shirts with school names, team names, club names, etc.? Use them to make the perfect gift for the graduate! Or maybe your spouse has favorite t-shirts that are more hole than shirt: turn them into a quilt to love. Take T-Shirt Quilt with Debra Ball starting Thursday, October 4th at 1pm.

October is back to school at Capital Quilts with the start of a monthly lecture/demo series on the basic techniques of making a quilt. From a simple lap quilt to a family heirloom, everything is easier with good techniques and tools. Join Annette on Friday, October 5 at 10:30am for Back to Basics: Rotary Cutting Tools and Skills. No machines or supplies required.

Bruce has Sewing Machine Maintenance appointments available for Sunday, October 7th.

EQ8 has a brand new and more intuitive look, and some new and improved tools. 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. If you use or own EQ7, you will be impressed with the upgraded EQ8. Elyse teaches, Tuesday, October 9th at 10:15am.

In Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm, you'll learn the ins and outs of the longarm machine and the frame, how to set up for quilting a quilt, what proper tension is, and some basic quilting designs.  Wednesday, October 10th, 6pm.  Completion of this class means you will be allowed to rent time on the Amara or Forte.

Get ready for chilly weather with a new quilted Tabula Rasa Jacket. Choose to make the Vines and Leaves TRJ, the Flower Garden TRJ or a wholecloth quilted TRJ. Rae Cumbie will be your guide on Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12 as you design, piece, cut, choose battings, threads and other materials. See more inspirations by clicking here.  Prerequisite: a fitted Tabula Rasa Jacket muslin and pattern. Bring your muslin or pattern from your previous Tabula Rasa Jacket class. If you need to be sized, stop by Capital Quilts for a fitting October 7 from 2-2:30 or 4:30-5pm or the Fit for Art Patterns booth at the Fredericksburg Sewing Expo.

The 3-D Pinwheel quilt will give baby lots of tactile fun with this quilt; the pinwheels stand away from the background, giving lots to feel. And, it's AccuQuilt GO! friendly! (Pieces may also be cut traditionally.)  Robin Rothstein teaches, Friday, October 12th at 5pm.


• 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 still accepting Kennel Quilts for animals affected by natural disasters. Small Kennel Quilt kits are available in the shop; just ask for one! 


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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