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What's New at CQ 10/18/18

"Color is dynamic, fickle, explosive, solemn, mysterious, and beautiful." -Maria Shell

Dear Fellow Travelers,

Quilters’ Quest starts tomorrow! From 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 while Questing? 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. Remember that you’ll need to do the Day 1 itinerary on one bus and Day 2 on the other bus. You can also ride for just one day, for $80, which includes breakfast and lunch.

The Quest theme this year is Cruising the World. Each shop is a different port-of-call. Our port is Sydney, Australia. Come visit the Sydney Zoo and take a side trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Stop by Customs & Immigration to get your passport stamped. Quilts made with Aboriginal fabrics will be hanging in the Gallery. Kiki the Koala will be waiting for you to find her on your Scavenger Hunt! I do hope you will join us Down Under.

The new AccuQuilt dies are here! There are 5: Spring Medley, Big Crazy Quilt (10” finished), Bear’s Paw (14” finished), Lowercase Carefree Alphabet (a 2-die set), and my favorite, Cleopatra’s Fan (12” finished). Look for them when you come for Quilters’ Quest!

We’ve made some changes in the layout of the shop. The cash register desks are now located to your left as you enter the shop. To your right, where the registers were, is now the AccuQuilt department. Fabric and patterns now occupy the nook at the back of the shop where AccuQuilt used to be.

If you are a pro at quilting with Westalee rulers on your domestic sewing machine and 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.

On a more personal note, I am now a grandma! Alexander “Alex” Zacharkiw arrived in the world early this morning, weighing 9 lbs. 7 oz. (ouch!). Baby and parents are tired but fine.

Go ‘n’ piece,

SHOP SPECIALS: Janome is discontinuing the MC9400. I have one left, my floor model. Regularly $4,999, get the floor model for $3,499 (30% off). Free lesson and free membership in Janome Club included.

October 8-22 are Handi Quilter Demo Days at Capital Quilts! Purchase our floor model Simply Sixteen, Amara, or Forte at a significant price reduction.
Simply Sixteen: MSRP $5995, now $5,095
Amara: MSRP $11,995, now $8,999 Amara with ProStitcher: MSRP $21,995 now $17,599
Forte: MSRP $13,995, now $11,199 Forte with ProStitcher: MSRP $23,995 now $19,999

I have a Horn of America space-saver sewing machine cabinet in cherry available. It is a floor model. The original price was $990. I offer it to you for $599. Closed up, it measures 19.5”W x 24”L. With the side leaf up, the length becomes 48”.


Buy one die, cutting mat, or accessory and save 10%. Buy two or more and save 15%. You can mix and match. Some exclusions apply: we have a list in the shop; basically, the Qubes and Qube Companion sets are excluded, as well as the new dies. Valid through 10/25/18.

JANOME: Janome introduced 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. 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.
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.

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.

SEW STEADY: Wish to Quilt Package For those of you who want to start quilting with rulers on your domestic machine, this package offers the Sew Steady table, free motion glider, ruler foot starter kit, 6 templates, stable tape, a spacing gauge, a crosshair ruler, and a book about designing with rulers, plus tips and tricks, everything you need to get started quilting with rulers. Valued at $430, this package is $390 through December 31. Add a Travel Bag for $49.


The Craft Box measures 11in X 9.5in X 3in closed.  This is the perfect storage box, offering plenty of space for your notions and craft accessories. The box is separated into two compartments. The first compartment has 4 detached pockets of different configurations that help organize your scissors, pins, needles, buttons, tape measures, thimbles etc. The second compartment is perfect for larger items, like fabric or small rulers. This Yazzii Craft Box has a fabric top that secures the box, and it is the perfect canvas for embellishment!  $48.99 each.

The Yazzii Block Showcase Bag is an innovative solution for storing your fabric blocks up to 14 x 14 inches. This bag, which holds a significant number of blocks has a clear front to view and display your blocks. Stack your blocks (up to 14"x14") in this spacious zippered bag. Great mobility for your classes, retreats etc. $35.00 each.

Little buttons are big news!  These themed packages of novelty buttons are great for personalizing your projects, whatever the size!  We have quite a selection, including Woodland Holiday, Row Homes, and Garden Gnomes.  Price varies depending on the individual package, but usually around $2.50.


We have no classes during Quilters' Quest.  Classes resume on Monday, October 29th.

Machine Quilting for Beginners is directed at the beginner machine quilter who is unsure what to do with her hands and how to attach and use her feet. If you have put off jumping into the water or have jumped in and floundered, this class is for you. 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.  Starts Monday, October 29th at 10:00am.

If you'd rather use one of the longarm machines, Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm is the class for you!   You will 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.  Monday, October 29th at 11:00am.

Join Jan for our next CQ Cares event:  Bears and Blankets!  We'll be making quilts to donate to kids at the Children's National Medical Institute, along with a (purchased) new small stuffed animal. Guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of a sick child! All fabric is provided, but please bring a small stuffed animal to acompany the quilt you make.  This workshop is being held on Monday, October 29th at 1:00pm.

On Tuesday, October 30th at 10:30am, learn (or polish) hand-quilting skills!  Chris Giannascoli is your guide as you learn to mark your fabric, what needles, thread, and thimbles to use, and how to do the stitches.

Sandwich Day is also on Tuesday, October 30th, with appointments available between 1:00pm and 5:00pm.

Hilary teaches Connections on Thursday, November 1st at 10:00am.  This quilt celebrates the relationships between people with its interweaving ribbons of color. Hilary, who also designed the quilt, will tell you the story behind the quilt while you sew!

On Friday, November 2 at 10:30am, join Annette for a relaxing hands-on and in-depth class on Needleturn Appliqué by hand. In the first session, you will learn how to trace your pattern, prepare your pattern shapes and the stitch. In the second session, you will learn techniques that allow you to vary the method to better suit your project and sewing pleasure. No prior applique experience is necessary.


• 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


The Baltimore Embroiderers’ Guild, Constellation Chapter, is holding a 2-day workshop with Mixed Media artist Laura Smith. The dates are Monday and Tuesday, November 5 & 6, from 10-4. They meet at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD. There is a $62 kit fee and all travel costs and fees for the teacher will be divided by the final number of students (20 max). There are 2 spots open for this workshop. If you are interested, please contact Leslie Carson at immediately.


The October prize is a set of Stonehenge 2 1/2" strips from Northcott Fabric.

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 December.

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

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  • Tel: 301-527-0598
  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877