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What's New at CQ 110118

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Dear Sewingistas,

To all of you who participated in Quilters’ Quest 2018, thank you very much! I hope you had as much fun as the Capital Quilts staff and I had preparing for the Quest and visiting with you and assisting you during the Quest. We appreciate your business, during Quest and all year round.

Coming up in just 9 days is our fall AccuQuilt GO! Education Event. AccuQuilt National Educator Jeannie Miller will be with us on November 9 and 10 for 3 classes full of information, tips, tricks, and quilts, not to mention a fun time! The Friday morning class at 10:30 is called “Cut Less, Quilt More” and is for beginners. Friday afternoon at 2:30, Jeannie goes into more depth about the AccuQuilt machines and how to make creative use of them; this is an intermediate class. Finally, on Saturday morning at 10:30, Jeannie offers an advanced class called “There’s a Die for That”; she shows us how to adapt a pattern so that the AccuQuilt GO! machine can be used to do the cutting. Each class is $10, and you’ll receive a $10 Capital Quilts Gift Card at the door. We’ll have prizes and giveaways as well. Sign up online, in person at the shop, or by phone at 301-527-0598. Do it today!

Handi Quilter is introducing 3 new products at Quilt Market: the HighLight LED lighting system, My Secret Drawer, and a new tool tray. Click here for pictures and more information about the HighLight, and here for My Secret Drawer. The HighLight is a free-standing light system with adjustable height and adjustable shutters on the fixtures to direct the light just where you want it most. It fits comes in a 5’ and 8’/10’ size, with 2’ extensions for 12’ and 14’ frames. The system can be used with all brands of longarms and I suspect that it can be used over cutting tables, sewing tables, craft areas, and so on. I’ll find out more at Quilt Market! The prices are $349.95 for the HighLight 5, $499.95 for the HighLight 8/10, and $99.95 for each 2’ extension.

My Secret Drawer fits the Little Foot, Studio, and Gallery frames (but not the bent-leg style). It is about 33 x 19 x 6 and will hold up to 96 cones of thread, lots of rulers and templates, or just plain stuff. You can put up to 3 of them on a 12’ frame, but note that while the drawer will clear the batting pole, it may not clear the roll of batting. If you store batting on your frame, you should just get one drawer. The retail price is $249.95 for the Studio and Gallery drawers and $274.95 for the Little Foot drawer. What will you put in your Secret Drawer?

The new tool tray will have adjustable inserts so that you can customize it to your own needs. It will be priced at $79.95.

I am taking pre-orders for the three new HQ products. Delivery starts in December. There are also machine package deals that include the HighLight and My Secret Drawer: see “Vendor Specials” below.

Wondering what to get yourself for a holiday present? How about a really comfortable sewing chair? Heavenly Seating has three sizes of adjustable chairs to fit almost anyone. They adjust up and down and front to back and have adjustable lumbar support. There are lots of options to choose from (arms or no arms, caster for hard floors vs. carpet, casters that lock, casters that won’t roll when you are sitting in the chair, over 150 colors in several different fabrics, and more). Try one out in the Sewing Machine Department next time you are in the shop.

Capital Quilts needs someone to do quilting for customers. The job includes meeting with customers to determine pattern, thread color, and any other requirements; doing the quilting in a professional and timely way; and completing paperwork. Also available are opportunities to teach classes and mentor rental customers. Please respond to this newsletter email if this is something you are interested in doing.

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 reply to this newsletter.

I am off to Houston today for the fall Quilt Market! If there is anything you would like me to look for, please send an email to

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 $2,499. Free lesson and free membership in Janome Club included.

It’s 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
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”.


ACCUQUILT GO!: Take $100 off the purchase of a Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System. Regularly $449.99, pay $349.99 November 1-22.

Take 20% off all GO! dies November 1-25! Excluded in this sale are all the Qube products and new dies #55181, 55485, 55487, 55461, 55494, 44861, 55490, and 55491.

HANDI QUILTER: Buy any HQ machine package and receive an HQ HighLight to fit your new system FREE! Buy a ProStitcher (alone or added to a machine package) and receive one FREE Secret Drawer to add to your frame. Valid November 5-19.

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.


Bonnie Hunter has announced her Quiltville Mystery: Good Fortune!  This quilt takes its color inspiration from Bonnie's trip to China last year.  We've obtained her recommended paint chips, and put together a few Fat Quarter Medleys to get you started.  Medleys are $17.50 each.

Marcia Derse teaches us all about Art History 101 in her new collection from Windham Fabrics! Featuring her hand dyed and hand stamped technique, this richly hued collection gives you all the variations you need to make interesting and beautiful quilts. Interesting symbols, cool graphs and other stamped motifs abound. $12.50 per yard.

Looking for wide quilt backs?  We've just got in in a shipment from Free Spirit (mostly Kaffe!).  $21.99 per yard.


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.

Learn the essentials for a beautiful binding, perfectly finishing any quilt in Binding Basics, offered Saturday, November 3rd, at 2pm. 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 using a faux flange.

On Sunday, November 4th, join Ginny Brown for Crossfire. Whirling stars set off with chains of black and grey make a quilt with lots of sparkle! Pick a border fabric, add some coordinating colors, some black, white and grey, and this fun new variation of Flying Geese is sure to please!

Annette teaches Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen Machine on Monday, November 5th at 12:30pm. 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.

Spend Tuesday, November 6th with Rae Cumbie, leader of our Sew! Let’s Get Dressed Club as she introduces you to her favorite Surface Design Techniques for clothing. Try out Sheva Paintsticks and raw edge collage. See examples of how beads and buttons bring clothing to life. Bring solid cottons in various weights and prints with large scale motifs if you like. Throw in some clothing with spots or holes that need a new life. Class starts at 10am.

Want to longarm your quilts?  Join Barbara on Wednesday, November 7th at 11am for Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm.  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.

As mentioned above, we are hosting three AccuQuilt classes with national educator Jeannie Miller.  Cut Time, Quilt More on Friday, November 9th at 10:30am, GO! Beyond the Basics on Friday at 2:30pm, and on Saturday, There's a Die for That at 10:30am. 

There are two Sandwich Night appointments available for Friday, November 9.

If you've already taken the basic longarm class, and want to use the computerized ProStitcher Premium, we have a class for you on Saturday, November 10th at 1pm.

Brimfield Block Star Pillow:  English Paper Piecing is soooo relaxing and fun! Kim will show you how to prepare your pieces and stitch them together. Then, she'll demonstrate how to applique your completed Brimfield Star block onto a pillow top and make the pillow on Sunday, November 11 at 2pm.


• November 9-10: AccuQuilt GO! Event & Classes
• April 26-27, 2019: Friendship Star Quilt Guild Quilt Show
• May 31-June 2: Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show
• June 8-9:  Annapolis Quilt Guild Quilt Show
• October 11-20, 2019: Quilters' Quest


Current exhibits at the Virginia Quilt Museum:
• Mountain Mist Quilts - 20th Century Favorites curated by Neva Hart
• AQSG Basket Quilts
• Sacred Threads curated by Sarah Entsminger
• Treasures From the Vault: This is my Name curated by Gloria Comstock
• Viva La Difference by the Apple Valley Needle Threaders, Berryville, VA curated by Nyra White and Pam Pampe


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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