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What's New at CQ 1/24/19

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Dear Outstanding Citizens of the Fabric World,

This Saturday is Local Quilt Shop Day. I do hope you will stop by and visit us. Hear Kim Jalette talk about her quilts in the Gallery at 11:30. Check out the Janome sewing machine Red Tag Sale. There are some good deals to be had, and if you buy a machine and purchase a Horn sewing cabinet at the same time, I’ll give you 25% off the price of the cabinet. Elyse will be in the Handi Quilter room to demo and answer questions about the machines, ProStitcher, and Art & Stitch.

Are you confused about the difference between the GO! Club and the AccuQuilt Club? The AccuQuilt Club is based on the Studio Cutter, which is a large version of the GO! cutter. Club members cut their own fabric and help others cut theirs during club meetings. There is show and tell, tip sharing, and lots of socializing that goes on. The GO! Club is a new club. Its first meeting is this Sunday, 1-3. It is a club for people who own a GO! machine of any size and want to know more about how to use it and what it can do. This month, Liz will be talking about adapting patterns so that the GO! machine can be used to do the cutting. There will also be show and tell, discussions of this and that, and socializing. Members can bring their machine and use the time to cut fabric or not; this is optional. Since the club is just beginning, members will have their say as to what they want to learn and how they want the meetings to proceed. This is your club, and we want you to enjoy it and benefit from it.

If you are a machine embroiderer or longarm quilter and would like to know more about Art & Stitch, the software that helps you design embroidery and quilting patterns, join the Art & Stitch Club this year. The first meeting is this Sunday, January 27, 12:30-2:30. The club meets once a month on the 4th Sunday of the month. Art & Stitch is compatible with Handi Quilter ProStitcher, Bernina Q-Matic, PCIntelliQuilter, PC Quilter, Statler Stitcher Side Saddle, Quilt EZ, and QBOT HPGL as well as various embroidery machines. All skill levels are welcome. Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to turn your children’s or grandchildren’s artwork into an embroidery or quilting design? Or to design your own quilting pattern, or modify one you like but want to change a bit? Art & Stitch is the way to go.

Great news from the TNT Quilt Board company: they now offer the means to turn your Great Board into a pressing station. The Retro Rack has a special insert that keeps the Great Board clasped to the rack. Two shelves provide extra storage. It comes with adjustable feet and is approximately 37” high. You can add 3” or 4” wheels to gain extra height. The rack is 36” long and 16” wide. The introductory price is $129.99. Casters are $39.99. Get your Great Board off that tippy ironing board and gain some extra storage space! Go to our online shop at or call us at 301-527-0598 to order yours today. By the way, rumor has it that TNT is getting ready to increase their prices; some have gone up already. If this is a purchase you have been considering, now might be a good time to act on it.

I wonder if “fabulous” and “fabric” come from the same root word.

Go ‘n’ piece,

WEEKLY SPECIAL: Floriani stabilizers are 25% off this week. In stock items only. May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Sales are final. Valid January 25-31.

Machine embroiderers: have I got a deal for you! Floriani thread is 40% off, while supplies last. The sooner you come in, the better the selection of colors. Sales are final. This offer may not be combined with other offers and discounts.

If you want to purchase a Handi Quilter for less than full retail value and can pay with cash or credit card, buy one of my floor model machines:
      Simply Sixteen: MSRP $5995, now $5,245
      Amara: MSRP $11,995, now $9,499. Your choice of a 10’ or 12’ frame.
     Forte with ProStitcher: MSRP $23,995, now $21,150. Your choice of a 10’ or 12’ frame.

We will install your machine free of charge and provide a free lesson on its basic use and maintenance. There is a separate free class for the ProStitcher.

EQ7: I have an EQ7 for MAC software package in stock. The retail price is $189.99; I will sell it for $115. The Electric Quilt Company offers an upgrade for it, which I am happy to order for you. If you would like us to offer a class in EQ6 or EQ7, please let me know.


ACCUQUILT GO!: AccuQuilt has put over 30 dies on sale for 20-40% off during the month of January. I have quite a few of them in stock. I am happy to order any that I do not have in stock. You can also find these dies in our online shop at

HANDI QUILTER: The next Handi Quilter promotion runs February 8-18. It’s a “Sweet Deal”: buy a Sweet Sixteen and get the TruStitch stitch regulator for free, or buy a Simply Sixteen and get the rear handlebars and laser pointer for free. You can pre-order anytime, and we will submit your order on February 8.

HORN OF AMERICA: Horn is offering a free Daylight Slimline Table Lamp (retail value $190) with the purchase of any electric lift cabinet. If you would like a cabinet to store your AccuQuilt GO! cutter, dies, and other accessories and sewing supplies, save $50 on the purchase of the new Quilter’s Block Center, model #A680. Both of these offers are valid through 1/31.

JANOME: The Janome Red Tag Event is underway! Buy a Horizon Quilt Maker MC15000 for $10,999, a savings of $2,000. It comes with free Artistic Digitizer Software, with an additional savings of $1,199. Available through Feb. 28, 2019.

The new 9450QCP, the top-of-the-line quilter’s machine, is also on sale. Regularly $5,499, save $1,000 for a price of $4,499 through 2/28/2019.

Another new machine, the AT2000D serger, is also on sale. This serger has a one-push air threading system, an 8- piece feed dog, and a built-in needle threader. Normally $1,799, it is available until 2/28/19 for just $1,699.

Other savings are available. Stop in the shop for more information. There’s lots!

SEW STEADY: Sew Steady has a new table bundle available. Get a large 18” x 24” Sew Steady table, a Large travel bag for transporting the table, and the new Grid Glider for $149. The regular price is $183. Dena Wilkins is coming back to Capital Quilts in March to teach Westalee quilting classes, and you’ll need a Sew Steady table for the class.


This print from previous P&B Bear Essentials was so popular, they released it as it's own blender collection! Berry Nice is sweet, simple and summery! With 18 colorways, there are so many berries to choose from!  $10.99 per yard.

50 Little Paper Pieced Blocks by Carol Doak: Create perfectly-pieced miniature quilt blocks in a variety of themes—from hearts and flowers to airplanes and birthday cakes. Use them to make cards for gift-giving and artistic display. These blocks are also perfect to mix and match for making table linens, wall quilts, and other small projects. MSRP $16.95, CQ price only $14.41.

You’ll love the magic Judy Sisneros works with pieced circles in her book Circle Pizzazz. Learn the easy way to piece three different circle blocks, then mix and match them into curvaceous quilts full of movement and color. Use Judy’s no-waste method to turn the leftover fabric into bonus quilts with appliquéd circles or rounded borders. MSRP $19.95, CQ price only $16.96.

Introducing more sensationally simple quilts from Me and My Sister Designs--Layer-Cake style! The sisters are famous for sharing little sewing tricks that make quilt blocks look more complex than they truly are. In Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2, they’re at it again. Quilters can put their Layer Cakes (10in fabric squares) to work in 11 quilts that are easy AND as pretty as can be.  MSRP $19.99, CQ price only $16.99.

Register for classes online, in the shop, or by calling 301-527-0598. Please register early; we need at least 3 people to make a class happen. If the class is cancelled by Capital Quilts, or if you let us know you can’t make it at least 7 days in advance of the class, you will get a refund or store credit. 

Machine quilt your own quilts! Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm Machine on Friday, January 25, 6-9 or Wednesday, January 30, 11-2, to become eligible to rent one of our machines. Skill level: beginner longarmer.

Our first Sit-n-Sew of the year is on Friday, January 25, 5-9. This free event is your time to come sew your own projects in the shop without the distractions you find at home. You’ll be joined by folks interested in the same craft you are, giving the opportunity to share stories, answers, and advice and to make new friends. I hope you’ll join us!

Eureka! Pants That Fit is a garment class taught by Rae Cumbie. You’ll learn how to fit pants to your own figure, different ways to finish the waist band, how to insert a zipper, and so much more. This class is a 2-day workshop on Thursday, January 31, 10-4 and Friday, February 1, 10-4. As I write this, there are 3 places remaining in the class. Skill level: intermediate.

Do you love a pretty table runner? This one is Simply a Pleasure. Learn how to make this table runner on Monday, February 4, 1-4 with Cathy Sullivan. Skill level: confident beginner.

Need help sandwiching your quilt? The next Sandwich Night is Friday, February 8, and there are appointments at 7 and 8 o’clock. Bring your quilt top and back, both squared and pressed; your batting; and spray adhesive or pins. If you are having your quilt quilted by a longarm quilter, you do not need to sandwich the quilt.

Lois Sumser is a master at making Rag Bowls. Every time she comes to teach a class, she brings lots of new models. One recent model had a hinged top! If you’d like to learn how to make these fabulous bowls, sign up for Lois’ next class on Saturday, February 9, 2:30-5:30. Skill level: intermediate.


WALKER BAGS: Walkers and wheelchairs present a challenge to the people using them, as they need storage space! With a Walker Bag, glasses, notebook & pen, tissues, and other essentials can be kept close at hand. Help make bags that can attach to walkers or wheelchairs. Please bring your sewing machine, thread, and basic sewing supplies. All fabric is provided. Join Jan on Friday, February 15, 10:15-1:15 to make the bags. Free. Please register so that we know how many people to expect.


The January prize is a pattern booklet excerpt from Eleanor Burns' Forty Fabulous Years (Quilt in a Day).

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.

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

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