Dear Lovers of Fabric,
Have you seen our daily fabric palette postings on Instagram and Facebook? The staff is really having a blast with this program. Each day, someone picks out 5 coordinated fat quarters (from different fabric lines and manufacturers) and we post them to our social media. Several of our regular customers have also picked out palettes, and we'd love to see what you come up with next time you're in the shop!
If you haven't already done so, vote for your favorite quilt shop to win a free trunk show from ByAnnie! Voting is open for just two more days at https://www.byannie.com/win-a-trunk-show.
Our own Gail Fredricks is in the Gallery this month! Many of Gail's quilts combine traditional quilting techniques with mixed media and fabric manipulation. Please join us on Saturday, February 16th at 1:30pm to hear her speak about her inspiration and process.
Alison was out of town this week at a convention, but she'll be back in the shop Friday.
Go ‘n’ Piece,
The CQ Staff
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY:
We've curated a set of low volume/text prints for your piecing delight. Choose from 2 1/2" strips ($42.99), 10" squares ($42.99), 5" squares ($10.99), or stacks of 10 fat quarters ($35.00).
Coming in, but not yet on the floor, is Soho from Northcott. This collection has sort of a mid-century vibe, but updated with today's colors. We have 26 glorious bolts! $12.50 per yard.
The always popular Retreat Bag class is being offered again on Sunday, February 17, 12-5. Annie Jeffrey helps you make this nifty bag that zips open and stays open for easy retrieval of sewing supplies, make-up, school supplies, or whatever you choose to put into it.
Machine quilt your own quilts! Take Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm Machine on Sunday, February 17, 12:30-3:30 to become eligible to rent the Amara or Forte.
Learn how to use rulers to quilt on your domestic sewing machine in Rulers for the Sewing Machine on Monday, February 18, 2:30-4:30. Learn how to use straight, curved, and circular templates to achieve the look of longarm quilting on your high shank home sewing machine. You will be able to try each of the rulers.
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! Appointments are available for Tuesday, February 19th.
Take your longarm quilting to the next level with ProStitcher Premum. In class on Wednesday, February 20th at 10:30am, you will 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.
Kim is teaching Mod Dog (or Mod Cat, if you prefer) on Friday, February 22nd, starting at 10:30am.These quilts are a combination of machine piecing and applique. The wonderful dogs or cats are improvisational pieced using a jelly roll, and the scrappy border is just fun!
FREE Sit 'n' Sew: On Friday, February 22nd, join bring your machine, handwork, a new project or an old project, perhaps some food to share, or just come to talk and have fun with other quilters. Capital Quilts will provide beverages and have staffers on hand to assist you in any way they can.
Julie is repeating the popular Tranquility class on Saturday, February 23rd at 2:30pm. Create a beautiful landscape quilt, layer by layer. The background is made using a mosaic technique, and the picture is built using applique techniques. The finished quilt is about 18” x 23”.
Join the Art & Stitch Club and learn how to use the software to create embroidery and quilting patterns in your computer and transfer them to your machine. The next meeting is Sunday, February 24, 12:30-2:30. All skill levels welcome.
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.
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.
SAVE THE DATE
• March 16: Worldwide Quilting Day
• March 29 & 30: Westalee Rulers Classes for Domestic Machines with Dena Wilkins
• April 26-27, 2019: Friendship Star Quilt Guild Quilt Show
• May 31-June 2, 2019: Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show
• June 8-9, 2019: Annapolis Quilt Guild Quilt Show
• August 2-3, 2019: Four County Quilters Guild Quilt Show
• October 11-20, 2019: Quilters' Quest
• November 1-3, 2019: Everybody's Quilt Guild Quilt Show
BLUE BAG BONANZA
The February prize is an "Ollie the Owl" fusible applique kit from Lone Star Laser and a batik fat quarter.
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.