"May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!"
Traditional Irish Blessing
|Dear Movers of Fabric and Shakers of Thread,
St. Patrick’s Day, that day of corned beef dinners, green beer, big Irish hearts and broad Irish grins, is this Sunday. My father, with only the smallest bit of Irish blood in him, always celebrated by buying a brown paper bag full of Irish Potatoes candy, a sweet confection of cream cheese, coconut, and sugar rolled in cinnamon. My mom often made corned beef and cabbage. Erin go braugh!
The Westalee Quilting With Rulers on a Domestic Machine event is just two weeks away. Have you signed up yet? There are two classes, both hands-on: Friday, March 29, is a beginners’ class and Saturday, March 30, is an intermediate level class. Both run from 10-5 and are taught by Dena Wilkins, a Westalee Educator. Sign up today for Intro to Quilting With Rulers and/or the ABCs of Ruler Quilting. You can call the shop, do it in person, or go online.
Would you like to be a mosaic artist? These mosaics are made with fabric! Staffer Kat Martinez is having a class tonight on Mini Mosaics from 7-9. And, to make last-minute enrollment easier, we have kits you can choose from, rather than rounding up all the fabric from your stash. Call ahead to reserve your place. 301-527-0598
How about a quilting party? Come to Night Owl on Saturday night, 6-12. You don’t have to stay the entire time; we understand if your eyelids start to droop! Bring a project to work on. Included are pizza, beverages, and a $10 CQ Gift Card. Call or go online now to sign up for the Night Owl party! All skill levels are welcome.
Handi Quilter National Educator Patty Holley is coming to Capital Quilts on April 12 & 13! She will teach four classes: Longarm Machine Basics and Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free Motion Quilting on Friday, and A Longarm Toy Box and You Can Do That on a Longarm, Too?! on Saturday. Look for an email from us in the near future with more details.
Did you know you can shop at Capital Quilts in the middle of the night? Or from anywhere that has internet service? In your pjs and slippers? We have a web shop: https://www.capitalquilts.com/shop.htm Check it out!
Go ‘n’ piece,
|SHOP SPECIAL: It’s raining cats and dogs at Capital Quilts! Take 15% off fabric yardage with cats and/or dogs on it, March 15-21.
In-store only. May not be combined with other offers or discounts. 1/2 yard minimum cut.
SHOP OPEN UNTIL 9PM:
The shop is open from 10am-9pm every Friday. When we have an evening class, we keep the shop open late then, too. Upcoming evenings when we will be open late: 3/14, 3/15, 3/20, 3/21, 3/22, 3/27, 3/28, and 3/29.
IN THE GALLERY:
Take a gander at the gorgeous works of art in the Gallery! We’ve invited Karen Fricke to be our guest quilter this month. Her beautiful work has been featured in Quilting Arts Magazine; the Sacred Threads Exhibition 2017; Cloth, Paper, Scissors; and more. She has taught many classes here at Capital Quilts, in machine quilting and art quilts, and we hope she will continue to do so. Check out “Pins With Attitude” on March 26, 10-1!
Please join us on Thursday, March 28, 7-8pm, for a reception in Karen’s honor. She will give a Gallery Talk around 7:30.
FLOOR MODEL SALE:
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.
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.
I have a gently used floor stand quilting hoop being offered for sale by one of our customers. It has a 29” hoop, is height adjustable, and is all wood. It was handmade by a woodworking artisan in Lancaster County, PA. Originally $300, the asking price is $150. The condition of the hoop is excellent.
VENDOR SPECIALS IN MARCH
ACCUQUILT GO!: March 12-21, receive a $30 rebate on the purchase of any AccuQuilt GO! cutting machine.
JANOME: Janome is continuing their Red Tag sale through the end of March. There are good deals to be had! Click here to learn more.
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.
NEW and NOTEWORTHY:
We are participating in the Stonehenge 10 Year Anniversary Block Party! Beginning March 15, collect block kits from around the US and Canada (in-store and online). Watch the video above to learn all the details. You could win a trip to England! Capital Quilts' block is "Merlin's Star", and kits are available. We have bolts of fabric from the Anniversary fabric collection... including the gorgeous Stonehenge panel! To add to the fun and provide more opportunities to win prizes, each participating Block Party shop will be hosting a Solstice Panel Quilt Challenge! Quilters are challenged to use the Solstice panel in a creative way to make a quilt no larger than 60”x 60”. Yardage, $12.99 per yard; panel, $11.99 each, Block kit, $10.99 each.
QT Fabrics has sent us American Pride; 1 panel, 3 fireworks bolts, and 3 blender bolts. Panels are $13.50 each; yardage is $12.99 per yard.
Coastal Paradise is from Henry Glass. We have six bolts, each featuring a different coastal element: sea glass, shells, gulls, etc. And a panel, perfect for your warm and sunny vacation place! Yardage, 11.99 per yard, panels, $8.99 each.
New Kaffe is here! We have Row Flowers, Tiddlywinks, and one bolt of Coleus. $12.50 per yard.
If you're looking to learn machine appliqué, check out First-Time Machine Appliqué by Janet Pittman. This book teaches the basics of machine appliqué in 9 easy lessons. Practice your newly acquired skills on 5 projects including a lap throw, tote bag and seasonal table runner. Each project uses a combination of lessons. Janet even shows you how to machine appliqué on purchased items such as aprons and towels. MSRP, $24.95, CQ price, only $21.21.
In Paradise Stitched by Sylvia Pippen, discover how to combine Sashiko and appliqué techniques to create truly stunning art quilts. These glowing quilts bring together two of quilting's best-loved hand stitching traditions - Japanese Sashiko and colourful appliqué. MSRP $29.95, CQ price only $25.46.
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.
Got scraps? May I suggest the Mini Mosaics class, taught by Kat Martinez on March 14, 7-9? These wonderful little mosaic quilts are a perfect use for them. Use the mosaic cutting tool to cut your scraps and the pattern to arrange and fuse them in place. Some easy quilting with your walking foot, and you’re done!
Enjoy up to six blissful hours of distraction-free sewing and fun at Night Owl. It's a mini-retreat! Includes a $10 CQ Gift Card, pizza, and beverages. Work on a new project or finish up an old one. Kat will stay with you as late as midnight. Let’s party!
There is one spot left in Rulers for the Longarm, an introduction to longarm quilting using rulers. Barbara Bean teaches this class on Sunday, March 17, 12:30-2:30. Put on your leprechaun hat and join the fun!
The Trifecta Zip Bag is a Retreat Bag with handles! Easy to carry, it has a frame built in that holds the bag open when you unzip it. It is a perfect bag for retreats, vacations, or any other place or time you need to take your project with you. Or use it as an everyday purse! Annie Jeffrey teaches the class on Monday, March 18, 12-5.
The next Sandwich Day is Tuesday, March 19, 1-5. We have one appointment left, at 4. Let us help you baste together the top, back, and batting of your quilt. You don’t need to do this if you are having a longarm quilter do the quilting for you.
Does your thread break a lot? Can’t get the metallic threads to work? Barbara Kascic can unravel these mysteries for you. Learn how needles and thread work together to give you the best possible outcome at her Needles and Thread Lecture on Wednesday, March 20, 10:30-11:30.
Handi Quilter’s Simply Sixteen machine is a longarm machine sitting on a frame that is just 5’ long, perfect for homes with small spaces. Learn more about this machine and how to use it on Friday, March 22, in Barbara Bean’s Getting Started: the HQ Simply Sixteen class, 6-9. As an added bonus, you will be able to rent our machine after you complete this class.
Annie’s next Round Tuffet class meets on Saturday, March 23, 1-4!! This nifty 20” round stool comes together quickly using the Creative Grids 15-degree Triangle Ruler. Add legs and prop your feet up. Ahhh...
CAPITAL QUILTS CARES:
All events are free. Please register for each workshop so that we know how many to expect. Coming up in March:
March 31 – Days for Girls: In some countries, girls are unable to attend school for up to a week a month because they don’t have access to sanitary supplies. Days For Girls is a non-profit organization that sends sustainable personal hygiene kits to girls around the world. Everything necessary is packed into a small drawstring bag that can be carried every day. Capital Quilts Cares has contributed to this project in the past by sewing the drawstring bags, and we’re asking for your help to do it again. Bring your machine and basic sewing supplies. There are 4 places remaining. Skill level: easy.
All fabrics are provided, but we ask you to bring a new, colorful, pretty washcloth or two to add to the bags. Thank you!
SMALL KENNEL QUILTS: We are always accepting small kennel quilts, and we always have free kits available for you to take home to make and return to us. They are a perfect little project for practicing your quilting skills! We receive requests from shelters for completed kennel quilts on a frequent basis, and we have recently received requests from California and Alabama. We are running low on finished quilts and need your help making more.
SAVE THE DATE:
• Through March 31: Spectacularly Solid: Art Exhibit by DC Modern Quilt Guild, Arlington, VA
• March 16: Worldwide Quilting Day
• March 28: Reception for Karen Fricke, 7-8pm. Gallery Talk, 7:30
• March 29 & 30: Westalee Rulers Classes for Domestic Machines with Dena Wilkins
• April 12-13: Handi Quilter Classes with HQ National Educator Patty Holley
• April 26 & 27: AccuQuilt Event and Classes at Capital Quilts
• April 26-28: Friendship Star Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Gaithersburg, MD
• May 31-June 2: Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show, Chantilly, VA
• June 8-9: Annapolis Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Annapolis, MD
• July 11-28: Sacred Threads, Reston, VA
• August 2-3: Four County Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Frederick, MD
• October 11-20: Quilters' Quest
• November 1-3: Everybody's Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Westminster, MD
BLUE BAG BONANZA
The March prize is a collection of 10 different Floriani threads.
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.