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What's New at CQ 3/21/19

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." Harriet Ann Jacobs

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Dear Sewing Enthusiasts,

You are invited to a Wine and Cheese reception for Karen Fricke on Thursday, March 28 from 7-9 o’clock in the evening, at Capital Quilts. Karen’s work has been hanging in our Gallery all month. If you haven’t been in to see her show yet, I hope you are able to come soon. Her work is beautiful. Karen will be giving a Gallery Talk during the reception, at 7:30.

Karen will be teaching classes here at Capital Quilts this spring. “Pins With Attitude”, a delightful mini doll pin, is on Tuesday, March 26 at 10. In “Beaded Sampler” on Tuesday, April 16 & 23, you will learn several beading techniques and make a sampler to take home with you. Make a delightful needle book on Sunday, May 5, at 12:30, in the “Needle Book” class. She will also teach beginning machine quilting on May 19 & 25.

The Westalee Quilting With Rulers on a Domestic Machine event is just one week away. Have you signed up yet? There are two classes: the Friday, March 29 beginners’ class is full, but the Saturday, March 30 class, an intermediate level class, has 4 spots left. Both run from 10-5 and are taught by Dena Wilkins, a Westalee Educator. Sign up today for Saturday ABCs of Ruler Quilting class. You can call the shop, do it in person, or go online.

Also coming right up, on April 12 & 13, is our Handi Quilter National Educator Spring event, “Quilting Is a Stitch”. Patty Holley will be here on Friday and Saturday to teach two classes each day:

Friday, 4/12, 10-1 Stand-Up Longarm Machine Quilting Basics teaches you about the machine, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about needles, thread, and tension.

Friday, 4/12, 2-5 This afternoon we explore Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free Motion Quilting. Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines. Find out how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free-motion quilting.

Saturday, 4/13, 10-1 Come play in A Longarm Toy Box! These nifty gadgets and accessories make your quilting even more accurate, faster, easier, and more fun!

Saturday, 4/13, 2-5 You can do more than just quilt on a longarm, as you will find out in our final class, You Can Do That On A Longarm, Too?. Piecing, couching, and binding are among the possibilities. Make a small project to take home!

You will have the opportunity in each class to try out the quilting machines and the techniques being taught. Take as many classes as you’d like; each one is $35. If you are taking 2 classes in one day, please bring your lunch or plan to eat at a local eatery. Capital Quilts will provide snacks and water.

Discounts on the Handi Quilter machines, gadgets, and accessories will be available during the event. It is a great time to learn about the longarm machines, try them out, and take advantage of discounted pricing.

Call us at 301-527-0598, go online, or stop by the shop today to sign up for these fabulous classes!

While we are on the subject of Handi Quilter, the company has announced a $1,000 price increase in the ProStitcher as of April 1. If you have been thinking about purchasing the ProStitcher, you might want to do so before April 1!

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: Check it out!

Go ‘n’ piece,

SHOP SPECIAL: Take 20% off Floriani sewing machine needles, March 22-28.

Through March 27, the shop is open from 10am-9pm on Wednesday and Friday. We are always open until 9 on Fridays; when we have an evening class, as we do on Wednesdays, we keep the shop open then, too. Upcoming evenings when we will be open late: 3/21, 3/22, 3/27, 3/28, 3/29.

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.

Handi Quilter longarm machines for less!
     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.


ACCUQUILT GO!: March 22-31, get $15 off your entire order when you spend $100 or more on GO! dies and/or Qubes.

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.

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.

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...

Karen Fricke teaches Pins With Attitude on Tuesday, March 26, 10-1. Make a pin to showcase the Loony Lady in you! Or are you a Wild Woman? An Awesome Aunt? A Crazy Cook? Learn how to use a beading needle and how to make crazy hair. Kit available.

Come to Sit ‘n’ Sew on Friday, March 29, 5-9 and share your quilting passion with your friends! Free. Bring some food to share. Capital Quilts provides the beverages.

Curious about the Handi Quilter longarm machines? Want to rent one of ours? Take Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm on Saturday, March 30, 12:30-3:30. Barbara Bean teaches.

Art & Stitch: Make It Sew is a class about the Art & Stitch Software. This design software can be used on longarm electronic quilt systems as well as on embroidery machines. It is a class for beginners to intermediate-level users and covers the most often used tools. Learn how to create your own longarm quilt design, edit existing patterns, load pictures, and save your design for stitch-out. Elyse Turkeltaub is your instructor on Sunday, May 31, 1-4.

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!

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 there are a lot coming in now from the flooded parts of the midwest. We are running low on finished quilts and need your help making more.


In Log Cabin Restructured, Shizuko Kuroha shows quilters the astounding versatility of the log cabin motif. In addition to teaching readers the basics of constructing a traditional log cabin block, Log Cabin Restructured offers instruction on innovative log cabin-inspired designs, such as diamonds, triangles, hexagons, and curves. Based on one of the most popular quilting motifs in history, this book provides quilters with over twenty distinctly different projects constructed from log cabin block variations, including pin cushions, potholders, pouches, pillows, wall hangings, and full-size quilts. MSRP, $26.99, CQ price only $22.94

What makes a Medallion quilt pop is border upon fun border surrounding an eye-catching center block. It is a quilt where more is really... MORE. Getting those borders to fit just right can be frustrating. Author Erin Burke makes it easy to sew an oh-so-modern medallion quilt starting with the center block and building your own medallion from the center outward. With this Make your Own Medallion, the best part is that all of your borders will align perfectly. Start with 1 of Erin's 6 creative center block designs or make one of your own. Then add on as many of her 30 pre-measured border variations as you like in any of 3 different widths to create a one-of-a-kind quilt in the size you want. Erin already did the math for you ensuring a perfect fit for every border. If you are not looking to design your own quilt, choose 1 of Erin's 6 ready-to-go medallion projects and all you will have to do to get started is select your fabrics. MSRP, $28.95, CQ price only $24.61.

Mending Matters explores sewing on two levels: First, it includes more than 20 hands-on projects that showcase current trends in visible mending that are edgy, modern, and bold—but draw on traditional stitching. It does all this through just four very simple mending techniques: exterior patches, interior patches, slow stitches, darning, and weaving. In addition, the book addresses the way mending leads to a more mindful relationship to fashion and to overall well-being. In essays that accompany each how-to chapter, Katrina Rodabaugh explores mending as a metaphor for appreciating our own naturally flawed selves, and she examines the ways in which mending teaches us new skills, self-reliance, and confidence, all gained from making things with our own hands. MSRP, $24.99, CQ price only $21.24.

• Through March 31: Spectacularly Solid: Art Exhibit by DC Modern Quilt Guild, Arlington, VA
• March 28: Reception for Karen Fricke
• 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 26-28: Friendship Star Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Gaithersburg, MD
• April 26-27, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild 2019 Quilt Show, Georgetown, DE
• 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


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.

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