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What's New at CQ 4/11/19

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Dear Stitching Friends,

It’s time for 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! . 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, 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. Our floor models are on sale, too!

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

Rod’s Sharpening Service will be here on Wednesday, April 17 to sharpen scissors, knives, and small gardening tools (less than 12”). Scissors include fabric, pinking, and household types. Beauty salon scissors cost $25. Everything else is $7 each. Rod says, “For your safety and ours, all items should be packaged or wrapped securely with rubber bands or packing tape in a dish or bath towel, pillowcase, padded envelope, or box (NO PLASTIC BAGS). Attach or include your name, address, and telephone number and include payment.” All items must be in the shop by Tuesday, April 16. Pick up your sharpened things after 2pm on April 17.

We are now carrying the Westalee quilting templates and accessories. Look for the display near the classroom doors. If there is something you want that I don’t have, please let me know and I will order it for you.

Would you like to be able to do machine embroidery at home but don’t want to pay $10,000 or more for a big quilting machine? Let me introduce you to Janome’s Skyline S9. It is a sewing and embroidery machine. It sews with the accuracy you expect from a Janome and has all the sewing functions you want, right at your fingertips: needle up/down, reverse, thread tie-off, scissors, speed control. It also has Automatic Presser Foot Lift, my personal favorite. The S9 is also a wonderful embroidery machine, with built-in WiFi with apps that allow you to transfer, fine-tune, and monitor your stitching; 250 built-in embroidery designs and 10 monogramming fonts; and a full editing suite right on the full-color 5” LED touchscreen. It is smaller than the big machines, and easier to take to classes and retreats. It comes with 3 hoops, the largest being 6.7” x 7.9”.

Buy your Skyline S9 now through May 31, and you will get a discount PLUS $400 worth of Free Bonus Accessories (you get to choose what you want) PLUS a Free New Owner Lesson and on-going support (priceless) PLUS a one-year Free Membership in our Janome Club (a $65 value). MSRP is $3,999; call us for more information!

Did you know… you can take a private lesson at Capital Quilts on most any sewing or quilting related topic? This includes longarm machine lessons, sewing machine lessons, serger lessons, technique lessons, and infinitely more. The fee is $13.50 for 15 minutes, with a one hour minimum.

Did you know… you can shop at Capital Quilts around the clock from anywhere that has internet service? In your pjs and slippers? With a glass of wine or hot chocolate in your hand? We have a web shop: Check it out!

Charles, one of our machine technicians, is moving out of the area. We will miss him greatly! This means that Capital Quilts is once again in need of a machine tech, especially one who is familiar with sergers. If you know of anybody, please send him or her our way!

Go ‘n’ piece,

THIS WEEK’S SHOP SPECIAL: Come in to the shop this week and save on zippers! Stock up for all those pouches, pillows, and purses you are going to be making soon. The deal: 15% off. The fine print: can’t be combined with other discounts and offers; valid April 12-18.

We are always open until 9 on Fridays; when we have an evening class, we keep the shop open until 9 on that day, too. Upcoming evenings when we will be open until 9pm: Fridays, April 12 & 19. On Sundays, we are open from 12-6.

     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 $24,495, 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!: 4/2—4/15: $5 off dies priced $29.99 to $49.99. $10 off dies $59.99 and up

HANDIQUILTER: Thread Bundle Bonanza! Handi Quilter is offering bundles of Superior Threads with the purchase of a HQ machine or ProStitcher, April 12-22:
•Buy a Sweet Sixteen or Simply Sixteen, receive $300 of thread.
•Buy an Amara, Avante, Simply Sixteen on a Studio 2 Frame, or ProStitcher, receive $500 of thread.
•Buy an Infinity, Forte, or Fusion, and receive $750 of thread.

HEAVENLY SEATING: April 26-May 5, take 10% off your purchase of a Heavenly Seating Chair. These are the Rolls Royces of the sewing chairs, with lumbar support and adjustments up, down, back, and forward. Come to the shop and try one!

JANOME: Janome has announced their Spring Sale! April 1-May 31, look for SAVINGS and FREE GIFTS on the MC15000, HMC 9450 QCP, MC6700P, Skyline S7 and S9, MC500E, Sewist 780DC, 4300QDC, CoverPro 2000CPX, and AirThread 2000D Professional serger. Come see the brochure and the machines in the shop (except the 780DC and 4300QDC, which we don’t stock), or click here to see the brochure.

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.

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.

There is 1 seat left for our Capital Quilts Cares: Quilts of Valor event on Friday, April 12, 10:30-12:30. This is a free event and all fabric is provided. Bring your sewing machine, neutral thread, and sewing supplies and help make quilts for our military veterans. Consider joining our QOV chapter! Sue Moats, our program leader, has more information; contact her at

Need help sandwiching a quilt? Make an appointment on Friday evening, April 12, at 8 (that’s the only appointment left). If you are planning on having your quilt quilted on a longarm machine, you should not sandwich it.

If you’ve got the basics of ProStitcher down pat and want to know more, come to Custom Quilting with ProStitcher on Sunday, April 14, 1-4. Elyse will show you how to use ProStitcher to fit various quilting designs to blocks, triangles, sashing, and borders. You will learn how to size, align, and skew, as well as fit border corners and “chunk” borders. Learn how to crop out areas of the quilting design for appliques and embroideries.

Learn how to embellish with beads in the Beaded Sampler class on Tuesday, April 16! You can add interest and excitement to quilts, bags, clothing, buttons, and more. Make a 9-patch block and fill each piece with a different beaded stitch. You’ll go home with a sampler and printed directions for making each stitch. Your kit includes beads, beading thread, beading needle, pages of instructions, and a metal ring to bind your booklet. Karen Fricke is teaching.

We have two sandwiching appointments left on Tuesday, April 23, at 4 and 5 o’clock. Call soon! If there comes a time when you need help and you can’t wait for an available appointment, let us know; we will make every effort to find a way to help you get that quilt sandwiched!

A Featherweight Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2-4, with Marianne Losey. Learn how to take your Featherweight apart, clean and lube it, and put it back together again.

All events are free and fabric is provided. You need to bring only your sewing machine, neutral thread, and sewing supplies. Please register for each workshop so that we know how many to expect. Coming up in April:

April 12 – Quilts of Valor:
Help us make quilts to give to military veterans who have served our country so selflessly. Skill level: confident beginner and up. “Confident beginner” means you know how to use a sewing machine and sew a ¼” seam.

April 29 – Pillowcases: Ryan’s Case For Smiles
distributes our pillowcases to children’s centers and hospitals in the Washington/Baltimore area, brightening many lives. Skill level: confident beginner and up.

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 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.


Calling all Nurses!  Nurse-themed fabric from Windham is back in stock! Many of these prints will work for any medical profession.  $12.50 per yard.

Meagan Taylor and Kristi Jones of meags & me is a mother/daughter team. They use their shared love for colors, textures, and modern style to create fresh designs with the unique perspective of two generations. Secret Garden is their latest collection.  $12.50 per yard.

Robert Kaufman has sent us Serendipity batiks, and they're so yummy, you'll want them all!  $13.99 per yard.

Way Under from Oasis Fabrics is a marine life themed, aboriginal inspired line of prints. $11.50 per yard, or pick up Charm Squares for $10.99.


• April 12-13: Handi Quilter Classes with HQ National Educator Patty Holley
• 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


Morgan Arts Council presents the Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild Show, “Music to my Eyes”, April 12-May 26, 2019, at the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs, WV. Visit for more information.


April’s prize is a tote bag made of Australian fabrics, with a zippered top, two pockets on the outside that Velcro closed, a zippered pocket on the inside, and a water-resistant interior.

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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