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What's New at CQ 04/18/19

"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." Ursula K. Le Guin

Spotlight Class: Featherweight Clinic

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Dear Friends of Thread,

Announcing the new Aurifil Club! We invite you to purchase a thread box containing one large spool of white Aurifil 50 wt. thread; usually this box costs $22.99, but we offer it to you for only $15.99. With the box you will receive an Aurifil Club Card. Each month, come into the shop and purchase one large spool of Aurifil thread, in the color of your choice, at a 15% discount. We will punch out the name of the month on your Club Card. The promotion is good for 12 months. We only have 30 boxes to sell, so, as they say on TV, don’t delay, get yours today!

Next weekend, April 26-28, The Friendship Star Quilt Guild is having its Oh My Stars Quilt Show at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Over 250 quilts will be on display in the Home Arts building. There will be raffles of the guild’s raffle quilt, baskets, and a Featherweight sewing machine. Enjoy the Silent Auction, demonstrations, and children’s activities. Participate in the Service Projects Sit and Sew. Shop at the Members Boutique, but save some money for Capital Quilts: we are vending at the show! We are also introducing a pair of young designers, known online as Little Bunny Quilts. They will be doing a trunk show in the Demo area, and we will have a quilt or two of theirs in our booth along with their patterns.

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

Quilting Tip:  Have you seen the One Block Wonder Design Tool?  You can forget carting around mirrors to preview what your quilt blocks might look like.  Simply snap a photo, upload it, and the Design Helper will preview the blocks for you!  You'll be able to set the triangle size, group by color, rotate blocks, and manually rearrange the blocks.  Visit to try it out for yourself.

Capital Quilts is once again in need of a machine technician, especially one who is familiar with sergers. If you know of anybody, or if you have a mechanically-minded spouse who would like to learn a new trade, please send him or her our way! It’s a great retirement job: once you’ve been to training, you will work just 4-8 hours most weeks.

Don’t forget that Capital Quilts is closed on Sunday, April 21.

Go ‘n’ Piece,

THIS WEEK’S SHOP SPECIAL: Come in to the shop this week and save on the new Oasis fabric line called “Way Under”. The deal: 15% off. The fine print: can’t be combined with other discounts and offers; valid April 19-25, while supplies last.

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 19 & 26. 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 $20,150. 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!: 4/17—4/30: $100 Rebate on GO! Big Starter Set (reg. $599.99, $499.99 after rebate). $50 rebate on GO!Me (reg. $199.99, $149.99 after rebate)

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 or the Friendship Star Quilt Show and try one!

HORN OF AMERICA: Now through May 31, get $100 off the purchase of a model 8030 or 8050. Both cabinets have storage for an embroidery unit and hoops, a hinged drop leaf on the back and left side for greater table space, a cut-out large enough for even the biggest machines, electric lift, and a 6-outlet power strip included. The 8050 also has thread storage and a bifold swing-away door that allows you to close up the table when not in use. The 8030 retails for $2,988 and the 8050 for $3,238.

Capital Quilts deal: buy one of these units within 30 days of the purchase of a new Janome sewing machine or serger and get 20% off the price after the $100 Horn savings is taken.

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: 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.

Need help sandwiching a quilt? There are two 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!

Come Sit ‘n’ Stitch with friends new and old on Friday, April 26, 5-9. Bring your own project; staffers will be in the building to help if you are stuck on something. Bring food to share; Capital Quilts provides beverages.

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.

There are 2 seats available in the Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm Machine. Take this class if you’d like to rent one of our machines or if you are thinking about purchasing one and want to learn more about the machines. The class meets on Monday, April 29, 11-2.

The Daydream Table Runner class is also on April 29, from 1-4. Cathy Sullivan will show you how to make the blocks and create the table runner. She has a little trunk show to show you what else you can do with this block!

The last class in April is Debra Ball’s Stack, Whack, and Shuffle class on Tuesday, April 30, 10:30-12:30. Work some magic by cutting several blocks at once and interchanging their parts. The blocks shape up quickly and are a study in organized chaos that looks really good!

All events are free and fabric is provided. You need 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 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.

Days for Girls: In conjunction with two girls from Northern Virginia working on their Senior Charity Project, we are currently accepting donations of fabric to make bags for the Days for Girls kits.  Fabric should be medium to dark, colorful, and preferably printed.  Please avoid any depictions of persons, animals, faces, insects (butterflies are OK), guns, camo, and any light-colored fabrics that will show stains more easily.  Geometric prints and florals are preferred.  There is a tub near the front of the store that you can place your donations into.  Please visit to learn more about this empowering program.


Benartex has sent us "Home Grown" by Nancy Halvorsen. The combination of florals, dots and tiny flowers is so fresh and fun! $11.99 per yard.

We've replenished our stock of Peppered Cottons from Studio E! Peppered Cottons are a timeless classic and a favorite for quilters. These are yarn-dyed shot cottons, meaning the weft and warp are two different colors, giving each color a unique look. These shot cottons are a heavier weight that others on the market and thus have earned their standing as a 'favorite'.  $10.50 per yard.

Are low volume fabrics your thing?  We've put together "Textish", 10 different text prints, and "Low Volume Colors", 20 low volume prints that feature colors. Both are available in both 2-1/2" strip sets ($43.99) or 5" charm squares ($10.99).

"Ephemera" is another shop-curated collection, and it features a lot of Tim Holtz farbics along with other "found object" type prints.  Strip sets, $43.99 each and charm squares, $10.99 each.

• 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
• September 21-22: Friendship Quilters of Linthicum and Eternal Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Linthicum, 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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  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877