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What's New at CQ 5/16/19

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Dear Fabric Specialists,

Are you feeling overwhelmed with graduations, team dinners, gardening, and whatever else May has to throw at you? Need some therapeutic time with your sewing machine? Come to Night Owl Sewing with Kat this Saturday, May 18, 6-12! You’ll get pizza, beverages and a $10 Gift Card, an uninterrupted time to sew, and lots of TLC from Kat. Bring your own machine, supplies, and project to work on.

Sue Moats will be presenting some of the Quilts of Valor made by our QOV Chapter here at Capital Quilts to Vietnam veterans. The ceremony takes place on May 21 at 5pm at the Montgomery County Memorial Wall in Rockville. All are invited to attend.

We have a new Capital Quilts Rewards program for you! Beginning on June 1, you will earn points every time you make a purchase at Capital Quilts, 1 point for every dollar spent. Our computer will track your points for you and show you how much you have earned right on your receipt. When you have earned 300 points, you will receive a $15 CQ Reward, a coupon that is good for 1 year. There are no cards to carry or remember to bring with you and your points never expire. You can spend your $15 reward on anything we sell in the shop. You can save up your coupons and use them together toward one purchase (just watch those expiration dates!).

Points are earned on regularly priced items. Classes, machines (including Janome, Handi Quilter, and AccuQuilt), cabinets, services, clearance, and otherwise discounted items are not included in the program.

With the start of CQ Rewards on June 1, we’ll be saying goodbye to the Birthday Discount. Because we don’t want to disappoint customers whose birthday falls on or between June 1 and December 31, 2019, we’ve made May our Birthday Bash month. If your birthday falls on or between May 1 and December 31, 2019, you can take your birthday discount during the month of May, instead of your usual month. That’s right – take your 15% off regularly priced items every time you visit the shop in May if your birthday falls later in the year.

Beginning June 1, we will send you a Birthday Coupon good for 10% off a one-time purchase of regularly priced items (that is, off the entire purchase). This coupon will be good for 14 days.

No other programs are affected. The Blue Bag Bonanza lives on and your Quilters’ Quest discount card is still good.

Go ‘n’ Piece,

THIS WEEK’S SHOP SPECIALS: Buy a Janome Skyline S9 or the 15000 and save 20% PLUS get a free 1-year membership in Janome’s Flex Club. Flex Club offers you 50 Great Notions designs of your choice each month for one year; choose from over 60,000 designs! I have one free membership only. May not be combined with other discounts or offers. In-shop only.

If you miss the Flex Club or don’t want it, we offer a Fall Table Runner Kit with a value of over $200 with your purchase of the S9 or 15000. This is a Floriani kit that includes embroidery batting, Template Tearaway, Wet N Gone Tacky, Water Soluble Topping, a project CD, and embroidery Chrome needles 75/11. Purchasers of the 15000 will also receive a free box of Micro thread, also valued at $200.

Build up your thread stash and save money at the same time. Join the 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 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, May 17, 24, and 31, and Tuesday, May 14. On Sundays, we are open from 12-6.

IN THE GALLERY: This month we have a variety of Capital Quilts quilts hanging, some new, some old favorites, all with patterns available. Enjoy!


Handi Quilter longarm machines for less!

     Simply Sixteen: MSRP $5995, now $5,000

     Amara: MSRP $11,995, now $8,499. Your choice of a 10’ or 12’ frame.

     Forte with ProStitcher: MSRP $24,495, now $18,495. 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.


5/16-5/30: Save $30 on GO! Me, Ready Set GO! Starter Set, and Ready Set GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System. Ask for the rebate form when you make your purchase.

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: Janome is having their Spring Sale! Through 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 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.

Let’s party! Come to Kat’s Night Owl Sewing event, from 6-midnight on Saturday, May 18. Included are pizza, beverages, a $10 Gift Card, a rollicking good time. It’s like a mini-retreat! No phones, no kids, no spouses (unless you bring yours along), no pets…just sewing…

Here is the introduction to machine quilting that you have been waiting for. In Intro to Machine Quilting, you learn how to set your sewing machine up for quilting, how to stitch in the ditch and do straight line quilting. In the second session, we’ll move on to free motion quilting. Karen Fricke is your instructor on Sunday, May 19 and Saturday May 25, 1-3.

There are Sandwich Day appointments available on Tuesday, May 21 at 2, 3, and 4. Bring your quilt top, backing, batting, and spray baste or pins and Carol will help you get your quilt sandwiched in no time. If you are planning on having a longarm quilter do the quilting, you do not need to sandwich your quilt.

There is one seat left in Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm Machine on Saturday, May 25, 11-2. Completion of this course certifies you to be able to rent the Amara and Forte longarm machines. If you are thinking about purchasing a longarm, this is a great way to learn about the machines in depth.

There are 2 seats left in Getting Started: the HQ Simply Sixteen on Wednesday, May 29, 11-1. Completion of this course certifies you to be able to rent the Simply Sixteen longarm machine. If you are thinking about purchasing a Simply Sixteen, this is a great way to learn about the machine in depth.

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:

May 25
– Join the QOV (Quilts of Valor) group and help us make quilts for veterans. We have enough sewists signed up already, but you can help with pressing, putting blocks on the design walls, or just generally helping the sewists. 3:30-6

June 13 – Make Fidget Quilts for people with Alzheimers and other forms of dementia, ADD, or autism. You will machine piece a small quilt using charm squares, then embellish it with buttons, hook-and-loop tape, zippers, ribbons, and other fun add-ons. Some hand sewing is required. Jan Wisor leads this project. Skill level: confidant beginner. 1-4

June 14 – Celebrate Flag Day by participating in this QOV sewing event to make quilts for veterans. 10:30-12:30

June 16 – Stitch along with Billye Roberts to make string quilts for the Interfaith Works Women’s Center. These quilts decorate the beds in the shelter, making the rooms welcoming and cheerful. Skill level: easy. 12-3

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.


AccuQuilt has released three new dies this week. The cutest one is the Sea Life Medley (55190). I have one in the shop and can take your order; AccuQuilt has already sold out of their initial run and expect to get more in pretty soon. $59.99.

The other two dies are Fork-Knife-Spoon (55261, $49.99) and Emojis (55191, $59.99). All three dies are 6” x 12” and work in all of the AccuQuilt cutting machines.

Island Batiks sent a lot of drool-worthy batiks this week. $13.99 per yard.

We've also received three rayon bolts from Island Batiks.  These are GREAT for sewing up a quick summer skirt, or the popular "Little Somethin' Jacket".

Sea Glass from Blank features hand painted watercolor patterns and repeat designs that are colorful, unique, sophisticated, fresh and fun, all in cool shades of blue.  $12.50 per yard.


• 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.


May’s prize is a clear zippered pouch full of goodies, including 3 Ghee’s zippers, a measuring tape, needle guidebook, luggage tags, a pen, Aurifil thread, an owl button, a mini petal template, 2 purse-size lint rollers, and a scissors lanyard. WOW!

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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