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What's New at CQ 06/13/19

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Dear Friends of Fabric and Thread,

Thank you to the Annapolis Quilt Guild for inviting us to vend at their wonderful show last weekend! We had a great time; everyone is so nice, and the quilts were lovely and creative. We look forward to participating in next year’s show.

Join us this Friday at 11:30 to present Quilts of Valor to two veterans. This is always a happy and emotional event for everyone in the room, veterans, quilters, and visitors alike. The quilts mean so much to the service people who receive them.

If you are interested in purchasing a sit-down quilting machine, I can offer you a great deal on a new Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen that includes free shipping ($230 value), free TruStitch ($995 value), and a free 5’ HighLight ($350 value). Give me a call at 301-527-0598 or stop by and visit the shop. Offer valid through June 30.

It’s a great time to buy a new Janome sewing machine or serger. Pay what Capital Quilts employees pay; get the same discount they enjoy. Come talk to us about the Employee Pricing Event and test drive some machines! You won’t get a better price for a fabulous machine at any other time of the year. Come in before July 31.

We are currently looking for a part-time employee with flexible availability. If working in a quilt shop sounds like a dream come true, please contact Alison directly by calling 301-527-0598.

Those of you who have joined the Aurifil Thread Club, don’t forget to bring your card to the shop in June to get your discount on your large spool of thread! Those of you who haven’t joined, what are you waiting for??

Go ‘n’ piece,

THIS WEEK’S SHOP SPECIALS: 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, June 14, 21, and 28; and Tuesday, June 11. On Sundays through June 16, we are open from 12-6.

IN THE GALLERY: There is a new show happening! Diane Garrison is generously sharing some of her quilts with us this month. They are cheerful and whimsical, everything from 3D bats to cupcakes to a seek-and-find quilt.

HANDI QUILTER FLOOR MODEL SALE: 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.


ACCUQUILT GO!: Today through June 20, take $50 off the price of a GO! BIG AccuQuilt cutting machine with a mail-in rebate. $549 after rebate.

AccuQuilt GO! owners: have you heard about the new Quilt Block Center Cutting Cabinet designed just for the GO! machines? It is a high-quality cabinet by Horn of America, available in white, sunrise maple, or sunset maple. The table top is roomy enough for your GO! machine and a cutting mat for rotary cutting. Below the table top is loads of storage for all your dies and Qubes and mats plus a drawer for sundries. If you have a GO! BIG, a special table supports the die as it comes out of the machine. The dimensions with the table leaves open are 66.5”W x 27”D x 36.5”H. Closed, the width is 30.75”. $1,623 and FREE SHIPPING (a $300 savings). This is a limited time offer, good through June 15. What a great addition to your sewing studio!

HANDI QUILTER: INSTANT UPGRADE Through June 17, purchase a new machine package and receive an HQ LighLight, My Secret Drawer, or Electromagnetic Channel Locks for FREE. Click here to download the Instant Upgrade Flyer.

You pay what our employees pay! Employee pricing is available on ALL Janome models. Come into the shop to see what the big deal is! These prices are being offered through July 31. Don’t miss out; ask about these terrific savings today!

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. The Supply List for each class may be found on our Website at the lower left-hand corner of the class page. You may have to scroll down to find it.

There are appointments available at 6 and 7pm on Friday, June 14 for Sandwich Night. Bring your quilt top and backing, batting, and basting spray or pins and Carol will help you get your quilt sandwiched in no time. Remember that if you are having a longarm quilter do your quilting, you do not need to sandwich the quilt.

Learn how to use and maintain the Handi Quilter Longarm machines in Getting Started: Handi Quilter Longarm Machines on Tuesday, June 18, 11-2, or on Saturday, June 29, 11-2. Barbara Bean will introduce you to the threading and working of the machine and give you a chance to try it out. Completion of this course certifies you to rent the Amara and Forte.

Stormy Stars is a new spin on the classic Storm at Sea pattern. The Diamond Rects and Square Squared tools will lead to smooth sailing in the construction of this complicated-looking quilt. Fabric placement makes the circles appear with no curved piecing on your part! Ginny Brown is your captain on Thursday, June 20, 10-4.

Do you love a mystery? Join Kim Jalette on Saturday, June 22, 1-6 to make a Mystery Quilt. Kim will lead you through the process, step by step. Sewing wenches will be on hand to do the pressing and help. If all goes well, you will go home well on your way to a completed 52” x 66” quilt top! Check the supply list on our website for fabric and other requirements. We are glad to help you with your choices.

There are appointments available at 1, 2, and 5 on Tuesday, June 25 for Sandwich Day. Bring your quilt top and backing, batting, and basting spray or pins and Carol will help you get your quilt sandwiched in no time. Remember that if you are having a longarm quilter do your quilting, you do not need to sandwich the quilt.

Learn how to use rulers when quilting on your domestic sewing machine in Rulers for the Sewing Machine. NOTE: THIS CLASS IS FOR HIGH-SHANK DOMESTIC MACHINES. Liz Brodsky will show your how to use straight, curved, and circular templates to achieve the look of longarm quilting. Your will be able to try each of the rulers. Contact the shop if you are not sure if your machine has a high shank. Thursday, June 27, 1:30-3:30.

Our free June Sit-N-Sew is on Friday, June 28, 5-9. Bring some food to share with others. Capital Quilts provides the beverages. Bring your own project and supplies. Shop staff are on hand to answer questions.

In Fabric Fun on Saturday, June 29, 10-1, Julie Taylor will have you painting, using colored pencils, paint sticks, and crayons, doing simple tie-dying, using Terial Magic spray, and printing with stencils, vegetables, and more. You will take home 6” blocks you can use later.

If you know anybody 14 years old or older who would like to learn how to sew, please let them know that we are having a Learn to Sew: the Basics class on Saturday, June 29, 1:30-5:30. The class will learn about the sewing machine and how to thread it and wind a bobbin. From there we go on to learning about fabric, then how to sew a simple seam and press it. We also learn how to “unsew” with a seam ripper. We will make a pillowcase to practice what we learn.

Liz Brodsky is teaching the Capital Quilts Complete Course of Quilting this summer. Classes will meet on Monday afternoons, 2:30-4:30, for 10 weeks beginning July 1. Learn everything from fabric selection to binding and making a label. Class will not meet on Labor Day. The final class is on September 9.

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:

June 14 – Celebrate Flag Day by participating in this QOV sewing event to make quilts for veterans, 10:30-12:30. There will be a presentation of 2 quilts to veterans at 11:30am.

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 and tornado-torn parts of the Midwest. We are running low on finished quilts and need your help making more.

We've just gotten in a shipment of Wrist Rulers!  What is a Wrist Ruler, you ask?  It's a leather bracelet with both imperial and metric "rulers" imprinted on them!  Show off a tool of your trade (or hobby)!  Available in 3 sizes.  Sizes are based on wrapping around your wrist twice. Give it extra length depending on how loosely you want to wear it. Please allow an extra 1/2 inch for the stud closure. Made in the US.  $24.99 each


     • 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
     • October 14 & 15: Capital Quilts' Quest Bus (reserve your seat today!)
     • November 1-3: Everybody's Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Westminster, MD
     • November 16: LickinFlames Trunk Show, 3-5


June’s prize is a Folk Art Fantasy charm pack from Contempo Fabrics and a retractable measuring tape from Clover.

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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