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What's New at CQ 7/25/19


"Some people find perfection an art in itself, and I just don’t. To me what’s important about a design, or a textile is that it has life in it. I’ve seen things that are so perfect that they are just ‘yawn’, they are just utterly lifeless and boring… bloodless." Kaffe Fassett

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Dear Fabriculous Friends,

Only 6 more days to take advantage of Janome’s Employee Pricing event! Take 25% off regular machine prices through July 31. All machines are included. Plus you get the chance to win any one of 22 prizes just for sitting down for a demo of a machine. Buy a Horn of America sewing cabinet at the same time and take 20% off the regular price of the cabinet. These are the best prices of the year. Don’t miss out!

Have you ever been to Sisters, Oregon on the 2nd weekend of July? That is the weekend that the Sisters Quilt Show takes place every year. This year was the 44th Sisters Quilt Show. It was started by Jean Wells with 12 of her family’s quilts. The following year, a few quilters asked if they could participate, and the year after that a few more joined in. This year, there were some 1500 quilts hanging on the sides of buildings, under tents, on cars, inside shops, and anywhere else a quilt could be squeezed. The show is indoors and outside and the streets are blocked off in the town. Classes and lectures are held; I went to a wonderful lecture given by the ladies of Gee’s Bend the year I went. There are vendors and, of course, Jean and Valorie Wells’ shop, The Stitching Post. Interesting fact: in 44 years, only one year has it rained! Take a look at videos of the show on YouTube. Plan to go in 2020!

Due to a death in Barbara’s family, the Getting Started: HQ Longarm Machines class that was scheduled for August 2 has been rescheduled for Friday, August 16, 6-9. There is room in this class for those of you interested in learning about the longarm machines.

The patterns for the By Annie Trunk Show have finally arrived! Find lots of nifty bags, totes, and organizers on the table as soon as you walk in the front door.

Cut less and sew more! AccuQuilt is offering great savings on their machines and over 60 different dies. Some of the dies are as much as 40% off. You can reduce your cutting time by 90% using the AccuQuilt system, giving you lots more time to do what you love, which is sew. Save time and money by purchasing your AccuQuilt machine and dies in July.

Thank you for shopping at Capital Quilts!


Go ‘n’ piece,
Alison



SHOP OPEN LATER HOURS:
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: July 26 and August 2, 9, 13, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, and 30.

IN THE GALLERY: We have a new show for you to enjoy. Little Bunny Quilts has 5 quilts on display, all designed and made by sisters Alison and Amanda. Alison will be teaching Ready. Set. Soar! on Saturday, August 3, 1-4. This is an excellent quilt for new babies and toddlers. Use one of Alison’s appliques, or design your own! Skill level: confident beginner and up.

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.


VENDOR SPECIALS IN JULY

ACCUQUILT: It’s Christmas in July! Select GO! dies are up to 40% off all month long. Come by the shop to see what is on sale. The GO! machines are also marked down: get a $30 rebate on the GO! Me, a $75 rebate on Ready.Set.GO, and bring in your coupon for $100 off the GO! Big (or we can print one for you).


JANOME: EMPLOYEE PRICING EVENT You pay what our employees pay! Employee pricing is available on ALL Janome models...it is a deeper discount than is usually available to you. 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!

Come in for a demo and instantly win a prize with the Summer Scratch Off Savings Giveaway! Now through July 31 while supplies last.


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.


CLASSES:
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, you will get a refund. If you let us know you can’t make it at least 8 days in advance of the class, you will get a store credit. Cancellations 7 or fewer days before the class are not refundable, but you can try to find someone to take your place. If there is waiting list, we’ll try to help with that. 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.



July Classes
Jan Wisor has made 13 Star Storm quilts! She is teaching the class again, beginning on Friday, July 26, 2-5. The class is a total of 3 sessions; the other two are on August 9 & 23. Star Storm Mini, a smaller 40" square version, is perfect for babies and toddlers. Sign up for this one soon, before it fills up!

Our July Sit ‘n’ Sew is on Friday, July 26, 5-9. Bring a project to work on and some food to share with your fellow sewists. Capital Quilts provides the beverages.

Learn how to use the Handi Quilter longarm machines and finish all your own quilts! Make room in those closets and drawers that currently house your unfinished quilt tops. Barbara Bean teaches Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm on Monday, July 29, 11-2. Completion of the class certifies you to rent time on our longarms.

August Classes
Make a tote bag for your trips to the beach, pool, and library this month! Kathy Barden teaches The Basic Tote Bag on Thursday, August 1, 1:30-3:30. This is the first in a series of bag classes. Look for the next one in September, the Vinyl Mesh Market Tote on September 5. Minimum skill level: confident beginner.

Learn how to use the Handi Quilter and finish your own quilts! Barbara Bean teaches Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm on Friday, August 2, 6-9. Completion of the course certifies you to rent our Amara and Forte longarm machines. It is also a great way to become familiar with the machines if you are contemplating purchasing one for your home or studio.

Alison Vermilya, designer of Ready. Set. Soar!, is teaching this quilt class on Saturday, August 3, 1-4. You will learn easy piecing and applique skills. The quilt is perfect for babies and toddlers. Use Alison’s applique (she will have several templates with her for you to use) or bring your own. Minimum skill level: confident beginner.

It’s time once again for Kid’s Camp! Each morning, from 10:30-1, during the week of August 5-9, we’ll have fun making a drawstring backpack, a zippered pouch, and a mini quilt, and we’ll learn how to embroider by hand and sew on a button. If your child has come to camp before and done one or more of these projects already and doesn’t want to make another, we’ll find some other fun project for him or her. We are quite flexible that way. Our aim is to have fun and learn a little about the wonderful handicraft called sewing.

Kim Jalette is here on Tuesday, August 6 to teach Mod Dog/Cat from 2-4. The “Mod” quilts are a combination of piecing and applique. Use a jelly roll and strip piecing techniques to make the dogs or cats and applique them to the center panel of the quilt. Add the scrappy sides, and you’ve got a super delightful quilt.

If you’ve got the basics of Free Motion quilting under your belt and you’d like to learn more, I highly recommend Karen Fricke’s More Fun With Free Motion class. Karen will talk about borders, sashing, fillers, feathers, and more. Wednesday, August 7, 2-4.

Get help sandwiching your quilts on Friday, August 9. Appointments are available at 6, 7, and 8pm.

The next Featherweight Clinic is on Saturday, August 10, 2:30-5. Learn how to take your Singer Featherweight apart, clean it, and lube it. Marianne shows you how.

Learn how to use the Handi Quilter and finish your own quilts! Barbara Bean teaches Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm on Friday, August 16, 6-9. Completion of the course certifies you to rent our Amara and Forte longarm machines. It is also a great way to become familiar with the machines if you are contemplating purchasing one for your home or studio.


CAPITAL QUILTS CARES:

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:

Small Kennel Quilts: We are always accepting small kennel quilts, and we always have free basic kits available for you to take home to make and return to us. (They're great stashbusters, too!) 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 hurricane season has started!


NEW AND NOTEWORTHY


We've gotten in a few more low volume/background fabrics for those of you making Scrap Petal Garden, Mod Dog, or anything else with a scrappy background.  $10.99-$12.99 per yard.

We love the Garden Patch Cat series by StoryQuilts!  Choose from Pepper Puss, Avocato, Podcats, Concord Kitties, and Eggplant Purr-mesan. Patterns, $9.00 each.  Kits coming soon!

No matter what you love, you will find it in this quilt pattern titled Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. There are so many images with sayings throughout, it will keep you entertained the whole time you sew. Techniques include woven wool applique & stitchery. $45 each.

EQ Mini is designed for quilters who are just getting started using software for quilting. It delivers powerful yet easy-to-use options that help you create, edit, share, and print patterns and yardage for your quilt designs. This software is a scaled-down, simpler version of EQ7, with fewer features, functions, and options — it offers a “mini” version of the full program, yet with endless possibilities. $89.99 each.

You'll be in stitches every month with the fiber-filled antics of Quilt Girl in the By the Yard 2020 wall calendar. 28 pages of colorful illustrations based on By the Yard, the popular new comic for quilters that everyone is talking about. Includes bonus 2019 pages for October-December. $14.99 each.


SAVE THE DATE:

• July 1-31: ByAnnie Trunk Show
• July 11-28: Sacred Threads, Reston, VA
• 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


COMMUNITY CORNER

Join the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Baltimore Constellation Chapter for a very special event! Heather Hook's “Closet of History: a Timeline of Embroidery & Fashion in the 19th Century” on Saturday, October 12th at the Chartwell Country Cub (no stairs!) in Severna Park. Heather will be sharing a large portion of her 4000+ antique clothing collection with participants. Learn about the rise and fall of women's fashions in the 19th century, with special emphasis on embroidered pieces. Lunch will be served. $40 per person. Please contact Leslie Carson (lcarson55@aol.com) for additional information or to purchase tickets.

Are you part of a group that needs a meeting space? Capital Quilts is happy to rent you its classroom for just $25 an hour. It’s a great space for sewing bees, small sewing, knitting or other craft groups, and kids’ sewing parties. Our staff is on hand to assist you. You can bring food and drink (just please keep it in the classroom!).


BLUE BAG BONANZA

July’s prize is a charm pack of the “Mix” collection from Timeless Treasures and a pattern called “Zip to Shape” from Ghee’s. The pattern includes instructions for a drawstring bag in four sizes.

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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