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What's New at CQ 08/15/19

"Always keep absorbing art and looking at paintings and reading books and watching movies in other languages, just getting to know the world at hand and the world of the past. It's important to keep absorbing the world and keep engaging with it, and often that means not thinking about movies and thinking about other things." Karyn Kusama

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Dear Sewaholics,

Have you been reading some good books this summer? Maybe revisited some favorites? Tackled the classics with the kids? We have a CHALLENGE for you! Be inspired by a favorite book and design an 18” x 24” quilt that represents the book, like a piece of cover art. Bring us your completed quilt not later than September 30. We will hang the quilts in the Gallery during Quilters’ Quest. I think that is appropriate for the Quilters’ Quest Book Tour theme, don’t you? Prizes will be offered. There is a small $5 registration fee. Call or visit the shop to register to participate in this fun event!

Quilters’ Quest is just 8 weeks away! Reserve your seat on our bus now so you are not disappointed later. We travel to all 10 shops in 2 days, October 14 & 15, provide lunch, snacks, and a hostess with the mostest to take care of your every need.

Phyliss Hatcher is coming on Saturday, September 7 to do quilt appraisals, 11:30-5. Each appraisal takes 30 minutes, and Phyliss provides a written appraisal. Go to our calendar online or call the shop (301-527-0598) to make an appointment. We still have openings in the morning and late afternoon.

Janome has extended the Employee Pricing Event through August 18, 2019. It’s not too late to get the machine of your dreams at a really good discount! Come into the shop for a demonstration this weekend. The sale ends Sunday.

We have a class change in our longarm quilting curriculum. The “Feathers” class scheduled for September 14, 11-1 has been changed to “Longarm Rulers 101”.

We’ve added a class: Barbara Kascic will give her Needles and Thread lecture on Saturday, August 24, 4-5. This excellent presentation goes over the anatomy of a machine needle, what “weight” means when it comes to thread, and how to coordinate needles and thread to get the best possible result in your stitching. Sign up online, at the shop, or by phone 301-527-0598.

Save the dates! Designer and teacher Heather Kojan will be here on November 2 to give a lecture/trunk show called “Quilt Remix” and again on November 4 to lead a workshop called “Five Easy Geeses”, a technique class that includes 5 different and easy ways to make Flying Geese blocks. As you might surmise from this title, Heather is a wonderful and funny speaker. The workshop is limited to 12 students. Sign up online, in the shop, or by phone.

Do you know anybody who wants to learn how to sew? We are having a Learn to Sew: The Basics class on Saturday, September 28, 1-4. Lora will teach the class how to use their sewing machine: wind a bobbin, thread the machine; understand fabric: selvedges, bias, right side, wrong side, how to pin and how press; and stitching: how to sew a straight line and sew a curved line and how to ‘unsew’ with a seam ripper. Participants will make a pillowcase to take home. Minimum age is 14. Machines are available for use at the shop if the student does not have his or her own.

Thank you for shopping at Capital Quilts!

Go ‘n’ piece,

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: August 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, and 30.

IN THE GALLERY: Come see Nancy Sharp’s delightful and improvisational quilts. They will be on display through the end of the month. It may set you on a whole new quilting path!

HANDI QUILTER FLOOR MODEL SALE: Handi Quilter longarm machines for less!

     Simply Sixteen: MSRP $5995, now $5,100

     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.


Machine Special: August 1-31, receive $100 off the purchase of a GO! Big Fabric Cutter Started Set at the register! Present a completed coupon (we have them available in the shop) at the time of purchase.

Rebate on All Fabric Cutters:
August 14-31, get a $30 rebate on GO! Me, $75 on the GO! fabric cutter starter set and the Ready Set GO! Ultimate Cutting System, and $150 off the GO! Big Starter Set. You must send in the rebate form and a copy of your receipt to AccuQuilt to receive the money back. May not be combined with the GO! Big special detailed above.

HANDI QUILTER: Back to School Savings! I can’t believe we are talking about school starting again. Handi Quilter is all over it, though: they will give you a FREE HQ Stitch machine (a domestic sewing machine made by Janome) with any new longarm package or Pro-Stitcher purchase. The savings range from $595 to $3,495. You get a new quilting machine, the youngsters get a new sewing machine. You might also donate it to your children’s school, 4H, or other group.

JANOME: Summer Scratch Off Giveaway
Come in for a demo and instantly win a prize with the Summer Scratch Off Savings Giveaway! While supplies last. We don’t always remember to offer the Scratch Off Coupon, so please remind us.

The Employee Pricing Event continues! Janome has extended the event through August 18. Don’t miss this chance to get the lowest price of the year on a new sewing machine or serger! Just three more days!

Sew Steady has a Versa-Table & Travel Bag Bundle on sale through 8/31/19. Use the 16” x 13.5” base only for small spaces and small projects. Easily extend to 16” x 27” for bigger projects and spaces. Includes: 8 Legs, 2x Acrylic Leg Locks, Grid Glider, 15″ x 20″ Teal Bag + BONUS Polish Kit. $199, made to order.

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.

Kat teaches Scrap Petal Garden on Friday, August 16, 10:30-3:30. This lovely quilt is a combination of piecing and applique. The templates can be used over and over. Have fun appliqueing petals to bags, clothing, other backgrounds, pillows…

Learn how to use the Handi Quilter and finish your own quilts in Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm. The Friday, August 16, class is full, but there is another on August 30 at 11. 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.

If you are interested in learning how to use the Handi Quilter ProStitcher program, sign up for Getting Started: The Basics of ProStitcher Premium. Completion of this course will allow you to use the shop’s ProStitcher when you rent the Forte. It is also an excellent way to get a basic understanding of ProStitcher if you are interested in purchasing one for yourself. Elyse teaches the class on Saturday, August 17, 11-2 and again on September 15, 1-4.

Elyse is having a busy weekend here at Capital Quilts. She is also teaching EQ8, another software class, on Sunday, August 18, 1-4. EQ8 is powerful but easy to use design software that allows you to design, resize, preview, and color your quilt. It calculates yardages, adds a ¼” seam allowance, creates templates, and gives rotary cutting instructions and foundation piecing patterns. Check it out!

Need help sandwiching a quilt? Come to Sandwich Day on Tuesday, August 20. Appointments are available at 3, 4, and 5. If you are planning on having your quilt quilted by a longarm quilter, you do not have to sandwich it.

Barbara Bean will unravel the mysteries of the Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen machine on Tuesdsay, August 20, 11-1 in Getting Started: the HQ Simply Sixteen. Completion of this course certifies you to be able to rent this machine in the shop. It is also a great way to become familiar with the machine if you are considering purchasing one.

For those of you who like an evening class, Kat is teaching Mini Mosaics starting on Tuesday, August, 20, 7-9. Cut your scraps up with the mosaic cutting tool, use the pattern to fuse them in place, do some easy quilting with your walking foot, and you have a fun little quilt to hang on your wall!

If you have the basics of ProStitcher under your belt and would like to learn more, take Custom Quilting with ProStitcher with Elyse on Wednesday, August 21, 1-4. She will show you how to fit various quilting designs to blocks, triangles, sashing, and borders. Learning how to size, align, and skew as well as fitting border corners and “chunking” are also in the curriculum. She will also review cropping.

Kat has another evening class this week: Glam Clam, on Thursday, August 22, 7-9. Learn how to smoothly sew all those curves! You can cut out the clams using your AccuQuilt machine or Latifah Saafir’s Clammy Ruler. Either way, you’ll have a beautiful quilt and lots of fun making it.


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:

Quilts of Valor: Saturday, August 24, 1-3:30. Help us make quilts to give to the men and women who have served our country in our military branches.

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 is here!


We've received 15 bolts of Terra by Norm Wyatt from P&B.  This blender collection offers texturized colorways, ranging from classic colors to pale pastels to earth tones, Terra is the perfect addition to any project. $11.50 per yard.

If you love blenders like Kat loves blenders, you'll be thrilled to know that we just got in more Dash Flow Basic from Dear Stella, bringing our total bolts available in this pattern to 29.  $10.99 per yard.

This gorgeous antique map print 108” wide back is from Windham Fabrics.  $17.50 per yard.

Keep your loved ones warm and cozy with happy bears, baby sloths, and other forest animals. Sweet dreams abound with these gender-neutral flannels, perfect for quilted baby shower and birthday gifts! These cozy flannel prints are from Windham. $11.50 per yard.

From Laura Berringer for Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics, this next fabric line was inspired by the song, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." The lead design includes sheet music and lyrics, mixed with classic baseball game elements, from a sprinkling of Cracker Jacks to touches of Americana. She then adds fun coordinates including overlapping hand-sketched baseballs, a baseball stitch stripe and chain-link fence print. $12.50 per yard.

Sugar skull cats and bright florals coordinate with a lively multicolor dot in Nine Lives from Northcott.  $12.50 per yard.


• September 21-22: Friendship 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 2: Heather Kojan Lecture/Trunk Show, 12-1
• November 4: Heather Kojan Workshop “Five Easy Geeses”, 11-3
• November 16: LickinFlames Trunk Show, 3-5


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 ( 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!).


August’s prize is a "Dash Flow" charm pack from Dear Stella, and a Quilts and More Magazine.

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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