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What's New at CQ 9/5/19

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Dear Sewing Savants,

Welcome back from your summer sojourn!

We are very busy getting ready for Quilters’ Quest shop hop, which is just 5 weeks away. Have you reserved your seat on our motor coach yet? We travel to all 10 shops in 2 days, Monday and Tuesday, October 14 and 15, and we provide lunch, snacks, and a hostess with the mostest to make your trip easy and fun. You will receive a Quilters’ Quest 2019 tote bag with some goodies inside, a chance to win some very nice prizes, and a card for a 15% discount on purchases made at all 10 participating shops during the next year, through September 30, 2020 (some exclusions apply).

We will be vending at a quilt show this month, Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. The show is presented by the Friendship Quilters of Linthicum and Eternal Quilters guilds at the Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road, Linthicum Heights, MD, from 10-4 each day. There will be some 200 quilts on display, vendors, boutiques, demonstrations, a silent auction, and raffle quilts. Come see us!

Our thanks to Nancy Sharp for sharing her quilts with us in August. This month, we present the quilts of Bobbie Korengold. Bobbie makes award-winning quilts in the Baltimore Album style, by hand, and they are absolutely gorgeous. She will be here on Saturday, September 14, at 3 to give a lecture about her work. The lecture is free, but please register online, by phone, or in the shop so we know how many people to expect. Thanks!

Do you know anyone who would like to learn how to sew? We are offering a beginning sewing class, “Learn to Sew”, on Saturday, September 28, from 1-4. The students will learn how to thread and use their sewing machine, how to sew a straight line and a curved line, and make a pillowcase.

The next Capital Quilts Complete Course of Quilting, our 10-week long everything-you-need-to-know-about-quilting class, begins next Wednesday, on September 11. There are 2 classes, one in the afternoon, from 2-4, and one in the evening, from 6:30-8:30. Sign up for one or the other online, by phone, or in the shop.

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. This coming week, we will be open until 9 on Tuesday the 10th, Wednesday the 11th, and Friday the 13th.

Stop by and view quilts made by Bobbie Korengold. They are Baltimore Album style quilts and are made by hand. Bobbie’s quilts regularly win awards in shows around the country.

Buy a floor model and enjoy quilting at home for less. We install your machine in your home, and a free lesson on using the machine is provided.

     Simply Sixteen: $5,100, regularly $5,995.

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

     Forte with ProStitcher: $18,495, regularly $24,495. Your choice of a 10’ or 12’ frame.


ACCUQUILT: These specials are valid September 1-30.
Machine Special: Present a completed coupon (or get one in the shop) and get $100 off a GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter Starter Set at the register.

OR complete an AccuQuilt rebate form, available in the shop, and get $150 off a GO! Big machine after mailing in the rebate.

Die Special: Most dies and the Qubes and Companion Sets are on sale:
      Take $5 off items under $50.
      Take $10 off items $59-$125.
      Take $20 off items above $125.

Bundle Up! Purchase any Handi Quilter machine and receive a FREE Accessory Bundle, which includes a Square Feet kit, a Glide Foot 2, an Echo Feet kit, a Sure Foot, a Silver Ring quilting template set, a 6” x ½” Line Grid Ruler, a 2¼” Slice Ruler, and two spools of Chenille-It Blooming Bias. This bundle has a $400 value!

Purchase a ProStitcher and receive the Golden Threads Digital Design Collection, also a $400 value.

JANOME: Valid September 1-30
Back to Sewing Specials! Receive great deals on the top-of-the-line Janome machines, including:
     Take $2,000 off the regular price plus get a complimentary iPad and embroidery apps, a $326 bonus value.
   Skyline S9:
     Great embroidery capability along with excellent sewing capability. Save $200.
     Focus on quilting, with an 11” bed space and auto pivot function. Save $500.
     A high speed machine, with a 10” all metal seamless flatbed. Save $500.

SEW STEADY: Offer valid September 1-December 31
Purchase the new Versa Table and receive a 15” x 20” teal bag OR a Westalee Design Ruler Foot Starter Package, your choice. Use the 16” x 13.5” base for small spaces and small projects. Easily extend to 16” x 27” for bigger projects and spaces. Included with the table are 8 legs, Acrylic Leg Locks, and a Grid Glider. Regularly $159, buy it now for $149.

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 of the class fee. If you let us know you can't make it at least 8 days before the class, you will get a store credit of the class fee. 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 a 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.

Karen Fricke is teaching her popular Beaded Sampler class starting on Friday, September 6 at 2:30pm. You can add interest and excitement to quilts, bags, clothing, buttons, and more. Make a 9-patch block (or purchase one from the instructor) and fill each piece with a different beaded stitch. You’ll go home with a sampler and printed directions for making each stitch. Your class kit included beads, beading thread, beading needle, pages of instructions, and a metal ring to bind your booklet.

Want to finish your own quilts? Take Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm on Friday, September 6, 6-9. Barbara Bean will go over the basic functions and maintenance of the Amara and Forte machines. Completion of this class enables you to rent our machines to quilt your own quilts.

If you are comfortable with the basics of ProStitcher and would like to learn more, register for Custom Quilting with ProStitcher on Sunday, September 8, 1-4. Elyse will go over how to fit quilting designs to blocks, triangles, sashing, and borders; how to size, align, and skew; crop out areas of the quilting design for appliques and embroideries; and fitting border corners and “chunking” borders.

Elyse is back on September 10 to teach Art & Stitch: Getting Started. She will go over the basics and the most often used tools and techniques and help you create your own Edge-to-Edge quilting pattern. This class is suitable for both beginners and as a skill builder for intermediate users.

The next session of the Capital Quilts Complete Course of Quilting begins on Wednesday, September 11. There are two times available: the afternoon, 2-4, and the evening, 6:30-8:30. Choose one of the two. Jan Wisor teaches the afternoon course and Betsy Kulamer the evening one.

Here is a fun new table runner to make. The Take Five Table Runner is based on 5” squares. You can adjust the size by adding or subtracting squares. Best of all, there are no seams to match! Pam Blodgett teaches this great project on Thursday, September 12, 10:30-12:30.

Don't have enough room in your house to easily sandwich a quilt? Bring your top, backing, batting, and supplies to CQ and we will help you sandwich that quilt in no time! Sandwich Night is September 13th. Make your appointment now for one of the two remaining slots!

In Longarm Rulers 101, you will learn the basics of safe handling and working with longarm rulers. Try a variety of rulers, including the straight edge, stitch-in-the-ditch, and VersaTool rulers.  Longarm experience is required for this class on Saturday, September 14th at 11am.

Join Kat at Night Owl Sewing for up to six blissful hours of stress-free sewing!  Starting at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 14th, and going until midnight, Kat will play hostess.  She offers pizza, beverages, and a $10 gift card to round out your exclusive shopping and sewing time.

On Sunday, September 15th at noon, you can help make quilts for the Interfaith Works Women's Shelter.  Because quilts can mean so much… warmth, love, hugs, comfort, home. 

If you've mastered longarm free-motion quilting, and are ready to take your skills to the next level, take Getting Started: the Basics of ProStitcher Premium on Sunday, September 15th at 1pm.  Learn the basic buttons and tools, how to customize edge-to-edge designs on your computer to fit any quilt size, and how to transfer the design to the ProStitcher Premium on the longarm for accurate stitch out. Elyse teaches this class meeting Sunday, September 15th at 1pm.  Please make an appointment to install the ProStitcher Premium Simulator on your laptop computer by calling or emailing Capital Quilts at least one week before class.


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:

Interfaith Works Women's Center Quilts: Sunday, September 15, from 12-3. Join Billye and Lori to make quilts for the women at the shelter.

Ryan's Case for Smiles: Help us make pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles, a volunteer organization solely dedicated to helping kids feel better to heal better. While other great organizations focus on research and finding a cure, they work to improve the quality of life of children and their families as they undergo treatment. Colorful, fun pillowcases are a part of this mission to give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness. Friday, September 20, at 10:30am.

Quilt of Valor: These quilts are tremendously important to the men and women who serve our country. Help us support our vets by making a Quilt of Valor. Joining the workshop this month is Eleanor Balaban, who will have a Show & Tell with some of her quilts (she won 2 ribbons at MoCo Fair in August).  Eleanor will then lead the group in a quilt pattern called Diabolical Jane with patriotic fabrics.

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 just got requests today for shelters taking animals displaced by Hurricane Dorian, and will be shipping to them tomorrow.


New Kaffe Collective is here from Free Spirit! Come in to see all the lovely new bolts; some new prints, some recolored classic prints, and some new woven stripes.  $12.99 per yard.

From 3 Wishes, we have 4 bolts from their whimsical Bright Birds line of fabrics.  $12.99 per yard.

We have a slew of new rayon batik scarves from Island Batiks, just in time for cooler weather.  You'll want one in each color, to coordinate with all your outfits!  $16.99 each.

Do you use vinyl mesh?  We have it in a bunch of different colors!  This mesh is featured in the upcoming Vinyl Mesh Market Bag class taught by Kathy Barden.  $5.20 per package.  (Each package contains a piece measuring 18" x 36")


• September 14: Bobbie Korengold lecture at 3
• 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.

Capital Quilts has supported Friends of Montgomery County Animals in the past by donating pet beds and promoting events for them. FMCA is celebrating their 45th year anniversary, and invite you to join them at a wine tasting event at the Olney Winery on September 15th. Tip: online tickets are less expensive than they will be at the door. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and 5 tastings are included with the price of your ticket, in addition to a $3 voucher good toward the purchase of your first bottle of wine and a chance of winning a fabulous wine basket! Silent Auction and fun items for sale to benefit FMCA. Visit for more information and ticket sales.

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!).


Congratulations to Cathy S., winner of our August Blue Bag Bonanza!

September’s prize is a pattern from Indygo Junction, and a sampler of threads from Superior.

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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