Dear Card-Carrying Members of Quilters Anonymous,
This is the weekend of the Friendship Quilters of Linthicum and Eternal Quilters Guilds quilt show! The show is on Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 at Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road, Linthicum Heights, MD. There will be some 200 quilts on display, vendors (including yours truly), boutiques, demonstrations, a silent auction, and raffle quilts. Come see us in our booth.
Janome Club members, don’t forget we are going to have one combined meeting this month, from 10:30-12:30.
Rod’s Sharpening Service will be here on Wednesday, October 2 for their last visit of the year. Wrap up your scissors, knives, and small garden tools (less than 12”) in a box or towel, close it securely so nobody gets poked or cut, and include your name, address, phone number, and payment (check or cash) in the package. Beauty salon shears are $20; everything else is $7 each. Bring your tools to the shop not later than Tuesday, October 1. Pick them up again on October 2 after 2pm.
We are going to have a guest at the next Capital Quilts Cares: Quilts of Valor Workshop. Eleanor Balaban, winner of two ribbons at the Montgomery County Fair last month, will share some of her quilts with us, then lead the group in making a QOV in a pattern called Diabolical Jane. The workshop is tomorrow, Friday, September 20, 1-3:30. Even if you can’t or don’t want to sew, come by to meet Eleanor and see her quilts.
There is still room on our Quilters’ Quest Bus for a two-day tour of all 10 shops on Monday and Tuesday, October 14 and 15. Monday is Columbus Day; perhaps you have the day off. What better way to spend it than enjoying quilt shops? We’ll feed you lunch both days, have coffee and donuts in the morning, and send along a “bus mom” to take care of the details and make sure you have a wonderful time. At the end of the two days, you will receive a Discount Card for 15% off your purchases at all 10 of the participating shops during the next year and a tote bag with some goodies inside. Hop on the bus and leave the driving to us!
Do you know anyone who would like to learn how to sew? If you do, kindly let them know that we are having a Learn to Sew class on Saturday, September 28, from 1-4. The minimum age is 13. Students will learn how to thread and use their sewing machine and practice sewing a straight line and a curved line. They will make a pillowcase to take home with them. Help get someone started on his or her own sewing adventure!
Thank you for shopping at Capital Quilts!
Go ‘n’ piece,
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 that day, too. This coming week, we will be open until 9 on Friday the 20th, Wednesday the 25th, and again on Friday the 27th..
IN THE GALLERY:
Stop by and view quilts made by Bobbie Korengold. They are Baltimore Album style quilts and are appliqued and quilted by hand. Bobbie’s quilts regularly win awards in shows around the country. We are very lucky to have them visit Capital Quilts.
HANDI QUILTER MACHINES FOR LESS:
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 $5995
• 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.
VENDOR SPECIALS IN SEPTEMBER
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.
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
HANDI QUILTER: Valid through September 23
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!
JANOME: Valid September 1-30.
Back to Sewing Specials! Receive great deals on the top-of-the-line Janome machines, including:
MC15000: take $2000 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.
• 9450QCP: Designed for quilters, with an 11” bed space and auto pivot function. Save $500.
• MC6700P: This is a high-speed industrial-style 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 travel bag OR a Westalee Design Ruler Foot Starter Package, your choice. 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. Included with the table and extension are 8 legs, 2x 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.
EQ8 is software that lets you design your own quilt, including previewing fabrics, coloring, and resizing your quilt. It calculates yardage, adds the ¼” seam allowance, and creates templates, rotary cutting instructions, and foundation piecing patterns. It has libraries of blocks and lets you save your own designs. Learn how to use this great tool on Saturday, September 21, 11-2 with Elyse.
Create a fiber art portrait using hues instead of shades. Karen Fricke will give you a lesson on color theory, then help you design your pattern from a photo you’ve brought to class. Fuse your fabric pieces to your background, stitch in place, and add borders and embellishments for a wonderful portrait. Colorblock Fiber Art Portrait Quilt class meets on Tuesday, September 24, 11-3.
There is a seat left in Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm Machine on Tuesday, September 24, 11-2. Barbara Bean will teach you everything you need to know to use and maintain these machines. Completion of the course allows you to rent the Capital Quilts machines. It is also an excellent class for anyone contemplating purchasing one of these machines.
The September Sit-N-Sew is Friday, September 27, 5-9. It’s FREE! Bring your own project and some food to share with friends old and new. Capital Quilts provides beverages. Staff are on hand to help with any sewing questions you may have.
Betsy Kulamer is teaching one of my favorite blocks, Cleopatra’s Fan, on Sunday, September 29, 1-4. You can make beautiful quilts using this block; just ask Betsy, who made a wedding gift using it. Make a table runner or small wall hanging in class.
The Scrap Petal Garden quilt has proven to be one of our most popular classes. If you missed the previous ones, you have another opportunity to take this fun class on Monday, September 30, 10:30-3:30. Kat Martinez is teaching.
Now we move into the October classes. Can you believe it? Check the calendar on our website to see what is coming up. Here are some of the early ones:
October 1, 11-1, learn how to use the smallest of the Handi Quilter machines in Getting Started: The Simply Sixteen. Barbara Bean will show you how to use and maintain the machine. Completion of the course allows you to rent our machine. It is also a great introduction to the Simply Sixteen if you are contemplating purchasing one for your home.
October 3, 10:15 – 1:15, Kathy Barden will guide you in making a Project Bag from ByAnnie. These are flat bags with a vinyl front so you can see what is inside, a zipper closure, a quilted back, and a handle.
There are lots of skills to learn in this class!
In the afternoon on October 3, from 2-4, Karen Fricke is teaching the first part of Introduction to Machine Quilting. Learn how to set up your machine for quilting, what needle to use, following a stencil, quilting with a walking foot, and free motion quilting. The second part is the following week, on the 10th, 2-4.
The next Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm Machine is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 6-9. See the description above.
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:
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 organizations focus on research and finding a cure, Ryan’s Case for Smiles works 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 10:30.
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 lead the group in making a quilt using the pattern called Diabolical Jane.
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. (The quilts are great stash-busters, 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; with the hurricanes and large storms the country has been experiencing, we’ve been shipping over 100 quilts a week lately.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
Feline Frolic by Laurel Burch for Colorworks is here! We have 13 gorgeous bolts, and a panel you won't want to pass up! $12.50-$12.99 per yard. Panel, $9.99 each.
Do you love the beach? If the answer is yes, P&B has the fabric collection for you! The Seashore Collection by Susan Rooney features bright aquas and oranges, and a gorgeous border print that offers so many opportunities. $12.99 per yard.
Diagonal Seam Tape from Cluck, Cluck Sew is washi tape that you place on the front plate of your sewing machine to act as a guide while you are sewing diagonal seams. The tape is strong, thin, sticks well to almost any surface, and comes off easily. The red line in the center is aligned with the needle of your machine, and the black lines on either side are exactly 1/4″ to each side, to represent a 1/4″ seam allowance. The tape removes cleanly, but it is recommended that you remove or replace the tape often or after each project to avoid any residue on your machine, especially in high temperatures. Roll of 10 yards, $7.50 each.
Cheryl Lynch has a new Mini Mosaic Pattern: Patriotic Anchor. $16 each, includes 1 sheet of Steam-a-Seam and enough tulle to complete one wall hanging.
SAVE THE DATE:
• September 21-22: Friendship Quilters of Linthicum and Eternal Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Linthicum, MD
• September 30: Deadline for Book Cover Challenge entries
• 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 “5 Easy Geeses”, 11-3
• November 16: LickinFlames Trunk Show, 3-5
Join the 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information or to purchase tickets.
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.