Dear Fabric Fanatics,
The Book Cover Challenge quilts are arriving in my office, and they look wonderful. Be sure to bring us your entry form along with your quilt. The quilts will hang in the Gallery during Quilters’ Quest and be open to voting. If you haven’t finished yours yet, please do and bring it to the shop! (Even though we're past the original deadline.) We will be hanging them in the Gallery on Oct. 10.
Quilters’ Quest is almost upon us! Just one week to go. Your Passport Package is available on www.quiltersquest.org. All the information you need to have a great trip to all the shops is in there. If you are riding on one of the shops’ buses, you do not need to download this Package unless you want the “Library Card” to get it stamped in each shop as a memento of your trip. We will take care of everything else for you.
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!
If you only have one day available to ride the Quest bus, we can accommodate you either day. The cost is $90 and includes coffee and donuts in the morning, lunch, snacks, and loads of fun. You will not receive the tote bag or Discount Card unless you visit the remaining shops on your own. Be sure to get your library card passport stamped at each shop.
Scott Fortunoff is the president of Jaftex Corporation, parent company for many of your favorite fabric manufacturers (Free Spirit, Studioe, Henry Glass, and more), and is working to boost interest in the sewing and quilting industry. His most recent program is the Scott Sent Me Challenge. Complete details can be found on his blog, Tales of a Fourth Generation Textile Executive at www.scottfortunoff.com. In a nutshell, however, all you need to do is visit a bunch of quilt shops, take selfies in each, and post to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ScottSentMe2019
Thank you for supporting Capital Quilts. There are lots of places and ways to shop these days, and I appreciate your choosing to shop at Capital Quilts to keep our wonderful community here for all to enjoy.
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, Oct. 4; Tuesday, October 8; and Wednesday, October 9.
IN THE GALLERY
October 1-10, we have Friendship Star Guild’s AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge quilts hanging on the walls. The theme of the challenge is “Twinkling Stars”. These quilts were submitted to the AQS challenge competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan in August.
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 $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.
VENDOR SPECIALS IN OCTOBER
Machine Specials: 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. Offer valid October 1-31.
$75 Rebate on GO! Fabric Cutter Starter Set. $224.99, regularly $299.99. Offer valid October 1-16. Rebate form must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.
Die Special: 15% off GO! dies, mats and accessories. Exclusions apply. Offer valid October 4-29.
HANDI QUILTER has two promotions running at pretty much the same time:
October 11-21: It’s Demo Days! Buy machines at a discount, starting with our shop machines. Other used machines are then available from Handi Quilter. Most often these are machines that have been used for classes at Handi Quilter training events, so they have been used only a little.
October 12-28: Purchase a new machine package and receive a free Secret Drawer or HQ Highlight.
JANOME: Valid October 1-31.
Back to Sewing Specials! Receive great deals on the top-of-the-line Janome machines, including:
MC15000: 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.
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 through 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.
The next Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm Machine is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 6-9. Learn how to use and maintain the longarm. Review how to set up the machine for quilting and how to control the tension. Try some simple designs. Completion of this course certifies you to rent our longarm.
A Rag Basket would make a nifty gift, and don’t you know the holidays are soon upon us. Take Lois Sumser’s class on Monday, October 21, 2:30-5:30 to learn how to make these interesting baskets.
Another nice gift is the Sew Together Bag. The clutch-sized bag has 7 pockets, and 3 of them are zippered. Phyliss Jaffe will show you how to make it on Tuesday, October 22, 10:30-1:30, with a follow up session the following Tuesday.
October 22 is also Sandwich Day. Five 1-hour appointments are available beginning at 1pm. Bring your quilt top, backing, and batting and basting spray or pins and we’ll have your quilt sandwiched within the hour.
Braids are easy as can be using pre-cut 2-1/2” strips or cutting your own 2-1/2” strips of fabric. One jelly roll is enough for baby to king size braid quilts. The size of quilt you will make is 53” x 72”. Take Braid in a Day with Deb Ball on Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-12:15.
Barbara Kascic will deliver her popular Needles & Thread Lecture on Thursday, October 24, 2-3. Find out what needles work well with different kinds of thread and how using the wrong thread with the wrong needle can affect your stitch.
CAPITAL QUILTS CARES: All CQ Cares events are free, and we provided fabric and patterns. Please bring your sewing machine, thread, and supplies. Please register for each event online, by phone at 301-527-0598, or in the shop so that we know how many to expect. Thank you!
Quilts 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. The next workshop is on Friday, October 25, 2-4:30.
Placemats for Iona Center: Iona Center, located in Washington, DC, supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging through counseling, the arts, and providing meals, among other things. Join us on Monday, October 28, 11-1 to make placemats to make meal trays cheerful.
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.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
The colors in Floral Flight from new artist M. J. Merrill for Wilmington Prints are to die for! Brights, but with some earth tones to “ground” the colors & a GREAT packed floral. $11.99 per yard.
P&B's classic Ramblings is back, and its more fun than ever before! The collection includes twelve varying patterns: butterflies, anchors, lighthouses, dragonflies, dolphins, seahorses, sandals, crabs, flamingos, seashells, sailboats and turtles. Perfect for your next home décor project, quilt, children’s gift or apparel, Ramblings Fun has it all and more! (Images are shown in BW for clarity. Fabric is white on white.) $9.99 per yard.
We just received four Fat Quarter Bundles of Alison Glass's Handiwork from Andover Fabrics. Each Stack is comprised of 25 fat quarters, one of each print/colorway in the collection. $87.50 each.
Diagonal Seam Tape from Cluck, Cluck, Sew sold out in record time, but we have received a new shipment, and there's plenty to go around! $7.50 each.
We've just dropped all of our Floriani Machine Embroidery Thread to $2.99 each (MSRP is $5.99!). Colors are getting limited; come in soon for best selection!
Are you making a Halloween costume that needs armor, a shield, or other "sculpted" item? Sew Much Cosplay's™ Hero Foam! This super DENSE closed cell EVA foam sheets comes in 23 1/2 inch square sheets, in 2 and 3 count packages, and is available in White, Gray and Black in 2mm and 6mm thicknesses. $6.99-14.99 per package.
SAVE THE DATE:
• 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: Handi Quilter Classes with Patty Kerns
• 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
Congratulations to Lisa G, winner of the September prize!
October's prize is a “Sweet Pea and Lily” Charm Pack by Robin Pickens for Moda, and a “Beach Glass” pattern by Denise Olson for Far-Flung Quilts.
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.