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What's New at CQ 1/2/2020

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Dear Quilting and Sewing Friends,

Happy New Year! May 2020 bring you and yours much joy.

Inventory is over, I am happy to say. It went lots faster than it has in past years due to our customers having done such a wonderful job of buying stuff so that we didn’t have to count it! We are putting out new fabrics, books, and patterns, so come see us and see what is new and divine. We also still have about 1000 bolts of fabric in the Clearance department, so there is plenty to choose from!

The Classes newsletter will be out shortly. I apologize for the delay. It’s all due to being hostess to my family for Christmas this year for the first time in a decade (I’d forgotten how much work it is!) plus getting a cold from my grandson. I shared my pumpkin pie with him and he shared his germs with me. I just couldn’t say no to those hopeful eyes and baby voice asking “bite?” He has a vocabulary of 8 words, so one has to respond!

You can find descriptions of upcoming classes below or by going to our website and accessing class pages through the calendar.

Janome is celebrating its 99th year of existence in 2020. To celebrate, they are offering great pricing and bundles on most of their machines. Check out the brochure in the shop or at Even if I don’t have a model in stock, I am happy to order one for you.

AccuQuilt isn’t celebrating anything that I know of, but they have lots and lots of dies on sale. Find a listing of the dies in the shop. I can order any current die or machine you’d like (and you don’t have to pay shipping!).

Have you created your Capital Quilts account online at yet? Use the same email we have for you in our system; if you aren’t sure what that email is, please ask us. You will be able to look at your purchasing history at Capital Quilts. That means, for example, that if you have some fabric you bought at Capital Quilts and you need more, you can look at the transaction and find out exactly what manufacturer and color number to ask for; you may even be able to make the purchase online.

Speaking of email addresses, if yours has changed or when it changes, please be sure to let us know so that we can continue to stay in touch with you and let you know about any class updates and product that has arrived for you. The same applies for changes in your phone number. If you no longer wish to be a part of our database, just let us know and we will remove your information. We don’t want to be a bother to anyone!

Thank you for supporting Capital Quilts with your dollars, your online voice, and your energy. 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,

We have quilts that are on sale hanging in the Gallery now. These are quilts that have been class models in the past and are now ready to be adopted by you!

Capital Quilts is always open until 9 on Friday evenings. In the upcoming week, we will also be open until 9 on Thursday, January 9.

Look for these products coming into the shop in the next week!

12 new colors of “Berry Nice” from P&B, a blender of which we have become very fond. $10.99/yd.

Batiks from Island Batik. These 21 bolts have ocean-related themes, including turtles, octopi, and bubbles. $13.99/yd.

Aboriginal fabrics from M&S Textiles, including fabrics that are new from the most recent Quilt Market! $13.50/yd.

Michael Miller has sent 3 Garden Pin Dot Fat Quarter Bundles. Each bundle has 36 fat quarters. A definite must for the polka dot lover! $126.00 each.

We've put together another precut for you: Modern Mix!  Available in both Charm Packs and 2 1/2" strips, Modern Mix is a very usable rainbow of 20 fabrics curated across fabric lines and manufacturers (you get 2 pieces of each fabric in a package). Charms, $10.99 each, Strips, $43.99 each.

We are now accepting registration for the Aurifil Color Builders Thread Club, a capsule of twelve curated mini-collections inspired by (and named after) Italy’s most vibrant and colorful destinations. Each collection contains three large spools of 50wt thread — a warm, a medium, and a dark — within the location’s primary color palette. From the lemon groves of Sicily to the pink sand beaches of Sardinia to the clear teal waters of Capri to the stark city grey of Milan… each collection is crafted to evoke images of our beloved Italian landscape. The colors were selected not only for their aesthetic appeal, but for their practicality in every day use. 

The Capri has arrived! We will be setting up in the next day or two in the Handi Quilter room. I hope you will stop by and check out the newest addition to the line of Handi Quilter machines.

Beginning January 11, Kim Jalette will be leading a new Block of the Month. The quilt is called “Tara”, and the class will meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month. There is a fabric kit available by monthly subscription, but it is not required that you purchase it for the class.

The First Saturday Club will be working on Alaska by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. This beautiful quilt looks wonderful in any color combination! The First Saturday Club for 2020 will run just 9 months, April through December.

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 first class of 2020 is Take a Stand, a tote bag class taught by Kathy Barden. This is a perfect tote for retreats, classes, and traveling. The easy-to-install zippered top opens wide for easy access to contents. There is an adjustable, detachable strap, two outer zippered pockets, and two inner mesh pockets. ByAnnie’s “Running With Scissors” tool case (class coming up in February) is the perfect companion pattern for this tote. Class meets Saturday, January 4, 10:30-3:30. Bring your lunch.

Sandwich Night is on Friday, January 10, with appointments at 6, 7, and 8. Bring your quilt top, batting, backing, and basting spray or pins and we’ll help you sandwich that quilt in no time! Your top and backing should be squared and pressed. If you are going to ask a longarmer to quilt the quilt, you do not need to sandwich it.

Create a beautiful landscape quilt, layer by layer, in Julie Taylor’s Tranquility class. The background is made using a mosaic technique, and the picture is built using applique techniques. The finished quilt is about 18” x 23”. Class meets on Saturdays, January 11, 18 & 25, 2:30-5.

Learn how to piece by hand on Monday, January 13, 10-12. Cecilia Marzulli will teach you the methods and techniques in Learn to Hand Piece. Our Hand Piecers Club meets on the same day, from 1-3, if you would like to join them and learn even more. All skill levels are welcome (even if you don’t take the morning class) and the members would love to share what they know with you!

Make a T-Shirt Quilt on Wednesday, January 15 (with a second class on January 29) with Debra Ball, 11:30-1:30. She’ll show you how to stabilize the t-shirts, cut out the pieces you need, do sashing, and more.

The next session of the Capital Quilts Complete Course of Quilting by Machine starts on Wednesday, January 15. Jan Wisor teaches the afternoon class from 2-4 and Betsy Kulamer teaches the evening class from 6:30-8:30. Sign up for one or the other. This is a 10-week long course, with homework. You must have your own sewing machine. You start by learning about your sewing machine, and 10 weeks later you have a small quilt made! Each block in the quilt represents a new skill. It is a wonderful way to begin your life as a quilter. It is also a wonderful refresher course for those who are returning to quilting but are feeling a little rusty.

Need a respite after the holiday hoopla? Join Kat Martinez for an in-shop retreat on Saturday, January 18, 6-midnight. Night Owl is a time to be with friends and chat and eat pizza and sew on your own projects. If you get stuck on something, you’ll have lots of people to help you figure out the problem! Stay as late as you like (but not later than midnight).

CAPITAL QUILTS CARES All CQ Cares events are free, and we provide fabric and patterns. Please bring your sewing machine, neutral 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: The next workshop is on January 10 at 12:30. Please join us to make blocks and quilts for the men and women who have served our country. These quilts mean a great deal to our veterans, and we are honored to be a Quilts of Valor Chapter here at Capital Quilts and have the opportunity to give these quilts to those who have served.

Scarf It Up!: Teens: Here is a fun way to get service hours! Bring your form with you. Drop in on Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King holiday), between 12:30-3. No sewing required. Make scarves and blankets from fleece by fringing the ends with a pair of scissors. Children are welcome to accompany an adult. The scarves and blankets will be given to Interfaith Works Women’s Center.

Interfaith Works Women’s Center: Help us make string quilts for this women’s center in Rockville. The quilts are given to the women for their beds, bringing a cheerful atmosphere to an otherwise rather drab room. The next workshop is led by Billye Roberts on Sunday, March 1, 12-5.

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.

Congratulations to Marge K., who won the Blue Bag prize for December. January’s prize is Traditional Cutwork, by Darlene Guillory, a sample of “Simply Cotton” batting, and a pack of 24 charm squares of the “Choose to Shine” line by Cherry Guidry from Contempo.

Congratulations to Ellen R., Blue Bag Grand Prize Winner 2019! Ellen wins a $100 Capital Quilts Gift Certificate.

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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