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What's New at CQ 1/30/20

"Valor is common but great souls are rare." - Bernard Joseph Saurin

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Dear Adventurous Friends,

I love paper piecing because I can very accurately create a block with unusual shapes in it. It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, of which I am also very fond. Alison Vermilya will be here on Friday, February 7, 12-3, to show us the ins and outs of this wonderful technique. If you’ve never tried it, be adventurous and give it a go!

We’ve just added a new class to the February schedule: “Machine Quilting in Sections”, on Sunday, February 9, 2:30-4:30. Annette Burns is teaching this class, a lecture/demo that shows you how to section your large quilt top, quilt the smaller sections, then piece them together.

Capital Quilts will be a vendor at the Southern Comforters Quilt Show on March 21-22. As part of the show, the guild has issued a challenge to Maryland quilters. The challenge is to make a 20” x 20” quilt that depicts “vision” to you. This could be eyesight, a dream, a prediction, a plan… For more information, including registration, visit or contact Wendy Allen at The quilts will be exhibited and voted upon at the show.

This Saturday, February 1, Capital Quilts' Quilts of Valor Chapter will present one and potentially two quilts to one (or two) veterans to honor them for their service to our country. We are not sure of the time yet, probably a little after 11am. If you’d like to come to help honor these vets, please give the shop a call to confirm the time on Saturday, or just come to see what our chapter is all about!

You were all so wonderful in voting for Capital Quilts in the ByAnnie contest last year, and we were fortunate enough to have placed among the top stores.  Please consider voting for us once again; we would love to be able to bring in another Trunk Show! Go to to place your vote.

As always, 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,

In the Gallery now through February 1 we have Quilts of Valor hanging for you to see. These quilts are part of a challenge our chapter did to create a QOV from a panel. Eventually each of these quilts will be given to a vet in appreciation for his or her service to our nation.

Capital Quilts is always open until 9 on Friday evenings. In the upcoming week, we will also be open until 9 on Wednesday, February 5.


The Garden Cat pattern series from Story Quilts is a bo-cat-ical garden of fun designed by Helene Knotts. It features cats in the form of fruits and veggies. 
One cat block is perfect for a wall-hanging, two or three for a table runner or placemat, or put your favorites together to make a feline garden quilt. New to the shop this week are Mushkit and Walla Walla Kitty.  $9.00 each.

In the Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, you will learn how to quilt all-over, as filler, on borders, and on individual blocks…using loops and swirls, feathers and flames, flowers and vines, pebbles and more! Popular blogger and designer, Natalia Bonner, illustrates her instructions with detailed photos that make it easier to get beautiful results on your home sewing machine. Includes tips for choosing batting and thread, layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine are included.  MSRP $25.95, CQ Price only $23.36.

Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes by Daisy Black and Heather Aschehoug invites you to sew fifteen inspired designs with strong lines and quilted curves! Laced with retro-inspired circles and bold stripes, these modern quilts leave an unforgettable impression. Piecing circles, half circles, and quarter circles is easier than you think, and the authors will teach you to add movement and depth two ways -- through easy strip sets or stripe-printed fabric. MSRP $25.95, CQ price only $23.36.

We've been busy making precuts and preparing for quilt show season!  Navy, coral, grey and seafoam prints make up our "Nantucket" strips and charms.  We've also re-made a set of Aussie aboriginals.  More are in the works!  Stay tuned for Lantana Batiks and Frolic Batiks, both coming soon! 2 1/2" Strips, $43.99; 5" Charm Squares, $10.99.

The Capri has arrived and is set up in the Handi Quilter room. It is a BIG machine for SMALL spaces, with a small footprint but a large 18” throat. Without the available 18” x 32” side extensions, the table fits into a space 36” wide and 5.5’ front to back, including chair space. Built-in stitch regulation means your stitches will be perfect every time. The lighting is superior, including in the bobbin area. The table height is adjustable, from a comfortable for sitting 25.5” to a standing height of 39.5” and heights in between. There is a low-bobbin alarm, it stitches up to 2200 stitches per minute and 4-22 precision stitches per inch, and it has needle-stop position control. If your needs change, you can upgrade it to a moveable-carriage frame. It comes with the same warranty that all Handi Quilter machines have, 10 years on the casting and 5 years each on the electrical and mechanical systems. It is designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA. Price: $7,995. I’ll include the VersaRuler and a 12” straight ruler for FREE!

Handi Quilter ProStitcher owners: Handi Quilter is replacing the Art & Stitch software with their own Pro-Stitcher Designer software. If you are already a Pro-Stitcher owner, you can take advantage of a limited-time offer and save almost $400. Until June 30, 2020, purchase your digital copy of Pro-Stitcher Designer for just $199.95. Visit the new to learn more. While Art & Stitch is still in existence, Handi Quilter will no longer support it.


We are having a Janome Floor Model Sale on 5 selected machines here at Capital Quilts. The 15000, 6600, Skyline S9, 500E (embroidery only), and DC2019 machines are on deep discount, nearly half off in most cases. These machines are lightly used and well cared for. A free lesson in the use of the machine is included.

Janome is celebrating its 99th anniversary 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 If I don’t have a particular model in stock, I am happy to order one for you.

• Save $500 on the new Continental M7 or the top-of-the-line quilting machine, the 9450, and receive a gift with a value of $1,001 that includes a roller bag, the Kimberly Einmo Block of the Month, 3 Kimberly Einmo rulers, and a Kimberly Einmo jelly roll.
• Save $300 on your purchase of the embroidery-only Memory Craft 550E and receive the Acufil Quilting Kit, AcuStitch Software, AND the new Artistic Digitizer 1.5 for FREE, a $1,734 value.
• Save $300 on the MC6700P, a workhorse of a machine that sews 1200 stitches per minute.

These are just three of the many machines Janome has placed on sale and in most cases bundled with freebies. It’s a great time to buy a Janome!

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 Sit-N-Sew of the year is on Friday, January 31, 5-9. This is a free time to sit with friends in the classroom and sew and chat together. Bring some food to share with the group. Capital Quilts provides beverages.

Are you curious about what sergers are and what they can do? Or would you like to learn how to use the one you bought and still have in the box? Barbara Kascic will reveal all in Sergers Made Easy on Tuesday, February 4, 10:30-1:30.

Learn the basics of longarm quilting in Barbara Bean’s class, Getting Started: the Longarm Quilting Machine on Friday, February 7, 11-2. Completion of this class certifies you to rent our Handi Quilter Amara or Forte machine.

Paper piecing is a method of piecing non-traditionally shaped fabric pieces into a block. Learn how to do this on Friday, February 7, 12-3 in Introduction to Paper Piecing with Alison Vermilya.

Do you know someone who would like to learn how to sew? Learn to Sew meets on Saturday, February 8, 2:30-5:30. Lora Houck will teach the students how to use a sewing machine, basic information about fabric, how to press fabric, how to sew a straight and a curved line, and how to “unsew” a seam. Make a pillowcase to take home!

Tired of pushing around all those big quilts on your small machine? Not brave enough to even try? Divide and conquer is the answer! Annette show you how to section your quilt top, quilt these smaller sections, then piece them together. No one will ever know! This lecture/demo, Machine quilting in Sections, will be given on Sunday, February 9, 2:30-4:30.

Learn how to make a small zippered pouch in the Cash & Carry Pouch class on Tuesday, February 11, 10:30-12:30. Once you’ve learned the technique for installing the zipper, you’ll be able to make pouches in any size of your choosing. It is a very easy way of installing the zipper, I promise. Phyliss Jaffe teaches.

If you’d like to learn how to use the Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen quilting machine, take Barbara Bean’s class, Getting Started: the HQ Simply Sixteen on Tuesday, February 11, 11-1. Completion of the class allows you to rent our machine here at the shop.

The next Featherweight Clinic is on Thursday, February 13, 6:30-8:30. Learn how to clean and maintain your Singer Featherweight. Marianne Losey is your guide.

Get help sandwiching your quilt on Friday, February 14, at 6, 7, or 8 o’clock. Bring your pressed quilt top, batting, backing, and basting spray or pins. Pre-paid appointments are required.  If you are going to have your quilt quilted on a longarm, you do not need to sandwich it. 

Kathy Barden is teaching Running With Scissors on Saturday, February 15, 1-4:30. This By Annie tool case is a companion to the Take a Stand Tote. Unzip it and drape it inside out over the Take a Stand tote to give you easy access to your tools.

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!

Cup Caddies: These caddies are designed for walkers and wheelchairs and pair perfectly with Walker Bags. The caddies will be donated to local senior centers. Jan Wisor leads this workshop on Thursday, February 13, 10:30-12:30.

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.

Walker Bags: These bags attach to walkers and wheelchairs and are useful for carrying keys, wallets, tissues, and more. They will be donated to local senior centers. Jan Wisor leads this workshop on Saturday, March 28, 1-4.

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. Shipping these kennel quilts is expensive for us; we appreciate any cash donations, no matter the size, to alleviate this. Thank you!

January’s prize is Traditional Cutwork, by Darlene Guillory, a piece of “Simply Cotton” batting, and a pack of 24 charm squares of the “Choose to Shine” line by Cherry Guidry from Contempo.

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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