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What's New at CQ 2/6/20

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Dear Lovers of Fabric,

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 shows 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.

Beginning Monday, February 10, Capital Quilts WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAYS. We are doing this as a cost savings measure. Our online shop is still open 24-7!

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.

1st Saturday Club members: If you need to learn more about using the Studio 180 Wedge Ruler before we start to make the Alaska quilt, sign up for Pat’s workshop, Alaska Specialty Ruler Class. The class meets on Sunday, April 5, 2-5. The maximum number of students in this workshop is 12. If a second session is needed to accommodate all those who want to take this class, we will schedule another workshop.

We were fortunate to have been voted one a favorite local quilt shop in the ByAnnie contest last year, and we won a free Trunk Show to share with you, our customers.  ByAnnie is once again holding this contest, and we'd love to be able to bring you another show!  Please vote for Capital Quilts at

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,

Take a gander at quilts that have been used as class samples and models in the last 7 years. Most of them are available for purchase!

Capital Quilts is always open until 9 on Friday evenings. In the upcoming week, we will also be open until 9 on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13.


Baby, it's cold outside! Stay warm with some of the Winter Wool Flannel we just got in from Benartex.  Beautiful, soft cotton flannel prints in new, trendy colors! These give a modern touch to a classic favorite. The palette covers everything from rusts and golds to gray, black and brown. Just imagine the cozy quilts, pillows and bed covers you could make! There’s a subtle texture that has just enough depth to make the flannel really interesting. And, (despite the name) these flannels are not just for winter. They will add a soft touch to any time of year that calls for a bit of cozy fun. $12.99 per yard.

18 bolts of Garden Pindots from Michael Miller have arrived! These are very usable colors, in a wonderful, irregular small dot.  $10.99 per yard.  FQ Stacks of the entire 36 piece collection, $126.00.

As mentioned in previous weeks, we have been turning our strip sets and charm packs at a high rate of speed!  The newest cones are out: Frolic (inspired by Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt palette) and English Garden, lovely soft blues, greens, and purples.

Take $20 off Qubes until February 11. Take 10% of one die or 20% off two or more dies through February 12.

The Capri has arrived and is set up just to the right of our front door as you enter the shop. 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 3 selected machines here at Capital Quilts. The 15000, Skyline S9, and 500E (embroidery only) machines are on deep discount, nearly half off in most cases. These machines are floor models, 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.

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 shows 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 at Sandwich Night on Friday, February 14, at 7 or 8 o’clock. Bring your pressed quilt top, batting, backing, and basting spray or pins. 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 29, 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. Please note the new date, as this class was originally scheduled for the 15th.

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.

Quilts of Valor: The next QOV workshop will be on Friday, March 13, 12:30-3. Help us make quilts that will comfort our veteran service men and women.

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!

Congratulations to Linda H., winner of January’s prize of 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.

February’s prize is 2 Creative Curves rulers by Virginia Walton and her pattern, “Windmills in my Garden”, plus a sample of fabric by FIGO.

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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