|Dear Finest of Friends,
Our online store is growing! Shop in your jammies, and choose to have us ship your purchase, or you can opt to pick it up in the shop.
Capital Quilts will be vending at the Southern Comforters' "Best Little Quilt Show in Maryland", March 21-22, 2020, at the Bowie High School Annex. We hope you get a chance to visit the show and say "hi" to us there! Visit www.southerncomforters.org for more information.
Local quilter and fiber artist Sandra Smith has work on display at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The exhibit is called HANDCRAFTED: Fiber Art + Turned Wood, and it is open now through April 11. There is a free Meet the Artist reception from 2-4 on March 14. Sandra will be here at Capital Quilts on May 9, 2:30-4:30, to share her story and her quilts with us! She is a delightful person, and her work is stunning and intriguing. Learn more at www.sandrasmithquilts.com.
Our next Handi Quilter Education Event, Quilt Like a Pro, is on April 24 & 25, and Adam Rateliff will be our Handi Quilter National Educator. Adam will be teaching classes on preparing quilts for quilting, using the Capri stationary quilting machine, how to build a free-motion quilting design library, and straight-line quilting for a modern look. Look at April 24 & 25 on our online classes calendar and click on the class names to learn more about them and to register. Save $$: register for all 4 classes and get the 4th class free! Please note that if you register online, the system will not give you the free class. Not to worry; we’ll take care of it at the shop. You can, as always, call 301-527-0598 or visit the shop to register.
Did you know Capital Quilts offers financing on Handi Quilter machines and on Janome machines over $3,000? And that they come with an excellent warranty? Know also that both companies are international, and in most places where you may one day live in this country or abroad, you will likely be able to find support. Ask us about financing when you are shopping for a new machine!
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
Drop by to see quilts that have been made as models for past classes. Most of them are available for sale.
If your guild is having a challenge and you’d like to hang the challenge quilts in our Gallery for a week or two, let me know!
SHOP OPEN LATE
Capital Quilts is always open until 9 on Friday evenings. In the upcoming week, we will also be open until 9 on Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
We've incorporated some of last week's featured collection -- Pencil Club by Heather Givans -- into precuts for your piecing pleasure! We have Charm Packs for $10.99 each, 2-1/2" Strip Sets for $43.99 each, and 14" Squares for $43.99 each. Get them while they last!
Just in from Island Batik are rayon batik scarves, in a large range of colors. $16.99 each.
Handi Quilter has two hot new accessories: Micro Foot and Bungee Grabbers™. The Micro Foot is ideally designed for micro quilting, stippling, and thread painting. The Micro Foot also provides precise access to the quilting area when working with embellishments. The base of the foot will allow a clear view of the stitching path in every direction. Bungee Grabbers™ are compatible with HQ Gallery 2™, HQ Studio™ 1 & 2 and HQ Fusion™ Frames. Special cam cleats lock the bungee cords in place after a quilt sandwich is secured in the side clamps. Micro Foot, $61.99 each; Bungee Grabbers™, $41.99 each.
The “Pompeii Red” Aurifil Thread Sets have arrived! These are a great way to expand your library of thread colors. Each box contains three large spools of Aurifil Thread. $39.00 for the box.
3/1-3/31 Take $100 off your new Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting system. We have 4 in stock!
3/1-3/31 Take $150 off your new GO!Big Fabric Cutter. We have 2 in stock.
March 4-10, Handi Quilter is offering $0 down and 0% interest on the purchase of any Handi Quilter longarm machine. This offer is with approved credit, and 36- or 48-month terms and conditions apply. If this appeals to you but you cannot come into the shop that week, come before the 4th; we’ll do the paperwork, and I’ll send it in on the 4th.
With the purchase of any new Handi Quilter machine, including ProStitcher, you get one year’s free membership in our Longarm and/or ProStitcher clubs, a free class in using and maintaining your new machine, and free installation in your home or business.
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 www.ProStitcher.com to learn more. While Art & Stitch is still in existence, Handi Quilter will no longer support it.
Janome is also offering a special credit promotion, March 5-12. Pay NO interest for 60 months with equal monthly payments for 60 months on a purchase of a machine with an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) over $2000.
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! 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. Janome has extended this sale through the end of March. 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.
Got scraps? Especially batik scraps? Use them to make a Mini Mosaic with Kat Martinez on Tuesday, March 10 and 24, 10:30-12:30. Don’t have scraps? No worries! Kat offers small batik squares at a very reasonable price. These small quilts look lovely hanging on a wall in your home and make very nice gifts. Skill level: easy but fiddly.
Guess what shape the Banana Bag is? It doesn’t look like a rutabaga, I’m here to say. Phyliss Jaffe will teach you how to make this small zippered pouch that is perfect for transporting a rotary cutter safely, pens and pencils, make-up, or any other smallish item. Join us on Wednesday, March 11, 10:30-12:30. Skill level: confident beginner.
Learn how to embellish with beads! Karen Fricke shows you how to add interest and excitement to quilts, bags, clothing, buttons, and more in Beaded Sampler, Saturdays, March 14 & 21, 2:30-5:30. Kit included. Skill level: intermediate.
Learn how to safely work with rulers on the longarm machine in this class, Rulers for the Longarm, on Sunday, March 15, 12-3. Barbara Bean will get you quilting with straight rulers, curvy rulers, and wavy rulers. Hands on! Skill level: intermediate.
Need help sandwiching a quilt? Make an appointment with Carol on Sandwich Day, Tuesday, March 17, at 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 o’clock. Bring your pressed top and back and some batting, along with spray baste or pins, and your quilt will be sandwiched in no time. If you are planning on having your quilt quilted on a longarm, you do not need to sandwich it.
Use a pre-cut set of 2½” strips or cut your own (the AccuQuilt GO! machine is great for this task) and make a braided quilt or table runner in Braid in a Day. Debbie Ball teaches this class on Wednesday, March 18 & 25, 11:30-1:30.
NEW CLASS ADDED: Learn how to use the Handi Quilter Pro-Stitcher in Getting Started: the HQ Pro-Stitcher on Wednesday, March 18, 10:30-1:30. Carmen Contreras-Sesvold will show you the basic functions and how to do edge-to-edge quilting. Completion of this course allows you to use the shop’s Pro-Stitcher. You must have taken the Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm before taking this Pro-Stitcher class.
NEW CLASS ADDED: Customers are flipping out for Flipping Out! Make this sturdy case in small (8.5” tall) or large (14.5” tall) form. It’s great for carrying pens and pencils, sewing tools, knitting needles, and more. The case stands up and holds its shape; fold down the tops to allow easy access to your tools. Mesh pockets on the inside help organize the supplies. The case zips shut for safe and secure storage. Kathy Barden teaches this ByAnnie class on Friday, March 20, 10:30-1:30.
Take a break from the everyday world and come sew with Kat in the Night Owl mini-retreat on Saturday, March 21, 6-12. We provide you with yummy pizza and beverages and FUN. You bring your own project; Kat will provide any help or insights you need. Hilarity generally ensues!
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.
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 QOV workshop will be on Friday, March 13, 12:30-3. Help us make quilts that will comfort our veteran service men and women.
Pillowcases: Join us in making pillowcases for the American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge! We are having a free workshop on Saturday, March 28, 1-5. You can also make pillowcases at home and drop them off here. All pillowcases will be given to Ryan’s Case for Smiles. Kits are available. The deadline for turning in pillowcases to the shop is Tuesday, March 31 at 6pm.
Every pillowcase turned in at Capital Quilts earns the maker one entry into a prize drawing for a “Swag Bag” of goodies, including a $10 Capital Quilts Gift Card!
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 Sunday, March 29, 1-4. (Please note the change of date).
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!
WORKING WITH THE MUSE is an exhibit at the Strathmore Mansion in Rockville of work done by the Studio Art Quilt Associates The exhibit is open now through April 19. The opening reception is tonight, March 5 at 7pm. It is free. Come meet the artists!
SAVE THE DATE:
• March 21 & 22: Southern Comforters "Best Little Quilt Show in Maryland", Bowie, MD
• April 16 - 18: Faithful Circle "Facets of Quilting" Show, Columbia, MD
• April 24 & 25: "Quilt Like a Pro" Handi Quilter Education Event, Gaithersburg, MD
• May 29 - 31: Quilters Unlimited "QU Goes to the Zoo" Show, Chantilly, VA
• June 13 & 14: Annapolis Quilt Guild "Quilts by the Bay" Show, Annapolis, VA
• October 8 - 12: Quilter's Quest
BLUE BAG BONANZA
Congratulations to Judy T. who won the February Blue Bag prize!
March’s prize is a Fabric Roll-Up (forty 2-1/2” strips) from Robert Kaufman featuring “Instead”, a collection by Carolyn Friedlander.
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.