"A quilter's quilting friends are some of the dearest, most generous, and most supportive people she knows." Jennifer Chiaverini
|Dear Fellow Shut-ins,
I sincerely hope that you and your families are well and remain so. My staff is healthy, and we are keeping the shop well disinfected. I am getting really tired of that Clorox wipe smell! If you missed Monday's email and social media posts, Capital Quilts is only processing orders for curbside pickup, or for shipping. We are not allowing customers into the shop at this time, and are limiting employees to no more than 4 (including Kat and me) at a time.
Please stay in touch with us. Post your projects on our social media sites (be sure to use hash tags), or send pictures that we can post for you. Call with your questions and your requests. Visit with us and others on social media, or by videochat.
Quilting will get us past this Coronavirus Crisis! To help you out, we are putting together Flatten-the-Curve Kits that you can buy online and have sent to you via mail or pickup here at the shop. And/or sign up for our Corona Challenge! You get a yard of fabric, free shipping, and the chance to express how you are feeling about this virus. We’ll hang the quilts in the Gallery and/or post them online, depending on how long this crisis lasts. Make them at least 20” x 20” but not larger than 60” x 60”. Use the fabric we send you along with fabric in your stash or that you buy (hopefully from Capital Quilts!). Return them to us by May 17. Click here or call the shop 301-527-0598 to take on the Challenge!
Bruce and Marianne are still servicing machines on Sundays. If your machine needs a little love, make an appointment online or by phone and bring it to the shop before the appropriate Sunday or that time on Sunday. We will meet you curbside to get your machine into the shop. You can wait for it to be done (but not in the shop) or come back later.
Need something from Capital Quilts? We’re getting in new fabric, batting, and so on all the time. Shop online, give us a call, or send your order to firstname.lastname@example.org (remember to include your phone number). We can ship you what you want, or you can specify Pickup in Shop (a new service!). We’ll notify you when the order is ready for you to pick up and meet you at the door or your car! It’s all about social distancing, right? Call when you get to the shop and we’ll be right there. Online shoppers: I can’t afford to give you free shipping, I’m afraid, but please enjoy $5 off orders over $50! Type in the code 6T26C in the “apply coupon” box at check out.
We are doing our best to protect you, our community, our families, and ourselves while we continue to serve our customers. Please, if you are feeling at all unwell, including but not limited to a sore throat, cough, fever, or shortness of breath or if members of your family are feeling poorly, please do NOT come to the shop. Shop online or by phone or email instead. If you come by and later develop symptoms, please let us know so that we can self-quarantine, disinfect, and alert any others who may have been exposed.
An extra special thank you for supporting Capital Quilts with your dollars, your online voice, and your energy during these tough times. I appreciate your choosing to shop at Capital Quilts to keep our wonderful community here for all to enjoy.
Go ‘n’ Piece,
CAPITAL QUILTS CARES
All Capital Quilts Cares events in the shop are cancelled until further notice.
That said, we have free pillowcase kits available that you can sew at home. They are a wonderful beginner project to do with children. The kiddos will learn some sewing skills and stay busy, too! We can mail them to you for a small fee, or you can pick them up curbside. Return the finished pillowcases to the shop (when you can; there is no rush), and we will donate them to Ryan’s Case for Smiles. Due to limited supplies, we ask that you limit your pillowcase requests to one per sewist at a time. (For example, if you're home with two children that you want to teach to make a pillowcase, you may request three kits.)
When the month started, we announced that each completed pillowcase earns the maker into a drawing for a "swag bag" that includes, a CQ Gift Card. We will now hold off on the drawing until April 30th (or later, if necessary).
All classes, clubs, and events are cancelled until further notice.
When we begin to reschedule classes, those of you who had registered before will be given the first opportunity to sign up for the new class.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
AccuQuilt GO!'s Sea Life Medley Die might be just what you need to get a head start on your fun-in-the-sun summer projects. Aside from quilts, think tote bags, placemats, T-shirt appliques... $59.99 each
Boro Woven Foundations Charm Pack from Moda contain a variety of neutral colors and textures, and will work with many projects, from rustic to modern. $10.99 per charm pack.
Did you know that our Aboriginal fabrics are the fastest selling category in our online store? So much so, that we've had to reorder a bunch! They have arrived! Peruse our Aboriginal fabrics by clicking here.
Batting has also arrived! We were getting dangerously low on some of our battings (I'm looking at you, twin size!), but we just got in lots and lots, and should have whatever fiber, loft, size, and color you desire!
Finally, Island Batiks sent us some absolutely gorgeous bolts! $13.99 per yard.
FLATTEN-THE-CURVE KITS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
We were planning on some new kits for the quilt shows this spring; the Southern Comforters "Best Little Quilt Show in Maryland" was cancelled, and the Faithful Circle's "Facets of Quilting" will be rescheduled sometime this autumn. So, why not order one of these cuties for an isolation sewing project? They come with patterns/instructions, and all the fabric you need to complete the quilt top and binding. Check them out by clicking here. We'll be adding more over the next few days... keep watching that space!
If you're participating in The Quilt Pattern Magazine's "Baskets and More Baskets" BOM/Quiltalong and need fabric, let us know! They've given us a copy of the supply list, and we are more than happy to make fabric selections for you.
3/1-3/31 Take $100 off your new Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting system. We have 2 in stock!
3/1-3/31 Take $150 off your new GO! Big Fabric Cutter.
Celebrate National Quilting Day! March 13-23, receive a Bounce Back Rebate with the purchase of any new longarm machine or Pro-Stitcher. Depending on the machine you purchase, you’ll get a rebate coupon for $200, $300, or $400 to spend right here at Capital Quilts! Spend it on anything you want, from needles to notions and fabric and quilting rulers. Nice for you, nice for Capital Quilts! National Quilting Day, by the way, is March 21. I’d like to invite you in, but as large gatherings are discouraged, we’d better not.
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. The support Handi Quilter provides to you is phenomenal, the best in the business. The shop also provides support, and our techs will in most cases come to your home to clean, tune, and/or repair your machine. The machines are highly reliable; repairs are rarely needed. If you are shopping for a longarm, make sure you take a look at Handi Quilter!
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 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 www.janome.com. 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.
• Save $200 on the Skyline S6, with 196 stitches, 9mm stitch width, the Acufeed Flex Fabric Feeding System, and great lighting!
These are just four 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!
SAVE THE DATE: To the best of our knowledge, these events have not been cancelled.
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
TBA/Reschedule from April: Faithful Circle "Facets of Quilting" Show, Columbia, MD