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What's New at CQ 11/5/20

"Winning or losing of the election is less important than strengthening the country." Indira Gandhi


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Click here to register for the class via Zoom.


Dear Sew-cool Friends,

Handi Quilter’s new Moxie longarm machine has arrived; we will be setting it up in the next couple of days so you can come give it a try! This machine promises to give you great free motion quilting opportunities at a very reasonable price. It is my understanding that Handi Quilter is working on a version of Pro-Stitcher for the machine as well, most likely to be available next year.

To those of you who wanted to take the Alaska Specialty Ruler class but couldn’t get a seat, we have added a third session, on Saturday, November 21, from 12:30-3:30. One person has told me she can’t take the class on a Saturday but could on a Sunday; if anybody who has already enrolled in one of the Sunday sessions is able to take the Saturday class instead, please contact Kat at 301-527-0598 to make the change. Thank you!
Betsy Kulamer is offering another Sew Together Zoom meeting this Friday, November 6, 6:30-9. Kim Jalette will be her special guest. Kim loves English Paper Piecing and will be glad to answer any questions you might have about EPP. She has made some beautiful projects and I am quite sure she will bring them along for a show-and-tell.

New fabric is coming in all the time. Keep checking the website and/or come pay us a visit and see what is new!
There is a new show in the Gallery! Sue Moats and her QOV (Quilts of Valor) sewing phenoms have lent us some of their QOV creations to hang in the Gallery to help celebrate Veteran’s Day. I hope you will enjoy the quilts when you visit the shop. Check them out on Facebook, too.

Shopping at Capital Quilts: Please give us a call at 301-527-0598 if you’d like to make an appointment to come shop in the store. You can usually get in the same day. We are no longer making appointments online, only by phone. I’d like to be able to open the shop entirely, but I still feel the need to control the number of people in it in order to protect both you and us. The virus numbers are rising again, and we want to reduce the odds anybody in our quilting and sewing community gets Covid 19. Remember that if anybody on the CQ Staff comes down with the virus, we will have to completely close the shop for at least 2 weeks, as we will all have been exposed.

If you are exposed to the virus and/or get a positive Covid19 test result, please do not come to the shop, and if you have been to the shop while you may have been infectious, please call the shop so that we may let others know. There is nothing political about this, and there is no judgment from us. We just want to do our best to help stop the virus from spreading and protect our friends and families and community.

We really and truly appreciate your continued patronage and your patience through this pandemic. Your support has been, and continues to be, awesome. You are truly Super Duper Customers! Keep wearing those masks!

Go ‘n’ Piece,


We are having some classes in the shop and some on Zoom. We will make the virtual classes as easy as we can for you, sending you a link to the Zoom class. All you have to do is add the Zoom app to your computer, IPad, or other device so that you can open the link and participate in the class.

Class size will be limited. As before COVID, you can sign up online, by phone, or in the shop if you are here on a shopping appointment. Class descriptions are found below and on our website. Each class will have a supply list; look for this on our website: click on “Class Calendar in the blue bar at the top of the home page. Find the class on the calendar and click on that, then scroll down to the bottom left of the page to find “Supply List” and click on that.

For classes in the shop, we require that you wear a mask during the class and social distance as much as possible. Each person will have their own table. We will also take your temperature when you enter the shop and ask that you use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water.

Sew Together: Ask an Expert Tired of sewing alone? Join fellow quilters for a virtual quilting bee. Settle into your favorite sewing space with your favorite Zoom-compatible technology for 2-1/2 hours of stitching and chatting. Everyone will have a chance to talk about what they’ve been working on and pose questions to the other quilters. No masks required!

Each month, we are inviting a guest who is expert in some aspect of quilting and needlework to join us to answer questions about his or her specialty.
     November 6: Kim Jalette will answer questions about English Paper Piecing.
     December 4: Annette Burns will talk about wool embroidery and offer ideas for last-minute holiday gifts.

Note: you must download the Zoom app/client, and you will need a camera/webcam, microphone, and speakers as well as an internet connection. On the day of Sew Together, you’ll receive an email with a link to the Zoom meeting. Please confirm that Capital Quilts has your current email address and phone number.

     Skill Level: any
     Instructor/Moderator: Betsy Kulamer
     Class Size: max. 18
     Cost: $8
     Date and Time: Nov. 6, 6:30-9. Dec. 4, 6:30-9

Alaska Specialty Ruler This class was originally scheduled to happen back in the spring and was a victim of the pandemic. It is a class for members of the 1st Saturday Club who want to learn how to use the specialty ruler used to create the “Alaska” quilt. Preference will be given to those who were scheduled to take the class back in April. Pat will teach the class twice in order to allow us to have socially distant seating. 

     Skill Level: intermediate
     Instructor: Pat Vasaio
     Class Size: max. 5
     Cost: $35
     Date and Time: Session B: November 15, 12:30-3:30 Session C: November 21, 12:30-3:30


November 2-8: Take $125 off the GO!, Ready.Set.GO!, and GO!Big cutting machines. Please contact the shop to make this purchase.

November 3-12: Take 25% off Cube Mix & MatchBlocks, Companion Sets andSpecialty Set – Serendipity. Excludes new products and GO! Qube replacement dies. IN-STORE PURCHASES ONLY.

The English Paper Piecing Qube is now available. The Qube includes 8 dies, 4 for fabric and 4 for papers. The shapes are the hexie, half hexie, diamond, and equilateral triangle, with 1” finished sides. Get a free book, “English Paper Piecing Made Easy” by Katja Marek when you purchase the Qube. Order yours today!

Meet the Janome Skyline S3: This computerized free arm machine offers functions and features that make sewing easier and more enjoyable. It has 120 stitches, 1 alphabet, and 7 one-step buttonholes. Its features include the Superior Plus Feed System with a 7-piece feed dog system that ensures that even the thickest, multi-layer projects are able to move under the needle with precision and ease. The S3’s patented needle placement accuracy includes special plate markings that indicate needle drop position, provide angle marks, and act as front-of-the-foot guides. In addition, the needle can be moved into 71 unique positions in order to get pinpoint accuracy for decorative stitching, applique, and free motion quilting.

The machine also features a top-loading bobbin, needle threader, automatic thread cutter, memorized needle up/down, ultra-bright LED lighting, an LCD screen with easy navigation, and a stitch chart. The function buttons include needle up/down, locking stitch, reverse, speed control, and start/stop. Thread tension is automatic.

In stock! Call the shop at 301-527-0598 for pricing.

Also in stock: the MC 9450 QCP. This machine is particularly delightful for quilters, with an 11” throat space, built-in quilting stitches, and automatic foot lift. Check out all the features on the Janome website, It is a fabulous machine! Ask me how I know.


Tune in to the Handi Quilter Facebook page every Tuesday at 2pm EDT for Handi Quilter’s Watch and Learn Quilting Show, which features tips, tricks, and tutorials on Handi Quilter products with limited-time special pricing and a give-away to a random live attendee. They announce a special on a different machine or accessory each week. If you can’t watch the Tuesday show, go to the HQ website and enjoy the “And I Quilt” series of videos. You can still get the special pricing on the week’s product through Sunday.

This week we are offering 15% off your purchase of Golden Threads Paper, Pounce Pads, the Quilter’s Assistant Proportional Scale, and the Iron-Off Pencil. Offer expires at midnight on Sunday, November 8.

Illuminate your quilts! Now through November 9, purchase any new machine package or Pro-Stitcher and receive a FREE HQ HighLight compatible with your frame or table. The HighLight is a lighting system on poles that goes up and over your workspace for great LED lighting.

Sew Steady has some new offers for the holiday season, valid through December 31, 2020:

Holiday Dreams Table Package: a 22.5” x 25.5” acrylic table with beveled edges and a blue drawer for notions PLUS a 26” x 26” padded nylon storage bag with pockets. Total value: $249 SALE: $199

Light Up the Holidays Large Table Package: get the best selling 18” x 24” acrylic table with rounded front edge and an 18” printed ruler PLUS a Light Stick and Dry Erase Marker to turn your Sew Steady table into a light box or design board. Total value: $155 SALE: $119

Best Selling Quilting Kit: This ruler work kit special includes a domestic ruler foot, 12” arc template, 6pc Sampler Template Set 1, 8-1/2” 8pt. Crosshair Ruler, and a spacing gauge. In addition, you get Janet’s Ruler Quilt Design eBook, Creative Quilting Inspirations Designing with the Crosshair Rulers eBook by Leonie West, a free printed pattern, and a free Ruler Work 101 online class at the Sew Steady University. Total value: over $270 SALE: $175 Wow! I love all the educational materials. This is a great way to get started quilting with rulers. This offer is valid through January 15, 2021.


Timeless Treasures has sent some new Tonga Batiks!  $13.99 per yard.

Created by Melanie Samra, Whispering Pines embodies a serene forest with a featured panel showcasing ombre trees and a majestic stag. An array of nature-themed prints including wildlife, pine trees, birch trees, leaves and branches, along with two beautiful wide backing options complete this exquisitely detailed collection. Whispering Pines includes a sophisticated palette of shades including deep blues, teals, browns and tints of cream. 14 bolts, $13.99 per yard, panel, $11.50 each, 2 widebacks, $19.99 per yard.

Thanks to those who have donated kennel quilts in the last few weeks! Keep them coming. We have been getting a lot of requests from animal shelters out west and down south for kennel quilts. We have sent out over 500 of them in the last few weeks and we depend on you to keep our supply plentiful. If you are willing to help, please make more for us! Find the directions here. Please be careful of the dimensions of the little quilts; too big or too small and we can’t send them. Drop them off “curbside” at the shop; no need to make an appointment (unless you want to shop, of course!).

We have limited quantities of both pillowcase and kennel quilt kits available, free. Make them at home and return the completed project to us for distribution.

The holidays are close at hand, and we like to give cheerful placemats to seniors and others to brighten their days. If you are willing to make some placemats, we are happy to find them good homes!
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  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877