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|Dear Fans of Fabric
It is so nice to have the shop open again and to see everybody in the flesh again. There is energy in the building once more. There is laughing and smiles and people helping each other find just the right fabric for that border or backing. This is the way life at Capital Quilts is supposed to be! Thank you for coming to shop. We missed you a lot and are happy to have you back.
I’ve been told that the mills are beginning to get caught up on their fabric orders, and I am guessing that the ports are also starting to flow more smoothly, because we are getting lots of shipments of fabric coming in the back door! This week we’ve taken in batiks, 30s, a line from Laurel Burch, and some lovely neutrals from FIGO. See “New and Noteworthy” below.
The latest addition to our thread lines is now on display in the shop; you will also find it on our website. It is the Wonderfil Polyfast, a 40wt trilobal polyester thread on cones of 1094 yds. (1000m). It is soft, shiny, and smooth. Use it for high-speed sewing, machine embroidery, thread painting, and quilting. Wonderfil recommends a 75/11 needle for embroidery and a 16 for longarm quilting. It is not recommended for handwork.
We are reinstating the Capital Quilts Blue Bag program! Bring your Blue Bag with you and let us know that you have it when you check out. We will put your name in the jar for an end-of-month drawing. Don’t have a Blue Bag? Reusable Blue Bags may be purchased in the shop or online (type “reusable” in the search window) for $4.99.
Due to technical difficulties, our Flying Geese class, scheduled for March 10, was postponed to April 27, 5-7pm. In this class, Donna shows us 4 ruler work designs, including Bishops Fan, for Flying Geese quilts. We will also learn amazing all over quilt designs for Flying Geese projects. Each design uses different templates, so we’ll learn how to use several new templates. Combine them with designs you already have in your library! We’ll also get a pattern for a Flying Geese quilt. Win prizes and learn a lot in this class, too! Class fee of $20 includes the pattern and lots of information, tips, and tricks, plus the opportunity to review the class anytime for the following 30 days. You also have the opportunity to save 10% on items purchased using the code below.
• Click here to learn more and register for this event
• Use coupon code FGDMQVE21 to get 10% off when you purchase from the class sales page at Sew Steady.
If the date and time of a Sew Steady class are inconvenient for you, register for the class anyway; you have the ability then to watch the class as often as you like for the 30 days following the class, plus you’ll get the discounts and downloads.
There are just two spots available in our 10-week Complete Course of Quilting starting April 21st. This is the class you want if you are just learning to quilt, or want a comprehensive review of the basics.
|Dia De Los Muertos Challenge!
|Day of the Dead (Dia de los Meurtos) is celebrated on November 1-2. Google tells us “Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, the day celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life.” I am issuing a Challenge to all you quilters out there: $8 gets you a yard of Day of the Dead Dog fabric. Make a quilt that is at least 20” square that speaks to the Day of the Dead holiday. How do you honor the lives of deceased loved ones? Perhaps you would remember a deceased pet. Quilts are due October 15. Please be sure to put a hanging sleeve on the back, either sewn on or pinned on with safety pins. The sleeve should be at least 4” wide and one inch shorter than the width of the quilt.
Click here to join the fun!
Shopping at Capital Quilts: Good news! We opened the shop to walk-in customers on April 1st. We will still have shopping by appointment from 11-1 if you are more comfortable with that shopping model. 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. This time is for those who have not yet been vaccinated and/or feel more comfortable shopping in a controlled environment. It would also be a good time to shop if you are picking out a lot of fabrics for a quilt, as the staff will have more time to dedicate to you. From 1-5, seven days a week, the door will be unlocked and we will be open to all comers. We require that you wear a well-fitted mask and sanitize your hands upon entry to the shop. If more than 10 customers enter the shop, we may ask you to wait outside until someone leaves. We must still protect ourselves against the virus; it is not gone yet, and we don’t want to have to shut down again as is happening in Italy, France, and elsewhere in Europe right now.
If you are exposed to the virus and/or get a positive COVID-19 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 loyal friends! Keep wearing those masks! Get vaccinated as soon as you can; you will feel a lot less stressed, take it from me! Stay safe.
Go ‘n’ Piece,
Be sure to walk through our Gallery when you are here; there is a new show hanging on our walls. The Needlechasers Guild is displaying quilts made during the pandemic. Last fall, the show was going to be called “20/20 Vision”. That show was cancelled, of course, but the quilting challenge continued on and is now known as “Time Well Spent”. If you would like to know more about the Needlechasers Guild, go to www.needlechasers.org.
CLASSES and CLUBS
We are having classes via Zoom and, to a limited degree, in the shop. 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 may 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 “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 we may have 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.
The Longarm and Pro-Stitcher Clubs will meet on the first Saturday of each month in 2021. We will continue to meet via Zoom, until such time as we can once again meet in the shop. Barbara Bean and Elyse Turkeltaub have done a great job of continuing the clubs during the COVID crisis. Thank you, ladies! Members of the clubs enjoy a 10% discount on Handi Quilter items purchased in the shop on the first weekend of each month. If you can’t make it into the shop, please call us at 301-527-0598 to make your purchase. In the shop or on the phone, be sure to tell us that you are in one or both clubs.
QUILTING CLASSES: I am scheduling classes, both via Zoom and in-store, for March, April, May, and June. Some are listed below. To see more of what is scheduled, go to the Calendar on our website, and look through it to see what looks interesting. Click on the name of the class for more information about that class.
For ZOOM classes, 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 the class, 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.
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.
May 14: SherriJoyce King immerses us in the world of Dear Jane quilts, where blocks from an 1863 sampler inspire classic and modern expression.
June 4: Beth Morningstar, an accomplished longarm quilter, answers questions about sending quilt tops to be quilted on a longarm machine.
July 2: Marianne Losey, one of Capital Quilts’ sewing machine technicians, provides tips to help you be your sewing machine’s best friend.
Skill Level: any
Instructor/Moderator: Betsy Kulamer
Class Size: max. 18
Time and Date: 6:30-9 on April 2, May 14, June 4, and July 2.
The Spring 2021 Complete Course of Quilting will begin on Wednesday, April 21st. This 10-week quilting course teaches everything you need to know to start making your own quilts. This course covers the basics: getting to know your sewing machine, rotary cutting, fabric selection, and a variety of techniques for machine-piecing quilt blocks. You make a sampler quilt and learn to sandwich, quilt, and bind your masterpiece. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the quilter’s art, which is both ancient andSkill Level: beginner
Instructor: Betsy Kulamer
Class Size: Max. 8
Time and Dates: 6:30-8:30 Ten Wednesdays beginning April 21, with a break on May 26.
Walk About This is the perfect pattern for highlighting your favorite large print fabric. It is fast and straightforward, great for beginners and for making a quick gift. The darker sashing resembles a pathway set among garden blocks, or take a walk on the wild side and use an animal print. Make a child’s quilt and applique animals in the large blocks. It would also be wonderful for unusual fabrics, such as the Aboriginals. The possibilities are endless!
Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Julie Taylor
Class Size: max. 20
Time and Dates: 9-12, Saturday, April 24
Delectable Diamonds Join Cathy to learn how to turn a border stripe into this lovely table runner. Make it as long or as short as you need it to be. Florals work best.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Cathy Sullivan
Class Size: max. 5
Time and Dates: 1-4, Wednesday, April 28
Demystifying EQ8 Learn how to design your own quilts using computer software. Import existing fabrics, make or modify blocks, resize, add borders, play with color…there is so much you can do! In this class, meant for beginners, you’ll learn the basics of how the program works and what the various buttons and functions are.
This is a ZOOM class. You must be comfortable using a computer, and you must have the EQ8 program loaded on your computer. Please contact the shop to purchase EQ8, as I do not stock them and must order one for you. Allow a couple of weeks at least. Thanks!
Skill Level: beginner
Instructor: Elyse Turkletaub
Class Size: max. 6
Time and Dates: 12-3 on Tuesday, May 18
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
Laurel Burch Studios and Clothworks have released Celestial Magic, a 22 piece collection featuring the heavens above. $12.99 per yard.
Serenity Basics from FIGO is a line of calming basics in soft, spa-like colors. $10.99 per yard; 23FQ Bundle, $86.25.
Alligators and insects and leopards, oh my! Jungle Jive is a cute collection from from Clothworks. $12.50 per yard; 7 FQ bundle, $26.25.
We have some new bolts from Moda of their 30s Playtime reproduction fabrics. $12.50 per yard.
It’s Janome’s Spring Makeover time! Receive a gift card for Home Depot with the purchase of these selected models:
MC 15000: Receive a $300 Gift Card.
Continental M7 Professional: Receive a $200 Gift Card.
MC 9450: Receive a $200 Gift Card.
MC 550E Embroidery-only machine: Receive a $200 Gift Card.
Skyline S9: Receive a $100 Gift Card.
AirThread 2000D: Receive a $50 Gift Card. This is the newest Janome serger, with a built-in one-push air threading system an 8-piece feed dog, and a built-in needle threader. .
Contact the shop to purchase any of these machines. You will need to get a gift card form from us; don’t let us forget!
This offer is good April 1-May 31, 2021.
Artistic Digitizer Free Trial Access: Looking for something new to try? Create and embellish any project easily with this robust embroidery, sewing and crafting software! For a limited time, access this creative tool for FREE!
See the Facebook page for Janome Live events that will begin to cover Artistic Digitizer information.
See the YouTube channel for existing Artistic Digitizer tutorials featuring Anne Hein!
To take advantage of this offer, complete this form available on Janome's Sales and Promotions page. Access to this trial is only available through May 31, 2021 and registration ends May 15, 2021.
If you are already the proud owner of an Artistic Digitizer, Janome has announced an update, to version 1.6. You can download the update from the Artistic Digitizer page on Janome.com.
Highlight on the Janome Memory Craft 550E: Janome’s largest stand-alone embroidery machine is the perfect companion to your sewing machine. Personalizing your projects is fast and easy with the RE36b hoop that provides an embroidery field of 7.9” x 14.2”. The built-in embroidery library has 180 embroidery designs, including classic designs, floral alphabets, and Sashiko designs. The machine comes with an extra-wide extension table and 4 embroidery hoops. Other hoops, including a hat hoop, are optional. Designs are easily imported through a USB and edited through the machine’s advanced on-screen editing functions. It has 2- and 3-letter monogramming with 6 fonts to choose from, auto return post thread break, and flexible stitch traveling. Having your embroidery function separate from your sewing machine allows you to both embroider and sew at the same time.
Would you like to quilt your own quilt on the shop’s Amara or Moxie? They are available to rent. Take a one-on-one class with Carmen Sesvold for $50/hour to get certified or re-certified. The rental fee for the machine is $20/hour. Please call me at 301-527-0598 to make arrangements for the certification. If you have been longarm quilting all during the last year at other locations and do not feel that you need to be recertified, please contact me at the same number.
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.
April 9-19 Take 15% off selected Handi Quilter storage accessories. See the Spring Cleaning Sale flyer at the end of this newsletter.
Longarm quilters: there is a new website you should check out! It’s www.quiltable.com and it is all quilting designs to view and purchase. The digital products include several file types and are intended for robotic quilting systems (not just Handi Quilter). There is an option to join a club and automatically receive new designs every month plus get a discount on other designs throughout the site.
Handi Quilter has launched a new program called Pro-Stitcher Catalog. Get it through the Handi Quilter website. The program will store, organize, and give you a quick way to find your designs. Heaven on Earth! Use the code HQ1498 to get a $10 discount. You’ll also be supporting Capital Quilts, as we will then get a commission from Handi Quilter.
Our Handi Quilter Moxie is now fully functional and ready for you to come try. I’ve sold one to a quilter who already owns a Fusion. She said she wants to use it for free motion quilting while the ProStitcher on her Fusion is working on another project. The Moxie is very light compared to the bigger machines and is easy to move around, with less stress to your joints.
Like the Simply Sixteen machine but don’t like the hoop frame? Get the Simply Sixteen on the Loft frame! You’ll get more quilting space and a longer frame. If you already have a Simply Sixteen and want to move up to the Loft frame, you can do that.
Also on display is the Handi Quilter Capri, a stationary, sit-down quilting machine. It is right next to the registers. This machine has the smallest footprint of the longarm machines and is most like your sewing machine in terms of feel. Rather than move the machine over the fabric as you do on the machines that have a frame, you move the fabric under the needle on the Capri. Have a seat and give it a try!
Wish Table Sale: Buy a Wish Table and get the best-selling accessories, including the Grid Glider, the Create 26” x 26” Travel Bag, and a Smart Phone Stand. The table is 22.5” x 25.5”, with beveled edges, a blue drawer for notions, holes and a tool for circle sewing, and a table lock. The Grid Glider offers all the right markings to make sewing easier and adds a slick sewing surface, especially good for free motion quilting. MSRP: $294. Capital Quilts price: $249. Offer expires June 30, 2021.
Spring Class Table Package: Buy the Large Sew Steady Table and enjoy the Table Caddie and Smart Phone Stand for just $1 more! The table is 18” x 24”. The Table Caddie keeps your favorite beverage, a pen, and a ruler easily accessible. The Smart Phone Stand offers easy viewing with your cell phone or tablet so that you can pause, rewind, and watch while sewing! MSRP: $146. Capital Quilts price: $120 plus $1.00 for extras. Offer expires June 30, 2021.
Mother’s Day Wish Package: Mother’s Day is May 9. Give the mother in your life (or maybe yourself!) a Wish they are sure to love. This Table Package includes a ready-to-start quilt project. In the Package are:
• 22.5” x 25.5” Wish Table with blue drawer, beveled edges, circle sewing, and more
• Tecoma Ruler Work 2pc Template Set
• The Ranges Quilt Pattern
• 3 Fabric Sandwiches to get you started
Tune in to the Ranges Project on Sew Steady Facebook Live every Thursday from 5-7pm EDT. All classes are recorded and accessible in the video section.
MSRP: $272. Capital Quilts price: $210.
Add a Ruler Foot for just $1 more!
Wish To Quilt Table Package: Here is everything you need to get started quilting with rulers in Sew Steady’s ultimate table package. This package includes:
• 22.5” x 25.5” Wish Table with blue drawer, beveled edges, circle sewing, and more
• Ruler Work Glider
• Westalee Design 12” Arc Template
• Westalee Design 6pc Sampler Template Set 1
• Westalee Design 8pt. 8.5” Crosshair Square Ruler
• Westalee Design Spacing Gauge
• Stable Tape
• Free University Class of Leonie West’s Creative Quilting Inspirations-Designing with the Crosshair Rulers book
• Janet’s Ruler Quilt Design Book Online University Course (a $20 value)
• Online Ruler Work 101 Class (a $30 value)
Total Value: $450. Capital Quilts price: $350.
CAPITAL QUILTS CARES
Thanks to those who have donated kennel quilts in the last few weeks! Keep them coming. 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. We have both pillowcase and kennel quilt kits available, free. Make them at home and return the completed project to us for distribution.
BLUE BAG BONANZA
The CQ Blue Bag Bonanza is back! April’s prize is a 40-strip strip set of Carolyn Friedlander’s “Instead” collection, from Robert Kaufman. The fabrics are a beautiful group of blues, purples, grays, and coppery browns.
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.