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What's New at CQ 3/30/17

"A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." Robert Orben

Dear Cravers of Cloth,

Alison is on vacation this week, but the rest of us are busy at work, getting ready for the Anniversary Sale that starts this Sunday, 4/2, and runs through Saturday, 4/8.  All regularly priced fabric, patterns, rulers, pre-cuts, scissors, kits, needles, thread, etc. will be 20% off!!!  Come in early for the best selection.  Minimum 1/2 yard cut on fabric to qualify for sale pricing.  Sale prices do not apply to special orders, merchandise on hold, previous purchases, or sewing machines.  Sale may not be combined with any other offer or discount.

If you haven't seen the Newsletter and Class Listing for April, May, and June yet, click here.  We have added lots of new classes, as well as scheduling additional sessions of old favorites.  Lots of new models to see around the shop, too!

If you haven't been in recently, don't miss the Gudrun Erla (Stripology/Stripology Squared) show in the gallery. 

We are so close to having all 54 cards handed out for the CUT THE DECK challenge!  If you want to "ante up" for one of the 8 cards we have left, you still have 20 days to complete a wall hanging that is just 18" x 20".

We are still accepting applications! We're a pretty nice bunch to work with, and the job is a LOT of fun. If you think you might enjoy working at Capital Quilts, please send your resume to We'll make sure she reads it when she's back from vacation, we promise!

Go ‘n’ piece,

The Staff at Capital Quilts



HANDI QUILTER FLOOR MODELS:  All of our Handi Quilter floor models are currently available for purchase at great savings!  Contact Alison or Annie for details: 301-527-0598.

HORN OF AMERICA FLOOR MODEL SALE:  All of our Horn of America floor model sewing cabinets and tables are on sale at a 30% discount.  Check with Annie or Barbara for the particulars!


Today and tomorrow only, the SEW STEADY Wish Table + Free Light Stick 22-1/2" x 25-1/2" Circle Sewing & Drawer Table is only $199, a $29 savings. 



Once you see the trunk show, you'll want to make some of the quilts!  There are three that aren't in the Stripology Books, but are available as stand-alone patterns:  Nellie, Valerie, and Alberta.  $10 each.

These two little booklets are invaluable!  No Math Quilt Charts ($6.95 $5.91 each) & Formulas and Know Your Needles ($8.50 $7.23 each) come to us from Landauer Publishing.


You can sign up for classes online, by phone at 301-527-0598, or in person at the shop.

The March Sit ‘n’ Stitch is on Friday, March 31, 5-9.  Bring your own projects and supplies and some food to share.  Capital Quilts provides the beverages.

Capital Quilts Cares:  Come help make quilts for the Interfaith Works Shelter for Women on Sunday, April 2 from 12-5. These quilts make temporary housing more livable. Because quilts can mean so much… warmth, love, hugs, comfort, home.  CQ Cares events are free, but we appreciate a call to reserve space.

Interested in renting our Handi Quilter longarm machines to finish your own quilts? You’ll need to take Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm Machine on Monday, April 3, 10-1.

On Tuesday, April 4, Barbara and Elyse team up in Art & Stitch + ProStitcher = Success for a hands-on class with personal attention to walk you through the process from design to stitch out. Experience the long-arm computerized quilting cycle from designing a unique long-arm quilting pattern using Art & Stitch to stitching out your design using ProStitcher.

Cindy Grisdela is back at Capital Quilts on Friday, April 7 from 10-4 with Artful Improv: Permission to Play. Learn to create your own unique quilts using improvisational piecing techniques. Cindy encourages you to let go of the rules and piece blocks intuitively, freely, without a pattern. You’ll have a blast in this all-day (10-4) workshop!

Antelope Canyon is the latest pattern from Laurie Shifrin, and Hilary has fallen in love with it! The sewing is not difficult, assuming an accurate quarter inch seam, but planning and organization are essential.
  The class starts with an organizational meeting on Saturday, April 8, 11:30-12:30.  There will be two more sessions for sewing, on April 15, 2-4 and on May 6, 3:30-5:30.

Pat Vasaio is teaching Lemoyne Star Sampler, a class for intermediate and advanced quilters. It requires precision cutting, sewing, and pressing and plenty of patience.  Classes begin on Sunday, April 9, 12:30-4:30, and meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month for a total of 6 months.  It’s a beautiful quilt.  I didn’t know there were so many ways to make a Lemoyne Star!

Laurie is leading a Capital Quilts Cares workshop on Monday, April 10, 10-noon, to make pillowcases for the Children's Inn at NIH.  Please call the shop if you plan on attending so we can save you a seat.

Sergers Made Easy is on Tuesday, April 11th, 11:30-1:30.  Barbara Kascic will teach you all the different parts of the machine, how to thread it, some basic stitches, and how to maintain it.

Join Sue Moats on Wednesday, April 12 from 10-1 for a Quilts of Valor workshop.  We're expecting a special visitor from the Quilts of Valor Foundation at this session; it should be fun!  As with all Capital Quilts Cares events, please call to reserve space at this free session, as space is limited.

Also on Wednesday, April 12 is Getting Started: The Basics of ProStitcher, from 12-3.  ProStitcher is the computer attached to the longarm quilting machines that allows you to program quilting designs. 

Ever wanted to make a Knit Tee or Tunic?  Let Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art show you how in a two day workshop, Thursday, April 13 and Friday, April 14, 10-4 each day.

  • April 28-30: Friendship Star’s “Sunshine and Moon Glow” Quilt Show at the Gaithersburg Fairgrounds
  • June 2-4: Quilters Unlimited “Wing It” Quilt Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA
  • June 5: Quilting on a Domestic Sewing Machine with Donelle McAdams
  • June 10 & 11: Annapolis Quilt Guild “Quilts by the Bay” Quilt Show in Annapolis
  • July 17: "Inside Aurifil and Aurifil Inside" with Alex Veronelli
  • July 23-25: It’s Christmas in July!
  • August 11-13: Four County Quilters Guild Quilt Show at the Frederick County Fairgrounds
  • September 22 & 23: Quilting is a Stitch – a Handi Quilter education event    
  • September 23 & 24: Friendship & Eternal Quilts Guilds Show in Linthicum Heights  
  • October 6-8:  Everybody’s Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Westminster
  • November 9-18: Quilters’ Quest Shop Hop



For March, we are giving away a strip set of Robert Kaufman’s Artisan Batiks from their Portofino fabric line and Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern called “Frances Firefly”. 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. 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.

Sign up for our 5th Saturday Club!  Purchase your Green Tag for $10 and come to our special events on the four 5th Saturdays of 2017.  The first one is April 29th.  You’ll get 20% off everything you can stuff in your Blue Bag!  Things have to be in the bag: no handholding the overflow!  Each event will be different.  The discount applies to regularly priced items and may not be combined with other discounts, offers, or promotions. 

Our thanks to everybody who shops at Capital Quilts and participates in the Blue Bag Bonanza.  







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Sunday 12-5


  • Tel: 301-527-0598
  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877