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What's New at CQ 05/17/18

"You can't go wrong with $5 fabric!"
- Kat

Dear Quilting Friends,

Alison is off gallivanting* at Quilt Market, leaving the staff here to run things while she's gone.  What'd we do first?  Select a bunch of bolts of fabric to mark down to $5.00 per yard, to make room for what Alison will order at Market!  Come on in and check out the fabric in the classroom!  Minimum 1 yard cut on $5.00/yard fabric, no other discounts or offers apply.

Speaking of Alison and Quilt Market, what do you want her to keep an eye out for?  Is there an up-and-coming designer you'd like her to check out?  A fabric line that you think the shop needs to carry?  Please let us know what YOU want to see available in the shop!

If you know someone who keeps saying, "I need to learn how to sew," please let them know about the upcoming Sew Days!  On six Thursday evenings, from 6:30-9, starting on June 14, we will have classes aimed at those who want to learn how to sew. The first project is a table runner. Learn how to measure and cut fabric, sew a straight line, and do an easy mitered corner. $5 per class, pre-registration required.  Bring your own machine if you have one; use one of ours if you don’t.

Go 'n' Piece,

Kat & the CQ staff

*What we consider gallivanting is, in all honesty, actually serious market research, professional networking, and the purchasing of delightful fabrics, patterns, and notions.

FOR SALE: Handi Quilter Amara floor model with ProStitcher. The full retail price is $21,995. I am selling mine for $15,396.50, a savings of $6,598.50. It is practically new, and it has been gently used. It has Art & Stitch, which you can activate for a fee. Delivery is free within a 50 mile radius of the shop. Receive two free "Getting Started" classes, one for the Amara and one for ProStitcher. Includes a bobbin winder and a box of goodies (bobbins, oil, tools, thread). If you are interested, please contact me at or 301-527-0598.

FOR SALE: brand new, still-in-the-box HQ Amara, with or without ProStitcher. Art & Stitch is not included. Price for the Amara: $9,595. 10’ or 12’ frame, your choice. Price for the Amara ProStitcher: $7,995. Amara and ProStitcher package: $17,495. If you live within 50 miles of the shop, you’ll save up to $415 in shipping and handling costs. Free “Getting Started” class(es), a bobbin winder, and a box of goodies (bobbins, oil, tools, thread) included. If you are interested, please contact me at or 301-527-0598.


Handi Quilter: Handi Quilter is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! May 16-29, purchase any Handi Quilter longarm machine and receive financing $0 down, 0% interest with approved credit and 36-month terms AND pay only $20 in shipping.

Janome: Sewing machine acting its age? Need a lightweight model for classes and retreats? Now is a perfect time to get a new Janome sewing machine! The Janome Spring Sale is underway, through May 31, 2018. Save up to $1,000 on the most popular models. Savings vary according to the model. Special Value on the Skyline 5: usually $1,499, the Spring Sale price is $999, a savings of $500. The Skyline 5 is one of our best sellers with great features like an automatic thread cutter, speed control, and memorized needle up/needle down. Hurry to take advantage of these prices.


From Dear Stella, we have Pink Paradise.  Celebrate summer with these fun pink flamingos and orchids.  $12.50 per yard.

QT Fabrics brings us Little Squirt.  There is so much fun and style in this whale of a collection from Studio 8! Lots of swirling dots and water droplets help create fresh prints. "Sea" what you can create for your favorite little one! $12.50 per yard.

Three new panels arrived this week!  The Quilted Cottage Sewing Phrase Patches evokes the whimsical world of Desiree's Quilted Cottage. It looks like sew much fun! The large panel print, patch print with phrases and allover designs feature sewing themed motifs.  $8.99 per panel.

The Sew & Go library has expanded to give you more options for gifting! These panels are great to grab, sew & go! There are options for lots of different fun projects and these panels are a great opportunity to teach the next generation of sewists your favorite past-time!  Choose from T-Rex or Patches the Bear.  $12.99 each.


If the big Handi Quilters intimidate you (they really shouldn’t, you know), try the little Simply Sixteen. Annette Burns will show you the ins and outs on Saturday, May 19, 10:30-12:30 in her Getting Started: the Simply Sixteen class. It is a pre-requisite for those who wish to rent the machine, and a great way to learn about it if you are considering buying one.

ProStitcher Premium: the Next Steps is a class for those who have taken the basic Getting Started class and want to know more. You will go more in depth on edge to edge quilting and start custom quilting. Class meets on Saturday, May 19, 1-4. Beth Morningstar is teaching.

Bruce is back on Sunday, May 20th. Please make an appointment now to have him clean your machine then.  One appointment is currently available.

Join Anne Brill on Tuesday, 5/22 at 10:30am for Honey Bunny.  Learn to sew up 1-1/2” strips to create a fun and easy baby quilt. Great class for confident beginners. Fun for all skill levels!

There are elementary schools in our region that have what one principal calls a "vocabulary gap", where children haven't had a good start at learning. "I Spy" quilts are good for learning to pick out images by name. On Friday, 5/25 at 10:30am, help us make I Spy quilts for schools in DC, Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, and Frederick County. All fabric is provided. Please bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies.  Please register for this free event, so we'll know how many people to expect.

The 25th is a great day for things free!  Our monthly Sit 'n' Sew starts at 5pm.  Bring your machine, handwork, a new project or an old project, perhaps some food to share, or just come to talk and have fun with other quilters. Capital Quilts will provide beverages and have staffers on hand to assist you in any way they can.

Electric Quilt has been the premier quilt design software for years.  Let Elyse show you all the ins and outs of EQ8 on Saturday, 5/26 at 1:30pm. 

Marianne can clean and tune your Janome sewing machine on Sunday, 5/27.  Make your appointment now!

Longarmers:  Have you ever wanted a quick way to do real custom work, offer one-of-a-kind quilting services? Use your own designs based on the theme of your customer's quilt? Or digitize a sketch of your customer and use it on her quilt top? Or create art quilts? Become an artist with the powerful, user friendly Art and Stitch program, and join the A&S Club!  Next meeting is Sunday, 5/27 at 12:30.  Ask for a pro-rated registration fee when joining this club.


June 1-3: QU Quilt Show at the Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA
June 9 & 10: Annapolis Quilt Show, Annapolis, MD
June 21 - September 4: Row by Row Experience
June 22 & 23: AccuQuilt GO! Event
July 14, 3-6, Northcott Lecture and Trunk Show, featuring the new FIGO line
September 14 & 15: Handi Quilter Education Event
October 5 & 6: "Around the Block" NeedleChasers Quilt Show, Kensington, MD
October 19-28: Quilters' Quest
October 19-20: Capital Quilts' Quilters' Quest Bus I
October 22-23: Capital Quilts' Quilters' Quest Bus II


We are still accepting Kennel Quilts for animals affected by natural disasters. Small Kennel Quilt kits are available in the shop; just ask for one!


The May prize is a pack of 5” charm squares from Northcott’s Toscana line.

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.

Sign up for our 5th Saturday Club! Purchase your Gold Tag for $10 and be able to participate in special sales on each of the four 5th Saturdays on 2018. The next one is at the end of June.

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

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  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877