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What's New at CQ 6/28/18

"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." John F. Kennedy

Dear Summer Sewers,

Row by Row “Sew Musical” is underway. Our row is called “The Kennedy Center” and we have both kits and patterns. As you visit different quilt shops this summer, take a look around. If they have something or do something you think you’d like to see at Capital Quilts, let me know! I am always open to new ideas.

Since 2011, Row by Row Experience has engaged tens of thousands of quilters all over the world with the fun of collecting free row patterns while visiting local quilt shops, then creating themed quilts projects using the rows they collect. Visit quilt shops between today and September 4. Each shop will give you a free pattern for its row; many will also offer kits for sale, which will include the pattern. If you are so inclined, create a quilt using at least 8 rows from 8 different shops. Quilt it, bind it, and label it, and take it to a participating quilt shop. If you are the first to submit a quilt, you will win a prize of 25 fat quarters! If one of the rows in your quilt is from that shop, the shop will give you a second prize. See complete program details at

Saturday, June 30, is the 2nd Fifth Saturday of the year. If you don’t already have a Capital Quilts Blue Bag and a Fifth Saturday golden ticket, buy yours before the 30th and join in the fun. Fifth Saturday Club members will receive 20% off all regularly priced items in the shop, and 25% off fabric if you buy all that is on the bolt (an “End of Bolt Sale”). Sewing machines, books, and clearance items are not included because we discount them every day. AccuQuilt items are also not included, by the rules set forth by AccuQuilt. The shops along our street are having a Sidewalk Sale that day as well.

Our AccuQuilt event last weekend was well received! If you were unable to attend, don’t despair! We’ll be having more events, and you can always ask for a demonstration anytime in the shop. We are also having classes: the first is on July 10. Called “Two by Two”, Debra Ball will begin at the beginning and explain how to use these fabulous machines. You’ll use yours to cut out a quilt, and in the second session, you’ll make that quilt. Skill level: beginner. If you haven’t purchased an AccuQuilt GO! machine yet, you can use the shop machine.

Be sure to go to the AccuQuilt website and sign up for their newsletter. Stay up to date on the latest and greatest as well as specials being offered. Capital Quilts will offer the same specials…and you won’t have to pay shipping! Support your local quilt shop! I can order anything from AccuQuilt.

SEW DAYS: Learn how to make an apron out of a tea towel tonight, June 28 at 6:30! The Tea Towel Apron class is suitable for all skill levels, even someone with no sewing experience who would like to learn. Don’t have a sewing machine? No worries, you can use one of ours. Sign up online or in the shop: it’s only $5!

If you love paper piecing or would like to learn how, take “Bright Log Cabin” on Friday, June 29, 12:30-4:30. It’s a great stash buster! Once you have the technique down, you can make blocks in spare moments of time; eventually you’ll have enough to put together in a quilt.

Sunday is July 1, and that means the beginning of a new quarter full of great classes. Check the Classes tab and calendar on our website to see what is coming up. The quarterly newsletter is in the works, but you can sign up now if you see something you like online.

Even though we're already receiving entries for the summer sewing challenge, “Do You See What I See?”, it isn't too late for you to join in the fun!   Come to the shop to get a rules sheet and pick your inspirational picture. We have three categories with prizes in each: All Quilters, Kids Under 18, and CQ Teachers/Staff. Finished quilts are just 20” x 20”, due on July 22nd. You can do this and have a whale of a good time! There is a $5 registration fee. Top prize for All Quilters and Teachers/Staff is a $50 Capital Quilts Gift Card; top prize for Kids Under 18 is a $30 CQ Gift Card.

AccuQuilt Club members: don’t forget that we are meeting on June 30 at 10:30.

Capital Quilts will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Go 'n' Piece,

FOR SALE: Floor Model HQ Forte, with ProStitcher. Price for the Forte/ProStitcher: $18,796.00. 10’ or 12’ frame, your choice. If you live within 50 miles of the shop, you’ll save up to $465 in shipping and handling costs. Free “Getting Started” classes for both the machine and the ProStitcher, a bobbin winder, leaders, and a box of goodies (bobbins, bobbin case, oil, tools, thread samples, and needles) included. If you are interested, please contact me at or 301-527-0598. Full warranty.

Purchase a new Handi Quilter Amara or Forte and I will include for free a ruler bundle, valued at over $400, that includes a ruler base, a Sure Foot, Handi Grip Strips, and five rulers. I have two of these bundles in stock.


Janome: Enjoy employee discounts of up to 25% on select machines! Included in the special are the HMC15000, the MC9400, the MC6700, and the longarm machine Quilt Maker Pro 18 with ProStitcher. Click here for more info!


Christmas is coming!  We're getting in more holiday fabric every week.  From Moda Fabrics, check out Janet Clare's Wintertide, featuring penguins, pine trees, and cabins in the wood.  $$11.99 per yard.

If chickadees and holly berries are more your thing, you'll love Swedish Christmas by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics.  $12.50 per yard.

Do you love blenders like we love blenders?  Solid-ish by Kimberly Einmo is our latest blender passion.  There are a total of 29 bolts, each color prettier than the next!  $10.99 per yard.

Issue #13 of Simple Moderne magazine has arrived!  View 27 beautiful quilts from the 5th Quiltcon in Pasadena, California and meet designers Christine Perrigo and Maria Shell. Meet Sandra Johnson - a contemporary artist with traditional roots. Projects include: Flip Flop by Kim Schaefer; Peony Quilt by Odile Bailloeul; Mariposa by Pamela Goecke Dinndorf; Starry Path by Marti Michell and Natalie Delarge; Fracture by Emma Coutancier; Rolling Smart by Brigitte Heitland; Surf Boards by Anne-Marie Saudo; Berkeley Blue by Amy Walsh; Roundabout by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams; Love Forever by Sandra Johnson; Family Tree by Tonya Alexander; Blue Ferns by Margarita Korioth; Mod Cactus by Helen Robinson and Jenny Pedigo.   $17.99 each

We have new Mini Mosaic patterns!  Choose from Salty (the crab), Key West Sunrise, Road Trip (camper), and Foxter.  $16.00 each.

Books are always discounted at Capital Quilts!  Come in and browse our selection!

Sign up for classes online, in the shop, or by phone at 301-527-0598.

Learn how to make an apron out of a tea towel! Betsy Kulamer is teaching the next Sew Days class, Tea Towel Apron, on Thursday, June 28, 6:30-9. Only $5! Sew Days classes are introductory classes aimed at people with little or no sewing experience, but anybody can take the class and enjoy themselves a bunch.

Looking for a way to use up your stash? Look no further! Robin Rothstein will help you out with the Bright Log Cabin class. This foundation paper-pieced quilt is a fun and cheerful way to use all sorts of scraps and odds and ends. Don’t have a stash? We have lots of clearance fabrics, remnants, and scrap bags at the shop. Friday, June 29, 12:30-4:30.

Friday the 29th is also the last Friday of the month, which means it is time for Sit ‘n’ Sew! Join us anytime between 5 and 9. Bring your own project and some food to share. Capital Quilts provides the beverages. Staffers are happy to help you with any problems you might be having. Free!

On Saturday, 6/30, at 2pm we offer Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm. This class is designed to get you started on your longarm quilting journey! You will learn the ins and outs of the longarm machine and the frame, how to set up for quilting a quilt, what proper tension is, and some basic quilting designs.

Does your machine need a "spa day"? Make an appointment to bring it in on Sunday, 7/1! Bruce will give it a thorough cleaning, and you'll get to take your machine home the same day!

Vintage Holiday is a new Block of the Month! Anne Brill will be your guiding light for six months. You will receive your fabrics and pattern in the first class, which meets on Monday, July 9, 10-12. The BOM will continue to meet on the 2nd Monday morning of each month through December; the single exception is September, when class will meet on the 17th instead. Open to 9 people.

Have some T-shirts that hold sweet memories? Turn them into a quilt! Debra Ball’s T-Shirt Quilt class meets on Monday, July 9 and 23, 6:30-8:30.

Two by Two is an AccuQuilt workshop, as described at the beginning of this newsletter. The class meets on July 10 and 17, 10:30-12:30.

Barbara Kascic has made a Twist & Turn Jacket that is absolutely stunning. She used rayon batik and Alison Glass’s Insignia fabric. You can make one, too, in Barbara’s class on Tuesday, July 10, 1:30-4:30.

Are you planning a trip to the beach? You’ll need a new Beach Tote! Hilary Hastie’s design is one of the most popular patterns we’ve ever had. She teaches the class on Wednesday, July 11 and 18m 10:30-12:30.

The next SEW DAYS class is scheduled for Thursday, July 12th at 6:30pm.  In this "Quick Zip Bag" class, you'll learn how to fuse batting to fabric, quilt, and install a zipper. You will take home a zippered bag that is about 6" x 8", perfect for life's little necessities!


     July 4: CLOSED
     September 8: Aboriginal Fabric Dot Art Lecture & Trunk Show with Phyliss Twigg Hatcher
     September 8: Quilt Appraisals with Phyliss Twigg Hatcher
     September 8: Northcott Lecture and Trunk Show, featuring the new FIGO line
     September 14 & 15: Handi Quilter Education Event, "Quilting is a Stitch"
     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're looking for donations of fun, bright, child friendly prints for our upcoming CQ Cares Pillowcase Workshop.  We are in need of yardage, as most of our already donated "kid fabric" is in FQs, which are inappropriate for pillowcase sewing.  We will have tak home kits available for those unable to make the workshop.

We’ve received a request for kennel quilts from a shelter helping pets affected by the fires in Colorado and from a shelter in Florida. Small Kennel Quilt kits are available in the shop; just ask for one!


The June prize is a star pack of four fat quarters of Hoffman blue batiks and a luggage tag from AccuQuilt.

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. The Golden Tickets will not be available for purchase on the day of the 5th Saturday Sale.

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

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