Skip Navigation Website Accessibility

About Us   |   Contact Us   |   View Cart

What's New at CQ 07/12/18

"There is nothing I like better at the end of a hot summer's day than taking a short walk around the garden. You can smell the heat coming up from the earth to meet the cooler night air." Peter Mayle

Dear Creative Community Members,

Please welcome Carol Willis to the staff. Carol comes to us from California, where she started her own business making T-shirt quilts for people as well as managing a gift shop. She is a member of our sales associate team.

The Newsletter for the classes we are offering during these hot summer months is now online. Be cool, and stay cool, by taking a class here at the shop. It’s fun to sew with others, to swap stories and hints and learn something new together. When I teach, I always learn something new from my students; it is definitely a two-way experience. There is lots to choose from: quilts, crafts, techniques, lectures, machine use, and more. And it is never too late to join a club: we prorate your fee through the end of the year. Sign up online, in the shop, or by phone at 301-527-0598. Bring your friends!

Introducing a new club: the AccuQuilt GO! Club! This is a club for owners of the AccuQuilt GO! machines. Liz Brodsky will be your fearless leader. She will review basic techniques and teach you more advanced ones. There will be lots of sharing and, of course, show-and-tell. There will be projects and challenges, inspiration and creativity. We begin on August 28, 1-3 and will meet thereafter on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1-3. The pro-rated registration fee for August 2018 is $30.

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! If what you want is not in stock, I will order it for you. Support your local quilt shop!

Rae Cumbie’s class, Surface Design Fun, is a day to play! Spend a day with Rae as she introduces you to her favorite surface design techniques for clothing. Try out Sheva Paint sticks and raw edge collage.   See examples of how beads and buttons bring clothing to life. Bring solid cottons in various weights and prints with large scale motifs if you like. Throw in some clothing with spots or holes that need a new life. A small kit fee will include the tools you need to have a playful day. And while Rae has aimed this class at garment sewers, because that is what she does, I see no reason why quilters can’t take this class and apply the same techniques to quilts. Class meets on Thursday, July 19, 10-4. I predict this will be one of the most fun things you do this summer!

The Quilters’ Quest 2018 shop hop is 97 days away. Don’t miss out on riding the bus with us; sign up today! For just $150, you get a light breakfast, lunch, water, snacks, entertainment, a “bus mom (or dad)” to take care of all the paperwork and make your experience the best, and, best of all, we do all the driving while you relax on a luxury coach. You will spend about an hour in each shop. We are offering two bus trips: #1 on October 19 & 20, and #2 on October 22 & 23. Each person who visits all ten shops will get a 15% discount card good at all 10 shops until about a month prior to next year’s Quilters’ Quest, as well as a cotton, nautical-themed tote bag.

It is nearly time for Rod’s Sharpening Service to return to us. He will be here on July 18. Bring your scissors, pinking shears, beauty salon shears, knives, and small garden tools (less than 12”) to the shop not later than July 17. Wrap them well in a towel, box, or other container that will keep those of us who handle the bundle from getting cut. VERY IMPORTANT: include your name, address, and phone number and a check or cash for payment. Beauty salon shears are $20; everything else is $7 each.

The summer sewing challenge, “Do You See What I See?” is in full swing. It isn't too late for you to join in the fun if you can sew fast!   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. A few quilts have been turned in already, including one from Saudi Arabia!

Go 'n' Piece,


AccuQuilt GO!
: Now through 7/16 only, purchase the very portable AccuQuilt GO! Baby for only $99.99!

Select GO! Dies are also on sale through July 31st, up to 40% off MSRP.

Horn of America: For the month of July, Horn is offering free shipping on models 6420 and 6440. These are smaller cabinets with a table height of 36”. Both models have left swing-up panels with support, a rear drop leaf with support panel, and will accommodate any domestic sewing machine, including embroidery machines. The 6440 also has a bi-fold door to close the cabinet. The 6420 is priced at $3148, and the 6440 is $3398. Call 301-527-0598 or visit us to place your order.

Janome: For a limited time, anyone can get the same discount on select Janome machines that Janome employees get, up to 25%! 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! Offer good through July 31.


A new shipment of TNT Quilt Boards has arrived, all sizes. If you find yourself frustrated with the pointed end of your ironing board, or iron on a towel covered counter, these will solve your pressing problems! Several sizes are available to fit your specific needs. All boards are hand made in the USA with high-quality wood, lined with fabric, two layers of Warm and Natural® cotton batting, and covered with home decorator cotton oxford fabrics. $34.99 - 199.99, depending on size.

Add another winner to P&B Basics catalog! Bahara is a new texture so elegant and detailed it is unlike anything they've created before. Colors that are both bright and rich are sure to develop great new dimensions for any quilt project. $10.99/yard.

Books are discounted every day at Capital Quilts!

Learn how to use free machine embroidery and applique to create textile art inspired by everyday life in Layered and Stitched Pictures by Katie Essam.  MSRP $29.95, CQ price only $25.46.


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

Need help with sandwiching a quilt? Make an appointment at either 7 or 8 o’clock on Friday evening, July 13. If you are having your project quilted by a longarm quilter, you do not need to sandwich the quilt.

Journals make a lovely gift any time of the year. Annie will show you how to make a beautiful Decorated Journal Cover on Sunday, July 15, 12:30-4:30.

Capital Quilts Cares: Placemats for Seniors Jan Wisor will lead the group from 10:30-12:30 on Monday, July 16. Please join us! All fabric is provided, and as always, the CQC event is free. Please bring your sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, and thread. Thank you for being a part of the Capital Quilts Cares community!

This month’s Tucker University tool is the Corner Pop. Use it to add color to your blocks. The class meets on Tuesday, July 17, 2-5.

Stay cool on Tuesday, July 17, and make a Rag Basket with Lois Sumser from 6-9. You can use your AccuQuilt GO! machine to cut strips!

Want to know more about the Handi Quilter ProStitcher software? Take Getting Started: the Basics of ProStitcher Premium with Elyse Turkeltaub on Wednesday, July 18, 1-4. Taking this class certifies you to use the ProStitcher when you rent one of our HQ longarm machines.

Surface Design Fun, Thursday, July 19, 10-4, is kindergarten for quilters and garment sewers! Rae Cumbie demonstrates how to paint, applique, and add buttons, beads, crystals, and more to make your clothing and quilts extra special. Bring some old clothing that needs refreshing or a hole covered up, or bring a quilt or some quilt blocks to experiment on. A small kit fee of $10 lets you play all day with supplies that Rae brings.

Know someone who wants to learn how to sew? Jan Wisor will teach the new Sew Days: Card Case, on Thursday, July 19, 6:30-9. This fun little card case is perfect for gift cards and business cards. Learn how to place and secure snaps and make use of fusible web.

WHOOOOO? You! Sign up for Night Owl Sewing, a mini in-store retreat with Kat Martinez on Saturday, July 21, 6-midnight. Bring one or more projects to work on. We’ll fill your tummy with pizza and beverages and your wallet with a $10 CQ Gift Card. Party with us! (You don’t have to stay until midnight if you don’t want to!)

Did you miss Betsy Kulamer’s Color Theory class last quarter? You have another chance to take it on Sunday, July 22, 3-5.   If you wonder why some color combinations work and some don’t, if you feel timid about selecting your own unique palette of fabrics, if you suspect you are in a color rut, this class will introduce you to the tools and concepts helpful in working with color. You’ll learn the basic language of color and how to use a color wheel. You’ll get tips and techniques for creating satisfying color palettes. Class exercises will illustrate color dominance, color relativity, and spotting the color that’s missing or that doesn’t belong. Quilters and sewers of all skill levels are invited to attend.

Take Getting Started: Simply Sixteen to become familiar with this small longarm machine and become certified to rent it. Class meets on Monday, July 23, 10:30-12:30. Annette teaches.

July 24 is Christmas-in-July Eve! Get in the mood in our Slice of Christmas class!  Cathy Sullivan leads you through the steps to make this tree skirt with ease.  Class meets noon-5pm.

  • 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
  • November 9-10: AccuQuilt Education Event

We're looking for donations of fun, bright, child friendly prints for our upcoming CQ Cares Pillowcase Workshop on September 14th. 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 take-home kits available for those unable to make the workshop.

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

Click to visit the
Capital Quilts website

Monday-Saturday, 11-5
Sunday 12-5


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