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What's New at CQ 5/30/19

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Dear Sewalicious Friends,

Come see us at the Quilters Unlimited “Sea to Shining Sea” quilt show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA this weekend! The show is open Friday, 10-6, Saturday, 10-5, and Sunday, 10-4. This is always a great show, with wonderful quilts on display and lots of vendors (including us!). See you there!

Friday night, the 31st, is our May Sit-N-Sew get-together, 5-9. We meet the last Friday evening of every month. Bring your sewing stuff and some food to share with other attendees. We provide the beverages. Enjoy an evening of sewing and chatting with friends old and new. If you need help with something, just ask. It’s a time for fun and fellowship at Capital Quilts.

Those of you who have joined the Aurifil Thread Club, don’t forget to bring your card to the shop in June to get your discount on your large spool of thread! Those of you who haven’t joined, what are you waiting for??

Go ‘n’ piece,



Take 15% off hand-quilting supplies: hand-quilting thread, thread wax or conditioner, quilting "betweens" needles, finger cots, thimbles. In-store only.  5/31/19-6/6/19.

Build up your thread stash and save money at the same time. Join the Aurifil Club! We invite you to purchase a thread box containing one large spool of white Aurifil 50 wt. thread; usually this box costs $22.99, but we offer it to you for only $15.99. With the box you will receive an Aurifil Club Card. Each month, come into the shop and purchase one large spool of Aurifil thread, in the color of your choice, at a 15% discount.


We are always open until 9 on Fridays; when we have an evening class, we keep the shop open until 9 on that day, too. Upcoming evenings when we will be open until 9pm: Fridays, May 31, June 7, 14, 21, and 28; and Tuesday, June 11. On Sundays through June 16, we are open from 12-6.


This month we have a variety of Capital Quilts quilts hanging, some new, some old favorites, all with patterns available. Enjoy!


Handi Quilter longarm machines for less!

     Simply Sixteen: MSRP $5995, now $5,000.

     Amara: MSRP $11,995, now $8,499. Your choice of a 10’ or 12’ frame.

     Forte with ProStitcher: MSRP $24,495, now $18,495. Your choice of a 10’ or 12’ frame.

We will install your machine free of charge and provide a free lesson on its basic use and maintenance. There is a separate free class for the ProStitcher.



June 1-10, join the Block Party! Take $20 off all GO! Qube Mix & Match blocks and Companion Sets. Includes Serendipity by Edyta Sitar.

AccuQuilt GO! owners: have you heard about the new Quilt Block Center Cutting Cabinet designed just for the GO! machines? It is a high-quality cabinet by Horn of America, available in white, sunrise maple, or sunset maple. The table top is roomy enough for your GO! machine and a cutting mat for rotary cutting. Below the table top is loads of storage for all your dies and Qubes and mats plus a drawer for sundries. If you have a GO! BIG, a special table supports the die as it comes out of the machine. The dimensions with the table leaves open are 66.5”W x 27”D x 36.5”H. Closed, the width is 30.75”. $1,623 and FREE SHIPPING (a $300 savings). This is a limited time offer, good through June 15. What a great addition to your sewing studio!


Employee Pricing Event You pay what our employees pay! Employee pricing is available on ALL Janome models. Come into the shop to see what the big deal is!


Sew Steady has a new table bundle available. Get a large 18” x 24” Sew Steady table, a Large travel bag for transporting the table, and the new Grid Glider for $149. The regular price is $183.


Register for classes online, in the shop, or by calling 301-527-0598. Please register early; we need at least 3 people to make a class happen. If the class is cancelled by Capital Quilts, or if you let us know you can’t make it at least 7 days in advance of the class, you will get a refund or store credit. The Supply List for each class may be found on our Website at the lower left-hand corner of the class page. You may have to scroll down to find it.

Learn how to select the best needle to go with the thread that is best for your project. Barbara Kascic unravels the mysteries of threads and needles for you in her popular Needles and Thread lecture on Wednesday, June 5, 10:30-11:30.

Make a T-Shirt Pillow and at the same time learn the technique for making a T-shirt quilt! Take a favorite t-shirt, stabilize the knit fabric, add a flanged border, and create an envelope-style pillow cover. Insert a pillow form and you have a keepsake for a favorite person. Debra Ball teaches this class on Thursday, June 6, 10:30-1:30.

Learn how to longarm quilt in Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Longarm Machine on Friday, June 7, 6-9. Completion of this course certifies you to be able to rent the Amara and Forte longarm machines. If you are thinking about purchasing a longarm, this is a great way to learn about the machines in depth.

There is just 1 spot left in the popular Rag Basket class on Saturday, June 8, 2:30-5:30. Lois Sumser teaches.

EQ8 is a computer-based application with which you can preview, color, design, and resize your quilt. It calculates yardage for you, adds seam allowances, creates templates, rotary cutting instructions, and foundation piecing patterns. It works with both Windows and Mac. Learn how to use this fabulous software on Sunday, June 9, 1-4, with Elyse Turkeltaub. Class size is limited to 6.

The Stasia Dress is a super comfortable dress, perfect for our area’s hot summer days. Barbara Kascic will teach you how to make this dress on Tuesday, June 11, 10-4. She’ll help you get the sizing right and make it fit perfectly!

Tired of wrestling with your quilts as you try to quilt them on your sewing machine? Make life easier and quilt them on the Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen machine. Learn how on Wednesday, June 12, 11-1. Barbara Bean will show you how to use and take care of the machine in Getting Started: the Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen. Completion of the class certifies you to rent our machine. It’s also a great way to learn about the machine in detail if you have been thinking about purchasing one for your home.

Kathleen Barden is new to our teaching roster. Come meet her in her class, Mondo Bag, on Wednesday, June 12, 10:30-12:30. This is a great bag that comes in different sizes and is easy to make, just cut, fuse, and sew.

There are appointments available at 6, 7, and 8pm on Friday, June 14 for Sandwich Night. Bring your quilt top and backing, batting, and basting spray or pins and Carol will help you get your quilt sandwiched in no time. Remember that if you are having a longarm quilter do your quilting, you do not need to sandwich the quilt.

All events are free and fabric is provided. You need bring only your sewing machine, neutral thread, and sewing supplies. Please register for each workshop so that we know how many to expect. Coming up:

June 14 – Celebrate Flag Day by participating in this QOV sewing event to make quilts for veterans. 10:30-12:30

June 16 – Stitch along with Billye Roberts to make string quilts for the Interfaith Works Women’s Center. These quilts decorate the beds in the shelter, making the rooms welcoming and cheerful. Skill level: easy. 12-3

Small Kennel Quilts: We are always accepting small kennel quilts, and we always have free kits available for you to take home to make and return to us. They are a perfect little project for practicing your quilting skills! We receive requests from shelters for completed kennel quilts on a frequent basis, and there are a lot coming in now from the flooded and tornado-torn parts of the Midwest. We are running low on finished quilts and need your help making more.


Chong-a Hwang has done it again!  Misty from Timeless Treasures features blossoms and butterflies and deep. rich colors.  This fabric line has it all: focus fabrics, blenders, a border stripe -- even a panel!  $12.99 per yard.

Lickin Flames is a two-person company that makes, among other things, amazingly beautiful buttons and scissor fobs.  We have a few, so come in and take a look, as photos do not do justice to this pottery.  We've also scheduled a trunk show for November, where you can learn all about the creative processes that create these gorgeous pieces.  $18 each.

   • May 31-June 2: Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show, Chantilly, VA
   • June 8-9: Annapolis Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Annapolis, MD
   • July 11-28: Sacred Threads, Reston, VA
   • August 2-3: Four County Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Frederick, MD
   • September 21-22: Friendship Quilters of Linthicum and Eternal Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Linthicum, MD
   • October 11-20: Quilters' Quest
   • November 1-3: Everybody's Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Westminster, MD
   • November 16: Lickin Flames Trunk Show, 3-5


May’s prize is a clear zippered pouch full of goodies, including 3 Ghee’s zippers, a measuring tape, needle guidebook, luggage tags, a pen, Aurifil thread, an owl button, a mini petal template, 2 purse-size lint rollers, and a scissors lanyard. WOW!

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.

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  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877