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What's New at CQ 06/20/2019

"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world." Ada Louise Huxtable

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Dear Quilters of Exquisite Taste,

Tomorrow is the first day of summer, and that means it is the first day of Row by Row 2019! The theme this year is “Taste the Experience”. We interpret that to mean all things food and the dining experience. Our block, “Capital Diner”, stands alone, but it is also designed to coordinate with the other shops in Quilters’ Quest. If you visit all 10 Quest shops and make all 10 blocks, you will have a very nice Row by Row quilt. The 10 shops are Bear’s Paw in Towson, MD, Material Girls in La Plata, MD, Patches in Mt. Airy, MD, The Crabby Quilter in Annapolis, MD, Traditions at the White Swan in Hagerstown, MD, Scrappy Apple in Winchester, VA, The Crazy Cousin in Fredericksburg, VA, Jinny Beyer in Great Falls, VA, Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA, and, of course, Capital Quilts.

Not familiar with Quilters’ Quest? It is an annual shop hop that the 10 shops do together, this year October 11-20. The 2019 theme is “Book Tour”, and each shop has selected a book to highlight in its shop. We each have a unique quilt pattern that we have designed just for Quest, available for free during the shop hop, 10” fabric squares that you can earn or purchase, games, prizes, and lots of lovely shopping. Each shop is sponsoring a bus that travels to all 10 shops in 2 days; bus riders receive a Quilters’ Quest 2019 Tote Bag and a Rewards Card worth 15% off purchases made at the 10 shops through September 30, 2020 (some restrictions apply). You can reserve a seat on a bus now through October 10, while available. Visit to learn more.

Are you part of a group that needs a meeting space? Capital Quilts is happy to rent you its classroom for just $20 an hour. It’s a great space for sewing bees, small sewing, knitting or other craft groups, and kids’ sewing parties. Our staff is on hand to assist you. You can bring food and drink (just please keep it in the classroom!).

If you are interested in purchasing a sit-down quilting machine, I can offer you a great deal on a new Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen that includes free shipping ($230 value), free TruStitch ($995 value), and a free 5’ HighLight ($350 value). Give me a call at 301-527-0598 or stop by and visit the shop. Offer valid through June 30.

It’s a great time to buy a new Janome sewing machine or serger. Pay what Capital Quilts employees pay; get the same discount they enjoy. Come talk to us about the Employee Pricing Event and test drive some machines! You won’t get a better price for a fabulous machine at any other time of the year. Come in before July 31.

Sewing Tip: We all know accuracy is important in our measurements. For a quick way to turn a given width, say 1” for a hem, mark a piece of cardstock or other light cardboard with a line 1” from the edge. Lay the cardstock down on top of your fabric with the line parallel to the edge. Turn the fabric over the cardstock so that the edge is aligned with the line. Press and voila! Be sure to mark the line on the card with a pencil or pen that won’t leave a mark on your fabric. Capital Quilts carries a product made by Clover called “Press Perfect” that is pre-marked with 1”, 1/8”, ¼” and ½” lines as well as diagonals. Ask for it!

We are currently looking for a part-time employee with flexible availability. If working in a quilt shop sounds like a dream come true, please contact Alison directly by calling 301-527-0598.

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,

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, June 21 and 28.

IN THE GALLERY: There is a new show happening! Diane Garrison is generously sharing some of her quilts with us this month. They are cheerful and whimsical, everything from 3D bats to cupcakes to a seek-and-find quilt.

HANDI QUILTER FLOOR MODEL SALE: 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.


JANOME: 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! These prices are being offered through July 31. Don’t miss out; ask about these terrific savings today!

SEW STEADY: 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.

Do you love a mystery? Join Kim Jalette on Saturday, June 22, 1-6 to make a Mystery Quilt. Kim will lead you through the process, step by step. Sewing wenches will be on hand to do the pressing and help. If all goes well, you will go home well on your way to a completed 52” x 66” quilt top! Check the supply list on our website for fabric and other requirements. We are glad to help you with your choices.

There is one appointment available at 5 on Tuesday, June 25 for Sandwich Day. 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.

Learn how to use rulers when quilting on your domestic sewing machine in Rulers for the Sewing Machine. NOTE: THIS CLASS IS FOR HIGH-SHANK DOMESTIC MACHINES. Liz Brodsky will show your how to use straight, curved, and circular templates to achieve the look of longarm quilting. Your will be able to try each of the rulers. Contact the shop if you are not sure if your machine has a high shank. Thursday, June 27, 1:30-3:30.

Our June Sit-N-Sew is on Friday, June 28, 5-9. Bring some food to share with others. Capital Quilts provides the beverages. Bring your own project and supplies. Shop staff are on hand to answer questions.

In Fabric Fun on Saturday, June 29, 10-1, Julie Taylor will have you painting, using colored pencils, paint sticks, and crayons, doing simple tie-dying, using Terial Magic spray, and printing with stencils, vegetables, and more. You will take home 6” blocks you can use later.

If you know anybody 14 years old or older who would like to learn how to sew, please let them know that we are having a Learn to Sew: the Basics class on Saturday, June 29, 1:30-5:30. The class will learn about the sewing machine and how to thread it and wind a bobbin. From there we go on to learning about fabric, then how to sew a simple seam and press it. We also learn how to “unsew” with a seam ripper. We will make a pillowcase to practice what we learn.

Liz Brodsky is teaching the Capital Quilts Complete Course of Quilting this summer. Classes will meet on Monday afternoons, 2:30-4:30, for 10 weeks beginning July 1. Learn everything from fabric selection to binding and making a label. Class will not meet on Labor Day. The final class is on September 9.

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:

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.


Winter Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou for Kaufman is here!  Let your imagination run wild with all of the metallic and pearl highlighted coordinating fabric in this collection and you are sure to make a wonderful seasonal quilt or wall hanging to decorate your home with! $12.99 per yard.

PFD (prepared-for-dyeing) fabric is back in stock!  Choose from Patina PFD Bleach White 100% Cotton, $9.99 per yard, or Pimatex PFD Bleach White, 8.99 per yard.  Both from Robert Kaufman.

Also from Robert Kaufman are several iterations of their popular Fusions 11 Metallic blenders.  These are perfect for pairing with your gilded holiday prints or with your elegant Asian prints.  $11.99 per yard.

We have new Australian aboriginal fabrics!  These are a sampling of the new bolts we got in.  Come in and see them in person!  $12.99 per yard.

Finally, we have new fabrics from Island Batiks. $13.99 per yard.


     • July 1-31: ByAnnie Trunk Show
     • 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
     • October 14 & 15: Capital Quilts' Quest Bus (reserve your seat today!)
     • November 1-3: Everybody's Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Westminster, MD
     • November 16: LickinFlames Trunk Show, 3-5


June’s prize is a Folk Art Fantasy charm pack from Contempo Fabrics and a retractable measuring tape from Clover.

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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  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877