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What's New at CQ 7/11/19

"The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there's ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it's really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow." Carlton Cuse

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Dear Friends of Capital Quilts,

We have rescheduled tonight's reception for Diane Garrison, our current artist-on-display. The reception and Gallery Talk will now be held Sunday, July 21 at 2:00pm. Come hear Diane talk about her quilts and her journey in the quilting world. Free, but please register so that I know about how much fruit and cheese and chocolate to provide!

Please welcome Jim Stubblefield to Capital Quilts! Jim is our newest machine technician. He will have two appointments this Saturday, at 1 and 3, and the following Saturday, July 20, at 1 and 3. Thereafter he will be on Tuesday afternoons, 1-5. Jim can service only Janome, Elna, and Necchi machines. He likes working on sergers, so if your serger hasn’t been cleaned in a while, I recommend Jim to you.

Rod’s Sharpening Service will be here on Wednesday, July 17 in the morning. Please bring your scissors, pinking shears, knives, and small gardening tools (under 12”) to the shop on or before Tuesday, July 16. Bundle your items with rubber bands or packing tape in a towel, basket, box, or other wrap that won’t allow the sharp blades to protrude and hurt anybody (no plastic bags). Include your name and phone number and your payment inside the bundle. Beauty salon shears are $25.00 each; everything else is $7 each. Cash or check, please.

Scott Fortunoff, owner of the Jaftex fabric companies, wrote a wonderful post recently about the ways you as a customer can help your favorite quilt shops, or any shop you enjoy and want to help remain in business. Click here to read the post.

The By Annie Trunk Show has arrived! Find lots of nifty bags, totes, and organizers on the table as soon as you walk in the front door. Patterns are on their way; meanwhile, you can place a special order and we will save it or them for you.

Kathy Barden has joined our teaching staff and will be teaching a year-long series of bag and tote classes, one each month. Let’s call it Bag of the Month! The first class is an easy one to get you started on basic skills: The Basic Tote, on Thursday, August 8, 1:30-3:30. She will teach other classes as well, such as “Happy Handles” on Wednesday, July 24, 1-3. This is a class on round handles that work well with many bags; you can substitute them for handles in a pattern you have, or to one you design on your own.

Are you part of a group that needs a meeting space? Capital Quilts is happy to rent you its classroom for just $25 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!).

The Janome Summer Scratch Off Savings Giveaway has begun! Now through July 31, 2019, come into the shop and enjoy a demo of any Janome machine. Receive a Scratch Off Card and scratch off the disc and instantly win one of 22 prizes.

And if you like what you tried, 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.

Handi Quilter is partnering with us to have a nifty promotion right now. Buy a new machine and get a Capital Quilts Bounce Back Gift Certificate in the amount of $200, $300, or $400, depending on which machine you purchase. Spend the Gift Certificate on anything you like in the shop. HQ’s fine print: may not be combined with other HQ offers, discounts, or promotions. Valid for one-time use only (in other words, you have to spend it all in one shopping spree!). Bounce Back Gift Certificates have no cash value are not redeemable for cash, and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. CQ’s fine print: Bounce Back Gift Certificate valid day after purchase date to six months from purchase date.

Thank you for shopping at Capital Quilts!

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, July 12, 19, and 26.

IN THE GALLERY: 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. Join us in the shop on Saturday, July 21, 2-3:30 for a reception for Diane. She will give a Gallery Talk about her journey as a quilter.

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.


ACCUQUILT: It’s Christmas in July! Select GO! dies are up to 40% off all month long. Come by the shop to see what is on sale. The GO! machines are also marked down: get a $30 rebate on the GO! Me, a $75 rebate on Ready.Set.GO, and bring in your coupon for $100 off the GO! Big (or we can print one for you).

HANDI QUILTER: SHOPPING SPREE! Purchase a new Handi Quilter machine today, go shopping on us tomorrow! Receive a Capital Quilts gift certificate for $200, $300, or $400, depending on which machine you purchase. Spend it on anything you like in the shop! Through July 15.

JANOME: EMPLOYEE PRICING EVENT You pay what our employees pay! Employee pricing is available on ALL Janome is a deeper discount than is usually available to you. 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!

Come in for a demo and instantly win a prize with the Summer Scratch Off Savings Giveaway! Now through July 31 while supplies last.

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.

Take 50% off the Sew Steady gray travel bags, large (26” by 26”) or not as large (20” by 26”). Limited stock available, offer valid while supplies last. You can buy them through the Sew Steady website and pick them up here at Capital Quilts!


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, you will get a refund. If you let us know you can’t make it at least 8 days in advance of the class, you will get a store credit. Cancellations 7 or fewer days before the class are not refundable, but you can try to find someone to take your place. If there is waiting list, we’ll try to help with that. 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.

Liz Brodsky loves to teach embroidery. Take her Intro to Wool Embroidery class on Saturday, July 13, 2-4:30 and learn lots of beautiful stitches. If you are allergic to wool, try flannel and cotton embroidery floss.

Elyse teaches Getting Started: Art & Stitch on Saturday, July 20, 11-2. Create your own Edge-to-Edge quilting pattern using Art & Stitch software. You’ll cover the basics and the most often used tools and techniques.

Do something different with your summer: learn how to make Fabric and Felt Jewelry! Lois Sumser will show you how to make jewelry that is always original, lightweight to wear, and a great way to use up your scraps! Kit included. Saturday, July 20, 2:30-5:30.

Enjoy up to 6 blissful hours of sewing and fun with Kat in Night Owl Sewing. This mini-store retreat is on Saturday, July 20, 6-midnight (stay as little or as long as you like). Includes pizza and drinks and a $10 Gift Card.

Learn how to use quilting rulers to get a professional look using the longarm. Barbara Bean will teach you the basics in Longarm Rulers 101 on Sunday, July 21, 12-2. This class is a prerequisite for two other ruler classes being taught later, one in August and one in September.

The Sew Together Bag, a terrific clutch-sized bag, has seven pockets, and three of them are zippered! If this doesn't keep you organized, nothing will. Phyliss Jaffe makes zippers easy. Beware: all your friends will want one! Take this popular class on Tuesday, July 23, 10:30-12:30.

The next Sandwich Day is Tuesday, July 23. Appointments are available at 2, 3, 4, and 5. Bring your top, backing, batting, and basting spray or pins and we’ll help you get that quilt sandwiched in no time. Don’t forget that if your quilt is going to be quilted on a longarm, you do not need to sandwich it.

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCED: Kathy Barden is teaching Happy Handles on Wednesday, July 24, 1-3. You can add these handles to any bag you are making. The pattern gives instructions for 19” and 25” handles, along with instructions on adjusting the length.

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:

Quilts of Valor:
Help make quilts for our military service men and women who have protected our freedoms and our country. Join our QOV chapter if you like. Our next meeting is Friday, July 19, 10:30-1. Project Leader: Sue Moats

Holiday Stockings and Bags: On Wednesday, July 24 (Christmas Eve in July!), we are making stockings and bags to share with the children at NIH later in the year. These stockings and bags will be filled with goodies and presented to the children to give them a bit of holiday cheer. Sew with us from 10:15-12:15. Project Leader: Jan Wisor

Small Kennel Quilts: We are always accepting small kennel quilts, and we always have free basic kits available for you to take home to make and return to us. (They're great stashbusters, too!) 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 hurricane season is coming!


Celebrate a traditional Christmas with fabric from Timeless Treasures.  These silver-etched fabrics featuring cardinals, poinsettias, holly, and evergreen are perfect for your holiday project. $12.99 per yard.

You can get a head start on your Halloween projects too, with Boo Crew from Timeless Treasures.  $12.50 per yard.

Scrap Heap: a random mix of fabric and lace scraps tossed on a table motivated Laura Berringer to create Scrap Squares and Scrap Lace, monochromatic texture designs with a dimensional feel. Scrap Squares features rich jewel tones, while Scrap Lace colors are lighter, softer background tones. We have 12 bolts of beautifully saturated color, $12.50 per yard.

The Dritz Thread Cutter Caddy is ideal for cutting threads between chain pieced fabric. Small items such as pins or thimbles fit handily inside the caddy. Magnetic sides catch pins or needles. $10.99 each

Perfect your patchwork with Piecing Makeover, a visual, step-by-step guide to 21 popular quilt blocks. Piecing expert Patty Murphy shows you how with fail-proof techniques that can be used in all types of quilt designs, from traditional to modern. Say goodbye to patchwork problems like mismatched seams, blunt points, and too-small blocks, and learn to avoid common mistakes in sashings, borders, and bindings. Though mistakes happen to all of us, these easy techniques will help beginning and intermediate quilters achieve quiltmaking success every time. MSRP $29.95, CQ price $28.45.

Take a walk on the wild side with these super cute animal shapes. Perfect for baby blankets, bags and decor. This die works with all AccuQuilt cutting machines. The Zoo Animals Die sells for $59.99.

Do you love buttons?  We do, and Dress It Up makes wonderful, themed novelty button packs, perfect for embellishing your wall hanging or other project.  $2-$3 each.


• 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



Join the The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Baltimore Constellation Chapter for a very special event! Heather Hook's Closet of History: a Timeline of Embroidery & Fashion in the 19th Century on Saturday, October 12th at the Chartwell Country Cub (no stairs!) in Severna Park. Heather will be sharing a large portion of her 4000+ antique clothing collection with participants. Learn about the rise and fall of women's fashions in the 19th century, with special emphasis on embroidered pieces. Lunch will be served.  $40 per person.  Please contact Leslie Carson ( for additional information or to purchase tickets. 


July’s prize is a charm pack of the “Mix” collection from Timeless Treasures and a pattern called “Zip to Shape” from Ghee’s. The pattern includes instructions for a drawstring bag in four sizes.

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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