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What's New at CQ 8/22/19

"Every time you revisit a book, you get something else out of it." Jacqueline Woodson

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Dear Friends of Fibers,

Greetings from the  staff "mice", who are playing while the boss "cat" is away!  Alison will be back in the shop next week, full of stories about her mother/daughter vacation in Spain!

Announcement: We've added a Rag Basket class on Saturday, August 31 at 2:30pm. Make your own rag basket in this popular class! They're great for storage, gifts, etc. Sign up online, at the shop, or by phone 301-527-0598.

You have more than 5 weeks to complete our Book Cover Challenge!  Be inspired by a favorite book and design an 18” x 24” quilt that represents the book, like a piece of cover art. Bring us your completed quilt not later than September 30. We will hang the quilts in the Gallery during Quilters’ Quest. I think that is appropriate for the Quilters’ Quest Book Tour theme, don’t you? Prizes will be offered. There is a small $5 registration fee. Call or visit the shop to register to participate in this fun event!

LABOR DAY:  Capital Quilts will close at 4:00pm on Monday, September 2nd.

We have three Quilt Appraisal appointments with Phyllis Twigg Hatcher on Saturday, September 7th.

Quilters’ Quest is just 7 weeks away! Reserve your seat on our bus now so you are not disappointed later. We travel to all 10 shops in 2 days, October 14 & 15, provide lunch, snacks, and a hostess with the mostest to take care of your every need.

Thank you for shopping at Capital Quilts!

Go ‘n’ piece,
Kat & the CQ Staff

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: August 23, 27, 29, and 30, and September 6th.

IN THE GALLERY: Come see Nancy Sharp’s delightful and improvisational quilts. They will be on display through the end of the month. It may set you on a whole new quilting path!

HANDI QUILTER FLOOR MODEL SALE: Handi Quilter longarm machines for less!

     Simply Sixteen: MSRP $5995, now $5,100
     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.


Machine Special: August 1-31, receive $100 off the purchase of a GO! Big Fabric Cutter Started Set at the register! Present a completed coupon (we have them available in the shop) at the time of purchase.

Rebate on All Fabric Cutters: August 14-31, get a $30 rebate on GO! Me, $75 on the GO! fabric cutter starter set and the Ready Set GO! Ultimate Cutting System, and $150 off the GO! Big Starter Set. You must send in the rebate form and a copy of your receipt to AccuQuilt to receive the money back. May not be combined with the GO! Big special detailed above.

HANDI QUILTER: Back to School Savings! I can’t believe we are talking about school starting again. Handi Quilter is all over it, though: they will give you a FREE HQ Stitch machine (a domestic sewing machine made by Janome) with any new longarm package or Pro-Stitcher purchase. The savings range from $595 to $3,495. You get a new quilting machine, the youngsters get a new sewing machine. You might also donate it to your children’s school, 4H, or other group.

JANOME: Summer Scratch Off Giveaway
Come in for a demo and instantly win a prize with the Summer Scratch Off Savings Giveaway! While supplies last. We don’t always remember to offer the Scratch Off Coupon, so please remind us.

Sew Steady has a Versa-Table & Travel Bag Bundle on sale through 8/31/19. Use the 16” x 13.5” base only for small spaces and small projects. Easily extend to 16” x 27” for bigger projects and spaces. Includes: 8 Legs, 2x Acrylic Leg Locks, Grid Glider, 15″ x 20″ Teal Bag + BONUS Polish Kit. $199, made to order.

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.

Marianne has machine service appointments available this Sunday, 8/25. 

Jim also has available appointments for Janome Machines ONLY on Thursday, August 29th.

Our free Sit and Sew session is coming up on Friday, August 30, from 5-9.  bring your project to work on, and perhaps a snack to share with your fellow sewists.  Capital Quilts provides space and beverages.  First come, first served.

Make a Rag Basket on Saturday, August 31 at 2:30pm!  Rag bowls have been made since the beginning of time, it seems. They have found some form of bowls that are wrapped into a coil in many archeological digs, that go back for centuries. In more recent history, rag bowls were made in Appalachia along with rag rugs that were known to hold up over time. Rag bowls are sturdy, versatile and fun to make. This class will provide instructions for making a small bowl and hopefully have you leaving with your bowl and all you need to make more.

Debra Ball will show you how to turn a favorite t-shirt into a keepsake for a special person. Learn how to stabilize the knit fabric, add a flanged border, and make an envelope-style pillow cover. The techniques taught in this class are the same ones used to make a T-Shirt quilt. T-shirt Pillow is being offered Wednesday, September 4 at 12:30.

The Vinyl Mesh Market Bag is great for taking to the grocery store, the beach, the gym, the stadium or any place where things may get a bit damp or grungy. It also makes a great diaper bag or book bag. It’s strong and almost indestructible. Besides that, it’s cute, can be thematic and is a clever use of mesh. Kathy Barden teaches, Thursday, September 5th at 10:15am.

Karen Fricke is teaching her popular Beaded Sampler class again, starting on Friday, September 6 at 2:30pm.  You can add interest and excitement to quilts, bags, clothing, buttons, and more. Make a 9-patch block (or purchase one from the instructor) and fill each piece with a different beaded stitch. You’ll go home with a sampler and printed directions for making each stitch. Your class kit includes beads, beading thread, beading needle, pages of instructions, and a metal ring to bind your booklet.


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:

Interfaith Works Women's Center Quilts: Sunday, September 15, from 12-3.  Join Billye and Lori to make quilts for the women at the shelter.

Ryan's Case for Smiles: Help us make pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles, a volunteer organizations solely dedicated to helping kids feel better to heal better. While other great organizations focus on research and finding a cure, they work to improve the quality of life of children and their families as they undergo treatment. Colorful, fun pillowcases are a part of this mission to give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness. Friday, September 20 at 10:30am.

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 here!


From Banyan Batiks, we have some fun, funky new fabric!  $13.99 per yard.

We have winter/Christmas fabric in from P&B Textiles!  Christmas fabric doesn’t get more classic than this! In gorgeous red and green plaid, this fabric is sure to spread holiday cheer! The birds and flowers are so lifelike, you’ll have to take a closer look to be sure. This collection would make a lovely set of table runners, quilts and pillows! $12.99 per yard.


• September 21-22: Friendship 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 2: Heather Kojan Lecture/Trunk Show, 12-1
• November 4: Heather Kojan Workshop “Five Easy Geeses”, 11-3
• November 16: LickinFlames Trunk Show, 3-5


Join 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.

Capital Quilts has supported Friends of Montgomery County Animals is the past by donating pet beds and promoting events for them.  FMCA is celebrating their 45th year anniversary, and invite you to join them at a wine tasting event at the Olney Winery on September 15th.  Tip: online tickets are less expensive than they will be at the door.  Heavy hors d'oeuvres and 5 tastings are included with the price of your ticket, in addition to a $3 voucher good toward the purchase of your first bottle of wine and a chance of winning a fabulous wine basket!  Silent Auction and fun items for sale to benefit FMCA.  Visit for more information and ticket sales.

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!).


August’s prize is a "Dash Flow" charm pack from Dear Stella, and a Quilts and More Magazine.

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