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What's New at CQ 12/26/2019

"I enjoy the holidays, but I'm back to work pretty quickly." Ian Ziering

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Dear Quilters and other Sewists,

We hope your holidays were filled with love, and would like to remind you that through Monday, January 30, 2019, take an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF ALL CLEARANCE FABRICS!  

We appreciate your dollars, your online voice, and your energy. There are lots of places and ways to shop these days, and I appreciate your choosing to shop at Capital Quilts to keep our wonderful community here for all to enjoy. 

We are introducing a new club in 2020: the Crazy Quilt Club. This club will run for six months, from January through June. If its members want to continue on, we will extend the club. Julie Taylor will lead the club. She will show you how to make a Crazy Quilt block, suggest fabrics to use, and teach embroidery, ribbon work, and other methods of embellishment. There will, of course, be show and tell and camaraderie. If you're interested, you should also come in and check out the "Crazy Quilt Starter Kits" we've made up -- silks and velvets and all sorts of lovely bits!

All Club Enrollments for 2020 are now available; please sign up for your desired club(s) as early as possible, to allow each instructor to properly prepare.

Go ‘n’ Piece,


Capital Quilts is always open until 9 on Friday evenings.


We've been keeping Nina busy with precuts!  In addition to the "Cloud Whites", "Island Breeze", and "Daybreak", we have also created "Spring Blooms", and "Modern Mix" will be out soon!  5" Charm Packs, $10.99 each, 2 1/2" Strips, $43.99 each.

Coming soon: Aurifil Color Builders, a capsule of twelve curated mini-collections inspired by (and named after) Italy’s most vibrant and colorful destinations. Each collection contains three large spools of 50wt thread — a warm, a medium, and a dark — within the location’s primary color palette. From the lemon groves of Sicily to the pink sand beaches of Sardinia to the clear teal waters of Capri to the stark city grey of Milan… each collection is crafted to evoke images of our beloved Italian landscape. The colors were selected not only for their aesthetic appeal, but for their practicality in every day use. Please let us know if you are interested in these collections. We're currently planning on getting just 15 boxes each month, and need to know if we should up the quantity.

Beginning in January, Kim Jalette will be leading a new Block of the Month. The quilt is called “Tara”, and the class will meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Fabric kits will be available.

The First Saturday Club will be working on Alaska by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. This beautiful quilt looks wonderful in any color combination! The First Saturday Club for 2020 will run just 9 months, April through December.


The new Handi Quilter Capri has arrived!  We just need to get it set up and than you'll want to come in for a test-drive!  This new sit-down longarm has a reliable stitch regulator; there is  a laser sensor near the needle that tracks the movement of the fabric to regulate the stitch. The other great innovation is that the table is adjustable up and down: you can sit down or stand up to stitch with this machine.


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 of the class fee. If you let us know you can’t make it at least 8 days before the class, you will get a store credit of the class fee. 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 a 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.

The last Sit N Sew of 2019 is on Friday, December 27, 5-9. Bring some food and holiday cheer to share with your friends, along with a project to work on. Beverages are provided by Capital Quilts.

The first class of 2020 is Take a Stand, a tote bag class taught by Kathy Barden. This is a perfect tote for retreats, classes, and traveling. The easy-to-install zippered top opens wide for easy access to contents. There is an adjustable, detachable strap, two outer zippered pockets, and two inner mesh pockets. ByAnnie’s “Running With Scissors” tool case (class coming up in February) is the perfect companion pattern for this tote. Class meets Saturday, January 4, 10:30-3:30. Bring your lunch.

Also on Saturday, January 4th are the first 2020 meetings of the Longarm Club and the Prostitcher Club.  

Bruce has maintenance appointments available for Sunday, January 5th.

Barbara Bean teaches Getting Started: The Handi Quilter Longarm on Tuesday, January 7th at 11am.  In it, you will learn the ins and outs of the longarm machine and the frame, how to set up for quilting a quilt, what proper tension is, and some basic quilting designs.

Learn to quilt improvisationally! Each month in Improv Club, members will explore a different "prompt" or technique. We'll be piecing blocks or small quilts without having a preconceived notion of the end product, and use of rulers is minimal. You'll learn new skills, and have fun playing with fabric! This 12-month club starts on Thursday, 1/9 at 6:30pm.

If you don't have enough room in your house to easily sandwich a quilt, bring your top, backing, batting, and supplies to CQ and we will help you sandwich that quilt in no time! Sandwich Night appointments are currently available for Friday, January 10th.

Create a beautiful landscape quilt, layer by layer, in Julie Taylor’s Tranquility class. The background is made using a mosaic technique, and the picture is built using applique techniques. The finished quilt is about 18” x 23”. Class meets on Saturdays, January 11, 18 & 25, 2:30-5.

Saturday, January 11 also marks the start of the Second Saturday Club featuring the Tara BOM, and also the  2020 start of our Hand Embroidery and Wool Club.

On Sunday, January 12, drop off your machine (Janome or vintage Singer only, please!) with Marianne for a Spa Day!  Machine Service appointments are required, but you will likely get to take your machine home with you after about an hour.

The first 2020 meeting of the English Paper Piecing Club is also in Sunday, January 12th.  We welcome everyone from beginners to experienced EPPers. Bring your own project, chat with other sewists who love EPP, learn a new technique or share one you know. Be inspired by our monthly show & tell!

All CQ Cares events are free, and we provide fabric and patterns. Please bring your sewing machine, neutral thread, and supplies. Please register for each event online, by phone at 301-527-0598, or in the shop so that we know how many to expect. Thank you!

Quilts of Valor: Our next QOV workshop on Friday, January 10 is currently full, but if you’d like to come help iron, wield a seam ripper, or just see what is going on, please stop by! 

Scarf It Up!: No sewing required!  We're bringing back this popular CQ Cares workshop for MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 20th at 1pm.  Make scarves and blankets from fleece by fringing the ends with a pair of scissors. Children are welcome to accompany an adult. All items made will be donated to local homeless shelters.

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. (The quilts are great stash-busters, 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.


December’s prize is a 2oz. bottle of Unscented Best Press, a "Joy" Charm Pack from Contempo Fabrics, and a notebook from QT Fabrics.

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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