Goodies from Washington, D.C.

Since I’ve taken up quilting, I’ve made a habit of going to quilt shops while on vacation to take home fat quarters and thimbles as souvenirs. Eventually I’d like to make a quilt out of all the fabrics I collect on my travels.

On my trip to Washington, D.C., for my cousin’s wedding last weekend, I searched out any and all fabric shops. There were plenty within driving distance, but the only one accessible by metro was Capitol Quilts in Gaithersburg, Md. To get there, you have to take the red line to the final Shady Grove stop, which was quite a trip for us since we were staying at the opposite end of the red line. But from there it’s just one short bus ride to Capitol Quilts.

The problem my husband and I ran into is we didn’t realize we had to cross the street to catch the bus on the return to the Metro instead of getting on at the same side of the intersection we got off on. So we sat on the bus for 45 minutes as it ran the route.

The shop had a wide variety of batiks, black and white fabrics and children’s prints. But what they didn’t have was a wide selection of patriotic fabrics, which seemed odd considering the name of the shop is Capitol Quilts.

I did manage to find some fun fabrics though. I think I’ll need to find some star blocks to make out of them for my travel quilt some day.

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