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What's New at CQ 12/13/2022


Dear Friends,
The holidays are here! With only a little over a week until Christmas and Kwanzaa, and Hannukah starting on Sunday, I know your to do lists are full. We have put multiple open sew sessions on the calendar to try and help you finish those last-minute projects (it won’t help with cooking or cleaning, but it should allow you to knock out a gift or two).

So our staff can enjoy time with their families, we will be closing early on the 24th and not open again until Monday the 26th. I hope you all enjoy yourself no matter what you are doing.

Happy Sewing!




Welcome to the farm! Cuddly Countryside by Robert Kaufman is an adorable fabric collection inspired by farm animals. This collection features rainbows, cows, sheep, flowers, and pigs. 

We've got the gifts!  Just in are zip pouches, and Tula Pink project bags. Get some for gifting, and reward yourself with one, too!


Speaking of Tula Pink, she uses the art of Alchemy to magically transform an array of simple hexagons into a colorful mosaic of medallions. Designed as a row-by-row quilt, Alchemy emphasizes color placement, working with variations of a single hue to create a larger pattern. The rows interlock, forming a gradient down the quilt top, so the placement of the pieces does the visual work in this quilt.  This is an English Paper Pieced project.

The newest member of the Amara family is the Amara ST – a big machine for small spaces. Experience quality, precision, and a world of quilting possibilities in a stationary quilting package. From baby quilts to king-size, the Handi Quilter Amara ST is the perfect fit for your style of quilting. This 20-inch longarm machine comes with the automatic Lift Table or choose the InSight Table. Everything you need for free-motion quilting right out of the box (including a powerful stand-alone bobbin winder). Why not give it a test drive next time you're in the shop?


We have several Open Sew sessions scheduled to allow you dedicated time to get those projects done!  Your reservation gets you your own 6 foot table, use of our design wall, and ironing stations.

Thursday 12/15, 11:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday, December 22, 11:30am-5:00pm
Friday, December 23, 11:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, December 23, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Believe it or not, you have planty of time to make Microwave Bowl cozies for all! These cozies make terrific gifts for family and friends. Depending on the intended recipient you could choose kids' fabrics, sports themed fabrics, patriotic fabrics, solids, stripes, polka dots, cat or dog fabric --- whatever would make the gift special for that specific person! Class is Saturday, 12/17 at 11am.

Starting on Thursday, January 5th, explore designing a custom quilt using EQ8 software. We will learn how to use the software, set up your quilt, pick your blocks, and add fabric swatches to your design. In later weeks, we will explore how to create custom blocks and applique, bring images into our quilts, and finally put it all together to design a quilt from start to finish.

For those who need to improve their basic technology skills in preparation for using EQ8, attendance is required at a one-and-a-half-hour pre-class technology skill bootcamp on PC and Mac concepts, basic technical understanding, tech terminology, and short-cut keys.

Have you registered for Second Saturday yet? In 2023, the group will work on three smaller projects: Posh Snowball, Florid Bloom/City Lights, and a modern Japanese Rice Pouch.  You can join in on the fun from anywhere -- this club meets via Zoom, on the second Saturday of each month. 

Start your year with a charitable project!  We are holding a CQ Cares Workshop on Sunday, January 8 to make quilts for the Interfaith Works Women's shelter.

Sew Together via Zoom continues. On January 13th, Karey Herriman talks about Kaffe Fassett's influence throughout the world of textiles and discusses his aesthetic and genius.

We have two sessions of the Complete Course of Quilting starting in January: in person starts 1/15, and via Zoom starts 1/18.   This course covers the basics: getting to know your sewing machine, rotary cutting, fabric selection, and a variety of techniques for machine-piecing quilt blocks. You make a sampler quilt and learn to sandwich, quilt, and bind your masterpiece. It's great for newbies, or as a skills refresher.

 Jan will be teaching one of her favorite quilts: Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Star Storm, via Zoom starting Sunday, 1/15. The quilt is built by strategically placing strips of fabric to form rings around a central pieced inner star. Star Storm is not paper pieced but formed on large scale paper templates to create the star points.

CQ Cares (Community Sewing Projects)

We have placemat kits available at the shop, please stop by to pick up one (or two). For those who want to sew from their stash, click on the picture for the beginner-friendly Charm Square Placemats pattern, or you can use your own pattern.

Please return all completed placemats to Capital Quilts.
Thank you for your continued support of the Capital Quilts Cares program. 

We have free pillowcase kits available!  We donate all pillowcases to Ryan's Case for Smiles, who in turn distributes them to children battling serious illness.  Pick one up next time you're in the shop, then complete it and return on your schedule. Alternately, use your stash and any of the Million Pillowcase Project patterns.

We have free small kennel quilts kits available.  These little quilts are sent to shelters who take in pets displaced by natural disaster.  To quilters, they are a great beginner project, a use for leftover fabric, and a place to practice free motion skills.  To use your stash, visit


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