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What's New at CQ 7/25/23


Dear Friends,


You may remember me talking anout Mari Sews and the Dress a Girl Around the World Project.  Please consider joining us on September 2nd to make a dress or two!  By providing a new dress you may well be changing a young girl’s destiny.  We all know that a new dress makes us feel good, so imagine never having had one!  A new dress tells each precious girl that someone loves them enough to have made this dress especially for them.  THAT makes a difference in how she feels about herself and can definitely change her destiny.

Mari has made a video with some answers to frequently asked questions here. The 2023 kickoff video is coming soon! (Mari will be filming here later this week -- we are VERY excited!)


Happy Sewing!





Imagine a peaceful walk through forested slopes. You hear the birds singing and the air is fresher than you've even imagined.  That's the feeling you get from Mystic Mountains from Hoffman.

If blenders are more your thing, we've got you covered too! We would like to introduce you to Bedrock from Windham Fabrics. These are the perfect tonals for many projects, and available in so many colors!

You know Marianne keeps ordering patterns. Here's the latest batch, all from Lella Boutique. We love the modern look.


Join Betsy and Jan for the last project of 2023's Second Saturday Club, Posh Snowball. Posh Snowball is an eye-popping design from Sew Kind of Wonderful, using both the regular and mini Quick Curve Rulers. Betsy’s scrappy version has sashing and cornerstones, and Jan’s modern approach has no sashing and great opportunities for color play. This quilt can be made in any size, and Betsy will again coach you to put your walking foot to work.

Class format: The Second Saturday Club meets on the second Saturday of every month; in 2023, the club will meet via Zoom. Meetings include a review of the previous month’s assignment; demonstration of the current month’s blocks and skills; tool-of-the-month; show-and-tell of members’ finished projects; and an open forum. Meetings are recorded and the slides made available to download.


On August 4th, settle into your favorite sewing space with your favorite Zoom-compatible technology for 2 hours of stitching and chatting. Everyone will have a chance to talk about what they’ve been working on and pose questions to the other quilters. Each month, a guest speaker shares her enthusiasm for an aspect of quilting – a designer, a technique, a hot topic -- with lots of inspiring ideas and photos. In August, members will be discussing their favorite patterns.

Join Kat for two Tuesday evenings, 8/8 and 8/15, to make a mini mosaic!  These wonderful little mosaic quilts are so much fun to make!  Use the mosaic cutting tool to cut your scraps and the pattern to arrange and fuse them in place.  Add a border, do some easy quilting with your walking foot, and you’re done!

Use a jelly roll and precut batting strips to make this wonderful and durable rug. It's all straight stitching, no curves to worry about. Don't have a jelly roll? You can cut your own 2 1/2" strips! This class meets twice, on 8/12 and 8/19.

Get it Done! is on August 12th.  Come in on Saturday evening for 4 blissful hours of sewing with like-minded companions. Feel free to bring your dinner or snacks. Kat's here to help if you run into trouble.

Come Join Sue Moats and the CQ Quilt of Valor group on Monday, August 14th. The group will work collectively on a single quilt which will later be awarded to a veteran. All fabric is provided. Just bring your sewing machine, supplies, and lots of energy!

Starting on August 16th, Janice will show you how to use the twister tool to make a holiday wreath of your own.  We have a Christmas one and a Halloween one on display in the shop, but the pattern works for ANY holiday! Picture it in red, white, and blue, or fall colors, or...

Join Linda for two sessions starting August 21, as she takes you through the steps to making your very own Laura Heine Collage Quilt! Finishing at 16" x 20", the tomato pincushion collage is perfect for your studio or to give as a gift. In this class you will learn about the tools for success, collage basics, and recognizing details in fabric that add to your design. This class is a prerequisite for the Halloween Collage.

Halloween is coming!  Why not have this great scarecrow collage to celebrate?  Linda will guide you as you assemble this 25" x 35" wall hanging.  You must have taken a basic collage class prior to starting this one.

Get ready for chilly weather with a new quilted Tabula Rasa Jacket. Choose to make the Vines and Leaves TRJ, the Flower Garden TRJ or a wholecloth quilted TRJ. Rae Cumbie will be your guide  for two days starting August 26th as you design, piece, cut, choose battings, threads and other materials.  See more inspirations by clicking here. Pre-requisite: a fitted Tabula Rasa Jacket muslin and pattern. Bring your muslin or pattern from your previous Tabula Rasa Jacket class.

Debra Ball's Scrappy Long Cabin Star is simply stunning, and a lot easier to make than you might think. Learn how in this two session class starting September 30th. You can rotary cut your pieces, but Deb will be demoing (and allowing you to use) AccuQuilt to cut with. Bonus content in second session -- how to make a flange binding.

Quilt Show Schedule

 Four County Quilters Guild "Jubilation" Quilt Show
Calvary United Methodist Church
403 S. Main Street
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Friday, August 4, 2023 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, August 5, 2023 10:00am-5:00pm


 Stitch Fest Lancaster
Lancaster County Convention Center
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
25 S. Queen Street
Lancaster, PA

Workshops: August 2-5, 2023
Wednesday–Friday | 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am-4:30pm
Marketplace: August 3-5, 2023
Thursday–Friday | 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am-4:00pm (FREE after 2:00pm)

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

 Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA 19456

Alternative GPS Address:
1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19456

Thursday, September 14         10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, September 15              10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 16          10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 17             10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Thursday, September 28         10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Friday, September 29              10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, September 30          10:00 am to 5:00 pm


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

We are partnering with Mari Sews (marisewsforcurves) for the 2023 Project Dress a Girl project, coming in September.  If you want to start sewing for this year’s sewing charity event (Project Dress A Girl) here’s what you need to know to get started (click on the photo). #projectdressagirl2023 #charitysewing



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