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What's New at CQ 8/29/23


Dear Friends,

The kickoff for Dress A Girl Around the World is nearly here! This organization gives dresses to little girls who live in poverty, and may have never had a new garment before. The dresses give them some dignity, and show everyone that this child is being watched over. Interested in participating? Here's the game plan:

1. On September 1st at 10:00am, Mari's kickoff video will be available for viewing. In it, she answers many frequently asked questions, and gives you guidelines for making your dresses.

2. Choose the pattern you want to make. Remember it cannot use any velcro, snaps, buttons, zippers, etc.  The communities where the girls live often do not have the ability to replace or repair such fasteners. Dresses should use fabric ties, elastic, or slip over the head. Each dress should have at least one large pocket.

3. Choose your fabric! Look for woven cotton in pretty prints. Avoid cartoon characters, words, patriotic (some dresses are sent to other countries), and sheer fabrics.

4. Sew your dress(es)! All seams must be encased (french seams), serged, or finished with seam tape.  No raw edges. 

5. Add a label!  The labels are very important in showing that this child is being looked after. Labels may be purchased here:

5. Turn it in to Capital Quilts during the month of September, and receive a 15% coupon good towards your next purchase. (All standard exclusions apply.)

Happy Sewing!



ps. We've learned of two more quilts going to PNQE!  Betsy made another Florid Bloom, and Debra has created an amazing improv quilt.  Does anyone else have an entry? We'd love to share it!



Join Kat and Get It Done on Saturday, September 9th.  Four hours blissfully free of kids, partners, phones... all the things that keep you from making progress on your project.

Join our Quilt of Valor group on September 11th to work on a quilt for a veteran.  Two sessions are available, morning or afternoon.

Have you seen the Metro Rings quilt? Debra will walk you through making this beautiful double wedding ring quilt, starting on September 13th. Sew Kind of Wonderful makes it easy using 2 1/2 inch strips and the QCR tool. Two sessions are available -- daytime or evening.

Laura Heine's Scarecrow collage is so much fun, and you have time to make it before Halloween!  Join Linda for two Monday evenings starting September 18th to make yours.

Debra Ball's Scrappy Log 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 demo (and allow you to use) the AccuQuilt cutting system to cut with. Bonus content in second session -- how to make a flange binding.

Quilt Show Schedule

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

Lancaster-Lebanon Quilt Show

Lebanon Valley Expo Center

Lebanon, PA 

April 10-13, 2024

Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show

Clarke County Parks and Recreation Center
225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, Virginia, 22611

Friday, April 12, 2024 10 AM - Sunday, April 14, 4 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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