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What's New at CQ 10/17/2023


Dear Friends,

It's getting cold, and dark early, and that makes me cranky.  But taking a good class -- that makes me happy! We still have some openings in the Handi Quilter Mini Camp, and in Karen Kehl's Singapore Jewel class. If you're taking Karen's class, you might rub shoulders with a quilting rock star, as several instructors have already signed up for this class.

And, no one has signed up for Elizabeth's apron class yet! I think it might be because you are all intimidated by the itty bitty models she made for herself.  But I had her make one in a real person size, too (my size!) And, she has figured out how to tell you to customize yours to fit you exactly.  Not all of us are petite flowers.

We are waiting to finalize the needle turn applique class, and I'm trying to talk Linda into a holiday collage class -- we hear Peppermint is everyone's favorite flavor!


Happy Sewing!



From Benartex we have a selection of Bali Elements. Earth – Water – Air – Fire – they are all embodied in our Bali Elements collection. Shades of brown, and blue prompt thoughts of earth and water, while swirling motifs bring to mind the smoke in the air. The hues and patterns are both trendy and timeless, making this collection one that you will use again and again.


Kat discovered these Deer brand hand sewing needles while at a quilt show.  She loves them so much for her English Paper Piecing that she convinced me to carry them in the shop. They're quite long, come with a hook needle threader, and come 25 per package for only $5.00!

There's still time to whip out a Halloween quilt, and we love Hocus Pocus by The Pattern Basket.  Stitch up this fun, 52" x 65" autumnal pumpkin quilt using simple machine pieced squares and rectangles. No templates or specialty rulers needed. Pieced pumpkins in 3 sizes (and colors) along with pieced black stars on a light background make this design especially delightful.



Handi Quilter Mini Camp October 19-22, 2023

Longarm Bootcamp

Does longarm quilting interest you or do you want a review of longarm quilting basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles, and tension. Handi Quilter machines come in various sizes because they are designed by quilters for quilters - just like you!

You Can Do That On a Longarm?!

A longarm isn’t just for quilting tops! Come see how techniques usually done with a sewing machine can be accomplished with a longarm machine. You’ll leave with brilliant shortcuts and ideas for quick and easy projects, and a whole new perspective on what’s possible with a longarm!

Free Motion Thrills and Fills - Customizing Your Free Motion Foundations

Blocks, backgrounds, sashings and borders – these are the basic components of many pieced quilt tops, and there are tricks to quilting them with a cohesive overall look, while creating your own personal style. Learn how to select and adapt designs to complement each area, and how to accomplish the quilting efficiently and easily. Tried-and-true fillers and “go-to” designs will be featured.

Gridwork Not Guesswork!

Laying out designs using gridwork creates even spacing and uniformity in quilting. In this workshop, you'll learn how to make your own stencils, explore designs that work well within grids, and tips and tricks for marking grids on your next quilting project.

Pro-Stitcher Basics (Simulation)

Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter machines. User-friendly, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Learn to set up your first quilts using edge-2-edge designs and learn to advance your quilt using drag and drop.

Pro-Stitcher: Beyond The Basics

After you've mastered dropping block designs and quilting edge to edge with the Pro-Stitcher, you're now ready to expand and strengthen your skills. This class focuses on in depth aspects of specific functions of the Pro-Stitcher. Learn how to create continuous border and corner designs; easily digitize your own designs using the features under the Record menu; and quilt on-point designs and areas larger than the throat-space of your machine.

HQ Mini Camp - Pro-Stitcher Designer Basics

Pro-Stitcher Designer is full featured, vector-based drawing software which gives you the ability to quickly design, edit, customize, export and import any quilting motif you can imagine. This class will start with a basic overview of the features. Participants will learn to bring in a backdrop and layout a quilt and will learn to create their own digital designs for their next quilting project.

Join us for Ruler Quilting Demos!  

Are you bored with stitching-in-the-ditch with your walking foot? Wishing to do something besides meandering for free-motion quilting? Want to try rulers on a long-arm machine?

If you’ve ever wondered whether ruler work is a technique you’d like to use, here’s a chance to find out.  Stop by the store between 12:30 and 2:00pm on Sunday, October 22nd to see live demonstrations and ask your questions. Betsy will be in the classroom to show ruler work on a domestic sewing machine. Cynthia will be in the Handi Quilter room with long-arm rulers. Explore the different quilting designs available and learn how to get started.

Are you intimidated by binding?  Are you not able to do hand sewing?  Join us on Monday, 10/23 to learn an easy method of binding your quilt quickly with your machine!

Love the look of jewels but don’t know where to start? Or are you a quilter who loves curves and is ready for a new challenge? This class on 10/29 will teach you to make a Singapore Sling quilt block, which makes a beautiful table topper, wall hanging or pillow top. If you fall in love with the block, you can make more and make a Singapore Sling quilt. This class is best for a confident beginner with experience sewing curved blocks, or a more experienced quilter. The class will cover everything from cutting out the pieces with 3D printed templates, to piecing the Singapore Sling block, to binding. Instructor Karen Kehl will also discuss options for quilting and finishing your pieces.

Karen's rendering of the table trunner size.

The same block as a throw quilt.

Quilting with rulers is a wonderful way to add curved designs to your quilting repertoire. Bored with your walking foot and intimidated by full-on free motion quilting? Ruler work is an ideal compromise to create precise yet interesting stitching on your quilts using your domestic machine. In Introduction to Ruler Work, a 5-week class starting November 2nd, you will make a 9-block sampler of ruler work designs under Betsy's expert tutelage. One seat is still available!

Relax on Friday nights with fellow quilters for a virtual quilting bee. 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. The next session will be November 3rd.

Debra has fully embraced the rulers from Sew Kind of Wonderful, and is teaching Posh Penelope starting on November 16th. 

Are you working on a handmade holiday? Come make a quilted half apron with deep pockets, custom sized to fit.  Elizabeth shows you how on November 18th, with simple sewing and simple quilting, using your walking foot.  Easy bias binding will be covered.  These handy aprons will make one of a kind, hand-made gifts for yourself and friends. For confident beginners who have basic quilting knowledge.


Quilting on the Line Quilt Show "Autumn Ribbons"

Jarrettsville Gardens
Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Department
3825 Federal Hill Road
Jarrettsville, MD 21084

Saturday November 4, 2023          10:00am–5:00pm

Sunday November 5, 2023          10:00am–4:00pm

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Thursday, February 29, 2024 - March 3, 2024

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

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456

September 19-22, 2024

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

September 25-27, 2024

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. 

As of right now, Ryan's Case for Smiles will not have a coordinator as of November 1, and will not collect and distribute pillowcases until they do.  So, if you're working on some, get them in before the last week of October!

(And if you're looking for a volunteer gig, contact them!)

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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