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What's New at CQ 1/23/2024


Dear Friends,

The Roam Block of the Month starts this Saturday!  This gorgeous quilt by Tara Faughnan is the perfect way to explore a beautiful harmony of colors and values, with a modern twist. Each round demonstrates a wide range of techniques that will build the skills of novice quilters and will be a fun play day for the experts. 

Techniques include traditional piecing, strip piecing and an easy no-tear paper piecing.

At Capital Quilts, we will meet monthly to review the month's piecing, and address any issues students have had. This is in addition to a full compliment of video tutorials and online learning support for all the BOM participants, in which Tara will share her tips and tricks for each step of the way, ensuring everyone has a great time and comes away with a beautiful quilt!

Quilt size: 82” x 82”

Video Course information:

The Block of the Month program includes enrollment in the year long video tutorial support to be hosted on Thinkific (an online learning platform). There will be video tutorials available each month. They will include tips, tricks and technique demos, and an area to leave comments and ask questions. Having video tutorials to watch and rewatch as many times as you like is a great way to take on new techniques and tackle tricky areas. Videos will be released monthly starting in January 2024, and are intended for paid participants with pattern purchase only.


Reusable Foundation Paper Piecing
Precision piecing
Strip piecing
Difficulty – Confident beginner to advanced


BOM sew along program runs from February 2024 - January 2025

January 2024: Intro and gathering supplies.
February - December 2024 (Months 1-11): You will receive fabric bundles and sew the round of the month.

January 2025 (Month 12): Finishing the quilt

We'd love to see you in class!

Happy Sewing!

ps. while cleaning up and reorganizing, we have uncovered some items we no longer have need for, but thought some of you might be interested. First come, first served.  

FREE ITEMS:  72" x 30" unframed mirror

                     32" Samsung LCD TV

                     Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine (unopened, but over 7 years old)


$50 ITEM:      Elna Press 520 (lightly used floor model)



This collection captures the joy of making beautiful things with fabric and thread while the day is young and full of possibilities! Stitchy by Christa Watson for Benartex includes 25 skus with five modern, geometric prints in five rich colorways of fuchsia, orange, turquoise, olive and grey. Christa loves sharing her makes on social media, and you can too using #stitchyfabric.

If you liked Venice, you're going to love Florence! Florence by Christiane Marques for Robert Kaufman Fabrics features kaleidoscope floral quilting fabrics. This special bundle features two panels and twenty four coordinating fat quarters.

Zebras and leopards and elephants, oh my! The Earth Song fabric collection by Laurel Burch from Clothworks is a stunning collection of colorful and stylized prints that showcase Burch's distinctive art style. Fourteen of the fabrics in this collection are digitally printed, giving them brighter, more vibrant colors than traditional screen-printed fabrics. With a mix of bold and intricate designs with metallic accents, these fabrics are perfect for adding a unique and stylized pop of color to any project.


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 virtual session is February 2nd.

On February 4th, let Elizabeth show you how to Transform your Selvages!  Save those selvages and turn them into useful quilty projects, both small and big. You will make several different sampler blocks, including the spool block, to turn them into projects of your choice at home.  Shortcut tips and tricks for working with selvages will be covered.

Put your walking foot to work and watch it travel miles and miles of stitching! Learn the basics of using your walking foot by making nine sample blocks. In this class,  you will: install your walking foot, test thread tension, learn to start and stop; learn several methods for marking a design on your quilt sandwich; and fill nine squares with different walking foot designs: straight lines, regular grids, irregular grids, triangles, curves, and spirals. Join the fun on February 17th in the Zoom version of Walking Foot 101 with Betsy.

On February 17th, gather up all your unfinished sewing and bring it to Capital Quilts.  Enjoy time you can dedicate to getting those projects DONE!  Kat will be here to offer suggestions, guidance, and support.


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

Faithful Circle Quilters Quilt Show

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD 21045

Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4, 2024

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

September 12-15, 2024

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

September 26-28, 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. 

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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