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What's New at CQ 2/20/2024


Dear Friends,

We're thinking about a few new programs, and need your input! I recently purchased a couple of Mystery Quilt patterns, and would love to run a Mystery Class or two. Are you up for the challenge? 

Scrapbusting! My sewing room is overflowing with scraps, and from what I hear in the shop, many of you have the same problem. I was thinking of either a series of stand-alone classes or another club? Please let me know your thoughts.


Happy Sewing!


ps. Every winter, ByAnnie' runs a Local Quilt Shop Contest, created to highlight the efforts of local quilt shops and provide the general public an opportunity to show their appreciation. We encourage you to vote for your favorite at, and hope that it's Capital Quilts! Voting ends February 29th.


For this collection, Benartex designers started with two simple patterns and then added color - burnished shades of rust, orange, and olive paired with cool purples, blues, and teals – to create something spectacular! However you use them, these abstract textures will definitely spark the conversation. Perfect for traditional quilts and home furnishings, they will also look great in more modern designs. It’s not just textures – it’s Benartextures! 

Cool shades of pinks, blues, greens, and purples are decorated with paisleys and lush hand-dyed textures to create this unique pre-cut pack! 'Bali Sorbet' collection charm pack by Benartex Fabrics. 

We've just gotten in ten bolts of Alison Glass's Sunprint 2024. Full-line precuts are on the way!

Verdigris by Libs Elliott was inspired by the beauty found in urban decay and the memories of places she's called home. It embraces the marks left behind and the patina that is revealed by the passage of time, which evokes a sense of comfort and familiarity. The palette pays tribute to all of this with soft and deep neutrals, warm rusts and cool sage greens. 

The Gidget II from Arrow Sewing is a reliable, heavy-duty sewing table designed for quick set-up and easy storage! Gidget II features a 2-position manual sewing lift, steel locking legs, a built-in measuring decal and 2 durable wheels. This is the ultimate retreat table! During February, you can purchase one for yourself for only $239!



Our next Open Sew is scheduled for Thursday, 2/29 at noon. Come on in for sewing time away from household distractions.

Sew Together via Zoom! Relax on Friday, 3/1 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. 

On March 11, we are having a free Quilt of Valor workshop (registration is required due to limited space). These quilts are tremendously important to the men and women who serve our country in the military.  Help us support our vets by making a Quilt of Valor.  The group will make one quilt.

The next Get it Done session is scheduled for March 16th. Gather up all your unfinished sewing and bring it to Capital Quilts.  Enjoy time you can dedicate to getting those projects DONE!  We will be here to offer suggestions, guidance, and support.

Register for the free Quilts for Kids workshop on March 20th, and bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies with you to make small comfort quilts for kids in need.  All fabric is provided.

In this joyful class on April 21st, you’ll learn how to create an original “Scrappy Ball,” using basic embroidery stitches, fabric scraps, thread, yarn, and embellishments. You will leave with one beautifully textured “Scrappy Ball” plus instructions on how to create more at home. Basic sewing skills required. Instructor Hermine Bernstein is donating a portion of class fees to Blessings in a Backpack. BIAB mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for local school-aged children who might otherwise go hungry when school meals are not available.

Harry is teaching his New York Beauty Table Runner class on April 28th. Paper Piecing allows you to create beautiful sharp angles that you could not easily achieve through traditional piecing. One of my favorite blocks is the New York Beauty, which comes in a variety of patterns. In this class you’ll learn the elements of paper piecing combined with the three-pin method for sewing curves to make a classic New York beauty block. 


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

Annapolis Quilt Guild's Quilts by the Bay Quilt Show

Severna Park Middle School

450 Jumper's Hole Road

Severna Park, MD 21146

Friday, June 21 - Saturday June 22

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

Everybody's Quilt Guild Show

Pleasant Valley Community Fire Hall
2030 Pleasant Valley Road Westminster, MD 21158

November 1-3, 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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