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What's New at CQ 3/19/2024


Dear Friends,

The results of the contest are in! We are extremely grateful for all of our customers, and for the positive feedback that you provided. Sometimes, a kind word makes our day.

We are working on our Mystery and it is a stunning quilt, if I do say so myself. Because of the amount of time it will take students to complete the top, it will be a two-session mystery with homework in between. We hope that this will give students adequate time to finish their tops in class. Nervous about taking a mystery when you can't see the pattern first? Ask our staff for assistance in picking out fabrics that will make your quilt sing.

I hope you've noticed my commitment to scrap-busting! My goal is to offer at least one scrap quilt class per month for the rest of the year. We're even planning a crumb quilt class to use up all your smallest of scraps!

Happy Sewing!





 Gareth Lucas, renowned for his delightfully whimsical illustrations, brings an array of woodland creatures to life in Wild North. In a palette of forest green, rustic brown, vibrant ochre and earthy orange, Lucas has captured the essence of the great outdoors. The free pattern by Wendy Sheppard is simply adorable!

Spotted Graffiti by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics is all about color and texture. It boasts a vibrant color palette of vivid magenta, ocean blue, golden yellow, speckled grey, and the sandy beige of a wind battered beach. We have a lovely grey wideback, too. There are THREE free patterns that feature this collection!

Caution, this is genius. Never before has it been so easy to get your hands on your pins and needles. The magnetized safety cone allows for easy access.

Robert Kaufman has sent us several bolts of their Imperial Collection Honoka, along with some 10" Squares. This Asian-inspired fabric features flowers and cranes, all delicately accented with gold metallic ink.


We've gotten in some more glitzy Gustav Klimt blenders!

Looking for additional storage? How about a cutting mat, ironing board and thread organizer? Meet Kiwi Storage Cabinet – Kangaroo Sewing Furniture’s signature storage caddy! Kiwi is the perfect complement to Kangaroo Sewing Furniture’s 3 signature cabinets. Through April 4, you can get one FREE with the purchase of a Wallaby, Aussie, or Kangaroo & Joey cabinet!



Due to a last-minute student cancellation, we have a spot available in Wednesday's CQ Cares: Quilts for Kids workshop.

Looking for some quilting time away from the distractions of home? We have a low-cost Open Sew on Thursday, March 28th. Bring your projects and your machine; we have irons and design walls.

On Saturday, March 30, join Linda as she takes you through the steps to making your very own Laura Heine Collage Quilt! In this class you will learn about the tools for success, collage basics, and recognizing details in fabric that add to your design. Once you finish the Spool of Flowers, you will be ready to tackle other Laura Heine collage projects on your own!

Fussy cutting refers to isolating a single motif, a flower, for example, and cutting your quilt piece with that motif featured. This can result in something as simple as an I Spy quilt, or as complex as a Kaleidoscope quilt. Join Laurie to learn all about fussy cutting on April 2nd.

Relax on April 5th 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. 

Our next Quilt of Valor Workshop is scheduled for April 8. Please consider joining the group to work on a quilt for a veteran. The workshop is free, but registration is required.

Rod's Sharpening Service will be here on April 10th.  Please drop off your items to be sharpened no later than 5pm on Tuesday, April 9th. You will be able to pick them up on the 11th.

On April 12th, learn the ins and outs of the longarm machine and the frame, how to set up for quilting a quilt, what proper tension is, and some basic quilting designs.

Also on April 12th, learn the basic buttons and tools of ProStitcher Premium. Customize Edge-to-Edge (E2E) designs on your computer to fit any quilt size and transfer the design to the ProStitcher on the longarm for accurate stitch out.

Make a Scrappy Pineapple Quilt with Louise on April 20th. Yours can be multicolored like Louise's, or a "traditional" yellow one.  Either way, it will be beautiful!

The next Get It Done will be on Saturday, April 20. Gather up your unfinished projects and bring them to Capital Quilts.  Enjoy time you can dedicate to getting those projects DONE! Kat will be here to help you through any difficult bits.

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.

On April 27th, join Linda for a fun scrap class that is also an introduction to the AccuQuilt cutting system. We will be using an AccuQuilt 8" Qube, giving you 72 possible blocks you can choose to make your table runner from!




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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