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What's New at CQ 4/2/24


Dear Friends,

Our software provider is still trying to fix the newsletter issue. We are not the only one of their customers with this problem, but that doesn't make it any easier.  We hope that you are, in fact getting this from your email inbox, but also want to make you aware that you can always read the weekly newsletter on our website, at

Are any of you travelling to view the upcoming solar eclipse? Or making an eclipse quilt? Kat found a couple of free eclipse patterns, in case you want to commemorate the event.


Happy Sewing!



ps. Someone has left a couple of small quilts in our classroom. If you are missing these lovely items, please call Carol!



Add some pizzazz to your quilts with Dazzle Dots, designed by Christa Watson for Benartex. The rich depth of colors seem to sizzle and glow, while light and dark grays provide a perfect contrast to the more colorful hues. No matter what you make, your creations will sparkle and shine! We currently have charm packs, and some bolts are in transit.


Ink is a fabric collection from Guicy Guice that embraces black, white, and all the delightful shades of gray that are found in between. Oh, and there is a free pattern, too!

The Eleanor Serger & Sewing Table is an electric, height-adjustable table, designed for ultra-comfortable sit-or-stand projects. Eleanor features 4 memory settings, a dynamic sewing lift, and an expansive work surface. Through April 30th, you can save $400 off MSRP!



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. 

Looking for some quilting time away from the distractions of home? We have a low-cost Open Sew on Thursday, April 11th. Bring your projects and your machine; we have irons and design walls.

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 from to make your table runner!




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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