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What's New at CQ 4/30/24


Dear Friends,

We are gearing up for the Faithful Circle Quilt Guild's "Rhapsody of Color" Quilt show at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia, MD this Thursday through Saturday. We hope to see you there!

The first All Mid-Atlantic Shop Hop is coming up this July and August! The All Mid-Atlantic Shop Hop Magazine is your guide to all things about the event. In addition, you will find patterns, articles and resources for sewing and quilting. Your magazine will be a great reference even after the Shop Hop has ended. Use it as inspiration for a new project, or to find a quilt shop as you meander through Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

We are now pre-selling the magazines! Reserve one in-store or online today!


Happy Sewing!






Playful Panel Quilts by Cyndi McChesney will help you to transform your treasured quilt panels into masterpieces with creative techniques! Explore the possibilities of creating small freeform quilts using a montage technique that will help you unleash your artistic flair.

Attention, all Marcia Derse fans!  We have gotten in more of her wonderful fabric for you to create with, including this awesome alphabet panel!

Welcome Spring with our Zinnia 5" charms, 10" squares, or 2.5" strips. 

Take a seat, take a spin, and fall in love with the #1 Rated Sewing Chair from Arrow Sewing!

The chair’s adjustable seat (seat height moves between 18 and 22 inches), plush cushions, lumbar support and five-star 360° swivel base make it easy to sew ergonomically, and the seat’s secret storage compartment is perfect for stashing notions. Available in 11 fabrics, some prints and some solids. One will be perfect for your sewing space.

Through June 4, save $150 off MSRP!


We still have ONE seat available in Introduction to Ruler Work starting THIS Thursday, May 2. 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 this 5-week class, you will make a 9-block sampler of ruler work designs.

Relax on Friday, May 3 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.

Do you have someone special graduating from school this year?  And do you have stacks of his or her t-shirts with school names, team names, club names, etc.?  Use them to make the perfect gift for the graduate!  Or maybe your spouse has favorite t-shirts that are more hole than shirt: turn them into a quilt to love. Deb shows you how on Saturday, May 4.

Our next Get it Done session is May 11th. 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.

Our next Quilt of Valor workshop will be on May 13th. 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. All fabric is provided. Just bring your sewing machine, supplies, and lots of energy!

Learn to longarm! Join Cynthia on May 15th to 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. Completion of this class is required to rent time on the shop's Handi Quilter machines.

If you want to use the computer on the longarm, you'll need to take Getting Started: The Basics of ProStitcher Premium on May 20th. 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.

We have an evening session of our Complete Course of Quilting starting on May 28th. This quilting course teaches everything you need to know to start making your own quilts. This course covers the basics: getting to know your sewing machine, rotary cutting, fabric selection, and a variety of techniques for machine-piecing quilt blocks. You make a sampler quilt and learn to sandwich, quilt, and bind your masterpiece.


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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