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Capital Quilts Cares


This program is Capital Quilts' way of reaching out to the greater community.  We conduct a variety of workshops throughout the year for the benefit of others.  We know that most of you already contribute time and sewing skills to many worthy organizations through your guilds and sewing groups, but even in this relatively affluent area, there are always more needs than we can imagine.  


These events are always free to participants, but registration is required due to space limitations.


We gratefully accept donations of fabric and batting that make these projects possible.



"Charms for Charity" Drive



All of us have bits of fabric left after finishing a project. If you have fabric leftovers and would like to donate them for use in our future projects, please cut them into 5" squares, put them in a plastic zip bag, and drop them into the Charms For Charity box at the shop. They don't have to match anyhing; when we've collected enough, we'll think of another good use for them.  (We also have need of fabric yardage for various projects.)



Isolette Covers (Medium)

Monday, July 6, 10-12

Babies born prematurely still need to be in a warm, dark environment, but the bright lights and noise of the medical apparatus they require can be very stressful to them. The decibel level of the respirators exceeds OSHA standards even for adults, according to the nurses who work there. The covers for the isolettes will dampen the noise and block out the light.


The covers from this pattern are about 36" by 45", and are quite simple--two 1-yard pieces of fabric with batting in between. We can make them pillowcase-fashion, so we won't even have to bind them. Easy, straight sewing, no piecing required--just some time. And, of course, the babies won't care what the fabric looks like, so feel free to off-load your "dogs"!


Instructions for making Isolette Covers

You may drop off completed isolette covers any time we are open.


Wilkins Ave Quilts

Sunday, August 23, 12-5

Billye Roberts, project director


Help make quilts for the Wilkens Avenue Homeless Shelter for Women in Rockville.  We will make string quilts.  Fabric is provided; donations are always welcome!  Please bring your sewing machine, sewing supplies, thread, and boundless energy!  Skill Level: Easy.



Quilts of Valor


Wednesday, September 2, 10-2

Sue Moats, project director


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 good cheer!   If you would like to learn more about Quilts of Valor, go to


Million Pillowcase

Saturday, September 19, 3-5


Make a pillowcase.  Make a difference.

You can turn your love of quilting and sewing into messages of comfort, hope and love – for a foster child, a cancer patient, victims of domestic violence, and others. Every pillowcase will make a difference in our local community.
Capital Quilts always accepts pillowcases, and holds pillowcase making events from time to time.  Most of the pillowcases we collect are donated to the local Ryan's Case for Smiles chapter (formerly known as Conkerr Cancer).
The American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is continuing through 2015 – and they need our help to reach their goal of providing 1,000,000 pillowcases to people who need to know someone cares. The need is great. Our compassion as quilters is greater.

So far, nearly 600,000 pillowcases have been recorded on their website. For more information on the Million Pillowcase Challenge, to check the counter and download free patterns, visit the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge website.


Beds for Pets

Thursday, September 17, 1-3

Marla Cohen, project director


Among the organizations that benefit from our bed-making efforts are the Montgomery County Humane Society, the Washington Animal Rescue League, the Antietam Humane Society, and Friends of Montgomery County Animals.  If you know of another rescue agency and/or shelter that would appreciate these beds, please forward their contact information to us.


You can continue to help make the lives of animals in the care of rescue organizations more comfortable by making complete beds, making bed shells for someone else to stuff, stuffing pet beds, or chopping up the fabric and batting to go into the beds.


Please check with Marla before bringing any more scraps to the shop; your previous generosity has created an overabundance!

Pattern:  Basic Pet Beds 

Scarf It Up


Laurie Sieminski, project director


No sewing required!  Make scarves from fleece by fringing the ends with a pair of scissors.  Children are welcome, provided they are accompanied by an adult.  The scarves will be given to children in shelters in Montgomery County.


See our calendar for the next date!     


Heart Pillow


Laurie Sieminski


We will be making heart-shaped pillows for the Sibley Hospital Heart Pillow Project.  Originally made for breast surgery patients, the pillows are now offered to all surgical patients.  The sewing is easy enough for machine beginners.  If you can't sew, then come to be a "stuffer".


See our calendar for the next date!

Charm Placemats


Laurie Sieminski, project director

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We have delivered hundreds of placemats to Iona House and other senior citizens’ centers over the past few years.  They loved them and have requested more! Let’s make even more this year and brighten the lives of even more seniors.  Join Laurie to make these charm square placemats. (Or, follow the directions at home and drop them off to us at the shop anytime!)  

Instructions for making Charm Square Placemats


See our calendar for the next date!


CQC Doll Quilts

DOLL QUILTS for Children's National Medical Center


We made small quilts for a special unit at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, which treats children who have been victims of abuse. Having a small doll or stuffed animal wrapped in its own quilt brings some much-needed comfort to these kids.

If you'd like to make similar quilts at home, instructions are below.  You can drop off your quilts (and their doll/bear friend) at the shop anytime.

Download instructions for making doll quilts.



Walker Bags (Medium)


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Walkers and wheelchairs present a challenge to the people using them, as they need storage space! With a Walker Bag, glasses, notebook & pen, tissues, and other essentials can be kept close at hand.  Help make bags that can attach to walkers or wheelchairs.


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Sunshine 4 All (Medium)

Sunshine 4 ALL 


This event benefitted research for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). The Sunshine 4 ALL Quilt Project was started this summer by Simon Haskins, an Australian who was diagnosed with the disease in June 2013. The awareness color is orange. Blocks were pieced, appliqued, and/or embroidered.  Visit to learn more about the project.

A note: Simon is Jenny Haskins’ son. Jenny is a designer who works closely with Janome. Much of her work is embroidery designs and quilts.  If you would like to make blocks at home, we are happy to collect them here at the shop and will deliver them to the USA collection point for you. Please follow the guidelines on the Sunshine 4 ALL website.



ASYMCA Quilt Collage

ASYMCA Picture Quilts


This project benefits of the Armed Services YMCA. Quilts are made for children whose parent(s) is on active duty overseas. Pictures of the child with his or her parent were given to us by the Y, and we included them in the quilt. The children are 6 years old and under.



Quilts for Kids



Timeless Treasures donated about 30 flannel panels that we spent a day sewing into quilts, which in turn were donated to children in local hospitals. 



We are always open to new community projects.  Contact us with your suggestions!