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 anything; when we've collected enough, we'll think of another good use for them.  (We also have need of fabric yardage for various projects.)



Quilts of ValorQuilt of Valor

Saturday, February 1, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Sue Moats


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


Supply List

Walker Bags  New! (Small)Walker Bags (Medium)

Monday, February 24, 10:00am-12:00pm

Laurie Sieminski


This is a new project for our Capital Quilts Cares program.  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 be attached to the walkers or wheelchairs of senior citizens.   

Supply List

Pet Beds

Monday, March 17, 10:00am-12:00pm

Marla Cohen


Among the organizations that benefit from our bed-making efforts are the Montgomery County Humane Society, the Washington Animal Rescue League, 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 Marla.

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
 Pet Beds (Large)


Placemats for Seniors


Charm Placemats

We delivered 100 placemats to Iona House, a senior citizens’ center in northwest DC, in December.  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 before 11/19.)  UPDATE:  Laurie delivered 182 placemats to Iona House on 11/21/13!  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Instructions for making Charm Square Placemats

Sunshine 4 ALL 

Sunshine 4 All (Medium)


 This event benefits 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. The awareness color is orange. Help us make 8-1/2” blocks of orange splashed with pink and yellow. The blocks can be 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.




1 Million Pillowcase Challenge  

Million Pillowcase

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 Conkerr Cancer chapter.
The American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is continuing through 2013 – 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 400,000 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.



Doll Quilts for Children's National Medical Center

CQC Doll Quilts

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.

Isolette Covers (Medium)Isolette Covers to benefit the NICU

We had a fun and productive day in August 2012 making isolette covers for Sibley Memorial Hospital's NICU. Capital Quilts continues to support the NICU at Sibley (and other hospitals too!) and we urge you to do the same. We will keep the pattern for making isolette covers available for free on our website.  You may drop off completed isolette covers any time we are open.

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



ASYMCA Picture Quilts


This project is for the benefit 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 are given to us by the Y, and we include them in the quilt. The children are 6 years old and under.

ASYMCA Quilt Collage

We desperately need fabric for these quilts. The ASYMCA pattern requires 1/3 yd. each of three different fabrics), ½ yd. of a focus fabric, five 2-1/2" strips for binding, 1-1/4 yards for backing, and a batting about 45" square. Multiply by 12 quilts, and you can see what this effort takes. Any kid-friendly print is welcome, as are tone-on-tone and solid fabrics.

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