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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

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 are happy to accept your donations of quilting cottons (quarter yards or larger yardage) and batting pieces at least 13" x 18". Please note that we are unable to issue receipts for tax purposes, as we are not a non-profit organization; but we do support many non-profits in turn.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept home dec or apparel fabrics.  All donated items must be clean and odorless. 

If you have fabric to donate that we are unable to accept, we urge you to contact your local school art department, or contact a creative re-use business such as Silver Spring Creative Reuse or Scrap B-More.  Alternately, check with your local thrift store about collection locations to see where you can drop-off your textiles, as many of these will recycle any textile that is not sellable in their stores.  Ask your town or city if they have a textile recycling program. Call or visit the website of your local transfer station or town landfill or dump to see if they have collection boxes.   

Do you know of a project you think we should take on?  Contact the Capital Quilts Cares Director Jan Wisor at 301-527-0598.

1 MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE     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  – 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.

Billye Roberts, project director

Join Billye of Because Quilts to help make quilts for the Interfaith Works Women's Shelter 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.
We have delivered hundreds of placemats to Iona 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

Small Kennel Quilts are provided to shelters and rescues who take in animals rendered homeless by natural disaster. 

We usually have free kits available in the shop; ask for one the next time you're in!

Complete instructions are available at


Mary's Center is a federally funded family services organization serving the Washington metro area.  Four times each year the center holds showers for expectant moms.  We held a sewing session to make baby quilts for one of these showers, and provided kits to make the quilts.  We also allowed the makers to quilt their creations on our Handi Quilter machines with ProStitcher!  The quilts came out beautifully; you can see them here.  The Center welcomes donations of new baby clothing toys books and diapers as well.  You can learn more about the various programs at

Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. Around the world, girls and women resort to using rags, mattress stuffing,banana leaves, feathers, and even cow dung to manage their menstruation. Days for Girls provides a safe, beautiful, washable, and long-lasting alternative — along with vital health education.      

Find out more at


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".

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.

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.

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.
Sunshine 4 ALL

This event benefitted research for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). The Sunshine 4 ALL Quilt Project was started 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.

 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.

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.

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Sunday 12-5


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  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877