CQ Pillowcase Charity Challenge

 ​Capital Quilters “Give Back” with donations to community charities


In 2010, American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine issued the Million Pillowcase Challenge to communities.  The challenge was to make and donate pillowcases to local charities, with a goal of 1 million pillowcases nation-wide. In December 2020, the goal was accomplished: 1,007,580 pillowcases!


Capital Quilters guild will continue to 'give back' to our community by supporting this effort. It will now be known as our very own, “CQ Pillowcase Charity Challenge" .  Pillowcase kits are available at guild meetings, or members may create their own using easy patterns. 

The “Roll It Up” pattern is free at www.allpeoplequilt.com along with other pillowcase tutorials. 

The Magic Pillowcase tutorials are also great. Here are a few of our favorites:


Shabby Fabrics with Jennifer Bosworth
Sew Very Easy - border print ​

Our local quilt shops, Sewing Machines Plus! in Mandan, and Bismarck Sewing and Quilting are both local drop off points for completed pillowcases.  The shops generously collect pillowcases made by members of the community.  The shops contact Capital Quilters to distribute these cases along with those made by our members to 25 charity organizations in the Bismarck/Mandan area. ​

The organizations are:  


  • CHI St. Alexis Pediatric
  • Amber's Dream (Sanford Pediatric)
  • AARC Pam's House
  • AARC Diane Zainhofsky's Hope House
  • AARC Bonnie's Apartments
  • Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
  • PATH (foster care)
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Tracy's Sanctuary
  • Carrie's Kids
  • Salvation Army
  • Pride Manchester House and Hope Home
  • AID Incorporated
  • Welcome House
  • BECEP
  • Community Action
  • Dakota Children's Advocacy Center
  • ND Teen Challenge
  • Ministries on the Margin
  • Families in Transition (Mandan Public Schools)
  • Hope Manor (Sober Living-Home for Women)
  • Heart River Bridges of Hope (YCC-Mandan)
  • Youthworks
  • CHI Hospice (Health at Home Project)
  • Porter Place


Join us in this worthwhile mission.  Deliver your completed pillowcases to Jean Wolf or Shelly Doyle at a guild meeting, or to one of the drop-off quilt shops.  It's a great and worthy use of that fabric in your stash you are no longer in love with!

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