The One Million

Pillowcase Challenge

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

In 2010, American Patchwork & Quilting magazine challenged communities to “make a pillowcase, make a difference” by setting a goal of donating a national total of one million pillowcases to local charities in our individual communities.  As of 2015, communities across the country have contributed to over half a million cases!  Capital Quilters, alone, has distributed over 2700 pillowcases in our community!

Capital Quilters joined others in the challenge by adopting this as a charity project.  Each year, the guild dedicates one of our monthly morning workshops to charity projects.  The guild supplies fabric for pillowcases and members supply the sewing talent.

Our local quilt shops, J&R Vacuum & Sewing, Bismarck Sewing and Quilting, and Sewing Machines Plus in Mandan are all 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 over 25 organizations in the Bismarck/Mandan area.  

The organizations are:  

  • Ruth Meiers House
  • CHI St. Alexis Pediatric
  • Amber's Dream (Sanford Pediatric)
  • Pam's House
  • Diane Zainhofsky's Hope House
  • Bonnie's Apartments
  • Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
  • PATH (foster care)
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Charles Hall Youth Services
  • Tracy's Sanctuary
  • Carries Kids
  • Salvation Army
  • Manchester House
  • AID Incorporated
  • Welcome House
  • Community Action
  • Children's Advocacy Center
  • 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

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!

The “Roll It Up” pattern is one of our favorites!   Find easy patterns and a tutorial for pillowcases at: www.allpeoplequilt.com

 Jean Wolf, Service Projects Chairman