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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sew Up Some Comfort!

Welcome to my blog!
Today is day 13 of American Patchwork & Quilting's Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop!
It has been my pleasure to participate in some small way to this most honorable cause.
When I began thinking about what I wanted to do to help, I thought about all
of the women who banded together in the early years of our country's history.
They formed Soldier's Aid Societies, the Sanitary Comission,
 and worked in their communities and churches, to offer help
and comfort for folks with all kinds of need.
So...in honor of the efforts made by our quilting ancestors,
I sent out an invitation to my own group of Prairie Women. 
Let's meet at the quilt shop one evening and sew!

 One evening last week, we met to sew together at our favorite quilt shop, The Quilt Merchant.

Some of our club members couldn't stay to sew along with us, but came in to drop
off pillowcases they made at home.  Thanks, Debby!

 Even shop owner, Docia Fuller, joined in the fun.

 Sandy and I chose to make pillowcases using the Roll It Up! (burrito) method, because
neither of us had ever made a French seam, and we wanted to try it!

There are lots of pillowcase patterns available from the AP&Q website.
Click here to see them all!

I had never made a pillowcase before, and I have to say, it was fun and easy!!
For the first pillowcase, I chose fabrics from my first fabric collection,
Heart of the Prairie.

The rest of them were all made from novelty fabrics.  I don't often have a need
to buy these fabrics, and it was great fun to choose some.

All in all, we made 52 pillowcases that evening!  It went surprisingly fast once
we all got into a routine, with each one cuter than the other!!

All of the pillowcases will be donated to the

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's hospital at
Central Dupage Hospital in Winfield, IL

Every child who is admitted into the hospital finds a
fun, cheery pillowcase on the pillow when they arrive.
What a nice way to bring a bit of comfort and joy to a child!

Please consider making a pillowcase for a worthy cause. 
Click here to find all of the info you need.
If you don't have a favorite charity, or aren't sure where to donate, no worries!
Click here to see a long list of charities who would love to recieve your gift!
The fun is not over yet! 
Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs for more ideas,
and inspiring stories! 

1. Welcome from American Patchwork & Quilting (http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/blogs/apqstaff/)
2. Rashida Coleman-Hale (http://www.iheartlinen.typepad.com/)
3. Olivia and Alayna's Pillowcase Project(http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/blogs/apqstaff/)
4. Morgan’s Smile Factory (http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/blogs/apqstaff/)
5. Pat Sloan (http://blog.patsloan.com/)
6. Northcott (http://pattispatchwork.com/)
7. Betsy Chutchian (http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/)
8. Vanessa Christenson (http://www.vanessachristenson.com/)
9. Andover Fabrics (http://blog.andoverfabrics.com/)
10. Laurie Simpson (http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/)
11. Oak Hill, Ohio (http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/blogs/apqstaff/)
12. Robert Kaufman Fabrics (http://www.swatchandstitch.com/)
13. Pam Buda (http://www.heartspunquilts.blogspot.com/)
14. Indygo Junction (http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/)
15. 4-H (http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/blogs/apqstaff/)
16. Katie Hennagir (http://baywindowquiltshop.wordpress.com/)
17. Anni Downs (http://hatchedandpatched.typepad.com/)
18. FreeSpirit Fabrics (http://www.freespiritfabric.blogspot.com/)
19. American Patchwork & Quilting Staff(http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/blogs/apqstaff/)
20. Patty Young (http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com/)
21. Moda Fabrics (http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/)
22. Monica Solorio-Snow (http://thehappyzombie.com/blog/)
23. Moda Bake Shop (http://www.modabakeshop.com/)
24. Andover Fabrics (http://blog.andoverfabrics.com/)
25. Roseann Kermes from Rosebud’s Cottage(http://rosebudscottage.typepad.com/)
26. Ann Kelle for Shannon Fabrics (http://www.annkelle.com/category/blog/)
27. Therm O Web (http://blog.thermoweb.com/)
28. Edyta Sitar (http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/blog/)
29. Fabri-Quilt (http://inspiredbyfabric.blogspot.com/)
30. Cherri House (www.cherryhousequilts.com)

Thank you, American Patchwork & Quilting,
for leading us on such a fun and worthwhile cause!!

Happy Pillow-making!!





  1. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day...kind of sounds like a great girlfriend getaway with a cause! Kudos to you and your friends!

  2. Wow, you all were really busy! 52 pillowcases! That is such a neat idea to have a child choose a special pillowcase during their hospital stay!

  3. This is so fantastic! I've shown my mom about this article and it had motivate her to do the same! Im also working on Iittle felt dolls and see how many I can to and donate to my favorite charity. God bless you ladies

  4. I can't believe you went all the way up to Winfield for this - God Bless you!

  5. The CDH pediatric units were honored to receive pillowcases made by your giving volunteers. We love getting these items in the unit, since they help make the patients’ hospital rooms more welcoming.

    Thank you for all you do to make the children's stay better.