1 Million Pillowcase Challenge 24 hour Sewathon!


1 Million Pillowcase Challenge 24 hour Sewathon!

Hey peeps, I am formally inviting you to join with me and my friends at American Patchwork and Quilting for this afternoon’s 1,000,000 Pillowcase Challenge 24 hour Sewathon.
Today, Friday, September 19 from 3pm to 3pm on Saturday, September 20, people across the country will be sewing to donate to the 1,000,000 Pillowcase Challenge.
Here’s what AP&Q has to say about the event:
American Patchwork & Quilting is hosting the first One Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-Hour Sew-a-thon at its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. Starting at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, September 19th and running through 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 20th, the public is invited to Meredith Corporation to sew pillowcases for local Des Moines charities, including Rebuilding Together. All supplies will be provided free, and staff members will be on hand to help walk participants through the process of making a pillowcase. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away. The first 2,400 people will also receive a gift as a thank you for volunteering their time.
“We are so excited to host this exciting event at American Patchwork & Quilting headquarters – where the One Million Pillowcase Challenge started in 2010. A handmade pillowcase seems like a simple thing, but it can ease the fears of a sick child while in the hospital; provide comfort to a teen as they move to a new foster home or give hope to a family who recently lost everything in a tornado, flood or fire. The pillowcases made at this event will brighten the lives of families in need right here in Des Moines,” said Linda Augsburg, Editorial Content Chief of the Better Homes and Gardens Crafts Group.
I have couple big projects that I am working on today and tomorrow as well, but I am thrilled to have the days off from the Day Job at Costco AND that it is wet and rainy AND that I was in a car accident yesterday, so I have nothing to keep me from sewing all day long…..(okay well I am not thrilled about the accident! But God saw it coming before I saw that kid in my rearview mirror plow into me and I know that God will take care of everything including me) 😉
Okay, back to the challenge.  So anyhoo…. I found these beauties below that I haven’t done much with yet, and I have large enough pieces to make pillowcases from, so in the middle of my  “busines” sewing, I plan to make a couple of pillowcases out of these two lines. (my goal is 4 total today, but we’ll see)
The first is Dowry by Anna Maria Horner.  I have always, always loved Anna Maria’s rich palette that she works into every print she creates.



And then I have these awesome prints from my dear, dear friend, Valori Wells.  These are a mix from Blueprint Basics, Ashton Road, and Quill.  Valori’s sense of color is just as intense as Anna Maria’s but in a different way. I think there’s just a bit more sunshine in Valori’s palette, but I could just be thinking that because I am remember this past summer teaching in her neck of the woods where the sun was incredible every day!


I so TOTALLY am in love with the green on the bottom right of the above photo and the bottom left of the one below.


So if you can fit in the time, please join me and a bunch of other people in helping comfort and bless kids and adults with some unique, and personal pillowcases!

There are some great free patterns here at AP&Q!

I will be keeping you up with my progress on Instagram today and tomorrow as I can, so be sure to follow me along there today. There may be even be some giveaways and great bargains if I get to any destashing along the way as well.   Follow me on Instagram here if you don’t already, I actually get more chances to share there from my everyday life than here or Twitter or Facebook.

Oh, and I will post the winner for my OLFA giveaway here tomorrow too, so if you haven’t left a comment on this post for that prize, then run quick like a bunny to do that now and then get back to sewing Pillowcases!

Keep Happy, Keep Sewing……and above all, please drive Safely if you have to run to your local Quilt Shop for necessities…


1 Comment

  • Joyce Carter


    So sorry to hear about your accident, Scott. I hope everything is okay and you were not hurt. We stopped at a red light not too long ago and a kid just rammed us in the back end while we were sitting there. Thankfully none of us were hurt. I don’t know why people can’t be more aware of what they are doing.

    September 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm

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