Saturday, September 8, 2012

V and Co: 1 million pillow case challenge in simply color

 hi there! today is day 8 of the million pillowcase challenge put on by APQ 

APQ asked me to participate and talk a little about the million pillowcase challenge. and just in case you missed the line up here are all the participants for the whole month of september. :)

1. Welcome from American Patchwork & Quilting (
2. Rashida Coleman-Hale (
3. Olivia and Alayna's Pillowcase Project (
4. Morgan’s Smile Factory (
5. Pat Sloan (
6. Northcott (
7. Betsy Chutchian (
8. Vanessa Christenson ( <---- you are here today :)
9. Andover Fabrics (
10. Laurie Simpson (
11. Oak Hill, Ohio (
12. Robert Kaufman Fabrics (
13. Pam Buda (
14. Indygo Junction (
15. 4-H (
16. Katie Hennagir (
17. Anni Downs (
18. FreeSpirit Fabrics (
19. American Patchwork & Quilting Staff (
20. Patty Young (
21. Moda Fabrics (
22. Monica Solorio-Snow (
23. Moda Bake Shop (
24. Andover Fabrics (
25. Roseann Kermes from Rosebud’s Cottage (
26. Ann Kelle for Shannon Fabrics (
27. Therm O Web (
28. Edyta Sitar (
29. Fabri-Quilt (
30. Cherri House (

first off i have to say what a wonderful little project this was for me. it means a lot to be part of this wonderful charity challenge.
APQ is trying to reach the goal of creating 1 million pillowcases for charities all over the world. everyone can help to reach this goal. and a lot already have!
they make it really easy for everyone to participate:
there are awesome free pillowcase instructions
and there is a list of charities to donate to

i chose to use this awesome roll up pattern
 for fabric i use bella solid white  by moda fabric and the lime green leaf from Simply Color by V and Co. for moda fabrics. :) yeah still weird to say.

 it took me all of 5 minutes to make. and my kids were pretty impressed how cool i was that i knew how to make a pillowcase that way. granted i didn't come up with the roll up method but shhhh let them think for a minute i'm that cool k?

anywho, after seeing how easy and fun it was to make this pillow, we've decided that each child and dad (yup we're gonna make dad sit at the sewing machine) will make a pillowcase, and we will individually pick a charity to donate our pillowcase.
i have chosen to donate to st lukes oncology department. i've had a family member go through cancer, i've had friends who have had family members go through cancer. and i've had a very close and dear friend of mine lose her 2 year old child to cancer. it brings tears to my eyes thinking of the struggle the individual going through cancer goes through, as well as the pain and anguish and desperation that those around them go through as they watch their loved one hurt.
yes, it has started with one pillowcase, but it will not end with this one.

thank you APQ for the opportunity for me, and now my family to do something for our community.
hope you all have a wonderful rest of the weekend. :)
we are still painting and putting up lots and lots of shelves in closets.
my husband is in a super happy mood. :) thank heavens he's such a nice guy and willing to do it after a year of me asking...incessantly.
we'll talk soon.


Felicia said...

When a man says he will do something, he will do it. There is no need to remind him every six months about it.

My boys made a pillowcase for Todd for Christmas a couple years ago using the roll up pattern. They had a great time. We should do it again.

Kate said...

Looks like a pattern I can handle. I will be making a few to donate if they come out well :)

Linda said...

Last Christmas I made "Magic" Pillow cases for everyone on my family list. In all....about 55 of them. It was a great and fun project. I would love to make pillowcases for a charity. I'll get right on that! Thanks "V."

Erin said...

I love this! I organized a pillowcase drive for my MOMS Club this year. We donated 50 to ConKerr Cancer organization last month!

Valerie said...

I am joining this challenge! My niece had leukemia & a few of the friends she made during treatment have received their angel wings. Definitely a worthy cause & organization.

BizyStitches said...

Thanks for showing your pillowcase and telling your story.

trish said...

What a fabulous event to get behind. I am heading over now to see how I may be able to contribute. Your pillow of course is too cute! What a great time you will all have as a family making more. :o)
Have a wonderful week! Trish xo

Purple Quilter Queen said...

What a great idea V - hope you post pics of everyone's pillowcase! I know I'd love to see them all! Jenn

bdaiss said...

I finally drug my machine out again last week. And sure enough my kids are all "Can I help?" So I'm adding this to our advent to-do list. Thanks again for the inspiration.

PS - It must be the season. I'm also making my hubby gloriously happy with a to-do list. A 3 year old to do list that I have had enough of not doing. : )

able mabel said...

Whoa! I love that pattern! Thanks for sharing it!

Lindi said...

Thanx for reminding others to help out.

Polly said...

What a lovely idea. Have made many pillowcases. It's a wonderful thing to do for those who could use a little cheering up. LOVE your fabric.

Alice Praud said...

These are fun and easy to make. At a retreat at Kamp Kiwanis near Calgary, AB Canada, my friend and I made 30 cases for needy children who attend camp. Of the 30 ladies who attended, 80 pillowcases were sewn.
April 2013 Alice Praud Cluny, AB Canada.
I already have some cut out for 2014.

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