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Thread: 1 Million Pillow Case Challenge

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    Senior Member Eagle Hawk's Avatar
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    Just wondering how many of you are participating in the 1 Million Pillow Case Challenge.

    The Fabric shop I frequent most is having get togethers every other Monday where anyone who wants can come in, bring their sewing machine, and make pillow cases all day. A few of us have even started getting together on Saturdays there, too. We bring a simple pot luck and snacks to share and sew all day from 10 am to 5 pm. It has gotten to be a lot of fun seeing how each pillow case turns out. They are so pretty and gives us a good feeling as to where they are going. A lot of people that come to the shop have donated a bunch of fabric that they have laying around and have no plans for.

    Our shop is will be up to the 1000 mark by the end of next week. That was the goal, but now they will have to raise the goal. Even one or two pillow cases adds up when everyone gives one.

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    we do not have a shop here where I live. :-(

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    Yes, I have made quite a few pillowcases for the challenge. I think it is a very worthy cause and the pillowcases are so easy to make. Several LQS's have been collecting them in large numbers here. ;)

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    I have heard about it, but have not done any. My Mom is interested though, and I gave her the information.

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    My small group made 35 pillow cases last month. Yes, it was fun to see how the different fabrics went together.

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    Our LQS are collecting them and have kits for sale :D:D:D

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    My daughters girl scout troop with alot of help from our leader and myself made a total of 28 pillowcases. Then the following week we tie dyed them. Each girl gets to keep one of the ones that she tie dyed and then the other 20 are going to the Ronald McDonald house in St. Louis. Although there is not a local store participating our pillowcases can still count since we are donating to a charity in the community!

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    What a great idea and a good way to socialize. My LQS is at least 55 miles away - but wish I could participate.

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    Ours arent doing anything either, but it sounds like lots of fun, and a worthy cause!

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    That sounds like a lot of fun. Wish there was a place near me to do that. :oops:

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    I just made my first pair using this great tutorial from Missouri Quilt Co (just look at their project section).

    http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/

    It seems a little confusing until I had everything cut and followed along with the pinning of the first one. Every seam was perfect. Great tutorial.

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    I've made 10 so far. My LQS just started donating to a 2nd shelter because they had so many (didn't ask about the total). The owner just showed ms a "bunch" of letters from the recipients, they loved them!

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    We are having a "Pillowthon" sewing "Bee" at my LQS in August in place of our regular class. It will be fun just to sew and visit.

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    thanks for the link to the tut, really easy!!

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    I just finished making 8 Tuesday to add to my other 8. I have more fun making these and choosing the fabrics.
    I use this link:

    http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/

    Jenny really explains well. Her tutorial is wonderful.

    I make these on my own, no guild or group or LQS involved. You just follow the directions on this link as to what to do. So easy.


    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/

    Pastors wife and I have spoken about doing them and at teh next women's meeting I will have a plan and present it. Even if I am the only one that shows up, I will be doing them. Otherwise, even if the ladies can't sew, some cook (we gotta eat), some can measure and cut, some can iron, others can sew. All will be welcome to come.

    I will be giving mine to a group home here in my county. There are approximately 48 kids there.
    After that, I will be making them for the veterans who must stay in the continuing care/nursing hom part of our VA hospital.

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    I've made close to 75 of them, thanks to fabric donated by two friends. It is a very worthwhile cause. Help is needed to get to the 1,000,000 goal.

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    Last year my guild donated almost 350 pillowcases. We hope to beat that number this year.

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    I have made several. I'm waiting for my new featherweight to do more sewing. My lighter machine need fixed. So I will sew this next week again. I will havr to ask the shop and see how many we have had turned in so far

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    I had to share. These are the first pillowcases I have made that I actually like. I used the tutorial I posted from the Missouri Star Quilt Company but I think I messed up their name on my previous post and I want to make sure I correct that. Sorry about the bad photography. I really should crop that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    I just made my first pair using this great tutorial from Missouri Quilt Co (just look at their project section).

    http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/

    It seems a little confusing until I had everything cut and followed along with the pinning of the first one. Every seam was perfect. Great tutorial.
    That is such a fab site. I watch a lot of tutes on there.

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    That is such a great cause.

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    I found this set of additional patterns for the Pillow Case Challenge for anyone interested.

    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millio.../freepatterns/

    I haven't tried these yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    I had to share. These are the first pillowcases I have made that I actually like. I used the tutorial I posted from the Missouri Star Quilt Company but I think I messed up their name on my previous post and I want to make sure I correct that. Sorry about the bad photography. I really should crop that one.
    Pretty pillow case. It looks great.

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    I have only made two so far. I am not sure what the total count is for my LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conniequilts
    I have only made two so far. I am not sure what the total count is for my LQS.
    2 is great. If only everyone would make at least one or two they all add up. That's great. If I wasn't doing it with a bunch of friends with a lot of donated fabric I wouldn't make as many as I do. I am lucky to have a LQS so close to me. Everyone doesn't have one that close or one that is involved in the Challenge. I did order some fabric from the Eleanor Burns sale that was less than $3/yard to do a few with, and used a lot of nice fabric I had around home that I had no plans for, but now most is donations, so that makes it easier.

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