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    Donations are used

    My 7 1/2 yr old granddaughter recently broke her arm. She lives in Federal Way WA. Not sure which hospital this was but it is Childrens hosp in Tacoma WA. While she was in surgery the floor nurse had my daughter choose a pillowcase for her. She chose a bright Little Mermaid pillowcase. DGD very proud of it. We were with her for a couple of days last week on a camping trip. DGD had her new pillow case with her and was intrigued with the flange (I believe that is what it is called)

    My very special thanks to who ever made this and donated it. A small item is helping in the healing of a child. I make Quilts For Kids here in Las Vegas. This has given me the incentive to make more knowing that they really do get used and loved.

    To the Tacoma pillowcase maker, many hugs from a fellow quilter. Keep up the good work.

    PS DGD arm healing nicely. has not slowed her down.
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    Thank you for this post - sometimes I do wonder what happens to the donated items.

    Hope your grand-daughter has a complete and speedy recovery.

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    My local quilting friend and I are currently making pillowcases for our local Childrens Cancer Hospital in San Diego. They have been fun to make, I think I have a dozen done now, good use of all the Novelty prints I have collected over the years.....So nice to hear from someone who has expierenced the 'other end' of the process....
    For those of you that are interested there is a nice simple way to make these called the "burrito method" that encloses the seam between the case and cuff. I personally prefer then to Flatfeld the side seam and serge the bottom seam.....That way I know the pillowcase will survive a childs use .....

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    I can verify that any quilts given to the Shriners are well used and loved by the patients. THye get their own quilt when available when they are checked into the hospital.My own daughter had many surgeries there and at 22 still has and cherishes her quilts

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    My ds was given a small quilt during his tonsilectomy last year. It was very much appreciated.

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    I make pillowcases and give them to my gbaby doctor who takes them to the children's hospital...it's a great feeling for me and I'd love to see the kids get them

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    I make pillowcases for the Conker Cancer Org. They give pillowcases to every child facing a hospital stay, regardless of the circumstance. For the last two years I've made over 300 hundred cases and this year (so far) I've made over 50 but will be starting to ramp up once it cools off. I use three coordinating fabrics for the cases and mine also have a flange. For those who don't know the fabric and supplies (thread, needles, etc.) are tax deductible.
    Also the cases are scrutinized for workmanship, fabric quality, child appropriate prints, and unsafe materials (no glitter). I know this sounds picky but those that don't go to children are donated to homeless shelters, women's shelters, etc. I volunteer sorting these cases and you would not believe what comes in. We've had cases from girl scouts that were painted with fabric paint and the paint was hard and had glued the cases closed, others the fabric was so outdated that I don't even know if senior citizens would want them, others were made from drapery fabric.
    If your going to put in the time and money, make sure it's something you would want your child/grandchild to receive. Sometimes these cases help a child facing some painful and scary times.
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    One of the hospitals in Portland, Oregon has a program called Passage Quilts that donates a quilt to every terminal patient. After the patient passes, the quilt is given to the family. I've read some incredible thank-you notes family members have written, telling how much comfort those quilts have brought their family member and, eventually, them. One man really missed his cat and was given a quilt with cats appliqued on it. It gave him a lot of comfort, he loved it. A woman lost her brother to cancer, he had had the quilt for a few months. Someone popped it in the dryer to warm it up, then wrapped it around the grieving sister and told her it was a hug from him. A 9 year old boy was taken to the quilt room to pick out a quilt for his mom, who had cancer. He loved apples, so he picked out a quilt that had apples on it. That story made me bawl my eyes out.

    These quilts are most definitely used and appreciated. That hospital goes through an average of 40 quilts a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I make pillowcases for the Conker Cancer Org. They give pillowcases to every child facing a hospital stay, regardless of the circumstance. For the last two years I've made over 300 hundred cases and this year (so far) I've made over 50 but will be starting to ramp up once it cools off. I use three coordinating fabrics for the cases and mine also have a flange. For those who don't know the fabric and supplies (thread, needles, etc.) are tax deductible.
    Also the cases are scrutinized for workmanship, fabric quality, child appropriate prints, and unsafe materials (no glitter). I know this sounds picky but those that don't go to children are donated to homeless shelters, women's shelters, etc. I volunteer sorting these cases and you would not believe what comes in. We've had cases from girl scouts that were painted with fabric paint and the paint was hard and had glued the cases closed, others the fabric was so outdated that I don't even know if senior citizens would want them, others were made from drapery fabric.
    If your going to put in the time and money, make sure it's something you would want your child/grandchild to receive. Sometimes these cases help a child facing some painful and scary times.
    Is there a pattern for the acceptable pillowcases? I would love to do some for a children's hospital. Also, what is a flange? I have seen the term once before and am clueless on what it means

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    Is there a pattern for the acceptable pillowcases? I would love to do some for a children's hospital. Also, what is a flange? I have seen the term once before and am clueless on what it means
    The Conkerr Cancer organization has a website at www.conkerrcancer.org which gives directions for the pillowcases and a list of people by state who coordinate collection and distribution of the pillowcases to various hospitals.

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    "I make Quilts For Kids here in Las Vegas. This has given me the incentive to make more knowing that they really do get used and loved."

    That's great. I've had the opportunity with my local chapter of Project Linus to be on hand when quilts were given out, and it is wonderfully moving and inspiring to see how much the kids love getting a blanket. Makes it all worthwhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    Is there a pattern for the acceptable pillowcases? I would love to do some for a children's hospital. Also, what is a flange? I have seen the term once before and am clueless on what it means
    For me the term FLANGE is the third fabric, and/or "piping look" between the main fabric and the end cuff. I use that type of construction a lot for added interest and it uses up small pieces of fabric......

    Now if that is not a flange please some one let me know....
    I will look today for the link of a burrito pillowcase.

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    I checked the website and they don't say you need a flange..Not sure if I can do it nicely,,would need to practice...When they say finish the seams, could they be zig=zag stitched, since I do not have a serger?

    Now I am curious about a burrito pillowcase!!

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    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millio...s/RollItUp.pdf

    Found this tutorial when I searched burrito pillowcase

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millio...s/RollItUp.pdf

    Found this tutorial when I searched burrito pillowcase
    This is a SUPER DUPER tutorial, exactly like I make it, except I add an additional strip between the cuff and main body. cut it 1-1/2" wide, fold in half, (now 3/4") iron right side out....and lay on top of cuff, pin, then add main body...
    This third piece just gives you an accent color or sometimes you need a division between the main body and cuff .....
    Remember to wash when done, as these are put into immediate use, and fold and put into a quart size zip lock bag.....

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    It is gratifying to read these inspirational stories.

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    I'm glad you GD found comfort in her gift.
    Many years ago my Dd was in NICU for a week. The children's hospital ladies auxillary"pink ladies" gave out puppets to sick children. It was quite a big deal around here. My DD hated hers-they were little pink clowns. Everytime she saw it she would try to throw it away. Still hates clowns to this day.
    it made me feel bad because i know they were made with the idea of giving comfort and smiles to sick children, but it didn't have that effect on DD. It also made my sad that such a simple thing brought such bad memories for my DD.

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    That's awesome thanks for sharing !!

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    [QUOTE=joyce888;5391105]I make pillowcases for the Conker Cancer Org. They give pillowcases to every child facing a hospital stay, regardless of the circumstance. For the last two years I've made over 300 hundred cases and this year (so far) I've made over 50 but will be starting to ramp up once it cools off. I use three coordinating fabrics for the cases and mine also have a flange. For those who don't know the fabric and supplies (thread, needles, etc.) are tax deductible.

    Yes, supplies are tax deductible. My CPA also says with the number of quilts I make for charity, my once a year sewing machine cleaning/tune up is deductible as well. Check with a tax person, though, to see if that will also work for you.
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    Wal Mart had some pillow case kits that included the 3 coordinating fabrics and that is where I found out how to make them. I did not know that you could make the cases as an item that Children's Hospitals use when a child is put into the hospital. I will definitely start making them as my contribution to "giving back". I was wondering if you could also make some with teenage type material as well. Not all children going into these hospitals are juveniles.

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    Awe, that's great. I have made some pillowcases, gonna make some more and find a place to donate em. I love making em, they're fun, quick, and easy to make. Glad your GD ok.
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    I've made many, many pillowcase for Conker, Ronald MacDonald House, Benjamin Smiles, my grandchildren & gifts for friends-kids of all ages love them and they do get used. I make them using the burrito method (but didn't know the name) and also use the 3rd accent piece, I cut mine 3 inches wide, then fold in half. And from seeing my grandchildren's pillowcases that 3rd piece starts to look wonky after washings because it needs to be ironed. But no one has time to iron a pillowcase, working Mom's or caregiver of a sick child, so I started top stitching the upper & lower edge of the accent piece-it only takes a minute & that piece stays nice & flat & attractive after many washings.
    I feel all the quilts, blankets, pillowcases, etc are very much appreciated. My daughter & her husband adopted a newborn, when they brought him home from the hospital he was wrapped in a fleece blanket with a hand crocheted lace edging that someone in the hospital auxillary had made. That baby is now 5 yrs old, a wonderful child and my daughter still cherishes that blanket, when they get out his baby book and talk about the day he was born she gets out that blanket to show him & explains why it is so special.

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    It is heartening to know that our donations are used. I am always afraid that I am going to find something I made in a thrift shop or at a yard sale.

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    What a heartwarming story. I live near Federal Way so that makes your story extra special. Encourages me to think more about doing donation pieces.

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    It took me a little while to really understand and appreciate the value of charity work. My first goal was to make a quilt for every member in my family, got that half done, but before I could get to my brother, he died. So that kinda put my skiders on......Charity work be it baby blankets for the local NICU, or Project Linus, of the pillow cases for the local childrens cancer ward....just gives you such a warm, deep down fuzzy feeling that can not be replaced by anything else in the world.....and with charity quilts you can pretty much do what floats your boat at the time and off it goes to bring a smile to a child.....

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