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Thread: One million pillowcases challenge

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    Attention all quilters! Here is another great cause that I'm sure everyone would like to help out. My friend saw it in American Patchwork & thought I would be interested since I was doing the Quilts for Kids. The allpeoplequilt.com are trying to get one million pillowcases made & donated to charities this year. They have free patterns you can download & you can donate the pillowcases to any charity you prefer & all they ask is that you go to their website & put in the number of cases you've made so they can be counted. You use your own fabric.

    The website is allpeoplequilt.com, in the search box type in 1 million pillowcases challenge & then when the site comes up it will have a home page you can click on & it will give you all the information about the project.

    direct link to the pillowcase page: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/

    I've downloaded one of the patterns & can't wait to make some but I have to get my quilts for kids done first. I am just excited about this thinking how good I'll feel when I get some of these made too. We know a quilter is always looking for ways to put a smile on someone's face!

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    I like this idea. It's manageable. There is a chance I might actually finish something. Not overly expensive.

    I did get the patterns to download, but I had to enroll/register before I could do so.

    The finished pillow case is 30 x 20 - looks like it has a 4-1/2 inch hem.
    Standard pillow size is 26 x 20.

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    What a great idea.

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    I will look into this!!! Thanks for letting us know about it :D:D:D

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    i a eager to start sewing pillowcases but was unable to download the patterns will try gain later karen

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    try this tutorial - bevanger found it quite a while ago

    http://www.sewing-pillows.web77.org/

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    On January 30th our local quilt shop will taking part in the One Million Pillowcases Challenge by sponorsing a PillowCase Sew In. All pillowcases made will be donated to my Guild's Project Pillowcases. We make fun pillowcases for kid's, ages 2 - 17, who are in hospitals with life threatening illnesses, we're a chapter of ConKerr Cancer. Cindy Kerr, the founder of ConKerr Cancer will be appearing in a 2 part session on Alex Anderson's show, not sure of the dates. May in Jersey.

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    count me in on this. what fun. i chose my charities out of local ones i was familiar with. But,I didn't see where to enter the number of pillow cases your were going to make. missed that, will look later.

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    A LQS did this last year for a local childrens home. I made 15 pillowcases and it felt so good to do it.

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    I found it, must have over looked it. making my 10th now. i like the idea of foster kids getting my pillow cases. a daughter told me that child protection servises, should be able to get them to foster kids. am i right in my thinking. couldn't get thru on the link to find a participating LQS in my area. how many of you ladies are doing this? I thik this is so do-able.

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    I called my LQS in Lansing, Michigan because their site was listed as a participating store. they had not heard of it, but we will see if they get the ball rolling on this. Am i a trouble maker or what? back to making pillowcases.

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    I just delivered 20 pillowcases to our local CPS office. I also made some for the "Heads At Ease" project to provide pillowcases to the troops. Our quilting group made 75 Christmas pillowcases for a local nursing home to surprise the residents with some holiday cheer. Pillowcases are sooo easy and will brighten another's day. I encourage everyone to make one or several. There are patterns all over the internet.

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    I just delivered 20 pillowcases to our local CPS office. I also made some for the "Heads At Ease" project to provide pillowcases to the troops. Our quilting group made 75 Christmas pillowcases for a local nursing home to surprise the residents with some holiday cheer. Pillowcases are sooo easy and will brighten another's day. I encourage everyone to make one or several. There are patterns all over the internet.

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    I just delivered 20 pillowcases to our local CPS office. I also made some for the "Heads At Ease" project to provide pillowcases to the troops. Our quilting group made 75 Christmas pillowcases for a local nursing home to surprise the residents with some holiday cheer. Pillowcases are sooo easy and will brighten another's day. I encourage everyone to make one or several. There are patterns all over the internet.

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    Karen, you are one in a million!!!! That is just great what you have done & I'm getting anxious to start mine but I still have to finish my quilts for kids. Keep up the good work! Were you able to add the number of cases to the challenge site.?

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    jackson, michigan LQS is hosting a sew in. Feb l9th. come all you quilters. dropped 20 off for foster kids yest. and they were really happy.

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    I'm surprised they don't show the "hot dog in a bun" method. I made nine on my serger, for Quilts of Valor, and top stitched the seam with red, white and blue thread for decoration. Choosing fabrics took way more time than construction.
    Did anyone notice what great stash busters these are? Over one yard each, in maybe half an hour of sewing!

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    I made my first two pillowcases on Monday and cut two more out tonight. I used the hot dog method. So much fun and so easy too. I'm going to contact the local Family Law Center where I know someone and see how these can best be used for women and children who are forced to leave their homes for whatever reason. I'd also like to find a local hospital that would love to have some.

    You can see my first pillow cases here:
    http://www.stitchingcircle.com/?p=528

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    how smart of you to take pictures. i didn't just thought, ahhhhh, they're done, and gave them away.

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    We atarted making the pillowcases wednesday..we cut them all out..as a group.next wednesday, we will all gather to sew them up..Thanks for link for this worthy project!

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    great cause.

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    how many pillow cases has this board made? any idea?

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    Tomorrow, April 24, LQS is hosting their 2nd 1,000,000 Pillowcase Sew In. Shop owners goal for 2010 is 1,000 cases and we're half way there as 505 have already been made and donated to ConKerr Cancer in the name of my Guild's Project Pillowcases. Her customers have been great with many making pillowcases as home and dropping them off at the shop. May in Jersey

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    I went last week and bought a whole bolt of muslin (90" x 15yrds). Our girl scout troop (6 year olds) are going to be sewing and then tie dying pillowcases. There isn't a quilt store around here that is taking pillocase donations so we are going to donate directly to the Ronald McDonald house in St. Louis. The girls are really excited and so are the moms. There is only one other mother out of eight that has tie dyed other than myself! And I am the only one that sews regularly. Many of them say they can't even sew a button, we'll see about that! This should be fun! lol

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    I haven't updated the count lately on the pillow cases so as of today, April 23rd the count is 64,924! My LQS is a sponsor for them too so it's fun to see the different ones.

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