Welcome to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge!
We were tickled to once again join this fantastic challenge from our friends at American Patchwork & Quilting. A few of our talented Designers took the winning pillowcase pattern and created their own version..here are their pillow projects and more!
Up first..Designer Jennifer Jangles and her adorable holiday train pillow!
Christmas Train Pillowcase by Jennifer “Jangles” Heynen
Designer Tip: I increased the size of the band by 3 inches to fit all of the applique on.
Hi..this is Amy Friend and I am the President of the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild and when I peruse discussion threads from other quilt guild leaders, the topic of “what can we do at our guild meeting” is always raised. Here’s one idea for you; join the Million Pillowcase Challenge! It’s an easy meeting to run. I suggested that all of the guild members watch this tutorial before coming to the meeting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAomYjHzUQk. Written tutorials for the burrito method are tricky to understand but it is a piece of cake if you watch a video tutorial like this one. Guild members brought their own fabrics (and one of our members donated some from her fabric shop). We each brought our own sewing machines and neutral color thread and pins.
The meeting organizers set up an ironing station and cutting station.
Everyone arrived, set up their machines and were ready to start stitching. Two of our members work with Child Protective Services are and going to make sure that our 40 plus pillowcases get to children entering foster homes. It’s a fun project and a great way to fill a meeting while doing good!
For my pillowcase I used “Henry Glass Anything Goes Basics” fabrics and used the bigger circle template on the train pattern to cut out more “dots” out of solids in my scrap stash to applique on. It was a fun and easy project.
Scallop Band Pillowcase by Erin Sundet
The train pillow case pattern is so darn cute but it is definitely more for the boys. Since I wanted to make a pillow case that was for a little girl, I challenged myself to use the pattern to find some girly inspiration. My jumping off point was the 1 1/4 inch circle shape from the train pattern.
I thought a scalloped band would be such a fun decorative accent for a ‘bright like the sun’ yellow ombre dot pillow case. The circle included in the pattern is 1 1/4 inches, so to allot for seam allowance and to make it a little easier to sew, I increased the circle diameter to 2 1/4 inches. To create the scalloped band, I just traced a line of half circles in a row on my white fabric (folded right sides together). I then cut the scalloped edge out, stitched the two pieces of fabric right sides together and clipped the curves to help the seams lie flat. I then turned the band right side out and pressed!
Be sure to visit Designer Pat Sloan’s Blog to see her adorable take on the winning pillowcase design too!
Here’s how you can help:
Find a participating shop.
Make a case (or several!)
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