APQ reached out to me and asked if I'd like to help spread the word about this awesome event. I love a good cause and I especially love being able to use my love of sewing to help someone in need. Believe it or not, I've never made a pillowcase before, the thought just never crossed my mind for some reason. I was just satisfied buying them and after making these two, I doubt I will ever buy them again. They're SO easy to make and I'm hooked!
I made two pillowcases yesterday and it really took me a lot more time deciding what fabric to use than it normally would for a project. I had piles and piles of fabric combinations spread out on my cutting table. Then I ended up coming full circle and using my own designs. It really warmed my heart to think that I not only stitched up these little pretties with my own hands for a good cause, but I designed the fabric as well!
I cherish sleep. No. That's an understatement.....I'm like a bear in hibernation actually and I take bedtime seriously! I prefer sheets and pillows that aren't too busy, solids in fact. So I knew that I didn't want to make anything with tons of patterns.....just something simple, but still fun.
APQ has several free pillowcase patterns available, so I used the Basic Pattern and out came the Kona Cotton Snow for the body and just a strip of Washi Triangles and Love Notes for the borders. Pom Pom Fringe makes me ever so happy, so I added some to the second pillowcase and love the result.
As I sewed I tried to imagine who would end up with my pillowcases and I must admit, that I got quite a bit teary eyed as I sat in front of my machine and had to stop for a moment. I've always made things for friends, family, work.....but this was different. I'm really surprised by how my emotions took over me while doing this. Just knowing that something as simple as a pillowcase, could probably help someone in a major way........well it just really touched my heart and I suppose I couldn't keep it inside. I guess I'm a softy after all. ^_^
Of all the sewing projects that I've done this year, this has been one of my favorites (Pho for Three is the other and yes, I got verklempt sewing for that as well. :P) I think these pillowcases will be on their way to ConKerr Cancer and I hope they make someone special very happy.
I had the pleasure of meeting Teresa on my first trip to Quilt Market last year and she left a lasting impression on me. Sweet as can be and always with THE most adorable Teresa-made dresses on, I knew she was a kindred spirit right away. She contacted me recently to tell me a about an incredible project journey that she's embarked on and asked if I would share her story with you, my dear readers. I'm so in love with this story and so happy to help spread the word.
Here's a little info from Teresa:
When I volunteered, along with my two children, to spend a couple of months working with orphans in Vietnam, I had no idea just how much I would grow to love those children.
Despite the language chasm between us, we developed friendships and an affection that is incomparable. As a mom, it was amazing to watch my kids with them--Audrey would hold the babies and feed them formula, while Stuart was the one the young boys flocked to for a game of chase.
Six years and two return visits later, the situation at the orphanages has not improved. The state-run facilities are desperately in need of additional items that cannot be purchased with the limited funds provided by the government. International adoptions were shut down and children continue to be left at the orphanages.
Today there are more than 100 kids in the orphanages in the small city of Tam Ky.
Along with efforts to publish our story about moving to Vietnam, I want to provide yet again for these kids. Each time we've returned we have been able to bring along clothes, food, shoes, and toys, as well as cash to pay for fruit, yogurt and milk (all are considered non-essential so not supplied by the government).
This is where I need you help. I want to get as many quality, handmade items as I can to these kids. Whether it's a bag to carry their school books in, shorts to wear in the hot heat of summer, or diapers for the many infants that find a new home at the orphanage.