Pillowcase Challenge

American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge - I Donated! Click here to learn more.The two local quilt shops that I visit most often are both collection points for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Mom and I have had a blast doing these (ok, only three of them are mine—but Mom’s retired!). There are so many adorable children’s fabrics to choose from. When I saw the Beatrix Potter print I knew that one had to go into the pile. I could not walk away from Benjamin Bunny.

One of the shops had assorted pillowcase kits made up and discounted for the cause. Their kits included the sausage (also known as the hotdog) pattern with the accent strip. I had seen the pattern before but avoided it thinking it was too convoluted. Not so! And it didn’t take much longer to make than the standard cases.

Pillowcase FanThe kit pillowcase is the one on top. Anyone recognize the Jetsons? Kudos if you can remember the names of all the characters.

Pillowcase CollagAnother view to show off the contrasting bands. Erica’s offers a pattern similar to the one I used from the kit. A google search will turn up lots more.

Make a pillowcase or two for the cause. They’re fun and easy to do and it’ll make you feel good, too.

Happy sewing!

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Going Out on a Limb

So, today, I took the plunge. This is only my second post but I went ahead and made the blog public. Posting twice in one week is not likely to be a regular occurrence but I will try to pop in a few times each month. It’s back to work tomorrow and the rest of the summer’s whirlwind schedule.

Another step I took today was to embrace the Process Pledge. I’d seen the badge on a few other quilter/stitcher/crafter blogs and finally ended up on the rOssie blog. (Do go visit her blog.) In a nutshell: by taking the pledge you agree to share, not just finished works, but your work in progress. Share your thoughts on where the creative genie is taking you, or not taking you if that’s the case. Share your eureka moments when you solve a problem. Share those crazy “but what if I try it this way” moments that keep you awake at night. I like it. And I like the inspiration that flows when I read the blogs of others who, if they haven’t actually taken the pledge, honor it in spirit.

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My style of quilting isn’t exactly modern but it’s not exactly traditional—at least not my newer things and not the ideas in my head. And while the quilt pictured in my previous post is a done deal (no process to share at this point) there are others in the works. Hmmm . . . I think the camera needs to come out of the bag!

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Oh! I almost forgot . . .

Rossie offers a template pledge for those who wanna. She says,

Take it, shake it, make it yours.

Cheers, Rossie!

I, Annie, pledge to talk/write more about my creative process, even when (maybe especially when) it’s not going where I expected, or I can’t quite find the right words. I’m going to share my thinking, inspirations and gut feelings. Who knows? They might help or inspire someone else or, at least, offer a good chuckle now and then! I also pledge to turn a listening ear from time to time to fellow creatives who do the same.

Fresh Ideas

Ever since I started quilting I’ve had a love/hate relationship with creating labels for my finished quilts. The idea of a label certainly has its appeal. I like the idea of adding information like the quilt name, the year it was (finally) finished and maybe a personal message like “Lovingly made by grannie” or something else appropriate. But more often than not I’ve let a quilt out of my hands sans the label. Why is that? Why, after all the time spent creating the thing, do I balk at that last step? I dunno. I think maybe I’m so ready to move on to the next thing that I talk myself right out of it. Another reason is that I don’t like my handwriting. My brain envisions this lovely script evenly spaced across the label but the reality never quite lives up to the picture in my head. I’m frustrated before I start making the thing.

Shifting Sands quilt
Shifting Sands: One that got away without its label.

Today I had a revelation. While browsing the jaybird quilts blog I happened across label tutorial: the spoonflower way. What a fantastic idea! I’ve heard of Spoonflower but had never thought to do something like this. Yeah, I’ll still need to write on it. But if I’ve got an attractive, ready-made label already prepared AND stick to simple lettering for the pertinent details, even I shouldn’t balk at adding the label.

Next step . . . design the label.

Shifting Sands was made primarily with fabric from Cameroon. The design was based on the technique described in Wonderful 1 Fabric Quilts by Kay Nickols.

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