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APQ 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge

September 21st, 2012

When American Patchwork & Quilting asked me to participate in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop I jumped at the honor!

The American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is a really cool and fun way to Do Something for your community in your community. It’s so simple and so fun. Make a pillowcase and donate it locally! Well, that’s the nutshell version. APQ will explain it much better than I, but what I love so much about this is that it’s so community based. No fuss, no muss, no paperwork, nothing to mail - just making, having fun and giving.

What’s really cool is that APQ has gobs of pillowcase patterns, and even a video on how to make a really slick pillowcase. The APQ pattern I used was the Prairie Point Pillowcase one with my new Winterkist line.
Winterkist pillow
I love Prairie points! When going to the pattern page, be sure to scroll down to see the entire archive of patterns.
Winterkist pillow

APQ’s blog hop is hopping for the entire month of September with some of their favorite designers and 2012 sponsors. Be sure to visit every day to see the pillowcases and see how they’re helping the communities they’re in.

September 1: Welcome from American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2: Rashida Coleman-Hale
September 3: Olivia and Alayna’s Pillowcase Project
September 4: Morgan’s Smile Factory
September 5: Pat Sloan
September 6: Northcott
September 7: Betsy Chutchian
September 8: Vanessa Christenson
September 9: Andover Fabrics
September 10: Laurie Simpson
September 11: Oak Hill, Ohio
September 12: Robert Kaufman Fabrics
September 13: Pam Buda
September 14: Indygo Junction
September 15: 4-H
September 16: Katie Hennagir
September 17: Anni Downs
September 18: FreeSpirit Fabrics
September 19: American Patchwork & Quilting Staff
September 20: Patty Young
September 21: Moda Fabrics
September 22: Monica Solorio-Snow
September 23: Moda Bake Shop
September 24: Andover Fabrics
September 25: Roseann Kermes
September 26: Ann Kelle
September 27: Therm O Web
September 28: Edyta Sitar
September 29: Fabri-Quilt
September 30: Cherri House

Gather some friends and make pillowcases! I gathered up my friends Traci and Gabrien and we had a blast.
Pillow case sewing day

Packing up sucks when you have to wait for your iron to cool. If only someone would design an iron cozy for a hot iron

Bam - iron cozy. I’m sure I’ll be hearing any day now from AP&Q begging me to write up my instructions. Yup, totally sure.
Happy Zombie Iron Cozy (patent pending)
Happy Zombie Iron Cozy (patent pending)

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15 Responses

  1. The fabulous Mdm samm allegedly said:

    Iiiiii luv your mind and humor. And yes why can’t someone make something for a hot iron?

  2. The fabulous Marla allegedly said:

    Wow the quilting on your iron cozy is soooo good. I love the text fabric!

  3. The fabulous shannon allegedly said:

    cute pillowcases…i need some with prairie points too!!

    they do make a hot iron carry/storage box. i have one and i LOVE it!! it totally works

    google “sunbeam hot iron storage case”

    it’s adjustable (it has fit all three irons that i have gone through since i bought it)

  4. The fabulous Eva Marie allegedly said:

    I came across this idea for an iron caddy and portable pressing mat a few days ago the woman said it was a purchased pattern. It looks like she got it from connecting threads.

  5. The fabulous Dawn allegedly said:

    Monica, if you haven’t designated a charity to receive the pillowcases you made, please consider ConKerrCancer.org. It was started by a mom who lost her teenage son to cancer. It’s a wonderful non-profit that facilitates the delivery of cheery pillowcases to children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. I’m the Portland rep and make deliveries to Portland hospitals. All of the p’cases made for ConKerrCancer can be counted in the APQ 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge!

  6. The fabulous Deb Myers allegedly said:

    there is a pattern to make a hot iron cozy!’ya know what they say…just google it!! in the winter at our retreats when it’s time to pack up us midwesterners just stick ours out in the snow! i bet a freezer or refrigerator would work for those without snow…. or the summertime..

  7. The fabulous Allison allegedly said:

    i’ve seen hot-iron cozies for sale, but I like yours better :) love the pillowcase! prarie points are on my list of skills I want to learn - this looks like a great project to jump in and try it out

  8. The fabulous ppam allegedly said:

    I lovd how clever you are! Xo

  9. The fabulous Bebe allegedly said:

    Oooouuu, I like! Love the prairie points on the pillowcase. Love the cozy for the irons–
    It certainly feels good to donate pillowcases- we have a childrens’ and mothers’ shelter nearby who the ladies here donate to. It’s a great charity to help along.

  10. The fabulous Jenelle Boxberger allegedly said:

    very cute and funny. Enjoyed your blog.

  11. The fabulous Wrennette allegedly said:

    Dear Clever and riotously funny Monica….This might be a little out of sinc but I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your picture and interview on Fat Quarter Shop. I wish you well and lots of success with your new fabric design. I love it as I have enjoyed each of your others. You were so yourself in the interview and I laughed at all of your answers to the questions. By the way…how tall are you???? ha ha

  12. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    Loving those prairie points ~ and the fabric is made for dreams!

  13. The fabulous Rebecca allegedly said:

    I love making pillowcases because they are such immediate gratification! I made over 50 cases last year for Conkerr Cancer. I’d better get to work and make some for APQ!

  14. The fabulous SuzK allegedly said:

    you know what else would make a great iron cozy…an Amazon box - you know, the one with the smile on the side! this is a great idea!

  15. The fabulous Loyce ivers allegedly said:

    Love your pillowcase, your witty humor. You would be so much fun to quilt with!!!!

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