Thursday, June 3, 2010

Making a Difference One Ugly Pillowcase at a Time

Remember the post about Heather having to drive a stick? Well, this one kind of goes along with that...

During her harrowing day trying to navigate Upstate New York in a manual transmission automobile, Heather made a stop at Jo-Ann's Fabric store. Under the pressure of trying to leave before rush hour traffic and her notorious inability to make a decision by herself, she managed to pick out the ugliest fabric for her kitchen curtain. Like, really hideous fabric that should have been on clearance...seriously, Stevie Wonder could have picked a prettier design.

After some thought, another trip to the craft store and further review of fabric in a less stressful situation, Heather scrapped her original purchase and went with a different, more subtle material for the kitchen curtain. Pleased with her end result, (photo on right) she wondered now what to do with the 2 yards of loud mess she had bought.

Fortunately, Heather is on every e-mail newsletter list possible and the answer was just a click away in her inbox. In the weekly newsletter from Better Homes & Gardens was an article on the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. The idea is to "Make a Pillowcase, Make a Difference." Nationwide, quilters and sewers were putting together pillowcases for charity and providing comfort for those in shelters, hospitals and nursing homes. "What a good idea!" decided Heather and she went to work on turning her potentially ugly curtain into a set of ugly pillowcases (photo on left, set on right). She was in such a sewing mood that she ended up cranking out three sets of pillowcases and made sure they found their way to a charitable organization in Jonesboro, Ark.

Still thinking, "This is a great idea!" Heather knew the pillow challenge could make a fun little newstory and threw the idea to her BFF & newsie Brandi Hodges. Brandi put together a great little package for the evening news....and possibly helped out some of the Region 8 charaties. To date, the challenge has collected more than 96,000 pillowcases nationwide!

American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. I donated pillowcases to the challenge. Click here to learn more!

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