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Saturday, September 16. It's going to be good... really, really good.
That's so you don't forget. It's this Saturday.
National Sew A Jelly Roll Day. We'll get to that in a moment. Saturday is also the APQ 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge Sew-A-Thon.
If you don't know about what American Patchwork & Quilting has been doing, here is what you need to know - their Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the One Million Pillowcase Challenge?
American Patchwork & Quilting is challenging quilters, sewers and crafters to help us reach our goal of donating one million pillowcases to local charities. Many charities can benefit from the donation of a pillowcase and the challenge gives you the opportunity to donate and make a difference in your community.
- I own a quilt shop, how do I sign up?
You can sign up on retailer section of this site..
- When will I receive my marketing and promotional materials from American Patchwork & Quilting?
A marketing kit with a press release, media pitch letter, and event ideas is available in the retailer section of the AllPeopleQuilt site. Every year in late January, we will mail a kit with posters, table tents and more.
- How do I participate?
Use the Find A Shop tab on the website to find a participating retailer near you. However, if there is not a participating shop in your area, we encourage you to make a difference by creating pillowcases and donating them locally. Don’t forget to update the pillowcase counter!
- Where do I find the pillowcase patterns?
Patterns are available here. Two new patterns will be added each quarter.
- Can I design my own pillowcase?
Yes, creativity is encouraged. Keep in mind, however, the intended recipient’s age and comfort.
- What fabrics should I use?
Please check with your intended charity before choosing fabrics. Most charities we have contacted prefer 100% cotton fabrics.
- What do I do with my pillowcase when it’s finished?
Click here for a suggested list of charities.
Last year, we made over 100 pillowcases in the office.
Our goal is to double that tally this year.
And because it's National Sew A Jelly Roll Day, we're going to use Pattern 26 to make a few pillowcases!
As it was last year, these pillowcases will be donated to a Dallas-area charity that works with children.
We might even see about borrowing a few of these Jelly Rolls...
Keri of Catching Stitches Quilt Shop had some "family fun" with some of the Jelly Rolls in her shop. From spelling out M O D A to Jelly Jenga.
We debated doing this in the office but I think we've already opened up all of our Jelly Rolls...
So are you ready?
My sewing machine has been cleaned and oiled, and a new needle put in. I've got bobbins wound and a new rotary cutter blade installed. Snacks? Check. Entertainment? Check. Camera-phone and hashtags? Check! (#projectjellyroll... just to make sure.)
We'll see you on Saturday!