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Million Pillowcase Challenge

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 Did you know that in the US alone there are over 
800,000 children in foster care? 
Many of these children move from place to place with 
very little 
and certainly nothing to carry their 
few belongings in. 
Just imagine if each child had a fun pillowcase.
This is one of the main reasons I have participated 
in the
 Million Pillowcase Challenge since the beginning.

Recently All People Quilt issued a challenge to vote
on your favorite
 FREE pillowcase pattern.
I guess it is fitting that the train pillowcase won. 
There seems to be an inspiring comparison between
 the winning pillowcase
 and the Million Pillowcase Challenge.
 So, I have taken the liberty to give this pattern a new name,
the little engine that could. 
That’s perfect, right?

APQ’s little engine has made it up the hill
to the half million mark.
Now is the time for everyone to throw some
coal in the engine and help.
So, today is the day many people are posting
their version of the train pillowcase pattern and 
donating it to a local charity. 
Here is my pillowcase.
The sample yardage from Arrin Turnmire’s, Little Things Organic
 had arrived and I was dying to sew with the organic cotton.
I choose a fun striped print for the body of the pillowcase and then pulled
pieces from my scraps to make the train parts. 
I must say, sewing on the organic was dreamy.
You can make your own version of the train or any pillowcase. 
 To download the train pillowcase pattern, click here. Lots more free patterns
 are available  at AllPeopleQuilt.com
Visit here to see the other pillowcase posts.
Here is a message from Senior Editor, Jennifer Keltner 
asking for your help 
in meeting their goal of One Million Pillowcases.

Won’t you please make a few pillowcases 
and donate them to a local charity? 
Here is a complete list of charities
if you 
are looking for places to donate.

happenings at Des Moines quilt show

Moda Fabrics, Handi Quilter, and Tracey’s Tables were some of the sponsors of the
Dream Studio Giveaway. Imagine new sewing tables, new machine and over 3,000 of moda to stock your room!

Des Moines is the home of Better Homes & Gardens, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts & More, All People Quilt website, Quilt Sampler, and many many more of your favorite titles.

Jennifer and Meredith handing out “I Love Fabric.” pins.
I am sure they ran out because who doesn’t love fabric.

Of course the Million Pillowcase challenge was in full force.
Brenda Lesch was busy prepping the pillowcases to be sewn.

Jodi sewing away on a pillowcase. (opps, look it, happens to be a moda fabric) Love that Deb Strain.

The Des Moines quilt show also had a Kid’s Korner.
Moda was a sponsor of this event.  The display consisted of quilts from the State Fair 2010.

Here is an impressive graphic showing how many different states were represented at the state fair. They even had quilters from Greece, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Japan and Ecuador.

This was the cutest couple wearing matching outfits.
Quilting is the greatest “sport.”