Lots of pillowcases ready to go!

One Million Pillowcase Blog Hop – Timeless Sews!

We are thrilled to participate in APQ’s One Million Pillowcase Challenge‘s Blog Hop! Timeless Treasures is a proud sponsor of this amazing program. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a full list of designers and companies participating in this blog hop.

American Patchwork & Quilting is hosting a 24-hour Sew-a-Thon at their headquarters in Des Moines on September 19-20, and shops around the country are participating as remote locations as well (find one near you here!). We thought it would be fun to host our own version of a sew-a-thon right here in our office, throughout the month of August!

Our PR Coordinator, Hayden, demonstrated APQ’s free Roll It Up pattern to staff members with varying levels of sewing experience. (You can choose from 43 free pillowcase patterns on their website here.) Employees then volunteered during their lunch breaks throughout the month to sew a pillowcase for donation! Some even brought the project home to share with friends and family; our data entry manager, Monica, brought fabric to her sewing students and came back with a nice big stack of finished pillowcases. Staff members’ daughters participated while visiting the office on summer break. Hayden taught her mom how to make a pillowcase one rainy Saturday afternoon. The enthusiasm has been contagious!

The first pillowcase Hayden made to kick things off! She got coworkers involved in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge by teaching them to make the "Roll it Up" pattern on their lunch breaks.

The first pillowcase, made by Hayden made to kick things off! She got her colleagues involved in the Challenge by teaching them to make the “Roll it Up” pattern on their lunch breaks throughout August.

Right now, we have 38 pillowcases ready to donate to our friends at Conkerr Cancer, just in time for their Miles of Pillowcases Smiles campaign in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We are expecting to have even more to donate by the end of this month and beyond; lots of Timeless staff, friends and family have enjoyed helping out so much that they plan to continue sewing for this wonderful cause!

Lots of pillowcases ready to go!

Lots of pillowcases ready to wash & donate!

We used lots of fun novelties and colorful fabrics for cheerful pillowcases.

We used fun novelties and colorful fabrics to make cheerful pillowcases.

Conkerr Cancer’s goal for the Miles of Pillowcase Smiles event is to make a “pillowcase smile” for each of the 44,000 children undergoing treatment, or 20 miles of smiles (one mile of pillowcases equals 2,112 pillowcases smiles). In 2013, they sewed 64,000 pillowcases (30 miles of smiles)! Each chapter delivers the handmade pillowcases to their local hospital(s) as they need inventory throughout the year. Check out ConkerrCancer.org to learn more about this event, of which we are also a proud sponsor. There are lots of resources on their site to help YOU get involved!

We’re so happy to have made some pillowcases smiles, and hope you will make some too.

Jackie sewing her Michael Searle Turtles pillowcase

Jackie sewing a Michael Searle Turtles pillowcase

Kat preparing to sew

Kat preparing to sew

Mariam Pressing her Princess pillowcase

Jenny’s daughter Marian pressing her Princess pillowcase

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Katherine turning the band. This was her first sewing project, and she did an outstanding job!

Lisa and Denise tag team!

Lisa and Denise tag team!

Laura sews a celestial pillowcase

Laura sews a celestial pillowcase

Hayden helps Ellen get acquainted with the sewing machine

Hayden helps Ellen get acquainted with the sewing machine

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Emily shares some tips with Katherine for pressing the final seam

All hands on deck!

All hands on deck!

Fabulous finishes.

Some fabulous finishes by Lisa, Denise, Jackie, Sari’s daughter Lauren, Katherine, Jenny, and her daughter Marian.

One Million Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop Participants

·    Alison Glass (http://alisonglass.com/blog)
·    American Patchwork & Quilting (www.allpeoplequilt.com/blog)
·    Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs (http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/)
·    The Benartex Design Team: Sew in Love with Fabric (www.sewinlovewithfabric.blogspot.com)
·    Debby Kratovil (http://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/)
·    Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts (http://www.laundrybasketquilts.net/blog/)
·    Heidi Pridemore (http://heidipridemore.blogspot.com)
·    How To Sew (www.howtosew.com)
·    Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom (http://www.sisboom.com/blog/)
·    Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts (http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/)
·    Karrie Winters of Freckled Whimsy (http://www.freckledwhimsy.com/)
·    Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle (http://www.annkelle.com/category/blog/)
·    Linda Carlson (www.lindacarlsonquilts.com)
·    Lori Mason (http://www.lorimasondesign.com/news/)
·    Modern Quilt Studio (http://craftnectar.com/)
·    Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft (http://modernhandcraft.com/)
·    Northcott: Patti’s Patchwork (www.pattispatchwork.com)
·    Shannon Fabrics: My Cuddle Corner (http://shannonfabrics.com/blog/index/)
·    Tammy Silvers (http://www.tamarinis.typepad.com)
·    Timeless Treasures: Sew Timeless (http://www.ttfabrics.com/blog/) YOU ARE HERE
·    Valori Wells (http://www.valoriwells.com/blog/)
·    Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool (http://freespiritfabric.blogspot.com/)
·    Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring (http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/)

Additional Resources

·    About the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge – allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases
·    Free pillowcase patterns – allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/freepatterns/index.html
·    Suggested Charities – allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/wheretodonate/index.html
·    Conkerr Cancer – conkerrcancer.org
·    Sew-a-Thon info – allpeoplequilt.com/sewathon
·    Sew-a-Thon Facebook page – facebook.com/sewathon
·    Sew-a-Thon Shops – allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/24-hour-sew-thon-shops
·    Official Social Hashtag – #APQSewathon

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