American Patchwork & Quilting is challenging quilters, sewers and crafters to help them reach their goal of donating one million pillowcases to local charities, and today I’m sharing a pillowcase I’ve mad as a part of their blog hop as they prepare for the pillowcase challenge 24 hour sew-a-thon. The challenge gives you the opportunity to donate and make a difference in your community! Events are happening all over, and you can also join in virtually. Their site has more information if you are interested in joining in.
I have a new fabric line for fall: Handcrafted. It’s hand stamped and hand dyed in a lengthy process that results in some really distinctive fabrics. My sample yardage just arrived this week, and I will share a lot more about it next week, but for now am very glad to get use it for this special project. This pillowcase is my first time sewing with Handcrafted! I used 11 out of the 18 prints to make up Pattern 16, Piano Key Band, a free pattern from the All People Quilt website. It is an easy pattern to follow. The only change I made was to increase the number of fabrics used in the band.
Originally I was planning on sending the pillowcase to my chosen charity, like the directions said. I didn’t have one in mind, so started looking on the list form the website. I wanted to find one that supported women and children, and happened upon Enchanted Makeovers. The more I look into what Terry and her team are doing the more impressed I am. You can read about it on the main website, but what I really wan to highlight is their Sacred Sewing Room program.
Here’s a quote, “This year, the Sacred Sewing Room program is embarking on a national tour to create a unique, beautiful and inspirational sewing room in five shelters across the country. These Sacred Sewing Rooms will each be equipped with Baby Lock Rachel sewing machines. The Baby Lock Rachel is a computerized sewing machine with push-button features that make every project easier. This high quality, easy-to-use machine will eliminate any frustration that could create setbacks for the women as they learn this new skill. In shelters with Sacred Sewing Rooms, Enchanted Makeovers volunteers teach residents the basics of sewing. With each class, sewing becomes an important coping mechanism for the women as they build their confidence and start looking at sewing as a potential life-saving skill. It is empowering as they learn that they can do something for themselves and for others, too.”
So here is what I decided. I could send this one pillowcase to them, and that would be great, but it would be even better if we could work together to give them more than a pillowcase. I’ve arranged with Terry to have a little raffle. For each $5 you donate to the Sacred Sewing Room project you will get an entry to win the pillowcase! Click on the DONATE NOW button on their site to pay through pay pal, YOU MUST type ‘Alison Glass Pillowcase Raffle’ in the ‘add special instructions to recipient’ section to enter the raffle. Enchanted Makeovers will pick a winner and I’ll send the pillowcase! Pretty easy, maybe you’ll win, and definitely you will help a great program. You can also help out by sending pillowcases! To Enchanted Makeovers or to any other charity of your choice.
Please take a look at the rest of the blog hop posts! Thanks American Patchwork and Quilting for all of your work!
Thanks for considering being a part of this super project!
This is a pretty last minute announcement, but if you are in the Blacksburg, Virginia (close to Kentucky and West Virginia too!) area I’ll be at The New River Fiber Company this week teaching embroidery and wool appliqué and doing a trunk show! The class is on Thursday morning from 10:00 – 1:00 and you can register by calling 540-552-0231. I have brand new sampler design, above, that covers ten useful stitches, plus gives an introduction to wool appliqué. The trunk show is Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00. I’ll share a ton of samples, including the new Handcrafted fabric, and a bit about my design process. I would love you to join us for either event! New River Fiver Company is a beautiful shop that you won’t want to miss. They have a gorgeous selection, highly curated, in a lovely town! Located at 880 University City Blvd, we would love to see you there!
Whew! Is it really August already? I can’t believe how fast the summer is going. My kids go back to school after Labor Day, so we still have a bit of time left. We were able to visit family in Austin for a couple of weeks, both kids took special trips with Chris, and we have one more cabin in the woods weekend with friends before school + the structured schedule begin again. Summer is good, for the change in pace, and for me also means being even more behind than I typical am. And I’m very much behind in announcing the newest Alison Glass Sew patterns. They released and started shipping in July, but I thought I would take a few minutes to give a quick overview of all of them in one place to make it easy for you to get a good look. All of the patterns are available as instant PDF downloads or printed patterns in my shop, and to celebrate, for the next week (through August 24th) you can use the code PATTERNSALE to get 10% off any pattern. So without further ado, let me introduce you to Alternative, Celestial, Timber and Tessellation.
Celestial is a modern star quilt that includes 6 different star templates to create the layout as shown or your very own quilt design. This quilt utilizes the foundation paper piecing method to create precision pieced star blocks. The quilt pattern is designed to be flexible to allow for many different design layouts to make quilts, bags, clothing – anything – completely up to you! The pattern as shown can be made with 25 different 1/8 yd cuts of fabric (or you can also use scraps) plus the background fabric.
Alternative is a beginner friendly quilt pattern that you can easily adjusted to make smaller or larger by subtracting or adding blocks. By combining traditional piecing and foundation paper piecing, this quilt comes together quickly. Fabric choices with this pattern can make the design your own – perfect for charms or scraps. The printed fabric shown is Field Day, and in this case the blocks are sewn in an improvisational style. The blocks can be done as full squares too, for a calmer look. I’ve working on a version in Liberty and am so excited about it!
Timber is a modern quilt block design inspired by half timbered architecture. The quilt pattern as shown finishes at 52″ x 68″ a generous lap size quilt along with instructions for a 82″ x 94″ larger version. Jamie and I chose Kona solids for the cover quilt, and I really love how it turned out. I plan to have kits available soon.
The Tessellation quilt pattern features 6 foundation paper pieced templates to create a truly unique quilt design each and every time. With the various block templates you can create limitless design options for quilts, pillows, bags, clothing – anything you can think of! Its a great projects for scraps to provide even more design options. And, we’ve even created a triangle template to make cutting and trimming triangles super easy. Sara Lawson is wrapping up a sew along, so there are more and more versions showing up online. It is really fun to see all of the variations. Nydia has a second version in neutrals plus pops of color, shown below. So gorgeous!
Its always such a great feeling to finally release new patterns out into the world and see what you all start to create with them. If you are on Instagram, don’t forget to tag the photos with #alisonglass - I can’t wait to see your creations!