Do you remember the contest American Patchwork & Quilting started to mark the halfway point in reaching their goal of 1 MILLION pillowcases for charity? They posted 20 different pillowcase patterns on Pinterest, and the one that had the most re-pins is the “winner”. Unlike many of the cases which had pieced bands, the “winner” is a simple pillowcase with adorable applique:
We agreed to promote this cause (because we love it!!), and make our own version of the winner. Here it is in the Raspberry colorway of our “Delightful” line from Michael Miller Fabrics:
The black Garden Path fabric lets the bright train cars shine. Two of the cars feature prints from the group (Floral Fancy and Playful Posies) and take a look at the wheels – they’re all from the Delightful Stripe fabric. Somehow cutting a round shape from a stripe gives the piece motion. Add a little “steam” from our Summer Heather fabric, and the train is complete!
Remember to reverse the pieces in the pattern if you choose to trace the applique pieces rather than die-cut them. Note that if you are appliquing a light or shear fabric over a darker one, you may need to add a layer of white fabric in between to prevent show-through. We added a layer under the yellow windows, and needed a layer between the yellow car and the dotted band to keep the dots from showing through.
Rather than fuse some pieces of the train to the body, add the cuff, and then fuse the rest of the train, we used the directions from APQ’s Roll It Up pillowcase to create the whole case first. Appliques were fused, then we used a decorative buttonhole stitch to finish all the edges. French seams completed the case concealing all raw edges. And in case you were wondering, that is our “Grand Central” quilt as the backdrop – it came out beautifully in this fabric line!
So where do the pillowcases go? We can drop them off at any of our local quilt shops, including Quilter’s Corner in Midlothian (the shop Susan used to own) or Quilting Adventures in Richmond. Our longarm provider, Virginia Longarm Network, collects from the local shops in addition to their own location, and sends them on to ConKerr Cancer – who distributes them at local hospitals to children who are facing life-changing illnesses.
It’s wonderful to see the way our quilting and sewing community comes together. We hope that our new pillowcase puts a smile on a child’s face and brightens their day a bit. Take a little time, join us in making a pillowcase, and pass the love along!