This was posted in our local newspaper about our quilting group at the local quilt shop, Needle & Thread
By Bethany Fuller
Published: February 25, 2010
Vicki Puckett yanked on the floral fabric until it finally went all the way through the cuff of the pillowcase she was making Tuesday night.
Strips of brightly colored prints and solid-colored fabrics laid on top of Puckett's table and other work areas in the back area of Needle and Thread, 236 W. Broad St., on Tuesday.
The women in the group usually spend Tuesday evenings working on their own quilting projects. They are putting them aside for the next couple of months to participate in American Patchwork and Quilting's 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, a national program that produces pillowcases for community charities.
"I love it," Puckett said. "The group togetherness and doing something for charity. We got together anyways and worked on projects."
Needle and Thread owner Teresa Kyle said the group will make about 1,000 pillowcases during the next year for the W. G. Hefner Veterans Association Medical Center in Salisbury, My Sister's House in Statesville and other charitable organizations.
The pillowcases will be made every Tuesday at the West Broad Street store from 6-8 p.m.
Kyle said her customers came up with the idea to be part of the national program, and they were able to sew 50 pillowcases during the first two weeks they met.
"We were so busy last week, we forgot to eat," she said.
Each of the women sews together the cuff, the accent strips and the body, and then tugs the fabric back through the cuff to hide the seam.
Statesville resident Bonnie Black said it makes her feel good to know the group's hard work will help somebody. Making the pillowcases isn't that hard, she said.
"If you can sew a seam, you can make these," Black said. "All you have to do is put them together."
She said they could use a little more help with donated time or fabric to reach their goal. She even offered to make extra peanut butter fudge.
"This is a fun group of women," said Kim Draughon. "We really get to know each other. I figured (the pillowcases) will cheer people up! end
(on the right side of my blog is the link to the main site about the pillowcase challenge)
Try to find a local group in your area to pull together and make some pillowcases to make a difference!