Posts Tagged ‘patriotic’

Three more pillowcases completed for the Quilts of Valor project!  I am hoping to have 12 finished by the end of the weekend.


The pillowcase on the left is made from Mary Johnson’s pattern,


I couldn’t understand the directions for this technique until I saw Mary’s photos on her tutorial, and then it was suddenly clear.  Thank you, Mary!  This is a wonderful pattern and works well if you have large pieces of fabric (27 inches x Width of Fabric, and strips 9.5 and 2.5 inches x WOF).  It’s beautifully finished with enclosed seams and has a faced cuff.

The pillowcase in the centre is Mary Lou Weidman’s “Bee Happy” pillowcase,


This pattern is excellent if you have smaller pieces of fabric (20.5 x 20.5 inch squares and strips 4.5 and 2.5 inches x 20.5 wide).  I experimented with making the cuff and accent strips wider to make a longer pillowcase, but discovered it’s better to make the body longer, say 23.5 inches long x 20.5 inches wide instead.   Most of my patriotic fabrics were fat quarters, or treasures from remnant bins at fabric stores in my old neighbourhood in Texas.

The pillowcase on the right is from a suggestion by one of the members of the HeartStrings list.  She said to use approximately 27 inches x WOF for the body, and approximately 9 inches x WOF for the cuff.  I cut mine 9.5 inches, turned up 1/2 inch for a hem and then folded the cuff in half to make a facing and conceal the top seam.  I zig-zagged to overcast the side and bottom seams.  This pillowcase turned out nicely too, and I didn’t have to think too much about what I was doing.

Happy Sewing!

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Two finished so far!  These are the first pillowcases I’ve completed for Quilts of Valor, in conjunction with the Heartstrings Quilt Project Thanksgiving weekend Pillowcase Party.  I’m going to use each of the three patterns listed in my previous post about this project.  These two cases were made with the Bee Happy pattern by Mary Lou Weidman.  I made two small changes, as I wanted these pillowcases to be plenty long enough to hold a good-sized quilt.  I cut the wide band 6.5 inches wide (rather than 4.5 inches), and I cut the narrow band 3.5 inches wide (rather than 2.5 inches).  Finished size is approximately 20 inches by 28.5 inches.  The seams are not enclosed in this pattern, but I have overcast them with a zig-zag stitch to prevent ravelling.  These pillowcases have turned out really well, and I will “Bee Happy” to use this pattern again! 🙂



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If a collection of fabric can be counted as a UFO, then this is one of mine.  I collected patriotic fabrics for many years when I lived in America.  I thought they were really pretty and inspiring, and I dreamed that I would make tablecloths and napkins for 4th of July barbecues, and picnic quilts, and bed quilts and wall hangings and Memorial Day banners…..I don’t know.  Wonderful things.
Well, I never did any of that.  And isn’t it marvelous that fabric does not have a “best before end” date?!  Carefully stored away from sunlight and dust, these fabrics are still good as new, even though some of them date from the early 1990’s.    And now they are finally going to be used for something worthwhile.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I am going to help some members of the HeartStrings Quilt Project make pillowcases for the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  (I think other members might be making pillowcases for other charities.)  It’s my first time to help with a project like this, and I am really excited about it.   The QOV makes quilts for military personnel wounded in the line of duty, and the pillowcases are part of the gift and hold the rolled-up quilts when they are presented to the recipients.

If you are interested in the work of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, here is a link to their website:


If you would like more information on the HeartStrings Quilt Project, here is their link:


And here are three links for excellent Pillowcase sewing instructions:

From Mary Johnson (who I always think is the “Heart” of HeartStrings):

Quiltmaker magazine:

Bee Happy Pillowcase by Mary Lou Weidman at the Benartex site:

I don’t think I can wait until Thanksgiving weekend to start working on these pillowcases.  I want to start sewing right now.  And I surely have enough fabric to start now and still be sewing next weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Happy Sewing!

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