Sewing for a Cause

Sitting down at my sewing machine and finishing up a project is good for my soul; it helps me to recenter, to relax. It’s even more fulfilling when I can sit down and create items for other people. A close friend of one my husband’s aunt is battling breast cancer, and medical bills are becoming a huge financial strain on her and her husband. His aunt and another friend are organizing a fundraising event to raise money for medical expenses. When I saw mention of a fundraiser on Facebook I knew I needed to make something for the silent auction!

With the fundraising being held for a breast cancer patient, I wanted to create something that had pink in it, yet didn’t have an overwhelming theme. Something that could appeal to a wide range of people at the fundraiser while still showing support. Off to Pinterest I went to look for some ideas…

I knew I wanted pink, and wanted to incorporate a heart; maybe a patchwork pillow cover would be a good idea. I quickly came across a tutorial over at imagine gnats for a patchwork heart pillow cover and it was exactly what I wanted! (Funny too how a couple of days later Rachael contacted me about helping her sew up some of her new knits.)

Now armed with an idea I set off to get the project started.

First off, I had to draft the heart freehand. Which is NOT my forte.

IMG_3231Then I scrounged through my fabric, to realize that I didn’t have 3-4 pink prints that would blend together well enough for the project. Thankfully a quick search on Etsy and I found a pink/white fat quarter set that was exactly what I had in mind. A simple grey/white geometric from my stash would help add a neutral touch to the pillow.

Rachael’s direction were simple to follow and the QAYG — quilt as you go — method adds a fun touch to the patchwork.

Stitch To Stitch QAYGAn envelope style back meant no zippers to sew in, yet the recipient can easily to remove the cover for laundering.

Stitch To Stitch Patchwork Heart PillowI absolutely love how it turned out — pink without being in-your-face pink! It was also really fun to work on sewing something that wasn’t an item to wear.

Amanda at Stitch To Stitch

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