Friday, February 08, 2019

A Friday in February....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to all ~
I hope this finds all of you well 

No updates....
on stitching or quilting for this week. It's been a week of healthcare and tests. I have another date with some healthcare practitioners next rest for the wicked... a day filled with tests and another day filled with discussion and results of what all this stuff has been about. Let's keep our fingers crossed that this will soon be over and everything is fine. 

is Friday, the most fabulous day of the week. Tomorrow I have a funeral luncheon to host so since I'll be on my feet running around all day cooking and cleaning the luncheon, I'm taking today off as a Vonna day!
I love Vonna Day's!

It's only 10:30 a.m. and I've already did my good deed for the day...
I sew pillow cases for Ryan's Case for Smiles. This organization is a non-profit group, where they ask for people to sew pillow cases to fit a standard pillow and donate them to a local chapter in their area. This week JoAnn's had their children's prints and Kona cottons on sale. When I find sales at JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby or at my local Quilt shop, I try to stock up on enough fabric for 10-20 cases.

Here are the choices I selected for the Girl's Cases: 

Here's my Boy Cases selections:

When I get home from buying fabric...
I go ahead and cut them to the size needed for a case and make little "kits" for them housing all the materials needed for one pillow case inside a gallon sized ziplock bag. (I've made so many of these I have the sizes for each piece memorized). This way when I have a few minutes on my hands, on any particular day, I can sit down and whip out a case or two and put them in my box where they wait until I have enough to wash (in fragrance free detergent), iron, pack and send to my local chapter coordinator. 


My good deed for today...
to start off "Vonna's Day" was: I made a boy case and a girl case...and here they are:
Ryan's Case for Smile_1

Aren't they darling?! I always love when they are finished and I can look at them and think:
  YEP! This is the cutest one ever! 
(until I make the next one ๐Ÿ˜‚) This time around I got mainly young children time I'll have to get prints more fitting a teenager. (I try to swap back and forth on the prints I get). 

I didn't know about Ryan's Case for Smiles until a good friend of mine shared this on her news feed on Facebook. As soon as I went to the website and read what they do and how I could help and that there was a "local-ish" to me (its in Indianapolis) chapter...I contacted the coordinator for that chapter and discussed if the possibility was open for me to make them and then ship them to her. She agreed and I started sewing. 

Might you be interested in donating some of your time and some of your talent in the form of pillow cases in support of young children and teenagers that are found to be in the middle of something scary and upsetting - a health emergency?

If so....
I want to make sure that I can help you find all of the important information for you to see if your state/country has a chapter. Please go HERE to find YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER information.

HERE is the link for the pillow requirements and a sample pattern.

I don't own a serger, and I like the look of an accent band and French Seams (which makes serging or zigzagging raw edges obsolete) plus I think French Seams and the accent band just makes for a beautiful presentation of the case. To learn how to make a pillow case just like mine shown above follow this video tutorial on The Crafty Gemini: HERE 
It's a simple tutorial and makes beautiful, standard pillow cases, as required for Ryan's Case for Smiles Organization.

Inquiring minds???
One pillow case takes: 
2/3 yard of fabric WOF (width of fabric) for the body - this is the Main Print of the overall case
1/3 yard of fabric WOF (width of fabric) for the case cuff  - in my example it is the solid color on the end of the case
2 inches width of fabric for the accent cuff 

So 1 yard of fabric + an accent band - but you don't even have to do the accent band + a little of your time = a pillow case to bring a smile to an ill child.

To whom much is given....
much is expected.

Until next time...
hugs and love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx


  1. I had not heard of this cause. Thank you for sharing. I have 2 drop off sites very close by to my home! I just may get a few made...once my hand surgery is over and healed.

  2. I sure hope all the tests etc. turn out just fine!! those pillow cases are just adorable and what a wonderful cause!!

  3. Dear St. Vonna ~ What a creative inspiration you are; to give of time and talents to such a worthy cause...We must find the name of the "genius" who devised this clever method. I hope there
    will be many who join in this wonderful endeavor. Many thanks to you.

  4. Vonna, What an amazing charity (and act of service and love on your part)! I've never heard of it before. I loved checking out the website, pillowcase designs and personal stories. Such a beautiful and worthwhile cause! Good for you and thank you for sharing.

  5. Vonna, I am praying that all your tests come out the way you wish and want them to. Good luck to you next week! It sounded like a Vonna Day is much deserved and I hope you enjoy it to the fullest. The pillowcases are fabulous. What a super cause! Have a peaceful weekend!

  6. May God bless you Vonna during your health crisis as well as for all you do to enrich the life of others. ����

  7. I hope your health issues turn out to non-issues! I looked into the pillow cases and I may have to do that once I learn how to make one. Thanks for the links and the patterns and for all you do for others.

  8. I will be praying that the tests will result in good news.

    I agree with you about French seams. They are a beautiful finish. I think sometimes people take shortcuts with charity projects. I've always felt we should do our best with them and even beyond to show the recipients they are worthy and someone truly cares. I love that your Vonna day included so much service to other! xoxo

  9. Vonna: Thank-you for sharing the web link.


  10. Praying for good news next week. You have been on my heart since watching your recent Floss Tube. God has you in the palm of His hand.

  11. Vonna, Best wishes for the most positive results. You are in my prayers for a peaceful and restful heart during this waiting time. So hard! And just like you to keep busy for others! Thanks for sharing all the info for such a great project. Take care, Gwen

  12. Love making pillowcases and have been doing this for a long time but did not know about this site. Will contact them and sew some for this cause. Praying that the tests go okay and the results are good. Saying prayer for you.

  13. Hope everything comes out fine with the tests. The hardest part of those tests is the waiting. I just LOVE the pillow cases. I would LOVE the pirate one haha. I thought of you yesterday. I got our my new sewing machine. I was scared to death of it. But I was able to do exactly what I wanted to do. I took a deep breath and told myself Vonna would say you can do it haha. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Thank you for connecting us with this wonderful cause, Vonna. I bet even I could whip up a few :) My sewing skills are limited to straight stitches!! Sure hope your test results are what you are hoping for--saying a little prayer and sending positive thoughts your way ♥

  15. Just realized about your upcoming tests and am praying you peace
    and strength and asking the Lord to preserve you in vibrant
    health for us....Blessings.

  16. Praying for good tests results. Those pillow cases are adorable. I just started making no sew fleece blankets for our local hospital.


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