Aug. 6, 2013 — Sewing is not a hobby that has had any appeal to me, although I do find this a bit odd considering I grew up with a mom who can sew just about anything. I remember a few shirts and dresses she made for me when I was a child, and she still uses the trusty sewing machine she's had for some 32 years to fix a tear, create a gift or other craft she’s working on.
I've attempted to sew a few things in the past, but determined a long time ago sewing is not for me. However, I find my attitude shifting in this area, mainly due to a story I wrote several months ago about local seamstresses sewing pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer.
Through the international non-profit, thousands of pillowcases have been given to children in hospitals who are battling cancer or other life threatening illnesses.
Laura Roberts, of Country Pines Quilt Shop, has brought awareness about the program to the area and spearheaded local efforts earlier this year. Hundreds of pillowcases have been given to and Northern Nevada and Sacramento ConKerr Cancer chapters because local children receive treatment at those places. Some have even gone to Banner Lassen Medical Center.
To garner more interest, Roberts and other quilters held pillowcase demonstrations in Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fair, which earned them an honorary ribbon from the fair board.
Roberts shared one story about a woman and here three children who were visiting Susanville and attended the fair. One woman patiently helped all three sew pillowcases.
On the last day, I took Roberts up on her offer to sew a pillowcase myself. It was for a good cause after all. I selected a flannel pillowcase with outlines of cat faces all over it, which was pulled together with a burgundy trim where the opening is. It was actually a pretty piece.
Roberts got me started on the sewing machine and it was slow going as I concentrated on keeping the fabric and stitches straight as I could. I had to stop several times, once because the piece had to be trimmed but with some help, it took less than hour to make the pillowcase.
And even though it was just one, it was a nice thought knowing something that simple pillowcase might brighten a child’s day.
If you want to find out more about ConKerr Cancer, check out conkerrcancer.org, it might make you want to sew a pillowcase, or more, as well.
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