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Posted by Shari on August 30th, 2023

Project Pillowcase Challenge 2023

Hello and Welcome!  We had so much fun last year and so many of you requested we do it again so.....we are happy to announce our 2nd annual Pillowcase Challenge!

Project Pillowcase Challenge 2023
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

This year we are answering the call by assisting Ryan's Case for Smiles with their nation-wide goal of 40,000 pillowcases for the month of September.

Each year, approximately 40,000 children are in cancer treatement across the country.  Ryan's Case for Smiles is a non-profit organization that wants to deliver one pillowcase for each child in treatment.  With your help, we can play an important part in their goal.

We are teaming up with our local Oregon Ryan's Case for Smiles Chapter for distribution.  If you would prefer to donate directly to your local state chapter, you can find their webpage directory HEREAt this time, only pillowcases shipped to us for distribution will be eligible for our challenge prizes.

Ryan's Case for Smiles
Our goal this year for our Pillowcase Challenge is to donate 1500 pillowcases.  It's easy for you to take part in the challenge, even if you're a new sewer!  (We have all the details listed below.)

Pillowcases are such an amazing creation of love that is more than just pieces of fabric sewn together!

Ryan's Case for Smiles
Who doesn't like another reason to play with beautiful fabrics?!

Pillowcases are a fun and fast sewing project.  I know from experience, they are addictive!  I start out to sew just a few pillowcases and before I know it I am sewing up piles of lovely coordinated fabric.

This is a great project for beginners learning how to coordinate only need 3 pieces of fabric!
  1. Start with a main fabric print for the body of the pillowcase.
  2. Pick a coordinating fabric for the pillowcase cuff.
  3. Then add a tonal or blender style fabric for that cute little flange.
Pillowcases are also a good introductory sewing project or a first project for a young sewer.

So let's get to sewing!  We have a lofty goal of 1500 pillowcases and it's time to get busy.  (Last year you smashed our 750 pillowcase goal coming in at 1080 total pillowcases delivered to us!) 

With your help, we can make our goal and help Ryan's Case for Smiles make a dent in their goal.  We have included prizes to help incentify you!  The more you make, the better your chance at winning one of the online Bear Creek Quilting Company Gift Certificates.

Pillowcases should be shipped to us for organizing and distribution.  We are looking for pillowcase fabric themes for boys and girls ages 2-17 years old.  Full details are outlined below.

You can find an easy Burrito-Style FREE Pillowcase Pattern available HERE.

Below is a wonderful Burrito-Style FREE Pillowcase Video Tutorial available from Sew Very Easy:

Project Pillowcase 2023 Challenge Details:
    • Challenge runs from September 1st - September 30th, 2023 November 15, 2023.  Final shipments must be received no later than October 15th, 2023 November 30th, 2023, to count toward entries for prizes.
    • The common size for hospital standard pillowcases are 20 inches by 26 inches.
    • Regular 100% cotton quilting fabric should be used.  Remember to use fun, colorful prints!  Flannel and other fabrics types (knits, minkee, polyester, etc.) are not acceptable for this challenge.
    • Top three individual contributors, will each win an online Bear Creek Quilting Company Gift Certificate:
      • First Place Individual Winner = $100 Gift Certificate
      • Second Place Individual Winner = $50 Gift Certificate
      • Third Place Individual Winner = $25 Gift Certificate
    • Top two sewing group contributors (private groups, guilds, churches, 4-H clubs, etc.) will win an online Bear Creek Quilting Company Gift Certificate:
      • First Place Winning Group = $100 Gift Certificate
      • Second Place Winning Group = $50 Gift Certificate
    • Winners will be notified directly and announced on November 1st, 2023 December 4th, 2023.  Announcements will be posted in this blog and in our November 4th December 5th, 2023 Newsletter.
    • Winners must have an USA shipping address to accept an online Bear Creek Quilting Company Gift Certificate.
    • Shipping instructions:
      • Please wash all pillowcases with scent-free detergent before shipping.
      • Fold neatly and place in a plastic bag, inside your shipping package.
      • Include your name, address, email, and phone number with the pillowcases.
    • Ship to: 
      • Bear Creek Quilting Company
      • Attn: Project Pillowcase Challenge 2023
      • 2175 South Main Road
      • Lebanon, OR 97355
    • If you are local to us, you can drop them off during our normal hours, 9am-3pm, Monday - Friday.
    • You can send as many packages as you wish.  We will keep tally of your contributions.

Contributors are only eligible to win in one of the two contributor tiers: individual or group, not both.  Bear Creek Quilting Company employees and families are encouraged to contribute to the challenge but are not eligible for prizes.  Any decisions not listed that arise are at the discretion of Bear Creek Quilting Company.
Bear Creek Quilting Company

and the BCQC Team
Bear Creek Quilting Company
Follow along our Pillowcase Challenge Journey below.  We will update this page as often as we receive new shipments.  Are you ready to participate?
09/01/2023:  Current count total: 0
September 1st, 2023 - Challenge Kicks-Off!

9/8/2023 - Our first delivery!
Linda D of Worland, WY
Michelle H of Wheat Ridge, CO

Jeanne M & Chris S of Tucson, AZ

Renee G or Sweet Home, OR

Jeanne M & Chris S of Tucson, AZ
Debbie S of Port Orford, OR
Janet H of Omaha, NE

Bonnie W of Craig, CO
Carol S of Rice Lake, WI
Jeanne M & Chris S of Tucson, AZ
Donna B of Ruston, LA
Stacey E of Encampment, WY

Pam C of Cynthiana, KY
Anya B of Plains, MT

Linda F of Eugene, OR
Frances C of Snohomish, WA
Susan H of Battle Creek, MT
Karen I of Mcloud, OK
Susan C of Katy, TX
Beckie M of Marysville, WA
Jeanne M & Chris S of Tucson, AZ

Sandy R of San Antonio, TX

Rhoda H of Kuna, ID
Foster of Winchester, TN
Peggy M of Stonington, CT
Melissa S of Dewey, AZ
Sue T of Anacortes, WA
Anita B of McDonald, PA
Donna I of Wichita Falls, TX

Marla G of ??
Evelyn J of Chino Hills, CA
Kathy F of Bandon, OR
Janet S of Pendelton, OR
Patricia Z of Hot Springs Village, AR
Jeanne M & Chris S of Tuscon, AZ

Aloha Sewing & Vacuum (Group) of Hillsboro, OR
Rebecca M of Hillsboro, OR
Linda W of Marcola, OR
Karen R of Colorado Rockies Baseball, Denver, CO
Dawn T of Bend, OR
Mary S of Warsaw, MO
Jody B of El Cajon, CA
Mary H of Akron, LA
Mary Ann Z of Santra Clara, UT
Beth S of Enid, OK
Shari W of Morton, IL
Suzie W of Belington, WV
Renata R of ??
Sandy B of McMinnville, OR
Gladys J of McMinnville, OR

September 30th, 2023 - Challenge Ends!

Linda W of Marcola, OR
Cynthia M of Berkely, MI
Bridget L of Port Orange, FL
Lynn H of Dripping Springs, TX
Shirley B of Dripping Springs, TX
Gina C of Zerbulon, NC
Susan P of Livermore, CA
Linda T of Placerville, CA
Anya B of Plains, MT
Peggy H of Craig, CO
Joan S of Craig, CO
Linnea R of Craig, CO
Margarita B of New Durham, NH
Donna B of Ruston, LA
Sally W of Erie, CO
Marilyn M of Downey, ID
Paual R of Tumwater, WA

Cindy B of York, PA
Jen N of Sauquoit, NY
Martha W of Hoover, AL
Battle Ground Baptist Church Quilt Group
Cheryl R of Sherman, TX
Marcia S of Bellingham, WA
Joan C of South Widsor, CT
Melissa B of Texas City, TX
Nancy B of Lewiston, MI
Shareen B of Wasilla, AK
Margarita B of New Durham, NH

Karen s of Papillion, NE
Janice M of Zanesville, OH
Wanda R of Anchorage, AK

October 6th, 2023 - Challenge Extended!
We have extended the Pillowcase Challenge to collect for Dala's Blue Angels for the upcoming holiday season.  All pillowcases received in by the original deadline of 10/15/2023 will be distributed to Ryan's Case for Smiles. 

All pillowcases received from 10/16/2023 to 11/30/2023 will be distributed to Dala's Blue Angels.

Catrina N of Lebanon, OR

Virigina O of Oakdale, CA
Kimberly E & Kris J of West Jordan, UT
Kathy K c/o Island Church of Whidbey Sewing and Quilting Group of Freeland, WA
Shirley D of Snohomish, WA
Catherine S of St. Clair MI
Joan C of South Widsor, CT
Doni H of Troy, IL
Sharon K of Puyallup, WA
Keely M of Morris, IL

Cindy F of Cookerville, TN
Ruth L of Henderson, NV
Jane M of Crawfordville, FL
Catrina N of Lebanon, OR
Leslie M c/o MT Chapter of the American Guild and Friends of Sidney, MT

Current count total for Ryan's Case for Smiles: 1584!!!

Bear Creek Quilting Company Pillowcase Challenge 2023
With your help, we did it!  The goal was reached for Ryan's Case of Smiles.  Thank you!  ~Shari

But we are not done yet.  Now it's time to help our next charity, Dala's Blue Angels.
Kristine U of Curtis, MI
Jayne H of Elkhart, IN
Kistap County 4-H Heart and Home Club of Kingston, WA

Jodi K of Phillipsburg, NH
Judy M of Belleview, MO
Kathy F of Bandon, OR
Carolyn J of Hawthorne, CA

Dorothy E

MaryAnn Z of Santa Clara, UT

Donna B of Ryston, LA

Deborah H of Prescott, AZ

Vicky S of Cortland, NY

Kathleen C of East, UT
Renata R

Cathleen T of Studdard, NH
Paula R of Tumwater, WA
Rosa T of Tolono, IL

Catherine B of Princeton, NJ
Virginia O of Oakdale, CA
Judy C of Brownsville, OR

Current count total for Dala's Blue Angels:  480

November 30th, 2023 - Last day to receive shipments to count towards prizes!

December 4th, 2023 - Winners Announced HERE!

Top three individual contributors:

First Place Individual Winner = Renata R with 265 Pillowcases

Second Place Individual Winner = Kimberly E & Kris J with 84 Pillowcases

Third Place Individual Winner = Judy C with 74 Pillowcases


Top two sewing group contributors

First Place Winning Group = Battle Ground Baptist Church Quilt Group with 160 Pillowcases

Second Place Winning Group = Sidney Montana Chapter of the American Sewing Guild & Friends with 92 Pillowcases