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Trusty Quilting Sewing Machine Powers Non-Profit Group


One would be surprised how much a comfortable pillow made from a quality quilting sewing machine means for a person who has just lost everything to a tornado.

This is exactly what 110 tornado survivors of Chattanooga, Tennessee felt when the Castle Hills Quilt Guild donated pillow cases to the shelters.

One of the founders of the San Antonio-based guild, Pam Grunwald, said: “We just put this together a few weeks ago. A friend on one of Allison’s (another founder of the guild) online groups posted a notice that the Chattanooga community was hit hard by the tornadoes and asked if anyone could send pillow cases to shelters.”

Surprisingly enough, it took six guild members only one single morning of sewing with high-quality quilting sewing machines to put together all 110 pillow cases.

This is not the only time the group has done something memorable for the public. Their track record includes sewing Christmas stockings for the local Children’s Shelter, contributing safety blankets for children in need via “Project Linus,” stuffing mastectomy pillows for patients suffering from breast cancer and even plans to give local girl scouts quilting lessons.

The whole idea of quilting for the benefit of others is engrained in the very foundations of the guild. In fact, they meet up every first Thursday of the month to brainstorm and plan how they can help others in and out of their community with their quilting machines.

Janice Bowen, however, reminds us that not all of these machines are the same – especially when comparing machines that will make sewing 110 pillow cases in a single day possible.

Bowen is the owner of a review site dedicated to quilting sewing machines, and she points out that more modern machines streamline the stitches via built-in settings. This makes quilting a lot easier and faster for both novice and experienced quilters, especially when it comes to projects involving large orders like those mentioned above.

The Castle Hills Quilt Guild is a non-profit organization created in August of 2010. Its founding mothers are Pam Grunwald, Estrellita Todd, Karla Henry-Reid, Allison Cestero and Kay Rosen.

Janice Bowen is a quilting enthusiast and owner of, a site dedicated to reviewing various quilting sewing machines on the market.

For more information on a quilting sewing machine, visit Janice Bowen’s site at and browse through her selection of recommended machines.


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