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Two Westfield residents to be featured in quilting magazine

July 22, 2010
Westfield Republican

WESTFIELD - Two Westfield residents, Lesley Rackowski and Sharon Gollnitz, will have their work featured in a national magazine, McCall's Quilting, in the September/October 2010 issue.

Rackowski owns Pillowcasegram & Other Things and Gollnitz (known to friends as Shari) is a local photographer, just starting out on a new business venture. They will be featured in the "Quilter to Quilter" page, where readers submit ideas to the magazine.

Rackowski had come up with an idea of making a portable ironing station from two empty fabric bolts. Every day in her store she ends up with many empty cardboard fabric bolts that she hates to throw away. Recently, she needed an extra ironing board for a class she was teaching. She spotted two empty fabric bolts sitting on her cutting table, and came up with the idea of making a portable ironing station out of them by wrapping batting around them to form a cushioned surface. Then she wrapped a pretty fabric around that. She used upholtery nails to attach the batting and the fabric to the fabric bolts.

She submitted the idea to McCall's Quilting in February of 2010, but never heard back from them. On June 25, she received a note from a McCalls Quilting editor that they loved the idea and wanted to feature it in their September/October issue; however, they needed a higher resolution photograph ASAP. Rackowski remembered seeing on Facebook that Gollnitz had just started a new photography venture, so she emailed her to see if she could help her out by taking a few pictures of the portable ironing station to submit to the magazine. She was able to do so, took the pictures, and the pictures were submitted to the magazine on time.

If you are a subscriber of McCall's Quilting Magazine, be sure to check out the picture and the small feature article about it on the "Quilter to Quilter" page, or pick up a magazine at the store. Pillowcasegram & Other Things was also recently featured in the June/July issue of "Country Woman Magazine."




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