Dracut Brownies join Crafters Quarters’ sewing extravaganza cancer benefit

Brownie Troop 6770 members lend a hand. Courtesy photo

AMESBURY — Members of Brownie Troop 6770 in Dracut were among the more than 30 people who volunteered their Sunday afternoon to sew 400 brightly colored pillowcases during one of the many charity events held at Crafters Quarters.

The featured charity, ConKerr Cancer, will offer the pillowcases to children receiving treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H.

Girls from the Brownie Troop shuttled pillowcases to women sewing on the various sewing machines available at Crafters Quarters. Men, women, children, and retirees all helped with cutting, pinning, and ironing the fun fabrics, most of which was donated by Jo-Ann Fabric.

ConKerr Cancer, a nationwide organization started in 2002 to help children with life-threatening illnesses and injuries, delivers 400 pillowcases per month to Dartmouth-Hitchcock and to David’s House, a facility where families can stay while their children are in treatment. Children as young as 2 through 17 years old get a pillowcase for each admission and, according to Kerri Savina, the head of the New Hampshire chapter of ConKerr, many take the cases home afterwards.

“We try to pick out pillowcases that fit the kids’ personalities,” she explains. “The kids love them.” She adds that since many children are coming for chemotherapy, they often acquire a collection. “The hospital is a very sterile environment,” says Savina, “and it brings a little bit of the comforts of home. It’s a simple thing that goes a long way.”

This event started when Savina and Jensi Rogers, the founder and owner of Crafters Quarters, met at a quilt guild meeting in Exeter about a year ago. Rogers, a former technical trainer for telecommunications companies, is the daughter of a fine arts professor and therefore grew up in large studio environments.

She launched Crafters Quilters last year to offer fully functional, creative studio space to the public. Located above Davis Jack’s sandwich shop on Main Street in downtown Amesbury, it provides embroidery and quilting services with state-of-the-art equipment, machine rentals, and interesting workshops. Anyone can rent Crafters Quarters’ equipment or take classes.

Rogers’ pillowcase sewing extravaganza is held quarterly, with the next one planned for this spring. For more information about Crafters Quarters or Cancer ConKerr, contact Rogers at 978-388-8000.