Monday, February 27, 2017

Island Batik February Challenge Kennel Quilts

Island Batik Ambassadors are challenged every month to make something with their wonderful fabrics.  This month, it's for the dogs.  Or cats.  

Here's some of the details from Island Batik:

In 2016, Island Batik joined forces with an existing group of  industry partners and supporters of the Petfinder Foundation to create the Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative. The initiative supports the Petfinder Foundation, a “public charity that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescue groups across North America”, through financial contributions made possible by the sale of fabric, thread, and other quilting related products. PFSP sponsors include The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Island Batik, Aurifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex, and Hancock’s of Paducah.

The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) that springs into action (or should we say “stitches” into action?) when disasters strike, sewing small kennel quilts for animals in need while they are separated from their humans and possibly injured.  Creating kennel quilts is a way for quilters to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team supplies kennel quilts to shelters across the United States. Learn more here.

Hazel is a rescue from a puppy mill, and adopted through North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, NY. My first dog, Taylor, was also from them, and both dogs are (were) wonderful pets. I am pleased to share that North Shore will get 3 kennel quilts from me this week, and possibly more in the future. Hazel even approves. She just celebrated her 8th birthday! She's happy to know her little friends will have something to make them comfortable while they wait for their fur-ever homes.

 I used some of the Fifi and Fido collection, including some of the left-over 6" tumbler shapes that I cut for my New Beginnings Blog Hop post.  The other 2 quilts will be simple 3 1/2" strips cut 18 1/2" long.  I do need to quilt these a little, and get them washed, but wanted to share that they are on the way.  All 3 have Warm & Natural batting inside, and a soft flannel back.

I was hoping to get the 3rd done today, and then switch the feet for quilting, but that didn't happen.  They will be finished soon, though, and delivered.   I'm sure I'll be making more of these.  It's fun, and a great way to use some left-overs, and give something to the pets.  

I've been reading some of the postings by shelters who receive these.  One stated that the new owners are thrilled that the pets get to take them, because the pets sleep so well the first night home.  The transition is easier because they have something familiar with them.  Isn't that sweet?  I love knowing we can make a pet happy by helping them get used to their new home.  

If you make some, please check with the above links for shelters to send them to, and the size and directions.  Thanks for helping us make pets comfortable.  

Check out the other Island Batik Ambassador posts, too.  There are some fun designs.  

Thanks for visiting.


1 comment:

JM in Toronto said...

Cute quilts for a great cause!