Kennel Quilts

Furry Fridays Week 7

Hi and welcome to the last edition of Furry Friday. This final edition is brought to you by the Petfinder Foundation, a non-profit organization that support animal shelters/rescue groups. The Petfinder Foundation is a big supporter of the Small Kennel Quilt Team which coordinates the making of kennel quilts for rescue animals. Click here to learn how you can make kennel quilts too!

Every Friday for the last few weeks, I’ve introduced you to a pair of cutie pies just looking for a forever home. Although this week is the last Furry Friday, it’s my hope that you’ll help rescue animals everywhere by making kennel quilts and adopting a pet when you can.

I’ve had lots of adopted pets, and each one was special. You can read about my pets here.

But enough about me! Time to show you our two rescues for this week. First up is Lola, a shepherd mix—a wonderful companionable breed. Still a bit of a puppy, Lola will need help completing her leash and obedience training. Lola is a bit shy but once she warms to you, she’s sweet and affectionate. Can you give her the loving home she longs for?

Next up is Surf. Isn’t that a terrific name? Makes me think of a beach boy. Surf is an older tuxedo (black and white) DSH. Although surfing is not his thing, Surf does enjoy cuddling, basking in the sun, and purring. Surf’s up for adoption! Can you give him a forever home?

If you can’t adopt one of these rescues, help me spread the word about them! You’ll find a Share button under the Comment Kitty at the bottom of this post you can use to share this post through social media.

Here are the other Island Ambassadors who are hosting Furry Friday this week.

Don’t forget to check out my Wednesday Wait Loss group before you leave. Link up your WIPs and you might win three fat quarters!

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Furry Fridays Week 2

Hi! Welcome to Furry Friday! Furry Friday is brought to you by Island Batik and the PetFinder Foundation Each week during Furry Friday, I’ll present a couple of furry cuties just waiting for someone like you to adopt them.

First, my thanks to The Quilt Pattern Magazine, this week’s Furry Friday sponsor and the chief sponsor of the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt team. More about that and how you can help make kennel quilts in a minute.

Before I introduce this week’s rescues, let me introduce mine! Scott and I just adopted Zora, the sweetest, most lovingest rescue kitty you could ever meet. Next week is my week to feature my past and present pets, so I’ll wait until then to tell you more about dear Zora. For now, let’s take a look at our featured adoptables.

Our first cutie this week is Tigress. Tigress is a six year old sweetie pie with a lot of affection to give. She’s also quite beautiful, with usual coloring. Tigress is a tri-colored Tabby who would make the perfect addition to your home.

Next up is Crysta. Originally, Regis was the dog that was going to be featured this week, but he got adopted! Let’s see if we can make Crysta and Tigress as lucky. Crysta, like Tigress, is also tri-colored—a German Shepard mix with unusual features. She is quite friendly after she gets to know you. Calm and easy going, Crysta would make a wonderful companion.

If you find that you can’t adopt either of these furry cuties, you can still help by making kennel quilts, like the ones shown here that I made with Island Batiks. Aren’t they wonderful? Kennel quilts are designed to fit inside small pet carriers to provide an extra layer of comfort to animals rescued after a disaster. If you want to learn how, click here.

Finally, I want to remind you about a virtual Kennel Quilt Retreat sponsored by TQPM (The Quilt Pattern Magazine) and it’s Small Kennel Quilt Team. TQPM will be hosting an online kennel quilting weekend March 18th-19th. Click here for more info.

I'm going to be quilting this weekend as well in honor of National Quilting Day here in the US and Worldwide Quilting Day around the world. Please join me! I'll be posting to my Inquiring Quilter Facebook group throughout the weekend, and I'd love for you to join me online and share what you're working on.

I hope to see you online this weekend for National/Worldwide Quilting Day! If you can't make it, come back next Friday for Furry Friday when I will feature two more rescues. Here are the Island Ambassadors who are hosting Furry Friday this week.

Desert Bloom Quilting

Freemotion by the River

Seams Like a Dream

Yellow Cat Quilt Designs

Before you go, check out my Wednesday Wait Loss. Link up your WIPs and get the encouragement you need to finish them off. We’ve got a great group going and I hope you’ll join us by linking up.

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Furry Fridays Week 1

Hi! Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating Furry Fridays for the next six weeks. Each week, I’ll be featuring adoptable pets via the PetFinder Foundation, and sharing how you can support pet rescue efforts across the United States.

You may recall a few weeks ago when I shared my Island Batik Kennel Quilts. Aren’t they adorable? Kennel quilts are designed to fit inside small pet carriers to provide an extra layer of comfort to animals rescued after a disaster. You too can make kennel quilts and help pets in need. They are quick and easy to make, and a great way to use up your quilty scraps. Click here to learn how to make kennel quilts for TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team.

When it was time for the Island Batik Ambassadors to make kennel quilts, I was going through a difficult time. My cat Lucy was dying, and making kennel quilts was my way of dealing with it. If you’re having difficulties in your life, I highly recommend making kennel quilts as therapy.

My thanks to QuiltyBox, this week’s Furry Friday sponsor. If you order their special edition box, you will help the Small Kennel Quilt Team and its rescue efforts.

Now let’s meet this week’s featured rescue animals. First up is Catnine, a sweet cat who went through an awful lot before being saved by Zeus’ Rescues in New Orleans. Catnine could use a lot of loving after recently suffering a broken leg and jaw, so hopefully you or someone you know would be willing to provide it.

Next up is June, a rescue dog from Manhattan, New York City. June is six years old, well behaved, and gentle. Help us spread the word about these wonderful rescues who only need a stable home and a little love to prosper.

Finally, I want to let you know about a virtual Kennel Quilt Retreat sponsored by TQPM (The Quilt Pattern Magazine) and it’s Small Kennel Quilt Team. Set aside March 18th and 19th if you can and spend the time making kennel quilts with online friends! Click here for more info.

Please make kennel quilts if you can. The details for donating them are here, along with the specific guidelines. Come back next Friday for Furry Friday when I will feature two more rescues. In the meantime, you can visit the other Island Ambassadors who are hosting Furry Friday this week.

The Purrfect Spot
Densy Endehimmel
QuiltNParty
Pamela Quilts
Arkangel Creations

Before you go, check out this post—which is part of Jen and Jan’s Mini Quilt Blog Hop going on today (Friday, March 10th) and tomorrow (Saturday, March 11th). There are tons of cute quilts to see, a free pattern, and some giveaways so you won’t want to miss it.

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Lucy and the Kennel Quilts

 

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to make kennel quilts for TPQM Small Kennel Quilt Team. Kennel quilts are small, 12” x 18” quilts that fit inside pet carriers and provide comfort to animals that have survived disasters.

I made two kennel quilts using my Island Batiks. Aren't the colors scrumptious?

For this first one, I used my Heartbeat pattern and my Island Batiks Stash Builders.

I quilted it with straight lines in the red-purple-blue-green areas using Signature Pixelles 30 wt. variegated thread #M27 Gems. I quilted with straight lines in the yellow-orange areas and the background of the heart using Superior Threads Rainbows 40 wt. variegated thread in #812 Western Sunset. I used a curly design for the heart, quilting it with Signature Pixelles 30 wt. variegated thread #M36 Pink Ombre.

 

 

This next one I created using a heart block and a checkerboard border. I again used my Island Batiks Stash Builders, and for the background, #121622035 Bubble Hole Honey, from their Happy Harvest collection.

I quilted this one using Aurifil 50 wt. variegated thread #4150 Creme Brule. I quilted the border in an easy corner to corner pattern. The background was quilted with a curly meander with an occasional heart motif thrown in. The heart was quilted the same way as before.

 

 

 

While making my kennel quilts, my sweet Lucy took ill with kidney failure. With some intervention, we were able to keep her comfortable for a long weekend of goodbyes. I’ll be forever grateful for that. I'm also grateful to have had the kennel quilt project this month, as making the quilts helped my heart to heal.

I think Lucy makes a fabulous model, don’t you?

Aka Loose Wheel, Rattlebritches, or Princess Lu, Lucy was a perfect little fluff of love. She loved finding and hoarding sun patches wherever they would appear.

She also enjoyed massaging and kneading her humans until they formed perfect napping places.

Mr. Fire was Lucy's friend and even in the summer, she would gaze longingly into the fireplace waiting for him to reappear.

At Christmastime, Lucy loved to sit on the Christmas lights as Scott meticulously repaired them. I don’t know if she liked the tiny amount of heat they gave off, or if they reminded her of the fire. She also liked gazing into the Christmas tree.

Lucy enjoyed playing in the bags we used for light storage and well, simply hiding in general.

Lucy would often spend time in my sewing room with me. She would sometimes tap my leg and stare at me with those lovely green eyes of hers—her way of saying, “Elevator up!” After placing her on my lap, Lucy would fall asleep instantly and I would continue to work on my blog posts or quilt patterns. If I got up, the chair became hers and woe to them that might move Princess Lu when she was comfy cozy!

I will miss my sweet Lucy Lu forever.

I made my two Island Batik kennel quilts in memory of Lucy, who is in kitty heaven right now lazing in a sun patch, sneezing in someone’s face, or sitting on a spider (her way of trapping them). I encourage you to make some kennel quilts too—in memory of your little fur babies. Click here for the guidelines and be sure to drop me a note to let me know if you make some kennel quilts.

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