Cause for Paws

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure


February included two Island Batik Ambassador Events. The first was the Galentines, and the second is Kennel Quilts. Last year Island Batik joined forces with the Piece for Shelter Pets which supports the Petfinder Foundation. This charity works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting shelters and rescue groups.  When disasters strike, sewing small kennel quilts for animals in need while separated from their humans is made possible by the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team. This month IBAs (Island Batik Ambassadors) have been challenged to make one or more kennel quilts to be donated to animal shelters either locally or send to one in immediate need.

One of the pretty 6″ strip rolls of Island Batik caught my eye and became the fabric of choice along with the dark blue Aurifil thread for my 2 kennel quilts.

I cut each of the blue strips into 2 1/2″ strips, 18 1/2″ long and sewed 2 sets of 6 strips together, alternating fabrics. The yellow fabric was cut into 1 1/2″ strips. I then slashed through one of the strips sets at a 45 degree angle and joined the pieces together with the yellow strip. I then bordered with the yellow on one side. The second quilt was done the same except that the strip was not at an angle. A paw applique (not fused) gave some more life to the quilt and added a touch of whimsey. Batting and a backing were added and sewed together and turned envelope style as it was recommended to NOT use binding. Both were quilted and there you have it – two Kennel Quilts!

Both of these quilts are being sent to the Bark and Roll Rescue Companions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My hope is that they add some comfort to two fur pals in need.


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