Monday, February 20, 2017

Kennel Quilts

Island Batik Ambassadors had another goal this month and that was to make a Kennel Quilt.

Here is the information that was sent to us about kennel quilts:
 " 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 initative 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 Magazine, Island Batik, Aurfifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex, and Hancocks' 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.  Want to  

There is a list of requirements as to size, washing the fabrics, etc.  These little quilts only measure 12" x 18".   They are a fun and quick little project to make.

II designed a dog bone to go in the center of my quilts.  They only require two different fabrics and were quick to make.  I donated these to the Marshall County Humane Society.

If you are interested in supporting this cause by making some of these cuties- go to the link above to find out more specifics on how to make them and where they can be donated.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy "Gal"entine's day

Have you ever heard of Galentine's Day?  The challenge this week for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to create a Post Card or Mug Rug for Galentine's Day.  I'd never heard of this, so had to do some searching on the internet.  Turns out it is a day to celebrate all of your "Gal"  Friends!  Pretty nice idea.  The day is celebrated on Feb 13.  A time to celebrate all those special women in your life.  I liked this idea!

Okay, I know I used the word "celebrate" several times in the above paragraph, but that is what this is all about!

Island Batik sent each of the Ambassadors a lovely assortment of red and pink batiks to see what we might create with them.  I decided on making coasters with ric rac around the edge.  I'd seen something like this on the internet and wanted to try it.  I also had a "gal" friend that had given me some old ric rac that would work well-isn't that a coincidence!   I created a log cabin block for the base of the block which I paper pieced.

I made four coasters that were pretty quick and easy.  Adding the pretty ric rac was the most time consuming part of the project.  Each one is a little different- just like my friends!

I've already given these coasters to four special ladies to say thanks for being a special part of my life!

Maybe you want to do something special for the "gal" friends in your life today!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador Year 4

I'm so happy to announce that I've been accepted as an Island Batik Ambassador for another year! This will be my fourth year and I couldn't be more excited!  This means you'll be seeing special projects each month and lots of special things like blog hops and give a ways again this year.

Today started my adventure with the arrival of a special box from Island Batik.

Not real exciting from the outside....

But treasure inside!  Lovely, lovely fabric and spools of thread donated from Aurifil and Superior Threads!
Here's a pictures of the whole stash - I can hardly wait to get started!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fabric Winner

I loved all the comments on what New Beginnings means to all of you.  The winner of the Island Batik fabrics from my blog was selected by  The winner is KathyE.  She has been notified and the fabrics are on the way.  Congratulations Kathy!