I am excited to join with Island Batik and Kennel Quilts for this challenge! This is a charity I would never had heard of if I wasn't an Island Batik Ambassador, so I am glad to share it with all my readers. This is a great way to do something good for our furry friends and a super way to use up bits and pieces left after completing a project.
Rescue Express and they are in the process of replacing all their beds, mats, blankets and towels with more consistently sized bedding to make the pets more comfortable and the laundering and sorting easier. This size will fit their extra small carriers!
I happened to see Rescue Express on a news article and thought that it would be the perfect place for me to donate to, and I am glad I contacted them. I plan on sharing their information with my local quild and at Threads That Bind. These are great little projects to use up the leftovers from projects, I've even pieced the batting that goes inside. They would be great to make up ahead and keep on hand to try out different free motion quilting designs, or just as warm-up quilting before starting a larger quilt!
Kennel Quilts is a great organization - you can see more information here. It's a great way to help out by sharing something that we love to do - they always have current needs posted, or you can donate to a local shelter if you like! It doesn't take much fabric or time and it's a terrific way to put our quilting talents to good use.
I started out with making the XO quilt - this was originally going to be for our Galentine's Day challenge, but it was a bit too large for a mug rug! I made a smaller version for that challenge, then thought this one would be perfect as a kennel quilt. I just added a border to make it big enough for a Kennel Quilt, and was really happy with it! Then I did some strip piecing using a set of leftover strips I had from my first Island Batik box and ended up with a couple of quilts using those. I did a couple more, just sewing strips of fabric together and trimming to size - these were super fast, and looked wonderful as well! Finally I pieced some log cabin style blocks using the last of the leftover strips. It was a fun way to use up all of those pieces that would normally be leftover from a project and they looked terrific as well! For the last one, I had pieces left from my last Project Quilting Challenge, so I sewed the strips together, then added pieces as needed to bring it up to size.
You can see that you don't need to do anything fancy! Just some fun and simple sewing, then sew around the edges, turn right side out and topstitch. Do some quilting to hold it all together and you are done! (Do make sure you follow the guidelines so your little quilt is animal friendly) Yesterday I washed and attempted to dry - unfortunately my dryer has decided to stop heating, so I had to hang them to dry. I'll give them a bit of a press to straighten them out, then off they will go to cheer up some lonely pup or kitty!
Thanks, Island Batik for encouraging us to participate in this challenge. I think I will be donating regularly from now on, as it gives me a good way to use fabric from my projects instead of adding it to my overflowing scrap bin! I hope you will consider helping out, too :)