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.
As an Ambassador for Island Batik, the second challenge presented to us this month is to create a kennel quilt. I have chosen to send the kennel quilts that I made to Bark N’ Roll, a shelter in Louisiana currently in need. If you would like to help Bark N’ Roll their address is…
Bark N’ Roll Rescue Companions
3105 Shadows Lake Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
If you make kennel quilts for your local shelter or for Bark N’ Roll please follow these guidelines… Dimensions must be 12” x 18” finished with no binding. As these quilts will be used by animals with claws. I finished my kennel quilts by sewing them right sides together, leaving an opening and them turning them right side out. Then I stitched the opening closed.
You can make this kennel quilt that I designed from scraps or a couple fat quarters, plus backing and batting. I auditioned more fabrics than I ended up using. I put together two of these together in an hour after I finished all the cutting.
|Primary Fabric||A||10 – 1 ½” x 2 ½”|
|B||4 – 1 ½” x 8 ½”|
|C||2 – 2 ½” x 14 ½”|
|D||2 – 2 ½” x 12 ½”|
|Block Fabric||E||15 – 2 ½” x 2 ½”|
Use a ¼” seam allowance.
Assemble one fabric A rectangle to a fabric E square. Unit should measure 2 ½” x 3 ½”. Make 10 square and sashing units.
Assemble a square and sashing unit to another square and sashing unit. Unit should measure 2 ½” x 6 ½”. Make 5 two – block units
Assemble a two – block unit to a fabric E square. Unit should measure 2 ½” x 8 ½”. Make 5 rows.
Assemble a row to a fabric B rectangle. Unit should measure 3 ½” x 8 ½”. Make 4.
Assemble rows together as shown in diagram. Center unit should measure 8 ½” x 14 ½”.
Assemble fabric C to top and bottom of center unit. Unit should measure 12 ½” x 14 ½”.
Assemble fabric D to both sides of unit. Unit should measure 12 ½” x 18 ½”.
Finish as you wish.