Monday, February 27, 2017

Design Wall Monday - IBA Kennel Quilts Challenge

This month our Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to create 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 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. Learn more here.

I decided to utilize the block pattern from my co-authored  book "You Can Quilt!"

Here is the block if you make it from the book. In order to get the 12" x 18" size for the kennel quilts, I made two sets of 3 blocks using Island Batik fabrics.

I got several from my local quilt group to make a few as well.

Then I began to work with a local young person interested in sewing and asked her to sew on the Island Batik Twill Tape to each of the kennel quilts. Turns out her family rescued a dog from a shelter in Wenatchee, WA so these four kennel quilts will be donated to the

later this week.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort. #kennelquilts #tqpmkennelquilt #pieceforshelterpets #islandbatikfurever #islandbatik


On my design wall --progress on my commission:
I've marked 192 triangles to look like this lace and 48 green heart like triangles that will go immediately around the center fussy cut squares. So here it is laid out (not sewn yet) to get an idea of how it will begin to come together. The small triangles will get put in a saw tooth sort of way around the green on point square. Looking forward to much progress this week.

Still need to mark the squares of the 'lace' fabric but there are only 24 of those!

That's it for this week, closing out February and looking forward to lots of fun things in March.


  1. Those are lucky animals to use your kennel quilts! Your commission quilt looks very interesting. Love the fabrics.

  2. AWESOME, why didn't I think of sewing on the IB tape too...