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Piece for Shelter Pets

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piece-for-shelter-pets-main-graphicOctober is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and some quilt-industry professionals are partnering with the Petfinder Foundation to create awareness of shelter dogs (and cats) who need “furrever” homes. It is an unusual combination, but one that is working beautifully to help our furry friends.

These quilt-industry professionals are animal lovers and have partnered together to help shelter animals in ways that are new and unique. So join us in the Piece for Shelter Pets Blog Hop and see how we are helping and how you can help.


A Missouri shelter dog on his Kennel Quilt

The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) — an international online-only publication — partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to form the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team after Hurricane Sandy. The two organizations help animal shelters affected by disasters by sending Kennel Quilts for the displaced animals.

Sewing essentials are needed for Kennel Quilts, and Aurifil Threads, Bernina USA, Island Batik Fabrics, Quilty Box and Benartex Fabrics have joined the TQPM Kennel Quilt effort to help the Petfinder Foundation.


Aurifil’s Kennel Quilt thread kit

Aurifil Threads created a Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit last year and will be introducing two more thread collections at the International Quilt Market in Houston this month. A portion of sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation.


Bernina’s Special Edition Best Friend sewing machine

Bernina of America
created a special-edition Best Friends sewing machine this year featuring paw prints. They donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.


One of Island Batik’s Fifi and Fido fabrics

Island Batik is introducing two new animal fabric lines at International Quilt Market. A portion of sales will go to the Petfinder Foundation.


A special-edition Quilty Box with everything to make a Kennel Quilt

Quilty Box will offer special TQPM Kennel Quilt boxes and the Petfinder Foundation will be the recipient of a portion of their sales.


Benartex’s Joey the Shop Dog fabric

Benartex will introduce new fabrics at International Quilt Market which will benefit the Petfinder Foundation.

These quilt-industry professionals are animal lovers and have partnered together to help shelter animals in ways that are new and unique. It is a way to join a larger effort to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. We are reaching out to our quilting friends to ask for support and help for our furry friends.

There are so many shelter animals who need homes. This is a great time to check with your local shelter for your “furrever” friend — or you can check out However, if you can’t adopt at this time, there are numerous other ways to help and that will be shared on all our blogs. Please join us in this effort and remember to adopt — don’t shop!

We hope you will read all the stories from the different companies.

Blog Hop Schedule:
10/5 – The Quilt Pattern Magazine/Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots
10/7 – Aurifil
10/12 – Island Batik
10/14 – Quilty Box (instagram)
10/19 – Benartex
10/21 – Petfinder Foundation

Petfinder 20th Anniversary Celebration

For the past 20 years, Petfinder has helped 25 million pets find their families through adoption. They wanted to use this moment to celebrate their incredible legacy with their shelter and rescue-group members while inspiring a new generation of pet lovers, just like you. They created a video and pledged to donate $250,000 to the Petfinder Foundation if the video reached 1.25 million views by Oct. 24, 2016. Thanks to the dedication and inspired help of the masses, they have already reached their goal! The donated funds will reward 25 shelter and rescue-group members with $10,000 grants, allowing them to keep doing the amazing work that they do!

Enter to Win a Prize Package from All Five Sponsors!

Visit each sponsor and then enter to win here! Giveaway runs through Tuesday, Oct. 25. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Prize #1:
1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Island Batik’s Fifi & Fido
1 LG Fifi & Fido Aurifil Thread Collection
1 Subscription to Quilt Pattern Magazine
One 3-month Subscription to Quilty Box
One Petfinder Foundation Bundle (Petfinder Foundation t-shirt, car cling and wristband)
One Joey the Shop Dog Bundle (fabric, a wristband, a button, and a window decal)

Prize #2:
1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Island Batik’s Happy Hounds
1 LG Happy Hounds Aurifil Thread Collection
1 Subscription to Quilt Pattern Magazine
One Petfinder Foundation Bundle (Petfinder Foundation t-shirt, car cling and wristband)
One Joey the Shop Dog Bundle (fabric, a wristband, a button, and a window decal)

Ask me about my Kennel Quilt!

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Pretty Girl on her Kennel Quilt

The following post is by guest blogger Nan Baker, marketing director for The Quilt Pattern Magazine:

Hi! My name is Pretty Girl and I want to share my story about my Kennel Quilt. It all started with Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Not only were people and homes affected by this disaster, but animals were as well. As a result of the devastation, many people were displaced along with their pets. People had to find alternate living quarters and having their pets with them was not an option. Animal shelters stepped in and offered to help care for pets by housing them and feeding them. It was a pretty overwhelming task and not an easy one. Even though pets had shelter, food, and a safe place, it was still very stressful for all concerned.

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At 12″ x 18″, Kennel Quilts are the perfect size for cat carriers.

Now you may or may not know, but when kitties are in shelter facilities, particularly crowded ones, they tend to just “hunker down.” We don’t like the feel of the bottom of the kennels and most of us end up sitting in our litter boxes. I know! I know! It is not a good thing, but the litter feels more normal than stainless steel on our pads. Yes, there are blankets and towels, but they are usually too big for kitty kennels. Fortunately, there was a group of quilters who wanted to make it better.

Earlier that year, The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) – whose staff all love animals, particularly kitties – decided to offer free patterns for Kennel Quilts on their website. Quilters could use them to make one for their kitties for comfy trips to the veterinarian. The quilts measure 12″ x 18″ and fit most standard-size kennels. As most quilters like, love and have pets, this was a great idea to help my furry friends! Everything changed after Hurricane Sandy.

picture 5The Petfinder Foundation and The Quilt Pattern Magazine joined forces. The magazine put out a call to their readers to make Kennel Quilts for the animal shelters helping the animal victims. Over 100 Kennel Quilts were sent to shelters in New Jersey and New York. The quilts came from all over the United States, Canada and even England!

Because of the overwhelming response, the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team was formed in the spring of 2013. Disasters continued happening in 2013 – tornadoes, explosions, fires, and floods. It was bad! That is where I came in. I was in a shelter in Colorado that took in animals that were affected by the awful fires in the canyon. Quilters immediately came to the rescue!

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Cats dislike the feel of steel on their paws, so the quilts make them more comfortable in their cages.

Today, almost 1000 Kennel Quilts have been made by over 100 volunteers and have been distributed to animal shelters in 10 different states! Whenever an emergency situation arises, the Petfinder Foundation alerts The Quilt Pattern Magazine and TQPM promptly puts out the call to the Small Kennel Quilt Team. It is amazing how it works!

But I have a little secret: I know that quilters are caring and compassionate people who want to help whenever and wherever there is a need. Not all have the time or the money for fabric to make a big quilt, but most have lots of fabric scraps (leftover pieces from other projects) and some time to make little quilts like my Kennel Quilt. That group of quilters sure made it better for me and my kitty friends here at my shelter and at other shelters, too! We have soft, comfy quilts where we can sit, make biscuits, and take naps. That is the story about my Kennel Quilt.

To become part of the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team and “make it better” for shelter animals, go to the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt page. Tell them that Pretty Girl sent you!