Today’s post is all about pets, as Lily Pad Quilting has kicked off the Pets on Quilts Show. I hope you’ll have as much as I do learning about all the pets, as well as enjoy the beautiful quilts, that are shared in this super fun virtual show.
I’ll confess I could easily become the Crazy Old Pet Lady, as I love almost every type of pet, in every shade and every color. I’m just not home enough to be a good pet parent, so I need to get my “pet fix, aka pet love” by being around pets of family, friends, and neighbors. I’ve seriously thought about posting “FREE” pet sitting services, even willing to travel to do so!
Meet Lily, a 14 year old yellow Labrador. She belongs to my brother-in-law and has the best temperament, with eyes that are so sweet and thoughtful. Although, her eyes really looked guilty when I coached her up on the bed (my BIL had never let her on top of the bed before). She liked a little snuggle time, before she’d go sleep in her own bed, for the night. And, I understand she’ll now do this with my BIL. To clarify, he is now letting her get a little snuggle time before they both go to sleep. I’ll confess the quilt isn’t mine, but one that was on the guest bed at my BIL/SIL’s home this summer. Note to self: I think I need to make them a quilt.
Lily absolutely loves fresh fruits and vegetables. I had a blast taking her on walks and picking blackberries for her. I think she thought it was great too. While she can eat them off the bush, she does it every so carefully to avoid the thorns. I could pick a hole handful for her in less time, so she learned to wait for me to pick them for her. But her favorite treats are watermelon, strawberries, or tomatoes. It is amazing how her nose gets so excited when she smells them.
Sorry for the long post, but I also want to take time to heighten awareness of Pets living in shelters that need loving fur-ever homes. And the shelters need help.
Here is a sweet video showing a shy shelter dog flipping out when he realized he’s found some a home:
If you have a problem viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhGBg_OnrIQ
Pet Shelters need all sorts of volunteers from helping to walk the dogs, play with the cats, singing to the birds, grooming horses, etc. And shelters also appreciate donations of easy to make pet beds, so animals don’t have to sleep on concrete floors and can get a better night sleep. There are a variety of free patterns to make pet beds and many work well with scraps of batting:
- Nan of Perfect Spots also has a tutorial on how to make a Kennel Quilt: http://ttfabrics.com/kennel-quilt-guest-tutorial-from-nan-at-purrfect-spots/
- Kennel Comforters also shared insights on how you can create your own group, to make pet beds for your local shelter: http://kennelcomforters.blogspot.com/2009/05/start-kennel-comforters-project-at-your.html
Aurifil released the Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit last year, as a fundraiser for the Petfinder Foundation. This kit contains 10 spools of 50 wt thread, with 200 yards each.
Help Aurifil help TQPM care for homeless pets. Buy an Aurifil Small Kennel Thread Kit and a portion of each sale will be donated to Petfinder. And, if you don’t find them in your favorite quilt shop I hope you can let them know you’d like them to help support this effort to help TQPM.
Petfinder is an online, searchable database of animals who need homes. There overall Mission, is to increase awareness and ultimately the adoption of pets in need of forever homes.
This new charitable thread kit can be purchased wholesale through Checker.
I also want to give a shout out that you can find this kit at the Fat Quarter Shop
I hope you’ll visit Lily Pad Quilting and enjoy all the entries for the Pets on Quilts Show. Of course, I’m hoping that you’ll share your pet (or borrowed pet) on your quilts, or maybe a animal theme quilt. The more sharing the more fun. Here is a link to this party: http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/2016/08/pets-on-quilts-2016-its-here.html
You can find more info at: http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/