Welcome to everyone joining us for the Pets on Quilts Show! Before I get into details about the fluffy quality inspector that likes to nap in my sewing room, I'd like to take a moment to tell you animal lovers about the cause I am sewing for this year.
The Snuggles Project is an organisation that encourages people to donate blankets to local animal rescue shelters. Each donated blanket, or "Snuggle", provides comfort to a rescued cat or dog during their difficult time at the shelter, and will stay with them to ease the transition to their Forever Home. Find out how you can help on the Snuggles Project website, including a list of shelters in your area looking for donations.
So far this year I've made ten kitty rescue blankets. Each blanket will have a label attached with details and contact information. Here they are, all ready for snuggling!
|Here he is assisting with the construction process|
|Here he is performing the all important comfort and nappability test|
|And here, checking the lighting as my photography assistant|
When there is no kitty blanket underway, Sigmund likes to use his expertise to help with other essential tasks:
|Modelling my fabric selection|
|Holding down table runners so they don't fly away|
|Checking for loose threads|
|Protecting our bed from blanket thieves|
|And, finally, getting some well deserved rest after a hard day's work|
This Houndstooth Turtles mini quilt was one of my first ever quilting projects. Each of those little guys is made out of felt, hand embroidered, and hand stitched onto the quilt. I then quilted around them to make them nice and puffy. (I'll admit, I mostly added the turtles to detract from the piecing mistake that made the pink hounds' ears twice the size of the green.)
And now I'm off to 'Oooh' and 'Aaah' at all of the other participants' adorable pets and colourful quilting!