Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Keeping Pets Comfortable

My Kennel Quilts
I love animals.  There have been very few times in my life when I haven't had either a dog or a cat and usually both.  If you are a regular reader, you know that my current fur child is a white westiepoo (West Highland Terrier/Poodle cross) who adds a great deal of joy to our lives.
It hurts me to know that not all animals are as well cared for as mine and I do what I can to help alleviate that situation.  This month, Island Batik fabrics  gave the Ambassadors the challenge of making some little mats that can be used in crates to make them more comfortable.  We often hear on the news of people being evacuated from their homes because of natural disasters but we sometimes forget that many of those people have pets.  Agencies such as the SPCA provide care and housing for them until things return to normal.  These pets are usually kept in crates during this time. 
The Kennel Quilts donated to the Petfinder Foundation are passed onto the needed areas.  Here in Canada, many went to assist the pets
owned by those evacuated in the dreadful Fort McMurray fire.
If you are a quilter, consider making some mats to donate to your shelter to make the animals more comfortable while waiting for their forever home. Here is a link to a Canadian guild that will give information on how to make the quilts. www.mississaugaquiltersguild.ca/kennel-quilts.html

I am so pleased that Island Batik (www.islandbatik.com) has added their support to animals in distress.  I hope you like my little mats.  They were machine pieced and appliqued.  The binding was done entirely by machine as well to make them extra sturdy.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kennel Quilts.

As I mentioned yesterday, my fabric arrived and, along with it, a lovely selection of thread from Superior and Aurifil.  I am just finishing up my doggie mats which will be donated to a local charity which provides veterinary care for animals.
The Island Batik Ambassador's have had two challenges this month  One was a small Valentine themed project and the other was for the Kennel Quilt project.
This project was started to provide small mats for dogs or cats that were being kept in kennels after a natural disaster.  Check out the link to learn more about this worthwhile endeavour. www.kennelquilts.com  As we don't have a need in this area, and the postage is very high to send the amount of mats I have made, I made the decision to give to another animal related need.
We are supposed to get well into the plus side of the thermometer tomorrow which should reduce some of the snow accumulation.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Fabric Has Arrived.

Today was a lovely day partly because we didn't get any snow but mainly because I got to quilt with two of my friends.  We have been getting together once a month to each work on the same pattern and it has been a wonderful break for us.  The other two ladies have elderly parents and that combined with the usual life events makes for some stressful days.  One of the mothers died recently so we missed the month of January and Christmas was too busy so today was extra special.  We almost have our tops finished and have chosen our next project.
My box of beautiful Island Batik fabrics arrived today so I will be posting a photo of the goodies tomorrow. 
A lady on my one line quilt group (hands 2hearts) shared a video on mitred binding that was taught by Ricky Timms.  He has quite a unique method and I thought you might find it interesting so have included the link.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

And Still it Snows

It is still snowing here is beautiful Almaguin Highlands.  Our driveway was ploughed on Saturday and then again yesterday and, I suspect, at least once more this week.  I took Heidi for a walk earlier being careful to make sure she was wearing her booties and coat  trying to reduce the amount of snow sticking to her hair.  Didn't work.  She still had to be dumped into the kitchen sink when we got back.
If you had trouble accessing the free pattern I shared with you on Friday, go to my web page: arkangelcreations.net, Free Stuff and then click download on  Two Hearts United.  I had some problems with Craftsy.  It is sorted out now but my web site is the easiest and you may find some other patterns you like.
My sympathies to those in the eastern Provinces who are really experiencing a bad snow all-some areas up to 3 feet.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Free Pattern.

I received notice today that my shipment of Island Batik fabrics is on its way.
It  will probably take a week or so as it comes from the U.S.  but I am spending the time getting ready.  I like to keep all the goodies in a separate place so I have to get a drawer cleaned out. 
I also finished my Valentine's Island Batik project using fabric left over from last year.  I have called it Two Hearts Make One.  The pattern is below.

To make this little quilt, you will need four 10" squares and two 5". A couple of the larger squares should be contrasting colours. For the backing, you will need two 11 X 11 or if you want to self bind as I did, 12" X 12" will work.  Batting and matching thread will complete the materials list.
Set two of the 10" squares aside for the background.  Fold each of the  two contrasting 10" squares in half and cut half a heart shape from each.  Note:  remember the fold is the centre of the heart.
Repeat this step with the 5" squares.
Cut the large hearts in half on the fold line.  Sew half of one heart to the half of one cut from a different fabric.  Press seam to one side. 
Place heart in centre of background square and stitch around it with a narrow satin stitch.  Place small heart centred over the large one.  Note: do not cut small heart.
Stitch around small heart.  Repeat with remaining squares.  Layer top, batting and backing and quilt.  I stitched around the two hearts but you might want to do something fancier. Trim if necessary and bind.
You can use this pattern to make a larger quilt using each heart square as a block.
The complete pattern including heart templates will be available on Craftsy as a free download.  I will let you know when I have it uploaded.

We got more snow again today but it is supposed to be warm enough tomorrow for some of it to melt.  Of course, that also means our driveway will be slushy and difficult to navigate.  We are going into the village tomorrow as our welcome centre, which has new ownership, is having is official opening.  Cake and other cookies beguile us from our rural retreat.
Our neighbours called this afternoon to see if we could run over and see to their goats.  They had all been delayed in a meeting an hour north of us.  They have a dairy herd of mini goats and they are just like puppies-playful and friendly.  Of course, our dog was interested in the new scent on our clothes when we got home.
Have a good weekend.  If you make the pattern, I would love to see  your version.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

One Done and Another on the Way.

I got in a good day of quilting.  I finished making the blocks for my granddaughters quilt this morning although it was quite cool in the studio.  I had to turn the electric fireplace on for a bit.  I don't like to use it in the day time because of the cost of electricity.  However, it was either that or try to sew while wrapped in a blanket.  I still have 8 more blocks to make for that quilt but as I might put a panel in the centre I am leaving them for a while.
I also got the top finished for the little Valentine's mug mat I am making from some of my Island Batik fabric.  This is the free pattern I am going to share with you.  I expect to post it tomorrow evening. 
Heidi and I bundled up and went for a quick walk later in the afternoon.  There were a lot of deer tracks on the driveway and I noticed one of them seemed to be dragging its hoof a bit.  Not sure if it has a problem but it looks like it.  We will keep an eye out not there is much we can do.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Who Are You?

It has been a busy day.  We had our art group meeting this morning and then I met hubby and we went shopping.  By the time we got home and put everything away, it was time for supper.  Why is it you can buy a vehicle full of groceries and still not have anything for a meal?  I made grilled cheese with tomato soup.
Tomorrow, I hope to have the last of the blocks made for my granddaughters quilt and then I can work on my Island Batik project.  I know what I am making and when it is finished I will have a pattern for you.  A little freebie to thank you for reading and supporting me.
I have just been exchanging emails with one of the blog's readers and enjoying getting to know a bit about her.  I would love to hear from you as well.  Where  you live, what kind of quilting  you enjoy and anything else you would like to share would be great. 
My son made it home safely after yesterdays freezing rain.  Took him longer than usual but the important thing is that he made it.