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If you’ve been following my blog, you know not only do I love quilts, but animals, too. All of us at Quilts Inc. do, and most of us have rescues as pets. After my most recent rescue, Sweetie, whom I fostered and thankfully adopted out, I thought it would be a great idea to do some kind of outreach quilt exhibit/fundraiser for Houston-based shelters. With the economy the way it has been, and the fact that a lot of strays are wandering the streets in search of food and a place to rest, the shelters in Houston are more than at capacity with animals in desperate need of good, loving, forever homes. These places could really use our help in terms of funding.

So the good news: We talked about the idea at Quilts, Inc., and we are doing a fundraiser at International Quilt Festival this fall to help these shelters, and we want YOU to participate!

Introducing the Pet Postcard Project!
Want to make postcard-sized quilts to be featured at International Quilt Festival/Houston and to raise money for animals in dire need? Make what we are currently dubbing…Critter Cards!

Here are the preliminary details:

1. Make as many 4″ x 6″ fabric postcards (that are no more than 1/8″ in thickness) as you would like to be featured and sold at International Quilt Festival this upcoming fall.

2. We want you to get pet-ty! For these fabric postcards, keep them animal-themed or related to animals in some fashion. On the back side of the fabric postcard, please sign your name and title your postcard. (Contact information is optional.)

3. We will sell the postcards for $20 each at Festival, and all of the proceeds will go to Houston-based animal shelters.

4. These postcards are due at the Quilts, Inc. office no later than Tuesday, October 23rd. Please note: this is a receive-by date!

5. You can mail as many fabric postcards as you would like, but please place them in a padded envelope. This way they will stay in pristine condition to be displayed at Festival.

Please mail them to:
Pet Postcards
Attn: Pokey Bolton
7660 Woodway
Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063

Louie helping me prep my fabric painting table to make the doggie bone fabric for my Critter Cards.

Send as many fabric postcards as you can create, and send them early! I will be displaying many of your postcards on my blog before Festival to build up momentum for the fall show. In the next blog post I will give more specifics and requirements for this special opportunity, along with a tutorial for making fabric postcards with tips and techniques. I am committing to making (minimally) 50 fabric postcards!

Clarence salivating over the dog bone fabric as it sun prints. (And too bad for Clarence, I threw those bones out as I didn’t want him to digest fabric paint!)

Please help me spread the word about this opportunity to help animals in need!

34 thoughts on “Pet Lovers Unite! Big Animal-loving Announcement for International Quilt Festival/Houston!

  1. Karen says:

    Please make sure that the donations go to “no-kill” shelters. They are the ones that really need help!

  2. Liz Berg says:

    Gotta do bthis Pokey!

  3. This is a wonderful idea! I just adopted a dog from a rescue this past January. I would love to donate a gift bag with scissors to the person with the most “Critter Cards”. Let me know if you would be interested. jmarsal@havels.com -Havel’s Sewing

    1. Jackie, yes yes yes!!! Thank you! WE LOVE HAVEL’S! ;-)

      1. I will bring the donation to Market!

  4. Line Rondeau from Montreal says:

    What I great idea! I may steal it for animal shelters in my community (far far away from Houston). But first, let’s see if I can manage to send you some.
    Pokey you are such a good soul.

  5. Gretchen says:

    How very cool! Here we go!!

  6. Super Idea…count me in!

  7. Sheila says:

    I love this! Count me in too! :)

  8. Linda says:

    Count me in on Critter Cards, so cute! Will get “cracking” (English slang). Not going to Houston this year, anyway we can buy online?

    1. Hi Linda,

      I will investigate whether we can buy online after the show is over. We will see! The more money raised, the better!

  9. Cool beans! I was hoping for something like this! I’m looking forward to making a BUNCH!

  10. Sue Laughton says:

    Wonderful! I’ll announce this at my guild (TLC Quilters in Covina, CA) meeting Thursday night & see if I can get more folks to join in!

    1. Thanks, Sue! The more people creating and sending in cards the better!

  11. edyB says:

    I hope to make a few … this is a terrific plan for helping critters! Yay! Pokey…

  12. most excellent fun!!!!! will start making some.

  13. Karen Shively says:

    Fantastic idea. How will you choose the recipients?

  14. Mishka says:

    Great idea. I blogged about it for you. Hope you get hundreds or thousands of them.


    1. Mishka, THANK YOU for spreading the word!

  15. Judi Hurwitt says:

    Awesome idea, how exciting!! No way in the world my studio will be up and running fast enough to participate as a contributor, so I’ll just have to help out by snapping up some of those lovely quilts!! Yay, Pokey!

  16. Bev Redmond says:

    You don’t know me but I feel as if I know you. I’m Judi Hurwitt’s mom. I just want to say thank you, on behalf of Houston’s homeless, abandoned or neglected critters. There’s such a need for the generosity you and others are exhibiting in taking this cause to heart. It is much appreciated.

    1. Aw, thanks Bev! And you daughter is very talented!

  17. Georgina Maldonado says:

    Which is the back side of the postcard? The side that gets the stamp, or the side with the art?

  18. Mary Collier says:

    I made one today that I called “Gloria, the goldfish”.

  19. shelly says:

    Hi, Pokey. Didn’t see this until I was actualy at the Houston Festival. Will you be doing this again in 2013? I would love to contribute some postcards if you do!

  20. deb says:

    i wont be able to attend the quiliting show this year, but would love to purchase some of the pet postcards. is there a way to do this online? or, can i contact someone?

    1. Maybe a friend could go for you to the show? They will be available at the show for sale, but not online. I hope you can come!

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