Please Take Our Quilt Festival Pet Project Postcard Pledge!

We are thrilled to announce that Friends for Life, Houston’s fastest growing no-kill animal adoption and rescue organization, will be the beneficiary shelter for Quilt Festival’s Pet Postcard Project! I personally admire this organization tremendously for the work and outreach they do, and it is where I adopted my dog, Clarence.

For this fall’s International Quilt Festival/Houston, we are launching our first of three Festival Pet Projects, and we are inviting YOU for this fall’s show to make fabric postcards that will sell for $20 each to benefit Friends for Life.

Take the Pet Postcard Pledge!

Would you be willing to make and donate a one-of-a-kind fabric postcard? I am hoping we get at least 500 fabric postcards, and if they all sell, that is $10,000! And wouldn’t it be fantastic if we got even more?

We encourage animal-themed fabric postcards but we certainly welcome and would appreciate other themes as well, such as abstracts, landscapes, floral pieces, etc. The point is to raise as much funds as we can!

If you are interested in making a fabric postcard (or two or three or more), here are the requirements:

• Each fabric postcard must be 4″ x 6″ and can have either a horizontal or vertical orientation. They should be stitched (hand or machine) and consist of a front, batting (or interfacing), and a back. As these postcards will not be going through the mail, it is OK if they are in excess of 1/8″ in thickness. So if you want to heavily embellish your postcard(s), go for it!

• You are not limited to making just one fabric postcard. Create as many fabric postcards as you like.

• On the back side of the fabric postcard, please sign your name and title your postcard. (Contact information is optional.)

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

• 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:

Festival Pet Project
Attn: Pokey Bolton
7660 Woodway
Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063

The fabric postcards are just beginning to arrive at the office, and here is an assortment of cards by the truly talented Beryl Taylor:

55 responses

  1. Working on getting 10 out to you, all doggie theme. 3 completed and 7 half done!!! It’s amazing that once you get going more and more ideas keep coming!

  2. A friend is having to surrender her dog as I write. I don’t believe I’m in a position to take the dog, although I really wish I could. I plan on making several cards to help support other animals in need.

    • Mona, what city is this dog in and maybe some details like breed/mix, age, gender? Maybe someone in that city who follows Pokey’s blog can help it. I’ve got a friend’s dog now from 3 months to forever, depending on her circumstances.

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  4. Hi Pokey! I love this idea — I will do my best to contribute. I also have a beautiful dog that I rescued from an animal shelter about 3 years ago. She is like a daughter to me. I don’t know how you find time for all of this! OMG!!!! Are you married? do you have children? As a wife and mother, my time for sewing is so limited at times, and sometimes, nonexistent! Please tell me how you manage to find so much time for sewing!! What is a typical schedule like for you? Thank for any insight you can provide! :) I found out about your project thru Cheryl Lynch’s blog — so glad I did!

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  6. Hi Pokey!! Remember me? Fortunately I “like” FFL on FB (because I’m a local) and so I just saw the posting about QF teaming up with FFL — what a GREAT idea! My husband and I just toured their new facility about two weeks ago and thought about applying for a stray German Shepherd that we’ve been fostering. Now my husband says we’ll just keep her! She’s a beauty!!) I would LOVE to contribute to this cause! I’m a friend of Shelli Ricci’s and we’ve become fast friends. We also were in a pc exchange group this month with a group we formed on a cruise in February. I’ve learned so much about making these little FINISHED pieces of art!! I’ve already e-mailed Shelli and the rest of our group to get the word out!! Hope you get tons of participation! — Tay Cutchin Satterfield in Kemah, TX

  7. This is a dog-gone grrrrrrreat idea! Two of my favorite things… fur and fabric. I will notify my postcard exchange groups so that everyone can get in on the fun! We rescued a little angel about 7 years ago…( I think she really rescued us). Funny how that works?! I am going to my studio now to get started.

  8. Hi Pokey, what a great gift to give to our dog & cat friends, for they are the luv of most of our lives, but that can’t stitch up some of this fun.
    amazing how my dogs help me sew much every day…maybe will get their paws of help on card.
    hope you get lost of furry response and surpase your goal…..from Toby & Brett’s human

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  11. This is a fantastic idea! “Friends” is a wonderful shelter and I’m thrilled to see it get some big attention. Have you met Alison and Kim from The Lightfoot Way? They’re awesome pet whisperers that occasionally do free “readings” at the Friends location in the Heights. My postcards will be mailed or delivered soon. I can’t wait to shop for some by my favorite designers. I’ll also announce this ‘art for a cause’ at our guild meetings this week (Quilt Guild of Greater Houston). Kudos to you and Quilts, Inc.for putting this organization in the spotlight.

  12. Hi Pokey. I plan to bring some postcards with me to the show (since I live in the UK).

    Where should I drop them off? I’m arriving on the 25th October.

    Best wishes,

  13. I plan to have a bunch of cards mailed in the next day or so… Probably just sneaking under the wire…. Such a great cause, especially since my sister who lives near Houston works for a Boxer rescue. One way for me to help out a bit. I do wish I could get to the show, but not possible again this year…

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  16. will you be doing this next year also? (2013) I would like to try making a postcard quilt to donate. Will it be a dog theme again?

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  27. Love this I am sending some & will bring some with me. My sons & I have rescue loves & they never kiss & tell. Molly is my best friend so she will be pawing over them as well!
    Cheryl Hart

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