Quilters, It’s Time To Get Busy…Quilt Festival’s Pet Postcard Project Is Back!

Fabric Postcard

My fabric postcard of Nellie and Clarence, my two adopted pooches from Friends For Life


We are thrilled to announce the second annual edition of Quilt Festival’s Pet Postcard Project!  Friends for Life, Houston’s fastest growing No-Kill animal adoption and rescue organization, will again be the beneficiary shelter!


Frieds for Life LogoSeveral of us at Quilts have adopted animals from Friends For Life, an organization I admire very much for the work, education, and outreach they do for Houston’s most vulnerable animals who would very likely be euthanized if they weren’t in their program.

Pokey Bolton Salise Shuttlesworth

Salise Shuttlesworth, Founder and Director of Friends For Life and I are each holding up a fabric postcard from last year’s benefit.


Some may remember that we raised more than $20,000 total last year at Quilt Festival for Friends For Life by selling hundreds of donated fabric postcards for $20 each, and this year I am hoping to far surpass that amount! We are inviting YOU for this fall’s show to make fabric postcards to help us achieve this goal.

Here’s how you can help:

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! 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! 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 can be mailed to the Quilts, Inc. office no later than Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Please note: this is a receive-by date! We will of course accept postcards during Quilt Festival but want to have a large starting bank of postcards so would love it if you mailed them in advance!

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

6. Come to Quilt Festival and buy as many postcards as you are able!

If you would like to see some examples of fabric postcards (of the feline variety) we received last year, click here.

The good news is the postcards are starting to come in, and we would love to sell hundreds (thousands?) of them to raise a record-breaking amount to save animals’ lives.

Postcard wall


I’ll be making lots of postcards over the summer months as I quilt poolside (while taking breaks with my little swimming buddie)!

Nellie swimmingWill you be taking the postcard pledge? I hope so!

49 responses

  1. Pokey, I so want to contribute this year, but I’m not a stitcher or sewer. I have many of my own hand-dyed fabrics, however, and I am a wiz with collaging them… can I create postcard-sized collages with fabric for this event, without any stitching or sewing? I didn’t contribute anything last year because I wasn’t brave enough to ask this question, but I really want to help this amazing organization, too!

    • Laurie,

      I spoke to the FFL staff and YES it would be welcomed to use the logo as inspiration for stitching! How fun, and you gave me an idea for a challenge! Just make sure to credit the logo on the back. Can’t wait to see yours!

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  3. What do you want on the “address” side of the post card? Do you want them with lines as if getting ready to mail? Do we put any personal info in the cards?

  4. My question is basically the same as MaryAnne. Will these cards be used to mail once purchased? Do we need to be sure to keep that area clean?

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  6. There are lots of free pattern’s of Dog’s and cat’s on the Internet, will I be allowed to use one of these free pattern’s in my postcard quilt?

  7. Hi Pokey,
    I am making a pet postcard this weekend and starting a new quilt for my daughter using a photo of her now deceased and very missed doggie. I am also taking a friend to the Mancuso Show New England.
    Have a good splash for me with the pool

  8. I know someone who will be submitting some postcards. I am interested in purchasing their particular ones, but will not be able to make it to the quilt show in the first few days and would hate for them to be sold to someone else (they have a personal meaning to me). Do you know if there is a way to pre-buy the cards or to put a hold on them?

    • Hi Ali,

      I am sorry, but there really isn’t a way to pre-buy the postcards. Hopefully she/he can get someone to go to purchase? I am very glad at the amount of excitement generated by this project, and I am hopeful we can bring in as much money as possible for this shelter! Thank you…Pokey

  9. There are lots of free pattern’s of Dog’s and cat’s on the Internet, will I be allowed to use one of these free pattern’s in my postcard quilt?

  10. This project really appeals to me. I have made 4 postcards and will mail them when we get to the United States next week. We have 2 rescue dogs, Chiquita and Greta.

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  15. Pokey, I’m so glad I found out about this. I pledge to make and send at least one card by the deadline this year. For next year, I pledge to make at least six and will shoot for twelve. I’m a new quilter/sewer with a long list of projects. It will feel good to be able to help animals and build my stitching skills at the same time!

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  17. i have some great models here for postcard ani mail art !
    will see how many i can make as they are alot like potato chips,
    one is never enough!

  18. Kudis to you…great idea!!!
    I would like to organize one of these in Canada to benefit a large Cdn animal society- could you share with me some of the other details not shown on your blog????

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