Festival Pet Project Fundraiser

Time to Make Pet Postcards If You Haven’t Already!

The 2014 edition of Quilt Festival marks the final year of Festival’s Pet Project, and wouldn’t it be great if it went out with a bang?!  Friends For Life, Houston’s fastest growing no-kill animal adoption and rescue organization, will again be the beneficiary shelter.

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Frieds for Life LogoMy three little guys I adopted from Friends For Life.

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Nellie, Tyrion (a.k.a. “Tyrion the Terror”), and Clarence keeping me company in my home office.

 Over the past two years, Festival’s Pet Project has raised more than $60,000 for Friends For Life t

More than $60,000 total has been raised over the last two years at Quilt Festival for Friends For Life by selling thousands of donated fabric postcards for $20 each. We are inviting YOU to help by making postcards for the final edition.

The details and 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. Get pet-ty! Animal-themed fabric postcards are encouraged but other themes are appreciated as well, such as abstracts, landscapes, floral pieces, etc. The point is to raise as much funds as possible! On the back side of the fabric postcard, please sign your name and title your postcard. (Contact information is optional.)

3. Postcards will be sold for $20 each at Festival, and all of the proceeds will go to Friends For Life.

4. These postcards can be mailed to the Quilts, Inc. office no later than Friday, October 17, 2014. Please note: this is a receive-by date! Quilts Inc. will be accepting postcards during Quilt Festival but wants to have a large starting bank of postcards so please mail as many as  you can 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:
Festival Pet Project
7660 Woodway
Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063

6. Please help spread the word, and share your petty creations on your blog, website, and in social media (using the hashtag #festivalpetproject).

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

If you would like to see some examples of fabric postcards received in years past, click here. If you would like some directions for making pet postcards, here is a tutorial.

Below is one of my pet postcards I made last week in honor of Robin Williams and his affection for a beloved gorilla named Koko.

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I hope you will take the pet postcard pledge!

A Happier Holiday for the Homeless Pooches and Kitties of Houston

Guess what got delivered recently?

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Left to right: Meredith Wierick, Pokey Bolton, and Salise Shuttlesworth at Friends For Life headquarters

The $40,000 (+) is twice the amount of funds raised from last year’s edition of Quilt Festival’s Pet Project, so if I do my math correctly based on last year’s amounts, it means that the money will approximately:

• Vaccinate 8,000 cats

• Vaccinate 10,500 dogs

• Neuter about 700 tomcats

• Provide heartworm treatment for 100 dogs

• Provide 2000 Project WARM feral cat shelters for distribution to colonies all over Houston.

It will also help dogs who otherwise would have been euthanized like Nemmy to heal and find forever homes…

Friends for Life

From Friends For Life’s Facebook page: Nemmy, the dog who was found with a rope tied around her waist and embedded in her skin, has developed quite the fan base. We appreciate everyone rooting for her and continuing to inquire about her progress. Medically, Nemmy is doing well and her wounds have healed nicely.

 Our volunteers and staff have been working on socialization at the pace she sets. As any dog who had been mistreated at the hand of a human would act, Nemmy is still hesitant of people. In a room set up all for her at the shelter, volunteers have been taking turns reading aloud to her. This helps Nemmy get used to the sound and presence of humans. She is not ready to be touched or petted but we’ve seen her playing with toys, walking around and sniffing humans. The progress is slow but tremendous. As our behaviorist Melissa puts it “the fastest way is the slowest way.” We will continue to help Nemmy at her pace and keep you updated along the way.

Thanks to ALL who made and purchased pet postcards, and for those who additionally donated money! This is truly a revolutionary shelter that will be a model for other shelters around the country. Check out this recent story in the Houston Chronicle about how Friends For Life is a finalist for a District Council of the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Development of Distinction Award!

Every animal does indeed matter. Thanks everyone…

Breaking news! How much money did the 2nd edition of Festival’s Pet Postcard Project raise?

Clarence

My Friends For Life rescue pooch Clarence was just as nervous as I was to hit our goal of $40,000 in our second year of Festival’s Pet Project.

 

I admit…when I set a goal of $40,000 in our second year to raise funds for Festival’s Pet Project where 100% of the proceeds go to Friends For Life, Houston’s only no-kill animal shelter and rescue organization, I was rather anxious (and a little dubious) that we might hit this goal.

 

But thanks to the generosity of quilters from around the world who made more than 1400 fabric postcards, to those who purchased postcards at Quilt Festival, and to those who additionally donated money, in total we raised…

 

 

 

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WE RAISED $40,666.18!!!

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR HELPING US GET TO THIS AMOUNT!

 

Thanks to your support, animals who wouldn’t have had a chance at life, will. They will be spayed/neutered, medically attended, cared for in foster situations, and find forever homes.

 

We will break down these numbers and give more information shortly of where exactly this money will go, but I just had to share this really fantastic news!

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you…

Clarence Nellie

With Gratitude: Book Giveaway for Pet Postcards Donated!

Update:

Winners for these books are:

Pauline Salzman

Debbie Williams

Laurie Russman

Please email me your address and you will each get one of these books!

 

Quilt Market and Quilt Festival are now over, and yes, I had every intention of blogging during the shows, but I was constantly on the go, running all over that massive George R. Brown convention center the entire time, and when not on my feet…I simply crashed.

We will have the final numbers for the Pet Postcard Project early next week, but in the mean time, I want to express my deepest thanks and gratitude to everyone who sent them in! At the last tally, we received more than 1200 postcards, but that was before so many people dropped off postcards at the show, too.  I can’t thank everyone enough for taking the time to create them and everyone who made a monetary donation!

In thanks, I thought to host a book giveaway, and give away three books to three different recipients.

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Inspired

I am giving away these books to three people who either created and sent in a postcard, made a donation, or purchased one (or more). If you did one or more of the above (and yes, this is on the honor system), then answer the following question and I will pick three winners on Monday.

Question:  We are now officially entering the holiday season, and Thanksgiving (my very favorite holiday) is just three weeks away! So what are you thankful for?

Me: I am thankful for my family, including my quilting family. That includes my coworkers (past and present), as well as all of the quilters who have been a part of my life over the years.

You?

Hold Your Horses! Look What the Cat Dragged In!

Quilters and crafters, the receive-by deadline for pet postcards is just two weeks away and you would make me happy as a clam if you would engage in some (quilting) monkey business, let your (crafty) cat out of the bag, and stitch up some postcards!  And if you tell me you don’t have time, you are barking up the wrong tree!  Frankly, that’s hog wash! So don’t be the black sheep, be the cat’s meow and make some!

Ok, ok, enough with the cliches, but sometimes I can’t help but…unleash my love for them.

For all of the details for how to submit pet postcards to raise $40,000 at Quilt Festival for Friends For Life, Houston’s only no-kill shelter, just click this link. And if you are coming to the show, you can bring your postcards with you and drop them off at the Pet Postcard Wall in the Special Exhibits area. We welcome as many postcards as we can get, but we also want to make sure we have enough for our starting bank, so we really appreciate them coming in advance to our offices.

Now it’s time for a little pet-ty eye candy:

Diane Herbort

Cat high on catnip by Diane Herbort

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Shannon Conley

Sweet set of postcards by Shannon Conley

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Kind Kitty

Hand-embroidered kitty with mesmerizing eyes (made by anonymous)

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Kathy York

Love how this pup is looking up (wistfully) at a home. Postcard by Kathy York

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Friends Kathy York

Kathy York also shares her machine satin-stitching talents with these kitties.

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Earlier this week I visited the Friends For Life shelter for an afternoon to stitch postcards with their volunteers. It was a fun few hours of convincing people who were nervous to stitch that they could stitch, and it was even more fun doing so in a rescue facility! I loved the sign they put out front:

FFL craft day sign

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I encouraged everyone to use the Friends For Life logo as a template for the postcards. (And you are of course welcome to use it too.)

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And when all was said and done, we made about 15 postcards! 

Pokey Bolton Meredith Wierick Melissa Taylor

From left to right: Meredith Wierick (Communications Manager), Me, and Melissa Chan Taylor (with baby), resident trainer who trained my Clarence. I had to laugh at the juxtaposition of cat traps and machine threads in this shot.

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I also got to visit with Marie for a bit. She has had a very hard life, and has been in the Friends For Life program longer than any other animal. She is the sweetest dog, always so grateful for a little human touch; I hope she finds her forever family soon.

Marie

So on behalf of all of Houston’s animals in need, I hope you won’t let your (creative block) get your goat, and you’ll send some postcards in. :)

How to Make Pet Postcards

Take our Pet Postcard Pledge!

Fabric Postcard

Want to make a pet postcard for a worthy cause to save animals’ lives at the upcoming Quilt Festival to benefit Friends For Life? Pet postcards are a snap to make and as varied as art quilts in terms of styles, techniques, and materials;  the only guidelines are they are 4″ x 6″ in size, and  typically have a piece of card stock glued onto the back in case someone wants to send it through the mail (although you certainly don’t have to have card stock).

So flex some creative muscle, and create and donate your pet postcard to a worthy charity! I have shared directions for how I made mine, but other examples of other styles are featured below my instructions to give you a little more inspiration!

Materials:

• Picture of pooch or another beloved pet

• Image editing software or a smart phone app that is able to convert pictures to a black and white photocopy

• 4″ x 6″ piece of cardstock for the backing

• 4″ x 6″ piece of stiff interfacing such as Peltex or Timtex

• Fabric scraps for your postcard composition

• Fusible web

• Light box or a window with strong outdoor lighting

• Water-soluble transfer pen or pencil (or a black felt-tip marker if you want the traced lines of your pet to be visible)

• Iron and ironing pad

• Sewing machine with free-motion capabilities

Directions:

  1. Find or take a digital image of your pet(s) that will make a good composition for your fabric postcard. I chose this picture I took on my iPhone of Clarence and Nellie, my two adopted dogs I got from Friends For Life, and thought it would make a good vertical composition (without the muddy paw prints). Photo of Clarence and Nellie
  2. Convert your photo to a black and white photocopy using image editing software such as Photoshop® or one of the many apps available on smart phones.
  3. Apply fusible webbing to the backs of the fabric scraps that you would like to use for your postcard.
  4. Print the photocopy of your picture and tape it to a light box or window.
  5. Tape your fabric with the fusible webbing on top of the photocopy and trace your pet image onto your fabric. Be sure to include all of the defining body parts, and not just the animal’s silhouette.
  6. Cut out your pet image. Cut out 
  7.   Decide if you want to do anything to the background fabric before you fuse your pet image on top, and fuse the background fabric to the interfacing. Note: I chose to mimic the wooden slats on my porch by simply thread sketching lines, then added a polka-dot doormat in the back.
  8. Place the cut-out pet images on top and fuse.
  9. Free-motion stitch over the traced lines of the pet.
  10.  Place the card stock on the back of the postcard composition and satin-stitch along all four sides.
  11.  On the back, sign your name and title your postcard.

Here are some other examples of pet postcards I have received recently:

Lisa Chin

Guide dog cutie by Lisa Chin

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Jamie Fingal

Coffee-loving pooch by Jamie Fingal

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Marsha Leith

“Marti Says Hello” by Marsha Leith

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Jen Eskridge

” Buddies” by Mod Quilter, Jen Eskridge

For our upcoming Festival Pet Project event, here’s how you can help:

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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 Friends For Life.

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!

Bethanny, a shelter doggie I met this weekend at Friends For Life will be very grateful for your quilted donation and help!

Bethanny

Pet Postcards Show & Tell…Keep ‘Em Coming!

Just about every day now I get a package of pet postcards for our Festival Pet Project to benefit Friends for Life, Houston’s premiere no-kill animal shelter, and I thought I would show you some of the latest (you know…to get you creating and sending some in)!

French Bulldon by Helena Scheffer

French Bulldog by Helena Scheffer
(Don’t you just want to smooch this pooch!?)

 

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Jazz Dog by Grace Sim

“Jazz Dog” by Grace Sim (Glad this dog’s taste is more John Coltrane than Miley Cyrus.)

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Laurie Russman

Pet postcards by Laurie Russman (I want to cuddle with all three, don’t you?)

 

 

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Patchwork, button-eyed kitty

Patchwork hypnotizing kitty by our very own staffer, Ann Graf. (She has made 54 postcards so far!)

 

 

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Pauline Salzman

More humorous postcards by the Prolific Postcard-er Pauline Salzman

 

Please keep the postcards coming! Goal is to raise $40,000 to save animals’ lives.

To recap:

 

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!

 

 

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