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!

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

Breaking Special Exhibit News & Free Book Giveaway!

Mark your calendars and break out your sewing machines! I’m thrilled to share that we have just posted the exhibit particulars for our new special exhibit debuting this fall in Houston, It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!  This juried exhibit will accompany our Festival Pet Project where once again fabric postcards made and donated by animal lovers worldwide will sell for $20 each, benefiting Friends For Life, Houston’s premier no-kill animal shelter and rescue program.

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Fabric postcards by Pauline Salzman

What about making a pet-themed quilt for this exhibit and some pet-themed fabric postcards to benefit homeless animals?

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival, October 26–November 3, 2013. Quilts must be a minimum of 25″ x 25″ in size, and you can find out all of the nitty-gritty details by clicking this link.

Nellie Clarence

Nellie and Clarence, two very special alumni from Friends For Life.

 

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On a completely unrelated note, I have an extra copy of this fantastic quilting book by the extremely talented Yoko Saito of Japan:

Japanese Quilting

With 29 projects featuring traditional patchwork designs, beautiful hand stitching, and muted fabrics in taupe and sepia, this book isn’t just pretty to flip through, but you’ll find a project (…or two or three) that you will want to create.

Just answer the following question and I will randomly select a book winner in the next few days!

Question: What was the zaniest idea you have ever had for a quilt? Was it a 3D quilt, a quilt that was so large it took you twenty years to complete, or perhaps a baby quilt done in whacky colors? Did you actually complete your zany quilt idea or are you still mulling it over? (And if you have completed your zany quilt idea and have a picture of it online, be sure to include a link in your comment!)

Free Fabric Giveaway & The Pet Project Postcards for Houston Quilt Festival Are Arriving!

Quilt Festival’s Pet Project Postcards to benefit Friends For Life, Houston’s premier no-kill rescue organization and animal shelter, are starting to arrive in batches at Quilt Festival headquarters, and I thought it would be fun to give a sneak peek at what you can buy on the show floor for just $20!

How cuddly and adorable is this fabric postcard?!
“It’s Cold Outside!” by Sarah Ann Smith


“Woof!” by Sue Bleiweiss

“Best Friend” by Jeanne Palmer Moore

“Best Friends” by our very own Ann Graf

Ann has made a number of fabric postcards so far, including this floral-themed piece.

Calling All Quilters! We need fabric postcards, and not just animal-themed ones, we welcome all styles and motifs!

If you want to try your hand at a small quilt (oh, say…4″ x 6″), then why not make a beautiful fabric postcard to donate to our cause? We are accepting them here in our office through October 23, so you have more than two more weeks to make as many fabric postcards as you would like!

If you want all of the details, you can find them in this blog entry, and please, please spread the news!

Free Fabric Giveaway for Making a Pet Project Postcard Pledge!

If you are making fabric postcards, I am going to sweeten the deal! Respond in the comments area that you are making and sending in at least one fabric postcard and I will randomly select a winner by the end of the day, Tuesday, October 9th, to win this loot of Cabana Blooms fabric by Windham Fabrics!

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