Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kennel Quilts with Island Batiks!

Today I'm sharing a fun project with a purpose as a part of being an Island Batik Ambassador this year! 

The Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine that springs into action when disasters strike, sewing small kennel quilts for animals in need while they are separated from their humans and possibly injured.  Creating kennel quilts is a way for quilters to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. Click here to learn more!

Both of our bunnies (Clara and Frankie) came from our county animal shelter, so I am always in favor of helping our furry friends!

Today I'm using the Fresh Catch collection from Island Batik. I pulled out some selected pieces from a 10 inch stacker for this project. Can you see the fishes?

You will need:
Two (2) contrasting 10 inch squares of fabric
Background fabric (I used two (2) 10 inch squares and sub-cut them as needed)
Backing fabric 12.5 inches by 18.5 inches
Batting 12.5 inches x 18.5 inches

Using your two 10 inch squares, layer right sides together and cut into four pairs of 5 inch squares.

Draw diagonal lines on each pair, sew 1/4 inch from each side of the line, cut apart on the diagonal line, and press. Trim each HST to 4.5 inches. You will need eight (8) HSTs.

From your background fabric cut the following:
Five (5) 3.5 inch x 4.5 inch rectangles
Two (2) 4 inch x 4.5 inch rectangles

Lay out your pieces as shown below, sew into rows, and sew your rows together. (Your 4 inch x 4.5 inch rectangles go at the ends of the middle row.)

Layer your parts together as follows: batting, pieced top right side up, backing fabric right side down. Sew 1/4 inch from the edge around the piece, leaving an opening for turning. Trim corners to reduce bulk.

Turn your mat inside out so that the pieced top and backing fabrics are on the outside. Press and topstitch around the outside of your piece. Quilt if desired. I added some stitching using one of the decorative stitches on my machine.

 If you're interested in making some kennel quilts of your own, here's all the details on making kennel quilts. You can donate to your local shelters or you can mail to a shelter in need! Right now, the shelter that is currently in need is:

Bark and Roll Rescue Companions
3105 Shadows Lake Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

And just a quick hint -- these turn out 12 inches by 18 inches -- which is a pretty good side for a placemat if you'd rather use this pattern for a set of placemats!

Sharing at Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!


  1. Those are awesome. If I ever get the one done that I am making (giant and complicated)for the Paws for the Arts auction, I will start working on some of those. Thank you for the pattern and thank you for being you!!

  2. Very simple and those would be a great way to use up some stash.

  3. How handy that the tutorial works both as a kennel quilt and a placemat. Thanks for linking up!


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