As a quilter, I feel fairly secure at just thinking about simple designs and being able to stitch them out without a pattern whatsoever. I don’t know if this comes from experience, or my mind just being able to put things together…
I think when it comes to working with simply projects we all can probably think in terms of a simple design and just wing it… That’s what I did with February’s project for Island Batik. The project was to be making a kennel quilt and then giving it to your local shelter or a shelter listed at TQPM magazine. I’m just going to take mine to the local shelter, but I’m hoping to make a few more before I get there.
I wasn’t trying to be late with this project, but when I selected to become an ambassador, I didn’t even have my sewing room fully unpacked yet, no sewing machine up on a table, or furniture even in place. It took working daily on my new sewing room to even have it finished this past weekend. While it’s not totally finished, I can at least sit in my sewing room at a sewing machine, sitting on a sewing table. A few boxes and bins still need to be put away, but for the most part, I now have a sewing room that is unpacked. Unfortunately, I hurt my back sometime this weekend and it’s put a damper on getting any sewing done, so I only finished 2 kennel quilts just this evening. I started to notice the problem yesterday while sitting in a class to learn about my new Pfaff machine which I bought last October when we first got here. It’s just a used machine but works for me since all I wanted was a larger hoop size in the first place, my back started to hurt, but I thought it was from just sitting so long in the same position, but when I got up this morning and could barely walk, I then knew I’d really hurt it, but I needed to finish these kennel quilts, so I just worked on them a little at a time during the day and was able to finish these two.
Like I said, I just put my brain to work and did a play on strip piecing by just forming some strips on the fleece, and then stitched them out. They are very simple, but quite pretty with the various colors that Island Batik provided in my box that was sent earlier this month.
Originally tho, I had drawn these two patterns:
If you’d like to test the Catfish and Da Dog Bone pattern out, I’ve added them as a free pattern for you on Craftsy. If you make them, please upload them to Flickr or send me a picture in email, I’d love to see what you have done.
Please note, both the Catfish and the Dog Bone are in the same pdf file.
Enjoy more info bout Kennel Quilts and their purpose: #islandbatikfurever #kennelquilts #tqpmkennelquilt #pieceforshelterpets #islandbatik
All Island Batik Ambassadors:
Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore
Have a great day and enjoy the pattern.