Quilters are notorious for finding charity projects. Many individual quilters, quilt clubs and guilds provide hours creating incredible quilts for infants, shelters, children in foster care, veterans, and families in need to mention just a few. I would like to add animal shelters to the list.
Last month I told you about the quilt I was making as a fundraiser for a local no-kill shelter run by The Morgan County Humane Society in West Virginia. It’s finally completed and delivered and I know they’ll find ways to use it to raise funds for their continued good works.
I would like to encourage you to contact facilities in our neighborhood about the possibility of making a quilt as a fundraiser. These folks are providing essential services to abandoned and at-risk animals who are totally dependent on humans for their care. Many facilities are run on limited funds and with the help of volunteers. This is a place quilters can make a difference.
I constructed the dog houses and their backgrounds first, then machine appliqued animals from fabric that was covered with a variety of dogs and another featuring cats. As you can see, this is a simple pattern…some with roofs and some without. I used sashing but you can draft your own pattern and put them together any way you like.
Here is a quilt I made a few years ago for a rescue organization in North Carolina. They were able to add a new roof to their facility with the funds raised by raffling this quilt:
And if you aren’t a quilter, but involved in some other craft, the organizations have a variety of fundraising activities and many items can be used for silent auctions, for example. And, of course, there’s always cash contributions!!
One of the books in my Quilting Cozy series, The Rescue Quilt, tells the story of Sophie rescuing her first dog and her experiences while working in the animal rescue system. She was amazed to see rescued pets being delivered by car and by volunteer pilots from one part of the country to another. Of course there was lots of quilting in the book along with a crime to be solved by Sophie, Sarah, and all their cohorts.
The Rescue Quilt: a quilting cozy by Carol Dean Jones is available on Amazon in both print and kindle version. Although it can certainly stand alone, the series is best read from the beginning in order to follow the backstory.
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11 thoughts on “The Rescue Quilt”
Beautiful and fun quilts for a fantastic cause! I love reading all of your books and following the lives of the characters in your books.
Ah, these quilts are so sweet – I have made a couple of fund raising quilts for our local food ministry. It is a pleasure to do this for such an important cause.
Would love to read your books!
Love both of these quilts of course – and happy to see this latest one completed for the West Virginia no-kill shelter. You do such an amazing job with your little “vignettes” and choosing the right fabrics and patterns. I hope the fund raising idea catches on with quilting clubs…..all that talent and beautiful work can change lives for animals and other causes! So proud of you…………
Thank you, my baby sister. Such a sweet note…
I loved reading The Rescue Quilt, as I have enjoyed every book in the series! I like your dog quilts! My dog is a rescue and sometimes I’m not sure if I rescued her or she rescued me! Thank you for mentioning this worthwhile cause.
Thank you, Mary Lou. I think The Rescue Quilt was my favorite to write as well. Of all my furry friends, my rescues have always been the closest to my heart. Best wishes
Beautiful Quilts, that is a cause that is near and dear to me. I have never owned any dog but a rescue dog. God Bless You and keep on writing, I love your books!
Thank you, Judith, for your very touching note. And I’m writing as we speak!! Blessings, Carol
Hi Jean, thank you for commenting about the quilts and the books. I’ve had a great time with both. The dog quilts were especially fun. Hugs
Hello Carol, Wonderful quilts…I especially like the first one!! I am reading your books starting with re-reading the first one. Hope your characters continue to speak to you. Love, Jean