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Charity Quilting

There are many great causes and charities out there that truly need help. With a bit of research and some time it's easy to find one that you can wrap your head around and that fits into your lifestyle. If you're a quilter and so inclined, there are quilting charities for almost anything you're interested in: Quilts of Valor, Project Linus, local hospitals and nursing homes, and charities for animals and pets. If you want to quilt for a cause it's easy to find one.

I've quilted for many charities through the years and I've totally enjoyed it. There's nothing like the feeling you get knowing that you've helped someone. I have my special causes and they will always be at the front of my list. But every once in a while, I read about or see someone who is using their quilting skills to help the needy and it inspires me to add another cause to my list.

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Joey the Shop Dog and Rose Ann Cook.

At the 2016 Fall Quilt Market in Houston, I found one of those causes to add to my growing list. It came to me in the form of a white fur ball named Joey. He was a special guest at the Benartex booth. Joey was the inspiration for a new collection of fabric designed by Rose Ann Cook, Joey the Shop Dog. Besides designing fabric, Rose Ann also owns a quilt shop, quilts and is the proud owner of Joey.

Rose Ann rescued Joey from a shelter. He was small and only had one eye so the chances of being adopted were slim until Rose Ann fell in love with him. Joey now resides with Rose Ann, her husband, Pat, and their other three dogs. Joey goes to work each day to their quilt shop, Quilter's Emporium in Houston, Texas, and greets all the customers. His job is an important one.

Rose Ann designed the Joey the Shop Dog fabric line and 10 percent of all sales are donated to the Petfinder organization, a public charity that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. They work with animal shelters and rescue groups.

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Joey the Shop Dog fabric collection from Benartex.

Joey the Shop Dog fabric collection from Benartex is a great place to start if you're interested in making a few kennel quilts. There are 13 fun themed fabrics and two panels.

If you're interested in making kennel quilts here are a few suggestions: Since dogs come in all sizes there is a need for quilts of all sizes. This is a great opportunity to practice quilting skills you've been wanting to try; dogs won't notice if the points aren't perfect or if the binding is a bit crooked. If you have a lot of scraps you want to use but haven't found the right project, this could be your answer. Even our little furry friends need warmth.

I'm always looking for projects I can create with my quilting design program EQ. Designing projects on one of these programs can be fun, and it's nice to sort of know what it will look like before you cut into the fabrics. You can create a block pattern and adjust it to any size you want. The program will give you the correct cutting instructions. One block can make a great kennel quilt, and it can be adjusted to the size of the dog with a simple touch of a key.

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Assembling a large block as a kennel quilt for a small dog.

And for larger dogs, a simple layout can work great.

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Using simple 4-patch blocks and alternating squares to make another kennel quilt for a larger dog.

If all this has inspired you to make a dog-themed quilt, this collection has a gorgeous panel that could be the center of that quilt, or maybe the craft panel, which would make a lovely stuffed dog pillow, would satisfy your desire. I've manage to complete two doggy quilts this week, and I intend to whip up a couple more. How about you?

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My two kennel quilts ready to be donated.

Our featured pattern for this update is ModDog Quilt Pattern, a great pattern for dog lovers everywhere. You can find this pattern at AnniesCraftStore.com.

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Featured Pattern #420124 Mod Dog Quilt Pattern.

If you choose to play along with me in these updates I'd love to see your projects. Send a photo of your project to me at Editor@QuiltersWorld.com and you may see your project and story on Facebook or in one of the upcoming updates. I welcome your insight and your suggestions.

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