|Rag quilts for dogs|
Yes, last year I started sewing charity quilts for rescue dogs. A childhood friend has retired here to SW Florida. I have enjoyed reconnecting after almost 4 decades of only hearsay from our parents. Her sewing skills advanced and improved over those many years (mine stayed in childhood rebellion and grumpiness until the late '90s.) Among her many talents, she's a lovely machine embroiderer and quilter....and wonderful teacher. She's worked in quilting and fabric stores for many of those years and has accumulated quite a large collection. As we got reacquainted she invited me to join her in using up some of her flannel collection by making these small flannel rag quilts. We made either 4" strips or 9" squares and stitched them in three layers.
|4" strip rag quilt|
But why show these to you, my dear readers, who love clothes and fashion sewing like I do? Well, for a couple of reasons. One, I think it's tragic that a million dogs are euthanized every year yet a million more are bred, too, too many in puppy mills. Rather than buying a new puppy I would love more people to seriously look into rescuing a dog. There are breed specific rescues if your heart is set on a certain type and the cost is less than a puppy store. These quilts go to small dogs in SW FL who are looking for forever homes after they have been rescued from a puppy mill or given up for adoption, victims of the struggling economy in this area.
|Rag quilt collection|