If you’ve been a regular reader of Janome Life the past few years, I think you’ve all figured out by now that I am an animal lover. I have many fur babies at home and, when I heard that a friend’s Cat Rescue, The Last Chance Cat Ranch, was doing an online auction to raise money, I knew I had to do something to help out.
I went shopping in my “fabric library” and found these adorable cat prints. Sewing for charities/ fundraisers/ donation drives, etc. is a great time to dig into your stash. You never know what treasures you’ll find!
I didn’t have a lot of the cat blocks to use them on their own, so I combined them altogether and used the darker solid background squares to make them “pop”. This is how it turned out!
I pieced the quilt on my beloved Janome MC12000, and quilted it on my Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 longarm quilting machine.
Set up at 8ft or 12ft, you could get more charity/ fundraiser quilts completed in a short period of time by laying two smaller quilt tops on top of one wide piece of backing fabric and one wide piece of batting. Be sure to baste down the sides of both quilt tops, then quilt across them at the same time as if they were one piece. I saved even more time quilting my fundraiser cat quilt by using one of my favourite built-in designs of the ProStitcher Premium computer, which is an optional add-on accessory for the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 16, Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 and Janome Quilt Maker Pro 20.
I sent this quilt off to the Last Chance Cat Ranch in Alberta. I’ve never had something I made auctioned off before, so really didn’t know what to expect.
I was so excited to learn that they did a special auction just for my quilt! What an honor! I’m thrilled to report that quilt raised $250.00!
Check with your local community organizations to find out what projects you might wish to contribute using a little of your time, your stash, and your Janome machines.