Salaam Cultural Center on the News and QBB

September 25, 2014

Tonight our local news in Seattle, highlighted the work of Rita Zamadeh, Salaam Cultural Center. Her mission is primarily medical: doctors, specialists, nurses and medical supplies for refugees in the middle east. She also fills a container of clothing, food and other items that are sent every other month.

Rita SCCSo far QBB has sent 113 quilts. During the interview she pointed to some of the items sent and picked up a quilt, with a very large label facing the camera “Quilts Beyond Borders”. Wow! We will gladly deliver another 20 quilts to her tomorrow. They are entering the winter,  so let’s try to get as many as possible to her for the November trip. It’s going to mean so much to these children, who are traumatized by war, displaced and have lost family.

Send us an email with the number of finished quilts you have, and we’ll give you an address of where to send. We are collecting on both east and west coast. Thank you for helping out.

Here is a link to watch the video:
Regards, Karen

2013 Fat Quarter Challenge is coming to a close

September 20, 2014

Hard to believe almost a year has passed since we started our current Fat Quarter Challenge and soon we’ll be meeting in Houston again! I’ve received FQC quilts weekly the past month and there is still a little bit of time for those of you who might be hurrying to finish yours up to send to me so your name can be entered in the $100 drawing taking place Sept 30th. Here are the latest entries.  These were made by Pam Murphree, Mary Kay Otto,  Susan Devant, Sarah Huie, Joyce Hladik, Marilyn Peery, Vickie Craddock, Pam Hish, Tena McElroy, Annette Jones, Linnie Hyde, Susan Seward, Teri Slaughter, Deb Davis, and Cathy Davidson.

FQC ANnette Jones  FQC Cathy Davidson FQC Deb Davis  FQC Joyce Hladik FQC Linnie Hyde  FQC Marilyn Peery FQC Mary Otto:Susan Devant:Sarah Huie  FQC Pam Hish FQC Pam Murphree  FQC Susan Seward FQC Tori Slaughter  FQC Vickie Craddock

I’ve also been receiving finished quilts from longarmers who have finished them for us. I’m really happy to post these finished quilts as they had been sitting in my QBB closet as tops, backs, bindings and labels just waiting for some TLC to finish them up. It’s so nice to see them all finished and waiting to be loved and needed this winter.  The folks who made these quilts happen are: Kathy Elston, Judy Cabot, Linda Cadzow, Marilyn B, Quilting For Christ Ministry, Sue, Kathy, Sophia, Anya, Ann, Jo of Australia, Delleen Kompkoff and Louise.

Joyce Hladik 1  Joyce Hladik Kathy Elston:Judy C 2  Kathy Elston:Judy C 3 Kathy Elston:Judy C 4  Kathy Elston:Judy C Linda Cadzow:Judy Cabot  Marilyn B:Judy C Quilting for Christ:Judy c 2  Quilting for Christ:Judy C Sandi W:Judy c 1  Sandi W:Judy C 2 Sue Kathy Sophia Anya Ann Jo of Australia Delleen Kompkoff Louise

All of these quilts will be leaving here shortly and on their way to Washington where they’ll be sent forward to help the refugees, just in time for cold weather! Thank you all for the great work you’ve done.



More Quilts Headed to Refugees in the Middle East

September 8, 2014

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had some significant deliveries of quilts on the East and West coast of the US that will be headed to refugee children in the Middle East. Photos of quilts that Karen was gathering for the Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle were shown in our last posting. Karen made another delivery to Rita of SCM yesterday, and had this to say:

Paul and I delivered another 63 quilts to the Salaam Cultural Museum today. Rita was glad to receive as she leaves on Monday for the middle east, along with a fleet of medical professionals, a full container of clothing and provisions. It just leaves us amazed at what one woman can generate. It’s been a real privilege meeting her.

Our quilts are especially welcome as winter approaches. Refugees are living in tents with no heat. Rita was much concerned about babies and appreciative of the quilts, which will help.

The scope of people displaced is huge, about 10-1/2 million Syrians (1/2 outside the country and 1/2 inside). Our quilts are also going to the displaced, in Gaza. In our way, we just quilt for one child at a time. We are blessed in giving and no doubt, the child is thrilled.

It was a day of “awe”. In all I’ve been able to deliver 113 quilts, they are all well done and beautiful. Thank you to everyone who has quilted to this occasion. Honestly, it was one amazing quilt show.

Currently QBB is sending quilts to refugees from a port in Virginia and also the port in Seattle. So, if you have quilts to send, please email, let us know the quantity and where you are sending from and we’ll provide an address, east or west, the closest to you.

Thank you for all you do, sewing and creating smiles!


Additionally, Noreen Fling and her husband Rodger have made a recent delivery of about 100 quilts to Gleaning for the World in Concord, VA for their upcoming deliveries to Jordan for Syrian refugees and Iraq for the Yazidi and Christian Refugees there.  Noreen sent pictures of the experience.

The first three pictures show her living room lost under 100 quilts!  Way in the corner between lamp and french door are 130 kitted quilt  tops, ready, so if you’re a longarmer with a little extra time and a generous heart, looking for something to practice on while developing new skills which will also improve the lives of children living in very difficult circumstances, drop us an email to and we’ll send you some tops  (kitted up with backing and binding) to work on.


The pictures below show our delivery to Gleaning.  Noreen is the blond wearing the striped shirt and green capris.  Our contact at Gleaning, Daphne, is the blond wearing the black and white top and black slacks.  The other young women in the pictures are working at Gleaning, and you can see from the shots of the warehouse that they are working very hard to move lots of supplies and humanitarian aid that will make a great deal of difference to people living in crisis.




Great thanks to all the quilters who have made it possible for us to deliver these 200+ beautiful quilts to SCM and Gleaning.  The children who receive them will love them, and as winter sets in they will greatly appreciate their warmth.



More Beautiful Quilts Headed to Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan

September 3, 2014

Last week Karen Vander Stoep and her husband Paul had the privilege of delivering 50 gorgeous quilts to the Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM) in Seattle. Karen is a member of our Board of Directors and Paul has worked closely with us for many years as well. SCM is a group which provides humanitarian aid, and we’ve been working with them to provide quilts to Syrian refugee children.

Following is a picture of Karen standing beside SCM’s founder, Rita Zawideh. On a monthly basis Rita arranges for trips by a team of doctors, nurses, dentist, psychiatrists plus needed medications, clothing, quilts, gloves, scarves and “you name it” for Syrian refugees.

1 Karen Vander Stoep & Rita Zawideh

How many refugees? Rita says, about 10 1/2 million: half outside Syria and half displaced in Syria. Rita is a native of Jordan and clearly, her heart and her life is dedicated to the refugees. She is so zealous about the cause, It makes you want to engage your highest speed.

Below are some of the quilts we received from Delleen Kompkoff, Marion Bergstrom and her block exchange group, Donna Sciandra, Karen Okerstrom, Linda Mullins-Spirio, Loretta Kelldorf and Mary-Elizabeth Crane.  Hover over the pictures with your cursor to see which quilters participated in making the quilts in each picture.

Delleen Kompkoff - Marion Bergstom Group 1 Delleen Kompkoff - Marion Bergstrom Group 2 Donna Sciandra - Linda Spirio 1 Donna Sciandra - Linda Spirio 2  Donna Sciandra - Linda Spirio 3 Karen Okerstrom Loretta Kelldorf Mary-Elizabeth Crane

Thank to everyone who contributed quilts!  We are currently searching for a person or guild to help us collect for the November shipment.  If you are interested in assisting us, please contact us at our gmail ID,



More Quilts Coming and Going

August 23, 2014

Quilts are literally flying in and out of my door as we try to get as many sent out that we can before winter sets in around the world. I think many of you have felt the urgency as well as we have received many quilts recently. Thank you so very much!
First up, two Fat Quarter Challenge quilts have come in from Merridy Pyer and Kathleen Roseboom.I love the variety here! Their names have been entered for the drawing coming up NEXT MONTH!! Where’s the year gone?

FQC Merridy Pyer FQC Kathleen Roseboom

Now I have a couple of quilts that I couldn’t find the name of the piecer so if you made these, please let us know so we can correct them. They were a lot of fun to quilt!

Mystery Quilt2 Mystery Quilter:Sandi W

We would like to thank the following ladies for pooling their talents on behalf of the refugees and orphans:

Marilyn Barba, Sunshine Online Quilt Guild, Pat Ferguson, Carol, Becky Goldner, Della Burwell, Evelyn Carlisle, Linda Cadzow, Elaine Dekovic, Loretta, Lori Brans, Barb Nilles and Myrna Baccus. Each quilt is unique and sure to find a home very soon.

Marilyn Barba:Sandi W Elaine Dekovic:Barbara Nilles Sandi Watters  Friends of MWAW:Pat F  Sunshine:Pat Ferguson Carol:Becky 3 Carol:Becky 4  Carol:Becky 5  Carol:Becky Goldner 2 Carol:Becky Goldner Della Burwell:Sandi W  Evelyn Carlisle:Barb N Linda Cadzow 2 Loretta:Becky Goldner  Lori Brans:Barb Nilles  Myrna Baccus:Sandi W


Some of these are on their way to Guatemala and the others are going to Jordan to help the Syrian refugees. Thank you all so much! The children will love them!



Beautiful Quilts Headed to Jordan, Ethiopia and Ukraine

August 11, 2014

As we headed into summer this year we didn’t seem to have a lot on our plate as far as requests from people traveling on missions to places where they were going to be working with orphanages or with other organizations helping needy children.  I really thought we might actually have a slow summer, with more quilts coming in than going out.  Boy was I wrong!  We’ve got a lot going on now, and I hope we’ll get even more quilts to keep it going and help us meet all our commitments!

As you may know from a recent post, we’re working with the Salaam Cultural Museum to get quilts to Syrian Refugee children who have escaped to camps in Jordan.  Karen Vander Stoep is coordinating that effort for us, and she’s sent me some pictures of some of the beautiful quilts she’s received for this effort.  Quilters are Becky Goldner, Barbara Nilles, Loretta Milton, Jan from AZ, Susan Powers, Natalie and Patricia, and Karen.  Hover over the thumbnails to see names, where I have them.  I’m not sure which were pieced by Loretta and Jan, but they are among those quilted by Becky.  If someone knows, let me know via comment and I’ll add the name to the titles!  Also, click on the thumbnail for a closer look.

Becky Goldner - Barbara Nilles - Becky G 2Becky Goldner 3 & 4Becky Goldner 5 Becky Goldner 6Karen Vander StoepSusan Powers & Natalie & Patricia

Noreen also sent me pictures of the many quilts that have already gone to Ethiopia with Cherokee Volunteers, and of some that will be going to Jordan and other destinations with IRD and Gleaning for the World.  Among the quilters of these are the Cypress Creek Quilt Guild, Linda Mullins Spirio, Donna Sciandra, Alice Helms and Barbara Rodgers.

Alice - BarbaraCypress Creek Quilt GuildDonna-Linda 1 Donna-Linda 2Donna-Linda 3Donna-Linda 4 Donna-Linda 5 Linda

Finally, here are about 40 quilts from the Blanco Quilters, Quilters of St. James the Less, Helen Baczynski, Anya Baker and several others whose names I don’t know.  In the picture they’re on shelves waiting to be packed into bags by Charity Jacobson who will be transporting them to the Romaniv Orphanage for disabled boys in Ukraine.  Charity has promised to take pictures when the quilts are delivered to the children so hopefully we’ll a better view of the quilts with the happy children who receive them.

Quilts for Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine Quilts for Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine2

Great thanks to all the wonderful quilters, and all the organizations who are helping us to get these quilts to the children!  Please keep them coming, everybody!  We want to keep more children warm this winter!



A Mini Quilt Show

August 7, 2014

Today I’m happy to showcase 10 quilts that have been quilted by Crystal Smith and Ramona Yurwitz. The quilts were pieced by Donna Sciandra, Mary Verrico, Kim Bennett and also Crystal. These quilts will most likely be going to children in Syria this fall. You can read about our Syrian initiative in the August 1st blog post by Carla. I’ll let the quilts speak for themselves. If you click each photo you can see who made and/or quilted each quilt. Thanks to all and what a treat for the children who will definitely enjoy these quilts.


Cheers, Tina


Call for Quilts for Syrian Refugee Children

August 1, 2014

Late last year we worked with a couple of other charities to send more than 300 quilts to Jordan for children who had escaped the war in Syria. That war continues, and this year we’d like to participate in another effort to get more quilts to more children who have escaped to the refugee camps.

We have recently communicated with The Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM),  a non-profit organization that provides education concerning the Middle East and North Africa and provides humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict. They are currently involved in monthly missions sending groups of approximately 20 medical practitioners to Jordan to provide medical assistance to Syrians who have been displaced by the war. They have expressed a concern that it becomes very cold during the winter months in Jordan, and told us that some children literally froze to death last year.

SCM has asked that we provide quilts — “as many as can be sent to us” — for their trip in October.   Quilts will be added to their container being shipped in early October going to Jordan for the benefit of the Syrian refugees there. The quilts will be distributed in northern Jordan and the outskirts of Amman. The quilts will be put to immediate use as they will arrive just as winter is setting in and many refugees are living in tents or shelters that have inadequate heating.

Quilts should be 42″ wide by 42″ to 60″ long, machine quilted and machine bound.  One of our board members, Karen Vander Stoep, will be coordinating the collection of quilts for this initiative. If you would like to donate a quilt, please send an email to us at and we will provide the address where you can send your quilt.

Thanks very much for your help! I know the children who receive the quilts you send will greatly appreciate their warmth and comfort as the winter arrives in Jordan.  Here’s a picture of children in Jordan at a refugee camp where quilts were delivered last year.


More Beautiful Quilts for the Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine

July 23, 2014

Our Regional Coordinator in Austin, Texas, Nancy Alderman, recently sent me pictures of some of the quilts that Charity Johnson will be taking with her to the Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine.

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These are just a few of the 86 quilts for the Romaniv Orphanage that have been put together by many different talented quilters from across the US, including Lisa Glenn, Tammy Simpson, Anya Baker, Margie Jones, Linda Fentriss, Kim Bell, Susan Bradley, James Hall, Eileen Thompson, and Margo Perkins, and members of the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild, the Blanco Quilters on the Square, and the Quilters of Saint James the Less. More quilts from these quilters have been featured on earlier posts over the last couple of months. To see them, enter the word “Ukraine” in the search field on this page.

The pictures below were taken at the Blanco Textile Studio, where the Blanco Quilters on the Square have been hard at work on many of the quilts that will be taken to Ukraine.  The young woman pulling the quilt from the box in the first picture is Charity who is coordinating the trip to Ukraine.  The second picture shows some of the Blanco Quilters.  In the third picture is Nancy Alderman and Charity’s mother Ruth.

Charity Johnson Blanco Quilters on the Square Nancy & Ruth Johnson

Ladies, great thanks to all of you for your beautiful work! I know the children who receive these quilts will love them, and will be warmed and comforted by them.


More Love to Spread!

July 7, 2014

It’s been a busy month for receiving quilts here in Utah. First up! More Fat Quarter Challenge quilts! These have been trickling in all year and it’s so fun to see the different ideas! Many thanks to Lorraine H, M J Figard, Myra Furnage and the Union County Quilt Guild and Rosemary B. Each of these quilts are sure to delight some young heart!

Lorraine H FQC M J Figard FQC Myra Furnage FQC Rosemary B FQC

Next we have some beauties from Donna Sciandra. When she heard we needed more boyish quilts, she promptly set to work and whipped the following up:

Donna S:Sandi W # Donna S:Sandi W 1 Donna S:Sandi W 2 Donna S:Sandi W 4 Donna S:Sandi W 5

So simple and yet they’ll bring a smile to your face every time.

Next, Pat F from the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild volunteered to take some kits from me to longarm which she did a wonderful job on. The tops were pieced by the Quilting for Christ Ministry from Texas. She also sent me a completed quilt made with the lotto blocks she won one month from the Online Guild.

Quilting for Christ:Pat F 1 Quilting for Christ:Pat F 2 Quilting for Christ:Pat F 3 Sunnies:Pat F


Thank you all so much, ladies! Some of these quilts will be heading out the door soon to go to the Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine. What a delight for those boys! The others will be carefully held until the next initiative.





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