A Real Christmas Story & A Big Thanks

December 21, 2014

I wanted to pass along this wonderful pay it forward message from our Regional Coordinator, Karen, who was with her husband, Paul purchasing blankets for the Syrian refugees. Here is her story:

“Paul and I were responding to the need for blankets for Syrian refugees . I know our organization has sent hundreds of quilts but with over 10 million refugees and a relentless winter, the need is glaring. We visited our local “Value Village Thrift Store” and piled a cart full of warm and cozy blankets. At checkout, we explained that they were all going to Syrian refugees and that we would appreciate any allowable discount. He replied, you might qualify for the Sr. discount (gasp, might be overqualified for that). 20% . We thanked him and learned the total of $58. The young lady behind me said “please let me pay for it. I heard what you said, my heart goes out, please allow me.”

We had to cough a bit to check the tears, it was such a generous, pay it forward act. She said she was not from the middle east but she had worked with refugees and she just understood.

Wow, so we went to Value Village in the next town; did it over again! not complaining but I’ll be washing blankets for days.”

QBB would also like to thank everyone who came to our pleas for quilts for the Forgotten People of the Navajo Nation and more quilts for Syrian refugee children that will be sent by Gleaning for the World. We not only fulfilled our commitment for the Navajo people but we also made the deadline by Christmas. We really didn’t think we’d be able to get 100 quilts that quickly. Even better, we were hoping to get 100 quilts to send with Gleaning in their next trip to Jordan, and we actually collected 150!

I think Karen said it best, “Let’s always be proud to live in a country that has so much love, compassion and generosity for others.”

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
Tina

Pictures from Ukraine, and Letter Describing Delivery

December 7, 2014

We recently received a note from Charity Jacobson who took 89 quilts to the Romaniv Orphanage for disabled boys in Ukraine.   She also sent us some pictures.   We sometimes find that the people who run the orphanages don’t always let us personally distribute the quilts to the children, and when that happens, we’re always happy when we get pictures later, which was the case here.

Great thanks to all of the wonderful quilters who made this delivery possible!

Here are the pictures Charity received:

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Charity’s note:

Early this year, toward the end of August, I was able to make a trip to Ukraine. While there, I had the opportunity to visit Romanov orphanage. This orphanage is home to 84 boys all of whom are physically and/or mentally challenged. The boys range in ages from 5 to 30. In Ukraine, typically people who are raised in an orphanage do not ever escape the orphanage system, but they spend their entire lives there. As a whole, orphanages are sad places with little care actually being given to the children. Oftentimes, the children (especially those with special needs) are looked down upon as sub-human and unimportant. People who get jobs working at orphanages will often steal from the orphans. The boys’ orphanage in Romanov is a special place. The director of this orphanage has worked hard to make it different from the “normal” orphanage in Ukraine. He has planted lots of flowers all over the grounds, he has painted walls, and he allows people to come in and interact with the boys. He has worked hard to keep the orphanage from becoming corrupt. All of the gifts given to the boys are recorded and kept track of. Thus, it is difficult for anyone who works there to steal.

Almaz (or diamond) Church in Kyiv, Ukraine has taken this boys orphanage as one of its ministries. They have been diligent in raising funds for the orphanage to help feed the boys real meat, to help get them some dental care, and to bring some joy to their lives. The Mercy Ministries team at Almaz tries to visit these boys as often as they can. They visit them at least 4 times a year and seek to visit them more often. The boys know these people and they look forward to hearing Bible teaching and taking part in some games/activities with the visitors from Almaz.

When I went to this orphanage in Romanov, I partnered with Almaz Church in order to get there. We went as a team of five people. Before leaving the States in August, I had sent the quilts on ahead because there was too many to keep track of on a flight. With the help of some very generous people here in the U.S., I was able to pay for everything including shipping and the cost of a day trip.

Early Friday morning, I woke up and was driven, with my translator, to the metro station (about 30 minutes away). We then rode the metro for about 45 minutes across and under Kyiv. I was jostled around as I tried to keep myself from falling over amid the swaying of the metro. It was a good time to study the people of Ukraine as I silently stood watching the masses going to work. Finally, we reached the western side of Kyiv and walked to a McDonalds to await the rest of the team. Sasha and Ina, a newly married couple who work regularly with special needs people and have a great desire to serve these boys, met us first. Not long after, Vladimir – our driver – arrived with the van full of shoe boxes from Samaritan’s Purse to also gift to the boys. Our car was full as we sped along the roads of Ukraine to the village. It felt like we must be Saint Nicolas with our van packed with quilts and other small gifts. However, instead of the smooth ride in the sleigh, we jostled and rumbled along the pothole-covered dirt roads trying to keep the boxes from falling on our heads as we went.

Finally, about three hours later, we arrived at the orphanage. I’d been there before and was thankful that I knew what to expect. We tumbled out of the car and stretched our legs a bit before gathering in a circle to make our plans. I strained to understand the Ukrainian/Russian chatter of the other four. Finally, we were ready. The assistant director met us and brought us to the warehouse where we could unload our gifts. He explained that he would need an exact count of everything we were bringing for their records. We popped the boxes of quilts open and did a final count of how many were there. I was surprised and pleased to find that there were a few extra. I can’t swear by it, but I believe the final count was 89! Every one of the quilts had made it safely through! At this point, the assistant director informed us that he was going to put the quilts in storage for another time. I worked hard to explain to him (through my translator) that we had come to give the quilts to the boys ourselves. It had been pre-confirmed by the director that we could do this. However, despite arguing for twenty minutes with him upon this point, I got nowhere. The deal was, we were not to give the boys the quilts because there were government official at the orphanage that day who were doing an inspection. Something about handing the quilts out was contrary to the normal ritual and thus could put a black mark on their report. Alas, I had to submit to this sad state of affairs and just go along with it. I would still see the boys and leave the gifts to be distributed another time. After our long argument, the assistant director finally took some pity on the frustrated American and said that we would act out giving the quilts away for pictures and then he would put the quilts away. I was not very interested in this as I didn’t want the boys to have false hope. I was assured by the rest of my team that this orphanage was honest and that, as the weather got colder, the boys would get their quilts. I could do nothing but trust. The next few hours we spent talking with the boys, listening to Sasha preach a little sermon, and playing a few games. They were so happy to have us all there. We shook many hands, gave many hugs, and were happily received by the boys. They were very thankful for our visit and asked that we return very soon.

I went away that day sad at what I saw and disappointed that we could not have been able to give them our gifts personally. We so wanted them to know that we cared for them and loved them. After getting back to Kyiv and talking over the trip with the pastor and the other team members, we settled on a plan that another group of people would go back to Romanov in a couple of months and get an update on the quilts. They would make sure that they were being use and that the boys were allowed to have them.

Just this morning, as I was sitting down to write to the pastor at Almaz Church and inquire on the status of this latest trip, I received and email from him. He informed me that he had just recently received some un-staged pictures of the orphanage and that the quilts were obviously being used! Not every boy got a quilt because some of them are so destructive that they would ruin it quickly, but those who can appreciate it and take care of it without immediately destroying them are being allowed to have the quilts on their beds.

Not every person will have the opportunity to see their quilt in the arms of a happy boy and I am very sorry for that. Thankfully, however, the diligent work of Almaz Church and the cooperation of the orphanage director has assured that every quilt that was given to this orphanage will be used and loved by one of the orphan boys who live there. Each quilt will find its way into the arms of a needy boy who can enjoy, not only the colors and warmth, but the love that was poured into his quilt.

Again, thanks to all the wonderful quilters who made this delivery possible!  I would also like to thank those of you who have responded to our request for quilts for Syrian Refugees and for the Forgotten People of the Bennett Freeze Area.  We have reached our target for the Forgotten People, and the effort to get quilts for Syrian Refugee children will be on-going for some time.

Regards,

Carla

 

Our First Fat Quarter Challenge Drawing!

December 1, 2014

Can you believe it’s already been a month since International Quilt Festival??? And that it’s time for our very first drawing to see who’s the winner of the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop? But first, let’s see these beautiful quilts.

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The one on the left was our very first FQC quilt received and was made by Donna Sciandra. The quilt on the right was made by Rebecca Timm. Aren’t they beautiful and sure to bring smiles? Ok, our first gift certificate is going to….Donna Sciandra! Be watching your inbox, Donna! Remember, the sooner you return your quilt to me, the more chances you’ll have to win a gift certificate and STILL be entered in the drawing for the $100 grand prize the end of September, 2015! Your name is entered into the monthly drawing EVERY MONTH after I receive your quilt. These two quilts will be going to the Forgotten People of the Navajo Nation in the Bennett Freeze area. I know they’ll be greatly appreciated and much loved.

We’d like to thank the Fat Quarter Shop for their generosity in allowing us, for the first time ever, to award a gift certificate every single month of the challenge!  Here’s a little bit of information about them: Fat Quarter Shop is an online fabric retailer that sells quilting fabrics, fabric precuts, quilt kits, patterns, notions and more. They also offer a wide range of exclusive kits, clubs and block of the month programs. They offer major brands such as Moda Fabrics, Riley Blake Fabrics, Windham, Robert Kaufman, Art Gallery, Marcus Brothers and Northcott. They carry the largest online selection of fat quarter bundles! 

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop’s reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff!

Thank you so much, Kimberly! We’re looking forward to next month’s drawing!

Smiles,

Sandi

Quilts Desperately Needed for Syrian Refugees and Forgotten People of the Navajo Nation as Winter Approaches

November 25, 2014

We are asking for your help again for completed quilts for Syrian refugees in Jordan and for the Forgotten People of the Navajo Nation in Bennett Freeze area of Arizona.  The need is urgent because both of these groups live in areas where the cold, winter months are approaching rapidly and both groups are living in tents or houses without heat.

We have been sending quilts to the Syrian refugee children ongoing this year.  Right now we are trying to collect 75 quilts by mid-December for shipment to Jordan to a camp that houses refugees from ISIS and the Syrian war.  While we commonly think of the Middle East as being all desert and extremely hot, the camp is in northern Jordan where the winters are very cold.  Many of these refugees escaped Syria with only the clothes on their backs and are currently living in tents.  Last year several babies died when the temperatures dropped to freezing.  Our quilts are not only welcome and appreciated, but also lifesaving in some instances.  This initiative is being handled out of Lovettsville, VA.

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The second initiative is to gather 100 quilts by Christmas for Navajo children and elderly people living in the Bennett Freeze area of Arizona.  Again, you may think of Arizona as being hot and arid, this is not the case for this area in the winter.  Winter temperatures here are already in the teens and just this week dipped to 12 degrees.  Many of these residents live in homes with no electricity, heat or running water.  Last year we provided quilts to this area, but we have been asked to provide more quilts for people who didn’t receive them in 2013.  We have been told that they were very much appreciated for their warmth and beauty.  This initiative is being handled out of Bear River City, UT.

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I know it’s a busy time of the year for many of you right now.  However, we hope if any of you have some finished quilts for either of these groups, that you could help us out.  Also for those of you that picked up fat quarters for the challenge at IQF, now would be a good time to complete those quilts and earn more chances for the monthly $25 gift certificate drawing from Fat Quarter Shop.

All of us at QBB wish each of you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you will consider our rather urgent plea for quilts at this time.  If you have quilts, please email us at quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com.  Thanks.

All the best,

Tina

A Great Time at the International Quilt Festival!

November 13, 2014

Well, we’re back from Festival and finally settled. We had a terrific time at the booth this year.

I’ll be honest — when I first saw our location, I was a little concerned. We were waaaaaaaay back in the far back right corner, right near the restrooms. But what was I thinking!! What could be better than being right near the restrooms? Between Wednesday evening preview night and Sunday afternoon, the last day of the show, we probably saw everyone who attended the show! Some sought us out so they could bring us quilts and tops they’d made for us since last year and others were just on their way to or from the restroom when they spotted us and stopped by to check out our wares!

We had a wonderful response from all the people who came to our booth. We received over 140 quilts and tops from quilters who’d picked up kits from us in prior years, and we had 115 quilters sign up to participate in our Fat Quarter Challenge.  We gave out kits to more than 260 quilters.  And we sold nearly every fundraising product we brought to the show!

I’d like to express my gratitude to all the wonderful customers and quilters who came to our booth and brought quilts and tops and bought quilts, jewelry, scarves, baskets and all the other fundraising items we brought from Ethiopia.  I’d also like to thank Stephanie Robertson and her team who donated the wonderful Kipepeo Greeting Cards, made by needy women in Kenya, that we sold on the last couple of days in the booth.

I’d also like to thank the wonderful volunteers who helped me out in the booth:

 

  • Brenda Barnett
  • Cheryl and Tim Batsche
  • Felicia Ramirez
  • Lisa and Chuck Glenn
  • Linda Mullins-Spirio
  • Carolyn Sower
  • Loretta Kelldorf

 

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!  And thanks for making it so much fun for me!

Below are some pictures of the booth and some of the events of our week:

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Here I’m explaining to a quilter now our Fat Quarter Challenge works. Brenda Barnett, one of our Illinois volunteers, and Loretta Kelldorf our wonderful Regional Coordinator in Tyler, TX, are answering questions and handling the sign-outs for kits an sign-in for quilts .

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Note some of the beautiful quilts that are hanging around our booth. These were all donated by generous volunteers for us to sell.

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When we sell one quilt in our booth we can pay the luggage fees to get 20-30 more quilts to children, or pay the postage to send 30-40 kitted-up tops to longarmers.

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Betty Thomas brought us 12 quilts from her quilting group in Louisiana. From left to right, holding all these beautiful quilts, are Loretta, Betty’s sister Audrey Malone, Betty, and me. The children who receive these bright and cheery quilts are going to love them!

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Shirley Deasy of Livingston, TX with two of the quilts she made for us. Great job, Shirley!

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Chuck Glenn explains our Fat Quarter Challenge to a quilter. Chuck and his wife Lisa are two of our wonderful volunteers. They make a great team, binding and longarming quilts for us!

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Loretta handles intake and sign-outs, while Lisa Glenn meets another volunteer who brought us a quilt she made for us.

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Visitors to the booth peruse the beautiful quilts we had for sale.

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Lisa helps display a donated quilt for a photo.

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Chuck and Loretta holding down the fort!

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Our youngest quilter, Emilia, age 7, displays a quilt top she made for a needy child.  Beautiful!

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Some more of the beautiful quilts and the scarves we had for sale. The scarves were made by needy women who needed to develop a new skill to earn a living.

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Loretta answers questions about some of our products in the booth.

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Loretta helping customers while Brenda surveys the quilts for sale in the booth.

It was a great Festival!  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year at the IQF!

Regards,

Carla

 

 

 

 

More Pictures from Uganda — and Quilts Headed to Uganda, Syrian Refugees and the IQF

October 23, 2014

Photos from Uganda:

My cousin, Cindy Roth, has sent me more pictures from the delivery she and her church members made  to New Hope, Uganda, earlier this year.   The photographer asked Cindy to let us know that the students have been delighted to get these beautiful quilts, and send along their thanks to all the quilters who made them!

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Quilts Headed to Uganda, Syrian Refugees, and the IQF:

We have another initiative currently underway to get more quilts to more children in Uganda to the Christ the Center Ministries Primary and Nursery School in Kampala, Uganda.  We are also working with two organizations to get quilts to children who are refugees from the war in Syria.  And in all our spare time (LOL!) we’re finalizing plans for our fundraising booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.   Each year, with the permission of the makers, we sell some beautiful quilts at the IQF.  We have no paid staff, and the money we get from the sale of quilts (and the products we bring back from our quilt delivery trips) goes entirely to getting quilts finished and delivered to the children.  Some of the quilts below will be going to Uganda, others to Syrian refugees, and others will be going to Houston.

Loretta, our Regional Coordinator in Tyler, Texas, recently sent me some great photos of bright and cheerful quilts made by the team of Carolyn Sower, Sharon Turvaville,and Lana Davis.  Great job, Ladies!  These are wonderful!

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The following quilts were quilted by Jean Clarkson of the Mesquite Quilt Guild.  The quilts  pieced by Amy Bellany,  Mary Lou Stinson and MaryAnne Whitehead, are being sent to the school in Uganda.   The quilts pieced by Meral Fritchey and Judy Daniels are being shown at the Houston International Quilt Show as fundraiser quilts.   Whether in the US or abroad, some children are going to be very happy to cuddle under these lovely quilts!  Many thanks to the hands and hearts that provided these lovely quilts!

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Finally, I have a group of lovely and unusual quilts that were sent to me by several different quilters from different places.   Some of these quilts will be sent to Uganda, others to Syria, and others will be going to the IQF as fundraising quilts.  Great thanks to Jeanne Ayers, Cathy in Iowa of the Sunshine Guild, Marilyn Barba (quilted by Kin Hum), Susan Seward (pieced by Mary Jean Morrison), Sharon Mitchell, Linda La Fleur, Ann S, Lynda Galloway, Jean McKay and Judith White.  Thank you, Ladies!

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We are so grateful to all the quilters who so generously gave of their stashes, time and talent to make all of these beautiful quilts!  Thank you all!

Regards,

Carla

We’ll See You in Houston at the International Quilt Festival!

October 19, 2014

We’re delighted to tell you that we’ll be having a booth at the IQF in Houston once again, starting the evening of Wednesday, October 29th and going through Sunday, November 2nd.  We’ll be in the area with the Exhibits, in the hall with all the quilts that are on display.   Once again we’ll be giving out kits to make quilt tops and encouraging participation in the Fat Quarter Challenge.  We’ll be selling some beautiful fundraising quilts made by our volunteers, and some wonderful products that I picked up in Ethiopia over the last month!  We look forward to seeing you in our booth!

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I just got back from taking 250 quilts to Ethiopia (along with friends Brenda Barnett and Ann Drake) and while we were there we had a chance to pick up some great additions to the products we’ve sold in the past.  (Over the next few weeks I’ll plan to post pictures from our quilt deliveries, but we’ve been so busy getting ready to go to Houston and running initiatives to get quilts to Syrian refugee children and needy children in Uganda that I haven’t had a chance to go through the 1200 pictures I took and do that yet.  Stay tuned!)

You’re already familiar with the ever-popular string animals that we’ve been selling in the booth for the last several years:

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This year we’ll be adding a string lion to the string herd.  We’ll also be adding some painted soapstone elephants and hippos, and a wonderful wooden giraffe carving, as well as some wonderful small carved and painted wooden bowls. We’ll also have some wonderful woven Ethiopian baskets.

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We’ve also brought back some colorful bracelets and jewelry and some wonderful handmade Ethiopian crosses.  The pictures don’t do these lovely jewelry pieces justice!

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While we were in Ethiopia we spent some time with people from the Connected in Hope’s Former Women Woodfuel Carriers’ project.  We taught sewing to some of the former woodfuel carriers so they’d have new marketable skills to support themselves and their families.  We also stopped by their shop and brought some of the beautiful scarves that are woven by some of the former woodfuel workers.  Stop by the booth and check out the selection!

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This year we’ll be expanding our Fat Quarter Challenge.  As those of you who’ve participated in the past know, to participate in the Fat Quarter Challenge you pick up a fat quarter and a block pattern and (adding your own fabric and batting) make and send us a completed quilt for us to provide to a needy child.  The names of all those who return quilts are entered in a drawing which takes place on September 30th of the following year.  The winner wins a $100 prize.  We’ve had the FQC for two years, and our two winners were Renee Coakley and Donna Dellacamera.  This year we’re expanding the FQC from 100 participants to 200, and we will have additional drawings every month for those who have already returned their quilts — so for more chances to win, get your quilt in early!  The winners of the monthly drawing will receive a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop, and at the end of the 12 month period we’ll have another drawing for the grand prize of $100.

For more info on the Fat Quarter Shop, see these links:

http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop

https://twitter.com/fatquartershop

https://www.pinterest.com/fatquartershop/

https://www.flickr.com/groups/fqscustomergallery/

http://www.youtube.com/FatQuarterShop

Great thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for making these drawings possible!  Stop by our booth and enter the challenge for your chance to win!

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If you’re attending the show, this would be a wonderful time to return any quilts or tops you’ve completed from kits you picked up at the show during prior years, if you haven’t already returned them to us.  If the kit or top has been misplaced, substitutes or monetary donations are gladly accepted.  If you won’t be attending the show and would like to send us a finished top or quilt, please send us a note at our email, quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com , and we’ll give you the address of a Regional Coordinator who will be happy to receive your finished quilt or top.  Thanks!

We hope to see you at the show!

Regards,

Carla

Pictures from Uganda, and Quilts Headed for Guatemala

October 16, 2014

Photos from Uganda:

Earlier this year my cousin, Cindy Roth, and other members of her church group went to Uganda to New Hope to the Kasana Children’s Center to do some mission work there.  We sent 150 quilts along with them for the children.  Because of scheduling conflicts Cindy’s group wasn’t able to distribute the quilts personally, which is something that happens from time-to-time.  (It’s always a disappointment when that happens, because everyone wants to be Santa at least once in their lives!)  However Cindy just received some pictures from the delivery that occurred after the missionaries had left.

Here they are!

 

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The smile on this boy”s face says it all, doesn’t it?  I know the children who received these and the other quilts we sent to Uganda will cherish them!  Great thanks to all the wonderful quilters who made all the beautiful quilts we sent to Uganda.

Quilts on their way to Guatemala:

Loretta Kelldorf, our Regional Coordinator in Tyler, Texas, has been coordinating an initiative for Orphan Outreach in Plano, Texas, to take some quilts to the Downs Syndrome School in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  She recently sent me these pictures of some of the beautiful quilts that will be on their way to the children in Guatemala shortly.  The quilters include Joanne Hopkins, Donna Della Camera (the winner of our Fat Quarter Challenge this year!), Margaret of Washington, Delleen of Oregon, Karen Vander Stoep, Karen Matheson, Donna Sciandra, Alice McQueen, MJF, Susan Brown, Jennifer DeMeuse and L. Hollingsworth.  To know which quilter made which quilt, please hover your cursor over the thumbnails.  For a close-up view, click on the thumbnail.

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Thank you, all the wonderful ladies who made these beautiful quilts!  We’ll post pictures of the children who receive them as soon as we get the pictures from Orphan Outreach.

Regards,

Carla

 

 

Winter is Coming and Quilts are Still Needed for Syrian Refugee Children

October 14, 2014

If you’ve been reading our blog, we have been collecting quilts for the Syrian refugee children in Jordan. The need for quilts for these children continues to grow as more and more families are displaced by war. Winter is approaching and life in the tents is chilling. Your quilts are an important source of needed warmth and comfort.

Below are some pictures provided by Rita Zawaideh of the Salaam Cultural Center. Rita is very supportive of the quilts we have delivered to her and many have already made their way to Jordan. Rita is in the red shirt and Reham is holding the quilt. Reham is going back and forth to Jordan with Rita.  SCM7

Pictures from one of the first deliveries of our quilts.

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Our quilters response has been terrific and we have passed the 400 mark this year for refugees alone! We are not done though. Please keep those machines “singing” as we continue to provide quilts for love and comfort, and warmth for these refugee children.

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We greatly appreciate receiving completed quilts, as we’re able to get those most quickly into the hands of a child who needs it. If you don’t care to quilt your top, we would also appreciate if you can return it to us kitted up with backing and binding so that we can quickly send it to a longarmer for completion. And longarmers, we do have kits waiting to send to you if you can help us quilt them. Please contact us at quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com and we can provide addresses, East or West Coast whichever is closer, to send completed quilts.

Here are some completed quilts from Delleen Kompkoff and also Peggy Icenogle and Nancy D. These quilts have been sent to SCM for the Syrian children. Thanks so much ladies and to all who have supported this drive.

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Regards,

Karen V

And the FQC winner is…

October 1, 2014

Donna Dellacamera!!

Sorry there are no pictures of me drawing her name out of the bowl but I’m not nearly as cute as Ann’s grandson last year! :) Donna, if you could please send your address to us, we’ll get your check in the mail!

We want to thank all the participants of the Fat Quarter Challenge. It was so fun to see the many creative ways you used your fat quarter and your completed quilts brought many smiles and ooh’s and aah’s to us as we’d open each box. Rest assured those quilts are now bringing warmth and happiness to children all over the world. This is a short post so let me share with you some of those happy faces from the past year and please know that all of YOU made this possible! 2012-09-10 16.45.50 IMG_2710

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And this last picture says it all!

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See you in Houston!!!!


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