December 9, 2013
Oh the weather outside is frightful (perfect sewing weather tho!), but my sewing room wall is delightful with this little beauty hanging up ready for its picture to be taken!
I have received our first Fat Quarter Challenge Quilt for 2013 and the speedy quilter is none other than Donna Sciandra!! Her FQ was the green centers of the blocks in this very fun and colorful log cabin quilt. She even wrote the words, “ peace, hope, laughter and courage” in her quilting. Did I find them all, Donna? Thank you so much!
We’re doing our challenge a little differently this year. We’re making it possible for you to earn more chances for your name to go into the $100 prize drawing by assigning a bonus number of chances depending on which month I receive your finished quilt.
Here are the monthly assignments:
Quilts received by December 31, 2013 will give you an additional 10, yes, TEN chances for a total of 11 chances!
January, 9 extra chances
February, 8 chances
March, 7 chances
April, 6 chances
May, 5 chances
June, 4 chances
July, 3 chances
August, 2 chances
September, you’ll still receive one extra chance to win but as you can see, the sooner you send me your completed quilt, the more chances you have in the prize drawing.
Please email me with any questions you may have. I must receive your completed quilt by the last day of the month in order to receive that month’s number of extra chances, so mail early!! And now with all these extra chances available to you, I better go hunt up a bigger bowl!
December 6, 2013
Today’s quilt show is sponsored by Vicki Waitz and Kay McKinnon, both from Gold Canyon, AZ.
Vicki is an excellent longarmer but only quilts for herself and charity.
Kay has been producing abundant quilt tops for us for several years. They are always colorful but this year she added a new twist–doing her own machine quilting, nice and tight, the way we love it.
Thanks Kay and Vicki. The quilts are beautiful and will be a real treat for the Syrian children who receive them.
October 27, 2013
Hello, Fellow Quilters!
We are pleased to tell you that Quilts Beyond Borders will again have a booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, starting the evening of October 30th (Preview Night for IQA members and class attendees) and each day through the close of the Festival on Sunday, November 3rd. Once again we’ll be giving out kits to make quilt tops, encouraging participation in the Fat Quarter Challenge, and we’ll be selling some fundraising quilts and products from Ethiopia. We look forward to seeing you!
If you’re going to the show, this would be an excellent time to turn in any quilt tops or finished quilts made from the kits we’ve distributed in 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 Festival and you’d like to send us finished tops or quilts, please send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll give you an address of a Regional Coordinator who will be happy to receive your finished tops and quilts! Thanks!
October 23, 2013
October 23, 2013
And the Quilts Keep Coming
The first four quilts we’re featuring on our blog today will be sent to Jordan to be given to Syrian children living in a refugee camp. They were quilted by Barbara Stack. Unfortunately some of the labels went missing. We believe that one of the quilts was pieced by Hands 2 Help but we are not sure about the other three. If you recognize them, please let us know so that we can give credit where credit is due. Great thanks to Barbara and the piecers for making these beautiful quilts for the children.
We are now approaching the time of year when we have our annual fundraiser. Quilts Beyond Borders is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit charity, with no paid staff, and we operate on a pretty lean budget. As you might imagine, one of the largest expenses Quilts Beyond Borders faces is postage, as we send hundreds of quilt tops each year to longarmers in all parts of the US and we send finished quilts to people who will be transporting them from various locations in the US to orphanages and other destinations throughout the world to be given to needy children. Our other large expense is fabric for backing and binding for the many tops we receive. This year, as we have for the last few years, we will be having a booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, where we will be selling some of the jewelry and products we picked up on trips to Ethiopia and, with the permission of their creators, we will be selling some quilts.
Below are some of the quilts that we will be selling at Houston. The first 3 quilts were made by Loretta Kelldorf, and the last two were sent to us by Jenny Schechinger.
Thank you both, Loretta and Jenny! The money we receive from selling these quilts will help us to pay for postage and luggage fees to transport quilts, and for fabric to finish many more quilts for many more children!
October 21, 2013
Today we have more quilts that will be delivered to IRD for the Syrian refugee children initiative. The first 3 quilts were pieced by Donna Sciandra and quilted by Ellen Breunig.
The next 3 quilts were pieced and quilted by Joann Sagar from the online Sunshine Guild.
The final quilt is another one that Donna pieced and quilted.
All of these quilts will be so appreciated by the children. Thanks ladies! Don’t forget to click each picture to see greater detail.
October 19, 2013
Today we have more beautiful quilts that are already on their way to Tina for the Syrian Relief effort. You’ll notice I had two little helpers in some of the pictures. They are two of my granddaughters who were having a cousin sleepover with grandma. It was so fun to watch their eyes just light up when they saw these quilts and these are kids who get quilts from Grandma all the time. Can you imagine the joy these quilts will bring to children who have lost so much? They are going to LOVE them!
The first three quilts are from Deb Lindley. I sent her four kits to quilt and finish up and have received 8 quilts back! She took the backings I had pieced together and made them into tops, made different backs for all the quilts and did a wonderful job quilting them! I’ve posted about some earlier and these were the tail end of her generosity. Thank you so much, Deb!
These next quilts were made by Audrey Murphy and Katy Sweigart and beautifully quilted by Katy. Take a good look at their handiwork. The colors are so bright and cheerful! Every quilt was quilted differently and each row was uniquely quilted! I know these will be cherished as well by the children. I’m sure they’ll have sweet dreams under them. The girls were so excited to see the next quilt that they couldn’t hold still. Although granddaughters may not be the best at holding quilts straight for picture taking, hopefully you can see the beautiful detail that went into each one. I can just imagine the scene when these come out of the boxes in Jordan!
Thank you so much, Deb, Audrey and Katy. I hope you had as much fun and joy making these as the recipients will have receiving them!
October 15, 2013
Today we are featuring quilts that will be delivered to IRD (International Relief & Development) for Syrian refugee children in Za’tari Camp in Jordan. Read our post from September 27th for more information. If you would like to help us with this effort, we are collecting completed quilts and they must be shipped by October 20th. Ship to either Tina in the East/North Regional Coordinator or to Noreen who is the Southeast Coordinator. Their addresses can be found on our sidebar (“Where to Send Quilts and Tops”).
Mike and Jean Gilomen of “Mike’s Machine Shop” in Highland, Illinois made 8 great quilts. They used the “jelly roll race” method to make these quilts, using 10″ wide strips, and they used them for class samples in their shop. When they were done they had them bound and they were kind enough to send them to us to send to needy children! They’re really eye-catching, and the children who receive them are going to love them! Thanks, Mike and Jean!
Donna Sciandra made the three colorful quilts in a log cabin style. Many of you know Donna as being one of our prolific piecers, but I had no idea how well she could also quilt. There are two other quilts pieced by Donna and quilted by Cindy Hubbard. Thanks Donna and Cindy!
The two quilts in one picture were made by two members of the Northern Illinois Longarm Guild (NILAG). The one on the left with the Trains, Planes and Automobiles is by Debbie Weber, and the one on the right is by Judith White, who made it for our Fat Quarter Challenge. Thank you so much, ladies! These are both adorable.
And finally my friend, Mary Verrico made the absolutely cute lady bug quilt. I helped out with the quilting on that one. Thanks Mary!
Hover over the pictures to see more details. Thanks everyone. And again, if you would like to help with the Syrian refugee children quilt initiative, we need completed quilts shipped by October 20th.
September 30, 2013
This was the first year we held our Fat Quarter Challenge, where we provided a Fat Quarter and a block pattern, and those who entered the challenge added their own fabrics, supplies and talents and created many beautiful quilts for us. We had 79 entrants, most from Texas where we kicked off the challenge, and other entrants live across the United States, from California to Florida and New York. We even had entrants from Canada and Norway. Our final tally was 51 completed quilts, all beautiful and ready to be wrapped around a child. The deadline for inclusion in our drawing was September 15th, which gave the earliest entrants almost a year to complete their quilts.
Our Regional Coordinators Jodi Humphrey and Ann Drake were the coordinators of the Fat Quarter Challenge, with Jodi handling the early months, and Ann handling the final months.
This week Ann got together with her grandson, Jonah, who is four years old. They placed the names of all the entrants who had submitted quilts into the jar, and Jonah shook it quite vigorously! The results are below….
And the winner is…..
Congratulations to our winner Renee Coakley of Kingland, Georgia! Renee will be receiving a check for $100 from Quilts Beyond Borders as her prize in this drawing. Her quilt is on its way to Romania to be given to a child in an orphanage there.
Great thanks to all of the Fat Quarter Challenge participants. The quilts we received were absolutely beautiful, and I know the children who receive them will treasure them!
I’d also like to express our appreciation to Jodi and Ann for their work coordinating this challenge, and to Karen Vander Stoep for conceiving this great idea and putting all the building blocks and supplies in place to execute it. And a special thank you to Jonah for being the star of our drawing! Good job!
September 27, 2013
While we can’t imagine what it’s like to flee a war-torn country, we know the situation is grievous – loss of home, friends, familiar routines and now facing days of barely surviving. Our prayers and our hearts go out to all of those who have fled Syria.
Quilts Beyond Borders has found a partner to help us get quilts to refugee children. International Relief and Development (www.ird.org), a non-profit, non-government organization, has embraced our desire to help. IRD will accept our quilts and distribute them to children in Za’tari Camp in Jordan.
I hope you will join us in supporting this humanitarian effort. For this effort, we are asking for the following:
1. Completed quilts only that are sized for children’s beds (40-45” wide and 48-60” long).
2. Ship by October 20, 2013
3. Ship to either Tina who is the East/North Regional Coordinator or to Noreen who is the Southeast Coordinator. Links to their emails can be found on our sidebar (“Where to Send Quilts and Tops”). Send them an email, and they will provide you with their address.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help or if you have questions. Thank you for rallying to a critical need,
From everyone at QBB