Archive for the ‘Completed Quilts’ Category

It’s been raining QUILTS!

March 15, 2014

I know most of the country has been getting deluged with snow and ice, but here in Utah, it’s been raining quilts! With an upcoming trip to Ethiopia soon, we are eagerly gathering quilts and these quilts are greatly appreciated. This storm started all the way in South America! The first quilt featured was made by Rejane M , who lives in Brasil. She visited our booth at International Quilt Festival in Houston and picked up a fat quarter. She returned home and made the quilt and while visiting family in New York, she mailed me the quilt, so this quilt already has many miles on it and it’s hasn’t even found it’s owner yet! 

FQC Rejane Menten Brazil 

Our next storm started in North Carolina and picked up steam, and another quilt, in Illinois. These two quilts are also Fat Quarter Challenge quilts, the first from Ann B and the second from Sandra O. 

FQC Ann Bordeau  FQC Sandra Ohler 2 

Just a reminder to those of you who took home fat quarters from Houston, you do get extra chances to win that $100 prize by turning in your quilt to me as early as you can. This month is an extra 7 chances, so keep the quilt showers coming! 

These next quilts blew in from all across the country. We greatly appreciate the joint efforts of these piecers and quilters. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do. Thanks goes out to:

Della Burwell

Sharleen Rainville

Sue Bickham

Quilting For Christ Ministry in Texas (they will be featured numerous times in the future I’m sure as they donated many, many tops to us in Houston)

Linda Cadzow (who also sent us 7 tops. We LOVE it when quilters go through their stash and send us unfinished projects!!)

Sandi Watters

Della Burwell:Sharleen Rainville 2 Della Burwell:Sharleen Rainville Linda Cadzow 

Quilting for Christ:Sue Bickham Sandi Watters:Sharleen Rainville 

I think the children are going to have a very hard time deciding which quilt to claim as they are all so beautiful and unique. Thank you all so very much!



This Little Light of Mine — I’m Gonna Let it Shine

July 20, 2013

When I was a little girl I loved to go to Sunday school and one of my favorite songs to sing was the one I put in the title of this post.  That song has been running through my head off and on ever since I received a big box that was sent to me from Sarah Craig in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

Sarah has a great blog called Confessions of a Fabric Addict (  ) and runs the Hands 2 Help Charity Challenge each year.  She’s also involved with the Glade Church Quilters in Gladeville Tennessee, and Sarah and the Quilters worked with the grade-school children in that church to make 16 adorable quilts for children in Ethiopia!  The children signed the quilts, so the Ethiopian children who received them will be able to see the names of the American children who helped to make those quilts.   Here’s a picture of the Glade Church Children with the beautiful quilts they sent:

Kids Helping Kids

We’ll be taking these adorable quilts with us when we go to Ethiopia in the Spring, and I’ll have to bring a copy of this picture with me so the children who receive the quilts can see pictures of the children who sent them.  For more information of this project, take a look at Sarah’s blog post here:

Sarah also included a couple of wonderful quilts in the box from one of the Hands 2 Help Charity Challenge participants, Mickey White:

Mickey White 1 Mickey White 2

Mickey, I know the children who receive these wonderful quilts are going to love them!

Now, since I mentioned that song that’s been going through my head ever since that box arrived.  I’ve been looking at some of the quilts that I’ve received from the Hands 2 Help Participants and the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild and some of our other volunteers and there are several of them that I think of as “Lights and Brights”.  They all are beautiful scrappy quilts with lots of lights, brights and whites in them, and they all have similar color schemes but they’re all so different, and all beautiful!

These quilts were made by:

  • Ann Drake
  • Etoile Gatreau
  • Julie in Georgia
  • Karen Paschke
  • Katy Sweigert
  • Ruble
  • S. Kidney
  • Shelli Leen
  • Susan N.

Hover over the thumbnails to see the names of the quilters, and click to see them up close.  The thumbnails don’t do them justice, they’re really beautiful!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Etoile Gatreau 2 Julie in Georgia

Karen Paschke & Shelli Leen H2H Karen Paschke 1 Karen Paschke 2

Katy Sweigart Ruble S. Kidney H2H


Thank you so much to Sarah and the children and quilters of Glade Church, and to all of the ladies we’ve named above.  I know all of the children who receive these wonderful quilts will feel the light and  love shining through them!



Beautiful Quilt Made With Fabrics Donated by Windham

January 8, 2013

One of the things we like to do each year is to attend Quilt Market, held in Houston during the days before the International Quilt Festival. It’s an amazing visual buffet which lets us get a “sneak peek” at new products and upcoming trends, what colors and designs we can expect to be “hot-hot-hot” in the coming year. It also allows us to meet manufacturers, tell them about our Charity, and ask them for donations of table drapes, chair covers, sales samples, anything they don’t want to have to transport home. It may be excess baggage to a manufacturer, but it might just keep several needy children and orphans warm on some of those cold, cold nights! We’ve had such wonderful response from the manufacturers each year, and one of the things we like to do is to feature at least one quilt made exclusively from their fabric on our blog.

The Windham booth was really pretty this year, and when they donated some of their beautiful fabrics from their “Hello Gorgeous” collection ( ,  Karen promptly called “Dibbs!” so that she could be the one to make the Windham quilt.  (I was jealous!  I’ll have to call out quicker next year!)

Here’s a picture of the pretty quilt Karen made:

Karen's Windham QuiltHello Gorgeous!  How cute is that?  This quilt will be delivered this year to a needy child, perhaps one in the US or perhaps I’ll be taking it with me to Ethiopia in September when I go.  I know the child who will receive it will love the cheerful colors and prints!

Thank you, Baum Textiles, for giving us these beautiful Windham Fabrics!



Quilt made from Timeless Treasures Donated Samples

August 22, 2012

At the 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston Timeless Treasures was kind enough to donate some trade show samples to us for our use. This is one of the tops we made from it:

The pattern we used is the “Hidden Wells” block, and we used the technique demonstrated in the video at this URL:

I made this top with my friend, Brenda Barnett, and we really loved the way it came together, and the fabrics are just beautiful.

In April, when we were in Ethiopia, we presented this quilt to a young lady at Hannah’s home for Orphans. You can tell by the look on her face that she really loves this quilt too!

  This picture also features Caroline Williams, of Cherokee Gives Back, who served as our guide in Ethiopia and helped us distribute the quilts.

Great thanks to Timeless Treasures! You’ve made this young Ethiopian lady very happy.  We really appreciate your generosity.


2 Wonderful Quilts from Sandy Waters

August 20, 2012

Last week I received two wonderful quilts from Sandy Waters, who has a business called Designs by Sandy in Vail, Arizona.

The first quilt is an adorable alternating 4-patch, with some very cute giraffe fabric. I really like the embellishment that Sandy did using some ribbon and her embroidery machine and the pieced back is as cute as the front. Sandy has kindly agreed to allow us to use this great quilt as one of our fundraising quilts when we have our booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November. Stop by and see it in person!

The second quilt is a really great “jelly roll race” quilt with strips joined by polka dot squares. Sandy carried the polka dots out to a border flange and the binding, making this one of the nicest jelly roll race quilts I’ve ever seen. This quilt will be one of the ones that is going to an orphanage in Russia, to meet our commitment of 12 baby quilts and 24 quilts for young ladies who are “aging out” of the orphanage. I know the young lady who receives this one will love it!

Sandy, thank you very much for sending us these two wonderful quilts! We really appreciate them both!


Gifts from the “Show-Girls”

August 8, 2012

Warning: If you were Googling “Showgirls”, expecting to find Las Vegas cuties in skimpy outfits, I’m afraid I’m about to disappoint you!!  The ladies in this post are cute, but no skimpy outfits or show dancing was involved! 

Last week I went up to the Machine Quilting Today show in Oconomowok, WI. (I don’t even want to tell you how long it took me to pronounce “Oconomowok” properly!) At the show I met with two ladies, Sandi Barthel (who I’ve been corresponding with via email for quite some time, but never met in person) and Sharon Mitchell, a friend of mine from the Northern Illinois Long Arm Guild (NILAG). Both ladies came bearing gifts.

Sandi, who quilts for her own pleasure,  made 5 beautiful quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. The fabrics she chose for her tops are just wonderful, and appropriate for tots to teenagers. She used her Circle Lord templates and quilted these beautiful tops with swirls, baptist fans, and squares. In the first picture you see LaDonna (a friend) and Sandi holding a couple of quilts and showing the remainder on the bed.

Sharon, who is the owner of a quilting business called Lofty Quilts in Palatine, IL, brought three beautiful quilts she quilted from tops made by others.   The first picture below shows Sharon holding a quilt top made by  Jan Scruggs, which is also seen in the second picture.  The third and fourth pictures show tops made by Kalena Womack and Evelyn Carlisle, respectively.  Sharon quilts with a Statler, and was kind enough to tell me the patterns she used on each quilt:

  • Pink and Yellow Quilt :
  • Orange, Green, Yellow, Multi Color (from the center out):
    • Cropped-blk-daisy  by  Page Johnson  at
    • Garden Leaves Corner and Border  by  BZ Learning  at
    • FG Flutterby Border  by  BZ Learning  at
    • Sashes-p2p-leaf-and-berry  by  Jennifer Perdue, Anita Shackleford  at
    • Clover Border,  Statler pattern
  • Christmas Quilt:


Sandi and Sharon, thank you both so much for bringing these beautiful quilts to me at the show!  I know the children who receive them will cherish each and every one of them.  Your quilting on all of them is just beautiful!



10 Beautiful Quilts from Lou and Pat in Texas

July 16, 2012

Lou of Copperas Cove, Texas, and her friend Pat sent us these 10 lovely quilts the other day. If past patterns hold, Lou was the quilter and Pat was kind enough to do all the binding for us — Thank you both so much!

In order of appearance from left to right, top to bottom, here are the names of the people who made the tops, as they’ve signed the labels:

1.  Rosalva Reyes-Hada
2.  Sharon
3, 4, and 5.  Marilyn Barba and DeDe Cranford
6.  Geraldine Clark
7.  “A Friend from Houston”
8.  Sandra Cassidy
9 and 10.  Sue Torre, Willoughby Wallace Library Quiters

Lou, Pat, and all the piecers, thank you all for making these beautiful quilts!  I know the children will love them!



More lovely quilting by Anya in Montana

July 14, 2012

Anya in Montana is a talented and prolific quilter with a generous heart! About a week ago I featured two lovely quilts from Anya that she had made to help us meet our commitment to the Russian orphanage. Just a few days later, Anya sent me another 5 quilts that she quilted using tops that QBB had sent her. (Unfortunately I don’t have the names of any of the piecers, but if you recognize any, please let me know and I’ll be happy to give credit where credit is due.)

Anya used a variety of pantos to quilt these quilts, and they all turned out to be just as pretty as they can be! The pantos, in order of quilt appearance from left to right, top to bottom, are:

  • Raindrops
  • ABC by Dave Hudson
  • Van Gogh by Anne Bright
  • Hourglass
  • Stars by Lisa Calle

I had seen all these tops before they went to Anya, and when they came back I was thrilled with how the quilting brought each of them to life!  She did a great job with these!  Anya, thank you so much!  I know the children who receive them will cherish them!

Note to our readers:  At the beginning of this post I mentioned our commitment to an orphanage in Russia.  In case you weren’t aware, at the end of August we will be sending 36 quilts to Russia, 24 to young ladies who are aging out of the orphanage and 12 baby quilts. We still need 2 quilts for the young ladies, at least 42″x60″ with appropriate colors and patterns for a young lady, if you happen to be looking for a project! Just send us a note to and we’ll sign you up!



7 More Great Quilts from Barbara and Becky

July 9, 2012

I thought we were going to get a little more of a break from this heat wave! Yesterday I was thrilled that we were having 83 degree heat, instead of the 100′s. But this morning my thermometer (which is in the sun) was already 91 degrees at 9 AM. I think I’ll spend my day down in the cool basement, quilting. It might be miserable outside, but it’s a great day to quilt!

Washington state friends Barbara Nilles and Becky Goldner have been doing lots of quilting too! Look at the seven beautiful quilts I recently received from them!

We don’t have the information on who the piecers were who created these lovely tops, so if you know, please comment on this post, and I’ll be happy to give credit.

Becky and Barbara, thank you again for quilting for us! I always love to receive the pretty quilts you send me! I know the children who receive them will love them!


Adorable Quilts

May 9, 2012

The tops were all quilted by Dwain Edwards in Arlington, TX.  He did a great job quilting quite a variety of designs in these quilts which you can see in the closeup shots.  The quilting adds the right zing to make these quilts just adorable.  Dwain has a longarm business Custom Quilters if you want to see more of his work.

The tops were made by several different people – 2 Anon, Faith’s Aunt, Kethsia, Linda Rodge, Mylaka, Virginia Lopez, me and Ida Gaglio, and me.  If you hover over the pictures, you can see the names of the piecers.

Thank you all for doing such a wonderful job.



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