A River of Quilts

March 15, 2018

Here in SoCal we don’t have many rivers and the ones we do have are pretty dry.  However, there is a river of quilts that runs full all the time.  Thanks to so many wonderful people who love to make quilts for others, the river flows here and then out to other parts of the world.

The Sunshine quilters met in Omaha, NE for a retreat in June of 2017.  Many quilt tops were made by Sunnies from Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon, and California.  People took tops home and quilted them and sent them to our river.  From these generous quilters, the river flowed to refugees from Syria, the forgotten Navajo people and to Guatemala. Thank you!

Ann Drake – Western Regional Coordinator


February Fat Quarter Challenge

March 8, 2018

March has rolled in like a lion!  I am ready for some spring weather, but I guess we need to wait a bit longer for it.  For the month of February, we had one quilt returned for the challenge.  Donna Sexton from Escondido, CA made this cute quilt below.


Our winner for the February challenge was randomly chosen and it was Doris Miller from Alabaster, AL who sent her quilt in January.  Congratulations Doris for winning the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  QBB thanks the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our contest.  Please check out their website because they have such a great selection of items for all your quilting needs.

Remember, the sooner you turn in your fat quarter quilt, the more chances you have of winning the monthly drawing.  You may even win more than once because your name is entered each month in the drawing.

Regards, Tina

From the Northwest and Beyond – Final 2017 Refugee Quilts Sent and Received

February 20, 2018

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Pictured below are the final 57 quilts sent on the October container ship for refugee children. They safely arrived and were distributed to the children in Jordan and Syria.

Thanks to everyone for the beautiful quilts! I am grateful for your help and support in providing quilts to the Syrian children. The reports back are that the children and parents love them and appreciate your generosity. Click on the pictures to see who made and quilted them (There were 3 quilts included that were missing labels and if any of them are yours let me know).

We also have pictures below from the distrubution to children in Kerak Jordan. Rita Zawaideh from the Salaam Cultural Museum who coordinated in-person delivery, tells us, ‘The children and parents loved the quilts! Thank you all for the beautiful quilts donated in 2017!’

Susan Schmidt – Northwest Regional Coordinator

Photos from Rita:

January Fat Quarter Challenge

February 16, 2018

Today I needed some bright quilts to make me smile because the weather outside is so grey and dreary.  I received two quilts this month and both will make you smile.  Before showing you the quilts, I want to congratulate Donna Sciandra for the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Donna sent in a FQ quilt during the month of December and you can see it on this blog post.  Congratulations Donna and thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our monthly prize.

This month I received a quilt from Doris Miller of Alabaster, AL and another from Moira McSpadden of Garland, TX.  And what has become the trend, both of these quilters are part of the Sunshine Online Guild.  Their quilts are below:

Just a reminder to everyone that the odds of winning a monthly prize are high since only a few quilts have been turned in so far.  So before the wonderful weather gets here and we all want to spend time outside, why don’t you finish that FQC quilt.  Remember, the earlier you turn in your quilt the more chances to win since you are entered in every month’s drawing after that, and you could win more than once.

Cheers, Tina

Easy Quilting Patterns and Tips

February 5, 2018

Are you an aspiring or new quilter with a resolution to make and donate a quilt in 2018? Or maybe you picked up a fat quarter or quilt kit packet at the Quilts Beyond Borders booth at the International Quilt Festival and don’t know where to start? Well, we are here to help!

First, please take a look at the links on this site for QBB’s guidelines and requirements, start here: Dimensions and Criteria.

There are many free resources for beginning quilters on the internet, ranging from tutorials to videos. Here are some of our favorites:

  • This blog from Diary of a Quilter offers several helpful instructional links for each step of the planning and quilting process.
  • The website All People Quilt has hundreds of free quilt patterns, instructions and tips, including patterns for using fat quarters or scraps that won’t break the bank and are simple yet beautiful.
  • Here is some inspiration for transforming the 5-inch ‘charm squares’ we distributed at the IQF into a beautiful custom quilt.
  • This video from Professor Pincushion provides a detailed step by step tutorial on how to sew a simple quilt.

Once you are done piecing the top, we hope that you want to take on the next steps of quilting and binding! Remember that Quilts Beyond Borders quilts may be used and washed in harsh conditions, so any quilts sent our way must be machine quilted and binding sewn by machine as well. You can find more information about quilting for us on the right column of this page under “Pages

Here is a video from Missouri Star Quilt Company, which has many great videos and tutorials online, on how to bind a quilt using a sewing machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GVA05MxXTU

When you have sewn your quilt top or completed the quilt, please email us at quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com for instructions on next steps and where to send your masterpiece! Thank you for deciding to make a gift of love through QBB, and please share your favorite quilting resources, patterns and tips in the comments!

Holiday Quilt Delivery to Navajo Nation

January 25, 2018

An Arizona angel named Marsha delivered 500 quilts from Quilts Beyond Borders (QBB) to the Navajo nation in northern Arizona in late December 2017.  Marsha received boxes and boxes of QBB quilts and stored them in her friend’s living room until she and her elves could take two weeks to visit children and seniors in their schools, communities and private homes, planning her visits to coincide with holiday parties at Chapter Houses and Senior Centers. She appreciates Quilts Beyond Borders and said “the quilts for the children and elderly bring such happiness and hope” as well as provide a warm blanket for the cold Navajo reservation nights.  As she shared these quilt blessings, she said “We saw so many happy children and elderlies”.

This is the 5th year we have been distributing quilts with help from Marsha of Forgotten People. Please enjoy some photos below!

Sherree Newhouse, Southwest Regional Coordinator

More Quilts Sent to Syrian Refugees

January 19, 2018
Today you helped us send 55 quilted ambassadors of love to the Syrian refugees. It is expensive for us to send 9 boxes of quilts to our contact in Seattle who will ship these quilts and other supplies directly to needy refugees. But the refugee situation is certainly worth it.
Sheila Hughes, from Medway, Massachusetts was quilting in overdrive this summer! She is an extremely generous person. She has donated many boxes of gorgeous fabric, dozens and dozens of quilts and a substantial number of crisp Ben Franklins.. 42 of Sheila’s quilts were in today’s delivery!
Below are pictures of the quilts that were sent today and the captions identify each talented maker.  Thank you all for your continued dedication to the QBB effort.
Karen – Northeast Regional Coordinator

From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts Delivered to Mary’s Place

January 16, 2018

We recently sent 80 quilts to children at Mary’s Place in Seattle which provides a safe place for homeless children and women to sleep at night. They have 7 night shelters in the Seattle area that house over 500 people as well as a day center. They also provide 2 daily meals, hygiene facilities, showers, laundry, medical care and support groups. Their goal is to help find permanent housing for families, employment and available benefits as well. I am grateful for your help so these children can stay warm at night and be comforted by the quilts you have made.

Below are pictures of the quilts we provided and you can click on the picture to see who made and quilted them. Thank you so much for all the quilts and the lovely colors and patterns are sure to bring joy and happiness to the children who receive them!

Susan Schmidt,  Northwest Regional Coordinator


December Fat Quarter Challenge Quilts

January 12, 2018

It’s hard to believe that December has come and gone, and it was one to remember with the bone chilling weather in so much of the country.  I live in southwestern VA and we were hitting negative windchills for 10+ days.  When the temps actually hit 15 one day with no wind, I thought it felt warm out.   Because of the weather, it was difficult to take pictures of the 3 quilts that I received during December for the FQ Challenge, but I was finally able to get photos outside.

All quilts received during the FQ Challenge year are entered into the monthly drawing.  This month, the winner was Kathleen Rountree who submitted her quilt in November.  You can see her quilt in this blog post.  Kathleen has won a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our monthly prize.

This month the three quilts were from Carol Egan, Mendota Heights, MN; Donna Sciandra, Buffalo, NY; and Susan Trzcinski, Anacortes, WA.  Carol and Susan are Sunshine Members.  If you hover over the photo, you will see the quilter’s name.

Thanks to our volunteers and the Fat Quarter shop!

Stay warm, Tina

From the Northwest and Beyond – Navajo Nation Christmas Delivery

January 9, 2018

Once again we provided quilts for the Christmas delivery to children and the elderly in the Navajo Nation. They went to 6 different areas in Arizona in time for the cold winter weather. We have heard the quilts were received with appreciation and excitement for all the beautiful quilts we sent. As an organization we were able to meet our goal of 500 quilts to the Navajo Nation for 2017 and our Northwest regional group sent 167 of these. We know that pictures were taken of the deliveries and they will be posted as soon as we have received them. You can see the pictures of the quilts we sent below and you can click on the picture to see who made and quilted each quilt.

Thanks to all of you for the beautiful quilts and sharing your gifts and talents to help provide warmth to all who received them. I hope your holidays were filled with joy and happy times with family and friends. Thanks again for all you do and your support!

– Susan Schmidt, Northwest Regional Coordinator