From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Afghan Refugees in Salem OR

The first Afghan Refugees arrived in Oregon this January and we were happy to provide 25 quilts to Salem for Refugees. Located in our state’s capital this group helps refugees with housing, household items and adjusting to life in the U.S..  The quilts below were given to children when they went to their new homes. The reports from the staff were that children loved the quilts and so did the parents! 

Thank you to the quilters who helped bring joy to children in their new homes with the comfort of a quilt!  You can click on each picture to see who made each quilt.

Susan Schmidt – Northwest Regional Coordinator

More Quilts for Ukraine Refugees

We have already shared photos of hundreds of quilts that were made by many generous and talented quilters across the US and all over the world.. The pictures just keep coming! Here are several more photos that our regional coordinators have received and sent to our partners. Most of these quilts are already in the arms of refugee Ukraine children, proving warmth and comfort where it is needed the most. Please enjoy these additional photos! We have credited the quilter, group, or given info about the deliveries when possible and you can see this information in the names of the files by hovering the cursor over the photo or clicking each thumbnail to see them larger.

From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Comfort Cases

We were happy to provide 24 quilts to go to the Comfort Cases program for May. Quilts Beyond Borders has been providing quilts on a monthly basis to this partner organization for several years now. What a wonderful support for children entering the foster care programs. They will take their quilts wherever they go and quilts must be a comfort as they adjust to a new home. 

Thanks to the quilters for such beautiful quilts. You can click on each picture to see the names of the quilters. You can go to Comfort Cases website for more information.

Susan Schmidt –  Northwest Regional Coordinator

News from the Southeast – Wrap-A-Smile quilters give for Comfort Cases

Wrap-A-Smile quilters are delighted to be partnering with Quilts Beyond Borders, helping make the world a better place, one warm quilt at a time. Our first collaboration was in the spring, working with RC Karen to help welcome Afghani refugees with nearly 250 quilts. It felt good to help give comfort and a warm welcome to people whose lives have been so upended. 

The current shipment of 18 pictured below is on its way to Comfort Cases in Maryland, another initiative where children are starting their lives anew.  We hope the love contained in these quilts will help ease their transition into a new home. 

Submitted by Ann Demeranville, One of the Regional Coordinators for the Southeast 

From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Afghan and Syrian Refugees in Seattle (Blog 2)

We are so excited to have provided the 402 quilts pictured to the Afghan and Syrian Refugees that have settled in the Seattle area. We have continued to work with the Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle who are providing housing, education, and household goods to the Refugees. They have put together a free store for families to come and pick up necessary items and our quilts. I had the opportunity to visit the store and the mothers were so grateful to get quilts for their children! At the end of their visit each child gets to pick out their own quilt. 

I appreciate all the help and support from our quilters who share their time and talents in the making of these beautiful quilts. I know they are loved and appreciated by the children who receive them! If you would like to see who pieced or quilted them click on the picture. This is the second of two blogs to share these photos because we have so many beautiful photos!

Susan Schmidt – Northwest Regional Coordinator

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From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Afghan and Syrian Refugees in Seattle (Blog 1)

We are so excited to have provided the 402 quilts pictured to the Afghan and Syrian Refugees that have settled in the Seattle area. We have continued to work with the Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle who are providing housing, education, and household goods to the Refugees. They have put together a free store for families to come and pick up necessary items and our quilts. I had the opportunity to visit the store and the mothers were so grateful to get quilts for their children! At the end of their visit each child gets to pick out their own quilt. 

I appreciate all the help and support from our quilters who share their time and talents in the making of these beautiful quilts. I know they are loved and appreciated by the children who receive them! If you would like to see who pieced or quilted them click on the picture. This is the first of two blogs to share these photos because we have so many beautiful photos!

Susan Schmidt – Northwest Regional Coordinator

Quilts from the Northeast and Beyond for Comfort Cases

More of your beautiful quilts have been delivered to Rockville, Maryland to be distributed to children entering foster care throughout the US through our partner organization Comfort Cases. QBB supplies this busy project with quilts every month. Listed below, with grateful appreciation, are the quilters whose quilts will be tucked into backpacks with other fun and essential items for these children.

-Karen M, QBB Regional Coordinator

Group 1:

From Massachusetts: Ellen Coburn, Leslie Hogan, Bonnie Salt, Sheila Hughes, Fran Fink
From Connecticut:  Sue Sweeney, Marguerite Boslaugh, Diane Carlson, Barbra Buckley
From Colorado:  Sue Holden
From Vermont:  Judith Nuno

Group 2:

Quilts from the Northeast and around the world for Ukraine Children

Greetings QBB friends,

Blue and yellow quilts have been arriving on my doorstep! Our hearts are so heavy with this awful war, all of us on the greater, national QBB team have rallied around doing anything we possibly can to help. Shipment to Poland for delivery to the Ukrainian people, especially the children, has been our recent priority. Below are photos of more than 100 quilts from the Northeast Team that have been shipped recently.

Many thanks for the quick, thoughtful, and always beautiful answer to our request for quilts for the people of Ukraine.

Karen M. Northeast Regional Coordinator

Below are the names of the dedicated quilters of these 2 groups of quilts:

From Rhode Island: Linda Chaffee, Lois Gardner, Linda Ferraro, Cindy Hatfield
From Connecticut:  Paula Place, Amy Parylak, Donna Motyl, Nancy Ralston, Sue Sweeney, Farmington Valley Quilt Guild, Mary Gridley, Leesa Plude, Peg Thomsen, Karen Matheson
From New Hampshire: Nancy Kane
From Texas: Marsha W.
From Massachusetts: Fran Fink, Sheila Hughes, Madeline Browning, Bonnie Salt
From Australia:  Hong Chang
From Vermont:  Judith Nuno
From Oklahoma:  Alice White, Kathryn Wortz
From New York: Sue Beck, Joanne Wortman
From Colorado:  Sue Holden
From Pennsylvania: Jean Unger, Sharon Gower

Group 2:

From Connecticut:  Paula Place, Susan Elliott, Peg Thomsen, Sandy Lipscomb; From Massachusetts:  Bonnie Salt, Sheila Hughes, Fran Fink; From Rhode Island:  Jane Larkin, Lois Gardner, Paula Korich, Yvette Drurey; From Australia:  Hong Chang; From New York: Joanne Wortman; From Pennsylvania: Jean Unger, Sharon Gower; From Vermont:  Judith Nuno

Quilts from the Midwest and beyond for Ukraine Refugee Children

Here are more stunning photos of quilts sent to refugee children from Ukraine. We especially love that many of you dug into your stash for yellows and blues to honor the Ukraine flag! Most of these quilts were made by members of Sunshine Online Quilt Guild, an online guild which supports QBB with generous donations throughout each year. Sunshine members responded quickly when they received the call for quilts for Ukraine. The quilts were sent with hopes for comfort and peace.

You can click on each photo to see it larger and to see the maker’s names.

QBB Partner Spotlight – Jeremiah’s Hope – Quilts for Ukraine

Jeremiah’s Hope was established in 2003 as a Ukrainian Charitable Fund in Donetsk, Ukraine, and has run as a nonprofit organization since 2005. One of the original co-founders still runs the organization along with his wife. Andrew and Jenny Kelly lived in Ukraine along with their children until right before the war began when they returned to the US. They still lead the ministry team that includes a 12 multi-national member team of Ukrainians and Americans.

Jeremiah’s Hope provides healing and practical help to orphans, at-risk youth, and vulnerable people of Ukraine. This ministry has always helped with village outreach, rescue shelters, educational camps, transitional living centers and so much more. Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Jeremiah’s Hope worked tirelessly to evacuate the children and staff living in their centers to a safer place in Croatia. They are continuing to help orphans, refugees, and their staff adjust to their new cities and countries and a new way of life. Jeremiah’s Hope is providing funds, supplies, hygiene packs, food, quilts, and other necessities to those still in Ukraine and refugees that have fled to nearby countries. You can learn more about Jeremiah’s Hope at jeremiahshope.org

Some of the first quilts donated to Jeremiah’s Hope went to the children that had lived in their rescue shelter and were evacuated to Croatia. Jeremiah’s Hope shared that “every kid in our Rescue Shelter got a new quilt this week when they arrived in Zagreb! THANK YOU QBB for helping make our new house feel more like HOME!” Here are some pictures of some of the rescue center kids (note that we partially obscured their faces to protect their privacy) with their quilts that you so beautifully made and generously donated.

If you want to send quilts for this or the many other initiatives that Quilts Beyond Borders supports, please email us at QuiltsBeyondBorders@gmail.com.

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