Quilt Deliveries in Haiti — Last month, and Christmas 2014

July 22, 2015

Today on our blog we’re featuring two quilt deliveries that took place in Haiti. These were delivered by Jennifer Spills-Davis, a friend of one of our Regional Coordinators in Texas, Nancy Alderman.

Let’s start with pictures of the most recent deliveries, which took place last month.  The quilts were delivered to children at two small orphanages, Joel Eugene’s Orphanage and Orphanage Jesus’ Name.  The children at both orphanages were obviously very pleased to receive these beautiful quilts.  Please hover your cursor over the pictures to see which pictures came from which orphanage.


 Joel Eugenes Orphanage - June 2015 Joel Eugenes Orphanage2- June 2015 Orphanage Jesus Name 2 Orphanage Jesus Name 1   Christmas in Haiti

The earlier delivery was done at Christmas time, 2014.   Before I show the pictures, I’d like to share what Jen wrote about her efforts and experience in Haiti:

In the summer of 2012, The Spills-Davis family took our first trip to Haiti and immediately fell in love with the children.  Each time we return, we fall deeper and deeper in love and have developed friendships and partnerships with those in Haiti that are dedicated to improving the lives of these children, by providing shelter, food, education and a CHRIST centered home for these children.  Foyer Jardin de L’avenir School and Orphanage is a Ministry started by the Guillaume family, a Haitian husband and wife team with 5 children of their own, who have taken in 16 additional children near Bon Repos, Haiti.  The Guillaume’s provide basic shelter for these children, but need DAILY help with food, water, clothing, education expenses, medical care and other basic needs. My family has made a commitment to love, pray for and help support these children.  We call them our “Sweet Sixteen”.

The Spills-Davis family lives in Austin, Texas and have visited Haiti several times to share our love and our lives with the children.  Jennifer is a Registered Nurse and provides medical care when in Haiti.  Derrek loves to tackle construction projects and spending quality time with the children at the orphanages.  Bella is a high school student with a heart for Mission work and the children in Haiti.  Together, we share the fruits of the spirit with the children in Haiti.  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Gal 5:22

In 2014, we were able to provide the following support to the orphanage:

  • Mattresses for each child in our “Bed for Every Head” project
  • Twin sheet sets for each bed
  • School supplies and books for the 16 children
  • Worked with Soles4Souls and passed out shoes to each child in July​
  • Health care screenings and medical care in July and December
  • Painted the girls dorm room and three classrooms at the school (Bella painted bible verses and art on the walls, too)
  • Shelving and storage bins for the children’s belongings
  • Curtains for the girls dorm
  • Clothing, socks, underwear for each child
  • Hygiene supplies including tooth brushes, combs, hair accessories, lotions, soaps
  • School shoes for each child in the fall
  • Christmas gifts for the children on Christmas Day

When my friend Nancy Alderman heard about our ministry, she shared our story with Quilts Beyond Borders.  We were thrilled to deliver and personally give a handmade quilt to each child at the orphanage on Christmas Day!  The children were so happy to have a special quilt of their own.  This was the first year these children had ever received Christmas gifts.  They were full of excitement and wonder as they opened the gifts we brought with us.  Our hearts were so full of love and joy on Christmas Day, knowing that we were able to share the true meaning of Christmas with these children as well as our own children, as they gave the children gifts instead of receiving wrapped gifts under a tree this year.  The gift we got in return this year was JOY, PEACE and LOVE.

Thank you QBB for being a part of our CHRISTmas in Haiti this year.

For more info about the Foyer Jardin de L’avenir School and Orphanage and the work that the Spills-Davis family has done there, go to this link:  http://love4haiti.wix.com/love4haiti

Here are the pictures of the children with their quilts — Enjoy!

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Great thanks to Jen for delivering all of these quilts to the children, and to Nancy for bringing this opportunity to us!  And great thanks to all the wonderful quilters who made these quilts and put those smiles on the faces of those beautiful children!



A special group

July 17, 2015

Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting with the Quilters of Ankora Village in Lynnwood WA. This group has supported QBB with quilts for the past three years. But this year, a delightful record – 30 quilts and 9 tops – colorful, kid prints, interesting and familiar designs – just an eyeful of terrific quilts. This group of ladies, about 20, have parlayed a large quilting/ meeting room in their community. They enjoy time together and quilting together and hope for a Sweet 16 long arm in the future.

The Ankora community has attracted mainly Christians and many have served not only in their churches but also on the mission field around the world. So they truly understand refugees in Syria and our effort to reach out to orphans around the world. We enjoyed time looking at the quilts and an inspiring “blessing of the quilts”, headed to trauma centers in Jordan. I am in the corner behind the quilts, waiting to tell the news of the trauma centers.

Beautiful quilts, beautiful people and a beautiful day for me!


Karen V.

Beautiful Quilts from Helen, Joann, Barbara and Sue

July 10, 2015

Today we’re featuring some pictures of wonderful quilts we received in May from four talented quilters, Helen Baczynski, Joann Sagar, Barbara Hofmann and Sue Joos.  Hover your cursor over the thumbnail picture to see the names of the quilter and piecer, and click on it to see a larger view.

Barbara Hofmann in Wisconsin is the longarmer who completed this quilt for us. The top was made for us by a piecer who picked up one of our kits at the IQF in Houston, but unfortunately the name of the piecer was somehow separated from the quilt along the way, so if you recognize the top, please let me know so I can properly attribute it.  I really enjoy the progression of colors as your eye travels from the top left to the bottom right of the quilt!

Barbara H

Helen Baczynski brought these beautiful quilts to me when we both attended the Machine Quilting Show in Cedar Rapids in May.  Helen is an award-winning quilter who teaches IntelliQuilter classes, and somehow finds time to make beautiful quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders and other charities!   They’re all beautifully pieced and quilted, and all different.  Enjoy!

Helen B - 1 Helen B - 2 Helen B - 3

Helen B - 4 Helen B - 5 Helen B - 6

Helen B - 7 Helen B - 8 Helen B - 9

Helen B - 10 Helen B - 11

The next 6 quilts were all sent to me by Joann Sagar of Nebraska.  Joann is a member of the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild, which has sent us many beautiful quilts over the last few years — and always rallied to the cause whenever we had last minute requests we didn’t think we’d be able to fulfill!   Joann made the strip-pieced quilts, and the green quilt with the rail-fence blocks was made by her friend M. McSpadden, specifically in the colors of the Syrian flag to be given to a Syrian refugee child.  These quilts will all be going to Jordan for Syrian refugee children, and I know they will love them all!

Joann S - 3 Joann s - 4 Joann S - 5

Joanne S - 1 Jooann S - 2 M. McSpadden

The last four quilts were longarmed by Sue Joos of Wisconsin.  The “New York-New York” top was pieced by “frequent-piecer” Donna Sciandra who has made over 300 (300!!) tops and quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders since she started working with us.  The second quilt top was made by Jill of St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Northfield, IL.  The last two quilt tops were made by Quilting for Christ, First Baptist Church of Hurst, Texas.  It’s always so much fun to open a box of quilts like this, because they’re all so different!

 Sue J - Donna S Sue J - Jill Sue J - Qtg for Christ - 1Sue J - Qltg for Christ  2

Ladies, thank you all for these beautiful quilts!  Some of them have already gone to Jordan, others will be headed that way shortly, and a couple will be kept for other initiatives coming up later in the year.  They are all wonderful, and we appreciate them so much!  I know, wherever they go, the children who receive them  will cherish them!



Note:  This post has been edited to correct the attribution of a couple of the quilts.  Also, to correctly describe the number of quilts and tops Donna Sciandra has made for Quilts Beyond Borders –over 300!  The woman is a machine!  Donna, you rock!!

The next group for Syrian children in Jordan

July 5, 2015

We are preparing another shipment of quilts that will go to the school in Jordan for the next group of children who are enrolled in the school that is designed for those suffering from PTSD. If you missed the original story about this wonderful effort, you can read about it


These quilts were made by Karen Cook, Linda R, Lana D., Sharon T., K.D. Cranford, R. Grove, Debbie D., Angela T., R., Grove, Janice Cunningham, Peggy H., and Linda Roush. Thank you to all of you that worked to make these beautiful gifts. The children that receive these pretty quilts will be wrapped in your love as they begin to heal their shattered lives.   This will be an on-going effort for us through November.

As a Regional Coordinator, I am lucky enough to receive boxes of completed quilts from longarmers and quilters from all over the country.  It’s almost like getting a Christmas gift that you don’t expect–I never know what is in the box!  When I open each box, I absolutely love seeing how the vision of a quilter has turned ordinary fabrics into a new work of art.   It is a long tradition of quilting to take various pieces of fabric to create something that is needed and these women did a wonderful job of keeping that tradition alive.  These works of art will comfort each child while they attend school and then it will keep them warm when they take the quilt home.

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With a grateful heart,


And the quilts keep coming and going!

June 30, 2015

I received these little darlings throughout the month of June (where has the time gone? Before you know it, it’ll be October and time for IQF again and another Fat Quarter Challenge!!):

Cheryl Fitzgerald, Claudia Swee Meridy Pyer, Laura Savage Quilting for Christ, Judy Cabot Donna Sciandra, Judy Cabot Pat Ferguson

We’d like to thank Claudia Swee, Cheryl Fitzgerald, Donna Sciandra, Judy Cabot’s longarm skills, the Quilting for Christ Ministry, Meridy Pyer and Laura Savage for the little lovelies.  They’ll be going on their way to bring joy and comfort to children all over the world as I will soon be sending a shipment to the Salaam Cultural Museum.  If you go through the archives, it will warm your heart to see these dear, sweet children hugging their very own quilts close. It helps me stay motivated, I’ll tell ya that! :)

The winner of this month’s drawing for that $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop is Charlotte Kieliszek, whose quilt was featured in last month’s blog post. Congratulations, Charlotte! It will be on it’s way to your inbox shortly.

Thank you again to all of you for your generous donations. Quilters are the most generous and compassionate group of people anywhere and it’s a privilege to work with you!



Fat Quarter Challenge for May

June 1, 2015

Hello everyone!  It has been so wonderful to go to the mailbox and see all the wonderful quilts you have sent. With close to 700 quilts still needed before November, these completed quilts are a godsend for us as they enable us to quickly send them on to various initiatives.  This month I received two FQC quilts, one from Charlotte Kieliszek and also Erin O’Neal pictured below:

Charlotte Kieliszek, Erin O'Neal

For those of you who haven’t sent them in yet, there’s still time PLUS you’ll be entered to win in the monthly drawing EVERY MONTH after it’s received. The winner of this month’s drawing is Edith Shanholt! Edith, if you could please email us, we’ll get the gift certificate on it’s way.

I’ve also received these beauties:

Maria Hamilton, Brenda Lou Scott, Sandi Watters, Sandia Quilters Carolyn Sower, Maria Hamilton, Della Burwell, Sandi Watters, Deb Jackson Debi Jackson Debi Jackson, Mary Kolpack, Maria Hamilton, Della Burwell, Sandi Watters Donna Sciandra, Della Burwell, Maria Hamilton, Brenda Scott, Sandi Watters Maria Hamilton, Della Burwell, Sandi Watters

Let’s give a shout out to the following piecers and quilters:

Maria Hamilton, Brenda Lou Scott, Della Burwell, Sandia Quilters of Albuquerque, NM, Carolyn Sowers, Debi Jackson, Mary Kolpack and Donna Sciandra.  They have really been busy lately and I know these will bring love and comfort to the children.

Again, thanks to all of you! The need is so great. What a special gift you all have and you’re so willing to give so freely. I know the children cherish their quilts and I hope you can feel their joy by looking at their happy faces.



A Quilt from the Bear Creek School in Redmond, WA

May 27, 2015

This is really an “orphan” quilt. It was made by a third grade class for a school auction . For whatever reason, it never got to auction. As this is my grandson’s school, someone remembered my volunteerism with QBB so it was gifted to us. I was thrilled that anyone even remembered my work and thrilled to receive such a colorful, unique quilt. I guess it speaks volumes to telling everyone you meet about our organization. I added a lot of quilting but other than that it’s just perfect. Thank you to the Bear Creek School in Redmond, WA. I’m hoping they’ll do it again, so fun being from kid to kid.

Bear Creek Elementary

Regards, Karen V

Quilts from St. James the Less, NILAG, Jolene, Marci and Jeanne AND Deliveries to Gaza and Jordan

May 23, 2015

April was a great month for Quilts Beyond Borders.  We received lots of beautiful tops and quilts from a lot of wonderful quilters and piecers.  The ones I’d like to feature in this post are the ones I received here in Illinois from the quilters of St. James the Less in Northfield, IL and the Northern Illinois Long Arm Guild (NILAG), as well as some quilts I received in April from Jolene McClellan and earlier in the year from Jeanne Ayers and Marci Lane.

St. James the Less    First, here are the beautiful tops I received from my friend, Sue Babbs, of St. James the Less.  Sue’s group has been contributing to Quilts Beyond Borders for many years, and the quilt tops they provide are always beautiful, well made, and kitted up with backing and binding to make it easy for us to quickly pass them along to longarmers to finish up and speed them along the way to needy children and orphans.  Here is a picture of Sue the day she delivered the tops to me, and pictures of all the tops I received that day.  These cute tops were made by Jill, Betsy, Linda, Diane, Meredith, Sarah and Sue.   For a closer look at any picture, click on the thumbnail.  To see who made it, hover over it with your cursor and the name will appear in the lower left corner of the screen.

Sue Babbs 2015 03 02 Betsy(2) 2015 03 14 Diane (2) 2015 03 14 Jill (1) 2015 03 14 Jill (2) 2015 03 14 Jill (3) 2015 03 14 Jill (4) 2015 03 14 Jill (5) 2015 03 15 Betsy 2015 03 15 Linda 2015 03 15 Meredith 2015 03 15 Sarah 2015 03 16 Linda 2015 03 20 Linda 2015 03 31 Sue

Northern Illinois Longarm Group    The following pictures are quilts I received from NILAG.   This is the longarm guild to which I belong — a great group of quilters who meet every other month.  For info about this guild, here’s the URL to their blog:  http://illinoislongarmguild.blogspot.com/

These wonderful quilts were quilted by:

  • Sharon Gaber (top by Meredith, of St. James the Less)
  • Sandra Smith (tops by Sandra Smith and Carmen Zapata)
  • Anonymous NILAG  (3 quilts, including one from a top by Jill of St. James the Less)

As above, click on the photo for a closer look, and hover over to see the names of the quilter and piecer.

Nilag 1 Nilag 2 Nilag 3 Sandra Smith 1 Sandra Smith 2 Sharon & Meredith

Jolene McClellan    Jolene is a longarmer in Wisconsin.  She sent these four beautiful quilts which were made from tops by Teri Goade, Bobbi and Jackie Nickols, Judy Wood and Tracey Murphy.

Jolene McClellan & Teri GoadeJolene McClellan & Bobbi & Jackie Nichols Jolene McClellan & JudyWood  Jolene McClellan & Tracey Murphy

Marci Lane  Marci, a quilter from Texas, pieced and quilted the two cute quilts shown below and dropped them off to us at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last year.  There was a third one as well, but I’m afraid I sent it on to be delivered to a needy child before I had a chance to photograph it!  Hopefully we’ll see a picture of it wrapped around a child when it’s delivered.

Marci Lane 1 Marci Lane 2

Jeanne Ayers   Jeanne Ayers, of Florida, has been quilting for Quilts Beyond Borders for many years now, and always makes adorable quilts for us.  These two are no exception!

Jeanne Ayers 1 Jeanne Ayers 2

Thanks to all the wonderful quilters who made all of these beautiful quilts!  I know the children who receive them will cherish them!  Many of them have already been boxed up and sent to the State of Washington where they were delivered to the Salaam Cultural Museum which is taking them as part of a humanitarian mission to Jordan for refugees from the Syrian war and to Gaza for children in a Cerebral Palsy hospital.  For more information about this mission and for some pictures, keep reading!

Deliveries to Jordan and Gaza

I received a note from one of our Board members, Karen Vander Stoep, summarizing a meeting she had with Rita Zawaidah, the Director of the Salaam Cultural Museum who is leading the effort to get humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan.  Here is that note:

Quilts for children in trauma centers, Jordan and Syria
We are in full swing on this initiative with a target of 480 quilts by November.  Such a hefty undertaking, but nevertheless we are moving along.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Rita Zawaideh today.  She’s the one woman icon who is leading the effort to establish trauma centers for refugee children.  One is operating right now in Aman, serving 40 children per day; 3 evenings per week – adult women are treated for trauma and 2 times per month, families are treated.  The full time staff includes 4 social workers, a psychiatrist and a psychologist.

We call it the trauma center, but its name is the Malki Center, named after the wife of a volunteer Dr. She gave $60,000 to erect the building. The Malki Center will be expanded with another site in Jordan; funds have been donated to build that building.

Our quilts are also to be received by what I call “the lost children of Syria Idlib.” 35 children, ages 6-15, living in a cave in Syria. They have no family, no papers so they cannot get out. Rita’s group provides clothing, food, needed aid and walks to the outside when it is safe. I can assure you she is always looking for a way to get them out.

It is such a privilege to know Rita and the endless contributions she makes to the refugee effort. I mentioned that I have often told people, she walks really close to God. She started crying and I wasn’t sure I would get her back. She said, “Sometimes I am quite emotional about what I do.” Well, no wonder.

So to you all, your investment in quilts for refugee children is so much appreciated. I had mentioned they would go on the next container. She says oh no, they go in our baggage, they’re special quilts.

Thanks again for all you do!

Below are pictures of quilts delivered to children in the Trauma Center in Jordan:

TC - Jordan 5

TC - Jordan 1 TC - Jordan 2 TC - Jordan 3

TC - Jordan 4  TC - Jordan 6

You can see that it’s always important for the children to have their names written on the labels that are on the backs of the quilts.   So many of the children who receive our quilts have left their homes with only the clothes on their backs and what they can carry in their hands, so they really treasure receiving a quilt of their very own.

The following pictures were taken in a Cerebral Palsy school in Gaza.  Salaam Cultural Museum worked with the Physicians for Social Responsibility to get the quilts delivered to the children there.

Gaza 2

Gaza 1 Gaza 4 Gaza 3

We have delivered more than 180 quilts to Salaam Cultural Museum since March, and anticipate delivering another 300 before November.  Great thanks to the quilters who created the quilts in the pictures above, and all the quilters and volunteers who have helped us and continue to help us with these efforts!

Best regards,



April Quilts

May 4, 2015

What a wonderful month April was.  Many quilts were sent on their way to Jordan to help the refugees feel loved and special and to provide comfort as well as warmth for them. So many quilters have sent me quilts this month and soon they’ll be on their way to Jordan as well. How about these beauties…

Donna Sciandra, Quilting for Christ, Edie Hubenak FQC Joyce Goldberg FQC, Carolyn Sower, Judy Cabot, Kathy Elston, Peggy Aront

Special thanks to Donna Sciandra, Quilts for Christ, Edie Hubenak, Joyce Goldberg, Carolyn Sower, Judy Cabot, Kathy Elston and Peggy Aront for these happy, happy quilts.

Pattilou with the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild has been super busy lately.  She took her lotto block winnings, string blocks and panels and sent me all 12 of these lovelies…

Pat F, Sunshine April 1 Pat F, Sunshine April 2 Pat F, Sunshine April 3 Pat F, Sunshine April 4

Such diversity! Such creativity! Sunshine in a box! Thank you, Pattilou!

Our winner for April for the $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop is Rebecca Timm!  This is a repeat win for her, lucky girl! Remember, you’re entered every month in the drawing for the gift certificate, not just the month I receive your quilt so be sure to finish up your Fat Quarter Challenge Quilt soon for more chances to win!



FQC and More!

April 2, 2015

It’s been a fun month watching the quilts come in. It’s been a typical March with blustery winds so the quilts really look like they’re going to fly to their destinations right off the clothesline. Today we have Fat Quarter Challenge quilts as well as quilts just being sent because we have our initiatives going on. It’s always a pleasure to see a box in the mail! So without further ado, the quilts…

Della B:Sandi W  Martha Klatt, Edith Shanholt, Maria O Rodriguez  Carolyn Sower & Judy Cabot  Carolyn Sower, Della Burwell, Judy Cabot  FQC March except 1st one, Karen Kehoe, Diane Hamm, Sue Hudak


We would like to give a shout out to Della Burwell, Martha Klatt, Edith Sandholt, Maria O Rodriguez, Carolyn Sower and Longarmer extraordinaire Judy Cabot, Karen Kehoe, Diana Hamm and Sue Hudak. Judy typically asks me to send her 5 quilt kits a month and she gets them quilted and bound and back to me in a quick fashion! It’s always so much fun to see what she does with them. I’ve had the pleasure recently of being able to also quilt some tops up and Della always does my binding for me. It’s all about teamwork, isn’t it? :)

Well, the winner of the $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop is…Sue Hudak!! Congratulations, Sue! It will be on its way to you tomorrow.  Do all of you know that the Fat Quarter Shop also features free patterns? They’re always quick and easy and turn out really cute. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out the free pattern section at the Fat Quarter Shop. You’ll be glad you did!

That’s all for now! Until next time,





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