Quilts for Mary’s Place, Seattle, WA

November 16, 2016

Recently we provided 200 quilts to Mary’s Place, a shelter for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations.  We just recently received this request and through the generosity of our volunteers, we provided them the quilts in a matter of a few weeks.  One of our former officers and Regional Coordinator, Karen Vander Stoep, coordinated the project.  Here is what she had to say:  “Thank you seems small compared to the reality of 200 absolutely gorgeous quilts. They really are stunning. I can imagine the delight these will bring to the kids. The combined efforts of my favorite quilting friends at Trilogy Quilters in Redmond and Quilts Beyond Borders nation wide, is truly astounding. Thank you from my heart and soul.”  This is a picture of Karen with some of the quilts below.


Some quilts sent from our Northeast Regional Coordinator Karen Matheson and her volunteers. (Sorry about the first picture not rotating.)  From Karen:

Quilts sent with love and warmth seemed like a good thing for us to do.  Left to right pictures, left to right quilts….and why that first picture is vertical I don’t know and I can’t seem to turn…Thank you all for your dedication and excellent work!!   Karen Matheson

Picture #1: three quilts by Sheila Hughes.
Picture #2: three more by Sheila Hughes
Picture #3: Made by Susan Elliott;  Pieced by Marsha Johnson, quilted by Terri Desmond; Pieced by Mary Wilkes, quilted by Terri Desmond.
Picture #4: Made by Pat Wildman, designed by Marki Ware; two pieced by Kelly Chladil, quilted by Terri Desmond.
Picture #5: Made by Sandy Morawski; Pieced by Marsha Johnson, quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek; Pieced by  Hong Chang, quilted by Deb Jacoby.
Picture #6: Two pieced by Marsha Johnson, middle one pieced by Quilting for Christ Ministry; all three quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek.
Picture #7: Pieced by Sherry, quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek; Pieced by Hong Chang, quilted by Barbra Buckley; Made by Donna Dellacamera.
Picture #8: Pieced by Quilting for Christ Ministry, quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek; Made by Sheila Hughes.
Picture #9: Pieced by Kit Gibby, quilted by Terri Desmond; Made by Nancy Moore for “Fat Quarter Challenge.”

The following quilts are from the Northwest group of Regional Coordinator, Susan Schmidt.  Here are a few words from Susan:

The quilts below will help keep the children warm during the cold Northwest winter and their bright colors are sure to bring joy to the children. Thank you to all the piecers and quilters for the lovely quilts. Quilts both pieced and quilted were made by Catherine Eith, Belinda Moore, Mary Barnett, Helen Zielke, Margie Adelman, Bev Hoskanson, Judy Salinas, Virginia Wilcox, Ellen Janes, Elyce Wiensz, Nancy Beckham, Kay McKinnon, Annette Jung, and Cindy Huddleston.

Piecers are Ocean Shore Quilters, Leona Ross, Barb & Becky, Marci Roberts, Joan Callaghan, Nanny K, Carol Jean Hubbard, Donna Sciandra, Christina Brugman, Ann Drake, Jill Dailey., Susan Schmidt, June Berry, and Castle Rock Quilters. Quilting was done by Laural Hertel, Barbara Karlsten, Becky Goldner, Mary Lou Fredrickson, Mary O’Mara, Jolene McClellan, Penny Evers, Annie O’Brien, Beth Miller, Delleen Kompkoff, Gerrie Thompson, Kayleen Davis, Kim Walsh, and Catherine Eith. You can click on the pictures to see who made each quilt.

Susan Schmidt  Northwest Regional Coordinator

Wow, that’s a lot of wonderful quilts!  Thanks so much to everyone.

Tina, Regional Coordinator












Quilter’s Spotlight: Mary Fons

October 22, 2016

I’m sure many of you are most familiar with Mary Fons from her work with her mother, Marianne Fons on Love of Quilting.  Mary has also made contributions to Quilts Beyond Borders, recently sending a quilt along with us to Ethiopia for a child there, and also creating a lovely quilt for us to sell in our booth at the IQF in Houston.

We asked Mary to send us her picture, and a picture of a favorite quilt.  Here they are!

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Hometown & State:  Winterset, IA
Years Quilting:  8
Favorite Quilting Style:  Contemporary
Quilt Guild or Group:  Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
Your Website or Blog:  MaryFons.com — click on “PaperGirl” tab or just go to blog.maryfons.com

Why do you volunteer with Quilts Beyond Borders?    When I learned of QBB, I just knew I had to donate a quilt (or two!) I have made quilts for Quilts of Valor here in the U.S., and that is a charity important to me and my mother, too. But we live in a global village and after reading of the work of QBB, I felt a tug on my heart and knew I’d have to contribute.

How did you learn about Quilts Beyond Borders?    I learned of QBB at Quilt Market, didn’t I, Susan?? Now I forget!   (Note from Susan:  “I met her at a quilt show in Puyallup Washington and talked with her about QBB.”)

How did you learn to quilt?   My mother is an accomplished quilter and quite famous in the quilt industry, but I actually learned mostly on my own. Quilt-making was my mother’s work, not a hobby, so my sisters and I didn’t really see making quilts as something we wanted to do! We did many other creative projects, instead. But when I was 28, I woke up with the desire to make a quilt, so I just started doing it. You could say it runs in the family.

Where do you get quilting inspiration?   Antique quilts knock me out. I use antique quilt blocks as inspiration. I find a block I love, play around with it in this or that fabric and setting, then design my quilt from there. I like modern quilts and art quilts, but I make contemporary quilts in that I use traditional blocks and designs but employ updated fabrics and put my own spin on things.

What’s your favorite quilting tip or technique?   Here’s how to wash a quilt:

  • Go to the laundromat so you can use the big, front-loader washing machine. The agitation is better in those machines than on a spindle machine at home.
  • Take your quilt, enough quarters, a soft detergent like Dreft or Orvus paste, and an old towel to the laundromat.
  • Put your quarters in. Put your detergent in. Put your quilt in. Fold that old towel several times and lay it at the base of the machine.
  • Push “start.”
  • Get down on your knees on that old towel and pray, pray, pray the entire time your quilt is in the washing machine that nothing bad happens.😉

What else should we know about you?   All people who are creative and make things are valuable. But quilters are extraordinary makers.

We spend time, money, and tears, sometimes, on our creations and most of the time, we give what we make away. Quilts are expressions of love. They are functional art. Paintings are great, but you can’t take a nap under a painting. Most sculptures aren’t soft — and they usually come with a “do not touch” sign even if they are.

But quilts are to be used, touched, loved, washed, and worn out. I always tell someone who gets a quilt from me, “Do not put this in the closet for safekeeping! Use it. Wash it. Love it. Spill stuff on it. If you wear it out, don’t worry: I’ll make you another one.”


This is the pretty quilt that Mary has made for us to sell at the International Quilt Festival in Houston the first week of November.  We have no paid staff, so all proceeds from our sales go toward getting more quilts to more needy children and orphans.   Stop by and see this lovely quilt at our booth in the 1700 aisle at the show.



We Look Forward to Seeing You at Our Booth at the IQF in Houston!

October 14, 2016

With less than a month to go, we’re getting excited about our booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. We’ve got about 300 kits for making tops to give out to people who are interested in making quilts for us to give to needy children and orphans in countries all around the world, and we’re doing the Fat Quarter Challenge once again. Ann and I have also recently returned from Ethiopia, and we’ve brought some wonderful Ethiopian jewelry, scarves, baskets, carvings and other items that you might be interested in adding to your collections.  Here are a few of the things that you’ll see in the booth:

We’ve also received some wonderful quilts from quilters who have donated them to be sold for raising fund to help us get more quilts to more children. When we sell a single quilt at the IQF we normally bring in enough cash to:
• pay excess baggage fees to get 50 quilts to orphans in Ethiopia; OR
• pay for backing and binding for 15 quilts; OR
• pay for postage to get 50 quilt tops to longarmers so they can be finished.

Fundraisers are a crucial link in the QBB chain. If for some bizarre reason these quilts, that you have given permission for us to sell, do not sell,  we will be sure they arrive in the arms of one of the children.
Check out these beauties headed for Houston and the International Quilt Festival!  Hover your cursor over the photo to find out which quilts were made by which quilters, and click on the thumbnails for a closer look.
  • Turtles, pieced by Marsha Johnson from Florida, quilted by Terri Desmond from Massachusetts; Sisters Star made by Charlotte Kieliszek (this is one of two of the same pattern going to Houston). Charlotte now lives on Long Island. She is from Texas;
  • Two quilts, Kaffe Fassett prints and batiks made by Phyllis Wiebe, who lives in Canada;
  • Herringbone: one by Phyllis Wiebe.  One pieced by Hong Chang from Australia, quilted by Sandy Morawski from Florida;
  • Pink and green by Sandy Morawski. Radio Flyer intricate appliqué by Mary Gibbons from Wisconsin;
  • Pink and green by Sandy Morawski. Pinwheels by Donna Dellacamera from Connecticut;
  • Giraffes, by Eleanor MacMillan of Ontario, Canada;
  • Two quilts by Helen Baczynski of Springfield, South Dakota.
Please make sure to stop by our booth in the 1700 aisle of the International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to see what you might like to take home with you!
AND, because we can’t stop showing you beautiful quilts, let us take this opportunity to show you a number of other beautiful quilts that we’ve received over the last couple of months.  Most of these quilts have been sent to Salaam Cultural Museum for their humanitarian efforts with Syrian Refugees in Greece and Jordan,  or they will be shortly on their way to Mary’s Place, a charity that provides shelter to homeless women and their children in the Seattle area.  The names of the quilters and piecers are in the filename of each photo, but to make sure we give credit to all, these quilts have come from the following:
  • Northern Illinois Longarm Guild members Judith White, Sally Schlatter, Marilyn Miller, Carol Paxton, Nancy Sturgeon (and her friend and binder-buddy Bev!), and Debby Connor;
  • St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Northfield, Illinois quilters Jill, Linda, Anita, Betsy and Diane;
  • Suzanne Lammi;
  • Merridy Pyer (Fat Quarter Challenge Participant);
  • Krustun Knell;
  • Carol Fairbanks;
  • Ruth Blakely;
  • Barbara Buckley;
  • J. Larson.

Please hover your cursor over the photos to determine which of these beautiful quilts were created by which of these talented quilters, and click on them for a close-up.  These quilts are just beautiful, and will be so appreciated by the children who receive them!

Thank you, thank you. Again and again.

Karen & Carla

Final FQC Winners

October 7, 2016

Well, it’s that time of year again, and as we prepare for our booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, we close out our Fat Quarter Challenge from the prior year.  We had two drawings the last day of September, one for the monthly drawing award, and one for our Grand Prize.

The winning entry for September’s drawing and a gift certificate for $25 at the Fat Quarter Shop is Nancy Moore of Loveland, Ohio.  Congratulations Nancy!  Enjoy shopping at the Fat Quarter Shop, on line.   Here’s a picture of Nancy’s lovely Fat Quarter Challenge Quilt:


The winner of our Grand Prize, a check for $100, is Nancy Eisenmenger of Houston, Texas.  Congratulations, Nancy!   A picture of Nancy’s wonderful Fat Quarter Quilt follows:


Clearly it must have been a great month to be a Nancy!  I know that the children who receive these beautiful quilts will love them!  They’re both delightful!

We received many other quilts in September.  Here are 9 from Lori Roelse, the last of which we will be selling in our booth in Houston.  When we sell a quilt in our booth we make money to pay for luggage fees to get quilts to children in Ethiopia, postage fees to get tops to longarmers, and for supplies such as backing fabric to finish quilts.  We have no paid staff, so all of our fundraising goes to getting more quilts to children, and we greatly appreciate it when talented quilters like Lori give us permission to sell a quilt they have donated to us!  Thanks, Lori!

The next group of quilts was given to me by the Northern Illinois Longarm Guild at the August meeting.  Contributors include quilters Carol Paxton, Anne Sinclair, Cindy Krelle, Marilyn Miller, Nancy Mueller Nancy Sturgeon, and Bev P.  Some of the quilt tops were created by Suzanne Lammi, and Sue and Anita from Saint James the Less Episcopal Church in Northfield, IL.   Hover your cursor over the image to see who the quiltmakers were, and click on it to get a larger view of the quilt.

The last group of quilts came from a variety of people across the US.  Contributors include:

  • Linda Mullins-Spirio
  • Linda Roush
  • Donna Crook-Jones
  • Annabelle Kimball
  • Ada and Betty of the Helping Hands Ministry
  • Rose Herring
  • Jeanne Ayers (Note the one with the pink flowers, which will also be sold at the International Quilt Festival in Houston as a fundraiser.  Thank you, Jeanne!)
  • Marci R

Great thanks to all of the talented quilters who created all these beautiful quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders to provide to needy children and orphans around the world.  The children who receive these will love them for their warmth and beauty!    And congratulations to Nancy Moore and Nancy Eisenmenger for being our final 2015 International Quilt Festival Fat Quarter Challenge winners!  We hope we’ll see you at the show in Houston next month, and that you’ll participate again!





Jeremiah’s Letter, Inc. Quilts

September 20, 2016

Jeremiah’s Letter, Inc. shares services and goods with its guests in the inner city of Dayton Ohio, including household goods such as quilts and kitchenware, clothing, two hot meals a week, and assistance in obtaining certified copies of birth certificates. Many of the individuals who are helped are children who live in very challenging environments.  For those on Facebook, here is their FB page Jeremiah’s Letter.  The first photo below is Pastor Terry Bruns, Executive Director, Jeremiah’s Letter, Inc. receiving some of these beautiful quilts.

Pastor Terry Bruns

The photo legend for the quilters and piecers is below. (photos from left to right)

Photo #1: Three quilts pieced by Marsha Johnson, quilted by Terri Desmond

Photo #2: Pieced by Marsha Johnson, quilted by Terri Desmond

Pieced by  Marsha Johnson, quilted by Linda Dranchak

Quilt by Linda Dranchak

Photo # 3: Pieced by Donna Sciandra, quilted by Frances Fink

Pieced by Sherry, quilted by Frances Fink

Pieced by Theola Breaux, quilted by Barbra Buckley

Photo #4: Quilt by Donna Motyl

Pieced by Hong Chang, quilted by Terri Desmond

Pieced by Church of Christ, Whitewater, TX; quilted by Karen Matheson

Photo #5: Quilt by Pat Wildman

Quilt by Charlotte Kieliszek

Pieced by Kelly Chladil, quilted by Tracy McKearney

Photo #6: Quilt by Prayers and Squares, Simsbury, CT

Quilt by Cindy Hatfield

Photo #7: Three quilts by Sheila Hughes

Karen Matheson, North East Regional Coordinator

More Quilts for Syrian Refugees

September 16, 2016

My favorite part of this Regional Coordinator thing is when I get to show you whose quilts are going where. Together we (the Northeast Region team of QBB) have sent out 105 quilts and 48 packaged kits since January 2016. OUTSTANDING! Awesome! And yay us!! This latest group is going to the Syrian Refugees. It feels so good to be doing something for those poor people, doesn’t it. Earlier in August we sent 9 specifically for the babies. These larger quilts will go to the trauma centers where the older kids who are so damaged by war are being treated.  The need is great, as you know.

Photo legend, left to right:

Picture # 1: Both quilts pieced by Hong Chang in Australia; quilted by Pam deSautels, quilted by Jan Baker

Picture #2:  Made by Linda Dranchak; made by Susan Elliott

Picture #3:  Pieced by Hong Chang, quilted by Terri Desmond; pieced by Marsha Johnson, quilted by Tracy McKearney

Picture #4:  Made by Barbara Laddaga; pieced by Shirley tucker, quilted by Fran Fink

Picture #5:  Made by Leesa Plude; made by Pat Wildman

Picture #6:  Made by Liana Laddaga; made by Mary Hardy

Picture #7:  Made by Charlotte Kieliszek; pieced by Quilting For Christ in Hurst, Texas, quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek

Picture #8:  Made by Donna Killoran; made by Jan Baker

Picture #9:  Made by Karen Matheson from a kit designed by Marki Ware; pieced by Hong Chang, quilted by Deb Jacoby

Picture #10: Two quilts made by Josi Klein

As long as we have strength in our fingers, I hope you will continue to sew and I will facilitate getting your treasures to these people. I am humbled by the whole process.

Regards, Karen Matheson, North East Regional Coordinator

Quilts for Syrian Refugees

September 13, 2016

The Syrian Refugees will be warmer this winter with the beautiful quilts in the pictures below. A special thank you to all the piecers and quilters who gave of their time and talents to create and help others in need. The quilts will be delivered by the Salaam Cultural Museum.   A number of quilts were made and quilted by Ellen Janes, the Quirky Quilters, Brian Williams, Delleen Kompkoff and the Quilts for Christ Ministry. The piecers are Theola Breaux, Karen Okerstrom, Donna Sciandra, Karen of Arizona, Ardith Louderback, Pat Johnston, the Castle Rock Quilters, and Susan Schmidt. The quilting was done by Sherri Wallaert, Penny Evers, Lloyd Clemens, Laural Hertel, Robin Reilly, Tomme Fent, Becky Goldner, Pat (RFQ), Delleen Kompkoff, and Annie O’Brien. You can click on the picture to find out who made each quilt.

Susan Schmidt    Northwest Regional Coordinator

Baby Box Project

September 9, 2016

These 46 baby quilts below will be traveling by container ship to expectant Syrian Refugee mothers in September. They are a part of the Baby Box project through the Salaam Cultural Museum. Cardboard bassinet beds filled with baby supplies and a quilt will be given to new mothers. We are honored to be a part of this project so that newborns can be wrapped in a clean new quilt after delivery. Thank you to the many quilters across the country for helping us reach our goal of 300 baby quilts this year for this project.

Colorful quilts from the Northwest and Beyond are shown below. 24 quilts were made by Delleen Kompkoff, Catherine Rose, Doris Goins, Judy Warner, Castle Rock Quilters, Judy Salinas, Tonette Truillo, Bonnie Johnson, Becky Goldner, and Susan Schmidt. The remaining quilts were pieced by Theola Breaux, Karen Okerstrom, Donna Sciandra, Misty King, Kim Bennett, Liz Clark, Sharon Johnson, and Leona Ross. The quilting was done by Catherine Eith, Heidi Oliver, Delleen Kompkoff, Annie O’Brien, Susan Schmidt, Mary Craft, Marcy Martin, Becky Goldner, Tomme Fent, and Kayleen Davis.

You can click on the picture to see who made the quilts. Thank you again to our quilters for your time and talents to make these quilts that we know will bring a little more joy to mothers and warmth to a newborn. We could not have made our goal of 300 without you!!

Susan Schmidt      Northwest Regional Coordinator

Small Treasures

September 6, 2016

Everybody loves babies. Sure, it’s tough at 2 am when the responsibility is all yours and you haven’t slept for a week. But babies are life’s previous gift. When we learn that babies are born into horrifyingly difficult situations, like in the Syrian refugee camps,  we feel a great need to do what we can to make their little vulnerable lives a wee bit better. These baby-sized quilts, sent with love and warmth, are destined for the refugee camps through Salaam Cultural Museum.

The legend below details who made the quilts from left to right.

Picture # 1: Pieced by Whitewright, TX Church of Christ quilters,  quilted by Karen Matheson; Pieced by Hong Chang, quilted by Barbra Buckley; Pieced by Marsha Johnson, quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek

Picture #2: Two quilts pieced by Sheila Hughes, quilted by Pat Wildma; Two quilts made by Donna Sciandra

Picture #3: Two quilts made by Prayers and Squares, Simsbury United Methodist Church, CT

Karen Matheson, North East Regional Coordinator

Quilter’s Spotlight: Delleen Kompkoff

September 2, 2016

We are so excited to feature Delleen Kompkoff from Gresham, Oregon.  Delleen is a piecer and quilts on a domestic machine. She is a great supporter of QBB and willing to help any way she is needed. Delleen Kompkoff

Name:  Delleen Kompkoff

Hometown & State: Gresham, Oregon

Years Quilting: about 50 years! (but I can’t be that old!)

Favorite Quilting Style: Happy to be Scrappy

Quilt Guild or Group: Mt. Hood Quilt Guild

Why do you volunteer with Quilts Beyond Borders?  I love the fact that something I’ve made can travel to distant countries I will never visit.  I’ve visited an orphanage in China, and carried full suitcases to the children there.  Giving quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders is an easy way for me to support children without families, families in crisis, and the people who travel to help them.

 How did you learn about Quilts Beyond Borders?  Oddly enough, I learned by reading this blog several years ago.  As soon as I found my regional coordinators, I was hooked!  Karen and Susan are inspiring, and I feel lucky to know them.

 How did you learn to quilt?  I’ve been sewing since I could reach the foot control of my mom’s Singer.  Playing with her scraps, and following her quilting techniques got me started.  I can remember how excited she was to give me a rotary cutter and ruler when they first were available. My first bed-size quilt was a project in high school home economics class with a creative teacher who saw tea towels and aprons were not really my thing.

 Where do you get quilting inspiration?  Inspiration is everywhere.  Sometimes I see colors used in advertising or nature, and jump from there.  Quilting blogs, books and magazines are always reminding me of how to play with shapes and colors.  Now that I’m in a guild, I get inspiration from other members’ projects.

 What’s your favorite quilting tip or technique?  Add an element of surprise to a quilt.  Use an unsuspected FMQ shape, an unusual piece of novelty fabric, a 3-D folded block, a piece of chenille, a flange in a border, a pieced backing.  These little surprises are like an extra gift I’ve given to make the quilt special for the recipient.  

What else should we know about you?  For 10 years, I worked with 4th and 5th graders during a recess craft group.  I collected donated yarn supplies and taught knitting, but also had a couple sewing machines in the room as well.  The students sewed precut blocks into quilts that we donated to children’s charities. Their excitement as the quilts were planned and completed was the highlight of every day.  There was something very powerful about watching kids making comfort for other children.  Now I’m the charity coordinator for my quilt guild, and find that same excitement as members create for people in our community.

Delleen has been a great help to me this first year as coordinator and is a great promoter of QBB as well. She definitely has a heart for children and quilting.  Thanks Delleen!

Susan Schmidt, North West Regional Coordinator