Archive for November, 2010

Bar has been set

November 16, 2010

Ok, ladies, the bar has been set.  We have received 2 tops from a couple of ladies who picked up kits at Houston Festival this year (check out Donations Received under categories).  And, if you picked up a kit last year or even a previous year, don’t be embarrassed to send the finished quilt/top even now.  We all have life get in the way, or forget where we put something.

And, if you found that making the top/quilt is not for you, we understand, but please send the kit back so we can get it to someone else to sew it together.  With an elevation of 7,500 feet, the temperature in Addis Ababa averages in the 40s to 50s at night all year long.  The quilts we make are keeping some child warm…it’s all about the children.

We are making plans to take another 250 quilts to Ethiopia this May.  Keep those quilts and tops coming!




Received November 2010

November 16, 2010


Nov 2010

Eva J. TX 1 top
Susie T TX 1 top

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2010

November 10, 2010

Market and Festival are over for another year, and they were both good for QBB.  At Market, we received fabric donations from Andover Fabrics, Makeover UK (UK branch of Andover),  Robert Kaufman, RJR Fabrics, Classic Cottons, P&B Textiles, Timeless Treasures, Hoffman Fabrics, Maywood Studio, and Windham Fabrics.  We received batting donation from Quilters Dream BattingClothworks is mailing a package of fabric.  Loaner Janome 1860 sewing machines were provided by Sewing and Vacuum Warehouse.

The wonderful volunteers helping in the booth made this show a success for us.  We couldn’t have done it without them, and I thank them very much for all they did.  They handled the fundraising sales, deconstructing the table toppers, chair covers and booth drapes that the fabric manufacturers donated from Market, ironing fabric, assembling backs, assisting less experienced sewers, and cutting fabric.

We had all kinds of visitors to the booth which included ladies from the UK, Australia, Germany, Japan, Russia and many states in the US.  We received tops from a 79 year old woman whose daughter and granddaughter brought the tops in.  We had Girl Scouts, Brownies and even Daisies sit and sew, iron and sort fabric.  An 11 year old girl sat and sewed her very first top.  One lady and her friends took 3 kits, went back to their hotel that night and sewed the tops, brought them back the next day, and one of the ladies sat and sewed 2 more tops.  Another lady brought in 2 tops that she finished during the previous year which had been fraught with all kinds of medical problems for her.  Several ladies took tops and backs home to quilt.

We started with about 350 kits and they were gone by Friday afternoon.  We had 3 big boxes of salesman samples from Andover which we gave out to make tops when we ran out of kits.  A lady took the last handful of samples home to make tops when the show ended.  We do have some fabric left from the donations which we will shortly start making into kits for next year, but we will have to find some more to have enough kits.

I’m posting some pictures from the booth and maybe it will give you some idea of how wild and crazy things were in the booth most of the show, and to show how much fun we had, and how hard we worked.


Added 11/11/10 – See under ‘Pages’ at the top right of this page to get information about making tops from the salesman sample packs, and where to ship donations.