Archive for February, 2011

Tops Received

February 26, 2011

Some cute tops came in this week.  I wish the pictures showed them better because they are cuter in person.  Thank you, ladies, for making them.



Trip Planned in May – Tops and Quilts Needed

February 22, 2011

We are planning a trip to Ethiopia in May.  We will be carrying finished quilts in our luggage and distributing them to the orphanages.  If we use the space bags and take large duffel bags, we can carry about 70 quilts per person.  I am working on getting enough finished quilts here for me and another lady who lives near me and who is going on the trip.  My problem is that I only have 50 finished quilts right now and I need 140.  I have another 7 that need work, and about 12 that I can send out to longarmers.  So, I am still short about 70 quilts.  We have finished quilts elsewhere around the country and those are planned for the luggage of other ladies who are also making this trip in May.

So, I need your help.  If you have a top or tops that are ready, please send me an email at or Carla an email at

Carla will find a longarmer who can quilt the top(s).  To save time, we will have you ship the top directly to the longarmer.  It would be even more helpful if you have a back to go with the top, however, if you don’t, let us know that too.

If you have a finished quilt or even one that is quilted but now bound, you can send them directly to me.  My address is in the “Where to send tops…” under Pages at the top right of this page.  Please be sure that the tops and quilts are the size needed for the children which is 42″ wide by at least 48″ long and up to 60″ long.

Getting quilts to Ethiopia is our biggest challenge, so I want to take full advantage of all the luggage space on this trip to get as many quilts to the children as we can.

I’m continuing to make tops and quilts, but because of my job (needed to pay my bills and buy more fabric) is annoyingly interfereing with my time and requiring long days and weekend work for the next couple of months.  I can’t do this without your help.  So, please if you can get a top or quilt done in the next month, I would appreciate and I know the child who receives it will appreciate it too.

Thank you so much.


100 Quilts Delivered!!!

February 19, 2011

100 quilts were delivered to the orphanage Kingdom Vision International in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in Dec 2010 by Cherokee House manager, Sarah.  You can see the child’s name getting put on the label on the quilt.  (Which is why we need you to include a label on the back of the quilt or include one with the tops you send in.)

Aren’t the smiles on the children’s faces worth it all!


Donations received

February 18, 2011

Kudos and thanks to Kethsia from Houston.  She just just sent 6 tops and 2 quilts.  All are very lovely.  And she must have been a busy lady.  Thank you, Kethsia, on behalf of the children.


Quilts Beyond Borders is still looking for a Director

February 11, 2011

Our organization wants to expand.  To do this we need a dedicated and resourceful manager who will lead our volunteers in creating a non-profit organization to benefit orphan children in Ethiopia and around the world.  This is a volunteer position, and would be very personally rewarding.  According to UNICEF, “Ethiopia counts one of the largest populations of orphans in the world: 13 per cent of children throughout the country are missing one or both parents. This represents an estimated 4.6 million children – 800,000 of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS. ”   While we have delivered 800 quilts to Ethiopia, there are so many more children who could be comforted with a quilt.

If you are interested in this position and would like to discuss details of this position, please Email Noreen Fling at her address

Thank you for considering to help.


Scrap Quilt Using Just Fabric Widths

February 10, 2011

This top was made using fabric scraps that were the width of the fabric.  I arranged the strips from dark to light.  I even used my digital camera and took a picture in black and white so I could make sure that the colors didn’t confuse me as to which fabric was darker than the next.  The strips are varying widths and just leftovers.  This one sews up very fast.

This style is similar to what Terri was piecing and quilting all at the same time on her longarm.  See Carla post below for the link to Terri’s blog and instructions.


Lots of Quilts and Tops Received in Feb 2011

February 9, 2011

Wow!  You ladies have been very busy.  All these quilts and tops are very much appreciated.  We are making plans to take quilts over to Ethiopia in May, so the timing is perfect.

1 top      Andrea H,  Vicksburg  MS

1 top       Denise P,  Devon Pl, England

3 quilts    Kathy L, Pampa, TX

31 quilts plus check  Audrey M, Clayton, NC

5 quilts   Lin W,  Raleigh, NC

7 quilts    Kings Way Fellowship, Batavia, OH

2 quilts    l Schude, Arkadelphia, AR

1 top        Lisa R, Pearland, TX

1  top       Janice M, Kathleen, GA

Tops from Hoffman fabric donations

February 8, 2011

These tops were made with fabric donated by Hoffman Fabrics at IQF Houston last year.  The bento block tops were made with batiks and the crazy patch is a combination of bright floral and batiks.  The crazy patch one really sewed up fast.  I’m going to try a combination of stripes and polka dots next using the crazy patch pattern.

Thank you to Hoffman for the fabric donation.


Last of the 2″ wide strip scrap tops

February 7, 2011

These are the last of the scrap tops made using the 2″ wide strips.


Information for Longarmers

February 3, 2011

Hi!  I’m Carla Triemer, and I coordinate longarming for Quilts Beyond Borders.  I spent my “wonder years” in Ethiopia and I’m a passionate quilter, so working with Quilts Beyond Borders is a real labor of love for me.  Ethiopia has the largest orphan population in the world, almost 5 million orphans.  These children really treasure the quilts that are given them, since they have no other possessions.  Even their clothing is shared in most of the orphanages.   If you’re a longarmer and you’d like to work on some of our tops, I’m the one to contact at  Send me your name, address and phone number and the number of quilts you’d like to do for us, and I’ll have some tops sent to you as soon as they become available.

We send tops and backs, and we ask that you donate the batting and thread, and postage to return the quilts to us.  If you can bind them as well, that would be lovely.  However we also welcome volunteers who are binders, so if binding is not your cup of tea we’ll find someone else to do it.  (Anyone who wants to volunteer to bind quilts, please let me know!)

In the meantime, if you’d like to get started with quilting for us before you receive tops (or if you’re trying to make a dent in your stash and use some of those fabrics that managed to come home with you even though you didn’t really have a reason to use them) I’d like to tell you about another blog, “Threadtales – The Stuff of Life (and Quilts!) by Terri L. Watson.  Terri is a very talented longarmer who is creating a series of instructions for what she calls “One Fell Swoop Quilts” which you piece on the longarm as you are quilting.  Terri’s blog can be found at:

If you go to the right side of her blog page you’ll find a link to the instructions for all of the “One Fell Swoop Quilts”, or click here to go directly:

A wonderful bonus on this instruction page can be found by scrolling to the bottom – instructions for how to attach binding to the quilted quilt before you remove it from the frame!

Thanks very much to Terri Watson for allowing us to post these links to her blog.  Happy quilting everybody!