Archive for August, 2011

4 Cute Quilts from Gail

August 27, 2011

Today I’d like to feature 4 cute quilts that came from Gail Coles in North Carolina. Gail quilts for pleasure and was kind enough to volunteer to quilt 3 of our donated tops. These tops were donated to us, but I didn’t have any names attached to them when I received them, so if you recognize any of them and know the creator, please leave me a comment on this entry so we can give credit where credit is due.
Gail quilted the first top with a very cute Lorien pantograph called “Clover”. The next two quilts were quilted using the Jody Beamish panto, “Sprung”. These quilted up so nicely and were such cheerful pantos that I had to go on the internet and buy the pantos for my own use!

The last quilt, which Gail also quilted using “Sprung” is one that Gail made for us. I just love the prints and the bright colors are perfect for any child! In fact, I’ll be representing QBB in a booth at a local quilt show in September, and this one is so eye-catching that I think I’ll use it to decorate the booth before it makes it’s way into the arms of a child on our next visit to Ethiopia!

Thank you very much, Gail! These are all just adorable, and the recipients will surely love them!



Donations from, Natalie, DeDe, Ida

August 25, 2011

   Natalie made this beautiful quilt.  The play of light and dark colors makes it especially interesting.  The child who receives it will love tracing the pattern of the triangles. Thanks, Natalie, on behalf of the child who receives this quilt.






DeDe made this top which turned out adorable and already looks very cozy.    This is the 9th top that DeDe has made for the orphans this year.  She also sent a big box of fabric that had been gifted to her and she gifted it to QBB.  The fabric is very welcome as we always need backs.  Thanks, DeDe for your continuing support.  We really appreciate it.




Ida who also sent us fabric this year and last, and sent 2 tops with the most recent boxes of fabric.









In addition to the fabric, Ida sent strips of patches already sewn.  All I had to do was join all the strips together.  The batik below is just one of the tops that was made with the strips.  All three of these tops are super cute.  Once they get quilted up, they will make some children warm and happy.  Thank you, Ida, for helping out our children.









Enjoy the pictures.


High Res pictures posted

August 22, 2011

You can see high resolution pictures of the Ziway children posted on our Shutterfly site.  You can see a lot more detail than the ones posted on our blog.



Beautiful Smiles!!!

August 21, 2011

Ok, well the one little guy is crying, but I’m sure it isn’t because he is getting a quilt.  These are pictures of quilts being given to children in an orphanage in Ziway which is several hours outside of Addis Ababa.  Fekade, the General Manager for Door of Hope Humanitarian Service, (we have a link to their facebook page on our blogroll) sent these pictures.  When we went in May, we had left quilts with him to distribute to orphanages outside of Addis since we were not able to travel to them.

Here is what Fekade wrote when he sent the pictures.

“Dear Carolyn Sower, Thank you again for the quilts you gave me for the children that live in Ethiopia, Ziway. Here are some photos that I took when I gave them Yesterday.
God bless you and your collage who are working for these needy children.
Fekade Tesema
General manager of  Door of Hope Humanitarian Service”
It warms my heart to see those smiles, and I add my thanks for all your hard work.  Check out the names on some of those photos, that is how they were named when sent to me.
Fekade is also the one who has asked for another 200 quilts for an orphanage that will be opening up this fall.  Those tops and quilts you are making and sending to Carla will be provided to Fekade for that new orphanage.  So, ladies and gentlemen, keep those quilts coming – we want to put a smile on every child’s face.
I’ll be posting the pictures in higher resolution to our Shutterfly site when I get some time.  You will be better able to see the beautiful faces.  I’ll post and let you know when I do so.

5 Cute Quilts from Elizabeth and Donna

August 19, 2011

Today on the blog I’d like to feature 5 quilts from Elizabeth Abel and Donna Sciandra.

The first 3 quilts are from Elizabeth, who quilts professionally. Elizabeth lives in Pennsylvania, and has a website where you can view some of her work:

Elizabeth quilted these three tops with swirls, hearts and loops. The tops were made by Carolyn from Texas. I think they turned out really well, and I know the children who receive them will be delighted.

The next two tops are from Donna Sciandra. Donna has made a couple dozen tops for Quilts Beyond Borders this year, and every time I open a box she sends, I know I’m in for a treat. Donna quilted both of these on her domestic sewing machine, and I think she did a wonderful job. Two little ones are going to love snuggling in these quilts.

Great thanks to Elizabeth, Carolyn and Donna for the beautiful quilts!




Fabric from Ida

August 18, 2011

Last year Ida sent us fabric that made up a whole bunch of kits, most of the fabric was batiks.  It was so a wonderful surprise when I opened up the 3 big boxes of fabric that she sent.  Then, today I received 3 more boxes of fabric from Ida.  It was like Christmas in August.  More gorgeous fabric to work with, and a bunch of my favorite – strips and scraps.  Just yesterday, I had finished a top made with the last of the fabric that Ida sent last year.  I think it turned out quite nice, and much of the thanks goes to Ida because that fabric was already pre-cut when she sent it.  So, I thought I would show you all that top and Ida too can see how her donation is being put to good use in making tops that will become quilts for the children.

Thank you so much, Ida.


6 Pretty Quilts from Nancy

August 16, 2011

One of the many lovely benefits of coordinating long arming for QBB is that every once in a while I get to meet someone in my neck of the woods. As some of you know, I belong to several long arming Yahoo groups and I occasionally post that I have tops kitted up and ready for quilting. Over the last 4 years I’ve had respondents from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California, even from Canada. No one from Hawaii, yet, but perhaps that will happen and I can drop off the tops in person, and practice the hulas I’ve learned over the years!

Anyway, I digress. Last month I received a note from a lady named Nancy Sturgeon, who had seen our blog and was offering to quilt for us. That name looked very familiar to me, so I did a little searching and discovered that Nancy and I belonged to the same guild, the Northern Illinois Long Arm Guild! I met Nancy for lunch and dropped off 6 tops, and was delighted at the next guild meeting when Nancy showed the lovely completed quilts at the guild’s Show and Tell. Nancy talked about Quilts Beyond Borders and mentioned the wonderful synergy of doing good for a needy child at the same time as you get to practice new techniques and enhance your skills. Nancy’s talk encouraged two other guild members to sign up to quilt some tops for us, and Nancy picked up 6 more tops to do for us before the next guild meeting.

Nancy did a wonderful job of the quilts, using a different technique for each of them. Click on the thumbnails below so you can see a close-up.

Thanks for doing such a great job of these, Nancy! I know the children will love them! And thanks so much for introducing QBB to our guild!


I so did not know this!

August 11, 2011

I just ran across an article on the Quilts, Inc website that talks about QBB at the Houston show last year.  It even has a picture that we took in the booth of volunteers making tops.  It is in the section called Suzy’s Fancy.  You can read it here

How cool is that!


Quilts received from Sharon and Judy

August 9, 2011

This has been an interesting week, as I have been hearing quite a bit from people who lived in Ethiopia when I did. I attended the American Community School in Addis Ababa from first through third grade, and I hear there will be a reunion in 2013 in Addis for ACS students. Very exciting!

When I was a child in Addis, I was actually a very privileged kid. We lived in a great house with a very large yard, with a formal garden, a vegetable garden, and a playhouse large enough to host my school classes for birthday parties. Like many American kids whose parents worked for Ethiopian Airlines, we went back to the States every summer to stock up on school clothes and toys, and visit relatives. My grandmother, in Kansas, was a quilter, and like many quilters she saw the creation of quilts as an act of love. I’ve always thought of quilts as a “portable hug” because when wrapped in a quilt, you can always feel the love of the person who made it for you.

My grandmother made quilts for my sister and me which we kept on our beds, and which we still have to this day. Paula’s was a Chips and Whetstones quilt, and mine was a variegated 9-patch with alternate pink blocks between each scrappy 9-patch. I used to sit on my bed and find matching squares and triangles, made from my grandmother’s old clothes and from feed sacks. I spent a lot of time checking how those half-triangle squares fit together and checking out the colors that went well together and those that seemed discordant. It was actually very mentally stimulating. That quilt was, and still is, very special to me, both because I loved all the colors and fabrics, and because it symbolized my grandmother’s love for me.

In 2007 and 2008 QBB gave over 500 quilts to girls and boys in an orphanage in Addis. (If you click on the photo links on the left of this page you’ll be able to see pictures of the children in that orphanage.) While I wasn’t able to go on those trips, I know the children treasured those quilts, even more than I treasured the quilt from my grandmother. These children owned nothing else. Even their school uniforms were shared. And because there weren’t enough toys for all the children in the orphanage, the toys they did have were hung from the ceiling so all the children could see them. The quilts that are given to children by QBB are truly valued by these children, and it’s wonderful to see some of the quilts that we receive that will wrap them in love, inspire their sense of color and shape, and keep them warm at night.

Today’s featured quilts are quilted by Sharon Wilt and Judy Vliss (and a couple I did). Piecers include Richard and Martha, Carolyn and Allison.

The first two quilts were quilted by Judy Vliss. Judy is a hobby quilter who quilts for her family and a Women’s Crisis Center, as well as QBB. She believes that “those of us who have been blessed need to give back.” Well said, Judy! The quilts were pieced by Allison and Carolyn, and Judy finished them with big loopy meanders.

The next 3 quilts were quilted by Sharon Wilt, who has a business called Fabric Creations. The Hotwheels quilt was pieced by Richard from Texas, and was quilted by Sharon with swirls. The Cat quilt was pieced by Richard’s wife Martha, and Sharon quilted it with feathered motifs and wreaths in the orange blocks, meanders in the cat blocks. Martha also pieced the Indian center panel quilt, which Sharon quilted with meanders and leaves.

Martha also kitted up three more wholecloths with cheery fabric that was just too pretty to cut up, which Sharon quilted with loopy hearts and swirls.  Martha tells me that she and Richard are “trying to outdo each other” with quilt creation! Fabulous! They’ve done many quilts for us over the last year or so, and I know the children will love everyone of them!

These two quilts were quilted by me, with tops by Richard:

All of these quilts are great as “stashbusters”, and all of them will be greatly loved and appreciated by the children who will receive them. Thank you to all!


Just For Fun

August 6, 2011

Sometimes I take a break from scrap quilts and make some tops that are just for fun.  I got to use bright, happy colors and these were fun and fast to make.  Just take a panel and put borders around it.  You can either alternate the borders doing top and bottom and then the sides, or sew the borders on like a log cabin block – top, side, bottom, other side.