Archive for December, 2011

Summary this blog’s activity in 2011

December 31, 2011

The stats were pretty interesting.  In the report, you can see the various countries that are viewing this blog.  Thanks everybody for making this a great year!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 28,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Another Kit Returned

December 30, 2011

Jane finished the top from the kit she picked up at IQF in November.  You wouldn’t know it by looking at it that this was her very first quilt top.  I think she did a fantastic job.  Since Santa brought Jane a sewing machine for Christmas and because she enjoyed her first top so much, she asked for 3 more kits.  Way to go, Jane, and thank you for making this top!   And also, welcome to the world of quilt addiction.


Kit from IQF 2011

December 29, 2011

Myrlene finished the kit that she picked up at IQF Houston, and she even quilted it.  She did a great job and the quilt turned out really cute.  Thank you, Myrlene.


Cute Tops From Sandra

December 21, 2011

Even though we are in the holiday season and it is a busy time for everybody, Sandra Cassidy made these three cute tops and sent them in.  The tops were expertly pieced and Sandra is obviously a talented quilter.  The children will love them.  Thank you Sandra for making the tops and sending backing fabric and batting.  They will quilt up into beautiful quilts.


Adorable Quilts from Pat

December 13, 2011

Ok, I admit that I am partial to scrappy quilts, and these from Pat Budge are just adorable.  The reds and pinks in them really make them cheerful.  I know the children receiving them are going to love them too.  Thank you, Pat, for making these quilts and donating them to Quilts Beyond Borders.


Cute quilts and a top from Carol

December 11, 2011

These quilts and the top were made by Carol Polesek.   They will bring smiles to the faces of the children who receive them.  Thank you, Carol, for making these and donating them to Quilts Beyond Borders.


Some more tops from Marilyn Barba

December 6, 2011

Marilyn appears to be a prolific quilters.  We have another batch of tops sent to us by Kim from Marilyn.  My thanks go out to both of these ladies for making the effort to brighten a child’s life.



Featuring Willoughby Wallace Library Quilters in CT

December 4, 2011

Several quilters from the Willoughby Wallace Library Quilters group in CT made some really cute tops.  These were all sent in by Kim Bennett.   The quilters are:  Alice Pellegrino, Donna Robinson, Eleanor Grava, Jean Mitzak, Kate Melillo, Maryann, Lotto, Sue Torre, and 4 tops by Anonymous quilters.  Some children will be comforted and warmed by these lovely tops once they become quilts.   Thank you, Ladies, for your time and effort in creating these tops.  Just hover over the pictures below to see the name of the quilter.


Tops From Kits Picked up at Festival

December 3, 2011

Gayle Stephens, Theloa Breaux, and Peggy Weir made these tops from kits they picked up this year at International Quilt Festival.  So, if you picked up a kit similar to any of these and are wondering what it will look like when made up, check out the pictures below.   Jamie Murray made the quilt pictured below which she sent it just before Festival (I just hadn’t had a chance to post it before this).  Great job, Ladies.  The children will love the quilts.  Thank you for your speedy response!


Featuring some of our International Quilters

December 2, 2011

These are the last of the tops that we received at International Quilt Festival in Houston.  Svetlana Sandimirova from Moscow, Russia sat and designed and sewed a top for our children Wednesday night of the quilt show.  This is the third year straight that Svetlana has made a top at the quilt show.  She was assisted this year by Rimma Bybina also of Moscow, Russia.  Rimma has been coming to the Houston show for at least the last 4 years that I know of.  In fact, on the Russian Quilters Association, I found a picture of the QBB booth back in 2008.  You have to scroll down quite a bit to see the booth.  It helps to translate the page from Russian to English.  (I use Google Chrome as my browser and it gives me a drop down option to automatically translate.)  Svetlana is a very talented quilter.  The first top below is by Svetlana

And, our second international quilter is Hong Ying Chang from Adelaide, Australia.  Hong has also been making tops for QBB for at least the last 3 years, and it may be longer (before I was involved with QBB).  Hong is also a very talented quilter and she does awesome things with the smallest scraps of fabric.  Hong brought all these tops with her in her suitcases, and of course we sent some fabric back with her to make even more tops.  The other 11 tops are by Hong.


A big thanks to both Svetlana and Hong and to all our other international quilters.