Archive for March, 2012

Cuddly Quilts

March 31, 2012

Darlene from Fort Wayne, IN quilted these tops which were made by Jeanne Whittle of Dickinson, TX and a friend of QBB.  They are just adorable.  Thank you, Ladies, for helping to provide quilts to the children who need them.



Quilts for Costa Rica — and two more for Burundi

March 30, 2012

These two quilts were among 24 that were taken to San Jose, Costa Rica for Quilts Beyond Borders by the Gold Canyon, AZ United Methodist Church (GCUMC) members in February. The purpose of the trip was to help build a wing to a Bible College but they also wanted the opportunity to pass quilts to children in need. Great thanks to the GCUMC, and to all of the people who helped to create these and the other quilts. You can see how delighted these two children are with their new quilts!

The quilts in the following pictures are going to Burundi with Sister Connection for orphans there. The fabrics for these lovely quilts were donated to Quilts Beyond Borders by RJR Fabrics in November at the International Quilt Market in Houston. Karen Vander Stoep, one of our directors, was the person who made these two quilts.

Really, really nice!  Thanks to RJR Fabrics and Karen. I know the children who receive these beautiful quilts will love them!


First Batch of Tops from Theola

March 29, 2012

Theola Beaux, who lives in Houston, TX recently sent me the first 14 tops from 40 kits. I cannot wait to receive the next batch from here.

Theola owns and operates Draperies, Etc., a company that specializes in draperies, dust skirts, pillows, shams, bedspreads, and comforters. Quilting is a hobby of hers she cannot seem to shake. Quilts Beyond Borders is thankful for her dedication to quilting and for making these great tops. Thank you so much, Theola! -Jodi

Quilts for Children in Burundi by Gold Canyon Quilting Bee and Donna

March 28, 2012

Quilts Beyond Borders has broadened our scope this year, with deliveries to more countries. To do so, we’re working with other organizations which do mission work in various countries and have goals that are in synch with ours. One of these groups, Sister Connection, works with widows in Burundi who are often cast out of their homes by their deceased husband’s families. As a result, many of these women and their children become destitute. One of the activities of Sister Connection is to run a summer camp for these children while helping the women to regain a place in the community. QBB will be working with Sister Connection to provide 300 quilts for the children attending the summer camp this year.

Featured below we have the first group of quilts that have been delivered to Denise Patch of Sister Connection for transport to Burundi. The first picture shows quilts made by one of our “Frequent Quilters”, Donna Sciandra, who has made many beautiful quilts for QBB’s children in Ethiopia and elsewhere over the last couple of years.

The remainder of the pictures show the lovely quilts created by the Gold Canyon RV Park Quilters. One of our Directors, Karen Vander Stoep, is a member of this group, and had this to say about the group and their efforts:

“A group of sew-ers from the Gold Canyon RV Park (Arizona) have been working on quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders, for four years. This year was a banner year, completing 106 quilts, with the push to get them ready to send to Burrundi, Africa. They, along with 200 more, will be distributed to children at summer camp, those that have lost their fathers in war.

I think the assortment and variety of quilts is better than ever. We raised some money by offering grilled chicken sandwich lunches in our park, which enabled the purchase of bright colored fabrics. We had lots of support from long armers in WA and AZ but over 75 of the quilts were completed on our sewing machines.”

Thanks so much to Donna, Karen and all of the great ladies of Gold Canyon who created these beautiful quilts!  I know the children who receive them will cherish them.

Would you like to create a Bee to help QBB?  Here’s what Karen has to say about it:

“Creating a sewing bee group to support the work of QBB is as simple as asking a few friends to come over and quilt together or equally simple to involve a guild, church group or community group to come together with a quilt goal. All the ladies I work with agree that it is rewarding to create “comfort” for orphans but, equally rewarding, is the friendships made in the process.

So, form a group and whip up some quilts for children in need. Super simple quilts are preferred. We can help you with easy patterns, sage advice and even a country and goal to work toward. Let us know how we can help you get started.”

Happy quilting, everybody!  Regards,


Quilting by Shirley’s Quilted Creations

March 27, 2012

Shirley Lowseth from Rock Springs, WY did a beautiful job quilting these tops, as did the ladies who pieced them.  The piecers are Martha Miller from New Braunfels, TX and Donna Sciandra from Buffalo, NY.  Thank you, Ladies, for these beautiful quilts.  They will keep the children warm.


More Completed Quilts by Keri

March 26, 2012

Keri Celik from Amherst, OH has completed three more quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. A hearty thank you goes out to Keri for quilting these tops and for doing so quickly.

The adorable animal top was put together by DeDe Crawford. Rosemary Boros made the rectangle quilt with the farm animal print and cream. Keri’s quilting on Rosemary’s top is great and really gives the quilt even more character. Lastly, the purple butterfly and teal squares quilt was completed by Sue Torre of the Willoughby Wallace Library Quilters.

We really appreciate the makers of the tops and Keri for completing them with her longarm skills. Thanks! – Jodi

More Beautiful Quilting!

March 24, 2012

The longarmers quilting these tops are doing outstanding work, and Nancy’s quilting on  these tops is no exception.  Nancy did beautiful designs making these quilts a joy to look at.  The tops were pieced by me, but the quilting really brings them to life.  They are sure to bring joy and comfort to the children who receive them.  Thank you, Nancy.  I hope you enjoy looking at them and that they inspire you to make some quilts for the children.


Sweet Quilt

March 23, 2012

Teri Powers from Webster, TX picked up a kit at IQF Houston and pieced the top and quilted it.  This is really a sweet quilt, and Teri did a great job making it.  Thanks so much, Teri.  It is sure to be loved by the child receiving it.


It is fun seeing the tops finished

March 22, 2012

Suzie did a wonderful job quilting these tops.  She volunteered to do the quilting because she wanted to help the children.  And, it is all about the children as you can seen on the previous post showing the orphans in Thailand getting their quilts.  It is a bonus that we all get to do something that we love to do – make quilts.  I see all these tops come in as simple tops, or some of them I make.  And, when they come back, they are something greater.  A top can be beautiful all on its own, but once it is quilted, its beauty is enhanced.  And, Suzie definitely enhanced these with her quilting.  I also love seeing these finished quilts when they are a collaboration.  These tops were pieced by me, but for several of them, Ida Gaglio provided the fabric precut, then Suzie quilted them and other volunteers will hand carry them to the children.  Thank you, Suzie and Ida, for helping out.


Quilts Delivered to Orphanage in Thailand

March 21, 2012

NOTE — This entry has been corrected.  An earlier post was incorrect in assigning credit for creation of the quilts.  My apologies!  Carla

Here are some pictures of the quilts that were delivered to Prachakittisuk Orphanage run by the Prachakittisuk Church in Mai Sai in Chiang Rai province in Thailand. These lovely quilts were made for these children by quilters throughout the US, and some other countries as well, and sent to Carolyn in Alvin, Texas. Some of the other quilts that she has received (and many that she’s personally made or completed) have gone to Ethiopia, Haiti, Costa Rica, Honduras, and now Thailand.  Great thanks to Carolyn and all the quilters who brought their talents to this wonderful work!

Karen Vander Stoep, a member of our Board of Directors worked with the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church (GCUMC)  to put these quilts into the hands of the children in Thailand.   The quilts were delivered by Jackie Douglass of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church (GCUMC) International Missions Committee.

Thank you SO much, Carolyn, Karen,  Jackie, GCUMC and all the great quilters who made these quilts for making this possible. You can see how happy the children are with their new quilts!