Archive for August, 2012

Tops from the Land Down Under

August 31, 2012



Hong Ying Chang lives in Highbury, South Australia and has made a number of quilts and tops for Quilts Beyond Borders over the last few years. Carla tells me she had even volunteered at the IQF booth in the past. I am continually amazed at the reach of this organization in both its volunteers and the people it helps.

Each one of Hong’s tops are beautiful and unique, and we are so thankful to continually receive her work. I marveled at the geometric quilt and the intricacies of the pieced borders of the deconstructed zig zag quilt. All four are a sight to see, and I can’t wait to see how they will soon be quilted.

Hong, as always, thank you. – Jodi




Quilts by Carole

August 29, 2012

I have been out of town visiting family and friends in Texas for the last little while. It was a whirlwind of fun, food, and quilting in five different cities. Now that I am back from my vacation I am going to do my very best to catch up on all of the quilts and tops my sister-in-law accepted in my absence. Here we go…

Carole Matheny is a longarmer based out of Middleton, DE. She owns and operates Quilts by Carole and used her longarm skills to quilt these great tops. It’s nice to see these quilts come to life. I first received them as tops, and then sent them to Carole for longarming. Now, here they one step closer to completion. All that is left is the binding and washing before they can be sent off to a well-deserving child.

The two brick tops were originally pieced by Kelly and the multi-colored squares top was created by Rosemary Boros. Carole added additional charm with her additional craftsmanship. We are so thankful Carole took the time to quilt these tops for us. Thank you, and have a great night! -Jodi

Quilting with the Grandsons

August 25, 2012

Sharon Beach Watson is the owner of a business called Quilting from the Heart in Wittmann, Arizona.

Sharon has two grandsons, Colin and Cody. She got the boys involved with making quilts with her to give to children that are less fortunate than they are, and chose our charity to help her with this life lesson. These are the two beautiful quilts that the three of them made for us:

One of these quilts will go to the Russian orphanage that is the focus of one of our current initiatives, and the other will probably go to Ethiopia with us next year, or perhaps to one of the groups we work with in South America. What fun to have children on one continent making quilts for needy children on two other continents!

Sharon, Cody and Colin, thank you for your generosity in making these beautiful quilts and giving them to us! The children who receive them will sleep more comfortably and be warm, thanks to you!


Quilt made from Timeless Treasures Donated Samples

August 22, 2012

At the 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston Timeless Treasures was kind enough to donate some trade show samples to us for our use. This is one of the tops we made from it:

The pattern we used is the “Hidden Wells” block, and we used the technique demonstrated in the video at this URL:

I made this top with my friend, Brenda Barnett, and we really loved the way it came together, and the fabrics are just beautiful.

In April, when we were in Ethiopia, we presented this quilt to a young lady at Hannah’s home for Orphans. You can tell by the look on her face that she really loves this quilt too!

  This picture also features Caroline Williams, of Cherokee Gives Back, who served as our guide in Ethiopia and helped us distribute the quilts.

Great thanks to Timeless Treasures! You’ve made this young Ethiopian lady very happy.  We really appreciate your generosity.


2 Wonderful Quilts from Sandy Waters

August 20, 2012

Last week I received two wonderful quilts from Sandy Waters, who has a business called Designs by Sandy in Vail, Arizona.

The first quilt is an adorable alternating 4-patch, with some very cute giraffe fabric. I really like the embellishment that Sandy did using some ribbon and her embroidery machine and the pieced back is as cute as the front. Sandy has kindly agreed to allow us to use this great quilt as one of our fundraising quilts when we have our booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November. Stop by and see it in person!

The second quilt is a really great “jelly roll race” quilt with strips joined by polka dot squares. Sandy carried the polka dots out to a border flange and the binding, making this one of the nicest jelly roll race quilts I’ve ever seen. This quilt will be one of the ones that is going to an orphanage in Russia, to meet our commitment of 12 baby quilts and 24 quilts for young ladies who are “aging out” of the orphanage. I know the young lady who receives this one will love it!

Sandy, thank you very much for sending us these two wonderful quilts! We really appreciate them both!


5 More Wonderful Modern Tops from Donna

August 18, 2012

Donna Sciandra has been making tops and quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders for several years now, and I’ve lost count of how many she’s done for us.  Suffice to say, there are many children on three continents who are snuggling warmly in quilts that she created.  Last week I received another box from her that included these 5 modern and imaginative tops:

Donna made these cheerful and colorful tops from fabrics that were donated to us from the stash of quilters, and she did a great job.    I know the children that receive these will love them!   Thanks, Donna!  And a slightly belated Happy Birthday!  Remember, like fine wine, we get better with some time.  Many happy returns!



Pretty quilts from NILAG Members Emma and Ruby

August 17, 2012

I belong to a longarm guild in Northern Illinois, and I’ve been very grateful that a number of our members have volunteered to quilt for Quilts Beyond Borders. It’s always nice to see the great talents of my friends in the guild!

This month we received two quilts from Emma Everett and Ruby Valentine. I’m showing a full picture and a close up of each of the quilts so you can admire their fine quilting! The quilt with the Dresden plate in the middle was quilted by Emma, and the strip quilt was quilted by Ruby. Both of them used patterns of feathery swirls, and they’re both beautiful — but entirely different!

Ruby and Emma, thank you very much for quilting these pretty quilts! I know the children who receive them will be delighted!


3 Beautiful Quilts from Anya in Montana

August 16, 2012

Anya in Montana has sent us many beautiful quilts this year, and this last week I received 3 more!  Anya, who has a business called High Country Quilting,  made these quilts completely by herself, and chose some wonderful and very appropriate pantos to quilt them with.  The pictures below show each of the quilts and a close-up so you can see the lovely quilting.  Click on the thumbprints to see more closely.  In order of appearance, the pantos are:

  • Raining Cats and Dogs by Anne Bright
  • Little Turtles by Anne Bright
  • Dragonfly by Vickie Malaskie

The fabrics in these quilts are so cute, and complemented perfectly by the quilting.  Anya, thank you so much!  I know the children who receive these quilts will feel they are very special!


Quilts from Ruth and Robin

August 14, 2012

Ruth Cook, from Tustin, MI, and Robin Wilson, from Omaha, NE, sent me two boxes of excellent quilts.  There are quite a few so I feel it might be better for me to list them off.

From Ruth:

  • Blue/red bears with balloons; top by Benji’s Bubbe
  • Yellow/red puppies; top by Myra Ley Baccus
  • Pink/blue checkerboard with skiing bears; top by Alma Hubick
  • Blue/multicolored rainbow dolphins; top by Willoughby Wallace Library Quilters
  • Jungle animals; top by Ginny Jones
  • Teal/purple/orange/green squares with diamond; top by Alice Pellegrino

From Robin:

  • Peach border with colored squares; top by Hong Ying CHang
  • Pink/blue squares with stars; top by Marsha Cribbs
  • Brown/cream bow ties; top by Gold Canyon River Quilters of Gold Canyon, AZ

I apologize for the delay in getting these posted. Summer is wrapping up and we are gearing up for fall. Thanks to both of you wonderfully kind ladies for completing these quilts for us. – Jodi

Great Donations from Carrie

August 13, 2012

When I returned home from the Machine Quilting Today show last weekend a box was waiting for me from Carrie. Inside there were such wonderful things! Carrie had sent us 9 yards of fabric, two cones of thread, and a bobbin case I had asked about! What a treat!

The fabrics are wonderful, with a range of patterns that will please children of many different ages.  My personal favorites are the soccer prints.  Sometimes it’s a little difficult to find the perfect quilt for a teenaged boy, and I remember in April when I was in Ethiopia there was a boy who asked me if he could exchange the quilt we’d given him for a smaller one that had a soccer ball fabric in it.  He was thrilled with the change.  Ethiopians are very avid soccer fans, and I know these fabrics are going to make a lot of boys very happy!

The threads are wonderful and will give me a chance to try some brands I haven’t tried yet.  I have a dozen fundraising tops lined up for quilting, and these colors will be just great on them — and the bobbin case should take care of some of the tension issues I’ve been experiencing.

Carrie, thank you so much for your donations to QBB!  Your fabrics and threads will go into many quilts for children, and keep them warm!