Archive for December, 2012

QBB Quilts Make a Difference in Burundi

December 22, 2012

A very merry Christmas to all of you!

Our outreach partner, Sister Connection, recently delivered a bundle of QBB quilts to children in Burundi. You can read about the trip here. A very special thanks to Sue Seward for writing the story and allowing us to share it with all of you.

Have a wonderful weekend. – Jodi


Wonder from Down Under Made by the Loose Threads

December 18, 2012

Last year Australian Quilter, Helen Southeren of Flying Needles Machine Quilting attended the International Quilt Festival and stopped by the Quilts Beyond Borders booth in the Exhibit area of the show. She was excited to participate in our cause, and she returned home with plans to make a quilt for a needy child. Helen’s enthusiasm was contagious, and she enlisted her daughter Jessica, and friends Linda Ferguson and Sally Silbley, known  collectively as “The Loose Threads Quilters”, to make this adorable quilt.


This cheery quilt is quilted with child-sized hand-prints, using variegated thread. I know the child who receives it will treasure it. Thank you, Helen, Jessica, Linda and Sally!


International Effort Brings Quilts to Uganda Jesus Village

December 9, 2012

Back in 2008 I was contacted by Marlene Speed, a longarmer in Canada who was interested in practicing her skills and wanted to know if we could ship a top across the border to her for her to finish and return to us.  We did that, and that was the beginning of bigger things!  Over the next couple of years Marlene and I both bought Indigo longarms (made by Nolting for Hinterberg, shortly before Hinterberg was sold to Nolting) and since we’re part of a very small group of Indigo owners, we exchanged a couple of notes about the machines. 

In September of this year Marlene mentioned that she was making a dozen quilts for her sister-in-law, Janice Atkins, to take over to an orphanage in Uganda.  Well, since there were more than 12 children in the orphanage, we offered to supply more.  

In November Janice and 5 other members of her church went to Uganda, carrying about 60 quilts for the children.  Due to some camera issues which we hope will be resolved soon, we don’t have a lot of pictures from that trip, but we’d like to share these pictures (taken by Larry Keegstra, one of the volunteers) with you:




If we get more pictures we’ll be happy to post them. 

One of the lessons we learned about working with our friends in Canada is that it is very expensive to mail quilts across the border.  We’re exploring alternatives so that we can spend less on postage and be able to get more quilts to more children.  If there are a lot of Canadians who are interested in creating quilts and getting them to children in other countries, I’d be very happy to put you all in touch with each other and provide some guidance about regional coordination. 

Special thanks to Marlene, who got this effort started, and to Janice and her friends who transported the quilts to Uganda Jesus Village.  And, of course, great thanks to all the ladies who pieced and quilted all the quilts that put these beautiful smiles on the faces of these children!  









Quilts from Anya, Susan, Joanne, Jennifer, Richard, and the Sisterhood of the Thimble in Martinsburg, VA.

December 2, 2012

Time to catch up!  November was insanely busy, with the IQF, Thanksgiving, completion of a commissioned quilt, and just getting ready for Winter.  Now that I have a chance to catch my breath, I’d like to show you some of the wonderful quilts that Quilts Beyond Borders has received over the last few weeks.

First we have 3 quilts that were sent to us from Anya in Montana.  Anya has sent us many beautiful quilts over the last year and has become such a wonderful addition to our team of wonderful piecers and quilters!  Anya used 3 great Pantos:  B2B Eye See You  by Anne Bright; Soccer by Vicki Maleski; and Soccer Ball  by Anne Bright.   Click on the thumbnails to see close-ups.

The next two quilts were among those that were brought to our booth at Festival in Houston.  The first one was made by Susan, and bound by my good friend, Brenda Barnett.   The second was created by Linda Young.

The last 5 quits were quilted by longarmer Joanne Dana.  Joanne is in the process of moving to Arizona, so we were lucky she was able to fit in some time to get these to us!  The first two were pieced by ladies who bill themselves as the Sisterhood of the Thimble in Martinsburg, VA.  The third quilt was created from a top by another of our “frequent piecers”, Richard Miller.  The final two quilts were from tops created by Joanne’s daughter, Jennifer James.

Great work, everyone!  We really appreciate receiving all these lovely quilts!  They may go to Ethiopia with me next year, or they may  go to an earlier opportunity — I’m not sure yet.  But I know the children who receive them will cherish them!

AND, thank you very much, Brenda, for binding 6 of these quilts for me!  You’re the best!!