Quilts Beyond Borders has gotten off to a very fast start in 2013, with the January delivery of 20 quilts to an orphanage in Mexico and the February delivery of 100 quilts for Navajos in the Bennett Freeze Area of Arizona. We have also made two very large commitments for mid-September. We will be giving 300-350 quilts to Pathway to Joy Ministries for an orphanage in Romania and I will be returning to Ethiopia with 3 or 4 other volunteers along with 200-250 quilts for orphanages there.
Unfortunately we don’t currently have enough quilts to meet both of those commitments, so we need your help. We started the year with about a couple hundred quilts in our inventory, but at this point we’ve just about depleted our inventory of completed quilts. We have a couple hundred tops out to quilters, and we’re kitting up more tops on a daily basis. Of course not all of these will come back in time to make our September deliveries to Romania and Ethiopia, which brings me to my first objective in writing this blog post — to ask those of you reading this if you have any quilts that are complete that you might be able to donate? If you currently have any, or might be able to whip up one or two over the next 4 months, we’d be very grateful.
Please note that we are a 501(3)(c) non-profit charity, and donations can be deducted from taxes — please see your accountant for details!
Quilt Dimensions and Requirements:
Ideally, tops or finished quilts should be 40-45″ wide by 48-60″ long. This size best fits the children’s beds. Quilts need to be quilted sufficiently to handle rugged conditions – used by children, and washed under rugged laundry conditions (unfortunately tied quilts won’t hold up to these conditions). Fabric can be cotton or cotton/polyester. Batting can be cotton or polyester. Please bind the quilts entirely by machine, so the binding will hold up longer.
If you have any quilts you’d be able to donate, please contact us at our gmail address and we’ll give you the address of our nearest regional coordinator so you can send it to us. Here’s our gmail address:
Pease include a label for each included quilt you send. The label should read:
Quilts Beyond Borders
Made for You with Love
By (Quilter’s Name)
Belongs to (Space for Recipient’s Name)
We are asking volunteers to commit to making one or more quilts by Friday, July 12, 2013. This means the quilts need to be finished and ready to send no later than this date. Please email Quilts Beyond Borders to inform us of your commitment to completing one or more of these quilts by July 12, 2013. We will respond letting you know where you may send the quilt(s) once completed.
We thank you in advance for your willingness to continue your volunteerism with Quilts Beyond Borders. This is a new opportunity and country for Quilts Beyond Borders, and we cannot express our enthusiasm enough. We hope you are equally as excited about enriching the lives of young orphan women and children through your love of quilting.
Inspiration from Loretta:
Now, the second objective of this post is to say “Thank you very much!” to Lorretta Kelldorf, who must have read my mind! Loretta is one of our very prolific volunteers who makes many quilts for the orphanages we work with and also for us to sell for fundraising. She was also one of our wonderful volunteers in our booth at the 2012 IQF in Houston, and she’s a great part of our team. Loretta contacted me recently with several quilts that she was ready to donate. Several of these quilts are already on their way to Pathway to Joy for the orphanage in Romania.
Thank you, Loretta, for creating these beautiful quilts! The children who receive them will cherish them!