Archive for May, 2013

Pretty Quilts from Joanne & Donna, Laurene & Kim

May 31, 2013

When you combine the talents of two imaginative piecers with the skills of two creative longarmers, wonderful things can happen! These seven quilts were made from tops sent to us by Donna Sciandra of Buffalo, NY, and Kim Bennett, one of the Willoughby Wallace Library Quilters of Stony Creek, CT. We sent the tops on to Joanne Dana, a professional longarmer who recently moved to Tucson, AZ, and Laurene Farley, of Peacock Quilting ( in Gunnison, CO. Joann and Laurene did their special magic on the pretty tops from Donna and Kim, and sent the quilts to Cheryl Batsche, one of our regional coordinators, who is coordinating an initiative to send quilts with Orphan Outreach to orphanages in Russia in July.

The first four quilts below were made by Joanne and Donna. The remainder were made by Kim and Laurene. Click on any of the photos for a closer view.

Joanne - Donna 1Joanne - Donna 2Joanne - Donna 3Joanne - Donna 4

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Seven children living in Russia will be very happy to receive these quilts! Thank you, Ladies, for the beautiful work you did on those quilts!



Quilts from Wonderful Quilters, From Sea to Shining Sea and Amidst the Amber Waves of Grain

May 27, 2013

I’ve been watching a discussion of scrap quilting on the Janome 6500 Yahoo Group, and it seemed to be the perfect time to feature some of the beautiful quilts made by some of the wonderful women who make quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. I was also struck by the fact that we had quilters from both coasts and smack dab in the middle of the country, and it just really reminded me of the song “America, the Beautiful.”

The quilts we’re featuring today will be sent to orphans and needy children in Russia, Romania, and Ethiopia.  We still need at least 85 more quilts by July5 for the group that will be traveling to Russia in late July.  They expect to be going to orphanages that include a total of 150-200 orphans.   So if you’re wondering what to do with some of your scraps, please realize that by combining your creativity, your scraps, and your generosity, you can help us keep more children warm at night!

The first three quilts below were made by Linda Dranchak, a professional longarmer who has a business, Gull Cottage Quilting, in West Bath, Maine.  All three so cute and so different!

L. Dranchak 1 L. Dranchak 2 L. Dranchak 3

J. McKayThe next beautiful quilt was made by Jean McKay, from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Jean is a member of the “Scrap Pack Quilt Guild” in Kiowa and Medicine Lodge, KS and “Pratt Area Quilters Guild” in Pratt, KS. Jean asked me to mention her longarmer, Theresa Farrar, of Home Star Machine Quilting in Medicine Lodge, KS. I had the opportunity to meet Jean at the MQS in Wichita, Kansas earlier this month. QBB does most of our work via email and post office, and it’s always such a treat to meet one of our quilters in person!

Eileen F.Eileen from California was at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last year and picked up one of our kits to make this top. She added fabrics from her own stash to make it larger and enhance it, with such lovely results!

The two  cute quilts in the picture below were made by Delleen Kompkoff from Oregon.  What a great idea for using up some of those strips in ones’ scraps!

Delleen K.

The last three pretty scrap quilts were made by Linda Cadzow from Portland, Oregon, and photographed by Karen Vander Stoep.  Click on the thumbnails to see how she put these together!  I’m inspired!

Linda C 1 Linda C 2 Linda C 3

Great thanks to all of the creative ladies who made these beautiful quilts!  I know the children who receive these quilts will cherish them, and appreciate them for their warmth at night!



Great Tops and Fabric Donations from Elaine, Linda, Donna and Liz

May 22, 2013

We recently received beautiful tops and fabric donations from Elaine Dekovic, Linda Strachn and her sister Donna O’Machel and Liz Clark. The first three tops are from Elaine, who picked up a kit for a top at our charity booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival last year. She did a great job with the top, and made us two more from her stash — and put some additional yardage for backing and binding into the box as a bonus! Thank you so much, Elaine!
E. Dekovic 1  E. Dekovic 2  E. Dekovic 3

My friend Linda Strachn and her sister Donna O’Machel made these two lovely tops for Quilts Beyond Borders. They also added fabric for backing and binding. It’s always fun quilting with a buddy, and even more special when it’s a family project! Thanks very much, Linda and Donna! Hover over the thumbnails with your cursor to see who made which top, and as always, you can see close-ups of all the tops.
D. O'Machel  L. Strachn

Finally, take a look at all the cute fabrics that Liz Clark sent to Karen Vander Stoep! We are always very pleased to receive donations of fabric, especially as we start kitting up for tops for our next charity booth! Thanks, Liz!
Liz Clark

Great thanks to all four of you for your tops and fabric donations! The children who receive quilts made from these tops and the fabric are going to love them!


Pelican Piecemakers Make Beautiful Quilts for QBB

May 11, 2013

Each winter I have the great fortune to spend time with the talented and generous ladies of the Pelican Piecemakers quilting guild in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. They meet weekly and alternate the weeks between charity quilting, business meeting, education meeting, and personal quilting. Some of the members live in the area year round, and others come in from northern states and Canada, and all are made to feel welcome. It’s truly a wonderful group of women.

In January I presented to the guild during one of our monthly education meetings. I spoke about Quilts Beyond Borders, and showed a slide show of my trip to deliver quilts last spring. Several of the members were kind enough to make and donate beautiful quilts for us to deliver to children in Ethiopia this year. The quilts shown below were made by these guild members:

  • Barbara Delphos
  • Eleanor Macmillan
  • Julie Aurand
  • Jeanne’ Cockrell
  • Jean Raulerson
  • Kathy Davis
  • Lis Bullington (piecer) / Fran Posick (quilter)
  • Ruth Baker

Hover over each thumbnail to see the name of the quilter(s), and click on them for a larger view.

B. Delphos  E. Macmillan  J. Aurand

J. Cockrell  J. Raulerson K. Davis

L. Bullington & F. Posick  R. Baker

Ladies, all of these quilts are so adorable and imaginative! The children who receive them will appreciate their warmth, creativity and beautiful workmanship. Thank you all so much!



Beautiful quilting by Katy & Vickie on tops by Donna, Marilyn, Jean and Kim

May 5, 2013

We’re currently working on several initiatives to gather quilts for orphans in Romania, India, Russia and Ethiopia, all deliveries to take place this summer. Pathway to Joy Ministries will be taking 300+ quilts to an orphanage in Romania n July, Orphan Outreach will be taking 25 to India in June and as many as we can muster for them to take to Russia, and QBB will be taking 200 with us to Ethiopia in September. We’ve been very excited about the number of quilters that have contacted us and donated quilts, but we’re still in need of another 100-150 by June. If you can help, please check out our page on to find out what our quilt construction requirements are, and contact us at to ask us for an address to send your donation.

With all of these initiatives going on, we were very pleased to receive these beautiful quilts from Katy S from Michigan and Vickie in NH. Please make sure to hover your cursor over the pictures to see the names of the quilters and piecers and click on them to see the beautiful quilts close up.

Katy’s going to be mother-of-the-bride this month, so I’m totally in awe that she was able to get these quilts to us so quickly with everything else she’s got going on! She quilted 3 from Donna and Marilyn and added two that she made herself. Her quilts will be going to Romania and Ethiopia. Katy doesn’t quilt professionally, but she does a lot of personal quilting and charity quilting. You can see more of Katy’s beautiful work at her blog:

Vickie in NH is one of the “Guiding Lights” on the Hinterberg Yahoo Group and has been giving me great quilting advice through that group for over 6 years. She was also among the first people to volunteer to quilt tops for QBB in 2008, and I greatly appreciate how generous she is with her talents! The tops that Vickie quilted came to us from the Willoughby Wallace Library Quilters Jean and Kim. These quilts will be going to Orphan Outreach to deliver on their trips to India and Russia.

Donna S & Katy S (2) Donna S & Katy S Katy S

Katy S2 Marilyn B & Katy S

1Vickie - Jean 1 1Vickie - Jean 3 1Vickie - Kim 1

1Vickie - Kim 3 1Vickie - Kim 5

Great thanks to Vickie and Katy for their beautiful quilting, and to Donna, Marilyn, Jean and Kim for the lovely tops! I know the children on 3 continents who receive these quilts will appreciate their warmth and beauty!