To Russia with Love – I

Batsche Guestroom 2Earlier this month one of our Regional Coordinators, Cheryl Batsche and her husband, Tim, loaded about 200 quilts into their car and headed north to Plano to meet with Paula Hayes of Orphan Outreach, an organization that we’ve worked with over the last couple of years to facilitate the delivery of quilts to children in several countries including Kenya, Guatemala, Russia, India, and Honduras.  Did you ever wonder what THAT many quilts look like?  Here they are at Cheryl’s house, “lounging” in the guestroom!  And, believe me, this picture doesn’t show them all!

And here’s a picture of them with Cheryl, Tim and Paula at the Orphan Outreach Offices in Plano, and another shot of the quilts in the room serving as a “warehouse” while awaiting the trip,  with Catherine, one of the staff members at OO.

Cheryl Tim Paula at OO 2  OO Warehouse 1 w Catherine

Many of the quilts in these bags came from members of the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild and the Hands2Help Charity Challenge.  The quilts in the pictures below were made by:

  • Diane Averett
  • Kim Bennett
  • Theola Breaux
  • Jeri Carney
  • Jean Cizek
  • Liz Clark
  • Laurie Gelazin
  • Jan H.
  • Debi Jackson
  • Lauren Kerns
  • Sheryn Lewis
  • Theresa Maddox
  • Richard Miller
  • Audrey Murphy
  • Kim Prows
  • Barbara Stack
  • Judy Woerner
  • Mary Yohn

Barbara Stack - Jan H.Barbara Stack - Jan H2.Barbara Stack - Jan H3.Debi Jackson 1Diane AverettDebi Jackson 6Debi Jackson 5Debi Jackson 4Debi Jackson 3Debi Jackson 2Judy Woerner1Jeri Carney - Theola Breaux 4Jeri Carney - Theola Breaux 3Jeri Carney - Theola Breaux 2Jeri Carney - Theola Breaux 1Jean CizekKim Prows 2Kim Prows 1Judy Woerner5Judy Woerner4Judy Woerner3Judy Woerner2Mary Yohn - Debi JacksonLiz ClarkLaurie Gelazin - Kim Bennett 3Laurie Gelazin - Kim Bennett 2Laurie Gelazin - Kim Bennett 1Lauren Kerns - IQFKit Sheryn Lewis - Richard Miller 5Sheryn Lewis - Richard Miller 4Sheryn Lewis - Richard Miller 3Sheryn Lewis - Richard Miller 2Sheryn Lewis - Richard Miller 1Mary Yohn - Theola BreauxTheresa Maddox 3Theresa Maddox 2Theresa Maddox 1Theresa Maddox - Audrey Murphy2 Theresa Maddox - Audrey MurphySheryn Lewis - Richard Miller 6

To see who created each of these beautiful quilts, hover your cursor over the thumbnail and the names can be seen in the filename of the quilt. For a larger view and a close-up of the quilting, click on the thumbnail.

I know the children who receive these beautiful quilts will cherish each and every one of them.  Chery did a wonderful job of coordinating this effort for us, and says she couldn’t have done it without all the help and support she received from her wonderful husband, Tim.  Paula and Catherine, thank you both for all the great work that you and the others at Orphan Outreach do to help children around the world.   And to all of the quilters, thank you so much!  Many children in the orphanages Orphan Outreach visits this summer will sleep more warmly and comfortably, thanks to your talent and generosity!




6 Responses to “To Russia with Love – I”

  1. Donna Sciandra Says:

    I have had the pleasure of working with Cheryl, sending her quilts and emails, how nice it was to see her and her helpers doing such a wonderful job for QBB. Thank you.

  2. Sarah Craig Says:

    So lovely to see the quilts and recognize some H2H quilts in the mix! Keep up the good work!!

  3. Carol E. Says:

    Just want you to know how much we Sunnies (members of Sunshine Online Guild) appreciate your updates and pictures. We love getting these reports and seeing what is going on with our quilts and those from others. Beautiful work, QBB!

  4. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Carol & Sarah, you ladies and the Sunnies & the H2H Participants have helped us so much! Donna, you’re AWESOME! Thank you all for helping us bring warmth and comfort to so many children!

  5. Linda collins Says:

    Where can I mail quilts to you?
    I’m going to try to make 10 a year for quilts beyond boarders !
    God bless

  6. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Linda, thank you so much! Send us a note to and let us know where you’re located. We’ll give you the address of the Regional Coordinator who’s closest to you, which will help you save on postage. Or if we have a initiative in process gathering quilts for a pending delivery, we may have you send the quilt(s) to the coordinator who’s gathering the quilts for the delivery.


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