Archive for September, 2013

And the Winner of the Fat Quarter Challenge IS…..

September 30, 2013

This was the first year we held our Fat Quarter Challenge, where we provided a Fat Quarter and a block pattern, and those who entered the challenge added their own fabrics, supplies and talents and created many beautiful quilts for us. We had 79 entrants, most from Texas where we kicked off the challenge, and other entrants live across the United States, from California to Florida and New York. We even had entrants from Canada and Norway. Our final tally was 51 completed quilts, all beautiful and ready to be wrapped around a child. The deadline for inclusion in our drawing was September 15th, which gave the earliest entrants almost a year to complete their quilts.

Our Regional Coordinators Jodi Humphrey and Ann Drake were the coordinators of the Fat Quarter Challenge, with Jodi handling the early months, and Ann handling the final months.

This week Ann got together with her grandson, Jonah, who is four years old. They placed the names of all the entrants who had submitted quilts into the jar, and Jonah shook it quite vigorously! The results are below….

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And the winner is…..

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Congratulations to our winner Renee Coakley of Kingland, Georgia! Renee will be receiving a check for $100 from Quilts Beyond Borders as her prize in this drawing. Her quilt is on its way to Romania to be given to a child in an orphanage there.

Great thanks to all of the Fat Quarter Challenge participants. The quilts we received were absolutely beautiful, and I know the children who receive them will treasure them!

I’d also like to express our appreciation to Jodi and Ann for their work coordinating this challenge, and to Karen Vander Stoep for conceiving this great idea and putting all the building blocks and supplies in place to execute it.  And a special thank you to Jonah for being the star of our drawing!  Good job!

Regards,

Carla

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Quilts for Syrian Refugee Children

September 27, 2013

While we can’t imagine what it’s like to flee a war-torn country, we know the situation is grievous – loss of home, friends, familiar routines and now facing days of barely surviving. Our prayers and our hearts go out to all of those who have fled Syria.

Quilts Beyond Borders has found a partner to help us get quilts to refugee children. International Relief and Development (www.ird.org), a non-profit, non-government organization, has embraced our desire to help. IRD will accept our quilts and distribute them to children in Za’tari Camp in Jordan.

I hope you will join us in supporting this humanitarian effort. For this effort, we are asking for the following:
1. Completed quilts only that are sized for children’s beds (40-45” wide and 48-60” long).
2. Ship by October 20, 2013
3. Ship to either Tina who is the East/North Regional Coordinator or to Noreen who is the Southeast Coordinator. Links to their emails can be found on our sidebar (“Where to Send Quilts and Tops”).  Send them an email, and they will provide you with their address.

Please contact us at quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com if you are able to help or if you have questions.  Thank you for rallying to a critical need,
From everyone at QBB

More Fat Quarter Challenge Quilts and Quilts from NILAG and Pelican Piecemakers

September 26, 2013

I wanted to add to the gallery of beautiful quilts that Sandi blogged about yesterday. The Fat Quarter Challenge (FQC) has been going on since last year’s IQF, and during the winter months I took the show on the road, taking the Fat Quarter Challenge kits to the Pelican Piecemakers in New Smyrna Beach Florida and the Northern Illinois Longarm Guild (NILAG). Since that time I’ve blogged some of the quilts that have come in from both groups, and here are some more. All of these are so beautiful and different!

While many of these quilts are Fat Quarter Challenge Quilts, some of the NILAG quilts were made from tops that were pieced by others. Hover over the thumbnails to see the names of those who contributed the lovely quilts below, and click on them to see a larger view.

Brenda Barnett - 1 Brenda Barnett - 2 Donna O'Machel

Jeanne Ayers - 1 Jeanne Ayers - 2 Jeanne Ayers - 3

Linda Davis FQC Quilt Carla Triemer Carol Paxton - 1

Carol Paxton - 2 Judith White 2 Sharon Mitchell - Donna Sciandra - 2

Sandra Smith Sharon Mitchell - 3 Sharon Mitchell - 4

Judith White Sharon Mitchell - Donna Sciandra - Andover Sharon Mitchell

Theresa Boi - 1 Theresa Boi - 2

Great thanks to all the wonderful ladies who created these beautiful quilts!  We appreciate it so much!

Regards,

Carla

A Sampling of Fat Quarter Challenge Quilts

September 25, 2013

Last year at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, excited quilters accepted our Fat Quarter Challenge! We gave them a fat quarter that they then took home and using fabrics from their own stash, created a very wide variety of quilts. They then returned them to us via the mail.  Recently Ann received these quilts and LOOK AT THE VARIETY and IMAGINATION used in each one! Previous quilts submitted to us were blogged about in earlier posts, and some will be shown in coming days in other blogs.  Each quiltmaker is entered into a drawing that takes place this coming Monday, September 30th. Oooh, don’t ya just love a drawing!! Be on the lookout next week for the winner of the drawing! And be sure to hover over each quilt to see the name of the quiltmaker.  Click on the thumbnail to see a close-up.

  Willa McCain FQC   Ruthy Sarikas Kathy Davidson

Joan Albright Jill Ruesch FQC Jill Ruesch FQC 2

Jan Radesky Donna Sciandra Diana McKeever

Ann Strautman Anita Patton

Aren’t they all wonderful and sure to brighten some child’s heart and warm their nights! Thank you so very much, ladies, for using your talents in such fun and different ways!
Smiles,
Sandi

Quilting a Quilt Using Your Own Domestic Sewing Machine

September 22, 2013

While it would be lovely to have a longarm to quilt every quilt, quilting a quilt of the size Quilts Beyond Borders normally delivers to needy children and orphans is entirely possible using your regular sewing machine. With a little planning and practice, you will enjoy the possibilities of quilting with your own sewing machine.

If you have an even feed mechanism or a “walking foot”, it will help greatly in preventing puckers and bunching. If you don’t, quilting in small segments of 12-15” square allows you to better control the layers.

To baste your quilt, take plenty of time in pinning your “quilt sandwich” together: smoothing the layers as you go. I use small safety pins to keep things together, pinning every 6-10”. You can accomplish the same with quilter’s pins, but chances are, those pins are going to stick you repeatedly along the way. Another way to baste a quilt sandwich prior to quilting is to baste it with needle and thread, using a herringbone stitch, as Sharon Schamber does in her Youtube videos. You can see them at these URLs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_EjBGz5vGQ

Okay! You are layered, smooth, pinned and pretty excited to get at the sewing machine. I like to start in the middle and work my way out to the edges, working out the puckers as I go.

There are many options for sewing machine quilting:

Stitch in the ditch – requires a steady hand as you guide the stitches right into the seam line between patches or blocks. If you’re not that precise, another good ways to quilt utilizing the “ditch” as your guide is to use a serpentine stich and stitch a wiggly line across the seamline, or try another decorative stitch along the seam line.

Outline quilting, also known as “echo quilting” – guide the stitches around the block design or motif, usually 1/4” from the edge, see photo.

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Grid quilting – this may be a diagonal format or vertical/lateral. Some machines are equipped with a grid guide. Otherwise the lines can be marked on the quilt with chalk or a sliver of hand soap. I’ve also used a ruler to gauge my way and I do like that method, see photo.

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Free Motion – if you have a darning or quilting foot and can drop the feed dogs, you will like free motion quilting. It takes some practice but it’s fun and creative. As you practice and learn more about Free Motion, you may want to try some of the wonderful fillers created and shown by brilliant young quilter, Leah Day in her blog, http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/p/start-here.html

Quilts for our kids in 3rd world countries need to be strong and durable enough to withstand the frequent washboard washings. So please adhere to the 3” rule — quilting lines should be no more than 3” apart. For our orphan quilts, a polyester batting is recommended as it dries faster on the clothesline – many of the orphanages don’t have dryers. Also look for a polyester batting that isn’t too thick and puffy, because it is harder to quilt thicker puffy batting. We cannot send tied quilts as they do not hold up in the laundry. Please do not attach buttons or similar embellishment that might be ingested by a child.

Have fun with your machine quilting and combine different techniques. You might find it the most interesting part of the process of creating the quilt!

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Regards,

Karen

Quilts from the Stray 7 and Trilogy Quilting Groups

September 17, 2013

Today we have some gorgeous quilts from two Washington state groups. First up are three gorgeous quilts from the Stray 7 group in Redmond-Woodinville, WA. This is a small group spinoff of the larger guild, Stray Threads. Sorry that we don’t have individual names associated with each quilt, but a big shout out and thanks to the Stray 7. The picture that shows 3 quilts were done by Carole, Jill and Karen of the Trilogy Group in Redmond, WA. The fabric was donated by Sharon Peach, and our very own Karen from QBB did the quilting. I mentioned to Karen that these quilts are striking which is fitting considering the pattern is called Streak of Lightening. Karen said that the whole process of piecing was very exciting and brought camaraderie to our group. Thanks to the Trilogy Group.
All of the quilts today are beautiful and will go to children in a future delivery very soon.
Cheers, Tina
Stray7 Group (1)       Stray7 Group (2)

Stray7 Group (3)     Trilogy

Quilts today from Cypress Creek Quilters Guild, Tampa, FL

September 10, 2013

Judy Woerner from Cypress Creek Quilters Guild in Tampa, FL has provided our quilt show today. Here is what she told me about these quilts:
“Our guild adopted QBB for our charity for the 2013 year. We made the 33 quilts pictured here and hope to send at least 20 more. I am sorry that I cannot provide you with all of the names of the people who made them. I was not able to keep track of them as they were literally flinging them at me at our last guild meeting. It has been inspiring to see how the members of the guild responded to my plea for quilt tops, quilters and binders. I am very proud of them.”
On behalf of QBB, we are extremely proud and thankful to your guild also. These quilts will be used in a future delivery.
Tina
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Quilts from Ancora Village

September 6, 2013

Karen, one of our founding members, recently shared today’s blog post with me. Here’s what she said:
“The women of Ancora Village (Lynwood, WA)  literally took over their community building for quilting. And quilt they did, they made 18 quilts for QBB last year with plans to make more. The quilts are expertly done and they are all different. Some very lucky Haitian children will receive these quilts.”  Unfortunately we do not have individual names of who made each quilt, so they are all labeled as Ancora Village. However, I think these ladies all deserve credit and a big thanks! The quilts are absolutely lovely!!  Enjoy.
Tina

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AnkoraVillage (3) AnkoraVillage (2)

More Pictures from Uganda Jesus Village

September 4, 2013

In December we posted some pictures from a trip made by some Canadian friends of Quilts Beyond Borders who took some quilts to children at Uganda Jesus Village. Janice Atkins, one of the group members, had taken some pictures but somehow her camera contracted some kind of computer virus and she was unable to send the pictures for awhile. Earlier this week, I received an envelop in the mail and received hardcopy photos of the children receiving their quilts. What a treat it was for me to see the happy smiles on the faces of the children!

Sometimes technology seems like the bane of our existence, and sometimes we just can’t live without it. Thanks to my scanner, I can share these wonderful photos with you.

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Janice, thanks for sending these picture to us! Those beautiful smiles inspire us to make even more quilts for even more children!

Regards,
Carla

Beautiful Quilts from Anya, Sophia, Sue and Kathy

September 2, 2013

Anya from Montana has been a supporter of Quilts Beyond Borders for quite some time. She has donated more than two dozen quilts to us over the last year, and they’re always beautifully made. Anya has been joined by several friends in contributing these most recent quilts to us. Sophia pieced many of the quilts, and the fabrics were donated by Sue and Kathy.

If you hover your cursor over the pictures below you will see the name of the quiltmaker(s), as well as the panto that was used for the quilting.  The first 5 quilts were sent to Cheryl for our Russian delivery in July, and the last 6 will be accompanying me to Ethiopia in the spring.  Anya knows how much the Ethiopia children love soccer, so you can see soccer fabric and the soccer theme in some of the pantos as well.

Keukenhof by Patricia Ritter - Anya & Sophia Pansies by Patricia Ritter - Anya & Sophia Shari byAnn Bright - Anya & Sophia

Dragon Flies by Vicky Malaski - Anya & Sophia Falling leaves by Darlene Epp - Anya & Sophia

Flames Meander - Ellen Munich for Quilt Recipes -Anya & Sophia Alex by Anne Bright - Anya Little Hands by Anne Bright - Anya

Made by Sophia Meander by Ellen Munich - Anya Soccer Balls by Judith Kraker - Anya

Anya, Sophia, Kathy and Sue, thank you so much for your contributions to these wonderful quilts!  The children who receive them will love them!

Regards,

Carla