Archive for October, 2013

Houston, Here We Come Again!!!

October 27, 2013

Hello, Fellow Quilters!

We are pleased to tell you that Quilts Beyond Borders will again have a booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, starting the evening of October 30th (Preview Night for IQA members and class attendees) and each day through the close of the Festival on Sunday, November 3rd. Once again we’ll be giving out kits to make quilt tops, encouraging participation in the Fat Quarter Challenge, and we’ll be selling some fundraising quilts and products from Ethiopia. We look forward to seeing you!

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If you’re going to the show, this would be an excellent time to turn in any quilt tops or finished quilts made from the kits we’ve distributed in prior years, if you haven’t already returned them to us. If the kit or top has been misplaced, substitutes or monetary donations are gladly accepted.

If you won’t be attending the Festival and you’d like to send us finished tops or quilts, please send us an email at and we’ll give you an address of a Regional Coordinator who will be happy to receive your finished tops and quilts! Thanks!




And the Quilts Keep Coming

October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013
And the Quilts Keep Coming

The first four quilts we’re featuring on our blog today will be sent to Jordan to be given to Syrian children living in a refugee camp.  They were quilted by Barbara Stack.  Unfortunately some of the labels went missing.  We believe that one of the quilts was pieced by Hands 2 Help but we are not sure about the other three.  If you recognize them, please let us know so that we can give credit where credit is due.  Great thanks to Barbara and the piecers for making these beautiful quilts for the children.

Barbara Stack LA (4)    Barbara Stack LA (3)     Barbara Stack LA (2)    Barbara Stack LA (1)


We are now approaching the time of year when we have our annual fundraiser.  Quilts Beyond Borders is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit charity, with no paid staff, and we operate on a pretty lean budget.   As you might imagine, one of the largest expenses Quilts Beyond Borders faces is postage, as we send hundreds of quilt tops each year to longarmers in all parts of the US and we send finished quilts to people who will be transporting them from various locations in the US to orphanages and other destinations throughout the world to be given to needy children. Our other large expense is fabric for backing and binding for the many tops we receive.   This year, as we have for the last few years, we will be having a booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, where we will be selling some of the jewelry and products we picked up on trips to Ethiopia and, with the permission of their creators, we will be selling some quilts.

Below are some of the quilts that we will be selling at Houston.  The first 3 quilts were made by Loretta Kelldorf, and the last two were sent to us by Jenny Schechinger.

Loretta Kelldorf (3)  Loretta Kelldorf (2)  Loretta Kelldorf (1)

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Thank you both, Loretta and Jenny!  The money we receive from selling these quilts will help us to pay for postage and luggage fees to transport quilts, and for fabric to finish many more quilts for many more children!

Cheers, Tina

Our Latest Quilts

October 21, 2013

Today we have more quilts that will be delivered to IRD for the Syrian refugee children initiative.  The first 3 quilts were pieced by Donna Sciandra and quilted by Ellen Breunig.

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The next 3 quilts were pieced and quilted by Joann Sagar from the online Sunshine Guild.

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The final quilt is another one that Donna pieced and quilted.


All of these quilts will be so appreciated by the children.  Thanks ladies!  Don’t forget to click each picture to see greater detail.


More Quilts for Syria

October 19, 2013

Today we have more beautiful quilts that are already on their way to Tina for the Syrian Relief effort. You’ll notice I had two little helpers in some of the pictures. They are two of my granddaughters who were having a cousin sleepover with grandma. It was so fun to watch their eyes just light up when they saw these quilts and these are kids who get quilts from Grandma all the time. Can you imagine the joy these quilts will bring to children who have lost so much? They are going to LOVE them!

The first three quilts are from Deb Lindley. I sent her four kits to quilt and finish up and have received 8 quilts back! She took the backings I had pieced together and made them into tops, made different backs for all the quilts and did a wonderful job quilting them! I’ve posted about some earlier and these were the tail end of her generosity. Thank you so much, Deb!

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These next quilts were made by Audrey Murphy and Katy Sweigart and beautifully quilted by Katy.  Take a good look at their handiwork.  The colors are so bright and cheerful! Every quilt was quilted differently and each row was uniquely quilted! I know these will be cherished as well by the children. I’m sure they’ll have sweet dreams under them.  The girls were so excited to see the next quilt that they couldn’t hold still. Although granddaughters may not be the best at holding quilts straight for picture taking, hopefully you can see the beautiful detail that went into each one. I can just imagine the scene when these come out of the boxes in Jordan!

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Thank you so much, Deb, Audrey and Katy. I hope you had as much fun and joy making these as the recipients will have receiving them!



Our Syrian Refugee Children Effort

October 15, 2013

Today we are featuring quilts that will be delivered to IRD (International Relief & Development) for Syrian refugee children in Za’tari Camp in Jordan. Read our post from September 27th for more information. If you would like to help us with this effort, we are collecting completed quilts and they must be shipped by October 20th. Ship to either Tina in the East/North Regional Coordinator or to Noreen who is the Southeast Coordinator. Their addresses can be found on our sidebar (“Where to Send Quilts and Tops”).
Mike and Jean Gilomen of “Mike’s Machine Shop” in Highland, Illinois made 8 great quilts. They used the “jelly roll race” method to make these quilts, using 10″ wide strips, and they used them for class samples in their shop. When they were done they had them bound and they were kind enough to send them to us to send to needy children! They’re really eye-catching, and the children who receive them are going to love them! Thanks, Mike and Jean!
Donna Sciandra made the three colorful quilts in a log cabin style. Many of you know Donna as being one of our prolific piecers, but I had no idea how well she could also quilt. There are two other quilts pieced by Donna and quilted by Cindy Hubbard. Thanks Donna and Cindy!
The two quilts in one picture were made by two members of the Northern Illinois Longarm Guild (NILAG). The one on the left with the Trains, Planes and Automobiles is by Debbie Weber, and the one on the right is by Judith White, who made it for our Fat Quarter Challenge. Thank you so much, ladies! These are both adorable.
And finally my friend, Mary Verrico made the absolutely cute lady bug quilt. I helped out with the quilting on that one. Thanks Mary!
Hover over the pictures to see more details. Thanks everyone. And again, if you would like to help with the Syrian refugee children quilt initiative, we need completed quilts shipped by October 20th.
Cheers, Tina

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