Archive for December, 2013

What the Heck Happened at the IQF, Anyway???

December 15, 2013

Hi! This is Carla, and I’ve been a bit busy lately, and have really appreciated that Tina, Sandi and Karen have been blogging while I’ve been out of the loop. The last time I was blogging I said, “Houston, Here We Come!”, and then I never said another word about what happened once we got there!

IMG_4583Well, let me tell you, we had a wonderful time at the show! I was joined in the booth there by some of our truly wonderful volunteers, Brenda Barnett, Donna Sciandra, Loretta Kelldorf, Mercedes Hardy, Felicia Ramirez, Karisa Harriman, Tim Batsche, and two of our terrific Regional Coordinators, Ann Drake and Cheryl Batsche. They were all wonderful to work with, and a really fun group as well! To each of them, I say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!”

We also had a wonderful response from the crowds that came through the show. Our products and fundraising quilts sold very well, which will keep us going with enough money to pay for postage to get tops to longarmers, quilts to those who are traveling to foreign lands, and pay for the baggage fees to get quilts flown over, and pay for supplies to finish quilts. Every penny we take in goes to getting quilts finished and transported so we can get more quilts to more children.   IQF is our only fundraiser each year, so it’s very gratifying to have had another good year.  IMG_4576

This year we had 272 people check out kits to make tops and quilts for us. Several of those tops have come back to us already, mostly sent through the mail to the closest regional coordinator living near the piecers, but the  very first of the tops were returned to us the same week by two young quilters, shown below!  We were pretty impressed!  Additionally, 96 of the 100 Fat Quarter Kits available in our Fat Quarter Challenge were signed out at the show — about double last year’s show participation!

We also had over 200 tops returned to us from last year, which are currently split up among our Regional Coordinators.  Below are a couple more pictures of piecers who brought us some of these lovely tops!   We’re kitting them up with binding and backings and will be recruiting for longarmers to help us finish them within the next couple of months.

1 - Anonymous 2  1- Anonymous

More than 50 beautiful quilts were also  brought to us.   Below are some pictures of some of the wonderful ladies that brought us quilts:      
1 - Susan Seward 1 - Susan Ayers 1 - Peggy Bussear &  Lou Ann White 1 - Melba Mathis    1 - Val Venable I1 - Margienell Bailey 2 1 - Margienell Bailey 3 1 - Margienell Bailey 1 - Lynn Smith

In case you’re curious, the two very pretty ladies sitting in our booth are Mercedes and Loretta.  If you hover your cursor over the pictures at the bottom of the talented ladies who brought us the quilts, you’ll see the names of the quilters.  Unfortunately I don’t have the names of the 4 ladies in the middle who are showing us their beautiful tops, but if you know who they are, let me know and I’ll be happy to give credit where credit is due.

Over the next week or so I will feature most of the 5o+ quilts that we received at the show so that you can see more of these wonderful quilts.  I know the children who receive these quilts will be very very happy to receive them!

Great thanks to everyone who helped make the 2013 International Quilt Festival such a success for us!




Our first FQC Quilt of 2013!

December 9, 2013

Oh the weather outside is frightful (perfect sewing weather tho!), but my sewing room wall is delightful with this little beauty hanging up ready for its picture to be taken!


I have received our first Fat Quarter Challenge Quilt for 2013 and the speedy quilter is none other than Donna Sciandra!! Her FQ was the green centers of the blocks  in this very fun and colorful log cabin quilt.  She even wrote the words, “ peace, hope, laughter and courage” in her quilting. Did I find them all, Donna? Thank you so much!

We’re doing our challenge a little differently this year. We’re making it possible for you to earn more chances for your name to go into the $100 prize drawing by assigning a bonus number of chances depending on which month I receive your finished quilt.

Here are the monthly assignments:

Quilts received by December 31, 2013 will give you an additional 10, yes, TEN chances for a total of 11 chances!

January, 9 extra chances

February, 8 chances

March, 7 chances

April, 6 chances

May, 5 chances

June, 4 chances

July, 3 chances

August, 2 chances

September, you’ll still receive one extra chance to win but as you can see, the sooner you send me your completed quilt, the more chances you have in the prize drawing.

Please email me with any questions you may have.  I must receive your completed quilt by the last day of the month in order to receive that month’s number of extra chances, so mail early!! And now with all these extra chances available to you, I better go hunt up a bigger bowl!



More Syrian Quilts

December 6, 2013

Today’s quilt show is sponsored by Vicki Waitz and Kay McKinnon, both from Gold Canyon, AZ.

Vicki is an excellent longarmer but only quilts for herself and charity.

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fall 13  Vicki (4)   fall 13  Vicki (5)

Kay has been producing abundant quilt tops for us for several years. They are always colorful but this year she added a new twist–doing her own machine quilting, nice and tight, the way we love it.

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Thanks Kay and Vicki. The quilts are beautiful and will be a real treat for the Syrian children who receive them.
Regards, Karen

Where has the time gone?

December 2, 2013

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone and the holidays are soon upon us.  And I am sure that all of us have been very busy so please excuse our absence from posting lately.  Today I’d like to share with you quilts that were made or quilted by the following individuals:  Marilyn Barba, Linda Lafleur, Lois McIntosh, Della Burwell, Diana (sorry I don’t have your last name), Sandra Evans, Carol Egan and Donna Sciandra.  All of these quilts were sent to International Relief & Development for the Syrian refugee children.  As always, if you hover over the picture you can see who did the quilt.  When there are two names it is a piecer and a quilter.

Barba_LaFleur (2)   Barba_LaFleur   Burwell_LaFleur (2)

Sciandra_LaFleur   McIntosh_LaFleur   LaFleur (4)

LaFleur (3)   LaFleur (2)   LaFleur (1)

Gail Hardy (4)   Gail Hardy (3)   Gail Hardy (2)

Gail Hardy (1)   Evans_LaFleur   Diana_LaFleur

Carol E_LaFleur   Carol E_LaFleur (2)   Burwell_LaFleur

Thanks so much to all of you.  These quilts will definitely be cherished by the children.

Regards, Tina