Archive for July, 2014

More Beautiful Quilts for the Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine

July 23, 2014

Our Regional Coordinator in Austin, Texas, Nancy Alderman, recently sent me pictures of some of the quilts that Charity Johnson will be taking with her to the Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine.

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These are just a few of the 86 quilts for the Romaniv Orphanage that have been put together by many different talented quilters from across the US, including Lisa Glenn, Tammy Simpson, Anya Baker, Margie Jones, Linda Fentriss, Kim Bell, Susan Bradley, James Hall, Eileen Thompson, and Margo Perkins, and members of the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild, the Blanco Quilters on the Square, and the Quilters of Saint James the Less. More quilts from these quilters have been featured on earlier posts over the last couple of months. To see them, enter the word “Ukraine” in the search field on this page.

The pictures below were taken at the Blanco Textile Studio, where the Blanco Quilters on the Square have been hard at work on many of the quilts that will be taken to Ukraine.  The young woman pulling the quilt from the box in the first picture is Charity who is coordinating the trip to Ukraine.  The second picture shows some of the Blanco Quilters.  In the third picture is Nancy Alderman and Charity’s mother Ruth.

Charity Johnson Blanco Quilters on the Square Nancy & Ruth Johnson

Ladies, great thanks to all of you for your beautiful work! I know the children who receive these quilts will love them, and will be warmed and comforted by them.



More Love to Spread!

July 7, 2014

It’s been a busy month for receiving quilts here in Utah. First up! More Fat Quarter Challenge quilts! These have been trickling in all year and it’s so fun to see the different ideas! Many thanks to Lorraine H, M J Figard, Myra Furnage and the Union County Quilt Guild and Rosemary B. Each of these quilts are sure to delight some young heart!

Lorraine H FQC M J Figard FQC Myra Furnage FQC Rosemary B FQC

Next we have some beauties from Donna Sciandra. When she heard we needed more boyish quilts, she promptly set to work and whipped the following up:

Donna S:Sandi W # Donna S:Sandi W 1 Donna S:Sandi W 2 Donna S:Sandi W 4 Donna S:Sandi W 5

So simple and yet they’ll bring a smile to your face every time.

Next, Pat F from the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild volunteered to take some kits from me to longarm which she did a wonderful job on. The tops were pieced by the Quilting for Christ Ministry from Texas. She also sent me a completed quilt made with the lotto blocks she won one month from the Online Guild.

Quilting for Christ:Pat F 1 Quilting for Christ:Pat F 2 Quilting for Christ:Pat F 3 Sunnies:Pat F


Thank you all so much, ladies! Some of these quilts will be heading out the door soon to go to the Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine. What a delight for those boys! The others will be carefully held until the next initiative.




More Beautiful Quilts from the Talented Quilters at NILAG

July 4, 2014

NOTE:  This entry was corrected on 7/6/2014 to include the name of the quilter, Judy Long, who had pieced and quilted the three quilts previously labeled “Unknown.”  Thanks, Judy! 

I belong to the Northern Illinois Long Arm Guild, which meets every other month. It’s a group which has taught me a lot, as there are many very talented ladies who belong. We have educational sessions, sometimes bringing in outside speakers, sometimes leveraging the talents of the members. Longarming for charity is a wonderful way to build up your skills and practice new techniques and many of the NILAG members have very generously contributed to the efforts of Quilts Beyond Borders over several years.

At the meeting in June there were several quilts waiting for me. The quilters who brought them were Debbie Weber, Judy Long, Kin Hum, Marlene Kolz, Sandra Smith and Sharon Gaber. Some of the tops were pieced by Debi Jackson, Donna Sciandra, and Jan Scruggs.

Debbie Weber Debbie Weber2 Debbie Weber3 Debi Jackson & Kin Hum Donna Sciandra & Sandra Smith Donna Sciandra & Sharon Gaber 1 Donna Sciandra & Sharon Gaber 2 Jan Scruggs & Marlene Kolz Sandra Smith Sandra Smith2  Judy Long 1 Judy Long 2 Judy Long 3

To see who made each of these quilts, run your cursor over them, and the file names will appear in the lower left corner of your screen. For a closer view, click on the thumbnail.

Great thanks to all the wonderful longarmers and piecers who made these  beautiful quilts.  Some of them are on their way to Uganda and others will be going to Ukraine over the next couple of months.  I know the children who receive them will greatly appreciate their warmth and beauty!

And if you’re a reader in Northern Illinois and you’re interested in learning more about NILAG, please check out the NILAG Blog at this website:      For details on where and when the Guild meets, go to the very first post.