Archive for August, 2014

More Quilts Coming and Going

August 23, 2014

Quilts are literally flying in and out of my door as we try to get as many sent out that we can before winter sets in around the world. I think many of you have felt the urgency as well as we have received many quilts recently. Thank you so very much!
First up, two Fat Quarter Challenge quilts have come in from Merridy Pyer and Kathleen Roseboom.I love the variety here! Their names have been entered for the drawing coming up NEXT MONTH!! Where’s the year gone?

FQC Merridy Pyer FQC Kathleen Roseboom

Now I have a couple of quilts that I couldn’t find the name of the piecer so if you made these, please let us know so we can correct them. They were a lot of fun to quilt!

Mystery Quilt2 Mystery Quilter:Sandi W

We would like to thank the following ladies for pooling their talents on behalf of the refugees and orphans:

Marilyn Barba, Sunshine Online Quilt Guild, Pat Ferguson, Carol, Becky Goldner, Della Burwell, Evelyn Carlisle, Linda Cadzow, Elaine Dekovic, Loretta, Lori Brans, Barb Nilles and Myrna Baccus. Each quilt is unique and sure to find a home very soon.

Marilyn Barba:Sandi W Elaine Dekovic:Barbara Nilles Sandi Watters  Friends of MWAW:Pat F  Sunshine:Pat Ferguson Carol:Becky 3 Carol:Becky 4  Carol:Becky 5  Carol:Becky Goldner 2 Carol:Becky Goldner Della Burwell:Sandi W  Evelyn Carlisle:Barb N Linda Cadzow 2 Loretta:Becky Goldner  Lori Brans:Barb Nilles  Myrna Baccus:Sandi W


Some of these are on their way to Guatemala and the others are going to Jordan to help the Syrian refugees. Thank you all so much! The children will love them!




Beautiful Quilts Headed to Jordan, Ethiopia and Ukraine

August 11, 2014

As we headed into summer this year we didn’t seem to have a lot on our plate as far as requests from people traveling on missions to places where they were going to be working with orphanages or with other organizations helping needy children.  I really thought we might actually have a slow summer, with more quilts coming in than going out.  Boy was I wrong!  We’ve got a lot going on now, and I hope we’ll get even more quilts to keep it going and help us meet all our commitments!

As you may know from a recent post, we’re working with the Salaam Cultural Museum to get quilts to Syrian Refugee children who have escaped to camps in Jordan.  Karen Vander Stoep is coordinating that effort for us, and she’s sent me some pictures of some of the beautiful quilts she’s received for this effort.  Quilters are Becky Goldner, Barbara Nilles, Loretta Milton, Jan from AZ, Susan Powers, Natalie and Patricia, and Karen.  Hover over the thumbnails to see names, where I have them.  I’m not sure which were pieced by Loretta and Jan, but they are among those quilted by Becky.  If someone knows, let me know via comment and I’ll add the name to the titles!  Also, click on the thumbnail for a closer look.

Becky Goldner - Barbara Nilles - Becky G 2Becky Goldner 3 & 4Becky Goldner 5 Becky Goldner 6Karen Vander StoepSusan Powers & Natalie & Patricia

Noreen also sent me pictures of the many quilts that have already gone to Ethiopia with Cherokee Volunteers, and of some that will be going to Jordan and other destinations with IRD and Gleaning for the World.  Among the quilters of these are the Cypress Creek Quilt Guild, Linda Mullins Spirio, Donna Sciandra, Alice Helms and Barbara Rodgers.

Alice - BarbaraCypress Creek Quilt GuildDonna-Linda 1 Donna-Linda 2Donna-Linda 3Donna-Linda 4 Donna-Linda 5 Linda

Finally, here are about 40 quilts from the Blanco Quilters, Quilters of St. James the Less, Helen Baczynski, Anya Baker and several others whose names I don’t know.  In the picture they’re on shelves waiting to be packed into bags by Charity Jacobson who will be transporting them to the Romaniv Orphanage for disabled boys in Ukraine.  Charity has promised to take pictures when the quilts are delivered to the children so hopefully we’ll a better view of the quilts with the happy children who receive them.

Quilts for Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine Quilts for Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine2

Great thanks to all the wonderful quilters, and all the organizations who are helping us to get these quilts to the children!  Please keep them coming, everybody!  We want to keep more children warm this winter!



A Mini Quilt Show

August 7, 2014

Today I’m happy to showcase 10 quilts that have been quilted by Crystal Smith and Ramona Yurwitz. The quilts were pieced by Donna Sciandra, Mary Verrico, Kim Bennett and also Crystal. These quilts will most likely be going to children in Syria this fall. You can read about our Syrian initiative in the August 1st blog post by Carla. I’ll let the quilts speak for themselves. If you click each photo you can see who made and/or quilted each quilt. Thanks to all and what a treat for the children who will definitely enjoy these quilts.


Cheers, Tina


Call for Quilts for Syrian Refugee Children

August 1, 2014

Late last year we worked with a couple of other charities to send more than 300 quilts to Jordan for children who had escaped the war in Syria. That war continues, and this year we’d like to participate in another effort to get more quilts to more children who have escaped to the refugee camps.

We have recently communicated with The Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM),  a non-profit organization that provides education concerning the Middle East and North Africa and provides humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict. They are currently involved in monthly missions sending groups of approximately 20 medical practitioners to Jordan to provide medical assistance to Syrians who have been displaced by the war. They have expressed a concern that it becomes very cold during the winter months in Jordan, and told us that some children literally froze to death last year.

SCM has asked that we provide quilts — “as many as can be sent to us” — for their trip in October.   Quilts will be added to their container being shipped in early October going to Jordan for the benefit of the Syrian refugees there. The quilts will be distributed in northern Jordan and the outskirts of Amman. The quilts will be put to immediate use as they will arrive just as winter is setting in and many refugees are living in tents or shelters that have inadequate heating.

Quilts should be 42″ wide by 42″ to 60″ long, machine quilted and machine bound.  One of our board members, Karen Vander Stoep, will be coordinating the collection of quilts for this initiative. If you would like to donate a quilt, please send an email to us at and we will provide the address where you can send your quilt.

Thanks very much for your help! I know the children who receive the quilts you send will greatly appreciate their warmth and comfort as the winter arrives in Jordan.  Here’s a picture of children in Jordan at a refugee camp where quilts were delivered last year.