Archive for October, 2014

More Pictures from Uganda — and Quilts Headed to Uganda, Syrian Refugees and the IQF

October 23, 2014

Photos from Uganda:

My cousin, Cindy Roth, has sent me more pictures from the delivery she and her church members made  to New Hope, Uganda, earlier this year.   The photographer asked Cindy to let us know that the students have been delighted to get these beautiful quilts, and send along their thanks to all the quilters who made them!

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Quilts Headed to Uganda, Syrian Refugees, and the IQF:

We have another initiative currently underway to get more quilts to more children in Uganda to the Christ the Center Ministries Primary and Nursery School in Kampala, Uganda.  We are also working with two organizations to get quilts to children who are refugees from the war in Syria.  And in all our spare time (LOL!) we’re finalizing plans for our fundraising booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.   Each year, with the permission of the makers, we sell some beautiful quilts at the IQF.  We have no paid staff, and the money we get from the sale of quilts (and the products we bring back from our quilt delivery trips) goes entirely to getting quilts finished and delivered to the children.  Some of the quilts below will be going to Uganda, others to Syrian refugees, and others will be going to Houston.

Loretta, our Regional Coordinator in Tyler, Texas, recently sent me some great photos of bright and cheerful quilts made by the team of Carolyn Sower, Sharon Turvaville,and Lana Davis.  Great job, Ladies!  These are wonderful!

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The following quilts were quilted by Jean Clarkson of the Mesquite Quilt Guild.  The quilts  pieced by Amy Bellany,  Mary Lou Stinson and MaryAnne Whitehead, are being sent to the school in Uganda.   The quilts pieced by Meral Fritchey and Judy Daniels are being shown at the Houston International Quilt Show as fundraiser quilts.   Whether in the US or abroad, some children are going to be very happy to cuddle under these lovely quilts!  Many thanks to the hands and hearts that provided these lovely quilts!

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Finally, I have a group of lovely and unusual quilts that were sent to me by several different quilters from different places.   Some of these quilts will be sent to Uganda, others to Syria, and others will be going to the IQF as fundraising quilts.  Great thanks to Jeanne Ayers, Cathy in Iowa of the Sunshine Guild, Marilyn Barba (quilted by Kin Hum), Susan Seward (pieced by Mary Jean Morrison), Sharon Mitchell, Linda La Fleur, Ann S, Lynda Galloway, Jean McKay and Judith White.  Thank you, Ladies!

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We are so grateful to all the quilters who so generously gave of their stashes, time and talent to make all of these beautiful quilts!  Thank you all!

Regards,

Carla

We’ll See You in Houston at the International Quilt Festival!

October 19, 2014

We’re delighted to tell you that we’ll be having a booth at the IQF in Houston once again, starting the evening of Wednesday, October 29th and going through Sunday, November 2nd.  We’ll be in the area with the Exhibits, in the hall with all the quilts that are on display.   Once again we’ll be giving out kits to make quilt tops and encouraging participation in the Fat Quarter Challenge.  We’ll be selling some beautiful fundraising quilts made by our volunteers, and some wonderful products that I picked up in Ethiopia over the last month!  We look forward to seeing you in our booth!

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I just got back from taking 250 quilts to Ethiopia (along with friends Brenda Barnett and Ann Drake) and while we were there we had a chance to pick up some great additions to the products we’ve sold in the past.  (Over the next few weeks I’ll plan to post pictures from our quilt deliveries, but we’ve been so busy getting ready to go to Houston and running initiatives to get quilts to Syrian refugee children and needy children in Uganda that I haven’t had a chance to go through the 1200 pictures I took and do that yet.  Stay tuned!)

You’re already familiar with the ever-popular string animals that we’ve been selling in the booth for the last several years:

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This year we’ll be adding a string lion to the string herd.  We’ll also be adding some painted soapstone elephants and hippos, and a wonderful wooden giraffe carving, as well as some wonderful small carved and painted wooden bowls. We’ll also have some wonderful woven Ethiopian baskets.

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We’ve also brought back some colorful bracelets and jewelry and some wonderful handmade Ethiopian crosses.  The pictures don’t do these lovely jewelry pieces justice!

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While we were in Ethiopia we spent some time with people from the Connected in Hope’s Former Women Woodfuel Carriers’ project.  We taught sewing to some of the former woodfuel carriers so they’d have new marketable skills to support themselves and their families.  We also stopped by their shop and brought some of the beautiful scarves that are woven by some of the former woodfuel workers.  Stop by the booth and check out the selection!

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This year we’ll be expanding our Fat Quarter Challenge.  As those of you who’ve participated in the past know, to participate in the Fat Quarter Challenge you pick up a fat quarter and a block pattern and (adding your own fabric and batting) make and send us a completed quilt for us to provide to a needy child.  The names of all those who return quilts are entered in a drawing which takes place on September 30th of the following year.  The winner wins a $100 prize.  We’ve had the FQC for two years, and our two winners were Renee Coakley and Donna Dellacamera.  This year we’re expanding the FQC from 100 participants to 200, and we will have additional drawings every month for those who have already returned their quilts — so for more chances to win, get your quilt in early!  The winners of the monthly drawing will receive a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop, and at the end of the 12 month period we’ll have another drawing for the grand prize of $100.

For more info on the Fat Quarter Shop, see these links:

http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop

https://twitter.com/fatquartershop

https://www.pinterest.com/fatquartershop/

https://www.flickr.com/groups/fqscustomergallery/

http://www.youtube.com/FatQuarterShop

Great thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for making these drawings possible!  Stop by our booth and enter the challenge for your chance to win!

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If you’re attending the show, this would be a wonderful time to return any quilts or tops you’ve completed from kits you picked up at the show during 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 show and would like to send us a finished top or quilt, please send us a note at our email, quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com , and we’ll give you the address of a Regional Coordinator who will be happy to receive your finished quilt or top.  Thanks!

We hope to see you at the show!

Regards,

Carla

Pictures from Uganda, and Quilts Headed for Guatemala

October 16, 2014

Photos from Uganda:

Earlier this year my cousin, Cindy Roth, and other members of her church group went to Uganda to New Hope to the Kasana Children’s Center to do some mission work there.  We sent 150 quilts along with them for the children.  Because of scheduling conflicts Cindy’s group wasn’t able to distribute the quilts personally, which is something that happens from time-to-time.  (It’s always a disappointment when that happens, because everyone wants to be Santa at least once in their lives!)  However Cindy just received some pictures from the delivery that occurred after the missionaries had left.

Here they are!

 

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The smile on this boy”s face says it all, doesn’t it?  I know the children who received these and the other quilts we sent to Uganda will cherish them!  Great thanks to all the wonderful quilters who made all the beautiful quilts we sent to Uganda.

Quilts on their way to Guatemala:

Loretta Kelldorf, our Regional Coordinator in Tyler, Texas, has been coordinating an initiative for Orphan Outreach in Plano, Texas, to take some quilts to the Downs Syndrome School in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  She recently sent me these pictures of some of the beautiful quilts that will be on their way to the children in Guatemala shortly.  The quilters include Joanne Hopkins, Donna Della Camera (the winner of our Fat Quarter Challenge this year!), Margaret of Washington, Delleen of Oregon, Karen Vander Stoep, Karen Matheson, Donna Sciandra, Alice McQueen, MJF, Susan Brown, Jennifer DeMeuse and L. Hollingsworth.  To know which quilter made which quilt, please hover your cursor over the thumbnails.  For a close-up view, click on the thumbnail.

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Thank you, all the wonderful ladies who made these beautiful quilts!  We’ll post pictures of the children who receive them as soon as we get the pictures from Orphan Outreach.

Regards,

Carla

 

 

Winter is Coming and Quilts are Still Needed for Syrian Refugee Children

October 14, 2014

If you’ve been reading our blog, we have been collecting quilts for the Syrian refugee children in Jordan. The need for quilts for these children continues to grow as more and more families are displaced by war. Winter is approaching and life in the tents is chilling. Your quilts are an important source of needed warmth and comfort.

Below are some pictures provided by Rita Zawaideh of the Salaam Cultural Center. Rita is very supportive of the quilts we have delivered to her and many have already made their way to Jordan. Rita is in the red shirt and Reham is holding the quilt. Reham is going back and forth to Jordan with Rita.  SCM7

Pictures from one of the first deliveries of our quilts.

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Our quilters response has been terrific and we have passed the 400 mark this year for refugees alone! We are not done though. Please keep those machines “singing” as we continue to provide quilts for love and comfort, and warmth for these refugee children.

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We greatly appreciate receiving completed quilts, as we’re able to get those most quickly into the hands of a child who needs it. If you don’t care to quilt your top, we would also appreciate if you can return it to us kitted up with backing and binding so that we can quickly send it to a longarmer for completion. And longarmers, we do have kits waiting to send to you if you can help us quilt them. Please contact us at quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com and we can provide addresses, East or West Coast whichever is closer, to send completed quilts.

Here are some completed quilts from Delleen Kompkoff and also Peggy Icenogle and Nancy D. These quilts have been sent to SCM for the Syrian children. Thanks so much ladies and to all who have supported this drive.

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Regards,

Karen V

And the FQC winner is…

October 1, 2014

Donna Dellacamera!!

Sorry there are no pictures of me drawing her name out of the bowl but I’m not nearly as cute as Ann’s grandson last year! 🙂 Donna, if you could please send your address to us, we’ll get your check in the mail!

We want to thank all the participants of the Fat Quarter Challenge. It was so fun to see the many creative ways you used your fat quarter and your completed quilts brought many smiles and ooh’s and aah’s to us as we’d open each box. Rest assured those quilts are now bringing warmth and happiness to children all over the world. This is a short post so let me share with you some of those happy faces from the past year and please know that all of YOU made this possible! 2012-09-10 16.45.50 IMG_2710

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And this last picture says it all!

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See you in Houston!!!!