Archive for November, 2014

Quilts Desperately Needed for Syrian Refugees and Forgotten People of the Navajo Nation as Winter Approaches

November 25, 2014

We are asking for your help again for completed quilts for Syrian refugees in Jordan and for the Forgotten People of the Navajo Nation in Bennett Freeze area of Arizona.  The need is urgent because both of these groups live in areas where the cold, winter months are approaching rapidly and both groups are living in tents or houses without heat.

We have been sending quilts to the Syrian refugee children ongoing this year.  Right now we are trying to collect 75 quilts by mid-December for shipment to Jordan to a camp that houses refugees from ISIS and the Syrian war.  While we commonly think of the Middle East as being all desert and extremely hot, the camp is in northern Jordan where the winters are very cold.  Many of these refugees escaped Syria with only the clothes on their backs and are currently living in tents.  Last year several babies died when the temperatures dropped to freezing.  Our quilts are not only welcome and appreciated, but also lifesaving in some instances.  This initiative is being handled out of Lovettsville, VA.

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The second initiative is to gather 100 quilts by Christmas for Navajo children and elderly people living in the Bennett Freeze area of Arizona.  Again, you may think of Arizona as being hot and arid, this is not the case for this area in the winter.  Winter temperatures here are already in the teens and just this week dipped to 12 degrees.  Many of these residents live in homes with no electricity, heat or running water.  Last year we provided quilts to this area, but we have been asked to provide more quilts for people who didn’t receive them in 2013.  We have been told that they were very much appreciated for their warmth and beauty.  This initiative is being handled out of Bear River City, UT.

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I know it’s a busy time of the year for many of you right now.  However, we hope if any of you have some finished quilts for either of these groups, that you could help us out.  Also for those of you that picked up fat quarters for the challenge at IQF, now would be a good time to complete those quilts and earn more chances for the monthly $25 gift certificate drawing from Fat Quarter Shop.

All of us at QBB wish each of you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you will consider our rather urgent plea for quilts at this time.  If you have quilts, please email us at quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com.  Thanks.

All the best,

Tina

A Great Time at the International Quilt Festival!

November 13, 2014

Well, we’re back from Festival and finally settled. We had a terrific time at the booth this year.

I’ll be honest — when I first saw our location, I was a little concerned. We were waaaaaaaay back in the far back right corner, right near the restrooms. But what was I thinking!! What could be better than being right near the restrooms? Between Wednesday evening preview night and Sunday afternoon, the last day of the show, we probably saw everyone who attended the show! Some sought us out so they could bring us quilts and tops they’d made for us since last year and others were just on their way to or from the restroom when they spotted us and stopped by to check out our wares!

We had a wonderful response from all the people who came to our booth. We received over 140 quilts and tops from quilters who’d picked up kits from us in prior years, and we had 115 quilters sign up to participate in our Fat Quarter Challenge.  We gave out kits to more than 260 quilters.  And we sold nearly every fundraising product we brought to the show!

I’d like to express my gratitude to all the wonderful customers and quilters who came to our booth and brought quilts and tops and bought quilts, jewelry, scarves, baskets and all the other fundraising items we brought from Ethiopia.  I’d also like to thank Stephanie Robertson and her team who donated the wonderful Kipepeo Greeting Cards, made by needy women in Kenya, that we sold on the last couple of days in the booth.

I’d also like to thank the wonderful volunteers who helped me out in the booth:

 

  • Brenda Barnett
  • Cheryl and Tim Batsche
  • Felicia Ramirez
  • Lisa and Chuck Glenn
  • Linda Mullins-Spirio
  • Carolyn Sower
  • Loretta Kelldorf

 

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!  And thanks for making it so much fun for me!

Below are some pictures of the booth and some of the events of our week:

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Here I’m explaining to a quilter now our Fat Quarter Challenge works. Brenda Barnett, one of our Illinois volunteers, and Loretta Kelldorf our wonderful Regional Coordinator in Tyler, TX, are answering questions and handling the sign-outs for kits an sign-in for quilts .

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Note some of the beautiful quilts that are hanging around our booth. These were all donated by generous volunteers for us to sell.

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When we sell one quilt in our booth we can pay the luggage fees to get 20-30 more quilts to children, or pay the postage to send 30-40 kitted-up tops to longarmers.

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Betty Thomas brought us 12 quilts from her quilting group in Louisiana. From left to right, holding all these beautiful quilts, are Loretta, Betty’s sister Audrey Malone, Betty, and me. The children who receive these bright and cheery quilts are going to love them!

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Shirley Deasy of Livingston, TX with two of the quilts she made for us. Great job, Shirley!

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Chuck Glenn explains our Fat Quarter Challenge to a quilter. Chuck and his wife Lisa are two of our wonderful volunteers. They make a great team, binding and longarming quilts for us!

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Loretta handles intake and sign-outs, while Lisa Glenn meets another volunteer who brought us a quilt she made for us.

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Visitors to the booth peruse the beautiful quilts we had for sale.

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Lisa helps display a donated quilt for a photo.

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Chuck and Loretta holding down the fort!

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Our youngest quilter, Emilia, age 7, displays a quilt top she made for a needy child.  Beautiful!

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Some more of the beautiful quilts and the scarves we had for sale. The scarves were made by needy women who needed to develop a new skill to earn a living.

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Loretta answers questions about some of our products in the booth.

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Loretta helping customers while Brenda surveys the quilts for sale in the booth.

It was a great Festival!  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year at the IQF!

Regards,

Carla