Archive for October, 2015

Somethings Old and Somethings New at the 2015 International Quilt Festival in Houston!

October 24, 2015

This year the Quilts Beyond Border booth at the IQF will be in a new place at the IQF. We’ll be in the aisle closest to the wall between Hall C (where the vendors are) and Hall D where the show quilts are hung. We’re right by the door between Halls C&D towards the back of Hall C. This is a section for the “Interactive” booths, which are the booths that are charities and/or dedicated to the education and preservation of quilting and quilts. We’re also right behind the Open Studios where presentations will be given by speakers concerning various aspects of quilting.


Quilts Beyond Borders is a non-profit charity, with no paid staff. All the proceeds from our booth at the IQF will go directly toward getting more quilts finished and delivered to needy children and orphans. This year we have a lot of terrific new products as well as many of the great items we’ve sold in our booth in the past.

We’ll be selling some wonderful quilts made by our volunteers.  Here are just a few of the many that we’ll have for you to choose from:

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We also have two beautiful mini landscape wall hangings, made by Helene Knott, who designs, teaches, and creates landscape quilts of all kinds.  She is a past winner at the Houston IQF, so you know these are awesome!  For more info about Helene and her work, see her website at .

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We have some patterns we’ve sold in the past, like this foolproof Sudoku pattern by me, and this adorable pumpkin patch wall hanging by Jolyn Buhl of Caught up in Stitches.  You can see more of her adorable designs on  her blog, .
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You might remember the Ethiopian jewelry, scarves, carved items, woven baskets and string animals we’ve sold in past years.  We have some more of those big favorites with us again this year!

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This year we also have items from Jordan, brought to us by the sister of Susan Schmidt (our Regional Coordinator in Oregon).  We’ve provided over 500 quilts to Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon this year, so I’m looking forward to seeing these items in person!

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We have terrific Regional Coordinators who do so much to help us gather and finish quilts and coordinate initiatives to get the quilts to needy children and orphans all over the world.   Susan Schmidt also made us these wonderful coaster sets and coasters in fabric boxes.  Kim Bell, our Regional Coordinator in Georgetown, TX. made these ornamental hat pins, nail file holders and pretty bracelets.

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All of our regional coordinators also made mug rugs, fundraising quilts, and kitted up lots of fabric so you can help our charity by making a top for us or signing up to participate in our Fat Quarter Challenge.  This pretty young lady picked up a kit last year, and returned it to us as a completed quilt top just a couple of days later!  That’s what I call a QUILTER!  You GO, Girl!!


Last year we had such a great time, and we’re excited about seeing you in Houston this coming week.  Here are just a few of the pictures we took of our booth and some of the terrific people who stopped by and the wonderful people who worked in our booth.

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Stop by and see us!  And remember, every penny you spend in our booth will help us to get a quilt to a needy child or orphan.  Thanks for your support!




Thanks to Quilt Shops, Designers & Manufacturers

October 7, 2015

Many of you already know that our group is non-profit and completely relies upon the generosity of our volunteers and corporate gifts. Over the past year we have been fortunate to receive donations from manufacturers and independent quilt shops.

First up is the Fat Quarter Shop For the past few years we’ve given out fat quarters at the International Quilt Festival (IQF) as a challenge for quilters to make a quilt for us and be entered in an annual drawing for $100. During the past year, beginning in November, the Fat Quarter Shop donated a $25 gift certificate for a monthly drawing for Fat Quarter Challenge quilts returned to us. This was the first year that we were able to provide a monthly incentive. The earlier you turned in your quilt, the more chances you had to win this $25 since you would be entered in each month’s drawing after we received your quilt. We are pleased to announce that the Fat Quarter Shop will again be sponsoring our monthly drawing. If you’re in Houston, stop by and see them at booth 1524.

(Please note that I have tried to include IQF booth numbers for manufacturers and vendors referenced in this post.  If a booth number is not listed, it does not mean that they will not be at IQF.)

There are times that manufacturers contact us about donations. We were recently contacted by Marcus Fabrics to see if we could use some fabric. Well that was an easy answer, we can always use fabric. They will be at Houston, booth 1022.

Another manufacturer that has helped us is Fairfield who provided us with batting. Our Regional Coordinator, Noreen Fling, recently picked up the batting that they donated to us. Noreen, her husband Rodger, and Amy D’Alessandro from Fairfield are pictured below.

Finally, some other independent quilt shops & designers that have also given us donations in the past year are listed below. A big thanks to the following:

Jordan Fabrics  Grants Pass OR
Pioneer Quilts  Milwaukie, OR
Pocket Change Fabrics  IQF #656, Las Vegas, NV
The Quilt Nest   Castle Rock, WA
Quilting Delights   Happy Valley, OR
Diane Springer Designs  IQF # 2800, Ruston, LA
Pat Fryer with Villa Rosa Designs   IQF # 2710, Smartsville, CA

Thanks so much to all of you for helping us provide quilts to children.
Cheers, Tina

September FQC quilts and Winner

October 2, 2015

September is the final month for the 2014 Fat Quarter Challenge.  The three pictured here are the final quilts for the drawing.  Any one of all the people who made and sent completed quilts from the Fat Quarter Challenge could be a winner.

The real winners are the children who will receive a lovely quilt to keep forever.  Thank you to all the quilters who have helped with this project.  You are wonderful people.

Susan S. FQC Sept. 2015

Susan S. had stars in her eyes when she made this bright quilt.FQC by Donna KilloranDonna Killoran made this quilt with lots of steps.



Sue Chae

Sue Chae contributed a nice blue and brown quilt.













Now for the winner of the $100……….Charlotte Kieleszek!!  Congratulations and thank you for being part of this project.

We also want to thank Daniar from the Fat Quarter Shop for her generosity throughout the year.  She has provided prizes to each of the monthly winners.  Be sure to check out her shop on line at

Everyone be sure to pick up another Fat Quarter at the Quilts Beyond Borders booth in Houston in October.  We’d love to meet all of you.  Thank you for caring about needy children all over the world.

We are continuing to supply quilts for 3 initiatives this fall.  We still need about 250 quilts to fulfill these projects.  If you have quilts that are ready to send, we are ready to receive.  Be sure your quilts are machine quilted and machine bound.  Send us an email so we can give you an address to send the quilts.  Several folks around the country are collecting the quilts and preparing to send them out.

Ann Drake, Regional Coordinator in California