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

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.

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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 www.heleneknott.com .

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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, needleworkswithjolyn.blogspot.com .
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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!!

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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!

Regards,

Carla

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