Archive for January, 2016

Do Quilts Really Flirt?

January 20, 2016

“Hey there, cute one. Have I met you before? You are looking particularly beautiful.  Moda prints, right!?”

“Yes!” And you have to be Kona. Mmmm, love those dark and dusky cotton colors. I don’t think we have met. Where have you been hanging out?”

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“Oh man, if you only knew. All this travel, cooped up in tight boxes with so many others. And it was worse before I even started traveling. Originally I am from Australia, the product of many poor rejected pieces of plain old fabric, tossed in a box in a closet somewhere in The Outback.  Have you heard about The Outback? It’s really out there. But fortunately people who have to work hard to make a living still have big hearts for helping those even less fortunate. Eventually I was pieced together, after having my parts (oh, sorry, didn’t mean to sound so off-color) exhumed from that forlorn box, and sewn into a quilt top destined for an organization called Quilts Beyond Borders.”

“Really? Quilts Beyond Borders, did you say? You aren’t even going to believe this, but I, too have a label attached to me that says those very words! Are you SURE we haven’t met?”

“Honey, you are so darn pretty with all those pretty pink flowered prints, I would have remembered you! And I would probably have fallen in love with you, too, as some little girl is going to do when she gets you for her very own.  I assume you have been traveling, too, sweetheart?”

“Oh yes, Mr. Kona, I have really been around. Oh gosh, I didn’t mean that to sound the way it did. I am really NOT that kind of girl…..But, yes, like you, I started out as a bunch of rejected, uneven, unmatched flowery pieces of fabric. Eventually a very talented lady in Buffalo, New York in the USA (do you know where that is? Not close to The Outback at all!  In fact, Buffalo is on the other side of the world from The Outback!) Anyway, this talented lady is very dedicated to Quilts Beyond Borders and makes all kinds of quilt tops out of us rejected scraps. Scraps, ugh.  Isn’t that an awful word? I prefer to think I was created from little beauties-in-waiting.”

“I travelled as a little quilt top from this lady’s studio in Buffalo to another place in the United States called Connecticut where I was fixed-up – oh gosh, there I go again, with some fancy quilting stuff, folded back up, packed in another box with others just like me, and shipped off, yet again to a place called Massachusetts. In Massachusetts I was stretched from stem to stern on a monstrous machine. Geez, I hated that machine! Wasn’t it in the olden days that people stretched the bad guys on monstrous machines as a form of punishment? Well, anyway, I survived that ordeal, and turned out to be just fine, in fact, quite beautiful, I’m told, in the end.”

“But you are right, I wasn’t close to being done with all this traveling yet. This time I was jammed in a box with so many others like me to what I thought was my final destination.  But, to my chagrin, I ended up back at the house in Connecticut where I just laid there, folded on a shelf (where no one could appreciate my beauty or genuine warmth) waiting to hear about my next stop. I was not happy about that. It seemed to me it was about time for me to arrive in a child’s arms, as I had been promised so long ago.”

“I hear you. Wow, you know what, I think we really might have met a long time ago because I, too, spent some time at that house in Connecticut. I got sent from Australia to Connecticut and then, you are not going to believe this, I went to Canada for a while – and ended up stretched out on one of those monster machines! I agree – ouch!! But it did me a world of good. Like people getting face lifts, I suppose, quilts don’t look right until they get all that Work done….The Connecticut lady thought it was so cool that she was the intermediary between Australia and Canada. Big deal, I thought. Let’s get on with this.”

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“Right, my friend, and so now, after all that, here we are, finally meeting, stuffed in a box, very close together. Mmm, this is so romantic. Doesn’t get much cozier than this. We both look pretty spiffy, too. I’m so glad I don’t look a wreck now that I have met you.”
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“This IS fun, but I am really excited to think about the end of this trip because I think, at last we will be in the arms of a couple of little children. And I think you and I might be together – forever. Do you think we could get cots next to one another? Let’s see if we can work that out.”
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Karen Matheson
Northeast Regional Coordinator
Connecticut/Rhode Island
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2015, What a Year We Had!

January 10, 2016

Well we’ve all been busy and this blog post is late, but I promise, it’s a good one! I want to tell you about how we ended with our commitments during 2015 and also share some pictures of quilts that have been sent and received.
Let’s first talk about some of the quilts that were sent last year. Most of these quilts below went to Syrian refugee children in Jordan and to the Navajo of Bennet Freeze. I want to thank Joy McAuley for piecing and Linda Brammer for machine quilting these tops.

The second set of photos are quilts that have been delivered to the Downs Syndrome School in Guatemala. The smiles on the faces of these children should convince you that your quilts are cherished.

We do ask that the organization that makes the delivery try to take pictures of the children with the quilts. Many times this is easier said than done. There are times that the receiving organization will not allow the children to be photographed; other times it gets so hectic and photos are not taken. Please be assured that the quilts are going to the children, so you have no worries there. If you have Facebook, we recently shared some photos from the Salaam Cultural Museum (Syrian refugee children) and pictures of some of the Navajo. Do not worry though, we will also do a blog post with these pictures if you don’t have Facebook.

 

Last year we had been asked to commit over 1100 quilts and we were able to deliver nearly 1200 quilts! It just astonishes me the generosity of our volunteers. Here are the raw numbers, the first number was the target, the second number was what we committed, and the third number was what we sent.

Salaam Cultural Museumtrauma centers & refugee camps, Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza:  480 / 578 / 571
Downs Sydrome School – Guatemala:   120 / 120 / 148
Micro Orphanage Haiti:  20 / 20 / 25
Christ the Center Ministries Primary and Nursery School – Uganda:         168 / 150 / 168
Forgotten People – Bennett Freeze:  200 / 200 / 215
Peruvian Orphanage:  60 / 60  / 35 (note group could only take 35)
Pathfinders in South Dakota:  14
TOTAL  1176 sent

Finally, without you, our volunteers, there is no way we could provide the amount of quilts that we do to children throughout the world. Thank you so much.
Regards, Tina