Archive for April, 2016

Odyssey of Ozington and his Quilt

April 26, 2016

Quilting for charity is a wonderful experience where you can practice new techniques, spend some time doing something you love, and make a needy child or orphan very happy as a result of your work. At QBB we try to post pictures of as many quilts as we can on our blog when we receive them. We also try to take photos of deliveries whenever we can, and post them to the blog so you can see your quilt delivered to an excited child. Sometimes the orphanages don’t allow pictures or sometimes the groups that transport quilts for us get so excited giving out quilts that they forget to take photos, so it doesn’t always happen. I’ve always thought of our posting pictures of the deliveries as sort of “the end” of the story of making or receiving a top, getting it to a longarm quilter, finishing it up, packing it up, and giving it to a child.

Every once in awhile, though, I get a reminder that the creation and delivery of the quilt is just the beginning. We got one of those earlier this year, when we received a message from an adoptive mother that said this:

“I have long wanted to thank your organization for providing my son with a lovely quilt while he was in an orphanage in Ethiopia. We brought it home as a keepsake 3 years ago now and it is a lovely reminder of human generosity and kindness. I hope you know these lovely quilts go to beautiful children who deeply appreciate them. Thank you sincerely from my family to all of you, Jessa R.”

Wow!! Just reading the comment made me tear up! And since I’d gone to Ethiopia 3 years ago, with a couple of friends and about 200 quilts, I wondered if Jessa and I had been there at the same time. Jessa and I started corresponding, and quickly discovered that we were there the same week. While she wasn’t at the orphanage at the exact time we were there, we had posted a picture of her son, being hugged by one of my friends as he received a quilt, on a blog post I posted in May of 2012, when I returned from that trip.

(You can see more details of our 2012 trip by searching on “installment”, as I posted “Installments 1-7” about the trip.)

Here’s the picture of Jessa’s son, Ozington, with my friend, Linda Visentin McDaniel, on the day we gave out the quilts and a couple of pictures of Ozington and his new parents.

Oz - with LindaOz - with Mom - JessaOz - with Mom & Dad

Jessa made a beautiful video of their trip to Ethiopia to get Ozington and has shared it with us at this Youtube URL:

Jessa keeps in touch with several other couples that she met, also adopting on the same trip. They get together frequently, so she sent my blog link to them, and pretty soon she said they were all very emotional: “A lot of emotions from wanting to squeeze our kids extra tight to being so thankful for the kindness of strangers.”

Here are some pictures of Ozington’s little friends, who were also adopted by Canadian couples, as they received the quilts in the orphanage.  The following pictures show my friend, Brenda Barnett with Rumi, and the other picture shows Chance.  As it turned out Ozington’s little pal, Chance, was originally photographed with the quilt that Ozington eventually took home with him – I guess some trading went on after we left!

Jessa also sent us some pictures of the children, still pals, now at home in Canada

Jessa also sent us a picture of Ozington’s quilt label, so we know that his quilt was pieced by the Sisterhood of the Thimble in Martinsburg, WV, and quilted by one of the longarmers in the guild I belong to in Illinois, NILAG member Emma Everett.

Oz - Quilt Label

Ladies, thank you for doing such a lovely job on this quilt! It has traveled back and forth across the Atlantic, and all these years later it is still treasured by the little boy who received it!

Oz - With Quilt in 2016

Great thanks to Jessa Rodenburgh for sharing her story, pictures and video with us.  We wish you all great luck, love and happiness together always!




The Quilts are Blooming!

April 15, 2016

Finally here in Maryland, the weather is beginning to look and act like spring.  It’s so nice to be able to take pictures of quilts outside.  Today we have a beautiful bouquet of quilts.  Most of these will be going to Ethiopia this fall.

When you scroll over the pictures you can see the names of the volunteers involved.  The quilts from Katy Sweigart (MI) and Melissa Snyder (IN) did not have piecers’ names on the labels on the back of them so we are assuming that they pieced and quilted the quilts themselves or they received the quilts from us with no labels with piecers’ names included.  Sometimes identifications get separated from the tops if we’re getting a lot at once (like we do at the Houston IQF) and sometimes the piecers just don’t identify themselves to us. Please let us know if you know who pieced these, so we can give credit where credit is due!   Also featured is a quilt from Barbara Baker (MI) and two pieced by Barbara Peterson (NYC) and quilted by me.

A quick note about labels on the quilts.  We ask that you could provide labels on the back of the tops and quilts for a few reasons.  First we like the children to know that a specific person(s) made the quilt for them;  we also leave a space for the child’s name to be written on it.  Many times these quilts are their sole possession, besides the clothes they have, so being able to have their quilt marked just for them is important.  Also, it helps the Regional Coordinators if a label is already attached to the quilt and saves us some time.

The labels can be as simple as a piece of muslin (the one below is about 3×5 inches) and written with the information using a permanent ink pen such as a sharpie or you can use a printer.  Here are pictures of some labels.  Just remember that the labels need to be machine stitched onto the quilt, please don’t be concerned about hiding that stitching; it’s more important for the label to be affixed permanently.

Thanks everyone for providing these quilts to make some children feel loved and warm.  We’re looking forward to a beautiful weekend and hope the same for you.

Cheers, Tina

Quilt Your Heart Out Podcast & More Photos

April 13, 2016

Probably two months ago, one of our Regional Coordinators, Susan Schmidt ran into Mary Fons and told her about Quilts Beyond Borders.  Well Mary was very excited about our organization and she and her mother, Marianne, will give us a shout out on their podcast tomorrow, April 14th.  Here’s a bit from Mary’s letter to us:

“If you’re not familiar, the QYHO podcast is new and is hosted by me and my mom, Marianne Fons. It’s a call-in advice show for quilters and each week we feature a “social media shoutout.” You’re our “social media shoutout” on the April 14th show! We told our listeners (many thousands already) about QBB’s mission and directed people to your website/blog (via ours, simply in hopes they’ll be as interested and inspired as I was when I learned about your work.”

So please visit their site  and you will be able to send in questions and listen to their podcast.

Recently I had the chance to quilt some quilts from one of our prolific quilters, Joy McAuley, from MD.  I am always amazed how people can put together scrap quilts cause I have the hardest time doing that.  As you can see, Joy, took lots of fabric pieces to make the squares.  Two of these larger quilts will be headed to Syrian Refugee children and the rest will be going to Ethiopia.  Can you tell it was a windy day while photographing these?

Quilts for Orphan Outreach from Dec2015 and March 2016 FQ Challenge

April 6, 2016

Due to some technical difficulties with blogger, we have been having problems posting photos, etc.  However, we are working through these issues and will start posting more photos from prior deliveries.  With that said, here are some beautiful quilts that were sent to Guatemala.  First I would like to mention the piecers and quilters that donated their time and love to work on these quilts.  (Some do not have the full names listed because they were not listed on the quilt label or information from the box it was shipped in.)

Piecer’s:  Theola Breaux, Shelley North, Katherine Markle, Cheryl M., Mary H., Audrey Murphy, Betty Cunningham, Sherry Brooks, Kim Bennett, Falecia Bruton, Connie Harrison, Nancy Miller & Ann D.

Quilters:  Jean Clarkson, Hollie McNeely, Rheta Grove, Melodie Bachelder, Jeannie R.

Pieced and Quilted:  Alice Bott, Joyce McCorquodale, Ruth O. & Christ Ministries, Judy Wood & No Strings Attached, Tammy S. & The Sunshine Quilt Guild

All of these quilts are absolutely lovely and we know the children that received them will love them.

Now for the March Fat Quarter Challenge, the winner for March is Martha Drabiski of Elkton, FL.  Congratulations on winning the $25 gift certificate from the FQ Shop.  We also received quilts from Trudy Pickle, Austin; Kay McKinnon, MI; and Deb Heen, ND.  There are times where we need quilts quickly and they are immediately sent to the children.  So unfortunately, we do not have photos of Deb’s or Trudy’s quilts, but trust that the children are already loving them.  And some of the quilters that submitted FQ challenge quilts also sent some extras, always a nice surprise for us.  Here are some quilts from the March entries.

Just a reminder that if you submit a FQ Challenge quilt, you will be entered in the successive month’s contest until we end it for this year.  So if you entered in March and didn’t win, don’t worry, you still have a chance to win each month through September of this year.

Thanks everyone for creating these lovely quilts that will become a cherished gift for a child.

Cheers, Tina