Archive for June, 2016

June FQC Winner and Beautiful Quilts from Shirley, Linda, Donna, and Marcia

June 30, 2016

To those who signed up to participate in our Fat Quarter Challenge at the IQF last fall, it’s a great time to submit your completed quilts and improve your chances of winning the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop before the flood of quilts we will receive in the fall!  Every month we put ALL the names of the Fat Quarter participants who have sent us quilts into a drawing, and one person is the winner of the gift certificate.   The earlier you submit your quilts, the more opportunities you will have to be in the monthly drawing.

Our fat quarter challenge winner for the month of June is Marci Roberts of Moyie Springs, Idaho.   Congratulations, Marci!

Following are some of the quilts we’ve received over the last month or so:

Shirley Rhodes sent us these 8 beautiful quilts:


Longarmer Linda Roush set us these 5 lovely quilts:

This cheerful quilt is from Fat Quarter Participant Marcia Karns:  Marcia Karns

Donna Sciandra (who has been anointed QBB’s Most Prolific Quilter for the hundreds of quilts and tops she’s sent us over the last 6 years or so) sent us these two wonderful quilts:

The final quilt is from a top that my friend Brenda Barnett found in a thrift shop.  Someone apparently gave up on it a bit too early!  Brenda brought it to me and I longarmed it.  I have no idea who the piecer was, but she did a great job!

Carla & Unk

Great thanks to all of the wonderful quilters who gave us all these beautiful quilts!  Some will be headed to Ethiopia with me in September.  Others will be going to orphanages in India or to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, or Greece.  I know the children who receive these wonderful quilts will appreciate them greatly!





FQ Challenge for May and More Quilts to Syrian Refugees

June 23, 2016

During May we did not receive any fat quarter quilts for the challenge, however, anyone that has sent in a FQ quilt prior to this time is still entered in the drawing every month.  Our winner of the $25 gift certificate from the FQ Shop  ( is Kay McKinnon of Grand Blanc, MI.  She is a devoted and talented quilter who sends us about 20 quilts per year.  Congrats Kay!  Here is a picture of some of her quilts submitted recently.

FQC K McKinnon

Regards, Karen V FQ Challenge Coordinator

Now for quilts that have traveled to Jordan for Syrian refugees.  These beautiful quilts were made by the following quilters. Louise Bird and Ellen Janes pieced and quilted their two quilts. The other eight quilts were pieced by Dede Cranford, Theola Breaux, Julie Richards, and Susan Schmidt. The quilting was done by Heidi Oliver, Laural Hertel, Mary Craft, and Tomme Fent. Hover or click on each quilt to see who made them. We have been told by the group delivering the quilts that the people receiving them are so grateful and cherish their quilts!

Thanks to all our volunteers for making these beautiful quilts that will warm the hearts of these children receiving them.

Susan Schmidt  Northwest Regional Coordinator


More Beautiful Quilts! For Syrian Refugees, and Orphans in India and Ethiopia

June 20, 2016

Today I’ll be featuring quilts that will be going to Ethiopia me in September, as well as some that have already headed to Syrian Refugees with Salaam Cultural Museum, as well as to India with Orphan Outreach (OO), an organization in Plano, Texas that works with orphans around the world.  We’ve provided quilts to OO for many years, which went to places like Russia, Romania, Guatemala, and India.  They’ve always got something wonderful going on.  For more information, see their website here:

First, please view these lovely quilts that our Regional Coordinator in North Carolina, Noreen Fling, packaged up and sent off with volunteers from Cherokee Gives Back.  They’re headed to Ethiopia, and will be among the ones I give out when I get to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  These were made by many wonderful quilters in Noreen’s area, and unfortunately I don’t have the names of them — but if you recognize your quilt in these pictures, let me know and I’ll be happy to give credit where credit is due!  Thank you all!


The next group of pictures show quilts from Gail Hardy.  These have already left for SCM.  So bright and cheerful, I know they will brighten up the Syrian Refugee camp where they land, whether it’s in Jordan, Lebanon, or Greece.


The next group of quilts are from Georgia Goebel.   They will be heading to Ethiopia with me, I believe.  All were beautifully quilted by Georgia.  The first one was pieced by Jeanne, and the fourth one was pieced by one of our most prolific “toppers”, Audrey Murphy.

The next four adorable quilts are quilted by Sue Joos, and pieced by Theola Breaux, Donna Drost, and Kim Bell.  I believe these are all destined to go with OO for orphans in India.

The final two quilts are by Lorie Riopel, and are likely going to Ethiopia with me.  Very pretty!  (EDITED:  Earlier I identified these quilts as being sent by Lori Roelse.  Lori Roelse send me a note and set me straight.  My apologies for my mistake, Lorie Riopel!  These are lovely quilts, and I want to credit them correctly!  Thanks!)


To get a closer look at any of these quilts, click on them in the blog.  And to see who was responsible for each of them, hover your cursor over the thumbnail to see how they are named, because whenever we know, we will include the names of the quilters in the title of the photo.

Great thanks to all the wonderful quilters who created these lovely quilts for us!  I know the children who receive them will cherish them for their warmth, comfort and beauty!





Beautiful Quilts for Syrian Refugees, and a Future Trip to Ethiopia

June 4, 2016

Quilts Beyond Borders (QBB) is ramping up for a busy summer this year. Already we’ve provided quilts to be taken to Rwanda, Zaire, Jordan, Greece, Macedonia, India, Haiti, and a camp in the US for children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

Typically the quilts we give to needy children and orphans are 40-45″ wide by 48-60″ long, but occasionally we receive requests for quilts that are larger or smaller than that.  We’re currently finishing up an initiative to provide 200 baby quilts to expectant and new mothers living in Syrian Refugee camps. The baby quilts will be packaged in “Baby Boxes”, along with other baby supplies new infants need, and the boxes can be used for the baby to sleep in. The Baby Box concept was initially developed in Finland to help out new mothers and lower infant mortality there in the 1930’s, and it’s a great way to help out these mothers who are giving birth under incredibly difficult circumstances. For more information about Baby Boxes, see this

We work with Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM) to get the quilts over to the Syrian Refugee camps. SCM does humanitarian and medical work in the camps. One of our Regional Coordinators, Susan Schmidt, spent some time with Rita Zawaideh, the Director of SCM. The following excerpt from Susan’s email to the rest of us is something I want to pass along.

“Rita said things are bad in the refugee camps, women beginning to struggle with depression and there have been some suicides because they have been in the camps so long. I don’t think I realized just how much our quilts mean to the women and children there. Rita said the women cry when they get them and absolutely love them. They can’t believe people from America would do this for them. They are cherished and taken with them when they leave the camps. Everyone needs to know how much Rita appreciates us and how much we mean to her. Even she is amazed that people who have no ties to the Middle East would make such beautiful quilts to donate.”

Here are some of the beautiful baby quilts that will be going to new mothers in the Syrian Refugee camps.  These quilts were made by Brenda Barnett, Bettijean Meyer, Eleanor MacMillan, Jeanne Ayers, Jill Ruesch, Sue Wood and myself.  Brenda and I did our quilts together, using some Unfinished Objects (UFO) blocks that were sent to us by Hollis McCright, and using the “Stitch & Flip” method of quilting — it was a lot of fun!  To see who made each quilt, hover your cursor over the thumbnail.  To get a closer look, click on it.

Now that we’ve completed the Baby Box effort for the year (there will be another Baby Box effort next year as well), we’re continuing to provide at least 20 quilts a month to SCM for the camps. Many of them travel with medical or humanitarian volunteers, and others travel via container ship, used as packing for medical equipment until they reach their destination, where they are delivered to children who are delighted to receive them. Many of the camps are in mountainous areas, which get very cold at night, especially in the winter, so the families cherish the quilts that are received by the children. They are, quite literally, lifesaving.

For more about SCM and the Baby Box initiative, take a look at this article from the Seattle Times:

Working with Orphan Outreach (a charity in Plano, Texas that works with orphanages around the world) QBB will be providing more quilts for their volunteers to take to an orphanage in India during the summer. They will be taking more than 150 in two deliveries.

In September I will be going back to Ethiopia, along with 2 or 3 other volunteers and 200-250 quilts to be given children in orphanages there. We will also be teaching some sewing skills to indigent women to help them develop the means to earn a living. It’s always a wonderful trip for me, as I spent my “Wonder Years” in Ethiopia, and it’s always great to get back there. I’m looking forward to bringing some of the beautiful quilts lovingly made by wonderful quilters from the US and Canada to provide to the orphans there.

Thank you all for making this possible!


Quilts to Syrian Refugees and to Ethiopia

June 1, 2016

We have a wonderful showing of quilts today.  Some of these quilts have been shipped to Ethiopia and some will be shipped to Syrian refugee children.

These quilts are headed to Ethiopia this fall and were quilted by Sharon Pudwell.


The following quilts were made by Donna Sciandra, Joy McAuley, Mary Alice Kolpak and Mary Verrico and I quilted many of them.  These have already been sent to the Salaam Cultural Museum for the  June shipment to Greece for the Syrian refugee children.

The quilts are beautiful and we really can’t thank our volunteers enough.