Archive for August, 2016

August Fat Quarter Challenge

August 30, 2016

This was a month of brilliant, exciting colors.  I received four quilts this month from Susan Seward, Superior, CO; Kathy Heagle, Johnson City, TN; Lauren Eisenmenger, Boston, MA; and Nancy Eisenmenger, Houston, TX.  If you hover over the photos, you can see who made each quilt.

I loved each one and relish the fact that they are going to make a child in need sooo happy and warm.  Thank you to all who submitted quilts to the fat quarter challenge.  You, your time and  your talent are most appreciated.

Congratulations to Susan Seward, this month’s winner of the $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.  Remember, there is one month left in this year’s FQ Challenge.  You could possibly win the September $25 drawing or the full year $100 cash award.

Cheers, Karen Vanderstoep


Quilts from the Northeast Region

August 18, 2016

It’s a collaborative effort of love and talent. The creation of these 20 quilts, which have become soft, cheerful ambassadors for orphans and refugees around the world takes many hands.  From as far away as Australia and Florida and as close as CT, New Jersey, Maine and Massachusetts piecers, quilters, binders, fabric cutters and fabric donors have worked together to make these particular quilts, now destined for the Syrian refugees being assisted by The Saalam Cultural Museum. The Northeast QBB Region is a prolific and talented bunch! It is with great joy that I continue as Northeast Regional Coordinator from my home in Rhode Island.

Since many of the quilts are a collaborative effort, you can identify the makers by the picture # associated with the photo.

Picture 1: Three quilts by Sheila Hughes

Picture 2: Two quilts by Jan Baker

Picture 3: Three quilts by Debbie Hendricks, one on the left is pieced by Quilting for Christ Ministry

Picture 4: Pieced by Marsha Johnson, and Quilting for Christ Ministry; quilted by Linda Dranchak and Fran Fink

Picture 5: Pieced by Karen Matheson, quilted by Fran Fink

Picture 6: All pieced by Kelly Chladill, quilted by Terri Desmond, Fran Fink and Linda Dranchak

Picture 7: Pieced by Hong Chang, quilted by Fran Fink and Linda Dranchak; baby blue quilt by Linda Dranchak

Cheers, Karen Matheson


Baby Quilts for Baby Boxes

August 15, 2016


The majority of our quilts are provided to children to children that are in orphanages around the world, but occasionally we provide quilts to other efforts and sometimes those needs aren’t the “standard” size of 40-45″ wide by 48-60″ long . Earlier this year, one of those requests came from the Salaam Cultural Museum, who does an amazing amount of work to try and make the lives of Syrian refugees a little better and has provided hundreds of our quilts to children over the last 2 years.

This year they started a new effort to send baby boxes to refugee camps in Jordan and Greece. If you (like me!) have never heard of a “baby box”, it is a concept that started in Finland in the 1930s to help new mothers keep their new babies warm and have a place to sleep. It remarkably changed the infant mortality rate to make Finland one of the safest places in the world for newborns. The ideas has been adopted on several other continents, including the United States, and the contents of the box are modified for climates and cultural differences but the main goal is to provide all newborns with some of the basic necessities. You can read about one such effort in at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia here:                                                                                          
and one in London here

So, to assist with baby boxes for the Syrians in refugee camps, we have provided 200 quilts this year and one of our Regional Coordinators also put together an effort to provide 100 receiving blankets. I am fortunate enough to have a “secret weapon” in my “quilt posse”. Linda Roush sends me quilts every month, and she heard that we needed baby quilts so she suspended her work on the regular size quilts and sent these 6 beauties specifically for the babies. They are now at the Salaam Cultural Museum to be packed and sent to where they are needed. The baby boxes should arrive at their destination in the fall and just in time to keep babies warm in the coldest months of the year. Thank you, Linda, for helping us meet our goal!


If you would still like to help, you can send supplies directly the SCM by using their Wish List on Amazon. I sent some diapers and diaper pins since I can’t imagine being a mom without them!  Here’s the link:




Quilts from the Northwest

August 12, 2016

These 20 beautiful quilts went to the Salaam Cultural Museum for the Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Greece. They were made by Karen Okerstrom, Lauren Kerns, Nancy Miller, Judy Warner, Leona Ross, June Berry, Theola Breaux, Peggy Alexander, Carolyn Sower, Lana Davis, Sharon Turvaville, and Susan Schmidt. Many were quilted by Robin Reilly, Laural Hertel, Kim Walsh, Rhonda Adler, Tomme Fent, and Jessica Newton.

To see who made each quilt, click or hover over the thumbnails.  If you click on them, you’ll be able to see a larger version.   The pictures don’t do them justice.  I know they will be loved and cherished by the children who receive them, especially as the winter draws near!  Thanks to everyone for making it possible to help the children and families in the refugee camps.

Susan Schmidt   Northwest Regional Coordinator

Camp Heartland

August 9, 2016

Each summer children affected by HIV/AIDS go to Camp Heartland, a camp established to give these children the opportunity to spend time with others who share their experience without stigma or judgment, and allow them to enjoy just being children. This year these great quilts were waiting for them there.

Sandy Briskin and Claire & Kay pieced and quilted their two quilts. The piecers for the other quilts were Janet & Carol Jean Hubbard, Kay & Lynn, Nanny K, Noreen, Theola Breaux and Susan Schmidt. The quilting was done by Kim Walsh, Mary Craft, Laurel Hertel, Tomme Fent, Delleen Kompkoff, and Robin Reilly. You can hover or click on the pictures to see the names of who pieced and quilted them. I’m sure the children loved them!

Susan Schmidt  Northwest Regional Coordinator

July FQ Challenge Winner, Shout out to Pacific Fabrics, & Facebook Change

August 5, 2016

Guess it’s easy to tell when it’s summer since we didn’t receive any FQ Challenge quilts in July, but we still have a winner.  The July winner is  Donna Kanealii of Mililani, Hawaii; she will receive a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  There is still time for those of you that picked up fat quarters at Houston last year to get your completed quilt into us and be eligible for a monthly prize and/or the annual prize of $100.  If you need an address where to send the quilt, please contact us at our email (  Here is a photo of the quilt that Donna had sent us in January.


We want to send a big thank you to Pacific Fabrics for donating  two 30-yard rolls of batting for our quilts.  Stop by 1 of their 4 stores in the Seattle area and browse through the many bolts of quilting fabric and meet the wonderful staff.  We really do rely on donations, so thank you!

And finally a bit of administrative information concerning our Facebook account.  We switched from a private account to a non-profit account.  If you had been following us and for some reason, we are no longer showing on your feed, please go to our new account and like us there.

Stay cool, Tina