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The Navajo Nation of Bennett Freeze 2016 Quilt Delivery

December 29, 2016

Smiles were overflowing when over 300 quilts made by  QBB volunteers were given to children and elderly from the Navajo Nation of Bennett Freeze.  This year marked the img_1642fourth year that QBB has provided quilts to this area of the Navajo Nation.  Marsha Monestersky has coordinated the delivery and provided the information below.

“This year, almost all the quilts were given out in Leupp in the southern portion of the Navajo Nation, also in the Bennett Freeze area consisting of more than 1.5 million areas (including Hopi Partition Land impacted by the Freeze, a total of 2 million acres). And we focused more on the youth while also serving some elderly.

Polly Peshlakai and I wore Santa hats as we gave away more than 200 quilts at Leupp Boarding school to youth from kindergarten to 12th grade for kids living in a vast reach of remote areas in the southern portion of the Navajo Nation in homes that do not have running water  

and electricity and are not able to travel back and forth to to attend school.  In addition  with the principal of the school and the secretary, we boxed up quilts for teachers to give home schooled children. 

In addition, we gave away about 50 quilts at the Leupp senior center and to elderly in their homes in Leupp.

To give you an idea of how big the Bennett Freeze is, at 1.5 million acres, it is bigger than Delaware, which is 1.251 million acres.

Thank you Quilts Beyond Borders! You are helping Navajo youth and elderly feel loved.  You are all sooo amazing! 

With our great appreciation,
From these photos, it’s so easy to see how giving can be more wonderful than receiving.   My heart just melted seeing the smiles on the children’s faces and how some of the elderly were immediately wrapping themselves in the quilts.  Kudos to all of our volunteers at QBB!
Happy Holidays!  Tina
NOTE:  Edited to correct comparable size.  Prior typo on the decimal point!  Oooops! Sorry! 

November FQ Challenge Winner

December 7, 2016

Congratulations to Diane Hamm from Ellington, CT for winning the first month’s drawing.  I just love how someone can take a FQ and use their stash to complete a beautiful quilt.  I recently moved to my dream farm in VA, so I thought it would be fitting to photograph this quilt with my goats and mountains in the background.


During the Houston International Quilt Festival, we hand out a fat quarter and quilt pattern for participants to take home and return a finished quilt to us for a child.  When you return a completed quilt, you are entered in a monthly drawing for a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.   Thanks so much FQ Shop!  Additionally, if you turn in a quilt in one month, you will still be entered in the monthly drawing each successive month until the program ends in September.

Normally this post would feature all the quilts returned in the month for the FQ Challenge.  As it turned out, I only received Diane’s quilt, so as the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm.  If you are participating in the FQ Challenge, I would encourage you to get that quilt returned soon for more chances to win.

Happy Holidays! Tina