The Story of the Starfish

Do you all know the story of the starfish? A beachcomber noticed many hundreds of starfish recently washed up on the beach. He started tossing them back into the water, one at a time. A second beachcomber happened by and commented that his effort wasn’t going to make much difference, was it? Well, said the first man, it makes a difference to THIS one, as he tossed yet another starfish back into the life-giving water.

As we continue to hear the horror stories coming out of the camps of Syrian refugees I continue to hope that our quilts will indeed bring a message of love and caring to at least one refugee. We can’t fix the situation nor can we reach every one, but we CAN make a difference to some. We hear that our quilts bring a smile to the faces of all who are lucky enough to receive one and know that we care.

You have been particularly generous and prolific this winter! I have been happily overwhelmed with boxes and boxes of quilts, tops, cut squares and fabric. I think you feel the desperation, too, as I do. Keep it coming! And, as you know, I will do my best to let you know where your quilts end up.

Today I am sending the 20 baby-sized quilts pictured below to our contact in Seattle for delivery to the refugee babies. Follow the pictures left to right, the quilts within the pictures, left to right.

Simsbury (CT) United Methodist Church’s Prayers and Squares group came up with a very unique idea. During Rally Day they set up a table loaded with quilt fabric and asked for folks to choose a design and fabric that could then be stitched by the group and dedicated to a person of their choice. Four of the quilts shown below were made from that project.

A special welcome to Mary Gridley, a new volunteer from Connecticut and a huge thank you to our many repeat quilters in the Northeast Region.

Picture #1: Pieced by Marsha Johnson, FLA; quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek, NY.
Made by Jan Baker, CT.
Two pieced by Lee O’Connor, CT; one quilted by Fran Fink, MA; one by Peggy Thomsen, CT.
Starfish Post (1)
Picture #2: Made by Jan Bennett, CT (designed by Melinda Lazor in memory of grandson, Calum.)
Made by Donna Sciandra, NY.
Starfish Post (2)
Picture #3: Four quilts made by Leesa Plude, CT (designed by Ben and Nei in honor of Nana; by Ben and Colin in honor of Nana; in memory of Leesa’s   mother, Edna Stewart).
Starfish Post (3)
Picture #4: Pieced by Sheila Hughes, MA;  quilted by Barbra Buckley, CT.
Pieced by Shirley Tucker; quilted by Barbra Buckley, CT
Made by Barbra Buckley, CT.
Starfish Post (4)
Picture #5: Made by Mary Gridley, CT
Two quilts pieced by Hong Chang, Australia; one quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek, NY; one by Peggy Thomsen, CT.
Starfish Post (5)
Picture #6:  Four quilts made by Mary Gridley, CT.
Starfish Post (6)
Karen Matheson
Northeast Regional Coordinator
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From the Northwest & Beyond: Quilts for the Forgotten Navajo of Bennett Freeze 2016

We are so grateful for the help of so many quilters and the beautiful quilts they sent for the Forgotten Navajo People in Bennett Freeze Arizona. Our group sent out 142 quilts that included quilts from the Sunshine Quilters and quilts we received at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. They were delivered this past December for Christmas. Below are the quilts sent and if you click on the picture you will see who made and quilted them. Pictures of the delivery are also on the blog and you can see by the smiling faces that they loved the quilts! It’s wonderful to know that so many people were warmer this winter. We couldn’t do this without you!

Susan Schmidt, Northwest Regional Coordinator

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More Quilts for Jeremiah’s Letter, Inc.

Last fall we sent quilts to Jeremiah’s Letter, Inc. (see blog post from September) in Dayton, OH.   As a reminder,  Jeremiah’s Letter shares services and goods with its guests in the inner city of Dayton Ohio, including household goods such as quilts and kitchenware, clothing, two hot meals a week, and assistance in obtaining certified copies of birth certificates. Many of the individuals who are helped are children who live in very challenging environments.   Since the last supply of quilts we sent was low, we were asked to send some more.  They never know when a child will need a quilt so it is good to have some on hand.

From our Regional Coordinator, Noreen Fling in NC, she sent the following quilts that were made by Barbara Fyffe and Audrey Murphey.

B FyffeA MurpheyA Murphey (2)

The next set of quilts are from our North East Regional Coordinator, Karen Matheson and the quilts are identified as follows:

Position cursor over photo for Picture #, noting quilts in each from left to right:
Picture #1: Two (very large) quilts pieced by Nettie Petersen, Texas (of course!); quilted by Karen Matheson (yikes, nearly didn’t fit in tiny Rhode Island…)
                        Quilt by Susan Elliott, CT
Picture #2: Quilt by Susan Elliott, CT
                        Quilt by Linda Dranchak, ME
                       Quilt by Phyllis Weibe, Canada
Picture #3:  Quilt by Phyllis Weibe, Canada
Two quilts by Donna Motyl, CT; one quilted by Karen Matheson, CT
Picture #4: Quilt  pieced by Marsha Johnson, FLA; quilted by Fran Fink, MA
Quilt by Sheila Hughes, MA
Quilt pieced by Jean Unger, PA; quilted by Peggy Thomsen, CT
Picture #5: Quilt pieced by Whitewright Church of Christ, Texas; quilted by Karen Matheson, CT
Quilt pieced by Jean Unger, PA; quilted by Barbra Buckley, CT
Quilt by  Phyllis Weibe, Canada
Picture #6:  Quilt pieced by Jean Unger, PA; quilted by Peggy Thomsen, CT
Quilt by Fran Fink, MA
Quilt by Linda Dranchak, ME
This time we were asked to send larger quilts for some of the older children.   QBB continues to ask for quilts for small children (cot sized, 42 x 48-60”) and baby sized (36 x 36” – 45 x 45”) for the little ones in the refugee camps (since we send to the Syrian refugees on a regular basis) but every once in a while we receive a larger quilt, so we wait for just the right call.
Thanks to all of our volunteers for brightening the day of a child.
Regards, Noreen & Karen

Puppies, Wind & February FQ Challenge Quilts

Well I took photos of the two FQ quilts that were submitted in February for the FQ Challenge.  Needless to say, between the wind blowing and puppies trying to help hold down the quilt or steal my shoes, it was a bit challenging.  However, how can you not enjoy some photos of our new pups, Jake and Jasper along with their great mentor, Jaxson.

Congratulations this month to Donna Sciandra for winning the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The Fat Quarter Shop has been wonderful to us and please, if you haven’t visited their site, take some time to check it out.

The two quilts I received in February  are from Donna Sciandra (her 2nd for the challenge) from Buffalo, NY and JoAnne Sheppard from Keller, TX and quilted by Judith North from Richland Hills, TX.

If you have signed up for our FQ Challenge, please remember that the earlier you submit your completed quilt, the more chances you have to win the gift certificate.  The random generator this month actually chose Donna’s name from her January quilt.

Cheers!  Tina

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