Volusia County Homeless

This winter Quilts Beyond Borders joined with the Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild from New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida, to work on an initiative to provide quilts to homeless students enrolled in the Volusia County School District.  There are currently more than 2000 homeless students enrolled in school in Volusia County, and while it doesn’t get as cold in Florida as it does in the North, during the winter temperatures regularly dip into the 40s and 50s at night which can be very cold when you are living in a car, a tent in a campground, or a public space.

Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild became aware of the desperate plight of these children and asked us to help them achieve an initial goal of giving at least 100 of these kids a quilt via the district’s Homeless Education Liaison.   Between the Guild and the generous donors of Quilts Beyond Borders, I think the final total was closer to 125.   They were very gratefully received, as you can see from some of the thank you notes we received!  (Names of the children have been covered to protect the privacy of the children.)  If the picture is too small to read, click on it to see it larger.

The following 10 quilts were sent to us by Karen Matheson, our Northeast Regional Coordinator and Secretary, who received them from  quilters in the Northeast. To determine the number of the picture, please hover your cursor over the picture:

  • Picture #1: Made by Barbra Buckley, Made by Pat Wildman, Made by Sandy Morawski, Made by Donna Dellacamera and Corrinne.
  • Picture #2: All three quilts made by Frances Fink.
  • Picture #3: Made by Kit Gibby, quilted by Terri Desmond; Made by Jan Bennett, quilted by Karen Matheson; made by Fran Fink.

The next quilts were received from Noreen Fling, our Regional Coordinator located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Contributors included Rare Quilting LLC of Indiana, Audrey Murphey, Sharon Pudwell and Barbara Fyffe.

Noreen picture 1Noreen picture 2

The following quilts were sent by our Northwest Coordinator, Susan Schmidt in Oregon.

  • Picture 1 –  Quilts made by: Anna Karras; Tomme Fent; Susan Ainsworth; Theola Breaux and Mary O; Carol Egan and Carla Triemer.
  • Picture 2 – Quilts made by:  Barb K and Becky G; Marci R and Rhonda A; Sunshine Quilters of CA; Donna S and Heidi’s Garden Quilting; Linda Fujimoto; Sunshine Quilters

Susan picture 1Susan picture 2

Thes next quilts came to us from Tina Freudenberger, our Vice President, who received them from Mary Verrico Joy McAuley, and Barbara Petersen.


Quilts from Tina

Kim Bell, our Regional Coordinator in Cedar Park, TX, sent us the following quilts:

  • Picture 1: Quilts made by: Sunshine Quilt Guild;  Joy McAuley and Donna Sciandra; Doris Miller; Tammy S and Doris M; Linda Rogde and Jean Clarkson; Doris M – Sunshine Quilters.
  • Picture 2: Second quilt made by Doris M.  Other three quilts made by Trudy Pickle.
  • Picture 3:  The quilt on the left is by Doris M. and Tammy S.  Unfortunately I don’t have the name(s) on the other one.  If anyone can help me identify it, please send me a note or comment below and I’ll be happy to edit this post to give credit where credit is due.  Thanks!

And here’s a picture of a quilt made by one of our Regional Coordinators, Loretta Kelldorf, which came in just in time to make the delivery to the Volusia County initiative.

Loretta 1


Finally, a picture of my friend and fellow Pelican Piecemaker, Dottie Monville, who was the guild’s liaison to the Volusia County School District Homeless Program manager.  Dottie was the one who brought this need to the guild, and she took a real personal interest in this wonderful project, making many of the quilts that the guild donated herself.  We hope to work with her again as future needs arise.


I am grateful for the generosity, enthusiasm, and talent of all the wonderful piecers and quilters that made these beautiful quilts for the homeless students of the Volusia County School District.  I know the quilts are cherished by the children, and their warmth will be appreciated when the nights get cold!




4 Responses to “Volusia County Homeless”

  1. Doris M Says:

    Picture 3: quilt on left by Tammy S and Doris M.

  2. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Thank you so much for letting me know, Doris! It’s a gorgeous quilt! I love it! And I know the child who received it loves it, too! Thanks for quilting for Quilts Beyond Borders!

  3. peggycooperquilts Says:

    Just found your blog and I am inspired! I am a quilter living in Palm Coast, formerly from Ormond Beach.

  4. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Hi Peggy! I’m glad we’ve inspired you! The Pelican Piecemakers are a wonderful group who do a lot of charitable quilting, so they were great to partner with on this initiative. If you get down to NSB, you should visit! PPQG meets every Tuesday morning at the American Legion on Canal Street. Thanks for reading our blog!

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