Archive for July, 2017

From the Northwest & Beyond: Syrian Refugee Quilts

July 18, 2017

These 155 quilts and 34 baby quilts are going overseas to No Man’s Land (a strip of land between Jordan and Syria). They were put aboard a container ship the first of April to make the month long journey to the 75,000 Syrian Refugees living there.   Some time during the middle to end of May they were delivered to the Refugees. The container was full of many other supplies that are desperately needed there.

Also if you scroll to the very end, there are pictures from Rita and some of the refugee quilts that had been distributed to a National School for Disadvantaged Children.

Thank you to all of our quilters for the beautiful and colorful quilts that traveled there. You can see the pictures below and click on them to see who made and quilted them.  I know they will be loved and cherished by the children who receive them!!

First the baby quilts:

Now the children’s quilts:

From Rita Zawaideh of the Salam Cultural Museum:  I thought you might want to share with your members pictures of the distribution of Quilts that arrived in the last container that were distributed at National School for Disadvantaged kids – Syrian, Palestinian and Jordanian. We did a distribution of 200 quilts at the school. Look at the kids and the teachers faces as they are giving this to the kids. Thank you so much for everything that you and your members are doing.

This was a long post, but oh so worth it!  Thanks everyone.

Susan Schmidt     Northwest Regional Coordinator

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Giles Early Education Project (GEEP)

July 14, 2017

This past October I moved permanently to Eggleston, VA nestled in Giles County.  It’s a beautiful area in southwestern VA not too far from Blacksburg, VA.   Having met some wonderful people here, I asked about the need for quilts for any of the children that live in the area.   It just so happens that there is a wonderful group that works with foster children in Giles County.  Quilts Beyond Borders has since partnered with this group and has provided about 40 quilts for these children.

Ann Goette, my neighbor, wrote the following about GEEP:

Giles County is nestled in the mountains of southwestern Virginia nudged up against the West Virginia border. It is a place of rolling vistas, meadows, dappled creeks, and waterfalls; the ancient New River runs through the very heart of the county. In addition to a county seat with a population of  2,700, there are a number of small towns, some of them too small to even boast a mayor or lay a sidewalk. There is a strong and proud Appalachian tradition in Giles, great storytellers, wonderful musicians, and a tenacious sense of community.

There are also isolated hollows of misery, 47 percent of county citizens live in poverty.  Some of the children emerging from the darkest of those hollows arrive for a first day of school never having touched a book, or sat in a chair; they have no idea of how to hold a fork or take-a-turn. They are left behind before they even begin.

The Giles Early Education Project (GEEP) formed in early 2012 with the conviction that the best way to lighten the dark places in the county was to begin with its very youngest citizens. GEEP is a small but determined group of very hardworking idealists. In the past five years they have advocated for early childhood with the county board of supervisors and have seen the establishment of five pre-schools within the public school system; GEEP has put books into hundreds of small hands and opened three “little libraries” within distressed communities. The group also runs an arts program each summer concurrent with the county’s Free Lunch Program; they have sponsored early childhood teacher trainings and small children’s festivals. Through working with other agencies, and with help from a private contribution, GEEP has given every at-risk new mother a book on childcare and a beautiful board book for her newborn. Early this spring GEEP wrote and produced SMILES OF GILES – A County Alphabet Book.

SMILES OF GILES was created as a literacy project, but also as a way to give the children of the county a sense of place and community. Giles County Administration and a philanthropic couple pitched in the funds to make it possible for every three, four and five-year-old enrolled in any of the county’s early child centers to own a copy of the alphabet book. “We have a waterfall!” a four-year-old exclaimed as she pointed to C is for Cascade Falls. The small book is illustrated with drawings by the children from the summer arts programs and with fabulous nature photographs by the county’s gifted official photographer. You can order a copy here. All the proceeds go to early childhood projects, bringing brighter smiles to Giles County.

As you can imagine, being able to provide this group with quilts was a wonderful opportunity for QBB.  The quilts came from all over the US and from 3 different Regional Coordinators.  I hope that I have included all the names correctly.  If you do see your quilt and your name is not mentioned or was not properly identified, let me know.  These quilts were made by the following people in no particular order:  Shirley Elliott, Terrie Kremer, Chrissi Vergoglini, Sunshine Quilters, Joy McAuley, Mary Verrico, Joan Nar, Kathryn Zurek, Carolyn Pike, Kay McKinnon, Linda Roush, Linda Weaver, Linda Mullins-Spirio, Sally M, Delleen Kompkoff, Trudy Pickle, Donna Sciandra, Linda Lupton, Suzanne Gaensbauer, Beth S, Linda, Brenda Lou Scott, Gail Hardy, Donna Crook-Jones, Cathy Labath, Hope Crook, Misty King, and Tina Freudenberger.

Such a beautiful display of quilts and we really want to thank all of our volunteers for making these quilts.  You’ve made some children feel very loved.

Cheers, Tina

June FQ Challenge

July 10, 2017

Summer is in full swing and most of my time has been spent outside, so I apologize for the delay in posting our June winner.  Without further ado, Carol Egan, a Sunshine Member from Mendota Heights, MN was our June winner.  Carol submitted her quilt in March (pictured below), and has been a long time volunteer for QBB.  Congratulations Carol on your $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Many thanks to the FQ Shop for generously donating our monthly prize for nearly 3 years now.

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I also received two other beautiful quilts during June.  One was from Brenda Lou Scott of Jordan, MN and the other was from Lynn Smith of Spring, TX.   Both of these quilts have already found homes with some foster children that I will soon be blogging about.

Thanks to all FQC participants.  We appreciate your lovely works of art.  For FQC participants that have not sent in a quilt yet, you still have through September to send in your quilt and be eligible for the monthly and yearly $100 cash prize.

Cheers, Tina