Archive for August, 2017

Texas Team Members and Volunteers, Please Stay Safe

August 26, 2017

To all our wonderful Texas team members and volunteers, we are praying for you and sending you good thoughts during the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey. Please stay safe.



Big Hugs from all of us at QBB,



Quilter’s Spotlight: Donna Sciandra

August 15, 2017

This month our Quilter’s Spotlight is shining on the person who we’ve officially dubbed QBB’s Most Prolific Quilter, Donna Sciandra. I believe that Donna has been quilting for Quilts Beyond Borders longer than I have, and I was one of the early ones! When I say “Prolific”, I really, really, REALLY mean PROLIFIC!! Donna makes us between 50 and 100 tops and quilts every single year, and has since 2007!  Every time she hears we have a new initiative or we’re sending quilts to a new country, she makes sure she has at least one top or quilt that can make the trip!  And she does this somewhere in between working full time and family responsibilities. I think she’s amazing!

We asked Donna to send us some pictures of her favorite quilts, and of herself.   Some of you might recognize her from the years she’s flown from her home in New York to Houston to work with us in our booth at the IQF.   Below you see Donna with her late father who passed away earlier this year at the age of 99.

Here’s another picture of Donna with (from left) her mother, her cousin John, her Uncle Joe, and on the other side of Donna, her cousin Mary Alice.

Here’s one of the quilts Donna pieced, which was quilted by Terri Desmond, and a picture of her holding up another of her favorite quilts, quilted by her friend Arlene Berndt, at the IQF in Houston in 2011.  Both of these quilts were sold at the IQF for fundraising to help us pay for postage to get tops to longarmers and quilts to people who were delivering them to children.

Donna provided some information to allow you all to get to know her a little better.

Hometown & State:    Buffalo, NY

Years Quilting:    Since 1991

Favorite Quilting Style:    Scrapping

Why do you volunteer with Quilts Beyond Borders?    It is extremely rewarding for me to know that by making a quilt for someone I can bring them comfort and know that someone truly cares for them.

How did you learn about Quilts Beyond Borders?   I was reading a quilting magazine and towards the back of the magazine there was an article about QBB.   That was in 2007.

How did you learn to quilt?    After my daughter was born I traded in my Suzuki motorcycle for a Bernette machine and then began classes at the Bernina dealer.  I always enjoyed sewing and another student was making quilts and I always wanted to try it.

Where do you get quilting inspiration?     Of course I check out many of the blogs and I enjoy seeing what other QBB quilters are making.

What’s your favorite quilting tip or technique?    I love my Bernina 440, and I when I do quilt I enjoy writing inspirational words and meandering to get the job done.

What else should we know about you?    Quilting has become a form of relaxation and helping me deal with a large amount of stress in my life.   I really don’t know what I would have done if I had not been linked up with Carla and the many regional directors and other QBB people, that I have enjoyed becoming friends with.  I have a Juki that has been sitting in its box for 2 years now, lol!

Donna, I don’t know what we would have done if you hadn’t linked up with us!   When you consider that you’ve made between 50 and 100 quilts and tops every single year, and you’ve been quilting for us for about 10 years, there are somewhere between 500 and 1000 children in 25 countries all around the world sleeping more warmly and comfortably because of your generosity and talent!  Thank you so much for everything you do!







July Fat Quarter Challenge

August 11, 2017

During the month of July I did not receive any fat quarter challenge quilts.  I know everyone is busy probably spending time outside during the summer months; I sure am.  Even though no quilts were turned in, once you submit a quilt, you are entered in each month’s drawing.  Congratulations to Kathy Thomason from Tampa, FL for being this month’s recipient of a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Kathy’s name was randomly chosen as the winner.  She had submitted her fat quarter challenge quilt in April and it is pictured below.  She is also a Sunshine member.

FQC Apr - K.Thomason

For those of you still thinking about entering, please do so.  You still have the months of August and September to send in your quilt and to also be entered for the annual $100 cash drawing.  QBB has many initiatives right now and your quilt would really help brighten the life of and bring warmth to someone.

Thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for being our monthly sponsor.  Please take some time to browse their website because they have an awesome choice of goodies.

Cheers!  Tina



South West Report

August 8, 2017

Dozens and dozens of quilts have come to my house this year.  I have sent 80 quilts to the folks who supply the Syrian refugee camps with quilts and other supplies.  Your quilt may have been one of them.


Many people have seen Quilts Beyond Borders on line and decided to donate quilts.  Some folks have come to our booth in Houston at the International Quilt Festival.  We pass out kits for quilts and people take them home and make a quilt and send it to the nearest Regional Coordinator.  Other folks offer to quilt the tops that are donated at the quilt festival and throughout the year.  It is wonderful to know the world is filled with compassionate, caring people who make quilts for needy people they don’t even know.  The world is a better place because of all the people who have participated in this endeavor.  The quilt makers are a very creative group.  Just look at the variety and beauty of these quilts.  It seems no two are the same. The patterns range from simple squares to circles and triangles.  Each and everyone will be treasured by the recipients.  Your quilt will make a huge difference in the life of a needy person.

Sunshine is a group of online quilters from all over the US.  Many of the quilters in that group donate quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders.  They are a generous and prolific group of quilters.  Several of them participated in the Fat Quarter Challenge.  Sunshine had a retreat in July and 17 members attended and made 187 quilt tops.  All of them will be quilted and some will be donated to QBB. 

A huge thank you goes to each and every one of you who worked on these beautiful quilts.  They will certainly make someone warm and comforted.  Thank you for your generosity and compassion.  You have made a difference.

Ann Drake, Regional Coordinator for the South Western US.