Quilts Beyond Borders is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which reaches out to under-served children, mainly orphans, across the world to provide a handmade quilt and spread love and hope.

Over 140 million children in the world today have lost one or both parents. Quilts Beyond Borders was born in March 2007 with the desire to reach out to these children.  We originally focused on Ethiopia where in 5 years we delivered over 1,000 quilts to orphans.   Sub-Saharan Africa is home to an estimated 50 million orphaned children, and in Ethiopia alone, there are currently an estimated 4.8 million orphans.

While we continue our work with Ethiopia, we have expanded to provide quilts and the comfort and love associated with them to children in at least 25 countries.  Since 2009 we have also provided thousands of quilts to people in need in Haiti, Japan, Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Uganda, Burundi, Cameroon, Romania, Russia, Mexico, Kenya, USA, Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, Rwanda, Zambia, Peru and Greece, and we continue to distribute quilts to those in need living in other places where the warmth of a quilt is needed at night. Currently, our priorities include Syrian refugees, and children and elders living in the Navajo Nation. We work with vetted partner organizations to distribute donated quilts and we provide quilts to those in need without regard to race, nationality, religion, or grade point average.

Quilts Beyond Borders retains the ultimate authority to use contributions made to us at our discretion for purposes consistent with our purpose. Quilts Beyond Borders operates solely for charitable purposes.  We will provide quilts to poor or underprivileged people throughout the world.  The purpose of the quilts is to provide warmth and comfort.  Priority for recipients will be children, especially those living without family homes.

Our volunteer quilters and board members are dispersed throughout the US. If you would like to donate, sew or volunteer for us, please read this information first about Quilt Dimensions and Criteria, and we would love to hear from you with additional questions at:  quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com


22 Responses to “About”

  1. Nan Soles Fishpaw Says:

    Hello Ladies, I have a box full of completed quilts for you. I received them to Longarm, and a friend of mine did the binding. I put them in a box in a corner of my studio and promptly forgot about them! That was at the beginning of the summer!!! So, long story short, please tell me where to send them, I seem to have misplaced the paperwork. Uggg 🙂 Blessings to you and your mission!
    Hugs Nan
    Nan Fishpaw
    1145 Oxbow Road
    Wimauma, Fl. 33598

    • quiltsbeyondborders Says:

      Hi Nan,
      Thank you and your friend for doing the quilting and binding. The address to mail them to is:
      Noreen Fling
      448 Waterville Street
      Raleigh, NC 27603
      The children will appreciate these quilts.

  2. ginamshiland@msn.com Says:

    I’m interested in mailing in some quilt tops. One of your links mentions including a label on the quilt top. Can you please explain what type of label I should include? Thanks.

    • quiltsbeyondborders Says:

      The label is just a small square or rectangle of fabric (somewhere around 4″ X 6″) with:
      Quilts Beyond Borders
      Made by: [Your Name] (You can include a short note)
      (Leave room for the longarmer to put her name if she wants)
      Belongs to: [The recipient child’s name will go here)

      I have found that the Ultra Fine Sharpie works well to write the info, and it doesn’t wash out. Or, you can machine embroider if you have that capability.

  3. donna Richards Says:

    I would like to send two quilts Out Monday but do not have a address I live in southeast Indiana

  4. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Hi Donna! I’ve replied to your email address outside of the blog and given you the address of the Regional Coordinator who is currently coordinating our initiative to send 200 quilts to children in an orphanage in Russia. Thank you so much for contacting us, and thank you so much for your kindness!

  5. Susy McCall Says:

    I have three quilts to send, but can’t access the address of the West coordinator. (the email address on filefor me isn’t current and I can’t figure out how to change it.) Susy McCall, Dillon, Montana.

  6. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Susy, I’m following up on the link to the West coast coordinator to see what the problem is. In the meantime, please send me a note to quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com and I’ll send you the address of the closest coordinator to you. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  7. Susy McCall Says:

    I don’t think the problem is at your end. I have changed e-address since setting up this computer, and it often insists on using the original one. Susy

  8. Mary Fish Says:

    When is your next deadline for receiving quilts and is there a suggested size needed?

  9. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    We collect quilts throughout the year, as we normally make one trip a year ourselves and we work with other charities to deliver quilts when they are making trips. The size we prefer is 42 inches wide by 48 to 60 inches long, as that works well with the small bed sizes in many of the orphanages, and it’s large enough for even the older kids to keep warm under. It’s also small enough not to become a burden to the orphanage or to the child when they age out of the orphanage.

    Thanks for asking!

  10. RezSchool Says:

    I live in the Raleigh, NC, area and have a large box of fabric (strips, squares, yardage) that I would like to donate to someone who does charity quilts or other such crafts. Do you know where I might take them? It’s too much to just toss out, but we’re also moving to another state and are trying to whittle down the poundage, so we’re going through our fabric stash and trying to take with us only what we feel we might use in the future. Thanks for any help!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    RezSchool, if you would send us an email to quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com I can send you an address where we could use the fabric. Thanks so much; it will definitely come in handy.

  12. gayle Says:

    Could you post a picture of the label that goes on each quilt. I have a number of quilts and no labels. Or email a picture of it and I can print some myself.

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  14. jessalynhope Says:

    I have long wanted to thank your organization for providing my son with a lovely quilt while he was in an orphanage in Ethiopia. We brought it home as a keepsake 3 years ago now and it a lovely reminder of human generosity and kindness. I hope you know these lovely quilts go to beautiful children who deeply appreciate them. Thank you sincerely from my family to all of you, Jessa Rodenburgh

  15. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Jessa, that is so exciting to hear! Wow! Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  16. Quilting for Good: Where to Donate Handmade Quilts - The Craftsy Blog Says:

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  17. Nancy Pelton Willet Says:

    I am brand new here, but have been donating to QBB through Amazon for years. Am I understanding that I can send you quilt tops and someone else will quilt them, or do I need to send only finished quilts?

  18. Joan Klotzsche Says:

    Hello I have some quilts to donate. Do you have a chapter in the Los Angeles, CA area. Thank you.

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