About quiltsbeyondborders

Quilts Beyond Borders reaches out to HIV/AIDS 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. By 2010, sub-Saharan Africa will be home to an estimated 50 million orphaned children, and 18.4 million children – more than one in three orphans – will have lost parents to AIDS. In Ethiopia alone, there are currently an estimated 4.8 million orphans. Quilts Beyond Borders was born in March 2007 with the desire to reach out to these children and educate people in the United States about the global orphan crisis. Partnering with Cherokee Gives Back, the nonprofi t arm of Cherokee in Raleigh, NC Noreen Fling, June Colburn and Holly Fling were inspired to make a difference in Ethiopia.

Trilogy Quilters send love to Ukraine Refugees

These 11 beautiful quilts in blue and yellow themes were made by the Trilogy Quilters of Redmond, WA and sent to Jeremiah’s Hope in Texas recently to be sent to displaced Ukrainians. Since the invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, many generous quilters and guilds across the US have focused their efforts towards making patriotic and meaningful quilts for Ukrainian refugees and victims in Ukraine, and we have been happy to help through our partnership with Jeremiah’s Hope.

Fat Quarter Challenge – May & June

In May we received one quilt donation in the Fat Quarter Challenge. This was made by Lynn B. of California. She has sent in 4 quilts for this challenge so far! This picture shows what she donated in May.

The winner of the May monthly drawing – a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop – was Beth H. of Minnesota. Here is one of Beth’s donated quilts:

In June we received two quilt donations, both from Emily L. of California. Here are her two recent donations. Emily has donated three quilts so far!

The June monthly drawing winner of a $25 gift certificate at Fat Quarter Shop was Cathy L. of Iowa. Here is one of her donations:

We thank everyone who has donated quilts to QBB through the Fat Quarter Challenge. Numbers are down a little this year, but we think everyone has been busy focusing on quilts for Ukraine and other areas struck by disasters. Quilters are such generous people! The children in need are lucky to have quilters helping them. The only limitation is that there are only 24 hours in a day. Right?

There is still time to participate in the FQ Challenge. Just make a child-friendly quilt (about 40” x 60”) using a fat quarter and other fabrics you add. Send it to Carol E. (Leave a note at our email (addressquiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com), and we will send you Carol’s address.) The “season” of the challenge runs until September 30, so you can still get a quilt or two made.

Sew on!

Carol Egan

Fat Quarter Challenge Coordinator

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More Quilts for Comfort Cases

While we have adapted to the Ukraine refugee crisis by sending hundreds of quilts to new partners helping these children, as we have shared with you in recent blog posts, we continue to serve our other long-time partners including Comfort Cases with monthly deliveries of quilts. We are so grateful to our very busy supporters for stepping up your sewing, quilting, donating efforts to support all the needy and deserving children around the world and in the US! These more than 120 quilts were delivered to Comfort Cases earlier this year and are surely giving comfort to children entering the foster case system around the US.

These quilts came from many generous supporters, including the Sunshine Quilt Guild and from Carolyn O’Conner. You can click on each quilt to see it larger and to see the maker’s names.

Thank you! Linda S.

From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Jeremiah’s Hope

When the war in Ukraine began and we saw children and women fleeing the country we had many quilters wondering whether we would get quilts to the children there. We are so happy to report that we found Jeremiah’s Hope. You can read more information on this partner organization here – they have been helping Ukraine for years with funds, relief efforts, housing and other types of assistance, and more recently they have been sending over container ships with supplies and our quilts. 

 We have sent 250 quilts from our NW group through Jeremiah’s Hope that have gone to the Ukrainian Refugees in neighboring countries. Below are the pictures of the beautiful and colorful quilts sent by our group. Thanks to all the quilters for sharing their talents to help provide comfort to children going through this difficult and heartbreaking situation. 

You can click on each picture to see who made each quilt.

Susan Schmidt – Northwest Regional Coordinator

From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Quilted Twins

We were so happy to provide 50 quilts to go to the Ukrainian Refugees through the Quilted Twins project. You can read more about their project in the 6/28 blog post and on their website

Thank you to all the quilters who are helping to provide quilts to children who are suffering so much! You can click on each picture to see who the piecer and quilter are. 

There is a picture of a single quilt that was made by a 2nd grade class in Gresham Oregon. Each child drew a picture and colored the block and their teacher helped sew it together. What a beautiful quilt and we are so grateful to the children who helped make this and wanted to help a Ukrainian child, I’m sure it will be cherished!

Susan Schmidt –  Northwest Regional Coordinator

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From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Lebanon Refugees

 After a lengthy journey by container ship to Lebanon and then getting stuck in customs for 6 weeks these 105 quilts have made it to the refugee children in Lebanon.  People remain homeless there after the explosion in Beirut in August 2020. There are also over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon since the war began in Syria 11 years ago. 

Thank you to the many quilters who made these beautiful quilts to comfort children in great need across the world. You can click on each picture to see it larger and to read who made each quilt.

Susan Schmidt – Northwest Regional Coordinator

From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Afghan Refugees in Salem OR

The first Afghan Refugees arrived in Oregon this January and we were happy to provide 25 quilts to Salem for Refugees. Located in our state’s capital this group helps refugees with housing, household items and adjusting to life in the U.S..  The quilts below were given to children when they went to their new homes. The reports from the staff were that children loved the quilts and so did the parents! 

Thank you to the quilters who helped bring joy to children in their new homes with the comfort of a quilt!  You can click on each picture to see who made each quilt.

Susan Schmidt – Northwest Regional Coordinator

More Quilts for Ukraine Refugees

We have already shared photos of hundreds of quilts that were made by many generous and talented quilters across the US and all over the world.. The pictures just keep coming! Here are several more photos that our regional coordinators have received and sent to our partners. Most of these quilts are already in the arms of refugee Ukraine children, proving warmth and comfort where it is needed the most. Please enjoy these additional photos! We have credited the quilter, group, or given info about the deliveries when possible and you can see this information in the names of the files by hovering the cursor over the photo or clicking each thumbnail to see them larger.

From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Comfort Cases

We were happy to provide 24 quilts to go to the Comfort Cases program for May. Quilts Beyond Borders has been providing quilts on a monthly basis to this partner organization for several years now. What a wonderful support for children entering the foster care programs. They will take their quilts wherever they go and quilts must be a comfort as they adjust to a new home. 

Thanks to the quilters for such beautiful quilts. You can click on each picture to see the names of the quilters. You can go to Comfort Cases website for more information.

Susan Schmidt –  Northwest Regional Coordinator

News from the Southeast – Wrap-A-Smile quilters give for Comfort Cases

Wrap-A-Smile quilters are delighted to be partnering with Quilts Beyond Borders, helping make the world a better place, one warm quilt at a time. Our first collaboration was in the spring, working with RC Karen to help welcome Afghani refugees with nearly 250 quilts. It felt good to help give comfort and a warm welcome to people whose lives have been so upended. 

The current shipment of 18 pictured below is on its way to Comfort Cases in Maryland, another initiative where children are starting their lives anew.  We hope the love contained in these quilts will help ease their transition into a new home. 

Submitted by Ann Demeranville, One of the Regional Coordinators for the Southeast