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The next group for Syrian children in Jordan

July 5, 2015

We are preparing another shipment of quilts that will go to the school in Jordan for the next group of children who are enrolled in the school that is designed for those suffering from PTSD. If you missed the original story about this wonderful effort, you can read about it

These quilts were made by Karen Cook, Linda R, Lana D., Sharon T., K.D. Cranford, R. Grove, Debbie D., Angela T., R., Grove, Janice Cunningham, Peggy H., and Linda Roush. Thank you to all of you that worked to make these beautiful gifts. The children that receive these pretty quilts will be wrapped in your love as they begin to heal their shattered lives.   This will be an on-going effort for us through November.

As a Regional Coordinator, I am lucky enough to receive boxes of completed quilts from longarmers and quilters from all over the country.  It’s almost like getting a Christmas gift that you don’t expect–I never know what is in the box!  When I open each box, I absolutely love seeing how the vision of a quilter has turned ordinary fabrics into a new work of art.   It is a long tradition of quilting to take various pieces of fabric to create something that is needed and these women did a wonderful job of keeping that tradition alive.  These works of art will comfort each child while they attend school and then it will keep them warm when they take the quilt home.

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With a grateful heart,


Quilts from St. James the Less, NILAG, Jolene, Marci and Jeanne AND Deliveries to Gaza and Jordan

May 23, 2015

April was a great month for Quilts Beyond Borders.  We received lots of beautiful tops and quilts from a lot of wonderful quilters and piecers.  The ones I’d like to feature in this post are the ones I received here in Illinois from the quilters of St. James the Less in Northfield, IL and the Northern Illinois Long Arm Guild (NILAG), as well as some quilts I received in April from Jolene McClellan and earlier in the year from Jeanne Ayers and Marci Lane.

St. James the Less    First, here are the beautiful tops I received from my friend, Sue Babbs, of St. James the Less.  Sue’s group has been contributing to Quilts Beyond Borders for many years, and the quilt tops they provide are always beautiful, well made, and kitted up with backing and binding to make it easy for us to quickly pass them along to longarmers to finish up and speed them along the way to needy children and orphans.  Here is a picture of Sue the day she delivered the tops to me, and pictures of all the tops I received that day.  These cute tops were made by Jill, Betsy, Linda, Diane, Meredith, Sarah and Sue.   For a closer look at any picture, click on the thumbnail.  To see who made it, hover over it with your cursor and the name will appear in the lower left corner of the screen.

Sue Babbs 2015 03 02 Betsy(2) 2015 03 14 Diane (2) 2015 03 14 Jill (1) 2015 03 14 Jill (2) 2015 03 14 Jill (3) 2015 03 14 Jill (4) 2015 03 14 Jill (5) 2015 03 15 Betsy 2015 03 15 Linda 2015 03 15 Meredith 2015 03 15 Sarah 2015 03 16 Linda 2015 03 20 Linda 2015 03 31 Sue

Northern Illinois Longarm Group    The following pictures are quilts I received from NILAG.   This is the longarm guild to which I belong — a great group of quilters who meet every other month.  For info about this guild, here’s the URL to their blog:

These wonderful quilts were quilted by:

  • Sharon Gaber (top by Meredith, of St. James the Less)
  • Sandra Smith (tops by Sandra Smith and Carmen Zapata)
  • Anonymous NILAG  (3 quilts, including one from a top by Jill of St. James the Less)

As above, click on the photo for a closer look, and hover over to see the names of the quilter and piecer.

Nilag 1 Nilag 2 Nilag 3 Sandra Smith 1 Sandra Smith 2 Sharon & Meredith

Jolene McClellan    Jolene is a longarmer in Wisconsin.  She sent these four beautiful quilts which were made from tops by Teri Goade, Bobbi and Jackie Nickols, Judy Wood and Tracey Murphy.

Jolene McClellan & Teri GoadeJolene McClellan & Bobbi & Jackie Nichols Jolene McClellan & JudyWood  Jolene McClellan & Tracey Murphy

Marci Lane  Marci, a quilter from Texas, pieced and quilted the two cute quilts shown below and dropped them off to us at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last year.  There was a third one as well, but I’m afraid I sent it on to be delivered to a needy child before I had a chance to photograph it!  Hopefully we’ll see a picture of it wrapped around a child when it’s delivered.

Marci Lane 1 Marci Lane 2

Jeanne Ayers   Jeanne Ayers, of Florida, has been quilting for Quilts Beyond Borders for many years now, and always makes adorable quilts for us.  These two are no exception!

Jeanne Ayers 1 Jeanne Ayers 2

Thanks to all the wonderful quilters who made all of these beautiful quilts!  I know the children who receive them will cherish them!  Many of them have already been boxed up and sent to the State of Washington where they were delivered to the Salaam Cultural Museum which is taking them as part of a humanitarian mission to Jordan for refugees from the Syrian war and to Gaza for children in a Cerebral Palsy hospital.  For more information about this mission and for some pictures, keep reading!

Deliveries to Jordan and Gaza

I received a note from one of our Board members, Karen Vander Stoep, summarizing a meeting she had with Rita Zawaidah, the Director of the Salaam Cultural Museum who is leading the effort to get humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan.  Here is that note:

Quilts for children in trauma centers, Jordan and Syria
We are in full swing on this initiative with a target of 480 quilts by November.  Such a hefty undertaking, but nevertheless we are moving along.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Rita Zawaideh today.  She’s the one woman icon who is leading the effort to establish trauma centers for refugee children.  One is operating right now in Aman, serving 40 children per day; 3 evenings per week – adult women are treated for trauma and 2 times per month, families are treated.  The full time staff includes 4 social workers, a psychiatrist and a psychologist.

We call it the trauma center, but its name is the Malki Center, named after the wife of a volunteer Dr. She gave $60,000 to erect the building. The Malki Center will be expanded with another site in Jordan; funds have been donated to build that building.

Our quilts are also to be received by what I call “the lost children of Syria Idlib.” 35 children, ages 6-15, living in a cave in Syria. They have no family, no papers so they cannot get out. Rita’s group provides clothing, food, needed aid and walks to the outside when it is safe. I can assure you she is always looking for a way to get them out.

It is such a privilege to know Rita and the endless contributions she makes to the refugee effort. I mentioned that I have often told people, she walks really close to God. She started crying and I wasn’t sure I would get her back. She said, “Sometimes I am quite emotional about what I do.” Well, no wonder.

So to you all, your investment in quilts for refugee children is so much appreciated. I had mentioned they would go on the next container. She says oh no, they go in our baggage, they’re special quilts.

Thanks again for all you do!

Below are pictures of quilts delivered to children in the Trauma Center in Jordan:

TC - Jordan 5

TC - Jordan 1 TC - Jordan 2 TC - Jordan 3

TC - Jordan 4  TC - Jordan 6

You can see that it’s always important for the children to have their names written on the labels that are on the backs of the quilts.   So many of the children who receive our quilts have left their homes with only the clothes on their backs and what they can carry in their hands, so they really treasure receiving a quilt of their very own.

The following pictures were taken in a Cerebral Palsy school in Gaza.  Salaam Cultural Museum worked with the Physicians for Social Responsibility to get the quilts delivered to the children there.

Gaza 2

Gaza 1 Gaza 4 Gaza 3

We have delivered more than 180 quilts to Salaam Cultural Museum since March, and anticipate delivering another 300 before November.  Great thanks to the quilters who created the quilts in the pictures above, and all the quilters and volunteers who have helped us and continue to help us with these efforts!

Best regards,



December’s Fat Quarter Challenge Quilt

January 3, 2015

Hello Friends!  With all the hustle and bustle of December happenings, Donna Dellacamera still had time to send me her Fat Quarter Challenge quilt!

Donna Dellacamera FQC

Isn’t that a cute rail fence? Your quilts provide so much inspiration and they are all wonderful examples of creativity. It’s so much fun to see how you put them together and I always say, “Oh, I want to make one like this.”  Now to get them actually made!

So it’s time to announce our monthly winner for the $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop and that winner is…Rebecca Timm! Rebecca returned her finished quilt in November and that’s the sweet part of our new monthly drawing. Regardless of the month you return your quilt, you’re entered into every single drawing starting the month it’s returned all the way up to September’s grand prize drawing of $100!  Of course, the quicker you turn it in, the more chances you have to win!! January is a great time to stay inside and get those projects finished!

Stay tuned for lots and lots of pictures of our recent initiatives in the upcoming weeks.  You helped make 2014 a memorable year for Quilts Beyond Borders with all the love and quilts you’ve sent all over the world.  Thank you so very much!



Our First Fat Quarter Challenge Drawing!

December 1, 2014

Can you believe it’s already been a month since International Quilt Festival??? And that it’s time for our very first drawing to see who’s the winner of the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop? But first, let’s see these beautiful quilts.

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The one on the left was our very first FQC quilt received and was made by Donna Sciandra. The quilt on the right was made by Rebecca Timm. Aren’t they beautiful and sure to bring smiles? Ok, our first gift certificate is going to….Donna Sciandra! Be watching your inbox, Donna! Remember, the sooner you return your quilt to me, the more chances you’ll have to win a gift certificate and STILL be entered in the drawing for the $100 grand prize the end of September, 2015! Your name is entered into the monthly drawing EVERY MONTH after I receive your quilt. These two quilts will be going to the Forgotten People of the Navajo Nation in the Bennett Freeze area. I know they’ll be greatly appreciated and much loved.

We’d like to thank the Fat Quarter Shop for their generosity in allowing us, for the first time ever, to award a gift certificate every single month of the challenge!  Here’s a little bit of information about them: Fat Quarter Shop is an online fabric retailer that sells quilting fabrics, fabric precuts, quilt kits, patterns, notions and more. They also offer a wide range of exclusive kits, clubs and block of the month programs. They offer major brands such as Moda Fabrics, Riley Blake Fabrics, Windham, Robert Kaufman, Art Gallery, Marcus Brothers and Northcott. They carry the largest online selection of fat quarter bundles! 

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop’s reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff!

Thank you so much, Kimberly! We’re looking forward to next month’s drawing!



More Pictures from Uganda — and Quilts Headed to Uganda, Syrian Refugees and the IQF

October 23, 2014

Photos from Uganda:

My cousin, Cindy Roth, has sent me more pictures from the delivery she and her church members made  to New Hope, Uganda, earlier this year.   The photographer asked Cindy to let us know that the students have been delighted to get these beautiful quilts, and send along their thanks to all the quilters who made them!

Uganda - New Hope 8   uganda - new hope 5Uganda - New Hope 7 Uganda - new hope 6

Quilts Headed to Uganda, Syrian Refugees, and the IQF:

We have another initiative currently underway to get more quilts to more children in Uganda to the Christ the Center Ministries Primary and Nursery School in Kampala, Uganda.  We are also working with two organizations to get quilts to children who are refugees from the war in Syria.  And in all our spare time (LOL!) we’re finalizing plans for our fundraising booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.   Each year, with the permission of the makers, we sell some beautiful quilts at the IQF.  We have no paid staff, and the money we get from the sale of quilts (and the products we bring back from our quilt delivery trips) goes entirely to getting quilts finished and delivered to the children.  Some of the quilts below will be going to Uganda, others to Syrian refugees, and others will be going to Houston.

Loretta, our Regional Coordinator in Tyler, Texas, recently sent me some great photos of bright and cheerful quilts made by the team of Carolyn Sower, Sharon Turvaville,and Lana Davis.  Great job, Ladies!  These are wonderful!




The following quilts were quilted by Jean Clarkson of the Mesquite Quilt Guild.  The quilts  pieced by Amy Bellany,  Mary Lou Stinson and MaryAnne Whitehead, are being sent to the school in Uganda.   The quilts pieced by Meral Fritchey and Judy Daniels are being shown at the Houston International Quilt Show as fundraiser quilts.   Whether in the US or abroad, some children are going to be very happy to cuddle under these lovely quilts!  Many thanks to the hands and hearts that provided these lovely quilts!



Finally, I have a group of lovely and unusual quilts that were sent to me by several different quilters from different places.   Some of these quilts will be sent to Uganda, others to Syria, and others will be going to the IQF as fundraising quilts.  Great thanks to Jeanne Ayers, Cathy in Iowa of the Sunshine Guild, Marilyn Barba (quilted by Kin Hum), Susan Seward (pieced by Mary Jean Morrison), Sharon Mitchell, Linda La Fleur, Ann S, Lynda Galloway, Jean McKay and Judith White.  Thank you, Ladies!

Ann S Cathy in Iowa - Sunshine Guild Jean McKay Jeanne Ayers 1 Jeanne Ayers 2 Jeanne Ayers 3 Judith White Linda LaFleur Lynda Galloway Marilyn Barba - Kin Hum Mary Jane Morrison - Susan Seward Sharon Mitchell 1 Sharon Mitchell 2

We are so grateful to all the quilters who so generously gave of their stashes, time and talent to make all of these beautiful quilts!  Thank you all!



Pictures from Uganda, and Quilts Headed for Guatemala

October 16, 2014

Photos from Uganda:

Earlier this year my cousin, Cindy Roth, and other members of her church group went to Uganda to New Hope to the Kasana Children’s Center to do some mission work there.  We sent 150 quilts along with them for the children.  Because of scheduling conflicts Cindy’s group wasn’t able to distribute the quilts personally, which is something that happens from time-to-time.  (It’s always a disappointment when that happens, because everyone wants to be Santa at least once in their lives!)  However Cindy just received some pictures from the delivery that occurred after the missionaries had left.

Here they are!


Uganda - New Hope 1 Uganda - New Hope 2 Uganda - New Hope 3 Uganda - New Hope 4

The smile on this boy”s face says it all, doesn’t it?  I know the children who received these and the other quilts we sent to Uganda will cherish them!  Great thanks to all the wonderful quilters who made all the beautiful quilts we sent to Uganda.

Quilts on their way to Guatemala:

Loretta Kelldorf, our Regional Coordinator in Tyler, Texas, has been coordinating an initiative for Orphan Outreach in Plano, Texas, to take some quilts to the Downs Syndrome School in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  She recently sent me these pictures of some of the beautiful quilts that will be on their way to the children in Guatemala shortly.  The quilters include Joanne Hopkins, Donna Della Camera (the winner of our Fat Quarter Challenge this year!), Margaret of Washington, Delleen of Oregon, Karen Vander Stoep, Karen Matheson, Donna Sciandra, Alice McQueen, MJF, Susan Brown, Jennifer DeMeuse and L. Hollingsworth.  To know which quilter made which quilt, please hover your cursor over the thumbnails.  For a close-up view, click on the thumbnail.


Thank you, all the wonderful ladies who made these beautiful quilts!  We’ll post pictures of the children who receive them as soon as we get the pictures from Orphan Outreach.





More Quilts Headed to Refugees in the Middle East

September 8, 2014

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had some significant deliveries of quilts on the East and West coast of the US that will be headed to refugee children in the Middle East. Photos of quilts that Karen was gathering for the Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle were shown in our last posting. Karen made another delivery to Rita of SCM yesterday, and had this to say:

Paul and I delivered another 63 quilts to the Salaam Cultural Museum today. Rita was glad to receive as she leaves on Monday for the middle east, along with a fleet of medical professionals, a full container of clothing and provisions. It just leaves us amazed at what one woman can generate. It’s been a real privilege meeting her.

Our quilts are especially welcome as winter approaches. Refugees are living in tents with no heat. Rita was much concerned about babies and appreciative of the quilts, which will help.

The scope of people displaced is huge, about 10-1/2 million Syrians (1/2 outside the country and 1/2 inside). Our quilts are also going to the displaced, in Gaza. In our way, we just quilt for one child at a time. We are blessed in giving and no doubt, the child is thrilled.

It was a day of “awe”. In all I’ve been able to deliver 113 quilts, they are all well done and beautiful. Thank you to everyone who has quilted to this occasion. Honestly, it was one amazing quilt show.

Currently QBB is sending quilts to refugees from a port in Virginia and also the port in Seattle. So, if you have quilts to send, please email, let us know the quantity and where you are sending from and we’ll provide an address, east or west, the closest to you.

Thank you for all you do, sewing and creating smiles!


Additionally, Noreen Fling and her husband Rodger have made a recent delivery of about 100 quilts to Gleaning for the World in Concord, VA for their upcoming deliveries to Jordan for Syrian refugees and Iraq for the Yazidi and Christian Refugees there.  Noreen sent pictures of the experience.

The first three pictures show her living room lost under 100 quilts!  Way in the corner between lamp and french door are 130 kitted quilt  tops, ready, so if you’re a longarmer with a little extra time and a generous heart, looking for something to practice on while developing new skills which will also improve the lives of children living in very difficult circumstances, drop us an email to and we’ll send you some tops  (kitted up with backing and binding) to work on.


The pictures below show our delivery to Gleaning.  Noreen is the blond wearing the striped shirt and green capris.  Our contact at Gleaning, Daphne, is the blond wearing the black and white top and black slacks.  The other young women in the pictures are working at Gleaning, and you can see from the shots of the warehouse that they are working very hard to move lots of supplies and humanitarian aid that will make a great deal of difference to people living in crisis.




Great thanks to all the quilters who have made it possible for us to deliver these 200+ beautiful quilts to SCM and Gleaning.  The children who receive them will love them, and as winter sets in they will greatly appreciate their warmth.



More Beautiful Quilts Headed to Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan

September 3, 2014

Last week Karen Vander Stoep and her husband Paul had the privilege of delivering 50 gorgeous quilts to the Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM) in Seattle. Karen is a member of our Board of Directors and Paul has worked closely with us for many years as well. SCM is a group which provides humanitarian aid, and we’ve been working with them to provide quilts to Syrian refugee children.

Following is a picture of Karen standing beside SCM’s founder, Rita Zawideh. On a monthly basis Rita arranges for trips by a team of doctors, nurses, dentist, psychiatrists plus needed medications, clothing, quilts, gloves, scarves and “you name it” for Syrian refugees.

1 Karen Vander Stoep & Rita Zawideh

How many refugees? Rita says, about 10 1/2 million: half outside Syria and half displaced in Syria. Rita is a native of Jordan and clearly, her heart and her life is dedicated to the refugees. She is so zealous about the cause, It makes you want to engage your highest speed.

Below are some of the quilts we received from Delleen Kompkoff, Marion Bergstrom and her block exchange group, Donna Sciandra, Karen Okerstrom, Linda Mullins-Spirio, Loretta Kelldorf and Mary-Elizabeth Crane.  Hover over the pictures with your cursor to see which quilters participated in making the quilts in each picture.

Delleen Kompkoff - Marion Bergstom Group 1 Delleen Kompkoff - Marion Bergstrom Group 2 Donna Sciandra - Linda Spirio 1 Donna Sciandra - Linda Spirio 2  Donna Sciandra - Linda Spirio 3 Karen Okerstrom Loretta Kelldorf Mary-Elizabeth Crane

Thank to everyone who contributed quilts!  We are currently searching for a person or guild to help us collect for the November shipment.  If you are interested in assisting us, please contact us at our gmail ID,



More Love to Spread!

July 7, 2014

It’s been a busy month for receiving quilts here in Utah. First up! More Fat Quarter Challenge quilts! These have been trickling in all year and it’s so fun to see the different ideas! Many thanks to Lorraine H, M J Figard, Myra Furnage and the Union County Quilt Guild and Rosemary B. Each of these quilts are sure to delight some young heart!

Lorraine H FQC M J Figard FQC Myra Furnage FQC Rosemary B FQC

Next we have some beauties from Donna Sciandra. When she heard we needed more boyish quilts, she promptly set to work and whipped the following up:

Donna S:Sandi W # Donna S:Sandi W 1 Donna S:Sandi W 2 Donna S:Sandi W 4 Donna S:Sandi W 5

So simple and yet they’ll bring a smile to your face every time.

Next, Pat F from the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild volunteered to take some kits from me to longarm which she did a wonderful job on. The tops were pieced by the Quilting for Christ Ministry from Texas. She also sent me a completed quilt made with the lotto blocks she won one month from the Online Guild.

Quilting for Christ:Pat F 1 Quilting for Christ:Pat F 2 Quilting for Christ:Pat F 3 Sunnies:Pat F


Thank you all so much, ladies! Some of these quilts will be heading out the door soon to go to the Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine. What a delight for those boys! The others will be carefully held until the next initiative.




More Beautiful Quilts from the Talented Quilters at NILAG

July 4, 2014

NOTE:  This entry was corrected on 7/6/2014 to include the name of the quilter, Judy Long, who had pieced and quilted the three quilts previously labeled “Unknown.”  Thanks, Judy! 

I belong to the Northern Illinois Long Arm Guild, which meets every other month. It’s a group which has taught me a lot, as there are many very talented ladies who belong. We have educational sessions, sometimes bringing in outside speakers, sometimes leveraging the talents of the members. Longarming for charity is a wonderful way to build up your skills and practice new techniques and many of the NILAG members have very generously contributed to the efforts of Quilts Beyond Borders over several years.

At the meeting in June there were several quilts waiting for me. The quilters who brought them were Debbie Weber, Judy Long, Kin Hum, Marlene Kolz, Sandra Smith and Sharon Gaber. Some of the tops were pieced by Debi Jackson, Donna Sciandra, and Jan Scruggs.

Debbie Weber Debbie Weber2 Debbie Weber3 Debi Jackson & Kin Hum Donna Sciandra & Sandra Smith Donna Sciandra & Sharon Gaber 1 Donna Sciandra & Sharon Gaber 2 Jan Scruggs & Marlene Kolz Sandra Smith Sandra Smith2  Judy Long 1 Judy Long 2 Judy Long 3

To see who made each of these quilts, run your cursor over them, and the file names will appear in the lower left corner of your screen. For a closer view, click on the thumbnail.

Great thanks to all the wonderful longarmers and piecers who made these  beautiful quilts.  Some of them are on their way to Uganda and others will be going to Ukraine over the next couple of months.  I know the children who receive them will greatly appreciate their warmth and beauty!

And if you’re a reader in Northern Illinois and you’re interested in learning more about NILAG, please check out the NILAG Blog at this website:      For details on where and when the Guild meets, go to the very first post.





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