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.
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: http://illinoislongarmguild.blogspot.com/
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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!