Archive for the ‘Fat Quarter Shop’ Category

January Fat Quarter Challenge Quilts

February 10, 2017

The month of January was a bit crazy in Virginia with the weather.  We had snow, mostly clouds and then a couple days of spring weather reaching 70!  Obviously it was a good time for people to quilt because I received 6 fat quarter quilts for the challenge.    The winner was a quilt submitted this month and made by Pam Wilson from Hayward, CA.   Pam actually submitted 2 fat quarter challenge quilts. Congratulations Pam!  You have won a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.   Many thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our monthly prize.

I also received quilts from Gail Hardy (Palm Desert, CA), Beth Holland (Eden Prairie, MN), Cathy Labath (Long Grove, IA), and Donna Sciandra (Buffalo, NY).  Their quilts are pictured below and if you click on the photo you can see the quilter’s name.

Thanks to all of our quilters this month.  All of the quilts that have been returned to me are still entered in each monthly drawing so it pays to get your quilt in early for more chances to win the monthly prize.

Cheers, Tina

FQ Challenge for December 2016

January 7, 2017

During the month of December, I received 2 quilts for the FQ Challenge.  The quilts were from Donna Dellacamera from Unionville, CT and the other was from Doris Miller from Alabaster, AL.  Using a random # generator and including any other quilts submitted since the beginning of our 2016-2017 challenge, the winner was Donna Dellacamera.  Congratulations!  Donna will receive a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  We want to thank the Fat Quarter Shop for providing this award for our winners.

I had been waiting for a sunny day to take photos of the two quilts submitted but it has been rather dreary in VA for the past few weeks.  Today was a great day with the snow in the background on the mountains, however, it was 15 degrees and a wind chill of about 5 degrees.  However, it was worth it to take pictures of these two darling quilts that will be loved by a child somewhere.

Thanks again to Donna and Doris for their quilts.  Remember, the earlier you submit a quilt the more chances that you will have to possibly win the Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate.  Both Donna and Doris’s names, along with our winner Diane from November, will continue to be eligible for the upcoming monthly drawing through September of 2017.  So if you are entered in the FQ Challenge, it pays to get your quilt in early.

Happy New Year to all and stay warm, from chilly Virginia, Tina

November FQ Challenge Winner

December 7, 2016

Congratulations to Diane Hamm from Ellington, CT for winning the first month’s drawing.  I just love how someone can take a FQ and use their stash to complete a beautiful quilt.  I recently moved to my dream farm in VA, so I thought it would be fitting to photograph this quilt with my goats and mountains in the background.

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During the Houston International Quilt Festival, we hand out a fat quarter and quilt pattern for participants to take home and return a finished quilt to us for a child.  When you return a completed quilt, you are entered in a monthly drawing for a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.   Thanks so much FQ Shop!  Additionally, if you turn in a quilt in one month, you will still be entered in the monthly drawing each successive month until the program ends in September.

Normally this post would feature all the quilts returned in the month for the FQ Challenge.  As it turned out, I only received Diane’s quilt, so as the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm.  If you are participating in the FQ Challenge, I would encourage you to get that quilt returned soon for more chances to win.

Happy Holidays! Tina

 

 

July FQ Challenge Winner, Shout out to Pacific Fabrics, & Facebook Change

August 5, 2016

Guess it’s easy to tell when it’s summer since we didn’t receive any FQ Challenge quilts in July, but we still have a winner.  The July winner is  Donna Kanealii of Mililani, Hawaii; she will receive a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  There is still time for those of you that picked up fat quarters at Houston last year to get your completed quilt into us and be eligible for a monthly prize and/or the annual prize of $100.  If you need an address where to send the quilt, please contact us at our email (quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com).  Here is a photo of the quilt that Donna had sent us in January.

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We want to send a big thank you to Pacific Fabrics for donating  two 30-yard rolls of batting for our quilts.  Stop by 1 of their 4 stores in the Seattle area and browse through the many bolts of quilting fabric and meet the wonderful staff.  We really do rely on donations, so thank you!

And finally a bit of administrative information concerning our Facebook account.  We switched from a private account to a non-profit account.  If you had been following us and for some reason, we are no longer showing on your feed, please go to our new account and like us there.

Stay cool, Tina

FQ Challenge for May and More Quilts to Syrian Refugees

June 23, 2016

During May we did not receive any fat quarter quilts for the challenge, however, anyone that has sent in a FQ quilt prior to this time is still entered in the drawing every month.  Our winner of the $25 gift certificate from the FQ Shop  (http://www.fatquartershop.com/) is Kay McKinnon of Grand Blanc, MI.  She is a devoted and talented quilter who sends us about 20 quilts per year.  Congrats Kay!  Here is a picture of some of her quilts submitted recently.

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Regards, Karen V FQ Challenge Coordinator

Now for quilts that have traveled to Jordan for Syrian refugees.  These beautiful quilts were made by the following quilters. Louise Bird and Ellen Janes pieced and quilted their two quilts. The other eight quilts were pieced by Dede Cranford, Theola Breaux, Julie Richards, and Susan Schmidt. The quilting was done by Heidi Oliver, Laural Hertel, Mary Craft, and Tomme Fent. Hover or click on each quilt to see who made them. We have been told by the group delivering the quilts that the people receiving them are so grateful and cherish their quilts!

Thanks to all our volunteers for making these beautiful quilts that will warm the hearts of these children receiving them.

Susan Schmidt  Northwest Regional Coordinator

 

FQ Challenge for January 2016

February 29, 2016

For the month of January we received many beautiful quilts that were entered in our fat quarter challenge.  The winner of the January drawing was Liz Clark of Los Gatos, CA. Liz has been a quilter for QBB for many years.  She will receive a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  We really want to thank them for sponsoring our contest.

Others who also sent quilts during January were Donna Kanealii of Mililani, Hawaii; Lynn Emch of Highlands Ranch, CO; Martha Drabiski of Elkton, FL; Sandy Swon of Gladstone, IL; Donna Dellacamera of Unionville, CT; Pat Kye of Elkton, FL and Donna Sciandra (2 quilts) of Buffalo, NY.  Just a reminder that all of these quilters will be entered into our future monthly drawings for the gift certificate.  The sooner you get a quilt to us, the more chances you will have to win.

I wish we could have seen all the quilts, but so many had countries calling and were rushed of to duty. The quilts that we did photograph are from Pat Kye, Martha Drabiski, Donna Kanealii and Lynn Emch.

Thank you all for generous use of time and talent in creating these beautiful quilts. You are what makes our merry-go-round….. go ’round.   Thank you, Karen V

And the quilts keep coming and going!

June 30, 2015

I received these little darlings throughout the month of June (where has the time gone? Before you know it, it’ll be October and time for IQF again and another Fat Quarter Challenge!!):

Cheryl Fitzgerald, Claudia Swee Meridy Pyer, Laura Savage Quilting for Christ, Judy Cabot Donna Sciandra, Judy Cabot Pat Ferguson

We’d like to thank Claudia Swee, Cheryl Fitzgerald, Donna Sciandra, Judy Cabot’s longarm skills, the Quilting for Christ Ministry, Meridy Pyer and Laura Savage for the little lovelies.  They’ll be going on their way to bring joy and comfort to children all over the world as I will soon be sending a shipment to the Salaam Cultural Museum.  If you go through the archives, it will warm your heart to see these dear, sweet children hugging their very own quilts close. It helps me stay motivated, I’ll tell ya that! 🙂

The winner of this month’s drawing for that $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop is Charlotte Kieliszek, whose quilt was featured in last month’s blog post. Congratulations, Charlotte! It will be on it’s way to your inbox shortly.

Thank you again to all of you for your generous donations. Quilters are the most generous and compassionate group of people anywhere and it’s a privilege to work with you!

Smiles,

Sandi

FQC and More!

April 2, 2015

It’s been a fun month watching the quilts come in. It’s been a typical March with blustery winds so the quilts really look like they’re going to fly to their destinations right off the clothesline. Today we have Fat Quarter Challenge quilts as well as quilts just being sent because we have our initiatives going on. It’s always a pleasure to see a box in the mail! So without further ado, the quilts…

Della B:Sandi W  Martha Klatt, Edith Shanholt, Maria O Rodriguez  Carolyn Sower & Judy Cabot  Carolyn Sower, Della Burwell, Judy Cabot  FQC March except 1st one, Karen Kehoe, Diane Hamm, Sue Hudak

 

We would like to give a shout out to Della Burwell, Martha Klatt, Edith Sandholt, Maria O Rodriguez, Carolyn Sower and Longarmer extraordinaire Judy Cabot, Karen Kehoe, Diana Hamm and Sue Hudak. Judy typically asks me to send her 5 quilt kits a month and she gets them quilted and bound and back to me in a quick fashion! It’s always so much fun to see what she does with them. I’ve had the pleasure recently of being able to also quilt some tops up and Della always does my binding for me. It’s all about teamwork, isn’t it? 🙂

Well, the winner of the $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop is…Sue Hudak!! Congratulations, Sue! It will be on its way to you tomorrow.  Do all of you know that the Fat Quarter Shop also features free patterns? They’re always quick and easy and turn out really cute. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out the free pattern section at the Fat Quarter Shop. You’ll be glad you did!

That’s all for now! Until next time,

Smiles,

Sandi

 

Fat Quarter Challenge and an unsung hero

February 10, 2015

January 2-15 FQC

 

Aren’t these fun little quilts? These are the latest quilts to come in for our Fat Quarter Challenge. This almost doubles the number I’ve received since the fat quarters were handed out in Houston last year! I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, it’s really fun to see everyone’s uniqueness and creativity. All shapes and sizes and colors and each one filled with love and ready to bring happiness to someone around the world. Such a great feeling to be a part of this wonderful work! So the winner for January’s drawing is…..Sandra Ohler!  She made the quilt on the left in the picture. Linda Ferraro made the other TWO for us! Thank you both for your help!

Now I’d like to share a story that Ann, our RC in California sent along. It’s about a woman who helps out one of Ann’s sewing groups, Sewing Servants, at her church.

She is 78 years old.  She is less than 5 feet tall.  She has overcome cancer.  She has macular degeneration.  She is a widow.  She lives alone.
Do you think she can’t do very much?  She mows her own lawn.  She cooks and cleans for herself.  She irons for her daughter and son and all their family members.  She loves to iron.
She is a member of Sewing Servants at our church.  She is there nearly every time we meet.  We meet once a week on Mondays and the first Sunday afternoon of each month.  About 6 of us are at the sewing machines.  She does all our ironing.  Our backing fabric has not one single wrinkle.  She is an ace at ironing binding.  Our blocks are neatly pressed and ready to be sewn together.
Recently I received several boxes of tops for QBB.  They needed a great deal of ironing.  I asked her if she would mind ironing them whenever she could.  No hurry, just do it in the next few weeks. There were about 25 in total.  She happily agreed and had them all done in two days!!  What a woman!
What is her name?  Well, she prefers to be anonymous.  She says she doesn’t want any credit for her work.  We just call her Ms. B.
Isn’t she a wonderful example? Truly inspiring! Hopefully we’ll have more stories about some of our unsung heros who give so much and want so little in return.
Smiles,
Sandi

 

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!

Smiles,

Sandi