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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

Fat Quarter Challenge for May

June 1, 2015

Hello everyone!  It has been so wonderful to go to the mailbox and see all the wonderful quilts you have sent. With close to 700 quilts still needed before November, these completed quilts are a godsend for us as they enable us to quickly send them on to various initiatives.  This month I received two FQC quilts, one from Charlotte Kieliszek and also Erin O’Neal pictured below:

Charlotte Kieliszek, Erin O'Neal

For those of you who haven’t sent them in yet, there’s still time PLUS you’ll be entered to win in the monthly drawing EVERY MONTH after it’s received. The winner of this month’s drawing is Edith Shanholt! Edith, if you could please email us, we’ll get the gift certificate on it’s way.

I’ve also received these beauties:

Maria Hamilton, Brenda Lou Scott, Sandi Watters, Sandia Quilters Carolyn Sower, Maria Hamilton, Della Burwell, Sandi Watters, Deb Jackson Debi Jackson Debi Jackson, Mary Kolpack, Maria Hamilton, Della Burwell, Sandi Watters Donna Sciandra, Della Burwell, Maria Hamilton, Brenda Scott, Sandi Watters Maria Hamilton, Della Burwell, Sandi Watters

Let’s give a shout out to the following piecers and quilters:

Maria Hamilton, Brenda Lou Scott, Della Burwell, Sandia Quilters of Albuquerque, NM, Carolyn Sowers, Debi Jackson, Mary Kolpack and Donna Sciandra.  They have really been busy lately and I know these will bring love and comfort to the children.

Again, thanks to all of you! The need is so great. What a special gift you all have and you’re so willing to give so freely. I know the children cherish their quilts and I hope you can feel their joy by looking at their happy faces.

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

 

FQC winner and a new initiative

March 4, 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all staying warm and snug this horrific winter of 2015!  It’s perfect weather to stay inside and sew. We received a couple of quilts last month for the Fat Quarter Challenge. Here they are:

January 2-15 FQC

You’ll also be seeing these later in the post as they are on their way to comfort children in the Syrian Refugee camps. But first…the winner for the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop is Sandra Ohler!! We’ll have that sent to you pronto, Sandra! Congratulations!

Just this morning I sent 2 boxes to Washington state to be sent to the refugees. This is going to be an ongoing project for us this year. These will be going to children who are receiving treatment for PTSD. Rita from the Salaam Cultural Museum, whom we sent quilts to last year for the refugees, has started trauma treatment centers with programs for the children lasting between three and six months. One of the outings that they had recently had them doing something that they’d never done before…seeing and touching grass! The children are given quilts at the beginning of their program and the quilts are kept at the Center for them. Then upon “graduation” the children will be able to take the quilts home.  The need is so great. We need about 350 quilts before December to help these children. So take advantage of your frightful weather and sew, sew, sew!! They have asked that we NOT include any helicopters, planes or military type fabrics. The children have been traumatized by these things. Bright, happy colors will surely bring joy to their hearts and ease their minds. They also love red and green quilts as those are the colors of the Syrian flag. Ages range from 5-16 but our typical quilt size of between 40-45″ wide and 48-60″ long made from 100% cotton fabrics works wonderfully well for them.

Here are the pictures of the quilts that are on their way today! Sorry but the wind insisted on blowing so some of the pictures aren’t the best.

CAROL E 3 QUILTS FEB 2015 DAKOTA CO STAR QUILTERS, JOY MCAULEY, VIVIAN TAYLOR FEB 2015 CLAUDIA S, CAROLYN S, JUDY C

KATHY E, JUDY C, DONNA D, JUDY C QUILTING FOR CHRIST, JUDY C, LINDA F (2) LINDA C, JUDY C, CAROLYN S, DELLA B, SANDRA O

 

Thanks goes out to Dakota Co Star Quilters, Carol Egan from the Sunshine Guild, Judy Cabot, Kathy Elston, Carolyn Sowers, Donna Dellacamera, Quilting for Christ Ministry, Linda Ferraro, Linda Cadzow, Sandra Ohler, Della Burwell, Joy McAuley, Claudia S, and Vivian Taylor.

Until next time, carry on and sew away!

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

 

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!

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

We’ll See You in Houston at the International Quilt Festival!

October 19, 2014

We’re delighted to tell you that we’ll be having a booth at the IQF in Houston once again, starting the evening of Wednesday, October 29th and going through Sunday, November 2nd.  We’ll be in the area with the Exhibits, in the hall with all the quilts that are on display.   Once again we’ll be giving out kits to make quilt tops and encouraging participation in the Fat Quarter Challenge.  We’ll be selling some beautiful fundraising quilts made by our volunteers, and some wonderful products that I picked up in Ethiopia over the last month!  We look forward to seeing you in our booth!

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I just got back from taking 250 quilts to Ethiopia (along with friends Brenda Barnett and Ann Drake) and while we were there we had a chance to pick up some great additions to the products we’ve sold in the past.  (Over the next few weeks I’ll plan to post pictures from our quilt deliveries, but we’ve been so busy getting ready to go to Houston and running initiatives to get quilts to Syrian refugee children and needy children in Uganda that I haven’t had a chance to go through the 1200 pictures I took and do that yet.  Stay tuned!)

You’re already familiar with the ever-popular string animals that we’ve been selling in the booth for the last several years:

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This year we’ll be adding a string lion to the string herd.  We’ll also be adding some painted soapstone elephants and hippos, and a wonderful wooden giraffe carving, as well as some wonderful small carved and painted wooden bowls. We’ll also have some wonderful woven Ethiopian baskets.

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We’ve also brought back some colorful bracelets and jewelry and some wonderful handmade Ethiopian crosses.  The pictures don’t do these lovely jewelry pieces justice!

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While we were in Ethiopia we spent some time with people from the Connected in Hope’s Former Women Woodfuel Carriers’ project.  We taught sewing to some of the former woodfuel carriers so they’d have new marketable skills to support themselves and their families.  We also stopped by their shop and brought some of the beautiful scarves that are woven by some of the former woodfuel workers.  Stop by the booth and check out the selection!

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This year we’ll be expanding our Fat Quarter Challenge.  As those of you who’ve participated in the past know, to participate in the Fat Quarter Challenge you pick up a fat quarter and a block pattern and (adding your own fabric and batting) make and send us a completed quilt for us to provide to a needy child.  The names of all those who return quilts are entered in a drawing which takes place on September 30th of the following year.  The winner wins a $100 prize.  We’ve had the FQC for two years, and our two winners were Renee Coakley and Donna Dellacamera.  This year we’re expanding the FQC from 100 participants to 200, and we will have additional drawings every month for those who have already returned their quilts — so for more chances to win, get your quilt in early!  The winners of the monthly drawing will receive a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop, and at the end of the 12 month period we’ll have another drawing for the grand prize of $100.

For more info on the Fat Quarter Shop, see these links:

http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop

https://twitter.com/fatquartershop

https://www.pinterest.com/fatquartershop/

https://www.flickr.com/groups/fqscustomergallery/

http://www.youtube.com/FatQuarterShop

Great thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for making these drawings possible!  Stop by our booth and enter the challenge for your chance to win!

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If you’re attending the show, this would be a wonderful time to return any quilts or tops you’ve completed from kits you picked up at the show during prior years, if you haven’t already returned them to us.  If the kit or top has been misplaced, substitutes or monetary donations are gladly accepted.  If you won’t be attending the show and would like to send us a finished top or quilt, please send us a note at our email, quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com , and we’ll give you the address of a Regional Coordinator who will be happy to receive your finished quilt or top.  Thanks!

We hope to see you at the show!

Regards,

Carla