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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Regards,

Carla

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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

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 quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com, 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!

Karen

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 quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com and we’ll send you some tops  (kitted up with backing and binding) to work on.

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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.

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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.

Regards,

Carla

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.

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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.

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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, quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Carla

Delivery to Children in Black Mesa, Navajo Nation

April 14, 2013

Quilts Beyond Borders has been working with Forgotten People, an organization dedicated to helping the Navajos living in the Bennett Freeze Area. The people who live there were legally prohibited from even putting electricity and running water in their homes until recently, and nights get cold there this time of year so the quilts we provided were very happily received by the children living there. We recently received photos of a delivery by Forgotten People to children at the Mesa View Baptist Church in Black Mesa.

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The smiles on the faces of the children are wonderful to see!   Great thanks to all the quilters who helped to make this delivery possible!

Regards,

Carla

Quilt Delivery to Casa Vallado Orphanage in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

January 27, 2013

Nancy Sheppard is one of our new Regional Coordinators. She started 2013 in a wonderful way by going with some of her church members to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, about 260 miles north of Mexico City. This area of Mexico is about 6000 feet above sea level, and normally is 40-55 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, so the warmth of a quilt is certainly welcome at night.

Here is the wonderful picture that Nancy sent of her group with the children and their quilts:

Casa Vallado Orphanage – San Luis Potosi Mexico

Casa Vallado is an orphanage in San Luis Potosi, Mexico that cares for children who have either lost, or been abandoned by, their parents. The orphanage began in 2003 when a group of Christians sold their businesses and possessions to lovingly care for children who were living on the street. Casa Vallado functions 100% on charitable donations. The Vallado Project supports Casa Vallado through monthly sponsorships. The members of the Christ Community Church in Austin provide food, clothing, and educational needs to the Casa Vallado children, enabling the orphanage to better care for the children and to allow the volunteers to enjoy a better livelihood as well.

Nancy was particularly impressed by the women who took care of the children in the orphanage. “The volunteer moms are amazing and really touched my heart. The three young women give their lives to these children without receiving compensation of any kind.”

If you would like to learn more and would like to get involved go to:

http://www.cccaustin.com/mission/vallado-project/

Great thanks to Nancy and the members of Christ Community Church in Austin for making this delivery possible. You can see that the children are very happy with their new quilts!

Regards,
Carla

Quilts for Orphans in Russia

August 7, 2012

As our regular readers may know, we have a current initiative where we are gathering quilts to give to 24 young ladies who are graduating from an orphanage in Russia, and 12 babies there. When we were calling for the quilts I was contacted by Meena Schaldenbrand, a very talented artist in Michigan, who has a wonderful blog that displays a lot of her artistic endeavors:

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Meena offered to make us a quilt for one of the young ladies, and last week I received a box with this absolutely beautiful panel quilt in it. You can see in the close-up that Meena has adorned some of the flowers with beads and 3-D flowers. Very pretty!

 

I know the young lady who receives this quilt will treasure it!  It’s really quite stunning!  Thank you, Meena!

The initiative for the young ladies and babies in Russia was not our only summer initiative.  We’ve also delivered 200 quilts to Orphan Outreach, an organization in Plano, Texas that works with orphanages in Guatemala, Honduras, Russia and India.  Some of the photos from their travels came back today.  Here are photos of their delivery of quilts to the younger kids at the Nikolsky orphanage just outside of St. Petersburg, Russia.

  

 

Those happy smiles are our greatest reward!  Great thanks to the quilters who created these quilts, and all the others we’ve received.  We’re looking forward to more pictures, and as we receive them we’ll bring them to you!

Regards,

Carla

Call for Quilts Going to Russia

May 22, 2012

Orphan Outreach

Quilts Beyond Borders has forged a new relationship with Orphan Outreach, located in Plano, TX. Orphan Outreach’s mission is to improve ”the lives of orphans and at-risk children in Guatemala, Honduras, Russia and India through early intervention, education and evangelism.” This is a similar mission shared by Quilts Beyond Borders, which has motivated the work we have done in countries in Africa, as well as Haiti, and Central America. We are grateful to have an opportunity to team up and help Orphan Outreach with an up-coming mission trip to Russia.

The Request

The organization has asked Quilts Beyond Borders to help fulfill a special need for 24 young Russian women, who will soon be graduating from the orphanage and moving into their own apartment. The 24 quilts need to be 42X60 inches long and the style should be considered for a young woman, aged 17-20 years old. They should also be machine quilted and machine bound in order to hold up to severe laundry conditions.

As well, Orphan Outreach has requested 12 additional baby quilts for those girls who are currently pregnant. These quilts should be at least 36 inches by 48 inches.

Pease include a label for each included quilt you send. The label should read:
Quilts Beyond Borders
Made for You with Love
By (Quilter’s Name)
Belongs to (Space for Recipient’s Name)

The Deadline

We are asking Quilt Beyond Borders volunteers to commit to making one or more of these 36 quilts by Friday, August 31, 2012. This means the quilts need to be finished and ready to send no later than this date. Please email Quilts Beyond Borders  to inform us of your commitment to completing one or more of these quilts by August 31, 2012. We will respond letting you know where you may send the quilt(s) once completed.

We thank you in advance for your willingness to continue your volunteerism with Quilts Beyond Borders. This is a new opportunity and country for Quilts Beyond Borders, and we cannot express our enthusiasm enough. We hope you are equally as excited about enriching the lives of young orphan women and children through your love of quilting.