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A Peruvian Christmas

May 21, 2017

I’m very lucky to have some really great neighbors! Paul is originally from Peru and most of his family still lives there. One Christmas their family decided to visit Grandma in Peru. When his wife, Melissa, saw the poverty there and all the homeless children, she vowed to make a change. For the next year, they planned and saved in order to take their whole family (4 awesome kids; Ashli, Shanda, Alex and Cariella!) to Peru at Christmas but with a twist. In order to help down there, the kids had a choice to make: Christmas for themselves or Christmas for others. They very unselfishly decided to bring some cheer to their dad’s hometown and when word got out about their decision, many, many people donated stockings, fillers, candy, etc to their cause. Quilts Beyond Borders teamed up with them as well and we opened up a new continent with this trip, South America!

 

On a snowy, wintery day in December, the kids and Melissa came to the house to load up 30 bundles of sunshine to take in their suitcases to some children who really needed the love.

As you can see, we had a good time sucking all the air out of them so more would fit in the suitcases and duffle bags (the best part was using the vacuum to squish them down. They thought that was the coolest thing EVER!!!)

  

The end result? A stack higher than Cariella!!

Being an empty nester, it was so heartening to have them in my home and to see and feel their excitement about something that they’re not even getting to keep but willingly sharing with someone they don’t even know, have never met and will probably never see again! That’s what Christmas is really all about, right?

Once they arrived in Peru, they found a private orphanage that is only funded with donations, no government funding. All of the children here have been abused and range in age from children barely walking to midteens. Just having visitors made it a special day for them but when they were handed a quilt and a stocking with sweets in it, I’m sure it was the most memorable Christmas they’ve ever had!

It was also memorable for my neighbors. Just like the man who saved the starfish one at a time, they made a difference in a child’s life, one at a time. In a talk at church after they returned, young Alex said, “Skipping our Christmas to help other kids was challenging to do but I felt we should go to Peru and help the kids there. Doing this made me happy and it made me proud helping other kids.”  I hope all of you can share that happiness because if QBB didn’t have you and your unselfish acts of kindness, children all over the world in already heartbreaking situations would never know the kindness of strangers. I like to think of all these quilts as little dots of light scattered throughout the world, little pinpricks of love!

Thank you so much!

Smiles,

Sandi

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Quilter’s Spotlight: Delleen Kompkoff

September 2, 2016

We are so excited to feature Delleen Kompkoff from Gresham, Oregon.  Delleen is a piecer and quilts on a domestic machine. She is a great supporter of QBB and willing to help any way she is needed. Delleen Kompkoff

Name:  Delleen Kompkoff

Hometown & State: Gresham, Oregon

Years Quilting: about 50 years! (but I can’t be that old!)

Favorite Quilting Style: Happy to be Scrappy

Quilt Guild or Group: Mt. Hood Quilt Guild

Why do you volunteer with Quilts Beyond Borders?  I love the fact that something I’ve made can travel to distant countries I will never visit.  I’ve visited an orphanage in China, and carried full suitcases to the children there.  Giving quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders is an easy way for me to support children without families, families in crisis, and the people who travel to help them.

 How did you learn about Quilts Beyond Borders?  Oddly enough, I learned by reading this blog several years ago.  As soon as I found my regional coordinators, I was hooked!  Karen and Susan are inspiring, and I feel lucky to know them.

 How did you learn to quilt?  I’ve been sewing since I could reach the foot control of my mom’s Singer.  Playing with her scraps, and following her quilting techniques got me started.  I can remember how excited she was to give me a rotary cutter and ruler when they first were available. My first bed-size quilt was a project in high school home economics class with a creative teacher who saw tea towels and aprons were not really my thing.

 Where do you get quilting inspiration?  Inspiration is everywhere.  Sometimes I see colors used in advertising or nature, and jump from there.  Quilting blogs, books and magazines are always reminding me of how to play with shapes and colors.  Now that I’m in a guild, I get inspiration from other members’ projects.

 What’s your favorite quilting tip or technique?  Add an element of surprise to a quilt.  Use an unsuspected FMQ shape, an unusual piece of novelty fabric, a 3-D folded block, a piece of chenille, a flange in a border, a pieced backing.  These little surprises are like an extra gift I’ve given to make the quilt special for the recipient.  

What else should we know about you?  For 10 years, I worked with 4th and 5th graders during a recess craft group.  I collected donated yarn supplies and taught knitting, but also had a couple sewing machines in the room as well.  The students sewed precut blocks into quilts that we donated to children’s charities. Their excitement as the quilts were planned and completed was the highlight of every day.  There was something very powerful about watching kids making comfort for other children.  Now I’m the charity coordinator for my quilt guild, and find that same excitement as members create for people in our community.

Delleen has been a great help to me this first year as coordinator and is a great promoter of QBB as well. She definitely has a heart for children and quilting.  Thanks Delleen!

Susan Schmidt, North West Regional Coordinator

Quilt made from Timeless Treasures Donated Samples

August 22, 2012

At the 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston Timeless Treasures was kind enough to donate some trade show samples to us for our use. This is one of the tops we made from it:

The pattern we used is the “Hidden Wells” block, and we used the technique demonstrated in the video at this URL:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Ixvjje310

I made this top with my friend, Brenda Barnett, and we really loved the way it came together, and the fabrics are just beautiful.

In April, when we were in Ethiopia, we presented this quilt to a young lady at Hannah’s home for Orphans. You can tell by the look on her face that she really loves this quilt too!


  This picture also features Caroline Williams, of Cherokee Gives Back, who served as our guide in Ethiopia and helped us distribute the quilts.

Great thanks to Timeless Treasures! You’ve made this young Ethiopian lady very happy.  We really appreciate your generosity.

Regards,
Carla

2 Wonderful Quilts from Sandy Waters

August 20, 2012

Last week I received two wonderful quilts from Sandy Waters, who has a business called Designs by Sandy in Vail, Arizona.

The first quilt is an adorable alternating 4-patch, with some very cute giraffe fabric. I really like the embellishment that Sandy did using some ribbon and her embroidery machine and the pieced back is as cute as the front. Sandy has kindly agreed to allow us to use this great quilt as one of our fundraising quilts when we have our booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November. Stop by and see it in person!

The second quilt is a really great “jelly roll race” quilt with strips joined by polka dot squares. Sandy carried the polka dots out to a border flange and the binding, making this one of the nicest jelly roll race quilts I’ve ever seen. This quilt will be one of the ones that is going to an orphanage in Russia, to meet our commitment of 12 baby quilts and 24 quilts for young ladies who are “aging out” of the orphanage. I know the young lady who receives this one will love it!

Sandy, thank you very much for sending us these two wonderful quilts! We really appreciate them both!

Regards,
Carla

Pretty quilts from NILAG Members Emma and Ruby

August 17, 2012

I belong to a longarm guild in Northern Illinois, and I’ve been very grateful that a number of our members have volunteered to quilt for Quilts Beyond Borders. It’s always nice to see the great talents of my friends in the guild!

This month we received two quilts from Emma Everett and Ruby Valentine. I’m showing a full picture and a close up of each of the quilts so you can admire their fine quilting! The quilt with the Dresden plate in the middle was quilted by Emma, and the strip quilt was quilted by Ruby. Both of them used patterns of feathery swirls, and they’re both beautiful — but entirely different!

Ruby and Emma, thank you very much for quilting these pretty quilts! I know the children who receive them will be delighted!

Regards,
Carla

Gifts from the “Show-Girls”

August 8, 2012

Warning: If you were Googling “Showgirls”, expecting to find Las Vegas cuties in skimpy outfits, I’m afraid I’m about to disappoint you!!  The ladies in this post are cute, but no skimpy outfits or show dancing was involved! 

Last week I went up to the Machine Quilting Today show in Oconomowok, WI. (I don’t even want to tell you how long it took me to pronounce “Oconomowok” properly!) At the show I met with two ladies, Sandi Barthel (who I’ve been corresponding with via email for quite some time, but never met in person) and Sharon Mitchell, a friend of mine from the Northern Illinois Long Arm Guild (NILAG). Both ladies came bearing gifts.

Sandi, who quilts for her own pleasure,  made 5 beautiful quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. The fabrics she chose for her tops are just wonderful, and appropriate for tots to teenagers. She used her Circle Lord templates and quilted these beautiful tops with swirls, baptist fans, and squares. In the first picture you see LaDonna (a friend) and Sandi holding a couple of quilts and showing the remainder on the bed.

Sharon, who is the owner of a quilting business called Lofty Quilts in Palatine, IL, brought three beautiful quilts she quilted from tops made by others.   The first picture below shows Sharon holding a quilt top made by  Jan Scruggs, which is also seen in the second picture.  The third and fourth pictures show tops made by Kalena Womack and Evelyn Carlisle, respectively.  Sharon quilts with a Statler, and was kind enough to tell me the patterns she used on each quilt:

  • Pink and Yellow Quilt :
  • Orange, Green, Yellow, Multi Color (from the center out):
    • Cropped-blk-daisy  by  Page Johnson  at  AnitaShackelford.com
    • Garden Leaves Corner and Border  by  BZ Learning  at  AnneBright.com
    • FG Flutterby Border  by  BZ Learning  at  AnneBright.com
    • Sashes-p2p-leaf-and-berry  by  Jennifer Perdue, Anita Shackleford  at  Thimbleworks.com
    • Clover Border,  Statler pattern
  • Christmas Quilt:

 

Sandi and Sharon, thank you both so much for bringing these beautiful quilts to me at the show!  I know the children who receive them will cherish each and every one of them.  Your quilting on all of them is just beautiful!

Regards,

Carla

10 Beautiful Quilts from Lou and Pat in Texas

July 16, 2012

Lou of Copperas Cove, Texas, and her friend Pat sent us these 10 lovely quilts the other day. If past patterns hold, Lou was the quilter and Pat was kind enough to do all the binding for us — Thank you both so much!

In order of appearance from left to right, top to bottom, here are the names of the people who made the tops, as they’ve signed the labels:

1.  Rosalva Reyes-Hada
2.  Sharon
3, 4, and 5.  Marilyn Barba and DeDe Cranford
6.  Geraldine Clark
7.  “A Friend from Houston”
8.  Sandra Cassidy
9 and 10.  Sue Torre, Willoughby Wallace Library Quiters

Lou, Pat, and all the piecers, thank you all for making these beautiful quilts!  I know the children will love them!

Regards,

Carla

More lovely quilting by Anya in Montana

July 14, 2012

Anya in Montana is a talented and prolific quilter with a generous heart! About a week ago I featured two lovely quilts from Anya that she had made to help us meet our commitment to the Russian orphanage. Just a few days later, Anya sent me another 5 quilts that she quilted using tops that QBB had sent her. (Unfortunately I don’t have the names of any of the piecers, but if you recognize any, please let me know and I’ll be happy to give credit where credit is due.)

Anya used a variety of pantos to quilt these quilts, and they all turned out to be just as pretty as they can be! The pantos, in order of quilt appearance from left to right, top to bottom, are:

  • Raindrops
  • ABC by Dave Hudson
  • Van Gogh by Anne Bright
  • Hourglass
  • Stars by Lisa Calle

I had seen all these tops before they went to Anya, and when they came back I was thrilled with how the quilting brought each of them to life!  She did a great job with these!  Anya, thank you so much!  I know the children who receive them will cherish them!

Note to our readers:  At the beginning of this post I mentioned our commitment to an orphanage in Russia.  In case you weren’t aware, at the end of August we will be sending 36 quilts to Russia, 24 to young ladies who are aging out of the orphanage and 12 baby quilts. We still need 2 quilts for the young ladies, at least 42″x60″ with appropriate colors and patterns for a young lady, if you happen to be looking for a project! Just send us a note to quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com and we’ll sign you up!

Regards,

Carla

Round Two by Theola

June 19, 2012

We have so many quilts and tops to show off these days. All of our quilters and toppers are amazing and very dedicated to QBB, and we thank each and everyone of you.

Below are the tops from box #2 created by Theola from Houston.

As usual Theola has outdone herself with these tops. They are sure to bring a smile to many children’s once they are quilted. Thank you, again, Theola. You are a blessing to QBB. – Jodi

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.