Information for Longarmers

Thank you so very much for offering to quilt for orphans!  The tops are approx. 40″ – 45″ wide by 48″ – 60″ long.

Batting – Polyester dries faster and the recipients of these quilts don’t have dryers, but cotton or cotton/poly is fine too.   Dividing a queen sized batting into quarters will give you 4 battings that will typically be of sufficient size for these quilts, and you can always use some scraps to fill in if you get an extra long top.

Quilting – The quilts will get more strenuous treatment when being washed, typically hand washing/scrubbing, so please quilt densely – no more than 3″ apart – enough to hold up to rugged wear and tear.

Labels – Please add your name to the label using a Sharpie fine point.  Then stitch it to the back of the quilt in any corner.

Trimming/Binding –Please send the trimmings when returning the quilt so we can use the fabric for future quilts.  We use scraps to make more tops.

Turnaround Time – Up to 2 months.  If it is going to be longer that that, please let us know.

Hi!  I’m Carla Triemer, and I am the President of Quilts Beyond Borders.  I spent my “wonder years” in Ethiopia and I’m a passionate quilter, so working with Quilts Beyond Borders is a real labor of love for me.     If you’re a longarmer and you’d like to work on some of our tops, please send an email to  Send us your name, address and phone number and the number of quilts you’d like to do for us, and we’ll have some tops sent to you as soon as they become available.

We send tops and backs, and we ask that you donate the batting and thread, and postage to return the quilts to us.  If you can bind them as well, that would be lovely.  However we also welcome volunteers who are binders, so if binding is not your cup of tea we’ll find someone else to do it.  (Anyone who wants to volunteer to bind quilts, please let us know!)

In the meantime, if you’d like to get started with quilting for us before you receive tops (or if you’re trying to make a dent in your stash and use some of those fabrics that managed to come home with you even though you didn’t really have a reason to use them) I’d like to tell you about another blog, “Threadtales – The Stuff of Life (and Quilts!) by Terri L. Watson.  Terri is a very talented longarmer who is creating a series of instructions for what she calls “One Fell Swoop Quilts” which you piece on the longarm as you are quilting.  Terri’s blog can be found at:

If you go to the right side of her blog page you’ll find a link to the instructions for all of the “One Fell Swoop Quilts”, or click here to go directly:

A wonderful bonus on this instruction page can be found by scrolling to the bottom – instructions for how to attach binding to the quilted quilt before you remove it from the frame!

Thanks very much to Terri Watson for allowing us to post these links to her blog.  Happy quilting everybody!


12 thoughts on “Information for Longarmers

  1. Just received your box and want to get started! I have some questions. 1) Do you want the label stitched after quilting, or before? 2) If after, do you want it stitched on by hand or machine? 3) Do you want the quilts washed after they are quilted and bound, before they are sent back to you?

    • Hi, Mary! Here are the answers to your questions:

      1. Feel free to stitch the label on before quilting. 2. We prefer that the labels and binding be attached via machine because they will hold up to the “iffy” laundry conditions in the orphanages we work with. 3. Don’t bother washing it before you send it to us. We’ll do it on our end. I’m highly allergic to all kinds of chemicals and I’ve found I can’t tolerate the fragrance of some of the fabric softeners that are used, so I’d much rather do the washing!

      Thanks for asking, and thank you SO much for quilting for us!


  2. I would like to know more about these quilt projects, what your sending, how you want it constructed and as much information as possible. Also, do you like crochet aphagans?

  3. Judy, we send quilts to orphans and needy children in underserved areas of the world. Thus far we have send quilts to Ethiopia, Haiti, Japan, Thailand, India, Russia, Romania, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Burundi, Kenya, Cameroon, Mexico and the US and we’re in the process of sending some to Jordan for Syrian children in a refugee camp. There are probably a few countries I’ve forgotten. The quilts range in size from 42-45″ wide x 48×60″ long, and must be quilted (not tied) and machine bound to hold up under the harsh laundry facilities many of these quilts encounter at their destinations. We do not accept knitted or crocheted afghans, only quilts. For more information about our quilts, click on the link to “Quilt Dimensions” under the Pages links above on the right side of this page.

    Thanks for asking! Regards,

  4. Hello ! God bless you for your works. And courage.I am A Haitian leader, How your helps are coming for kids aboard?

  5. I am new to this group but would like to do 2 quilts for you to start with. I will look forward to working with you on this project. Mona Crim 21 Cherry Tree Pl Harrisburg, ILLINOIS 62946 Phone 618-658-0875

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