From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Afghan and Syrian Refugees in Seattle (Blog 2)

We are so excited to have provided the 402 quilts pictured to the Afghan and Syrian Refugees that have settled in the Seattle area. We have continued to work with the Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle who are providing housing, education, and household goods to the Refugees. They have put together a free store for families to come and pick up necessary items and our quilts. I had the opportunity to visit the store and the mothers were so grateful to get quilts for their children! At the end of their visit each child gets to pick out their own quilt. 

I appreciate all the help and support from our quilters who share their time and talents in the making of these beautiful quilts. I know they are loved and appreciated by the children who receive them! If you would like to see who pieced or quilted them click on the picture. This is the second of two blogs to share these photos because we have so many beautiful photos!

Susan Schmidt – Northwest Regional Coordinator

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From the Northwest and Beyond – Quilts for Afghan and Syrian Refugees in Seattle (Blog 1)

We are so excited to have provided the 402 quilts pictured to the Afghan and Syrian Refugees that have settled in the Seattle area. We have continued to work with the Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle who are providing housing, education, and household goods to the Refugees. They have put together a free store for families to come and pick up necessary items and our quilts. I had the opportunity to visit the store and the mothers were so grateful to get quilts for their children! At the end of their visit each child gets to pick out their own quilt. 

I appreciate all the help and support from our quilters who share their time and talents in the making of these beautiful quilts. I know they are loved and appreciated by the children who receive them! If you would like to see who pieced or quilted them click on the picture. This is the first of two blogs to share these photos because we have so many beautiful photos!

Susan Schmidt – Northwest Regional Coordinator

Quilts from the Northeast and Beyond for Comfort Cases

More of your beautiful quilts have been delivered to Rockville, Maryland to be distributed to children entering foster care throughout the US through our partner organization Comfort Cases. QBB supplies this busy project with quilts every month. Listed below, with grateful appreciation, are the quilters whose quilts will be tucked into backpacks with other fun and essential items for these children.

-Karen M, QBB Regional Coordinator

Group 1:

From Massachusetts: Ellen Coburn, Leslie Hogan, Bonnie Salt, Sheila Hughes, Fran Fink
From Connecticut:  Sue Sweeney, Marguerite Boslaugh, Diane Carlson, Barbra Buckley
From Colorado:  Sue Holden
From Vermont:  Judith Nuno

Group 2:

Quilts from the Northeast and around the world for Ukraine Children

Greetings QBB friends,

Blue and yellow quilts have been arriving on my doorstep! Our hearts are so heavy with this awful war, all of us on the greater, national QBB team have rallied around doing anything we possibly can to help. Shipment to Poland for delivery to the Ukrainian people, especially the children, has been our recent priority. Below are photos of more than 100 quilts from the Northeast Team that have been shipped recently.

Many thanks for the quick, thoughtful, and always beautiful answer to our request for quilts for the people of Ukraine.

Karen M. Northeast Regional Coordinator

Below are the names of the dedicated quilters of these 2 groups of quilts:

From Rhode Island: Linda Chaffee, Lois Gardner, Linda Ferraro, Cindy Hatfield
From Connecticut:  Paula Place, Amy Parylak, Donna Motyl, Nancy Ralston, Sue Sweeney, Farmington Valley Quilt Guild, Mary Gridley, Leesa Plude, Peg Thomsen, Karen Matheson
From New Hampshire: Nancy Kane
From Texas: Marsha W.
From Massachusetts: Fran Fink, Sheila Hughes, Madeline Browning, Bonnie Salt
From Australia:  Hong Chang
From Vermont:  Judith Nuno
From Oklahoma:  Alice White, Kathryn Wortz
From New York: Sue Beck, Joanne Wortman
From Colorado:  Sue Holden
From Pennsylvania: Jean Unger, Sharon Gower

Group 2:

From Connecticut:  Paula Place, Susan Elliott, Peg Thomsen, Sandy Lipscomb; From Massachusetts:  Bonnie Salt, Sheila Hughes, Fran Fink; From Rhode Island:  Jane Larkin, Lois Gardner, Paula Korich, Yvette Drurey; From Australia:  Hong Chang; From New York: Joanne Wortman; From Pennsylvania: Jean Unger, Sharon Gower; From Vermont:  Judith Nuno

Quilts from the Midwest and beyond for Ukraine Refugee Children

Here are more stunning photos of quilts sent to refugee children from Ukraine. We especially love that many of you dug into your stash for yellows and blues to honor the Ukraine flag! Most of these quilts were made by members of Sunshine Online Quilt Guild, an online guild which supports QBB with generous donations throughout each year. Sunshine members responded quickly when they received the call for quilts for Ukraine. The quilts were sent with hopes for comfort and peace.

You can click on each photo to see it larger and to see the maker’s names.

QBB Partner Spotlight – Jeremiah’s Hope – Quilts for Ukraine

Jeremiah’s Hope was established in 2003 as a Ukrainian Charitable Fund in Donetsk, Ukraine, and has run as a nonprofit organization since 2005. One of the original co-founders still runs the organization along with his wife. Andrew and Jenny Kelly lived in Ukraine along with their children until right before the war began when they returned to the US. They still lead the ministry team that includes a 12 multi-national member team of Ukrainians and Americans.

Jeremiah’s Hope provides healing and practical help to orphans, at-risk youth, and vulnerable people of Ukraine. This ministry has always helped with village outreach, rescue shelters, educational camps, transitional living centers and so much more. Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Jeremiah’s Hope worked tirelessly to evacuate the children and staff living in their centers to a safer place in Croatia. They are continuing to help orphans, refugees, and their staff adjust to their new cities and countries and a new way of life. Jeremiah’s Hope is providing funds, supplies, hygiene packs, food, quilts, and other necessities to those still in Ukraine and refugees that have fled to nearby countries. You can learn more about Jeremiah’s Hope at jeremiahshope.org

Some of the first quilts donated to Jeremiah’s Hope went to the children that had lived in their rescue shelter and were evacuated to Croatia. Jeremiah’s Hope shared that “every kid in our Rescue Shelter got a new quilt this week when they arrived in Zagreb! THANK YOU QBB for helping make our new house feel more like HOME!” Here are some pictures of some of the rescue center kids (note that we partially obscured their faces to protect their privacy) with their quilts that you so beautifully made and generously donated.

If you want to send quilts for this or the many other initiatives that Quilts Beyond Borders supports, please email us at QuiltsBeyondBorders@gmail.com.

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QBB Partner Spotlight – Quilted Twins – Quilts for Ukraine

Quilted Twins started with 2 (twin) sisters, one living in Dade City, FL and the other near Warsaw Poland.  Rachel, the twin in Florida owns the Quilted Twins fabric store that has a huge online following as well as the physical location in Dade City where many come to shop and attend classes.  Becky, the twin in Poland, shares her quilts and designs as well as putting free quilt patterns out on their site.  Becky and her husband have orchestrated a huge grass roots effort in getting food and supplies to the Ukrainian refugees as well as people still in the Ukraine.  

After lots of communication with various entities the Twins and associates figured out logistics on how they could ship completed quilts and pillow cases from their Florida base to Poland for distribution to Refugees and people still in the Ukraine who have lost everything. 

In March 2022, Rachel sent out a request on their website for Quilters to Unite! The response was phenomenal and by April 30th they collected about 6,000 Quilts/Blankets/pillowcases and even a few afghans and knitted hats.  They also had a link on the website where people could donate money to help cover shipping cost, again the response was phenomenal collecting the $30,000+ needed to ship all the materials half way around the world.  They were able to secure a very good discount with FedEx by working with Scott Fortunoff of Jaftex Fabrics who has FedEx connections and was interested in helping.  The first shipment was a single 100lb test box and the next shipment of 30 boxes were shipped via FedEx.  The last huge shipment of 79 wardrobe size boxes started the journey via UPS to Warsaw on May 13. 

 Bringing the total of 12,000 pounds of materials sent through this extremely dedicated group of individuals who started out with the simple question “What can we do to help?”

Below are a few pictures of Quilts Beyond Borders quilts being received and prepped for shipping at Quilted Twins, and we will be sharing many more pictures of your QBB quilts that went to Ukraine refugees in future blog posts.

Quilted Twins is not accepting more quilts at this time, however Quilts Beyond Borders will be continuing to work with other groups to get quilts to Ukrainian Refugees in Europe and the US. If you want to send quilts for the many initiatives that Quilts Beyond Borders supports, please email us at QuiltsBeyondBorders@gmail.com.

Quilts for Ukrainian Refugee Children

All of us have seen the television coverage of refugee children going to Poland, Romania, and Hungary, leaving behind their homes in Ukraine, often carrying only a small backpack of personal belongings. It’s been heartbreaking to watch, and we know that quilters around the US have wanted to reach out and wrap these children in the warmth and comfort of a quilt. We were able to link up with two groups, Jeremiah’s Hope out of Abilene, Texas and Quilted Twins in Dade City, Florida, which were both planning to send some humanitarian supplies to Poland and Romania in March, April and May.

Early in March, several members of the Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild in New Smyrna Beach, FL were touched by the plight of the refugee children and managed to pull together a group of quilts very quickly to make it in time for the first Jeremiah’s Hope shipment. We met at the local library parking lot for the quilt pick-up. Since that time we’ve received hundreds of quilts for the Ukrainian children from quilters all over the US, and will show them in more pictures below and in future blog posts.

As the war in Ukraine continues, we will continue to link up with charitable and humanitarian organizations to send more quilts to more refugee children. It is always important that the groups we work with have contacts in the countries where we send them to make sure to get the quilts to the children. Between Jeremiah’s Hope’s shipments and the Quilted Twins shipments, we have sent over 800 quilts to Ukrainian refugee children. Photos of some of the first quilts are below, with many more quilts to be shown in the days to come.

We are very grateful to all the talented and generous quilters who created these beautiful quilts, and to Jeremiah’s Hope and Quilted Twins for transporting them safely and quickly to the children who need them. Stay tuned – In future blog posts we will share more about the missions of these amazing organizations and lots more photos of beautiful quilts which have gone to Ukrainian children!

We will continue to collect quilts for Ukrainian refugees, as well as for our other initiatives, including but not limited to Afghani refugees, Syrian refugees and foster children in the US.  Please continue to send quilts to your closest regional coordinator.  If you don’t know where to send the quilts contact us at QuiltsBeyondBorders@gmail.com.

Quilts Keep Giving Warmth for Comfort Cases

We are continuing to share photos of quilts sent to Comfort Cases as part of our ongoing partnership. This organization gives backpacks filled with comfort and personal care items for youth entering the foster care system across the country and the need is huge. We continue to send them quilts each month and will share more photos throughout the year.

– Lynda K – QBB Coordinator

March & April Fat Quarter Challenge

Everyone has been busy making quilts! QBB really appreciates all the generosity of our sewing friends. We have donated a record-breaking number in the first quarter of this year! When you make a quilt using a Fat Quarter, you can submit it to the Fat Quarter Challenge. It will still get sent to one of the QBB initiatives, blessing some lovely children or adults. The extra bonus is the chance for you to win a prize. Read about the Fat Quarter Challenge process here.

We received two quilts in March and one in April. Linda L. of Louisiana sent these two quilts in March:

Kathy D. of Minnesota sent this one in April:

Every month we draw a winning name. That person receives a $25 gift certificate from our loyal supporters at Fat Quarter Shop . The winner in March was Cathy L. of Iowa. Here is one of her quilts:

The winner in April was Angela L. of New York:

Let the pretty colors of spring and summer inspire you to create some colorful quilts for kids! They are the real winners in this challenge. We are sure the quilts you create are well-loved.

Carol Egan – Fat Quarter Challenge Coordinator