From the Northwest & Beyond: Quilts for Mexico

April 20, 2017

How exciting it was to be able to provide quilts for an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico this past Christmas.  Our group provided 20 quilts that were delivered just in time for Christmas.  Pictures of that delivery are posted on our blog.

The quilts we sent are above, and if you click on the picture you will see who made and quilted them. The beautiful colors and designs are sure to be cherished by the children and provide some extra warmth at night. I am so thankful for our group who help and support me in so many ways!!

Cheers, Susan Schmidt

Quilter’s Spotlight: Theola Breaux

April 12, 2017
What  a joy it has been getting to know Theola and seeing the beautiful work she does making tops. In the past year Theola  has made over 50 tops for me. My long armers are always excited to get one of her tops! Theola has been a wonderful support to me and a cherished friend. QBB is lucky to have someone who has a love for children and is a great supporter of our group. I am delighted she is this month’s Quilter’s Spotlight and you can get to know her.

Name:   Theola Breaux
Hometown & State:  Houston TX
Years Quilting:  8
Favorite Quilting Style:  Piecing
Quilt Guild or Group:  Blue Triangle Quilt Guild
Your Website or Blog: None

Why do you volunteer with Quilts Beyond Borders?

I volunteer with Quilts Beyond Borders because it gives me an opportunity to share my talents with others.  And, different from guild obligations, I only have to complete a part of the quilt

How did you learn about Quilts Beyond Borders?

A friend of mine asked me to help her complete some kits she had gotten. (Bit off more than she could chew).  And, from that experience I was hooked, could work on the kits when I just wanted to sew.

How did you learn to quilt?

I don’t consider myself a quilter, just a piecer.  Just used my sewing skills and some instructions from a friend and fellow quilter.

Where do you get quilting inspiration?

A lot of my inspiration comes from the other ladies at each of two guilds I’ve been associated with.

What’s your favorite quilting tip or technique?

I like to collect my pattern and cut the kit together in a work packet, and all the components to complete the project.

What else should we know about you?

I’m a 72 yr old female that vowed never to sew.  I’ve learned that deep down there was always a passion for sewing.  I think my life is sewn together because in most cases, I’d rather sew than eat.  Sewing is a great relaxing tool, but when you enjoy it, it’s amazing.  I’m the proudTheola mother of 7 kids, 18 grandchildren, and 10 great grand kids.  A brew for any group, but my husband and I of 51 years really enjoy our family.  Life is beautiful.  A 27 year survivor of breast cancer, recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, on the slow road to recovery.  Feeling better and getting stronger each day.  Thanks to Quilt Beyond Borders, I met one of the best friends of my life – Susan Schmidt, one of the coordinators, a great lady.

Susan Schmidt, North West Regional Coordinator

Fat Quarter Challenge for March

April 5, 2017

This month I received three quilts for the FQ Challenge from Carol Egan (MN), Kathleen Rountree (CA) and Bonnie Salt (MA), quite an expanse of geography covered with these quilts.  I always get motivated when I receive quilts and love looking at the different designs and patterns used.  Here are the 3 beautiful quilts received during March.

Now remember when we said that the earlier you turn in your FQC quilt, the more  opportunities you have to win, even if you’ve won already.  Well this has been a lucky month for Diane Hamm (CT).  Diane turned in her FQC quilt in November and since that was the only quilt received for November, she automatically won.  Well, she has also won for March using the random generator list.  Congratulations Diane on winning the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  And many thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our monthly prize.

So far we have had 14 fat quarter quilts submitted for the challenge.  There is still plenty of time to turn in a quilt and be eligible to win the monthly prize and finally the year end prize of $100 cash.  If you have any questions about where to mail your quilt, contact our email at

Cheers, Tina


A note of thanks!

April 3, 2017

Recently I’ve been able to do some QBB quilting of tops I’ve had in my cupboard. It’s been so fun to see the variety and wonder about who will be the lucky child to receive them. It was a beautiful spring morning when I snapped these photos (I’m regretting my decision to take down the clothesline!)

These were pieced by Donna Sciandra, Dawn Hadfield, Steve Cameron, Debi Jackso, Maria Hamilton, Lisa Eckert, Nyla Runard and Quilting for Christ.

I have also received the following completed quilts from Geneal Smith (who is 96 years young!) and Linda Cadzow:

I sent these 25 beauties to Camp Heartland in Minnesota for their summer camp for kids dealing with HIV and AIDS. I know they’re going to be loved and treasured. Just a few days later, I received this in the mail:

Just thought I’d share the thanks with all of you who make it possible! Let’s keep spreading the sunshine!



The Story of the Starfish

March 29, 2017

Do you all know the story of the starfish? A beachcomber noticed many hundreds of starfish recently washed up on the beach. He started tossing them back into the water, one at a time. A second beachcomber happened by and commented that his effort wasn’t going to make much difference, was it? Well, said the first man, it makes a difference to THIS one, as he tossed yet another starfish back into the life-giving water.

As we continue to hear the horror stories coming out of the camps of Syrian refugees I continue to hope that our quilts will indeed bring a message of love and caring to at least one refugee. We can’t fix the situation nor can we reach every one, but we CAN make a difference to some. We hear that our quilts bring a smile to the faces of all who are lucky enough to receive one and know that we care.

You have been particularly generous and prolific this winter! I have been happily overwhelmed with boxes and boxes of quilts, tops, cut squares and fabric. I think you feel the desperation, too, as I do. Keep it coming! And, as you know, I will do my best to let you know where your quilts end up.

Today I am sending the 20 baby-sized quilts pictured below to our contact in Seattle for delivery to the refugee babies. Follow the pictures left to right, the quilts within the pictures, left to right.

Simsbury (CT) United Methodist Church’s Prayers and Squares group came up with a very unique idea. During Rally Day they set up a table loaded with quilt fabric and asked for folks to choose a design and fabric that could then be stitched by the group and dedicated to a person of their choice. Four of the quilts shown below were made from that project.

A special welcome to Mary Gridley, a new volunteer from Connecticut and a huge thank you to our many repeat quilters in the Northeast Region.

Picture #1: Pieced by Marsha Johnson, FLA; quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek, NY.
Made by Jan Baker, CT.
Two pieced by Lee O’Connor, CT; one quilted by Fran Fink, MA; one by Peggy Thomsen, CT.
Starfish Post (1)
Picture #2: Made by Jan Bennett, CT (designed by Melinda Lazor in memory of grandson, Calum.)
Made by Donna Sciandra, NY.
Starfish Post (2)
Picture #3: Four quilts made by Leesa Plude, CT (designed by Ben and Nei in honor of Nana; by Ben and Colin in honor of Nana; in memory of Leesa’s   mother, Edna Stewart).
Starfish Post (3)
Picture #4: Pieced by Sheila Hughes, MA;  quilted by Barbra Buckley, CT.
Pieced by Shirley Tucker; quilted by Barbra Buckley, CT
Made by Barbra Buckley, CT.
Starfish Post (4)
Picture #5: Made by Mary Gridley, CT
Two quilts pieced by Hong Chang, Australia; one quilted by Charlotte Kieliszek, NY; one by Peggy Thomsen, CT.
Starfish Post (5)
Picture #6:  Four quilts made by Mary Gridley, CT.
Starfish Post (6)
Karen Matheson
Northeast Regional Coordinator

From the Northwest & Beyond: Quilts for the Forgotten Navajo of Bennett Freeze 2016

March 16, 2017

We are so grateful for the help of so many quilters and the beautiful quilts they sent for the Forgotten Navajo People in Bennett Freeze Arizona. Our group sent out 142 quilts that included quilts from the Sunshine Quilters and quilts we received at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. They were delivered this past December for Christmas. Below are the quilts sent and if you click on the picture you will see who made and quilted them. Pictures of the delivery are also on the blog and you can see by the smiling faces that they loved the quilts! It’s wonderful to know that so many people were warmer this winter. We couldn’t do this without you!

Susan Schmidt, Northwest Regional Coordinator

More Quilts for Jeremiah’s Letter, Inc.

March 10, 2017

Last fall we sent quilts to Jeremiah’s Letter, Inc. (see blog post from September) in Dayton, OH.   As a reminder,  Jeremiah’s Letter shares services and goods with its guests in the inner city of Dayton Ohio, including household goods such as quilts and kitchenware, clothing, two hot meals a week, and assistance in obtaining certified copies of birth certificates. Many of the individuals who are helped are children who live in very challenging environments.   Since the last supply of quilts we sent was low, we were asked to send some more.  They never know when a child will need a quilt so it is good to have some on hand.

From our Regional Coordinator, Noreen Fling in NC, she sent the following quilts that were made by Barbara Fyffe and Audrey Murphey.

B FyffeA MurpheyA Murphey (2)

The next set of quilts are from our North East Regional Coordinator, Karen Matheson and the quilts are identified as follows:

Position cursor over photo for Picture #, noting quilts in each from left to right:
Picture #1: Two (very large) quilts pieced by Nettie Petersen, Texas (of course!); quilted by Karen Matheson (yikes, nearly didn’t fit in tiny Rhode Island…)
                        Quilt by Susan Elliott, CT
Picture #2: Quilt by Susan Elliott, CT
                        Quilt by Linda Dranchak, ME
                       Quilt by Phyllis Weibe, Canada
Picture #3:  Quilt by Phyllis Weibe, Canada
Two quilts by Donna Motyl, CT; one quilted by Karen Matheson, CT
Picture #4: Quilt  pieced by Marsha Johnson, FLA; quilted by Fran Fink, MA
Quilt by Sheila Hughes, MA
Quilt pieced by Jean Unger, PA; quilted by Peggy Thomsen, CT
Picture #5: Quilt pieced by Whitewright Church of Christ, Texas; quilted by Karen Matheson, CT
Quilt pieced by Jean Unger, PA; quilted by Barbra Buckley, CT
Quilt by  Phyllis Weibe, Canada
Picture #6:  Quilt pieced by Jean Unger, PA; quilted by Peggy Thomsen, CT
Quilt by Fran Fink, MA
Quilt by Linda Dranchak, ME
This time we were asked to send larger quilts for some of the older children.   QBB continues to ask for quilts for small children (cot sized, 42 x 48-60”) and baby sized (36 x 36” – 45 x 45”) for the little ones in the refugee camps (since we send to the Syrian refugees on a regular basis) but every once in a while we receive a larger quilt, so we wait for just the right call.
Thanks to all of our volunteers for brightening the day of a child.
Regards, Noreen & Karen

Puppies, Wind & February FQ Challenge Quilts

March 7, 2017

Well I took photos of the two FQ quilts that were submitted in February for the FQ Challenge.  Needless to say, between the wind blowing and puppies trying to help hold down the quilt or steal my shoes, it was a bit challenging.  However, how can you not enjoy some photos of our new pups, Jake and Jasper along with their great mentor, Jaxson.

Congratulations this month to Donna Sciandra for winning the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The Fat Quarter Shop has been wonderful to us and please, if you haven’t visited their site, take some time to check it out.

The two quilts I received in February  are from Donna Sciandra (her 2nd for the challenge) from Buffalo, NY and JoAnne Sheppard from Keller, TX and quilted by Judith North from Richland Hills, TX.

If you have signed up for our FQ Challenge, please remember that the earlier you submit your completed quilt, the more chances you have to win the gift certificate.  The random generator this month actually chose Donna’s name from her January quilt.

Cheers!  Tina

January Fat Quarter Challenge Quilts

February 10, 2017

The month of January was a bit crazy in Virginia with the weather.  We had snow, mostly clouds and then a couple days of spring weather reaching 70!  Obviously it was a good time for people to quilt because I received 6 fat quarter quilts for the challenge.    The winner was a quilt submitted this month and made by Pam Wilson from Hayward, CA.   Pam actually submitted 2 fat quarter challenge quilts. Congratulations Pam!  You have won a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.   Many thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our monthly prize.

I also received quilts from Gail Hardy (Palm Desert, CA), Beth Holland (Eden Prairie, MN), Cathy Labath (Long Grove, IA), and Donna Sciandra (Buffalo, NY).  Their quilts are pictured below and if you click on the photo you can see the quilter’s name.

Thanks to all of our quilters this month.  All of the quilts that have been returned to me are still entered in each monthly drawing so it pays to get your quilt in early for more chances to win the monthly prize.

Cheers, Tina

Tijuana, Mexico 2016

January 31, 2017

Shad Hunziker requested 40 quilts for orphans in Mexico.  We were able to meet that request and he and a friend took the quilts to the orphanage.

The children were excited to receive a quilt on the day of their annual Christmas party. The happy faces tell the whole story.  What a thrill to have a quilt of their very own to keep forever.

The adults are all smiles as well.  It is such a blessing to be part of the giving of quilts. Thanks to all the quilters who contribute to Quilts Beyond Borders for all the donations that make so many people happy and warm.

Gracias a todos para su buen trabajo.  Le gustan mucho los cubiertos.

Thanks to all for your good work.  We like the quilts very much.