Posts Tagged ‘Houston’

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


I so did not know this!

August 11, 2011

I just ran across an article on the Quilts, Inc website that talks about QBB at the Houston show last year.  It even has a picture that we took in the booth of volunteers making tops.  It is in the section called Suzy’s Fancy.  You can read it here

How cool is that!


Batik Beauty Received from Betty

June 28, 2011

Well, the weather is finally getting hot for the summer, and I’m spending every spare minute in my basement where I have my quilting studio set up. I’m trying to pull together about 50 quilts to take with me to Ethiopia in November.

Fortunately, I’m not doing it all alone. I often get help from my friends, Brenda and Cheryl. And my postman has been rather busy this month as well, bringing quilts and tops. I received one cute top from Lisa in Florida, which is on it’s way to a longarmer. Then I received 5 more wonderful tops from Donna in New York, which are in the process of being kitted up for sending to longarmers.

This week I received a very cute quilt from Betty in Missouri. Betty picked up some material for making it at the Houston International Quilt Festival in 2010, where we had a booth. Here’s a picture of that quilt:

Great thanks to Betty, Lisa and Donna for making my week! It’s so nice to open packages with the fruits of your labors and creativity! I know that the children who receive these lovely quilts will cherish them!

Readers, if there are some among you who have picked up kits from our booth in Houston to make tops, or if you’re among our longarmers and happen to have a pile of un-quilted tops waiting to be finished, or finished quilts hanging around waiting to be returned to us, take advantage of the opportunity to stay out of the summer heat and take the time to finish them up for us. We’d love to be able to take them with us when we go on our next trip to Ethiopia.

If you’re not sure where to send them, please contact me at and I’ll give you my address or the address of another volunteer who will be going with us.

Thanks very much!

Tops from Houston Quilt Festival

December 16, 2010

These are mostly tops that were turned in at the Houston Quilt Festival, made at the show, or sent in shortly thereafter.  These tops have been quilted, labeled, and washed.  If you see a top that you made and it has borders added, don’t freak.  The borders were added to bring the top up to the size that we need (42″ wide by between 48″ to 60″ long).  Click on a picture to enlarge it.

We all know these quilts aren’t intended to be masterpieces, but I got to say that I think they are all beautiful!  And, they would bring comfort to any child, and especially an orphan child who has nothing to call his/her own.  All you ladies and girls (a couple of tops were made by preteen girls) did a fantastic job!  I am so proud of you, and you should be proud of yourselves.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to try to get pictures taken of some of the finished quilts that were turned in at the show.  Again, if you see one you made and it has borders added, that was simply done to bring the size up to what works best for the children.

Thank you for all your hard work.  We can continue with this mission only with the help we get from all of you.


International Quilt Festival – Houston 2010

November 10, 2010

Market and Festival are over for another year, and they were both good for QBB.  At Market, we received fabric donations from Andover Fabrics, Makeover UK (UK branch of Andover),  Robert Kaufman, RJR Fabrics, Classic Cottons, P&B Textiles, Timeless Treasures, Hoffman Fabrics, Maywood Studio, and Windham Fabrics.  We received batting donation from Quilters Dream BattingClothworks is mailing a package of fabric.  Loaner Janome 1860 sewing machines were provided by Sewing and Vacuum Warehouse.

The wonderful volunteers helping in the booth made this show a success for us.  We couldn’t have done it without them, and I thank them very much for all they did.  They handled the fundraising sales, deconstructing the table toppers, chair covers and booth drapes that the fabric manufacturers donated from Market, ironing fabric, assembling backs, assisting less experienced sewers, and cutting fabric.

We had all kinds of visitors to the booth which included ladies from the UK, Australia, Germany, Japan, Russia and many states in the US.  We received tops from a 79 year old woman whose daughter and granddaughter brought the tops in.  We had Girl Scouts, Brownies and even Daisies sit and sew, iron and sort fabric.  An 11 year old girl sat and sewed her very first top.  One lady and her friends took 3 kits, went back to their hotel that night and sewed the tops, brought them back the next day, and one of the ladies sat and sewed 2 more tops.  Another lady brought in 2 tops that she finished during the previous year which had been fraught with all kinds of medical problems for her.  Several ladies took tops and backs home to quilt.

We started with about 350 kits and they were gone by Friday afternoon.  We had 3 big boxes of salesman samples from Andover which we gave out to make tops when we ran out of kits.  A lady took the last handful of samples home to make tops when the show ended.  We do have some fabric left from the donations which we will shortly start making into kits for next year, but we will have to find some more to have enough kits.

I’m posting some pictures from the booth and maybe it will give you some idea of how wild and crazy things were in the booth most of the show, and to show how much fun we had, and how hard we worked.


Added 11/11/10 – See under ‘Pages’ at the top right of this page to get information about making tops from the salesman sample packs, and where to ship donations.