Posts Tagged ‘orphans’

Quilts Received at Shaping Destiny Orphanage in Cameroon

June 9, 2012

We just got pictures of the children at Shaping Destiny Orphanage in Cameroon, Africa receiving their quilts.  This orphanage is sponsored by Orphans 360.  You can get an idea about the orphanage from the Orphans 360 website or from this youtube video

Here is a picture of the beds in the orphanage.  You can’t see it, but this is a bunk bed and 4 children sleep on the bottom bunk and 4 on the top bunk.  You will see in some of the pictures that there are 2 children with one quilt, and one where there are 2 pictures with different children but the same quilt.

Those children share a bed and will be sharing the quilt since we weren’t able to get enough quilts for all the children in just one trip.  Dr. Kenneth Acha who was born and raised in Cameroon and who is the founder of Shaping Destiny Orphanage hand carried as many quilts as he could in his personal luggage on the trip he just made to the orphanage.  He wanted me to let you all know that the children are very grateful for the quilts.

The children look very happy with their quilts.  You will see a lot of older boys (don’t mistake the short hair as them all being boys) in the pictures which is an age group that is often overlooked as needing help.  I’m glad that we were able to help since they are experiencing their cold season in Cameroon right now.  I hope you see a quilt that you recognize as having a part in its making either as the piecer or quilter.  But, even if  you don’t, please enjoy the bright smiles on the children’s faces and know that you were part of putting it there.    Thank you to all of you and to Dr. Acha for bringing warmth and comfort to these children.




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.

Tops from Donna and Isabel

October 24, 2011

Donna Sciandra in Buffalo, NY created the first six tops, and Isabel Adams from Vicksburg, MS created the last two tops.  Both ladies did a great job making these darling tops.  They will definitely will bring some cheerfulness to the lives of the children who receive them.   These tops will be going to International Quilt Festival in Houston and hopefully we will have some longarmers stop by the booth and take these home to quilt and then return to us.   Thank you, Isabel and Donna.


20 quilts from Audrey in North Carolina!

October 23, 2011

Audrey from North Carolina is a master with scraps. She is one of our most prolific quilters and has been supporting QBB for years. Enjoy the pictures of the beautiful quilts that she made. One of her earlier quilts was given to a girl at AHope orphanage when we delivered quilts in May. The girl had just arrived at the orphanage because her aunt was no longer able to take care of her. This girl had obviously just had her life turned upside down, and she was withdrawn and not comfortable yet in her new environment. We were able to give her one of Audrey’s beautiful quilts which hopefully has been providing her warmth and comfort as she adjusts to her new life. Thank you, Audrey, for the wonderful work that you do and for sharing it with the children who need all that a quilt provides.

Donations from, Natalie, DeDe, Ida

August 25, 2011

   Natalie made this beautiful quilt.  The play of light and dark colors makes it especially interesting.  The child who receives it will love tracing the pattern of the triangles. Thanks, Natalie, on behalf of the child who receives this quilt.






DeDe made this top which turned out adorable and already looks very cozy.    This is the 9th top that DeDe has made for the orphans this year.  She also sent a big box of fabric that had been gifted to her and she gifted it to QBB.  The fabric is very welcome as we always need backs.  Thanks, DeDe for your continuing support.  We really appreciate it.




Ida who also sent us fabric this year and last, and sent 2 tops with the most recent boxes of fabric.









In addition to the fabric, Ida sent strips of patches already sewn.  All I had to do was join all the strips together.  The batik below is just one of the tops that was made with the strips.  All three of these tops are super cute.  Once they get quilted up, they will make some children warm and happy.  Thank you, Ida, for helping out our children.









Enjoy the pictures.


High Res pictures posted

August 22, 2011

You can see high resolution pictures of the Ziway children posted on our Shutterfly site.  You can see a lot more detail than the ones posted on our blog.



Beautiful Smiles!!!

August 21, 2011

Ok, well the one little guy is crying, but I’m sure it isn’t because he is getting a quilt.  These are pictures of quilts being given to children in an orphanage in Ziway which is several hours outside of Addis Ababa.  Fekade, the General Manager for Door of Hope Humanitarian Service, (we have a link to their facebook page on our blogroll) sent these pictures.  When we went in May, we had left quilts with him to distribute to orphanages outside of Addis since we were not able to travel to them.

Here is what Fekade wrote when he sent the pictures.

“Dear Carolyn Sower, Thank you again for the quilts you gave me for the children that live in Ethiopia, Ziway. Here are some photos that I took when I gave them Yesterday.
God bless you and your collage who are working for these needy children.
Fekade Tesema
General manager of  Door of Hope Humanitarian Service”
It warms my heart to see those smiles, and I add my thanks for all your hard work.  Check out the names on some of those photos, that is how they were named when sent to me.
Fekade is also the one who has asked for another 200 quilts for an orphanage that will be opening up this fall.  Those tops and quilts you are making and sending to Carla will be provided to Fekade for that new orphanage.  So, ladies and gentlemen, keep those quilts coming – we want to put a smile on every child’s face.
I’ll be posting the pictures in higher resolution to our Shutterfly site when I get some time.  You will be better able to see the beautiful faces.  I’ll post and let you know when I do so.

6 Pretty Quilts from Nancy

August 16, 2011

One of the many lovely benefits of coordinating long arming for QBB is that every once in a while I get to meet someone in my neck of the woods. As some of you know, I belong to several long arming Yahoo groups and I occasionally post that I have tops kitted up and ready for quilting. Over the last 4 years I’ve had respondents from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California, even from Canada. No one from Hawaii, yet, but perhaps that will happen and I can drop off the tops in person, and practice the hulas I’ve learned over the years!

Anyway, I digress. Last month I received a note from a lady named Nancy Sturgeon, who had seen our blog and was offering to quilt for us. That name looked very familiar to me, so I did a little searching and discovered that Nancy and I belonged to the same guild, the Northern Illinois Long Arm Guild! I met Nancy for lunch and dropped off 6 tops, and was delighted at the next guild meeting when Nancy showed the lovely completed quilts at the guild’s Show and Tell. Nancy talked about Quilts Beyond Borders and mentioned the wonderful synergy of doing good for a needy child at the same time as you get to practice new techniques and enhance your skills. Nancy’s talk encouraged two other guild members to sign up to quilt some tops for us, and Nancy picked up 6 more tops to do for us before the next guild meeting.

Nancy did a wonderful job of the quilts, using a different technique for each of them. Click on the thumbnails below so you can see a close-up.

Thanks for doing such a great job of these, Nancy! I know the children will love them! And thanks so much for introducing QBB to our guild!


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!


Quilts received from Sharon and Judy

August 9, 2011

This has been an interesting week, as I have been hearing quite a bit from people who lived in Ethiopia when I did. I attended the American Community School in Addis Ababa from first through third grade, and I hear there will be a reunion in 2013 in Addis for ACS students. Very exciting!

When I was a child in Addis, I was actually a very privileged kid. We lived in a great house with a very large yard, with a formal garden, a vegetable garden, and a playhouse large enough to host my school classes for birthday parties. Like many American kids whose parents worked for Ethiopian Airlines, we went back to the States every summer to stock up on school clothes and toys, and visit relatives. My grandmother, in Kansas, was a quilter, and like many quilters she saw the creation of quilts as an act of love. I’ve always thought of quilts as a “portable hug” because when wrapped in a quilt, you can always feel the love of the person who made it for you.

My grandmother made quilts for my sister and me which we kept on our beds, and which we still have to this day. Paula’s was a Chips and Whetstones quilt, and mine was a variegated 9-patch with alternate pink blocks between each scrappy 9-patch. I used to sit on my bed and find matching squares and triangles, made from my grandmother’s old clothes and from feed sacks. I spent a lot of time checking how those half-triangle squares fit together and checking out the colors that went well together and those that seemed discordant. It was actually very mentally stimulating. That quilt was, and still is, very special to me, both because I loved all the colors and fabrics, and because it symbolized my grandmother’s love for me.

In 2007 and 2008 QBB gave over 500 quilts to girls and boys in an orphanage in Addis. (If you click on the photo links on the left of this page you’ll be able to see pictures of the children in that orphanage.) While I wasn’t able to go on those trips, I know the children treasured those quilts, even more than I treasured the quilt from my grandmother. These children owned nothing else. Even their school uniforms were shared. And because there weren’t enough toys for all the children in the orphanage, the toys they did have were hung from the ceiling so all the children could see them. The quilts that are given to children by QBB are truly valued by these children, and it’s wonderful to see some of the quilts that we receive that will wrap them in love, inspire their sense of color and shape, and keep them warm at night.

Today’s featured quilts are quilted by Sharon Wilt and Judy Vliss (and a couple I did). Piecers include Richard and Martha, Carolyn and Allison.

The first two quilts were quilted by Judy Vliss. Judy is a hobby quilter who quilts for her family and a Women’s Crisis Center, as well as QBB. She believes that “those of us who have been blessed need to give back.” Well said, Judy! The quilts were pieced by Allison and Carolyn, and Judy finished them with big loopy meanders.

The next 3 quilts were quilted by Sharon Wilt, who has a business called Fabric Creations. The Hotwheels quilt was pieced by Richard from Texas, and was quilted by Sharon with swirls. The Cat quilt was pieced by Richard’s wife Martha, and Sharon quilted it with feathered motifs and wreaths in the orange blocks, meanders in the cat blocks. Martha also pieced the Indian center panel quilt, which Sharon quilted with meanders and leaves.

Martha also kitted up three more wholecloths with cheery fabric that was just too pretty to cut up, which Sharon quilted with loopy hearts and swirls.  Martha tells me that she and Richard are “trying to outdo each other” with quilt creation! Fabulous! They’ve done many quilts for us over the last year or so, and I know the children will love everyone of them!

These two quilts were quilted by me, with tops by Richard:

All of these quilts are great as “stashbusters”, and all of them will be greatly loved and appreciated by the children who will receive them. Thank you to all!