Posts Tagged ‘quilting’

Saturday Post Featuring Quilting by Cindy

August 4, 2012

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. I spent part of my day buying fabric at a mini sewing convention and hanging out with some of my quilt guild buddies. It’s nice to find some time to discuss a mutually shared passion for all things quilts.

Cindy Larson, who operates Country Roads Machine Quilting in Vesta, MN, sent me a nice-sized box full of recently completed quilts. The tops (pictured) were originally made by DeDe Crawford, (3), Liz Clark, and Hong Ying-Chang of S. Australia. (It’s great that QBB receives quilts from all over and then has the opportunity to send them back overseas. Some of these quilts are world travelers by the time they find their home.) All of these quilts are unique in their own style and Cindy was able to find the appropriate quilting pattern to enhance each one. They all look outstanding.

Many thanks to Cindy for taking the time to machine quilt these beauties. Enjoy your Sunday.


Quilting by Ramona Yurwitz

March 18, 2012

QBB recently received some finished quilts from Ramona Yurwitz, who resides in Crownsville, MD. Ramona did a lovely job quilting tops from Peggy Weir, the Willoughby Wallace Library Quilters, Faith’s aunt, and Theola Breaux. All of the completed quilts look amazing, and I really like the purple and blue tie-dyed fabric used on the quilt from Faith’s aunt. Truly psychedelic.

Ramona has been practicing her longarming on quilts for QBB, and we are thankful for her help. Quilting for QBB is a wonderful way to help out a great cause and work on further developing your longarm skills. Thanks, again, Ramona.


Quilts from Ruth Cook

March 17, 2012

Quilt tops from Kent and Faith Njaa, Faith’s aunt, Gayle Stephens, and “a friend” were quilted by Ruth Cook of Tustin, MI. Ruth has a longarm business, Ruthie’s Designs Longarm Quilting. I was particularly fond of the butterflies and dragonflies she quilted on the green squares within Gayle’s top.

We would like to thank Ruth for sharing her talents and enhancing these tops with her quilting finesse.

Tops Quilted by Keri Celik

March 8, 2012

I recently received three quilts completed by Keri Celik of Amherst, OH with some fun, bubbly designs. I’m quite fond of circles and loopy styles so each of these quilts brought a smile to my face.

The quilt top with the red border was made by Paula Park. Virginia Lopez made the lovely green and gold top. The mauve and green dots and squares top was made by Sandra Cassidy. Keri did a great job bringing out the character of each top with her quilting. Thank you, Keri, for your amazing work and dedication to QBB.


3 Cute Quilts Received from Sandy in Maine

July 8, 2011

One of the great things about working with Quilts Beyond Borders is that I get to open packages with lovely surprises all year round, instead of just on Christmas and Birthdays. Early this week the doorbell rang, the dogs broke into yelps of excitement, and I discovered a box on my front porch sent by Sandy Knox in Maine. Sandy had done some quilts for us earlier in the year, but I wasn’t on the receiving end, since they were sent to Carolyn who was headed to Ethiopia and collecting the quilts to take with her. This time I was the lucky one to be able to open the package. Yippee!

Sandy quilted these three tops with meanders, loops and stars, and they look very cheerful and playful. I know the children will love them!

This top was made by Mary S in California, and it really appeals to me that it was quilted by Sandy in Maine. Quilters from the far corners of the US collectively creating a soft and lovely quilt to provide warmth and comfort to a needy child on the other side of the world. Is this a great hobby, or what??

Quilt by Sandy & Mary

The next two quilts tops were not accompanied by information that identified the piecers. If you recognize them, let us know, and we’ll add the names to the labels.

Sandy, thank you very much for the lovely quilting.  I know the three children who receive these quilts will be very happy with them!



Information for Longarmers

February 3, 2011

Hi!  I’m Carla Triemer, and I coordinate longarming for 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.  Ethiopia has the largest orphan population in the world, almost 5 million orphans.  These children really treasure the quilts that are given them, since they have no other possessions.  Even their clothing is shared in most of the orphanages.   If you’re a longarmer and you’d like to work on some of our tops, I’m the one to contact at  Send me your name, address and phone number and the number of quilts you’d like to do for us, and I’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 me 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!