Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Northcott Fabrics helps Canadians Quilters Send quilts to Japan

Thank you Northocott - if you have a quilt ready to send here is an exciting announcement from Northcott Fabrics for Canadian quilters.

Northcott has been contacted by several interested and concerned quilters asking if we would be able to assist in getting quilts to the earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan. The answer is YES. At this point, we have agreed to collect quilts until end April. We will then ship them to Japan, to the editor of Patchwork Quilt Tsushin Magazine.

The quilts should be NEW, and anything from crib to twin/double is acceptable, though twin is preferred. Due to the difficulty in shipping quilts across the US border, we are asking that only quilts from Canadian addresses be shipped to Northcott. Kindly ship the quilts to:

Northcott – Quilts for Japan
101 Courtland Ave.
Vaughan, ON
L4K 3T5

Any quilters in the USA can contact, as they are collecting quilts from US addresses.

Please help spread the word

Saturday, March 26, 2011

More on Quilts for Japan

Hello everyone, please find an note from Japanese Quilt Magizine with more information on quilt requirements.

Massive earthquakes occurred in Tohoku and Kanto areas in Japan on March 11.
We’ve been deeply troubled by the overwhelming damage in these areas.

We’d like to do something for the disaster victims and concluded that the best thing we, quilters can do is to make quilts for them because quilts comfort people by their softness and colors as well as being useful for warming. In such devastated situations, it would be wonderful to have a soft, cuddly quilt.

We’d appreciate your help to support the sufferers who lost their family, home or everything.

Here is the guideline to make quilts for them
  • size: 1m x 1.2m
  • There are no rules about the design, techniques and material for the top.
  • For the backing, please use soft flannel or double gauze. You may find these as material for babies.
  • If you tie your quilt, please use only thread, without buttons nor beads, etc. to avoid babies’ accidentally swallow.
  • Please avoid plastic basting fasteners for basting and invisible thread for quilting
  • If you include your message, please write it on a 15cm x 10cm piece of white fabric and sew it on the back side of your quilt.
Quilts don’t have to be new. Quilts you made before are welcome if they are clean, without torn, blot, etc. When you send your quilt at hand, you don’t need to follow the above guideline.

We’d appreciate your sharing this project with your quilting friends.

By the end of July, please send quilts to:
Yasutoshi Kishimoto
c/o Brother Sales Ltd.
4th floor, 3-3-8 Kyobashi,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0031, Japan (phone:+81-3-3273-0231)

We’d appreciate your covering the shipping and understandingwe can’t send the receipt to each.
We’ll deliver your quilts to the sufferers responsibly.

Thank you very much for your help !

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quilts for Japan

As I watch the news, I'm horrified with what has and is happening in Japan and feel helpless.  I received an email from EQ who asked if we could share this information with our quilting community to see if we can help in some small way.  Naomi Naomi Ichikawa, is the Editor of Patchwork Quilt tsushin Patchwork Tsushin Co.,Ltd has asked if we could send quilts, which she in turn will hand out to those in need.  I know what a quilt can do, not only keep you warm, but reminds me of these people who made it, cared for me in my time of turmoil and the comfort it gave me!   So here is Naomi's request:

It is still bad situation now in Japan.

We are still nervous about shaking and radiation,but no way to escape.

I start to announce to the quilters to send us comfort quilts for the
people who are suffered.I would like to do it to the world quilters.
We will deliver the comfort quilts to the people who are very difficult

Could you please help to announce it to the quilters?

We accept any size of quilts(baby to adult).new or unused.
The deadline would be the end of May or later.

Send the quilts to:
until the middle of April;

Naomi Ichikawa,Editor of Patchwork Quilt tsushin Patchwork Tsushin Co.,Ltd
5-28-3,Hongo,Bunkyo-ku,Tokyo,Japan zip:113-0033

after the middle of April
Naomi Ichikawa
Patchwork Tsushin Co.,Ltd
2-21-2,Yushima,Bunkyo-ku,Tokyo,Japan zip:113-0034

I will appreciate if you help me.