Update on quilts to Japan

15 Apr

Fellow Quilters,
I am back at my desk after a week of skiing in Vail, CO to celebrate hubby’s 50th birthday.  How exciting and humbling it was to see that 2 boxes of quilts had arrived while I was away!  Thank you to Sew Creative in Strathroy , ON for these.  Thanks also goes to:
Laurentian Quilters Guild in St. Sauveur, QC
Leslie White of Deep River, ON
Companion Quilters
Robin Petty of Burlington, ON
Morag-Orr Stevens of Gabriola Island, BC
Quilters Dream in Burlington, ON
Helen Hubert and her guild in Caledonia, ON

There has been quite a bit of confusion in the past 2 weeks as to where these quilts are going, so here is the latest update.  Northcott is collecting and sending quilts to Patchwork Quilting Tsushin magazine in Japan, where editor Naomi Ichikawa is distributing them through Unicef and other organizations.  Northcott had also agreed to partner with Quilts for Japan, who is sending quilts to CRASH, however Quilts for Japan has decided that they no longer wish to partner with Northcott.   Quilters interested in sending quilts to CRASH through Quilts for Japan should visit www.quiltsforjapan.ca for size and shipping details.
Northcott is accepting NEW QUILTS OF ANY SIZE, though large lap/small twin is most needed.   Our initial deadline is end April to receive the quilts, and quilters are asked to forward their quilts to Northcott’s office in Vaughan, ON   (101 Courtland Ave.  Vaughan, ON   L4K 3T5) or to their local shop if the shop is collecting and forwarding the quilts to Northcott.  Canadian company Lapel Stick has posted a wonderful downloadable label that can be included on the quilts if desired (http://www.lapelstick.com/quilts-for-japan).  It is designed by Barb Round and includes inspiring words from one of Singing Quilter Cathy Miller’s songs.  Thank you to Barb, Cathy and Lapel Stick for providing this!  I will be putting the label on the 4 quilts that my little dynamo of a piecing assistant Susanne whipped up while I was on holidays.  Here is a picture of Susanne putting the borders on Quilt #3 made with the beautiful My Asian Garden collection.  And another picture of me basting Quilt #4 made with the brand spanking new Stonehenge Skins in the Colorado colourway – I love it!  I hope to quilt them this weekend if I get bored piecing another version of my king-size Stonehenge Beauty pattern for a show at the end of the month.
A final word of encouragement is from editor Naomi Ichikawa who reports “A family who escaped from the tsunami and is living temporarily at their relative’s house got a big size quilt to use as a big comforter because they want to sleep all together under the quilt.”  Please keep those quilts coming!

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12 Responses to “Update on quilts to Japan”

  1. Bev Smith April 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Great news, Patti. Is there any way that you could add a counter to your site so we can see how many quilts are being received?

    • Aaron April 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

      Hi Bev, check out the newest post! Thanks for the suggestion.

      • Bev April 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

        Thanx Aaron, It’s nice to see the numbers. I can hardly wait to deliver our quilts this week and see the numbers soar!!

  2. Elaine Cochran April 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Patti,
    I was interestd in generating a quilt using the Wildflowers fabric in the March/April issue of “Love Of Quilting”. Searching for the material,I have called every fabric store within a reasonable distance from Sarasota, FL without success. Am I searching for the impossible dream? Can you help?
    Elaine Cochran

    • Patti Carey April 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

      Elaine, if you email info@northcott.net with your request, Arleen on Northcott’s order desk will assist you in searching for the fabric. Most quilt shops are only a phone call away and would be happy to ship it to you.

  3. Shirley AKA Petunia Pinner April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Wow What a wonderful cause to make a quilt! I hope I can get some time to put a quick on together for this cause. Wish me luck!! And you are looking good, Pati!!

    • Patti April 19, 2011 at 9:48 am #

      Hey, my girl Shirl! Also known as Jack the (seam) ripper. Good to hear from you. Say a warm hello to the wonderful group from Elk Lake.

  4. Di April 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Hi Patti. Welcome to blogland. You must be run off your feet organising and making the quilts for Japan as well as getting ready for market? See you in Salt Lake City.

    • Patti April 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

      G’day Di! Busy for sure! See you at Market.

  5. Aline April 27, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Hi Patti,

    I will be up tomorrow (today, really) to bring quilts from the Brant Quilters Guild, Paris Quilters Guild and the Quilt ladies of the Night. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job for the people of Japan.

  6. Helen Hubert May 5, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Patti, what the heck are you doing on your hands and knees??? Baste that sucker on your longarm and save your pretty body for better things.

  7. Grace Cameron September 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi Patti, so enjoyed your presentation at the Kempenfelt Quilters Guild last night. I’ve taken a machine quilting course with your and have made the Japanese Sampler. I am a huge fan!! How do you do it all? Anyways, appreciate you and your work so much.

    Grace Cameron

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