Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Quilts for Japan

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None of us can fail to have been  moved by the dramatic effects of the power of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan just over a week ago.  There are many quilters throughout the world who will want to help in some way and as we know from the success of projects like Project Linus and Comfort Quilts and various other quilts for injured military personnel, quilts represent comfort in a way that illustrates more than just giving money - they provide warmth but also the caring of the person who took the time to make the quilt.

We received an email from Christine Porter who in turn has received emails as follows - if you would like to be involved in helping by donating a quilt to Japan please read on...

Today I received this email from Naomi Ichikawa, Editor of Patchwork Quilt Tsushin magazine via Valerie Hearder from Canada.

This morning I received an email from Naomi Ichikawa, Editor of Patchwork
Quilt Tsushin Magazine.
Naomi lives in Tokyo and her mother and brother survived the tsunami in

Naomi asked me to please spread the word about the plea for comfort quilts.
I hope you can help spread the word.

Here is Naomi's request:

Dear Valerie
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 in your country?

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

Things are even more difficult than they expected and hope if you are sending quilts, please wait until AFTER MAY to send them. They thank you for understanding.
When you ship quilts into Japan, be sure to put a low value on the package – under £50.00 - to avoid duty for the receiver.

★Send the quilts to:

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

I will appreciate if you help me.


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