Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hearts and Hands For Sendai

While away since Thursday I haven't watched TV and didn't learn of the devastation in Sendai, Japan until the morning after through mom. I immediately thought of my CQ friend Hideko in Japan who thankfully is fine. I didn't see any images of Japan until yesterday when I turned on the morning news. I couldn't believe my eyes and thought it was a movie they were comparing it to. They were not. It was real. In my email today I received a few requests from my CQ group,Crazy Quilting International to contribute by donating a block and small donation toward this cause. When such a request finds its way to me I never turn it down if at all possible. This request will be honored and if you would like to learn more please continue reading all guidelines. I hope you join me in this fund raiser for whatever help we can provide through a little work with our hands and much care from our hearts.

~This project will be dedicated to helping those affected by the earthquake tsunami disaster in Japan. Per Hideko Ishida's request, all quilts will become a part of an exhibit in Japan where money will be raised by viewing the quilts. Ultimately, these quilts may be auctioned and the proceeds given to a charity designated by Hideko Ishida, our Japanese CQ Sister! We will keep everyone informed as time progresses. This project is open to the quilting community at large! You may track details on the Crazy Quilting International blog, http://crazyquiltinginternational.blogspot.com or the ICQA Facebook page http://tinyurl.com/4h3x28a .

Guidelines are as follows:

Theme: Friendship and re-building of a country

Finished block size: 8 inches

Colors: Jewel Tones

Style: traditional or crazy quilt blocks will be accepted

For traditional quilt blocks, there are no pattern restrictions. The only requirements are the size and the colors. Finished size is to be 8 inches (20.32 cm). Please allow a half inch seam allowance. Colors are jewel tones. No restrictions to the type of fabric used.

For crazy quilt blocks:

_ Cut foundation at 9 inches (22.86 cm), piece the entire foundation.

_ Baste a line at 8 inches (20.32 cm) to stop embroidering

_ Do not add beads or charms past 7 ½ inches (19.05 cm)

_ Zig zag edges to prevent edges from fraying.

_ Add your name and address on the back of the block.

_ Mark the block with “UP” to show which side is the top

_ Prefer all fabrics used be “fancies” (ie: silk, satin, taffeta, velvet) but if you have

some kimono fabrics or other oriental themed fabrics in your stash you are

welcome to use them.

_ All beading MUST be double stitched and knotted with BEADING THREAD!!!

NO exceptions!!! These items will be handled a great deal and beads, buttons,

charms are among the first to begin to loosen. Embellishments – may be done

by machine or by hand.

_ Lace and other motifs are acceptable and must be securely attached

_ Trims are acceptable and must be securely attached

_ SRE is acceptable

_ Tatting and crocheted butterflies and dragonflys, etc are acceptable and must

be securely attached

_ Please sign the back of your block

Please refrain from using any reference to the rising sun. This has political connotations we do not want to be involved with.

If you have any questions, at any time, please just email me or call me; Leslie pinyoncreekq@q.com . All completed projects will be mailed to me no later than June 30, 2011. Please contact me for mailing address information.

We are asking for an entry fee of $10.00 dollars for each block. This fee will be accrued and forwarded to either Hideko or a charity of her choosing. This is to generate funds to help Japan as much as possible.
Funds can be sent vis a vis check, money order (payable to ICQA) or PayPal, icqa4u@yahoo.com. Please check gift for the donation.

You may email Leslie for any other questions at pinyoncreekq@q.com.
Thank you!!


  1. This is a wonderful idea, isn't it Pat? I, too, received the request, and, yes, I shall participate as well. It's one way I can help. Watching the destruction, I did feel overwhelmed and helpless. Now I am able to put my hand to good work. Hugs

  2. I don't think I would be able to get a square done; however, I can make some tatted butterflies if you need them or your friends need them ... Let me know -

    I was setting up a bunch of new files + unearthed an old 'to do' list. With stuff not checked off.

    So, I am sending some tatting tomorrow which was promised awhile back. Argh - wish my mind wasn't lost!!!

  3. Wonderful effort on your part.

    I just scrolled down to read some of your earlier posts. Your magazine looks fabulous. I just ordered it and cannot wait to receive. Thanks so much.

    Healing Woman

  4. Pat - can email me your addy where quilt blocks are to be sent. Thanks!


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