Message from the Japanese Patchwork Quilt Tsushin website
(Roughly translated by Tanya again)
Comfort Quilts are quilts to ease pain and sadness. In North America, at times of natural disasters or when there is a need in foster facilities, volunteer quilters have had the custom of donating quilts. There are no definite requirements but quilts with warm batting and light stitching are made for both children and adults
Patchwork Tsushin is asking for donations of any quilt (brand new or in nearly new condition after washing) or any quilt that quilters might take on to make especially for this cause. There are no size requirements but quilts either square or rectangular and at least 100 cm. large (approximate 40 inches) would be appreciated. Rather than works of art or quilts for showing, quilts that can and are appropriate for use are necessary. Baby quilts for newborns are especially welcome. Any quilter’s level (beginning and advanced) is appreciated.
Patchwork Tsushin Co.Ltd
Tohoku Kanto Earthquake Comfort Quilts
〒113-0033 Tokyo, Bunkyoku, Hongo 5-28-3
Please pack quilts in plastic for handling and send by delivery service. Please assume sending costs as part of your donation.
There are no deadlines yet as to when the quilts need to be received but we will update on our website as the situation changes.
Patchwork Quilt Tsushin is a reliable quilting magazine in Japan. One of my blog readers directed me to the message and I have checked out the website and confirmed that PQT is asking for comfort quilts. The English part of the website does not have the information yet but the above is the message from the Japanese part. I'm pretty sure that when they say delivery service that means from people in Japan and the postal service can be accepted outside of Japan. You might want to try and contact them first before sending quilts. There is a way to send e-mails at the bottom of the English part of the website.
And just now, after I've recorded all that, Sandra Shigeno, sent me an e-mail with this information in it also.
Quilters Newsletter has long enjoyed a friendship with Patchwork Tsushin, a leading Japanese quilt magazine. So when Editor in Chief Naomi Ichikawa emailed to say her magazine is collecting comfort quilts for those impacted by the recent earthquake in Japan, we wanted to join the effort. QN will gather quilts from U.S. quiltmakers then forward them to Naomi and her staff, who will deliver them to those in need. (If you live outside the United States, email me as indicated below, and I will provide information on how you can send quilts directly to Naomi.)
Here’s how you can be part of this important worldwide response:
• Send quilts of any size from baby to adult to:
741 Corporate Circle, Suite A
Golden, CO 80401
• Mark your box: “Quilts for Japan.”
• Send quilts as soon as possible and no later than April 30, 2011.
• Enclose your name, address, phone number, and email address with the quilts.