Monday, March 14, 2011

Hearts and Hands for Sendai

Hello everyone, it feels good to be back here writing a blog post again.

Like many of you, I am deeply saddened by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. So much anguish and sorrow. It makes me wish I was able to fly a helicopter to rescue survivors or deliver supplies. But, since I can't fly a helicopter (yet *wink*), I feel like I need to do something.


So..., when I read about the Hearts and Hands for Sendai project being generated by the Crazy Quilt International Yahoo Group, I was eager to participate. Putting my heart and hands to work sounds like something I can do...(though I'm not ruling out helicopters in the future)...

The project is dedicated to helping those affected by the earthquake tsunami disaster in Japan and is inspired by one of the Crazy Quilt International members and fellow bloggers, Hideko Ishida, who lives in Sendai.


To participate, you must pay a small donation of $10 and make an 8" finished size block using either crazy quilting or sane quilting techniques. The color palette is "jewel tones" and the blocks will be assembled into quilts to be exhibited in Japan where money will be raised by viewing the quilts. The quilts may be eventually auctioned but this will be decided at a later date.

You can view all the details of participation on the Crazy Quilt International blog, on Facebook or here on Leslie's Pinyon Creek Stitchin' blog. If you can't make a block, direct donations will be accepted through Paypal to icqa4u@yahoo.com and will be forwarded to Hideko to donate to the charity of her choosing.

Tomorrow I'll tell you about the great day I had meeting fellow blogging friend, Elizabeth Woodford of Elizabeth Creates...

Until then, good night everyone.

12 comments:

Linda H said...

So good to have you back, Susan. I was so happy to see this post, and I am definitely "in". What a great project, I am anxious to participate. It's such a sad situation and one feels so helpless to make a difference....

Allison Ann Aller said...

I've been following Elizabeth's brother, Peter's work in Africa...so inspiring! She must be too...

My niece's husband is stationed in Okinawa and is a helicopter guy...he'll be flying relief work starting Thursday...for all of us!

Carol said...

I'm finding it hard to talk about the devastation in Japan. Thoughts of wonder whirl about the assaults on mankind in recent events around the world.

Wow, you met Elizabeth! Can't wait to see your post.

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MosaicMagpie said...

Nice to see more than a header here! I have posted about the same opportunity for quilters to give to Japan.
Deb

Catherine said...

Good to see you again! The devastation is just awful. I know with your talent, you will make a beautiful piece!

Cathy K said...

Beautiful post, Susan! Thank you for helping us spread the word about our for for Sendai, Japan on the CQI list. We are all saddened by these tragic events, but grateful that our sister Hideko is safe. Hideko has extended family and friends who are, as yet, unaccounted for. And day-to-day living is tough, even for those whose power has been restored. I hope our efforts will help to raise money for Sendai and bring some measure of comfort. Hugs, Cathy

Ingrid Mida said...

What a wonderful project. And what beautiful photos you took of your Japanese doll.

Hélène H said...

Quiltmania magazine in France is also asking volunteers to make baby and children quilts to give to homeless families in Japan (100x120 cm and 120x180 cm).

All colours wellcome, soft textiles preferred.

The cloths have to be sent before the end of May in France and will then be sent on to Japanase mag Patchwork Tsushin who will take care of the distribution :
Quiltmania - La Castillerie - 44360 St-Etienne de Montluc - France
Tel. : +33 (0)240 86 86 86 - Fax : +33 (0)240 85 92 01
Site internet : www.quiltmania.com

Hélène H said...

Quiltmania magazine in France is also asking volunteers to make baby and children quilts to give to homeless families in Japan (100x120 cm and 120x180 cm).

All colours wellcome, soft textiles preferred.

The cloths have to be sent before the end of May in France and will then be sent on to Japanase mag Patchwork Tsushin who will take care of the distribution :
Quiltmania - La Castillerie - 44360 St-Etienne de Montluc - France
Tel. : +33 (0)240 86 86 86 - Fax : +33 (0)240 85 92 01
Site internet : www.quiltmania.com

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