I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.
C. S. Lewis
***Update April 16th, 2011*** The good people of Janome with the help of Quilts for Japan (Canada) have compiled an EXTREMELY useful list of DOs and DONTs for donation quilts to Japan. Things like what colors and themes are offensive to the Japanese people. Head on over to their WEBSITE to view the complete list =cD http://www.janome.ca/jpn/quilts_4_Japan.htm
They are taking up donation quilt to send to Japan now. If there was every a time to dig into your UFO or WIP stash, the time would be now! Donation quilts can be no larger than a full-sized bed quilt.
For more detailed information please see this site.
If you don't have a fancy vacuum sealer, which would be ideal for these type of packages that are being sent in bulk, another type of non-porous plastic bag would work. I have found that OVEN bags are wonderful! They're thick, clear, relatively CHEAP and quite LARGE. A throw-sized quilt would have room for leftovers. You'll have to tie it off somehow or seal it closed. Who knows where these will end up, and you don't want your donation quilt that you've worked SO HARD on to be wet, and smelly.
If you are in the US please ship to one of these two addresses:
741 Corporate Circle, Suite A
Golden, CO 80401
Ship to Mission of Love Foundation
2054 Hemlock Court
Youngstown, Ohio 44515
If you are in France, -
Vous pouvez aussi l'expédier à cette adresse:
Solidarité Japon - Domaine des 12 communes - Route des Crêtes - 69480 Graves sur Anse - FR
South Africa -
Send quilts to:
Acacia Street 2(b)
Riverdal, 6670, South Africa.
If you are in Canada - please see this website:
when you're ready to ship click "my donation is ready" for shipping information.
If you are anywhere else, please ship your donation quilt (AFTER MAY 1st) to one of these addresses:
Naomi Ichikawa, Editor
Patchwork Tsushin Co., Ltd.,
2-21-2, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, JAPAN 113-0034
Patchwork Tsushin Co. Ltd
Tohoku Kanto Earthquake Comfort Quilts
〒113-0033 Tokyo, Bunkyoku, Hongo 5-28-3
*****Updated April 1 2011*******
Lapel Stick has offered a free printable .pdf for you to use as a quilt label for your donation quilts. The labels include writing in English AND Japanese. I have been informed that there are many English translators in Japan and it might make your quilt a little more personal if you write the label in your OWN language. You COULD use the Japanese label and include a note with your quilt written in your own language. The decision is yours, but obviously it would be better to use this label rather than nothing at all.
Again here is the link: http://www.lapelstick.com/quilts-for-japan
***Update March 27th, 2011***
This was originally posted on the "Learning Fiber Arts" yahoo group.
Just a word of caution..... Do NOT write the word QUILT on your address or duty sheet or any where on your parcel. It seems they become targets of becoming 'lost' packages. Address it to a persons name only. Call the quilt a blanket, or fabric samples, never quilt. As these are truly gifts, label it as such. Also, value the parcel at under $100. to avoid duty charges at the other end.( for international parcels) Also, a large price attracts the 'sticky finger' = lost quilt! I have heard this advice from many people and groups over the years. Please pass it on!
** Read that you should include a note inside the package that includes what the quilt is for --*missions of love* or Quilts for Japan.
Please, if you are not a quilter and would like to support the efforts of comfort quilts for Japan, or "mission of love" y
There will obviously be a significant cost involved for this project. Your donation at Mission of Love will assist with this project and other Japan relief projects.
Right now I am working on a butterfly quilt, made from a panel (cheater print) fabric I had in my stash. I'm quilting it AWS and will be sending it off next week.
The Japanese people, landscape, and artists have been an invaluable inspiration to me over the years. About half the books in my quilting library are of Japanese quilts and techniques. It's this reason that I feel so close to the Japanese people, and it will be my honor and privilege to be a part of this project. I hope you all will join me - lets show the Japanese people an outpouring of love- in thanks for the endless inspiration and creativity they have provided us!
Other ways to help: MSNBC has compiled a list of links of additional resources that are aiding in Japan's earthquake relief. http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/11/6246445-japans-earthquake-how-to-help