Lots of Updates – April 4

April 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Posted in Craftivism, Portland, Quilting Bees, South Pasadena, St. Paul | 2 Comments

Hello! We’ve been hoping to update the QfQ blog for the last week and a half, but between me and Daniela we’ve had two sick little girls, two emergency room visits, two book events, a sprained ankle, and tons of work piling higher and higher with no childcare. So we’re sorry for the delay in updates, but things have been pretty hectic!

Quilts for Quake Survivor strips and quilt submissions.

On a happier note, we’ve also hosted two more lovely quilting bees with lots of cutting and piecing, and tons of donated fabrics and blocks have been rolling in – thank you so much to everyone who has gotten involved in QfQ! We are so grateful. I’ve put some new photos from the QfQ flickr group throughout so you can see some of our donated fabric, blocks and even quilt tops underway… click any photo to see more details about it.


(these are the blocks from Mika, who won Daniela’s raffle this week! Thank you, Mika!!)

The Plan

We’ve got a few new specific updates on our quilt drive and donation plans. Thanks to everyone who’s been checking in about this…


Our early/mid April bees and quilts/blocks collected will be focused primarily on comfort quilt donations to Japan. Thanks to both Seven Islands, Inc. and Quilter’s Newsletter’s quilt drives in partnership with Patchwork Tsushin in Japan, we will be joining up with them (probably Seven Islands since shipping to California may be a bit faster than Colorado, from where we are). Both QN and Seven Islands have asked for quilts by April 30, so if you have time to piece blocks or tops or even finish a quilt, we would LOVE to get it as soon as possible. There may be other opportunities to send via one of these wonderful organizations after April 30, but we’d like to get ours there by the deadline for sure! Follow the links above for more info on the Patchwork Tsushin collections, including direct mailing addresses for QN and Seven Islands if you’d like to send directly. If you would specifically prefer your quilt to be auctioned/sold to raise funds, that is wonderful – just let us know and we will reserve it for sale.

Donated block of the month blocks! Wow!

Our later April and May bees and quilts/blocks collected (after the Patchwork Tsushin deadline) will be focused primarily on quilts to auction to directly raise funds for Mercy Corps/Peace Winds Japan. We will have an Etsy shop at QuiltsforQuakeShop that will serve as a global fundraising effort, and we are also doing our best to organize a Portland event as a raffle/live auction to complement/partner with the online sale. 100% of funds raised will go directly to Mercy Corps/Peace Winds Japan.

Marcia's blocks for QfQ

What We Need Most

Our biggest needs right now are thread and especially batting. We have gotten some amazing fabric (strips, centers and yardage) donated, and are working on cutting and piecing as much as possible at the next few bees, and thread is always great to have extras of. If you have batting to donate (especially locally), or any leads to suggest, we’d be very grateful!

Signe's quilt in progress - adding sashing

We also need quilters to piece blocks and make tops before April 12. The April 14 and 15 event at Sew On Studio will be a great opportunity to machine-quilt our current tops (plus piece new ones!), so we’d love to get as many tops made as possible for the back-to-back event.

Finished quilt top!

New Bees in New Cities

We’re so happy to report that there are more quilting bees organized for Japan earthquake relief! Here are the newest ones we’ve heard about.

South Pasadena, California:

Charissa of the Gifted Blog says: I work for Common Thread Studio in South Pasadena and just spent the day organizing some community quilting dates at our shop and sewing studio. We heard about the quilt drive from Seven Islands, our Japanese fabric supplier.

You can see more here. Thank you!

Dates include April 6, 8, 13, 20, 21 and they’re also accepting donations of supplies and finished quilts.

Saint Paul, Minnesota:

Jess let us know that Treadle Yarn Goods is hosting several quilting bee dates for QfQ! Come cut and piece with them on April 8 or 15 from 6-9 pm and bring any fabric or supplies you’d like to donate. Yay!

QfQ - quilting bee

Portland, Oregon:

Our latest dates include April 5 (that’s tomorrow, Tuesday) and 8 from 6:30-8:30, both at Cool Cottons, and April 14 and 15, both at Sew On Studio, and there are also Sew Basic classes on April 7 and 17 at Modern Domestic (see the Events page for all the detailed listings).

We are now focusing on making quilt tops from all those blocks we’ve been piecing! Cherri and Rachel of Sew On asked that we press quilt tops and provide their measurements so that they can be ready to quilt them on the long-arm starting the 14th – thanks so much for the wonderful help.

We’re happy to hear that there are new donations underway from all parts of Canada as well as some US quilters too! Photos to come in the flickr group…

Any questions, thoughts, feedback very welcome – please email us at quiltsforquakesurvivors at gmail dot com or comment here. Thank you everyone!!



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  1. […] also just posted some big new updates at Quilts for Quake Survivors – thanks SO much to everyone who has been sending in fabric or blocks, come to a bee, or […]

  2. I just saw that you posted the information for Common Thread Studio and South Pasadena – thank you so much! We’re excited to see the quilt squares accumulate but definitely need all the help we can get.

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