Quilts Arrived in Japan

22 Jul

Fellow Quilters,
   I have had several of you email recently asking if the shipment of donated quilts that Northcott sent to Japan had arrived, and the answer is YES!  Naomi, my contact in Japan, tells me that she has received over 4000 quilts for the earthquake/tsunami victims, including the 1,603 that were collected from fellow Canadians.  Most of these have already found their way into the grateful hands of those who need them.  The photos below are taken in the temporary relief centers.  I think the smile on the face of the woman in this photo says it all.  A HUGE thank you from Naomi and all of the recipients.
   I missed thanking a couple of groups that were involved in the effort to send the quilts to Japan:  Thanks to Fran Smith and her group from Port Alberni, BC for sending boxes of quilts.  Also thanks to Advance Shipping for providing Northcott with clear plastic bags for all of the quilts.

  My oh-so-talented piecer Susanne and I have been busy as bees, whipping up 3 quilts for upcoming issues of Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts.  I wanted to share them with you – they will be in late Fall/Winter issues, and kits are available from shopfonsandporter.com once the issues are shipped.

ice castles quilts

Woodland Stars (flannel)

Do Snow Geese Wear Mittens using Snow Days
I especially like the Ice Castles one – it uses the lengthwise border stripe in those large triangles.  I used Superior Threads’ Metallic silver to quilt this one, and it ran like a charm on my machine.  When I was at Quilt Market, I picked up a bobbin tension measurer from Superior, and it has made my life so much easier.
Northcott is coming out with some new treats for quiltaholics everywhere – Stone Chips!  These are 5″ squares of our favorite combinations of Stonehenge fabrics.  Below is an upcoming pattern using one of the combinations from my bud Kate Mitchell.

Scrap Basket Trellis by Kate Mitchell

Scrap Basket Trellis by Kate Mitchell

 Isn’t it pretty?  Both the Chips and Kate’s pattern will be available in a couple of weeks.  There will also be several other Chips patterns for our sewing and quilting pleasure, and images will be up on Northcott’s website in a couple of weeks.
That’s it for now.  I’m off to finish binding a quilt for my next post.  Stay tuned!  And Happy Quilting!

3 Responses to “Quilts Arrived in Japan”

  1. Daphne Greig July 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    So wonderful to see the happy smiles Patti! Thank you to Northcott for spearheading this effort.

  2. Lynne Calvert July 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Thank you so much for following up on our quilts donated to the Japanese relief effort, we are delighted to see they arrived and were well received. We have recently addressed a similar need of comfort in our own country following a request for quilts to be donated to the 730 families made homeless by the fires in Slave Lake Alberta. Anyone able to help can contact Linda Beeston, (ph 780-849-6464) owner of Patchwork Fabrics in Slave Lake, who is trying to place a quilt with each family. One quilt at a time, we can make a difference. Lynne Calvert Oakville Quilter Guild, Oakville, Ontario

  3. Valerie Hearder July 23, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Well done quilters of Canada! What a truly impressive and loving contribution. Well done Northcott for stepping up and making this happen.
    Val Hearder, Mahone Bay, NS

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