Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hearts and Hands for Sendai

I am participating (and I hope you will join me) in Crazy Quilting International`s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief project entitled “Hearts and Hands for Sendai”.  This project is  dedicated to helping those affected by the earthquake tsunami disaster in Japan. 

At Hideko Ishida's request, all quilts will become a part of an exhibit in Japan where money will be raised by viewing the quilts. Ultimately, these quilts may be auctioned and the proceeds given to a charity designated by Hideko Ishida, our Japanese CQ sister.  It’s just a bit early at this point to know all the final plans.  However, CQI will keep everyone informed as time progresses. 

This project is open to 
the quilting community at large! 

You may track details on the Crazy Quilting International blog, http://crazyquiltinginternational.blogspot.com    or   
ICQA (International Crazy Quilt Ass’n) Facebook page http://tinyurl.com/4h3x28a 

Guidelines are as follows:

Theme:  Friendship and re-building of a country
Finished block size: 8 inches
Colors: Jewel Tones
Style: Traditional or crazy quilt blocks will be accepted

For traditional quilt blocks:
There are no pattern restrictions. The only requirements are the size and the colors. Finished size is to be 8 inches (20.32 cm). Please allow a half inch seam allowance. Colors are jewel tones. No restrictions on the type of fabric used.

For crazy quilt blocks:
_ Cut foundation at 9 inches (22.86 cm), piece the entire foundation.
_ Baste a line at 8 inches (20.32 cm) to stop embroidering
_ Do not add beads or charms past 7 ½ inches (19.05 cm)
_ Prefer all fabrics used be “fancies” (ie: silk, satin, taffeta, velvet) but if you have some kimono fabrics or other oriental themed fabrics in your stash you are welcome to use them.
_ All beading MUST be double stitched and knotted with BEADING THREAD!!!  NO exceptions!!! These items will be handled a great deal and beads, buttons, charms are among the first to begin to loosen. Embellishments – may be done by machine or by hand.
_ Lace and other motifs are acceptable and must be securely attached
_ Trims are acceptable and must be securely attached
_ Silk ribbon embroidery is acceptable
_ Tatting and crocheted butterflies and dragonflys, etc are acceptable and must be securely attached

For all blocks:
_ Zig zag edges to prevent edges from fraying.
_ Add your name and address on the back of the block.
_ Mark the block with “UP” to show which side is the top

_ Please sign the back of your block
_ Include entry fee of $10 for each block (more info below). This fee will be forwarded to Hideko Ishida, who will donate it to the Japan relief charity of her choosing.
Please refrain from using any reference to the rising sun as this has political connotations in Japan.

Entry fee
$10.00 (USD) can be sent via check, money order (payable to ICQA) when you submit your block, or  via Paypal, icqa4u@yahoo.com. Please check “gift" for the donation.

If you have any questions, at any time, please just email Leslie pinyoncreekq@q.com . All completed projects must be mailed to Leslie no later than June 30, 2011.  Please contact Leslie for mailing address information.
We appreciate everyone’s participation and look forward to seeing all the fabulous creations!

Cathy maroon


Suztats said...

I'll be signing up for this opportunity to help! It's a way I can use my hands for others in need.