Quilts for Japan

Gail Shea and Eve Kushner, founders and organizers of Quilts4Japan.org, collected quilts from across the United States to send to the disaster-ravaged provinces in Japan. They were shipped by the hundreds to Patchwork Tsushin, a leading Japanese quilt magazine for distribution. In six months, Quilts4Japan.org shipped 525 quilts--over 1,300 pounds! EBHQ was Quilts4Japan’s largest donor, and contributed over 110 quilts. Over 150 more quilts were collected locally at New Pieces in Berkeley. The remainder of the quilts came from all over the country - from people who made them specifically for the survivors, from people who donated quilts they were not using, from people who just wanted to show that they cared. All told, almost one-quarter of the Quilts4Japan quilts were made by EBHQers, either self designed or stitched from pre-cut kits.

Gail recently sent us news of notes that had been received from quilt recipients. Some are posted on the Quilts4Japan Facebook page. Drop down to January 6, 2012 to the following entry: 

"Yesterday Patchwork Tsushin posted many expressions of gratitude from those who received quilts." Click on "Comments" then  "View all 9 comments" to read the translated letters from Japan.  Warning: might make you teary!



Gail recently sent us this message: “Without the support and donations from EBHQ, our effort would have been much less effective. Eve and I felt that having EBHQ as a collaborator gave us the gravitas we initially needed to have others throw their support behind our effort. It also warmed our hearts, gave us a feeling of collaboration with local quilters, and made us know that what we were trying to do was simply to send love in the form of quilts. 

So much love poured out of the quilting community!  Many thanks to all EBHQers!  Quilts4Japan could not have done it without you!”

How To Make Rail Fence Quilts
  • Finished size:  54" x 66"
  • Finished block size:  6" square
  • 9 blocks across, 11 blocks down
  • Needed: 200 pieces, 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"
On a design wall, start by laying out one diagonal zig-zag "fence," and then add to either side of it using a fabric that contrasts with the first. If you don't have enough of one fabric to complete the "fence," use another, similar or not.  Almost anything works.