Quilts for Quake Survivors

When devastation happens, it is difficult to know where to begin, how to help, and where to direct your efforts. For the last 10 days our hearts have all been in Japan, thinking of the lives lost, worlds turned upside down, and suffering of the survivors. There will never be too many things that we can do to help. Susan Beal and Daniela Caine have created a wonderful process oriented project that will help the survivors of the earthquake and Tsunami by creating Quilts for Quake Survivors.

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The Japanese have given us so much inspiration with their wonderful aesthetics and incredible talent for creating beautiful handmade items. We for sure have been tremendously inspired by Japanese culture in our private and professional lives and were both lucky enough to have traveled to Japan several times and it was always the most refreshing experience.

Why Quilts you ask? Because quilts stand for love, warmth, and comfort. Log Cabin quilting is probably the easiest quilting method, extremely economical and yields beautiful results. It also symbolizes the heart of the home – the center square represents the lamplight or fire in the hearth, surrounded by the “logs” or walls of the log cabin. We’d like to share this feeling of friendship, home and warmth with those who need it most.

We at Modern Domestic are proud to support this generous effort on the part of these two women. We will be hosting many Sew Events where local Portland crafty types can come to the shop and cut, piece, and assemble quilts. Daniela will be here hosting the events and all the tools, space, and machines are provided by MD. There are fabric, batting, and thread contributions made by Bolt (and hopefully by you as well, scrap and fabric donations are always welcome).

If you would like to participate or have sew-curious friends that are interested, we will have all of April Sew Basic classes to get you there. Half of the procceds from April’s Sew Basic classes will also be donated to the charity determined by QFQ.

QFQ events will be going on all around the country, so please keep a look out and ask in your local sewing studio, fabric store, or quilt shop. For those other business owners who would like to get involved, please contact:

info@moderndomesticpdx.com or quiltsforquakesurvivors@gmail.com

Spread the word, bring a friend, donate fabric, take a class–all of these are ways to show your support through quilting. We will keep you updated here on our blog, the QFQ and MD facebook pages, and of course the Quilts for Quake Survivors website.

2 Responses to “Quilts for Quake Survivors”

  1. Jeanette

    How can I find out what kind of fabric is good for donations? Should it be modern only, or any quilting cotton? Is it easier if it’s already cut into strips?

  2. michelle

    Jeanette–great question. It should be 100% quilt-weight cotton–any style, any color, any print, any any. Any and all donations are much appreciated! Spring cleaning, perhaps?

    It can come as yardage, or precut in 2″ strips and 3″x3″ squares, or finished Log Cabin Blocks approx 12″. Susan, one of the organizers, has put together a great tutorial if you have any questions about piecing a Log Cabin block. (quiltsforquakesurvivors.wordpress.com/tutorials-extras/) The website also has contact info and a mailing addresses for donations.

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