I am a member of The Quilters Newsletter facebook page. In case you have come across it before, it is a highly regarded US patchwork magazine. Tonight they have published this letter on their page:
This is a copy of a letter sent to Valerie Hearder from Naomi Ichikawa, Editor of Patchwork Tshushin.
Dear Quilters: It is still bad situation now in Japan. We are still nervous about shaking and radiation, but no way to escape. I start to announce to the quilters to send us comfort quilts for the people who are suffered. I would like to do… it to the world quilters. We will deliver the comfort quilts to the people who are very difficult situation. Could you please help to announce it to the quilters? We accept any size of quilts (baby to adult), new or unused. The deadline would be the end of May or later.
★Send the quilts to: （until the middle of April） Naomi Ichikawa,Editor of Patchwork Quilt tsushin Patchwork Tsushin Co., Ltd., 5-28-3, Hongo,Bunkyo-ku,Tokyo,Japan zip:113-0033 or（after the middle of April） Naomi Ichikawa Patchwork Tsushin Co.,Ltd 2-21-2,Yushima,Bunkyo-ku,Tokyo,Japan zip:113-0034 I will appreciate if you help me.
If you look on a map Japan feels far away, however as a quilter it always feels near. I unpacked some fabric today which was made in Japan, use Clover tools and sew on a Janome.
Has the news left you speechless too? Lets get sewing…