Friday, March 25, 2011

Hearts and Hands For Sendai

As many know, I have started a project, named Hearts and Hands For Sendai!  The purpose is to open this project up to the quilting community at large and have blocks made in any quilting medium.  These blocks will then be assembled into wall hangings and sent to Japan to be displayed in the International Quilt Show in coordination with Patchwork Tsushin as a fund raiser when viewed.  I have created a logo, such as my first attempt with photoshop goes, and anyone is welcome to use the logo to advertise this project on their own blog or in their own quilt organization.  I greatly appreciate everyones participation in this event!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

4th Annual Sept Stitch Shenanigans

I wanted to re-post a reminder about our 4th Annual Sept. Stitch Shenanigans crazy quilt retreat!  We are accepting deposits now to hold your spot!!!  This promises to be a very fun time!

2011 September Stitch Shenanigans

Where:  Estes Park, Colorado

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 5:00 PM to Monday, September 26 at 11:00 AM

Please join us for our FOURTH ANNUAL CQI crazy quilted gathering!! This year is jam packed with

teachers Martha Green (Carny Roadside Attraction School of Crazy Quilting) and Gerry Krueger, a

vendor mall, mini tutorials and CQ fun! A sampling of past activities includes Chinese Auction, Stash

Dash, Ugly Tie Swap along with a variety of mini tutorials and LOTS of technique shared amongst the

members!! Approximate costs are $255 for lodging, $100 for food and $100 for our teachers and of

course shopping funds! Spaces are limited, so be sure to make YOUR reservation now!!! Day rates are

available for those wishing to attend a class only.

For more information, please contact Leslie Ehrlich at

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hearts & Hands For Sendai

Hi everyone!  I have just created a Flickr group for those that are participating in the Hearts and Hands for Sendai project.  Everyone is welcome to share their blocks from their "naked" beginnings to completion!  Thank you ALL once again for your heartfelt participation!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hearts and Hands For Sendai!

I am coordinating a project to raise funds for the recovery of Japan. The quilting community as a whole is welcome to participate!  Traditional and crazy quilt blocks will be accepted!  I am posting the guidelines below for those that are interested in joining in.  Please contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to working with everyone!  I know this will be a fabulous project upon completion!  Stay tuned here or at the CQI blog for updates on blocks as they come in!!  Please feel free to utilize this post on your own blog to help in spreading the word!!!

Hearts and Hands For Sendai

This project will be dedicated to helping those affected by the earthquake tsunami disaster in Japan. Per 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! We 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, or the ICQA Facebook page .

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 to 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)

_ 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

_ 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

_ SRE is acceptable

_ Tatting and crocheted butterflies and dragonflys, etc are acceptable and must

be securely attached

_ Please sign the back of your block

Please refrain from using any reference to the rising sun as this has political connotations in Japan.

If you have any questions, at any time, please just email me or call me; Leslie . All completed projects will be mailed to me no later than June 30, 2011. Please contact me for mailing address information.

We are asking for an entry fee of $10.00 dollars for each block. This fee will be accrued and forwarded to either Hideko or a charity of her choosing. This is to generate funds to help Japan as much as possible.

Funds can be sent vis a vis check, money order (payable to ICQA) or Paypal, Please check gift for the donation. I appreciate everyone’s participation and look forward to seeing all the fabulous creations!