Right after the earthquake and tsunami struck the east of Japan on Mar 11th, we got many emails from friends living outside of Japan.
We met most of them through the quilt.
Then one of them, Marylene who is an owner of a quilt shop called "Atelier Patchwork et Point de Croix" in Belgium and we decided to take action. That's how this project, "Patch for Japan (Anata to Watashi no Quilt)" started.
We announced it on our blog on Mar 17th and the very next day, she sent a photo of blocks that they already made! ( here is a detail )
Since then she has received, this is incredible, 6500 blocks from all over the world.
Such as Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Israel, USA, Canada, Dominican Republic, Greece and so on.
On June 26th, the last Sunday of the 2nd semester, they got together to assemble blocks to make a top in the afternoon.
First they separated blocks to groups of colors.
Marylene is in the middle, wearing a white T-shirt.
In the evening, their families came there for BBQ party afterwords. Sounds fun!
Look at a top which consists of 20x20=400 squares (2x2m)!
She told me that some of ladies brought blocks to piece at home.
We are going to Europe for a quilt show called "European Patchwork" this September and give a workshop at her shop. Can't wait to see her again!
Here is her website, so please check it!