Quilts as still needed for Japan and the victim of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. Many are still in temporary housing and appreciate the love they feel when presented with a handmade quilt from people they don’t even know. Twin size quilts are the best so they could be used with Japanese futon. They can be quilted or tied but you may want to consider a low loft cotton batting to help reduce the bulk and weight of each quilt. Warm and Natural is a batting of this type.
Consider using space saver or vacuum sealed storage bags. They are a great way to not only protect the quilts but also serve to substantially reduce the size of the shipment and give the survivors a usable item for storing finished projects.
Each quilt will have a special label sewn to the back of the quilt with the logo of the Lutheran Evangelical Christian Church (LECC), two phrases in Japanese, and a QR Code. What's a QR CODE? Those funny little black and white squares of digitized information you are seeing on advertising. In Japan, they have been used for over ten years. Anyone with a smartphone and the code reading app can scan the code and be taken immediately to the LECC's Web site. Please make sure all quilts headed for Japan have this special label sewn to them. Click to obtain a print ready PDF label.
The sheet of labels should be printed on T-shirt transfer paper or on inkjet prepared fabric sheets. T-shirt transfer paper is available at your local office supply store and the fabric sheets can usually be found at a quilt shop, JoAnn Fabrics or can be purchased online. Please make sure to print at the highest quality your printer will print. The QR Code must be readable. If you own a smartphone, you might want to get a free scanning app and give it a try! When using T-shirt transfer paper, remember to print the labels as a mirror image and to avoid using an iron on the label after the image has been transferred to fabric.