Monday, 14 March 2011

Japan Quake Appeal - Raffling Japanese Fabric - CLOSED

*** This raffle is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! ***

Here in Western Japan the earthquake and tsunami have not affected us at all. Obviously I am so thankful that my friends and family are all safe, but at the same time there is a certain guilt connected to carrying on as usual when so many people are suffering. I feel so helpless here, especially as local governments in the affected area have asked individuals not to donate goods since sorting and distributing those goods increases the burden on an already overloaded system. So, cash donations it is, and if you too would like to chip in, here is one way you can help...

As I wrote yesterday, Jo at A Bit Of This And A Bit Of That is encouraging bloggers in Japan and around the world to hold raffles and auctions to raise money for the relief effort. For my part, I'm offering...

25 Fat Quarters of Japanese Fabric

That's over 6 metres/yards of material in total! This photo is just to give you an idea of the sort of lovely fabrics you might win. All the fabrics will be chosen by me from my shop stock (including some that have yet to be listed there) in consultation with the winner. So if you're particularly interested in traditional Japanese fabrics, or prints suitable for boys, or florals, or a particular colour, or kawaii cutesy designs... I'll pick out a bundle that'll make you smile. Have a browse through the shop if you'd like to see more of the sort of thing you could win.

How to enter:

Go to (United Kingdom) or (United States) and make a donation.

  • Every $5 donation or 3 pound donation entitles you to one raffle ticket.
  • After you have made your donation, come back and leave a comment on this post, telling me how much you donated (ie how many tickets you have bought) and your receipt number.
  • Don't forget to leave your e-mail address in the comment too - you can write it as name 'at' yahoo 'dot' com if you are worried about spam.
  • If you make a mistake or need to change your comment, please go back and delete your first comment and rewrite it.
  • Open to anyone, anywhere in the world!
  • The raffle will close at mid-day Japan time 26th March and the winner will be drawn at random and contacted by email. However, there is a risk that I will be, ahem, giving birth that day, so please forgive me if I'm a day or two late in posting the results here.

For help with the donation you can refer to this post

The raffle being held on this blog, and others around the blogosphere, is held in conjunction with A Bit of This and A Bit of That. We are in no way affiliated with global giving, that's just our chosen method of getting funds safely to the affected area.

Later this week Jo will be putting up a list of all the blogs involved in this appeal, each of which will be hosting their own raffle or auction, each requiring separate donations. So if you're not interested in fabric, there will be lots of other things to tempt you. Do please check out the others and enter as many as you can afford. Let's do what we can to help those in need. And if you blog, or Facebook, or Tweet, or have friends in real life, please do spread the word!


  1. Will definitely be coming back to buy some raffle tickets later on!

  2. Hi Diane, this is great, thanks for offering such a great raffle prize for this tragedy.
    I would like two tickets please
    Receipt #: R273734-GC755660-XXXX
    (a new donation for this raffle)

  3. Hi Diane,
    What a great raffle... I've just found your blog and am so pleased to hear that you haven't been directly affected by this tragedy. I would like two tickets please and have made a $10 donation, my receipt #: R273830-GC755910-CBcb01
    By the way, there is a chance that I too will be giving birth on the planned date of the draw (baby is due 31 March!) so you can trust that I'll be patient! Hope all goes well with you and your new arrival...
    Kate x

  4. Thanks for this Diane. I'm glad you are safe.
    I have given £9
    #: R273844-GC755929-CBuk
    e.a.neal at googlemail dot com

  5. Hi, have donated £6
    Take care

  6. Hi Di, I am so glad you are all safe! This is a fab idea, well done you and all fellow bloggers :0)

    Total Billed: £30.00 GBP
    Receipt Information
    Date: March 15, 2011 09:25:46 PM EDT
    Receipt #: R276105-GC759580-CBuk
    Form of Payment: Credit/Debit Card

    Take care, love from both of usxx

  7. Hi Diane,
    thanks for such a generous donation
    here is mine..
    jo xxx

    Total Billed: £6.00 GBP
    Receipt Information
    Date: March 16, 2011 03:14:53 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R277342-GC761609-CBuk

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  9. Hi Diane, this is wonderful!
    I have donated $10 and my receipt number is R277369-GC761666-CBcb01
    Thank you so much!

    verypurpleperson at gmail dot com

  10. Hi Diane
    Just arrived via jo's site here is my info
    Value: $10 US
    Date: March 15, 2011 10:31:24 PM EDT
    Receipt #: R277393-GC761703-CBcb01
    Form of Payment: Credit Card

  11. Hi Diane
    I went a little overboard I guess, but not in terms of the need. I made a $25 donation. Here's my info: Date: March 15, 2011 11:55:07 PM EDT
    Receipt #: R277629-GC762131-CBcb01
    Form of Payment: Paypal

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  13. So many cute prints!

    Your Receipt
    Total Billed: $48.00 USD
    Receipt Information
    Date: March 18, 2011 10:52:50 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R289287-GC779855-CBcb01
    Form of Payment: Paypal
    Billing Information:

    Margarita Veasman
    sorot_or_not at yahoo dot com

    I'm also doing a raffle! Check it out at

  14. 2 raffle tickets please. $10.
    Receipt #R290737-GC782164-CBcb01
    theadachis at yahoo dot com

  15. What fabulous fabric. Great prize.

    Total Billed: £6.00 GBP
    Receipt Information
    Date: March 19, 2011 07:03:15 PM EDT
    Receipt #: R291878-GC784050-CBuk
    Form of Payment: Credit/Debit Card

    globalgiving.20.shortlouise (at)

  16. What a fantastic prize!

    2 tickets please, I have donated $10 AUD to the Red Cross - reciept number is 1090949.


  17. Found your blog through 'A bit of this and a bit of that' - what a generous way of raising funds!
    I donated £15, receipt is R295422-GC790438-CBuk

    Best wishes,
    Jannette (and best wishes for the new arrival!)

  18. What a great prize!

    Receipt Information
    Date: March 21, 2011 09:15:40 PM EDT
    Receipt #: R295468-GC790522-CBuk
    Form of Payment: Credit/Debit Card

  19. Count me in PLEASE!!

    $10.00 Donated

    Date: March 22, 2011 05:04:23 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R296145-GC791862-CBcb01
    Form of Payment: Paypal

  20. Hi Diane,
    Wow, this raffle is wonderful. You are so nice to give all these beautiful Japanese fabrics!

    I am in with 15£!
    Date: March 23, 2011 08:43:06 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R297634-GC794252-CBuk

    Take good care.

  21. Diane,
    I'd love to have those fabrics so I have purchased £15 worth of tickets.
    Receipt details:
    Total Billed: £15.00 GBP
    Receipt Information
    Date: March 24, 2011 12:29:51 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R298641-GC795852-CBuk
    Form of Payment: PayPal

    Hope all well, what you're doing is great.
    Take care, good luck with baby number 2.
    Big hugs, Vicki Dale x

  22. Thank you for such a generous giveaway for such an important cause
    Total Billed: $10.00 USD
    Receipt Information
    Date: March 23, 2011 08:27:35 PM EDT
    Receipt #: R298682-GC795930-CBcb01
    Form of Payment: Credit Card
    best wishes, Catherine

  23. Thanks for a great giveaway. I'm donating a quilt to the auction - please check it out.

    I've bought three tickets for your raffle.

    Invoice #: R298863-GC796313-xxxxx
    Amount: $15.00
    Project Title: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
    Project ID: 6443-cb01

  24. Breathe. Two Tickets Please. Breathe.

    Date: March 24, 2011 11:16:37 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R298998-GC796577-CBuk
    Form of Payment: PayPal


    Fab Bundle Thanks for the Chance.


    noodleBubble AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk

    OK now when you're ready...PUSH...

    Good Luck and Kisses X

  25. YUmmmmo fabrics! Thanks you for running this ; o )


    Receipt Information
    Date: March 25, 2011 12:03:16 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R299664-GC797689-CBuk
    Form of Payment: PayPal

  26. Hi Diane

    I'm a friend of Jo's from having lived in Saitama before.
    Good Luck with the labour and birth.

    Please can i have 3 tickets...
    Total Billed: £9.00 GBP
    Receipt Information
    Date: March 25, 2011 01:29:43 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R299704-GC797767-CBuk

    Sorry it couldn't be more bcos i'd immediately donated Red Cross.
    If I get the fat quarters they'll be used to make some items to sell at an event we are getting together for the appeal here.

    Best wishes, Georgina Shinkawa

  27. Thanks so much for providing the opportunity to contribute.

    Donation - $55
    Receipt # - R299719-GC797798-CBcb01


    All the best with your new arrival - I hope there is much joy, and maybe a little bit of sleep as well!

  28. Hi, Thanks for the raffle and your generousity! I've donated $10.

    Your Receipt
    Total Billed: $10.00 USD
    Receipt Information

    * Date: March 25, 2011 12:43:05 AM EDT
    * Receipt #: R299854-GC798068-CBcb01


  29. Hi Diane!
    Such a good idea! I've donated 25$.

    Your Receipt
    Total Billed: $25.00 USD
    Receipt Information
    Date: March 25, 2011 02:30:52 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R299906-GC798175-CBcb01


  30. two ticket entries for me please
    Receipt Info:
    Total Billed: $10.00 USD
    Receipt Information
    Date: March 25, 2011 09:39:40 AM EDT
    Receipt #: R300149-GC798552-CBcb01
    Form of Payment: Paypal
    Billing Information:
    Ly Hoang
    jascharess at yahoo dot com

  31. Thank you so much for doing this!It is nice to know there is people like you in the blog world.

    I donated $10.

    Receipt # R300587-GC799267-cBcb01

    Date: March 25,2011 05:21:34 PM EDT

    email:casa_feliz at live dot com

  32. Who won? What was total money raised?

  33. I was wondering if somebody knows who won the raffle? I haven't seen any post about it.