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Thread: Charity Quilt help please!

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    Charity Quilt help please!

    I was just made aware of a fundraiser being given for the family of one of the girls on my daughter's college soccer team. They are looking for chinese auction items and larger items to raffle off at a dinner to raise money for the family because this girl's father was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer. The family has 6 children, aged 21-6. I have always been amazed to see them show up at soccer games with each kid wearing a different jersey from some team that they were involved with and the parents always so supportive and involved with each child... a truly awesome family. I was trying to think of something I could do to help and I was thinking about maybe donating a quilt. If I do, how will I know what I can do that will appeal to the largest number of people. It needs to be quick enough that I can make it and have it quilted and finished by early October, too. I'm not an expereienced quilter, but I have been sewing for years. I'm sure that many of you have a lot of experience with things like this. Any suggestions as to size, color, patterns? I'd really appreciate it. I'd really like to be able to do something good to help this family and with my husband out of work, I don't have much in the way of money that I can donate. I know the quilting will cost me, but I was hoping to use as much from my stash as possible.

    Off to work now and hoping that you guys will have some suggestions for me when I get home. Thanks so much...this community here is just the best! I appreciate your help!

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    A quick quilt would be Stacked Coins - it will use strips of your scraps in the stacks. The sashing could be white, which will go with everyone's decor and could even be used as a baby quilt.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I have several favorites but if you want quick, check out the Quilt in a Day patterns.I'm sure that whatever you come up with, will be appreciated. If you need help with fabrics, post an ad in the donations or request section on the board. I'm sure you will find plenty of help there. PM me with your address and I'll kick in some fabric.
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    I recently had the same problem for a little girl's fundraiser. I wanted to do something and didn't know what. I used child's print fabric, uncut, and fleece backing that matched the colors but not the design. There was no batting and I just quilted it diagonal lines. I was later told that everyone loved the quilt and it brought one of the higher prices at the auction. I couldn't attend so I was relying on someone else's opinion. So happy to be able to help. It was also already in my stash.
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    I recently did 2 fundraisers for 2 two yr. old little girls. I made D9P for both. What we did was sell the raffle tickets ahead of time for both. Sold $535 for the first and $620 for the second. Then at the actual events the quilts were on the auction table with the rest of the prizes. I had roll tickets the same that would be used at events and same price, 5 for $5. Quits are a lot of work to put on a table with gift baskets.
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    The Warm Wishes pattern is fast and easy. Use a focus fabric and 3 coordinating fabrics.

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    Disappearing 9patch is fast and you can get so many different effect depending on the fabric you use. You could easily get it done by October. You could use sport related fabric or gear it more to girls or just solids or whatever you want.
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    It always strikes me that people react the most to quilts that have a good contrast...ie blue/white...pastels/white...or whatever color you like with a good contrasting color. People also like the traditional quilts, nothing too modern or fussy. This, of course is jmho. I hope it helps you though. Gina

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    I agree with disappearing nine patch. It can look dramatic. But is really easy. Pick neutral colors that have interesting patterns and a some that are simpler patterns to give your eyes a place to rest.
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    I would look at Missouri Star site. She does many quilts that only use one layer cake. The quilts are all so easy and fast, but look great. A layer cake isn't too expensive, but you can make your own from your stash. Win Win in my opinion.
    Sue

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