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    I have been asked to donate..

    a quilt for a benefit. Since I have a couple of tops made, I may be able to finish & donate one or two. My friend is donating an adorable baby quilt. Any ideas on other things that may work at this silent auction. Smaller items I am thinking as the benefit is the mid of next month. thanks for any suggestions in advance.

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    For a silent auction, I would donate money in the amount of the materials I would have used. I would have no problem donating a quilt for a raffle, but I would never do it for a silent auction. Have seen too many posts on the QB about quilts going for $15 or $20 that way. (If you search, you may find some of the old threads on this topic.) Many quilters said both the charity and they themselves would have been better off just donating money.

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    What about pillow cases - lots of patterns on the 'net and probably on this board (just haven't looked). I'm sure cases in favorite team colors could bring in bids.

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    think long and hard about whether or not you want to do it. It takes a lot of work - time and cost and the return might be minimal. How is the donation going to be used - Is it a door prize, auction, silent or otherwise. Do you want your work to sell for a fraction of the cost in time and money. the one who ask probably doesn't realize the cost in making a quilt. If you don't care then go for it. I donated an item to a local event thinking it would be auctioned and discovered it was given as a door prize. I don't give any more. And the pressure to get it finished even if you have a top. what size do they want? Do you get my drift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitnoid View Post
    What about pillow cases - lots of patterns on the 'net and probably on this board (just haven't looked). I'm sure cases in favorite team colors could bring in bids.
    I had made 4 sets of pillowcases several weeks ago and tucked away. I think that would be great to donate. Whatever they bring will help the family with medical expenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    For a silent auction, I would donate money in the amount of the materials I would have used. I would have no problem donating a quilt for a raffle, but I would never do it for a silent auction. Have seen too many posts on the QB about quilts going for $15 or $20 that way. (If you search, you may find some of the old threads on this topic.) Many quilters said both the charity and they themselves would have been better off just donating money.
    Food for thought on this, certainly makes sense. A person could have more in it than they would ever get out of it at the price of material.. I am a scrappy quilter so I can put one together relatively low price, but even those add up don't they. From what I understand it is a silent auction, but I will have to check for sure on details. I am just glad to help in anyway. I would be glad to donate some money also and a quilt. I will certainly remember this information for future use also, makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitnoid View Post
    What about pillow cases - lots of patterns on the 'net and probably on this board (just haven't looked). I'm sure cases in favorite team colors could bring in bids.
    I had made 4 sets of pillowcases several weeks ago and tucked away. I think that would be great to donate. Whatever they bring will help the family with medical expenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    a quilt for a benefit. Since I have a couple of tops made, I may be able to finish & donate one or two. My friend is donating an adorable baby quilt. Any ideas on other things that may work at this silent auction. Smaller items I am thinking as the benefit is the mid of next month. thanks for any suggestions in advance.

    I'd use previous years income at the silent auction as a gauge as to what I donated. If a quilt brought in a good amount of money, do that. Consider if a cash donation might be better for you. You sure don't want to spend a hundred plus for a quilt that will go for $50.

    Since this is before Christmas, how about making some flannel pillowcases with holiday themes? Maybe a couple pair of nicer pillowcases for adults, and a few fun ones for kids (and kids at heart!) It's my experience that pillowcases are fairly cheap to make and pretty well received, not to mention, easy and quick to make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    For a silent auction, I would donate money in the amount of the materials I would have used. I would have no problem donating a quilt for a raffle, but I would never do it for a silent auction. Have seen too many posts on the QB about quilts going for $15 or $20 that way. (If you search, you may find some of the old threads on this topic.) Many quilters said both the charity and they themselves would have been better off just donating money.
    I could not agree more... having had an experience with a full size quilt, log cabin done in 1 1/2 inch logs ... and long arm quilted that only went for $70.00 ... and the organizer was thrilled at the $$ it brought in. I had more than that in just the quilting services. My costs for batting, backing, top fabric, and long arm services was over $250.00.
    I would have gladly donated even the cost of the longarming if I had known that it was not going to be raffled. Live and learn!

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    Runners. We made several for church craft sale and they all went. Use a simple pattern and nice fabrics. Easy pattern and simple quilting and they will sell! Oh, and tell them the value - fabric, etc. plus add in for your time. We got $30-$50 for a good profit.
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    Since it's right before the holidays, how about a Christmas tree skirt and/or stockings? Christmas or Hanukkah wall hanging? I guess silent auctions are easy for the coordinators but they seldom bring high returns; I would try to spend as little as possible, on the materials.
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    One of the clubs I belong to are going to have a silent auction (within our club) to raise money to donate to a couple local food banks. I'm donating a few hand made items that don't have a lot of value, but have taken some time---------tissue covers, shopping bags, casserole covers. I've decided I am going to set aside $20 to bid on my own items. If the highest bid is low, I'll bid and take the stuff back home. $20 is very little to spend that way. That is going to be in addition to other folks items that I bid on.
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    Here's another option - make one of the no sew blankets. Corinthian Mills usually has fleece at good prices. Since the fleece is 60" wide, you would need about 3 1/4 yards to make a double sided 5' x 5' lap quilt. Material cost would probably be under $20 and I don't know of anyone who doesn't like these. They are so easy to make that you won't feel you put a lot of time into it.

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    Two friends who have been quilting for decades were telling me their feelings about donating quilts for fundraisers.

    They each made a quilt for a similar cause. One was raffled off, the other done as a silent auction is a high traffic better than mid price restaurant (the benefit was for a staff person).

    The raffled quilt brought in more than $500.00, the silent auction quilt brought in around $70.00.

    Where we live there are fairly strict rules around holding a raffle, where as a silent auction does not appear to be regulated.

    I often see items at silent auctions going for 25 - 50% of their value.
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    Unless the people attending the auction are quilters/sewers/crafters, they do NOT understand the amount of time & money that goes into something handmade. As several other people said, at most of the silent auctions I've attended, the quilts go for WAY less than the value of even the materials. Our guild used to donate quilts for benefit auctions, now we stick to smaller items like table runners or seasonal wall hangings.

    The exception may be if the item being auctioned somehow ties into the 'theme' of the benefit - my friend was trying to raise money for a restoration village that has a threshing jamboree each year, including a tractor parade. In the year that John Deere tractors were being featured, she made some John Deere quilts, and of course those brought in better money. Or if the benefit is for Ducks Unlimited, a duck quilt might be a hot item.

    How about combining a runner with a matching candle? Or a set of placemats & napkins, then find some matching napkin rings? And I believe seasonal things sell better than a specific color - if you make something blue, it may not match anyone's house. But mostly everyone will decorate for Christmas or Thanksgiving/autumn or Spring.

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    I agree with those that say it it's a silent auction - bring enough money to 'buy it back' if it isn't getting much action.

    I also agree that it's much easier to just donate money! Much less stress - when one stops to really think about it!

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    I too will not send quilts for silent auctions. I have sent aprons with a local cook book and children's Hallowe'en costumes with good results. I can make a full lined apron in a couple of hours or a child's clown suit out of my scraps in an afternoon which I don't mind donating. A quilt is just out of the question.
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    I agree with what has been said. But even with pillowcases you have to watch what you use. A pillow case uses a yard of fabric total. If you use quilt shop fabric, it will not bring in the cost of the fabric.

    Novelity fabric from Joann's with a coupon would do ok.
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    This last spring I wanted to donate a quilt to my grand daughter school auction....Since the grammer school is in a beach community, I wanted something beachy and youthful. Search and purchased a cute pattern (first expense) , called Under the Sea....Then had to go purchase batik fabrics for the sand and ocean and fish (big expense). Spent hours and hours on all the applique work of the fish and bubbles and etc.....Finished quilt sent to my son (another expense) who took it to the school. They valued it at $500, bidding to start at $50 with $100 increases...guess what no one bid !!!!....my son ended up buying it at the dinner/silent auction at the end of the event....Will never ever do that again....
    Next time will only donate money....would rather give my quilts to charity than go thru that again
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    pot holders, casserole holder and a nice set of place mats or a nice table runner or even a bed runner are all smaller items . Some more costly projects may be a bow tucks purse.

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    only do this if you will not find out later the outcome! I stopped donating quilts to functions for auction type fundraisers because i got tired of spending $75-$125 on something for it to be (given away) for $15-$20...and the people in charge- grinning about that! it can be very frustrating! if it simply doesn't matter & you have no desire to find out how it went go for it-but if your friend may feel the need to share the outcome- ... i'd decline & donate some $.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    only do this if you will not find out later the outcome! I stopped donating quilts to functions for auction type fundraisers because i got tired of spending $75-$125 on something for it to be (given away) for $15-$20...and the people in charge- grinning about that! it can be very frustrating! if it simply doesn't matter & you have no desire to find out how it went go for it-but if your friend may feel the need to share the outcome- ... i'd decline & donate some $.

    I could not agree more, I do not think the average person has any concept of the time it takes to make a quilt, large or small....plus the vaule of the fabric....
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    Just my personal opinion . . . but I consider a Silent Auction to be one of the stupidest ways ever, to raise money. Everyone wants to get a good deal and most people are afraid to commit too much money. In my experience, most people seem to place a "token bid" on a number of different items. Not knowing how many they may actually win, they're afraid to commit too much, for any one item. The item is always "won" by the last bidder . . . which is often someone who simply waits until the last possible minute, to go forward and place his/her bid.

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    I quit donating quilts for a raffle when the ticket sales dipped below what my investment in the material was. If the members of this particular organization were not interested in selling the tickets for the raffle, my interest in donating a quilt for raffle waned. After making and donating FIVE quilts.....i quit doing it. I still get quesions about why we no longer raffle a quilt. I just tell the truth....the ticket sales declined each year and i could no longer justify my time and effort and materials for this raffle. Oh well.

    Can you put a "reserve" on the quilt???
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