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Thread: Questions about making a quilt for a quilt raffle.

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    Has anyone contributed to or made a quilt to donate as a fund-raiser? If so, did you make it entirely yourself or ask for donated blocks? If you used donated blocks did you have a theme or color scheme or just use whatever came your way?
    I'd like to raffle a quilt for a friend who is about to lose everything as a result of both her and her husband's cancer treatment costs. I know the legality side of selling raffle tickets and the permits required, I'm just trying to figure out the best and quickest way to make the quilt. Any suggestions?

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    I handquilt one every year for Project Linus to raffle for our funds. I do machine quilt the top and handquilt the quilt. I did it alone. However, we had a member take a completed queen size quilt to her guild /church and in two days they had it hand stitched. SO having people help works. Having the donate the same size blocks works well too. I hope you friends know they can contact each lender and work out because of "Hardship" Most companies have them. I wish them the best. YOu can also apply to each hospital and they have a board that you turn in an application with and they decide if they will write off the whole thing. I went thru this with my hubby who had a massive heart attack 4 years ago.
    Good luck with the raffle quilt. Something else I have done, of course I live in a midly small town...I took the quilt to the Volunteer fire dept adn when they had their next auction, they auctioned it for me after I explained Project Linus to them. Several people went in together and paid 650.00 for it then gave it back for us to continue the raffle. Good luck and make lots of money.

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    I've done a few of them through a club to which we belong. Under their umbrella we did quite well. I did one called a signature quilt for cancer and sold blocks and their names went into a drawing for the quilt. We raffled one off and made enough money to feed four families of four for an entire month plus Christmas dinner each with the trimmings. It can be done but better if you are a member of something. Get an organization to back you, unless you want it as a personal campaign. Then I don't know what to say. Having donated blocks helps with the work, again, an organization gives you a pool of people from which to draw. Bless you for your good heart and I pray your efforts are fullfilling.

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    I made a bed-sized quilt for a raffle. I think it would be harder to use donated blocks because no two people sew exactly alike, plus somebody is likely to sew a really wonky block and then you have the problem of fixing it.

    The quilt I made went together really fast once I had decided on the pattern and fabrics. (I guess because it wasn't made to satisfy my "creativity", I felt more free to just go with the flow, do the next thing that needed to be done, and not second-guess myself every step of the way. It helped having a short deadline too!) I first found a pattern I thought would go together pretty fast, and then pulled a few fabrics from my stash that seemed to work together. It was actually the fastest, easiest quilt I ever made! Looked great too.

    My one suggestion is to make sure there is ample time to sell plenty of tickets. I think my quilt would have made twice as much money if more time had been given to sell tickets.

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    I finished one a while back for the no kill cat shelter, I made it myself, but it was a super easy one, all squares, just with really great fabric. I used 30's prints. I hand quilted it, so it took a while, but I had a few months to do it.
    Good luck, hope your quilt makes ALOT!!!!!!!!

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    I've made a few raffle quilts. If you live in a sports-oriented area these are big winners. I'm not far from Pittsburgh and the 2 Steeler quilts I made sold tons of tickets. (Around here you can paint a rock black and gold and sell it LOL). I prefer to piece my quilts myself because it's all I can do to get my own blocks the same size. I'm afraid if I tried to work with others blocks I wouldn't get them to match up.

    As Prism suggested, leave time to sell tickets; also have the quilt in a highly visible area and move it around the area. Get permission from a mall or grocery store or discount store to set up a table and display and sell tickets. Most are willing to let you do this for a few hours at a time.

    Good luck to you and your friends.

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    I have made three. janRN is spot on. It is important to leave time to sell tickets. The second group did not do that and did not do as well as the other two. I made two of them by myself....sports oriented/teeshirt quilt did really well. One I paired up with a friend and did a twin crazy curves in batiks. It raised about 1000. Some of it will be the cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doxieloverred
    Has anyone contributed to or made a quilt to donate as a fund-raiser? If so, did you make it entirely yourself or ask for donated blocks? If you used donated blocks did you have a theme or color scheme or just use whatever came your way? I'm just trying to figure out the best and quickest way to make the quilt. Any suggestions?
    I'd enlist other people; tell them the unfinished block size (e.g. 12 1/2"), any pattern they choose, give them each a piece of the same fabric that they must use (to have some block consistency) and specify the background, if the block has one
    (e.g. white, unbleached muslin, bleached muslin). Stay away from coloured backgrounds - too much variation

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    Good luck with your quilt & raffle! I'd do as Debbie suggested contacting the hospital, cancer treatment center, doctors & anyone else they received a medical bill from. These charges CAN & should be written off, you just have to fill out paperwork for them to consider each bill. It's more doable than one thinks. My DFH did this when she received cancer treatments & couldn't pay the $$$$$$$ that they charged.

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    When RSVP does one to raffle every year, they pick a color theme or a block theme. This past year it was navy, hunter green and burgundy. Ayn one could do a block as long as it was 12 1/2 X
    12/ 1/2 inch blocks. Then they take the ones that are the best and put them together. It is then hand quilted and tickets are sold all year round. Who ever gets the winning ticket gets the quilt. It is really fun to do. Good luck! pic below was last years..Basket theme.
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    I worked on a raffle quilt for an embroidery guild I once belonged to. We made a blue work quilt, everyone took blocks that had designs traced on them (New England theme) and used blue embroidery thread. A quilter in the group sewed the blocks together, put borders on it, made the quilt sandwich. I can't remember if we tied it or she machine quilted it, but it came out beautifully. My friend one the quilt in the raffle. It starter her and I out on our journey to learn how to quilt. I thought it was nice that everyone in the gourp could pitch in if them wanted to. We all had a lot of fun!

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    Thank you all for the great ideas! Quilting Memaw, the quilt is beautiful! I think I may ask my mom amd sister to help. Since my mom taught us to sew, our styles and techniques are quite similar, which would make the blocks much easier to set. Between all 3 of our stashes we should have enough fabric for the blocks and sashing and possibly even backing. Perhaps one of our local quilt shops would give me a break on quilting it or I could rent the long arm for an afternoon.
    Unfortunately, it looks as though they may lose their house now, just as they reach retirement age. I'm going to talk to one of the daughters to find out the best way to approach them as they are private people. They have taken in so many young people as foster kids over the years (and turned lives arund) that I feel as though they have gotten a raw deal in life. Wonderful, wonderful people! I am so sad for them.....

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    A word to the wise, raffle quilts DO NOT have to be hand quilted. Most purchase the ticket to help with "the cause" and really are just happy to win. If you have the quilting done with a long arm, that frees you up to piece a top that you like.

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    2 yrs ago my daughter was in a fashion show for her high school. I was asked if I could make a quilt and donate it for a raffle. I said sure. It came out really nice... school colors and all. Only 5 tickets were in the can. I was disappointed.The PTA asked me again for this year. I said no.Don't have the time. I have the time. But don't want to waste it on 25 dollars worth of tickets! Especially since it cost more than that in fabric alone. I quilted it too! Am I wrong? I know it's about volunteering and helping out but still. :cry:

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    Oh! This post struck a chord with me! I have just finished my part in completing a quilt to donate to a local hospice for a raffle!! NEVER AGAIN!!

    My dear friend has worked like a DOG to get it done and has had minimal help from the rest of the group involved. Blocks came in all sizes and shapes! She set a colour scheme and on the whole the blocks came in ok (colourwise)

    HOWEVER - she had very few blocks donated - relatively and only three or four people turned up on the sewing days we had to compelte it.

    Someone suggested we did 'quilt as you go' and the construction was a pain! It would have been easier to sew it together and machine quilt it in one go!

    I wonder if it isn't easier and faster to make a quilt by yourself! Of course - my recent experience is influencing me here!!!

    That's my opinion!!

    Of course like all our children - it is beautiful now its finished!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by susie0808
    2 yrs ago my daughter was in a fashion show for her high school. I was asked if I could make a quilt and donate it for a raffle. I said sure. It came out really nice... school colors and all. Only 5 tickets were in the can. I was disappointed.The PTA asked me again for this year. I said no.Don't have the time. I have the time. But don't want to waste it on 25 dollars worth of tickets! Especially since it cost more than that in fabric alone. I quilted it too! Am I wrong? I know it's about volunteering and helping out but still. :cry:
    You are not wrong. I would not make another raffle quilt unless I could oversee the sale of the raffle tickets for it. Too many people do not understand the value of the donation and/or are not good with sales. In your case, the benefit to the charity would have been the same if you had donated $25 cash instead of all your fabrics and time.

    Also, I think it makes a lot more sense to sell raffle tickets at $1 each, 6 for $5 and 12 for $10.

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    I am so happy you guys took time out to tell me the pitfalls and pleasures of a raffle quilt. Maybe I can avoid wasting some time and effort. THANK YOU!!!! After consulting my mom and sister we decided to split the work amongst the 3 of us as we all know the family. With so many people working it's really hard to plan to get a group of people together to help these days. There are also so many places competing for their time. Mom is retired, sis works full time with a fairly decent commute, and I work part-time so I'm hoping it will go fairly quickly once we get our act together. :) It will be a fairly simple pattern and we shouldn't have to buy much.
    Susie, I know what it's like to work so hard on something and not have it appreciated for the work of art that it is, the effort, the fact that it's handmade, and the love that goes into it. I quit donating handmade items to our loal animal shelter silent auction for that very reason. It was too hard watching handmade stuff made by me and others go for a pittance. I do still donate items to dachshund rescue groups for them to sell to raise money for animal care. One year the cute coats I made were all sold before they hit the booth table! LOL I also was going to make pjs for all the young great nieces and nephews this year but decided the parents wouldn't appreciate it so I'm not wasting valuable time on them.
    Thank you all for the advice and the time you took out of your busy day. I appreciate it more than you will ever know. Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats
    I worked on a raffle quilt for an embroidery guild I once belonged to. We made a blue work quilt, everyone took blocks that had designs traced on them (New England theme) and used blue embroidery thread. A quilter in the group sewed the blocks together, put borders on it, made the quilt sandwich. I can't remember if we tied it or she machine quilted it, but it came out beautifully. My friend one the quilt in the raffle. It starter her and I out on our journey to learn how to quilt. I thought it was nice that everyone in the gourp could pitch in if them wanted to. We all had a lot of fun!
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