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Thread: Raising money with a quilt

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    As many of you know, quilts rarely make what they should when give to auctions. Here are a couple of ways we have found to make closer to their value for good causes.

    1) Raffle, don't auction, the quilt. Around here, people will part with $1 or $5 for a chance to win a quilt, but won't pay $500 at an auction.

    2) This is a new one. Our community had a fund raiser for a woman with cancer. Our guild donated a quilt. It had 60 white cornerstones between the blocks. Each of those was sold for $10, and people wrote messages and/or their names in the blocks. The quilt was give to the woman to have with her in the hospital while she's having treatments, and it raised some money to help with expenses.

    Hope these ideas help with your fund raising activities.

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    OMG the second idea is brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

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    Shelly, I totally agree about the raffle. I was shocked to learn that some states have laws against raffles. Too bad as it is such a great way to do fund raising.

    The selling of the cornerstone blocks is a great idea!

    I also agree that donating quilts for an outright auction rarely fetch even the cost of materials, let alone the time and effort put into making one.

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    Good ideas!

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    Raffles are definitely better than auctions, I think. The cornerstone idea is a great one.

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    Great tips, love the second one :D:D:D

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    Both sound great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    As many of you know, quilts rarely make what they should when give to auctions. Here are a couple of ways we have found to make closer to their value for good causes.

    1) Raffle, don't auction, the quilt. Around here, people will part with $1 or $5 for a chance to win a quilt, but won't pay $500 at an auction.

    2) This is a new one. Our community had a fund raiser for a woman with cancer. Our guild donated a quilt. It had 60 white cornerstones between the blocks. Each of those was sold for $10, and people wrote messages and/or their names in the blocks. The quilt was give to the woman to have with her in the hospital while she's having treatments, and it raised some money to help with expenses.

    Hope these ideas help with your fund raising activities.
    A quilt camp I go to has used both ways to raise money. One year they requested campers to donate a block (I want to say block & colors were specified - I know it was for cancer, but don't remember). Someone put them together and by the end of the camp we all had to opportunity to sign it in honor or in memory of someone special to use. Each name was a $1.00. Then, once the quilt was completed, they raffled off the quilt.

    Most recently, they invited campers to send a fall colored 9-patch and then had groups associated with the camp facility sell raffle tickets. The raffle was held during the last camp. They raised (if I remember correctly) over $700 for the camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Shelly, I totally agree about the raffle. I was shocked to learn that some states have laws against raffles. Too bad as it is such a great way to do fund raising.
    As am I! I knew you couldn't use PayPal to sell raffle tickets - I guess that is one reason why. I'd be willing to bet that some of the raffles I've participated in were not 'sanctioned'. :oops:

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    That's a novel idea.

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    Can you write on a quilt already quilted or do you just need the top or blocks then quilt?

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    Thanks for the tips :D I really love that second idea,

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    I donated a quilt for a raffle a number of years ago, it raised $1,ooo, definitely the way to go.


    Annie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngeorgia
    Can you write on a quilt already quilted or do you just need the top or blocks then quilt?
    You can use permanent fabric marking pens to write on a completed quilt. It works great...we recently did a memory quilt for our guild president, and everyone wrote on the completed quilt. It came out great!!

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    Our church has a ladies dessert each year and the ticket cost a $15 grocery store gift card donated to church benevolence fund. I also donate 2 quilts they raffle off. Each brings about $150-175 cash for the church fund as well. The church then uses the money to help familes in the community.

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    Our church has a Lord's Acre sale once a year. Last year a quilt brought $900

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    Our church has a Lord's Acre sale once a year. Last year a quilt brought $900

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charming
    OMG the second idea is brilliant. Thanks for sharing.
    Agree.

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    I made a quilt for a memorial scholarship donation..... raffled tickets, told evryone the drawing would be 6 months later or sooner if all tickets sold. We made $2,800

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    In Michigan you have to get a license from the state to sell raffle tickets. Recently they have changed some regulation and it takes 3 times as long to get the license. Our guild does a raffle quilt every year for monies to donate to charity in our community. We usually make over $2000. Very good money maker.

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    Thanks for sharing such great ideas

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    Great ideas....both of them. I might see if we can raffle off a quilt at school for funds for field trips this year. I know I will have all low income children in my class this year but parents in our school might like the idea of a chance to win a neat quilt for $1 or $2 chances.

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    I was told in TN that anyone wanting to have a raffle has to have it approved through the state lottery commission because a raffle competes with lottery sales. Is that true? Anyone from TN??? I just moved here a few years ago.

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    Some states won't allow raffles. In Ky. you can only sell $150.00 worth of raffle tickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie68
    I donated a quilt for a raffle a number of years ago, it raised $1,ooo, definitely the way to go.


    Annie
    How long did you sell tickets and how much were the tickets selling for? I am in charge of quilts for our church bazaar and was wondering if this would work for us to get more money . Sometimes the quilts don't bring very much for auctions

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