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I took my opportunity fundraiser quilt, "Charlie's Quilt", to the Glendale Quilt Show, last month, and because attendance was slow due to rainy weather, I had a chance to talk with other quilters who had brought opportunity quilts.  I have posted pics of the opportunity quilts they brought on my regular blog, and they are all beautiful...but I have to admit this one from the Big Bear Quilt Guild is my favorite!  You can see them on my blog at www.karenstenback.wordpress.com .

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Comment by Connie/KS on April 11, 2012 at 10:52am

That quilt is absolutely beautiful!

Comment by Barb/WI on April 11, 2012 at 8:39am

Karen, just went back to your blog again, and I do have to thank you for all of the inspirational quilts you have shared there.  Humbling, but inspirational.

Comment by Barb/WI on April 11, 2012 at 8:37am

Breath-takingly beautiful!  Oh, to have that kind of talent!  I'm sure hope this was a great fundraiser, and the recipient has the right place to display it.  I agree with Pam, this quilter is a true artist.

Comment by Brenda on April 11, 2012 at 8:34am
Thank you for the explanation. The guild here makes "raffle" quilts to benefit local charities and must follow the same rules. It is such a good idea.
Comment by Pam/NY on April 11, 2012 at 7:59am

This quilter is also an artist!

Comment by Karen Stenback on April 11, 2012 at 7:51am

My quilt guild makes an "opportunity quilt" every year and sells tickets for it, usually $1 each or 6 for $5 and holds a drawing at the yearly quilt show, and the person whose name is drawn, wins the quilt.  You are given an 'opportunity' to win it, which is where the name probably came from.  In California, the sale of tickets for opportunity quilts is regulated by the state - and in order to have any kind of a 'raffle', you have to follow certain guidelines, and in some cases, register and pay a fee with the state, in order to do this.   Technically, if ones' organization does not register, anyone wanting a ticket can receive a ticket without making a 'donation' for it.  It is used by my guild as a fundraiser for our guild, to fund quilt donations to charities.    The Big Bear quilt guild chooses a charitable organization each year that will receive the proceeds from their fundraiser.  Each guild operates a bit differently, but the basic premise is the same.   People from the guild join together to create a quilt that then is taken to various quilt shows and guilds throughout the year for display and to receive 'donations', giving everyone who donates money for a ticket, an opportunity to win the quilt.  

The border 'fabric' is actually freehand machine quilting done in green by the woman who machine quilted the quilt.  That is one of my favorite parts of this quilt.  It is beautiful, in person.  

Comment by Irene Gallway on April 11, 2012 at 6:53am

This quilt is beautiful.  I love that border fabric, it fits so well with the theme.

Comment by Pam/NY on April 11, 2012 at 4:34am

Stunning!

Comment by Brenda on April 10, 2012 at 10:19pm
I've never heard of an opportunity quilt. Could you explain what that means? The quilt is beautiful.

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