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"Opportunity" (read that raffle quilt) Blues

This year, for my quilting guild, I have been chairman of our annual "Opportunity Quilt". This is a raffle quilt in plain English, but California forbids raffle ticket sales, so we call it a "donation" ticket. Taking over a year to make, it's a beautiful quilt, entitled "Emma's Courtyard", hand-appliqued, hand-quilted and designed by Jo Morton, a professional designer. She has even posted a photograph of it on her web site. We have permission from her to offer it as a fund raiser for our non-profit organization. The applique group enjoyed constructing it, but somehow the 150 or so members of the guild can barely help the 8 of us market it, even though all of the proceeds will go to the guild's general fund. It's next appearance is at the county fair in Red Bluff for four days and we can't fill shifts to sell the tickets. I'm really discouraged with their lack of interest. Does anyone else feel like they are going it alone on these guild projects? Sigh.

POST EDIT: Here's the Opportunity Quilt in question.

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Comment by Patricia, VA on December 8, 2010 at 5:03pm
Beautiful quilt, I would love to win that. I have made quilts for the library to raffle off, we only made about $2000.00, we sold them at the library, town shops and flea markets a lot of work for only the small amount of money.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on September 22, 2010 at 4:15am
Carol Ann, sorry you cannot get help to get rid of your tickets. How sad is that. You are right, they all benefit from the guild but no willingness to help. THey are just there to reap the benefits. The quilt is absolutely gorgeous.
Comment by Gayle/La. on September 19, 2010 at 9:42pm
Carol Ann, please let us all know where/when/how we can get tickets for this beauty. I for one would love to own it. It is beautiful, without a doubt.
Comment by Terry F on September 19, 2010 at 6:29pm
That is a dream of a quilt, is it possible to buy tickets by mail?
Comment by christi on September 19, 2010 at 6:25pm
Same old story, the same people are always stepping up to the plate and then others wonder when they finally say NO. Been there, done it try not to anymore. Tired of hearing that the ones who do are pushy!!!!!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 19, 2010 at 6:12pm
Thanks for posting the picture. What a fabulous quilt!!!! Someone needs to light a fire under the guild members - they are nuts to not be promoting this gem.
Comment by Cathe Doble on September 19, 2010 at 5:06pm
Where can I buy a ticket? What a lovely quilt. I would feel very lucky to have a chance to win such a lovely quilt.
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on September 19, 2010 at 5:04pm
Whoa, Cat Lady, I couldn't imagine doing two of these in a row! I know I won't do one again, but I'll sure help next year's chair without her asking, since I know how it feels from this side.
Comment by Janet/MO on September 19, 2010 at 4:21pm
Sadly we can all thank chain stores for the lack of enthusiasm when it comes to buying even just tickets for our quilts. People who are not quilters wonder why they should spend several hundred dollars to buy a quilt at an auction when they can just go to Wal-Mart, Sears, Target, etc and buy one for $50.00. It is up to us as quilters to educate them as to the major difference in the quality. Of course, a lot of the older people remember the women in their families making quilts from used clothing so they also don't understand the difference.

Carol Ann, this quilt is drop dead gorgeous & these people in your guild should be ashamed of themselves for not trying to sell tickets!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 19, 2010 at 4:13pm
Beautiful quilt! HOpefully people will step up to help out.

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