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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 B J Elder/WA on September 19, 2010 at 6:27am
Do you remember the story of the 'Little Red Hen' who tried to get others to help make cookies (or something other that was good to eat - can't remember exactly what it was). No-one wanted to help but when it was ready to eat everyone was right there ready to eat it up.
It is too often that a few do the work for the whole to enjoy. It is so sad to read some of the comments and hear how so much work and love and money have been put into quilts for so little return. Your quilt sounds like it is really awesome. It is just amazing that in a group of quilters who (should) know the value of what was made would not help in getting 'donations' for it. If there is that much lack of interest/help then perhaps it's time to move on... whether to another guild, or not doing that particular kind of project or....
Comment by Pam/NY on September 19, 2010 at 6:20am
It seems like it always the same few that make sure things get done, whether it's school,church,or private clubs.
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on September 19, 2010 at 6:17am
This did not happen within a guild BUT I have a similar story. For every function in town I donate either a double or Queen size quilt. The one in June went for $124.00 and the one yesterday that cost $600.00 to make went for $174.00. My friends said I need to make smaller quilts or just give them a $100.00 donation myself. It would cost a lot less. I have another one made for the local Foster Parents Assoc. for Oct. and then one for their Christmas party. We'll see what happens. So yes I can sympathize!!! Oh I forgot the one at the school which was only a lap went for a $2.00 ticket!!!!
Comment by Luann Holst on September 19, 2010 at 5:54am
I can only think of 2 "cures". Don't do one next year--or--sell the raffle tickets to the members for them to resell. I am guessing that both of those ideas will dramatically increase the membership's interest in the project. Or suggest that the dues be raised by whatever amount the quilt usually raises--that way the burden can be spread fairly among all the members.
Comment by Dawn Hutton on September 19, 2010 at 5:26am
Been there too...I made last years raffle quilt and the women in charge could not even be bothered to take a picture of it. Even the women selling tickets complained about not having a picture as that is the only way people will buy tickets. A friend and I made this years applique quilt and we are going to take pictures ourselves to have on hand. Decided to make our own posters as well. We can get reimbursed, but still feel put out that the person in charge of our show and sale seems like she doesn't care. The past two years she has named a theme for our show and never even told us until we see the advertisement. think she is a control person and doesn't like any new ideas.
Comment by Gayle/La. on September 18, 2010 at 10:22pm
I do not belong to a guild but I can certainly relate to the way you feel about the amount of help you are not getting. Have been in similar situations and they all want the money and even the credit for the good work but are totally inwilling to assist in the sales of tickets or even to help with the advertisement of the products.

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