Thursday, 5 November 2009

Raffle Quilt




This is a bit of a different kind of post and I hope I don't upset anyone by doing this. I'll tell you the background first.



My daughter Jess is 19 and attends a local college doing Beauty therapy and massage. She is into her third year and doing well and really enjoying it. She recently came home VERY excited with some great news. She has been chosen to attend a college trip to AFRICA. Her and her team members will be helping out at local schools in deprived areas, visiting a shanty town and also an Aids orphanage (terribly sad ). They will also have educational trips to museums and things as well as possibly a days safari. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and she is so keen to go. The college is buying several hundred pounds worth of educational books for them to take. We attended a parents evening on Tuesday and saw footage of what they will be doing etc. Quite harrowing in places but amazing too.



The proviso of this trip is that they must fund-raise the money themselves - a cost of £1200. We as parents are not allowed to give them money towards it. It is down to themselves to really get into this and come up with the cash.



So far Jess is doing well. She got up really early ( 5am ) on her days off a few weekends ago to do carboot sales. She came home freezing and tired but very pleased with her takings.



Last Friday was hilarious as she did a sponsored silence - from the moment she got up til she went to bed. Now if you knew Jess you would think this was virtually impossible as she is very lively and loves to chatter. But she did it bless her and now is collecting her money from that. We all had such a laugh as she mimed what she wanted to say - lol ! Of course half the time she couldn't get her point across as we just didn't get it. She spent a lot of the day banging her hand on her forehead but didn't utter a word. Well done girl... She has other events and things planned too.


Anyway a few nights ago she turned to me and said " Do you have a quilt we could raffle Mum ?"


As we all know it is quite hard to part with our quilts but as this is a good cause I have decided to do it. I actually finished this one a couple of weeks back but hadn't got round to showing it yet





So if you would like to own this here is the plan. Each ticket will cost £2 and every penny will go straight to Jess's fund - I can assure you this will all be done properly.





I have set up a paypal account and special email address for Jess just for this purpose. I thought if anyone would like a chance to win this here's the plan



1. Send an email to this address helpjesstoafrica@googlemail.com with the number of "tickets" you would like - ( one would be fantastic ). Please include your full name and email address.



2. Myself or Jess will then send a paypal request for the money.



3. Once this has been done I will allocate a number to each ticket and keep them on a database. I'm sure you understand it will not be feasible to send out tickets.



4. On December 1st Jess will ask one of her college tutors to draw a number and I will then contact the winner and will mail this anywhere in the world.



I should tell you a little about the quilt.


It is my own design and typical me - scrappy style. All best quality quilt fabrics and backed with a tawny colour polar fleece - very snuggly. It measures 58inches by 70 inches approx. Pieced and quilted by machine.


If you would be so kind as to spread the word about this and post on your blog I will be doing a little giveaway too. Perhaps 8 fat quarters in the colour fabrics of your choice. If you do mention us on your blog please leave a comment on this post and it will make my life a little easier - lol !


All support greatly welcomed. And again I hope this is okay with everyone for doing this. Thankyou xx

31 comments:

Gene Black said...

You should be getting an email from me. I wish I could do more but at this time I am squeezed a bit.

Sheila said...

My email is on the way! Good luck, Jess.

Aspidistra said...

I've Twittered this for you - good luck!

A Time for Stitching said...

What a great idea. I hope you reach your target. I've sent an email and will mention in my next blog post.

tich said...

What a great cause! I've sent you an email, and also blogged about it. Hope you don't mind but I used the picture of your quilt, as it is so nice. Have a wonderful time, Jess. It will be life-changing.
tich

quiltingcraft said...

My email is on the way, I will blog about it in the morning. I wish you both all the best and have a great time Jess

Jeanne said...

That's a wonderful quilt. I would love to be the new owner! I hope it brings her enough money for her trip.

quiltingcraft said...

Andrea, I have posted yor cause on my blog, and I hope you don't mind but I had also added the picture of Jesse and the quilt. The post didn't stand out enough without a picture. I hope that it brings you some more money.

Gina said...

Send me your address Andrea. I don't have pay pal but I'll put a cheque in the post for Jess

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Guðrún said...

I sent you an e-mail and blogged about it.

sundance said...

you should be getting my email soon. I think this is an awesome opportun ity for Jess. Enjoy the experience.

Teresa said...

The quilt is wonderful and I will definitely be buying a chance to win. I am not sure how much that is per ticket in US dollars - can you tell me?

My daughter spent a summer in Africa working with ophans from the AIDS epidemic. It truely will be a life changing time for Jess and I wish her all the best.

I will add a note on my blog about this as well.

Ellen said...

I'm emailing you about getting some tickets as well. :) I'm not an avid quilter, but my mom (Teresa - she commented right above me) is. Like she said, I spent a summer in Africa, and it certainly was life changing. I'd love to help send Jess!

julieQ said...

I love this quilt!!

Meggie said...

The quilt is just gorgeous. Good Luck to Jess, she really deserves to get her trip.

Sarah said...

GREAT idea Andrea! I have just sent Jess a message for 10 tickets! I have also blogged about it too :+)
x Sarah

Anne Heidi said...

What a wonderful raffle! I just e-mailed Jess to buy tickets :-) The quilt is just wonderful! Hope she reaches her goal!
Hugs

OzRose said...

My friends daughter is off to Africa with her school as well next year - they might meet up!
You might of seen in an earlier post of mine that I donated a quilt to said girl to raffle too!
Anyway, email from me on the way for a ticket or two. Good luck to your daughter.
Loooove your blog too by the way - got at least two things in common - cats and quilts!!!
xx Val

sewkalico said...

ou should have had an email from me...

sewkalico said...

I mean YOU!

trasha said...

Sending you an email and I shall blog it too.

Norma said...

My email is on its way - can I have 3 tickets please.
Good Luck

Norma

Quilter Kathy said...

Very exciting!
I have sent you an email and posted it on my blog.I even figured out how to post the photo...I amaze myself!
I hope you have a great time Jess and I just know this will change your life!

Rose Marie said...

I would love a chance to win this quilt. I don't have Pay Pal but can I send a money order? If yes, please give me your address.

sewkalico said...

I sent you an email on Sunday - did you get it?

Julia said...

I am on my way to sending you an email! I would love to help!

Jane or Ozjane said...

http://five-minutes-of-fame.blogspot.com/2009/11/httpwelshquilter.html
have sent email and there is a link at my blog above.
All the best.

Gene Black said...

I saw that Kate had blogged about this to spread the word. I thought that was a great idea, so I blogged it too. Sorry I didn't think of it much sooner!

Gene Black said...

FYI, do NOT enter me for the fat quarters. Or better yet, do and if I win use what you would have spent on postage as a contribution to the cause!

rlbates said...

Wonderful cause and quilt! Will send you an email and twitter this too.

Di said...

Just sending you an eamail. Good luck to Jess