75" x 84"
made by members of Country School Quilters, Montpelier, VA
Yes, this is a raffle quilt, but before I tell you about the quilt I want to tell you a little about the makers.
One of the best things that happened to me when I moved here in 1998 was finding the local Chapter of the Richmond Quilters Guild. That Chapter is Country School and has to be one of the best quilt groups in the Country. For as small Chapter we have a wide variety of skills, talent and ages. Members have always been inclusive to new people and very supportive of everyone. That's saying a lot for some of the award-winning talent that exists in the group. One of our members, Becky Brown, even won 1st Place at Paducah twice. But you would be a member for a long time before you knew that because very little bragging goes on in our meetings.
We are focused on quilting and fellowship. We don't overextend the group doing lots of outside projects which makes the ones we do very special. Probably the biggest charitable focus of the group is supporting the Virginia Quilt Museum. If you ever drive through Virginia on I-81, please be sure to stop over in Harrisonburg and visit the museum. It's fabulous. I can't wait to go see the current exhibit of kaleidoscope quilts!
The Museum has a quilt raffle fundraiser every 2 years that is a major fundraiser for the Museum. A couple of years ago our Chapter made the raffle quilt and it was based on a quilt that is in the Museum collection. Another Guild in Virginia will be providing the raffle quilt for this year.
But we still wanted to do more for the Museum and we have decided to have a Chapter raffle that is for the benefit of the Museum.
This quilt started with a lot of blocks made by Becky Brown and Betsy Scott. If you are doing Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilt project you are familiar with Becky because she is the block tester. I can assure you that every block in this quilt is PERFECTLY pieced! It was quilted by Susan Caldwell, one of our best local quilters.
Because the Museum has an extensive Civil War quilt collection, it was appropriate to make this with Civil War reporduction fabrics.
To the Business
I decided to offer raffle tickets through the blog for anyone interested in purchasing tickets for the drawing for this quilt. The drawing is in November. Tickets are $1 and every ticket I sell will also be entered in a separate drawing for a prize package that will include some hand dyed fabric. The more tickets I sell the bigger the prize package will be! It will start with a set of 3 fat quarters and for every 50 tickets I sell, I will add something to the package.
How to Buy
If you would like to purchase one (or more) raffle tickets, post a comment here and I will email you my mailing address. You will send me a check (made out to Country School Quilters) for the tickets. I'll fill them out and enter you into my drawing and the raffle. If you want your ticket stub receipts please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and I will send the ticket stubs back to you. I will sell tickets through the blog through March 15 and do the prize package drawing on March 16.
Even if you don't want to buy tickets, I hope you have enjoyed another pretty quilt picture!