Quilt Fundraiser to Stop Gun Violence

 
Raised: $3,000.00
Goal: $3,000.00
 
 
 

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Virginia Perry Bobro

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EDUCATIONAL FUND TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE
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Updated posted by Virginia Perry Bobro 15 months ago

We have a winner! Congratulations to entry #42 (as selected by random.org): FARRAH DESELLE of New Hampshire!! Thank you to everyone who supported my process and this project, through donations, kind words, and spreading the news. We did it together.

 
 
 

Updated posted by Virginia Perry Bobro 15 months ago

Quilt is finished! The quilting (by Marty Frolli) is beautiful, and I completed the rainbow pieced binding this morning. I am very pleased with the quilt and it will be hard to part with and send off to the lucky winner!

 

 
 

Updated posted by Virginia Perry Bobro 15 months ago

https://quilt4newtown.wordpress.com/ Latest blog post, with photo of finished quilt top, and info on the quilting process. Nearly done! Getting ready for the drawing on Monday!

 
 
 
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Created by Virginia Perry Bobro on December 18, 2012

Donate $25 in order to get a chance to win this handmade Star Quilt. All proceeds go to the "Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence".

I am a mother of three teens, a childbirth educator, and an artist/quilter. On December 14, the day of the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, I turned to creative handwork as a way to process and cope with the news. I began making a star quilt block for each of the victims at the school. It has become a kind of meditation for me-- to sew these stars-- turning to my fabric, needle, and thread as I feel all the varied emotions (rage, grief, confusion, fear, tenderness) this event has uncovered in me. Stitching together this quilt is a healing process for me.

In addition to tending to my own heart, I also want to tend to the larger community by supporting awareness, action, and change in order to reduce gun violence in our nation (especially against children). To this end, I will be giving away my Star Quilt of Remembrance to one randomly selected participant in this fundraiser.

This quilt is made from beautiful 100% cotton batik fabric, and is approximately 4 x 6 feet- not quite twin-sized, but perfect for a baby or lap quilt, or for hanging on the wall. Most of the materials for this quilt are from my own "stash;" I have only purchased the blue background as I didn't have enough of one fabric on hand. Mostly, I am using what I have on hand, in order to stay true to the tradition of quilting: making something of meaning and beauty out of whatever is around. While I am a fairly experienced and skilled quilter, this quilt is not professional quality; the stars are intentionally "wonky" and my points won't match, but it is made with mindfulness, love, and intention. Because my style of quilting tends towards the modern and improvisational, I do not have a pattern or specific plan. I am letting the quilt emerge as I go along. I will share photos and progress reports throughout the coming month on my blog.

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~Each donor of $25 or more will be eligible to win the quilt. Multiples of $25 will be entered the corresponding number of times (for example: $100 = 4 entries). Of course, donations of any amount are welcome! 

~Entries close on January 21, 2013, at noon (Pacific time), (deadline extended from January 14) using a random number generator. Winner will be announced later that day.

~Winner must claim quilt within 48 hours of being notified, or another winner will be randomly chosen.

~There are three additional gift levels, for donations of $100, $250 and $1000. See details above.

~Donations are tax-deductible, to the full extent of the law.

~International donations are most welcome. Quilt and rewards can be shipped anywhere in the world.

~Read more about The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence here, here, and here. (The Wikipedia page includes a list of 48 participating organizations, which include religious organizations, child welfare advocacy groups, public health professionals, social justice, and political action organizations.)

 
 
 
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Recent Donations (56)

$3,000 raised by 56 people in 16 months.

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Anonymous

15 months ago

 

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15 months ago

 

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Robin Felton

15 months ago

 
 

Only two more Star donations to go to goal - best wishes, quilt is beautiful.

 
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Bee

15 months ago

 
 

I love this quilt, Virginia. I am so glad you have raised so much money for a very good cause, and I am sure somebody (hopefully me!) will be a very happy recipient of this quilt.

 
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Patrick C Kearns

15 months ago

 
 
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Marty Blum

15 months ago

 
 

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Kyla Grafton

15 months ago

 
 

This is such a beautiful memorial of a tragic event. Thank you Virginia for reminding us that there is hope and magic even in the darkest of days.

 

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Anonymous

15 months ago

 
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Lynne Flood

15 months ago

 
 
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Kelly Hildner

15 months ago

 
 

This is a great way to honor the victims. The quilt is beautiful, and the cause is one that I'm happy to support. Thanks Virginia! I'm glad that you extended the deadline.

 

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