Quilt Fundraiser to Stop Gun Violence

$3,000 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 45 months
Virginia Perry Bobro
for EDUCATIONAL FUND TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE
  SANTA BARBARA, CA

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.

Details: 

~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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Update 16
43 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.
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Update 15
43 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!
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Update 14
44 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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Update 13
44 months ago
Latest blog post, with photo of completed quilt top and info on the quilting process.
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$3,000 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 45 months
Created December 18, 2012
Virginia Perry Bobro     Charity   SANTA BARBARA, CA
All funds raised go directly to:
EDUCATIONAL FUND TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE
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  Washington, DC
Tax ID: 521114375
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$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
RF
$25
Robin Felton
43 months ago

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

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B
$25
Bee
43 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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$30
Patrick C Kearns
43 months ago
MB
$25
Marty Blum
43 months ago
KG
$25
Kyla Grafton
44 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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$25
Anonymous
44 months ago
$25
Lynne Flood
44 months ago
KH
$25
Kelly Hildner
44 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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