Open Line Friday-The BEST Charity Raffle Quilts

Good Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!

Welcome back to Open Line Fridays!–Everyone asks and Everyone answers…

We’ve got more than 5000 experienced quilters out there and someone will be able to answer YOUR question!

This week, we have a question from sister, Pat…(she’s not just a sewing-sister, she’s one of my REAL sisters!)

Here’s Pat’s question:

“I would love to get advice about making a raffle quilt—everything from what brings the most interest(and $) related to size, design and color.

Does anyone have advice about coordinating people who are able to assist….

This could be an entire book— is there one?”

Heart Applique Quilt

My Experience…

I chaired a group raffle for an event at our church held every Valentine’s Day.

I was a newbie quilter so, naturally, I jumped right in as The Chairman!  (Mistake One)

I pulled out my quilt Bible:   Quilts! Quilts!Quilts! and found a gorgeous heart appliqué quilt. (Mistakes Two and Three)

The group finished the quilt just in time for the event on Valentine’s Day weekend. (Mistake Four)

The quilt looked gorgeous hanging in the venue for the weekend! (Not a mistake!)

What I learned…

Aside from the obvious “No good deed goes unpunished…”

One-Newbies shouldn’t be Chairman–or should they?–what they lack in knowledge they make up for in enthusiasm…and there will probably be some wiser quilter to take pity on you and help clean up your mistakes–at least that’s how it worked for me–and we still are friends to this day.

Two-Know your quilters.  Mine did not like appliqué!  So I started uphill…

Three-Choose a quilt pattern that has broad appeal.  Hearts and Airplanes eliminate half the buying audience.

Four-Complete the quilt well in advance of the raffle so there is plenty of time to sell tickets and market the quilt.

Five-Have fun!  You’ll meet lots of new people and as Mom always says ” You’ll get out of it what YOU put into it…and probably a lot more!”

Log Cabin Mini Quilt

Experience as a Teacher

I continued as the Quilt Raffle Chairman for several more years.

The following year we did a log cabin in creams and whites.  This was a great quilt block to do as a group because the inconsistent size of the quilt blocks (part of every group quilt) could be easily adjusted.

White on White Free Motion Quilting

The Most Successful Quilt Financially

Surprisingly, the quilt that did the best was a White on White quilt that was elaborately hand quilted in single blocks and then assembled already quilted…Quilt as you go style.  It was from a book we found…and have since lost…maybe I gave it to one of my sisters???

Marketing Your Quilt 

Find someone in the group to be your marketing person.  The marketer does not have to be a quilter.  You will be too busy quilting to do both jobs properly and marketing is key to making your quilt a financial success. (I hate to admit it, but it may be more important than the quilting…)

Find quilt shops or local businesses that will hang it for awhile and sell tickets.

Maybe someone has a sister that has a blog that will advertise your charity’s quilt?..

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

This Week on Open Line Friday…

What experience do YOU have with Charity Group Quilts?

What has worked?

What didn’t turn out so well?

All Month or Any Time…

If anyone has a Charity Quilt they are working on…let us know…We’ll spread the word!


PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

100 Hours, 1000 Hours, 10,000 Hours


Doodle Quilt, LKennedy

My First-Ever Doodle Quilt, 2011

In my first free motion quilt class (circa 2001), I remember the instructor telling us that when we’d practiced for 100 hours, free motion quilting would start to feel more natural.

In her book, The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp contends that it takes 1000 hours to get good at any skill.


And in the book,Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the “10,000 Hour Rule” to attain mastery of a skill. Outliers: The Story of Success

I don’t know if it’s 100, 1000, 0r 10,000 hours…

But I DO know this:


Poinsettia, Free Motion Quilting, Quilt

Poinsettia Quilt, 2014

YOU can do this!

Happy Stitches!


PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

PS..Both quilts were stitched on a domestic sewing machine:  Bernina 150.   The Spiral Flower Quilt is stitched with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in both the top and bobbin.  The Poinsettia quilt was stitched with Sulky Rayon thread on top and Aurifil cotton in the bobbin on Robert Kaufman Kona fabric with Warm and Natural cotton batting.



The Modern Wholecloth Mystery Quilt

Free Motion Quilted SpoolsGood Morning, Confident Quilters! (YOU will be soon!)

Today we are starting The Inbox Jaunt’s first ever


(To my knowledge this is a first in quilting history…LOL!)

Every week we will have a short assignment—less than thirty minutes.

The end result will be a surprise…

I can tell you this:

  • The project is a small wall hanging.
  • There is no piecing or appliqué (whole cloth)—just free motion quilting.
  • There will be prizes in the end…(Sign up for FLICKR now!)
  • EVERYONE can do this.
  • If this goes well, we will do it again…

There are several lessons built into this project.  My hope is that YOU will have more confidence in the entire quilting process by following along.

Of course, there will be a special emphasis on free motion quilting.

Pin Basting

We will learn a little about:

  •  Design
  • Quilt Preparation
  • Marking/Marking Tools
  • Thread
  • Binding
  • Personalizing
  • Free Motion Quilting
  • And much more…

It’s going to be fun and it’s going to help me accomplish my #1 goal for 2015:

Getting YOU to Free Motion Quilt with Confidence!

So let’s get started:


Cotton Solid Fabrics

Choose your fabrics:

You will need two fat quarters (18 x 22 inches) of solid 

The top fabric:

A medium to light fabric in a color you LOVE—no leftover scraps….no muslin…no white… You must choose a color that inspires you right now!

The backing fabric

A light or medium light solid. White is okay here, but any light color will work. Again, choose something you like…not the dregs of your stash…(Which begs the question…why do you keep those fabrics…but I digress…)

As you know, I love Robert Kaufman Kona solids.  I buy them at my local quilt shop whenever I can (We must support our quilt stores!)  or From Hancocks of Paducah.

Cotton Solid FabricsChoose and wash your batting:

If you’re not sure if you should wash your batting, you might like this blog post by the amazing quilter, Sue Garman.  Sue pre-washes all her batting.  Scroll down the post for step by step photos of how she washes and dries her batting.   Sue claims that ALL battings shrink–despite what the label says–and I have to agree.

NOTE–I don’t usually wash my batting, but I think I am going to try a few samples with and without washing…If YOU have time, add this to your assignment this week.

Light weight battings like Warm and Natural cotton work well for wall hangings, but use what you have…(For an more on battings read HERE.)

This might be a chance to try a new batting like bamboo, silk, or wool. (Wool might be too puffy for this project so if you want to try it-pull the layers apart and use 1/2 layer.  (Read more about separating wool.)

Cut the batting

Cut the batting two inches larger than your fabric. Batting is cut larger than the top fabric to allow for shift and the shrinkage that occurs with quilting.  (Note-if we were stitching a very large quilt, we would cut the batting eight to ten inches larger than our quilt top.  We would cut our backing fabric larger as well.)

Iron and Spray StarchIron the fabrics and batting

Iron the fabrics with a little spray starch. It’s important to begin with a wrinkle free quilt.  Once the quilt is quilted, the wrinkles will never come out!  Also, If you are not using a Supreme Slider on your sewing machine bed, the starch on the batting will help the quilt slide better.

Basting SprayThe Quilt Sandwich

Baste the layers of the quilt together.  Because this is a small quilt, you have a few choices:

NOTE-We will be marking our quilts next week so you may prefer to wait to layer the quilts sandwich.

The Practice Sandwich

Each week we will be practicing techniques, motifs and threads on a scrap sandwich.  If you have time this week, create several practice sandwiches to have on hand.  The practice sandwiches must have THE SAME batting, and similar fabrics.

That’s it!

If you have any extra time…DOODLE…always, DOODLE!

Sewing Motif DoodlesBe Confident!



Agatha Christennedy

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!