I said I wasn’t going to copy posts from my Postcards From Panama blog – but this one is so important I had to bring it over here.
I just finished sewing on the borders of an Inklingo hexagon quilt that our small quilt group has worked on for the past year. This is our 2012 raffle quilt – we sell tickets to raise money to help support two girls from very poor families in Cerro Cama – a rural area about an hour outside Panama City.
We raffle the quilts to raise money to pay for their education plus some extra curricular activities – and miscellaneous things that come up like glasses and teeth cleaning. There are 7 of us in the group and we pay $10 a month dues and occasionally we get a donation.
I ordered the fabric online (a group of fat quarters plus yardage.) It certainly is not my style or colors but a lot of the people who buy the raffle tickets are retired US expats and they like traditional patterns and colors.
I didn’t do any of the sewing except the borders because I did all the prep for the Inklingo. Some of our members had never done any hand piecing so I was a bit worried how it would turn out. Having said that they did a pretty good job – it lays flat as you can see by the picture. We have so much time and money invested in this quilt I am getting a quote from my longarm quilter Jackie before they try to hand quilt it.
It measures 89″ x 72″ – a few inches more than a standard twin size. I want an all over design with a dense pattern to make sure it stays together. We are going to piece the backing from leftover fabric and Jackie will supply the batting.
This will probably be our last full-sized quilt – it costs us way too much money in fabric which we have to order from the US and then pay lots of customs fees when it gets here. In fact we are lucky to make a few hundred dollars. There must be a more cost efficient way to raise money.