Monday, August 4, 2014

ALYofF August Goal/T-Shirt Quilt

This month I'm going to attempt my very first t-shirt quilt for my August ALYofF goal.
Before school was out for the summer, I did an "all call" for old school t-shirts and collected a nice array of colors. I plan to donate this finish to our school.  I'll use it to create a raffle fundraiser to help add to our school's "new playground fund" as ours is being removed due to the fact that it's so old that it has been deemed "unsafe". :(


What would you guys recommend for my raffle ticket  price? (I've never raffled a quilt before, so any advice is welcome.) Thanks ahead of time for your input.
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Val:)

18 comments:

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I would suggest $1 per ticket or 6 for $5 the key with raffles is to sell lots. I can't wait to see what the quilt looks like!

Marly said...

I don't know about current prices, but I definitely agree with Tanya about discount for large takers.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

It is much easier to bookkeep with one price. The last few quilt fund raisers I have taken part in, the tickets were $5 each and we had no problem selling. Our quilt guild currently has one ($5 tickets) and those tickets haven't even been out for a month and they are ALL sold - more are being printed as the quilt will be auctioned off at our guild quilt show in Oct. The money is going to a local library still trying to recover from Irene.

Julianne said...

$5 a ticket or 3 for $10

Terri said...

I guess I'm old fashioned. I thought, at first, $1 each and 6 for $5. You want to keep your audience in mind. Is your school in an affluent part of town? (Where $5 is nothing?) Then again, there will be kids wanting that quilt. I'd say you know these things better than we do. My kids are out of high school for over 20 years already!!!! I've been away from the scene too long to be in the "know".
Hugs

Valerie Reynolds said...

I don't live in an affluent area. I've read of raffles that only print a limited number of tickets and then sell them at a flat rate. Like: Print 100 tickets and sell each for $5.00. Your comments are helping a lot. I think I'll present all your ideas to my school staff and we can decide together. THANK YOU!!

A Quilter's Mission said...

I agree with Julianne..NO less then $5. These are school specific shirts, and it will be so much fun. Have fun with quilt.

Marianne Jeffrey said...

That is an awesome idea for a raffle quilt!! I have no idea about ticket price though.

Willit Neverend said...

This is going to be cool. I'm from a different country, so maybe prices don't equate, but I think if it was at my school I would be happy to pay $2 a ticket, or 3 for $5. Also, if you are thinking of doing the limited tickets thing, you may want to consider if you are restricting how much fundraising you will receive. Eg 100 tickets at $5 each is limited to $500. If you have less than 100 families at your school, than it is probably not a bad idea, but if you have 200 families at your school who would be willing to buy 3 tickets for $5, plus maybe sell to extended family, then you will make much more money making more tickets available for cheaper.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Good point...thank Willit! It will be interesting to see what my staff decides after I present all these options.

Valerie Reynolds said...

And thanks for the email letting me know that you guys didn't limit the number of tickets being sold.

Barb N said...

Val - we sell our tickets at $5 apiece of 5 for $20. Many people will give a $20 bill for the extra chance. Or, go the $1 each or 6 for $5. Whatever you choose, I'd suggest not limiting the number of tickets sold (unless you go high on each price), and to keep it simple for someone to hand over a $5 bill, a $10 or a $20 so you don't have to make change. Good luck with it - a new playground sounds fun for the kids!

Quilt Musings said...

Wonderful idea to make a t-shirt quilt for a raffle! When my daughter was in school, I would have shelled out $5 to win a quilt. I've been out of this game for a bit though. . . I say don't sell yourself short. Start at $5 and if they aren't selling, is there any reason why you can't mark the price down? I don't know, maybe there is but I can't think of one. Happens all the time at stores, I go today, pay full price, you go tomorrow and hit a flash sale.... luck of the draw - just like the raffle ;)

Rebecca in AK said...

I think your tee shirt quilt is a wonderful idea! I am not sure about prices though. It sounds like you got lots of good advice in the comments before me!

Christine Feldstein said...

I never tried a quilt with tee shirt fabrics, I am eager to see your progress on this!

Ellis2Roam said...

We raffle a quilt every year at our winter quilt guild and make around $600.00 just selling to our campground members. We sell tickets at $1.00 a piece or 6 for $5.00. Hope this helps. Enjoy your blog.

Abby said...

Good luck with your fundraising efforts. It's hard to say what to charge it all depends on how many families are in your school and how much they are likely to be willing to pay. There have been some great suggestions and I'm sure the school staff will have lots of ideas too.
Good luck with the t shirts. I'm thinking about trying that with my shirts from all my music things when I was a kid. I kept them all but have no use for them now.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Every year the New Mexico Quilter's Association (NMQA) creates a Hot Air Balloon raffle quilt. It's their largest fundraiser and they take it around to local quilt shops to sell tickets (starting in January), members sell tickets and then for the 9 days of Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta in October the quilt hangs in the NMQA tent at Balloon Fiesta Park, where they sell tickets. They charge $2 per ticket or 6 tickets for $10. They have charged this price for as long as I can remember. The last day of Balloon Fiesta one of the local newscasters pick the winning ticket out of the huge barrel. This is a huge event and the quilts are always gorgeous. Members design the quilts. Here are some of the past quilts: http://newmexicoquiltersassociation.blogspot.com/p/balloon-raffle-quilt.html
Not sure if this will help, but I personally think if you charge a dollar or 2 per chance people don't mind buying a few tickets, but if you charge more per ticket (like the $5 suggested) then most people will only buy one ticket as that gets to be a lot of money for most people to spend on a chance. I think you have to take in to consideration the area where you live and how affluent the area/people are and then decide what you think those people would spend. I know some people will help out because it's for a good cause no matter what, but those with little money will have a hard time purchasing a ticket if the cost its too much.

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