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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Raffle mania and the Piggy Bank Challenge

Our guild's July program is Raffle Mania. It's an opportunity to offload no-longer-loved quilting stuff and a chance to take home someone else's in a bucket raffle. (Bucket raffles used to be called Chinese auctions -- here is an explanation.)   Each member gets tickets based on attendance and participation during the year and additional tickets are for sale (.50).  I got 18 free tickets which was enough to "spend."

I contributed a specialty ruler I won a few years ago and never used, 24 patterns that I never got around to making, a shoebox with 16 yards of Christmas fabric, and a ziploc bag crammed full of 8 yards of Christmas scraps.



Here are my winnings.

This kit came in a vintage plastic box (remember styrene?). The pattern is dated 1985.  I only wanted the fabric. Another guild member was delighted when I gave her the pattern.




 More patterns.

In all, 11-1/2 yards of fabric, four patterns, and a bag of M&Ms for the price of attending guild meetings this year.











And now, on to the Piggy Bank Challenge.  Last July Val (Val's Quilting Studio) announced the 4th annual PBC.  The idea: save your change. A year later report the total and what quilty purchase you'll use it for.  My rules for my version, the Change Game, are detailed in this post -- basically, I save spare change, $5 bills, and $1 bills with Federal Reserve B and H designations.

The result, after a year:  $119.21 in change and $589 in currency.  That's $708.21.  This morning I placed an online order for a 40-yd roll of Warm and Natural batting for $321.99.   I still have money in the bank!

See how other quiltmakers have done in Val's link up

7 comments:

  1. Nan!!! THAT is fantastic savings!! WOW!!! You've motivated me to be even more intentional this year!! :)

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  2. Fabric, patterns, AND candy!?! Win/win/win! We have a ceramic jar with "Your Inheritance" stamped on it, into which goes our spare change. The boys have no illusions....

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  3. Wow! You did such a great job of saving! I'll have to pay more attention next year. I'd love to save five or six hundred dollars.

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  4. Your change game clearly works wonderfully! Congratulations on your savings. That is fantastic. The batting sounds fabulous, too.

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  5. Sounds like a fun guild meeting. Have you ever blogged about the tickets--i.e. How you earn them? I'm using up a roll of poly stuff I bought last year and than I'll decide what I'll replace it with.

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  6. Wow you did awesome on the savings!! I love the idea of buying a big roll of batting!!!!

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  7. Nice haul at the guild meeting and lots of fun, too!

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