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    Default My patriotic afghan project (new pic up!!)

    I'm the chairperson for my dh's Marine Corps League's overseas coupon project and I am always looking for ways to raise money for the postage necessary to get them to where they need to go.

    One thing that I do is raffle off a boxful of food (frees or practically frees) and have the bartender at the Vets Club sell chances for $1 apiece. Usually in a weekend, I can raise enough money to send 2 to 3 boxes. Depending on the deals and what I have in my stockpile determines how often I put a box together, as I like to have a fair selection of stuff.

    I was trying to figure out something else I could do to raise some postage money. I know that quilt raffles usually do pretty well, but I'm so not a great sewer, much less a quilter and I don't know anyone that quilts that would want to donate the time and materials to make one for me. So I started to think about what I myself could do well enough that someone would actually want and would take a chance in a raffle for.

    Then it hit me!! Downstairs in one of several totes of my cross-stitch stash, I have a piece of afghan cloth (picked up on clearance of course!) that I can cross-stitch patriotic motifs onto and raffle that off when it's done. So that's my plan.

    The cloth has 63) 5-inch squares and I've got my layout planned as far as which blocks will have stitching and which ones will be blank - there's no way that every square will be stitched because a) it would take me forever! and b) it would look way too busy and crazy!!!

    Now I just need to get my patterns lined up and I can start stitching away and get this underway. I've only looked through half of my cross stitch leaflets and magazines so far and have quite a few charts to choose from, but I'm also going to go on an online search for some patriotic freebie charts!

    In a perfect world I'd love to have this finished by the end of August - then I can enter it in the county fair and try for a ribbon and then I will raffle it off after that. In a less than perfect world, I'll have it done by the beginning of October and pick a winner on Veteran's Day.

    I'll let you all know when I start the stitching process and as I go I''ll post pics of the finished blocks as I know your comments will keep me motivated and on task.
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    Default Re: My patriotic afghan project

    If you need anything along the way, I am there for you!

    You can do this Lesley!

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    Default Re: My patriotic afghan project

    Great idea! Good luck! :smile77:
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    Good luck! It sounds like a great project.
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    Default Re: My patriotic afghan project

    sounds like a great idea. I can't wait to see pics and follow your progress.
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    I stitched my first block on Tuesday night (This one was a quickie!)


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    chart from 501 Cross Stitch Designs by Sam Hawkins

    1 done, 16 more blocks to go!
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    yeah looks great.. I know you can do this..
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    Lesley, that looks great!!! I cannot wait to see the next one!
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    Wooo hoooo
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    Block #2 is finished.. took 2 evenings to do:

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    This chart also taken from 501 Cross Stitch Designs by Sam Hawkins
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