Thursday, April 30, 2009

Donation quilt - Open Heart Surgery fundraiser


In September Don has to undergo open heart surgery
to repair or replace the Mitral Valve - and we have finally come up with a way to raise money for what we will owe after insurance pays their part. To read more about Don's surgery - click here.

I have been making quilts for years, it is one thing that I can do to contribute to our situation - and we've decided to use one of the quilts for the fund raiser, and it is the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt that was finished just last year. It is hand pieced and machine quilted, by Julie from Idaho.

It is double bed size - the fabrics are 100% cotton, all tone on tones . . .


Julie did a fabulous job - using her home sewing machine . . .

It is Don's all time favorite quilt - he says it just makes him happy to look at it . . .

For a donation of $5.00 you get your name in the drawing five times - a donation of $10.00 gives you 12 chances and $20.00 will give you 25 chances, etc. To keep this from being an actual raffle - anyone can have their name entered without a donation (though we really do appreciate the donations, but completely understand if you can't donate, not everyone can in these economic times and we don't want you to feel bad about that). Send us your good wishes and prayers - they mean so much to us.

I have talked to many internet and local friends - and they are all excited about this and we already have many donations and offers to take donations for us also.

The drawing will be Sept. 6 - Don's birthday - the surgery is scheduled for Sept. 4, at this point. Any money raised over the amount that is needed for our co-pay
on the surgery (approx. $25,000 if everything goes smoothly) will be donated to another person or family with a medical need. We welcome ideas of who to donate to once we reach our goal.

To donate, - we are currently working on an online payment process - email for details.

We also accept checks, just email for the address to send them to. Some of our friends are taking tickets already and gathering donations, which we truly appreciate. It is amazing the support and love we feel during this stressful and scary time.

If you would like to post about this donation quilt on your blog, we surely would appreciate that - and you would get your name in the drawing 5 more times and for each person you send over this way who donates - another 5 times in the drawing.

Thank you all for reading this post - and for your support and prayers.

32 comments:

Crispy said...

Jo, this is a wonderful idea. I have snagged a couple of the pictures and will put a link on my blog this morning. I'll e-mail you for your snail mail address.

Crispy

Julie in the Barn said...

I hope the raffle is wildly successful. I'll post a link. Watch for my e-mail.

free indeed said...

Crazy how our health care system can wipe someone out! I am sorry to hear of your financial troubles. I'll keep you in my thoughts as the day approaches....

Julia said...

I will keep your hubby in my prayers! I will try to send some money via PayPal, if I can't get it to work I will go the snail mail route. (((hugs)))

ShineYourHineySoap said...

I will donate 50% of any sales from my artfire shop until April 30 to the cause. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&seller_id=13738

BBPartyGirl said...

I wish you both the best! You will continue to be in my prayers!

Barb said...

Crispy sent me....and I will definitely post and if you send me your snail mail....that would be appreciated. Certainly my prayers will be with you and your family.

Moon Daisies said...

What an excellent idea, I`m sure that it will be hugely successful, I`m just off to sort my Paypal, and will post a link, our prayers are with you all.

Kaye said...

I am most happy to donate, especially sine my Hubby had a 4 way bypass surgery in 97. It was very successful, today he is as active as a 40 yr old. He is 73 and looks and acts like he was in his 50's. God was very good to us and we will pray for your Family. God Blessimplis

Mary L. said...

I've posted a link on my website and will go to PayPal now. Wishing you the best of luck!

Sunny said...

What an absolutely fabulous idea!And your quilts are just beautiful - who wouldn't want one??
Prayers are with you and I would like to post on my site as well, soon as I figure out how :)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

If that's your co-pay.out of pocket, I can't even imagine what it would cost you without insurance.

Gorgeous quilt! What a "crafty" way to help raise the money for your hubby.

Well wishes to your hubby and you during this trying time.

*karendianne. said...

This is a beautiful quitl and a GREAT IDEA!!!

Franni said...

JoAnn is my best friend and to help her out I am going to donate 1.00 of every sale at my 2 shops from now until the surgery. www.auntifranni.artfire.com www.auntifranni.etsy.com

Debi said...

Jo, I have posted this on my blog and donation will be forthcoming. You and your DH will be in my prayers.

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

I too have posted a picture, a link, and a donation. I have been wondering how I could help!

todays 'word verification' is "plesingu"....pleasing you!

pwetypweas said...

We love you both - read the e-mail I sent you :) *hugs*

Pat said...

I have posted this on my blog. Kaye (who commented above) and I will be sending our checks together at the beginning of the week. Please know you will both be in my prayers.

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

If you find a moment, please pass along an address and I would like to donate a few dollars, if I can. We here in our family can relate to the situation.

Candi said...

Wanted to let you know I've posted this on both of my web sites and will be posting the link to go along with it.
luck and love,

lila said...

What a fabulous quilt! i just gave away a flower garden quilt to a great niece.
Love yours! I'll e-mail!

~~Sew Happy Designs~~ said...

What a fabulous quilt and a wonderful cause. That quilt would look lovely in my home with all the rest of my quilts. Can't miss the opportunity for a chance on that!
Many prayers and hugs for you and your husband, Jo.
Blessings~
Cindy

Cindy said...

Joann- I did a post about your wonderful quilt on my blog.
Also am interested in donating but need a snail mail address to send a check. If you are in the wasiq database I'll get it from there.
Cindy J from wasiq

goddess in the groove said...

Oh Sweetie, I had no idea!!! I am blogging this tonight, and please send me the info to donate online. What a lovely quilt, and everything else...
Sending you and Don my best wishes, and many $$ signs :)...xoxo, Heike

zarina said...

That is a beautiful piece of work. I was wondering how you did it and looking closer at it - ah. Bookmarking this for future quilts. Good luck with your fund raising.

YankeeQuilter said...

Please send me your snail mail...I hope this quilt helps with the surgery expense. My prayers go out to you and yours.

Terry said...

Hello
I just want to send you well wishes for all your needs to be met and to over flow so you have no needs that are not met. I would love to give something but we have been experiencing a lot of budget cuts this past year so I offer up to you my heartfelt prayers for now .
Will do more when I can.
Bless you for this beautiful gift of love presented in the quilt .
Best of everyhting to you and your hubby.
Blessings of joy and healing to you both.

ooglebloops said...

Lovely quilt!!! Please send me your address, so I can send a donation -I will try to figure out how to post a link on my blogs!!! You will be in our thoughts - and I know this beautiful quilt will help you attain all you need!!!

blushing rose said...

Send me your mailing address please. TTFN ~ Marydon

blushing rose said...

I posted your link & pic to my blog, check in the mail tomorrow. I hope this is very successful for you.
tTFN ~ Marydon

SewCalGal said...

First, I wish Don and you the very best for his surgery and speedy recovery.

I'd love to donate. And I'd like to write an article on my blogsite to help with PR. This is a beautiful quilt and a great fundraising cause. Great idea!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Scott Loessin said...

I would defiantly wish or prayer for your hubby. May he get well soon.
God bless both of them.
Scott Loessin