My quilt guild is a nonprofit organization, and this week was our annual auction fundraiser.Everyone contributes something handmade, and things are auctioned off to the other members with the proceeds going back to the guild.When I first heard about this, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach:these ladies are quite talented, and I was concerned that whatever I made might not be quite up to their standards.And it would be a tough crowd anyway, since pretty much anything I made, these women could make themselves. (Probably faster and better.)
Ultimately I figured, well, if you can’t compete on technique, kill them with cuteness.And so I did. A quilted fabric basket, with three pairs of booties and a little striped hat, in muted shades of sage green, tan and pale yellow, size newborn.(Basket pattern from here*.) And no, the cat was not part of the deal; she just likes to help.
It turned out to be a pretty good calculation on my part – many of the women in the guild are retired and have grandbabies, or are about to have grandbabies, so there was actually some bidding going on. HUGE relief.
**Just in case you were questioning my judgment here, the creator of the basket pattern gives explicit consent on her blog that her patterns can be used for charitable purposes – see here.