U-C Quilts for Haiti selling its products through raffle, eBay

URBANA – In early February, Jacqueline Hannah asked for donations of quilt blocks to make lap quilts to raffle off for Doctors Without Borders and its work in earthquake-stricken Haiti.

"Before we knew it two people dropped off finished quilts and donated them anonymously," U-C Quilts for Haiti co-organizer Anna Barnes said. "Jill (Miller) did her own quilt, and there was still enough for five other quilts."

The seven quilts are on display in the former Baskin store window in Lincoln Square Village in Urbana; Miller's is on view at Wind Water & Light, also at Lincoln Square.

Raffle tickets, at $5 each, for all but Miller's quilt will be sold through Wednesday. The tickets are available at Wind Water & Light, the Art Mart, Sew Sassy and the Common Ground Food Coop, all at Lincoln Square.

Ticket buyers may specify which quilt they hope to win. The drawings will be April 16, with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. that day at Wind Water & Light. Raffle ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

Miller, owner of Hooey Batiks in Urbana, put her quilt on the online auction block, at eBay. As of last Wednesday, the bids for it had reached $800, more than any bid for any other quilt on eBay.

"I bought yards of unbleached muslin, batiked the material, and pieced the quilt," Miller said in a Facebook post. "Joann Crossin of Springfield did the machine quilting." Proceeds from Miller's quilt will go to U-C Quilts for Haiti. Bids on the Miller quilt will be taken through Wednesday on eBay.

Barnes said the quilts vary in style; the largest is 67 inches long.

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