The Cariboo Calico Quilters (CCQ) guild is raffling off another one of its hand-crafted quilts.
Raffle tickets can be purchased from a member of the guild or at the Dancing Quilts store on Birch Avenue, where the prize quilt is currently hanging.
Raffle tickets are only $2 and the winner will be drawn at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Laurel Murray said ticket sales go to support the guild’s comfort quilts program.
Materials are often donated for comfort quilts, but they still need to purchase materials like backing and batting.
The winning quilt, which Murray described as “very impressive” and “very beautiful” was made by a team of quilters.
One might say the secret ingredient was love.
Around 400 tickets have already been sold, Murray estimated.
It’s not uncommon to sell 1,500 tickets for the chance to win one of the guild’s high quality, hand-crafted quilts, she said, “it shows their support for what we’re doing.”
The comfort quilts program runs periodically throughout the year. Both adult and child-sized quilts are donated to the Ambulance Service, to people who are impacted by tragedies like fires or to those who are going through a hard time.
The guild sent many quilts to Fort McMurray after the devastating fire of 2016 and Murray recalled guilds from many other communities sending quilts to 100 Mile after the 2017 fires.
“It’s something that can give you comfort,” during a difficult time, she said.
Quilts take a long time to put together.
Freely giving away something that can take weeks to make proves guild members “care about the community,” she said.
“Knowing that someone is going to see that and have it with them and hopefully it’ll provide them with comfort and a feeling that they belong to a good community,” is what motivates Murray to make comfort quilts.
The CCQ guild meets regularly in the basement of the Creekside Seniors Activity Centre. Their quilting hours have changed slightly.
Mondays 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Last Friday of the month pizza night 4 to 9 p.m.