The rules were as follows:
The entire month of July will be a quilt fundraiser for Darcy Burner, candidate for Congress, WA-01. There will be a drawing for the quilt signed in Providence at NN12 the first week in August. Everyone can get one chance per day, each and every day in July by EITHER donating $10 or more to Darcy Burner's campaign through this Act Blue page OR by writing a 50-word-or-less essay on this topic: How can we bend the arc of history more towards justice for all?. If we deem your essay to be on topic, it will count for a chance. Send essays to winglionquilts AT gmail DOT com with "Darcy Burner" in the subject line. To recap, earn an equal chance once a day every day in July by either donating or sending a short essay (one or the other). That means everyone who began at the beginning can have as many as thirty-one equal chances in this drawing. The first week in August, I will find a neighborhood child to do the drawing and someone will become the new owner of the quilt.$2303 was raised in July.
The quilt is about 65" square, cotton fabric with a fine wool batting, and was hand quilted by me. It is full of interesting messages (love notes to the future) by these people:
We had a blogathon all July. Some wonderful diaries were written about Darcy Burner and the issues she is running on. Thanks to all the diarists! These are some of the diaries -- please check them out to learn more about this truly progressive candidate:
Charles Curtis Stanley
Abraham J. Bonowitz
CA Berkley WV
Andy the Cat
Kate Coyne McCoy
Rep. David Cicilline
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Patrick St John
True Blue Majority
The left neck chick
The Fat Lady Sings
Sandy on Signal
Bill in Portland Maine
Common Sense Mainer
Nancy St. Germain
San Mateo DFA
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Maria Luz Torre
NW Terri D
N in Seattle
Help send 'The Other Washington' our own Darcy Burner & (maybe) Win a Quilt! by Angie in WA State
Who deserves a quilt? You deserve a quilt, for helping Darcy Burner by Joan McCarter
A Quilt for YOU ? A Donation for Darcy Burner by Chacounne
Quilt Fundraiser for Darcy Burner: Northwest Coal Mega-Ports by lefty coaster
Darcy Burner Fundraiser-Apps and Koch by Horace Boothroyd III
With Darcy Burner our planet will be in good hands by beach babe in fl
Darcy Burner Quilt Diary 7/27/12: Primary Concern by belinda ridgewood
Darcy Burner LOVES DK! by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse
I listed the donors and essay writer on a spreadsheet and assigned a ticket number to each. At the end of the month, there were 95 tickets in the can -- representing 94 donations and one essay.
Yesterday, an able team of innocent children made the selection, impartially. The winning ticket is displayed!
I checked the ticket number to my spreadsheet. And the winner is..... [drum roll....]
peregrine kate! Congratulations, peregrine kate!
Now, the rest of us will be winners if Darcy Burner gets the WA-01 Congressional seat. Her primary is tomorrow and she needs all the help we can give her. You can still donate to her campaign by clicking on the thermometer. Thank you!