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Zimfest 2018 an Amazing Success!

When we set up our Quilt for Africa booth at the Zimfest 2018 over the August 10-12 weekend, we were conservative about what we thought we could possibly achieve based on the relatively modest success we had at the previous Zimfest in August 2016.

The results from Zimfest 2018 exceeded all our expectations. By the end of the second day (Saturday), we had sold just under 200 tickets.

Not even sure we would set up the booth on Sunday, we decided to just set up the table and keep it open for a just few hours. Having a modest display set up for just 3 hours on Sunday we sold an additional 100+ tickets, to push our event total ticket sales over 300. This made Zimfest 2018 our most successful event in the history of our 3-year project!

At the Zimfest community meeting on Sunday, August 12th, we pulled the winning ticket for the Mbira. For more on selecting the winner of the MBIRA selected on Sunday at Zimfest, please see the related blog post: Mbira Winner Selected at Zimfest 2018.

Cama Beach Event a Big Success

On July 28, 2018. we showed our new quilt at the “Quilts on the Beach” festival at beautiful Cama Beach State Park. This is one of our favorite venues to attend and show the quilt.

Peter Hayes and Millie Hayes sell raffle tickets at Cama Beach State Park on July 28, 2018

It is not so often you see these three triplets in one photo:

Paul Hayes, Peg Hayes, and Peter Hayes at the Cama Beach Quilt Fair on July 28, 2018And finally, in case there was any doubt about whether or not the two Hayes brothers dig quilts, they even managed to show up in the local paper.

The caption in the photo on the page above says it all.

New Raffle Items Added for 2018

To increase interest and raffle ticket sales, we’ve decided to expand our raffle item list to include high quality musical instruments. The following four items will supplement our amazing quilt:

Update:  The first element we added was the Ukulele, and we showed it for the first time on July 28th the “Quilts on the Beach” festival at beautiful Cama Beach State Park. The addition of the Ukulele was significant. Conservatively, we estimate that it may have helped increase raffle ticket sales by 25%, though this is admittedly a guess.

Peter Hayes and Millie Hayes sell raffle tickets at Cama Beach State Park on July 28, 2018

The second event to showcase these elements was Zimfest 2018. With this event there can be no doubt that the addition of these elements had a profound effect.

Ukulele, Djembe, Mbira, and Frogs added to the raffle item list at Zimfest 2018.

Zimfest 2018 was our most successful fundraising event in our programs 3-year history.


2018 Fundraising Quilt Completed!

I am happy to share with you an image of the 2018 fundraising campaign quilt:

The amazing 2018 fundraising campaign quilt

You might notice that the 2018 quilt is not composed of the embroidered panels that we used in previous quilts. This beautiful work of art that you see above started as an unfinished quilt top that was donated by Jaiaen Beck. We put the unfinished top into the very capable hands of Pam Fredericksen and Susan Palmer, with the Cama Beach Quilters. Pam added outside panels and a complementary quilt back. Susan did some very special long-arm quilting. Finally a colorful binding was added to complete the work.

We love working with the Cama Beach Quilters because they are wonderful people, and they do astonishing work! Please visit us at our next fundraising event to see the new quilt up close – you will be amazed!

Zimfest Added as Beneficiary

There are many wonderful non-profit organizations producing amazing results in ways that we greatly admire. In previous years, proceeds from our fundraising efforts went to four organizations providing vital support in Africa and South America. Those are Tariro Hope, Ancient Ways, Portland-Mutare Sister City Association (PMSCA), and UNICEF.

In 2018 we are adding the Zimfest Association to the roster of non-profits we are supporting. To learn more about the work that Zimfest does, please visit

2017 Quilt Fundraiser in Langley

Our second quilt fundraiser in the 2017 campaign was held art the Langley Street Fair on August 11th.

Carol White with Paul Hayes at the Langley Street Fair on August 11. 2017

This event was fabulous because we got to watch marimba performances at the South Whidbey Commons. We want to thank the organizers of the Langley Street Fair for providing space for us, to Dana Moffett for so much help with getting approved to set up, and to the marimba groups. It was a beautiful day all around!

The amazing 2017 raffle quilt on display at the Langley Street Fair, August 11, 2017

2017 Quilt Fundraiser @ Cama Beach

The first event we participated in for the 2017 campaign was the Quilts on the Beach festival at Cama Beach State Park on July 29th. This event turned out to be a tremendous success, starting our 2017 Quilt for Africa campaign off on the right foot.

Millie Hayes manning the quilt raffle table at the Quilts on the Beach event on July 29th, 2017

We want to thank Peg Hayes, Tari Hayes, and Millie Hayes for staffing our booth and providing such excellent help during this event.

Millie Hayes manning the quilt raffle table at the Quilts on the Beach event on July 29th

As with all our fundraising events, proceeds from the 2017 project go to 4 organizations: Tariro, PMSCA, Ancient Ways, and UNICEF.

2017 Project Quilt is Ready!

We want to share the news that the wonderful ladies who make our quilts, the Cama Beach Quilters, have let us know that they have completed our new quilt for the 2017 Quilt for Africa project. The front of the 2017 quilt follows design queues from the 2016 quilt.

The amazing ladies with the Cama Beach Quilters have completed the 2017 fundraising campaign quilt.

This year’s quilt features embroidered panels showing village scenes in the inside columns, with scenes showing wildlife in the outside columns. It is just amazing! Photos cannot do justice to this work of art!

2017 Quilt for Africa – Front

We want to encourage you to come out to one of our events this summer to see the quilt in person.

Paul Hayes