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Queensland Flood Relief Appeal Raffle and Giveaway

16 January 2011

Things have been so quiet on all the Australian blogs I subscribe to or follow. I think we are all feeling somewhat shellshocked by the enormous and widespread devastation the Queensland floods have caused. It's going to take billions of dollars and quite a few years for Queensland to fully recover.

We can all do something to help, and as I mentioned last week Toni from Make It Perfect has put the call out for the crafty blogging community to host online auctions and raffles with all money raised going to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. So this is what's happening here on the red thread...

In conjunction with Shelley of Sew Much Easier I am so excited to host a raffle with an awesome prize and a giveaway to 3 runners up.


*A BRAND NEW Janome 19110 SEWING MACHINE from Sew Much Easier
RRP $899

*A range of the red thread sewing patterns and pattern kits, RRP $128
1 x Ooshka Babushka Pattern Kit
3 x Ooshka Babushka Fabric Face Panels
1 x Ooshka Boy Pattern Kit
2 x Ooshka Boy Fabric Face Panels
1 x Hello Birdie Sewing Pattern
2 x Festive Craft Kits

*A selection of 12 fat eighths of fabric and 2 badges from Posie Patchwork  
8 Amy Butler prints and 4 boy-themed fabrics (thanks Jennie!)

*A selection of 6 fat quarters of fabric from Retro Mummy 
Super cute Japanese fabrics (thanks Corrie!)

*A selection of 6 fat quarters from my fabric stash
Including Trefle and Heather Bailey.

That's a first prize with a value of around $1200!

I will cover the cost of courier delivery within Australia. Sorry international readers - I can't ship this prize to you, and the machine will only work in Australia and NZ due to voltage differences. You may only enter if you have an Australian delivery address (not a PO box) and you plan to use the machine in Aus/NZ.


3 runners up will each receive my Ooshka Babushka Pattern Kit and Hello Birdie Pattern. RRP $34

I will cover the cost of postage within Australia.


All you need to do to enter is donate $10 directly to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal, then come back here and leave a comment with your receipt number. Please note: if you are the winner I will also require you to email me proof of payment (donation receipt).

*Please don't comment on this post unless you have made a donation and have a receipt number*

Remember, I need to be able to identify and contact you if you win, so if you don't have a blog you can leave your email address in your comment, or email me your name and receipt number and I'll leave a comment on your behalf.  email: lisa [at] the red thread [dot] com [dot] au

You can enter multiple times for more chances to win this awesome prize. Just leave separate comments with receipt numbers for each $10 you donate.

Start donating now, and the raffle will close at 9am AEST Monday 24th January midday Wednesday 26th January. The winner and 3 giveaway winners will be chosen by a random number selector on Monday 24th January on 
Wednesday 26th January.

Edit (19 January): Bloggers running raffles have been asked to extend the running time to midday Wednesday 26th January. All the auctions will be finishing on Monday 24th, and this will give time for people who are outbid to allocate their donations to raffles instead. A full list of raffles will be posted on Make It Perfect on Tuesday 25th.
Don't forget to visit Make It Perfect for the full list of auctions and raffles.



Let me give you a bit of background on how this prize came about. When I posted last week about my upcoming auction I received an email from Shelley Hong of Sew Much Easier saying she'd love to donate a Janome 19110 to my raffle. How amazingly generous is that?!  Shelley doesn't have a blog yet and wanted to get involved so am thrilled to be able to help her to help you to help the Queenslanders. Yay!

Not content to leave it at that Shelley is also generously donating the January sales proceeds from her ebay store to the Flood Appeal. So if you miss out on winning this auction and you'd like a new sewing machine please go and check out Sew Much Easier.

The Janome 19110 is the official Australian version of a popular model that was originally created by Janome for the US market, so it isn't commonly found in Australia.  Spare parts and accessories for this sewing machine are standard Janome products and are readily available here. The J
anome 19110 complies to our rigorous Australian standards and comes with a standard foot pack, standard accessory pack and a two year warranty (provided by Shelley of Sew Much Easier, as your "shop"). There are too many features for me to list, but you can read all the details here.

I'm more than a bit upset that I can't enter my own raffle to try to win this beauty! But I will be checking out all the other auctions and raffles at Make It Perfect and making my bids.