Initially the Guild made a group quilt every year and donated it to the Waterford Foundation’s Arts and Antiques Auction. Proceeds from these quilts were used to pay off the mortgage on the Second Street School. Every year thereafter, the Guild has made a raffle quilt. The proceeds of the raffle are used for educational and Guild expenses, plus a donation to the Waterford Foundation’s Second Street School Education Program. Second Street School Dedicated Fund of the Waterford Foundation. The Guild has always included “Waterford” in the name given to the annual raffle quilts to celebrate the importance of Waterford’s tradition of handcrafts and the village where our Guild originated and returned to in 2014 to the beautifully restored Old School Auditorium. Raffle tickets are sold at several venues, including the Bluemont, Lovettsville, and Waterford Fairs.
The drawing is held on the last day of the Waterford Fair. Members are encouraged to participate in all the steps involved in the making and raffling of the quilt, e.g., submitting proposals for the design of the quilt, making individual quilt blocks, helping with assembling the blocks, and selling raffle tickets.
There is enough work to keep many members involved.