The 2015 3rd Biennial Quilt Exhibit
The 2015 Giving Quilt Exhibit, held February 7 & 8 at Lamar Dixon Trade Mart, was our first 2-day show. Six hundred fifty-one quilts, preemie quilts and wheelchair lap quilts were exhibited and donated to 31 charitable organizations. The quilts were donated by quilters from across Louisiana and from Mississippi, Indiana, Iowa and California.
Thank you to all the quilters and volunteers for your generosity!
The judges for the show were Maida Owens, Louisiana Folk Life
Program Director; Bill Bodiene, HandiQuilter Technician; and Donna Britt, WAFB News Personality.
Show attendees decided the Viewer's Choice Awards.
There were one hundred four Challenge Quilts which were made using red dimples fabric and donated to children. Show attendees chose the prize-winning quilts.
- First Place: "Bed Bugs", donated by Joyce Perry to Iris Domestic Violence Center.
- Second Place: "Heroes Like Me", donated by the BOM Quilters to Dreams Come True
- Third Place: "Ballerinas", donated by Elena Acosta to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.
- Honorable Mention: "Red & White Circles", donated by Barbara Gardner to Children's Hospital, New Orleans.
Several activities kept us all busy, productive and having fun!
- Block by Block for Quilts of Valor (QOV) Sponsored by the National Quilting Association
February 7 was National QOV Sew Day. In recognition of and to donate to this worthy cause, the Giving Quilt hosted Block by Block February 7 & 8. The event was sponsored by the National Quilting Association. The goal was to complete 3 QOV quilt tops with blocks made at the show. Two tops were almost completed. Blocks for a 3rd and a 4th quilt were started and will be completed at sew days sponsored by River City and Wasted Women.
- Kids Draw for Kids (KD4K)
Both February 7 & 8, children and young-at-heart adults drew quilt blocks during this ever-popular event. Enough blocks were drawn at the show to complete 5 quilt tops. These quilts are destined to comfort a child in need.
- Camp G.R.A.C.E. Pillowcases
The Camp G.R.A.C.E. (God's Really Awesome Camping Experience) pillowcase event, sponsored by Granny Hugs of Gonzales, kept those antique featherweight machines humming. Almost 50 pillowcase were made at the show. Attendees also donated pillowcases for a grand total of 175.
Sponsored by Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild and one day only, February 7. Visitors stuffed bears to benefit children at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. One hundred eighty-five bears were completed at this 1-day event.
- Baton Rouge Quilts for Kids (BRQ4K)
Sponsored by Sharon Hicks, director of BRQ4K, and one day only, February 8. Visitors sewed quilts blocks and assembled quilt tops for the BRQ4K program.
Our vendors helped keep things lively too. Their regularly scheduled demonstrations kept us running back to the booths to purchase the latest gadgets and bling.
- All About Sewing
- All Stitched Up by Angela
- DJ's Creations
- Mama's Quilt Shop
- Martelli Enterprises
- Southern Essentials
- The Quilt Corner
- The Quilt Cupboard
We always wrap up the show by presenting the quilts to the recipient organizations. This touching ceremony was made even more special when our youngest quilters were recognized. A group of 4-H students from Dutchtown Baptist Church made and donated a Quilt of Valor. How wonderful that they are learning a new skill and growing a giving heart. Congratulations, ladies!
That was followed by four individual Quilt of Valor presentations made by Roxanne Brown, the Louisiana state coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Our veterans were thanked for their service with a standing ovation.