The Giving Quilt, Inc. and Families Helping Families, two Baton Rouge area non-profits, held a community sew day on Oct. 24, 2015 to create “weighted quilts” for local autistic children.
These special quilts have channels filled with small rocks that add weight and provide comfort to children with autism spectrum disorders. The weight of the quilt needs to be proportional to the weight of the child so there is an ongoing need to create a larger and heavier quilt as the child grows. The weight is provided by something similar to aquarium gravel and is machine washable. Commercially weighted quilts are expensive but are not difficult to make.
The Giving Quilt, Inc. provided partially-sewn kits, pre-measured rocks, door prizes and lunch. Fabric and sewing assistance were provided by members of Wasted Women. Members of Families Helping Families were on hand to assist throughout the day.
Twenty- one volunteers attended and a great time was had by all. Families Helping Families received a collection of 21 quilts, lap pads and neck wraps for local autistic children. If your group is interested in learning more about this project contact Candy Bergeron at 225-936-2238.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!