The 2017 4th Biennial
Giving Quilt Exhibit

Saturday, Feb 4, 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, Feb 5, 12 AM – 4 PM
Lamar Dixon Trade Mart
9039 S St Landry Rd, Gonzales, LA
No charge for admission. All quilts displayed are donated to a charitable cause. Bring the whole family to celebrate quilts and giving with beaucoup free activities, door prizes and fun!
Ribbons are presented to the First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention

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To donate a quilt complete a Donation Form and email to arrange delivery.  All completed quilts must be submitted by January 14, 2017. A list of past recipients may be found at Recipient List by Organization. Donations to new recipients is encouraged.
winners in the following categories.
·         Judges Choice
·         Viewer’s Choice
·         Challenge Choice 
The $150 cash or cash-equivalent prizes were increased to $250 because of a generous donation. The prizes will be presented to the first place winners in each category. Viewer’s Choice and Challenge Choice winners are selected by show attendees. Details about the Giving Quilt Challenge can be found by clicking here.

Community Service Activities

All can participate at no cost.

·         Block by Block – 2-day activity 
Help sew a block to be included in A Quilt of Valor. Click here for pattern.
·         Camp G.R.A.C.E. Pillowcases – 2-day activity
Make a pillowcase for Camp G.R.A.C.E., sponsored by Granny Hugs.
·         Stuff-a-Bear – Saturday only
Help stuff bears for children in OLOL Hospital, sponsored by Sassi Strippers.
·         Kids Draw for Kids – 2-day activity
You don’t have to be a kid to draw a block to be included in a quilt for a sick child.
·         G Button Cover – Sunday only
Make the G button cover from the kit in your goody bag.
·         Sewing Rocks – 2-day interactive demonstration
Lend a hand adding rocks to a weighted quilt for a child with autism spectrum disorder. Click here for pattern. 

Merchant Mall

All the quilty bling and newest gadgets will be available. Vendor demonstrations to be scheduled. 

All Stitched Up by Angela
Cottage Creations
Mama Quilt Store
Martelli Enterprizes
The Quilt Corner
The Quilt Cupboard
Bring your scissors to be sharpened – both Saturday and Sunday

Presentations - 2 PM Sunday

Quilts presented to the recipient organizations
Ribbons and prizes awarded
Drawing for the 2017 raffle quilt
Quilts of Valor presented

The Giving Quilt Joins 
Bridge over Troubled Water (BOTW) Initiative 
In August, across south Louisiana tens of thousands of homes were flooded. At present, families are displaced, homes are being gutted (in some cases demolished) and rebuilt. Many of our quilting friends lost their sewing rooms. Fabric, sewing machines, patterns, etc. collected over a lifetime were lost. An initiative, Bridge over Troubled Waters, was started by local quilters in response to this. This time-limited program is in the process of identifying those who lost their sewing rooms (80 and counting) and collecting donations to replace what was lost.  Due to the overwhelming support of individuals and corporations, two storage units have been filled!  At the present time, BOTW is still accepting donations of sewing machines in working order as they are halfway to the goal of providing every displaced quilter with a machine.    The items collected will be distributed after these flooded quilters are back in their homes and are able to start sewing again. This event is scheduled for April 1st.  
Visit the BOTW Flood Relief Campaign face book page for the most up-to-date information and contact information for sewing machine donations.  In addition to collecting the items to restore a sewing room, The Giving Quilt, Inc. will be accepting cash donations for this effort. 100% of the amount collected will go directly to the BOTW Flood Relief Campaign. Any donation exceeding $50 will be sent a tax-deductible confirmation of donation letter. Please make checks payable to The Giving Quilt, Inc, with a notation that the donation is for BOTW and send to:

9251 Jennifer Lynn Rd
Denham Springs, LA 70706

Be sure to include your name and full address, or email account, in order to receive your confirmation of donation.