Join The Giving Quilt, Inc. for a sew day to support Upside Downs, a group that delivers baskets of love and information to parents of newborn children with Down’s Syndrome.
Saturday April 29 at 9:30 AM
St John’s United Methodist Church
9375 Highland Road, Baton Rouge
Corner of Highland and Gardere
Kits will be provided, bring normal sewing items , ie machines, bobbins, thread, scissors Small mat and cutter, small ruler and pen to make half square triangles. Irons and boards will be provided
The baskets contain other small items. If you would like to contribute to the basket donations of the following would be appreciated: Teething toys, socks, hats, wash cloths bibs, burp cloths, infant books, small toys , diapers and baby wipes.
The Giving Quilt is proud to shine the spot light on two extraordinary local quilters, JoPaula Lantier and Renee Hoeprich, for their tireless efforts to collect and coordinate donations of fabric, notions, books, tools, and sewing machines for the many quilters who lost their sewing rooms and quilting supplies in the Great Flood of 2016.
It started simply. Quilters who had not flooded began volunteering to wash quilts and fabric rescued from the flooded homes of those who had. After ten days of marathon washing, JoPaula and Renee found themselves instant messaging late at night and wanting to do more. But what?
A conversation with New Orleans quilt shop owner and Hurricane Katrina survivor, Denise Taylor, pointed them in the right direction and Bridge Over Troubled Waters was born. By mid-September collection bins were in place in quilt shops from Slidell to Shreveport and donations were pouring in. A storage unit was donated to house the rapidly rising river of donations, but ultimately 3 storage units were donated and the overflow landed in the Lantier and Hoperich homes.
As donations grew, they collected the names of flooded quilters from quilt shops and quilting guilds and mailed out 146 letters inviting these quilters to a day of free shopping on April 1, 2017. By then 10,000 yards of fabric, 90 sewing machines and numerous tools, notions, books and patterns - many donated by national vendors - were all waiting to go home with the special shoppers.
On April 1, hugs, tears, and numerous words of thanks were the order of the day as 120 quilters arrived at Highland Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge to pick up the donated sewing machines and supplies. An army of volunteers was also on hand to help with the distribution, including several who had also flooded but were glad to help other quilters.
Quilters are by nature generous and Renee says this “sharing quality” is one of things she likes best about being a quilter. She grew up helping her mother with various community service projects and always endeavored to do the same. A quilter for 28 years, she feels the art provides her with a unique opportunity to try a wide variety of techniques, add her own special twist, and still provide a useful finished product that combines art and utility. Renee is currently president of Gulf States Quilting Association and past president of River City Quilt Guild in Baton Rouge.
JoPaula grew up around quilts but didn’t start quilting until she retired from LSU in 2008. Since the BOTW event she has received numerous thank you notes from the recipients and is overwhelmed by their gratitude. She is constantly amazed by the spirit of the quilting community and feels honored to have been able to do what she could. A former president of River City Quilt Guild, she would also like to thank the many quilters of the area for their generosity and support.
2016 National QOV Sew Day
The 2017 Giving Quilt Exhibit was held February 4 & 5 at Lamar Dixon Trade Mart. The show was dedicated to the memory of Noreen Mazzaroppi, one of the founders of the Giving Quilt.
Six hundred quilts were exhibited and donated to 36 charitable organizations. The quilts were donated by quilters from across Louisiana and from Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan and California.
Thank you to all the quilters and volunteers for your generosity!
The judges for the show were Pearl Squires, Retired Quilt Shop Owner; Bill Bodiene, HandiQuilter Technician; and Donna Britt, WAFB News Personality.
- First Place: "In My Garden", donated by the BOM Quilters to Dreams Come True.
- Second Place: "Salt Water Taffy", donated by Gaye Smith to Flood Relief, Denham Springs Police Department.
- Third Place: "American Starry Night" (designed by Renee Hoeprich), donated by Candy Bergeron to Quilts of Valor.
- Honorable Mention: "Crayons", donated by Wasted Women to St. Vincent de Paul’s Women and Children’s Shelter.
Show attendees decided the Viewer's Choice Awards.
- First Place: "Lemonade Lonestar", donated by Wasted Women to Unity of Greater New Orleans.
- Second Place: "American Starry Night” (designed by Renee Hoeprich), donated by Candy Bergeron to Quilts of Valor.
- Third Place: "Lavender Sample", donated by Wasted Women to Iris Domestic Violence Center.
- Honorable Mention: "Stained Glass", donated by Wasted Women to Chaplain’s Wing.
There were ninety-three Challenge Quilts which were made using Northcott’s Toscana Pine fabric and donated to children. Show attendees chose the prize-winning quilts.
- First Place: "In My Garden", donated by BOM Quilters to Dreams Come True.
- Second Place: "Crystal Jewels", donated by Shannon Bowen to Moose Heart City and School.
- Third Place: "Zoe the Zebra Says Hello", donated by Linda Wiggins to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- Honorable Mention: "Swamp Gator", donated by Rose Corder to Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home.
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 4 was National QOV Sew Day. In recognition of and to donate to this worthy cause, the Giving Quilt hosted Block by Block February 4 & 5. The event was sponsored by a final grant from the National Quilting Association. One quilt top was completed at the show and two more are in progress with blocks made at the show.
- Kids Draw for Kids (KD4K)
Both February 4 & 5, children and young-at-heart adults drew quilt blocks during this ever-popular event. Enough blocks were drawn at the show to complete 3 quilt tops with one more in progress. 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 49 pillowcase were made at the show.
Sponsored by Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild and one day only, February 4. Visitors stuffed bears to benefit children at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. Seventy-four bears were completed at this 1-day event and three hundred eighty-two are in progress.
- Gastric Tube Buttons
Gastric Tube Button Kits were distributed at the show and how to make them was demonstrated. Visitors were able to sew their kit at the show and 16 were completed. Completed kits were to be given to Women's Hospital's NICU.
- Sewing Rocks
Construction of a weighted quilt was demonstrated during the 2-day show. Designing a quilt of a specific weight was explained. In addition, weighing rocks and sewing them into the quilt was demonstrated. A quilt was completed at the show and donated to a child with autism spectrum disorder.
- Reading is Quiltamental
This wonderful display, on loan from Gulf States Quilting Association, showed familiar, and not-so-familiar, books represented by the quilter’s interpretation of the book cover. The challenge to visitors was to guess the titles of all the books.
Our Merchant Mall provided lots of opportunities for restocking our stash. And Tom, the Scissor Man, was very popular.
- All Stitched Up by Angela
- Cottage Creations
- Mama's Quilt Shop
- Martelli Enterprises
- The Quilt Corner
- The Quilt Cupboard
- Tom, the Scissor Man
We always wrap up the show by presenting the quilts to the different recipient organizations. This year quilts were donated to 36 organizations.
That was followed by three individual Quilt of Valor presentations made by Roxanne Brown, the Louisiana state coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation.