Community Sew Day Rocks!!

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 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.
  • First Place: "Use Any Fabric", donated by Sherry Herringshaw to Iris Domestic Violence Center.
  • Second Place: "Scrappy Disappearing 9-Patch", donated by Wasted Women to ALS Hopes & Dreams.
  • Third Place: "Charmingly Easy", donated by Wasted Women to Ronald McDonald House.
  • Honorable Mention: "Tumblers", donated by Effie Ducote to Braveheart.

Show attendees decided the Viewer's Choice Awards.
  • First Place: "Mariner's Compass", donated by Judy Holley to Quilts of Valor.
  • Second Place: "Vintage Lonestar", donated by Wasted Women to Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home.
  • Third Place: "Days of Yesteryear", donated by Wasted Women to Moosehaven.
  • Honorable Mention: "It's a Ducky Day", donated by Anonymous from Quilting Fans of LaPlace to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.