Sew Long Day

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Sew Long Day

Future Giving Quilt Exhibit Scheduled

The Giving Quilt, Inc.

A Note of Appreciation

Volunteer Spotlight!

The quilting world is blessed with generous, loving quilters who give of themselves, their time and talent on an on-going basis. The Giving Quilt will be recognizing some of these selfless, unsung heroes on a regular basis with a certificate of appreciation. If there is someone in the quilting world that you wish to acknowledge in this way, please contact a Giving Quilt board member or send an email to with the name of the person and details regarding their contribution to our community.

Volunteer of the Quarter, Norma McDaniel
The Giving Quilt spotlight is shining on Norma McDaniel. She is an accomplished seamstress who made the crossover to quilting several years ago.  As early as 2008, she offered to quilt tops for the Wasted Women Bee as a method to increase her quilting skills on her new long arm machine. Since that first stitch, she has not stopped adding her creative touch to the quilt tops that have been sewn by our dedicated group of quilters.  Her service to The Giving Quilt via Wasted Women has been truly remarkable. As the primary machine quilter for WWB, Norma has donated countless hours to our cause, often using her own supplies to get the quilts back to us in record time.  When there were no tops to quilt, she would take home a kit or two with her to sew, and then quilt (and she does binding, too!).
To quote Norma , “Quilting became my passion, my therapy.   For a few years I sold my quilts as well as other projects, at a local craft fair, which was held annually.  That became a “drudge” because I was spending the whole year replenishing my inventory and had no time to enjoy the art of quilting or learn new styles and techniques. I graduated to an official long arm quilting machine on a 10 foot frame .  My name, “Stitches ‘n Styles” may not sound appropriate for a quilting business, but it seems to have stuck.”  She definitely has style in her quilting today.
Norma lives in Denham Springs and can be contacted via email at

Sew Small Day!!

The Giving Quilt, Inc. sponsored “Sew Small Day” at St James Lutheran Church in Gonzales on September 28, 2013. Area quilters, some from as far away as Biloxi, came together to sew little quilts for preemie patients at Women’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. The Giving Quilt supplied kits for the little quilts and the quilters supplied the sewing machines and enthusiasm. One hundred forty-nine little quilts were completed in just a few hours. Doris LeBlanc of Gonzales donated a dozen preemie-sized, hand-knit caps and booties to be included in the presentation to Women’s Hospital                                         for their smallest patients. 

Candy and Peggy delivered the sew small quilts and caps/booties to the Neo-Natal Unit at Women's Hospital.

The Giving Quilt 2013 Exhibit!!

The 2013 Giving Quilt Exhibit, held April 6 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, was a rousing success. Over 560 quilts were exhibited and donated to 25 charitable organizations. Two Quilts of Valor were individually presented to local veterans and a Dreams Come True quilt was presented individually at the show. The quilts were donated by quilters from across Louisiana, and from Mississippi and Ohio. 

Thank you quilters and volunteers for your wonderful generosity!

Judges' Choice Awards

First Place: "Jewels in Black" by Granny Hugs, donated to Quilts of Valor.
Second Place: "Stars in My Garden" by Merlene Lewis, donated to The Children's Bereavement Program.
Third Place:  "Rainbow Log Cabin" by Wasted Women, donated to Dreams Come True. Honorable Mention: "Rocking Horse" by Kim Wagner, donated to Dreams Come True.                                                                        Judges Donna Britt, Martha Collins, and Joan Fridge

Viewers' Choice Awards
First Place: "Brown God's Eye" by Granny Hugs, donated to Quilts of Valor and individually presented.
Second Place: "Rainbow Log Cabin" by Wasted Women, donated to Dreams Come True.

Third Place: "Cosmic Berries" by Candy Bergeron, donated to Mooseheart Child City.
Honorable Mention: "Leaf Block" by Wasted Women, donated to the Southeastern Louisiana War Veterans Home.

Ninety-eight of the quilts were Challenge quilts that were 
donated to organizations that serve the needs of children.

The Viewers' Choice for the Challenge Quilts 
First Place: "The Big Top", designed by Annette Lanoux and made by the Block of the Month Quilters, donated to Project Linus.
Second Place: "Tossed Posies" by Debbie Hulett, donated to Project Linus.
Third Place: "The Dog Ate My Homework" by Sherry Herringshaw, donated to Volunteers of America.
Honorable Mentions:
"Up, Up and Away" by Kathleen Deroche, donated to Dreams Come True.
"Colorful Cats" by Joyce Perry, donated to Ascension Family and Juvenile Services.
"Circle Log Cabin" by Tricia Hopkins, donated Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.

Congratulations to Therese Springer! She won the beautiful raffle quilt, "Blue Willow", donated by Jessie Comeaux.
Congratulation to Therese Springer, who won the beautiful raffle quilt, "Blue Willow", donated by Jessie Comeaux. 

The NQA-sponsored event, Kids Draw for Kids. This says it all!!! 

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Ragtime Fun!!

Jelly Roll 1600"!!

2011 Quilt Exhibit.