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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Kids Draw for Kids was a National Quilting Association sponsored event. It was our first time to host the event and we hoped to complete 2 quilts to donate to Baton Rouge Quilts for Kids. Nine quilts were completed and donated through this project. A big thank you to the members of River City and Remember Me Quilt Guilds for their help in manning this activity.
- About 35 pillowcases for G.R.A.C.E. (God's Really Awesome Camping Experience) Camp participants were made at the show. Granny Hugs, a charitable quilting organization, manned this event and provided antique Featherweight sewing machines for sewing the pillowcases.
- Stuff-a-Bear, a very popular activity, was hosted by Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild. Over 200 bears were made and donated to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. That's a lot of bears!
- The Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana's (CFAL's) wonderful art display was enjoyed by all. Click here to learn more about CFAL.
- A Fidget Apron for patients with Alzheimer's Disease was modeled on a stunning bejeweled dress form. Click here for a free apron pattern.
- A Quilts of Valor (QOV) documentary, hosted by Marianne Fons and produced by Iowa Public Television, was available for viewing. Click here to download free QOV patterns.
- Bright Hopes Quilt Shop,
- Mama's Quilt Shop,
- Martelli Enterprises,
- Mes Amis Quilt Shop,
- The Borne Quilter, and
- Dennis Glass (the Scissor Man) and Accurate Sewing Machine LLC