The Giving Quilt, Inc. is a public, non-profit, charitable organization that promotes the creation and presentation of quilts that provide comfort to children and adults, and works to increase public awareness with a biennial public quilt exhibit and presentation ceremony.
Organized in 2008 as a single quilt guild's inspiration to provide quilts to wounded soldiers, it has grown into an organization that has provided hundreds of quilts to various non-profit agencies such as the Neonatal Unit at the Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge; Child Advocacy Services (CASA), which serves a 10 parish area; Quilts For Kids; Our Lady of the Lake Hospital's Children's Unit; Children's Hospital in New Orleans; Braveheart, which serves children who are wards of the state; veterans and military service members through several organizations; and St Jude's in Memphis, Tn., to name a few.
The Giving Quilt invites all quilters to participate by donating quilts, either through participation at Giving Quilt sponsored sew days or through the biennial quilt show. Quilters and non-quilters are encouraged to join and participate through donations and assisting at the show. Organizations can be added to the list of quilt recipients, and The Giving Quilt will make sure the quilt completes its journey to the intended recipient. The opportunity to participate has given new meaning to sharing a love of quilting. Many non-quilters join this endeavor because they have a quilt that was from a mother on grandmother and remember the comfort and memories their quilt represents.
For a little inspiration, take a look at the 2010 and 2011 shows that displayed over 640 donated quilts in our Photo Gallery. This effort has inspired many quilters to take a new look at the gift of quilting and given a venue to share talents, time and treasure to provide comfort to others.