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.
"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.
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!!!
Several activities kept visitors, children and adults, busy and productive
thanks to the efforts of Renee Hoeprich, the show's Activities Director.
- 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.
This was The Giving Quilt's first Merchant Mall and what a success it w as! Thanks to all the merchants who shared this
wonderful day with us and demonstrated new techniques and products.
- 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