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2017 Quilt Show

The 2017 4th Biennial Quilt Exhibit

The 2017 Giving Quilt Exhibit was held February 4 & 5 at Lamar Dixon Trade Mart. The show was dedicated to the memory of Noreen Mazzaroppi, one of the founders of the Giving Quilt.

Six hundred quilts were exhibited and donated to 36 charitable organizations. The quilts were donated by quilters from across Louisiana and from Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan and California.

Thank you to all the quilters and volunteers for your generosity!


The judges for the show were Pearl Squires, Retired Quilt Shop Owner; Bill Bodiene, HandiQuilter Technician; and Donna Britt, WAFB News Personality.

  • First Place: "In My Garden", donated by the BOM Quilters to Dreams Come True.
  • Second Place: "Salt Water Taffy", donated by Gaye Smith to Flood Relief, Denham Springs Police Department.
  • Third Place: "American Starry Night" (designed by Renee Hoeprich), donated by Candy Bergeron to Quilts of Valor.
  • Honorable Mention: "Crayons", donated by Wasted Women to St. Vincent de Paul’s Women and Children’s Shelter.


Show attendees decided the Viewer's Choice Awards.

  • First Place: "Lemonade Lonestar", donated by Wasted Women to Unity of Greater New Orleans.
  • Second Place: "American Starry Night” (designed by Renee Hoeprich), donated by Candy Bergeron to Quilts of Valor.
  • Third Place: "Lavender Sample", donated by Wasted Women to Iris Domestic Violence Center.
  • Honorable Mention: "Stained Glass", donated by Wasted Women to Chaplain’s Wing.


There were ninety-three Challenge Quilts which were made using Northcott’s Toscana Pine fabric and donated to children. Show attendees chose the prize-winning quilts.

  • First Place: "In My Garden", donated by BOM Quilters to Dreams Come True.
  • Second Place: "Crystal Jewels", donated by Shannon Bowen to Moose Heart City and School.
  • Third Place: "Zoe the Zebra Says Hello", donated by Linda Wiggins to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Honorable Mention: "Swamp Gator", donated by Rose Corder to Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home.


Several activities kept us all busy, productive and having fun!

  • Block by Block for Quilts of Valor (QOV) Sponsored by the National Quilting Association
    February 4 was National QOV Sew Day. In recognition of and to donate to this worthy cause, the Giving Quilt hosted Block by Block February 4 & 5. The event was sponsored by a final grant from the National Quilting Association. One quilt top was completed at the show and two more are in progress with blocks made at the show. 
  • Kids Draw for Kids (KD4K)

    Both February 4 & 5, children and young-at-heart adults drew quilt blocks during this ever-popular event. Enough blocks were drawn at the show to complete 3 quilt tops with one more in progress. These quilts are destined to comfort a child in need.
  • Camp G.R.A.C.E. Pillowcases
    The Camp G.R.A.C.E. (God's Really Awesome Camping Experience)
  •  pillowcase event, sponsored by Granny Hugs of Gonzales, kept those antique featherweight machines humming. Almost 49 pillowcase were made at the show.
  • Stuff-A-Bear
    Sponsored by Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild and one day only, February 4. Visitors stuffed bears to benefit children at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. Seventy-four bears were completed at this 1-day event and three hundred eighty-two are in progress. 
  • Gastric Tube Buttons
    Gastric Tube Button Kits were distributed at the show and how to make them was demonstrated. Visitors were able to sew their kit at the show and 16 were completed. Completed kits were to be given to Women's Hospital's NICU.
  • Sewing Rocks
    Construction of a weighted quilt was demonstrated during the 2-day show. Designing a quilt of a specific weight was explained. In addition, weighing rocks and sewing them into the quilt was demonstrated. A quilt was completed at the show and donated to a child with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Reading is Quiltamental
    This wonderful display, on loan from Gulf States Quilting Association, showed familiar, and not-so-familiar, books represented by the quilter’s interpretation of the book cover. The challenge to visitors was to guess the titles of all the books.

Merchant Mall

Our Merchant Mall provided lots of opportunities for restocking our stash. And Tom, the Scissor Man, was very popular.

  •  All Stitched Up by Angela
  • Cottage Creations
  • Mama's Quilt Shop
  • Martelli Enterprises
  • The Quilt Corner
  • The Quilt Cupboard
  • Tom, the Scissor Man



We always wrap up the show by presenting the quilts to the different recipient organizations. This year quilts were donated to 36 organizations.
That was followed by three individual Quilt of Valor presentations made by Roxanne Brown, the Louisiana state coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation.