THE GIVING QUILT - 2013 QUILT EXHIBIT COMING TO LAMAR-DIXON

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

WHERE: Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Trademart Bldg., 9039 St. Landry Rd., Gonzales

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

INFO: Food and drinks will be sold on the premises

2013 QUILT EXHIBIT

All displayed quilts are donated by the quilter to the charity of her/his choice. Quilt submission is free. Admission and parking are free. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Must be present to win. There will be cash prizes and ribbons for Viewer's Choice, Challenge Choice and Judges' Choice Quilts.

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

Giving Quilts, Inc. is privileged to present a heartwarming Quilts of Valor documentary produced by Iowa Public Television about The Quilts of Valor Foundation. Host and co-producer Marianne Fons, of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, tells the story of the unique and important work of this foundation. Free QOV patterns will be available.

A fidget apron for patients with Alzheimer's Disease will be displayed with free patterns available.

The following vendors will be available with a wide variety of fabric and accessories:• Accurate Sewing Machine LLC., Bright Hopes Quilt Shop, Cottage Creation Quilt Shop, Mama's Quilt Shop, • Martelli Enterprises, Mes Amis Quilt Shop, The Borne Quilter.

• The Scissors Man, Dennis Glass, will be here to sharpen your scissors for a fee.• Enjoy ongoing demonstrations of some of the newest quilting tools and gadgets.

• Contemporary Fabric Artist of Louisiana Exhibit.

ACTIVITIES

Kits will be available, at no cost, for sewing pillowcases on-site for the children of GRACE camp. GRACE camp is a 5-day non-denominational camping experience for children ages 10-18 who have a parent incarcerated.

Kids Draw for Kids sponsored by National Quilting Association, is a community outreach project in which school age children can help make a quilt to be donated to a child through Baton Rouge Quilt for Kids.

Children will have the opportunity to stuff fabric bears which will be donated to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

PRESENTATIONS

Blessing of Quilts will take place at 11 a.m., by Father W. Patrick Edwards, of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.

Awards and Ribbons Ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.

The winner of the 2013 Raffle quilt will be announced at 3:45 p.m. The quilt, Blue Willow, was made and quilted by Jessie Comeaux. Winner need not be present to win.

For directions and more information, see www.thegivingquiltinc.org