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Please send news about your guild's events to Cheryl Armstrong at wharfrat100@gmail.com

Baton Rouge Traditions Commemorative Quilt

The Giving Quilt, Wasted Women’s Bee, and other quilting bees in the greater Baton Rouge area
collaborated to create a commemorative quilt that will reflect what Baton Rouge means to the
community with a special focus on traditions in Baton Rouge. The public participated by creating quilt
squares at various events. They chose a quilt square kit prepared by Judy Holley and background
material or designed their own. Mrs. Holley created kits that included different Baton Rouge icons such
as the old and new state capitols, churches, riverboats, cypress trees, alligators, egrets, LSU Tigers,
Southern Jaguars, and of course food. Both adults and youths were able to participate.

This is all part of the Baton Rouge Traditions Folklife research project conducted by Maida Owens with
the State of Louisiana’s Folklife program. The quilt which displays an example of the rich traditions and
cultural heritage of Baton Rouge will become part of a traveling exhibit that will be available to libraries
and other small exhibit spaces.

Judy Holley and Candy Bergeron assist members of the public in creating a quilt block.
Candy Bergeron helps a young student create a quilt block..  

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This is the Cane Cutters. They took on a challenge from a local couple Denise & Reed Callais who do a lot for St. Jude, Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, TN. On St. Jude’s wish list was a wish for at least 80 blankets. The guild told them "don’t worry about it, we got this". They presented 107 quilts to St. Jude’s. Awesome job, Cane Cutters!

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The Giving Quilt and Wasted Women helped the community make a Baton Rouge Traditions quilt to celebrate the city's bicentennial. This project was for Louisiana Folklife and took place during four different community events over the past couple months. This one was the final event and was part of the Louisiana Book Festival held outside the State Library at the foot of the Capitol building.This quilt will travel, hanging in libraries around the state. 
It was a lot of fun and we had a great turn out!

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The Queen Bees had a QOV ceremony and reception July 20, 2017.
They had nine recipients, one of whom was not able to make it.
It was a very moving ceremony. What a wonderful way to honor our veterans.

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The Queen Bees thank all who donated fabric for our "Cop Car Quilts" project. Here are some of those that are ready to go. 

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Some of the Queen Bees gathered to make quilt tops for HTTN Breast Cancer Foundation. Quilts are made for cancer patients.
Way to go Queen Bees!

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AQS 2016 and 2017 Art Quilt Engagement Calendars Feature GSQA Members and Circuit Teachers
Julia Graber and Dorinda Evans

Quilts by GSQA members and Circuit Teachers Dorinda Evans and Julia Graber appear in the 2016 and 2017 AQS Art Engagement Calendars. Julia's quilt, "Family Circle- Farmer's Delight" is featured on the cover of the 2016 calendar. Dorinda's quilt, "Color Wheel Cubed, Too" is featured the week of March 20th, 2017.
Well done, ladies!

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The Giving Quilt to be Honored with "The Power of 9" Award
The Giving Quilt will be honored at the end of July with WAFB TV, Baton Rouge Channel 9's "Power of 9" award.

They were nominated by the Resource Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, at the urging of a member of their volunteer committee. The story will be aired near the end of July and can then be viewed on WAFB's web site, http://www.wafb.com/

"Power of 9" information is available under the News Menu, currently http://www.wafb.com/category/267239/power-of-9
Congratulations to The Giving Quilt!

Good Morning Ladies,

A few weeks ago, Mrs. Frances Bennett, a member of our Active for Autism Volunteer Committee reached out asking for your contact information. She learned of the work that you did with the Sewing Rocks project at Breakfast with 2une In and she wanted to nominate you for the Power of 9 Award through WAFB.

I just heard the news today��The Giving Quilt has not only been nominated for the award, but you won!!! I cannot think of a group of individuals more deserving than all of you. In fact just yesterday, I heard from the Grandmother of a child who is a recipient of one of the weighted blankets that you made. Her grandson has Autism and a number of other serious health concerns. Due to his health concerns he has lost a drastic amount of weight and he is down to 55 lbs. He has severe sensory issues, feeding issues, sleep disorders just to name a few things that he struggles with. When he first got the blanket, his Grandmother was not sure he would like it because it is heavy. He uses it primarily during the day and he just loves to curl up with it. He wants to take it everywhere they go. He calls it his “heavy blanket.” The other night he was having trouble sleeping. No matter what he did, how he positioned himself, he could just not get comfortable so that he could sleep. He told his Grandmother, “I need my heavy blanket.” She went and got the blanket and covered him with it and he went right to sleep.

I wanted to share this story with you, so you can know just how much your work is touching the lives of others. You have each used your skill and your talent to provide comfort to these kids, who need it so desperately. We thank you so much for the work you have done, for allowing us to be a part of it, and we, Jamie, Penni and myself and the rest of the team here at FHF congratulate you on this award which is very well deserved. We are so excited for you!



Teresa N. Wilson

Program Director for the Resource Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Members of The Giving Quilt display quilt tops sewn at the Holy Trinity Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Community Sew Day. Twenty-two quilts will be completed when all are sewn, quilted and bound.
Our 28 attendees had a great day of sewing, fun and fellowship!

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