Contact person: Lisa McCurdy
Quilt Quest is a joint project of
the Red River Quilters Guild and the Red River Revel Arts Festival taking place
the week after our quilt show ends. The Revel is a field trip for
local area 4th graders. Quilt Quest is one stop during their visit, the
purpose being to encourage creativity and teach children about caring for
others through community service.
Volunteers are needed both to guide
the children in drawing cheerful pictures on 6" muslin squares as well as
demonstrate the sewing together of quilt squares.
Lisa will be coordinating shuttles
for volunteers as there is limited close parking at the Revel. Shuttles
will leave from Pierre Bossier Mall (Bossier City) and Mall St. Vincent
(Shreveport) at 8:30 AM each day, returning by 2:30PM. Make sure to sign
up with Cindy so she can be sure everyone who needs a ride is accounted for!
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Quilt Quest’s History
Planning for Quilt Quest begins many
months prior to the event, with the first priority being the cutting of 7,500
bleached muslin squares. Next, yards and yards of bright juvenile fabrics
are purchased. Letters are sent out to national companies in the spring
asking for donation of fabric, muslin and thread.
During the Revel, approximately
7,500 fourth grade children from Caddo & Bossier Parishes arrive in busses
at Riverview Hall over a 5 day period. The children use fabric
markers to draw on a 6-1/2" square of plain muslin fabric. They
are encouraged to create happy pictures that they think would bring cheer to a
sick child. The children also have an opportunity to arrange the
squares on a design board as well as observe our quilters sewing the squares
The work continues after Quilt Quest
is over with the heat setting of all the artful squares. Kits are then
assembled with all the components included to make a completed quilt (top,
backing, batting and label). When all the kits have been sewn into quilts
we should have at least 200 quilts for children in area hospitals and care
facilities. These quilts are appropriately called "Love
Launched in 2002, Quilt Quest has
become a favorite activity of students, teachers, parents, and volunteers. The
project is a success at every level. Individuals, organizations and
manufacturers provide fabric and supplies (the guild purchases or accepts
donations of hundreds of yards of fabric each year). Volunteers spend
hours washing, pressing and cutting the fabric. Additional time is
donated to sew the quilts together and assist at the Quilt Quest
itself. The students enjoy the opportunity to use their imaginations
and learn that they can help others by expressing creativity.
All members are invited to
participate in any aspect of Quilt Quest. It's a year-round project so
there's something for everyone, from providing fabric or supplies, cutting,
sewing squares, making quilt kits (and/or quilts!) or distributing the quilts
to helping guide the children at the Revel.
Special thanks to all the Red River
Quilters Guild members who selflessly provide their time, fabric and
equipment. The project’s success would not be possible without them.