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QuiltFest 2014

 "It's Not All Black and White"
 

September 25, 26, 27 
Prime F Osborn III Convention Center
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, Florida

Free parking in the Prime Osborne parking lot
(has a train engine just inside the entrance)
access on Bay Street

HOURS

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
 

QuiltFest is an open judged show.
Prize money will be awarded in each category as follows:

1st place - $300, 2nd place - $200 and 3rd place - $100

In addition, each of the following will receive:
Best of Show - $300
Viewer's Choice, Artistic Merit,
Best Hand Quilting and Best Machine Quilting - $100 each. 
Ribbons only will be awarded for
Judge's Recognition, Honorable Mention, Presidents' Award
and all Young Quiltmakers.



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Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they transition back to civilian life. WWP takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.

wounded-warriors13Quilters have begun an unofficial program of making quilts for soldiers injured in the war. The quilts are shipped to combat hospitals and given to soldiers in Intensive Care Units. These troops are often sent home in minimally heated cargo planes, so the quilts are functional for warmth in addition to showing that we care and thank them for their sacrifices.

The quilts needed have just 3 requirements:

  • Size is 4 ft x 6 ft 6 in, or 48 inches by 78 inches (the size of stretchers and gurneys)
  • All cotton; no synthetics, including the batting (80/20 batting is OK)
  • Red/white/blue or appropriate patriotic theme (no cartoon characters)

Since many quilts are needed, quantity is more important than time-consuming patterns, but all quilts are welcomed. One Doctor in Iraq thinks the quilts do soldiers more good than receiving a medal, which they often pin onto their quilts.

 
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