Quilts for a cause

Thousands of visitors, hundreds of vendors, and more than 600 quilts later the 32nd AQS Quilt Week comes to a close.

The four-day event brings in people from all over the world to partake in contests or workshops, and among each quilt people see, lays a story behind its creation.

Quilters donated their time to make about 60 quilts during this year’s show for Anna’s Quilts.

Chuck Clark’s niece Anna was diagnosed in 2010 with Non-Hodgkins T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.  During that time out of nervousness, Clark made two quilts for Anna while she was in the hospital.

“We noticed it was a very sterile environment and not bright colors, and so we tried to bring bright colorful quilts and tried to distribute them,” Clark said.

Now Anna is cancer free, but they’re still making quilts for other sick children at Cardinal Glennon Hospital.

“This project it started off humbly and it’s grown, we’ve been very blessed,” Clark said.

Clark’s company Calico Country donates the fabric and people donate their time

‘That’s a really precious thing to give away your time,” Clark said.

They’ve made more than 500 quilts.

There are also quilts at the show in memory of lost loved ones like the quilt, “The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars”.

A Friend of Lorna Blount, Tate Graham said Lorna had made over 100 quilts but never submitted any, until this one. Her husband Alan Blount sent us a photo attached to this story.

 Diagnosed with bone cancer last July, the quilt was in its early stages, but Lorna was in the late stages of cancer. She died in March, but not before hearing from the AQS Quilt Show.

Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning says they sent her a letter saying she’d be in this year’s AQS Quilt Show.

“She received the letter that her quilt had been juried into the show. So she did know before she passed she did know that her quilt had been accepted in this quilt show,” Browning said.

A dream of hers – her husband says he’s happy came true. Alan says she was very sick when they received the letter, but when he read to her, that her quilt had been accepted  he says Lorna smiled and you could tell it really brightened her day.

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