I was inspired by Carolyn Morris and the Panel Quilt that she made for Children's Hospital. As many panels have been donated to ACQ, I have made several kits with fabrics for borders added, for you to put a small quilt together. You can use your own stash (or crumbs) to make the quilt worthy of someone needing quilt hugs! These are a quick project for those who would like to help out. Also, our contact from At Home Hospice has asked for Fidget Quilts. This might be a fun way to use scraps and other objects around the house. If you have items to donate or an interest in participating, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have included some helpful information below regarding Fidget Quilts.
WHAT IS A "FIDGET QUILT"?
Fidget quilts are used for Alzheimer, dementia patients who need something to do with their hands, especially those that are staying in an unfamiliar hospital or care home. The idea is give the fingers and hands something to do, and it can help those with dementia feel calm while keeping them occupied. The usual size is 18 x 20 inches. They can feature zippers, ties, ribbon, strings, buttons, snaps, closures, buckles, lace, velcro, elastic, beads, rick-rack and different textures - like minky, stretchy, pom-poms, pockets, braids.....you name it. Anything that can keep the fingers busy and can be washed will work....think of a child's busy book! Items must be able to withstand hot water as they'll be washed frequently. Since these interactive textiles are meant to stimulate memory, it is important that fidget quilts trigger the senses by using different textures and embellishments as much as possible.
submitted by Sheila Clark