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Fidget Quilts are comfort quilts for those suffering with Dementia, Alzheimers, or any kind of brain injury.

Anne Brutsche is chairperson of this new service project. Her contact information is in the MTQG Directory.

 

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Fidget Quilt Project - 2016

Fidget Quilts are comfort quilts for those suffering with Dementia, Alzheimers, or any kind of brain injury. They provide sensory stimulation, touch quilts. I have contacted a neighbor who is managing a Home Health Care organization and said she could use 20 quilts. I have not ventured beyond this, as the task could be daunting. I am excited to see that MTQG members responded favorably and want to help. After the Aug. meeting, there were 11 signed up: Meeting dates 2nd Thurs. of each month. For September, the meeting will be September 8 at the Stoneridge Rec. center 1 pm-3 pm. We will brainstorm ideas and bring fabric, fidget quiltother items to sew into these little quilts to help people.

Fabrics: anything with TEXTURE: corduroy, fleece fake fur, terrycloth, sateen, brocade, velvet or lace.

Other Stuff: Buttons, doodads and embellishments must be securely attached to the quilt for the patient to touch, play with. Think outside the box: rickrack, laces, braids, ribbons, trims. Go to the used clothing store for children’s jeans.( pockets, loops, zippers, buttons) I am sure you all will think of something to include.NOTE: Please use flannel on the back to stick to the patient’s clothing(lap). The size of the quilt should be 24x24. I cut 6 1/2 “ squares, some were just bright fabrics , other’s texture, still others and  stuff sewn to them or between the seams. But, whole pieces of fabric could be used and embellishments firmly fixed to the front. Also, strips could be used! Just get excited and create!

MTQG members may bring supplies to the general meeting. I have a large purple tub to drop your donated stuff. Please check your sewing rooms for unwanted embellishments. I am excited to see what you will donate to the cause.Anne Brutsche

Members who which to participate in this project but not join the mini-group are invited to do so as well.

Instructions for making

Here are links to several websites showing ideas for making these quilts:

Heart and Hands

Nancy's Beginnings

Patchwork Posse

Alzheimers/Dementia

Thank you all for helping me in this worthwhile project. Any questions, please don't hesitate to call me. See MTQG Directory for contact information.

Chair: Anne Brutsche

 

Karen Atkins and Jan Adams with two finished "fidget quilts" demos

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