Jenclair from Bayou Quilts and Dolls, has been making and writing about Fidget Quilts for a few weeks now and she has really inspired me. My mom had Alzheimer's, and I feel a special need to pitch in and help others who are suffering from this horrible disease.
This is the second quilt and it is a bit of a mess, I'll admit. There is really no rhyme or reason to it. I just threw fabric onto a small square of left overs from another project in which I'd made scrap fabric. When it was almost large enough I remembered my idea of using fabric from an old washcloth that should have been tossed.
The washcloth fabric is both soft (because it's so worn) and rough (because it's a terry cloth) so the added texture and bulkiness will a pair of hands something different to fidget with.
Some loops along the edges and a piece of purple satin add even more dimension and texture. And boom! Another quilt ready to go.
I do have one concern about all of my little quilts. A friend had a Catholic bracelet, blessed by a priest, that broke. I asked her for the bracelet so that I could stitch the individual beads to the quilt. At our guild meeting a few days ago, someone mentioned that nursing homes would not take quilts with buttons and beads sewn on because they are too rough.
I haven't called the nursing homes to ask, but I intend to do so. In the meantime I'm wondering whether anyone else has had a problem or has been able to donate the quilts with buttons and other items sewn on. Please leave a comment letting me know. I'm not sewing anything else onto the quilts, just in case I'll need to cut them off, but I'd like some input.
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