CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
Bumble Bags for the Humble Bumble Project
Placemats for Meals on Wheels
Pillowcases for Hershey Children's Hospital
Pillowcases for Goodies for our Troops
A Fidget Quilt is a small lap quilt that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless or "fidgety" hands of someone with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.
Fidget quilts should fit on a lap or table so the user can reach everything on it. 18” x 24" works well. (12 - 6 1/2" blocks)
All fabrics and embellishments should be washable.
All embellishments should be securely sewn to the quilt.
Fidget quilts are needed for men and women. Choose either gender neutral fabric/colors or you can make it highly gendered with novelty prints and gendered colors.
Keep it simple.
Busy patterns may cause fidget items to blend in the background and make the quilt look chaotic.
Contrasting blocks help draw attention to every area of the quilt.
Do use textured fabrics such as flannel, fleece, Minky fur, satin, silk, corduroy, chenille, mesh overlays, tulle, denim, etc.
Do use ribbon, lace, ric-rac, embroidery, Velcro, zippers, pockets, prairie points, etc.
Do NOT use anything that could be a potential choking hazard such as small buttons, beads, or objects under 1" in size.
Do NOT use anything metal such as buckles, D rings, jewelry, etc.
Most importantly, have FUN! Fidget quilts are a great opportunity to practice your free motion quilting, new quilting patterns, new blocks, machine embroidery, and applique. Use Fidget Quilts to learn something new, try something new, or to practice some skills.
A tip sheet for the Bumble Bag pattern can be found by clicking here.
A Bumble Bag Tutorial with step-by-step photos can be found by clicking here.