I hadn’t heard of Fidget Quilts until last year. I was intrigued and wanted to find out more. A Google search quickly educated me about them.
They are small lap sized quilts (about 20″) with items such as zips, buttons pockets etc securely stitched on for the recipient to fiddle with and so sooth restless hands.
Typically they are made for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia or any other conditions where the user would be comforted by occupying restless fingers.
Coincidentally, at around the same time a friend of mine asked if I knew anyone who made Fidget Quilts as she wanted one made for her mother. Of course I jumped at the chance to make her one myself.
She supplied me with offcuts of her own daughters wedding dress and her own mother of the bride outfit so the little quilt also held personal memories.
I took the finished Fidget Quilt to my Quilting class to encourage others to get involved.
Pictured below are a couple of the Fidget Quilts made by class members.
We gave 12 Fidget Quilts to a local home who were very grateful to receive them for their residents.
As you can see they are quite colourful and playful by nature.
If you are tempted to make a Fidget Quilt simply gather together some bits and bobs from your Sewing Box/Bag/Cupboard/Room.
You can use little bits and pieces you made earlier. Maybe a sample of a technique you have laying around. Anything that can be fiddled with.
And start having fun stitching them securly onto a 20″ approximately, piece of fabric/block.
I found it best to stitch onto the fabric with a piece of waddling at the back. That way you can stitch your buttons etc. though to the wadding. I feel that gives the little quilts a more secure finish.
Add a backing and your good to go.
So this month’s gift is ‘paying it forward – a gift for those in need.
I’ll catch up with you all in June. Joy