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Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer & Dementia Patients


Fidget quilts are small lap quilts with little activities sewn on to keep fingers busy on active or nervous hands. A fidget quilt gives those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia something to fiddle with and think about. In this class you will make a nine-square lap-size fidget quilt. (Finished size: 18” x 18”.) We will show you different activities that can be included on your fidget mat and how to construct them.  Stop by shop to see sample. $49

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Some items will be available in class for you to choose from and add to your piece, but you should come to class with a variety of items to add to your fidget quilt. Examples of items to bring are included on the class supply list.

No quilting experience is necessary.

Basic sewing supplies:
Sewing machine in good working order (You will need to bring a general sewing foot, a zipper foot and buttonhole foot, if you have one.)
Fabric scissors
Small scissors or snips to cut threads
Rotary cutter (optional, but recommended)
Seam ripper
Fabric marker, pen or marking chalk
Pins or Wonder Clips (Wonder Clips are optional, but recommended)
Universal sewing machine needles, size 80/12
Coordinating good quality all-purpose thread (polyester or cotton)

Project Supplies:
(9) 6″ x 6″ squares of quilt weight cotton (if using different fabric colors/patterns, 3 squares of 3 different colors/patterns works well)
(9) 6″ x 6″ squares of Pellon Fusible Fleece or Fusible Thermolam Plus Fleece (Pellon 987F or Pellon TP971F)
20 ¼” x 20 ¼” square of fabric for backing and binding
(4) 2″ x 18″ pieces of fabric for sashing
Quilters Select Appli-Stick, Steam-a-Seam or some other type of double sided fusible web with paper tape attached (1/2″-1″ width is recommended)

Various items for the activities on your fidget quilt. Examples include: zippers, buttons, plastic beads, plastic loops, ribbons, rick rack, tassels, pieces of fabric or embellishments with different textures/reflective qualities (felt, minky, satin, faux fur, mesh, lace, sequins ribbon, burlap, felt, fleece, flannel) sew on Velcro, plastic clasp side release buckle, plastic slider, webbing, cording, shoe laces, paracord, cord clasp, poly pellets, elastic (1/8″-1″ wide)***

If your sewing machine has the following additional feet, please bring them: walking foot or dual feed foot, zipper foot, button foot and buttonhole foot.

**Please come to class with fabric and fleece already cut to the sizes listed above or you may not be able to finish your project in the time allotted!

***Think about the recipient of the fidget quilt and what they might like or what might evoke certain memories for them. Feel free to make a themed quilt based on colors, hobbies, sports teams, animals/pets, or travel destinations the recipient may have enjoyed.

Please note: The items that you add to your quilt should be machine washable, so that the finished quilt can be laundered.