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Make a Fidget Quilt

A Fidget Quilt, or activity blanket, is a lap quilt that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless hands of someone with Alzheimer’s and/or other forms of dementia. The quilt should have items that can be fiddled with. This could be zippers, ties, cords, ribbon, rick-rack, Velcro, lace, etc. Velcro seems to be a favorite as you can manipulate it as well has hear it. The most important part of the quilt is a variety of textures. Consider using different fabrics such as minky, knits, corduroy, and/or satin. Whatever you put on it, be sure everything is securely attached and will survive numerous washings and dryings. These busy blankets are perfect for using up your scraps from projects that are finished. Those oddball supplies that are just hanging around and not doing much in your sewing room but taking up space can be put to good use here! Your quilt top will need to be approximately the size of an over-sized placemat – or really any size that will fit across your lap, and not drag on the floor. Around a fat quarter or 18’ x 20” would be good. Feel free to customize this to what you have on hand – there is no “right” size here! These little quilts could also be made with a strip of Velcro along one edge so it can be attached to a walker.

Contact Person: Dale Gruder at 


Kidz Quilts


KIDZQUILTS Label Template – Print your own or contact Joy Abbott ( to receive some in the mail
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Shelter Bed Buddy/Pet Beds

Jane Sanks, Coordinator
The beds consist of a liner which is stuffed at our workshops, sewn closed and then placed into a cover with a Velcro closure. For 2018, our total is 1014 shelter beds.
 Please join us at one of our workshops. We cannot make enough beds to meet demand.
 Workshop dates are usually the Friday of the week we have our Guild meetings.
Future workshop dates in 2020: TBA
 You may always call me to make certain of the date. We would love to have you join us.
 We meet from 1 to 3 pm at the American Red Cross facility on the north end of Cantu Court in Sarasota.
You may call me for more information: Jane Sanks (941) 923-4240 or (941) 726-2849. If you prefer, you could also send an email to