Quilts for Tidewell Hospice – Please refer to these guidelines when making quilts for Tidewell Hospice patients.

Sizes:  36” x 48” or 48” x 60” or any size in between.  These quilts are meant to be used as lap quilts or thrown across the foot of the bed to provide cheer and comfort.

Hospice patients are all ages so any fabrics or themes may be used.  I would assume the majority of their patients are older so more generic fabrics to fit any age or sex would be good.

Cheerful bright or soft colors in all cotton fabrics are preferred.

Low loft batting quilted at least as densely as the manufacturer recommends.

Machine quilting and binding.

No embellishments (buttons, fringe, lace, invisible thread).

These quilts are meant to be used and should withstand washing in hot water.

All quilts need a label.  Labels can be picked up at the Friendship Knot monthly meetings from Cass Bowen or Suzy Weinbach.  A label template is also available on the website.

Quilts may be turned in at any guild meeting.  If unable to attend or send with a friend, contact Cass Bowen at cbcassiecat@gmail.com or Suzy Weinbach at suzy.weinbach@yahoo.com for other delivery arrangements.

Have fun making these quilts.  They will certainly cheer someone up!

Quilt Labels to Print

Charity Quilts Slide Show

Find ways to sew for others. The Friendship Knot Quilters’ Guild supports KidzQuilts, Shelter Bed Buddies, Fidget Quilts, and Meals on Wheels.  Read below to learn how to make items especially for these worthy groups.


Placemats for Meals on Wheels


Let’s help brighten the holidays for those who receive Meals on Wheels in Sarasota County by making placemats to be delivered with their meal during the holidays.  Making placemats is a great way to use up scraps and they are the perfect size for practicing free motion quilting too!

Placemats can be any theme (not necessarily holiday fabrics) and should be a standard placemat size, 14″ x 16″ give or take an inch, (no smaller than 12” x 14”)  with a single layer of batting inside. Use any pattern, or no pattern at all. Use orphan blocks leftover from a quilt or a class project, two fat quarters that you have no plans for, some fabric you have fallen out of love with – the ideas are endless and I’m sure we all have fabric languishing in our stash that would love to fine a new home in the form of a placemat.

Placemats should be as flat as possible so you could use a layer of flannel or fusible fleece in place of the thicker batting.

Sarasota County delivers about 800 meals daily so that is our goal for placemats though Meals on Wheels will welcome however many we donate.

Need some pattern ideas?  There are dozens of tutorials on YouTube.

Placemats can be turned in to Elva Farrell at any guild meeting between now and December. All placemats will be displayed at our holiday party in December then delivered to Meals on Wheels.

Fidget Quilts

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 lifesabeachbag@gmail.com 


Kidz Quilts


KIDZQUILTS Label Template – Print your own or contact Joy Abbott (Joyabbott1@comcast.net) to receive some in the mail
  • We will update this page when we are able to meet and work together.

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 rasanks22@aol.com