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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
KIDZQUILTS Label Template – Print your own or contact Joy Abbott (Joyabbott1@comcast.net) to receive some in the mail
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