Fidget blankets, aka activity blankets, are therapeutic quilts that usually lap size and provide tactile and sensory stimulation. They are made from soft fabric that usually has bright colors and has different textures and various sensory tactile activities such as fake fur, zippers, buttons, a Velcro tab, laces, etc. They can include just about anything that keeps the hands busy.
We took 18 fidget quilts and 2 walker bags to the Brookdale Memory Care on Santa Barbara. The staff there was very happy to receive them. We will continue to provide additional items.
Pictured above are some of the ladies who produced the blankets and stockings. Back row: Cindy Asaro, Juanita Ridenour, Gloria Craven, Joan O'Brien, and Barb Grabowski. Front row: Pam Sangar, Louise Files, Sandi Keefer, Millie McCarthy, Michelle Gregg, Lynn Suhr, and Sue Sullivan.
QUILTERS AND CRAFTERS
We have had a very busy month.
Thanks to the extreme generosity of Arline Hansen, we received yards and yards and more yards of free fabric. And her sister, Gladys, gave the same in yarn and floss.
We decided to spend this time on two projects. The first was to transform multiple yards of flannel into NICU blankets for Golissano Hospital. Secondly, we teamed with Heron’s Glen to produce items for all students and staff at Littleton School. From the massive amounts of Christmas fabric we now have, the group made 75 Christmas stockings.
Our time this season will be full as we learn new techniques to help produce items for family, friends, and those in need.
LAKE FAIRWAYS QUILTERS AND CRAFTERS
Submitted by Michelle Gregg
Season is starting, and so are many of our fun activities.
One of mine is quilting. And I get to display that interest by taking part in the Quilters and Crafters group which meets every Tuesday from 1-4 in the back of the clubhouse. Depending on the time of year, our group could number from 4 to 20.
And not just quilters come to the meetings. Knitters, crocheters, artists, cross-stitchers, and all manner of crafters come to work and share the love of doing all sorts of projects.
We aren’t just making items for ourself or family; what we produce often goes to charity projects for Hospice, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Quilts of Valor, Project Linus, local schools, and others in need.
In March, we will proudly display our work in a show in the clubhouse. It gets bigger every year.
If you think you might enjoy being a part of such endeavors, please come to a meeting. We would love to show you what we do. All levels of expertise are welcome!!
Pictured here is the memorial brick purchased to honor one of the founders of our quilting group, Sandy Uhlin. Sandy passed in October after a horribly debilitating illness: interstitial lung disease. She was a lifelong sewist, and she produced hundreds of quilts for friends and family. Plus, she donated an equal amount to charity. Her calm demeanor and example were a constant source of inspiration to our members. We miss her every day and will always aspire to be just like her.
Season in Florida means that we have many options of places to explore. And we hadn’t been able to do much of that in recent memory!
Craft shows, tag sales, art exhibits, concerts, plays…all meant to expand our life experiences.
And I’d like to offer yet another option: The Southwest Florida Quilters Guild’s biennial Quilt Show. The Theme is “Colors of the Sea”, a fitting name for our region.
A few of our local quilters/crafters group will be displaying some of their work. Arline Hansen and Michelle Gregg will have quilts on display.
The Guild will hang 200 quilts made since the show in 2020, and 15 vendors will be there to demonstrate and sell their products. A professional judge will award ribbons to worthy recipients.
Once held at the Lee Civic Center, the venue is now at the Fort Myers Event Center at 1900 Park Meadows Drive. This is right by the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Crystal Drive. Follow the signs, or your own GPS service.
The show takes place on Friday, February 11, from 10-5, and on Saturday, February 12, from 10-4. Parking is free and the entry donation is $8.
On display will be the Colors of the Sea Raffle Quilt, 82” x 94”, that some lucky ticket holder will go home with. The guild also will have gorgeous handmade items for sale in its Boutique, alongside a display of beautiful Silent Auction gifts.
The Guild uses all proceeds to benefit its continuing education classes and charitable services. Members make hundreds of donatable quilt items annually for Hospice, Golisano Children’s Hospital, NICU units, schools, churches, Project Linus, and veterans.
Quilting is really all about the love of a challenge and the smiles on the faces of those who receive them.