fidget spinner? What about Fidget quilts? The Sewing Guild makes…

You’ve probably heard of the fidget toy trend that’s been around in recent years – Fidget Spinners, Pop-Its, fidget cubes. But have you ever heard of choppy duvets?

Fidget quilts are a form of sensory stimulation that can benefit people with memory loss, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

And a group of local sewing aficionados — the Western Wisconsin Indianhead Chapter of the American Sewing Guild — will meet at 10 a.m. on March 24 at Lake Street United Methodist Church to create quilts for local healthcare facilities. memory.

They are small 18″ x 18″ quilts with approximately nine different fabric blocks, buttons, Velcro, fringe, fur, yarn, and other sensory textures. All items should be secured to the quilts so they don’t get lost or fall out in the wash.

The idea behind fidget quilts is the same as other fidget products. This gives residents a chance to calm their minds and hands by giving them something to fidget with for sensory stimulation. However, in the case of quilts, it looks more familiar than any other type of fidget toy.

The Sewing Guild will donate finished quilts to Azura Memory Care Nursing Home and Heritage Court Memory Care Facility in Eau Claire, as well as Comforts of Home Advanced, Assisted Living in Chippewa Falls.

The Guild decided this would be its March project when one of the Guild members, who is also a nurse, explained how some of her patients were using quilts, says chapter president Winnie Doxsie.

Anyone with a sewing machine and some basic sewing knowledge can join the Sewing Guild on March 24, or you can donate zippers, ribbons, and other textured fabrics to the group.

To learn more about this event and the Western Wisconsin Indianhead Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, you can visit their Facebook page.

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