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Thread: Lap quilts for nursing home residents

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    Senior Member Toni C's Avatar
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    Humm I need to check out some nursing homes around here.As for material think of used clothing. I watch those storage wars and they throw allot of those cloths away. If they don't smell bad or are not moldy they could be washed and cut into squares. Great way to recycle what would go to waste. Yard sales and Goodwill ect. You would be amazed how much material comes out of a 1-2 or 3X shirt. I saw a cross pattern that would be easy if I can find it. Just squares sewed together would be welcome I'm sure. When you have nothing, anything is welcome!

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    Any quick pattern will do. I tend to do oversized blocks, but my fav is still my QAYG pattern. All but the sunflower were made for this exact purpose. The star was made from a striped fabric.
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    Okay, Now that I got the ball rolling, and I'm home to see that I have, I need to know when you are planning on giving our friends their presents. I found left over rag quilt squares I can whip into a quilt They are flannel on both sides with batting in the middle. The quilt was made for my nephew, so it's manly. How big do you need it?
    I am very lucky. My mom is 84. She still drives, and goes to the gym four times a week. Babysits my dog while I am at work. Picks up stranded kids when they call, etc...

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    You folks are so awesome...it's just amazing. So many helping hands will certainly make this happen in a timely fashion! I'm thinking that if I could get the quilts together by the middle or 3rd week of December that would be good. It would be nice to give them to the residents for Christmas presents I was thinking. So anything anyone can do will help. This is turning into such a wonderful thing with all the help everyone is offering.

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    For those who are in wheelchairs, the quilts need to be a little longer. I try to make them 42"x 70".

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    I think this is awesome that you are doing this and I am going to try myself. I also wanted to point out that using flannel or double knit for the backing helps keep them from sliding off so easily. Double knit isn't what we want on a work of art but it helps with the functionality and wears like iron.

    Since everyone's stuff needs to be labeled it would be nice if you put a label with a blank spot for their name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marycumi View Post
    Here is a link to a free pattern for a cozy shoulder shawl from Sewing With Nancy. Easy quick and just right for a nursing home resident.

    http://www.nancysnotions.com/jump.do...=cozyshoulders
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    I made a few of these last winter with fleece and they worked up quickly!!!! Just enough to take the chill off your shoulders and back. Fleece has been on sale the last few weeks at JoAnns and Hancocks

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    May I suggest if making lap quilts to put ties on so they do not fall off laps. When I made my mother her quilt thats what I did, Nursing staff really appreciated that and they can be untied to use restroom.
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    Thank you CJR for the suggestion of ties...I wouldn't have thought to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnalynett View Post
    For those who are in wheelchairs, the quilts need to be a little longer. I try to make them 42"x 70".
    I'm a bit puzzled, by this. When my FIL was wheelchair-bound, the nursing home advised against anything too long, as it could get caught in the wheels.
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