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    I have a request for quilters. While making a quilt for my aunt on dialysis, I searched to see if there were in organization that make quilts for dialysis patients. I could not find one. My aunt is always saying how cold it is there and althought at her center they do give them blankets, they are still cold. I read on the internet with cutbacks some hospitals have stopped passing out blankets to dialysis patients who come in for day treatments, they have to bring their own. So I am requesting to my fellow QB members that we make a quilt for at least one dialysis patient for Christmas. My goal is 10, so far I have 3 tops done.

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    Good idea, I'm in, our local hospital has a chemo unit. You have motivated me to do at least 5. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann63
    I have a request for quilters. While making a quilt for my aunt on dialysis, I searched to see if there were in organization that make quilts for dialysis patients. I could not find one. My aunt is always saying how cold it is there and althought at her center they do give them blankets, they are still cold. I read on the internet with cutbacks some hospitals have stopped passing out blankets to dialysis patients who come in for day treatments, they have to bring their own. So I am requesting to my fellow QB members that we make a quilt for at least one dialysis patient for Christmas. My goal is 10, so far I have 3 tops done.
    Dialysis Patients are usually told to wear warm clothes and bring a blanket as well. I recently made a large quilted bag for my BFF's 90 y/o Mom who is on Dialysis that carries all her stuff to dialysis. It has several pockets and a clear plastic pocket to carry her Insurance card in. Large enough for her blanket and snack.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45603-1.htm

    I made a quilt for former student that was black, red and white - with a black flannel backing so that it could be clean and not stained looking.

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    I love your bag, that's a good idea. I know a lot of people already have charity quilts they make. I thoght this would be a good idea to get rid of some of our UFOs. I have a lot of flannel I can use for backing. Thanks.

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    I also made a quilt for a dialysis patient because she was always so cold. I backed it with flannel & used leftover fabric for a bag. Wish I had thought to put a pocket in for insurance card, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann63
    I have a request for quilters. While making a quilt for my aunt on dialysis, I searched to see if there were in organization that make quilts for dialysis patients. I could not find one. My aunt is always saying how cold it is there and althought at her center they do give them blankets, they are still cold. I read on the internet with cutbacks some hospitals have stopped passing out blankets to dialysis patients who come in for day treatments, they have to bring their own. So I am requesting to my fellow QB members that we make a quilt for at least one dialysis patient for Christmas. My goal is 10, so far I have 3 tops done.

    What size would be right for this type quilt? I am interested in doing some too.

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    The ones I have done are about 45x60. If anyone has any suggestions, please post them. I still consider myself a beginner so this is new to me. I will post pictures when my camera finish charging.
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    What a wonderful thing to do! My husband will be a dialysis patient in the very new future, so I will make him a quilt. He is always cold now because of blood thinners. I can't imagine how cold he will be once he starts dialysis.

    Thank you for the wonderful suggestion!

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    My husband is on dialysis. He is always saying how cold it gets in there. They could all use a nice warm quilt.

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    I saved your link for the bag. What a great idea! I love that the inside has a zipper. Don't know where they do dialysis around here. It's not at either hospital that I've ever seen, but then, if you aren't looking for it, it probably doesn't jump out at you.

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    That is my goal this year! We have a chemo unit as well. Being a former chemo patient, it can get chilly in there and I want to help other patients!

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    I am a dialysis RN, the reason we keep it so cold is so that their Blood Pressure willnot drop,I even get cold . So that is a wonderful idea, and I know the pts will be very grateful, Thanks

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    That is a great idea, my brother had to have treatment , He said it was cold there, even tho they gave a small blanket to him. The one I made for him was flannel, nice and warm, he loved it. I will gladly make a couple to give to the dialysis center, Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linda mote
    I am a dialysis RN, the reason we keep it so cold is so that their Blood Pressure willnot drop,I even get cold . So that is a wonderful idea, and I know the pts will be very grateful, Thanks
    Then would we be defeating the purpose by helping dialysis patients stay warm with a cozy quilt?

    Just wondering ...

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    Keep with the cottons. Our center here asked that we do not use fleece, or any synthetic fabric, because it can react with the patient's skin. Flannel rag quilts work really well too.

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    My mother was commissioned to make a comforter for a dialysis patient. She used down feathers and made it out of micro-suede. It was beautiful and the man paid her the $100 for supplies and $150 for labor. She was hoping for more orders but I'm sure that price is too steep for patients.

    I'm just wondering...are regular quilts warm enough for the patients? This patient wanted something really heavy. Would the quilts need some special kind of batting?

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    My husband was a dialysis patient and speaking from experience darker colors which would not show stains would be big plus, blood stains are always a posibility and It might really upset someone to get their light colored quilt stained. Check with your local center to see if they have any restrictions on fabric types like no fleece. They could also point you in the direction of someone who really needs the lovig touch of a special quilt. From my experience the nurses, patients and caregivers become one big family.

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    Wonderful idea,

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    My husband works at a dialysis unit and last year a guild in our ara donated 50=60 quilts for their patients. They were all sizes. He had me come by to look at them before they were given out. They were beautiful. Each patient received one to keep. It was a mini quilt show and a generous gesture. he said the patients loved them

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    My daughter is a social worker at a diaylis clinic (actually works at 5 different locations and she also tells me how cold they get and some do not have funds for extra's so you have inspired me also to do this for her patients.(right now she has 70) Thanks for sharing this idea with our board.
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    I like to offer another suggestion. My DH was a dialysis patient, He didn't like the quilt because it kept falling down. I took a old polar sweater, made a slit all the way on top of the sleeve and put a two way zipper. He kept warm , the nurse loved it because the tubing was not hidden and it was easy to access. I did some for some of the patients who brought sweaters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann63
    I have a request for quilters. While making a quilt for my aunt on dialysis, I searched to see if there were in organization that make quilts for dialysis patients. I could not find one. My aunt is always saying how cold it is there and althought at her center they do give them blankets, they are still cold. I read on the internet with cutbacks some hospitals have stopped passing out blankets to dialysis patients who come in for day treatments, they have to bring their own. So I am requesting to my fellow QB members that we make a quilt for at least one dialysis patient for Christmas. My goal is 10, so far I have 3 tops done.
    So pleased to see this as last week I delivered a dozen to our local hospital here in North Wales, they were so grateful as you can see: An added bonus was that Nora, the grey haired lady insisted on trying to buy it so to appease her we suggested that she made a donation to the Renal unit, and said to Dr Hans, the gentleman on the right, to say the same to any patient who wanted to pay something.

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    my aunt does this, my uncle is on dialysis, she makes them for his friends on dialysis. Bless your heart

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    I'm in....great suggesion..I did not know of the need

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    Quote Originally Posted by joym
    I'm in....great suggesion..I did not know of the need
    I didn't either until my aunt went on dialysis. A lot of members already are doing wonderful work with different organizations making quilts. I just thought for the ones who have the time and extra fabric (lol) around, we could do something we love doing and help someone at the same time. Some quilters may have that quilt they just hate or the points didn't match, or blocks didn't lineup. Maybe this can be a quilt you donate. I figure this will help motivate me to finish some of my UFOs. Thank you all for responding, it's all about making us aware of the need for others.

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