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Thread: I have a challenge for you all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    Great idea. The folks love visitors, though, so try to give it to the lucky resident in person. It's the personal human contact that is the greater gift. :thumbup:
    I have to agree. As I was reading this, I thought about how I used to visit nursing homes as a Girl Scout. I think I will make a couple of quilts with my children and then take them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting cat
    Quote Originally Posted by sisLH
    I used to make the 'lapghans' (lap sized quilts or afghans) but then the nursing home asked if I could make shoulder wraps instead as the lapghans continually fell to the floor and got caught up in the wheelchair spokes. Most residents stated that their shoulders were always so cold -maybe others could work this into their projects also.
    This reminds me of a project (popular c. 1980) that was called a "butterfly jacket". It was made by putting 5 quilt blocks (I think they were 14") together in a cross shape, curving the corners off and cutting up to the center from one edge for a front opening and making a neck slit; then all the edges were bound and ties added to the sides and front.
    Sounds like a good one for the nursing home!
    can you post a picture or a drawing...my brain just can't get it pictured

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahrachel
    I'm already thinking Christmas and what everyone's faces will look like when they open their gifts. Then for some reason, my mind strayed to those who don't get gifts at Christmas, or don't get to see their families. And it made me sad, all those frowns and sad people on Christmas.

    So I decided I was going to make 1 extra quilt and give it to one of the local nursing homes. I was watching All in the Family last night, and I think this is where the idea came from, and Edith was working at the Sunshine Home and the one lady died and was sort of upset that her daughter hadn't come to visit her in a while, and how she was sad.

    So I'm going to make 1 extra quilt, even just a lap quilt, and take it to the nursing home and have it all tied up in a nice simple red bow, and ask the front desk to take it to someone who doesn't receive many visitors.

    SO my challenge to you is to make one extra quilt, just one, it can be a patchwork or anything you like, and take it to either a nursing home, a homeless shelter and just donate it to the shelter, or the local children's home because I know every year ours goes around and asks for gifts to give the children so that each child can open at least 1 present.

    I'll keep you posted on my quilt and you can post yours as well if you want.
    I did find a quilted shawl in McCall's magazine March/April 2011 on p. 85

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    Sounds like a great idea. I will try to do some. Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahrachel
    Quote Originally Posted by Flo Pierce
    Great idea. I too will start thinking about it. I live very near
    a nursing home. What size do you ladies consider a good
    lap quilt.??

    flo from NNY
    I was told that they shouldn't be wider than 36 inches so they won't get caught in the wheels and no longer than 48 inches. I'm thinking about doing a sampler quilt with 12 inch blocks, but then I wouldn't have any sashing...must think about this!
    When you make them, cut off the bottom corners so they can't get caught in the wheels - 12" squares 3 across and 4 down, the bottom three are 1 square and 2 HST. Then add a fleece back and SID and cross the squares to finish. Our guild makes these and has had a lot of requests for more of them.

    Some folks think to make a foot pocket for keeping toes warm, but I see it as a tangle problem since the folks need to move around in and out of the wheelchair, and staff can't be constantly bending down to pull the feet out while the occupant is trying to get up to help the aide get them out of the chair.

    My mom is in a facility and I can see how it helps to have something easy to use.

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    Great Idea, God Bless you

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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626
    that's a great idea. I'm going to try to do this too. I also ran across a pattern for a quilted shawl (with pockets). Basically, it's just a regular quilt but the size is approx. 30" x 72" then nice-sized pockets are added to each end. I definitely want to make one for myself on these chilly MI winters.
    Do you have a link to the pattern. BrendaK

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    Im in! This is a fantastic idea!

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    I work in a nursing home and can tell you that the residents love , love, love getting quilts,lapquilts for gifts. Also they love to know who made it for them and why, sometimes they want that connection and be able to say thank you to the maker! Keep up the great idea! Another aspect of the quilt giving with the maker known is that the staff also wants to thank the people that give so generously of their time and talent. It warms our hearts as well when our residents are remembered.

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    This may have been mentioned, but if not...I would like to suggest that you ask the front desk who that person is and take it to them in person. They would love to talk to you and thank you. Maybe even get their name and come back and put their name on the quilt...these kind of things have a way of walking away.

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