Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 26 to 50 of 120

Thread: Lap quilts for nursing home residents

  1. #26
    Super Member QuiltnLady1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    4,381
    For wheel chair lap quilts -- I find 36x30 to work -- and either round the corners to do a diagonal cut so they stay oout of the wheels (mostly).
    QuiltnLady1

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

  2. #27
    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    5,882
    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj View Post
    Before you add ties to your quilts, check with your local Nursing homes. In Washington state you can not restrain any one in any way. This includes using tied clothing protecters at meal time. I think tying quilts to wheel chairs or on the person might fall into the same area. Best check first if it can be done and how.
    Maybe a large button and strap, with several buttonholes, could be used (on each side of cover). Then it could be adjusted and easily removed. Well, I guess the best solution, would be to just line it with something non-slippery - flannel, fleece, or corduroy, maybe.
    Neesie


    By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
    ~Richard Dawkins

  3. #28
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    metro Portland, OR
    Posts
    2,278
    Thanks for the links for great projects to keep us warm
    http://www.oregonquilting.net
    I choose to give my life away for things that last forever

  4. #29
    Super Member barri1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Woodmere, NY
    Posts
    1,420
    Okay, So I checked what I have in the house, and I have tons of scraps. I have flannel that I cut from shirts. I bought good quality brands at the thrift stores, and couldn't bare throwing them out. I think the men would love them. I also have the pockets. Sooooo. I need you to let us know how many you need in mens, vs. womens, and what size.

  5. #30
    Super Member Daylesewblessed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    West Texas
    Posts
    1,796
    On the subject of teaching quilting to nursing home residents:

    Once/month I bring a batch of prepped fleece blankets for Project Linus to an assisted living center for a work session. The residents do the "braided loop edge" on blankets that I have gotten ready for them. All they have to do is a simple finger crochet of the loops all around the blanket. This is an assisted living facility, not a nursing home. Even so, many of the residents are unable to do the work either because their fingers won't cooperate or they no longer have the cognitive ability.

    Those who can do it love it! Some who cannot do it just sit and enjoy the session. Everyone seems to enjoy my "entertainment" as I tell them about my latest quilt projects and frequently bring "show and tell." I also inform them about the activities of our local Project Linus chapter. The important thing here is that ladies who for decades have given to their communities have an opportunity to continue by making something for children in need. That makes them feel useful.

    The ladies would love to have sessions more frequently, but I am limited in the resources of time for prepping the fleece and money for purchasing it. As it is, we complete at least 15 blankets/month.

    I urge anyone who is interested in leading any classes or work sessions in residential facilities to give it a try -- I find it to be very rewarding. The activities director would be the one to coordinate with.

    Dayle

  6. #31
    Power Poster lynnie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Long Island
    Posts
    38,102
    Blog Entries
    1
    Barri...happy new year.
    i did security in a nursing home a out 15 yrs ago. E ery. Ight id crochet a 30" sq.
    throw. Every morning, somdone would wake up to a nice surprise.

  7. #32
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    387
    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
    Thanks for the pattern link. I have alot of fleece and this is a good quick way to put it to use!

  8. #33
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Madison, Ohio
    Posts
    226
    Blog Entries
    1
    The "Super Size Nine Patch" makes pretty comfort quilts. Just goggle the pattern name and you can download the directions. Easy and pretty.

  9. #34
    Super Member barri1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Woodmere, NY
    Posts
    1,420
    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    Barri...happy new year.
    i did security in a nursing home a out 15 yrs ago. E ery. Ight id crochet a 30" sq.
    throw. Every morning, somdone would wake up to a nice surprise.
    Hi Lynnie,
    That is totally cool.
    I have way too many scraps, and I would love to se them. I made two denim quilts, and a flannel rag quilt in the past year. I can whip some throws up in no time, but I don't have a clue what size they should be. I even have a lot of flannel scraps for backing. The total cost to make them is zero.

  10. #35
    Super Member jcrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Small town in Northeast Oregon close to Washington and Idaho
    Posts
    2,733
    Blog Entries
    5
    I just want to tell you that you are a really special person to care so much about these elderly people. I think you are totally awesome in a great way. I think you are a champion! More power to you!!!! I have some nursing homes around here that I think I will check into and see if I could make a couple of blankets (I'm slow) to help a few of the residents out. And if I could give some of my sweaters to some of the gals. You are on the right path, straight to heaven!
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

  11. #36
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    929
    Blog Entries
    1
    I make lap throws for the nursing home patients all the time. In fact I just took 6 of them yesterday and the activities director was so, so happy to get them. I generally just use a basic 4 or 9 patch block, or perhaps a yellow brick road and sometimes a log cabin with 2 1/2" logs from scraps. I also use orphan blocks when I have them. I also would like to make the patients simple jackets or maybe wheel chair bags but haven't found any really simple patterns for these items. I know they would be very much appreciated.

  12. #37
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    MISSISSIPPI
    Posts
    54
    Blog Entries
    1
    There is a Quilt Guild in east central Mississippi who for several years has made lap quilts, wheel chair and walker caddies for private nursing homes in their immediate area as well as veterans' nursing home and nursing home within 50-75 mile area, in fact as many as 75 for some of the nursing homes. This is some of the community projects they have done as well as learn different techniques in quilting for themseleves. Most of these are quilted, some by hand, some by machine or hand tied. Missbelle

  13. #38
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    929
    Blog Entries
    1
    I make these throws all the time and I buy the warm and natural crib size batting which is 45 x 60. I usually make the throw about 42 x 58 so I have very little waste

  14. #39
    Junior Member Cottage Dee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Bloomfield Township Michigan
    Posts
    162
    This is such a wonderful idea. I'm checking my stash this weekend. I'll bet that here in the Detroit area there are plenty of nursing homes that could use the shoulder wraps and wheelchair wraps!! Love this list for great ideas. My kids and dgks have plenty of mine stuff, so this is really timely!
    Deanna in SE Michigan

  15. #40
    Super Member KyKaren1949's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Owensboro, KY
    Posts
    1,420
    The Take Five pattern might be useful and quick for a lap quilt.
    Karen in Kentucky

  16. #41
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Eastern Shore of Maryland
    Posts
    85
    Blog Entries
    1
    Hi Barril: I'm so appreciative of you and your offer to help and getting the other ladies involved. When I posted this I never dreamed I would get "any" offers to help me...I was just hoping for simple patterns...but thanks to you my task sounds like it's going to be a breeze! My Niece said that she has about a dozen men in her unit, and the rest which would be 32 woman. (I think this varies due to death, transfers etc.,) I would say the size could be any where from 36 x 30 to 36x 36 for lap quilts, maybe even put on a couple of those pockets you were speaking about if you don't mind parting with them. Anything you want to make will be a huge help and just so appreciated by myself and I'm sure the receiver. You are a blessing!

  17. #42
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Eastern Shore of Maryland
    Posts
    85
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thank you JCrow. I appreciate the kind words and I hope you are right about being on the path to heaven. But I didn't start this for that reason, it's just that I have always had a weak spot for the elderly (you can learn so much from them) and when my niece mentioned that some of the state funded residents didn't have sweathers or warm clothes my heart just broke thinking about how much we take for granted and have, so that's why I gave her those clothes I had for Good Will which lead to thinking about making quilts for them. And of course all you kind people have offered to help me with my endeavor which is a blessing to me. So see it all comes back around to helping each other. Isn't that what it's all about anyway?

  18. #43
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    105
    I have several blocks done if you would like them. Please pm me and I will send them to you. What size blocks were you thinking about doing?

  19. #44
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Martensdale, Iowa
    Posts
    231
    Blog Entries
    1
    Also one thing that could be done is long sleeve sweet shirts can be cut down the front in the middle then bind the edge and you have a quick top that will keep them warm. Also they wash very well and wear good to. But remember to make them bigger then there normal size because getting into things can be very hard for the elderly. You might also think about using fleece to make the lap blanket and just finish the edge with a pretty stitch. This also would be nice and warm. If I were you I think it would be nice if you could get a group of ladies together in your area to help with this. Could be alot of fun.

  20. #45
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Eastern Shore of Maryland
    Posts
    85
    Blog Entries
    1
    Dear Grandmahoney: You are right about the sweat shirts, I never thought of that. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to see if I can pick up some at the second hand shops etc. You ladies are so full of good ideas!!!! I don't know any ladies that quilt in my area, other than my friend down the road (and I've already got her roped into this, lol) so getting a group together wouldn't work, but it's a good idea if I did. That's why I was so shocked about the response of all the help offered with this project. You ladies and gents are truly awesome!

  21. #46
    Super Member barri1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Woodmere, NY
    Posts
    1,420
    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Renfro View Post
    Hi Barril: I'm so appreciative of you and your offer to help and getting the other ladies involved. When I posted this I never dreamed I would get "any" offers to help me...I was just hoping for simple patterns...but thanks to you my task sounds like it's going to be a breeze! My Niece said that she has about a dozen men in her unit, and the rest which would be 32 woman. (I think this varies due to death, transfers etc.,) I would say the size could be any where from 36 x 30 to 36x 36 for lap quilts, maybe even put on a couple of those pockets you were speaking about if you don't mind parting with them. Anything you want to make will be a huge help and just so appreciated by myself and I'm sure the receiver. You are a blessing!
    Hi Linda,
    I guess you really didn't have a clue how wonderful the members of the board are. They are awesome.
    I saved my flannel, and denim scraps from quilts, as I didn't want to waste. This is a perfect project for them. The men will love them. The pockets are for the back of the quilts to put what they might want in them. I have more scraps for the women too. There were a couple of generous board members that sent me scraps, as I am making a postage stamp quilt, and don't want to use duplicates. I started collecting the pieces about eight months ago, and thought it would take me forever to amass enough.. How wrong could I be. The members have come to the rescue. I can't start the PSQ until I finish a major project, and work on your quilts. I am pysched..

  22. #47
    Super Member judykay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,444
    Blog Entries
    18
    To help make them so it is not so costly to you use Bonnie Hunter's idea and go to the thrift stores and buy cotton clothing & cut it up into squares and look for flannel sheets for the batting. The thrift stores in my area carries a lot of flannel sheets and it is so much cheaper than buying flannel, the color won't matter as it is sandwiched in. Purchase the largest sizes you can find.
    Happy Quilting
    Judy in Lower Michigan

  23. #48
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Fort White, Fl
    Posts
    2,673
    Blog Entries
    1
    I thinkk this is a wonderful idea. Do yopu have a timeline that these would need to be done. I would be willing to make squares for you. Even though I have used a machine for most of my life I still do not measure up to most of you on this board.
    A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway.

  24. #49
    Super Member MaggieLou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Statesville, NC
    Posts
    1,398
    Great idea. For those of you interested, Joann's has flannel on sale this week for $2.99/yd. The sale ends today, 9/15.
    Margaret

    "If the devil could dance in empty pockets, he'd have a ball in mine."

    Life is a coin. You can spend it any way you wish but you can only spend it once.

  25. #50
    Super Member Grace MooreLinker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,906
    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
    thanks I'll try this one.
    Freedom is costly and quilting keeps us busy...

Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.