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    These are great for keeping you nice and cozy. My sister made me one and I in turn made a few as gifts for my friends who like me are on the cold side in the winter. They are comfortable and not bulky, look for fleece on sale or use coupons at Joanns and they are super simple & quick to make.
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    Another item that helps keep shoulders warm is the shawl that has pockets on the ends. I don't remember the pattern right now. It is a long rectangle with turned up ends to make the pockets. There is also one that can be knitted or crocheted.

    Mother had several triangular and half circle knitted and crocheted shawls we took to church to keep the air conditioner's cold off our necks during service. They were shorter, more like capelets that came across our backs close to our shoulder blades, then closed in the front. ( My girls would always tease about looking like "old" ladies. But were warm and cozy- kept them from wiggling so much. )
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    Your simple request has snowballed! Think of all the nh residents that will have a new quilt this Christmas because of your thread topic!
    I must tell you that years ago DH's great aunt was gifted a small lap quilt. DH's parents acquired it when she passed and they used it as a shoulder or lap quilt at the home. When FIL went to nursing home it went with him. Now that he has passed, the quilt (now well worn) is at our house and my GC ask for "Gpa John's blankie" at nap time. Who would've thought the donation of a quilt over 30 years ago would have this kind of journey?
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    I would love to help. My mother had Alzhiemer's and was in the nursing home for 3 years. You wouldn't believe the condition some of those folks are in. There are many who have no family and have been forgotten by friends. They have nothing and are so glad for anything. I say let's go for it and when Linda gets enough, we can branch out to other areas!

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    I use basic 4-patch & alternate with sq same size. You can make these with theme, 2 colors, or just every patch different or themed fabric scraps. Make sure to use nonslippery material on back. some poly blends for example ok on front. Can be tied or quilted. Have made lots of them. Even from jeans & put flannel on back no batting. make sure everything is washed & can stand HOT water. & don't forget to make guy themes. Depened on fabric I use 4'-6" for 4-patch blocke. I try to fit size to 44" backing or width of fabric. which is wide enough, especiallly if they are wheel chair bound. Have fun!!

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    I worked in a nursing home for three years as an Acitivity Assistant and I loved it. Just be warned...many items that belong to the residents end up "missing". It means the quilt you make may find its way out of the building in to someone else's posession.
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    Use washed fabrics for these - they will probably be washed often - and if they shrink 'funny' - they don't feel good and are harder to fold nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Renfro View Post
    If people would help out that would be awesome!!! I know it's a lot to ask of people because we are all busy with our own lives, but when my niece told me she had to go take clothes from other residents to clothe some of the people that didn't have anything to keep them warm my heart just broke. I thought it's the least I can do to help keep someone warm and comfortable...we never know when it could be us or someone we care about.
    I have several bolts of flannel I bought last year from JoAnn's when they had their sale so I probably have enough for several dozen backings. Any help would be greatly appreciated and if any of you would like the name of the nursing home for their own reference I will certainly provide it to show it's a legit cause. It's just something I thought of doing on my own to help make the life a little better for some people that can't help themselves.
    I would like to make a few squares. How big should they be? Does it matter what the pattern is?

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    Also, please give this some thought. Every Christmas most clubs and organizations collect tons of toys for kids. I want to suggest that this year you request items for nursing homes instead. Being a nurse, I have always been aware of this extreme need. Surprisingly, I usually met with resistance because it is usually easier to go out and grab a toy than to give some thought to what a nursing home resident might need. Also, please leave some place where the name of the resident can be put...... these things sometimes acquire legs.

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    For the shawls or lap quilts if you don't have the time to quilt them you can get some beautiful fleece at Joann's and it is almost always on sale. They have regular fleece and polar fleece and it is wide so you don't need a large amount for each one.
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    Some of my students did this sort of thing as a project a couple of years ago, but instead of making quilts, they got on local radio and asked for unwanted baby duvets (comforters?). These are warm and light and wash easily - you can also wash the cover and still use the quilt.
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    I do this for the home where a dear frind lives. I find that disappearing 9 patch, jelly roll strip(the 1600),scrappy irish chains and just plain ole "put the squares together" quilts work well. I machine quilt or tie quilt. Panel are great especially for holiday season. There are sooo many easy ones. Good luck and have fun

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    I want to thank each and everyone of you that has responded to my thread. I'm overwhelmed to say the least. All of you have touched my heart more than you will ever know, and in turn I'm sure you are going to bring many smiles to some nice people that will enjoy and benefit from your contributions. I will make sure my niece and her coworkers get names on the quilts so hopefully they won't get legs and walk away. At this point anyone that wants to contribute anything...I'll take what ever you would like to send me. Just inbox me and I'll give you my address. If anyone needs to be reimbursed for postage please let me know. I'm so grateful for each and everyone of your offers....you all are just awesome folks!!!! Saying Thank You seems like such insufficient words to say, but please know I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

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    You may want to check with the nursing home to see if the residents can have them. Where I live the residents cannot have home made quilts because of fire restrictions. My step mom was in s nursing home and that is what we were told. The thought is very kind and I hope they can.

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    If you plan to quilt don't use batting and backing. You need to use fleece. Its softer and will be more gentler on their skin. I know because I make lap quilts for hospice i volunteer at and also universary hospital for dying patients. Fleece makes them softer but still warm. you're doing a wonerful thing be proud

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    The quilts I make are 45x60. if you make them 70" there is danger of the quilts getting stuck in the wheels of wheel chairs but are long enough to cover ythe patient in bed

    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    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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    I can't donate any quilts have too many to complete myself BUT I will be more than happy to share some fabric. also put a wanted in your local freecycle for cotton and fleece fabric. be sure to state why, you might just be surprised as to what might come your way.


    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Renfro View Post
    I want to thank each and everyone of you that has responded to my thread. I'm overwhelmed to say the least. All of you have touched my heart more than you will ever know, and in turn I'm sure you are going to bring many smiles to some nice people that will enjoy and benefit from your contributions. I will make sure my niece and her coworkers get names on the quilts so hopefully they won't get legs and walk away. At this point anyone that wants to contribute anything...I'll take what ever you would like to send me. Just inbox me and I'll give you my address. If anyone needs to be reimbursed for postage please let me know. I'm so grateful for each and everyone of your offers....you all are just awesome folks!!!! Saying Thank You seems like such insufficient words to say, but please know I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUQuilter View Post
    Here's a link that you could use scrappy strips: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/08/pure-comfort.html


    Once you take it off, it can be put at the foot of the bed to keep feet warm.
    Thank you AUQuilter for this link. I love this idea and it looks like they would be fast to make.

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    Hello Linda,
    I also live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and am the outgoing president of the Cambridge Samplers Quilt Guild. We have done alot of outreach quilts for babies and small children and for raffle. We are now working on Quilts for people with ALS but are always looking for other groups who need quilts. PM me and let me know where you are. Maybe we can help.
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    All of these are wonderful ideas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AUQuilter View Post
    Here's a link that you could use scrappy strips: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/08/pure-comfort.html


    Once you take it off, it can be put at the foot of the bed to keep feet warm.
    This is a great shawl that can also be used as a lap robe, I have made several ,They are very easy and great when lined with flannel, I do not buy jelly rolls, I just make them like a patchwork or use large pieces of fabric.

    It is also very helpful to sew strings or ribbons onto the quilts to tie onto the wheelchairs so that the do not slide off and get trapped in the wheels.
    Last edited by raedar63; 09-15-2012 at 05:59 PM.

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    I am thinking of doing this in my area. Some of my large scrappy quilts could be cut in half and have that edge rebound. I will maul over this and see what I decide to do. I could probably make a simple pattern for a lap quilt in a week in my spare time. I just finish one and start another. My family has lots, so do friends and some I don't know. I love making quilts and was going to keep them because I had run out of people who want them. This would help me out and them too.
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    I just finish one and start another. My family has lots, so do friends and some I don't know. I love making quilts and was going to keep them because I had run out of people who want them. This would help me out and them too.


    LOL....Jingle....me too! While I am making a top...family always asks "who is that one for"....My response is usually "I DOnt know...I just wanted to try this new pattern"

    Maybe, Linda, you could use some quilt tops? I have several just waiting for me to finish them up....Most are about 42 x 42....WOuld you be able to put flannel or fleece on the back? PM me if you would like me to send you a couple....

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    Hi Beth:

    I live in Federalsburg. The nursing home I'm making the quilts for is the Pines in Easton. It would be great if you could help. When I started this a couple of days ago I was just asking for patterns, but it's turned into something wonderful where people are volunteering to help with the actual making of the quilts. My niece works on a unit that holds 44 residents so that's the amount I was trying to make. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can reach me on the QB or also at my email address of [email protected]
    Thank you! Linda

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    Dear Kimbrennan: I would love to have some of your quilt tops. Any size will be appreciated. I would be able to put flannel on them. I had bought several bolts last year from JoAnn's when they had it on sale so I should have plenty to finish them. My address is 25012 Richardson Road, Federalsburg, Md. 21632 Thank you soooo much!

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