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    a frind knows i quilt, her grandson has Autism.
    sooooo, i volunterred to make a quilt for an upcoming auction, any ideas????? thanks all for your input.

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    Our Autism quilt was just puzzle pieces that linked. It looked colorful and was well appreciated.

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    I have made an autism quilt tracing large floor puzzle pieces and placing them around a solid background. The puzzle piece is the symbol of autism. Also online i found puzzle piece fabric to make pieces with. I also have used a drunkard's path block. These kids with autism do not necessarily follow a straight path through life.

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    Using different tactile fabrics would be nice as well. Touch is important and different feelings can be soothing.

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    I think the puzzle piece with different feeling fabrics would be perfect.

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    Autistic children sometime do well with weighted blankets, so perhaps a quilt that is heavy.

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    I made a wall hanging last year as a Christmas gift for a
    former co-worker who has 2 sons who have Autism.

    They have friend who placed orders for some, so far I
    have made 4 of these wall hangings.

    If my memory serves me correct it measures approx.
    18x32 inches and I sold them for $55.

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    For what it's worth, we carry four puzzle-pieces fabric, including these two:
    http://www.favoritefabric.com/cgi/co...eywords=puzzle
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie
    a frind knows i quilt, her grandson has Autism.
    sooooo, i volunterred to make a quilt for an upcoming auction, any ideas????? thanks all for your input.
    Go to Hobby Lobby and buy some of their puzzle fabric and make almost any item you want.

    In the past, I've made quilts, a teddybear from a log cabin square of puzzle fabric and hand dyed cotton. My DD bought me a cute little "shelf sitter" made from the puzzle fabric. (little gal figure with weighted material in her butt to set on shelf or whereever. I'll take a pic afterawhile.

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    I know a fair amount about autism in theory yet precious little about what a child with autism might like or benefit from. Would an "I Spy" quilt be helpful?

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    I have the cutest quilt design that looks like puzzles pieces.
    As far as the quilt....it all depends. I have a son with aspergers ( which is on the spectrum)
    They love tactile fabrics. A variety would be good. However if it's just about awareness you can use the puzzle pieces. If you want to earn lots of money you may just make a quilt that appeals to everyone....in everyday colors. ....idk? Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I have the cutest quilt design that looks like puzzles pieces.
    As far as the quilt....it all depends. I have a son with aspergers ( which is on the spectrum)
    They love tactile fabrics. A variety would be good. However if it's just about awareness you can use the puzzle pieces. If you want to earn lots of money you may just make a quilt that appeals to everyone....in everyday colors. ....idk? Just a thought.
    I also think that the puzzle pieces would be a good pattern for a child with autism. I also have a son with Aspergers, Charismah. My son has very definite tactile sensitivities. He can't stand the sensation of polar fleece, but likes flannel. I'm sure this is a very individualistic kind of thing. When he feels certain fabrics, you can see him cringe. My son is 21 and they don't outgrow this.

    Linda

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    As already mentioned the puzzle pieces would be great whether it is an autism awareness quilt or one for an autistic child.
    If it is for an autistic child I can tell you what DGS likes - which does not mean all autistic kids would like the same. He likes fleece, flannel, silky (really likes this because it is both cool and smooth), leather or vinyl, suede, bright colors, puzzles, anything with wheels, cuddly things, no tags in the neck of his shirts to poke him, things to chew on, letters, numbers, words, pictures, repetition.

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    I have a nephew with autism. I saw an article a while back in one of the magazines (cant remember where), from someone who was stuffing them with little crystal-like bags of stuffing. They said it stimulated them and they were comforted by them. Sorry, cant remember much about it, but wonder if anyone else read that article.

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    my son has a weighted blanket and the extra weight helps him fall asleep. it is quilted in squares so each square has a few weights in it. you can use small galvanized steall washers or ceramic beads. his has some kind of plastic fill in it but i would probably avoid that because it is small enough that he can work them out of the fabric and i feel like i am always picking them up. he also likes his blanky 'soft' so it is flannel on the bottom. depending on how old the child is they may like to have little buttons with texture sewn onto it as well or little tabs to fiddle with. to know how much weight is the max it is 10% body weight plus 2 lbs so a child of 40 lbs should not have more than 6lbs. quilting each filled pocket fairly small will keep the weight from shifting too.

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