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Thread: Quilt for a teenager w/ Cerebral Palsy

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    I had to take my Westie to the vet to be put down on Saturday. Sue, a neighbor, said she could take me since this was an unplanned trip. Due to my disability, I can no longer drive. She had her son Ricky (who has CP) with her so they dropped Tess and I off at the vet. Later, when they picked me up, they took me out to McDonald's and I learn what a delight that Ricky was. He made me laugh when I should have been crying. I have heard mention that different fabric textures are used in quilts for people with CP. I would appreciate ANY guidance that anyone with experience can give me such as suggestions for materials and or a simple pattern. I want him to know how grateful I am for his friendship. We both LOVE McDonald Big Mac and French Fries. He brightened up a day that I thought would be so gloomy and sad. We hope to have a meal together once a month. I look forward to our next meeting. Maybe I can have the quilt done by then. THANKS !!!

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    I don't know anything about that type of quilt but it's a wonderful gesture. I'm sorry bout your baby but it did bring you a new friend. Hugs!

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    I'm so sorry for your loss :(

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    I am so sorry you had to let your dog go.

    ((hugs))

    That is such a nice thing you want to do for your neighbor boy.

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    I am so sorry you had to put your doggy down...but sometimes we dont have much choice. It is wonderful you have a new friend..he would probably like ANY quilt you made for him.

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    So sorry about your beloved Westie. They are such cute dogs.

    I don't know anything about specific fabrics that are better for people with CP. I know that there are such preferences for people with Autism.

    I used to work in a home for kids with special needs. That was a long long time ago when I was in high school. They didn't know near as much then and things have changed radically. I did have several favorite kids that had CP. We bonded and were great friends. Basically with the kids I knew, there was absolutely nothing wrong with their brains. Their little bodies were damaged and betrayed them so they could not speak or walk. So sad. The drugs that they were on at that time only made things worse. But my little friends had such a light in their eyes, so I talked to them like I would any other child and they responded.

    My daughter has a friend with CP that is an adult now and your would never know she has CP at all. She does have a limp, but other then that she is perfectly normal in every way. My daughter also has a friend with an adopted daughter that also has CP. She came from Russia and when she got here she was really bad. But with therapy and lots of work and love she is now walking and doing really well. It is amazing how far they can go with the right therapy.

    I think your friends son would most likely love a quilt made of anything you would make one for any other child.

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    (((HUGS))) I am so sorry about your puppy (((HUGS)))

    What a sweet neighbor :D Isn't it amazing how we are sent the right people at the right time :D:D:D

    Different fabrics for blocks, cordorouy, suede, flannel, chenille, etc... scattered around on the quilt. The alternate blocks could be appliques of things he likes, like a hamburger :wink:

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    How wonderful that your westie brought you together with Ricky. I too love McDonald's big mac and french fries, but it was Ricky who brought the best medicine...laughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    (((HUGS))) I am so sorry about your puppy (((HUGS)))

    What a sweet neighbor :D Isn't it amazing how we are sent the right people at the right time :D:D:D

    Different fabrics for blocks, cordorouy, suede, flannel, chenille, etc... scattered around on the quilt. The alternate blocks could be appliques of things he likes, like a hamburger :wink:
    Ditto on all counts. I'll bet there's MacDonald's fabric out there, and/or burgers and fries and cheese slices, pickles, etc...

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    So sorry for your loss big ((( hug))). Binged fabric + CP & found this link; hope it helps.

    http://www.freedomconcepts.com/produ.../fabriccovers/

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    I have been taking care of my foster "son" who also has CP for 20 years. I have never used special fabrics for him. I would just say make it well enough that it can hold up to repeated washing in case of incontinence/accidents. Something heavy enough to keep him warm in the winter or light enough to be covered in warm weather without overheating him. My son does not do well in either extreme. I believe it's kids with Autism that need heavy/tactile fabrics.

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    First, I am so sorry for your loss. Animals bring us a special kind of comfort. I have a son with CP. He is not particularly sensitive to fabrics, but I do keep them soft cotton and washable. (I agree with another quilter who mentioned autistic kids being very sensitive about textures). As someone else suggested, I would find some fun 'burger and fries' fabrics, as that is what brought you together. Maybe use that as a jumping off point to pick your other colors. I'm sure he will be thrilled that you thought of him in such a loving way.

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    My daughter, a young adult, has cerebral palsy also. She is unable to walk, but has a full-time job as a college instructor. There are different types of movement disorders under the CP umbrella. My daughter has two types which affect most of her body, but thankfully not her speech and one hand.

    By the end of a busy workday, she is ready for a warm soak in the tub and to stretch out on her bed under her quilt and relax her muscles. She gets chilled easier than the rest of us, possibly due to circulation. Textures don't really bother her. She is fiercely independent and doesn't want anyone to treat her like a sick person or to pity her.

    She chose her quilt fabrics, happy 30's prints in the brightest colors.

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    What a sad but sweet story. And what a wonderful gesture on your part.

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    My condolences. Rescue dogs have so much love to give. Try to remember the fun times.

    I worked with several CP students and textures weren't a consideration. I do like the idea of bright colors. the Mickey D fabric would be great if you can find it.

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    My sister has CP. Everyone has different preferences.

    Why don't you ask the young man what type of quilt he would most like? He can guide you on color, fabric texture and maybe even pattern. You could bring a few quilt pictures with you to your next McDonald's meal to give him some ideas.

    You will never be able to guess his preferences and he will enjoy the quilt more if it is to his liking.

    I am glad he was able to make you smile at a rough time.

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    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your precious Tess! Although it will be difficult in the days ahead, I truly believe your new found friend will help you along the way! My heart says he will appreciate any quilt that you chose to make and gift to him! Blessings to you!! :)

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