Charity Project – Fidget Quilts

IMG_0396A member came across a great idea for anyone wanting to make a charity quilt – Fidget Quilts for Alzheimer patients. Many Alzheimer patients are constantly moving/fidgeting their hands so this gives them something to feel, touch and hold. Anyone interested in making one of these charity quilts can donate them to Youville Continuing Care Centre in St. Albert

If anyone is interested in making a “Fidget Quilt” for Alzheimer’s patients as one of our charity projects, I’ve listed some information below:

– it has been suggested that the quilts be approximately 20” x 20”

– I cut my blocks 5 1⁄2” square

– before assembling the blocks, you might want to decide what you want to add as far as velco, zippers, beads, bobbles, buttons, keys, pockets, rick rack (to name a few) or whatever else you can think of that might keep their hands busy, as you might want to attach them to ribbons or twill tape and sew them into the seams

– different textures of fabrics are a good idea as well

It’s a good project to use up some of your scraps.

Want more information on Fidget Quilts? Check out the Fidget Quilt project with Rowe Together. Here is also an article from the Times.


Block of the Month – Block 1


Block of the Month Block 1 – Improv stripes

13” square background material
various coloured strips 1.5 to 3” width

1. Lay the background square on the cutting mat and cut through at an angle.


2. Attach the first coloured strip of fabric to the one side of the cut. and trim the ends.


3. Mark the center of the coloured strip and the background fabric. Line up centers, right sides together and pin.


4. Attach the second piece of background fabric so you now have a block of background fabric with a strip of colour.


5. Repeat the steps above for additional coloured strips (2-3 more times).IMG_1938

Note: When adding additional strips that pass through an existing strip it is important to line up the middle of the strip as well as lining up the seams from the strip that you cross through.


6. Trim finished block to 12.5 inches square

Note if you are doing quilt as you go add a 1.5 inch border before quilting this square

Block of the Month – Intro

After finishing the Mystery Quilt the guild members have decided to do a Block of the Month sampler quilt.  We started this month with our first block and will be continuing through the winter.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone’s quilts come together over the coming months.

Modern Block of the Month 2014/2015



10 – 12 fat quarters

3 – 3.5 yards background fabric

Easy Dresden ruler (or material for template)

template material for Drunkards Path



This project will feature a new block each month.  Many blocks will be a modern take on traditional blocks.  Fabric requirements are estimates as many of the blocks have an element improv that makes it hard to determine a set amount of fabric.  Everyone’s quilt top should end up being a unique piece!


Number of blocks:

Currently 9 blocks have been determined, but if we are having fun we can always add more when we get closer to the end.


Quilt as you go:

If you would like to practice your quilt as you go technique, this is a great project for practice.  If doing quilt as you go, add a 1.5 inch border with background fabric to the blocks before quilting to act as the sashing that would be added when making the quilt top for quilting normally.


Alternate layouts:

Currently the layout is a 3 x 3 set of squares, however you are welcome to use you imagination for combing your squares into a quilt top – on point, offset, it is up to you.



Aug – Improv stripes

Sept – Half square triangles

Oct – Wonky dresden

Nov – String block

Dec – Wonky log cabin

Jan – Wandering geese (paper piecing 2)

Feb – Stacked circles (drunkard’s path)

March – Herringbone

April –  Hexagons