Mental Health Ministries

Fidget Quilts

Fidget Quilts GroupMy husband and I volunteered to help a group make “fidget quilts” …even though neither of us sew!  A "Fidget, Fiddle, or Busy" Quilt or Activity Blanket is a small lap quilt, mat or blanket that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless or "fidgety" hands.  They provide sensory or tactile stimulation through the use of fabric choices, colors, value of colors next to one another, textures, and the use of accents or simple accessories such as pockets, laces, trims, appliques, buttons, secured beads, ribbons, braids etc. 

Fidget Quilts up closeOur quilts were donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.  But these quilts can also be helpful for persons with autism or anxiety disorders to keep hands busy.  I loved the soft, silky fabric on the quilt I worked on…hard to give it up!