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Chairs:  Aleta Batty, Cheryl Adam, Trisha Horner, Ladonna Marshall

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This year the guild’s community projects committee has acquired some beautiful fabric from Nancy Woodcock's sale, so thought it would be a good tribute to Nancy by making pillowcases for the Alzheimer's centers in Bloomington/Normal. Depending on how many we get, the HSHM and Recycled Furniture for Needy Families still need more.  So far, over 400 pillowcases have been collected.

 

We are also making fidget quilts.  It seems that people with Alzheimers and other forms of dementia get fidgety hands.  Fidget quilts give their hands something to do and soothes the patients. 

 

 

 

Here are a couple of pictures of fidget quilts. 

·      They are simple to make.

·       They should be between 20 and 24” square. 

·      They should not be pretty as this will encourage the patients to hide and not use them.

·      The items you attach should be sewn on, sturdy, and washable.

·      The back of the quilt should be a non-slippery fabric so it doesn’t fall off their lap.  Corduroy, Fleece, and Flannel are good choices.

·      Some items to attach are Velcro, pocket flaps with a little surprise underneath, an empty spool threaded on a piece of elastic, pieces of lace, a button(s) threaded on a piece of ribbon.  Just make sure all items are securely attached and washable.

 

If you need more ideas, just Google “Fidget Quilts” and you will find lots of information.  Have fun and be creative.  Please bring your finished pieces to the Community Projects table, and we will make sure they get distributed.

 

National Quilting Day

Forty baby quilts were given to the two local hospitals on National Quilting Day.  Ladonna reports that both nursing staffs were excited to receive them.  A big thank you to everyone who donated!

 

Mennonite Relief Sale

The 2017 Mennonite Relief Sale was held March 17th & 18th at the Interstate Center.  Guild members Cheryl Adam, Jo Bressan, Joann Briggs, Becky Carter, Pat Dahme, Pam Riss, Donna Leber, Cathie Lockwood, Jenny Pettinger, Jackie Pilon, Mary Sanko, Jayne Shindel, and Marilyn Sutherland generously donated eighteen quilts that sold for $3,505.  Thank you to everyone who donated quilts and bazaar items!  The Sale benefits local food pantries and worldwide relief efforts.

 

We look forward to these projects and to showcase our guild’s willingness to give to others.  If any small groups are doing projects and would like to ask others to join, please send us the information and we’ll pass it on.

 

 

 

 

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