• Projects,  Quilts,  Sewing

    Fidget Quilt Week 1 Block

    I’m participating in a fidget quilt contest on a Facebook group, and I had a blast making my first block.  Fidget quilts, in case you’re not aware, are quilts that are used to help calm patients with diseases such as Autism or Alzheimer’s.  These quilts are tactile and interactive.  I typically only sew with fabrics, not with embellishments, so this was a move outside of my sewing comfort zone. For this quilt, I’m making the blocks 11″ finished, so 11.5″ raw.  Our assignment was to create a block that included a zippered component with something connected to play with inside, plus one additional interactive element. This is my first block. There are two main…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 2 Block

    It’s week 2 of my Fidget Quilt project for Alzheimer’s patients.  As I mentioned last week, I’m participating in a weekly challenge event on Facebook with a group of talented quilters.  Unfortunately my team has been eliminated from the weekly ranking, but I’m still going to be making my blocks as an individual so that I can donate my final product. This week’s challenge required two elements.  First, it needs to contain an element that requires two hands to maneuver. Second, it needs to contain an element featuring fabric manipulation.  The second element did not need to be functional. I decided to create a block with fabric doors, closed with a series of buttons:…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 3 Block

    My fidget quilt challenge continues!  Week 3’s challenge is to make a quilt block that features three handmade textures.  You can’t just sew on some fun fur and call it a day; you need to actually manipulate your materials into a texture.  The great thing about creating texture is that you don’t have to be perfect.  Any imperfections can contribute to the organic feeling. This is what I came up with for my block this week: As you can see, I’ve gone with a flag motif.  Do you watch The Big Bang Theory?  This is my ode to “Fun with Flags.” Texture 1: Woven Yarn-Bomb Heart Flag. I cut out a…

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    Fidget Quilt Block Week 4

    This is the final block in my fidget quilt challenge. This week’s task involved two components.  The Quilt Cave fidget challenge had 30 participants, and one of the tasks was to emulate one of the fidget elements by another entrant.  In addition to this, we had to make a miniature quilt, maximum size 6″ x 6″, that would be attached to our quilt block. Here is my final result: I decided to follow in Sondra’s footsteps to create the windmill cathedral window block.  Unfortunately mine didn’t turn out as nice and smooth as Sondra’s, but it was still fun to try out a new technique. I followed the Windmill Cathedral Window tutorial from Sewn…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 5 – The Finale

    This is the fifth and final week of my Fidget Quilt Challenge.  Over the past four weeks, I created four quilt blocks that have interactive elements, meant to be therapeutic to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If you want to view the past challenges, you can view each block in the fidget category. Week 5’s task was to bind the quilt and add a quilt label.  I’ll admit that binding and labeling quilts is my least favourite part of quilting.  My favourite part of the process is designing and assembling the quilt top, which is why I have a box of assembled quilt tops waiting to one day be sandwiched, quilted, and…

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    A Special Prize – Quilted Swag Bag Reveal

      Special delivery!  Mail days are great, when the mail doesn’t involve bills.  A package arrived on my doorstep today that contained quilter happiness. If you’ve been following my fidget quilt series, you probably thought I was done talking about them.  Nope, this is the 6th and final post in the series!  As I mentioned before, my team was eliminated from the contest after the first round, but I wanted to finish the project.  They had a side contest for the Biggest Loser; essentially anyone who had been eliminated could continue submitting and we’d compete for the side prize. I’m excited to say I won by a hair, 0.2%!  I didn’t…